*ENLIGHTENING THOUGHTS

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SAINT AUGUSTINE

YOU SHATTERED MY DEAFNESS

How late I came to love you, O Beauty so ancient and so fresh, how late I came to love you!
You were within me, yet I had gone outside to seek you.
Unlovely myself, I rushed toward all those lovely things you had made.
And always you were with me, I was not with you.
All these beauties kept me far from you — although they would not have existed at all unless they had their being in you.
You called, you cried, you shattered my deafness.
You sparkled, you blazed, you drove away my blindness.
You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath and I pant for you.
I tasted and now I hunger and thirst.
You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace.

Confessions, 10.27

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JELALUDDIN RUMI
A dervish knocked at a house
to ask for a piece of dry bread,
or moist, it didn't matter.
"This is not a bakery," said the owner.
"Might you have a bit of gristle then?"
"Does this look like a butcher shop?"
"A little flour?"
"Do you hear a grinding stone?"
"Some water?"
"This is not a well."
Whatever the dervish asked for,
the man made some tired joke
and refused to give him anything.
Finally the dervish ran in the house,
lifted his robe, and squatted
as though to take a shit.
"Hey, hey!"
"Quiet, you sad man. A deserted place
is a fine spot to relieve oneself,
and since there's no living thing here,
or means of living, it needs fertilizing."
The dervish began his own list
of questions and answers.
"What kind of bird are you? Not a falcon,
trained for the royal hand. Not a peacock,
painted with everyone's eyes. Not a parrot,
that talks for sugar cubes. Not a nightingale,
that sings like someone in love.
Not a hoopoe bringing messages to Solomon,
or a stork that builds on a cliffside.
What exactly do you do?
You are no known species.
You haggle and make jokes
to keep what you own for yourself.
You have forgotten the One
who doesn't care about ownership,
who doesn't try to turn a profit
from every human exchange."
(The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks, pp. 116-117)

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AVATAR MEHER BABA

  1. God is absolutely independent. The only way to approach Him is through love, constant repetition of His Name, and invocation of His Mercy.
  1.  Mercy is God's nature (swabhav).
  1. Bliss is God's original state (assal halat).
  1. Power is God's existence (astitva).
  1.  Knowledge is God's duty (kartavya).
  1. The infinite state of God gets lost in the infinite jumble of infinite contradictions.
  1. To know God in His infinite contradictions is to become conscious of His consciousness of His unconsciousness.
  1. To achieve the God-state, do absolutely nothing while doing everything.
  1. To find God you must find yourself lost to yourself.
  1. To be infinitely conscious, you must consciously lose consciousness of yourself.
  1. Space is the gulf between Imagination and Reality. Evolution of consciousness fills this gulf.
  1. Time is the interval between your very-first imagination and your very-last imagination.
  1. Where imagination ends God is and Godhood begins.
  1. Imagination is an eternal mimicry of Reality effecting the shadow-play of Illusion.
  1. God is not anything comprehensible. He is Reality - Consciousness - Absolute Consciousness - Infinite Consciousness.
  1. Realization of God is absolute Consciousness minus consciousness of Imagination. Godhood is Absolute Consciousness plus consciousness of Imagination being imagination.
  1. To be ever present with God, never be absent from Him.
  1. Do not desire union with God; but long for union till you go beyond longing for union, and long only for the will and pleasure of Beloved God.
  1. "Mind may die. Maya may die. Body dies and dies. But hope and thirst never die. Thus has said the slave Kabir."
  1. Complete forgetfulness of self is to even forget that you have forgotten.
  1. Complete remembrance of God, honesty in action, making no one unhappy, being the cause of happiness in others, and no submission to low, selfish, lustful desires, while living a normal worldly life - can lead one to the path of Realization. But complete obedience to the God-Man brings one directly to God.

Given by Meher Baba -November, 1962

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GAUTAM BUDDHA

Said:

Faith is wealth here best for man.

Dharma pursued brings happiness.

A truth is sweet beyond compare.

Life wisely lived they say is best.

By faith flood is crossed;

By earnestness the sea;

By vigour ill is poised;

By wisdom cleaned is he.

 

The  four fold truths

The Four Noble Truths: that suffering is an ingrained part of existence; that the origin of suffering is craving for sensuality, acquisition of identity, and fear of annihilation; that suffering can be ended.

Following are the Noble Eightfold Path meant to accomplish this:

  1. Right speech
  2. right thinking
  3. Right action
  4. Right livelihood
  5. right concentration
  6. Right intention
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. right effort

Nine virtues attributed to the Buddha is a common Buddhist meditation and devotional practice called Buddhānusmṛti.

  • Vijja-carana-sampano– Endowed with higher knowledge and ideal conduct.

  • Sugato– Well-gone or Well-spoken.

  • Lokavidu Wise in the knowledge of the many worlds.

  • Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi– Unexcelled trainer of untrained people.

  • Satthadeva-Manussanam– Teacher of gods and humans.

  • Araham Worthy of homage. An Arahant is "One with taints destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done what had to be done, laid down the burden, reached the true goal, destroyed the fetters of being, and is completely liberated through final knowledge."

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QURAN

Koran said:

Remember Me: I will remember you. Give thanks unto Me, and reject Me not.

O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo! Allah is with the steadfast.

Who say, when a misfortune striketh them; Lo ! we are Allah’s and unto Him we are returning.

Such are they on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy. Such are the rightly guided.

Koran said

"And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah."

- Holy Quran (2:115)

Anything in existence is by Allah, and it is Allah who is manifest in all (Sifaat-ullah). So, anywhere we go, north, south, east, west Allah is all along. (hope this interpretation helps)

"And speak kindly to people"

- Holy Quran (2:83)

 

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IQBAL

Said:

Love fears neither sword nor dagger,

Love is not born of water, air and earth.

Love makes peace and war in the world…

The hardest rocks are shivered by Love’s glance.

Love of God at last becomes wholly God.

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KABIR

Kabir said:

Kan fooka Guru Had ka Behad ka Guru nahee.

Behad ka Sadguru hai soch samaj mana mahee.

(The ear-whispering Guru is of the Limited; he is not of the Unlimited.

Of the Unlimited is the Sadguru. Grasp this clearly in the mind.)

Kabir said:

Jab tak Guru mile nahi sancha

tab tak kijo bis pachasa

 

Kabir said:

O friend! Hope for Him whilst you live, know while you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.

If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?

It is but an empty dream, that the soul should have union with Him because it has passed from the body.

If He is found now, He is found then. If not, we do but go to dwell in death.

Kabir said:

I know that my Lover cannot be far. When my lover wakes, I wake; when he sleeps, I sleep.

He is destroyed at the root who gives pain to my Beloved.

When they sing His praise, there I live.

When He moves, I walk before Him: my heart yarns for my Beloved.

The infinite pilgrimage lies at His feet, a million devotees are seated there. Kabir says; “The lover Himself reveals the glory of true love.”

 

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RABINDRA NATH TAGORE

Said:

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is dark.

said:

When the heart is hard and parched up, come upon me with the shower of mercy.

When the grace is lost from life, come with burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shattering me out from beyond, come to me, my Lord of silence, with thy peace and rest.

said:

O worker of the Universe! We would pray to thee to let the irresistible current of thy universal energy come like the impetuous  south wind of spring, let it come rushing over the vast field of the life of man, let it bring the scent of many flowers the murmuring of many wood-lands, let it make sweet and vocal the lifeless of our dried-up soul-life.

 

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MIRZA GALIB

Said:

If thou canst not see the ocean in the water-drop,

nor visualize the whole from each  specific part,

thou hast the seeing eye, the seer’s vision blest;

the toys and trinkets and puppet show of things.

Since sorrow follow joy

As autumn doth the spring,

Man must transcend the joys

Of earth, which sorrows bring.

 

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GANDHI

Said:

The end of all knowledge must be building up of character.

God has created different faiths just as He has the votaries thereof. How can I even secretly harbor the thought that my neighbour’s faith is inferior to mine and wish that he should give up his faith and embrace mine? As a true and loyal friend, I can only wish and pray that he may live and grow perfect in his own faith. In God’s house there are many mansions and they are equally holy.

The end of all knowledge must be building  up of character.