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#422. 2010/01/03.
The Same One pervades all. Upon whomsoever He has mercy understands this.
Shri Guru Granth Sahib.

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#423. 2010/01/10.
Don't be afraid of death, nor of the storm of water and fire. This life itself is water and fire. Don't try to stop it, but rather become like lions.
Haidakhan Babaji (1970-1984). Teachings of Babaji, P.9.
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#424. 2010/01/17.
Brothers and sisters: There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discernment of spirits, to another various kind of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

1 Letter of Paul to Corinthians 12:4-11.
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#425. 2010/01/24.
For the ancients, enthusiasm meant trance, or ecstasy- a connection with God. Enthusiasm is agape directed at a particular idea or a specific thing. We have all experienced it. When we love and believe from the bottom of our hearts, we feel ourselves to be stronger than anyone in the world, and we feel a serenity that is based on the certainty that nothing can shake our faith. This unusual strength allows us always to make the right decision at the right time, and when we achieve our goal, we are amazed at our own capabilities. Because when we are involved in the good fight, nothing else is important; enthusiasm carries us toward our goal.
Paulo Coelho. (2000).The Pilgrimage. P.121. 
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#426. 2010/01/31.

Because the seed of all natural processes always shows itself physically, creativity is conceived as a reproductive act with a tangible result- a child, a book, a monument- that has a physical life going beyond the life of its producer. Creativity, however, can be intangible in the form of a good life, or a beautiful act, or other virtues of the soul such as freedom and openness, style and tact, humor, kindness. (…) We need only recall that the creative life shows spontaneity and freedom, and that creativity does not mean only productivity of a voluminous physical sort.

Hillman, James. (2007). Suicide and the soul. Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, Inc. P.161.

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#427. 2010/02/07.

"Think of the earth as a mother. This is one earth. Don't be divided by thinking of yourselves as belonging to different countries. We belong to one earth. Proceed with this in mind. Look to the future with a vision of good deeds for the whole world, not just one country. Have great courage and patience - and be not afraid of water, fire or great storms - face them bravely."

Haidakhan Babaji. The Teachings of Babaji.(1983-04-07)(P.54)

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#428. 2010/02/21.
In times of trouble he will shelter me; he will keep me safe in his Temple and make me secure on a high rock.
Psalm 27:5

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#429. 2010/02/28.
Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that is the way to live in this world.
Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.128.

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#430. 2010/03/07.

Maybe if I brought the moon a little closer

lovers would argue


They might hold hands outside and point to

the heavens and say,

“I think God is up to



Rabia (c.717-801), quoted in: Ladinsky Daniel (2002). Love Poems from God. Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West. Penguin Group. P.13.

#431. 2010/03/14.

The earth looked at Him and began to dance.

Mira knows why, for her soul too

is in love.


Mira (Mirabai) (c.1498-1550), quoted in: Ladinsky Daniel (2002). Love Poems from God. Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West. Penguin Group. P.267.

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#432. 2010/03/21.
Rama said: "(...) You have shown me how many things are illusions. But in your way of looking at the world, is there anything that you believe is real?"
Valmiki said: "Certainly, Rama. There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third! (...)"
The Ramayana (as told by Aubrey Menem)(1954). NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. P.275-6.

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#433. 2010/03/28.
As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole mutlitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully, and with a loud voice (..), saying: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out!"
Luke 19: 37-40.

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#434. 2010/04/04.
"Do not be worried and upset," Jesus told them. "Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. (...)" "I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do - yes, he will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father."
John 14: 1-2, 12.

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#435. 2010/04/11.
Bless the Lord, my soul, and forget none of his benefits. He satisfies me with all good in the prime of life, and my youth is renewed like an eagle's. The days of a mortal are as grass; he blossoms like a wild flower in the meadow: a wind passes over him, and he is gone, and his place knows him no more. But the Lord's love is for ever on those who fear him, and his righteousness on their posterity.
Psalm 103: 2,5,15-17

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#436. 2010/04/18.


For We perceive the fragrance of the Day whereon He Who is the Desire of all nations hath shed upon the kingdoms of the unseen and of the seen the splendour of the light of His most excellent names, and enveloped them with the radiance of the luminaries of His most gracious favours -- favours which none can reckon except Him, Who is the omnipotent Protector of the entire creation.


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#437. 2010/04/25.
I am beautiful because I love. If you want to be beautiful, love. There is no one in the world who does not desire beauty.
Our Lady of Medjugorie, March 25, 1985. Words from Heaven, P.380.

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#438. 2010/05/02.
Work which is regulated and which is performed without attachment, love or hatred and with no desire for fruitive results is said to be in the mode of goodness. Work performed with a desire for its fruits, with great labor and under a false conception of the ego is said to be in the mode of passion. Work performed in illusion, without consideration of future bondage and without dependence on scriptual injunctions, work which is violent and distressing to others, is said to be in the mode of ignorance.
Gita 18:23-25

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#439. 2010/05/09.
Having wasted much time on frivolous things, and having sacrificed virtually my entire youth to study the teachings of a wisdom that God made foolish (cf. 1Cor 1:20), I woke up, as if from a deep sleep, and beheld the wondrous light of truth of the Gospel (...). Shedding a flood of tears over my wretched life, I prayed for a guide who might form in me the principles of piety. Above all, my concern was to make some amendment in my character, which had been corrupted by long association with people of low morals (...). Having read the Gospel, I saw that a great means to attaining perfection was the selling of one's possessions (cf. Mt 19:21), and the sharing of one's wealth with those in need; along with the refusal to take any thought for this present life, so that the soul should not be attached to the things of the world; and I prayed that I might find someone who had taken this path, so that with him I could cross the deep and troubled sea of life.
St. Basil of Caesarea. Letter 223 (written in 375). Quoted after: Fr. Maximos of Simonopetra. (2010). Roads to Damascus: Crisis, Conversion and Community in the Lives of the Three Hierarchs. Unpublished manuscript.

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#440. 2010/05/16.
The whole universe is ever in his power. He is pure consciousness, the creator of time: all-powerful, all-knowing. It is under his rule that the work of creation revolves in its evolution, and we have earth, and water, and ether, and fire and air. His being is the source of all being, the seed of all things that in this life have their life. He is beyond time and space, and yet he is the God of infinite forms who dwells in our inmost thoughts, and who is seen by those who love him.
Svetasvatara Upanishad

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#441. 2010/05/23.
"(...) Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, you are Mine! When you pass through waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. (...)."
Isaiah 43:1-2.

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#442. 2010/05/30.
(...) The great light which illumines the mind gives me a knowledge of the greatness of God; but it is not as if I were getting to know the individual attributes, as before - no, it is different now: in one moment, I come to know the entire essence of God.
Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 770.

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#443. 2010/06/05.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).

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#444. 2010/06/13.
Bring a hundred sacks of gold and God will say, "Bring the heart."
And if you bring a dead heart carried like a coffin on your
shoulders, God will say, "O, cheat! Is this a graveyard?
Bring the live heart! Bring the live heart!"
Rumi, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.95.

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#445. 2010/06/27.
"Freedom from dominion, freedom to live one's own spiritual life, freedom to seek the highest truth, unabashed by any human pressure or any collective demand, the ability to say one's own "yes" and one's own "no" and not merely to echo the "yes" and "no" of state, party, corporation, army, or system. This is inseparable from authentic religion. It is one of the deepest and most fundamental needs of man, perhaps the deepest and most crucial need of the human person as such: for without recognizing the challenge of this need no man can truly be a person, and therefore without it he cannot fully be a man either."
Merton, Thomas, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, P. 77 Submitted to Center-L Discussion Group by Gary Horn <>

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#446. 2010/07/04.
This is a message; the righteous have deserved a beautiful destiny. The gardens of Eden will be wide open for them. Relaxing therein, they will enjoy many fruits and drinks. With them will be the most magnificent spouses. This is promised to you on the day of reckoning. Our provisions to you will never end.
Quran 38:49-54

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#447. 2010/07/11.
The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together.
Hebrews 4:12.

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#448. 2010/07/18.
He should see himself as belonging to the heavenly realm, and all the people residing in this world should seem as of little importance, for this entire world is like a grain of mustard against the heavenly realm; and it should be all the same to him whether people like or dislike him, for their likes and dislikes are of no consequence.
Ba'al Shev Tov, quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.235.

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#449. 2010/07/25.
It is in love that religion exists and not in ceremony - in the pure and sincere love in the heart. Unless a man is pure in body and mind, his coming into a temple and worshipping Shiva is useless. (...) External worship is only a symbol of internal worship, but internal worship and purity are the real things. (...) This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worship Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is preliminary. (...) He who wants to serve Shiva must serve His children - must serve all creatures in this world first. (...)
Vivekananda, quoted in: Harvey, Andrew (Ed). (2001). Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, P.109-10.

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#450. 2010/08/02.
"(...) The man who loses hope, Bariona, is the man who will be hounded out of his village. People will curse him and the stones on his path will be harder and the thorns sharper and the burden he carries will be heavier and all the bad things will swarm down on him like stirred-up bees and everyone will mock him and shout at him. (...)"
Bariona, or the Son of Thunder. [In]: The Writings of Jean-Paul Sartre. Vol.2. P.110.

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#451. 2010/08/08.
"O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil."
Holy Qur'an 2:183

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#452. 2010/08/15.
When all belong to this whole universe, where is the place for "I" and "mine"? We must unite as one universal family and march forward in unity. By this means only will the world be benefited. This is not the concern of one individual but the whole universe. The only true man is one who practices "humanism". Every man must cultivate the qualities of "humanity" - this is the only way to success in life.

What does one mean by humanitarian rules and humanity? Babaji says one should not have hatred towards anyone; one should try not to let down other people; one should try to help others; one should try to love all.

Haidakhan Babaji (1970-1984). Teachings of Babaji, P.99, 16.

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#453. 2010/08/22.
God makes the rivers to flow. They tire not, nor do they cease from flowing. May the river of my life flows into the sea of love that is the Lord. May I overcome my impediments in my course. May the thread of my song be not cut before my life merges in the sea of love. Guard me against all danger, O Lord. Accept me graciously, O King of Kings. Release me from my sorrows, which hold me as ropes hold a calf. I cannot open my eyes without the power of your love. Guard us against the grief that haunts the life of the selfish. Lead us from darkness into light. We will sing of your love as it was sung of old. Your laws change not, but stand like mountains. Forgive me all the mistakes I have committed. Many mornings will dawn upon us again. Guide us through them all, O Lord of love.
Rig Veda, II, 28:4-9

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#454. 2010/10/03.
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar.
Wanderer, it is your tracks
which are the road,
and nothing else.
Wanderer, there is no road,
walking makes the road.
By walking,
the road is made,
and when glancing back,
you contemplate the trail
which will trample
no more.
Wanderer, there is no road,
only the wakes on the sea.
Antonio Machado (1875-1939). "Proverbios y cantares" in: (1912) Campos de Castilla.

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#455. 2010/10/11.
When you lie down on your bed, remember with thanksgiving the blessings and Providence of God. Thereupon, filled with this good thought, you will rejoice in the spirit and the sleep of the body will mean sobriety of the soul; the closing of your eyes, a true knowledge of God; and your silence, brimming with the good feeling, will wholeheartedly and with all its strength glorify Almighty God, giving him from the heart praise that rises on high.
Saint Anthony, Hundred and Seventy Texts on Saintly Life, quoted in: Pennington, Basil. (1978). O Holy Mountain! Journal of a Retreat on Mount Athos. P.191.

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#456. 2010/10/17.
Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not an easy place to be, since we are so insecure and fearful that we are easily distracted by whatever promises immediate satisfaction. Solitude is not immediately satisfying, because in solitude we meet our demons, our addictions, our feelings of lust and anger, and our immense need for recognition and approval. But if we do not run away, we will meet there also the One who says, "Do not be afraid. I am with you, and I will guide you through the valley of darkness."
Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), Bread for the Journey. P. Jan. 21.

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#457. 2010/10/24.


Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness.


Eckhart Tolle (2006). A New Earth. Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Plume Books. P.2.

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#458. 2010/10/31.
(..) How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face (..)
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).

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#459. 2010/11/07.

I want to weed out the prevailing non-violence in the world. It is a cause of apathy and idleness. This non-violence has cooled the blood of men so that it has become like cold water. This attitude of non-violence produces a lack of discrimination between good and evil. Everyone should lead a life of bravery and courage. A man without courage is like a dead man. Life without courage is no life. At present, many atrocities are being committed in the world. Human beings are treated like animals. No one has had the courage to stand up against these atrocities but everyone should be brave and resist them. Everyone must be of firm determination and stick to what he believes to be true. Be constant in your actions and dutiful.

Haidakhan Babaji (1970-1984). Teachings of Babaji, P.55.

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#460. 2010/11/14.

Your wealth and your children are but a temptation. God's reward is great. Therefore fear God with all your hearts, and be attentive, obedient and charitable. That will be best for you. Those that preserve themselves from their own greed will surely prosper. (...) If the debtor be in straits, grant him a delay until he can discharge his debt; but if you waive the sum as alms it will be better for you, if you but knew it.

Quran, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.301.

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#461. 2010/11/21.

The Gurus rejected any form of asceticism. To deliberately make oneself suffer was futile. Instead they preached purity of heart and sincerity in our dealings with our fellow mankind. The Gurus also rejected the need for celibate or mendicant orders such as monks and nuns. They said that a person should live or remain in the common real world. Indeed one should endeavor to lead a healthy married life. Also one should be hardworking. This forms a sacred guide/ethic for a Sikh. Simply lead a healthy, cheerful and hopeful life with a balanced restraint on animal passions, always relying on God for help and success.

A fragment of a selective/annotated summary of: Philosophy of Sikhism' written by Sher Singh, Gyani M.A. M.O.L. (Pb). PhD. (London), Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar.
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#462. 2010/11/28.

Rinah, [joy, bliss] is the revelation of the Soul's great yearning, where it longs and pines to attach itself to God, and to include itself in the Infinite Light (...).

Rabbi Schneur Zalman (1745-1813) of Liadi, Poland, founder of the Habad school of Hasidism, quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.256.

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#463. 2010/12/05.

There are among the People of the Book some upright persons who all night long recite the revelations of God and worship Him; who believe in God and the Last Day; who enjoin justice and forbid evil and vie with each other in good works. These are righteous people: whatever good they do, its reward shall not be denied them. God knows the righteous.

Quran, Medinan Sura 2, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.292.

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#464. 2010/12/08.

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.

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Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

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#465. 2010/12/12.

Human desire differs from animal desire in that it is at root insatiable. Man is characterized by a hunger for the infinite, for an eternity of life, love and joy which, whether he knows it or not, can be nothing other than God. (...) man is often mistaken as to the goal of his life, desiring wealth, power or physical pleasure instead of God. But his real appetite continues to be God, for which these lesser goals are always unsatisfactory substitutes. Those who set their hearts on finite goals are always discontented; they must always have more and more and more of what they desire, and failing this are frustrated and miserable. Profound contentment is only enjoyed by animals and primitives, in which infinite hunger has not been awakened, and by the saints and mystics who have realized union with God.
Alan Watts, Behold the Spirit, Submitted to L-Center Discussion Group by Gary Horn, P.65.

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#466. 2010/12/19.
We are not born perfect. Every day we develop in our personality and in our profession until we reach the highest point of our completed being, to the full round of our acomplishments and our excellences. This is known by the purity of taste, the clearness of thought, the maturity of our judgment, and the firmness of our will. Some never arrive at being complete - something is always lacking. Others ripen late. The complete person - wise in speech, prudent in act - is admitted to the familiar intimacy of discreet people and is even sought out by them.
Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658), The Art of Worldly Wisdom, No.6, P.4. Baltasar Gracian was suggested to me by Magdalena Armata.

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