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December 14, 2014

An elder was asked by a certain soldier if God would forgive a sinner. And he said to him: Tell me, beloved, if your cloak is torn, will you throw it away? The soldier replied, and said: No, I will mend it, and put it back on. The elder said to him: If you take care of your cloak, will God not be merciful to His own image?

The Wisdom of The Desert cxxxix
by Thomas Merton

December 7, 2014

It shows considerable wisdom to know what you want in life, and then to direct all your energies towards getting it.

The Private Patient An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
by P. D. James

November 30, 2014

Verily your deeds will be brought back to you, as if you yourself were the creator of your own punishment.

The Sayings of Muhammad #145
Wisdom of The East Series

November 23, 2014

If there is one thing above all others a successful man should know, it is when to stop.

Coenus of Macedonian Companions to Alexander the Great
quoted in When is A War Over? by Elizabeth D Samet

November 16, 2014

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

Charles Darwin

November 9, 2014

You seem to want instant insight, forgetting that the instant is always preceded by a long preparation.
The fruit falls suddenly, but the ripening takes time.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That

November 2, 2014

That image you want to create, it’s going to look more like you than him.

Valentin to Vladimir Chertkov, speaking of Leo Tolstoy,
in Movie The Last Station

October 26, 2014

There is only one difference between a madman and me.
The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

Salvador Dali

October 19, 2014

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Carl Sagan

October 12, 2014

Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries forever;
any other knowledge removes wants only for a short time.

Vivekananda
in The Yogas and Other Works

October 5, 2014

To conceive one’s self as separate from God is an error; yet only when one sees oneself as separate from God, can one reach out to God.

Oriental Mysticism by E. H. Palmer
quoted in Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

September 28, 2014

Anybody who says “I know how to get to God and you don’t, do this and do that and go here and go there” is going to become 1. very powerful and 2. very rich. The simple truth is, if I am with God, no less can you be with God at the same time as I am.

C. Joybell C.

September 21, 2014

Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful.

Randy K. Milholland

September 14, 2014

Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Richard Bach

September 7, 2014

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.

Osho (Rajneesh)

August 31, 2014

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 24, 2014

Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!

Charles de Montesquieu

August 17, 2014

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

Margaret Mead

August 10, 2014

What does it matter that Christ was born long ago in Bethlehem, if he is not born today in me?

Angelus Silesius
quoted in The Gospel of Thomas at logion 38,
commentary & translated by Jean-Yves Leloup

August 3, 2014

We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.

Mark Twain

July 27, 2014

Those who say that the Lord first died,

and then was resurrected, are wrong;

for he was first resurrected, and then died.

If someone has not first been resurrected, they can only die.

If they have already been resurrected, they are alive, as God is Alive.

The Gospel of Philip, logion 21
translated by Jean-Yves Leloup
See also here

July 20, 2014

I once listened to an Indian on television say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze.

Donald Miller
in Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

July 13, 2014

I am
A hole in a flute
That the Christ’s breath moves through —
Listen to this
Music.

Hafiz
in The Gift – Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master
translations by Daniel Ladinsky

July 6, 2014

If you do nothing, truly nothing,
God cannot help but come into you.

Meister Eckhart
quoted in The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
commentary & translated by Jean-Yves Leloup

June 29, 2014

The Man of Nazareth is the visible of the invisible.

The Gospel of Philip logion 19
commentary & translated by Jean-Yves Leloup
See also here
cf. Colossians 1:15 (pseudo-Pauline?)

June 22, 2014

… speech often gets in the way of genuine communication.

Colin Dexter
in Death is Now My Neighbor

June 15, 2014

If God is Infinite,
who am I?

The Sacred Riddle

June 1, 2014

The belief that there is at most one God.

Alfred Lord Whitehead
defining Unitarianism, in Discover (May 1997)

May 25, 2014

He (Buddha) says, Don’t be bothered about the goal; the goal will take care of itself. You simply follow the way, not even with the motivation to reach any goal but out of sheer delight of meditating, of praying, of loving, of being compassionate, of sharing. Out of sheer delight you practice the way. Not that you are going to gain any profit out of it; don’t make it a business.

Osho
in “The Spiritual Path” (apparently out of publication)

May 18, 2014

“I don’t believe in God.”

“And you consider that as of any great importance?”

“I don’t understand you.”

“Would it not be of far greater importance if God did not believe in you?”

Colin Dexter
in The Way Through The Woods

May 11, 2014

God wants to see
More love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to Him.

Your Mother and My Mother by Hafiz
in The Gift
translated by Daniel Ladinsky

May 4, 2014

Who are you who live in all these many forms?

Movie The Thin Red Line

April 27, 2014

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung

April 20, 2014

Prayer is not an act, neither is it words. Prayer is a way of life.

TZF

April 13, 2014

One evening, an elderly Cherokee Brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith, and forgiveness.”

The boy thought about what his grandfather had said, and then asked him, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe

April 6, 2014

None sees Him other than He — no sent prophet, nor saint made perfect, nor angel brought nigh knows Him. His Prophet is He, and His sending is He, and His word is He. He sent Himself with Himself to Himself.

Ibn ’Arabi

March 30, 2014

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

March 23, 2014

These are offerings, not sacrifices. You sacrifice out of fear with the flesh and blood of the animal standing in for your own flesh and blood. You tender offerings out of love. Those who placate the divine with sacrifice do so to avert disaster; those who please the divine with offerings, seek fruitfulness.

Mary – A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of The Virgin Mother

March 16, 2014

There is “no such thing” as God because God is neither a “what” nor a “thing” but a pure “who”. God is the “Thou” before whom our inmost “I” springs into awareness. He is the I Am before whom with our own most personal and inalienable voice we echo “I am”.

Thomas Merton

March 9, 2014

Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don’t make it of wood, you must make it of words.

Oliver Wendlell Holmes, Sr.

March 2, 2014

Non-attachment for sense-objects is liberation; love for sense-objects is bondage. Such verily is knowledge. Now do as you please.

Ashtavakra Gita (XV:3)
in Miracle of Love

February 22, 2014

If thou would’st hear the Nameless, and wilt dive
Into the Temple-cave of thine own self,
There, brooding by the central altar, thou
May’st haply learn the Nameless hath a voice,
By which thou wilt abide, if thou be wise …

Alfred Lord Tennyson
from The Ancient Sage

February 16, 2014

Jesus used to say, “Charity does not mean doing something good to him who does good to you, for this is to return good for good. Charity means that you should do good to him who does you harm.”

The Muslim Jesus

February 9, 2014

The highest revelation is that God is in every man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

February 2, 2014

I feel most spiritual when I’m out in the woods. I feel part of nature. Or looking up at the stars. [I used to say] I was an atheist. Now I say, it’s all according to your definition of God. According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I’m looking at God. Whenever I’m listening to something, I’m listening to God.

Pete Seeger
quoted by Huffington Post

January 26, 2014

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world where everybody said, “We don’t know”? The fact is that you’re surrounded by God, and you don’t see God, because you know ABOUT God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon.

As we say in the East, “When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger”.

Anthony De Mello

January 19, 2014

“My Guru told me I would find my Self where I least expect it, so I am looking everywhere I can think of.”
“Have you tried looking somewhere you can’t think of?”

Brother Theophyle

January 12, 2014

You can plan for a hundred years.
But you don’t know what will happen the next moment.

Neem Karoli Baba
in Barefoot in The Heart

January 5, 2014

These are only hints and guesses,
Hints followed by guesses; and the rest
Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought, and action.

T. S. Eliot
in The Dry Savages
quoted in Jesus – The Human Face of God

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