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The way of love is not a subtle argument.
The door there is devastation.
Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling, they're given wings.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
If you want what visible reality can give, you're an employee.
If you want the unseen world, you're not living your truth.
Both wishes are foolish, but you'll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is love's confusing joy.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
And don't look for me in a human shape.
I am inside your looking. No room
for form with love this strong.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Always check your inner state
with the lord of your heart.
Copper doesn't know it's copper,
until it's changed to gold.
Your loving doesn't know its majesty,
until it knows its helplessness.
If the beloved is everywhere,
the lover is a veil,
but when living itself becomes
the Friend, lovers disappear.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
But believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance and trust that in this love there is a strength and a blessing, out beyond which you do not have to step in order to go very far! Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
But the body's desires, in another way, are like
an unpredictable associate, whom you must be
patient with. And that companion is helpful,
because patience expands your capacity
to love and feel peace.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
I saw you last night in the gathering, but could not take you openly in my arms, so I put my lips next to your cheek, pretending to talk privately. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Remember Augustine's dictum, amor meus, pondus meum. "My love is a weight, a gravitational force." As one loves temporal things, one gains an illusory substantiality and a selfhood which gravitates "downward," that is to say acquires a need for things lower in the scale of being than itself. It depends on these things for its own self-affirmation. In the end this gravitational pull becomes an enslavement to material and temporal cares, and finally to sin. Yet this weight itself is an illusion, a result of the "puffing up" of pride, a "swelling" without reality. The self that appears to be weighed down by its love and carried away to material things is, in fact, an unreal thing. Yet it retains an empirical existence of its own: it is what we think of as ourselves. Thomas Merton (1915)
If ever two were one, then surly we.
As ever man is loved by God, then truly me.
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
He who loves God cannot endeavor that God should love him in return. Baruch Spinoza (1632)
Thus I was taught that love is our lord's meaning. And I saw most surely in this and in all, that before God made us he loved us, which love was never slaked nor ever shall be. And in this love he has done all his works, and in this love he has made all things profitable to us, and in this love our life is everlasting. In our creation we had beginning, but the love in which he made us was in him from without beginning. In this love we have our beginning, and all this shall we see in God without end. Dame Julian Of Norwich (1342)
When the next step comes, you do not take the step, you do not know the transition, you do not fall into anything. You do not go anywhere, and so you do not know the way by which you got there or the way by which you come back afterwards. You are certainly not lost. You do not fly. There is no space, or there is all space: it makes no difference. The next step is not a step. You are not transported from one degree to another. What happens is that the separate entity that was you suddenly disappears and nothing is left but a pure freedom indistinguishable from infinite Freedom, love identified with love. Not two loves, one waiting for the other, striving for the other, seeking for the other, but Love Loving in Freedom. Thomas Merton (1915)
To become attached to the experience of peace is to threaten the true and essential and vital union of our soul with God above sense and experience in the darkness of a pure and perfect love. Thomas Merton (1915)
My servant does not cease to come near Me until I love him; and when I love him, I am the sight he sees with and the hearing he hears with and the hand he receives with and the foot he walks with. Muhammed (570)
So hath God by rational methods enabled us to love others better than ourselves, and thereby made us the most glorious creatures. Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love. But when we do love ourselves, and self-love is satisfied infinitely in all its desires and possible demands, then it is easily led to regard the Benefactor more than itself, and for His sake overflows abundantly to all others. So that God by satisfying my self-love, hath enabled and engaged me to love others. Thomas Traherne (1637)
By the accident of good fortune a man may rule the world for a time. But by virtue of love he may rule the world for ever. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
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 (1575)
Those for whom the world smells only of matter, smell themselves only; those that see nothing but passing phenomena, see themselves and no deeper. Not in contemplation of the stars that wheel across the sky shall we discover Thee, O God, Thou who didst enrich with madness Don Quixote! The discovery comes by watching, from the depths of our hearts, the soaring of love's aspirations. Love is the fairest and most profitable guest that a reasonable creature can entertain. To God it is the most acceptable and pleasing of all things. Not only does it comfort the spirit with sweetness and wisdom, and make her one with God, but it doth so constrain flesh and blood that a man slip never into the snare of trivial beguilements. In the light and warmth of love our life grows strong and comely; a better dwelling, nor a sweeter, never I found. Richard Rolle (1290)
Never was anything in this world loved too much, but many things have been loved in a false way, and all in too short a measure. Thomas Traherne (1637)
Love between human beings springs from a desire to be made free of another world than one's own; every true communion of lovers is a mutual discovery and recognition: every passion is a passion for release, for that loss of one's self by which alone one gains life. Gerald Bullett (1893)
Many are avidly seeking, but they alone find who remain in silence... Those who delight in a multitude of words, even though they say admirable things, are empty within. If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence like the sunlight will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite your soul to God. Isaac Of Nineveh
You do not see God. Love and you possess him... for God offers himself to us at once. Love me, he cries to us, and you shall possess me. You cannot love me without possessing me. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)
Thus holiness is life in its fullness. And there is holiness in each human being who participates vigorously in life. There is holiness not only in the great ascetic but in the creator of beauty, in the seeker after truth who heeds the mystery of creation, both living and inanimate, in the deep love of a man and a woman, in the mother who knows how to console her child and how to bring it to spiritual birth. Oliver Clement (1921)
The highest good can only be beheld by those who are very pure in spirit, and can only be tasted when the passions are as they should be. This is why St. Augustine prays: O Lord, let me taste in my will what I know in my mind, and feel through love what I grasp through awareness. Saint Bonaventure (1221)
"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
"The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"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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