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    swami satchidananda Quotes

    Equality comes in realizing that we are all doing different jobs for a common purpose. That is the aim behind any community. The very name community means let's come together to recognize the unity. Come ... unity.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: equality  community  job 
     
    The stones of a river start out rough, but with the current continually bumping and polishing them, they end up being beautiful.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Give up the drop and gain the whole ocean.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: ocean 
     
    The greatest victory you can win is over your own mind.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: victory  mind 
     
    Calming the mind is yoga, not just standing on the head
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: mind 
     
    As you are, you see everything else.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Just as a little bird cracks open the shell and flies out, we fly out of this shell, the shell of the body. We call that death, but strictly speaking, death is nothing but a change of form.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: death  body 
     
    We don't exhaust the Bible even after reading it hundreds of times. Each time we read it we see it in a new light. That is the greatness of the holy scriptures. They are that way because they were created by holy prophets who experienced the truth. Each time we read these works we elevate ourselves to see a little more. (81)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: time  truth  work  greatness  bible  holy  reading  read 
     
    In not only the physical science, but in the real mental silence, the wisdom dawns.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: silence  mental  real  wisdom 
     
    Food should be a love offering.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: food 
     
    The dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace. Therefore, live only to serve.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: peace  live 
     
    The purification of the mind is very necessary. (72)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: mind 
     
    ..just do, leave it there, if it comes let it come, but don't look for it.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Devotion gradually progresses to higher levels. . . . One type goes to God and asks Him to remove his suffering. Another one will ask for money or material things. A third will request liberation or release from his bondage. And the fourth will not ask for anything. He will just enjoy praying and praising his Lord. That is the highest form of prayer. (Beyond Word, 119)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    [C]ontinence is a very important part of yoga. If a handful of people come forward with strong wills, nothing is impossible. One Buddha changed half the globe; one Jesus, three quarters of the world. We all have that capacity. (140)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    If we only look within, we will see he Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror. (122)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: seeing 
     
    When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. (151)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: nature  virtue  mind 
     
    There's no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won't hit rock again. (52)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: value 
     
    Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: time  people  healthy 
     
    Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: world  believe 
     
    Temples and churches have become social centers. They have lost their original purpose because the minds of the people are more attracted to worldly things than to prayer. The lips repeat the prayer mechanically like a phonograph record, but the mind wanders to other places. (23-24)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: people  lost  prayer  church  mind 
     
    We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    [O]ur own bodies are changing every second. Yet we take the body to be our Self; and, speaking in terms of it, we say, "I am hungry" or "I am lame"; "I am black" or "I am white." These are all just the conditions of the body. We touch the truth when we say, "My body aches," implying the body belongs to us and that therefore we are not that. (87)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: truth  body 
     
    The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christtian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting. (127)
    — Swami Satchidananda
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