One of the wisest and nicest people to have walked on earth was the great saint Hazrat Ali. An extremely simple and sensible man, he led by example. He was a deeply spiritual man who understood that we need to shed our nonsensical ideas to be truly enlightened.
Even after five hundred years, his words ring true with wisdom and truth. Like Swami Vivekananda, Socrates and Ramakrishna, his words are precise and practical. Like the great ones, he would often use a tint of humour to point our mistakes.
Hazrat Ali lived hundreds of years in a society that was wrought with battle and many civil conflicts. People needed someone who would live what he said, led by his own example. Perhaps in this era it is difficult to imagine the mastery it took to lead a life so pious and with tons of patience.
Here are some amazing quotes of the great saint which can help us bless our lives.
Wise quotes of Hazrat Ali on how to deal with life
“Do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity you give is small, because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame.”
It is the act which matters. A little kindness may go a long way.
“The tongue is like a lion. If you let it loose , it will wound someone. “
“Surely silence can sometimes be the most eloquent reply.”
Even masters need to stay silent at times! The wise saint Hazrat Ali understood the power of being silent and controlling your tongue especially when you are not happy. Call it passive aggression or not wasting one’s energy – we all need to apply this vital life skill.
“Smile even if your heart is dripping blood.”
If you are having a bad hair day, it is easy to pour it to another. However a truly strong person would always keep a smiling face to the troubles. The smile may not solve your problems, but then being grumpy will not either. Perhaps your smile can uplift someone else today.
“There are two ways to live a pleasant life, either in someone’s heart or in someone’s prayer.”
“Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it’s for you don’t be proud or reckless, and when it’s against you be patient, for both days are tests for you.”
Food for thought, isn’t it?
“Forgiveness is the crown of greatness.”
“Forgiveness is the best revenge.”
“The best revenge is to improve yourself.”
One of the most difficult things we face in our life, whether we accept it or not, is to forgive someone who has wronged us. No one is free from this dilemma.
Just like Hazrat Ali, Jesus also spoke of forgiveness. Jesus was tortured, his reputation was mauled and was crucified to death – yet Jesus forgave those who sinned against him. Just like him, Hazrat Ali faced a lot of hardships. He was a great saint as well as a warrior in need. He was attacked by a poisoned sword while he was praying. Before his death he forgave his murderers and instructed his sons to do the same.
Buddha spoke of forgiveness so did the Mahavira. Although Rama had to kill Ravana to end his adharmic rule, he had forgiven him for his misdeeds.
It is strange how the great ones said it over and over again and we still miss the point.
“The moment you start arguing with an ignorant fool, you have already lost.”
“Evil doers never think well of anyone because they see others in their own nature.”
“A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.”
It is important to recognize a person who drains us and fills the air with unhealthy ideas and acts. Call it a foolish or a toxic person, these people can bring us down in career, home or in our positive life.
Incessant gossiping, hate speech and overtly sexual ideas do not make our live better. Period.
“Anger is like a ball of fire, but if you swallow it, it’s sweeter than honey.”
“The most merciful person is the one who forgives when he is able to take revenge.”
“Free your heart from hate, for hate is a sickness.”
We all have that anger problem, more or less. We all swear, wish someone fell into that ditch or got fired. It does not hurt them but somewhere it does hurt us. When we cool down, guilt and shame creeps in us. Sometimes, we start to turn insensitive and cold slowly starting to go devoid of feelings.
Now you know where it all started.
“Conquer your lustful desires and your wisdom will be perfected.”
In other words, stop being a creepy guy. Learn to look at a beautiful person without lust. Just appreciate the beauty in a nice way just like a child does. You will feel happier in a very healthy way.
“Do not be a slave to others when Allah has created you free.”
Be like Lord Shiva – he lives without any attachments. He is free, truly. We all have been created free but we are slaves of our minds. We must remember that we own the car, the car does not own us. Nor does our home, our jewels and our money.
The choice is ours.
“There is peace in solitude, away from the evils of people.”
“Let go of anything that brings you stress and sorrow.”
“The wrong doing will return back to its doer.”
In the Ramayana, Vibhishana abandoned the evil demon Ravana although he was his brother. Ravana was a toxic personality who brought only sorrow in his brother’s family. He walked away to where his peace was.
Let bad people do what they do, we need to put our attention into positive things. We need peace and time for ourselves. Do not listen to chaos and hate.
Vibhishana was a sensible guy. Be like Vibhishana.
“Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.”
“Aim to live in this world without allowing the world to live inside you, because when a boat sits on water it sails perfectly, but when water enters inside the boat, it sinks.”
“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety after all it is only in the darkest nights that the stars shine more brilliantly.”
If you are having a tough time, these words will bring you peace. If you need guidance, these words will be your lantern in the dark.
“Every hopeful person continues seeking, and every fearful one runs away.”
“Let me alone, and go in search of someone else.”
In the depth of our hearts we all know that there is something waiting for us beyond this 3D world that we live in. Seek it, seek who you are. Have hope, perhaps it is very near you. You just need to pay attention to what truly matters.
The journey is ours and only ours to take.
Beautiful and witty sayings of Hazrat Ali on friendship and relations
The great saint and warrior was also a man of this world. His sayings on friendship and relations ring true even after five hundred years.
“Friendship transfers a stranger in to a relative.”
“If you have a friend who can be with you in your hard times then you are a very fortunate person.”
“The poor is one who does not have any friend.”
Friends are the ones who make our journey special. Be thankful if you have a good friend in your life. Most of all, be that friend we all want in our life.
“He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”
“Don’t develop friendship with the enemy of your friend; otherwise your friend will turn into an enemy.”
“It is better to listen to a wise enemy than to seek counsel from a foolish friend.”
“Do not try to run after him who tries to avoid you.”
This is the practical advice we all need. It funny in a way and it hits the bull’s eye.
“Be respectful to women, for they are the mothers of mankind.”
Timeless saying. All villains in our epics and even movies are disrespectful towards women. In Mahabharata we see how the sleazy Kauravas were gone one by one.
It is a fact that everyone loves gentle manliness and chivalry instead of sadistic and creepy guys.
“He who loves you forbids you from committing sin.”
Value the people who are telling you the unpleasant truth. They care, truly.
“Do not disappoint the one whose hope lies in you.”
“If you succeed in misleading somebody, Do not think of him of being a big fool, Rather think about how he trusted you.”
“The biggest shame is to mock at something that you have in yourself.”
“The jealous one is always sick, even when his body is healthy.”
Are you cheating someone’s trust? Are you trying to be clever? Gossiping away other’s reputations out of jealousy?
If yes, you are in serious trouble because foremost, you are cheating yourself. Your cover will not last forever. No one is too smart to be a jerk and not feel guilty about it sometime in life. Life boomerangs, you know.
“It is easier to turn a mountain into dust than to create love in a heart that filled with hatred.”
“We have those who will love us even if we cut them into pieces, and those who will hate us even if we feed them pure honey.”
“Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.”
When choosing the people you want in life, look for depth of character. Choose people who are kind and caring.
Sometimes we feel excited by a rich person or the challenge of being with ‘bad’ company. This is a myth. It will never bring peace of mind.
Avoid nasty people. You cannot change a person – the person needs to change himself.
“Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it.”
Yes, it is difficult to be good person in this hard, hard world. No one understands, the hearts breaks and aches more than it can bear. We are all fighting a war on the inside.
But you are not alone. Even great saints like Hazrat Ali, Dnyaneshwar, Socrates and Jesus Christ faced challenges like we do every day. They faced a lot worse than us. Take heart from them.
Be yourself, not what the world wants you to be. The truth is that the true us is amazing. We are kind, caring and loving yet strong. Focus on what makes you happy, fit and peaceful.
“When words come from the heart of anyone, they find a place in the heart of another.”
When a higher personality like Hazrat Ali speaks out, the words are full of love and strength as these have been spoken from the heart. If you let it truly touch your heart, their work is done. It was all said and done for You.