Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny--he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally--you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.
This we know: All things are connected
like the blood that unites us.
We did not weave the web of life,
We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
Man emulates earth
Earth emulates heaven
Heaven emulates the Way
The way emulates nature.
-Henry David Thoreau
You've been walking in circles, searching. Don't drink by the water's edge. Throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst end.
Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don't realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from
finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.
Wherever I go, I meet myself.
You can outdistance that which is running after you,
but not what is running inside you.
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving.
Well then, love your suffering.
Do not resist it, do not flee from it.
It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
Bashô, Narrow Road to the Interior
The intuituive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance, and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance of others, by expressing in the world of forms- truth, love, purity and beauty - this is the sole game which has any intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents and attainments can, in themselves, have no lasting importance.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
-Gilbert Keith Chesterton
You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.
What is in one is in the whole, and therefore, ultimately,
Each soul is responsible for the whole world.
When you know that you are eternal you can play your
true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself ...
A ship is safe in harbor-- but that's not what ships are for.
-John A. Shedd
Why run around sprinkling holy water?
There's an ocean inside you, and when you're
ready you'll drink.
It is eternity now; I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine; I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come; it is now. Now is eternity; now is immortal life.
Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth. Without looking out of my window I could know the ways of heaven. The farther one travels, The less one knows, the less one really knows.
-George Harrison The Inner Light
I shut my eyes in order to see.
The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.
Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.
Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.
You cannot transcend
what you do not know. To go beyond
yourself, you must know yourself.
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you've got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life, is when men are afraid of the Light.