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One God Note #650. 2015/01/04.

Abbot Pambo questioned Abbot Anthony saying: What ought I to do? And the elder replied: Have no confidence in your own virtuousness. Do not worry about a thing once it has been done. Control your tongue and your belly.

Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, P.25.

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One God Note #651. 2015/01/11.

If you can't see God in All, You can't see God at All.

Harbhajan Singh Yogi, as quoted in Kundalini Yoga : The Flow of Eternal Power‎ (1998) by Shakti Pawha Kaur Khalsa; also in Education as Transformation : Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America (2000) by Victor H. Kazanjian and Peter L. Laurence

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One God Note #652. 2015/01/18.

Theologies and symbols and creeds, though inevitable, are transient and become obsolescent, while the Life of God sweeps on through the souls of men in continued revelation and creative newness. To that divine Life we must cling. In that Current we must bathe. In that abiding yet energizing Center we are all made one, behind and despite the surface differences of our forms and cultures. For the heart of the religious life is in commitment and worship, not in reflection and theory.

Kelly, Thomas R. A Testament of Devotion. P. 38. Submitted to L-Center Discussion Group by Gary Horn.

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One God Note #653. 2015/01/25.


An approach to God which is unable to see other religions reaching towards the infinite is a very fearful and weak faith. (...) One does not surrender integrity and authenticity by meeting on separate occasions with one's neighbour and sharing prayers and goals which reach towards the One God. God responds to the genuine quest within all human beings who prove by their actions that they believe in the vision of the Divine Kingdom which is open to all in the course of time.


Rabbi Dr Albert Friedlander, interview for The Times, 18.12.1991 Quoted after: Potter Jean, Braybrooke Marcus (Eds.) (1997). All in Good Faith. A Resource Book for Multi-faith Prayer. The World Congress of Faiths, Oxford, UK.

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One God Note #654. 2015/02/01.

I, the highest and fiery power, have kindled every living spark and I have breathed out nothing that can die (...). I flame above the beauty of the fields, I shine in the waters; in the sun, the moon and the stars (...). All living things take radiance from me; and I am the life which remains the same through eternity, having neither beginning nor end (...).

(God through revelation to) St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.266.

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One God Note #655. 2015/02/08.

Every word of every tongue is Love telling a story to her own ears.
Every thought in every mind, She whispers a secret to her own Self.
Every vision in every eye, She shows her beauty to her own sight.
Every smile on every face, She reveals her own joy for herself to enjoy.
Love courses through everything,
No, Love is everything.
How can you say, there is no love, when nothing but Love exists?
All that you see has appeared because of Love.
All shines from Love,
All pulses with Love,
All flows from Love -
No, once again, all is Love!

Fakhruddin 'Iraqi (1213-1289), a Persian Sufi, quoted after: Novak, Philip. The World's Wisdom, P.329.

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One God Note #656. 2015/02/15.

A devotee who can call on God while living a householder's life is a hero indeed. (...) He is blessed indeed who prays to Me in the midst of his worldly duties. He is trying to find Me, overcoming a great obstacle - pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighting a ton. Such a man is a real hero. (...) Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off.

Ramakrishna, quoted in: Harvey, Andrew (Ed). (2001). Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, P.101.

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One God Note #657. 2015/02/22.


All these sufferings are man-made and it is within man’s power to put an end to them. God helps by facing man with the results of his actions and demanding that the balance should be restored. Karma is the law that works for righteousness; it is the healing hand of God.

Sri Maharaj Nisargadatta. (2005). I am That. P.24.

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One God Note #658. 2015/03/01.


Being an incomplete female, the male spends his life attempting to complete himself, become female. He attempts to do this by constantly seeking out, fraternizing with and trying to live through and fuse with the female and by claiming as his own all female characteristics - emotional strength and independence, forcefulness, dynamism, decisiveness, coolness, objectivity, assertiveness, courage, integrity, vitality, intensity, depth of character, grooviness, etc. - and projecting onto women all male traits - vanity, frivolity, triviality, weakness, etc. It should be said, though, that the male has one glaring area of superiority over the female - public relations. He has done a brilliant job of convincing millions of women that men are women and women are men.

Valerie SolanasScum Manifesto (1967). (This not so serious note was) Retrieved from: on 1 March 2015.

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One God Note #659. 2015/03/08.


The light which is in everything is Chine, O Lord of light.
From its brilliancy everything is illuminated;
By the Guru's teaching the light becometh manifest.
What pleaseth Thee is the real worship.
O God, my mind is fascinated with Thy lotus feet as the bumble-bee with the flower; night and day I thirst for them.
Give the water of Thy favour to the Sarang (bird) Nanak, so that he may dwell in Thy Name.

Ascribed to Guru Nanak (1469-1539). Retrieved from: on 8 March 2015.

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One God Note #660. 2015/03/15.


Voices came to trouble his dreams—Irish voices calling him back: “We pray you, holy youth, come to us and walk among us once more!”


Attributed to St. Patrick. Retrieved from on 15 March 2015.

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One God Note #661. 2015/03/22.


Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought ‘I am.’ The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet. Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally, without any interference on your part. (…) Just live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way, suffering, rejoicing-as life brings.

Nisargadatta, “I am That.” P.18-9.

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One God Note #662. 2015/03/29.

Without having clarity of mind, a mere desire to see God is just like groping in the dark. I found out that the human mind has its boundaries and can visualize only according to its limited resources. No human being can possibly explain what God is, or conceive of God mentally.

Swami Rama (2001). Living with the Himalayan Masters, P.64.

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One God Note #663. 2015/04/04.

(…) “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

Luke 23:42

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One God Note #664. 2015/04/12.


And what is death? It is the change in the living process of a particular body. Integration ends and disintegration sets in. (…) In death only the body dies. Life does not, consciousness does not, reality does not. And the life is never so alive as after death.

Sri Maharaj Nisargadatta. (2005). I am That. P.12.

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One God Note #665. 2015/04/19.


It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

Ascribed to Baha’u’llah. Retrieved from: on 19 April 2015.

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One God Note #666. 2015/04/26.

Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.

Dalai Lama. News conference in Vancouver, B.C. as quoted in The Globe and Mail. (8 September 2006).

Today, we are truly a global family. What happens in one part of the world may affect us all. This, of course, is not only true of the negative things that happen, but is equally valid for the positive developments. We not only know what happens elsewhere, thanks to the extraordinary modern communications technology. We are also directly affected by events that occur far away.

Dalai Lama. Nobel lecture (11 December 1989). Retrieved from:,_14th_Dalai_Lama on 26 April 2015.

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One God Note #667. 2015/05/03.

While the war was still in progress, I was visited by a sudden feeling of the cruel and unnecessary character of the contest. It seemed to me a return to barbarism, the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed. The question forced itself upon me, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" (…) The august dignity of motherhood and its terrible responsibilities now appeared to me in a new aspect, and I could think of no better way of expressing my sense of these than that of sending forth an appeal to womanhood throughout the world, which I then and there composed.

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) on the Franco-Prussian War as the inspiration for her "Mother's Day Proclamation" of 1870 calling for mothers to arise as a social force against war in general, retrieved from: on 3 May 2015.

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One God Note #668. 2015/05/10. 

The god of Victory is said to be one-handed, but Peace gives victory to both sides.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Journals (1867). Retrieved from: on 10 May 2015.

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One God Note #669. 2015/05/18.

A king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world- the accident of birth- Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the human person.

Jacques Monet, in "The Canadian Monarchy" in The West and the Nation : Essays in Honour of W. L. Morton (1976), edited by Ramsay Cook, and Carl Berger. p. 324. Retrieved from: on 18 May 2015.

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One God Note #670. 2015/05/24.

The soul secured in her existence, smiles
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years,
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds.

Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene i. Retrieved from: on 24 May 2015.

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One God Note #671. 2015/06/07.

(...) Those who live in this world, which is a field for work, lose a great deal if they don't work, don't progress, remain idle. In every atom of this earth, Brahman is all-pervasive. Therefore, knowing this, if one tries to work day and night in this world, they find God easily.

Haidakhan Babaji. Teachings of Babaji, 1982-03-25.

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One God Note #672. 2015/06/13.

Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day (is) The celebration related to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of Slavic rituals. Many of the rites (…) are connected with the role of water in fertility and ritual purification.

On Kupala day, young people jump over the flames of bonfires in a ritual test of bravery and faith. The failure of a couple in love to complete the jump while holding hands is a sign of their destined separation.

Girls may float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on rivers, and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.

There is an ancient Kupala belief that the eve of Ivan Kupala is the only time of the year when ferns bloom. Prosperity, luck, discernment and power would befall on whoever finds a fern flower. Therefore, on that night, village folk would roam through the forests in search of magical herbs and especially the elusive fern flower.

Traditionally, unmarried women, signified by the garlands on their hair, are the first to enter the forest. They are followed by young men. Therefore, the quest to find herbs and the fern flower may lead to the blooming of relationships between pairs of men and women within the forest.

It is to be noted, however, that ferns are not angiosperms (flowering plants), and instead reproduce by spores; they cannot flower.

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One God Note #673. 2015/08/09.


(…) There is no question of failure, neither in the short run nor in the long. It is like traveling a long and arduous road in an unknown country. Of all the innumerable steps there is only the last which brings you to your destination. Yet you will not consider all the previous steps as failures. Each brought you nearer to your goal, even when you had to turn back to by-pass an obstacle. In reality each step brings you to your goal, because to be always on the move, learning, discovering, unfolding, is your eternal destiny. Living is life’s only purpose. (…)

Nisargadatta Maharaj. “I Am That.” P.112.

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One God Note #674. 2015/08/16.

"...our humanity takes precedence, as an existential and irreversible fact, over any willed commitment.  When one comes into existence as a human being, then prior to every other obligation is the obligation to be what one is: a human being.  Any form of perfectionism that tries to take us beyond our human reality or to put us outside it (to make us gods) will only cheat us of our own humanity.  That is the temptation of any absolute belief, whether Christian, Marxist, or other: it may seem to entice us to go beyond our human condition, to be "as gods," and to use our supposed infallibility to destroy other people.  In other words, our commitments are good insofar as they help us to fulfill our primary vocation: to be men.  If they make us less human, then there is something wrong somewhere.  The commitments themselves have gone wrong."

Thomas Merton, in an interview in Motive magazine, 1967. Submitted to Merton-L Discussion Group by Gary Horn.

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One God Note #675. 2015/08/23.

However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home. (…) Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.

Robert N. Bellah (1985). Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3. Retrieved from: on 23 August 2015.

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One God Note #676. 2015/08/30.

Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth having.

Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904), Thoughts, Feelings, and Fancies (1857), p. 308.

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One God Note #677. 2015/09/07.

Learn to talk less and work more. This is the field of spiritual practice. Karma is the highest way of perfection. It is a great thing to take a human body. Whoever comes to the earth must do work. (...) All who have taken birth must work to be successful.

Haidakhan Babaji. Teachings of Babaji, 6 April 1982.

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One God Note #678. 2015/09/13.


There remains, however, something more in the Jewish tradition, so gloriously revealed in certain of the psalms; namely a kind of drunken joy and surprise at the beauty and incomprehensible sublimity of this world, of which man can attain but a faint intimation. It is the feeling from which genuine research draws its intellectual strength, but which also seems to manifest itself in the song of birds (...).


Albert Einstein, The Sanctification of Life, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.218.

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One God Note #679. 2015/09/20.


If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It's a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it's time to reflect on what's come before.

Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure (Thanksgiving, 1992). Retrieved from: on 20 September 2015.

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One God Note #680. 2015/09/27.


(…) To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. (…).

Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj. “I am That.” P.259.

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One God Note #681. 2015/10/04.

I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equalled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all earn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life -- it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.

Frances E. Willard, How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle (1895) Retrieved from: on 4 October 2015.

One God Note #682. 2015/10/12.


Courage is the capacity to meet the anxiety which arises as one achieves freedom. It is the willingness to differentiate, to move from the protecting realms of parental dependence to new levels of freedom and integration.

Rollo May, Man's Search for Himself (1953), p. 192.


Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury, Brown Daily Herald (March 24, 1995).

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One God Note #683. 2015/10/18.


The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life (1859). Retrieved from: on 18 October 2015.

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One God Note #684. 2015/10/25.


(…) Lincoln also understood that after such a decision, a democracy should seek peace through a new unity. For a democracy can keep alive only if the settlement of old difficulties clears the ground and transfers energies to face new responsibilities. Never can it have as much ability and purpose as it needs in that striving; the end of battle does not end the infinity of those needs. That is why Lincoln—commander of a people as well as of an army—asked that his battle end "with malice toward none, with charity for all."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Address at the Dedication of the Memorial on the Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.," July 3, 1938. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woollsey. Retrieved from: on 25 October 2015.

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One God Note #685. 2015/11/01.

Death is only an experience through which you are meant to learn a great lesson: you cannot die.

Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.106.

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One God Note #686. 2015/11/08.


Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kind-hearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when the death comes, you are ready.

Tao Te Ching 16, quoted after Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.150.

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One God Note #687. 2015/11/15.


(...) And say, "I believe in all the scriptures revealed by God, and I am commanded to treat you amicably, God is our Lord and your Lord; we have our deeds and you have your deeds. There is no argument between us and you. God will gather us together; to Him is the ultimate destiny."

Quran 42:15  

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One God Note #688. 2015/11/22.


Of a woman are we conceived,
Of a woman are we born,
To a woman are we betrothed and married,
It is a woman who keeps the race going,
Another companion is sought when the life-partner dies,
Through a woman are established social ties.
Why should we consider woman cursed and condemned,
When from woman are born leaders and rulers.
From woman alone is born a woman,
Without woman there can be no human birth.
Without woman, O Nanak, only the True One exists.

Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, p. 473; in Aad Guru Granth Sahib (1983 edition by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee); also in Guru Nanak and His Times (1971) by Anil Chandra Banerjee, p. 78

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One God Note #689. 2015/11/29.

To meet the fountain of the life of truth I run, for I weary of a life of vanity and emptiness. To see the face of my King is mine only aim; I will fear none but Him, nor set up any other to be feared. Would that it were mine to see Him in a dream! I would sleep an everlasting sleep and never wake. Would that I might behold His face within my heart! Mine eyes would never ask to look beyond.  

Jehudah Halevi, a Jewish mystic of the XII-th century, quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.259.

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One God Note #690. 2015/12/06.


You must ascend a mountain to learn your relation to matter, and so to your own body, for it is at home there, though you are not.

Henry David Thoreau, letter to Harrison Blake (November 16, 1857). Retrieved from: on 6 December 2015.

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One God Note #691. 2015/12/13. 

We are accused of terrorism
If we dare to write about the remains of a homeland

That is scattered in pieces and in decay
In decadence and disarray
About a homeland that is searching for a place
And about a nation that no longer has a face

About a homeland that has nothing left of its great ancient verse
But that of wailing and eulogy (…)

Nizar-Qabbani, (1923-1998), a Syrian poet. Retrieved from: on 13 December 2015.

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One God Note #692. 2015/12/20.


The grate had been removed from the wide overwhelming fireplace, to make way for a fire of wood, in the midst of which was an enormous log glowing and blazing, and sending forth a vast volume of light and heat; this I understood was the Yule-log, which the Squire was particular in having brought in and illumined on a Christmas eve, according to ancient custom.

Washington Irving in: Thomas Hughes, Charles Waterton Tom Brown's school-days, by an old boy [T. Hughes. Wanderings in South America, by C. Waterton. Old Christmas, from the Sketch book of W. Irving. Bracebridge hall, by W. Irving], 1882, p. 13. Retrieved from:  on 20 December 2015.

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