Oath Of The Vayuputras Quotes

ImageI have this habit of collecting quotes from nice books. I keep underlining nice lines that I find in each of the books that I read. Then I make notes out of it. (I know, most people find it annoying to read the same book after I’m finished with it.) But I keep losing these notes on a very frequent basis. Today I came across one such note from this incredible book that I read last summer – The Oath Of The Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi.

Here’s a small list of nice lines that I found in the book.

  • A lot of people are capable, Neelkanth. What makes capable person truly dangerous is his conviction – Gopal.
  • Often, our immediate reaction to a sudden crisis helps us save ourselves. Our response to gradual crises that creep up upon us, on the other hand, may be so adaptive as to ultimately lead to self-destruction. (The Frog in the hot water cup story) – Ganesh.
  • “Shreyan sva dharmo vigunaha para dharmat svanushtitat” It’s better to commit mistakes on the path that one’s soul is meant to walk on, than to live a perfect life on a path that is not meant for one’s life – Parvateshwar.
  • Nobody in the world, not even God, can tell us what our duty is. Only our soul can can – Parvateshwar.
  • It is attachment that makes people forget not only their moral duties but even who they really are – Shiva.
  • After all, an enemy’s enemy is a friend.
  • You should respect a man, not his position – Shiva
  • There is nobility in truth, even if it hurts – Sati.
  • People have a tendency to do what they want to do rather than what they should be doing – Gopal.
  • Sometimes, for the sake of the larger good, one has to do things that may not appear right at the time – Karthik.
  • For history is written by victors. They can write it however they want. The losers are always remembered the yway victors portray them – Kali.
  • If there’s a victor’s version of events, then there’s a victim’s narrative that survives equally – Gopal.
  • A man becomes God when his vision moves beyond the bounds of victors and losers – Sati.
  • There is always unity at the end and it brings a new tranquility, But the meeting of two worlds causes a lot of temporary chaos – Ganesh.
  • But an inspiration before its time appears like a rebellion – Mithra.
  • Circumstance is just an excuse for the weak to rationalise their failures – Sati.
  • Delusions create the most compelling of beliefs.
  • Vengeance is a waste of time. Don’t surrender to anger. Surrender only to dharma – Sati.

This is a nice book and it gives an apt ending to the awesome Shiva Trilogy. Fast paced, logical, gripping. Although I found that some parts of the book are a little stretched out, than it was necessary. But overall the content is good and worth reading. Amish keeps amusing you with plot twists and turns. The books also changes your perspective on the mythological things that you’ve been reading/learning from your childhood.


Shantaram Quotes

Here’s a list of some of the best quotes I’ve come across in Gregory David Roberts’ “Shantaram”. I liked these lines very much and hence I’m trying to make a collection here so that I can refer to them whenever I want to. 🙂

  • Sometimes even with the purest intentions, we make things worse when we do our best to make things better – Lin
  • It is the mark of the age in which we live that the style becomes the attitude, instead of the attitude becoming the style – Didier
  • That is how they manage to live together, a billion of them, in reasonable peace. They are not perfect, of course. They know how to fight and lie and cheat each other, and all the things that all of us do. But more than any other people in the world, the Indians know how to love one another – Didier
  • It’s a fact of life on the run that you often love more people than you trust. For people in the safe world, of course, exactly the opposite is true – Lin
  • If fate doesn’t make you laugh, then you just don’t get the joke – Karla (one of my all time favorite quotes 😉 )
  • The worst thing about corruption as a system of governance is that it works so well – Didier
  • There is no act of faith more beautiful than the generosity of the very poor – Abdullah
  • Sometimes the lion must roar, just to remind the horse of his fear – Abdullah
  • There is no believing in God. We either know God, or we don’t – Khader Bhai
  • Shame gives exultation its purpose, and exultation gives shame its reward – Lin
  • People do not understand the truly fantastic effort required in the corruption of a simple man. And the more simple the man, the more the effort it requires – Didier
  • News tells you what people did. Gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it – Didier
  • Only a wicked man can derive benefits from good works. A good man, on the other hand, would simply be worn out and bad tempered – Didier
  • When we act, even with the best of our intentions, when we interfere with the world, we always risk a new disaster that mightn’t be our making, but that wouldn’t occur without our action – Lin
  • Some of the worst wrongs were caused by people who tried to change things – Karla
  • Fear and guilt are the dark angels that haunt rich men – Khader Bhai
  • Despair and humiliation haunt the poor – Lin
  • Trouble is the only property that poor people are allowed to own – Johnny Cigar
  • Love seldom concerns itself with what we know or with what’s true – Lin
  • The world is run by one million evil men, ten million stupid men, and a hundred million cowards – Abdul Ghani (how true!)
  • Nations neglect no men more shamefully than the heroes of their wars – Abdul Ghani
  • You are not a man until you give your love, truly and freely, to a child. And you are not a good man until you earn love, truly and freely, of a child in return – Khader Bhai
  • Optimism is the first cousin of love, and it’s exactly like love in 3 ways: it’s pushy, it has no real sense of humor, and it turns up where you least expect it – Lin
  • The sane man is simply a better liar than the insane man – Khader Bhai
  • Fate has every power over us, but two. Fate cannot control our free will and fate cannot control lie. Men lie, to themselves more than to others, and others more often than they tell the truth. But fate doesn’t lie – Khader Bhai
  • The truth is found more often in music, than it is in books of philosophy – Khader Bhai
  • Good doctors have at least three things in common: they know how to observe, they know how to listen and they are very tired – Lin
  • Suffering is the way we test our love, especially for God – Khader Bhai
  • Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and it’s duty, sorrow and it’s truth, In the end that’s all we have – Lin
  • Friendship is also a kind of medicine, and the markets for it too are sometimes black – Lin
  • There is no reason good enough to make us fight with each other – Qasim Ali
  • Justice is a judgment that is both fair and forgiving. Justice is not done until everyone is satisfied, even those who offend us and must be punished by us. Justice is not the only way we punish those who do wrong. It is the way we try to save them – Qasim Ali
  • Poverty and pride are devoted blood brothers until one, always and inevitably, kills the other – Lin
  • Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be – Didier
  • One of the ironies of courage, and the reason why we prize it so highly, is that we find it easier to be brave for someone else than we do for ourselves alone- Lin
  • There’s no meanness too spiteful or too cruel when we hate someone foe all the wrong reasons – Didier
  • Any Indian man will tell you that although love might not have invented in India, it was certainly perfected there.
  • We usually do, something worse than we can imagine is stalking us, and set to pounce. Fate’s way of beating us in a fair fight is to give us warnings that we hear, but never heed
  • Mistakes are like bad loves, the more you learn from them, the more you wished they’d never happened – Karla
  • Silence is the tortured man’s revenge – Lin
  • Prisons are the temples where devils learn to pray – Lin
  • In prisons, a man rations his smiles because predatory men see smiling as a weakness, weak men see it as an invitation, and prison guards see it as a provocation to some new torment – Lin
  • Every virtuous act has some dark secret in its heart and every risk that we take contains a mystery that can’t be solved – Khader Bhai
  • The only victory that counts in prison, is survival – Lin
  • Guilt is the hilt of the knife that we use on ourselves, and love is often the blade; but its worry that keeps the knife sharp, and worry that gets most of us, in the end – Lin
  • You can never tell how much badness is in a man until you see him smile (a very nice thought, indeed)
  • Despotism despises nothing so much as righteousness in its victims – Lin
  • If you turn your heart as a weapon, you always end up using it on yourself – Lin
  • Gold fires the eyes with a different kind and color of greed. Money’s almost always just a means to an end; but, for many men, gold is an end in itself, and their love for it is the kind that can give love a bad name – Lin
  • Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy things – Karla
  • Redemption’s climb is steepest if the good we did is soiled with secret shame
  • The effect, no matter how skilfully achieved, is always born in the artist’s intuition. And intuition can’t be taught.
  • We can deny the past, but we can’t escape the torment. The past is a speaking shadow that keeps pace with the truth of what we are, step for step, until we die – Lin
  • It’s okay if we all learned what we should all learn, the first time round, we wouldn’t need love at all – Karla
  • Pity is the one part of love that asks for nothing in return and because of that, every act of pity is an act of prayer – Lin
  • Black money runs through the finger faster than the legal, hard-earned money. If we can’t respect the way we earn it, money has no value. If we can’t use it ti make life better for our families and loved ones, money has no purpose – Lin (again one of my fav quotes 🙂 )
  • I think wisdom is over-rated. Wisdom is just cleverness with all the guts kicked out of it. I’d rather be clever than wise, any day – Didier
  • There’s a kind of luck that’s much more than being in the right place at the right time, a kind of inspiration that’s not much more that doing the right thing in the right way, and both only happen when you empty your heart of ambition, purpose and plan; when you give yourself, completely, to the golden, fate-filled moment.
  • The soul has no culture. The soul has no nations. The soul has no color or accent or way of life. The soul is forever. The soul is one. And when the heart has it’s moment of truth and sorrow, the soul can’t be stilled.
  • One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek for it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow.
  • The only force more ruthless and cynical than the business of big politics is the politics of big business – Didier.

These are some of the quotes that I have jotted down in my quote book while reading the book. However, there a few more quotes that I’ve highlighted in the book itself and I’d be writing them soon. Do comment if you like any of these quotes or come up with your own list of quotes from your fav book.

PS: I’ll be writing a review on Shantaram soon. It was an awesome read. And I urge everyone reading this post to read the book as well.

The monk who sold his Ferrari – excerpts

These are a few lines from the book which left a deep impact upon my life. My daily activities have changed a lot. I’ve always heard about people who are health conscious, diet conscious, but for the first time in my life, I heard the phrase time conscious. I liked it a lot.


Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.

Life is all about choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes.

Investment in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.

Dare to dream that you are more than your current circumstances.

The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.

The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts. – Churchill.

Persistence is the mother of personal change.

Luck is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity.

The best thing you can do for yourself is regularly move beyond it.

Stop being practical.

Never be ashamed of doing that which is right.

Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.

Only those who seek shall find.

Imagination is more important than knowledge                                  – Einstein.

* Goal setting is very important.

You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.

5 Simple Steps to achieve the goal:

  1. 1. Form a clear mental image of the outcome.
  2. 2. Get some positive pressure.
  3. 3. Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it.
  4. 4. Magic rule of 21.
  5. 5. Smile…

Pressure can inspire on to achieve great ends.

A goal not committed to paper is no goal at all.

Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know that it is right.

Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living beings.

A burning sense of passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams.

Change is the most powerful force in our society today.

Those whose cups are always empty will always move to higher levels of achievement and fulfillment.

How could a person possibly lead a corporation if he cannot even lead himself?

The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.

Make a written inventory of your weaknesses.

The next step is to face them head on and attack your fears.

Happiness comes through the progressive realization of a worthy objective.

Focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tells you to do.

A book is the best friend of a wise.

All the mistakes you will ever make are already made by those who have walked before you.

The only way to improve your tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.

We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh        – William James.

You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as to think.

–          Emerson.

Failure means not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less.

Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.

Failure is your friend.

When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion.

Lack of willpower is a mental disease.

Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others.

Wisdom without proper tools of its application is no wisdom at all.

The first step is to start doing the things that you don’t like doing.

You have the power to be more than your environment. Similarly, you have the capacity to be more than a prisoner of your past.

Keep pushing yourself. Nothing great has ever been achieved without tired and timeless efforts of the wisest people on this planet.

The trick is to keep setting the mark higher and raising your standards continuously.

Planning is equally important as Goal-Setting.

To achieve 100% results in planning, have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities.

Enlighten people are priority driven. This is the secret of time mastery.

Having the courage to say NO to the little things in life will give you the power to say YES to the big things.

The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago. The second best is today.

Never be the prisoner of your past. Be the architect of your future.

Realize that the most noble thing you can  give to others is your time or your energy.

A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses – Chinese Proverb.

Compassion and daily acts of kindness make life far richer.

Take the time to meditate every morning on the good you will do for others during your day.

Every dawn is a new day to the one who is enlightened.

The past is water under the bridge and the future is a distant sun on the horizon of your imagination. The most important moment is NOW.

Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement.

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”

Live for today – there will never be another one quite like it.

Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.

Simply follow the path of your dreams, in full expectation of the bounty that is certain to flow.

You don’t observe things Dr. Watson, you just see them.                   – Sherlock Holmes.

Everyone on this planet is a wonder of this world. Every one of us is a hero in some way or the other. Every one of us has the potential for extraordinary achievement, happiness and lasting fulfillment. All it takes are small steps in the direction of our dreams. Like Taj Mahal, a life overflowing with wonders is built day by day, block by block. Small victories lead to large victories. Tiny, incremental changes and improvements will create positive habits. Positive habits will create results. And results will inspire you towards a greater personal change. Begin to live each day as if it was your last. Starting from today, learn more, laugh more and do what you truly love to do. So not be denied your destiny. For what lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.