The anklet, sweetly chimes....
Yes, for the truth and righteous living
Fearlessness and inner strength.
It chimes melodiously
To make the art flow and its awareness
To value and hold the spirit of culture and traditions
Be silent, listen and know
It again chimes for the harmony, peace and goodness
The faith, love and brotherhood
It chimes in
The past, the present and the future
and beckons the spiritual path of liberation
Ah...It streams as a blessing
From the powerful goddess of chastity
The saintly abode of Kannaki.
© Gopakumar Radhakrishnan
- Above all,
beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism
with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or
woe and never adjust them to others “fads” thought the greed of getting
brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night
before you, and out of that will come great work.
- Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads
- Respect for all living beings
- All human beings are miserable
due to their own faults, and they themselves can be happy by correcting
- Non-violence is the highest
- A man is seated on top of a
tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees
all living beings perish. But he doesn't realize
that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That
man is fool.
- what really
is important is your behavior in front of your peers, family, work,
community and in front of the world Remember, the universe is the
echo of our actions and our thoughts
Take care of your thoughts
because they become words
Take care of your words because they will
Take care of your actions because they will become
Take care of your habits because they will form your
Take care of your character because it will form our
and your destiny will be your life
must remind you of Socrates' last statement on the earth. He
I was young I thought I knew everything. I bragged, because I
argue better than anybody else. When I became a little more
I realized that there were many things I didn't know, I was
bragging. And because others could argue against me they
I must be knowing, because my argument was weightier. And as
on, slowly slowly it became clear to me that I know nothing.
this be my last statement on the earth: that I do not know."
Socrates had become a child again, but he had risked all his
philosophy, his great intelligence, all his arguments, his whole
effort of winning against opponents in debates, discussions. He
the topmost intelligent man in Greece. But he had the tremendous
to say, "I know nothing."”
- Gurdjieff was born in Armenia around 1870. Although his first tutor
was a priest, he received a scientific education, but in surroundings
and a way of life that had changed little for centuries. To his
questions: Who am I? Why am I here? he found no answer either in
religion or in science, but suspected that the truth lay hidden behind
what had come down from the past in religious traditions . Inspiring like-minded companions, he set
out to find in Asia and Africa the truth he sought, learning many
languages, and acquiring many practical skills to earn the money for his
- In 1912 he brought to Moscow an unknown teaching, a teaching that was
not a religion, nor a philosophy, but a practical teaching to be lived.
To follow the way he proposed, nothing is to be believed until verified
by direct experience and life in the world is not to be renounced. It
is a way in life, on which - gradually, for it cannot be done all at
once - everything has to be questioned - one's beliefs, assumptions,
attitudes, one's whole outlook on the life of man on this Earth.
- Man is asleep, said Gurdjieff, he has no real consciousness or will.
He is not free; to him, everything happens. He can become conscious and
find his true place as a human being in the creation, but this requires a
- Gurdjieff calls us to awaken, telling us:
- "Man's possibilities are very great. You cannot even conceive a
shadow of what man is capable of attaining. But nothing can be attained
in sleep. In the consciousness of a sleeping man his illusions, his
'dreams' are mixed with reality. He lives in a subjective world and he
can never escape from it. And this is the reason why he can never make
use of all the powers he possesses and why he lives in only a small part
- Sufis believe that love is a projection of the essence of God (Allah)
to the universe. The most famous and respected of the Sufi poets,
Jalaludin Rumi, wrote extensively of love and the overwhelming joy of
joining with the divine:
“What would happen, youth, if you became a lover like me –
Every day madness, every night weeping.
His image not out of your eyes for an instant –
Two hundred lights in your eyes from that face.
You would cut yourself off from your friends,
You would wash your hands of the world:
“I have detached myself from myself,
I have become totally Yours.
“When I mix with these people, I am water with oil,
Outwardly joined, inwardly separate.”
Leaving behind all selfish desires, you would become mad,
But not any madness a doctor could cure.
If for an instant the physicians tasted this heartache,
They would escape their chains and tear up their books.
Enough! Leave all this behind, seek a mine of sugar!
Become effaced in that sugar like milk in pastry.”
- For those who say that He [God] does exist, He exists in [their] heart
as consciousness. [But] in the venomous mind [of those who do not
believe in Him], He will never exist [that is, He will never shine or be
known]. If, by purifying the venomous mind, one sees without delusion,
He will shine triumphantly and unalloyed as Self. (Guru Vachaka Kovai,
can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The
important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs
or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb
up by a bamboo pole.
- All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If
mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
confluence of knowledge, understanding and practice
When you grow into |
higher states of consciousness, you find
that you are no
longer thrown off balance by different situations and
disturbances. You become beautiful yet strong - a soft, delicate and
beautiful blossom capable of accommodating different
values in life
without any conditions."