Mind And Body Health
Quotable Quotes : Emotion

A loving word, a compassionate look, a simple good deed-all these can bring light to the lives of the less fortunate as well as to your own. It is not what you gain, but what you are able to give that determines the value of your life. If you have been able to give happiness to a soul-even for a minute-it makes your life blessed.
Love gives everything; there is no thought of receiving. Love has no complaints; it accepts all. Love removes all fears; it transforms all ugliness into beauty. Because love is the real refuge, it is the beauty of life. Love is the spring of life; it makes it ever new and fresh. Love is the expression of the Self. It is the thread on which all beings are strung. When love awakens in a person, the divinity in him or her also awakens for love is God; it is the manifestation of the divine.

TOI, 10 May, 2005                                                                                      Mata Amritanandamayi


Highest Happiness

The Gita gives more importance to mental over material or physical happiness. Happiness found in extremely noble activities, done in a pure state of mind (mana) and reason (buddhi) is the highest or the most ideal happiness. This mental happiness can be acquired without depending on external objects and without reducing the happiness of others, by just one’s own exertion. As a man becomes better human, the nature of this happiness becomes purer. When the mind is content, external conditions, whether good or bad, do not matter. Thus, reason (buddhi), if devoted or engrossed in the contemplation of good actions or the highest self (atman) can obtain the highest happiness.


Bridle your Anger

Why, sir, do you get angry at someone?  Who is angry with you? What are you going to gain by it?  How is he going to lose by it?  Your physical anger brings dishonour on yourself; your mental anger disturbs your thinking.  How can the fire in your house burn the neighbour’s house without engulfing your own?  

TOI, Februrary 2004                                                                            Basavanna, Vachana 248


Positive Attitude

It is usually not the events and happenings that count, but what one make out of these happenings. Positivity is a matter of attitude, not of external facts. To be positive means to make the best out of every kind of circumstance. It would also be a positive attitude to expect the best but be ready for the worst at the same time. However, being positive does not mean to make believe that there are no undesirable things in the world or to twist matters so that they appear to be nicer than they actually are. To feel and act positively, one requires a certain measure of unruffedness. This is the very opposite of excitedness, apprehension, nervousness, worry, complaint or uncertainty. It is rather a kind of tranquil self-assurance: I do the best I can, and then let it come as it may. Even if I don’t like whatever may come, I am sure I sure I still will some good in it.”

 Yoga and total health, September 2004


Sankalpa Shakti

‘Sankalpa shakti’, determination, is the pillar of success. Don’t condemn yourself if you fail. When a child starts walking, it falls many times. That does not mean that the child will not get up and walk. We have all fallen many times in out childhood but we are walking today.

Swami Rama


Self Control
Self-control is another important value system.  Our senses all the time gravitate towards the sense objects for fulfillment. Unregulated, the senses overtake and destroy our discrimination, taking us away from our set objectives.  Sense pleasures are fleeting and temporary. Indiscriminate contact leads to diminishing value in terms of happiness while making us dependent upon the external objects.  Self-control is neither denial nor unintelligent contact with the world.  It is being a master rather than a slave to the senses.

TOI, February 2002                                                                                                Alok Chopra



Gratitude stands out as the foremost of individual qualities. From the moment one is born one is indebted to the world. We are given food and drink, air and light, temperature and right pressure.  A sense of gratitude must be cultivated.  The more we develop the attitude of giving, the more we gain in life both in terms of happiness and prosperity.  The way to gain something is to lose it said Swami Rama Tirtha.  This is evident in nature as well. Light consists of seven colours.  When an object is bathed in light it absorbs certain colours and reflects back the others.  The object actually gains the colour of that which it gives away.  A blue object appears so because it absorbs all colours, giving back the blue.  So also in life, we are parted from that which we cling to and gain that towards which we maintain a spirit of dispassion.  A value-conscious person maintains an inner cheer.  His actions are dynamic and beneficial to all.  Of such a person says Coleridge: “For him in vain the envious seasons roll, who bears eternal summer in his soul”.

TOI, February 2002                                                                                                Alok Chopra



The idea of possessiveness is crippling. It leads to a greed, arrogance, anger, aversion, fear and lust. These emotions are the seeds of violence. It does not mean that one shall give up possessions. It only means that one should give up possessiveness.
Both paucity and plenty are related to the idea of possessiveness and therefore mar character. Possessiveness could be of material wealth or of one’s own beliefs and learning.



Suffering, whether you experience it directly or witness another’s, is often a catalyst to rise above surface realities in order to understand the purpose of life. Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, wrote: “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is. Rather, he must recognise that it is he who is asked… Each man is questioned by life… To life he can only respond by being responsible”. He says that one can try and discover a meaning in life by “…doing a deed, experiencing a value or by suffering”.

TOI, 19 Feb, 2005                                                                                         Pranav Khullar


Passion the most precious and vital tonic

With passion, blood finds new joy in circulation, mind receives more oxygen, alertness level touches a new high, each cell of the body displays happiness and gives rise to a more tolerant and caring attitude. Sleep deepens, helping the body to repair its worn out cells, and diseases suddenly find themselves out of place in any part of the body. Passion is therefore the most precious and vital tonic that you alone can produce for your body, and that too free of cost!

Life positive, May 2004



Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.

Life positive, May 2004                                                                                           Og Mandino

People can be divided into three groups:-

  • Those  who make things happen

  • Those  who watch things happen

  • Those who  wonder what happened