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It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
Of a certainty, the man who can see all creatures in himself, himself in all creatures, knows no sorrow. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
Go sweep out the chamber of your heart.
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved.
When you depart out,
He will enter it.
void of yourself,
will He display His beauties.
Origen says the soul's quest of God comes by self-observation. If she knew herself she would know God also. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Therefore, if God's essence is to be seen at all, it must be that the intellect sees it through the divine essence itself; so that in that vision the divine essence is both the object and the medium of vision. Thomas Aquinas (1225)
Though slowly and with pain, the objects of our affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man, and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health, the mind is presently seen again, its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character, and blend with God, to attain their own perfection. But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractive as these relations, must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on forever. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Stop thinking and end your problems. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Impermanent are all component things; nothing comes into existence but there is the seeds of its own dissolution. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
The burden which is well borne becomes light. Ovid (43 B.C.E.)
Only those who are willing to go too far will ever know how far they can go. T. S. Eliot (1888)
. . . at the last
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
with them forgive yourself.
William Shakespeare (1564)
Don't surrender your loneliness
Let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My need of God
The moment that any man really comes to recognize that which is absolute Truth --- namely, that one Spirit, even the Father, being made manifest in the Son, ever lives at the center of all human beings --- he will know that he can cease forever from any undue anxiety about bringing others into the same external fold that he is in. If your friend or your son or your husband or your brother does not see Truth as you see it, do not try by repeated external arguments to convert him. Harriet Emilie Cady (1848)
To those who seek truth in conventionalized religion:
Until college and minaret have crumbled
this holy work of ours will not be done.
Until faith becomes rejection
And rejection becomes belief
There will be no true believer.
If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. New Testament
We are not only enough...We are all there is. Don Lubov (1941)
Fear and faith cannot exist in the same space at the same time. Choose one. Gospel Of Philip (200)
When all striving ceases
I awaken to behold
Keeping silent watch.
Thomas Keating (1923)
When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom]. Gospel Of Thomas (110)
There is only one great life. I can enter into the experience only if I have first come to unity in myself, only if I have come to be a whole. Jeanne De Salzmann (1889)
God will not tell you that you should desire Him above all else, because He wants your love to be freely given,without "prompting." That is the whole secret in the game of this universe. He who created us yearns for our love. He wants us to give it spontaneously, without His asking. Our love is the one thing God does not possess, unless we choose to bestow it. So, you see, even the Lord has something to attain: our love. And we shall never be happy until we give it. Paramhansa Yogananda (1893)
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. New Testament
"The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice."- Doug Larson
"I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. "- Montesquieu
"Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. "- Vernon Howard
"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
"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! "- Lao Tse
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