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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)
God calls the heart and makes it exult; then he disappears; and then he reveals himself again. By the test of renunciation and a more lively 'feeling' of God, a person escapes gradually from the attacks of evil: light penetrates and protects his or her nature more and more. But God refuses to provide an overwhelming proof of his presence. If he did he would actually be destroying the very possibility of a meeting and the free offer of his love. God introduces the soul that has been made holy to a rhythm of alternate ecstasy and ecstasy, of contentment and of a yearning for an irreducible otherness, so that the soul does not cease to renew its love and spread itself in the inexhaustible store of God's riches. Oliver Clement (1921)
Keep my secret, you who are kept by it.
Keep my faith, you who are kept by it.
Learn what I know, you whom my truth has known.
Love me with love, you whom I have loved.
Pray without ceasing, dwell in the love of the Lord,
you who are loved in the Well-beloved,
you who are living in the Living one,
saved by him who has redeemed you.
So will you escape from death, throughout all ages,
in the name of your Father. Alleluia!
Odes Of Solomon (390)
Three brothers were in the habit of going to see the blessed Anthony every year. The first two would ask him questions about their thoughts and the salvation of the soul. But the third would keep silence without asking anything. Eventually Abba Anthony said to him, 'You have been coming here to see me for a long time now and you never ask me any questions.' The other replied, 'One thing is enough for me, Father, to see you.' Desert Fathers (400)
Only love overcomes the fragmentation of human nature. Maximus The Confessor (580)
All of us who are human beings are in the image of God. But to be in his likeness belongs only to those who by great love have attached their freedom to God. Diadochus Of Photike (400)
Happiness does not come into being when you seek it; it is a byproduct; it comes into being when there is goodness, when there is love, when there is no ambition, when the mind is quietly seeking out what is true. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Love is, dying every day. Love is not memory; love is not thought. Love is not a thing that continues as duration in time. And, through observation, one must die to the continuity of everything. There is love; and with love, there comes creation. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
That many do not advance in the Christian progress because they stick in penances and particular exercises, while they neglect the Love of God, which is the end. Brother Lawrence (1611)
Someone once asked Dhu'lNun, "When does the Sufi reach his goal?"
He said, "When he is as he was where he was before he was."
Dhu'l-Nun Abu Faid Thawban Ibn Ibrahim, Al-Misri (796)
Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves. William Shakespeare (1564)
The special form of friendship and love which grows between teacher and pupil is simultaneously a bond of friendship between man and God. Such a process is the very reverse of hero-worship. The teacher systematically and very effectively rejects those manifestations from his charges which have their origins in the self. Pupils are weaned at the outset from the tendency to fixate and identify with authority figures. If this first lesson is not learnt, there are no others. The teacher is merely a channel of communication; his presence may elicit love and devotion from those around him, but these are destined not for himself but for the reality his teaching represents. Walled Garden Of Truth (1200)
Grief should be the instructor of the wise: sorrow is knowledge; they who know the most must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal, truth, -- the tree of knowledge is not that of life. Lord George Gordon Byron (1788)
There are two basic duties for man in this life; one is to serve nature and the other is to find God. J. G. Bennett (1897)
The Courage we desire and prize is not the Courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas Carlyle (1795)
Thinking about sense objects
Will attach you to sense-objects;
Grow attached, and you become addicted;
Thwart your addiction, it turns to anger;
Be angry, and you confuse your mind;
Confuse your mind, you forget the lesson of experience;
Forget experience, you lose discrimination;
Lose discrimination, and you miss life's
Bhaghavad-Gita (500 B.C.E.)
There arose in her heart the insight into truth clear and stainless which perceives that whatsoever has a beginning has the inherent quality of passing away. King Milinda (140 B.C.E.)
Man is not some simple object, nor is he cast in one pattern, but God has made to dwell in the constitution of a single creature a host of forces mingled together and with full-toned voices. We are, I think, a monstrous animal more extraordinary than the Hydra and still more many-headed. For not with the same part of our nature, of course, do we think and desire or feel pain and suffer anger, nor is our fear from the same source as our pleasure. Again you will observe how there is a male element in these organs and a female, and that there is courage and also cowardice. There are, in sooth, all kinds of opposites within us and a certain medial force of nature runs through them which we call Mind. Synesius Of Cyrene
We have no right to believe that our ordinary level of consciousness is the highest form of consciousness, or the sole mode of experience possible to man. We cannot say that the range of the internal experience of oneself is necessarily limited either to dream-states or to ordinary consciousness. We have to consider the possibility, not only that there is a level above our ordinary level of consciousness, to which we are only occasionally awakened, but that our ordinary consciousness becomes integrated into a larger system when this happens. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
Be comforted. Our life is but one day of our Life. If not today, tomorrow! Let go! A. R. Orage (1873)
Such is the nature of man,
that for your first gift--he prostrates himself;
for your second--kisses your hand;
for the third--fawns;
for the fourth--just nods his head once;
for the fifth--becomes too familiar;
for the sixth--insults you;
and for the seventh--sues you because he was not
George Gurdjieff (1866)
A person can be said to have grown up on the day
he does not need to be lied to about anything.
Anthony De Mello (1931)
Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyph to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life before he apprehends it as truth. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
But there is no substance under the things I have gathered together about me. I am hollow, and my structure of pleasures and ambitions has no foundation. I am objectified in them. But they are all destined by their very contingency to be destroyed. And when they are gone there will be nothing left of me but my own nakedness and emptiness and hollowness, to tell me that I am a mistake. Thomas Merton (1915)
"You must find out what happens when the impossible wish for change meets the intractable self. "- Guy Finley
"Absolutely Clear Don't surrender your loneliness So quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and season you As few human Or even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight Has made my eyes so soft, My voice So tender, My need of God Absolutely Clear. "- Hafez
"To those who seek truth in conventionalized religion: Until college and minaret have crumbled this holy work of ours will not be done. Until faith becomes rejection And rejection becomes belief There will be no true believer. "- Abu Said
"If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. "- New Testament
"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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