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If he carries out all these rules while he observes himself, a man will record a whole series of very important aspects of his being. To begin with, he will record with unmistakable clearness the fact that his actions, thoughts, feelings, and words are the result of external influences and that nothing comes from himself. He will understand and see that he is in fact an automaton acting under the influences of external stimuli. He will feel his complete mechanicalness. Everything "happens," he cannot "do" anything. He is a machine controlled by accidental shocks from outside. Each shock calls to the surface one of his "I's." A new shock and that "I" disappears and a different one takes its place. Another small change in the environment and again there is a new "I." P. D. Ouspensky (1878)
Man does not know himself and does not know how to use the energies hidden in him, nor does he know that he carries the stars hidden in himself and that he is the microcosm, and thus carries within him the whole firmament with all its influence. Paracelcus (1493)
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The followers said to him, 'When will the kingdom come?'
'It will not come by watching for it, It will not be said, 'Look, here it is,' or 'Look, there it is.' Rather, the father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it.
Gospel Of Thomas (110)
He is marking time, and he lives and dies like one of the million things he produces. He thinks of God, instead of experiencing God. Erich Fromm (1900)
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Islamic Saying (599)
He that hath not unbroken gentleness hath not Truth. James Allen (1864)
My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Very well, then: why are you attached to any one book, or to the words and ways of one saint when he himself tells you to let them go and walk in simplicity? To hang on to him as if to make a method of him is to contradict him and to go in the opposite direction to the one in which he would have you travel. Thomas Merton (1915)
Whoso bendeth himself shall be straightened. Whoso emptieth himself shall be filled. Whoso weareth himself away shall be renewed. Whoso humbleth himself shall be exalted. Whoso exalteth himself shall be abased. Therefore doth the Sage cling to simplicity. Tao Te Ching (650)
A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong...Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
The disciples said to him, "Tell us what our end will be." Jesus said, "If you haven't found the beginning, why ask about the end? For where the beginning is, the end is also. Blessed are those who stand at the beginning, for they will know the end, and they will not taste death." Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
If we could penetrate to the eternal reality of our own being we would find the one and only solution for every situation -- in the right sense of our own existence, primarily in itself. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. Abu Yazid Al-Bistami (804)
Who seeks, and will not take when once tis offered, shall never find it more. William Shakespeare (1564)
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)
The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deepest search after science. Thomas A. Kempis (1379)
The path of self-knowledge has this aim in view, for no one can know himself unless he turns inwards away from sense-perception, and unless he learns what to seek for. By oneself this is impossible. A man cannot get to know himself alone. His imagination stands in the way. There is no sufficient point in himself from which he can view himself aright, no sufficient knowledge. The establishing of this point is a matter of long work upon oneself with the assistance of those in whom this point is already established. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
Man has inner necessities. His emotional life is not satisfied by outer things. His organization is not only to be explained in terms of adaptation to outer life. He needs ideas to give meaning to his existence. There is that in him that can grow and develop -- some further state of himself -- not lying in "tomorrow," but above him. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
Man cannot understand more because he is in a state of inner disorganization. The quality of his consciousness is too separative and coarse. Yet he starts out in his investigations of the universe without any idea that he will be unable to penetrate beyond a certain point because he himself is an unsuitable instrument for this purpose. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
The starting-point for some entirely new state of oneself, above what life produces, can never lie along the direction of what is generally approved or applauded, for it will then only administer to the self-love, which is the point of danger. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
This thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it. Abu Yazid Al-Bistami (804)
We are mystical. In other words, our roots are in fact religious and artistic, and therefore non-rational, or rather supra-rational. As soon as our material needs are satisfied, deeper needs assert themselves. It is now twenty centuries since Jesus declared that 'man does not live by bread alone,' and we know today that not even the most effective psychoanalytical treatment can cure us of a deep sense of disquiet within us. There is not a superman or revolutionary who is not beset by unappeased desires. The Fathers of the Christian Church, for whom prayer was as natural as breathing, discovered this truth before we did, saying, 'Birds fly, fishes swim and man prays.' Islamic spiritual writers would later express the same idea, saying that the first cry of the new-born babe and the last breath of the dying person together make up and proclaim the divine name. Peter Matthiessen (1927)
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)
Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of reality and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day... we become seekers. Peter Matthiessen (1927)
"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. "- Mother Teresa
"When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom]. "- Gospel Of Thomas
"There is only one great life. I can enter into the experience only if I have first come to unity in myself, only if I have come to be a whole. "- Jeanne De Salzmann
"Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West and then seek. "- George Gurdjieff
"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
"Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature. "- Osho
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