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December 9, 2018

For where the instrument of thinking mind
Is joined to strength and malice, man’s defense
Cannot avail to meet those powers combined.

Dante Alighieri
in The Divine Comedy, Hell, ix:35-37
translated by Dorothy Sayers

December 2, 2018

All the means we take to reach God are true:
it is only like trying to find the pole-star
by locating it through the stars that are around it.

Swami Vivekananda
in The Yogas and Other Works

November 25, 2018

Remain at peace within yourself,
seeing the one infinite being in all.
You will achieve the impossible
if you are able to remain firm
in your knowledge of the truth,
and if you engage yourself
in appropriate action
in a life characterized
by effortless experiencing
of the natural course of events.

Vasistha’s Yoga
translated by Swami Venkatesananda

November 18, 2018

I am amazed at the seeker of purity
who when it’s time to be polished
complains of rough handling. …
That harshness isn’t toward you,
but toward the harmful qualities within you.
When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug,
but against the dust in it.

Jalaluddin Rumi
in The Rumi Collection
edited by Kabir Helminski

November 11, 2018

Those persons who worship Me, meditating on their identity with Me, and ever devoted to Me — to them I carry what they lack and for them I preserve what they already have.

Bhagavad Gita 9:22
translated by Swami Nikhilananda

November 4, 2018

Realizing that everything is the one Self, one should worship the Self in this spirit. One should look with equal vision upon that which is pleasant and beautiful through and through, and that which is unendurably unpleasant.

Vasistha’s Yoga
translated by Swami Venkatesananda

October 28, 2018

Do you love your Creator?
Love your fellow beings first.

The Sayings of Muhammad
in Wisdom of The East Series

October 21, 2018

There is no need to run outside
For better seeing,
Nor to peer from a window. Rather abide
At the center of your being;
For the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart and see
If he is wise who takes each turn.
The way to do is to be.

The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu
Translated by Witter Bynner

October 14, 2018

I do not understand anything I see in this room,
… on this street, from this window, in this place.
(Whatever you see is a proper subject for applying the idea.)

A Course in Miracles
Workbook for Students, Lesson 3

October 7, 2018

When I sent man out in creation, I gave him two paths by which he could retrace his steps to Me — discrimnination and right action. Both take man on the right course toward salvation. But when the devotee is nearing ultimate freedom, then wisdom and meditative action merge into one inner highway to Self-realization, the culmination of which is union of the soul with Spirit.

The Bhagavad Gita, 3:iii
translated & interpreted by Paramahansa Yogananda

September 30, 2018

This Self can be attained by a hundred ways and means;
yet, when it is attained, nothing has been attained.
It is the Supreme Self; yet it is nothing.

Vasistha’s Yoga
translated by Swami Venkatesananda

September 23, 2018

That nothing save the light of truth allays
Our intellect’s disquiet I now see plain —
God’s truth, which holds all truth within its rays.

The Divine Comedy (Paradise) iv:124-126

September 16, 2018

Just give full attention to what in you is crude and primitive, unreasonable and unkind, altogether childish, and you will ripen. It is the maturity of heart and mind that is essential. It comes effortlessly when the main obstacle is removed — inattention, unawareness. In awareness you grow.

Sri Nisargadatta

September 9, 2018

The absolute cannot be realized or experienced by another;
only the absolute can realize itself.

The Concise Yoga Vasistha
translated by Swami Venkatesananda

September 2, 2018

This entire universe is forever the same as the consciousness that dwells in every atom, even as an ornament is not different from gold. Just as an ornament potentially exists in gold, the object exists in the subject. But when this notion of the object is firmly rejected and removed from the subject, then consciousness alone exists without even an apparent or potential objectivity. When this is realized, evils like attraction and repulsion, love and hate, cease in one’s heart, as do false notions of the world, you, I, etc. Even the tendency to objectify ceases. This is freedom.

The Concise Yoga Vasistha
translated by Swami Venkatesananda

August 26, 2018

The ego is not what you think of yourself.
The ego is that you think of yourself;
that you believe there is a yourself separate and distinct from other selves.
That is the ego.


August 19, 2018

Burn, O Good Lord, the thorns of my transgressions,
cleanse my soul, and purify all my thoughts.
Ever shelter, guard, and keep me in your love.

Simeon Metaphrastes

August 12, 2018

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

George Bernard Shaw

August 5, 2018

By religion I do not mean outward things, but inward states, I mean perfected manhood. I mean the quickening of the soul by the beatific influence of the divine Spirit in truth, and love, and sympathy, and confidence, and trust.

Henry Ward Beecher

July 29, 2018

What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.

Ezra Pound

July 22, 2018

The Teachings need to be studied, reflected on, and practiced in order to realise their true meaning. They are “discourses on the right way of living” or contemplations on the “way things are.” They are not meant to be “sacred scriptures” which tell us what to believe. One should read them, listen to them, think about them, contemplate them, and investigate the present reality, the present experience with them. Then, and only then, can one insightfully know the Truth beyond words.

Adapted from the Foreword to The Long Discourses of The Buddha

July 15, 2018

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

P.J. O’Rourke

July 8, 2018

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to,
and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.

Walter Linn

July 1, 2018

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

Mitch Ratliffe

June 24, 2018

When you are not thinking about who you are,
who are you?

Sonja Margulies in Meetings with Remarkable Women
by Lenore Friedman

June 17, 2018

At a recent ecumenical meeting with spokespeople from every world religion, including Native Americans, … everyone concurred that the three requisites for spiritual evolution in human beings were gratitude and humility and humor.

Meetings with Remarkable Women
by Lenore Friedman

June 10, 2018

Life is short,
but it comes with a blessing:
It is thy turn to meet God.

Sant Kirpal Singh
in Love Everyone
by Parvati Markus

June 3, 2018

A rule of thumb:
If you come across a form of address for God that makes you uncomfortable,
it is probably time for you to adopt it.

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May 27, 2018

Put no limits on
(your perception of)


May 20, 2018

Whatever the problem,
the solution is spiritual.

in “There Is A Way” (out of print)

May 13, 2018

Therefore, we must always remember that external practices have value only as they help to develop internal purity. It is better to have internal purity alone, when minute attention to external observances is not practicable. But woe unto the man, and woe unto the nation, that forgets the real, internal, spiritual essentials of religion, and mechanically clutches with death-like grasp all external forms, and never lets them go! The forms have value only so far as they are the expressions of life within. If that have ceased to express life, crush them out without mercy.

Swami Vivekananda
in The Yogas and Other Works

May 6, 2018

There is no path that does not lead to Him.

A Course in Miracles
Text – Chapter 31

April 28, 2018

In whatever way people are devoted to Me,
in that measure I manifest Myself to them.
All men [and women], in every manner of seeking Me,
pursue a path to Me.

Bhagavad Gita, IV.11
trans. Paramahansa Yogananda

April 22, 2018

It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.

D. H. Lawrence

April 15, 2018

On the morning of the Eighth Day,
after enjoying a day of Divine Repose,
now imagining post-Edenic humanity,
and perceiving the predictable,
God created the eraser.


April 8, 2018

God is free for the taking.

Movie Navigating The Heart

April 1, 2018

Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Four-Way Test
of Rotary International
by Herbert J. Taylor

March 25, 2018

Silence is the unbearable repartee.

G. K. Chesterton
attributing to Charles Dickens

March 18, 2018

Seek not from God
anything other than Himself,
and attach not the power
of the heart’s intention
to anything other than Him.
And if everything in the universe
should be spread before you,
receive it graciously –
but do not stop there.
Persist in your quest.

Ibn ’Arabi

March 11, 2018

Ten percent of those performing every human endeavor
– whatever, wherever –
are artists.
The rest are mechanics.
The difference is, the artists are being what they do,
the mechanics are doing what they do.
Happiness lies in finding the artist in ourselves,
and being that.
So it seems to me.


March 4, 2018

Ramana: All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it comes into existence. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward, and renounce activities there.
Questioner: Are only the important events in a man’s life predetermined, or are trifling acts also, such as taking a cup of water or moving from one part of the room to another?
Ramana: Everything is predetermined.

Sri Ramana Maharshi
from The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi by Arthur Osborne

February 25, 2018

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding.
When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs
by minding other people’s business.

Eric Hoffer

February 18, 2018

Choices have consequences.


February 11, 2018

I am aware that no man is a villain in his own eyes.

James Baldwin

February 4, 2018

When you dance with the devil, the devil don’t change.
The devil changes you.

Attributed variously,
including the movie “Eight Millimeter”

January 28, 2018

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles.

Henry David Thoreau
in “Walden” (Chapter 1)

January 21, 2018

Let there be light.

Bereishit – Genesis

January 14, 2018

Now here was a lesson. If you think that you or I have something, we cannot give. You must think of it as God’s–that only He can give. You are only the ladle, the leaf on which it is being given.

Dada Mukerjee
in By His Grace
sharing the wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba

January 7, 2018

If you give your life to God,
then it is no longer yours.



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