“Happiness” = gratitude. Practice the latter and you’ll feel the former.
Know that every argument won is an argument lost; every argument that is lost is an argument won. It means that if you win an argument by means of self-justification, you have lost control over yourself. And if you keep silent in an argument, you have won, since you have exercised self-control.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati
At the conclusion of the Gita, Lord Krishna declares to Arjuna: “Yathecchasi Tatha Kuru. Now, it is up to you what you will choose. Whether to follow and do as I say or whether to follow your own desire.” [Gita 18.63] The individual has freedom of choice. He can weigh pros and cons. He can anticipate consequences by reflection.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati
Radiant Immortal Atman! Beloved seekers! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine! Knowledge is the knowing of the things. Wisdom is the understanding and experiencing of things. Wisdom is to knowledge what a fully ripened fruit would be to a fruit in the beginning stage – without juice, sweetness or fragrance. Knowledge enables you to know many things, but it does not itself make you wise. Knowledge is an intellectual process, but it lacks depth, a quality to impel the knower to be what he knows. That subtle factor which makes knowing into being is a gradual ripening of that knowledge into experience. When knowledge rises above a certain point, it matures into wisdom and gains loftiness, and turns into intuition. Then intuition replaces knowledge and knowing turns into being, and life becomes infused by wisdom.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati
The need for the higher illumination is more serious a matter than the birth and the death of the overcoat, and the quest for the Absolute should be undertaken even sacrificing the dearest object, fearless of even the greatest pain and loss that may have to be encountered in the world. It is a mistake to be interested in the different forms of perception, in the various categories of relative experience. Nothing is worth a moment’s notice except the realisation of Brahman. The most pleasant, the sweetest joy derived through contact of the subject and the object is only a womb of pain; it has to be rejected for the sake of the Bliss that is true in the absolute sense.
The nature of that which is perceived is strongly influenced by the nature of that which perceives. The moment the form of the desire is changed the object also appears to change itself to suit the requirements of the centre of consciousness that projects forth the desire. Whatever we want, that alone we see and obtain. Nothing else can exist in the objective universe corresponding to an individual’s experiences than what is demanded by the individual in its present stage of self- evolution in order to effect the necessary transfigurations in itself for the purpose of the realisation of a higher consciousness of existence. A knowledge of this fact of life makes one wake up from his slumber and strive to reach the culmination of experience where further transcendence of states ceases.
Swami Krishnananda Saraswati
The Realisation of the Absolute