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Year 2012 Archive

Can I go home, please!
The Way Home

Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2012.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

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.

Thomas Merton

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.

Ibn ’Arabi
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.

Zen saying

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.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

October 28, 2012

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.

William James

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.

Howard Thurman

October 14, 2012

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

October 7, 2012

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Isaac Newton

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.

Carl Sagan

September 16, 2012

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.

Thomas Pynchon

September 9, 2012

A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood.

Chinese Proverb

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.

George Santayana

August 5, 2012

For thirty years I sought God, until I recognized that God was the seeker, and I the one sought.

Junayd Al-Bastami
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.

Sri Ramakrishna

June 17, 2012

I’m finding that dying is a helluva time not to believe in God.

Movie Guinevere

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.

Stefan Nadzo
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

Some point
Your relationship
With God
Become like this:

Next time you meet Him in the forest
Or on a crowded city street

There won’t be anymore


That is,

God will climb into
Your pocket.

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.

Blaise Pascal

March 11, 2012

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Edith Sitwell

March 4, 2012

Everything is on its way to somewhere.

Movie Phenomenon

February 26, 2012

To profess to be doing God's will is a form of megalomania.

Joseph Prescott
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.

Carl Jung

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.

Christopher Hitchens

January 29, 2012

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei

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.

Robert Browning
in Paracelsus

January 15, 2012

Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.

Richard Whately

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.

William James
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.

Vaclav Havel


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