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We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversations but having no inkling of the meaning of it all. William James (1842)
To live in the light of the universal order is to be awake, to turn aside into our own microcosm is to go to sleep. Plutarch (45)
The Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes. Isaiah 29:10 (800 B.C.E.)
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing and their eyes have closed, lest haply they should perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart... Matthew 13:15 (80)
Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead. Ephesians (62)
The "resurrection" is not of the so-called dead, but of the living who are "dead" in the sense of never having entered upon true life. Richard Maurice Bucke (1837)
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill (1874)
Why does no man confess his vices? Because he is yet in them. It is for a waking man to tell his dream. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E.)
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please, -- you can never have both. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting.
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.
William Wordsworth (1770)
Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics -- Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion -- are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare. Anthony De Mello (1931)
Without this effort we fall every moment, prone and lifeless, into the overwhelming stream of time and event, and the circle of our reactions. For at every moment we can sink down into our habitual state of consciousness -- where no integration is possible -- where, indeed, we are, and can only be, divided up into innumerable little contradictory parts, which continually steal us from ourselves. Then we lie asleep in appearances, lost to ourselves, for then the sense of ourselves is derived only from the ever-changing response to the flicker of appearances. Then every event carries us away. Every event fastens its mouth upon our energy and consumes it. Life carries us away, now up, then down. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
Natural man is said to be dead however good his actions may be from the civil and moral point of view. Swedenborg (1688)
The notion that we are not awake, that we are not at a level of consciousness where we can understand anything rightly, and where it is impossible to know or have anything real, and where we cannot be in control of ourselves because we are not conscious at the point where control would be possible -- is found throughout Platonic, Christian and many other teachings. But consider how difficult -- how impossible -- it is for us to admit that we are asleep in life. It cannot be an admission. It can only be a gradual realization. And such an experience can only be brought about by the influences of efforts and ideas belonging to the nearly-lost science of awakening. The translators of the gospel could not have properly understood this idea for they translated the Greek "ypnyopew" as "watch" ("Watch, therefore, and pray," etc.). And this word "watch" is found in many places in the New Testament, but its real meaning is to be awake. And the force of this meaning is incalculably greater than that expressed by the term "watch." Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
The Greatest Part of Mankind, nay, of all Christians, may be said to be asleep; that particular way of Life, which takes up each Man's Mind, Thoughts and Actions, may be very well called his particular dream. The Learned and the Ignorant, the Rich and the Poor, are all in the same state of slumber, passing away a short life in a different kind of Dream. William Law (1686)
Along this sham path life is chiefly a dressing-up, an emptiness, a make-believe, in which we seek to be like something rather than really to be something. In this sense, then, no one is really doing. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
There is nothing new in the idea of sleep. People have been told almost since the creation of the world that they are asleep and that they must awaken. How many times is this said in the Gospels, for instance? "Awake," "watch," "sleep not." Christ's disciples even slept when he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane for the last time. It is all there. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)
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)
"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
"I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. "- Old Testament
"Impermanent are all component things; nothing comes into existence but there is the seeds of its own dissolution. "- Buddha
"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. "- Mary Baker Eddy
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""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
"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
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