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    Usha Vandanam : Salutation of the dawn 

     

    उषावंदनम्
    Salutation of the dawn
    
    अद्य भावय सुदिनम्!
    Look to this Day!
    जीवभूतः काल एषः । प्राणस्य प्राणः ।
    For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
    अस्मिन् स्वल्पकाले सत्यमये तव सतः सत्यं तिष्ठति
    In its brief course lie all the
    Verities and Realities of your Existence;
    विकासानन्देन
    The Bliss of Growth,
    कर्मश्रिया
    The Glory of Action,
    सौन्दर्यशोभया ।
    The Splendor of Beauty;
    ह्यस्तु स्वप्नः ।
    For Yesterday is but a Dream,
    श्वस्तु आभासः ।
    And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
    कर्मकुशलतया आचरिते अद्य
    But Today well lived makes every
    गतदिनानि आनन्दस्वप्नमयानि भवन्ति ।
    Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and every
    भाविदिनानि आशाप्रभया ज्वलन्ति ।
    Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
    अतः सुदिनं अद्य सम्यक् भावय!
    Look well therefore to this Day!
    एषा उषाभिवन्दना!
    Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.


     
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    The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

    -Bertrand Russell



     
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    , John Piper, , ,   


    If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.

    ―John Piper, A Hunger For God



     
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    Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Get it out of its groove by denying it attention.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj



     
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    , Inquiry, Kalama Sutta, Logic, Prudence,   


    Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by its inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow? He delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Dhamma.

    Kalama Sutta

    Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.

    -Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya Vol 1, 188-193 P.T.S. Ed



     
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    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

    -Rumi



     
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    , Dissatisfaction, , , ,   


    In the abundance of water,
    The fool is thirsty.

    -Bob Marley, Rat race



     
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    …and who the cap fit, let them wear it…

    -Bob Marley, Who the cap fit

    Meanings:
    1. If a description applies to you, then accept it. If it describes you, it probably is you.
    2. If something serves a purpose, then don’t dispose of it.



     
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    Alexis de Tocqueville, , , ,   


    Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I.”

    There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.

    —Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy In America



     
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    , Poverty, , , , Weakness   


    As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

    ―Henry David Thoreau



     
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    Basava, Kannada, , , Vira Shaivism   


    The pot is a God. The winnowing fan is a God. The stone in the street is a God. The comb is a God. The bowstring is also a God. The bushel is a God and the spouted cup is a God.

    Gods, gods, there are so many there’s no place left for a foot. There is only one God. He is our Lord of the Meeting Rivers.

    –Basava



     
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    , , , , Talking, William Faulkner,   


    Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.

    ―William Faulkner, Mosquitoes



     
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    Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

    ―Margaret Atwood, Surfacing



     
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    When practitioners of Zen fail to transcend the world of their senses and thoughts, all they do has no value. Yet, when senses and thoughts are obliterated all the roads to universal mind are blocked and there is no entrance. The primal mind has to be recognised along with the senses and thoughts. It neither belongs to them nor is independent of them. Don’t build your understanding on your senses and thoughts, yet don’t look for the mind separate from your senses and thoughts. Don’t attempt to grasp Reality by pushing away your senses and thoughts. Unobstructed freedom is to be neither attached nor detached. This is enlightenment.

    Huang-Po



     
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    , Kuo-An Shih-Yuan, , , ,   


    I have returned to the root and effort is over. From the first there has been no one to see or hear anything. There is nothing outside of my true home. Rivers quietly flow and red flowers bloom.

    Kuo-An Shih-Yuan



     
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    Unfettered like a wafting mist I give myself up to where the wind wants me to be.

    Ryokan



     
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    Bassui, , , , ,   


    A student once asked master Bassui, ‘Are you saying that someone who sees his own nature and is free from delusion is innocent of error, even if he does something which breaks the Buddhist precepts?’ He replied, ‘If someone’s actions come from their essential nature, how could they be breaking the precepts?’



     
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    I haven’t got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.

    Dogen



     
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    Enlughtenment, Lin-Chi, Ordinary, ,   


    Buddhism has no room for special effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat and drink, then move your bowels and pass water, and when you’re tired go to sleep. Fools will find me ridiculous, but the wise will understand.

    Lin-Chi



     
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    Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.

    Huang-Po



     
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    You can’t prevent time passing. When something has passed, why do thoughts still loiter?

    Ryokan



     
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    Baizhang, , , ,   


    All verbal teachings are just to cure an illness. Different illnesses require different cures. This is why sometimes it is said there is only Buddha and sometimes that there is no Buddha. True teachings cure the illness. If the cure works, the teachings are true. If they don’t cure the illness, the teachings are false. True teachings are false it they create opinions. False teachings are true if they destroy delusions. The illness is an illusion anyway, so all the cures are also illusions.

    Baizhang



     
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    Buddha-babble blocks the Way.

    Ikkyu



     
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    Don’t search for truth. Just stop having opinions.

    Seng-T’san



     
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    Bodhidharma, , , , ,   


    If you use your mind to try and understand reality, you will understand neither your mind nor reality. If you try and understand reality without using your mind, you will understand both your mind and reality.

    Bodhidharma



     
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    , Nothingness, ,   


    I’d love to give you something helpful, but in Zen we don’t have anything.

    Ikkyu



     
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    , Langya, Observation, , Tao,   


    Consider the trees that allow the birds to perch and fly away withouut calling them to come or longing for them not to leave. If your heart can be like a tree you will be close to the Way.

    Langya



     
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    The way is not difficult, for those without preferences.

    Seng-T’san



     
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    Ahmad Ibd Ata Allah, , ,   


    Saying ‘Allahu Akbar ‘- ‘God is Most Great’ – doesn’t mean he is greater than something else, because there is nothing else for Him to be greater than. It means that he is too great to be perceived by the senses and too deep to be understood by the intellect. Too great, indeed, to be known by anything other than Him. Only God knows God.

    Ahmad Ibd Ata Allah



     
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    , Hermes Trismegistus,   


    Birth is not the beginning of life – only of an individual awareness.

    Change into another state is not death – only the ending of this awareness.

    Most people are ignorant of the Truth, and therefore afraid of death, believing it to be the greatest of all evils. But death is only the dissolution of a worn out body.

    Our term of service as guardians of the world is ended when we are freed from the bonds of this mortal frame and restored, cleansed, and purified, to the primal condition of our higher nature.

    Hermes Trismegistus



     
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    The best life is spent preparing for death.

    Plato



     
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    Don’t live by your own rules, but in harmony with Nature.

    Epictetus



     
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    , Pythagoras,   


    Do not pray for anything in particular for yourselves. How do you know what is good for you?

    Pythagoras



     
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    Accept all that happens, even that which is unpleasant, because everything is a part of the health of the universe and the wealth of God.

    Marcus Aurelius



     
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    Look closely. Know yourself. Question your genius. Do nothing without God, whether He teaches you by making you great or greatly plaguing you. This is the philosopher’s way; to be flogged like an ass and to love those who beat him, to be the father and brother of all humility.

    Epictetus



     
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    Happiness comes from understanding one basic principle. Some things are within our control and some things are not. Our opinions, ambitions, desires, and aversions are in our control. We can change the contents of our inner character. Our body, wealth, fame, and social status are not in our control. They are external to us and not our concern.

    Epictetus



     
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    We always revolve about the One, but we do not always pay attention to it. Like a chorus singing harmoniously around its conductor becomes discordant when it turns away from him, but sings beautifully when turned inward and fully attentive – we similarly revolve around the Oneness of God, but do not always look to him. Yet when we do, we find our home and resting place. Around him we dance the true dance; God inspired and no longer dissonant.

    Plotinus



     
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    , , , , Tim Freke,   


    The Pagan philosophers teach that by cultivating goodness we can purify ourselves of our selfishness. This breaks the chains that bind us to our illusionary ego-self, freeing us to experience our true divine nature. Central to the Pagan path is accepting whatever life brings us as our divinely decreed fate; surrendering the illusion of personal power and recognising ourselves as ‘puppets of God’. This is not passive resignation, but actively engaging with the things as they are by being a willing vehicle of God’s unfolding purpose in the universe.

    Tim Freke



     
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    You are a soul carrying about a corpse.

    Epictetus



     
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    Man as he is has ceased to be the All. But when he ceases to be a separate individual, he raises himself again and permeates the universe.

    Plotinus



     
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    , , Hermes Trimegistus, , ,   


    To simply love God in thought with singleness of heart, and to follow the Goodness of his will – this is philosophy, unsullied by intrusive cravings for pointless opinions.

    Hermes Trismegistus



     
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    Is it possible to live abundantly with nothing, no home, a beggar without a country? Look, God has sent you someone to show you by his example that is possible. I have no home, country, wife, or children, but only earth and heaven and a simple blanket. But I am happy. I am not anxious. I am free. Look friends, how I have nothing and need nothing. See, I am a homeless, landless exile; and yet I live more free from troubles than all the rich and powerful.

    Epictetus



     
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    Cicero, , , , ,   


    Why will you not admit that the universe is a conscious intelligence since conscious intelligences are born from it

    Cicero



     
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    Anaxagoras, , , , , , Space,   


    Every thing contains a portions of all things, but Consciousness is infinite, free, alone, and mixed with nothing else. Consciousness is pure and sublime. It has knowledge of everything. It controls all life, great and small. It governs the spinning wheel of separateness that divides things off one from the other. It knows all that is, and things that are not, and things that have been, and things that shall be. Consciousness arranges all things as they are, including the rotating stars, the sun, the moon, the air, and the ether.

    Anaxagoras



     
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    , Empedocles, ,   


    There are two sides to this tale. On the one hand the many unite to become the Oneness, and on the other hand the Oneness divides to become the many. Things continually shift between being united by love and and divided by strife.

    Empedocles



     
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    No snow flake ever falls in the wrong place.

    -Zen Proverb



     
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    English,   


    Noumenon:
    A rough equivalent in English would be “something that is thought”, or “the object of an act of thought”.

    The noumenon (/ˈnɒuːmᵻnɒn/, from Greek: [εν]νοούμενον) is a posited object or event that exists without sense or perception.[1][2] The term noumenon is generally used in contrast with or in relation to phenomenon, which refers to anything that can be apprehended by or is an object of the senses. Modern philosophy has generally been skeptical of the possibility of knowledge independent of the senses, and Immanuel Kant gave this point of view its canonical expression: that the noumenal world may exist, but it is completely unknowable through human sensation. In Kantian philosophy, the unknowable noumenon is often linked to the unknowable “thing-in-itself” (in Kant’s German, Ding an sich), although how to characterize the nature of the relationship is a question yet open to some controversy.

    And, for this, no tears are enough to wash Your noumenal feet.
    – Ramesh Balsekar



     
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    Abhinava Gupta, , , , Jeevatma, Paramatma,   


    Brahman creates the game of life by breaking Himself into parts that undergo transformation and extinction. Yet while he takes on all the roles required by the game, He also always remains free of the game and intact as Brahman.

    Abhinava Gupta



     
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    , , I, , Ramakrishna, ,   


    One cannot see God as long as one feels ‘I am the doer’. Fully awakened souls are beyond virtue and vice. They realize that it is God who does everything.

    Ramakrishna



     
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    , , , , Ramesh Balsekar,   


    Whatever decision we think we are making is actually being made for us, because the decision is the end result of a thought and we have no control over the arising of the thought.

    Ramesh Balsekar



     
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