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If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickenson (1830)
Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. Ramana Maharshi (1879)
God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry is the one direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi (1879)
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius (551 B.C.E.)
Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible -- not to have run away. Dag Hammarskjold (1905)
Give me understanding, and I shall live. Psalm (119)
To those who awake, there is one world in common, but to those who are asleep, each is withdrawn to a private world of his own.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.)
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)
We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets, that hereafter he will give every man a spirit home according to his deserts. This I believe, and all my people believe the same. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840)
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. Helen Keller (1880)
From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself it appears no longer. Hinduism
One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900)
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)
We must eradicate from the soul
all fear and terror of what
comes towards man
out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
in all feelings and sensations
about the future.
We must look forward
with absolute equanimity
to everything that may come.
And we must think only that
whatever comes is given to us
by a world-directive
full of wisdom.
It is part of what we
must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure
trust, without any security
Trust in the ever present
help of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
if our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening
from within ourselves,
and every evening.
Rudolf Steiner (1861)
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)
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)
The Cave you fear to enter holds the Treasure you seek. Joseph Campbell (1904)
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)
Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, 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)
God will not tell you that you should desire Him above all else, because He wants your love to be freely given,without "prompting." That is the whole secret in the game of this universe. He who created us yearns for our love. He wants us to give it spontaneously, without His asking. Our love is the one thing God does not possess, unless we choose to bestow it. So, you see, even the Lord has something to attain: our love. And we shall never be happy until we give it. Paramhansa Yogananda (1893)
Five Remembrances Buddhist monks chant each day: I will lose my youth, my health, my loved ones, everything I hold dear and, finally, life itself ...by the very nature of being human. Buddhism (500 B.C.E.)
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)
"Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness. "- Lao Tse
"We are not only enough...We are all there is. "- Don Lubov
"Fear and faith cannot exist in the same space at the same time. Choose one. "- Gospel Of Philip
"The time returns. We are the very people that we have been waiting for, and we always have been. We are the second coming. "- Gospel Of Philip
"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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