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March 18, 2018

Seek not from God
anything other than Himself,
and attach not the power
of the heart’s intention
to anything other than Him.
And if everything in the universe
should be spread before you,
receive it graciously –
but do not stop there.
Persist in your quest.

Ibn ’Arabi

March 11, 2018

Ten percent of those performing every human endeavor
– whatever, wherever –
are artists.
The rest are mechanics.
The difference is, the artists are being what they do,
the mechanics are doing what they do.
Happiness lies in finding the artist in ourselves,
and being that.
So it seems to me.


March 4, 2018

Ramana: All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it comes into existence. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward, and renounce activities there.
Questioner: Are only the important events in a man’s life predetermined, or are trifling acts also, such as taking a cup of water or moving from one part of the room to another?
Ramana: Everything is predetermined.

Sri Ramana Maharshi
from The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi by Arthur Osborne

February 25, 2018

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding.
When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs
by minding other people’s business.

Eric Hoffer

February 18, 2018

Choices have consequences.


February 11, 2018

I am aware that no man is a villain in his own eyes.

James Baldwin

February 4, 2018

When you dance with the devil, the devil don’t change.
The devil changes you.

Attributed variously,
including the movie “Eight Millimeter”

January 28, 2018

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles.

Henry David Thoreau
in “Walden” (Chapter 1)

January 21, 2018

Let there be light.

Bereishit – Genesis

January 14, 2018

Now here was a lesson. If you think that you or I have something, we cannot give. You must think of it as God’s–that only He can give. You are only the ladle, the leaf on which it is being given.

Dada Mukerjee
in By His Grace
sharing the wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba

January 7, 2018

If you give your life to God,
then it is no longer yours.



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