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If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world
Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.
I am a spark from the Infinite. I am not flesh and bones. I am light.
Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.
No one appears on our stage unless the director has placed them there for our benefit
It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.
Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.
Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.
The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others.
By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself. Then, you will find others responding in like manner to you.
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! control the present! Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise.
Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.
Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me.
When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.
Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.
When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody.
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace, and wisdom.
Is a diamond less valuable because it is covered with mud? God sees the changeless beauty of our souls. He knows we are not our mistakes.
Nothing is impossible unless you think it is.
Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you - to make you realise that you are a part of Spirit and that just behind the sparks of your life is the Flame of Infinity.
A smooth life is not a victorious life.
Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply sincere. For God doesn't mind your imperfections: He minds your indifference.
Fearlessness means faith in God: faith in his protection, His justice, His wisdom, His mercy, His love, and His Omnipresence... To be fit for Self-realization man must be fearless.
The soul's first adventure is the fight between two ideas: the wish to return to earth in a human form, and the desire to feel the freedom of having no form.
Do not take life's experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.
The rains of Life's Blessings cannot gather on mountaintops of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.
Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept!
You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you
Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others' shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.
I could not think of being unkind, even to a mortal enemy. It would hurt me. I see so much unkindness in the world, and there is no excuse for me to add to it.
If you have a strong mind and plant in it a firm resolve, you can change your destiny.
If you are in a dark room, don’t beat at the darkness with a stick, but rather try to turn on the light
The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace.
The mother's love is not given to us to spoil us with indulgence, but to soften our hearts, that we may in turn soften others with kindness.
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
People are running, running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.
I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separated from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life.
Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain; enough in a gram of flesh to run the city of Chicago for 2 days. And you say you are tired?
We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality. So whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now.
In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom.
Analyze yourself. All emotions are reflected in the body and mind. Envy and fear cause the face to pale, love makes it glow.
Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.
Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.