“What will a pundit’s scholarship profit him if he does not think of God and has no discrimination and renunciation? Of what use is erudition if the mind dwells on ‘woman and gold’?”
–Sri Ramakrishna, in M., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Bald heads forgetful of their sins,
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
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That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love’s despair
To flatter beauty’s ignorant ear.
All shuffle there; all cough in ink;
All wear the carpet with their shoes;
All think what other people think;
All know the man their neighbour knows.
Lord, what would they say
Did their Catullus walk that way?
–William Butler Yeats, The Scholars
“We have studied dry scriptures. But, we now see before us, a living embodiment of all that is contained in our holy books of wisdom.”
–Said about Sri Anandamayi Ma, in Swami Mangalananda, A Goddess among Us: The Divine Life of Anandamayi Ma