You have but to realize Nirvana where you are, for it is everywhere and always. Nirvana is no place, but a Truth - the glorious Reality in the Unreal, the great Eternal in all Time, the mighty Life in every form. Nirvana is the birthright and inheritance of all.
George S. Arundale
..it is not our eyes or ears, nor even our intellects, that report the world to us; but it is our own moral nature that settles at last the significance of what exists about us. In all respects each age has interpreted the universe for itself, and has more or less discredited the interpretations of previous ages.
Richard Maurice Bucke, MD
It is very difficult to elucidate this cosmic religious feeling to anyone who is entirely without it. The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma...In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.
"However terrestrial Man's science does not remain at a standstill but is under constant development and will at some time come to include not only the spiritual world's outermost periphery but also its very centre; in other words, all the other planes of existence."
Livets Bog (The Book of Life) I, sect. 226
Consciousness is a fascinating but elusive phenomenon: it is impossible to specify what it is, what it does, or why it evolved. Nothing worth reading has been written on it.
Stuart Sutherland (British psychologist)
When you say how strange it is that other men do not think about God in the same way as I do, when he has impressed the idea of Himself on them exactly as on me, it is precisely as if you were to marvel that since all are acquainted with the idea of a triangle, they do not all perceive an equal number of truths about it, and some probably reason about this very figure incorrectly.
There is no topic under the sun, from bacteria to life on other planets, or from atoms to galaxies, which is not discussed every day by scientists in books, on the television or in newspapers. The only subject excluded from this scientific study is the idea of Divinity that has haunted the human mind persistently for the past thousands of years. Has the mystery of existence been thoroughly explored and has it been proven conclusively that there are no energies in the universe, which correspond to the concepts of religion and have been part of human thinking from the very start? If not, can we call this apathy to a perennial problem a healthy attitude of the intellect?
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Henry David Thoreau
"What do you think has become of the young and old men?
And what do you think has become of the women and children?
They are alive and well somewhere;
The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier."
"I hear and behold God in every object, yet I understand not God in the least.
Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.
Why would I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass;
I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one is signed by God's name."
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the ego-cage of "I", "me", and "mine" to be united with the Lord. This is the supreme state. Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.
The aspirant who is seeking the Lord must free himself from selfish attachments to people, money, and possessions. When his mind sheds every selfish desire, he becomes free from the duality of pleasure and pain and rules his senses. No more is he capable of ill will; no more is he subject to elation, for his senses come to rest in the Self.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
...whoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
The Dalai Lama
Three things in human life are important:
The first is to be kind. The second is to be
kind. The third is to be kind.
Go out of your way to make others happy. You cannot please everybody, but to those souls who cross your path, give kindness and love.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
The highest form of wisdom is kindness.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.'
Love one another, but make not a bond of Love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Real Love begins where nothing is expected in return.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.
"God can be realized through all paths. All Religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole."
...The sage seeks freedom from desire.
He does not collect precious things.
He learns not to hold on to ideas.
He brings men back to what they have lost.
...The sage, traveling all day,
Does not lose sight of his baggage.
Though there are beautiful things to be seen,
He remains unattached and calm.
If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and
my only fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
But people love to be sidetracked.
The Tao Te Ching