Wisdom has been defined as knowing what one ought to do. Virtue is doing it. Wisdom without virtue is a weariness of the flesh…Where thought does not go over into action, there results mental dyspepsia or moral constipation. Men of mere ideas and no legs are no more than intellectual centipedes.
The power of safe and accurate response to external conditions is the essential feature of sanity. The inability to adapt action to need is a character of insanity. “Change or perish” is the grim watchword of nature. Keep pace with the advancing times and you can survive in the struggle of life.
--Swami Rama Tirtha
[Please note: I hope you don’t mind a heavy dose of Swami Rama Tirtha for the next several weeks. I am finishing up a book of his, The Practical Vedanta of Swami Rama Tirtha, Edited by Brandt Dayton, and it is getting better the deeper I go. These are all from that book, which has been out of print for several years, so you’re not likely to easily come across this material elsewhere]
I realize that I didn’t have a quote last week, so I will make it up with two quotes this week.