quote by Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Religion and practical life are not different. To take sanyas (renunciation) is not to abandon life. The real spirit is to make the country, your family, work together instead of working only for your own. The step beyond is to serve humanity and the next step is to serve God.

— Bal Gangadhar Tilak

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The secret of happiness is renunciation.

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.

That parrot's non-co-operation with the cage, with its master, will live for ever because it looks upon renunciation, non-co-operation, as a joy.

There is in even the most selfish passion a large element of self-abnegation.

It is startling to realize that what we call extreme self-seeking is actually self-renunciation. The miser, health addict, glory chaser and their like are not far behind the selfless in the exercise of self-sacrifice.


The renunciation of doing harm is the perfection of discipline

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.

It is a grave misconception to regard the mystical progress as passing mostly through ecstasies and raptures. On the contrary, it passes just as much through broken hearts and bruised emotions, through painful sacrifices and melancholy renunciations.

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.

Children, old people, vagabonds laugh easily and heartily: they have nothing to lose and hope for little. In renunciation lies a delicious taste of simplicity and deep peace.


Those... who find delight in freedom from attachment in the renunciation of clinging, free from the inflow of thoughts, they are like shining lights, having reached final liberation in the world.

Love is the fruit of prayer ... Patiently abiding in prayer signifies a man's renunciation of himself. Therefore the self-denial of the soul turns into love for God.

Creeds like pacifism or anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics ... the more you are in the right (and) everybody else should be bullied into thinking otherwise.

Both renunciation of action and the performance of action lead to Nirvana (Liberation); but these performance of action is superior to renunciation of action. The action of today becomes the destiny of tomorrow.

The survival of democracy depends on the renunciation of violence and the development of nonviolent means to combat evil and advance the good.


What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.

Attachment brings misery, unattachment brings blissfulness.

So use things, but don't be used by them. Live life but don't be lived by it. Possess things, but don't be possessed by them. Have things - that's not a problem. I am not for renunciation. Enjoy everything that life gives, but always remain free.

Seriousness is not Calvinistic, it's not a renunciation, it's the very opposite of that.

Renunciation-is a piercing Virtue-The letting go A Presence-for an Expectation-.

Renunciation is not about pushing something away, it is about letting go.

It's facing the fact that certain things cause us pain, and they cause other people pain. Renunciation is a commitment to let go of things that create suffering. It is the intention to stop hurting ourselves and others.


"I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher." That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done.

To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion.

Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea.

How seek the way which leadeth to our wishes? By renouncing our wishes.

The crown of excellence is renunciation.

What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.

Each and every object in Nature teaches us something.

Renunciation and selflessness are the greatest lessons to learn from Nature.


An act of renunciation is an act of union with God.

The Divine Master looks lovingly upon a person who gains a victory over self.

The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained.

Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away.

Our camera does not produce pretty pictures, but exact duplications that, through our renunciation of photographic effects, turn out to be relatively objective. The photo can optically replace its object to a certain degree. This takes on special meaning if the object cannot be preserved.

It would not be going too far to assert that .

.. conflict confronts every woman who ventures upon a career of her own and who is ... unwilling to pay for her daring with the renunciation of her femininity.


Self-love is the first teacher of self-renunciation.

Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment.

They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves.

Meditation means this opening out of the soul to the Divine and letting the Divine shine in without obstruction from the personal self. Therefore it means renunciation. It means throwing away everything that one has, and waiting empty for the light to come in.

States are more like people than they are like anything else: they exist by purpose, reason, suffering, and joy. And peace between states is also like peace between people. It involves the willing renunciation of purpose, in the mutual desire not to do, but to be.

Faith implies four things: self-renunciation, reliance with utter confidence on Christ, obedience, and a changed life.

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