"Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game."
rumi, persian mystic poet
"There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our heart."
the chandogya upanishad
"In every culture, there have been institutions which sought to preserve the fine, the just, the honest and the true, and to offer direction and guidance in the practice of these principles. The School is a descendant of this tradition."
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
"All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red.' We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women. When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge which is provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a European. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half of the world."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Oracle at Delphi
"Our general instinct to seek and learn will set us enquiring into the nature of the instrument with which we search"
Plotinus, Neo-platonic philosopher
"Everyone thinks of changing humanity; no one thinks of changing himself."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are very tiny compared to what lies within us"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If there were no beauty in the observer then he would not find beauty outside. The mere fact that beauty is seen proves that there is beauty already present in the state of being the observer"
"He tastes nothing who has not tasted for himself"
Marsilio Ficino, Renaissance philosopher
"There is something more in man than is apparent in his ordinary consciousness, something which frames ideals and thoughts, a finer spiritual presence, which makes him dissatisfied with mere earthly pursuits.
"The one doctrine that has the longest intellectual ancestry is the belief that the ordinary condition of man is not his ultimate being, that he has in him a deeper self...soul, or spirit. In each being dwells a light which no power can extinguish, an immortal spirit, benign and tolerant, the silent witness in his heart.
"The greatest thinkers of the world unite in asking us to know the Self. Mencius declares: 'Who knows his own nature knows heaven.' St. Augustine writes: 'I, Lord, went wandering like a strayed sheep, seeking thee with anxious reasoning without, whilst thou was within me... I went round the streets and squares of the city of this world seeking thee, and I found thee not, because in vain I sought for him who was within myself.'"
"Do not think that the world around you - your house, your money, your body - are insubstantial. Rather it is your feeling of attachment to them that is insubstantial."
from GOOD COMPANY: An Anthology of sayings, stories and answers to questions by His Holiness Shantanand Saraswati
"Better than viewing Him as other,
Indeed the noblest attitude of all,
Is to hold Him as the 'I' within,
The very 'I'."
Sri Ramana Maharshi
"The first step forward...will be to see that the attention is fastened on truth. Of course faith does not see truth clearly, but it has an eye for it, so to speak, which enables it to see that a thing is true even when it does not see the reason for it. It does not yet see the thing it believes, but at least it knows for certain that it does see it and that it is true none the less. The possession through faith of a hidden but certain truth is the very thing which will impel the mind to penetrate its content, and to give the formula, "believe that you may understand" (Crede ut intelligas) its full meaning."
"If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he lives eternally who lives in the present."
"Three great mysteries there are in the lives of mortal beings: the mystery of birth at the beginning, the mystery of death at the end, and greater than either, the mystery of love. Everything that is most precious in life is a form of love. Art is a form of love, if it be noble; labor is a form of love, if it be worthy; thought is form of love, if it be inspired."
"The Self is one. Unmoving, it moves faster than the mind. The senses lag, but Self runs ahead. Unmoving it outruns pursuit. Out of Self comes the breath that is the life of all things. Unmoving it moves, is far away, yet hear; within all, outside all. Of a certainty, the man who can see all creatures in himself, himself in all creatures, knows no sorrow. How can a wise man, knowing the unity of life, seeing all creatures in himself, be deluded or sorrowful?"
Eesha (Isa) Upanishad, Translated by W. B. Yeats and Purohit Swami
"The watchword of all well-being, of all moral good, is "Not I but thou." Who cares whether there is a heaven or a hell, who cares if there is a soul or not, who cares if there is an Unchangeable or not? Here is the world, and it is full of misery. Go out into it as Buddha did and struggle to lessen its misery or die in the attempt. Forget yourselves - this is the first lesson to be learnt, whether you are a theist or an atheist, whether you are an agnostic or a Vedantist, a Christian or a Mohammedan. The one lesson taught by all is the destruction of the little self and the building up of the Real Self."
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking. "My name is ‘I am.’ I waited. God continued.
"When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not ‘I was.’
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not ‘I will be.’
When you live in the moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is ‘I am.’
On the kitchen wall of the Ranch Guesthouse, St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, CO.
"Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"The more you understand our thinking, the more you feel it difficult to talk about. The purpose of my talking is to give you some idea of our way, but actually, it is not something to talk about, but something to practice. The best way is just to practice without saying anything."
Shunryu Suzuki; from ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND
"Be patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves ...
Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given. You will not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"The great secret is to have recourse to the ever-present blessings of the great master teachings. Drink at that fountain and you will never run dry."
Leon MacLaren (1910-1994). British philosopher, economist and composer.