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Spiritual Quotes by Swami Gaurangapada: 11-60

 

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11.

We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions;

We sow our actions, and we reap this present life;

We sow this life; and we reap the next life & our destiny.

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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12.

Under all circumstances keep an even mind focussed on the Holy Names of the Lord.

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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13.

"The key to our happiness and contentment lies within us, within our own mind, heart and soul. The way we start each day is the most important step to achieve this happiness. Therefore it is mandatory for every soul to begin each day by absorbing oneself in the Holy Names of the Lord.

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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14.

Heat cannot be separated from fire, or service to the Lord from the soul."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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15.

 

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, but the life of the candle will not be shortened. Similarly thousands of creations and forms can come from the Lord, but the Lord remains full, perfect and complete.

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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16.

 "It is a our own mind - not our enemy or our foe that lures us into sin and self-destruction."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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17.

 "It's faith in the Lord and enthusiasm to chant His Holy Names that makes life worth living."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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18.

 "For he who lives a hundred years, idle and weak, a life of one day is better in remembrance of the Holy Names of the Lord."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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19.

"It is not always physical bravery that counts. We must have the courage to thank those who give us pain knowing that it is the mercy of the Lord upon us to make us humble and eligible for the eternal Kingdom of God."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

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20.

Just like a doctor bursts the painful boil of a patient, kindness to others does not only mean kindness to their bodies but to tell them the stark spiritual truth of the ghastly cycle of birth and death."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

Spiritual Quotations by Swami Gaurangapada: 21-30

 

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21.

"The spiritual quest begins where the material quest ends."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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22.

"The path of spirituality is a knife-edge between two abysses. If one does not chant the spiritual Holy Names of the Lord, one falls down into oblivion in either of the abysses. And if one chants the Holy Names but continues to blaspheme devotees then one bleeds and gets badly wounded by that very sharp knife."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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23.

""Ethical and moral worldly existence without chanting the Holy Names of the Lord and devotion to the Lord is just like trying to honestly divide stolen wealth among ourselves."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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24.

"The soul is an invisible spiritual force to the material eyes but is visible to everyone through the accomplishments and symptoms of the dead material body encaging the soul."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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25.

"The most difficult time for the soul comes just before realization just like the darkest moment is before the dawn. Thus the tests put in our life by our Lord are a stepping stone to our spiritual success if we see the hand of the Lord in them."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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26.

"We are not human beings here for a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings forced to undergo a human experience in this material world."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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27.

"We must accept disappointment from this finite world, but we must never lose hope in the infinite Lord and His Holy Names."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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28.

"We must learn to live together as children of the Lord keeping Him and His Holy Names in the center of our lives or perish together as fools."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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29.

"Harming others does not only mean raising arms on them but also means becoming miserly and thus not distributing the topmost and rare treasure of the Holy Names to others even while knowing the great power of the Names."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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28.

If the Lord brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Have full faith in Him always.

In happy moments, praise the Lord, and in difficult moments, seek Him.

In quiet moments, worship the Lord, and in painful moments, thank Him.

And in each and every moment, please please, chant His Holy Names.

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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29.

"Today, give a stranger the Holy Names of the Lord. It might be the only sunshine that he or she sees for the whole life!"

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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30.

"Know it quite certainly, that just to be alive is the greatest mercy of the Lord and to not use it as a golden opportunity to chant His Holy Names is the greatest ungrateful act in our lives towards the Lord."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada.

 

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31.

"Education in schools should uphold faith in the Lord and devotional service, not contribute to the doom by teaching atheism. Their present slogans: 'No need of God! Science is God!' spell disaster for mankind."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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32.

"The rapid and overwhelming change in the consciousness of the people is simply towards petty selfishness. Unless the chanting of the Holy Names is urgently taught in every city, town and village of the world, greed and violence will prevail all over."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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33.

"A major cause for the quick decay of mankind has been the popular demand and the consequential rise of bogus gurus claiming to be God and misleading the people into chanting their own names instead of the Holy Names of the Lord."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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34.

"The educational system should not be geared to simply produce innumerable graduates hungry to exploit the vast socio-economic system for simply filling their pockets. Real education means to understand our relationship with the Lord not to blindly run after accumulating some paper (money) which we are going to leave behind at the time of death."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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35.

"Everyone is crying out, 'Change! Change! Change!'. Change has become the order of the day. Every thing is changing so rapidly while we have been rendered breathless unable to imagine whether we are changing for the better of worse. The real truth is that the soul cannot change, nor the Lord, nor the eternal relation of the soul with the Lord and there can never be any change  to the sublime practice of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord for attaining Him."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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36.

"In the name of thinking rationally, education should not have the goal to kill the spiritual instinct but to nourish it. Rational thinking means to inquire about the basic questions of human life right from the childhood, 'Who am I?', 'Am I this perishable body?', 'Where have I come from?', 'Where do I go at the time of death?', 'Who is the Superior Intelligence behind this creation?', 'Does God exist?', 'If yes, what is my relation with Him?' and so on."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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37.

"The mental tug-of-war which torns our mind between the good and bad actions can be permanently terminated by daily reading of the Holy Scriptures and Pastimes of the Lord."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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38.

"We proudly proclaim, 'We'll think as we like and do as we like and no one dare stop us.' But we have to understand that  such whimsical actions will end in great sorrow at the time of death when the agents of Yama, the God of Death, come to capture and punish us for our rash actions not performed in accordance with the Holy Scriptures."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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39.

"All the fantasy dramas which we are presented in front of our eyes will not help us to solve our miserable situation in the material world and the four basic problems of human life: birth, death, disease and old age. Infact indulging in them makes us loose sight of our actual goal which is to attain eternal happiness by serving the Lord."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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40.

"The more one becomes interested in lust, the further one descends to the level of animals."

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

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41.

“Please do not get caught on the superficial platform. Try to understand who you are. You are not this body and you cannot be factually identified by any designations of this body as they are all temporary and will last for a maximum of a mere 100 years.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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42.

“Human life is not meant for merely decorating the body and riding around in a posh car. Neither it is meant simply for getting a comfortable home, a nice spouse, or a good job. It is specifically meant for understanding the soul and God.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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43.

“Gauranga Krishna consciousness is a serious education in spiritual values of the soul not another partisan dogma.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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44.

“Educated people have very little taste for the empty ritualism of so-called religion. Real spirituality, however, is the scientific inquiry into the knowledge of the soul’s relation with the Supreme Lord.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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45.

“Factual spiritual knowledge never changes as it is based on the Absolute Truth. Speculative theories, hypothesis and untruths propagated in the name of truth or science keep on continuously replacing each other but still they fail to change the Absolute Truth.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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46.

“Laughter, ridicule or scorn from others towards you due to your engagement in the scientific spiritual process will gradually turn into respect and admiration if you remain strong in your determination to daily practice the chanting of the Holy Names, come what may.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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47.

“People are beginning to ask: ‘In the pursuit of materialism, are we not selling our souls?’ The more dissatisfied the human civilization feels within even after so much material progress, the more urgently they need to hear about the Lord and chant His Holy Names.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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48.

“The whole world is waiting. The era of real change has not even begun as yet what to speak of it being over. Whatever progress has taken place so far will seem quite insignificant in comparison to the great peaceful spiritual revolution that is coming soon on the planet through the chanting of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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49.

“Don’t wait until you are old and worn out to chant the Holy Names of the Lord. Now is the time. Wake up before it is too late. Don’t delay. Let your energetic youthfulness, adventurous spirit and inquisitiveness be fully utilized in chanting, hearing and spreading the glories of the Lord.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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50.

“Don’t degrade yourself simply in the name of modern advancement. If you really want to be elevated, advanced and progressive, take up the scientific process of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord without any further hesitation.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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51.

“So many bogus ‘Gods’ are cropping up daily in an attempt to imitate the real Lord. But even all these ‘Gods’ combined are not as important as the paper ‘God’: money. Almost every single person on this planet has fully dedicated oneself, body, mind and soul simply to the acquisition of this paper ‘God’.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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52.

“Going to the temple is on the increase. However, majority go there asking for material boons. ‘Give me money. Help to me to get a good job or pass my exams. Give me this. Give me that.’ Very few are interested to love the Lord and chant His Holy Names simply for the sake of pleasing Him.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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53.

“The world today is in a chaotic mess. Most people live below the poverty line, with no hope of ever getting above it. The cities are over-crowded, disordered and passionate. Violence, anger, corruption, exploitation and mercilessness are part of normal life. Very few people care for others. They only think about themselves but still they are full of anxiety. There is no trust even between family members. Newer and newer diseases are afflicting billions. No one is actually happy even though they have invented millions of ways to make themselves imagine that they are happy. But still they do not learn their lesson and take up the chanting of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna which is the only way to attain permanent and real happiness.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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54.

“People are constantly engrossed in indulging in activities of monumental meaninglessness but when requested to try out meditation on the Lord’s Holy Names which is the only meaningful panacea to all ills, they reject it without even trying it.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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55.

“Modern society teaches one to never be satisfied but always hanker for more even if one has millions of dollars. Just think which is better, to be happy with the strength of the Holy Names even in the midst of difficulty or paucity, or to be discontent and full of anxiety even in the midst of plenty?”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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56.

“You can peel layer after layer of the onion and eventually nothing will remain. This does not apply to God as He is not an onion. Even after billions of expansions emanate from the Lord, the Lord remains infinite, full and complete as He was originally.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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57.

“Liberation is not automatically awarded to anyone who dies. If this were the case, there would be no animals, birds, insects and trees as the souls would all be delivered from the 8.4 million species of life after their death instead of transmigrating to the other species.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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58.

“When we gaze in the mirror we see our reflection and everything around us but when we go behind the mirror we see nothing. In the same way, self-realization is only possible when we turn our face towards the Lord and His Holy Names whereas our life will become wasted if we turn away from Them.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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59.

“Some people foolishly proclaim, ‘Life is not meant for discipline and restriction. Life is simply meant for enjoyment. Do as you please.’ But is there any field of activity in life in which you can be successful without some discipline and sacrifice? Just like the old saying goes, ‘No gain without pain.’”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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60.

“Those who make the vain attempt of denying the eternal uniqueness of their own soul as a part and parcel of God and want to merge the soul with God or want the soul to become God through some cheap practice, are unceremoniously committing spiritual suicide.”

 

- Swami Gaurangapada

 

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