The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Maitreyi-Yajnavalkya dialogue includes a discussion of love and the essence of whom one loves, suggesting that love is a connection of the soul and the universal self (related to an individual):
Lo, verily, not for love of a husband is a husband dear, but for the love of the soul a husband is dear.
Not for the love of the wife is a wife dear, but for love of the soul a wife is dear.
— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.2–4
Truly, it is not due to the love of a husband
that a husband becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a husband becomes dear.
Truly, it is not due to the love of a wife
that a wife becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a wife becomes dear.
Truly, it is not due to the love of all things
that all things become dear,
but due to the love of God
that all things become dear.
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but in building the new.
And he that will not apply New Remedies, must expect New Evils; for Time is the greatest Innovator.
Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler, and speaks even when not asked.
And then there’s the essential character of the universe. It is this mechanical system of laws and particles and principles. Utterly devoid of a moral or personal agenda, and instead being an expression of mathematical interactions. Now that could be the signature of a math-centric geek god. But if the cosmos is impersonal and indifferent, that removes any character from creation. We don’t need a god to explain it. Just a big textbook.
Whether time is long or short, and whether space is broad or narrow, depends upon the mind. Those whose minds are at leisure can feel one day as a millennium, and those whose thoughts are expansive can perceive a small house to be as spacious as the universe.
-Hung Tzu-ch’eng (1593-1665)
True freedom comes to those who have escaped the questions of freewill and fate.
What is the difference between
your experience of existence and that of a saint?
The saint knows that the spiritual path
is a sublime chess game with God
and that the Beloved has just made
such a fantastic move that the saint
is now continually tripping over joy
and bursting out in laughter and saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear, I’m afraid you still think
you have a thousand serious moves.
The inspiration you seek is already inside you.
Be silent and listen.
Love is the whole thing.
We are only pieces.
Know then that the body is merely a garment.
Go seek the wearer, not the cloak.
My brother has his sword and I have my mind, and a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.
Man must try everything even before the receiving nature discovers that it takes no pleasure in it, and only then will it agree to ask things of the Creator.
-Micheal Laitman, The Kabbalah Experience
Detachment (Asceticism) is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
-Ali bin Abi Talib
ليس الزهد ان لا تملك شيئاً لكن الزهد ان لا يملكك شيء
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
-John R. Wooden
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counselor of the wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other. He that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.
-Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
-Horace (B.C. 65-8)
The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Suffering is an idea that there is an ‘I’ that doesn’t like what is happening.
When ego ends, grace fills all space.
-Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 161
Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.
“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
“It was too perfect to last,’ so I am tempted to say of our marriage.
But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic – as if God no sooner saw two of His creatures happy than He stopped it (‘None of that here!’). As if He were like the Hostess at the sherry-party who separates two guests the moment they show signs of having got into a real conversation.
But it could also mean ‘This had reached its proper perfection. This had become what it had in it to be. Therefore, of course, it would not be prolonged.’ As if God said, ‘Good; you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it. And now you are ready to go on to the next.”
-C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”
―Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
“Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”
It costs a lot to build bad products.
-Norman R. Augustine
Just as courage is not absence of fear but rather the willingness to do what you want even though you’re afraid, morality is not the absence of desire to do wrong but rather the choice to do right despite your desire.
-Franklin Veaux, From Quora
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah
Speak truth in such a way that it should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality, sanatana dharma.
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
Twofold is the life we live in
Fate and Will together run
Two wheels bear life’s chariot onward
Will it move on only one?
The soul needs real purpose. Money cannot buy the real purpose for which we have been created. The soul was not designed to take with it an accumulation of material wealth. The soul will not be happy until it can latch on to its real purpose.
-Terry W. Benton, The Futility of Life, Truth Magazine
The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens.
-Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628)
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
We see then how far the monuments of wit and learning are more durable than the monuments of power, or of the hands. For have not some books continued twenty-five hundred years or more, without the loss of a syllable or letter; during which time infinite palaces, temples, castles, and cities have been decayed and demolished?
-Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Q : What is your most profound place, Zen Master?
A : Nothing conceals it, but not even one in a million can see it.
-DaeWon Hwadu: Zen Questions and Answers from Korea
If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
God does not play dice with the universe.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
“Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?”
―Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995: An Exhibition Catalogue
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
-Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)