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What is a personal calling? It is Gods blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. ( ) When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. ( ) once we have overcome the defeats ( ) we are filled by a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. (...)
More on Paulo Coelho can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Coelho
O Lord! Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls, and exhilarate the spirits through the signs of Thy sanctity and oneness. O Lord! Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness. Strengthen the loins of Thy servants in the service of Thy kingdom. O Lord, Thou possessor of infinite mercy! O Lord of forgiveness and pardon! Forgive our sins, pardon our shortcomings, and cause us to turn to the kingdom of Thy clemency, invoking the kingdom of might and power, humble at Thy shrine and submissive before the glory of Thine evidences. O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.
Ascribed to Abdu'l-Baha (1844-1921).
More on Abdu'l-Baha can be found at: http://www.bahai.org/dir/abdulbaha
Our religious traditions at their most authentic form, should free us to find traces of God in all things. God loves all manner of our being in the world and has made all things in harmony. (...) As in our inner work, so our communal work for justice and peace is futile if we insist on the primacy of one form of being human over another, of one religion over others, or by choosing a mono-cultural path toward Joy for all beings that share this planet. God loves our infinite diversity and has choreographed an ordered dance of different stars.
Jonathan Montaldo - "The Witness of Thomas Merton's Inner Work." Address to the Parliament of the World Religions, Cape Town, South Africa, December 1999.
More on the Parliament of the World Religions can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_the_World%27s_Religions
The actual death of the zaddik is called a hilulla, a time of joyous festivity, because he goes from this vale of sorrow to the tranquility of the next world.
Rabii Yaakov Yosef, quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.196.
More on "zaddik" can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzadik
The General Assembly (of the United Nations)(...) Recognizing that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding,
1. Reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace;
2. Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs; (underlining by Pritam)
3. Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world's churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, based on love of God and love of one's neighbour or on love of the good and love of one's neighbour, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly informed of the implementation of the present resolution.
More on the World Interfaith Harmony Week can be found at: http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/
Want the best. The highest happiness, the greatest freedom. Desirelessness is the highest bliss. ( ) Only Gods energy is infinite because he wants nothing for Himself. Be like Him and all your desires will be fulfilled. The higher your aims and vaster desires, the more energy you will have for their fulfillment. Desire the good of all and the universe will work for you. But if you want your own pleasure, you must earn it the hard way. Before desiring, deserve.
Sri Maharaj Nisargadatta (1897-1981). (2005). I am That. Durham, NC: The Acorn Press. ISBN 0-89386-022-0. P.49-50.
More on Sri Nisargadatta can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for love is sufficient unto love.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, P.13.
More on Kahlil Gibran can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalil_Gibran
(...) we see that no person is without a sense of compassion, or a sense of shame, or a sense of courtesy, or a sense of right and wrong. The sense of compassion is the beginning of humanity; (...).
Mencius (372-289 BCE), a Confucian philosopher, quoted after: Novak, Philip, The World's Wisdom. P.136.
More on Mencius can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mencius
Cistercian asceticism, and indeed all the asceticism of the monastic Fathers, is simply the recovery of our true self, man's true "nature," created for union with God. It is the purification, and liberation of the divine image in man, hidden under layers of "unlikeness." Our true self is the person we are meant to be - the man who is free and upright, in the image and likeness of God. The work of recovery of this lost likeness is effected by stripping away all that is alien and foreign to our true selves - shedding the "double garment" of hypocrisy and illusion by which we try to conceal the truth of our misery from ourselves, our brethren and from God.
Merton, Thomas (1915-1968). The Silent Life. P.22. Submitted to L-Center Discussion Group by Gary Horn <email@example.com>
More on Thomas Merton can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton
More on Cistercians can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cistercians
Haidakhan Babaji was asked by a devotee: "How I can reconcile my love for my girl-friend and my love for God?" He replied: "First focus on your love for the girl and when you are satisfied come back to God."
Haidakhan Babaji. Teachings of Babaji. (14 September 1981).
More on Haidakhan Babaji can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haidakhan_Babaji
( ) There will be marriage, there will be children, there will be earning money to maintain a family; all this will happen in the natural course of events, for destiny must fulfill itself; you will go through it without resistance, facing tasks as they come, attentive and thorough, both in small things and big. But the general attitude will be of affectionate detachment, enormous goodwill, without expectation of return, constant giving without asking. In marriage you are neither the husband nor the wife; you are the love between the two. You are the clarity and kindness that makes everything orderly and happy. ( )
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. (1973). I Am That. P.319.
More on Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj
It is by The Gurus grace that your mind is engaged in search for truth and it is by his grace that you will find it. It works unwearyingly towards your ultimate good. And it is for all. ( ) The Guru knows the Ultimate and relentlessly propels the disciple toward it. The disciple is full of obstacles, which he himself must overcome. The Guru is not very much concerned with the superficialities of the disciples life. It is like gravitation. The fruit must fall when no longer held back.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. (1973). I Am That. P.342.
More on Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj
May the sound of this bell
penetrate deep into the cosmos
even in the darkest spots
living being are able to hear it clearly
so that suffering in them cease
understanding comes to their hearts
and they transcend the path
of sorrow and death.
More on Thich Nhat Hanh can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thich_Nhat_Hanh
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.
More on Gospel of John can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John
More on Last Supper can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper
Eternal life is for God alone, He lives forever; and whoever merges himself in his source, that is, in God, praised be He, also enjoys eternal life (...).
Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. Quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.25.
More on Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachman_of_Breslov
Every marriage is a really big commitment to the people involved. It is a life time commitment. It is a commitment that says: "Actually I am prepared not only to spend the rest of my life with you, but to spend the rest of my life finding out about you." (...)
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, about the Royal Wedding.
The rest of Dr. Williams' statement can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8msHZ8wI7Y&feature=player_embedded#at=40 or http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/
Any word, any action, any thought that produces an effect is called karma. Thus the law of karma means the law of causation, of inevitable cause and effect. Whatever we see or feel or do, whatever action there is anywhere in the universe, while being the effect of past work on the one hand, becomes, on the other, a cause in its turn and produces its own effect. Each one of us is the effect of an infinite past. (...) Each one of us is the maker of his own fate.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.200.
More on Swami Vivekananda can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivekananda
More on the Law of Karma can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma
( ) it is in the nature of love to express itself, to affirm itself, to overcome difficulties. Once you have understood that the world is love in action, you will look at it quite differently. But first your attitude to suffering must change. Suffering is primarily a call for attention, which itself is a movement of love. More than happiness, love wants growth, the widening and deepening of consciousness and being. Whatever prevents becomes a cause of pain and love does not shrink from pain. (...)
Shri Maharaj Nisargadatta. (1973). "I am that." P.420.
More on Shri Nisargadatta can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj
Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází (Persian: سيد علی محمد شیرازی) (October 20, 1819 July 9, 1850), also known as the Bab. Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 77-8. Retrieved from: http://info.bahai.org/article-1-3-1-3.html#14 on 23 May 2011.
More on Bab can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1b
More on Babism can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1bism
What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as "play" is perhaps what He Himself takes most seriously. At any rate the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance. We do not have to go very far to catch echoes of that game, and of that dancing. When we are alone on a starlit night; when by change we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children; when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet Basho we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness," the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation. P.296. Submitted by Gary Horn.
More on Thomas Merton can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton
More on World Environment Day can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Environment_Day
(...) As the wind, though one, takes new forms in whatever it enters, the Spirit, though one, takes new forms in all things that live. He is within all, and is also outside. As the sun that beholds the world is untouched by earthly impurities, so the Spirit that is in all things is untouched by external sufferings. There is one Ruler, the Spirit that is in all things, who transforms his own form into many. (...) He is the Eternal among things that pass away, pure Consciousness of conscious beings, the One who fulfills the prayers of the many.
Katha Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.14.
More on Katha Upanishad can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katha_Upanishad
More on Pentecost can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecost
More on Shavout can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavuot
Q: What are the signs of progress in spiritual life?
M: Freedom from all anxiety; a sense of ease and joy; deep peace within and abundant energy without.
Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, quoted in: I am that, P.461-2.
More on Shri Nisargadatta (1897-1981) can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj
Human beings have three spiritual states. In the first, a person pays no attention whatsoever to God and worships anything - sex, money, rank - but God. When he starts to learn something deeper, then he will serve no one and nothing but God. And when he progresses in this state he grows silent; he doesn't claim: "I don't serve God," nor does he boast: "I do serve God;" he has gone beyond these two positions. From such beings, no sound comes into the world.
Rumi, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.68.
More on Rumi (1207-1273) can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi
"O my people, this life is only temporary; while the hereafter is the eternal abode."
More on the Night of Journey can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isra_and_Mi%27raj
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; (...)
United States Declaration of Independence, quoted after: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence
In real love you want the other persons good. In romantic love you want ... the other person.
Margaret Anderson, quoted after the posting of Wayne Fergusson to Facebook.
of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
More on William Ernest Henley can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ernest_Henley
We ought to be always awaiting his coming. I do think this necessarily refers to the last coming – general or particular – but the daily visits of grace and Presence, many of which we probably miss because we are not attentive, do not hear the knock (…). Such constant attentiveness as the underlying attitude to all we do as we go about the daily tasks or even as we sleep – “I sleep, but my heart watches” – can only come from very real love and the desire it engenders to see the beloved and not to miss his least visit. (…).
Pennington, Basil. (1978). O Holy Mountain! Journal of a Retreat on Mount Athos. P.255.
More on Advent can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent
More on Basil Pennington can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Pennington
More on Mount Athos can be found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Athos
Love whispers in my ear,
"Better to be a prey than a hunter.
Make yourself my fool.
Stop trying to be the sun and become a speck!
Dwell at My door and be homeless.
Don't pretend to be a candle, be a moth,
so you taste the savor of Life
and know the power hidden in serving."
Rumi, Mathnawi V, 411-414, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.136.
More about Rumi can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi
Mindfulness is the way to the deathless, inattentiveness the way to death. Those who are diligently attentive do not die, those who are thoughtless are as if dead already.
Dhammapada, a collection of sayings attributed to Buddha, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.104.
More about Buddha can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha
More about Dhammapada can be found at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhammapada
When grace draws a man to contemplation it seems to transfigure him even physically so that though he may be ill-favored by nature, he now appears changed and lovely to behold. His personality becomes so attractive that good people are honored and delighted to be in his company, strengthened by the sense of God he radiates. (...) He will even be able to discern the character and temperament of others when necessary. He will know how to accommodate himself to everyone, and (to the astonishment of all) even to inveterate sinners, without sinning himself. (...) His countenance and conversation will be rich in spiritual wisdom, fire, and the fruits of love, for he will speak with a calm assurance devoid of falsehood and the fawning pretense of hypocrites.
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.
The *kairos,* 'the appointed time,' is *now.* According to Paul, 'Now is the time of salvation,' that is, now is the time when the whole of the divine mercy is available. Now is the time to risk further growth. To go on growing is to be at the cutting edge of human evolution and of the spiritual journey. The divine action may turn our lives upside-down; it may call us into various forms of service. Readiness for any eventuality is the attitude of one who has entered into the freedom of the Gospel. Commitment to the new world that Christ is creating - the new corporate personality of redeemed humanity - requires flexibility and detachment: the readiness to go anywhere or nowhere, to live or to die, to rest or to work, to be sick or to be well, to take up one service and to put down another. Everything is important when one is opening to Christ-consciousness. This awareness transforms our worldly concepts of security into the security of accepting, for love of God, an unknown future. The greatest safety is to take that risk. Everything else is dangerous.