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Wisdom Classification: Viveka and Vairagya


Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ The feeling of Vairagya in the real sense and with the lasting results can only be developed after thorough cleaning and due moderation. (BWS 270)

♦ The knowledge of the Divine is a science. (SDG 84)

♦ For every grain of wisdom the knowledge required must be at least ten times greater. (SDG 96)

♦ Attachment with God results in detachment from the world, and that is true vairagya. (SS 36)

♦ We are failing in our sacred duty if we do not exert ourselves for the discharge of our responsibilities pertaining either to this or to the next world. (BWS 264)

♦ The real form of Viveka is that when a man begins to realize his own defects and shortcomings and the bottom of his heart feels repentant for them. (BWS 273)

♦ It (Vairagya) is simply an inner feeling which turns our heart away from all that is superfluous for our normal living. (BWS 33)

♦ I do not agree with those who hold the view that the only means of cultivating non-attachment is to get away from home and family and retire to a solitary corner discarding all worldly ties. (BWS 200)

♦ Renunciation truly means non-attachment with worldly objects and not the non-possession of things. (BWS 200)

♦ ‘We are and we are not’ as also ‘we are not and we are’ (SDG - 156)

♦ It is all absorbing attachment (bondage) to Reality alone, which liberates one from every other bondage. (SDG 105)

♦ We should love our parents and everybody in the family without being soiled by attachment. (SDG 125)

♦ A few are so born who confuse dhal for boiled rice and take great pleasure in this confusion. (SDG 180)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ When a lute is played, there is no previous store of playing that it comes from. When the music stops, it does not go anywhere else. It came into existence by way of the structure of the lute and the playing of the performer. When the playing ceases, the music goes out of existence.

In the same way all the components of being, both material and nonmaterial, come into existence, play their part, and pass away.

That which we call a person is the bringing together of components and their actions with each other. It is impossible to find a permanent self there. And yet there is a paradox. For there is a path to follow and there is walking to be done, and yet there is no walker. There are actions but there is no actor. The air moves but there is no wind. The idea of a specific self is a mistake. Existence is clarity and emptiness.

- Visuddhi Magga

♦ We should surrender our intention to selfishly seek merit and recognition for our merit, and instead simply plant merit and cultivate wisdom.

♦ Inwardly be free of all hopes and desires, but outwardly do what needs to be done. Without hopes in your heart, live as if you were full of hopes. Live with your heart now cool and now warm, just like everyone else. Inwardly give up the idea "I am the doer," yet outwardly engage in all activities. This is how to live in the world, completely free from the least trace of ego.

- Maha Ramayana

♦ Empty and calm and devoid of self
Is the nature of all things.
No individual being
In reality exists.
There is no end or beginning,
Nor any middle course.
All is an illusion,
As in a vision or a dream.
All beings in the world
Are beyond the realm of words.
Their ultimate nature, pure and true,
Is like the infinity of space.

- Prajnaparamita

♦ Domestic life is rightly called virtue. The monastic path, rightly lived beyond blame, is likewise good.
He who rightly pursues the householder's life here on Earth will be rightfully placed among the Gods there in Heaven.

- Tirukkural 5:49-50

♦ Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.

- Doug Larson

♦ The king said: 'Venerable Sir, where does wisdom dwell?'
'Nowhere, O king.'
'Then, Sir, there is no such thing as wisdom.'
'Where does the wind dwell, O king?'
'Not anywhere, Sir.'
'So there is no such thing as wind.'
'Well answered, Sir'

♦ He who has amassed great wealth but does not enjoy it is reckoned as dead, like his unused heap.
Believing wealth is everything, yet giving away nothing, the miser himself will be possessed by a miserable birth.

- Tirukkural 101:1001-1002

♦ From evil springs forth more evil. Therefore, evil is to be feared even more than fire.
To commit no wrong, even against one's enemies,
Is said to be supreme wisdom.

- Tirukkural 21:202-203

♦ Wisdom is the ability to do good and to abandon sin.

♦ The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

- William James

♦ In seeking wisdom the first step is silence, the second: listening, the third: remembering, the fourth: practicing, the fifth: teaching others.

- Solomon Ibn

♦ The purely righteous do not complain about evil, rather they add justice. They do not complain about heresy, rather they add faith. They do not complain about ignorance, rather they add wisdom.

- Rav Kook

♦ The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.

♦ People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they BEGIN TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE.