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Year 2004 Archive

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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2004.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 25, 2004

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


December 19, 2004

If you can’t control your emotional state, you must be addicted to it.

Joe Dispenza
quoted in What is Enlightenment?

December 12, 2004

Verily never
Will God change the condition
Of a people until they
Change it themselves
(With their own souls).

The Qur’an

December 5, 2004

The further you advance, the further the horizon recedes, so the secret treasure keeps on moving further and further away. It’s a very curious thing, but we’re creating the secret. It’s not there. It’s like the future – we create it.

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
quoted in What is Enlightenment?

November 28, 2004

There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.

Marcel Proust

November 21, 2004

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.

George Santayana

November 14, 2004

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else.

Margaret Mead

November 7, 2004

A faultless man I cannot ever hope to meet; the most I can hope for is to meet a man of fixed principles. Yet where all around I see Nothing pretending to be Something, and Emptiness pretending to be Fullness, and Penury pretending to be Affluence, even a man of fixed principles will be hard to find.

in The Analects

October 31, 2004

Before long thou wilt raise
Thine eyes and the Supreme Good thou wilt see;
Hence thou must sharpen and make clear thy gaze.

Tu se’ si presso a l’ultima salute
… che tu dei
Aver le luci tue chiare e acute.

Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy
(Paradise XXII 124)

October 24, 2004

Here is my secret. It is very simple. One can see rightly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.

Voici mon secret. Il est trés simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
in The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

October 17, 2004

All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.

Ram Dass
in One Liners - A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life

October 10, 2004

Look back at the hour that has passed, as if it was the last hour for you on the earth and that you have just acknowledged that you have died. Ask yourself, were you satisfied at that hour?

And now reanimate yourself again, and set up the aim for yourself. In the next hour (if you are lucky to live one more) try to extract from life a little more than you did in the last hour. Define where and when you should have been more aware, and where you should have put more inner fire.

See also here

October 3, 2004

If you do not make it empty,
how are you going to fill it up again?

Neem Karoli Baba
quoted in By His Grace

September 26, 2004

If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

Mahatma Gandhi

September 19, 2004

Peace is knocking at your door. Why don’t you answer it?

Thomas Turay

September 12, 2004

O my God, my concern and my desire in this world, is that I should remember Thee above all the things of this world, and in the next that out of all who are in that world, I should meet with Thee alone.

in Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

September 5, 2004

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

Oscar Wilde

August 29, 2004

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon
The Advancement of Learning

August 15, 2004

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

August 8, 2004

What you are looking for is what is looking.

Francis of Assisi

August 1, 2004

You have great regard and love for the Ganges and all the holy rivers, but you do not live on the banks of the Ganges. You live by a small stream: your house is there, you bathe and wash your clothing there, just as you would in the Ganges. But have this attitude: as the Ganges has come from Him, so also has this stream come from Him. It is the same water exactly; it is also holy. It will do the same thing.

Neem Karoli Baba,
quoted in By His Grace

July 25, 2004

He it is that desireth in thee,
and He it is that is desired.

Walter Hylton

July 18, 2004

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

July 11, 2004

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward
see also here

July 4, 2004

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Abraham Lincoln

June 27, 2004

God is strong, and has a good Mother.
Ta Dia laider agus ta maither mhaith agat.

Irish proverb, offered by Hugh Curran
at University of Maine
See also Theophyle

June 19, 2004

I am what the world is doing right now.

David Loy

June 13, 2004

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God alone never changes.
Patient endurance
obtains all things.
Who possess God,
Nothing is wanting;
God alone suffices.

Teresa of Avila

June 6, 2004

How difficult could it be to be kind to somebody?

The movie Clara’s Heart

May 30, 2004

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Norman Cousins
(See also here)

May 23, 2004

It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

Peter De Vries

May 16, 2004

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free;
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Civilla D. Martin & Charles H. Gabriel

May 9, 2004

One must have for God the yearning of a child. The child sees nothing but confusion when his mother is away. You may try to cajole him by putting a sweetmeat in his hand; but he will not be fooled. He only says, “No, I want to go to my mother”. One must feel such yearning for God.

Sri Ramakrishna
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

May 2, 2004

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

Leonardo da Vinci

April 25, 2004

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

Dogen Zenji

April 18, 2004

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

Albert Einstein

April 11, 2004

From the unreal lead me to the real!
From darkness lead me to light!
From death lead me to immortality!

Brihadaranyaka 1.3.28

April 4, 2004

You are never too old to be what you might have been.

George Eliot
(Mary Ann Evans)

March 28, 2004

People change and forget to tell each other.

Lillian Hellman

March 21, 2004

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

Leo Tolstoy

March 14, 2004

What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.

Edward Abbey

March 7, 2004

What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.

Nikos Kazantzakis

February 29, 2004

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber

February 22, 2004

I said I love you, and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.

Billy Joel
in “Just The Way You Are”

February 15, 2004

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King

February 8, 2004

Whenever you’re called on to make up your mind,
and you’re hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you’ll find,
is simply by spinning a penny.
No – not so that chance shall decide the affair
while you’re passively standing there moping;
but the moment the penny is up in the air,
you suddenly know what you’re hoping

Piet Hein

February 1, 2004

As we mature individually and as a species, we become less dependent on religious or cultural dictates and more capable of deciding for ourselves what is right and true.

The Mountain Astrologer
August 2003

January 25, 2004

Spirit’s all around you everywhere,
But you’ve got to open up your heart.

Heaven Is My Home
in Michael

January 18, 2004

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.


January 11, 2004

The universe in which we live is strangely and wonderfully accommodating. There is war for the warlike. There is peace for the peaceful. There is faith for the faithful. There is plenty for the plentiful. There is happiness for the joyful. There is a song for the singer; there is love for the lover; there is God for the worshipper. Each of us makes his own sunrise or his own sunset. Each soars or crawls as his thought decrees. He walks uprightly in fearlessness, or bending meekly before every pretender to his throne. Life is a comedy to the optimist and a tragedy to the pessimist. No loving heart but finds its mate. No hostile heart but finds its enemy. No fear but finds its devil; no faith but finds its God.


January 4, 2004

If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe, would appear on the mirror of your perception.

Jalaluddin Rumi


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