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Wisdom Classification: Purification


Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ Complications also arise by the effect of our wrong thinking and practice, which we have to clear off through the process of cleaning. (SDG 98)

♦ Purity starts from being and impurities are the result of the wrong suggestions and improper utilization of the inner environment.(SDG 31)

♦ The process of cleaning uses the Original Power of Thought in the form of human will. (IPAM 59)

♦ Under the system of ‘Natural Path’ it (inner cleaning) is accomplished by easy mental practices, aided by the power transmitted by the teacher. (BWS 237)

♦ The external ways adopted for the purpose (attainment of purity) began to cast their effect upon the mind and thus the internal purity too began to develop. (BWS 129)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ If the chimney is full of smoke, how can the light be seen? If the mind is full of dirt, how can the soul shine?

- Yogaswami of Jaffna

♦ Funnily many aspirants seek to fly within their own egg shells.

- Sri K. C. Narayana

♦ Spirituality in dustbin is not even good to hear.

- Sri K. C. Narayana

♦ Develop a meditation that is like water. Doing this, you will find that the thoughts and impressions that possess you will flow away. Just as people wash away their body liquids, their sweat and spittle, pus and blood, and yet the water is not troubled or disgusted--so this water meditation will bring you peace.

- Majjhima Nikaya

♦ Where there is great hatred, are the fetters of hell.
Where there is great avarice, are the fetters of the tortured spirits.
Where there is great ignorance, are the fetters of the beasts.
Where there is great lust, are the fetters of man.
Where there is great envy, are the fetters of the demigods.
Where there is great pride, are the fetters of the gods.
These are the six fetters of non-liberation.

- Brandon Peele

♦ Have you ever won an argument, or gotten your way, yet had the subtle feeling that something was wrong? We are constantly driven by a part of us which wants to always get its way: to win an argument, to look good, or to gain approval and acceptance. This we call success. The irony is, we can only truly succeed when we are able to consciously forego the relentless demands of that part of us.

♦ Worrying about something that may never happen is like paying interest on money you may never borrow.

♦ If you do not cut the noose of your karma while living, what hope is there of liberation when you are dead? It is a hopeless dream to think that union will come after the soul leaves the body.

- Kabir

♦ The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.

- Robert M. Pirsig

♦ To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.

- Helen Keller (submitted)

♦ There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience

♦ Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

- Ruth E. Renkel

♦ Once a man has committed a sin once and then a second [appears to him that it] is permitted.

- Babylonian Talmud

♦ Worldly desires are like sunbeams in a dark room. They seem solid until you try to grasp one.

- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

♦ Gossip kills three: the speaker, the spoken of, and the listener.

♦ On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

- Aldous Huxley

♦ The spiritual weapon of self-purification, intangible as it seems, is the most potent means of revolutionizing one’s environment and loosening the external shackles. It works subtly and invisibly; it is an intense process though it might often seem a weary and long-drawn process. It is the straightest way to liberation, the surest and the quickest, and no effort can be too great for it. What it requires is faith—an unshakable mountain like faith that flinches from nothing.

- Mahatma Gandhi

♦ Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

- George Bernard Shaw

♦ Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

♦ When you are completely clear, there is no subjective distortion; when you are completely pure, there is true perception. But even if you are thus through and through, this is still now the transcendental key. When the wind and waves have died out, the ocean of mind is as is; when you get to the bottom of the ocean of mind, for the first time you see the black pearl.

- Tzu-te

♦ A Brahman named Sangarava bathed every morning and evening in the river so that he could be cleansed from whatever sin he might have committed during the day. To him, the Buddha said, "If bathing could purify one from sins, then all the frogs, turtles, and crocodiles would be free from sin! The real lake is the lake of goodness, with grace as its shore for bathing. Clear and undefiled, it soothes all who immerse themselves. Plunge into the waters of goodness and learn to swim."

♦ If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

- Vincent Van Gogh