A friend of mine was reading a book on inspirational quotes this morning. The book is published by a successful business person who led a noble and philanthropic life. The quotes are meant to inspire people. I borrowed the book which is not for sale for a few days to select some of the quotes which I found inspirational to me.  These quotes will form an weekly inspiration thought. Hope you like them too.

With all good wishes and cheer🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. girish says:

    Respected sir,

    This is one of the most difficult and desired state to look inside and ponder and trust our instincts and follow them which makes our life clear and happier.

    Regards

    Girish Kohli

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  2. brar ajaib singh says:

    How true. lovely quote. man is not a being but a bridge. Animals have being and our great masters have being but man is only a bridge. he has no being. he is a becoming. Life is an oppurtunity, an opportunity to realise yourself.One can miss it, many miss it:only a fewvery rare people fulfil it. the art is living in the moment. the question is not of going to heaven: the question is learning the art of being in heaven, wherever you are. this moment has to be squeezed to its totality. every good is the product of living this moment.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Good insights on in explaining the importance of living fully in the present moment. And yes it’s not the ‘go to heaven’ but making life heaven here and now. Thanks a lot.

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  3. Sriram says:

    I don’t this quote is about having a vision in life but about developing a clarity in vision. In kung fu panda 1 – Uguay demonstrates this to shifu with a simple tap of his stick to settle the pond under the dragon scroll to ‘clear’ shifu’s vision – saying – when you still the waters, whats outside becomes automatically clear. This is perhaps a very instructive lesson for all of us – as is this quote.

    Our masters have forever been saying this – you can’t live this life outside in ; it has to be inside -out. Thats why the system of life began first with the bramacharya ashram – where one gets to explore his innards before he sets out to explore the world.

    Today our focus is all in the external – the whats & the hows – but seldom on the why’s and perhaps on the who. Sri Ramana & Adi Shankara’s quest was all about answering one simple question – “Who Am I” – because all our interactions in this world are based on this construct of me – the identity of the self.

    We are muddled in our interactions because we are muddled within. we are confused about the world because we are confused within.

    Confucius put it very succinctly – we are not who are; we are not who we think we are; we are not who others think we are; we are who we think others think we are!

    a single reflection itself distorts; imagine a reflection of a reflection – how farther from the truth can we get? and with this if we engage with the world, what do we get to see of the world? its true colours or the grotesque myriad of a mixture of colours?
    perhaps visually appealing, but energy draining – because we are faced with something which is a reflection of a reflection of a reflection!!

    How does one fight a reflection? by attacking the reflected image or the source?
    ofcourse the source – is what every one of us will say – and isn’t it obvious? we will all say. If we see a reflected image of a tiger, and are to get rid of it, we need to remove the source (the real tiger) and not fight with the reflection!

    But this is precisely how we interact with the world – fighting the reflection and expecting it to go away!!

    Why do we indulge in this stupidity then? Its something like an illusion. can we ever get rid of it? even if we have seen through an illusion, presented again it still is an illusion! the only way to get rid of the illusion is to remind ourselves constantly that this is an illusion and focus on the reality.

    Similarly the outside of us – being multiple reflections – is an illusion and we can only get rid of it by reminders that this is an illusion and our focus should be on the reality within and not on the mirage without!

    Where does one begin – this looking within? – even as we go through mundane tasks & daily chores – start practicing ‘seeing’ – just observe how you go about the chores. Who is doing it? and as you keep this ‘observer’ position, slowly you stop bothering about what others think about you. so you stop thinking about what others think about you. and since u have stopped thinking about what others are thinking about you, your behaviors change to being your normal natural self, avoiding multiple reflections and thereby arriving at clarity of who we truly are.

    Once this clarity is achieved then we find a certain ease with which we interact with the world, as the burden of expectations is lifted off us, we become free and ‘light’. and then finally we live in the light itself!!

    Steven Covey in his book talks about an anecdote of a child and a father – the father, not wanting to be disturbed, gives the child a task of fixing the world map that has been shredded to pieces. The child completes the task in no time and the father wonders how he did it. the child smilingly replies that behind the map was the face of a human, he fixed the human face & automatically the world got fixed!!

    This is what our Masters also keep talking about – no amount of ‘fixing’ the world is going to help the world or its inhabitants. Only fixing oneself, each one of us, does the world get fixed! Hence Adi Shankara declares in the Vivekachoodamani – the Highest form of SOCIAL service that one can do is – realising one’s Self! Nothing else!

    So let’s all fix the world by fixing our SELF!!
    The first step in that direction is – seeking inward….
    Cheers!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi Sriram,

      Your insightful response replete with interesting examples explain some of the most common and complex traps that we are into. Yes Kung Fu Panda’s Uguay lesson on stillness is an excellent demonstration. Also Sri Ramana & Adi Shankara’s quest to answer the simple question – “Who Am I” is most difficult for most of us.

      The main theme is enunciated by in the end – “So let’s all fix the world by fixing our SELF!! The first step in that direction is – seeking inward….”

      You summed up nicely by suggesting ‘fixing our SELF’ as a quest we need to follow. Yet it is this ‘seeking inward’ that appears most elusive – perhaps because we are afraid to release all our props like ego and materialism that have sustained us give us our identity.

      Many thanks for your time!

      ‘Namastey’.

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  4. So so true Dilip. Great quote. Margie

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  5. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Great post on ‘Vision’. Thank you for sharing that quote by Jung!

    I like this quote on vision by Jack Welch:

    “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

    And I think Mother Teresa was able to form that absolutely superb vision community only because she looked inside her heart and created an awakening. So did Mahatma Gandhi!

    Regards,

    Geetha

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Geetha while Welch’s wisdom makes great sense for leaders driving vision and many hopefully act on it.

      Thanks you for sharing about Mother Teresa’s vision community – and yes by looking inside her heart.

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  6. Shri says:

    Respected Sir,

    Thank you sir for sharing such a nice motivational lines.

    “Vision looks inward and becomes duty.Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.Vision looks upward and becomes faith.”

    -Stephen S. Wise

    Vision is always achievable , if you should have determination, hard work, faith and more important you must believe in yourself.

    A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” -unknown

    To accomplish vision, it should be followed by right action. I personally see dreams while my eyes are open. Because then only i can remember what remains there to accomplish, which will help me to achieve my vision.

    Regards,

    Shri.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Shri … I really like the Stephen Wise quote on vision. I am grlad you have added one more good one for my library🙂
      Yes a vision energizes us and the impossible becomes possible.

      Many thanks once again. And good luck to you.

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