Khalil Gibran said that parents are like a bow, And children like arrows. The more the bow bends and stretches, the farther the arrow flies. I fly, not because I am special, but because they stretched for me.
Do not rust to the “right answer”, the key, always, is to ask the “right question”.
As it often happens, the very reason for your success, over a prolonged period of time, can lead to your downfall.
While you can certainly learn from the successes of great men, you can learn even more from their failures and mistakes.
Kimapi Nu Nanaahaa Vadishyanti. Tadeva Kaaryam Janaanaam.
Meaning: People will talk nonsense. It is, after all, their job.
The strange thing about anger is that it is like fire; the more you feed it, the more it grows. It takes a lot of wisdom to know when to let anger go.
Every emotion in the universe exists for a purpose; nothing is superfluous in nature’s design.
Vayur anilam amritam; Athedam bhasmantam shariram.
Meaning: Let this temporary body be burned to ashes. But the breath of life belongs elsewhere. May it find its way back to the Immortal Breath.
If a tactic has led to failure, then persisting with it unquestioningly, in the wild hope of a different outcome, is nothing short of insanity.
If karma is giving you a negative signal repeatedly, then it is not testing you, it is trying to teach you.
Just like a wise human will have no preferences for his kidneys over his liver, the One God will not pick one group over another. The only true One God is the one who picks no sides, who belongs to everything, who doesn’t demand loyalty or fear; in fact, who doesn’t demand anything at all.
Birth is completely unimportant. It is just a means of entry into this world of action, into this karmabhoomi. Karma is all that matters.
Freedom is never the ally of law. You can have freedom to choose whether you want to join or leave the society based on the rule of law. But so long as you live in such a society, you must obey the law.
Justice in terms of “right” or “wrong” is a man-made concept. It is entirely up to us to define justice in new terms of what is fair or unfair.
Swagruhe Pujyate Murkhaha; Swagraame Pujyate Prabhuhu Swadeshe Pujyate Raja; Vidvaansarvatra Pujyate.
Meaning: A fool is worshiped in his home. A chief is worshiped in his village. A king is worshiped in his kingdom. A knowledgeable person is worshiped everywhere.
Sometimes, truth causes pain and suffering. At such times, silence is preferred. In fact, there may be times when a white lie, could actually lead to a good outcome.
Some good can emerge from the most horrific of events. There is something positive hidden in every negative, and something negative in every positive. Life is complicated, and a balanced person can see both sides.
When the axe entered the forest, the trees said to each other: do not worry, the handle in that axe is one of us.
Dark clouds cannot hide the sun forever. One day, they will clear and true light will shine through.