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September 25, 2016
Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.
in Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess
September 18, 2016
… all colors with love and respect.
September 11, 2016
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
September 4, 2016
The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.
August 28, 2016
We should not be ashamed to acknowledge truth and to assimilate it from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought to us by former generations and foreign peoples. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing of higher value than truth itself; it never cheapens or debases him who reaches for it, but embodies and honors him.
Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi
in A History of God by Karen Armstrong
August 21, 2016
Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves.
in The Message of The Qur'an
August 14, 2016
Sooner or later, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.
Nancy Horan in Under the Wide and Starry Sky
quoted in A Basket of Consequences
August 7, 2016
You are not sick, and you cannot die. But you can confuse yourself with things that do.
A Course in Miracles, Text
July 31, 2016
He is not in a thing nor a thing in Him, whether existing in or proceeding forth. It is necessary that thou know Him after this fashion, not by knowledge, nor by intellect, nor by understanding, nor by imagination, nor by sense, nor by the outward eye, nor by the inward eye, nor by perception. There does not see Him, save Himself; nor perceive Him, save Himself. By Himself He sees Himself, and by Himself He knows Himself. None sees Him other than He, and none perceives Him other than He.
“Whoso Knoweth Himself …”
July 24, 2016
Then only is there truth in what we know concerning God,
when we are made sensible that we cannot fully know any thing about him.
Pope Gregory the Great
Morals on Job Book V, 66
quoted in A History of God by Karen Armstrong
July 17, 2016
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson in
The Conduct of Life
July 10, 2016
A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he (she) is born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
July 3, 2016
A rule of thumb: If you come across a form of address for God that makes you uncomfortable, it is probably time to adopt it.
The Zoo Fence SCN
June 26, 2016
Oh, the comfort —
The inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words — but pouring them
All right out — just as they are —
Chaff and grain together —
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them —
Keep what is worth keeping —
and with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
Dinah Mulock Craik in “A Life for a Life”
apparently often mistakenly attributed to George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
June 19, 2016
There are people who have done wrong because they could not see the result of the wrong. … Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
quoted in New York Times Book Review June 12, 2016
June 11, 2016
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
June 5, 2016
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else.
Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
May 29, 2016
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Dwight David Eisenhower
May 22, 2016
People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
May 15, 2016
Si comprehendis, non est Deus.
If you understand, then it is not God.
What then, brethren, shall we say of God? For if you have been able to comprehend what you would say, it is not God; if you have been able to comprehend it, you have comprehended something else instead of God. If you have been able to comprehend Him as you think, by so thinking you have deceived yourself. This then is not God, if you have comprehended it; but if it be God, you have not comprehended it. How therefore would you speak of that which you can not comprehend?
Sermon 2 on The New Testament
May 8, 2016
I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art.
Mary Baker Eddy
in The Christian Science Journal (December 1906)
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.
The Zoo Fence SCN
April 10, 2016
The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2016
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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.
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.
January 3, 2016
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
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