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Quotes by Robert Thurman

  1. “…all the interconnectedness of all the computers and everything, it’s the forging of a mass awareness, of where everybody can really know everything that’s going on everywhere in the planet.”
  2. “I am daily making myself what I am.”
  3. “I will let go of the hallucinations of instinctive terror, Enter the recognition of all objects as my mind’s own visions.”
  4. “Hold not the now, stay in the experience of space.”
  5. “The self can become a Buddha, a being of perfect wisdom and compassion; and the environment can become a perfect Buddha-land, wherein no one suffers pointlessly and all are there for the happiness of all.  So where compassion comes is where you surprisingly discover you lose yourself in some way: through art, through meditation, through understanding, through knowledge actually, knowing that you have no such boundary, knowing your interconnectedness with other beings.”
  6. “You can experience yourself as the other beings when you see through the delusion of being separated from them. When you do that, you’re forced to feel what they feel.”
  7. “Materialistic habits of thought reduce the mind to matter and eliminate the soul.”
  8. “Buddhism is all about science. If science is the systematic pursuit of the accurate knowledge of reality, then science is Buddhism, Buddhism is science.
  9. When reality crashes with a thousand thunders, May they all become OM MANI PADME HUM!”
  10. “Mantra. Literally meaning “saving the mind,” a mantra is a creative sound considered expressive of the deepest essence of things and understandings, so its repetition can evoke in a formulaic or even magical way a state of enlightenment or positive energy.”
  11. “But apparently, this is a strange paradox of life. When you’re no longer locked in yourself, and as the wisdom, or the intelligence, or the scientific knowledge of the nature of the world, that enables you to let your mind spread out, and empathize, and enhance the basic human ability of empathizing, and realizing that you are the other being, somehow by that opening, you can see the deeper nature of life, and you can, you get away from this terrible iron circle of I, me, me, mine, like the Beatles used to sing.”
  12. “Imagine a culture in which everything is geared toward helping all individuals become the best human beings they can be; in which individuals are driven to devoting their lives to becoming enlightened by the natural flood of compassion for others that arises from their wisdom.”
  13. “To become enlightened is not just to slip into some disconnected euphoria, an oceanic feeling of mystic oneness apart from ordinary reality. It is not even to come up with a solution, a sort of formula to control reality. Rather, it is an experience of release from all compulsions and sufferings, combined with a precise awareness of any relevent subject of knowledge. Having attained enlightenment one knows everything that matters, and the precise nature of all that is.”
  14. “The tradition of nonviolence, optimism, concern for the individual, and unconditional compassion that developed in Tibet is the culmination of a slow inner revolution, a cool one, hard to see, that began 2,500 years ago with the Buddha’s insight about the end of suffering. What I have learned from these people has forever changed my life, and I believe their culture contains an inner science particularly relevant to the difficult time in which we live.”
  15. “Enlightenment is not meant to be an object of religious faith. It is an evolutionary goal, something we want to become.”
  16. “On the collective level, we have unwittingly shifted from being a nation of liberators, defenders of freedom, into becoming a nation of arms dealers and mercenaries, fabricating our own weapons of mass destruction and arming tyrants with the tools to oppress their own people.”
  17. “Within our own society, we jail more prisoners than any other country in the world, 85 percent of them people of nonwhite races — red, black, brown, and yellow. We are one of the few nations that still indulge in the death penalty for increasing numbers of these prisoners. We must become mindful of these negative things, since we need not support these actions of our nation to be affected negatively by their evolutionary impact, unless we mentally, verbally, and ultimately physically, disassociate ourselves from them.”
  18. “There is nothing more evil than hate. Long years of good work can go to waste because of a single spasm of hate. You may have spent a long time cultivating a relationship, and one day you become confused and perceive that friend is an enemy to your happiness. You suddenly explode in anger, lose control, and hurt your friend verbally or physically. We hear about this every day in circumstances ranging from domestic violence to all-out war.  Enemy: when you look closely, you see that this person is not filled with intrinsic
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Robert Thurman Ph.D.

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. The New York Times recently hailed him as “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”

The first American to have been ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, Professor Thurman is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for the truth regarding the current Tibet-China situation and the human rights violations suffered by the Tibetan people under Chinese rule. Professor Thurman also translates important Tibetan and Sanskrit philosophical writings and lectures and writes on Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism; on Asian history, particularly the history of the monastic institution in the Asian civilization; and on critical philosophy, with a focus on the dialogue between the material and inner sciences of the world’s religious traditions.

Popularizing the Buddha’s teachings is just one of Thurman’s creative talents. He is a riveting speaker and an author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, including “Circling the Sacred Mountain,” “Essential Tibetan Buddhism,” “The Tibetan Book of the Dead,” “Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet,” “Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well,” “Inner Revolution,” “The Jewel Tree of Tibet,” “Why the Dalai Lama Matters.” and, most recently, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.More

 

Quotes by Marianne Williamson

  1. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.”
  2. “Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
  3. “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”
  4. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
  5. “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
  6. “Our past is a story existing only in our minds. Look, analyze, understand, and forgive. Then, as quickly as possible, chuck it.”
  7. “May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.”
  8. “Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.”
  9. “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”
  10. “If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.”
  11. “We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.”
  12. “Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”
  13. “If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you.”
  14. “Miracle occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”
  15. “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”
  16. “The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.”
  17. “The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.”
  18. “The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.”
  19. “In our natural state, we are glorious beings. In the world of illusion, we are lost and imprisoned, slaves to our appetites and our will to false power.”
  20. “We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present. Joy, has no cost.”
  21. “When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.”
  22. “The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.”
  23. “We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”
  24. “Do one thing today to interrupt a less-than-fabulous pattern in your life. It might just be one thing, but that one thing is a new beginning.”
  25. “A meaningful life isn’t a popularity contest. Do what you feel is the right thing, and you may not get approval from the world. Do it anyway.”
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Mother Meera’s Darshan

Quotes by Mother Meera

  1. “God is silent. Everything comes out of silence.”
  2. “In silence more work can be done. The true experience of bliss is without words.”
  3. “When the divine grace is on man, no manmade creative energy can destroy the world.”
  4. “The Divine is the sea. All religions are rivers leading to the sea. Some rivers wind a great deal. Why not go to the sea directly?”
  5. “If we know how to love, we can love each other and may also love the Divine. Love comes spontaneously and has no rules and regulations.”
  6. “I am giving Darshan always, everywhere.”
  7. “Pray to God wholeheartedly to remove all obstacles.”
  8. “Everything – good and bad – is God.”
  9. “Two things are important.  One is to believe in God and the other is to have self-confidence.”
  10. “As long as we have faith in the Divine there is no fear, but when we lose faith, fear comes up.”
  11. “God is an ocean of limitless patience.”
  12. “If you need me or my help I will help you, whatever path you may follow.  For me there is no difference.”
  13. “Being relaxed and peaceful is the most important thing for opening.”
  14. “There is only one sin, and that is not to love enough.”
  15. “To be open means to receive like a child – simply – with no constructions, no mind.
  16. “The Divine never says that suffering is necessary – this idea is created by human” beings.  The Divine asks us to be happy, harmonious and peaceful.”
  17. “All the old separations between “holy” and “worldly” are not real.
    Everything is divine.  Everything.”
  18. “When people have a silent mind they will receive more.”
  19. “Whatever doubts come, however frightening they are, know they are the creation of your mind. Only the light is real.”
  20. “Ask for everything – like a child asks its mother for everything, without shame.
    Do not stop at peace of mind or purity of heart, or surrender. Demand everything.”
  21. “If you grow inside, the ego will drop. Meditation, japa and prayer weaken the ego.”
  22. “One must love the world and its people, not feel repulsion for them. There is nothing wrong with the world – the Divine is everywhere.”
  23. “Your soul is always with me.”
  24. “The best way to be near me is to remember me.”
  25. “If you need my help, I will help you. The help does not depend on any condition.”
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Quotes by Jean Houston

  1. “I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.”
  2. “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
  3. “Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.”
  4. “The tendrils of a new, deeper form of spirituality are growing.  It’s the greening under the surface crust of consciousness and social paradigm.”
  5. “Identify your own North Star, your critical key to navigating your life beyond outmoded ways of being.”
  6. “The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done – challenging us to a realization of a new humanity.”
  7.  “We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released”
  8.  “Occasionally we will be overwhelmed, but mostly we will be enchanted.”
  9.  “Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers so you must attend to nourish the garden of your becoming.”
  10. “Try to spend a few moments each day holding a picture of your body and your mind in a state of splendid health.”
  11. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
  12. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  13. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
  14. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
  15. “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
  16. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  17. “Live the life you’ve dreamed”
  18. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
  19. “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”
  20. “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.”
  21. “Resurrection is essentially a remembrance of one’s true nature and a waking up to this remembrance.”
  22. “The shift in consciousness mediated by fusion music is paralleled by provocative trends in recent literature and theatre.”
  23. “Design and launch your boat, the organization and containment for your visions. You’ll see where its strengths and weaknesses are.”
  24. “No solid ground anymore. We are riding a river of changes that is unlike anything we’ve experienced before.”
  25. “You are not a passive observer in the cosmos. The entire universe is expressing itself through you at this very moment.”
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Diary: Going to see Amma, the Hindu “Hugging Saint”

Quotes by Amma

  1. “Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace.”
  2. “All I am concerned with is what positive I can do.”
  3. “Different people will think different things – that is the nature of the world. People have the right to have faith or not to have faith.”
  4. “For me, everything in creation is God, there is nothing but God. Every single object is a wonder for me.”
  5. “Our goal is to live in the present moment.”
  6. “Friendship is like an elevator, it can take you up or down. Choose friends intelligently.”
  7. “We have to regain our original faces rather than wearing masks. … We go more and more after the external world and we miss the inner self.”
  8. “Peace and love are the same for everyone.  Like honey, it is always sweet.”
  9. “The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”
  10. “When a poet sees a flower, he writes poetry about it; a scientist will conduct research on it; a boyfriend will give it to his girlfriend; a worm will eat it; a devotee of God will offer it to God. Similarly, each person comes with his own attitude. It’s their right.”
  11. “Spirituality is not a form of escapism; it is courage.”
  12. “One cannot know the sweetness of honey by writing ‘honey’ on a piece of paper and licking it.”
  13.  “It is at the base of the lighthouse that it is the darkest. A mosquito will never get milk from the udder of a cow, only blood. The bee draws honey from the flower, but the beetle only drubs through the dirt.”
  14. “You cannot open all boxes with one key.”
  15. “Loving others is always good.”
  16. “All happiness is first from within.”
  17. “Whether it is spiritual love or worldly love, love remains love. The difference is only in depth and degree.”
  18. “Consciousness is the eternal source of power.”
  19. “When we tell our experience to others, let them accept it or not. Otherwise, don’t insist. Don’t waste time on all this, children.”
  20. “There’s no practical use of getting upset.”
  21. “No one is completely bad in this world. However bad someone is said to be, there will be something good in him. One of you could see the good in a murderer, a robber, and a prostitute. If there is goodness in us, we will also see it on others. Those are the kind of eyes we need.”
  22. “Time is always favorable, but we are not favoring time, that is all. Both favor and adversity are within us only. Not knowing this, human beings become slaves to their circumstances.”
  23. “The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.'”
  24. “This little world of ours should evolve until it becomes the whole universe. As it grows, we can see our problems slowly dissolving away.”
  25. “When there are no desires, there are no sorrows. We must be able to love without expecting anything in return, or without expecting anything from anyone else. We must always be thinking that we are the servants of all.”
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