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I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
He who does not have attention in himself and does not regard his mind, cannot become pure in heart, and so cannot see God. He who does not have attention in himself cannot be poor in spirit, cannot be contrite, nor be gentle and meek, nor hunger and thirst after righteousness, nor be merciful, nor a peacemaker, nor suffer persecution for the righteousness sake. St. Simeon, The New Theologian (949)
Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; he is cured of the insanity of conceit; he's got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest that it is theirs to find his weak point. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
I stood in the midst of the world and revealed myself to them in the flesh. I have found them all intoxicated, not one of them was thirsty and my soul grieved for the children of humanity. Gospel Of Thomas (110)
There is a force within that gives you life -- seek that. In your body there lies a precious jewel -- seek that. Oh, wandering Sufi, if you are in search of the greatest treasure, don't look outside, look within, and Seek That. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Goethe (1749)
To change what you get you must change who you are. Vernon Howard (1918)
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. Marcus Aurelius (121)
If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained. . . 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 (604 B.C.E.)
Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more--democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism--have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution. Dalai Lama (1935)
We must try to penetrate our most secret self, and examine our being from all sides. . . . And so, for the first time in my life perhaps (although I am supposed to meditate every day!), I took the lamp and, leaving the zone of everyday occupations and relationships where everything seems clear, I went down into my inmost self, to the deep abyss whence I feel dimly that my power of action emanates. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties by which social life is superficially illuminated, I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure, and who no longer obeyed me. And when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it came--arising I know not from where--the current which I dare to call my life. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
T. S. Eliot (1888)
Yesterday, I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Thank you God for this and more. We leave "open" the possibilities of an unlimited, all knowing Source to bless us with things we may not conceive of. Unity/New Thought (1889)
It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821)
Of a certainty, the man who can see all creatures in himself, himself in all creatures, knows no sorrow. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
Go sweep out the chamber of your heart.
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved.
When you depart out,
He will enter it.
void of yourself,
will He display His beauties.
Origen says the soul's quest of God comes by self-observation. If she knew herself she would know God also. Meister Eckhart (1260)
Therefore, if God's essence is to be seen at all, it must be that the intellect sees it through the divine essence itself; so that in that vision the divine essence is both the object and the medium of vision. Thomas Aquinas (1225)
Though slowly and with pain, the objects of our affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man, and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health, the mind is presently seen again, its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character, and blend with God, to attain their own perfection. But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractive as these relations, must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on forever. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Stop thinking and end your problems. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
Impermanent are all component things; nothing comes into existence but there is the seeds of its own dissolution. Buddha (560 B.C.E.)
The burden which is well borne becomes light. Ovid (43 B.C.E.)
"Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself. The genesis and maturation of a planet, its poise and orbit, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegetable, are demonstrations of the self-sufficing, and therefore self-relying soul."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. "- C. S. Lewis
"He who does not have attention in himself and does not regard his mind, cannot become pure in heart, and so cannot see God. He who does not have attention in himself cannot be poor in spirit, cannot be contrite, nor be gentle and meek, nor hunger and thirst after righteousness, nor be merciful, nor a peacemaker, nor suffer persecution for the righteousness sake. "- St. Simeon, The New Theologian
"One of the marvels of the world is the sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in his hand. "- Jalal Al Din Rumi
"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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