(...). Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. (Tao Te Ching 9, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.153.)
One thing I ask of the Lord, it is the one thing I seek: that I may dwell in the house of my Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)
All comfort we get from human sources is empty and soon gone; true comfort, blessed comfort, is that which is inwardly given by the Truth.
(Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ, III.16.2)
(...) For the love of God, discipline yourself in body and spirit so that you preserve your health as long as you can. (The Cloud of Unknowing, P.101.)
Prayer is a language of love from the heart to the Father, and nobody exists then between you and the Father. You're not conscious of the world when you pray to Him. He exists and you exist. That is real prayer, and it is only possible at the time of meditation when we try to forget all that we are and where we are. (Maharaj Charan Singh, quoted after Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.225.)
(...) You must seek that unity from whence there is an awareness that we are all one. Seek harmony in all that you do. (...)
(Heirakhan Babaji [1970-1984], quoted after: "Babaji Mahavatar," backcover.)
(...) And I make it my business only to persevere in His holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention, and a general fond regard to God, which I may call an actual presence of God; or, to speak better, an habitual, silent, and secret conversation of the soul with God, which often causes me joys and raptures inwardly, and sometimes also outwardly, so great that I am forced to use means to moderate them and prevent their appearance to others. (Brother Lawrence [circa 1666], The Practice of the Presence of God, P.37-38.)
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call. He is the first, he is the last, he is the outward, he is the inward; I know none other except "O he" and "O he who is." I am intoxicated with Love's cup, the worlds have passed out of my ken; (...)(Jalal Al-Din Rumi, (1207-1273), Sufi mystic. Quoted in: Buber, Ecstatic Confessions, P.28.)
The Now in which God created the first man and the Now in which the last man will disappear and the Now in which I am speaking - all are the same in God, and there is only one Now. (Meister Eckhart, (1260-1327), Christian mystic. Quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.270.)
He who penetrates the great universal harmony keeps himself withdrawn like one who is drunk from a noble wine and lies down with benevolent feelings. (Lao-Tse, from the book "Wen-Tse". In: Buber, Ecstatic Confessions, P.145.) (February 12, New Moon, Chinese/Vietnamese/Tibetan New Year - Year of the Horse.)
It is because from real repentance and humbleness of heart is born the hope of pardon; the conscience that was troubled is restored to God's favor, the grace that has been lost is returned, and man is shielded from the wrath to come. God and the penitent soul run to meet each other with a holy kiss. (Thomas A Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, III.52.3) (February 13, Ash Wednesday (Western))
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let it be your desires:To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude. And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, P.13-14.) February 14, Valentine's Day.
(...)When the exalted Lord, annihilating my temporal being, allowed me to participate in his unending duration, the clarity of my eye was sharpened even to infallibility. I saw God with God's eye; I saw God through God; and entrenching myself in the truth, I remained calm and at peace. I closed the opening of my ear, I drew my tongue back into my helpless mouth, and I threw away the borrowed knowledge which I had learned from the creatures. (Bayezid Bistami, Sufi mystic, 9th Century; quoted in: Buber, Ecstatic Confessions, P.19) February 21, Day of Haji, commemorates the concluding revelation to the Prophet at Mount Arafat shortly before his death.
The worst character traits which impede a person's cleaving to God are the following: pride, anger, impatience, a sorrowful disposition, hatred, envy, lust after bodily pleasures, the desire to dominate, the seeking after honor, the showing off of his good deeds before people. The opposite of these is humility in its extreme form. (Safed, the Jewish mystic of XVI-th century, quoted in: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.235.) February 25, Eve of Purim, celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther, which is read at this time.
Whatever comes in life, just take it joyfully, impersonally, as you would a motion picture. Life is entertaining when we do not take it too seriously. A good laugh is an excellent remedy for human ills. (Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.127.)
I wish to engrave in every heart the sign of love. If you love all mankind, then there is peace in you. If you are at peace with all men, it is the kingdom of love. (Our Lady of Medjugorie, January 18, 1984. Words from Heaven, P.362..)
Every moment, in each breath, while eating, sleeping, and working, remember the Lord's name. (Teachings of Babaji, P.35.) March 12 - Mahashivratri, the feast of Shiva.
There is but one God. He is all that is. He is the Creator of all things and He is all-pervasive. He is without fear and without enmity. He is timeless, unborn and self-existent. He is the Enlightener and He can be realized by grace of Himself alone. He was in the beginning; He was in all ages. The True One is, was, O Nanak, and shall forever be. (Japji, part of the morning prayer first recited by Guru Nanak. Harbans Singh, Guru Nanak, PP.96-7.) March 14 - Nanakshahi, Sikh New Year.
One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses, is dear to everyone and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled. (Gita 5:7.)
Israel, remember this! The Lord - and the Lord alone - is our God. Love the Lord our God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) March 27 - the Eve of Pesah, or Passover, commemorating the departure of the Isrealites from Egypt.
One who becomes conscious of Me passes over all the obstacles of conditional life. However, if one does not work in such consciousness but acts through false ego, not hearing Me, he is lost. (Gita 18:58) March 28 - Holi, a colorful and joyous festival dedicated to Krishna or Kama.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. (John 6:56-57) March 28 - Maundy Thursday, celebrates the institution of the Lord's Supper by Jesus.
The Resurrection is the revelation of life, which is affirmed as present beyond the boundary of death. (...) His Resurrection, His victory over death, embraces every man. (John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, P.72) March 31 - Easter Sunday, commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
May all be happy and safe! May all beings gain inner joy - all living beings whatever ... seen or unseen. Dwelling afar or near, born or yet unborn - may all beings gain inner joy. May no beings deceive another, nor in any way scorn another, nor, in anger or ill-will, desire another's sorrow. As mother cares for her son, her only son, all her days, so toward all things living a man's mind should be all-embracing. Friendliness for the whole world, all-embracing, he should raise his mind above, below, and across, unhindered, free from hate and ill-will.
(Sutta Nipata, The Buddhist Tradition, PP.37-38)
Like the spear pierces the shield in a moment, I passed through nights and days. This is why all believes and religions are for me One and hundred thousands of years just a moment... (Mevlana 1207-1273, Turkish sage, mystic and poet.)
The essence of the Jewish concept of life seems to me to be the affirmation of life for all creatures. For the life of the individual has meaning only in the service of enhancing and ennobling the life of every living thing. Life is holy; i.e., it is the highest worth on which all other values depend (...). (Alberta Einstein, The Sanctification of Life, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.218.) April 9 - Yom Hashoah, commemorates the victims of the Holocaust.
There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our heart. (Chandogya Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.21.) April 13 - Vaisikhi, popular festival in India, celebrating the first day of the new solar year.
(God) did not make the heavens in his image, nor the moon, the sun, the beauty of the stars, nor anything else which you can see in the created universe. YOU ALONE are made in the likeness of that nature which surpasses all understanding; YOU ALONE are a similitude of eternal beauty, a receptacle of happiness, an image of the true light; and if YOU look up to him, you will become what he is, imitating him who shines within you, whose glory is reflected in your purity. Nothing in all creation can equal your grandeur. All the heavens can fit into the palm of God's hand; the earth and the sea are measured in the hollow of his hand. And though he is so great that he can grasp all creation in his palm, you can wholly embrace him; he dwells within you, nor is he cramped as he pervades your entire being (...). (Gregory of Nyssa, Commentarius in Canticum Canticorum, Oratio 2, 807-8. Quoted in Jean Danielou S.J., From Glory to Glory, P.162-3, quoted in R.C. Zaehner, Evolution in Religion, pp.65-6)
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness, purification of one's existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, sense of control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity, simplicity, nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger, renunciation, peacefulness, aversion to fault finding, compassion toward every living entity, freedom from greed, gentleness, shyness, determination, vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, and freedom from both envy and the passion for honor - these are the transcendental qualities, born of the godly atmosphere, O son of Bharata. (Gita 16:1-3) April 21 - Ramanavami, celebrates the birthday of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the God Vishnu. Hindus read the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, which tells the story of Rama, during the previous eight days.
Everyone who comes here should be prepared to do any kind of work. In this Age, work purifies and is the best spiritual practice (sadhana). (...) Work is so good that it prevents disease and gives you mental ease. Work is such a good thing that it relieves man of all ailments. Learn to talk less and work more. This is the field of spiritual practice. Karma is the highest way of perfection. It is a great thing to take a human body. Whoever comes to the earth must do work. (Teachings of Babaji, P.24-25.) April 25 - Mahavira-jayanti, celebrates the birthday of Lord Mahavira, the Great Hero of Jain religion.
Many people take wine to banish sad or unpleasant memories and worries, but that kind of forgetfulness robs man of his native soul wisdom - the very power by which he was meant to overcome his trials and to find lasting happiness. God, being Joy Itself, wants us to seek and to find, within our souls, His ever-new bliss. (Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.160. ) May 5 - Pascha is celebrated in the Eastern, Orthodox Church.
Whoever is a loving person has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7.)
God is beautiful and loves beauty. (Hadith, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.322.) May 17-18 - Shavout, commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Israelites.
I hope the affliction which God has sent him will prove a wholesome remedy to him, and make him enter into himself. It is an accident which should engage him to put all his trust in Him who accompanies him everywhere. (Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, P.41.)
But God teaches men through suffering and uses distress to open their eyes. (Job 36:15.)
Any disaster that hits you is the result of your own works, and He overlooks much more. There is no escape for anyone, and you have none besides God as Lord and supporter. (Quran 42:30-31)
The yogi learns to find God in the cave of his heart. Whenever he goes, he carries with him the blissful consciousness of God's Presence. (...) Everyone can be a yogi, right where he is now. (Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.18.)
The great revolution is very near! There is no one in this world to stop it. This is a time of great destruction. Everyone must become spiritually strong and courageous. He alone can survive who has spiritual courage. Without spiritual courage, one is dead though he is living. The time is coming very soon. So that is why you people all must work. And be brave. Everyone must consider himself a humble servant of the world.
(Teachings of Babaji, P.22..)
(...) The prayer of the heart gave me such consolation that I felt there was no happier person on earth than I, and I doubted if there could be greater and fuller happiness in the kingdom of Heaven. Not only did I feel this in my own soul, but the whole outside world also seemed to me full of charm and delight. Everything drew me to love and thank God: people, trees, plants, animals. I saw them all as my kinsfolk. I found on all of them the magic of the name of Jesus. Sometimes I felt as light as though I had no body and was floating happily through the air instead of walking. Sometimes when I withdrew into myself I (...) was filled with wonder at the wisdom with which the human body is made (...). And at all such times of happiness, I wished God would (...) let me pour out my heart in thankfulness at His feet (...)." (The Russian Pilgrim, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.275.)
This is the pleasure of life to feel the Presence of God. (Leonard Orr, the Father of Rebirthing-Breathwork Movement)
( ) Be preoccupied with only the essentials. Let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit in depth, then your work will go well. Do not hurry. Let yourself be guided and you will see that everything will be accomplished well. (Our Lady of Medjugorie, July 4, 1983. Words from Heaven, P.345.)
Instead of materializing the spirit, i.e. dragging the spiritual to the material plane (...) convert matter into spirit - catch a glimpse at least, every day, of that world of infinite beauty and peace and purity, the spiritual, and try to live it day and night. (...) Let your soul ascend day and night like an unbroken string unto the feet of the Beloved, whose throne is in your own heart, and let the rest take care of themselves (...). (Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.77..)
Contemplation is a gift of God, in which the soul, purified by His infused love, suddenly and inexplicably experiences the presence of God within itself. (Merton, Thomas. Bread In The Wilderness. P. 143.)
So who can be still and watch the chess game of the world?The foolish are always making impulsive moves, but the wise know that victory and defeat are decided by something more subtle. They see that something perfect exists before any move is made.
(Hua Hu Ching 38, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom. P.173.)
To create is to be like God (...). When you are filled with the essence of all existence, then whatever you say becomes true. (...) When a selfless person lives amongst us, his deeds become the heart-beat of virtue. Whatever he does to others improves even their meanest dreams. Whatever he touches becomes true and pure. He becomes the father of reality.What he creates never flounders in time.
(Ramakrishna, quoted in: Rolland, Romain. (1994). The Life of Ramakrishna. P.165-6.)
(...) he who refused to be gently ruled by God is ruled harshly by himself, and he who freely threw off the sweet and light yoke of love unwillingly bears the unbearable burden of his own self-will. (St. Bernardine, De Diligendo Deo, quoted in: Merton, Diaries. P.353.)
Cows may be different in breeds or color or size, but the milk they yield is the same all over the world. So, too, all religions, whatever their origin, are all means to the same God. (Sai Baba, quoted in: Ray, Sondra, Interludes with the Gods, P.32.)
When suddenly you are clear, and a great joy and rejoicing arises in you and your whole being, every fiber of your body, mind and soul dances and you say, "Ah, this! Alleluia!" - a great shout of joy arises in your being - that is enlightenment. Suddenly stars come down from the rafters. You become part of the eternal dance of existence. (Osho, Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, P.161..)
Nothing can be achieved without knowledge, and yet everything can be achieved just through a pure heart.
(Haidakhan Babaji [in]: Gaura Devi, 1990, Babaji's Teachings, P.7)
One might think that, with the Bible as the center of Christianity, the unity of Christians could be easily realized. But unfortunately this has not proved true, though we can consider it fortunate indeed that, as this inability to unify proves, the letter of the Bible cannot really replace the living Christ as the center of our faith. The Bible is the expression of the life and work of God, and since life is greater than its expression, it cannot be expressed completely in any logical or theological form.Therefore, the Bible itself cannot escape being understood in many different ways. Thus we see how in the wisdom of God it is impossible in practice to make the Scriptures the end or final authority to those who live in fellowship with the Spirit. (Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ. Submitted to Merton-L Discussion Group by Gary Horn.)
And I prayed earnestly to the Lord God, pleading with him, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and sitting in ashes. (Daniel 9:3.) September 06 - Eve of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. The first of the Ten Days of Awe (or Repentance).
It is useless to break your head over the same old details week after week and year after year, pruning the same ten twigs off the top of the tree. Get at the root: union with God. On these days drop everything and hide in yourself to find Him in the silence where He is hidden with you, and listen to what He has to say. (Montaldo, J.(Ed.)(1996). Entering the Silence. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Vol.II, 1941-1952. P.64)
For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:18)
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(Hafiz - LAUGHING AT THE WORD TWO, shared with babanetfreelist by Doret)
A truly human being is calm and at ease; (...) (Confucius, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.129.)
My most useful method is this simple attention, and a general passionate regard to God, to whom I find myself often attached with greater sweetness and delight than that of an infant at the mothers breast; so that, if I dare use the expression, I should choose to call this state the bosom of God, for the inexpressible sweetness which I taste and experience there. (Brother Lawrence [circa 1666], The Practice of the Presence of God, P.39.)
Yea! My Divine Mother is none other than the Absolute. She is at the same time the One and the Many, and beyond the One and the Many. My Divine Mother says: 'I am the Mother of the Universe, I am the Brahman of the Vedanta, I am the Atman of the Upanishads. It is I, Brahman, who created differentiation. Good and bad works alike obey Me. The Law of Karma in truth exists; but it is I, who am the Law-giver. It is I who make and unmake laws. I order all Karma, good and bad. Come to Me! Either through Love (Bhakti), through Knowledge (Jnana) or through Action (Karma), for all lead to God. I will lead you through this world, the Ocean of action. And if you wish, I will give you the knowledge of the Absolute as well. You cannot escape from Me. Even those who have realised the Absolute in Samadhi return to Me at My will. (Ramakrishna, the Canticle of the Divine Mother, quoted in: Rolland, Romain. (1994). The Life of Ramakrishna. P.67-8. ) November 4 - Divali, popular Hindu festival known as the Festival of Lights. It is dedicated to the female aspects of God, such as the Goddesses Kali and Lakshmi.
You who have believed, fasting is decreed for you as it was for those who came before you, with a view to a deep sense among you of devotion to God (...). When anyone, of his own free will, outdoes what is enjoyed that is certainly to his own good. For when you fast, you do good to yourselves, did you but realise it. (Medinan Sura 2, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.286.) November 6 - The Holy Month of Ramadan begins. Ramadan is the month of fasting during which Muslims, who are physically able, do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.
How much time do I waste looking for something to read about a contemplation instead of shutting up and emptying my mind and leaving the inner door open to God to enter from the inside, the outer door being barred and all the blinds down? (Montaldo, Jonathan (Ed.) (1996). Entering the Silence: becoming a monk and writer. Thomas Merton's Diaries, Vol.II, P.124.)
Bahavel Huk said, 'I would like some poverty or humbleness.'
The voice came back, 'No one has ever asked for this, save Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak whenever we talk always asks for the same thing. He alone has understood this gift which I can give, He isn't by any chance staying with you?' Bahavel Huk said,'Yes he is with us today.'
The voice of God said, 'Did you know that when I made the Universe I also made this gift. The Guru Nanak recognises that this is the greatest gift of all. He has in his possession three quarters of this gift. He has three quarters of all my power under his command. One quarter has been left in case someone like you should have some need for it.' (The story of Guru Nanak requesting a slice of poverty with His meal as narrated by Anand Dev Singh.) November 19 - Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh faith.
(...) we must annihilate the feelings of "I - ness" and "my - ness" from our minds. You must march forward like a soldier, dutifully and bravely. The thing which brings man down is "attachment" to his own kith and kin. When all belong to this whole universe, where is the place for "I" and "mine"? (...) Teachings of Babaji, P.99.
Your Lord has enjoined you (...) to show kindness to your parents. If either or both of them attain old age in your dwelling, show them no signs of impatience, nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and say: "Lord, be merciful to them. They nursed me when I was an infant." (Quran, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.302.)
Jesus lived his personal relationship to the Father in his human awareness. His human consciousness of being the Son entailed an immediate knowledge of his Father, whom he called Abba. ( ) This experience was actually none other than the transposition to the key of human awareness and cognition of the very life of God. ( ) it is precisely this human experience that Jesus had of being the Son, in relation to the Father, that enabled him to translate into human words the mystery of God that he revealed to us. ( ) Jesus is referring to the Father with a familiarity never before conceived or attested. ( ) It was something that flowed out of the living experience of a unique intimacy. ( ) (Jacquis Dupuis - "Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism" PP.249, 270)
( ) Christ accepted the human condition to the ultimate consequences. He gave himself totally to others; ( ) (as such) Christ is present in every human vicissitude as servant and leaven. He belongs to the whole humanity. Through his servanthood he gives himself incessantly to men and women of all cultures and leads them unobstructively to their self-realization. He is a liberative action, which makes the person whole, transforms the cultures it encounters by forming them into a community of love, in which the other is respected and accepted in his or her self-understanding. (underline by Pritam). (Jacquis Dupuis - "Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism"P.298).
Quoting from Redemptoris Missio, Dupuis states that "( ) dialogue is 'a method and means of mutual knowledge and enrichment' (RM 55) and 'leads to inner purification and conversion' (RM56), but "not of the conversion of the others to Christianity, but of the conversion toward God of both partners of dialogue ( )' (P.365). "Sincere dialogue implies," continues Dupuis, "mutual acceptance of differences, or even contradictions, and ( ) respect for the free decisions of persons according to the dictate of their conscience" (RM 41) (P.367), "reciprocity and aims at banishing fear and aggressiveness" (RM 83)(P.368). It implies "learning new truth." (P.373). Among the fruits of dialogue Dupuis mentions: