3 Hindi insights

“Our work is not to perform on the stage or anything like that.  It is that whatever you get from your Guru, your entire existence is to pass that on, so that this teaching can go on and on and on, and give that essence for the future.  Maybe a very worthy person can come who can achieve something much more than me, if I keep this teaching intact.  So the main thing is to keep this teaching alive.  The rest is up to the Guru, and up to the Almighty.”
–Somjit Dasgupta

“Educational institutions are not enough to make good citizens, Every home should become an educational centre.  Indulgence causes disease whereas sacrifice leads to accomplishment.  When the person learns to see beyond his self-interest, he begins to get mental peace.  One who performs all worldly functions and still remains detached from worldly things is a true saint.  Salvation of the self is part of salvation of the people.  It is impossible to change the village without transforming the individual.  Similarly, it is impossible to transform the country without changing its villages. If villages are to develop, politics must be kept out . . . .  Some of the crucial junctures of history demand that we live up to our national values and ideals; not living up to those values and ideals is like a living death.”
–Anna Hazare

“Hinduism also holds up four major goals that define the good life.  One is dharma, or carrying out one’s responsibilities and duties, for the sake of social and cosmic order.  A second is artha, or success in worldly activities, including the pursuit of wealth and advantage.  A third is kama, which refers to love and sensual pleasures, and also to aesthetic expression.  Many other religious paths regard eroticism as an impediment to spiritual progress, but the Mahabharata proposes that dharma and artha both arise from kama, because without desire and creativity there is no striving.  The fourth and ultimate goal of life is moksha, or liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.  Its attainment marks the end of all the other goals.”
–Mary Pat Fisher from “Living Religions”

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