The Great Gurus or Mahatmas are the wise ones who have lived through unknown numbers of human existences to have experienced all that life on earth dictates and learned all that has been necessary to achieve human excellence. They are the earth graduates, who have become more than human, or greater human beings.  They are the wise ones who have found the answers to our common questions about ourselves, about life, the universe and about the Supreme Consciousness we call God.

Some of these wise ones remain with us as leaders, guides or teachers. Many have developed great insight into human nature in their particular line of teaching. Others reveal the potential for development and application of human talents. Some offer us a simple philosophy as a guiding light through our difficulties and pain. Others make us aware of the power of our spiritual self beyond our personality limitations. Each possesses an understanding of human nature, including our own.

It is said that ‘Every pleasure, pain and problem has an echo in the Master’s heart’. We are drawn to the teacher who will not only direct us, but understands our personal problems and yet encourages us to overcome them. We seek their wisdom and compassion and need, perhaps most of all, to know of their existence so that by their example, they can inspire us.

It is a common experience that when we are in need of a little wisdom, the right book, or words often seem to present themselves.  The following is a limited selection of words of wisdom from great and wise men and women, whether they are advanced human beings known as saints, philosophers, poets, scientists, religious leaders or traditional Gurus.

 

Be active, with the Activity of Inner Life.

Lao Tse

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Life is a quarry, out of which we have to mould and chisel and complete a character.

Goethe

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Perfection has to be worked out, has to be accomplished.

Imperfection, limitation, death, grief, ignorance, matter are only the first terms of the formulary; they are the initial discords of the musician’s tuning.  Out of imperfection we have to construct perfection, out of limitation to discover infinity, out of death to find immortality, out of grief to recover divine bliss, out of ignorance to rescue divine self-knowledge, out of matter to reveal spirit. To work out this end for ourselves and for humanity is the object of our Yogic practice.

Sri Aurobindo

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The strongest desire of everything, and the one first implanted by Nature, is to return to its source.  And since God is the Source of our soul and has made it like unto Himself…therefore this soul desires above all things to return to Him.

Dante

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The knowledge of the absolute Spirit, like the effulgence of the sun, or like heat in fire, is naught else than the absolute Essence itself.

Shankaracharya

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The unity of life is man’s great truth upon which foundation he may build the empire of his soul.

Manly Palmer Hall

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Religion is the search for a value underlying All things, and as such is the most comprehensive of all the possible philosophies of life. A deeply moving religious experience is not readily forgotten, but is likely to remain as a focus of thought and desire.

Professor Allport in Personality, A Psychological Interpretation

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There is a continuity of mind, as the yogis call it. The mind is universal. Your mind, my mind, all these little minds, are fragments of that universal mind, little waves in the ocean; and on account of this continuity, we can convey our thoughts directly to one another.

Swami Vivekananda

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He is rich who is rich in truth: he is poor who is poor in truth.  All else is of little moment.”

Manly Palmer Hall

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Association with the wise leads to detachment, then to freedom from delusion, then to unshakable truth, and then finally to Jivanmukti (Liberation while living).

Shankaracharya

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A new religion will be given out, yet it will be but a facet of the old.  There is but one religion, as there is but One God.  Truth Itself is infinitely greater than can ever be mirrored in all the teachings, the philosophies, the  religions of the world. Each of them catch and reflect, as it were, one beam of the Light.  Whether the reflection is a true one or not, depends upon the purity of the mirror.

Jesus

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Neither shall they say Lo here! Or lo, there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus

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I believe in God – who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of the universe. I believe that Intelligence is manifested throughout all nature. The basis of all scientific work is the conviction that the world is an ordered and comprehensible Entity, and not a thing of chance.

Albert Einstein

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Our life is simply what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

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For there can be no religion more true or just than to know the things that are.

Hermes Trismegistus

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He who would understand the Plains must ascend the Eternal Hills, where a man’s eyes scan Infinity.  But he who would make use of understanding must descend onto the plains, where Past and Future meet and men have need of him.

Tsiang Samdup

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Man is a seed which he himself must make to sprout, and he must die as a seed in order to live as a tree.

Claude Bragdon

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Most men are vexed and miserable because they do not use their hearts in the enjoyment of outward things, but use outward things as a means of delighting their hearts.

Lin An

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