"Thoughts and aphorisms". By Sri Aurobindo

Dearest one.

I am reading "thoughts and aphorisms" by Sri Aurobindo. I love it so much that I want to share a few thoughts with you.

193- The existence of poverty is the proof of an unjust and ill-organised society,and our public charities are but the first tardy awakening in the conscience of a robber.

223- If I cannot be Rama,then I would be Ravana;for he is the dark side of Vishnu.

226- Very usually,altruism is only the sublimest form of selfishness.

276- All speach and action comes prepared out of the eternal Silence.

299- Turn all things to honey; this is the law of divine living.

300- Private dispute should always be avoided; but shrink not from the public battle; yet even there appreciate the strength of thy adversary.

307- Men labour only after success and if they are fortunate enough to fail,it is because the wisdom and force of Nature overbear their intellectual cleverness.God alone knows when and how to blunder wisely and fail effectively.

346- The many strive after competence or riches,the few embrace poverty as a bride;but,for thyself,strive after and embrace God only.Let Him choose for thee a king's palace or the bowl of a beggar.

347- What is vice but an enslaving habit and virtue but a human opinion?See God and do His will;walk in whatever path He shall trace for thy goings. 357- Men run after pleasure and clasp feverishly that burning bride to their tormented bosoms;meanwhile a divine and faultless bliss stands behind them waiting to be seen and claimed and captured.

378- Mankind has used two powerful weapons to destroy its own powers and enjoyments,wrong indulgence and wrong abstinence.

407- I am not a bhakta,for I have not renounce the world for God.How can I renounce what He took from meby force and gave back to me against my will?These things are too hard for me.

408- I am not a Bhakta,I am not a Jnani,I am not a worker for the Lord.What am I then?A tool in the hands of my Master,a flute blown upon by the divine Herd-boy,a leaf driven by the breath of the Lord.

410-Others boast of their love for God.My boast is that I did not love God;it was He who loved me and sought me out and forced me to belong to Him.

424-The next greatest rapture to the love of God,is the love of God in men;there, too, one has the joy of multiplicity.

542-I believe with you,my friend,that God,if he exists,is a demon and an ogre.But after all what are you going to do about it?

With love.

Shivananda.


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