I like the clarity of expression found in the spiritual teacher Rupert Spira;
I get his daily quotes and the one for 24th September 2013 says;
From the point of view of a finite self, experience consists of a multiplicity and diversity of finite objects and selves, some of which are conceived as ‘me’, others as ‘not me’. From the point of view of experience itself, there is just the seamless intimacy of itself, one indivisible, unnameable whole, always changing in name and form but never changing in essence.
RP Recognizing that no analogies are perfect my favourite for what Spira is speaking about is the lava lamp – one in which the wax is infinitely the Whole and the forms endlessly changing.
Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.
THREE QUOTES ON MEDITATION
“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
“Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head and learning wiser grow without his books.” – William Cowper (English Poet 1731-1800)
“What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan” – Hakuin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuin
“…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364.
“God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27
“All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22)
At all times I am near unto thee, but thou art ever far from Me. (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 21)
Meditate on what the poet hath written: “Wonder not, if my Best-Beloved be closer to me than mine own self; wonder at this, that I, despite such nearness, should still be so far from Him.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, p. 185)
“This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein!” Gleanings – HERE
Wholeness in variety is Heart; wholeness in unity is Soul. p218The Sufi Book of Life
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”