Seven Quotes by S. N. Goenka on Compassion and Meditation (Vipassana)

S N Goenka - One who has love and compassion, with a pure heart experiences the Kingdom of Heaven within. This is the Law of Nature, or if one would rather, God’s will.

  • “One who has love and compassion, with a pure heart experiences the Kingdom of Heaven within. This is the Law of Nature, or if one would rather, God’s will.”
  • “Rather than converting people from one organized religion to another organized religion, we should try to convert people from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation and from cruelty to compassion.”
  • This is the law of nature, which applies to one and all: a defiled mind remains agitated, an unstained mind is happy.
  • Vipassana involves making an analytical study of the mind-matter phenomenon and purifying the mind by breaking its unwholesome habit-pattern. Anyone practicing Vipassana can acquire the same beneficial results and develop feelings of pure love and compassion.
  • Real wisdom is recognizing and accepting that every experience is impermanent. With this insight you will not be overwhelmed by ups and downs. And when you are able to maintain an inner balance, you can choose to act in ways that will create happiness for you and for others. Living each moment happily with an equanimous mind, you will surely progress toward the ultimate goal of liberation from all suffering.
  • “The observation of the physical sensations without reaction during Vipassana meditation produces a remarkable effect. It causes the old stored-up past conditionings such as anger, hatred, ill-will, passion, etc. to come to the surface of the mind and manifest as sensations. Observation of these sensations without any reaction causes them to pass away, layer after layer. Your mind is then free of many of these old conditionings and can deal with experiences in the life without the color of past experiences.”
  • “Peace and negativity cannot coexist just as light and darkness cannot coexist.”

S. N. Goenka (1924-2013)

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2 thoughts on “Seven Quotes by S. N. Goenka on Compassion and Meditation (Vipassana)

  1. This is my favourite: “The observation of the physical sensations without reaction during Vipassana meditation produces a remarkable effect. It causes the old stored-up past conditionings such as anger, hatred, ill-will, passion, etc. to come to the surface of the mind and manifest as sensations. Observation of these sensations without any reaction causes them to pass away, layer after layer. Your mind is then free of many of these old conditionings and can deal with experiences in the life without the color of past experiences.” Yay 🙂

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