Saturday, November 14, 2009

A poor devotee points to the sky and says, "God is up there." An average devotee says, "God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master." The best devotee says, "God alone is and everything I perceive is a form of God."
- Ramakrishna

How are We Going to Live?

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.

~Joan Baez

Guidance

After you ask for guidance--Listen!

~Unknown

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Improvements

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

~Aldous Huxley

Monday, October 26, 2009

Teaching

When one teaches, two learn.

- Robert Half

Thursday, October 22, 2009

One

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

~George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Immortal Infinite

Said the sage Sanatkumara to Narada: "Where one realizes the indivisible unity of life, sees nothing else, hears nothing else, knows nothing else, that is the Infinite. Where one sees separateness, hears separateness, knows separateness, that is the finite. The Infinite is beyond death, but the finite cannot escape death."

- Chandogya Upanishad

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Moving Flag

Two Buddhist monks were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. "It's the wind that is really moving," stated the first one. "No, it is the flag that is moving," contended the second. A third interrupted them.

"Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said, "It is MIND that is moving."

Living by Dying

I believe that he is the true warrior who does not die killing but who has mastered the mantra of living by dying.

- Mohandas Gandhi

You Are Not Separate

When you worship, you are aware of your separateness from God; you are the subject and he is the object. The more you worship, the more you acquire this sense of separateness from God. Union with God comes when this sense of your separateness from God is stripped away.

- Qushayri, "Risalah"

Experience

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.

- Aldous Huxley

Monday, October 19, 2009

Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.

- W.K. Hope

Dragons and Princesses

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

The Sage That Points Out Treasure

Regard him as one who points out treasure, the wise one who seeing your faults rebukes you. Stay with this sort of sage. For the one who stays with a sage of this sort, things get better, not worse.

- Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Love is a Flame

Love is the flame which, when it blazes, consumes everything other than the Beloved. The lover wields the sword of Nothingness in order to dispatch all but God: consider what remains after Nothing. There remains but God: all the rest is gone. Praise to you, O mighty Love, destroyer of all other "gods."

- Mathnawi [V, 588-590]

Visitors

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

- Rumi

Friday, October 9, 2009

Quit Playing the Victim!

Take the word victim off of your person--out of your vocabulary. It reeks with the old energy and does not suit your magnificence.

- Kryon

Friday, October 2, 2009

On Reincarnation

The human being has two states of consciousness: one in this world, the other in the next. But there is a third state between them, not unlike the world of dreams, in which we are aware of both worlds, with their sorrows and joys. When a person dies, it is only the physical body that dies; that person lives on in a nonphysical body, which carries the impressions of his past life. It is these impressions that determine his next life. In this intermediate state he makes and dissolves impressions by the light of the Self.

- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Help

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

- Benjamin Disraeli

Be Better!

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

~William Faulkner

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's True for Me

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

- Alan Keightley

So, What Do You Think?

I have started a discussion based on a quote that is posted on my other blog. Please stop by and share your point of view.

http://visionsoftheworld.blogspot.com/2009/09/so-what-do-you-think.html

Shine on Us

Glorified by heaven, O radiant Sun, illumine the earth forever and more that the hearts of its inhabitants unite and ascend and become one with the exalted Divine.

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

Associate with the Admirable

Don't associate with bad friends. Don't associate with the low. Associate with admirable friends. Associate with the best.

- Dhammapada 78, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Vampirism of the Ego

I struggled hard but did not reap the fruits of my labors. Then I gazed into myself and found that my ego and my heart were unified. When the ego and the heart are united, a portion of all that shines upon the heart is seized by the self. Thus I came to know the cause of my dilemma, that the light illuminating my heart was being seized by my ego.

- Al-Nuri, in "Islamic Sufism"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Where to Find Happiness

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

- James Oppenheim

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The All and All in the All

This is the paradox, that the Overself is at once universal and individual. It is the first because it overshadows all men as a single power. It is the second because it is found by each man within himself. It is both space and the point in space. It is infinite Spirit and yet it is also the holy presence in everyone's heart.

~Paul Brunton

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hmmm....

One man believes in existence, Another says, "There is nothing!" Rare is the man who believes in neither. He is free from confusion.

- Ashtavakra Gita 18:42

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Making a Commitment

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.

~Ralph Ellison

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Interconnectedness

Everything in the universe is connected, everything is osmosis. You cannot separate any part from the whole: interdependence rules the cosmic order.

- Taisen Deshimaru

Seeing the World with New Eyes

The wicked see this universe as a hell, and the partially good see it as heaven, while the perfect beings realize it as God Himself. Only when a man sees this universe as God does the veil fall from his eyes; then that man, purified and cleansed, finds his whole vision changed.

- Vivekananda

Monday, August 31, 2009

Take a Look Within

The essential truth of suffering is that neither individual nor social problems are due chiefly to external conditions.

- B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up

Mother Earth

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

- Job 12:8


(I also recommend reading a post that Kathy made to her blog at http://kathytrejo.blogspot.com/2009/08/mother-earth.html.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

About That Incredible Something

There exists something that cannot be described.

- Maharamayana

Thursday, August 27, 2009

X Marks the Spot - Treasure

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

~Carl Sagan

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Renewal

Whether you and I and a few others will renew the world some day remains to be seen. But within ourselves we must renew it each day.

- Herman Hesse

Monday, August 24, 2009

Far and Wide

The Divine Presence is everywhere.

- Hoshaia Rabba. Talmud: Baba Bathra

No Worry

People differ greatly in the amount of anxiety and worry they can stand: some can endure a great deal without being adversely affected, while others soon show signs of strain. You should observe yourself closely, so that you understand your own powers of endurance. By this means you will learn to divest yourself before any harm is done.

- Razi: Kitab al-Muluki

Friday, August 21, 2009

No Expectations

In meditation, don't expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don't get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don't be anxious for any result whatsoever.

- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Revolution

Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more--democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism--have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

No Separateness

Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure are born in a world of separateness. But let them realize they are the Self and all separateness will fall away.

- Mundaka Upanishad

Surroundings

To guard your home by mysterious ceremonies is not enough, you must guard it by good deeds. With good deeds you should turn to your parents in the east, your teachers in the south, your wife and children in the west and your friends in the north. Above you, worship the spirit, and below you, honor all that serve you.

- Majjhima Nikaya

Contentment

Once a person said to a dervish, "All I ask for is a small dwelling in Paradise." The dervish replied, "If you displayed the same contentment with what you already have in this world, you would have found ultimate bliss."

- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hunger for Knowledge

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing."

~Maria Mitchell

Thursday, August 13, 2009

One With All

All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation.

~Henry Reed

Faces

In the faces of men and women I see God.

~Walt Whitman

Monday, August 10, 2009

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Remember

Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.

- Tibetan Book of the Dead

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Seeing

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

- Albert Einstein

A Great Discovery

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

Henry Ford

Friday, August 7, 2009

Measuring Risks

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

- Anais Nin

Monday, August 3, 2009

When You Need to Calm Down

"'I am breathing in and making my whole body calm and at peace. I am breathing out and making my whole body calm and at peace.' This is how one practices."

- The Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing

Friday, July 31, 2009

Have a Good Laugh

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

- Yiddish proverb

Shining Light

My nature is light, Nothing but light. When the world arises I alone am shining.

- Ashtavakra Gita 2:8

Here, There and Everywhere

There’s a strange frenzy in my head, of birds flying, each particle circulating on its own. Is the one I love everywhere?

- Rumi

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Words of Wisdom from Abe

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

- Abraham Lincoln

Do You Believe in Miracles?

The miracle is this--the more we share, the more we have.

- Leonard Nimoy

From Whence All Comes

What use are the scriptures to anyone who knows not the one source from whom they come, in whom all gods and worlds abide? Only those who realize him as ever present within the heart attain abiding joy.

- Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lost in Our Own Little Worlds

"How little attention we pay to things about us, to observe and to consider. We are so self-centered, so occupied with our worries, with our own benefits, we have no time to observe and understand. This occupation makes our mind dull and weary, frustrated and sorrowful, and from sorrow we want to escape. As long as the self is active there must be weary dullness and frustration. People are caught in a mad race, in the grief of self-centered sorrow. This sorrow is deep thoughtlessness. The thoughtful, the watchful are free from sorrow."

- J. Krishnamurti

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Universal Fabric

As a wave, Seething and foaming, Is only water So all creation, Streaming out of the Self, Is only the Self. Consider a piece of cloth. It is only threads! So all creation, When you look closely, Is only the Self.

- Ashtavakra Gita 2:4-5

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Our Friend Will

To those who have conquered themselves, the will is a friend. But it is the enemy of those who have not found the Self within them.

- Bhagavad Gita 6:6

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Love Without Attachment

We confuse attachment with love. Attachment is concerned with my needs, my happiness, while love is an unselfish attitude, concerned with the needs and happiness of others.... A relationship free of unrealistic grasping is free of disappointment, conflict, jealousy, and other problems, and is fertile ground for the growth of love and wisdom.

- Kathleen McDonald, "How to Meditate"

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker

"God favors no group--only religions do that."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Natural Sleeping Medication

Each night, before retiring, forgive whomever offended you.

- Asher b. Yehiel, "Hanhaga"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Spiritual Equality

On the spiritual path no one has higher or lower status than anyone else.

- Nizam al-Din, “Fawa’id al-Fu’ad”

Monday, June 22, 2009

How to be Noble

Not by harming life does one become noble. One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things.

- Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

The Mystical Way

There are many people who are shocked by mysticism, and they mock it, calling it nonsense. These people are blinded by ignorance. By following the mystical way I came to understand the true nature of God’s revelations to Muhammad.

- Ghazali, "al-Munqidh min ad-Dalal"

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Energy Conversion

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spread Happiness, But it Starts with You!

He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it on the bottom of his heart.

- Tao saying

Molehills or Mountains?

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The House May be Beautiful, but it's What's Inside that Counts

There is none dwelling in the house but God. When a man is awakened he melts and perishes. - Jalaluddin Rumi

Personal note: This reminds me of a short verse in the story of Layla and Majnun -
I pass by these walls, the walls of Layla
And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the houses that has taken my heart
But of the One who dwells in those houses

Monday, June 8, 2009

YOU Have the Key

All beginnings require that you unlock a new door.

- Rebbi Nachman of Breslov

A Word

ما

We

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Testing Patience

The test of good manners: to bear patiently with bad ones.

- Ibn Gabirol

Beyond Good and Evil

In the ultimate realization of Infinity there is neither the limitation of personality nor the distinction of the opposites of good and evil. In order to achieve Realization, one has to pass from the personal to the impersonal and from goodness to God, who is beyond the opposites of good and evil.

~Meher Baba

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Longing

Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

- Ramakrishna

Friday, May 29, 2009

Birth

It is through giving that we receive, and it is through dying that we are born to eternal life.

- St. Francis of Assisi

(Personal note: He is not speaking of the death of the body.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Overcome

When God ordained that man should learn by woe,
He too ordained the path that he should go
Till through the mists that clothe the hills of pain
He should emerge and find the Sun again.

~Unknown Rosicrucian

The Fountain

We all flow from one fountain— Soul. All are expressions of one love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all.

~John Muir

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Human Being's Mirrors :)

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

- George Bernard Shaw

More Humor

The Buddhist Computer Addict

Q: What happens when a Buddhist becomes totally absorbed with the computer he is working with?

A: He enters Nerdvana.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Other Side

One day a young Buddhist on his journey home, came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier. Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river. The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, "Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?"

The teacher ponders for a moment, looks up and down the river and yells back, "My son, you are on the other side."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mind Expansion

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Prison Break

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

Admirable Qualities

It's not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it's who you are.

- Elvis Presley

Act One

The world is a theatre of love.

- Kashmiri proverb

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ubiquitiousness

The Divine Presence is everywhere.

- Hoshaia Rabba. Talmud: Baba Bathra

Friday, May 15, 2009

Knock Knock

Get up! Wake up! Seek the guidance of an Illuminated teacher and realize the Self. Sharp like a razor's edge, the sages say, Is the path, difficult to traverse.

- Katha Upanishad

(The subject of finding an "Illuminated teacher" is one to be careful about. Just adding that from personal experience. The best teacher for you is you. The Master Teacher is within you, knocking, waiting for you to answer the door. Although, it might take a while for you to understand this, the same as it took me a long time to understand even after being told countless times - still I sought - still I was disappointed by the people I would call "teacher", especially after their flaws became very obvious - because they are human. It took being disappointed numerous times before I heard the knocking at the door. This is of course not to say that there aren't people out there that can help along the way, because there are.)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Sleeping Prophet on Expressing Love

. . to express love in thine activities to thy neighbor is the greater service that a soul may give in this mundane sphere.

Edgar Cayce Reading 499-2

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Puzzle to Ponder

I pervade the entire universe in my unmanifested form. All creatures find their existence in me, but I am not limited by them. Behold my divine mystery!

- Bhagavad Gita 9:4-5

Friday, May 8, 2009

Philosophy Enables Discovery of Truth

Without philosophy man lives a life but little higher than that of the animals, for he is dependent upon his senses, instincts, and the habits and experiences of others, but by philosophic disciplines he is enabled to discover and prove truth for himself, to know the real nature of himself and the world in which he lives.

- The Universal Order - Study Group Paper 1

http://www.shrineofwisdom.org.uk/

More on Conquering Hate with Love

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Truth is Truth

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.

- Maimonides

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Anger is a Thief

Anger deprives a sage of his wisdom, a prophet of his vision.

- Simeon b. Lakish, Talmud: Pesahim 66b

Optimism

Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back. If you smile at it, it returns the greeting.

- Herbert Samuels

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sewn Together

Whenever we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. - John Muir

Divine Atoms

For all healing, mental or material, is attuning each atom of the body, each reflex of the brain forces, to the awareness of the divine that lies within each atom, each cell of the body.

Edgar Cayce Reading 3384-2

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Back and Forth, Up and Down

As a great fish swims between the banks of a river as it likes, so does the shining Self move between the states of dreaming and waking.

- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Friday, May 1, 2009

Once You Know YourSelf...

No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.
- Thomas Mann

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Let Enmity Not Stop You...

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat.

- Proverbs 25:21

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Remember to Forget

"Love begins when we start forgetting that we are just bodies."

~Shubhajit Chakraborty
http://shubhajit-chakraborty.blogspot.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

Consciousness is Always With Us

The obstacles are:
1. Ignorance,
which is forgetfulness of one's pure being.
2. Doubt,
which consists in wondering if the experience
was of the Real or of the unreal.
3. Error,
which consists in the 'I-am-the-body' idea,
and thinking that the world is real.
These are overcome by hearing the Truth,
reflection, and concentration.

Only when the ever-present consciousness
is realized will it be permanent. Consciousness
is indeed always with us. Everyone knows,
'I AM.'

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi
[recorded Nov 13th, 1935]

No Home for Sorrow

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

- Chinese Proverb

Sufi Wisdom on Three Important Qualities

The sign of the friend of God is that he has three qualities: a generosity like that of the ocean, a compassion like that of the sun, and a humility like that of the earth.

- Bayazid in 'Attar, "Tadhkirat"

Friday, April 24, 2009

To Conquer by Love

Conquer your foe by force, you increase his enmity; conquer by love, and you will reap no after-sorrow.

- Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Philosophy Begins With Wonder

"Philosophy begins with wonder, and even now it is wonder that causes philosophers to philosophize. At first they wondered about the obvious difficulties and then they gradually progressed to puzzle about the greater coming to be of the universe. Whoever is puzzled and in a state of wonder believes he is ignorant (this is why the lover of myths is also in a way a philosopher, since myths are made up of wonders). And so, if indeed they pursued philosophy to escape ignorance, they were obviously pursuing scientific knowledge in order to know and not for the sake of any practical need." Aristotle, Metaphysics, 1.2 982b.

Inner Eyes

Hundreds of thousands of inner eyes were opened and through Your breath made ready to reflect upon the unseen.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

Nothing is Inconsequential

Nothing is inconsequential. Each grain of sand holds amazing secrets. Each event contains mysterious messages. Every encounter with another being is a point of contact upon which the universe pivots. When we enter into this frame of mind, reality as we see it becomes a vast opportunity to experience the interconnectedness of all creation. From this perspective, we come to the realization that every piece is integral in the unfolding of creation, including us."

— David A. Cooper (God is a Verb)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In All Creatures

Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
Delude the one who sees its unity?

-Isha Upanishad

Know it or Not....

Man is by nature a mystic.

- Rav Kook, HaMahshaba HaYisraelit

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

God's Reflection

An object has a reflection: When looking we see two images, yet there is only one thing. Likewise, this world is a reflection of the Supreme Lord. We may see two, yet only One exists…

-Jnaneshwar

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey.

Humor - Undercover Clergy

A minister, a priest and a rabbi went for a hike one day. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted when they came upon a small lake. Since it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped in the water.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their "freedom." As they were crossing an open area, who should come along but a group of ladies from town. Unable to get to their clothes in time, the minister and the priest covered their privates and the rabbi covered his face while they ran for cover.After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the minister and the priest asked the rabbi why he covered his face rather than his privates. The rabbi replied, "I don't know about you, but in MY congregation, it's my face they would recognize."

(From Beliefnet's Joke of the Day)

On Friendship

Friendship takes many years to establish; so do not fall out with a friend over a single disagreement.

-Sadi, "Gulistan"

From "366 Readings From Islam"

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Wings of Knowledge

Knowledge has two wings. Conjecture is one wing. Conjecture alone is lacking and cuts short the flight. The one-winged bird continues to struggle, hoping to reach the nest somehow with one wing. And then wisdom shows his shining face. Delivered from conjecture, the bird now spreads both wings (and soars once again).

-Rumi, "The Life and Thought of Rumi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What's Hard to Tame

If you’d mold yourself
the way you teach others,
then, well-trained,
go ahead & tame--
for, as they say,
what’s hard to tame is you
yourself.

-Dhammapada, 9, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thursday, April 9, 2009

On Spiritual Pride

Finally Gabriel gave Muhammad these instructions: ‘Do not become proud of your position. Do not become harsh towards those weaker than yourself. And always speak of God’s kindness to you.’ And Muhammad obeyed these instructions diligently throughout his life.

-Ibn Isaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

That Makes a World of Difference

Sakka asked the Buddha: "Do different religious teachers head for the same goal or practice the same disciplines or aspire to the same thing?"

"No, Sakka, they do not. And why? This world is made up of myriad different states of being, and people adhere to one or another of these states and become tenaciously possessive of them, saying, 'This alone is true, everything else is false.' It is like a territory that they believe is theirs. So all religious teachers do not teach the same goal or the same discipline, nor do they aspire to the same thing.

"But if you find truth in any religion or philosophy, then accept that truth without prejudice."

-Digha Nikaya
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(I'm going out of town today and won't be back until tomorrow sometime. I've really been enjoying the comments and dialog between all of us. I'll catch up then!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wearing Sun-Glasses

Realization is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realized.

-Ask the Awakened by Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Sacred Bee

"When men in olden times made candles of the beeswax and lighted them, they knew that they performed a wonderful and sacred action... "This wax which we now burn we took from the hive; there it was hardened. When the fire melts it and it evaporates, then the wax passes into the same condition in which it is within our own bodies."

In the melting wax of the candle men once apprehended something that rises up to the heavens, something that was also within their own bodies. This awoke a devotional mood in them, and this mood in its turn led them to look upon a bee as an especially sacred creature, because it prepares something which man must continually work out within himself. For this reason, the further back we go the more we find how men approached the bees with reverence. Of course, this was when they were still in their wild state ; men found it so, and they looked upon these things as a revelation. Later they brought the bees into their household."

- Steiner -Lectures on Bees

It Depends on You

The Daily Meditation Free from Prosveta.
2009-04-04.

"If you are looking for a spiritual guide, you should at least be
aware of what to expect from one. A spiritual master will do all
he can to help you understand the path that it’s in your interest
to follow, but you have got to feel attracted to walking that
path. A master cannot make you love the spiritual life; that
depends on you, not on him. Of course, he can influence you to a
certain degree, the way a friend who loves music or poetry can
influence you, for human beings and all creatures, animals,
flowers or even stones and objects often impart to us something
of themselves without our knowing it.
So something of your Master’s love for the splendour of the
divine world may well communicate itself to you. But if you are
not ready to accept his influence, nothing can force you. So,
whether your Master succeeds in making you love the spiritual
life still depends on you."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Craftsman's Tools

Although this reed pen is in fact sensible,
of a different substance than the writer,
yet it is an intimate friend.
Likewise, every tool of a craftsman, though lifeless,
is the familiar friend of the Human spirit.

-Mathnawi [IV, 875-876]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life:

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."

When You Wish Upon a Star

High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thoughts Have Wings

Drawing from an old AMORC publication in 1940.

Sutra of Wei Lang

The Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us. It is because of the delusion under which our mind works that we fail to realize it ourselves, and that we have to seek the advice and guidance of the highly enlightened one before we can know our essence of mind. You should know that so far as Buddha-nature is concerned, there is no difference between an enlightened man and an ignorant one. What makes the difference is that one realizes it, while the other is kept in ignorance of it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How to Stay Young

We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What About You?

Focus,
not on the rudenesses of others,
not on what they've done
or left undone,
but on what you
have & haven't done
yourself.

-Dhammapada, 4, translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Monday, March 23, 2009

All is One

In the light of the Sun
there is no difference between day and night.
In the light of the Supreme Truth
there is no difference between Shiva and Shakti.

-Jnaneshwar (also known as Jnanadeva)

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey.

Always Be a Beginner

If the angel deigns to come, it will be because you have convinced him, not by tears, but by your humble resolve to be always beginning: to be a beginner.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Sword of Truth

XIX.

And the inner most shrine
is the shrine of 'I'.
And when the Truth-seeker
storms this citadel,
bearing the sword of Truth,
he slays himself:
his head bows and falls.

XX.

Another emerges,
triumphant, joyous, free.
Not self, but Being;
the tremulous Awareness
'I'-'I'--
not the historical personality,
but the creative movement of silence.

--Sri Ramana--

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Imperishable

It is true the body is perishable, but
within it dwells the imperishable Self. This
body is subject to pleasure and pain; no one
who identifies with the body can escape from
pleasure and pain. But those who know they
are not the body pass beyond pleasure and
pain to live in abiding joy.

-Chandogya Upanishad

Friday, March 13, 2009

Applying Will

"Keter is the source of man's free will—his ability to choose how he acts and reacts to life's situations. When it is directed towards good, this will can bring a person to the level of Keter. Yet it can also become a detrimental force in ones life.

When asked by a follower to define free will, Rebbe Nachman [of Bratzlav] replied: 'It is really very simple: If you wish, you do. If you do not wish, you don't do.'.....

People generally act as if they are trapped by their desires or impulses. Sometimes people justify a negative action or reaction by claiming that that is the way they are: they can't change......Every person at any time during his life, can change, simply by choosing differently.....

By applying his will, a person can either break away from his past, by ascending to the Keter of his current level and from there to points beyond, or he can break away from any good he might have achieved and descend to levels far beneath those of his current standing. Will controls both behavioral and spiritual movements. As man's primal instinct, will becomes the first step to in the quest for spirituality."

—Chaim Kramer (Anatomy of the Soul)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Boundless Love

Whatever living beings there may be--feeble or strong, small or large, seen or unseen, those who live far or those near, those who are born and those who are yet to be born--may all beings, without exception, experience a happy mind.

Let one not deceive another nor despise any person whatever in any place. In anger or ill will let one not wish any harm to another.

Let one's thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world without any obstruction, without any hatred, without any enmity.

-Samyutta Nikaya

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Holy Longing

Tell a wise person or else keep silent
For the massman will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive
And what longs to be burned to death.
In the calm waters of the love nights
Where you were begotten,
Where you have begotten,
A strange feeling comes over you
When you see the silent candle burning.
Now you are no longer caught in this obsession with darkness
And a desire for higher lovemaking sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
And now, arriving in magic, flying
and finally, insane for the light
You are the butterfly.
And you are gone.
And so long as you haven’t experienced this,
To die and so to grow,
You are only a troubled guest on a dark earth.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One Without a Second

Said Uddalaka to Shvetaketu:
"In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that."

-Chandogya Upanishad

Monday, February 23, 2009

Were We Afraid?

I wonder if, before we were born, we were as afraid of life as we are now of death.

-Jay Williams

The Well-Directed Mind

Whatever an enemy might do
to an enemy,
or a foe to a foe,
the ill-directed mind
can do to you
even worse.

Whatever a mother, father
or other kinsman
might do for you,
the well-directed mind
can do for you
even better.

-Dhammapada, 3, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Friday, February 20, 2009

Creation - a Web

The Vedas compare creation to a spider's web, that the spider creates and then lies within. God is both the container of the universe and what is contained in it.

-Ramakrishna

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Strength

The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry.

-Prophet Muhammad, from Sayings of Muhammad by Prof. Ghazi Ahmad

Friday, February 13, 2009

Acquiring Psychic Powers

No one can claim that he is a true psychic unless he uses all his powers and abilities for the service of humanity and for the fulfillment of the Hierarchical Plan.
All psychic powers that some individuals have cultivated by mechanical ways and means will increase the suffering and pain on earth, if the foundation of their power is not the unfoldment of the Divine Presence in them. This unfoldment expresses itself as pure intelligence and an all embracing love and the power to keep the personality in line with the spiritual goals.

It is very interesting to know that higher psychic powers are concealed in higher mysteries. They cannot be taken by our endeavors, or efforts, but they can be given to us if we are able to stand at the portals and knock on the doors. Those who give us the higher powers at the time of our initiation into higher mysteries meet in council, check our past records, see our future, and only then, if agreed, bestow higher powers upon us. To have higher powers means to be connected with higher centers of energy.
This is exactly the opposite of the cravings of those who sit and wait for psychic development and prepare many future incarnations for themselves full of pain, suffering, and frustration.
In the real spiritual evolution, you cannot enter into the higher mysteries until you are considered worthy by the Spiritual Hierarchy of the planet, the Head of which is Christ.
This does not mean that we will wait and not strive. It means just the opposite. We must purify our physical, emotional and mental life, engage ourselves in sacrificial service, prove to ourselves that we are deeply interested in the welfare of one humanity, live a creative life, and expand our consciousness through meditation and service - and soon we will find ourselves led to the door of the Mysteries. At that stage the electrical network has been organized in us. They will turn the switches on if we are worthy to pass through the gate. It is very interesting to know that at the gate we will be enlightened to such a degree that we will see for ourselves if we are worthy to enter.

One may ask, "How did the followers of the left hand path, such as the Black Magicians, develop psychic powers?" The answer is that the Black Lodge, seeing that some people cultivated enough indifference to the sufferings of humanity, bestowed on them the astral and mental equivalents of machine guns, poison gases, chemical weapons, atomic bombs, powers that can violate privacy, insecticides, pesticides, and other such powers and taught them how to use these.
The point I want to stress is that the powers of the Black Magicians are not the result of their unfoldment. But the power of the White Magician is the extension of his True Self. The White Magician wins. The White Magician earns his powers. The Black Magician receives them. The White Magician does the work with his own powers. The Black Magician works with the power of the Black Lodge and its servants. That is why, when the Black Lodge takes away the power from a Black Magician, he becomes an ordinary man, but when a White Magician develops his powers, no power can take them away. His powers are parts of the Self.


-Torkom Saraydarian
(Breakthrough to Higher Psychism)

We Appear Different, But...

"The matter that is called Sefirot is like ten changeable vessels different in kind from each other, however the emanation and the light that passes through them from the Ein Sof is one, and from its perspective there is no plurality.....It is like ten glass vessels different in colouring. A well of fresh, clear, and pure water passing through them makes the ten different-coloured vessels appear to change so that they look like ten wells. This is the case because the water passing through each vessel will appear different from the outside according to the colouring of the vessel. In actuality, the water passing through all of them is one."

- Abraham Yagel (Gei Chizzayon)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sensation of the Mystical

"The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is
the sensation of the Mystical. It is the sower of true science. He
to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and
stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead." ---Albert Einstein

The Eye of Friend

Strong One, make me strong.
May all beings look on me with the eye of friend!
May I look on all beings with the eye of friend!
May we look on one another with the eye of friend!

Hinduism. Yajur Veda 36.18

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

self Confinement

When clutches of the "self" break away,
they clap their hands and break into dance
as their imperfections fade away.
The musicians within strike the tambourine,
and the seas burst into foam at their ecstasy.

-Rumi, "The Life and Thought of Rumi"

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Philosopher's Stone

Prosveta Publishing is pleased to offer you the Daily Meditation for this 2008-11-09.

"Each time you make use of light and heat, each time you act with
wisdom and love, you form the philosopher’s stone inside you,
which transmutes all matter into gold. And that’s when you
become a true alchemist. So you do not have to look for the
philosopher’s stone anywhere other than inside yourself, for
there is no philosopher’s stone more powerful than the spirit.
The day you attain that state of consciousness where you feel
your spirit, your higher self, is an immortal, eternal
principle, an indestructible entity travelling through space and
penetrating every place, you will understand there is nothing
more important than to use this power to work on matter, your
own matter, to purify it, vivify it and enliven it.
The philosopher’s stone is this spiritual quintessence which
transforms everything into gold, into light, in yourself first
of all but also in all the creatures around you, for all things
increase and multiply. This is the sublime dimension of the
philosopher’s stone."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

You Are Not Alone

When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within.

-- Epictetus

A Blooming Heart

That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.


-Mathnawi [III, 4129]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Abandon Suffering Through Persistence

Like a fine stallion
Struck with a whip,
Be ardent & chastened.
Through conviction
Virtue, persistence,
Concentration, judgment,
Consummate in knowledge & conduct,
Mindful,
You'll abandon this not-insignificant pain.

-Dhammapada, 10, translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Seek Light

Prosveta Publishing is pleased to offer you the Daily Meditation for this 2008-10-28.

"Those who succeed in elevating their consciousness to such a
degree that they comprehend the works of God are able to
discover the quintessence of all sacred books, for the truths
these books contain are inscribed in the life of the universe
and in their own life.
God himself is inaccessible, unfathomable, beyond all
understanding, but he placed within us and within his created
universe all the elements which would allow us to move closer to
him and decipher some of his messages. The first of these
messages is light, since it is by means of light that he
manifested himself at the beginning of the world, when he said,
‘Let there be light!’ So if we wish to hear God ‘speak’ to us,
we must seek light, for it is through light that he speaks to
all creatures."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Am, I Am

I am the Lord and the Cosmic Soul; I am myself the Cosmic Body. I am Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, as well as Gauri, Brahmi, and Vaishnavi. I am the sun and the stars and I am the Lord of the stars. I am the various species of beasts and birds; I am also the outcaste and thief. I am the evil doer and the wicked deed; I am the righteous person and the virtuous deed.

-Devi Gita

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," by Andrew Harvey

What if....

Prosveta Publishing is pleased to offer you the Daily Meditation for this 2008-10-29.

"After death, when human beings have left their physical body,
they enter the lower astral plane, where they are subjected to
all the injustice and suffering they have inflicted on others.
You will say, ‘But what if they have done wrong involuntarily
without realizing it?’ In the eyes of cosmic Intelligence,
ignorance is also unacceptable. But the aim of cosmic
Intelligence is not revenge, nor even punishment; above all it
wants humans to become conscious, and so it makes them
experience the suffering they have inflicted on others, so that
they can learn, understand and become perfect.
Some creatures cross this lower astral region very quickly, as
they have not committed very serious faults; others remain there
a long time, suffering. When this stage is over, they enter the
higher astral region, where they feel joy and happiness
proportionate to the good they have done, for they must also
become aware of their good actions. If they have given others
courage, hope and light, if they have awakened faith and love,
they live these same states."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Listening to the Learned

Even though he has no learning, if a man but listens to the learned
That will be his staff of strength in adversity.
Words from the lips of upright men
Are like a steadying staff in a slippery place.

-Tirukkural 42:414-415

Saturday, January 17, 2009

If At First You Don't Succeed...

"The thing to do when you have made a mistake is not to give up doing what you were doing and start something altogether new, but to start over again with the thing you began badly and try, for the love of God, to do it well."

–Thomas Merton

The Hidden Oneness

"According to Kabbalah, God has hidden Himself, His oneness, from us so that we can find it, realize it, and experience it. However, since you and I are sparks of God, it is as if God were hiding Himself from an aspect of Himself. Therefore, our journey in search of the One is on behalf of the One and for the sake of the One. Our job is to serve God in His process of self-reflection and knowledge. We have been put in this world of hiddenness to find the Divine in us, to discover that we are souls — sparks of the Divine, act accordingly and thereby reflect God's oneness.

As we elevate ourselves spiritually through the worlds of greater and greater perspective, we will uncover more and more the truth of God's oneness beyond the either/or. We will realize more and more that the many are included within the oneness and permeated by it. And we will experience the ecstasy of love.

This is the journey of our lives. This is the journey God has sent us on. This is our divine mission—to become a living reflection of God, reveal the hidden One, and realize love."

— David Aaron (The Secret Life of God:
Discovering the Divine within You)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Is Thought Useful to a Spiritual Student?

This is interesting. A lot of the people I run into online tell me to try to get rid of thought, to empty my mind.

Here is a clipping which has a different point of view about thought:

Prosveta Publishing is pleased to offer you the Daily Meditation for this 2009-01-10.

"The knowledge you are given in an initiatic teaching is so far
removed from your usual field of consciousness that it does not
penetrate your brain immediately. But the fact you have heard it
or read it means something of it will remain in your
subconscious, and one day, once your understanding has
developed, this knowledge will resurface in your memory.
In order to reach this understanding more quickly, you must
exercise your brain, which is the best instrument there is. It
does not grow weak with age along with the other organs, for the
divine hierarchies have deposited their powers in it. No, it
doesn’t grow weak, but only provided we nourish it with mental
activity. Thought is a sort of ladder we have received from
cosmic Intelligence, and it is essential we learn to use it to
go higher."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov