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Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The bamboo shadows
Sweep the steps
But raise no dust.
Alan Watts (1915)
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
T. S. Eliot (1888)
Happy is he who bears within himself a god, an ideal of beauty, and obeys it; ideal of art, of science, of patriotism, of the virtues symbolized by the Gospels. These are living sources of great thoughts and great acts. All are lighted by reflection from the infinite. Louis Pasteur (1822)
Be certain in the religion of Love there are no believers or unbelievers. Love embraces all. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Yesterday, I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C. S. Lewis (1898)
Thank you God for this and more. We leave "open" the possibilities of an unlimited, all knowing Source to bless us with things we may not conceive of. Unity/New Thought (1889)
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
I SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
I am this world and I eat this world. Who knows this, knows. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
Of a certainty, the man who can see all creatures in himself, himself in all creatures, knows no sorrow. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
Go sweep out the chamber of your heart.
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved.
When you depart out,
He will enter it.
void of yourself,
will He display His beauties.
Origen says the soul's quest of God comes by self-observation. If she knew herself she would know God also. Meister Eckhart (1260)
He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Therefore, if God's essence is to be seen at all, it must be that the intellect sees it through the divine essence itself; so that in that vision the divine essence is both the object and the medium of vision. Thomas Aquinas (1225)
God is intelligence occupied with knowing itself. Meister Eckhart (1260)
In order to become mature, in short, we must not only reject the authority of our parents - but at the same time, in order to replace them, we must kill off our fantasy selves. Only by killing this fantasy self can a man become fully mature. Unless he does so, he is still in a state of rebellion, a perpetual state of immaturity'...
Ultimately, to overcome our fantasy self is the supreme contribution that a man can make to mankind. All the fantasies that are around us, that infect the collective human organism, are in the end just one fantasy, made up of all the separate unresolved images and acts of self assertion that are fed into it form each individual fantasy-self of all the thousands of millions of human beings on earth...
Every man who asserts his ego against the general framework in any way, however small, or adds to the sum of unresolved imagery, however idly, is playing his tiny part in increasing the sum of the world's discords and miseries...
However much one wishes to change the outside world, the only thing one can change or have any control over is ultimately oneself. Which is why the greatest good any man can do to change the world is the least dramatic act of all - to withdraw his own contribution from the general sum of evil.
Christopher Booker (1937)
Though slowly and with pain, the objects of our affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man, and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health, the mind is presently seen again, its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character, and blend with God, to attain their own perfection. But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractive as these relations, must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on forever. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Stop thinking and end your problems. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Silence is a source of Great Strength. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
"My unassisted heart is barren clay, That of its native self can nothing feed; Of Good and pious works Thou art the seed, That quickens only where Thou sayest it may; Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way No man can find it; Father! Thou must lead. "- Michelangelo
"And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them" "- Leonard Cohen
"To come to the pleasure you have not You must go by a way in which you enjoy not. To come to the knowledge you have not You must go by a way in which you know not. To come to the possession you have not You must go by a way in which you possess not. To come to be what you are not You must go by a way in which you are not. "- St. John Of The Cross
"Many people want to serve God, mostly in an advisory capacity. "- C. S. Lewis
"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! "- Thomas Merton
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