Prayer of Bhakta from the West

St. Francis of AssisiLord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, forgive;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is darkness, light and
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not

So much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francies of Assissi

Siva Yogaswami speaks of work

yogaswami

Enough of learning!

Remain separate like the five fingers. but when there is work to do, co-operate
in doing it like the hand.

How foolish it is to judge a man by one bad quality, ignoring all his other good
qualities.

Whatever work you have to do, do it well. That in itself is yoga.

Wisdom will come, if you do your duty well.

Because of worldliness the light in the faces of the young has become less
bright nowadays.

Lord Jesus Christ has said: “Don’t suffer for my sake. Work hard for your own
emancipation.” Without improving yourself, what is the use of doing service to
me?

Siva Yogaswami

Buddha Speaks of Love, Anger & Joy

Gautama-Buddha“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” 

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.

“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”

“A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.”
Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire.
See now you are left with only “Happiness.”

“In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”

“a dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. a man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. ”

“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.”

“He is able who thinks he is able.”

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ”

Gautama Buddha

Ramakrishna speaks on God & Faith

sriRamakrishna“God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.”

“When the flower blooms
the bees come uninvited.”

“Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.”

“God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”

“Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.”

“Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”

“The winds of God’s grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.”

“Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.”

Sri Ramakrishna

The Higher Pantheism

DSC_2110The sun, the moon, the stars, the seas, the hills and the plains,-
Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?

Is not the Vision He, tho’ He be not that which He seems?
Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?

Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb,
Are they not sign and symbol of thy division from Him?

Dark is the world to thee; thyself art the reason why,
For is He not all but thou, that hast power to feel “I am I”?

Glory about thee, without thee; and thou fulfillest thy doom,
Making Him broken gleams and a stifled splendour and gloom.

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet-
Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.

God is law, say the wise; O soul, and let us rejoice,
For if He thunder by law the thunder is yet His voice.

Law is God, say some; no God at all, says the fool,
For all we have power to see is a straight staff bent in a pool;

And the ear of man cannot hear, and the eye of man cannot see;
But if we could see and hear, this Vision-were it not He?

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON