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The harmony and happiness of man
Yields to the wealth of nations; that which lifts
His nature to the heaven of its pride,
Is bartered for the poison of his soul;
The weight that drags to earth his towering hopes, Blighting all prospect but of selfish gain,
Withering all passion but of slavish fear, Extinguishing all free and generous love
Of enterprise and daring, even the pulse
That fancy kindles in the beating heart
To mingle with sensation, it destroys, -
Leaves nothing but the sordid lust of self,
The groveling hope of interest and gold,
Unqualified, unmingled, unredeemed
Even by hypocrisy.
How vainly seek
The selfish for that happiness denied
To aught but virtue! Blind and hardened, they,
Who hope for peace amid the storms of care,
Who covet power they know not how to use,
And sigh for pleasure they refuse to give,
Madly they frustrate still their own designs;
And, where they hope that quiet to enjoy
Which virtue pictures, bitterness of soul,
Pining regrets, and vain repentances,
Disease, disgust and lassitude pervade
Their valueless and miserable lives.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)
It is impossible to see anything in the real realm unless you become it. Not so in the world. You see the sun without being the sun, see the sky and earth but are not them. This is the truth of the world. In the other truth you are what you see. If you see the spirit, you are the spirit. If you look at the anointed, you are the anointed. If you see the father, you will be the father. In this world you see everything but yourself, but there, you look at yourself and are what you see. Gospel Of Philip (200)
The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, and insanity are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. G. K. Chesterton (1874)
Wisdom is so kind and wise that wherever you may look you can learn something about God.
Why would not the omnipresent teach that way?
St. Catherine Of Siena (1347)
If God said 'Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms'
There would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act, I would not bow to.
You cannot wander anywhere that will not aid you.
Anything you can touch ?God brought it into the classroom of your mind.
St. Francis Of Assisi (1181)
For when your spirit within yourself is able to penetrate inward through and beyond your own flesh and life, and is able to catch hold of the innermost moving of God, then you are clearly in Heaven. Jacob Boehme (1575)
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
Leonard Cohen (1934)
To come to the pleasure you have not
You must go by a way in which you enjoy not.
To come to the knowledge you have not
You must go by a way in which you know not.
To come to the possession you have not
You must go by a way in which you possess not.
To come to be what you are not
You must go by a way in which you are not.
St. John Of The Cross (1542)
Many people want to serve God, mostly in an advisory capacity. C. S. Lewis (1898)
is the result
of paying attention!
It is merely that when a man has found something which he prefers to life, he then for the first time begins to live. G. K. Chesterton (1874)
The root of all moral obligation is the obligation to become capable of morality. Jacob Needleman (1934)
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found. Sufi Saying
The Fourth Striving: From the beginning of one's existence, to pay as quickly as possible for one's arising and individuality, in order afterward to be free to lighten as much as possible the sorrow of our Common Father. George Gurdjieff (1866)
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C. S. Lewis (1898)
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either "have" or "have not." In fact, there is no such thing as "freedom" except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life. Erich Fromm (1900)
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo (1475)
I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride. William James (1842)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful , committed citizens can change the world ; indeed , it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901)
Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. Montesquieu (1689)
Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. Vernon Howard (1918)
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal......... God is the parent mind and man is God's spiritual offspring. Mary Baker Eddy (1821)
"To become attached to the experience of peace is to threaten the true and essential and vital union of our soul with God above sense and experience in the darkness of a pure and perfect love. "- Thomas Merton
"The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, and insanity are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. "- G. K. Chesterton
"Wisdom is so kind and wise that wherever you may look you can learn something about God. Why would not the omnipresent teach that way? "- St. Catherine Of Siena
"If God said 'Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms' There would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act, I would not bow to. "- Jalal Al Din Rumi
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Thomas Merton
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