Traditional Proverbs on Self (11 Proverbs)


  • All is within yourself. Know your most inward self and look for what corresponds with it in nature.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes Lives in the Self. He is the source of love And may be known through love but not through thought. He is the goal of life. Attain this goal
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life while the latter looks on in detachment. As long as we think we are the ego, we feel attached and fall into sorrow. But realize that you are the Self, the Lord of life, and you will be freed from sorrow. When you realize that you are the Self, supreme source of light, supreme source of love, you transcend the duality of life and enter into the unitive state.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • Kindness is that perfume which cannot be poured on others without getting a few drops on ones self.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • Mercy to living beings, self restraint, truth, honesty, chastity and contentment, right faith and knowledge, and austerity are but the entourage of morality.
    (Traditional Proverb)


  • When identified with the ego, the Self appears other than what it is. It may appear smaller than a hair's breadth. But know the Self to be infinite.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • Truth, self control, asceticism, generosity, non-injury, constancy in virtue these are the means of success, not caste or family.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • There are two selves, the separate ego and the indivisible Atman. When one rises above I and me and mine, the Atman is revealed as one's real Self.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • The ignorant think the Self can be known by the intellect, but the illumined know he is beyond the duality of the knower and the known.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • The first and best victory is to conquer ones self.
    (Traditional Proverb)

  • The aspirant who is seeking the Lord must free himself from selfish attachments to people, money, and possessions. When his mind sheds every selfish desire, he becomes free from the duality of pleasure and pain and rules his senses. No more is he capable of ill will no more is he subject to elation, for his senses come to rest in the Self.
    (Traditional Proverb)


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