Quotes by Maharishi Patańjali

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

"Peace can be reached through meditation on the knowledge which dreams give. Peace can also be reached through concentration upon that which is dearest to the heart.”

"Progress in mediation comes swiftly for those who try their hardest.”

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb."

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

"For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting."

"Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked."

"Memory is not allowing an object which has been experienced to escape."

"The lack of awareness of Reality, the sense of egoism of `I-am-ness', attractions and repulsions towards objects and the strong desire for life are the great afflictions or causes of all miseries in life."

"As thoughts, emotions (and actions) such as those of violence etc., whether they are done (indulged in) caused to be done or abetted, whether caused by greed, anger or delusion, whether present in mild, medium or intense degree, result in endless pain and ignorance; so there is the necessity of pondering over the opposites."

"Purification, self-inquiry, and surrender to God are the practices that lead to Unity. These practices cultivate awareness and remove the afflictions that obstruct Realization of Truth."

"The witness is Self, pure awareness, which, though boundless and unchanging, appears to perceive creation through the construct of mind."

"The identification of pure awareness with the mind and the creations of the mind causes the apprehension of both an objective world and a perceiver of it."

"The eight means of yoga are self-restraint, faithful observance, right posture, intentional breathing, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and awareness."

"When the mind withdraws attention from sense experience, the senses receive no impressions from sense objects, and awareness rests in its essential nature."

"Concentration, meditation, reflection. These three constitute samyama—detached awareness. Through mastery of samyama, the essence of wisdom is illuminated."


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