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GOD loveth those who are pure. Naught in the Bayan and in the sight of God is more loved than purity and immaculate cleanliness....God desireth not to see, in the Dispensation of the Bayan, any soul deprived of joy and radiance.
He indeed desireth that under all conditions, all may be adorned with such purity, both inwardly and outwardly, that no repugnance may be caused even to themselves, how much less unto others.
Bab Siyyid Ali-Muhammad (1819)
The whole duty of man in this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him. Let none, therefore, consider the largeness or smallness of the receptacle. Bahaullah M rza Husayn Ali Nur (1817)
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself, with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting. Bahaullah M rza Husayn Ali Nur (1817)
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. ...Men do not sufficiently realize that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs is the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling, even on this refractory planet, the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for making gods. Henri Louis Bergson (1859)
As you express unconditional love, you become more than you previously perceived yourself to be. You become illumined, the full manifestation of your divinity. Mayan (325)
Give me understanding, and I shall live. Psalm (119)
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. American Indian
You are the angel who will banish darkness from your life. You are the angel that will bring light to the land of your heart. You are the angel who will kill the dragons of doubt. You are the angel that will triumph -- triumph over all that you cannot tolerate. Prem Pal Singh Rawatt, Maharaji (1957)
There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached it would mean that it is not here and now but that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self; you are already That. Ramana Maharshi (1879)
The Love, Lover, and Beloved are one! Sufi Saying
Don't unstring the bow,
I am your four-feathered arrow
that has not been used yet.
I am a strong knifeblade word,
not some if or maybe,
dissolving in air.
I am sunlight slicing the dark.
Who made this night?
A forge deep in the earth-mud.
What is the body?
What is love?
What is hidden
in our chests?
Let the beloved be a hat pulled down firmly on my head.
Or drawstrings pulled and tied around my chest.
Someone asks, How does love have hands and feet?
Love is the sprouting-bed for hands and feet!
Your father and mother were playing love games,
They came together, and you appeared!
Don't ask what love can make or do!
Look at the colours of the world.
The riverwater moving in all rivers at once.
The truth that lives in Shams' face.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Treat the Earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Ancient Indian Proverb
The whole world belongs to Asga Ya Galun Lati, the Great Spirit. Cherokee Adage
We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets, that hereafter he will give every man a spirit home according to his deserts. This I believe, and all my people believe the same. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
God Almighty has made us all. Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux (1822)
There are the springs of the Great Spirit... To bathe in them gives new life, to drink temperatures every bodily ill. Arapaho
The Indian believes profoundly in silence -- the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his self-hood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence. What are the fruits of silence? They are self control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character. Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), Santee Sioux (1858)
My friends, how desperately do we need to be loved and to love. Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves. With it we are creating. With it we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others. Chief Dan George, Coast Salish (1899)
In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn . . . all things tell of Tirawa. Chief Gray Eagle, Pawnee (1794)
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread with in. What ever we do to the well, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish (1788)
Is there not something worthy of perpetuation in our end and spirit of democracy, where Earth, our mother, was free to all, and no one saw to impoverish or enslave his neighbor? Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), Santee Sioux (1858)
The Earth and myself are of one mind. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
There is no death . . . Only a change of worlds. Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish (1788)
We may quarrel with men about things on Earth, but we never quarrel about the Great Spirit. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
The Great Spirit is the name given to the life force radiating from all creation. This energy is called many things by many different people: the Creator, A'wonawil'onas (Zuni), Wankan-Tankan (Sioux), God, Tirawa (Pawnee), Great Mystery and Grandfather. Anonymous
"The mind should be kept independent of any thoughts that arise within it. If the mind depends on anything, it has no sure haven. "- Buddha
"And this, our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. "- William Shakespeare
"Earth is crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. "- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Come quickly - as soon as these blossoms open, they fall. This world exists as a sheen of dew on flowers. "- Izumi Shikibu
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
"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
""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
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