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February 19, 2017

Liberation is never of the person,
it is always from the person.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That

February 12, 2017

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water.
Just as religions do — they all contain truths.

Muhammad Ali
in New York Times

February 5, 2017

A man’s character is his fate.

Heraclitus

January 29, 2017

I can’t hate. Hate destroys the hater, too.
That’s a heavy burden to carry.

Wheeler Parker, cousin of Emmett Till
in
The New York Times

January 22, 2017

The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.

Pope Francis
in Caring for Creation

January 15, 2017

The way that can be spoken of
Is not the constant way;
The name that can be named
Is not the constant name.
The nameless was the beginning of heaven and earth;
The named was the mother of the myriad creatures.
Hence always rid yourself of desires
in order to observe its secrets;
But always allow yourself to have desires
in order to observe its manifestations.
These two are the same
But diverge in name as they issue forth.

Being the same they are called mysteries,
Mystery upon mystery —
The gateway of the manifold secrets.

Tao Te Ching (Wang Pi text)
in Chinese Classics–Tao Te Ching
(emphasis mine)

January 8, 2017

I have spent thirty years looking for Al-Bastami,
and have yet to find him.

Al-Bastami
quoted in The Other Islam by Stephen Schwartz

January 1, 2017

Here’s a thought for this first day of this new year:
Is religious terrorism religious?
Is Buddhist terrorism Buddhist?
Is Christian terrorism Christian?
Is Hindu terrorism Hindu?
Is Islamic terrorism Islamic?
Is Jewish terrorism Jewish?

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