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Language does not touch the one who lives in each of us. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The mirror is thoroughly egoless and mindless. If a flower comes it reflects a flower, if a bird comes it reflects a bird. It shows a beautiful object as beautiful, an ugly object as ugly. Everything is revealed as it is. There is no discriminating mind or self-consciousness on the part of the mirror. If something comes, the mirror reflects; if it disappears the mirror just lets it disappear... no traces of anything are left behind. Such non-attachment, the state of no-mind, or the truly free working of a mirror is compared here to the pure and lucid wisdom of Buddha. Zenkei Shibayma (1894)
A mind that is completely discontented can jump into reality; not a mind that is content, not a mind that is respectable, hedged about by beliefs. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
It is only the silent mind, the mind that is free, that can come upon that which is beyond time. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
To know is to be ignorant; not to know is the beginning of wisdom. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Christ would never have made the impression He did
on His followers if He had not expressed something that
was alive and active in their unconscious. Christianity
would never have spread through the pagan world with
such astonishing rapidity had its ideas not found an
analogous psychic readiness to receive them. It is this fact
which also makes it possible to say that whoever believes
in Christ is not only contained in Him, but that Christ
then dwells in the believer as the perfect man formed
in the image of God . . .
Carl Jung (1875)
For in our searchings are found all our desires, and we gain victory over our worlds. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it--tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if should really become manifest--if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself--you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say "Here at last is the thing I was made for." We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all. C. S. Lewis (1898)
As the light increases, we see ourselves to be worse than we thought. We are amazed at our former blindness as we see issuing forth from the depths of our heart a whole swarm of shameful feelings, like filthy reptiles crawling from a hidden cave. We never could have believed that we had harbored such things, and we stand aghast as we watch them gradually appear. But while our faults diminish, the light by which we see them waxes brighter, and we are filled with horror. Bear in mind, for your comfort, that we only perceive our malady when the cure begins. Francois Fenelon (1651)
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all;
But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
Martin Luther (1483)
I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water are thirsty. You don't grasp the fact that what is most alive of all is inside your own house; and so you walk from one holy city to the next with a confused look! Kabir (1398)
Each one is bound to his own ideal; he whose ideal is immortal must become immortal himself to attain it. Franz Harman (1838)
Confucius said, "In the archer there is a resemblance to the mature person. When he misses the bull's-eye, he turns and seeks the reason for his failure in himself. Confucius (551 B.C.E.)
I see, hear and know simultaneously and learn what I know as if in a moment. But what I do not see I do not know for I am not learned. St. Hilegard Of Bingen (1098)
Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day. Abraham Lincoln (1809)
He who knoweth not what he ought to know is a brute beast among men; he that knoweth no more than he hath need of, is a man among brute beasts; and he that knoweth all that may be known, is as a God among men. Pythagoras (569 B.C.E.)
History is the display of the supposed advantages of power and intelligence which some men possess over others, of the struggle for existence hypocritically described by ideologists as the struggle for justice and freedom of the ebb and flow of old and new forms of human righteousness, each vying with the rest in solemnity and triviality. . . . Yet one drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things. Karl Barth (1886)
And here I am at last, a very fool, with useless learning curst, no wiser than at first. Goethe (1749)
The creation of a permanent "I" must take place somewhere beyond the sphere of self-love. It must be brought into existence through a series of acts which cannot be initiated by self-love and so cannot start from the admiration of oneself. And for this reason many things are necessary before such acts can be self-initiated. The whole standpoint must change. The standpoint of materialism or sensualism cannot provide the right basis from which to start. Only the recognition that there are higher degrees of reality, and the emotions that such a recognition can rouse, can begin to give the right starting point. For such emotions do not lie in the sphere of the self-love. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller (1880)
Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)
The beauty lies in realizing that you have a right not to be negative, and without that realization you cannot remember yourself. All Self-Remembering has to do with the fact that you came down to this earth, and life here does not correspond with what you came down from, and something in you knows it -- that is, has not forgotten it, and that means remembers it. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
You're water. We're the millstone.
You're wind. We're dust blown up into shapes.
You're spirit. We're the opening and closing of our hands.
You're the clarity. We're this language that tries to say it.
You're joy. We're all the different kinds of laughing.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
The body is a device to calculate
the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe
and become oceanic.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
"The saints are the living ones, and the living ones are the saints. "- Origen
"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
"Genius is eternal patience. "- Michelangelo
"I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride. "- William James
"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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