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When I attained Absolute Perfect Enlightenment, I attained absolutely nothing. That is why it is called Absolute Perfect Enlightenment. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
Energy is Eternal Delight. William Blake (1757)
I never think upon eternity without receiving great comfort. For I say to myself: how could my soul grasp the idea of everylastingness, if the two were not related in some way? St. Francis De Sales (1567)
In the year 1141 of the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God, when I was forty-two years and seven months of age, a fiery light, flashing intensely, came from the open vault of heaven and poured through my whole brain. Like a flame that is hot without burning it kindled all my heart and all my breast . . . And suddenly I could understand what such books as the . . . Old and New Testament actually set forth. St. Hilegard Of Bingen (1098)
My yearning has loosened
the veil hiding Beauty.
She is now mine -- but alas,
My own sight is there
blocking the view.
The beat of my own heart
sounds in my ear.
The wish to live as others do
has long been silenced.
What does their world have to offer?--
Nothing but the echo of voices
yelling, 'more, more.'
There is some confusion on this point in the minds of many students. On attaining enlightenment a man does not attain omniscience. At most, he may receive a revelation of the inner operations of life and Nature, of the higher laws governing life and man. That is, he may also become a seer and find a cosmogony presented to his gaze. But the actuality in a majority of cases is that he attains enlightenment only, not cosmogonical seership. Paul Brunton (1898)
So many things which once had distressed or revolted him -- The speeches and pronouncements of the learned, their assertions and their prohibitions, their refusal to allow the universe to move -- are seemed to him now merely ridiculous, non-existent, compared with the Majestic Reality, the flood of energy, which now revealed itself to him: omnipresent, unalterable in its truth, relentless in its development, untouchable in its serenity, maternal and unfailing in its protectiveness. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
When I thought of nothing but to end my days in these troubles (which did not diminish the trust I had in God), I found myself changed all at once; and my soul which till that time was in trouble, felt a profound inward peace, as if she were in her center and place of rest. Brother Lawrence (1611)
Only the illimitable permanent is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still replaces all, what once was I, in it a silent unnamed emptiness content either to fade in the unknowable or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite. Sri Aurubindo (1872)
It is not necessary to think of revelation as a source of knowledge which is either contrary to reason or above reason...On the contrary it would not be difficult to show that the true idea of revelation, that which is most honoring to God, is at the same time that which is most ennobling to man--the idea, that is, of a revelation which addresses itself not to the ear or the logical understanding only, but to the whole spiritual nature. Edward Caird (1835)
Easy is the descent into the lower world.
Night and day the door of glowing dis stands open.
But to recall thy steps and pass out to the upper air
This is the task, this is the work.
Publius Vergilius Maro, "Virgil" (70 B.C.E.)
And yet again
In the cracked
And sooty retort
Of my own unwilling
In your cruel,
Bone and brain
All vain desires,
Vanity and inward blight
Refine. Reform me
Free of what obscures your
Make this vessel be
So to embrace,
Transmit and focus
Your life-searing energy
That so careless flows
To and through
Anchorite's Prayer (250)
God is not attained by a process of addition to anything in the soul, but by a process of subtraction. Meister Eckhart (1260)
The very discovery of these hidden things is in itself a purifying experience! The soul needs to discover what is inside. The self nature needs to see what it really is, and what it is like -- right to the very bottom. Jeanne Guyon (1647)
There is nothing worse
than thinking you are well enough.
More than anything, self-complacency
blocks the workmanship.
Put your vileness up to a mirror and weep.
Get that self-satisfaction flowing out of you!
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The beast you ride is your various appetites,
change your wantings. When you prune
weak branches, the remaining fruit
get tastier. Lust can be redirected,
so that even when it takes you backward,
it goes toward shelter.
A strong intention can make 'two oceans wide'
be the size of a blanket, or "seven hundred years"
the time it takes to walk to someone you love.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
An empty mirror and your worst destructive habits,
when they are held up to each other,
that's when the real making begins.
That's what art and crafting are.
A tailor needs a torn garment to practice his expertise.
The trunks of trees must be cut and cut again
so they can be used for fine carpentry.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
When someone whose mind is but partially developed sees something clothed in some semblance of beauty, he believes that this thing is beautiful in its own nature . . . but someone who has purified the eyes of his soul and is trained to see beautiful things . . . makes use of the visible as a springboard to rise to the contemplation of the spiritual. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)
That nature alone is good that refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. Zoroastrian Prayer (1600)
The Almighty created the angels and conferred reason upon them, and He created the beasts and conferred passion upon them, and He created man and conferred reason and passion both upon him. He whose reason prevails over his passion is higher than the angels, and he whose passion prevails over his reason is lower than the beasts. Muhammed (570)
It is not 'man' in the abstract who recognizes anything. It is always a certain principle, having become active in him, that recognizes its own counterpart in external nature, when it comes in contact with it. Only he in whom is light can see the light; only the element of love can feel love; only the divinity in man can know God in and through man. Jacob Boehme (1575)
There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them to closely to disown themselves. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself. The genesis and maturation of a planet, its poise and orbit, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegetable, are demonstrations of the self-sufficing, and therefore self-relying soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing. -- If it is not covered with flowers, fruit trees, and grains, it produces briars and pines. -- It is the same with man; if he is not virtuous, he becomes vicious. Jean De La Bruy're (1645)
"There is only one way of truth, but different paths from different places join it, just like tributaries flowing into a perennial river. Solomon adds that there are plenty of righteous people and plenty of routes for them. He explains this as follows: "The paths of the righteous shine like light." "- Clement Of Alexandria
"O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you . . . having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? "- New Testament
"There is a force within that gives you life -- seek that. In your body there lies a precious jewel -- seek that. Oh, wandering Sufi, if you are in search of the greatest treasure, don't look outside, look within, and Seek That. "- Jalal Al Din Rumi
"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. "- Goethe
"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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