"So long as religion was in the hands of a chosen few or of a body of priests, it was in the temples, it was in the churches, it was in the books, in dogmas, in ceremonials, forms, and rituals.  When men have come to the real, universal, spiritual concept, then, and then alone, religion will become real and living; it will come into our very nature, live in every movement of the human being, it will penetrate every pore of society, and be infinitely more a power for good than it has ever been before." - Swami Vivekananda

Quotes : Essence of Hinduism : Aphorisms - Puranas

एतवान् एव लोकेस्मिन् पुंसां धर्मह् परह् स्मृतह् । भक्ति योगो भगवते तम् नमः ग्रहनादिभिः ।। Devotional service, beginning with the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, is the ultimate religious principle for the living entity in human society. - Bhagavatam
गंगा स्नान सहस्रेशु पुश्कर स्नान कोटिशु । नयत्पापम् लयम् यति स्मृते नश्यति तद् हरौ ।। Those deadly sins that are not washed away even after thousand baths in sacred Ganga and one lakh of baths during pushkaras are washed away merely by chanting the name of Hari. - Brihannaradiya Purana
हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलं । कलौनास्ति कलौनास्ति कलौनास्तिर्न्यधा ।। Hari's Name, Hari's name, Hari's name is the only one solution in Kaliyug. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way! - Bhagavatam
चिंतामणिर् लोकसुखं सुरुद्रुः स्वर्ग संपदं । प्रयच्चतिः गुरु प्रीतो वैखुंठं योगि धुर्लभं ।। Chintamani provides all the comforts of this world. Surudru (Kalpa Vriksham) provides all comforts of Heaven. Vaikuntham, which is very difficult even for the greatest yogis can be obtained by the grace of the Guru. - Maharshi Suka, Bhagavatam
तस्मिन् तज्जन् भेदाभावात् ।। There is no difference between The Lord and his Devotees. - Narada Bakthi Sutras 3.41
कलौ कल्मश चित्तानाम् पापद्रव्योपजीवनाम् । विधि क्रिय विहीनानाम् गतिर् गोविंद कीर्तनम् ।। In Kaliyuga, people live with polluted minds and live on money that is earned by pap (bad deeds). They will not follow the spiritual rituals nor their duties. But the best part is, they can attain Uttam Gatti just by singing the name of Govinda! - Bhagavatam
कलि कालकुसर्पस्य तीक्शणदंश्ट्रास्य मा भयम् । गोविंद नाम धनेन धग्दो यस्यति भस्मतम् ।। I see that Kaliyuga is like a black, poisonous snake with a gaping mouth and fangs. But please be unperturbed dear devotees and listen with faith. Once the holy name of the Lord is being chanted, it is like igniting a forest fire which will burn to ashes the poisonous snakes within the forest. - Skanda Purana
तुलसी इस् संसार मे पांच तत्व् हे सार । सन्त मिलन, हरि कथा, दया, दान्, उपकार ।। Hey Tulsi (refering to himself...), the following 5 are the essence of this world: Fellowship of the saints, stories of The Lord, Compassion, Donation and Helping others. - Tulsidas
सर्गश्च प्रतिसर्गश्च वंशो मन्वन्तराणिच । वंशानुचरितं चैव पुराणं पंचलक्शनं ।। Sarga (Creation), Prathi Sarga (Pralaya / Dissolution), Vamsho (Dynasties), Manvataras (Dynasties of Manus) and Vamshanu Charitham (History) --- These are the 5 characteristics of Puranas (Puranas covers these subjects) - Kurma Purana 1.12
श्रवणं कीर्तनं विश्णोह् स्मरनं पाद सेवनं । अर्चनं वंदनं धास्यं सख्यमात्मनिवेदनं ।। Listening to the Holy names of Vishnu, singing His glory, continuous thinking of Him, serving His Holy Feet, performing His rituals, praying with folded hands, the thought of considering Him the Sole Master, and surrendering oneself completely to Him are the 9 ways of Bhakti. - Prahlada, Bhagavatam 7.4.25
श्री राम राम रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे । सहस्रनाम तत्तुल्यं राम नाम वरानने ।। Chanting the Name of Rama once, gives the result of chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranama. It is that Rama Nama that I chant continuously undisturbed. - Siva, Mahabharat
जपस्तु सर्व धर्मेभ्यो परोधर्म उच्यते । अहिंसायच भुतनाम् जप यग्नो प्रवर्तते ।। Because japa yagna involves no harm to any living beings whatsoever, it is considered to be the most sacred of all yagnas. - Mahabharat
कृतयेत् ध्यायेत् विश्णुं त्रेतायां याजतोमुखैः । द्वापरे परिचर्यायां कलौ तद् हरि कीर्तनं ।। In Kritayuga, Dhyana of Vishnu is the path to Moksha (Salvation). Yagnas in Trethayuga, Ritual worship in Dwaparayuga are the paths to be followed. However, in Kaliyuga chanting of Lord's name is the path to Moksha - Bhagavatam 12.3.52
यत्फलं नास्ति तपसा न योगे न समाधिना । तत् फलं लभ्यते सम्यक् कलौ केशव कीर्तनात् ।। That result which can't be obtained by Tapas, Yoga and Samadhi, can be obtained by praising the name of Lord in Kaliyug. - Bhagavatam

Quotes : Essence of Hinduism


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