What are riches – grandeur – health itself, to the luxury of a pure conscience, the health of the soul; – and what the sufferings of poverty, disappointment, despair – to the anguish of an afflicted one!Ann Radcliffe
Wisdom can boast no higher attainment than happiness.Ann Radcliffe
Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.Charlotte Clemensen Taylor
What is called chance is the instrument of Providence and the secret agent that counteracts what men call wisdom, and preserves order and regularity, and continuation in the whole, for … I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery; and therefore if we could correct the world to our fancies, and with the best intentions imaginable, probably we should only produce more misery and confusion.
Horace Walpole (1904). “The letters of Horace Walpole: fourth earl of Orford”
“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
Jack Kornfield, Page 28 of Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
The mind always takes us to the past or the future. In the present, the mind cannot exist. In the present, there is no need, no use of the mind. One is only aware. By focusing the mind long enough on the present, the mind automatically dissolves.
112 Meditations, Ranjit Chaudhri
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If a moment of anger can be extremely destructive, it is equally true that a moment of heartfelt love or compassion can be tremendously constructive.
-Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works
Everything exists in dependence on other factors and is thus free from the two extremes: the extreme of reified objective existence and the extreme of nonexistance.
-Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works
Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.
Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?
Must I fear what others fear? What nonsense!
Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace,
But I alone am drifting not knowing where I am.
Like a new-born babe before it learns to smile,
I am alone, without a place to go.
Other have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
I am a fool. Oh, yes! I am confused.
Other men are clear and bright,
But I alone am dim and weak.
Other men are sharp and clever,
But I alone am dull and stupid.
Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea.
Without direction, like the restless wind.
Everyone else is busy,
But I alone am aimless and depressed.
I am different.
I am nourished by the great mother.
(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
“The shell must be broken before the bird can fly.”– Jennifer Worth
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
– James C. Collins
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
– Lance Armstrong
In the Buddhist lineage, knowledge is not handed down like an antique. One teacher experiences the truth of the teachings and hands it down as an inspiration to his students. That inspiration wakens the student who passes it on further. The teachings are seen as always up to date, they are not thought of as “ancient wisdom”.
It is like a recipe for bread. Each baker must apply his general knowledge of how to bake bread, but each time it is cooked completely fresh.Jane Hope and Borin Van Loon
Introducing Buddha: A graphic guide
There is no wealth but life.-John Ruskin
How do we come to think of things, rather than of processes in this absolute flux? By shutting our eyes to the successive events. It is an artificial attitude that makes sections in the stream of
changeand calls them things. When we shall know the truth of things, we shall realize how absurd it is for us to worship isolated products of the incessant series of transformations as though they were eternal and real. Life is no thingor state of a thing, but a continuous movement or change.
– Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ”
― U. G. Krishnamurti
Every flower must grow through dirt.
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Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.Horace (B.C. 65-8)
For the love of a rose, the gardener becomes the slave of a thousand thorns.Turkish Proverb
We can’t comprehend with our human mind the wisdom of God. Somehow, He can plan out generations, take mistakes, failures, betrayals, closed doors and somehow weave them all together and cause them to work for our good. Only God, in His wisdom, can figure out how to take a mistake from one generation and use it to be a blessing in another generation.
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you say.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.
You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.
Don’t remind the world that it is sick and troubled. Remind it that it is beautiful and free.
No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought you give power to the thought.
Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.
Vishaya in general means that which holds your attention. Here we are talking about that which will grab you and take you into life after life. When is anything considered a vishaya? It is considered a vishaya if you become greedy or infatuated with it. Otherwise it is not a vishaya. Therefore, everything you see in this world is not vishaya but if you become greedy or obsessed with it then it is called vishaya.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thoughts!
Let silence take you to the core of life.
Contact and unity with the soul bring understanding and answers your questions. God has so designed us that within each of us there is a special classroom, an inner sanctum, designed for inner communion. Within this classroom, your master teacher expects and awaits you. Seek the presence of this Master Within. No one can enter this classroom except you. The Master is always there.
-Lonnie C. Edwards (Spiritual Laws that govern the Universe)
Perfectionism is the smart person’s version of procrastination.
The greatest journeys are the ones that bring you home.
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kāmamaya evāyaṃ puruṣa iti
You are what your deep, driving desire is
sa yathākāmo bhavati tatkratur bhavati
As your desire is, so is your will
yatkratur bhavati tat karma kurute
As your will is, so is your deed
yat karma kurute tad abhisaṃpadyate
As your deed is, so is your destiny
Sometimes the most courageous act is what you don’t do.
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Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.
God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.
-Hazrat Inayat Khan
Karma is like the fruit of a mango tree. The mango will yield the tree and the tree will yield the mango and the cycle continues.
-Niruben Amin, The Science of Karma
The law of karma, blessed ones, is not intended to act as a lash, to tear apart the souls of men. The law of karma is intended to instruct and to cause mankind to approach the throne of grace without fear, with the clearness of mind and being that will render them able to receive the pure vibratory action of Almighty God.
-Annice Booth, The Path to Your Ascension
For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man’s acts it is disturbed.
-Christmas Humphreys, Karma and Rebirth
The Yogi gains freedom from the wheel of rebirth by sacrificing thinking for being.
-Jonn Mumford, Karma Manual
The seeds of destiny already stored as a result of former lives, but which have not yet begun to germinate…they have not yet begun to sprout, mature and transform themselves into the harvest of life.
-Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India
There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us the merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
-Friedrich Schiller, 1759-1805
When the thought has no customers, the thought vanishes.
Take to the natural rosary of the breath which being endless continuation has no knots and needs no reversal at all.
When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.