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July 27, 2014
Those who say that the Lord first died,
and then was resurrected, are wrong;
for he was first resurrected, and then died.
If someone has not first been resurrected, they can only die.
If they have already been resurrected, they are alive, as God is Alive.
The Gospel of Philip, logion 21
translated by Jean-Yves Leloup
See also here
July 20, 2014
I once listened to an Indian on television say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze.
in Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
July 13, 2014
A hole in a flute
That the Christ’s breath moves through
Listen to this
in The Gift Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master
translations by Daniel Ladinsky
July 6, 2014
If you do nothing, truly nothing,
God cannot help but come into you.
quoted in The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
commentary & translated by Jean-Yves Leloup
June 29, 2014
The Man of Nazareth is the visible of the invisible.
The Gospel of Philip logion 19
commentary & translated by Jean-Yves Leloup
See also here
cf. Colossians 1:15 (pseudo-Pauline?)
June 22, 2014
… speech often gets in the way of genuine communication.
in Death is Now My Neighbor
June 15, 2014
If God is Infinite,
who am I?
The Sacred Riddle
June 1, 2014
The belief that there is at most one God.
Alfred Lord Whitehead
defining Unitarianism, in Discover (May 1997)
May 25, 2014
He (Buddha) says, Don’t be bothered about the goal; the goal will take care of itself. You simply follow the way, not even with the motivation to reach any goal but out of sheer delight of meditating, of praying, of loving, of being compassionate, of sharing. Out of sheer delight you practice the way. Not that you are going to gain any profit out of it; don’t make it a business.
in “The Spiritual Path” (apparently out of publication)
May 18, 2014
“I don’t believe in God.”
“And you consider that as of any great importance?”
“I don’t understand you.”
“Would it not be of far greater importance if God did not believe in you?”
in The Way Through The Woods
May 11, 2014
God wants to see
More love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to Him.
Your Mother and My Mother by Hafiz
in The Gift
translated by Daniel Ladinsky
May 4, 2014
Who are you who live in all these many forms?
Movie The Thin Red Line
April 27, 2014
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
April 20, 2014
Prayer is not an act, neither is it words. Prayer is a way of life.
April 13, 2014
One evening, an elderly Cherokee Brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith, and forgiveness.”
The boy thought about what his grandfather had said, and then asked him, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
The Nanticoke Indian Tribe
April 6, 2014
None sees Him other than He — no sent prophet, nor saint made perfect, nor angel brought nigh knows Him. His Prophet is He, and His sending is He, and His word is He. He sent Himself with Himself to Himself.
March 30, 2014
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw
March 23, 2014
These are offerings, not sacrifices. You sacrifice out of fear with the flesh and blood of the animal standing in for your own flesh and blood. You tender offerings out of love. Those who placate the divine with sacrifice do so to avert disaster; those who please the divine with offerings, seek fruitfulness.
Mary A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of The Virgin Mother
March 16, 2014
There is “no such thing” as God because God is neither a “what” nor a “thing” but a pure “who”. God is the “Thou”” before whom our inmost “I” springs into awareness. He is the I Am before whom with our own most personal and inalienable voice we echo “I am”.
March 9, 2014
Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don’t make it of wood, you must make it of words.
Oliver Wendlell Holmes, Sr.
March 2, 2014
Non-attachment for sense-objects is liberation; love for sense-objects is bondage. Such verily is knowledge. Now do as you please.
Ashtavakra Gita (XV:3)
in Miracle of Love
February 22, 2014
If thou would’st hear the Nameless, and wilt dive
Into the Temple-cave of thine own self,
There, brooding by the central altar, thou
May’st haply learn the Nameless hath a voice,
By which thou wilt abide, if thou be wise …
Alfred Lord Tennyson
from The Ancient Sage
February 16, 2014
Jesus used to say, “Charity does not mean doing something good to him who does good to you, for this is to return good for good. Charity means that you should do good to him who does you harm.”
The Muslim Jesus
February 9, 2014
The highest revelation is that God is in every man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 2, 2014
I feel most spiritual when I’m out in the woods. I feel part of nature. Or looking up at the stars. [I used to say] I was an atheist. Now I say, it’s all according to your definition of God. According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I’m looking at God. Whenever I’m listening to something, I’m listening to God.
quoted by Huffington Post
January 26, 2014
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world where everybody said, “We don’t know”? The fact is that you’re surrounded by God, and you don’t see God, because you know ABOUT God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon.
As we say in the East, “When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger”.
Anthony De Mello
January 19, 2014
“My Guru told me I would find my Self where I least expect it, so I am looking everywhere I can think of.”
“Have you tried looking somewhere you can’t think of?”
January 12, 2014
You can plan for a hundred years.
But you don’t know what will happen the next moment.
Neem Karoli Baba
in Barefoot in The Heart
January 5, 2014
These are only hints and guesses,
Hints followed by guesses; and the rest
Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought, and action.
T. S. Eliot
in The Dry Savages
quoted in Jesus – The Human Face of God