Year 2012 Archive
The Way Home
Here we archive “Here’s A Thought”
items from the year 2012.
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December 30, 2012
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.
December 23, 2012
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
December 16, 2012
While the paths are many, the Way of Truth is single. The seekers of the Way of Truth are individuals. So although the Way of Truth is one, the aspects it presents vary with the varying conditions of its seekers; with the balance or imbalance of the seeker’s constitution, the persistence or absence of his (her) motivation, the strength or weakness of his (her) spiritual nature, the straightness or deviation of his (her) aspiration, the health or illness of his (her) relation to the goal.
in Journey to The Lord of Power
December 9, 2012
Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
in The Gift – Poems by Hafiz
December 2, 2012
The individual being which identifies its existence with that of the life in the physical body as “I” is called the ego. The Self, which is pure Consciousness, has no ego-sense about it. Neither can the physical body, which is inert in itself, have this ego-sense. Between the two, that is between the Self or pure Consciousness and the inert physical body, there arises mysteriously the ego-sense or “I” notion, the hybrid which is neither of them, and this flourishes as an individual being. This ego or individual being is at the root of all that is futile and undesirable in life. Therefore it is to be destroyed by any possible means; then That which ever is alone remains resplendent. This is Liberation or Enlightenment or Self-Realization.
Sri Ramana Maharshi
in The Teachings of Ramana Maharsi
November 25, 2012
God confided in me that He is an atheist.
Movie Belle Isle
November 18, 2012
If you fall in love with the road,
you will forget the destination.
November 11, 2012
We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work.
Movie How Do You Know
November 4, 2012
God calls us not to a new religion, but to life.
October 28, 2012
The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.
October 21, 2012
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
October 14, 2012
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
October 7, 2012
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
September 30, 2012
It’s the same rope
Ties us all,
Though some appear bound
Hand and foot
And others free.
in Songs of Kabir
September 23, 2012
In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they would actually change their minds, and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human, and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
September 16, 2012
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.
September 9, 2012
A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood.
September 2, 2012
Fix your mind on Me,
Be devoted to Me,
Sacrifice to Me,
Bow down to Me.
Having thus disciplined yourself,
And regarding Me as the Supreme Goal,
You will come to Me.
Bhagavad Gita, 9:34
August 25, 2012
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck
August 19, 2012
He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins, which are truly heavier than a great lump of lead; nor does he know why a man becomes heavy-hearted when he loves vanity and chases after falsehood.
St. Maximos the Confessor
The Philokalia: the Complete Text, Volume Two
August 12, 2012
There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor.
August 5, 2012
For thirty years I sought God, until I recognized that God was the seeker, and I the one sought.
quoted in The Other Islam
July 29, 2012
The ability to think is God’s gift to you.
What you think about is your gift to yourself.
Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji
July 22, 2012
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of Ribena, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.
“Watson, look up, and tell me what you see,” he said.
Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”
“What does that tell you?” Holmes asked.
Watson pondered for a minute, and then answered. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. And what does it tell you, Holmes?”
Sherlock Holmes was silent for a minute; then, he said, “Someone has stolen our tent.”
Original source unknown
July 15, 2012
Jesus used to say, “I preach to you so that you may learn. I do not preach to you so that you may grow conceited.”
The Muslim Jesus
July 8, 2012
Nullius in verba.
Take nobody’s word for it.
Motto of The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge
July 1, 2012
See all beings as Buddha, all places as Nirvana, and all sounds as Mantra.
Saying in Tibetan Buddhism
June 24, 2012
Take shelter at His feet.
He will give you right understanding.
He will take entire responsibility for you.
June 17, 2012
I’m finding that dying is a helluva time not to believe in God.
June 10, 2012
God exists in all aspects of nature, his creation. He is everywhere so is never out of our sight. The fault is ours if we are not able to see him or do not earnestly try to see him. We must not limit our vision. The narrow tendencies of the mind keep us so entangled in mundane activities that we are not aware of him. Our impure thoughts prevent us from achieving peace of mind and divine love.
in The Divine Reality
June 3, 2012
One day in Paradise, Adam sees Eve for the first time.
“I am Adam,” he says to her.
“Yes, I know,” Eve replies, “so am I.”
“Are you real?” he asks. “No,” she replies.
“Am I real?” he asks. Again, she responds, “No.”
At that, they both laugh.
Neither of them fully understands. Alone and apparently separate, they cannot fully understand anything. But they know it does not matter; in Paradise, nothing matters.
Presently, Adam and Eve embrace. Gently, they kiss, tentatively at first; then, as each gives way to the experience of sensation, with increasing ardor.
Soon, like adolescents, they are hopelessly distracted. They forget who they are, where they are, and how they got there.
The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
in In The Beginning
May 27, 2012
Who can free himself from achievement
And from fame, descend and be lost
Amid the masses of men?
He will flow like Tao, unseen,
He will go about like Life itself
With no name and no home.
Simple is he, without distinction.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace. He has no power.
He achieves nothing, has no reputation.
Since he judges no one
No one judges him.
Such is the perfect man:
His boat is empty.
Chuang Tzu (sometimes, Zhuangzi)
May 20, 2012
The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C Clarke
May 13, 2012
The Children of Adam are limbs of each other
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time afflicts one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others
Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a man.
Golestan of Saadi Shirazi
May 6, 2012
There is nothing more, sir:
To love and to be loved.
April 29, 2012
Jesus met a man, and asked him,
“What are you doing?”
The man replied, “I am devoting myself to God.”
And Jesus asked, “Who is looking after you?”
“My brother,” said the man.
And Jesus said, “Your brother is more devoted to God than you are.”
The Muslim Jesus
April 22, 2012
If you don’t listen, you won’t hear.
Movie Get Low
April 15, 2012
No More Leaving
Become like this:
Next time you meet Him in the forest
Or on a crowded city street
There won’t be anymore
God will climb into
You will simply just take
From The Gift
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
April 8, 2012
To understand evolution is to know God.
Bumper Sticker seen in Bangor ME
For Brother Theophyle's take on evolution, please click here.
April 1, 2012
For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depths of the all.
Book of Thomas the Contender
March 25, 2012
As I stood before the gates I realized that I never want to be as certain about anything as were the people who built this place.
Rabbi Sheila Peltz
during a visit to Auschwitz
March 18, 2012
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
March 11, 2012
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
March 4, 2012
Everything is on its way to somewhere.
February 26, 2012
To profess to be doing God's will is a form of megalomania.
Editor's Note: All we know about Joseph Prescott is that he apparently was an aphorist who lived from 1913 to 2001.
February 19, 2012
One finds one’s destiny on the path one takes to avoid it.
February 12, 2012
As you think yourself to be, so you think the world to be. If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you, and you will experience desire and fear.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
in I Am That
February 5, 2012
One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.
January 29, 2012
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
January 22, 2012
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fulness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception—which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.
January 15, 2012
Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.
January 8, 2012
The “absolutely” true, meaning what no further experience will ever alter, is that ideal vanishing point towards which we imagine all our temporary truths will some day converge. It runs on all fours with the perfectly wise man, and with absolute complete experience; and, if these ideals are ever realized, they will all be realized together. Meanwhile we have to live today by what truth we can get today, and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
in The Fascinations of The Pragmatic Method
quoted in Mary – A Flesh and Blood Biography by Lesley Hazleton
January 1, 2012
Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.