Jalaluddin Rumi Quotes & Poems on Life, Love & Death

Here are some of the best quotes and poems from the famed 13th-Century Sufi mystic, Maulana (also spelt as Molana) Jalaluddin Rumi - the founder of the order of whirling dervishes, who are largely concentrated in Konya, Turkey today. Sufism has much in common with Indian and East-asian spiritual traditions. Rumi himself considered India to be a destination of great spiritual importance, and his teacher Shams, is thought to have spent some time in India.Let's take a look at some sublime … [Read More...]

101 Famous Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire & Motivate

Nelson Mandela is one of the heroes of the modern age. An icon of freedom and the epitome of forgiveness and statesmanship, he is a larger then a life figure in today's world. Here are a few wonderful quotes from this eloquent and charismatic man who led South Africa through its freedom struggle and first years as a democratic nation. The Best Nelson Mandela Quotes We are not anti-white, we are against white supremacy. […] We have condemned racialism no matter by whom it is professed. - While e … [Read More...]

101 Inspiring Swami Vivekananda Quotes to Fire Your Spirit

Before we get to Swami Vivekanada's quotes, lets learn a little about him. Swami Vivekananda is one of India's most inspiring human beings. He wrote extensively about a range of subjects that dealt with the human predicament. He was one of the wisest men of the last few centuries and is widely credited with revitalizing Indian nationalism and the Hindu way of life, with the guidance of his Guru, the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Here are 101 inspirational Swami Vivekananda quotes from his … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 12

CHAPTER TWELVE 1. He is a blessed grhasta (householder) in whose house there is a blissful atmosphere, whose sons are talented, whose wife speaks sweetly, whose wealth is enough to satisfy his desires, who finds pleasure in the company of his wife, whose servants are obedient, in whose house hospitality is shown, the auspicious Supreme Lord is worshiped daily, delicious food and drink is partaken, and who finds joy in the company of devotees. 2. One who devotedly gives a little to a … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 11

CHAPTER ELEVEN 1. Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities. 2. He who forsakes his own community and joins another perishes as the king who embraces an unrighteous path. 3. The elephant has a huge body but is controlled by the ankusha (goad): yet, is the goad as large as the elephant? A lighted candle banishes darkness: is the candle as vast as the darkness. A mountain is broken even by a thunderbolt: is the thunderbolt t … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 10

CHAPTER TEN 1. One destitute of wealth is not destitute, he is indeed rich (if he is learned); but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way. 2. We should carefully scrutinise that place upon which we step (having it ascertained to be free from filth and living creatures like insects, etc.); we should drink water which has been filtered (through a clean cloth); we should speak only those words which have the sanction of the satras; and do that act which we have carefully … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 9

CHAPTER NINE  1. My dear child, if you desire to be free from the cycle of birth and death, then abandon the objects of sense gratification as poison. Drink instead the nectar of forbearance, upright conduct, mercy, cleanliness and truth. 2. Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents who stray onto anthills. 3. Perhaps nobody has advised Lord Brahma, the creator, to impart perfume to gold; fruit to the sugarcane; flowers to the sandalwood tree; … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 8

CHAPTER EIGHT  1. Low class men desire wealth; middle class men both wealth and respect; but the noble, honour only; hence honour is the noble man's true wealth. 2. ... 3. The lamp eats up the darkness and therefore it produces lamp black; in the same way according to the nature of our diet (sattva, rajas, or tamas) we produce offspring in similar quality. 4. O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet. The r … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 7

CHAPTER SEVEN 1. A wise man should not reveal his loss of wealth, the vexation of his mind, the misconduct of his own wife, base words spoken by others, and disgrace that has befallen him. 2. He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings, in acquiring knowledge, in eating and in business, becomes happy. 3. The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there. 4. One should feel satisfied … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 6

CHAPTER SIX 1. By means of hearing one understands dharma, malignity vanishes, knowledge is acquired, and liberation from material bondage is gained. 2. Among birds the crow is vile; among beasts the dog; the ascetic whose sins is abominable, but he who blasphemes others is the worst chandala. 3. Brass is polished by ashes; copper is cleaned by tamarind; a woman, by her menses; and a river by its flow. 4. The king, the brahmana, and the ascetic yogi who go abroad are respected; but the woman … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 5

CHAPTER FIVE 1. Agni is the worshipable person for the twice-born; the brahmana for the other castes; the husband for the wife; and the guest who comes for food at the midday meal for all. 2. As gold is tested in four ways by rubbing, cutting, heating and beating -- so a man should be tested by these four things: his renunciation, his conduct, his qualities and his actions. 3. A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you, but once it has come upon you, try to get rid of it w … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 4

CHAPTER FOUR1. These five: the life-span, the type of work, wealth, learning and the time of one's death are determined while one is in the womb.2. Offspring, friends and relatives flee from a devotee of the Lord: yet those who follow him bring merit to their families through their devotion.3. Fish, tortoises, and birds bring up their young by means of sight, attention and touch; so do saintly men afford protection to their associates by the same means.4. As long as your body is … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 3

CHAPTER THREE 1. In this world, whose family is there without blemish? Who is free from sickness and grief? Who is forever happy? 2. A man's descent may be discerned by his conduct, his country by his pronunciation of language, his friendship by his warmth and glow, and his capacity to eat by his body. 3. Give your daughter in marriage to a good family, engage your son in learning, see that your enemy comes to grief, and engage your friends in dharma. (Krsna consciousness). 4. Of a rascal … [Read More...]