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Happiness does not come into being when you seek it; it is a byproduct; it comes into being when there is goodness, when there is love, when there is no ambition, when the mind is quietly seeking out what is true. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
The religious life is not on the other side of the river. It is on this side, the side of the whole travail of man. The truth is in everyday life. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
To know is to be ignorant; not to know is the beginning of wisdom. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
It is only the silent mind, the mind that is free, that can come upon that which is beyond time. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
A mind that is completely discontented can jump into reality; not a mind that is content, not a mind that is respectable, hedged about by beliefs. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
It is only a religious mind, a mind that is enquiring into itself, that is aware of its own movements, its own activity, which is the beginning of self-knowledge -- it is only such a mind that is a revolutionary mind. And a revolutionary mind is a mutating mind is the religious mind. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
But those who are inwardly alone, whose minds and hearts are free from the ache of loneliness -- they are real people, for they can discover for themselves what reality is, they can receive that which is timeless. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
True education is to learn how to think, not what to think. If you know how to think, if you really have that capacity, then you are a free human being -- free of dogmas, superstitions, ceremonies -- and therefore you can find out what religion is. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Silence cannot be purchased but comes when the mind is no longer seeking caught in the process of becoming. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
To meditate is to transcend time. Time is the distance that thought travels in its achievements. The traveling is always along the old path covered over with a new coating, new sights, but always the same road, leading nowhere --except to pain and sorrow. It is only when the mind transcends time that truth ceases to be an abstraction. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
As one beholds through a small window
A single green leaf, a small patch of the vast blue sky,
So I began to perceive Thee, in the beginning of
As the leaf faded and withered, the patch covered as with a
So didst Thou fade and vanish,
But to be reborn again,
As the single green leaf, as the small patch of the blue sky.
For many lives have I seen the bleak winter and the
Prisoned in my little room,
I could not behold the entire tree nor the whole sky.
I swore there was no tree nor the vast sky --
That was the truth.
Through time and destruction
My window grew large.
A branch with many leaves,
And a greater patch of the blue, with many clouds.
I forgot the single green leaf, the small patch of the vast blue.
I swore there was no tree, nor the immense sky --
That was the truth.
Weary of this prison,
This small cell,
I raged at my window.
With bleeding fingers
I tore away brick after brick, I beheld,
The entire tree, its great trunk,
Its many branches, and its thousand leaves,
And an immense part of the sky.
I swore there was no other tree, no other part to the sky --
That was the truth.
This prison no longer holds me,
I flew away through the window,
I behold every tree and the vast expanse of the limitless sky.
Though I live in every single leaf and in every small
Patch of the vast blue sky,
Though I live in every prison, looking out through every
Liberated am I.
Lo! not a thing shall bind me --
This is the truth.
J. Krishnamurti (1895)
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the same mind at the same time. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)
When all limitations are transcended, nothing remains but the One Will that is I. J. G. Bennett (1897)
There are two basic duties for man in this life; one is to serve nature and the other is to find God. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Without humiliation, Love, when it enters the conditioned world, gets caught into the polarity of love and hate and finishes as its own opposite. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Divine Love does not derive its power from separation but from union. It is not fullness but emptiness, not Being but the Void. J. G. Bennett (1897)
The moment we make up our mind, that we are going on with this determination to exact God over all, we step out of the world's parade. We shall find ourself out of adjustment to the ways of the world, and increasingly so as we make progress in The Holy Way. We shall acquire a new viewpoint; a new and different psychology will be formed within us; a new power will begin to surprise us by its upsurging and its outgoing. PFG A. W. Tozer (1897)
Everyone of us has had experiences which we have not been able to explain: A sudden sense of loneliness, or a feeling of wonder or awe in the face of the universal vastness. Or we have had a fleeting visitation of light like an illumination from some other sun, giving us in a quick flash an assurance that we are from another world, that our origins are divine. PFG A. W. Tozer (1897)
The "man of the way" is a familiar concept in all religions. The elect are "called to be saint." The Buddhist marga, the "path of liberation," once entered will be followed to the attainment of perfected being. The man of the way in Sufism is the salik or seeker of the truth. J. G. Bennett (1897)
It was the very essence of Gurdjieff's teaching that the pupil must stand on his own feet and he took every measure, sometimes apparently harsh and brutal, to break down any tendency towards dependence upon himself. He would go to the length of depriving himself of much-needed helpers in his work rather than allow a relationship of dependence, or subordination. At the same time, he took for granted that a teacher is necessary and made it clear why this is so. No man can work alone until he knows himself, and no one can know himself until he can be separate from his own egoism. The teacher is always needed to apply the knife, to sever the true from the false, but he can never work for his pupil, nor understand for him, nor be for him. We must work, and understand, and be, for ourselves. J. G. Bennett (1897)
When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life turns. Nisargadatta (1897)
The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper. So is my mind - the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left. Nisargadatta (1897)
When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all, it makes matters worse, for you should not be guided by your own ideas of what is good for others. A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous. Nisargadatta (1897)
During the gap -- infinitesimal though it be -- between two thoughts, the ego vanishes. Hence it may truly be said that with each thought it reincarnates anew. There is no real need to wait for the series of long-lived births to be passed through before liberation can be achieved. The series of momentary births also offers this opportunity, provided a man knows how to use it. Paul Brunton (1898)
Devote six years to your work, but in the seventh go into solitude or among strangers so that your friends, by remembering what you were, do not prevent you from being what you have become. Leo Szilard (1898)
"Five Remembrances Buddhist monks chant each day: I will lose my youth, my health, my loved ones, everything I hold dear and, finally, life itself ...by the very nature of being human. "- Buddhism
"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. "- Max Planck
"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
"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. "- Kahlil Gibran
"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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