“The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays…

“The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel

Well well fancy that I always believe…

Well, well, fancy that……

“I always believe that it is much better to have a variety of religions, a variety of philosophies, rather than one single religion or philosophy. This is necessary because of the different mental dispositions of each human being. Each religion has certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning about them can only enrich one’s own faith.”- The Dalai Lama

About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows only one religion, knows none.”

Woody Guthrie (Arlo’s father) back in the early 20th century, was interspiritual. Upon admission to the hospital, he was asked his religion. He said “All.” They said: you cannot put “all,” and he said “It’s all or none.” SOURCE – http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48494

You are not big enough to accuse the…

You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God. –Thomas Merton

I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow… I will see another world where the end is another beginning. ~Rumi

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

“Feelings come & go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. ~La Rouchefoucauld

“In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself.” Alan Watts

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ~ Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~ Rumi

If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart. ~ Rumi

“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo

No mud, no Lotus. – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Every person has an important place to fill in this world. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Be your own sunshine

If you are not loving to yourself, how can you be loving to others?

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.~ Mahatma Gandhi

Be gentle. Be kind. Be loving to everyone …including Yourself.

Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones

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“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

Wisdom is being & action directed via the lens of higher-order values and experience.

Spiritual reading

152. There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit. It is what we call lectio divina. It consists of reading God’s word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to enlighten and renew us. This prayerful reading of the Bible is not something separate from the study undertaken by the preacher to ascertain the central message of the text; on the contrary, it should begin with that study and then go on to discern how that same message speaks to his own life. The spiritual reading of a text must start with its literal sense. Otherwise we can easily make the text say what we think is convenient, useful for confirming us in our previous decisions, suited to our own patterns of thought. Ultimately this would be tantamount to using something sacred for our own benefit and then passing on this confusion to God’s people. We must never forget that sometimes “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14).

153. In the presence of God, during a recollected reading of the text, it is good to ask, for example: “Lord, what does this text say to me? What is it about my life that you want to change by this text? What troubles me about this text? Why am I not interested in this? Or perhaps: What do I find pleasant in this text? What is it about this word that moves me? What attracts me? Why does it attract me?” When we make an effort to listen to the Lord, temptations usually arise. One of them is simply to feel troubled or burdened, and to turn away. Another common temptation is to think about what the text means for other people, and so avoid applying it to our own life. It can also happen that we look for excuses to water down the clear meaning of the text. Or we can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html#Spiritual_reading

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To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. – Thomas Merton

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Even a nine-storied terrace began with a single basket of dirt.
Even a 1,000 mile journey began as a single step.*
-Lao Tzu

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TAOIST QUOTES

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage

Great acts are made up of small deeds

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

To lead people, walk beside them… As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate… When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving

From caring comes courage

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures

SOURCE _ http://myjustliving.com/page/LaoTzu-Quotes.aspx

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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-Lao-Tzu

Solomon Your own soul is nourished when you…

Solomon

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind;
it is destroyed when you are cruel.

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FROM A POEM

Blessed are the men and women
who are planted on your earth, in your garden,
who grow as your trees and flowers grow,
who transform their darkness to light.
Their roots plunge into darkness;
their faces turn toward the light.
All those who love you are beautiful;
they overflow with your presence
so that they can do nothing but good.
There is infinite space in your garden;
all men, all women are welcome here;
all they need do is enter.

http://onetruename.com/solomon.htm

ON HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE ‘GOD’ WORD Q…

ON HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE ‘GOD’ WORD

Q. Do you believe that you are the centre of the universe?

A. Assuming you say “No” then the single Power, the life-force or Chi, the all that isn’t you, is the Whole, Mystery or what some call God, Allah etc.

All of its many powers, the water cycle, human thought etc seem to many to be tributaries that lead back to the single Ocean, the Oneness, the Infinite – the Whole – or what some call God.

The experiences of the Whole, with the ego quietened, are more important than labels.

If labels like ‘God’ are problematic use ‘the Mysterious Whole’ or ‘Ultimate Reality’ as an alternative.

Thats it!

soul So the only difference between her highness…

soul. So the only difference between her highness the cow and a materialistic philosopher is that the latter takes a great deal of trouble! It is not a special or exclusive privilege to be the prisoner of one’s senses; the cow is the example of this theory.
Man has a sacred power beyond the confines of the senses. The power of the rational mind is the power of the soul over the senses. This cycle is radiating love and the bestowals of God are descending like unto rain. Man’s glory lies in the difference between him and the animals. In Persia a small child who has been taught to think universally can talk with the learned. The religious people no longer question the followers of BAHA’O’LLAH, being unable to reply to their arguments. The priests and rulers call them necromancers, persecuting and martyring them; and with great joy these disciples give all their worldly goods and gladly lay down their lives for the cause of BAHA’O’LLAH. They go to death crying aloud. “Ya Baha El-Abha!”

I supplicate to God that you may become inspired with a like spirituality. In the West you have not the same prejudices; you have not that fire of oppression, but have complete liberty of belief. Work, pray, day and night, and you will see the splendors of the kingdom of El-Abha descending upon you.

Materially, man is the prisoner of nature; the least wind disturbs him, the cold hurts him, the heat incommodes him, a mosquito irritates him;

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but when we consider the intelligence of man, an elephant is powerless before him, a lion is his prisoner, and a boy of twelve can lead twelve hundred animals. Man dries up the sea, inundates the desert, circumnavigates the globe, discovers what is under the earth, rides upon the air and creates new sciences. These are the signs of the crowning spiritual power of man, — that power which can make nature his prisoner.
Reflect on the divine forces. What has assembled us together? It is not a material but a spiritual force which has created this bond between our hearts, this attraction and affection for one another, — a power stronger than reason, a power which founds nations, creates human unity and makes us renounce the world to discover sciences and organize laws which work through all creatures. Man, the victim of a mosquito, by his spiritual intelligence is conqueror, for by his spirit he is completed; he stands upright and gives well-being to humanity. We must care for man’s two natures; for as the material man makes certain demands for food and raiment and if not looked after suffers, even so his spiritual reality suffers without care. This is why the divine messengers come to the rescue — to care for the reality, that man’s thoughts may unfold and his aims become realized, that he may inherit a new field of progress, for the spiritual side should be cared for as much as the corporeal; the help that comes is through the resuscitating breath of the Holy Spirit.

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Each power is localized. Reason has its seat in the brain, sight in the eye, hearing in the ears, speech in the tongue. The force of gravity is localized in the center of the earth. Everything on the surface of the earth is attracted toward the center. Our light is localized in the sun. The heat of the sun transforms minerals, vegetables, animals, and man.
In the world of beings, some have specialized in statesmanship, some in morals, others in commerce, agriculture, art, politics, laboratory work, or industrial activities, for these are the outer expression of spiritual, philosophical and scientific faculties. In brief, each individual expresses himself through some special occupation; but one does not hold the others in condemnation.

Certain religious teachers, however, think only of their creeds. They believe a holy war can conquer the world. They reason thus: “All the other religious teachers are in error and I am obliged to chastise them and show them their mistakes for their own salvation.”

The belief of the friends of God is quite different. They believe that one must affiliate with all, love all humanity and seek ever to better its condition. God is one, the true shepherd of all creation. Let us be kind to every one in order to unify the world and spread affection abroad.

Let us be ready to give our lives, our fortunes, positions, achievements, in order that a new state of existence may be diffused throughout the earth.

http://bahai-library.org/books/div.phil/divine.philosophy.05.html

I entered into unknowing and there I remained…

I entered into unknowing,
and there I remained unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

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I entered into unknowing,
yet when I saw myself there,
without knowing where I was,
I understood great things;
I will not say what I felt
for I remained in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

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That perfect knowledge
was of peace and holiness
held at no remove
in profound solitude;
it was something so secret
that I was left stammering,
transcending all knowledge.

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I was so ‘whelmed,
so absorbed and withdrawn,
that my senses were left
deprived of all their sensing,
and my spirit was given
an understanding while not understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

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He who truly arrives there
cuts free from himself;
all that he knew before
now seems worthless,
and his knowledge so soars
that he is left in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

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The higher he ascends
the less he understands,
because the cloud is dark
which lit up the night;
whoever knows this
remains always in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

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This knowledge in unknowing
is so overwhelming
that wise men disputing
can never overthrow it,
for their knowledge does not reach
to the understanding of not
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

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And this supreme knowledge
is so exalted
that no power of man or learning
can grasp it;
he who masters himself
will, with knowledge in
unknowing,
always be transcending.

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And if you should want to hear:
this highest knowledge lies
in the loftiest sense
of the essence of God;
this is a work of his mercy,
to leave one without
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

~Saint John of the Cross (1542–1591)