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.