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

Date added: 09/25/2011

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)

Date added: 09/25/2011

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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One who know the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements. One who does not know the enemy but knows himself will sometimes be victorious, sometimes meet with defeat. One who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated in every engagement. Sun-Tzu

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In antiquity those that excelled in warfare first made themselves unconquerable in order to await (the moment when) the enemy could be conquered. Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with the enemy. Sun-Tzu

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Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. Meister Eckhart (1260)

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A little time alone in your own room will prove more valuable than anything else that could even be given to you. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

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Let us be silent, for so are the gods. Ancient Sayings

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You are not surprised at the force of the storm, you have seen it growing...

Now you must go out into your heart as onto a vast plain. Now the immense loneliness begins...

Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

Date added: 09/25/2011

More than all things, love silence: it brings you a fruit that tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then there is born something that draws us to silence. May God give you an experience of this "something" that is born of silence. If you only practice this, untold LIGHT will dawn on you in consequence. ... After a while a certain sweetness is born in the heart of this exercise and the body is drawn almost by force to remain in silence. Isaac Of Nineveh

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