Abhidharma Satyananda's Wisdom OM-Page
The following are sayings attributed to the venerable
Satyananda Swami Mahajnana, whose wisdom and piety are exceeded only by
his anonymity and obscurity, and who has lived and taught in the
American Midwest for many years under an improbable persona and assumed
name. These aphorisms are all translated from the Sanskrit, except for
those which the good Swami himself had had the courtesy and good sense
of rendering in Bengali.
Sri Satyananda's sage utterances are offered here for the edification
of the pious and the obfuscation of the impervious. (You know who you
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a word to the
wise is sufficient, is one-thousandth of a picture enough for a sage?"
"Things are never quite as much like they are now as they were
just a little while ago."
"If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to
hear it, there not only is no sound, but no woods and no tree as well."
"What is the sound of one cat napping?"
"When the symphony plays, where is the music?"
"Einstein was right: 'God does not play dice with the universe.' But
God does sometimes play Roulette, Scrabble, Twister, and Jeopardy with
"Pay no attention to obesity. A waist is a terrible thing to
"If your karma runs over a dogma, do you then have to bury ahimsa?"
" 'Karma' is an anagram for 'a mark.' 'Dogma' spelled backward
is 'am God.' Can anyone imagine these to be coincidences?"
"One's life is full of barbs. Why, I dated two Barbs in college
"While it is true that even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like a single lily of the field,
he had it all over them in
"I took a vow of chastity as a young man, but many said that,
given my personality, it was merely a formality."
"OM is where the art is."
"How many Zen Masters does it take to change a light bulb?
The tree in the garden."
"It is better to light one candle than to curse the power
"For what is death, but Nature's way of telling us to slow