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Gregorian Chants

Gregorian Chant, Il Duomo, Florence, Italy, Sept. 2004


Gregorian Chants embody a very meditative and peaceful music.

These are some selected Gregorian music downloads

Martin Luther King “I have a Dream”


Speech by Martin Luther King Jr

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

From: “I have a dream”

The Words are inspiring to read, but to hear the live recording is something else. Martin Luther King speaks with such passion. One of the great speeches of all time.

Within 2 months of the speech Congress passed a new civil rights movements

Quotes on Happiness by Sri Chinmoy

"We want happiness and we need happiness. In this life of ours there are many things that we want but actually do not need. But when it is a matter of happiness, we not only want it but we also need it. There is no happiness in mere seeing. There is no happiness in mere feeling. There is no happiness in mere achieving. Happiness can be found only in our conscious surrender to God’s Will."

"The mind enjoys happiness when it doubts and suspects. The heart enjoys happiness when it treasures insecurity. This is the way we enjoy happiness in the beginning. But there comes a time when real happiness, divine happiness, dawns. At that time the body is fully awake and consciously offering its service-light, the vital is dynamic, the mind is calm and quiet and the heart feels its oneness, its inseparable oneness with the rest of the world."

  • Sri Chinmoy

More Quotes on Happiness

Writings on Happiness

Quote on Others point of view

"The most distinctive mark of a cultured mind is the ability to take another’s point of view; to put one’s self in another’s place, and see life and its problems from a point of view different from one’s own. To be willing to test a new idea; to be able to live on the edge of difference in all matters intellectually; to examine without heat the burning question of the day; to have imaginative sympathy, openness and flexibility of mind, steadiness and poise of feeling, cool calmness of judgment, is to have culture."

        1. Fairchild


"Time is that which man always tries to kill, but which ends in killing him."

  • Herbert Spencer

When Righteousness declines

"Whenever righteousness declines and unrighteousness prevails, I embody Myself, O Arjuna. To protect the good, to destroy the wicked and to establish dharma [the code of life], I come into being from age to age."

  • Sri Krishna from Bhagavad Gita