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December 26, 2014 Warmth 021

 

“Light comes through the mind

and Illuminates the whole body.

When all things within you are integrated,

your light will shine everywhere.”

 

Dialogue of the Savior

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December 26, 2014 Warmth 030.

“When the light within is sheltered from the wind,

the yogi who is perfect in concentration

realizes the Self.

He is then a lamp

that does not flicker.”

 

The Bhagavad Gita

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December 24, 2014 green world 004.

 

Unify spirit and soul

and inner harmony will follow.

 

The Tao Te Ching

 

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

 

With appreciation to Richard Hooper. Jesus, Buddha Krishna and Lao Tzu:  The Parallell Sayings.  2012

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November 22, 2014 frost 045

Do not spoil what you have

by desiring what you have not;

remember that what you now have

was once among the things

you only hoped for.

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Epicurus

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November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Amen
Margot Benary-Isbert

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 125

 

The two hardest tests

on the spiritual road

are the patience

to wait for the right moment

and the courage

not to be disappointed

with what we encounter.

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Paulo Coelho

 

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One Word Photo Challenge:  Angular

November 12, 2014 golden day 200

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The world, as we have created it,

is a process of our thinking.

It cannot be changed

without changing our thinking.

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Albert Einstein

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October 19, 2014 fall color 010

 

A man who is averse from harming even the wind

knows the sorrow of all things living. . . .

He who knows what is bad for himself

knows what is bad for others,

and he who knows what is bad for others

knows what is bad for himself.

This reciprocity should always be borne in mind.

Those whose minds are at peace

and who are free from passions

do not desire to live [at the expense of others]. . . .

He who understands

the nature of sin against wind

is called a true sage who understands karma.

 

Acaranga-sutra

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August 16, 2014 garden 018

 

Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.

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Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

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Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?

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Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

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Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?
Ryokan

 

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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 060
When you examine the lives
of the most influential people
who have ever walked among us,
you discover one thread
that winds through them all.
They have been aligned first
with their spiritual nature
and only then
with their physical selves.
Albert Einstein
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August 3, 2014 butterflies 089

The part receives meaning from the whole,

but not vice-versa.

If we detach the individual

from his relation with the totality of the universe,

he will be reduced to a meaningless illusion,

a non-entity.

If we see him in relationship

to the whole universe,

he becomes an exponent of cosmic reality

(the Atman of the Upanishads).

And if he becomes fully conscious of it,

he becomes an Enlightened One, a Buddha.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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July 24, 2014 hummingbird 023

 

Man often becomes

what he believes himself to be.

If I keep on saying to myself

that I cannot do a certain thing,

it is possible

that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

On the contrary,

if I have the belief that I can do it,

I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it

even if I may not have it

at the beginning.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

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