We all have some soul searching to do in life when everything starts going wrong.
That might divert the problem for a while but it resurfaces from time-to-time.
The answer to all this lies in our mind. The way we think and with proper guidance the mind can be awakened.
Nobody does this better than the spiritual life coach Gaur Gopal Das who hails from Ramakrishna Mission.
An engineer by vocation, Gaur changed the course of his life when he took up this profession where he imparts simple and practical spiritual insights to awaken peoples’ minds.
Here’s an exhaustive list of some of his best mind awakening quotes:
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1. On Love
“Love is less about emotions and feelings. it is more about taking responsibility to serve the beloved”.
Gaur Gopal Das puts the reason and essence in the concept of love when he said these words.
2. On Establishing Your Values
“Values aren’t taught by what we say, they are taught by our example.”
Most people uphold some values but do otherwise when the time comes to apply it.
This quote tells you why values should come from action not thoughts.
3. On Feelings
“If you want to change the way you feel, change the way you live.”
Through this quote he is awakening your mind to the action mode and to own up your feelings.
Our lives determine our feelings and that’s why we need to change how we live if we want to feel better.
4. On Living Life
“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live your life to express, not to impress.”
This particular quote of his makes you understand life and how to live it.
It puts the onus on you and not others.
So, you don’t remain dependent on others’ approval, rather you learn to be free and express what you actually mean.
5. On Clearing Doubts
“Feed your faith and all your doubts shall starve to death.”
This one teaches you to be valiant and trust your instincts.
Even when you are filled with doubts, trust your instincts, the things and the ideals you have faith in.
Those will ultimately clear your doubts as you go along the way.
6. On Happiness
“It’s all too easy to focus on external achievements and forget to assert whether we are happy with the state of our life”.
This is the most important quote of the lot, one that gives you the essence of happiness.
Ultimately happiness comes from within, of what you feel good about.
It’s not about the laurels or recognitions or the success you have achieved.
True, those are prerequisites for a happy life but that alone doesn’t determine the state of happiness.
7. On the Secret to a Happy Life
“Life is filled with what you have to do and what you love to do. surely do what you love to do, but also start loving what you have to do. That is the secret of happiness.”
He further illustrates the state of being happy.
It’s not dwelling on things. Rather accepting things and trying to better it in a way that you start loving it.
8. On How to Grow
“To focus on what we can do is the most powerful catalyst for growth.”
This is perhaps the most important life lesson coming from his lectures.
It makes you understand that you too can do something and it’s by doing that thing we grow.
It all comes down to who you are and what you can do that makes you unique. It’s the only thing that can help you grow.
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9. On Being Inspired
“One of the effects of enlightened people is – they make others feel inspired in their company.”
This is a very practical tip that can motivate you when you are down.
Here he demarcated what sets inspiring people apart.
It is not their achievements but the way they in still the faith in people through their insights.
So, get inspired from anyone who makes you feel excited.
10. On Making a Difference
“It is easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference.”
This is one of the hard-earned lessons of life that we all understand at some point in life – sooner or later.
It is always a task to make a difference but quite easy to make money.
But it is the former that gives you much hope and meaning in life.
11. On Anxiety Issues
“Everyone experiences anxiety but they taste different flavours of it.”
This one is for our anxieties and fears. This normalises the phenomenon and makes you understand that everyone faces it.
It is different how it makes you feel but in the end you are on the same boat.
The only way to deal with it is not how others in the boat are dealing with it but by doing the way most suitable for you.
12. On Disciplining Yourself
“Self-discipline is about taking charge of your mind and directing it to act in the best interest of yourself.”
All of us struggle with this at some point in life.
Through this simple explanation he makes it clear that it’s all a mind action.
We have to continuously direct our mind towards what we want and ultimately that makes us believe that we can do it.
13. On Relations
“If you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth.”
This is a testament for all kinds of relationships, not just romantic ones.
This reiterates the old adage that you have to work for it. It won’t happen all by itself.
It will become the most amazing thing in the world if you truly believe that and show it in your actions.
14. On Being Mature
“To move on and accept change is the sign of wisdom and maturity.”
Every one of us struggles to move on – from people, things, feelings, places.
It can be anything that holds you back.
Ultimately when we accept the change we understand it and become more mature and wiser.
15. On Adding Value to Life
“Earning with integrity, spending with compassion is conscious capitalism. It will add value to your valuables.”
This quote sees right through the rat race of earning without acquiring any value.
It all comes down to how diligently you earn and how kindly you spend it.
Remember to not splurge.
That shows capitalism which helps both ends of the spectrum. It adds some meaning to the things you spent on.
It is not just mindless earning and spending, but owning something you value.
So, there are some thought provoking quotes from Gaur Gopal Das to awaken your mind and better understand the nitty gritty of our lives.
Which one of these made the most impact on you? Tell us, we are all ears!
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