Timeless Pearls of Wisdom

Failures help us to succeed.

Failures are but the pillars of success. To learn from our failures is to achieve success. Never to have failed is never to have won. Unless we experience failure and its bitterness, we will never appreciate the sweetness of victory. Failures not only help us to succeed, they make us energetic, enthusiastic, and rich in experience.

All living beings are comrades in suffering, all are subjected to a common predicament.

In the average human mind, there is rubbish heap of evil; but fortunately there is also a storehouse of virtue waiting to be uncovered. The choice of developing virtue of committing evil is really up to oneself.

In the pursuit of wealth, people have lost sight of the fact that money

is merely a means to an end. We fail to understand the nature, meaning and purpose of wealth. We are only interested in one aim – just to have more money. As a result, we end up in a blind alley frustrated and confused because we are no nearer to true happiness than when we were poor.

No one can cross the ocean in a sailing boat by defying the winds;

instead, the sailor must adjust the sails to go with the winds. The currents of life are always streaming in one direction. They will never change the course of their flow to suit the sailor, just as the sun does not change its apparent direction. We must adapt ourselves to this flow of life to find complete harmony within ourselves and with our environment.

The secret of happy, successful living lies in doing what needs to be done now.

We should not worry about the past or the future. We cannot go back to the past to undo the things that we have done. Nor can we anticipate everything that may happen in the future due to conditions in the world which are constantly changing and unpredictable. There is but one moment of time over which we have some conscious control – the present.

In building a happy, purposeful life, we should exercise our compassion

and wisdom, the two wings that can raise us to the summit of human perfection. If we are to develop the emotional aspect neglecting the intellectual, we will become good-hearted fools, while the development of our intellectual side at the neglect of the emotional will make us hard-hearted intellectuals with no feelings for others.

You cannot hope to gain happiness and peace by simply praying.

You have to work to gain such blessings. Belief in God and praying for protection is useful but you should not forget to lock the door when you leave your house, because there is no guarantee that God will look after your house until you come back.

The essence of true charity is to give something without expecting

anything in return for the gift. If a person expects some material benefit to arise from the gift, he or she is only performing an act of bartering and not charity. A charitable person should not make other people feel indebted or use charity as a way of exercising control over them.

The connection between thoughts and deeds,

between mental and material actions is an extension of thought. It is not possible to commit murder with a good heart because the taking of life is simply the outward expression of a state of mind dominated by aversion anger, hate or greed. Deeds are condensation of thoughts just as rain is a condensation of vapour. Deeds proclaim from the rooftops of action only what has already been committed in the silent and secret chambers of the heart.

Everyone aims for happiness in life, yet they suffer more in the process.

The value of life lies not in the length of the days, but in the use we make of them. People may live long without doing any service to anybody and thus, live very little

We are a reflection of our thoughts and actions.

The world is like a mirror. If we look at it with a smiling face, we see a face smiling back at us. But if we look at it with a face of anger, we will see an ugly face reflected back. In the same way if we act with kindness and compassion, we will reap the same good qualities.

Leaders must be just and good.

When the ruler of a country is just and good, the ministers will become just and good. When the ministers are just and good, the officials will become just and good, when the officials become just and good, the people will become just and good.

When we are normal it is easy to be good

but it is difficult to be good when there are obstructions. It may not be too difficult to do good; it is more difficult to be good.  But to maintain a good mental attitude and to do some service to others in the face of accusations, criticism and obstructions is most difficult of all.

A calm attitude at all times shows a man of culture.

Calmness is not weakness. A calm attitude at all times shows a man of culture. It is not difficult for one to be calm when things are favourable, but to be composed when things go wrong is hard indeed. It is this difficult quality that is worth achieving, for by exercising such calm and control, a man builds strength of character.

Unsatisfactoriness is the nature of life.

Unsatisfactoriness follows one like a shadow along the pathway of life. During childhood, he has to shoulder the demands of duty. In the prime of manhood, he struggles to support himself and his family. The declining years to bring sickness, weakness, dependency, loneliness, suffering, and finally, death. Such is the fate of humanity.

Fear can ruin our life.

Fear fills a person with perpetual mental tension and anguish. Fear progressively erodes life and debases the mind. Fear is a potent pessimistic force which darkens the future. If one harbour any kind of fear, his way of thinking will be affected. Fear is capable of eroding one’s personality and making him landlord to a ghost.

We spend most of our time on our body: to feed it, to clothe it,

to cleanse it, to wash it, to beautify it, to relax it, but how much time do we spend on our mind for the same purpose?

Sacrifice your pride, you will find inner peace.

Difficult indeed it is to subdue one’s pride. But it is advisable to reduce one’s pride. If you are able to sacrifice your pride, then you can find inner peace, and experience true happiness.

Happy is he who makes others happy.

Happy is he who has lofty and noble aspirations. Happy is he who enriches the lives of others. Happy is he who enriches the lives of others.