100+ Best Spiritual Quotes and Sayings by Enlightened Gurus

Spiritual quotes and profound messages by God-realized gurus act as reminders and inspiration for almost all spiritual seekers. Spirituality is about the journey towards the real nature, truth, self or soul, God (call it with whatever you name it). Spiritual quotes can help remind us to turn inward.

There are many different schools of thought on performing spiritual duties for god-realization. But, the destination is the same says many enlightened masters. Until we do not know or experience what is real, we should listen and take guidance from such Gurus and Masters.

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Here we have one of the best collections of Spiritual Quotes and Messages by Self-realized Yogis and Masters. Such self-realized masters are omnipresent and omniscient and are always ready to help you, all you need to do for now is Keep Calm and Read On!

The Spiritual Quotes below are mostly based on eastern philosophy, and the collection is based on teachings and messages of Self-Realized or God-realized Gurus. Also, these Spiritual quotes are both from non-dualism and dualism viewpoints.

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These Spiritual Quotes are based on the teachings of various different Gurus, Yogis, and Yoginis – Ramana Maharshi, Shivapuri Baba, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Neem Karoli Baba,  Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sarada Devi, Anandamayi Maa, Yukteswar Giri, Sivananda Saraswati, etc.

Spiritual Quotes About Life

While life itself is a wondrous term to explore, let us read some of the most profound thoughts on Life.

  1. 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. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  2. 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. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  3. Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  4. Human life is beset with sorrow until we know how to tune in with the Divine Will, whose ‘right course’ is often baffling to the egoistic intelligence. God bears the burden of the cosmos; He alone can give unerring counsel. – Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri
  5. The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator. To reach the goal he needs well developed and co-ordinates functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason, and self. – B.K.S. Iyengar
  6. Life is always unsafe and unstable, like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. The company of a divine personage, even for a moment, can save and redeem us. – Adi Shankaracharya
  7. The sole purpose of human life is to find the Ultimate Truth or God, and for this, we must accept a certain code of life which means that we should put our life in the right order. – Shivapuri Baba
  8. Life is life – whether in a cat, dog, or man. There is no difference between a cat and a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage. The utmost mission of Mind is to train our obscure consciousness which has emerged out of the dark prison of Matter, to enlighten its blind instincts, random intuitions, and vague perceptions till it shall become capable of this greater light and this higher ascension. – Sri Aurobindo
  9. How many lives are frittered away, age after age, in endless coming and going? Find out who you are!⠀– Sri Anandamayi Ma
  10. Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead, if you lose, you can guide. – Swami Vivekananda
  11. Get your life straight. Do your work. Do everything you’ve got to do. Watch your speech. Watch your thought. Watch your calmness. Get your calm center going. – Ram Dass
  12. Live your life in such a way as to get yourself straight, to get free of attachment that just keeps sucking you in all the time. Get free of desires. It’s a little like a roller coaster. This is just the way it works. – Ram Dass
  13. Each has to get the results of the actions he earned for this life. A pin at least must prick where a wound from a sword was due. – Sri Sarada Devi
  14. Such is life, here today, gone tomorrow! Nothing goes with one, except one’s merit and demerit; good and evil deeds follow one even after death. We have to surrender ourselves completely to the Lord with faith and devotion in Him, serve others to the best of our capacity, and never be a source of sorrow to anybody. – Sri Sarada Devi –
  15. Opportunities in life come by creation, not by chance. You yourself, either now or in the past (including the past of former lives), have created all opportunities that arise in your path. Since you have earned them, use them to the best advantage. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  16. Your success in life does not depend only upon natural ability; it also depends upon your determination to grasp the opportunity that is presented to you. Use willpower and continuous activity in order to be successful. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  17. Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can be. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Spiritual Quotes About Love

Let us see what enlightened masters says about Love.

  1. You don’t have to change anybody; You just have to love them. – Neem Karoli Baba
  2. Everything is impermanent, except the love of God. – Neem Karoli Baba
  3. It doesn’t matter if you are married or not, it only matters how much you love God. – Neem Karoli Baba
  4. Love everyone, serve everyone, remember God, and tell the truth. – Neem Karoli Baba
  5. Love is the strongest medicine. It is more powerful than electricity. – Neem Karoli Baba
  6. You should love everyone as God, and love each other. If you cannot love each other, you cannot achieve your goal. Even if a person hurts you, give him love. The worst punishment is to throw someone out of your heart. – Neem Karoli Baba
  7. Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. – Swami Vivekananda
  8. Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. – Swami Vivekananda
  9. God cannot be realized without love. Yes, it is very true. Nothing can be achieved without sincere love. – Sri Sarada Devi
  10. Let me tell you how to love all equally. Do not demand anything of those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In that case, you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially. – Sri Sarada Devi
  11. Ordinary human love results in misery. Love for God brings blessedness. – Sri Sarada Devi
  12. As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, and between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness. Ram Dass
  13. You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. Ram Dass
  14. This is a miracle that men can love God, yet fail to love humanity. With whom are they in love then? – Sri Aurobindo
  15. Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love, there are no strangers. When the center of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; one is no longer interested in being happy; beyond happiness, there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
  16. When the sense of distinction and separation is absent, you may call it love. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
  17. Love is the undisturbed balance that binds this universe together. – Mahavatar Babaji
  18. The love of God, the love of the Spirit, is an all-consuming love. Once you have experienced it, it shall lead you on and on in the eternal realms. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  19. You should love everyone; no one is a stranger; God dwells in all beings; without Him, nothing can exist. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa
  20. Let our life be full with love, let us love and be loving and spread grace around us. Let not the din of the world, and the thick and thin of life disturb the fullness of love in us. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  21. Love is the fortune of the fortunate. Abundance of love is the goal of all destiny. Fortunate are those whose hearts flows in love. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  22. A loving heart, a heart full of love, is the precious essence of human life. And that, when it flows in unbounded tidal waves of bliss, it is the glory of the supreme, the blessing of mother divine, and the grace of God. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  23. Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives – does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Spiritual Quotes about Mind and Thoughts

Mind and thoughts co-exist, when there is thought, there is a Mind and when there is no thought, there is no Mind. This is what Ramana Maharshi and many nonduality masters like Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj talked about.

Mind is our best friend and also our worst energy says Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. Let us dive more into it and read what great sages have expounded on this topic.

  1. Mind indeed is said to be of two types only – One is impure, with thoughts of desires and another is pure, devoid of desires. – Amrita Bindu Upanishad
  2. Do not store in your brain useless information. Learn to unmind the mind. Unlearn whatever has been of no use to you. Then only can you fill your mind with divine thoughts. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  3. 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
  4. An uncontrolled mind leads us to negativity in life and a controlled mind protects us from this negativity and also frees us from such thoughts. – Swami Vivekananda
  5. There is a great tendency in modern times to talk too much of work and decry thought. Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking. Little manifestations of energy through the muscles are called work. But where there is no thought, there will be no work. – Swami Vivekananda
  6. Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth. – Swami Vivekananda
  7. A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separate from them, observing but not carried away. – Sri Aurobindo
  8. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. – Sri Aurobindo
  9. Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  10. If the concentration is made with the brain, sensations of heat and even headache ensue. Concentration has to be made in the Heart, which is cool and refreshing. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  11. There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control, because the mind, like breath, is a part of air, because the nature of mobility is common to both, because the place of origin is the same for both, and because when one of them is controlled the other gets controlled. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  12. The mind is no more than a series of thoughts. How can it be controlled by one of those thoughts, namely the desire to control the mind? – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  13. When there are thoughts, it is distraction: When there are no thoughts, it is meditation – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  14. The mind is a bundle of thoughts. The thoughts arise because there is the thinker. The thinker is the ego. The ego, if sought, will automatically vanish. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  15. Give up thoughts. That is happiness and also meditation. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  16. All thoughts are inconsistent with realization. The correct state is to exclude thoughts of ourselves and all other thoughts. Thought is one thing and realization is quite another. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  17. The trouble is we think we are the mind. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
  18. When all the thoughts are stilled, pure consciousness remains over. – Ramana Maharshi
  19. Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains. – Ramana Maharshi
  20. Mind and breath fork out like two branches, but both spring from a single root. – Ramana Maharshi
  21. Holding the breath controls the mind, like a bird caught in a net. Breath regulation helps absorption in the heart. – Ramana Maharshi
  22. The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over. – Sri Ramanna Maharshi
  23. Mind is the wielder of muscles. The force of a hammer blow depends on the energy applied; the power expressed by a man’s bodily instrument depends on his aggressive will and courage. The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind. If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  24. If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  25. Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality. Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture the good qualities you want to have. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  26. We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality. So whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  27. It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life, Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  28. Thoughts are giant powers. They are more powerful than electricity. They control your life, mould your character, and shape your destiny. If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, and richer in achievement and experience. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  29. Thoughts of worry and thoughts of fear are fearful forces within us. They poison the very sources of life and destroy harmony, running efficiency, vitality, and vigor. While the opposite thoughts of cheerfulness, joy, and courage, heal, soothe, instead of irritating, and immensely augment efficiency and multiply the mental powers. Be always cheerful. Smile. Laugh. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  30. A wrong thought binds. A right thought liberates. Therefore, think rightly and attain freedom. Unfold the occult powers hidden within you by understanding and realizing the powers of the mind. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  31. As you think, so you become. As are your thoughts so must be your life. Improve your thinking. Better thoughts bring better actions. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  32. Thought is life. What you think, that you are. Your thought creates your environment. Your thoughts constitute your world. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  33. Mere thinking of the objects of this world is pain. Bondage is caused by the very act of thought. Pure thought is a mightier force than electricity. – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  34. Thoughts that emerge in our mind are like arrows. Depending on the power and intensity you possess, these arrows can have an impact on the hearts of others, and they come back like a boomerang to cause you pain or pleasure. – Khaptad Baba
  35. You can never escape from the consequences of your thought. Be affirmed of the fact that if your thought is pure, your internal energy and omniscience will manifest. – Khaptad Baba
  36. The mind is like a field where some thought or the other always keeps growing, causing us happiness or misery. If you think along this line, the quality of your life will go up. – Khaptad Baba
  37. Do not let any other thoughts in your mind except happy thoughts because the thoughts that always haunt your mind will shape your destiny. The things that you always concentrate on will be attracted towards you. – Khaptad Baba
  38. Once the mind is firmly rooted, thoughts come under its control by themselves because mind is the source of thought; they act on each other. – Khaptad Baba
  39. Watch your thoughts and watch yourself watching the thoughts. The state of freedom from all thoughts will happen suddenly and by the bliss of it, you shall recognize it. – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  40. Thought has got tremendous power. Thought can heal diseases. Thoughts can transform the mentality of persons. Thought can do anything. It can work wonders. The velocity of thought is unimaginable. – Swami Satchidananda Saraswati
  41. Thought is a dynamic force. It is caused by the vibrations of psychic Prana or Sukshma Prana on the mental substance. It is a force like gravitation, cohesion or repulsion. Thought travels or moves. – Swami Satchidananda Saraswati
  42. The body and the mind are interconnected and interdependent. The body expresses the thoughts of the mind. – Swami Satchidananda Saraswati
  43. When wavering thoughts dominate the mind, then it does whatever it likes. You should fill your mind with Divine Virtues. Without peace, there is no prosperity and without inner peace, there is no divinity. – Shivapuri Baba
  44. Whatever is seated in the mind, the same comes to pass on the body; but what is done by the body never affects the mind. – Rishi Vasistha
  45. Whatever nature the mind assumes by the fickleness of its thoughts, it receives the same name and nature for itself, as the same fleeting air receives from its exhaling of different odours. – Rishi Vasistha
  46. Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about something, rejects something, holds on to something, is pleased about something or displeased about something. – Ashtavakra Gita
  47. Liberation is when the mind does not long for anything, grieve about anything, reject anything, or hold on to anything, and is not pleased about anything or displeased about anything. – Ashtavakra Gita
  48. Bondage is when the mind is tangled in one of the senses, and liberation is when the mind is not tangled in any of the senses. – Ashtavakra Gita
  49. Serenity of thought, gentleness, silence, self-control, and purity of purpose—all these are declared as austerity of the mind. – Bhagavad Gita

Spiritual Quotes about God and Self Realization

God-realization or Self-realization is the final goal if you are an inward explorer, when you see God, you become one says, Shivapuri Baba and many other enlightened Gurus.

  1. Suffering is sent to remind you to turn your thoughts towards That which is real – to God who will give you solace. – Sri Anandamayi Ma
  2. Our mind is the swiftest thing in creation. Let the mind move at its own speed constantly towards the One Aim, which is God. – Sri Anandamayi Ma
  3. When you recognize the existence of God, He will reveal Himself to you as compassionate, or gracious, or merciful, in accordance with your attitude toward Him at the time. – Sri Anandamayi Ma
  4. That God is to be seen, then only life will be all right. The meaning of life is to be known. Then only one can be happy here. To know that meaning or to see God, his thoughts should always centre around that one subject. Every other subject must vanish from the mind. – Shivapuri Baba
  5. The urge for God must come from within oneself, others cannot give it. Only after one has got complete defeat from life can one turn to God. – Shivapuri Baba
  6. One who has no inner desire of seeking God cannot find a God Realized Guru. They are under the influence of bad habits like laziness, ignorance, and ego. That is why the journey towards God is affected. If one has intense desire, he can find a God Realized Guru. – Shivapuri Baba
  7. Clear the mind of all worldly things. If you can’t control your mind, how will you realize God? – Neem Karoli Baba
  8. Once we surrender our mind to god completely, He takes care of us in every way. – Neem Korali Baba
  9. All will surely realize God. All will be liberated. It may be that some get their meal in the morning, some at noon, and some in the evening; but none will go without food. All, without any exception, will certainly know their real Self. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  10. Many are the names of God, and infinite the forms that lead us to know Him. In whatsoever name or form you desire to call Him, in that very form and name you will see Him. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  11. Many people think they cannot have knowledge or understanding of God without reading books. But hearing is better than reading, and seeing is better than hearing. Hearing about Benares is different from reading about it; but seeing Benares is different from either hearing or reading. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  12. Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then, through His grace, one realizes Him in course of time. God can be seen, one can talk to Him, as I am talking to you. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa
  13. All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  14. Never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  15. Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. – Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

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