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I will give you one heart and a new spirit; I will take from you your hearts of stone and give you tender hearts of love for God. Ezekiel - Old Testament (571 B.C.E.)
You come and go. The doors swing closed
ever more gently, almost without a shudder.
Of all who move through the quiet houses,
you are the quietest.
We become so accustomed to you,
we no longer look up
when your shadow falls over the book we are reading
and makes it glow. For all things
sing you: at times
we just hear them more clearly.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. St. Paul (10)
Truth is one; the sages call it by many names. Hindu Saying
Then he realized, I indeed, I am this creation, for I have poured it forth from myself. In that way he became this creation. Verily, he who knows this becomes in this creation a creator. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
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 (1749)
The mystics of all traditions speak one and the same language: the language of religious experience. Brother David Steindle-Rast (1926)
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time; it is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot, Chief Of The Siksika First Nation (1830)
The boundless sea has absorbed the river and its limited waters. Now the river shares in all that the sea has. The sea carries the river along; the river cannot carry itself along. The river has become one with the sea. No, the river does not have all the qualities of the sea, but it is, nonetheless, in the sea. Jeanne Guyon (1647)
When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself, individual and holy and my child. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)
When the ocean surges,
don't let me just hear it.
Let it splash inside my chest!
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars, and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. W. J. Turner (1889)
Allah possesses a drink which is reserved for his intimate friends. When they drink they become intoxicated, when they become intoxicated they become joyful, when they become joyful they become sweet, when they become sweet they begin to melt, when they begin to melt they become free, when they become free they seek, when they seek they find, when they find they arrive, when they arrive they join, and when they join, there is no difference between them and their Beloved. Ali Ibn Abu Talib (596)
Know to what extent the Creator has honored you above all the rest of creation. The sky is not an image of God, nor is the moon, nor the sun, nor the beauty of the stars, nor anything of what can be seen in creation. You alone have been made the image of the Reality that transcends all understanding, the likeness of imperishable beauty, the imprint of true divinity, the recipient of beatitude, the seal of the true light. When you turn to him you become that which he is himself . . . There is nothing so great among beings that it can be compared with your greatness. God is able to measure the whole heaven with his span. The earth and the sea are enclosed in the hollow of his hand. And although he is so great and holds all creation in the palm of his hand, you are able to hold him, he dwells in you and moves within you without constraint, for he has said, 'I will live and move among them'. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)
The eye by which I see God is the same as the eye by which God sees me. My eye and God's eye are one and the same. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Real "I" is the Messiah, for whom the creature is waiting. George Gurdjieff (1866)
An individual drop can be merged with the ocean, and still remain meaningful. He has found his "place." Fariduddin Attar (1120)
God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes but everybody who looks at it sees something different. Rabbi Harold Kushner (1935)
The central urge in every atom, to return to its divine source and origin. Walt Whitman (1819)
Whoever knows himself knows God. Muhammed (570)
The infinite seeks the intimate presence of the finite, the finite to disappear in the infinite. I do not know whose scheme this is, that the bound should be on a search for freedom, freedom asking to be housed in the bound. Rabindranath Tagore (1861)
As one beholds through a small window
A single green leaf, a small patch of the vast blue sky,
So I began to perceive Thee, in the beginning of
As the leaf faded and withered, the patch covered as with a
So didst Thou fade and vanish,
But to be reborn again,
As the single green leaf, as the small patch of the blue sky.
For many lives have I seen the bleak winter and the
Prisoned in my little room,
I could not behold the entire tree nor the whole sky.
I swore there was no tree nor the vast sky --
That was the truth.
Through time and destruction
My window grew large.
A branch with many leaves,
And a greater patch of the blue, with many clouds.
I forgot the single green leaf, the small patch of the vast blue.
I swore there was no tree, nor the immense sky --
That was the truth.
Weary of this prison,
This small cell,
I raged at my window.
With bleeding fingers
I tore away brick after brick, I beheld,
The entire tree, its great trunk,
Its many branches, and its thousand leaves,
And an immense part of the sky.
I swore there was no other tree, no other part to the sky --
That was the truth.
This prison no longer holds me,
I flew away through the window,
I behold every tree and the vast expanse of the limitless sky.
Though I live in every single leaf and in every small
Patch of the vast blue sky,
Though I live in every prison, looking out through every
Liberated am I.
Lo! not a thing shall bind me --
This is the truth.
J. Krishnamurti (1895)
Humanity was free from the beginning. For God is freedom and humanity was made in the image of God. Irenaeus Of Lyons (115)
The more a man enters the light of understanding, the more aware he is of his own ignorance. And when the light reveals itself fully and unites with him and draws him into itself, so that he finds himself alone in a sea of light, then he is emptied of all knowledge and immersed in absolute unknowing. Symeon, The Younger (949)
The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Thomas Carlyle (1795)
"In this patient, though uncheered obedience, we become prepared for light. The soul gathers force."- William E. Channing
"When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male shall not be male, and the female shall not be female: . . . then you will enter [the kingdom]. "- Gospel Of Thomas
"There is only one great life. I can enter into the experience only if I have first come to unity in myself, only if I have come to be a whole. "- Jeanne De Salzmann
"Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West and then seek. "- George Gurdjieff
"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
"Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature. "- Osho
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