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It was a great pleasure and a privilege to have been asked by Pure Land Learning College Association to compile this collection of '360 Quotes from Hinduism'. While looking for these gems of wisdom, I found it necessary to revisit a lot that I had learnt in my younger days about my religion. During the course of compiling this book, I gained fresh insights about Hinduism and am grateful for having been given the opportunity to bring back into my life many of the truths I had forgotten.

As is well-known, Hinduism has no single founder or one great teacher, but comprises hundreds, if not thousands, of sages and teachers. Much of Hindu wisdom is also to be found in written volumes; mostly in Sanskrit or other ancient languages. I was fortunate that I was able to find many English translations.

This compilation comprises short quotes from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Thirukkural, the Ramayana and other sacred texts. I was further helped by books written by several great teachers or their followers. The quotes are from Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Shirdi Sai Baba, Satya Sai Baba, Ramana Maharshi, Osho, Amirthanandamayi, Gandhi, Adi Shankara, Sivananda, Yogananda, Meher Baba, Tagore and several others. The quotes are mostly on Hindu philosophy and on how Hindus think and act. For variety I have included comments on Hinduism, including a few from western thinkers like Aldous Huxley and Carl Sagan and even one from Albert Einstein.

I sincerely hope that readers will get as much pleasure from reading this compilation as I got from compiling it.

K. Rajamanikam

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F rom unreality (this illusory world), lead me to Reality. From darkness (ignorance of You), lead me to Light (Knowledge of You). From death (fear of death), lead me, to Deathlessness (Eternal life), Om Peace, Peace, Peace

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T here is no existence for what is unreal, and there is no non-existence for what is real. To know the correct conclusion for both of these things is to know the truth. What pervades all of this is inexhaustible and indestructible; nothing can bring about its destruction.

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T he Supreme Spirit or the Brahman is alone real and the individual Self is only the Supreme Self and no other. Brahman is Supreme Intelligence, devoid of attributes, form, changes or limitations. It is self-luminous and all pervading and is without a second. The empirical world is unreal, an illusion born of ignorance. The jiva (Self) continues in Samsara (earthly life) only as long as it retains attachment due to ignorance or Maya (illusion). If it casts off the veil of Maya through knowledge or Jnana it will realize its identity with the Brahman and get merged into it.

H induism... gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God-ward endeavour of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for spiritual selfbuilding and self-finding; it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, Santana Dharma; the Eternal Truth.

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W henever dharma declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to re-establish dharma.

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W hich is as poison in the beginning, but is like nectar in the end; that is declared to be good pleasure, born from the serenity of oneís own mind. That which is like nectar in the beginning from the connection of the sense-object with the senses, but is as poison in the end, is held to be of passion.

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S o long as God seems to be outside and far away, so long there is ignorance. But where God is realized within, that is true knowledge.

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O nly when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace.

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H appiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.

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T he greatest fear man can have, is the fear of losing Godís Love.

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P ut your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

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I get angry with none. Will a mother get angry with her children? Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers?

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T ruth cannot be suppressed and always is the ultimate victor.

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Y ou have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

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S ee how it was with those who came before; how it will be with those who are living. Like corn mortals ripen and fall; like corn they come up again.

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Source : Katha Upanishad  

A s the letter A is the first of all letters, so Eternal God is first in the world.

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Source : Couplet 1  

A s they approach me, so I receive them. All paths, Arjuna, lead to me. I am the beginning, middle, and end of creation.

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H induism is therefore not a definite dogmatic creed, but a vast, complex, but subtly unified mass of spiritual thought and realization. Its tradition of the God-ward endeavour of the human spirit has been continuously enlarging through the ages.

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I n the kingdom of God, reason, intellect and learning are of no avail. There the dumb speaks, the blind sees, and the deaf hears.

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F or me, everything in creation is God, there is nothing but God. Every single object is a wonder for me.

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E very experience that is drawn through any of the senses has an effect on oneís health.

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T he wise who knows the Self as bodiless within the bodies, as unchanging among changing things, as great and omnipresent, does never grieve. That Self cannot be gained by the Veda, nor by understanding, nor by much learning. He whom the Self chooses, by him the Self can be gained. The Self chooses him (his body) as his own. But he who has not first turned away from his wickedness, who is not tranquil, and subdued, or whose mind is not at rest, he can never obtain the Self (even) by knowledge.

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Source : Katha Upanishad  

Y our own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.

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T he great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no returns, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

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T errible is the fight put up by the senses. Fight bravely! Conquer them you must.

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