Tuesday, August 25, 2015

wait





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from Leaves of Grass





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Re-examine all you have been told. 
Dismiss what insults your soul. 

—Walt Whitman


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not to worry






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wherever you are is the entry point

—Kabir


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

doership






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Why should you bear your load on your head when you are traveling on a train? 

It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily.
 

Similar is the sense of doership in the world by individuals.


–Ramana Maharshi


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

patience





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You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.
You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed angel,
To have ever neared God's heart at all.
Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy To hear.
So what if the music has stopped for a while.
So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.
So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for
Real Love.


The mind and the body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,


But Hafiz knows the Beloved's eternal habits.
Have patience,
For He will not be able to resist your longing For Long.


You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.


You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet, O my sweet crushed angel.



–Hafiz










Friday, August 14, 2015

you must have a place





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The mythologist Joseph Campbell was asked by an interviewer how a regular person could preserve his sense of the mythic when so many feel too besieged by the claims of every day living.
 
He said, "You must have a place to which you can go, in your heart, in your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not know what you owe anyone or what anyone owes you.
You must have a place you can go to where you do not know what your work is or who you work for, where you do not know who you are married to or who your children are."


–Joseph Campbell

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

note to self





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Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

–William Morris


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