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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 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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June 27, 2014  garden at dusk 020

By three things the wise person may be known.

What three?

He sees a shortcoming as it is.

When he sees it, he tries to correct it.

And when another acknowledges a shortcoming,

the wise one forgives it as he should.

 

A Buddha

 

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June 20 Between 054People usually consider

walking on water or in thin air a miracle.

But I think the real miracle

is not to walk either on water or in thin air,

but to walk on earth.

 

Every day we are engaged in a miracle

which we don’t even recognize:

a blue sky, white clouds,

green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child

— our own two eyes.

All is a miracle.

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 029

Whatever words we utter
should be chosen with care
for people will hear them
and be influenced by them
for good or ill.
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The wise ones
fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted
through a sieve.
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The Buddha
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May 14, 2014 roses 001

 

So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle,

as in any other task,

is to cultivate the peace of mind

which does not separate one’s self

from one’s surroundings.

 

When that is done successfully,

then everything else follows naturally.

 

Peace of mind produces right values,

right values produce right thoughts.

Right thoughts produce right actions

and right actions produce work

which will be a material reflection for others

to see of the serenity at the center of it all.

 

Robert Pirsig

 

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May 10, 2014 first roses of summer 015

Mindfulness is the aware,

balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn’t more complicated that that.
It is opening to or receiving the present moment,

pleasant or unpleasant,

just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

 
Sylvia Boorstein

 

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March 12, 2014 CW 101

No, a true seeker,

one who truly wished to find,

could accept no doctrine.

But the man who has found what he sought,

such a man could approve of every doctrine,

each and every one,

every path, every goal;

nothing separated him any longer

from all those thousands of others

who lived in the eternal,

who breathed the Divine.

 
Hermann Hesse

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March 5 sunset 020

Very little grows on jagged rock.

Be ground.

Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.

 

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

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March 2 garden 008

Therefore, the truly great man,

although he does not injure others,

does not credit himself with charity and mercy

( these are natural to him. )

He does not seek gain,

but does not despise his followers who do.

He struggles not for wealth,

but does not take credit for leaving it alone…

The ranks and emoluments of the world

are to him no cause for joy,

its punishments and shame no cause for disgrace.

Chuang Tzu

 

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