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

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