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Year 2010 Archive

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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2010.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 26, 2010

There is no he but He.

Al-Ghazali
in The Niche of Lights

December 19, 2010

To be ignorant of the divine is the ultimate vice.

Hermes Trismegistus

December 12, 2010

God dwells within me as me.

From the movie Eat Pray Love

December 5, 2010

Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect.

Thomas Jefferson

November 28, 2010

I don’t know what sort of God we have been talking about.

The caller calls in a loud voice to the Holy One at dusk.
Why? Surely the Holy One is not deaf.
He hears the delicate anklets that ring on the feet of an insect as it walks.

Go over and over your beads, paint weird designs on your forehead,
wear your hair matted, long, and ostentatious,
but when deep inside you there is a loaded gun, how can you see God?

Kabir
in The Kabir Book

November 21, 2010

Jesus was asked, “Who was your tutor?”
“No one,” he replied, “I saw the ugliness of ignorance, and avoided it.”

Muslim Story
retold in The Muslim Jesus

November 14, 2010

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

John Muir

November 7, 2010

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Aristotle

October 31, 2010

Let there be no compulsion
In religion: Truth stands out
Clear from Error: whoever
Rejects Evil and believes
In God has grasped
The mot trustworthy
Hand-hold, that never breaks.
And God hears
And knows all things.

Qur’an, II:256

October 24, 2010

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.

Saadi

October 17, 2010

What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophies teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life; but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms. Logos is deeper than logic.

Viktor E. Frankl
in Man’s Search for Meaning

October 10, 2010

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.

Albert Schweitzer

October 3, 2010

“Nothing but lies come out of my mouth,”
said the master. “There – see! I’ve just done it again.”

Zen story
quoted in Zen Wisdom

September 26, 2010

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.

Benjamin Jowett

September 19, 2010

We should find perfect existence
through imperfect existence.

Shunryu Suzuki
quoted in Zen Wisdom

September 12, 2010

I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man.
It is us.

Konrad Lorenz

September 5, 2010

Interviewer: But do you feel you’ve learned from your mistakes?
Sir Arthur Street-Greebling: I think I have, yes. I’m sure I could repeat them exactly.

Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore
as “The Frog and Peach”
quoted in Rocket Surgery Made Easy

August 29, 2010

To look at a thing is quite different from seeing a thing.
One does not see anything until one sees its beauty.

Oscar Wilde
in An Ideal Husband

August 22, 2010

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

Elie Wiesel

August 15, 2010

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life, and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

Albert Camus

August 8, 2010

I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.

Bertrand Russell

August 1, 2010

The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.

John Milton
Paradise Lost, Book I, Line 254-5

July 25, 2010

It’s too coincidental to be accidental.

Susy Smith
Quoted in The G.O.D. Experiments

July 18, 2010

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Voltaire

July 11, 2010

If I can see
behind appearances,
If I can look with
more than eyes,
will I start to sense
that underneath
it’s all God
in disguise?

Elsa Joy Bailey
in Questions

July 4, 2010

This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.

Terry Tempest Williams

June 27, 2010

We are more in love with desire than the desired.

Friedrich Nietzsche
in the movie When Nietzsche Wept

June 20, 2010

We do not know You as we should.

Muhammad

June 13, 2010

You are never alone. There are powers and presences who serve you all the time most faithfully. You may or may not perceive them; nevertheless, they are real and active. When you realize that all is in your mind, and that you are beyond the mind, that you are truly alone, then all is you.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That

June 6, 2010

Ram Ram

Mahamantra

May 30, 2010

I see that the only law or rule of all human relations, be they mother and child or therapist and patient or lecturer and audience or army and pacifist or North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese or whatever it is, the only rule of the game is to put your own consciousness in a place where you are no longer attached to a polarized position, even though you may, by the nature of the game contracts you’re involved in, be forced to play out a polarized role.

Ram Dass
in The Only Dance There Is

May 23, 2010

Love towards God must hold the chief place in the mind.

Baruch Spinoza

May 16, 2010

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung

May 9, 2010

Victory breeds enmity; the defeated live in pain.
The peaceful live happily, avoiding both victory and defeat.

Buddha

May 2, 2010

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Original Souce Unknown

April 25, 2010

(Question) What makes you think that what you know is any different than what other people know?
(Answer) I had different teachers.

The movie Instinct

April 18, 2010

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Teilhard de Chardin

April 11, 2010

Have patience! In time, even grass becomes milk.

Chaudhary Charan Singh Ji

Aoril 4, 2010

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

William James

March 28, 2010

Notions of heat and cold, of pain and pleasure,
arise only from contact of the senses with their objects.
They come and go; they are impermanent.
Endure them.

Bhagavad Gita

March 21, 2010

Knowing what
Thou knowest not
Is in a sense
Omniscience.

Piet Hein

March 14, 2010

All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

The Dhammapada, I:1-2

March 6, 2010

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

February 28, 2010

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

Oh, would some Power the gift give us,
To see ourselves as others see us!

Robert Burns

February 21, 2010

If we were to wake up some morning, and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.

George D Aiken

February 14, 2010

When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.

Gracie Allen

February 7, 2010

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

January 31, 2010

Our experience of separation may be an illusion of consciousness.

Albert Einstein
quoted in The G.O.D. Experiments

January 24, 2010

Be ye lamps unto your own selves.

Buddha

January 17, 2010

Either God or the ego is insane.

A Course in Miracles
in Text

January 10, 2010

In our present circumstances, narrow man-made “isms” can no longer help us. The practices of the existing religions have been confined to monasteries, temples, churches, and mosques. In your own heart, haven’t you questioned the usefulness of a religion that can be practiced only in designated places? Does it make sense for religious practices to be separated from everyday life?

Swami Rama
quoted in At The Eleventh Hour

January 3, 2009

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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