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I love them that love me;
and those that seek me
early shall find me.
Proverbs 8.17 (1011 B.C.E.)
The more detached and the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence of God. Bab Siyyid Ali-Muhammad (1819)
There never was a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings. Nor is there any future in which we shall cease to be. Bhaghavad-Gita (500 B.C.E.)
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 more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius (551 B.C.E.)
Whoever knows himself knows God. Muhammed (570)
To those who awake, there is one world in common, but to those who are asleep, each is withdrawn to a private world of his own. Heraclitus (535 B.C.E.)
Turn back from the outer, set your eyes within. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
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)
By every THOUGHT you mould your SOUL,
Which from the WHOLE exacts a toll,
That will just fill the impressed mould
Which CONTEMPLATION thus does hold.
God your answer is bound to pay;
The law's exact, the same alway.
For GOD is YOU and YOU are HE,
Just like a drop is to the sea.
Know that to think is to create,
And you will love instead of hate;
For when you think you make a mould
The Law will fill, if you but hold.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (1751)
If you made a list of everything you own, everything you think of as you, everything you prefer, that list would be the distance between you and the living truth. Stephen Levine (1937)
And this is a miracle: the moment that you realize that there is no way to make a home, then this whole existence is home. Then wherever you are, you are at home. A Course In Miracles (1975)
Be surprised at nothing. Let peace and stillness flood through you and envelop you completely in its cloak. Put on the whole armour of love - and yet feel, feel very deeply. Let tears flow, washing away impurities until you feel clean within and clean without. Become like an empty vessel ready to be filled with life's nectar. Eileen Caddy (1917)
I order you, O sleeper, to awake! I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you. Together we form only one person and we cannot be separated! Christian Homily
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. A Course In Miracles (1975)
Earth is crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806)
The Void is that which stands right in the middle of "this" and "that." The void is all inclusive, having no opposite - there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is a living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all things. Bruce Lee (1940)
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. Carl Jung (1875)
The moment that any man really comes to recognize that which is absolute Truth --- namely, that one Spirit, even the Father, being made manifest in the Son, ever lives at the center of all human beings --- he will know that he can cease forever from any undue anxiety about bringing others into the same external fold that he is in. If your friend or your son or your husband or your brother does not see Truth as you see it, do not try by repeated external arguments to convert him. Harriet Emilie Cady (1848)
What guarantee is there that the five senses, taken together, do cover the whole of possible existence? They cover simply our actual experience, our human knowledge of facts or events. There are gaps between the fingers; there are gaps between the senses. In these gaps is the darkness which hides the connection between things... this darkness is the source of our vague fear and anxiety, but also the home of the gods. They alone see the connections, the total relevance of everything that happens; that which now comes to us in bits and pieces, the accidents which exist only in our heads, in our limited perceptions. Idris Parry (1916)
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty Albert Einstein (1879)
The only sane thing to do with the world is to let it struggle with its own problems. You can do this only when seeing clearly that the world prefers to struggle painfully with its problems, never really wanting solutions. Vernon Howard (1918)
The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair. Walker Percy (1916)
"It is required, You do awake your faith. Then all stand still. On those that think it is unlawful business I am about, let them depart. "- William Shakespeare
"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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