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The fundamental truths are all men's property. Whether or not we live by them, we all know them, with deep instinctiveness. J. Donald Adams (1891)
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892)
Love between human beings springs from a desire to be made free of another world than one's own; every true communion of lovers is a mutual discovery and recognition: every passion is a passion for release, for that loss of one's self by which alone one gains life. Gerald Bullett (1893)
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. Paramhansa Yogananda (1893)
Smoldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation,
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.
Thou art I, I am Thou,
Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!
Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally living, ever new peace!
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, samadhi bliss!
Not a mental chloroform
Or unconscious state without wilful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in me.
Paramhansa Yogananda (1893)
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)
The mirror is thoroughly egoless and mindless. If a flower comes it reflects a flower, if a bird comes it reflects a bird. It shows a beautiful object as beautiful, an ugly object as ugly. Everything is revealed as it is. There is no discriminating mind or self-consciousness on the part of the mirror. If something comes, the mirror reflects; if it disappears the mirror just lets it disappear... no traces of anything are left behind. Such non-attachment, the state of no-mind, or the truly free working of a mirror is compared here to the pure and lucid wisdom of Buddha. Zenkei Shibayma (1894)
Doubt brings about lasting understanding; doubt is not an end in itself. What is true is revealed only through doubt, through questioning the many illusions, traditional values and ideals. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
In the fear of Life
The temptation of sorrow is created.
J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Love is, dying every day. Love is not memory; love is not thought. Love is not a thing that continues as duration in time. And, through observation, one must die to the continuity of everything. There is love; and with love, there comes creation. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
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)
"Let us be silent, for so are the gods. "- Ancient Sayings
"Absolutely Clear Don't surrender your loneliness So quickly. 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 voice So tender, My need of God Absolutely Clear. "- Hafez
"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. "- Abu Said
"If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. "- New Testament
"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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