Wednesday, May 27, 2015

today





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On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty ...

Today is such a day.


–Rumi

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how







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In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.


–Rumi


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Oh soul







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Oh soul,
you worry too much. 
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.

Of anything less,
why do you worry?

You are in truth
the soul, of the soul,
of the soul.



–Rumi


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you are beautiful






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You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it

It’s too bad that you want to be someone else

You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.


—Rumi



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you are that





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People think that the world itself is overflowing with beauty,
but they forget that they are its cause.



—Friedrich Nietzsche

Twilight of the Idols





embrace all






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A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘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 us. 

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.


—Albert Einstein



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the Beautiful Necessity






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Let us build altars to the Beautiful Necessity, which secures that all is made of one piece; that plaintiff and defendant, friend and enemy, animal and planet, food and eater, are of one kind. 
In astronomy is vast space, but no foreign system; in geology, vast time, but the same laws as to-day. 

Why should we be afraid of Nature, which is no other than “philosophy and theology embodied”?
Why should we fear to be crushed by savage elements, we who are made up of the same elements? 

Let us build to the Beautiful Necessity, which makes man brave in believing that he cannot shun a danger that is appointed, nor incur one that is not;
to the Necessity which rudely or softly educates him to the perception that there are no contingencies;
that Law rules throughout existence, a Law which is not intelligent but intelligence, — not personal nor impersonal, — it disdains words and passes understanding; 
it dissolves persons; it vivifies nature;
yet solicits the pure in heart to draw on all its omnipotence.



–Ralph Waldo Emerson





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

who are you?






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Discard all you are not and go ever deeper. 

Just as a man digging a well discards what is not water ... so must you discard what is not your own, till nothing is left which you can disown.

You will find that what is left is nothing which the mind can hook on to. You are not even a human being.

You just are - a point of awareness, co-extensive with time and space and beyond both, the ultimate cause, itself uncaused.

If you ask me “Who are you?”, my answer would be: “Nothing in particular. Yet, I am.”


–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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questions







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I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. 

Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. 

Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

–Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters To A Young Poet



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questions






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Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.

—Alan Wilson Watts









question






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Why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart? 
Every grace I need has already been given me.
Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.


—Macrina Wiederkehr



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questions





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I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question:
How are you?

I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question:
What is God?

If you think that the Truth can be known
From words,
If you think that the Sun and the Ocean
Can pass through that tiny opening Called the mouth,
O someone should start laughing!
 
Someone should start wildly Laughing Now!


–Hafiz


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the question

 




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The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer. 
The question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.

Ramana Maharshi


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the answer






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Life has no meaning
Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. 
It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.


–Joseph Campbell


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Monday, May 25, 2015

this path to God






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This
Path to God
Made me such an old sweet beggar.

I was starving until one night
My love tricked God Himself
To fall into my bowl.

Now Hafiz is infinitely rich,
But all I ever want to do

Is keep emptying out
My emerald-filled
Pockets

Upon
This tear-stained
World.


Hafiz




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the path to heaven





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The path to heaven lies through heaven,
and all the way to heaven is heaven.



–Catherine of Siena




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pathos






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You must always keep in mind that a path is only a path.
Each path is only one of a million paths.
If you feel that you must now follow it,
you need not stay with it under any circumstances.
Any path is only a path. 
There is no affront to yourself or others in dropping a path
if that is what your heart tells you to do. 
But your decision to keep on a path or to leave it 
must be free of fear and ambition. 
I caution you: look at every path closely and deliberately. 
Try it as many times as you think necessary.
Then ask yourself and yourself alone this one question.
Does this path have a heart? 

All paths are the same. They lead nowhere.
They are paths going through the brush or into the brush
or under the brush of the Universe. 
The only question is: Does this path have a heart?
If it does, then it is a good path.
If it doesn’t, then it is of no use.



–Carlos Castaneda




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discard all paths





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I do not believe in spiritual paths. The purpose of spiritual paths is to enmesh you in the world of knowledge, while Reality resides prior to it. All spiritual paths lead to unreality.

Discard all paths.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj




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Wintertale, Yugi Obata
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as one walks






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One does not stand still looking for a path.
One walks; and as one walks,
a path comes into being.

—Mas Kodani


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proverbs and songs #29

   




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Walker, your footsteps
are the road, and nothing more.

Walker, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
Walking you make the road,
and turning to look behind
you see the path you never
again will step upon.

Walker, there is no road,
only foam trails on the sea.



–Antonio Machado





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no path






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The bird has no path; where the bird flies is the path.

The fish has no path in water; wherever it swims is the path.


–The Upanishads



Sunday, May 24, 2015

directions





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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
which you can walk with love and reverence.



—Henry David Thoreau



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not to worry






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If thou but settest foot on this path, thou shalt see it everywhere.

–Hermes Trismegistus












seeker






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Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.

Seek the path that demands your whole being.


—Rumi


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small bird on fire






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It was passed from one bird to another,
the whole gift of the day.
The day went from flute to flute,
went dressed in vegetation,
in flights which opened a tunnel
through which the wind would pass
to where birds were breaking open
the dense blue air -
and there, night came in.
When I returned from so many journeys,
I stayed suspended and green
between sun and geography -
I saw how wings worked,
how perfumes are transmitted
by feathery telegraph,
and from above I saw the path,
the springs and the roof tiles,
the fishermen at their trades,
the trousers of the foam;
I saw it all from my green sky.
I had no more alphabet
than the swallows in their courses,
the tiny, shining water
of the small bird on fire
which dances out of the pollen.

Pablo Neruda



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go forth





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Leave it all behind you. Forget it.
Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs.
Abandon all verbal structures, all relative truth, all tangible objectives.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj


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by whatever path you go







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By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. 

Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage ‘Thou art all’ and ‘Thy will be done’.


–Ramana Maharshi



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one dream







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Understand, I’ll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows, with only this one dream: You come too.


–Rainer Maria Rilke



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

if you wish to see the truth






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The Great Way is not difficult 
for those who have no preferences. 
When love and hate are both absent 
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however 
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
If you wish to see the truth 
then hold no opinions for or against anything. 
To set up what you like against what you dislike 
is the disease of the mind. 
When the deep meaning of things is not understood 
the minds essential peace is disturbed to no avail. 

The Way is perfect like vast space 
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess. 
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject 
that we do not see the true nature of things. 
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, 
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things 
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves. When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity. 
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other 
you will never know Oneness.


–Seng-T’san




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but you will still be The Way,
and you will still be perfect
:)

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