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Do not sit at home, do not go to the forest,
But recognize mind wherever you are.
When one abides in complete and perfect enlightenment,
Where is Samsara and where is Nirvana?
Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
Though one should live through all the time from Adam and all the time to come before the judgment day doing good works, yet he who, energising in his highest, purest part, crosses from time to eternity, verily in the sight of God this man conceives and does far more than anyone who lives throughout all past and future time, because this now includes the whole of time. One master says that in crossing over time into the now each power of the soul will surpass itself. . . . Meister Eckhart (1260)
Everything is wrong in the world, everything in a state of confusion, because man has not this truth, and so remains unfinished. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
For if Life were questioned a thousand years and asked: "Why Live?" and if there were an answer, it could be no more than this: "I live only to live!" And that is because Life is its own reason for being, springs from its own source, and goes on and on, without ever asking why--just because it is life. Thus, if you ask a genuine person, that is, one who acts (uncalculatingly) from his heart: "Why are you doing that?" --he will reply in the only possible way: "I do it because I do it!" Meister Eckhart (1260)
They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."
He said to them, "You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine this moment."
Gospel Of Thomas (110)
The religious life is not on the other side of the river. It is on this side, the side of the whole travail of man. The truth is in everyday life. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Men esteem Truth remote, in the outskirts of the system, behind the farthest star, before Adam and after the last man. In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God Himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all ages. Henry David Thoreau (1817)
Who would claim that they are living according to God who throughout whole days or even months and years do not sigh out to God and do not aspire to God? A clear sign of death is not breathing. If this breathing is prayer, not to pray is a sign of death. The spiritual life, by which we are children of God, is rooted in love. . . . Who loves without wanting to see the person he loves?
God asks nothing of the highest soul but attention.
The stakes are high for real prayer.
You must gamble yourself
and be willing to lose.
When you have done this,
and your self shakes off
what you believed your self to be,
then no prayer remains,
only a sparkle of the eyes.
Knower and known are one.
If you penetrate the center of time and space,
you can bypass the addictions of the world:
You can become the world yourself.
Mahmud Shabistari (1250)
New Testament: 'whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God'. I Cor. 10.21 (57)
Whatever thou doest, whatever thou eatest, do all as if for me. Bhaghavad-Gita (500 B.C.E.)
Practice not doing and everything will fall into place. Tao Te Ching (650)
Prayer that craves a particular commodity, -- anything less than all good, -- is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
When you sincerely enter into prayer, you will come forth with all your prayers answered; but a hundred prayers that lack sincerity will leave you still the bungler that you are, your work a failure; prayers said from habit are like the dust that scatters in the wind. The prayers that reach God's court are uttered by the soul. Hakim Sanai (1080)
The mind then transcends prayer. . . . (It) does not pray a definite prayer, but finds itself in ecstasy in the midst of incomprehensible realities. It is indeed an ignorance superior to knowledge. Isaac Of Nineveh
It is sometimes necessary to speak to this might All, and be ready for our nothing to face an encounter with something. St. Francis De Sales (1567)
If you cannot pray over a thing, and cannot ask God to bless you in it, don't do that thing. A secret that you would keep from God is a secret that you should keep from your own heart. Open thy heart to God, if He be there, the outspread world will be thy book of prayer. Fredrick A. Tholuck (1799)
Walk in my presence and you will be perfect. Anonymous
We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. Ramana Maharshi (1879)
Above all temples You chiefly prefer Oh Spirit
The heart upright and pure.
Instruct me You who know
For You were present from the first.
You sat dove like with might and outspread wings
Brooding over the vast abyss and made it pregnant.
Oh Spirit what in me Is dark Illumine.
O most high, almighty, good Lord God, to Thee belong praise, glory,
honour, and all blessing!
Praised be my Lord God with all His creatures; and specially our brother
the sun, who brings us the day, and who brings us the light; fair is he,
and shinning with a very great splendour: O Lord, he signifies to us
Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon, and for the stars, the which
He has set clear and lovely in heaven.
Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for air and cloud,
calms and all weather, by the which Thou upholdest life in all
Praised be my Lord for our sister water, who is very serviceable unto us,
and humble, and precious, and clean.
Praised be my Lord for our brother fire, through whom Thou givest us
light in the darkness; and he is bright, and pleasant, and very mighty,
Praised be my Lord for our mother the earth, the which doth sustain us
and keep us, and bringeth forth divers fruits, and flowers of many
colours, and grass.
St. Francis Of Assisi (1181)
You will never be able to have perfect interior peace and recollection unless you are detached even from the desire of peace and recollection. You will never be able to pray perfectly until you are detached from the pleasures of prayer. Thomas Merton (1915)
The contemplation of Eternity maketh the Soul immortal. Thomas Traherne (1637)
By prayer I mean not that which is only in the mouth, but that which springs up from the bottom of the heart. In fact, just as trees with deep roots are not shattered or uprooted by storms... in the same way prayers that come from the bottom of the heart, having their roots there, rise to heaven with complete assurance and are not knocked off course by the assault of any thought. That is why the Psalm says, "Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord." Psalm 130.I (999 B.C.E.)
...If we desert the true for the pleasant, we shall lose both the pleasant and the true; but if we desert the pleasant for the true, the peace of truth will soothe away our sorrow. If we barter the higher for the lower, emptiness and anguish will overtake us, and then, having abandoned the Eternal, where is our rock of refuge? But if we yield up the lower for the higher, the strength and satisfaction of the higher will remain with us, fullness of joy will overtake us, and we shall find in truth a rock of refuge from the evils and sorrows of life.
Everything comes if a man will only wait. I've brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for it's fulfillment.
"When thou art gone forth wholly from the creature, and from that which is visible, and art become nothing to all that is nature and creature, then thou art in that Eternal One which is God himself: And then thou shalt perceive and feel in thy interior the highest virtue of love. . . Whosoever finds it, finds all things'."- Jacob Boehme
"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. "- Mary Baker Eddy
"The burden which is well borne becomes light. "- Ovid
"Only those who are willing to go too far will ever know how far they can go. "- T. S. Eliot
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
"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
""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
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