A collection from different spiritual ideologies, writings and inspirational figures.
“It is not the world but attachment to it which is the root of all misery.”
“There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra in which each living instrument is essential to the complementary and harmonious playing of the whole.”
J. Allen Boone
“I am in love with no other than myself,
and my very separation is my union…
I am my beloved and my lover;
I am my knight and my maiden.”
“He travels with whoever looks for Him,
and having taken the seeker by the hand,
He arouses him to go in search of himself.”
“That we may merge into the deep and dazzling darkness, vanish into it, dissolve in it forever in an unbelievable bliss beyond imagination, for absolute nothingness represents absolute bliss.”
Gregory of Nyssa
“Happiness depends on what you can give, not on what you can get.”
“The moon passes over the ocean of non-being. In the desire of the one to know himself. We exist.”
“I seek the meaning of existence,” said the stranger.
“You are of course assuming,” said the Master, “that existence has a meaning.”
“When you experience existence as it is – not as you think it is – you will discover that your question has no meaning,” said the Master.
Anthony de Mello
“How wide are the horizons of the spinning earth!
The moonlight leads the tides and the sun’s light will not be confined within the net of heaven.
But in the end all things return to the One.
The deaf and the dumb, the crippled and deformed are all restored to One’s perfection.”
“Even for a moment do not think that you are the body. Give yourself no name, no shape. In the darkness and the silence reality is found.”
“It is difficult to find happiness in oneself but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”
“For those struggling in midstream,
in great fear of the flood,
of growing old and of dying –
for all those I say, an island exists
where there is no place for impediments,
no place for clinging:
the island of no going beyond.
I call it nirvana,
the complete destruction
of old age and dying.”
“Everything is laid out for you.
Your path is straight ahead of you.
Sometimes it’s invisible but it’s there.
You may not know where it’s going,
but you have to follow that path.
It’s the path to the Creator.
It’s the only path there is.”
Chief Leon Shenandoah
“One in all, all in one.
If only this is realized, no more worry about your not being perfect!”
“The miracle is not to fly in the air
or to walk on the water,
but to walk on the earth”
“To find perfect composure in the midst of change is to find nirvana.”
“The ignorant think of me, who am the unmanifested spirit, as if I were really in human form. They do not understand that my supreme nature is changeless and most excellent. I am not invisible to all, for I am enveloped by the illusion of phenomenon. This deluded world does not know me as the unborn and the imperishable.”
From the Bhagavad Gita
“We look at it and do not see it;
Its name is The Invisible.
We listen to it and do not hear it;
Its name is The Inaudible.
We touch it and do not find it;
Its name is The Subtle.
These three cannot be further inquired into,
And hence merge into one.
Going up high it is not bright,
And coming down low, it is not dark.
Infinite and boundless, it cannot be given any name; It reverts to nothingness. This is called shape without shape, Form without object. It is The Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back. Hold on to The Way of the old in order to master the things of the present. From this one may know the primeval beginning. This is called the bond of The Eternal.”
“In the empty heart, void of self
can be heard the echoing cry,
“I am the Truth.”
Thus is man one with the eternal.
Travelling, travel and traveller have become one.”
“All things change, nothing perishes.”
“Better than a thousand useless words
is one single word that gives peace.
Better than a thousand useless verses
is one single verse that gives peace.
Better than a hundred useless poems
is one single poem that gives peace.”
“The Self is hidden in the hearts of all, as butter lies hidden in cream.
Realize the Self in the depths of meditation;
The Lord of Love, supreme reality, who is the goal of all knowledge.
This is the highest mystical teaching.”
From the Shveteshvatara Upanishad
“The peace which is the most important is that which comes to the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe.”
“A single moment of awakening in this world is eternity in the world to come.
The inner peace of the world to come is living in this world with full attention.
The two are one; flip sides of a coin forever tumbling and never caught.”
from Pirke Avot
“I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars”