Quotations from Gurudev’s Writings – Page 3

Universe is a cosmos and not a chaos. There exists a mental affinity; a scientific law; a rhythm of mental relationship in which the entire living world is held together, in one web of love.
To assume differences in the world, is to belie this great Oneness in life.
Silently hear everyone. Accept what is good. Reject and forget what is not. This is intelligent living.
Faults become thick when love is thin.
Love is a consistent passion to give, not a meek persistent hope to receive. The only demand of life is the privilege to love all.
Bhakti is the attitude of the mind, and jnana is the attitude of the intellect, both flow towards the Lord.
In life to handle yourself, use your head, but to handle others, use your heart.
Be strict and intelligently critical about yourself and your own weakness and follies. But, cushion your words and attitudes with Love. Love is the greatest persuasive power we know in life.
Everybody exists. It is only the few who live. To live, you should have an ideal.
Man is the roof and crown of creation. He may be tossed about by uncertain storms of life, but the solution to it lies in his own efforts in finding an ideal, and then raising his personality, from the level of petty emotions, to the loftier heights of the chosen ideal.
A man-of-wisdom lives in the world, but he is never of the world.
The secret of success behind all men of achievement, lies in the faculty of applying their intellect in all their activities, without being mislead by any surging emotions or feelings. The secret of success in life lies in keeping the head above the storms of the heart.
Plan out your work Then work out your plan. The former without the latter is a sheer waste. The latter without the former is mere unproductive confusion.
To give without sympathy is to build a temple without the idol and is as futile as painting a picture with black ink on a black-board.
You are successful and creative only when you see an opportunity in every difficulty.
Strange! Wealth estranges us all. It is all very strange, the money psychology! When you have not got any, you will pant to get some! When you get some, you grow jealous of others who have more, and feel conceited among those who have less!
Know what to Do. And do it Youself.
Religion must not be considered true because it is necessary, but necessary because it is true.
Sandalwood perfumes even the axe that hurls it down! The more we rub sandalwood against a stone, the more its fragrance spreads. Burn it, and it wafts its glory through the entire neighbourhood. Such is the enchanting beauty of forgiveness in life.
We may often give without love, but we can never love without giving.
Fanatic secularism is as dangerous to the world as fanatic religion. Love is the heart of all religions; the theme of all classical works of art and literature; the song of all devotees. Scientists know only what love does, not what love is. Love is to human hearts what the sun is to flowers.
Without devotion, knowledge is tasteless. Without knowledge, devotion is mere empty idol worship.
To remember the ever present Divine at all times, even while acting in the world, is the most positive practice for a seeker who is striving to evolve. He will thereby transform his inner personality from its present condition, to a state of harmony and efficiency.
Not to do what you feel like doing is freedom
The greatness is not what we do, but, unavoidably it is always in how we do what we do. Our present work may be great or small, Yet, the important is to do it well.
Stop all your attachments to false values. In an ever changing world, there is nothing worthwhile for us to desire or weep for. Joys and sorrows are bound come in human life; they are just like the two sides of the same coin.
Hindu culture is essentially based upon the sacrifice implied in duty, and not upon acquisition, which is implied in rights.
The cultured give happiness wherever they go . The uncultured whenever they go.
Everyone points to the other man,who, according to him, is happier But the only one, who has the courage to declare that he is truly happy, is he who has relinquished all his passions and hungers from within.
In all worthwhile undertakings, There will be risks of failure, of disappointments, of even disaster. To face them all with inner poise and firm faith is to discover the glory of final victory.
A Conquest, without facing dangers is as dull as Victory without a shining glory. A game without a prize!