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