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Kunga Dorji
12-12-11, 07:41 PM
Here's an idea- a thread of favorite quotes and poems that relate to our spirituality.

They can come from anywhere- poems, songs, religious texts etc.
I make no apology for referring to concepts originally raised in a religious context, but my intention is not to promote any religion- just to look at beautiful and wise ideas, elegantly expressed.

I will start the ball rolling:

Neil Young Love Is a Rose

Love is a rose but you better not pick it
It only grows when it's on the vine
Handful of thorns and you know you've missed
You lose your love when you say the word "mine" (mine)

As much as I am a practicing Buddhist- I find so much wisdom and spirituality in Neil young's lyrics.

I use these sort of ideas as mental backstops, to create a "fortress around my heart" that keeps out stupid or destructive thoughts.

The more we have of these, the more vivid they are, and the more meaning they are imbued with personal meaning, the wiser and stronger we will become.

I have personally just been through the most demanding three weeks of my life (ending Sunday 11 December-- I HOPE !). I have had to confront crisis after crisis, and make difficult moral decisions that have left me at risk of alienating others or looking like some sort of crackpot.

On several occasions, other peoples lives have depended on my ability to respond honestly, and without regard for my own safety.

I have found myself ready for the task, but only just in time.

It is ideas like the above one that have helped me.

Abi
12-12-11, 08:01 PM
'Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to
believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?'

-Douglas Adams

Unmanagable
12-13-11, 02:53 AM
"I thought I was me;
But no...

I was YOU,
and I never knew it." ~ Rumi

grape_ninja
12-13-11, 03:11 AM
“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”
― Ram Dass

Abi
12-13-11, 03:17 AM
"All paths are equal, but some paths are more equal than others"

- George Orwell, with liberties taken :p

LynneC
12-13-11, 03:38 PM
I like this...


Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. Khalil Gibran

ginniebean
12-13-11, 03:47 PM
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


This cautionary to humbleness serves so well.

TygerSan
12-13-11, 05:02 PM
"All faiths insist that compassion is the test of true spirituality and that it brings us into relation with the transcendence we call God, Brahman, Nirvana, or Dao. Each has formulated its own version of what is sometimes called the Golden Rule “Do not treat others as you would not like them to treat you”, or in its positive form, “Always treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself”. Further, they all insist that you cannot confine your benevolence to your own group; you must have concern for everybody – even your enemies."

Karen Armstrong

Kunga Dorji
12-14-11, 07:47 AM
'Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to
believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?'

-Douglas Adams


You don't have to believe- but it is more fun if you act as though you do.

Kunga Dorji
12-14-11, 07:49 AM
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


This cautionary to humbleness serves so well.

It goes a little further than that. From my point of view even believing that there is a self that can be free or not is still being enslaved by the consensus trance.

Kunga Dorji
12-14-11, 07:51 AM
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

Kunga Dorji
12-14-11, 07:55 AM
I don't know who owns this one:

"Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a happier past".

SB_UK
12-25-11, 01:35 PM
Hinduism in 3 minutes.

These things you keep
You'd better throw them away
You wanna turn your back
On your soulless days
Once you were tethered
And now you are free
Once you were tethered
Well now you are free
That was the river
This is the sea!

Now i can see you wavering
As you try to decide
You've got a war in your head
And it's tearing you up inside
You're trying to make sense
Of something that you just can't see*
Trying to make sense now
And you know you once held the key
But that was the river
And this is the sea!

Behold the sea!

This is the ~Sea~ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU00jvfCUJk&feature=related

* knowing the unknowable (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1224798&postcount=9)

Kunga Dorji
12-26-11, 06:25 PM
Neil Young again
LOVE TO BURN

VERSE 1:

Late one night
I was walking in the valley of hearts
The spirit came to me
And said "you've got a move to start
You've gotta take the first step
You've gotta crawl to be tall"
And then she told me somethin',
That I'll never forget

CHORUS:

You(ve) got love to burn
You(d) better take a chance on love
You(d) better let your guard down
You(d) better take a chance, .... a chance on love

Kunga Dorji
12-26-11, 06:27 PM
Probably the best from my POV
FAITH MIND

Sosan Zenji (Seng-Tsan) - the 3rd Zen Patriarch


The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised
Make the smallest distinction however
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart
If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything
To set-up what you like against what
you dislike is the disease of the mind
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail
The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things


http://www.peterrussell.com/Odds/FaithMind.php
for the rest of it.

SB_UK
12-27-11, 12:52 PM
The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences

"Those things you keep,
You better throw them away"

Just letting it all go, giving it all away
- it was never yours (at least not in that sense) to begin with.

SB_UK
12-27-11, 01:47 PM
no preferencesfreedom from attachment

freedom from suffering

freedom of the ~s~pirit

free will

(just one extraordinarily simple story, extraordinarily difficult to re-tell)

'if you love somebody, set 'em free'

liberty -> equality/fraternity

SB_UK
12-27-11, 02:26 PM
'if you love somebody, set 'em free''and I believe in love power'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbvxALFWvHs

liberty -> equality/fraternity'An end to need and the politics of greed'

SB_UK
12-27-11, 03:21 PM
'and I believe in love power''if you love somebody, set 'em free'
There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see this is a land of confusion?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9lv_WqK6k

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for
'An end to need and the politics of greed'liberty -> equality/fraternity

SB_UK
12-27-11, 05:12 PM
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


This cautionary to humbleness serves so well.

Freedom from (material world) desire

Does the individual want anything (other than basic food + shelter) ?
Is the individual happy not wanting anything ?

The 'Land of the Free' (exactly as GinnieBean's quote leads us) is built on greed (consumerism); ain't nobody free in the 'Land of the Free'

- just a particularly insightful (into communication) play on words.

That those who consider themselves most free, are, by the only meaningful definition of 'freedom' - most enslaved.

sarek
12-27-11, 05:25 PM
My favourite one is the one I have in my quote, author unknown:

YOU are a beautiful, inherently powerful, irreplaceable, unique and wonderful being of infinite worth and value.

Where 'you' of course, applies to everyone.

SB_UK
12-30-11, 04:39 PM
R.P.Bibra (http://www.toequest.com/forum/blogs/r-p-bibra/1059-abstract.html)

Mind plus love make up divinity
As desire (sankalpa) plus energy- make up mind
When mind transcends its nature of desire
"caught up in the devil's bargain
we gotta' get ourselves back to the garden*"
It elevates to its original state of love*
Love has no nature;
it is the form of divine
It is sublime factor

* This is (http://www.addforums.com/forums/*) the ~S~ea

anonymouslyadd
12-30-11, 05:03 PM
Psalm 46:10

SB_UK
12-31-11, 09:41 AM
When mind transcends its nature of desire
"caught up in the devil's bargain
'and lead us not into temptation

On Easter Day 2007, it was estimated that two billion ... recited these words in hundreds of languages.
I wonder what they were thinking.

but deliver us from evil'
we gotta' get ourselves back to the garden"
It elevates to its original state of love

Kunga Dorji
12-31-11, 11:18 AM
My favourite one is the one I have in my quote, author unknown:

YOU are a beautiful, inherently powerful, irreplaceable, unique and wonderful being of infinite worth and value.

Where 'you' of course, applies to everyone.

This is rephrased in Hinduism as "Thou art that" , or in Buddhism as the concept of "inherent Buddha nature", or in the Christian context as spirit.

_izzy_
01-05-12, 09:31 AM
Here's one thats stuck with me...

"The power of imagination makes us infinite"

Read it in a book once, about the subconscious mind. :)

Kunga Dorji
02-03-12, 09:08 AM
Here's an idea- a thread of favorite quotes and poems that relate to our spirituality.

They can come from anywhere- poems, songs, religious texts etc.
I make no apology for referring to concepts originally raised in a religious context, but my intention is not to promote any religion- just to look at beautiful and wise ideas, elegantly expressed.

I will start the ball rolling:

Neil Young Love Is a Rose

Love is a rose but you better not pick it
It only grows when it's on the vine
Handful of thorns and you know you've missed
You lose your love when you say the word "mine" (mine)

As much as I am a practicing Buddhist- I find so much wisdom and spirituality in Neil young's lyrics.

I use these sort of ideas as mental backstops, to create a "fortress around my heart" that keeps out stupid or destructive thoughts.

The more we have of these, the more vivid they are, and the more meaning they are imbued with personal meaning, the wiser and stronger we will become.

I have personally just been through the most demanding three weeks of my life (ending Sunday 11 December-- I HOPE !). I have had to confront crisis after crisis, and make difficult moral decisions that have left me at risk of alienating others or looking like some sort of crackpot.

On several occasions, other peoples lives have depended on my ability to respond honestly, and without regard for my own safety.

I have found myself ready for the task, but only just in time.

It is ideas like the above one that have helped me.

Correction the last three years have been harder, and so I am stronger.

Bluerose
02-03-12, 11:47 AM
"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice." ~ Meister Eckhart

Lunacie
02-03-12, 11:57 AM
"It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path,
but it's another to think that yours is the only path."
~ Paulo Coelho, novelist ~

EllaRio
02-03-12, 12:01 PM
This is my favorite, by far.

"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today. --Lawrence Krauss

Kunga Dorji
02-05-12, 06:47 AM
Correction the last three years have been harder, and so I am stronger.

Update- here we are at 5 Feb 2012- and the aggrevation keeps rolling on.
time for a holiday.

Unmanagable
02-12-12, 05:29 AM
"The wound is the place where the light enters you."
~ Rumi

Fraser_0762
02-12-12, 10:28 AM
"Without darkness, there cannot be light".

_izzy_
02-19-12, 10:03 AM
As so within,
As so without..

Kunga Dorji
02-19-12, 05:35 PM
All things are impermanent.
They have the nature of arising and passing away.
Those who see deeply into this truth will live happily.
(The Buddha).

Unmanagable
02-26-12, 01:04 AM
"You have learnt so much and read a thousand books. Have you ever read your Self? You have gone to mosque and temple. Have you ever visited your Soul?"

~Bulleh Shah

TheChemicals
02-26-12, 10:24 AM
I live and love in God's peculiar light - Michelangelo

Kunga Dorji
02-26-12, 06:43 PM
Hinduism in 3 minutes.

These things you keep
You'd better throw them away
You wanna turn your back
On your soulless days
Once you were tethered
And now you are free
Once you were tethered
Well now you are free
That was the river
This is the sea!

Now i can see you wavering
As you try to decide
You've got a war in your head
And it's tearing you up inside
You're trying to make sense
Of something that you just can't see*
Trying to make sense now
And you know you once held the key
But that was the river
And this is the sea!

Behold the sea!

This is the ~Sea~ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU00jvfCUJk&feature=related

* knowing the unknowable (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1224798&postcount=9)

Thou art That.

strengthouweak
02-26-12, 06:44 PM
1 Corinthians 13 "<sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-28670">4</sup> Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-28671">5</sup> It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-28672">6</sup> Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-28673">7</sup> It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-28674">8</sup> Love never fails."

and


John 13:13-17 "<sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-26644">13</sup> “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-26645">14</sup> Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-26646">15</sup> I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-26647">16</sup> Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. <sup class="versenum" id="en-NIV-26648">17</sup> Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."

Unmanagable
02-29-12, 05:01 AM
"Relying on God doesn’t mean that you’re relying on something outside yourself. It means that you’re relying on the TRUTH OF ALL THINGS, a Higher Power whose throne is not OUT THERE somewhere but INSIDE your heart. You’re relying on the power of compassion and non-judgment. You’re relying on objective, discernible laws of the universe; faith that love produces miracles is no different from faith that gravity makes things fall." ~Marianne Williamson

Unmanagable
04-01-12, 04:37 AM
"Imagine connecting with the human spirit in each person in any situation at any time.

Imagine interacting with others in a way that allows everyone's need to be equally valued.

Imagine creating organizations and life-serving systems responsive to our needs and the needs of our environment."

~Marshall Rosenberg

Unmanagable
04-07-12, 08:36 PM
"When we are truly, truly happy ~ we are so connected, focused and aligned with the beauty of our own life we have absolutely no extra energy to send unhappiness or negativity to another being. Any form of negativity to another person is always an inner reflection of unhappiness and misalignment with our soul ~ in our OWN life."
~Sabrina (from "How to Raise Your Vibration")

NATIVE762
04-07-12, 09:01 PM
"Like the ashes of fallen heroes. Like the first monkey shot into space. Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing!"-Tyler Durden, Fight Club (Modified..........slightly )

TheChemicals
04-07-12, 09:24 PM
dbl post

TheChemicals
04-07-12, 09:24 PM
Only the idea of death makes a man sufficiently detached so that he is capable of abandoning himself to anything. He knows his death is ever stalking him and wont ever give him time to cling to anything, so he tries, without craving, all of everything.

The shamans of ancient Mexico

TheChemicals
04-07-12, 10:26 PM
We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye

Shamans of Ancient Mexico.

TheChemicals
04-07-12, 11:09 PM
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony
which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France

Unmanagable
04-12-12, 06:53 PM
“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” ~Ram Dass

eclectic beagle
04-13-12, 11:41 PM
"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger"-Buddha

mctavish23
04-14-12, 12:27 AM
"Get Out of The Ghetto and Get Mo."

- Reverand Ike (Warner Robins, GA.)

Flory
04-14-12, 12:42 AM
'Don't nobody go in the bathroom for about 35....45 minutes'-Friday

stillsmallvoice
04-25-12, 12:25 PM
Hi!

I love the Book of Ecclesiastes (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Bible/Ecclesiastestoc.html). It is my favorite book of the Tanakh (what we Hebrews call what our Christian cousins call the "Old Testament"). It is moody & brooding & has layers and layers of meaning. If I figure out 10% of it in this lifetime, I'll have done very well for myself. My favorite verses are:

"Better is a handful of quietness, than both the hands full of labour and striving after wind." (4:6)

"Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry; for anger rests in the bosom of fools." (7:9)

Then there's this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4&feature=fvwrel) & all of Chapter 12 (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Bible/Ecc12.html).

L'chaim!

ssv

Unmanagable
06-23-12, 11:34 PM
"The individual who boldly and courageously asserts the will to love in the midst of a world of fear and hate, will create for himself and for those who love him, a magic realm of serenity and peace." ~'Abdu’l-Bahá

Unmanagable
06-24-12, 03:53 PM
“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Unmanagable
06-25-12, 12:07 AM
"The beauty that emerges from woundedness
is a beauty infused with feeling;
a beauty different from the beauty of landscape
and the cold perfect form.

This is a beauty that has suffered its way
through the ache of desolation until the words
or music emerged to equal the hunger
and desperation at its heart.

It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds
in finding its way through to beauty of form.

Most woundedness remains hidden,
lost inside forgotten silence.

Indeed, in every life
there is some wound that continues to weep secretly,
even after years of attempted healing.

Where woundedness can be refined into beauty
a wonderful transfiguration takes place."

~John O'Donohue

Unmanagable
06-30-12, 12:55 AM
"Find that place which is effortlessly at rest within itself. Be there, be one with that.

Throw everything away, forget about it all! You are learning too much, remembering too much, trying too hard.

Relax a little bit, give life a chance to flow its own way, unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the river’s flow!"

~ Anthony Paul
Moo-Young (Mooji)

Unmanagable
07-07-12, 05:11 AM
"Our egos and shadow consciousness are masters at distracting us from our own inner work because they keep us focused on what others should and should not be doing.

They keep us in judgment, condemnation, opinions and criticism. They keep us in a state of intellectualizing our spirituality instead of LIVING our spirituality.

Keeping ourselves grounded in the present moment, fully anchored in the flow of our inner feelings, will help us "feel" what is going on within US that needs to be addressed.

Mind chatter, blame, projecting our issues onto others is a sure fire indicator that we have fallen off the inner path of salvation & soul transcendence and onto the outer path of illusion, discord, and pain." ~ Sabrina ("How to Raise Your Vibration")

Unmanagable
07-14-12, 11:39 PM
"Doubt says that, "I myself would like to know, and unless I know for myself, it is not knowledge. Only my experience is going to be decisive." Doubt is not disbelief. In fact disbelief and belief are exactly the same.

It is easier to say yes, it is easier to say no, because there is nothing you have to do. But to doubt needs guts. To doubt needs courage to remain in the state of not-knowing, and go on questioning everything til the moment you yourself arrive at the reality. When you come to the reality there is no negativity, no positivity. You simply know -- it is your experience."

~Osho

Unmanagable
07-15-12, 08:34 PM
"You cannot find your soul with your mind,
you must use your heart.

You must know what you are feeling.

If you don't know what you are feeling,
you will create unconsciously."

~Gary Zukav

anonymouslyadd
07-15-12, 09:08 PM
I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

~Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903; in Letters to a Young Poet

Unmanagable
12-04-12, 04:44 AM
"God isn't a noun but a process...a continual, infinitely creative outpouring of love and light onto all living things." ~Marianne Williamson

Unmanagable
12-04-12, 04:55 AM
"If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of love." ~Annamalai Swami