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Wisdom Classification: Commandment 8 (HAPPINESS)


"Be happy to eat in constant divine thought whatever you get, with due regard to honest and pious earnings."

Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ Happiest man is he, who is happy under all circumstances, and that is the part of a saint. (SDG 38)

♦ It is a hidden dictum of Nature that every soul must live a happy and restful life. (SDG 37)

♦ A happy disposition is a state which percolates its effect upon the lower layers and purifies them. (BWS 162)

♦ While taking food we fix our thought upon the Ultimate which we have finally to attain, in order to take in its effect too, and increase our purity all the more (BWS 163)

♦ Our rules provide for taking food in the remembrance of God. (BWS 163)

♦ The thing got from Nature is very pure because its basis is purity. The thing earned by man can also remain in a pure state when that is got through pure and pious means. (BWS 164)

♦ If it(Food)is taken meditating all the while on God it will cure all kinds of spiritual diseases and remove things which hinder our progress. (BWS 97)

♦ The power of Prana being all pervasive, nothing is free from its influence. It is inside the food as well as outside it. (BWS 163)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

- Tirukkural.

♦ Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.

- Douglas Jerrould

♦ Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

- Margaret Lee Runbeck

♦ The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.

- Paul Scherer

♦ Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has.

♦ Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

- John Lubbock

♦ Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

- Robert Frost

♦ Always remember: Joy is not merely incidental to your spiritual quest. It is vital.

- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

♦ Happy is he who controls his inclination.

♦ Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

- Albert Schweitzer

♦ Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

- Anonymous

♦ [Realized person] If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.

♦ When the perfect wisdom is first seen, a new perception comes into being that does not depend on any structure. The great quest of the seeker now blossoms as various vast and mysterious doors swing open at the mere touch of the new perception.

There is the door that opens to a vista of the essenceless essence, that which is the real nature of the manifested world. There is the door of liberation from a merely partial perception or muddled perspective of this real nature. And there is the door that opens directly into the authentic realization of this true nature.

There is the wonderful door that opens into an intensity of sights and sounds, colour and beauty. And there is the door of balance and ease through which one looks in awe at all the limitless structures of the world as one looks at the star-studded night sky. And there is the door to the exquisite happiness that would never want to own any worldly treasures or to possess even that same happiness. Finally, there is the door of total awakening itself.

- Prajnaparamita