Archives for category: Wisdom

February 1, 2015 moss garden 007

 

 

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,

a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling

as something separated from the rest,

a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

 

This delusion is a kind of prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires

and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this prison

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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December 17, 2014 wreath 001

 

See Me in yourselves,

as you would see yourself

in water or a mirror.

 

Agrapha

 

See in this body of Mine

The existence of the whole universe.

Be centered in the One.

 

the Bhagavad Gita

 

Wise are they who center their

hearts on theĀ  inner essence of things,

not on outer appearances.

 

The Tao Te Ching

 

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December  11, 2014 cold 085.

OM is not an immaterial abstraction

which transcends the world

of matter and earthly existence;

it is the world we live in

but do not see.

It is here- now,

I-Thou,

and “the reality that flows.”

 

William Braden

 

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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 18, 2014 moss 003

Faith dispels doubt and hesitation,

it liberates you from suffering

and delivers you

to the city of peace and happiness.

 

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

 

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The lotus is the most beautiful flower,

whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom,

first you must have the mud —

– the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground

that humans share, no matter what

our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all

or we have nothing,

we are all faced with the same obstacles:

sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

 

If we are to strive as human beings

to gain more wisdom,

more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention

to grow as a lotus

and open each petal one by one.

 
Goldie Hawn

 

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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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October 11, 2014 family 009

 

If you wish to experience peace,

provide peace for another.

 

HH Tenzin Gyatso

 

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August 19, 2014 lavender 017

If you know the psychological nature

of your own mind,

depression is spontaneously dispelled;
instead of being enemies and strangers,

all living beings become your friends.
The narrow mind rejects;

wisdom accepts.
Check your own mind to see whether or not this is true.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

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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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