quote by Adi Shankara

There is sorrow in finitude. The Self is beyond time, space and objects. It is infinite and hence of the nature of absolute happiness.

— Adi Shankara

Valuable Finitude quotations

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.

Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity, and reflect how everything here below comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support?

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness.

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.


Either it is the fold of the infinite, or the constant folds [replis] of finitude which curve the outside and constitute the inside.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

Death anxiety is the mother of all religions, which, in one way or another, attempt to temper the anguish of our finitude.

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do

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


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

Prayer if it is real is an acknowledgment of our finitude, our need, our openness to be changed, our readiness to be surprised, yes, astonished by the "beams of love."

Nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.

The infinite being has assumed unto himself the mystery of finitude.

And in him who is love the finite and the infinite are made one.

The only answer to the question of the meaning of life has to begin from the fact of our human finitude, of our vulnerability and our fallibility.


Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.

Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.

A Soviet citizen, an official writer, once said to me: "The day when Communism (that is, well-being for everyone) reigns, man's tragedy will begin: his finitude."

As always, the illusion of self-transcendence is far more facile and available than self-transcendence itself: in the vast majority of cases what human consciousness opens up to is merely a more encompassing form of finitude (another captivating illusion or delusion).