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I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope. For hope would be hope for the wrong thing. T. S. Eliot (1888)
I was born when all I once feared, I could love. Rabia Of Basra (717)
Whatever Nature undertakes, she can only accomplish it in a sequence. She never makes a leap. For example she could not produce a horse if it were not preceded by all the other animals on which she ascends to the horse ?s structure as if on the rungs of a ladder. Thus every one thing exists for the sake of all things and all for the sake of one; for the one is of course the all as well. Nature, despite her seeming diversity, is always a unity, a whole; and thus, when she manifests herself in any part of that whole, the rest must serve as a basis for that particular manifestation, and the latter must have a relationship to the rest of the system. Goethe (1749)
Wisdom is so kind and wise that wherever you may look you can learn something about God.
Why would not the omnipresent teach that way?
St. Catherine Of Siena (1347)
If God said 'Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms'
There would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act, I would not bow to.
You cannot wander anywhere that will not aid you.
Anything you can touch ?God brought it into the classroom of your mind.
St. Francis Of Assisi (1181)
For when your spirit within yourself is able to penetrate inward through and beyond your own flesh and life, and is able to catch hold of the innermost moving of God, then you are clearly in Heaven. Jacob Boehme (1575)
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 (1934)
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 (1542)
is the result
of paying attention!
It is merely that when a man has found something which he prefers to life, he then for the first time begins to live. G. K. Chesterton (1874)
The root of all moral obligation is the obligation to become capable of morality. Jacob Needleman (1934)
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found. Sufi Saying
The Fourth Striving: From the beginning of one's existence, to pay as quickly as possible for one's arising and individuality, in order afterward to be free to lighten as much as possible the sorrow of our Common Father. George Gurdjieff (1866)
Freedom is not a constant attribute which we either "have" or "have not." In fact, there is no such thing as "freedom" except as a word and an abstract concept. There is only one reality: the act of freeing ourselves in the process of making choices. In this process the degree of our capacity to make choices varies with each act, with our practice of life. Erich Fromm (1900)
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo (1475)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful , committed citizens can change the world ; indeed , it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901)
Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
I've never had a sorrow that one hour's reading wouldn't allay. Montesquieu (1689)
Wander all alone, with nothing to call upon, nothing to depend on, and God, who exists, will keep his promise to you. Vernon Howard (1918)
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
The spiritual path wrecks the body and afterwards restores it to health.
It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Who keeps one thing in view makes all things serve. Robert Browning (1812)
Because every thought enters the heart in the form of a mental image of some sensible object, the blessed light of the Divinity will illumine the heart only when it is completely empty of everything, and so free from all form. Indeed, this light reveals itself to the pure intellect in the measure to which the intellect is purged of all concepts. Philokalia (300)
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln (1809)
"When all striving ceases I awaken to behold Ever-present Awareness Keeping silent watch. "- Thomas Keating
"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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