Category Archives: Quotes I love

You : What does Mother Teresa say about You?

In our efforts to listen to God’s words to us, we often neglect what might be called his “first word” to us.

This is the gift of ourselves to ourselves: our existence, our nature, our personal history, our uniqueness, our identity.

All that we have, and indeed, our very existence, is one of the unique and never-to-be-repeated ways God has chosen to express himself in space and time.

Each of us, because we are made in God’s image and likeness, is yet another promise that he has made to the universe that he will continue to love it and care for it.

(Mother Teresa, Leadership, Vol. 10, no. 4)

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End result of True Learning

All my learning can be tested…

Are you wondering how ? or You know how – by test, exams etc…

No…

“Change is the end result of all true learning” – Leo Buscaglia

Now, I wonder -did I learn anything?

Seneca’s Poignant Quote

“So called pleasures when they go beyond a certain limit, are punishments”

From ‘Letters from a Stoic’- Seneca

From Arun version 8 to 9!

There are no neurotics or geniuses or failures or fools. There are only neurotic moments, flashes of brilliance, failed opportunities, and stupid mistakes. But these moments, pleasant or unpleasant, can never fix us into rigid, immutable characters. We cannot help but change.”
– David K. Reynolds from Constructive Living

Yes, there are some foolish acts, failures, neurotic acts, stupid mistakes…which  I did in 2008. That cannot box me in. As the quote above states, they are individual moments.. They cannot fix us into immutable characters. I can change for the better and I will. (As Abraham Maslow once said, “What one can be, one must be!”)

There is nothing to regret but to appreciate the best I had in 2008 gratefully. The best of life is still to come. The coming part (2009 onwards) of the life is going to be definitely better than my past. Relishing the NOW- looking forward with all of my heart, expecting Great things for God!

Dear God, Help me to be the best ever version of Arun! Update my software as I submit my internal code to you to program my core once again. I am yours! Sincerely-Arun

What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy – ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness–that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what–at last–I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) won the Nobel prize for literature for his History of Western Philosophy and was the co-author of Principia Mathematica.

These words are from the Prologue to Bertrand Russell’s Autobiography.

Two Solitudes

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other”

Ranier Maria Rilke

What is your message?

Once, while Mahatma Gandhi’s train was pulling slowly out of the station, a European reporter ran up to his compartment window. ‘Do you have a message I can take back to my people?’ he asked. It was Gandhi’s day of silence, a vital respite from his demanding speaking schedule, so he didn’t reply. Instead, he scrawled a few words on a scrap of paper and passed it to the reporter: “My Life is my message”

Eknaath Easwaran