Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Each day should be approached with amazement, wonder, gratitude.
After all, what have you done to earn the inconceivable gift of life?

Some thoughts on old age

If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself
(Leon Eldred)

Old age is like waiting in the departure lounge of life. Fortunately we are in England and the train is bound to be late (Milton Shulman)

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. (Maurice Chevalier)

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. (Lucille Ball)


If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it is possible you haven’t grasped the gravity of the situation.


Don’t say you agree with me. Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.


Be content with what you have.
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realise there is nothing lacking -
The World belongs to You !


I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.


It's never too late to be what you might have been.


Live a simple life, be free, be yourself and be close to nature.
Do these things and you will be wise and happy.


Believe nothing because a wise man said it.

Believe nothing because it is generally held true.

Believe nothing because it is written.

Believe nothing because it is said to be divine.

Believe nothing because someone else believes it.

But believe only what you yourself judge to be true.


Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you the opportunity to commit more.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.

I have too much respect for the truth to drag it out on every trifling occasion.

Monday, February 20, 2006


Seven Blunders of the World -

1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Commerce without morality
5. Science without humanity
6. Worship without sacrifice
7. Politics without principle


He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
But he who doesn’t ask remains a fool for ever.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.

Man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.

Do not torment yourself about tomorrow.
There’s no tomorrow.
It’s all here and now.


This is my simple religion -
There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is - kindness.

Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist. Use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

A Quaker Proverb

Speak only when your words improve upon the silence.


Nothing can surpass the mystery of stillness.


No beliefs are true.
A belief system is something you have faith in, regardless of the evidence.
That’s why all belief systems are equally valid. They’re equally invalid.
Therefore they’re all deserving of equal respect, little or none.
Which is why simple human courtesy outweighs the value of any belief system.
Even if a belief system is accurate to the way the universe works, it’s still a belief system. That’s the trap.


Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered, and lo -
No-one was there.

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Breathe ! You are alive !!!

Everything we do is an act of poetry or painting, if we do it with Mindfulness.

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe. Your smile proves it. It proves that you are being gentle with yourself, that the sun of awareness is shining in you, that you have control of your situation. You are yourself, and you have acquired some peace.


Work like you don’t need the money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Dance like no one is watching.


When it’s over, I want to say -
All my life I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.


We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to
Make us love one another.


The principal objection to old age is that there’s no future in it.


If the doors of our perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite.


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.


Embrace simplicity,
Put others first,
Desire little.


You may be capable of great things, but life consists of small things.


If you find Truth in any religion, philosophy, science or whatever, accept that Truth without any prejudice.
Truth is after all universal, though in bits and pieces at times, disguised, hidden, not unlike traces of gold mixed with pure minerals.
Use your Wisdom to distil.


Today is the absolute day, the only day in the eternity of time.
Every day is fresh and new, just as one’s life is new every day.


Not knowing how near the Truth is, people seek it far away.
What a pity!
They are like one who in the midst of water cries out in thirst so imploringly.


Every day must come to you as -
a new hope,
a new promise,
a new aspiration,
a new energy,
a new thrill, and
a new delight.


Learn to be wise, strain out the wine and prune lavish hopes to the quick. While we converse, envious time will have vanished. Harvest today, placing the least credence on what is to come.


May I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


Love while you’ve got love to give.
Live while you’ve got life to live.


The soul may be a mere pretence,
The mind makes very little sense.
So let us value the appeal
Of that which we can taste and feel.


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.


Nothing in life is to be feared - it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.


One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.


We have everything we need in us already. It only needs to be brought out.


You exist - you always will exist. You are the eternal spark of life only temporarily in this mortal frame. The body will die, but you never will die.


Who are you?

You are the spark of God, the life particle, the eternal spirit soul. Understanding this truth is the beginning of self-realisation.