Archives for the month of: March, 2014

March 27, 2014 parkway 067

Enlightenment must come little by little-

otherwise it would overwhelm.

Idries Shah

 

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March 27, 2014 parkway 039

The universe is not for man alone,

but is a theater

of evolution for all living beings.

Live and let live

is its guiding principle.

‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah’ –

‘Non-injury is the highest religion.’

 
Virchand Gandhi

 

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March 27, 2014 parkway 054

Joy is like pure clear water;

wherever it flows,

wondrous blossoms grow…

 

Sorrow is like a black flood;

wherever it flows it wilts the blossoms.

 

Shams of Tabriz

 

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March 27, 2014 parkway 026

We can only learn and advance

with contradictions.

The faithful inside

should meet the doubtful.

The doubtful

should meet the faithful.

Human

slowly advances

and becomes mature

when he accepts his contradictions.

 

Shams of Tabriz

 

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March 27, 2014 parkway 010

Love is that to life,

what wind is to a windmill.

 

Shams of Tabriz

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March 23, 2014 parkway and flowers 038

Since all Dharmas

are immanent in our mind

there is no reason why

we should not realize intuitively

the real nature of Suchness.

The Bodhisattva Sila Sutra says,

“Our Essence of Mind is intrinsically pure,


and if we knew our mind

and realized what our nature is,

all of us would  attain Buddhahood.”

 

Hui Neng

 

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Forest Garden

March 23 2014 sunset 007

Darkness came first: The Void.
All the old stories tell us this.
The blackness of space, of ocean depths,
Of the inside of Earth and stone.

The Beginning

The compressed creative energy of the entire cosmos,
Not yet aware of itself;
Not yet expressed in expansion,
Differentiation, diffusion, dissolution….

March 23 2014 sunset 012

It all came from darkness.
Without darkness, how does one see the light?

March 11, 2014 garden 035

We all began in darkness,
Deep within the maternal depths of our mothers.

Darkness nurtures and protects.
Darkness envelopes and comforts,
It soothes us to rest;

March 23, 2014 parkway and flowers 008

Cloaks us,
When we wish to disappear in the crowd.

Ebony, obsidian, schorl, onyx:
Black crystalline beauty.

From coal comes diamond,
Like tiny quartz crystals growing
In the darkness of a geode.

March 12, 2014 CW 145

Like suns and worlds growing and spinning
In the darkness of space.

Like pinpricks of light
Dancing behind closed eyelids.

october sunset CP 001
As light radiates, so black absorbs.
The conversation of energy

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March 23, 2014 parkway and flowers 083

It takes a certain ingenuous faith

– but I have it –

to believe that people who read and reflect

more likely than not

come to judge things

with liberality and truth.

 

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A.C. Grayling

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March 15, 2014 VP 019

Life is really about

a spiritual unfolding

that is personal and enchanting—

an unfolding

that no science or philosophy

or religion

has yet fully clarified.

James Redfield

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March 20 2014 spring 015

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…

in the wisdom of uncertainty

lies the freedom from our past,

from the known,

which is the prison of past conditioning.

And in our willingness to step into the unknown,

the field of all possibilities,

we surrender ourselves

to the creative mind

that orchestrates the dance of the universe.

 


Deepak Chopra

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