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