|Quotes About Varanasi|
Varanasi sits above the earth as a ‘crossing place’ or tirtha between this world and the ‘far shore’ of the transcendent Brahmn.
Diana L Eck
Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!
The three worlds form one city of mine, and Kashi is my royal palace therein.
Are there not many holy places on this earth?
Yet which of them would equal in the balance one speck of Kashi’s dust?
Are there not many rivers running to the sea?
Yet which of them is like the River of Heaven in Kashi?
Are there not many fields of liberation on earth?
Yet not one equals the smallest part of the city never forsaken by Shiva.
The Ganges, Shiva and Kashi: Where this Trinity is watchful, no wonder here is found the grace that leads one on to perfect bliss.
Brahma once weighed the heavens against Kashi. And Kashi, being heavier, sank while the skies, despite all the gods who lived there, rose upwards.
Adi Shankara, Manikarnikastotram
The city illumines truth and reveals reality. It does not bring new wonders into the scope of vision, but enables one to see what is already there. Where this eternal light intersects the earth, it is known as Kashi.
Diana L. Eck
...up and down the ghats, all day long, but especially in the early morning, stream the endless course of pilgrims, ragged tramps, aged crones, horrible beggars, hawkers, Brahmin preists, sacred bulls and cows, Hindu preachers wealthy rajas (kings) or bankers in gay palanquins. Fakirs, pariah dogs, and scoffing globetrotters from Europe and America.
...crammed perspective of platform’s soaring stairways, sculptured temples, majestic palaces, softening away into the distances; and there is movement, motion, human life everywhere, and brilliantly costumed - streaming in rainbows up and down the lofty stairways...
Enlightenment, and the death which comes before it, is the primary business of Varanasi.
An image can never be the real thing. Varanasi is where the Ganga flows, where I can play the Shehnai for Lord Balaji. I shall be at home, nowhere else but in India.
Ustad Bismillah Khan
In this land of the Ganga, there was education of culture. But, more importantly, there was a culture of education.
All action is prayer. All trees are desire-fulfilling. All water is the Ganga. All land is Varanasi. Love everything.
Neem Karoli Baba