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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)
I was sleeping, and being comforted
by a cool breeze, when suddenly a gray dove
from a thicket sang and sobbed with longing,
and reminded me of my own passion.
I had been away from my own soul so long,
so late-sleeping, but that dove's crying
woke me and made me cry. Praise
to all early-waking grievers!
Adi Al-Riea (766)
Therefore there is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace and my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him, I will find myself, and if I find my true self, I will find Him. Thomas Merton (1915)
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)
"A man's gift is called an upright life. It is that gift that makes room for him and makes him worthy of the fullness of God. It is that very thing which is called the "throne" of the holy powers. "- Evagrius Of Pontus
"Who keeps one thing in view makes all things serve. "- Robert Browning
"More radiant than the sun, purer than the snow, subtler than the ether, is the Self, the spirit within my heart. I am that Self, that Self am I. "- Ancient Prayer
"Because every thought enters the heart in the form of a mental image of some sensible object, the blessed light of the Divinity will illumine the heart only when it is completely empty of everything, and so free from all form. Indeed, this light reveals itself to the pure intellect in the measure to which the intellect is purged of all concepts. "- Philokalia
"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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