“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.
Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality.
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger-than-the-self kind of understanding.
Lots of people will give you advice… and depending on how well they know you, the advice might be valid or not so valid.
You have to learn to ask questions in a way that will elicit more nuanced answers, rather than the answers you would like to get.
We must measure what leads to results, not simply what is easy to measure.
Competiton makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.
-Carlos Slim Helu
It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
Supporting any action, with the claim, “I am doing it,” is karma. Claiming doership of any action, binds karma. To support the action with the belief ‘I am the doer’ is called binding the karma. It is this support of the belief of ‘doership’ that binds karma. If you know that you are not the doer and are aware of who the true doer is, ‘I am not the doer’ and ‘who is the doer’ then the action will not have any support and the karma will be shed.
Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
-Albert Camus (1913-1960)