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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

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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)

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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)

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Walk in my presence and you will be perfect. Anonymous

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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)

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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
Thee!
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
creatures.
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,
and strong.
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)

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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)

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The contemplation of Eternity maketh the Soul immortal. Thomas Traherne (1637)

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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.)

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...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.
Disraeli (1804)

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Do not await the fulfillment of the divine cause you serve, but know that none of your efforts are fruitless, for they all advance the cause. Leo Tolstoy (1828)

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To the persevering mortal, (Zoroaster) the blessed Immortals are swift. Ancient Sayings

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One must strive to become what one is. Goethe (1749)

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True seekers keep riding straight through,
whereas big, lazy, self-worshiping geese
unload their pack animals in a farmyard
and say, "This is far enough."
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who's there.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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It is not so easy -- merely to wish and you cross. For this it is indispensable, with a constantly active consciousness. First of all with extremely great intensity to obtain the intentional crystallization in oneself of the data for engendering in one's common presence an unquenchable impulse of desire for such a crossing and then will follow a long inner struggle, requiring great tension of all the inner forces. George Gurdjieff (1866)

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The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. Sir Oliver Wendall Holmes (1809)

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Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. Taoist T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien (369 B.C.E.)

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By love, bitter things are made sweet and copper turns to gold. By love, the sediment becomes clear and torment is removed. By love, the dead are made to live. By love, the sovereign is made a slave. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Ye must love beyond yourselves. So ye must learn to love. Apocalypse (95)

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Love thyself last. William Shakespeare (1564)

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Love is the one supreme duty and good. That love is wisdom and purity and valour and peace, and its infinite sorrow is infinitely better than the world's richest joy. Thomas Traherne (1637)

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Love that springs from aught but you,
love that lives in aught but you,
love that returns not to you, is not love.
Helder Camara (1909)

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While reason is still tracking down the secret, you end your quest on the open field of love. Hakim Sanai (1080)

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When we have reached love, we have reached God and our journey is at an end. Isaac Of Nineveh

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"Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature. "

- Osho

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"When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom]. "

- Gospel Of Thomas

"There is only one great life. I can enter into the experience only if I have first come to unity in myself, only if I have come to be a whole. "

- Jeanne De Salzmann

"Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West and then seek. "

- George Gurdjieff

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"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

"Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature. "

- Osho

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