Quotes of Sri Aurobindo


"When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.”

“But defeat is not the end, it is only a gate or a beginning.”

“A thought is an arrow shot at the truth; it can hit a point, but not cover the whole target. But the archer is too well satisfied with his success to ask anything farther.”


“Very usually, altruism is only the sublimest form of selfishness.”


“All disease is a means towards some new joy of health, all evil & pain a tuning of Nature for some more intense bliss & good, all death an opening on widest immortality.”


“I swore that I would not suffer from the world's grief and the world's stupidity and cruelty and injustice and I made my heart as hard in endurance as the nether millstone and my mind as a polished surface of steel. I no longer suffered, but enjoyment had passed away from me.”
“Life is life--whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.”

“Only the soul that is naked and       unashamed can be pure and innocent.”  
“To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.”

“The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature.”
“A God who cannot smile, could not have created this humorous universe.”
“All religions have some truth in them, but none has the whole truth.”
“What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.”
“What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.”
“None can reach heaven who has not passed through hell.”
“Hate not the oppressor, for, if he is strong, your hate increases his force of resistance; if he is weak, your hate was needless.”
“I was much plagued by Satan, until I found that it was God who was tempting me; then the anguish of him passed out of my soul for ever.”
“Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God.”
“When thou callest another a fool, as thou must, sometimes, yet do not forget that thou thyself hast been the supreme fool in humanity.”
“Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our purblind sentimentalism.”
"There are two allied powers in man; knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is so much of the truth seen in a distorted medium as the mind arrives at by groping, wisdom what the eye of divine vision sees in the spirit.”
“Rather hang thyself than belong to the horde of successful imitators.”
"The great are strongest when they stand alone, A God-given might of being is their force."
"The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought." 
“What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.”

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