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Do not be bewildered by the surfaces; in the depths all becomes law. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)

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Somewhere about this time I was very much struck by a talk about the sun, the planets, and the moon. I do not remember how this talk began. But I remember that G. drew a small diagram and tried to explain what he called the "correlation of forces in different worlds." This was in connection with the previous talk, that is, in connection with the influences acting on humanity. The idea was roughly this: humanity, or more correctly, organic life on earth, is acted upon simultaneously by influences proceeding from various sources and different worlds; influences from the planets, influences from the moon, influences from the sun, influences from the stars. All these influences act simultaneously; one influence predominates at one moment and another influence at another moment. And for man there is a certain possibility of making a choice of influences; in other words, of passing from one influence to another. P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

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There is no coming to consciousness without pain. Carl Jung (1875)

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He alone knows himself in the best way possible who thinks of himself as being nothing. Psalm 130.I (999 B.C.E.)

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Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be mortifying in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishin in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains. Henry David Thoreau (1817)

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In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. As soon as you compare that shadow with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy, because you have begun to trade in unrealities, and there is no joy in things that do not exist. Thomas Merton (1915)

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Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights. Henry David Thoreau (1817)

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This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there -

Our beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
Hafez (1315)

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Mark how to know yourself. To know himself a man must ever be on the watch over himself, holding his outer faculties. This discipline must be continued until he reaches a state of consciousness. . . .The object is to reach a state of consciousness--a new state of oneself. It is to reach now, where one is present to oneself. 'What I say unto you I say unto all, be awake. Meister Eckhart (1260)

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Truth is not something lying in time, in the future, but is something here, now, only above us, above our present consciousness. Dr. Maurice Nicoll (1884)

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Now or Never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Henry David Thoreau (1817)

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To do rightly by the cosmos depends on timing: right doing, right being at the right time and place. This right guidance, found in every heart, finds its source in the universal Heart. This rightness is ultimate good, ultimate happiness and joy. The joy comes naturally to and through a life lived in moment-by-moment contact with the truth behind all nature, for its own sake and not for anything else. Zoroastrian Prayer (1600)

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Thou that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
Not thankful when it please me,
As if thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart whose very pulse
May be thy praise.
George Herbert (1593)

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But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in action. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

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It is necessary to study the mind itself, mind studying mind. We know that there is the power of the mind called reflective. I am talking to you; at the same time I am standing aside, as it were, a second person, and knowing and hearing what I am talking. You work and think at the same time, another portion of your mind stands by and sees what you are talking. The powers of the mind should be concentrated and turned back upon itself, and as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will this concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets... it will all be revealed to us. Vivekananda (1863)

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E.)

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To find the permanent amid all the changes of life, and, having found it, adhere to it under all circumstances--this only is true happiness, this only is salvation and lasting peace. James Allen (1864)

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We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know that place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot (1888)

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He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me, in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never leave. . . For hatred ceases not by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love. Dhammapada (200)

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Love's conqueror is he whom love conquers. Hakim Sanai (1080)

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Such is the nature of man,
that for your first gift--he prostrates himself;
for your second--kisses your hand;
for the third--fawns;
for the fourth--just nods his head once;
for the fifth--becomes too familiar;
for the sixth--insults you;
and for the seventh--sues you because he was not
given enough.
George Gurdjieff (1866)

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All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so them; for this is the law and the prophets. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)

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This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. Mahabharata (540 B.C.E.)

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When you know yourselves, then you will be known and you will understand that you are children of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty, and you are poverty. Gospel Of Thomas (110)

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