Inspirational quotes from different sources. If there is no name then the quote is mine unless otherwise stated.
”What is a real connection between people? When the same knowledge opens a door between them. When the same inner sight exists in you as in another, you are drawn to be companions”.
- Jallaludin Rumi (from the epic poem The Mathnawi)
"Life is short and the time of death is uncertain; so apply yourself to meditation. Avoid doing evil, and acquire merit, to the best of your ability, even at the cost of life itself. In short: Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourselves and hold fast to this rule"
"Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel."
”The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man, is eternal vigilance.”
- John Philpot Curran
”I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, or to hate them, but to understand them.”
- Benedict Spinoza
”Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, the proper study of mankind is man”.
- Alexander Pope
”There are only three events in a mans life: Birth, life and death. He is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live”.
- Jean de la Briere
(The above quote echoes the older Vedic version of a wasted life, which states that a wasted life is one in which the first twenty years pass in enthusiasm not considering the dharma; the next twenty pass with a vague interest but not having the time for the dharma, and the last twenty pass wishing that one had practiced the dharma for the first forty, but being unable to because of the habits established by then). J.E.Soutar.
”Men talk of killing time while time quietly kills them.”
”Progress far from consisting on change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
- George Santayana
”The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts”.
- Charles Darwin
”The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven”.
- John Milton
"Luminous beings are we not this crude matter." Joda (star wars).
”All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from and to, and why”.
- James Thurber
”I have lived on the edge of madness, I have wanted to know the causes and I have knocked on a door, it opens. I have knocked from inside”.
(Freely translated from the Danish version).
- Jalal ud din Rumi (Mevlana)
”To the possession of the self the way is inward”.
" My inner Eve bites the apple thousands of times a day".
”Some, though they be sound asleep, are yet awake; on others, though they be awake, hath slumber fallen”.
- Lal Ded (Lalla)
”Behold I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep but shall be changed”.
-Paul I. Cor. Ch.15.51
The word ”Buddha”, which means ”he who is awake”, derives from the root ”bhud” which means, ”to be awake” or ”be conscious of”. The same root gives ”buddi” from the Bhagavad-Gita. It means in different contexts: intelligence, reason, wisdom and vision, the discriminating faculty between good, beauty, evil, ugliness, truth and falsehood.
”O friend, awake, and sleep no more! The night is over and gone, would you lose your day also? You have slept for un-numbered ages; this morning will you not awake”?
The Chambers Etymological dictionary defines the word ”exoteric” as: ”Fit to be communicated to the multitude” and defines ”esoteric” as: inner, secret, taught to a select few.
”To feel beauty, to feel truth: that is self-remembering”.
”Self remembering is the awareness of the presence of God”. Fourth way
”Be not discouraged, there are divine things well enveloped. I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell”.
- Walt Whitman
, "If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence and my own present reality, the indefinable am that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep center I pass into the infinite I am which is the very Name of the Almighty." Let’s read that again because there is so much in it. "If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence and my own present reality, the indefinable am that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep center I pass into the infinite I am which is the very Name of the Almighty." Thomas Merton
”All true life is the peace and harmony of contraries”.
- Sufi saying
"Atman is Brahman." Upanishads.
"Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality". Kant.
From Lights point of view there is no space no time and no mass and the birth and death of a photon are the same moment.
An ancient Egyptian inscription from the time of Ramses the Second says:
”When the messenger of Death comes to take you, let him find you prepared. Alas you will have no chance to speak, for truly his terror will be before you”.
”The syllable ”gu” means: ”shadows” or ”darkness”. The syllable ”ru” means ”he who disperses them”. Because of his power to disperse darkness the guru is thus named”.
- From the Advayataraka Upanishad verse 5
"take your bull, your lion, and your eagle and find your angel" J E Soutar.
" the doorway is within you; constantly return to the centre". J E Soutar.