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If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained. . . 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 (604 B.C.E.)
Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more--democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism--have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution. Dalai Lama (1935)
We must try to penetrate our most secret self, and examine our being from all sides. . . . And so, for the first time in my life perhaps (although I am supposed to meditate every day!), I took the lamp and, leaving the zone of everyday occupations and relationships where everything seems clear, I went down into my inmost self, to the deep abyss whence I feel dimly that my power of action emanates. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties by which social life is superficially illuminated, I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure, and who no longer obeyed me. And when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it came--arising I know not from where--the current which I dare to call my life. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)
[God to Catherine of Siena:] "Do you know, daughter, who you are and who I am? If you know these two things you will have beatitude within your grasp. You are she who is not, and I AM HE WHO IS." Raymond Of Capua (1330)
Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
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)
"He that forsakes suffering is at his journey's end. "- Francis Quarles
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained. . . 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
"[God to Catherine of Siena:] "Do you know, daughter, who you are and who I am? If you know these two things you will have beatitude within your grasp. You are she who is not, and I AM HE WHO IS." "- Raymond Of Capua
"Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"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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