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July 5, 2015
I’m perfectly capable of holding two, or more, contradictory things in my mind. If I say, on the one hand, ‘Death is an awfully big adventure’ (thank you Peter Pan for that quote) and swig morphine, and tell jokes with Ian, that doesn’t also mean that I’m not terrified at the prospect of my own nonexistence.
Jenny Diski, diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer,
in The New York Times Magazine
June 14, 2015
June 28, 2015
Love is love.
June 21, 2015
Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God;
our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence.
St. John of Kronstadt
June 14, 2015
Must we hold that because one religion is true, all others must be false?
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
June 7, 2015
It is the mind that tells you that the mind is there. Don’t be deceived. All the endless arguments about the mind are produced by the mind itself, for its own protection, continuation, and expansion. It is the blank refusal to consider the convolutions and convulsions of the mind that can take you beyond it.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That
May 31, 2015
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room, and shut the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:5-6 RSV
May 24, 2015
Fire and water do not mix, neither can you mix judgment of others with the desire to repent. If a man commits a sin before you at the very moment of his death, pass no judgment, because the judgment of God is hidden from men. It has happened that men have sinned greatly in the open but have done greater deeds in secret, so that those who would disparage them have been fooled, with smoke instead of sunlight in their eyes.
St. John Climacus
To be sure, God exists in all beings. … God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
If life was found to be agreeable, then so should death, for it comes from the hand of the same Creator.
attributed on a PBS broadcast about the Sistine Chapel
May 3, 2015
You cannot evaluate an insane belief system from within it.
A Course in Miralces
Text, Chapter 9
April 26, 2015
Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves, they will not learn. They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know.
A Course in Miracles
Volume One (Text), Chapter 14
April 19, 2015
The worldly person’s sense of honor rests shakily on the good opinion of others, most of whom are as deluded as himself.
Commentary at Quatrain Sixty-Nine of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
April 12, 2015
If my beliefs
and I don’t like
the world I see,
then wouldn’t the one
who must see anew
Elsa Joy Bailey
April 5, 2015
If those who guide you say: Look,
the Kingdom is in the sky,
then the birds are closer than you.
If they say: Look,
it is in the sea,
then the fish already know it.
The Kingdom is inside you,
and it is outside you.
When you know yourself, then you will be known,
and you will know that you are the child of the Living Father;
but if you do not know yourself,
you will live in vain
and you will be vanity.
The Gospel of Thomas, Logion 3
trans. Jean-Yves Leloup
and into English by Joseph Rowe.
March 29, 2015
Seek, and you will be found.
Matthew 7:7 & TZF
March 22, 2015
… Father Baddeley had always used these books for his diary, one book for each quarter of the year. …
“It’s just an ordinary diary, then, Father? It isn’t about your spiritual life?”
“This is the spiritual life; the ordinary things one does from hour to hour.”
P. D. James
in The Black Tower - An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
March 15, 2015
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing.
Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
Rainer Maria Rilke
March 8, 2015
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina, or softened the fiber, of a
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
March 1, 2015
The prophet Isa [Jesus], peace be unto him, said this:
The world is a bridge.
Pass over it,
but do not make your home there.
Inscribed by Akbar The Great
at Faterpuh Sikri, India
in The Gospel of Thomas, trans. Jean-Yves Leloup
February 22, 2015
“Of what religion are you?”
“I am of the religion of all sensible men.”
“And what is that?”
“All sensible men keep that to themselves.”
Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (and others)
February 15, 2015
I have to make room for the legitimacy of your point of view, and not let my righteousness make me think my perception is more meaningful than yours.
CEO of Ackerman Institute for the Family
in “Corner Office” New York Times February 8, 2015
February 8, 2015
Closing my eyes and holding still. It’s the end if I get mad or scream. It’s close to a prayer. Hate is not for humans. Judgment lies with God. That’s what I learned from my Arabic brothers and sisters.
Japanese journalist murdered by ISIS
February 1, 2015
Abbot Joseph asked Abbot Pastor: Tell me how I can become a monk.
The elder replied: If you want to have rest here in this life and also in the next, in every conflict with another say: Who am I? And judge no one.
The Wisdom of The Desert cv
by Thomas Merton
January 25, 2015
Questioner: I do see and admit that the outer chaos is merely a reflection of my own inner disharmony. But what is the remedy?
Nisargadatta: Don’t seek remedies.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That
January 18, 2015
The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach!
His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.
quoted in The Grace in Dying
by Kathleen Dowling Singh
see also here
January 11, 2015
The issue is why … That’s what we’re after. … In the beginning was not the word, not the deed, not the silly serpent. In the beginning was why? Why did she pluck the apple? Was she bored? Was she inquisitive? Was she paid? Did Adam put her up to it? If not, who did?
The Russia House
by John le Carré
January 4, 2015
The desire to put an end to all desires is a most peculiar desire, just like the fear of being afraid is a most peculiar fear. One stops you from grabbing, and the other from running. You may use the same words, but the states are not the same. The man who seeks realization is not addicted to desires; he is a seeker who goes against desire, not with it. A general longing for liberation is only the beginning; to find the proper means and use them is the next step. The seeker has only one goal in view: to find his own true being. Of all desires, it is the most ambitious, for nothing and nobody can satisfy it; the seeker and the sought are one, and the search alone matters.
Sri Nisgardatta Maharaj
in I Am That
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