Sunday, June 2, 2013

Religious Thought 259

All is change in the world of the sense, But changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed in him, Wake up from this dream of separateness. Fire is not seen until one firestick rubs Against another, though fire is still there, Hidden in the firestick. So does the Lord Remain hidden in the body until He is revealed through the mystic mantram.
- Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Ashamed of what's not shameful, not ashamed of what is, beings adopting wrong views go to a bad destination. Seeing danger where there is none, and no danger where there is, beings adopting wrong views, go to a bad destination.
- Dhammapada, 22, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Because of your humility God granted you the gift of insight. Go toward the peach tree, which has sprung to life. It has become lush green by the command "Be!" Beneath its shade all your needs will be fulfilled. Such is divine alchemy that the crooked become straight. As God revealed, "Its roots are firm in the earth, its branches in the sky."
- Rumi

Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
- Leo Aikman

A man is only as good as what he loves.
- Saul Bellow, "Seize the Day"

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