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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
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.
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)
To the persevering mortal, (Zoroaster) the blessed Immortals are swift. Ancient Sayings
One must strive to become what one is. Goethe (1749)
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)
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who's there.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
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)
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)
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.)
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)
Ye must love beyond yourselves. So ye must learn to love. Apocalypse (95)
Love thyself last. William Shakespeare (1564)
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)
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)
While reason is still tracking down the secret, you end your quest on the open field of love. Hakim Sanai (1080)
When we have reached love, we have reached God and our journey is at an end. Isaac Of Nineveh
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900)
Divine Love does not derive its power from separation but from union. It is not fullness but emptiness, not Being but the Void. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Without humiliation, Love, when it enters the conditioned world, gets caught into the polarity of love and hate and finishes as its own opposite. J. G. Bennett (1897)
Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something that you have; love is something that has you. Anthony De Mello (1931)
It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)
"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
"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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