"The philosophy of Nirvana, based upon the wisdom and revelation of Buddha, true to its absolute monistic idealism, recognizes man as the very Self of Pure-Consciousness and not as the egotistic sense-identified self-consciousness. It does not accept as the eternal man the continuously flashing ego, born of incessant sense-perceptions. It recognizes that man is not a sensory being but the absolute Self. Man is impersonal, universal, infinite, eternal, perfect, hence blissful, transcendental Reality. Man in his true and transcendental nature is God."
- THE PATH OF THE ETERNAL LAW: DHAMMAPADA
Introduction and translation by Swami Premananda
Srimati Carrie Speaks on
"The Mystic Path"
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:00am
We are guided along the innermost path by all noble souls. By turning our minds and hearts to the lives of great souls, we learn of the devotion and determination with which they pursued the greatest wisdom.
The story of Gautama the Buddha enriches our study in untold ways. He set the course of his life in the direction of the highest aspiration. This led him to engage in the subjective struggle along the path of self-realization. Certainly his commitment to his inner search has been an example of illumined and righteous effort for all the world.
- Srimati Carrie
FROM GURUS AND SWAMIS:
"The greatest teachers of life have been the mystics. The nature of their mystical knowledge has compelled them to emphasize the eternal more than the historical. They have stressed the Reality to be known rather than themselves as its personal agents, and they have humbly served humanity with the encouraging promise of their experience of truth. They have not placed strict proclamations or doctrines before us but have guided us to the path of enlightenment within ourselves."
- REFLECTIONS ON STILL WATERS, by Swami Kamalananda
"It appears strange but inspiring that Gautama, the son of a mighty king, was born under a tree attended by the royal courtiers; regained the supreme state of self-realization (Nirvana) in absolute identity with the Cosmic Consciousness (God), under a tree surrounded by the noble virtues of his soul; and while speaking words of wisdom, encouragement and comfort to his beloved disciples, as Buddha, a Saviour of mankind, in vivid consciousness and peace, discarded his mortal garb under a tree by the side of a village path."
- THE WAY OF WISDOM AND SELF-LIBERATION by Swami Premananda
"Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in air, flutters, and falls to ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path."
- SIDDHARTHA by Herman Hesse
“What I want to achieve, what I have been striving and pining to achieve all these years is self-realization, to see God face to face. I live and move and have my being in pursuit of this goal. All that I do is directed toward this end.”
- Mohandas K. Gandhi