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India has such a rich, varied, and deep history that we often forget to remember and celebrate the wisdom that we have brought into this world. From the days of Gautama Buddha to the present, which is occupied by philosophers like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sadhguru, India’s wealth of knowledge and wisdom is breathtaking.

Here, we pick a tiny but significant lot from the incredibly deep pool of wise sayings uttered by these great Indian thinkers — the philosophers and the religious leaders.

1. “When words are both true and kind. They can change the world.”

— Gautama Buddha

2. “The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.”

– Ved Vyasa (The Bhagavad Gita)

3. “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.”

– Bodhidharma

4. “In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”

– Swami Vivekananda

5. “Just as the fire is the direct cause for cooking, so without Knowledge no emancipation can be had. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for liberation.”

– Adi Shankara

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6. “Love does not grow on trees or brought in the market, but if one wants to be “loved,” one must first know how to give (unconditional) love.”

— Kabir

7. “Love has to be of the quality that gives freedom, not new chains for you; a love that gives you wings and supports you to fly as high as possible.”

— Osho

8. “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

9. “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

— Swami Vivekananda

10. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

— Swami Vivekananda

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11. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!”

— Chanakya

12. “The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

– Swami Vivekananda

13. “We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

14. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

15. “The simplest way to bring balance to your thoughts and emotions is unwavering commitment towards something.”

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

16. “Do not be feverish about success, if your aim is clear and you have patience to move towards it, nature will support you.”

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

17. “Love is preserved by wisdom, destroyed by demand, tested by doubt, nourished by longing. It blossoms with faith and grows with gratitide.”

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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