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

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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