Thursday, February 7, 2013

Religious Thought 142

He who has realized by himself his souls' Self Will be worshiped by all other souls. So potent is the power acquired through austerity That those who attain it may even stay the moment of death.
- Tirukkural 27: 268-269

As long as there is a lack of the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external facilities or conditions you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking. On the other hand, if you possess this inner quality of calmness of mind, a degree of stability within, then even if you lack various external facilities that you would normally consider necessary for happiness, it is still possible to live a happy and joyful life.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Although this reed pen is in fact sensible, of a different substance than the writer, yet it is an intimate friend. Likewise, every tool of a craftsman, though lifeless, is the familiar friend of the Human spirit.
- Rumi

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
- G.K. Chesterton

Let a man always strive to be one of the persecuted rather than one of the persecutors.
- Babylonian Talmud, Baba Kamma 93a

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