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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)
Think about each word, each sentence that you speak and each thought you receive, whether they are worthy to be admitted! And think about everything in detail whether you have acted correctly! Call yourself to order daily, that is to say, to God! Reprimand yourself! Bruno Groening (1906)
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus Christ (4 B.C.E.)
The thing about our choices is that after we have made them, they turn around and make us. Anonymous
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To those who awake, there is one world in common, but to those who are asleep, each is withdrawn to a private world of his own.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)
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)
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)
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 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.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison (1847)
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.)
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. "- Talmud, Shabbat
"Absolutely Clear Don't surrender your loneliness So quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and season you As few human Or even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight Has made my eyes so soft, My voice So tender, My need of God Absolutely Clear. "- Hafez
"To those who seek truth in conventionalized religion: Until college and minaret have crumbled this holy work of ours will not be done. Until faith becomes rejection And rejection becomes belief There will be no true believer. "- Abu Said
"If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. "- New Testament
"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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