We are using these quotations in our discussions at present;
TOPIC: The Reality of Being Human on the Way to Realizing Enlightenment
QUESTION: “What is the reality of being human on the way to realizing enlightenment?
1 “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the
world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is
incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” …….“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”― Abraham Joshua Heschel
2 “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the
tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.
“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the
divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he
recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his
glory, he grieves no more.”
3 Don’t contemplate
as mere activity
Be void contemplating void. p221 365 Tao – Deng Ming-Dao
4 After scaling the high summits of wonderment the wayfarer cometh to the Valley of True
Poverty and Absolute Nothingness.
This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being poor in self and rich in the
From ‘The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness’ the 7th valley in Baha’u’llah’s 7 Valleys
5 The experience of one’s own identity or “I”, is a source of great wonder……..Spiritual attainment
is a fundamental transformation of the “I” from a separate, limited, and contracted identity into a
rich and infinite one. It is a movement from separation to union.
p85 Living Presence A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self – by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
6 You say, “I want to know myself.” You are the “I”. You are the Knowing. You are the
consciousness through which everything is known. And that cannot know itself; it is itself.
p55/56 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows one, knows none.”