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2016

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May 1, 2016

Money is never a problem. The difficulty is in the correct use of it. Large amounts of money would come easily if they were going to be put to wise use.

Neem Karoli Baba
in Miracle of Love

April 24, 2016

Evil is unspectacular and always human,
And shares our bed and eats at our own table,
And we are introduced to Goodness every day.

W. H. Auden
in Herman Melville

April 17, 2016

Accept on faith that the Truth is true, and make a conscious, determined effort to live your life accordingly. In your thoughts and by your actions, affirm that you, and your life, and everyone and everything in your life, are the One. Recognize, acknowledge, welcome, and love the Divine in whomever you encounter and in your every experience. It will not be easy, for, although we all rejoice in observing God in the beautiful and the bountiful, we are slow, even loath to do so in the ugly, the angry, and the difficult. But we can do it, and, having chosen to do so, we will never regret it; for, as a choice for Truth, it is powerful, and it will change everything.

Swami Vivekananda called this practice “the Great Worship”: Seeing and adoring God in, and as, everyone and everything everywhere, without exception. As a spiritual discipline, its beauty, and perhaps even its power, reside in its simplicity. There is no need to study any esoteric disciplines, to travel to any foreign lands, to learn any secret handshakes, to undertake any special diets (although over time we may choose to do some or all of those). All we need is a life, and each of us has one of those; and all we need to do with it is love it, and cherish it, and nurture it, as if it were the One Itself, the Infinite One, even God which it is.

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April 10, 2016

The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.

Muhammad
in The Sayings of Muhammad
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April 3, 2016

Blessed are those upon whom their sins are quickly visited: their account is the sooner balanced. Woe to those whose punishment is deferred: it will be the greater! … It is easy to strike a blow, but tremendously hard to stay the hand, stand still, and say “In Thee, O Lord, I take refuge,” and then wait for Him to act.

Vivekananda
in The Yogas and Other Works

March 27, 2016

The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, all the great wisdom traditions have told us, is through the heart. This path of the heart is devotion. …

So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It is not mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibility to yourself, not undiscriminating following of another's personality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.

Sogyal Ripoche
in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

March 20, 2016

They said to him:
“Tell us who you are
so that we may believe in you.”
He answered them:
You search the face
of heaven and earth,
but you do not recognize
the one who is in your presence
and you do not know how to experience
the present moment.

The Gospel of Thomas Logion 91

March 13, 2016

You must distinguish between the ‘I’, pure in itself, and the ‘I’-thought. The latter, being merely a thought, sees subject and object, sleeps, wakes up, eats, and thinks, dies and is reborn. But the pure ‘I’ is the pure being, eternal existence, free from ignorance and thought-illusion. If you stay as the ‘I’, your being alone, without thought, the ‘I’-thought will disappear, and the delusion will vanish for ever.

Ramana Maharshi
in The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

March 6, 2016

Were you looking to be held together by lawyers?
Or by an agreement on paper? Or by arms?
Nay, nor the world, nor any living thing, will so cohere.
Only those who love each other shall become indivisible.

Walt Whitman
quoted in The Underground Church

February 28, 2016

If I pass on tonight they can take everything I have ever written and toss it in the ashes. It’s going to be thrown there someday anyway. But two things will remain. There is a Presence and there is a Power in the universe, which constitute a dual unity of action and reaction and the polarity from which all things come. Learn to court the Presence by not only seeing God in everything and everybody but by feeling God all the time. Feel the Presence in the sacred place of your consciousness. Then use the Power. Your thoughts will change the conditions of your life.

Ernest Holmes

Editor’s Note: Fortunately for the countless seekers who have been taught, motivated, and inspired by his writings, Ernest Holmes’ work was not “tossed in the ashes” when he passed on in April 1960, a couple of years after he spoke these words.

February 21, 2016

You have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach.

Antonin Scalia
quoted by Kathleen Parker

February 14, 2016

Once and for all, I give you this one short command: love, and do what you will. If you hold your peace, hold your peace out of love. If you cry out, cry out in love. If you correct someone, correct them out of love. If you spare them, spare them out of love. Let the root of love be in you: nothing can spring from it but good.

Augustine
Sermon on Love

February 7, 2016

What you and I call life
– conditional or separative existence –
is not about doing things.
It is not even about doing things well.
It is about doing things together.
In a word, life is about relationship.
So, far better is it that you and I should come together
to do something, even ineptly,
than to have someone else do it perfectly,
and you and I never touch.

Stefan Nadzo

January 31, 2016

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare
As You Like It
Act V, Scene 1

January 24, 2016

The world is a beautiful place. Not because it is, but because I see it that way.

Bohumil Hrabal
in Mr Kafka
quoted in New York Times Book Review, January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.

W. Somerset Maugham

January 10, 2016

Man’s life does not commence in the womb and never ends in the grave.

Charan Singh

January 3, 2016

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Bertrand Russell

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