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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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    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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    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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    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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    A man’s character is his fate.

    -Heraclitus



     
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    Edna Wheeler Wilcox, , ,   


    Illusion 

    God and I in space alone
    And nobody else in view.
    “And where are the people, O Lord!” I said.
    “The earth below and the sky o’erhead
    And the dead whom once I knew?”

    “That was a dream,” God smiled and said,
    “A dream that seemed to be true,
    There were no people, living or dead,
    There was no earth and no sky o’erhead
    There was only Myself–and you.”

    “Why do I feel no fear,” I asked,
    “Meeting you here in this way,
    For I have sinned I know full well,
    And there is heaven and there is hell,
    And is this the judgment day?”

    “Nay, those were dreams,” the great God said,
    “Dreams that have ceased to be.
    There are no such things as fear or sin,
    There is no you–you have never been–
    There is nothing at all but Me.”

    -Edna Wheeler Wilcox



     
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    That which speech does not illumine, but Which illumines speech:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which cannot be thought by mind, but by Which, they say, mind is able to think:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which is not seen by the eye, but by Which the eye is able to see:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which cannot be heard by the ear, but by Which the ear is able to hear:
    know that alone to be Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    That which none breathes with the breath, but by Which breath is in–breathed:
    know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

    Kena Updanishad



     
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    The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.

    -Zig Ziglar



     
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    Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.

    -Joe Clark



     
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    You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

    -Abraham Lincoln



     
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    Jackie Robinson, , ,   


    A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.

    -Jackie Robinson



     
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    Those who joyfully leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hand in everything.

    -Shammi Sukh, Today Tears Tomorrow Cheers



     
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    Every moment is a fresh beginning.
    -T.S. Eliot



     
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    Quotes from Hsin Hsin Ming 

    If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

    In the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short.

    Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

    The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.

    The ways to the One are as many as the lives of men.

    Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.

    To do a certain kind of thing, you have to be a certain kind of person.

    To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.

    When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.

    At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers.

    If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.

    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

    Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water.



     
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    , , Help, , , William J. H. Boetcker   


    The ten cannots 

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
    10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

    -William J. H. Boetcker



     
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    Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

    -Yoda



     
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    Full text of "Every body dies, but not everybody lives" by Prince EA 

    Full text of “Every body dies, but not everybody loves” by Prince EA

    “It is not death most people are afraid of
    It is getting to the end of life
    Only to realize that you never truly lived

    There was a study done –
    A hospital study – on 100 elderly people facing death
    Close to their last breath
    They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret.

    Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did
    But the things they didn’t do
    The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue

    I ask you
    Would your last words be: if only I had

    Hey, you wake up!
    Why do you exist?
    Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent
    No, no I don’t know much
    But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift
    And I apologize to the black community
    But I can no longer pretend… Martin Luther King
    That man never had a dream, that dream had him

    See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them
    So the question I’m getting to…
    Is do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you?
    That befits you and grips you, or will you let it get away and slip through?

    You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day
    This was – this was so surprising see
    I was talking to a pilot and he told me
    That many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in
    But he said actually…
    It is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground
    I say what?
    Like how does that sound
    Well he said because on the ground, the plane starts to rust, malfunction and wear
    Much faster than it ever would if it was in the air

    As I walked away I thought
    Yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies
    And every person was built to live out the dream they have inside
    So it is perhaps the safest loss to live a life on the ground
    Without ever taking off

    See most of us are afraid of the thief
    That comes in the night to steal all of our things
    But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams
    His name is doubt
    If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids
    Cos he is wanted for murder
    For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did
    He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you…
    Blinded, divided and turn you into a “kinda”

    See “kinda” is lethal
    You know what kinda is?
    There’s a lot of kinda people
    You kinda want a career change
    You kinda want to get straight A’s
    You kinda want to get in shape
    Simple math, no numbers to crunch
    If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want

    What is your dream?
    What ignites that spark?
    You can’t kinda want that
    You got to want it with every part of your whole heart

    Would you struggle?
    Yeah you will struggle, no way around it
    You will fall many times, but who’s counting?
    Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain
    If you want to make it to the top
    Then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over
    There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over

    But let me tell you something
    Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times
    Three times, but he kept going
    The television execs fired Oprah, said she was unfit for TV
    But she kept going
    Critics told Beyonce that she couldn’t sing, she went through depression
    But she kept going

    Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness
    That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it
    Because pain is life, but you can choose what type
    Either the pain on the road to success
    Or the pain of being haunted with regret

    You want my advice? Don’t think twice
    We have been given a gift that we call life
    So don’t blow it
    You were not defined by your past
    Instead you were born anew in each moment
    So own it now

    Sometimes you gotta leap
    And grow your wings on the way down
    You better get the shot off before the clock runs out
    Cos there ain’t no over time in life, no do over
    And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force
    But if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself
    But the whole world… short

    So what invention do you have buried in your mind?
    What idea? What cure?
    What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe?
    Uni meaning one, verse meaning song
    You have a part to play in this song
    So grab that microphone and be brave
    Sing your heart out on life’s stage

    You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning
    But you can start now and make a brand new ending”



     
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    Anne Frank, , ,   


    How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
    -Anne Frank



     
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    Carl Sagan, , , , ,   


    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
    -Carl Sagan



     
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    I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
    -Og Mandino (Ten Scrolls)

    Light lets you act and Darkness lets you rest.



     
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    Mary Kay Ash, , ,   


    You can go as far as your mind lets you.
    -Mary Kay Ash



     
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    Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
    -Rosa Parks



     
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    The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
    -Vince Lombardi



     
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    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    -Vince Lombardi



     
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    Ed Cunningham, Empathy, , ,   


    Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
    —Ed Cunningham



     
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    I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod. My shadow does that much better.
    —Plutarch



     
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    No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.
    -Alice Walker



     
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    Ethel Barrymore, , ,   


    The best time to make friends is before you need them.
    -Ethel Barrymore



     
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    Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.
    -Proverb



     
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    Michelle Obama, , ,   


    Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
    -Michelle Obama



     
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    Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
    -William James



     
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