Kuruvilla Pandikattu

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Life Is Beautiful: Enjoy It Life Is Fragile: Foster It Life Is Relational: Share It.

Kuruvilla Pandikattu (born November 28, 1957) is an Indian priest, physicist and philosopher. Author of 24 books, he has been teaching and lecturing on science-religion dialog, sustainable life-style and contemporary spirituality. He is based in Pune, India.

Quotes[edit]

  • Science and religion form the two pillars of our civilization and they need each other for the survival of ourselves.
    • Religion@scientist.com, p. 23.
  • Humans are the between before and beyond. Ever elusive and ever tensional
    • Between Before and Beyond, p. 7.
Pandikattu (2002)

Life: Relish It! (2012)[edit]

  • Life Is Beautiful: Enjoy It/ Life Is Fragile: Foster It/ Life Is Relational: Share It/ Life Is Paradoxical: Encounter It/ Life Is Fascinating: Contemplate It/ Life Is: Be
    • Life: Relish It!
  • Fiction is made of life/ Of earth and clay/ Of tears and laughter/ Of blood and sweat/ Hear them, the works of an author or a painter/ The singer and the clown/ Preserve the mystery of life.
    • Life: Relish It!
  • So is the song of life being sung/ By us and by all the living beings/ A melodious and harmonious song,/ Where the singer loses her own self/ And absorbs in the wonderful harmony of the song!/ An almost ecstatic experience.
    • Life: Relish It!
  • Humans: The only animal who can laugh!/ We can enjoy the lighter side of life/ And we can also laugh at others/ And ridicule others!
    • Life: Relish It!
  • To discover meaning is somehow to see the relatedness with everything else,/ However vaguely it may be;./ To find meaning is to see the purpose of things,/ However hazily it may be.
    • Life: Relish It!
  • Life is security and daring,/ Life is protection and risk,/ Life is openness and closure,/ It is safety and adventure.
    • Life: Relish It!
  • A parable is fascinating/ In its paradoxical invitation/ In the subversion of values/ In the unconditional acceptance of life/In its total affirmation of life/ Without ifs, buts and ...
    • Life: Relish It!

Death: Live It! (2005)[edit]

  • Death: frightening and inevitable./ It is necessary to give rise to better offspring./ It is necessary to give way to a better life-style/ It is necessary due to the law of nature.
    • Death: Live It! p. 20
  • Death has been the great leveler/ Of all honour, glory and name./ None can take anything with them/ To their tomb! Death! The sobering fact/ Of all our yearnings and longings!/ “What does it profit a man …”/ If he cannot take any of the things/ To his grave.
    • Death: Live It! p. 32
  • To look straight into the eyes of my death/ My non-being/ To face myself as living and dying/ In the bare nakedness of my life and non-life.
    • Death: Live It! p. 49
  • Death stares at me/ Death pushes me forward/ Attracts me onwards/ And carries me on/ And that is my life!
    • Death: Live It! p. 57
  • To relish life and to relish death/ And to be grateful for both/ And to be open for more/ In both death and life.
    • Death: Live It! p. 72
  • It is much worse to be dead when we are alive/ Dead by the fear of death, when we are not yet dead!/ The incredible paradox of worrying to avoid death / Being the very cause of death!
    • Death: Live It! p. 80
  • Death is only a step towards .../ In this celebration of love/ Death is a stepping stone/ Towards the fullness/ Towards which all of us/ Consciously and unconsciously long for.
    • Death: Live It! p. 92
  • To be alive is to feel the joy of being./ In spite of the sorrows and joys of life/ The primary joy is that of being./ That of my existence. / That I exist is the most fundamental experience is joy for me!/ I, who do not deserve to, really exist./ I, who need not, do exist!/ I, who may not, do exist.
    • Death: Live It! p. 130

Life as Love (2001)[edit]

  • Love is Human: Own it/ Love is Bodily: Feel it/ Love is Divine: Revere it/ Love is Surrender: Transcend it/ Love is Life: Be!
    • Life: Relish It! Back Cover
  • There is a subtle way of dominating you/ By always making you dependent on me./ Love sees through and liberates you/ To stand on your own feet.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 19
  • To love implies that I respect you/ Even though I may not like you always./ Love means that I freely revere you/ And leave you free even not to respond to me.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 32
  • Love enables the emergence of ecstasy/ That of enchantment with life
    • Life: Relish It! p. 47
  • In your presence, dearly beloved,/ I do not need to make up!/ I do not need to adorn myself!/ I can just be myself!/ What a relief!
    • Life: Relish It! p. 67
  • You are a surprise for me./ Every moment./ You are unpredictable in your love./ You cannot be controlled by my love.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 96
  • It [love] conquers nihilism and pessimism/Suicide and self-annihilation./ It conquers its own death. /It is the spark of fire that kindles life forever.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 127
  • By sharing it [love] grows/ By giving it up it nurtures/ By dying it deepens./ By being it becomes.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 137
  • Love is the source of our hope/ Love is the basis of our vision/ Love is the goal of our progress/ Love is our world.
    • Life: Relish It! p. 141

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  • More on Prof Pandikattu and his quotes, please see www.kuru.in
  • His institutional affiliation, see jdv.edu.in