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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. Licius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E.)
This too shall pass. Sufi Saying
Go within or go without. Mayan (325)
Whoever sees all beings in the soul and the soul in all beings...
What delusion or sorrow is there for one who sees unity?
It has filled all. It is radiant, incorporeal, invulnerable...
Wise, intelligent, encompassing, self-existent,
It organizes objects throughout eternity.
Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)
The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep. Chuang Tzu (399 B.C.E.)
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 almighty Allah judges you neither by your countenance nor your wealth, but by the purity of your hearts and your deeds. Muhammed (570)
Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible -- not to have run away. Dag Hammarskjold (1905)
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Kahlil Gibran (1883)
And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)
Marvel at your Lord not only because He has made heaven and the sun, but also because He has made the ant... Consider how prudent the ant is, and consider how God has implanted in so small a body such an increasing desire for work. Psalm 130.I (999 B.C.E.)
Do not despair or cast aside every good hope because your present state is quite unenviable. Rather, turn your thoughts to the blessings already granted you by God and to those reserved by promise for the future. Basil The Great (330)
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)
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)
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran (1883)
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
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.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot (1927)
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806)
God's divinity comes of my humility, and this may be demonstrated as follows. It is God's peculiar property to give; but he cannot give unless something is prepared to receive his gifts. If, then, I prepare my humility to receive what he gives, by my humility I make God a giver. Since it is his nature to give, I am merely giving God what is already his own. It is like a rich man who wants to be a giver but must first find a taker, since without a taker he cannot be a giver. Similarly, if God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may need my humility; for apart from humility he can give me nothing--without it I am not prepared to receive his gift. That is why it is true that by humility I give divinity to God. Meister Eckhart (1260)
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (1751)
Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually. You are not living by human laws. Expect miracles and see them take place. Hold ever before you the thought of prosperity and abundance, and know that doing so sets in motion, forces that will bring it into being. Eileen Caddy (1917)
"That which is non-existent can never come into being, and that which is can never cease to be. Those who have known the inmost Reality know also the nature of is and is not. "- Bhaghavad-Gita
"And this, our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. "- William Shakespeare
"Earth is crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. "- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Come quickly - as soon as these blossoms open, they fall. This world exists as a sheen of dew on flowers. "- Izumi Shikibu
"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
""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
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