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God's divinity comes of my humility, and this may be demonstrated as follows. It is God's peculiar property to give; but he cannot give unless something is prepared to receive his gifts. If, then, I prepare my humility to receive what he gives, by my humility I make God a giver. Since it is his nature to give, I am merely giving God what is already his own. It is like a rich man who wants to be a giver but must first find a taker, since without a taker he cannot be a giver. Similarly, if God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may need my humility; for apart from humility he can give me nothing--without it I am not prepared to receive his gift. That is why it is true that by humility I give divinity to God. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Start first with yourself and abandon yourself. Trully, if you won't first leave yourself, wherever you may go you will find obstacles and war, anywhere. They who seek peace in external things - in places or in ways and methods, in persons or works, in monasticism or isolation, in poverty or humility, in anything, however great that might be - , not one of them has the least value and it does not bring peace at all. They who ask this way, ask wrong. The further they go, the less they find what they seek. They walk like the man who has lost his way: the more he walks the more his delusion grows. ... But if someone abandons himself, whatever else he might keep, whether riches or honours, or anything, he has abandoned all things ... See yourself and wherever you find him, see him off ... The more you go out of all things, that much, neither less nor more, God comes in you with all that is His. Meister Eckhart (1260)
He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear. Claudian (370)
Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery - the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets - is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together. Alan Watts (1915)
You could be sitting all alone in your room, in anguish, regretful over the past, anxious in the present, and worried about the future, having nothing, hopeful for nothing - and if you would snap the hypnosis of your mind, all grief would vanish in a flash. Vernon Howard (1918)
More and more our sincere seeker realizes his need to do nothing except to be an aware person from moment to moment. In one flash of insight he banishes the awful compulsion to scheme, protect, avoid, revise, attack, grab, cling, retreat, resist, regret, worry, expect, struggle, insist, demand, crave, battle, blame, apologize, persuade, believe. The whole terrible burden is cleared away. In its place he has quiet awareness. Vernon Howard (1918)
If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality. Dan Millman (1946)
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806)
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. Patanjali (150 B.C.E.)
It is peace, not happiness, that quells the fires of desire and leaves the heart truly content. Peace is the very essence of emotion and thought and yet beyond the touch of both. Frank Kinslow
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot (1927)
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow (1908)
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. Hippocrates (460 B.C.E.)
In this moment of clarity, there never was a "before" or "after." To be what you are, you don't need time. Karl Renz (1953)
You have to make your own world, instead of succumbing to the one that presses on you. You have to turn the tables on what appears to be fate or the full weight of society. Against the greatest odds, you have to keep your wits about you and refuse to surrender to anyone or anything less than divine. You have to be faithful to the mystery taking place in your heart, rather than to any idea or system that would try, with the best of motives, to disempower you and make you theirs. Thomas Moore (1940)
From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself it appears no longer. Hinduism
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi (1869)
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. Helen Keller (1880)
By every THOUGHT you mould your SOUL,
Which from the WHOLE exacts a toll,
That will just fill the impressed mould
Which CONTEMPLATION thus does hold.
God your answer is bound to pay;
The law's exact, the same alway.
For GOD is YOU and YOU are HE,
Just like a drop is to the sea.
Know that to think is to create,
And you will love instead of hate;
For when you think you make a mould
The Law will fill, if you but hold.
Perhaps, for many of us, all experience merely defines, so to speak, the shape of that gap where our love of God ought to be. It is not enough. It is something. If we cannot "practice the presence of God," it is something to practice the absence of God, to become increasingly aware of our unawareness. C. S. Lewis (1898)
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
The almighty Allah judges you neither by your countenance nor your wealth, but by the purity of your hearts and your deeds. Muhammed (570)
...dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body... Walt Whitman (1819)
in the world
is usual today.
the first morning.
Come quickly - as soon as
these blossoms open,
This world exists
as a sheen of dew on flowers.
Izumi Shikibu (974)
The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn as the round earth rolls. John Muir (1838)
"Oh how the spell before my sight brings nature's hidden ways to light. See! All things with each other blending, each to each its being lending, all on each in turn depending, heavenly ministers descending, and again to heaven ascending, floating, mingling, interweaving. . . . Can heart of man embrace Illimitable Nature?"- Goethe
"Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. "- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"The bamboo shadows Sweep the steps But raise no dust. "- Alan Watts
"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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