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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.)
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things.
Impermanent are all component things; nothing comes into existence but there is the seeds of its own dissolution. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. Mary Baker Eddy (1821)
The burden which is well borne becomes light. Ovid (43 B.C.E.)
Only those who are willing to go too far will ever know how far they can go. T. S. Eliot (1888)
. . . at the last
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
with them forgive yourself.
William Shakespeare (1564)
Don't surrender your loneliness
Let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My need of God
The moment that any man really comes to recognize that which is absolute Truth --- namely, that one Spirit, even the Father, being made manifest in the Son, ever lives at the center of all human beings --- he will know that he can cease forever from any undue anxiety about bringing others into the same external fold that he is in. If your friend or your son or your husband or your brother does not see Truth as you see it, do not try by repeated external arguments to convert him. Harriet Emilie Cady (1848)
To those who seek truth in conventionalized religion:
Until college and minaret have crumbled
this holy work of ours will not be done.
Until faith becomes rejection
And rejection becomes belief
There will be no true believer.
How small the mind of man to comprehend the great,
The Good, the Infinite, the Mind of God;
With what impetuosity he rushes in
To tell how God does this, thinks that, feels so,
All based upon his own mentality so tried:
He separates the acts of God from God himself,
As he distinguished the thinker from the object thought;
Nor does he understand the single basic law
When God conceives, then got the Concept is,
And when he Thinks, the Thinking, Thought and God are one;
When God creates, then God Creation is,
the Will, the Thought, the Act, each one is God Himself;
No time is there when they existed Not,
Just as no time is there when God Himself was not,
No time He will not be, for God is Time,
And yet in Him no Time exists, for God's timelessness.
Michael Dylan (1957)
If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. New Testament
You grieve for those for whom you should not grieve. The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead. Never at any time was I not, nor thou, nor these princes of man, nor shall we ever cease to be. The unreal has no being, the real never ceases to be. Bhaghavad-Gita (500 B.C.E.)
We are not only enough...We are all there is. Don Lubov (1941)
"This place where you are right now God circled on a map for you. Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move Against the earth and the sky, The Beloved has bowed there - Our beloved has bowed there knowing You were coming. "- Hafez
"I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope. For hope would be hope for the wrong thing. "- T. S. Eliot
"I was born when all I once feared, I could love. "- Rabia Of Basra
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. "- 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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