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It is the prerogative of man's spiritual nature that he can yield himself up to a thought and will that are infinitely larger than his own. Edward Caird (1835)

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To realize that you have not got something and that you need it, this is real asking. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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It is useless for the "self" to try to "purify itself," or for the "self" to "make a place in itself" for God. Dr. Suzuki (1936)

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Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation; abandon feelings; renounce intellectual activities; reject all that belongs to the perceptible and the intelligible; strip yourself totally of non-being and being and lift yourself as far as you are able to the point of being united in unknowing with him who is beyond all being and all knowledge. For it is by passing beyond everything yourself included, irresistibly and completely, that you will be exalted in pure ecstasy right up to the dark splendour of the divine Superessence, after having abandoned all, and stripped yourself of everything. Dionysius, Arepagite

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Glory be to God who has not given to his creatures any way to attain knowledge of him except by means of their helplessness and their hopelessness of ever reaching such attainment. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (633)

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Abba Lot came one day to see Abba Joseph and said to him, 'Father, I keep my little rule to the best of my ability. I observe my modest fast and my contemplative silence. I say my prayers and do my meditation. I endeavour as far as I can to drive useless thoughts out of my heart. What more can I do?'
The elder rose to answer and lifted his hands to heaven. His fingers looked like lighted candles and he said, 'Why not become wholly fire?'
Desert Fathers (400)

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The great Architect of the universe conceived and produced a being endowed with both natures, the visible and the invisible. God created the human being, bringing its body forth from the pre-existing matter which he animated with his own Spirit... Thus in some way a new universe was born, small and great at one and the same time. God set this 'hybrid' worshipper on earth to contemplate the visible world, and to be initiated into the invisible; to reign over earth's creatures, and to obey orders from on high. He created a being at once earthly and heavenly, insecure and immortal, visible and invisible, halfway between greatness and nothingness, flesh and spirit at the same time... an animal en route to another native land, and, most mysterious of all, made to resemble God by simple submission to the divine will. Gregory Nazianzen (328)

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When a man can let his heart die, then the primordial spirit wakes to life. Lu Yen (800)

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For each believes his lamp to be the light of day! Idries Shaw (1924)

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The struggle to find truth comes partly, in its real form, through not struggling at all. This paradox is contained in the next few lines of a sufi poem by Sir Richard Burton
Enough to think that truth can be;
Come sit we where the roses glow;
Indeed he knows not how to know
who knows not also how to unknow.
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821)

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It is only when everything, even love fails that with a flash, man finds out how vain, how dream-like is this world. Then he catches a glimpse... of the beyond. It is only by giving up this world that the other comes, never through holding on to this one. Vivekananda (1863)

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For whilst in one sense we give up self to live the universal and absolute life of reason, yet that to which we thus surrender ourselves is in reality our truer self. The life of absolute truth or reason is not a life that is foreign to us. If it is above us, it is also within us. In yielding to it we are not submitting to an outward and arbitrary law or to an external authority, but to a law which has become our own law, an authority which has become enthroned in the inmost essence of our being. Edward Caird (1835)

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That which is real cannot be destroyed, but only that which is unreal. When a man finds that within him which is real, which is constant, abiding, changeless, and eternal, he enters into that Reality, and becomes meek. All the powers of darkness will come against him, but they will do him no hurt, and will at last depart from him. James Allen (1864)

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Be ahead of all parting, as though it were already behind you, like the winter that hast gone by. For among those winters there is one so endlessly winter that only by wintering through it will your heart survive. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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He that forsakes suffering is at his journey's end. Francis Quarles (1592)

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When the heart weeps because it has lost, the spirit laughs because it has found. Sufi Saying

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The path of sorrow, and that path alone, leads to the land where sorrow is unknown; no traveller ever reached that blessed abode who found not thorns and briers in his road. William Cowper (1731)

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Another thing that people must sacrifice is their suffering. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. Man is made in such a way that he is never so much attached to anything as he is to his suffering. And it is necessary to be free from suffering. No one who is not free from suffering, who has not sacrificed his suffering, can work. Later on a great deal must be said about suffering. Nothing can be attained without suffering, but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. Now, decipher what this means. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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The friends of Job appear on the scene as advisers and "consolers," offering Job the fruits of their moral scientia. But when Job insists that his sufferings have no explanation and that he cannot discover the reason for them through conventional ethical concepts, his friends turn into accusers, and curse Job as a sinner. Thus, instead of consolers, they become torturers by virtue of their very morality, and in so doing, while claiming to be advocates of God, they act as instruments of the devil. Thomas Merton (1915)

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It would be a grave error to suppose that Buddhism and Christianity merely offer various explanations of suffering, or worse, justifications and mystifications built on this ineluctable fact. On the contrary both show that suffering remains inexplicable most of all for the man who attempts to explain it in order to evade it, or who thinks explanation itself is an escape. Suffering is not a "problem" as if it were something we could stand outside and control. Suffering as both Christianity and Buddhism see it, each in its own way, is part of our very ego-identity and empirical existence, and the only thing to do about it is to plunge right into the middle of contradiction and confusion in order to be transformed by what Zen calls the "Great Death" and Christianity calls dying and rising with Christ. Thomas Merton (1915)

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If I only knew that I had taken one single step in sincerity, I would give no value to anything else. Abu Yazid Al-Bistami (804)

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We know that when the rich man asked how he could gain eternal life the answer was: "If you will be perfect follow me." The meaning, in the Greek, is to reach one's goal. Sin meant, in the original, "missing the mark." The psychological idea emerges quite clearly when we consider the real meaning of these two words. The goal is to perfect oneself, to become complete, and sin is all that that causes one to miss the goal. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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If he falls in this conflict, then he falls by his own hand; for physically and externally understood, I can fall by the hand of another, but spiritually there is only one who can destroy me, and that is myself. Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

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One who excels at moving the enemy deploys in a configuration to which the enemy must respond. He offers something that the enemy must seize. With profit he moves them, with the foundation he awaits them. Sun-Tzu

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Thus it is said if you know them and know yourself, your victory will not be imperiled. If you know Heaven and you know Earth, your victory can be complete. Sun-Tzu

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