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Solomon knew there were in us two kinds of senses, the one being mortal, corruptible and human, and the other immortal and intellectual, which he calls "divine." By this divine sense, therefore, not of the eyes but of a pure heart, that is, the mind, God can be seen by those who are worthy. Origen (185)

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God's wisdom works in many forms and in many ways through technical skill, scientific knowledge, faith, prophecy; it shows us its power to our benefit, because "all wisdom comes from the Lord and it with him to all eternity" as the wisdom of Jesus puts it. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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He will serve in the midst of the greats and be seen in the presence of leaders; he will travel in the lands of foreign peoples for he has tested the good things and the bad among human beings. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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Human mercy is on one's neighbor, but the mercy of the Lord is for all flesh... reproving, disciplining and teaching, and bringing it back as a shepherd does the flock. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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For God grants wisdom from His mouth together with perception and practical wisdom, and stores up help for the righteous. Odes Of Solomon (390)

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Consider, O discerning man, that you are the image of God and the bond of all creation, both of the heavenly and the terrestrial beings, and whenever you bend your head to worship and glorify God, all the creations, both heavenly and terrestrial, bow their heads with you and in you, to worship God. And whenever you do not worship and glorify Him, all the creations grieve over you and turn against you, and you will fall from grace. Simon Of Taibutheth (670)

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Every day in many ways, day after day, we walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men , young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-law. But always meeting ourselves. James Joyce (1882)

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Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

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To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday. John Burroughs (1837)

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The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois (1804)

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And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Whoever sees all beings in the soul and the soul in all beings...
What delusion or sorrow is there for one who sees unity?
It has filled all. It is radiant, incorporeal, invulnerable...
Wise, intelligent, encompassing, self-existent,
It organizes objects throughout eternity.
Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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That thou art. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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He who knows the Bliss of Brahman does not distress himself with the thought, "Why did I not do what is good? Why did I do what is evil?" Whoever knows this (bliss) regards both of these as Atman (self, soul), indeed he cherishes both as Atman. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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This is a country whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. You do not find it by travelling but by standing still. Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. Thomas Merton (1915)

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There are varying degrees of spiritual illumination, which accounts both for the varying outlooks to be found among mystics and for the different kinds of Glimpse among aspirants. All illuminations and all Glimpses free the man from his negative qualities and base nature, but in the latter case only temporarily. He is able as a result, to see into his higher nature. In the first degree, it is as if a window covered with dirt were cleaned enough to reveal a beautiful garden outside it. He is still subject to the activity of thinking, the emotion of joy, and the discrimination between X and Y. In the next and higher degree, it is as if the window were still more cleaned so that still more beauty is revealed beyond it. Here there are no thoughts to intervene between the seer and the seen. In the third degree, it is as if the window were thoroughly cleaned. Here there is no longer even a rapturous emotion but only a balanced happiness, a steady tranquility which, being beyond the intellect, cannot properly be described by the intellect. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)

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The greatest of all crosses is self. -- If we die in part every day, we shall have but little to do on the last. -- These little daily deaths will destroy the power of the final dying. Francois Fenelon (1651)

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And it is in this darkness, when there is nothing left in us that can please or comfort our own minds, when we seem to be useless and worthy of all contempt, when we seem to have failed, when we seem to be destroyed and devoured, it is then that the deep and secret selfishness that is too close to us for us to identify is stripped away from our souls. It is in this darkness that we find liberty. It is in this abandonment that we are made strong. This is the night which empties us and makes us pure. Thomas Merton (1915)

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One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre' Gide (1869)

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God hath framed the mind of man as a mirror of glass, capable of the image of the universal world, and joyful to receive the impression thereof, as the eye joyeth to receive light. Odes Of Solomon (390)

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Do what you should do when you should do it. Refuse to do what you should not do. And when it is not clear, wait until you are sure. Muhammed (570)

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All the matter of the world that surrounds us, the food that we eat, the water that we drink, the air that we breathe, the stones that our houses are built of, our own bodies -- everything is permeated by all the matters that exist in the universe. There is no need to study or investigate the sun in order to discover the matter of the solar world; this matter exists in ourselves and is the result of the division of our atoms. In the same way we have in us the matter of all other worlds. Man is, in the full sense of the term, a "miniature universe"; in him are all the matters of which the universe consists; the same forces, the same laws that govern the life of the universe, operate in him; therefore in studying man we can study the whole world, just as in studying the world we can study man. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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Do not be bewildered by the surfaces; in the depths all becomes law. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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Somewhere about this time I was very much struck by a talk about the sun, the planets, and the moon. I do not remember how this talk began. But I remember that G. drew a small diagram and tried to explain what he called the "correlation of forces in different worlds." This was in connection with the previous talk, that is, in connection with the influences acting on humanity. The idea was roughly this: humanity, or more correctly, organic life on earth, is acted upon simultaneously by influences proceeding from various sources and different worlds; influences from the planets, influences from the moon, influences from the sun, influences from the stars. All these influences act simultaneously; one influence predominates at one moment and another influence at another moment. And for man there is a certain possibility of making a choice of influences; in other words, of passing from one influence to another. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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There is no coming to consciousness without pain. Carl Jung (1875)

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