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The thing about our choices is that after we have made them, they turn around and make us.
Walk softly, O My Sisters, O My Brothers.
Tread lightly, break not the stillness of the dawn, for in this stillness one can hear the whispers of the Great Spirit.
Choose your path and walk forward, turn not back. And, when the stone appears the obstacle, turn each stone one by one. Do not try to move the mountain, but turn each stone that makes the mountain. And when the desert sands sear your moccasins, curse not in despair lest the South Wind hear and construe and bring wrath upon your head. And when the path bristles with thorns, turn not from the path, for the strife of life are the thorns. Tread softly. Speak softly. For on this path you will need the wisdom of chieftains. The admonishments of your Chiefs can become your strength. And when the cold winds buffet you, bend with the wind. And, soon, you will walk unattended. On the path you may meet an old one, who will stop for you as you will stop for him. Age meets youth, and youth meets age. Remember the little ones along the way. Take time to walk with others along the path, especially those who have pointed your way to higher trails -- your Mother and your Father.
Walk softly so that you will hear the sounds. When you meet and hear the cries of the oppressed, the sick, the little ones, and those who seek you -- be not ashamed that your tear mingles with theirs.
For in this walking there is an awakening. Think twice before you walk the trail of the Red Man. Then walk softly, O My Sisters, O My Brothers.
Red Dawn, Santee Sioux (1921)
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he "lives" his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. George Gurdjieff (1866)
The greater danger
for most of us
is not that our aim is
and we miss it,
but that it is too low
and we reach it.
The longest journey is the journey inward. Dag Hammarskjold (1905)
seek here..."there" doesn't exist Buddhism (500 B.C.E.)
Silence cannot be purchased but comes when the mind is no longer seeking caught in the process of becoming. J. Krishnamurti (1895)
The whole duty of man in this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him. Let none, therefore, consider the largeness or smallness of the receptacle. Bahaullah M rza Husayn Ali Nur (1817)
You are the angel who will banish darkness from your life. You are the angel that will bring light to the land of your heart. You are the angel who will kill the dragons of doubt. You are the angel that will triumph -- triumph over all that you cannot tolerate. Prem Pal Singh Rawatt, Maharaji (1957)
Treat the Earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Ancient Indian Proverb
In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn . . . all things tell of Tirawa. Chief Gray Eagle, Pawnee (1794)
Is there not something worthy of perpetuation in our end and spirit of democracy, where Earth, our mother, was free to all, and no one saw to impoverish or enslave his neighbor? Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), Santee Sioux (1858)
We may quarrel with men about things on Earth, but we never quarrel about the Great Spirit. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
Oh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, I come to you as one of your many children. I need your strength and your wisdom. Make me strong not to be superior to my brother, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy; Myself. Chief Dan George, Coast Salish (1899)
I hope the Great Heavenly Father, who will look down upon us, will give all the tribes His blessing, that we may go forth in peace and live in peace all our days, and that He will look down upon our children and finally lift us far above this Earth; and that our Heavenly Father will look upon our children as His children, that all the tribes may be His children. And as we shake hands today upon this broad plain we may forever live in peace. Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux (1822)
All writings, both of secular and of divine wisdom, yield instruction when effort is applied. Olympiodorus (500)
To assist human beings in their search for wisdom was the purpose of the incarnation. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)
The divine and conceptual scriptures are compared with dew, with water, with milk, with wine, and with honey, for they have the power like water to produce life, like milk to give growth, like vine to revive, like honey both to purify and preserve. Pseudo-Dionysus (500)
Wisdom is needed to recognize a wise person, the sort of wisdom that illuminates the face of the inner person. Didymus The Blind (313)
Let us not ask: Why was I placed in this body? Or why was I not made an angel? Does not God show partiality? Do we not have free will? All these questions simply multiple vanity. How can the creature say to the Creator: Why did you make me like this? Or, how can a creature answer back to God? Let all these kinds of discussions cease. Instead, let those discussions prevail which guide us towards virtue and knowledge. All that is present in this age of shadows is called vanity and shadows, and all that belongs to this life will be covered with the darkness, becoming obsolete upon departing this life. Evagrius Of Pontus (345)
Let none of us entertain the desire for possessions, for what gain is it to acquire those things which we cannot take with us? Why not rather acquire those that we can take: prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, understanding, charity, love of the poor, faith in Christ, goodness, hospitality? If we obtain these, we shall find them there before us preparing a welcome for us in the land of the meek. Anthanasius (295)
The well-cultivated soul has the Logos as its King. Didymus The Blind (313)
If we have learned , then, whom we should go to war with and how to carry on the fight we must also learn the other parts of the lesson, with whom the Scripture solemnly warns us to make a peaceful alliance. What is the good army with which I am to join forces through peace? Who is the king of such an army? It is clear from what we are taught by the inspired Scriptures, that it is the array of the angels of the host of heaven. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)
Everything has its own time, just as there was an appropriate time for the apostles to proclaim Jesus as Messiah. At all times you should be engaged upon the work of your salvation, because every time is suitable for a life pleasing to God. Gregory Of Nazianzus (329)
The proverbial expressions about the grave, woman's love, dry earth and eternal fire are enigmatic, but they have a deeper meaning: inordinate love is insatiable. Saint Jerome (347)
"Only those who are willing to go too far will ever know how far they can go. "- T. S. Eliot
"Origen says the soul's quest of God comes by self-observation. If she knew herself she would know God also. "- Meister Eckhart
"He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened. "- Lao Tse
"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
"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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