Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual teacher, an author of more than 200 books on Yoga and Vedanta. He is also the founder of The Divine Life Society.

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Here are some of  my favorite Sri Swami Sivananda quotes:

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”

Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.”

“If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.”

“Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.”

“Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.”

“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.”

“Know that wealth, sex-delights, power, learning are all bondage. This is the beginning of wisdom.”

“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.”

“Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.”

“Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.”

“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.”

Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.”

“Today is you own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.”

“Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.”

“Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.”

“Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.”

“It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.”

“Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now!”

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!”

“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.”

“Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.”

Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.”

“Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.”

“The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.”