- For people to like each other, one does not have to always be right — A Belgian proverb
- It does not matter if you walk slowly, but it is important you are walking the right path
- If you were stabbed in the back then know that you are in the front
- Love is physics, marriage is chemistry
- He who does not respect an appointment, does not respect himself
- Truth hurts those who got used to illusions
- Do not ever walk on the woven
path because it leads you to where others have been — Graham Bell
- Never say “God is in my heart”, instead say “I am in the heart of God” — Gibran Khalil Gibran
- Eat less, you live longer
- Early risers are high achievers
- The week of the productive person is 7 days but the week of a lazy person is 7 tomorrows
- Three things enter a house without permissions: debts, old age and death
- Don’t say: “I will give”, instead just give
- Good reputation is like an olive tree, it grows slowly but it lives long
- Wherever a trust worthy person slept is home, but a traitor is a stranger even in his own country
Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
— Henry Van Dyke
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said:
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
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I learned about Mr. S. N. Goenka when I wanted to learn the Vipassana Meditation technique. His teaching method and the meditation technique was the best I learned in my life.
About S. N. Goenka
Some background about Mr. S. N. Goenka, from the Dhamma website:
Although Indian by descent, Mr. Goenka was born and raised in Myanmar (Burma). While living there, he had the good fortune to come into contact with Sayagyi U Ba Khin and to learn the technique of Vipassana from him. After receiving training from his teacher for 14 years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. In a country still sharply divided by differences of caste and religion, the courses offered by Mr. Goenka soon attracted thousands of people from every part of society. In addition, many people from countries around the world came to join courses in Vipassana meditation.
Over a period of almost 45 years, Mr. Goenka and the teachers appointed by him taught hundreds of thousands of people in courses in India and other countries, East and West. Today, meditation centers established under his guidance are operating in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia.
The technique taught by S.N. Goenka goes back two and a half millennia to the Buddha. The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma – the way to liberation – which is universal. In the same tradition, Mr. Goenka’s approach is totally non-sectarian. For this reason, his teaching has had a profound appeal to people of all backgrounds, of every religion and no religion, and from every part of the world.
I was walking in downtown San Antonio near St. Mary’s street and I found this beautiful statue:
The statue had a sign above it reading:
By Sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, 2015
“In Truth I tell you in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me”.
— Matthew 25:40
The Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculate & The People of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Edward and Linda Speed Whose Family have been members for over 100 years.
In this day and age, we need to remember our fellow humans and try to help them as much as possible. Such a statue, right in downtown San Antonio is such a reminder. If God blessed us with many gifts, the least we can do (apart from being grateful), is to share our blessings with others.
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I have to say that Native Americans always fascinate me with their connection to Mother Earth and the Spirit World. Anyway, on my way out after the event, I saw those beautiful words of wisdom framed on the wall:
The Earth doesn’t belong to man.
Man belongs to the Earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites one family.
All things are connected.
What ever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web he also does to himself.
— Chief Seattle, 1854
Here’s the original quote as it was posted on the wall:
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I love sayings because they are concise and stay with you in the hard times and give you hope.
Today I share with you sayings that I received by email many years ago. Continue reading