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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (1751)
Start first with yourself and abandon yourself. Trully, if you won't first leave yourself, wherever you may go you will find obstacles and war, anywhere. They who seek peace in external things - in places or in ways and methods, in persons or works, in monasticism or isolation, in poverty or humility, in anything, however great that might be - , not one of them has the least value and it does not bring peace at all. They who ask this way, ask wrong. The further they go, the less they find what they seek. They walk like the man who has lost his way: the more he walks the more his delusion grows. ... But if someone abandons himself, whatever else he might keep, whether riches or honours, or anything, he has abandoned all things ... See yourself and wherever you find him, see him off ... The more you go out of all things, that much, neither less nor more, God comes in you with all that is His. Meister Eckhart (1260)
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. Patanjali (150 B.C.E.)
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. Hippocrates (460 B.C.E.)
You have to make your own world, instead of succumbing to the one that presses on you. You have to turn the tables on what appears to be fate or the full weight of society. Against the greatest odds, you have to keep your wits about you and refuse to surrender to anyone or anything less than divine. You have to be faithful to the mystery taking place in your heart, rather than to any idea or system that would try, with the best of motives, to disempower you and make you theirs. Thomas Moore (1940)
From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself it appears no longer. Hinduism
Perhaps, for many of us, all experience merely defines, so to speak, the shape of that gap where our love of God ought to be. It is not enough. It is something. If we cannot "practice the presence of God," it is something to practice the absence of God, to become increasingly aware of our unawareness. C. S. Lewis (1898)
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
...anything that the mind thinks, it can unthink. If, therefore, by the law of cause and effect we have produced unpleasant conditions, we should be able by this same law to produce an entirely different effect. Ernest Holmes (1887)
"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 (1931)
This too shall pass. Sufi Saying
Call forth in everyone only the remembrance of God, and of the Heaven that is in him. For where you would have your brother be, there will you think you are. Hear not his appeal to hell and littleness, but only his call for Heaven and greatness. Forget not that his call is yours, and answer him with me. (T-15.III.12:1-4) A Course In Miracles (1975)
It's not to seek and find. It is simply to ask and wait. Byron Katie
You cannot serve two masters, my dear friends, not Evil on the one hand and God on the other hand! Bruno Groening (1906)
This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare (1564)
How can a soul which misunderstands itself have a sure idea of other creatures? Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E.)
All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)
What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks a little different
on this wall than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we are pouring them back in.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
You are banging the walls. What walls? There are no walls. You are fighting the guards. What guards? They don't exist. You are free right now. See this. Vernon Howard (1918)
Enter yourself, let self-honesty turn you in the right direction, after which self-awareness lives your life for you. Wishing for something other than darkness is already a bit of light. Have no fear of exposing the illusion that your present world is a false world, for the end of the old reveals the new. Change starts with even the dim realization of being betrayed by our own faulty thoughts. Self-renewal occurs spontaneously when habitual thoughts are dropped. Few people realize how little truth they can take, but those who do will become new. Vernon Howard (1918)
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine (1737)
Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your gift. You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells. You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits. John O'Donohue (1956)
Clouds and dust are carried by the air, but less intelligent persons say that the sky is cloudy and the air is dirty. Similarly, they also implant material bodily conceptions on the spirit self. Srila Vyasadeva
"Clouds and dust are carried by the air, but less intelligent persons say that the sky is cloudy and the air is dirty. Similarly, they also implant material bodily conceptions on the spirit self. "- Srila Vyasadeva
"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. "- C. S. Lewis
"He who does not have attention in himself and does not regard his mind, cannot become pure in heart, and so cannot see God. He who does not have attention in himself cannot be poor in spirit, cannot be contrite, nor be gentle and meek, nor hunger and thirst after righteousness, nor be merciful, nor a peacemaker, nor suffer persecution for the righteousness sake. "- St. Simeon, The New Theologian
"One of the marvels of the world is the sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in his hand. "- 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! "- Lao Tse
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