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The Indian believes profoundly in silence -- the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his self-hood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence. What are the fruits of silence? They are self control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character. Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), Santee Sioux (1858)
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread with in. What ever we do to the well, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish (1788)
The Earth and myself are of one mind. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
There is no death . . . Only a change of worlds. Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish (1788)
The Great Spirit is the name given to the life force radiating from all creation. This energy is called many things by many different people: the Creator, A'wonawil'onas (Zuni), Wankan-Tankan (Sioux), God, Tirawa (Pawnee), Great Mystery and Grandfather. Anonymous
There is one God looking down on us all. We are all children of one God. God is listening to me. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we now say. Geronimo, Apache (1829)
The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
The perception of the sun by an astronomer and by a scientist is far inferior to the seeing of the invisible God and it is inferior to the knowledge that comes from God. Didymus The Blind (313)
Because the divine and the human are united with one another, Solomon's Song is therefore called the Canticle of Canticles, that is, the best of the best. Gregory Of Elvira (359)
Wisdom of a person makes the face shine, but not the face of the body, not a part of the flesh, but the face of the inner person....The face of the inner person is illuminated by wisdom. But wisdom, light, Logos, truth and the other conceptions are identical when applied to Christ. Didymus The Blind (313)
In the solitary life, what I at hand becomes useless to us and what is wanting cannot be provided, since God the Creator decreed that we should require the help of one another, as it is written in scripture, so that we might associate with one another. Basil The Great (330)
The kingship of the intellect is the crucifixion of the body. The intellect is not subject to God unless the free will is subject to reason. It is hard to convey anything sublime to one who is still a beginner and an infant in stature. Woe to you, O city, when the king is a child. Isaac Of Ninevah (700)
Come hither, eat your bread with joy, that is the mystical bread. Cyril Of Jerusalem (315)
In the future you will not clothe the naked, because everyone will be clothed in eternal light. You will not bury the dead because everyone wil be living life without end. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)
Grace is not bestowed according to human merits; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. For grace is so designated because it is given gratuitously. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)
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 (345)
Charity bears all things, is long suffering in all things. There is nothing mean to charity, nothing arrogant. Charity knows no schism, does not rebel, does all things in concord. In charity all the lect of God have been made perfect. Clement Of Rome (35)
Smoldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation,
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.
Thou art I, I am Thou,
Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!
Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally living, ever new peace!
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, samadhi bliss!
Not a mental chloroform
Or unconscious state without wilful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in me.
Paramhansa Yogananda (1893)
Listen! The Mighty Being is awake, and doth with His eternal motion make, a sound like thunder -- everlastingly. William Wordsworth (1770)
When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power. We shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper. D. H. Lawrence (1885)
It is an extraordinary fact and an extraordinary piece of evidence for the truth of religion, that long hours spent in silent communication with God who never directly answers is nevertheless manifestly a two-way communication. Such a person is gradually and permanently altered in the depths of his personality in ways which would be inconceivable if there was really "nothing there" at all. Deborah Marston (1711)
No announcements tell the world that he has come into enlightenment. No heralds blow the trumpets proclaiming man's greatest victory -- over himself. This is in fact the quietest moment of his whole life. Paul Brunton (1898)
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake (1757)
This one fact the world hates, that the soul becomes; for that forever degrades the past, turns all riches to poverty, all reputation to a shame, confounds the saint with the rogue, shoves Jesus and Judas equally aside. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
The being who has attained harmony, and every being may attain it, has found his place in the order of the universe and represents the divine thought as clearly as a flower or a solar system. Harmony seeks nothing outside itself. It is what it ought to be; it is the expression of right, order, law and truth; it is greater than time, and represents eternity. Henri Amiel (1821)
"A mind that is truly free has reached the state in which opposites are seen as empty. This is the only freedom. "- Hui-Hai
"And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them" "- Leonard Cohen
"To come to the pleasure you have not You must go by a way in which you enjoy not. To come to the knowledge you have not You must go by a way in which you know not. To come to the possession you have not You must go by a way in which you possess not. To come to be what you are not You must go by a way in which you are not. "- St. John Of The Cross
"Many people want to serve God, mostly in an advisory capacity. "- C. S. Lewis
"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! "- Thomas Merton
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