David Frawley quotes

Who the hell is David Frawley?

David Frawley is an American Hindu teacher, a Hindutva activist and an author of many books on Hinduism, Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, etc... Notable book titles are 'What is Hinduism' and 'The Oracle of Rama'.

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David Frawley quotes

“All of the problems in the world today arise from an inability to grasp the underlying oneness of life. The division of nations, religions, and cultures comes from this fundamental ignorance, as does our exploitation of the Earth and her resources. Only if we perceive another person as fundamentally different from ourselves can we harm or exploit them. Only if we see the natural world as mere raw material for our convenience can we damage it for our own gratification. If we see our Self-reflected in all beings, which is the real truth, we cannot wish any harm to anyone and we treat all things with respect, finding all life to be sacred.

Without addressing this core problem of the failure to understand the unity of life, we cannot expect to solve our other problems. Today it is of utmost necessity that all those who are consciousness of this underlying unity act in such a way as to make others aware of it. This does not necessarily require any overt outer actions but it does require that we make a statement by how we live, if not by what we say.”

David Frawley Arise Arjuna

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means”

David Frawley Ayurvedic Healing

“Asana, with its soothing, stretching and relaxing action, is the main physical exercise for balancing the doshas. It calms Vata, cools Pitta and releases Kapha.”

David Frawley Yoga for Your Type

“Can we trust transnational internet groups like Wikipedia, which are self-regulating and unaccountable, to determine or censor information for the public, to decide what are the facts in nearly all fields of life and learning?”

David Frawley

“Hinduism is a religion of the Earth. It honors the Earth as the Divine Mother and encourages us to honor her and help her develop her creative potentials. The deities of Hinduism permeate the world of nature. For example, Shiva is the God of the mountains, while Parvati is the mountain Goddess. Shiva dwells in high and steep rocky crags and cliff faces. Parvati rules over mountain streams, waterfalls, and mountain meadows with their many flowers.”

David Frawley How I Became A Hindu

“Hinduism is not about joining a church but about developing respect for all beings, not only humans but plants and animals as well. It is not about a particular holy book but about understanding our own minds and hearts. It is not about a savior but about discovering the Divine presence within us.”

David Frawley How I Became a Hindu

“Hinduism never seemed to be something foreign or alien to me or inappropriate to my circumstances living in the West. It is the very religion of nature and consciousness in the broadest sense, which makes it relevant to everyone.”

David Frawley How I Became A Hindu

“In this way I can speak of an American Hinduism and call myself an American and a Hindu – an American connected with the land and a Hindu connected with the spirit and soul of that land. Hinduism has helped me discover the forces of nature in which I live, their past and their future, their unique formations and their connections with the greater universe and the cosmic mind.”

David Frawley How I Became A Hindu

“It is not necessary to live in India to be a Hindu. In fact one must live in harmony with the land where one is located to be a true Hindu.”

David Frawley How I Became A Hindu

“No ancient story, not even Homer's Iliad or Odyssey, has remained as popular through the course of time. The story of Rama appears as old as civilization and has a fresh appeal for every generation.”

David Frawley The Oracle of Rama

“No matter how evolved a person may think he is, he has no right to interfere with the spiritual practices of another, because interference is itself the most un-evolved of all religious actions.”

David Frawley Awaken Bharata

“Prana... is the spirit of mantra. Mantra in turn is the expression of prana. Whatever most engages our prana or vital energy becomes the main subject of our speech.”

David Frawley Mantra Yoga and the Primal Sound

“Satvajaya can decondition the mind so we can see things fresh, like with the eyes of a child. Satvajaya techniques rid us of negative emotions, thought patterns, and prejudices that may weigh us down like undigested food”

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“The ayurvedic rule in treatment is to treat Vata like a flower, Pitta like a friend and Kapha like an enemy.”

David Frawley Yoga for Your Type

“The law of karma is very scientific. The effects of our actions must be of the same nature and extent as the original actions themselves. It is not a question of reward and punishment but of energetics. Our actions set in motion a subtle force that pushes us along in life. If we act in a violent way towards others, for example, that violence becomes embedded in our psyche and reflects upon us, causing us to act and to be acted upon in a violent way. If we act in a loving and compassionate manner, on the other hand, that energy carries us along the stream of love and brings the forces of love into our life to the same degree and manner as the love we have put forth.”

David Frawley

“The most important insights that have come to me usually occur while walking in nature, particularly hiking in the high mountains. In the wilderness nature can enter into our consciousness and cleanse our minds of human-centered compulsions. I think that liberation is like wandering off into nature, climbing up a high mountain, and not coming back to the lowlands of human society.”

David Frawley How I Became A Hindu

“The ultimate goal of human life is to transcend culture and personality to the unconditioned pure being. But the means to do this is through our culture and way of life.”

David Frawley How I Became a Hindu

“There is an inner working of intelligence behind the movement of energy in the world. This natural or organic intelligence is conscious and sure in its plan and method, not by choice or intention but intuitively and spontaneously, as a movement of pure beauty and harmony.”

David Frawley

“Though we have many important duties and commitments to society, humanity and the planet, we must remember that our highest duty is that of self-realization, connecting to the universal consciousness within and around us. Our sojourn on Earth is short and we must use that time to aid in the evolution of consciousness, which all our other actions should support. Human beings are a transitional species, not a true self-aware intelligence.”

David Frawley

“To be a consumer is the most primitive level of being. It is to be a mouth, an eater, a devourer of things. To discover the truth of who we are, we must discard the consumer mentality and reclaim our spiritual dignity.”

David Frawley

“True unity is built upon freedom, not conformity.”

David Frawley Awaken Bharata

“We must learn to die daily to the known and limited, accepting our outer lives are but an offering to the inner spirit. Then everyday will be a new birth into eternity.”

David Frawley Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda

“Whatever we can observe, like a cup upon the table, is an object and exists apart from our awareness, which is its perceiver. Yet we cannot only observe external objects, we can also observe internal objects. We can note whether our sense organs are acute or impaired, as when our vision begins to fail. Similarly we can observe our emotions, our thoughts, and even our own ego, which are all fluctuating phenomena, if we look deeply. We can observe the functions
of the mind just as we can observe the movements of our body.
Just as the eye is not damaged when a cup falls onto the floor and breaks, so consciousness is not damaged when the contents of the mind get altered or damaged. The witnessing consciousness is apart from the objects and conditions that it observes. Therefore, the first thing we observe about the mind is that, as something observable, the mind is an object. The mind is material and part of the external world. It belongs to us but it is not who we really are, just as our house belongs to us but is not us. This may be shocking to consider, but it is really something intuitively known to us. When we speak of "my mind," we are defining the mind as an object that belongs to us and not as ourselves.”

David Frawley Ayurveda and the Mind

“Who we are is the result of how we live and act on a daily basis. Our daily actions reflect our prime values and motivations.”

David Frawley Yoga for Your Type

“Yoga is not a new path to follow but a way to become conscious of the original impetus of life. Yoga is the movement and evolution of Life itself.”

David Frawley Ayurveda and the Mind