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How Remarkable

By Eric Hoffer


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The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves


Layers

By Unknown


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To express anger and fury would only be to get a part of the picture. Underneath anger is hurt, underneath hurt is need, underneath need is fear and underneath fear is love. It is like a pyramid of repressed feelings, which dissolves as you allow all these feelings to be expressed consciously. And it is love that is ultimately revealed.



Connected...

By Marcus Aurelius


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A branch cut off from its neighbor branch cannot but be cut off from the whole plant. In the very same way a man severed from one man has fallen away from the fellowship of all men.


I Will Give You a Talisman

By Mahatma Gandhi


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I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."


Everything is Conscious...

By H. P. Blavatsky


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Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. There is but one indivisible and absolute Omniscience and Intelligence in the Universe, and this thrills throughout every atom and infinitesimal point of the whole finite Kosmos which hath no bounds, and which people call SPACE, . . .


Places

By G. de Purucker, Golden Precept


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Quiet are the places where growth takes place. Still are the chambers where light enters the heart. Nature''s most majestic processes are silent, peaceful, quiet. All growth is quiet, and takes place without striving, in the silence. . . . It is indeed the way of heaven not to strive. Therefore do your work quietly, efficiently, easily. Be still and grow; be as active spiritually as you are quiet outwardly. Then your mind will reflect the golden splendor from the sun of light within yourself, your inner god.


Garden of Life...

By P. Wiener, Leibniz-Selections


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Each portion of matter may be conceived of as a garden full of plants, and as a pond full of fishes. But each branch of the plant, each member of the animal, each drop of its humors, is also such a garden or such a pond.


Life's Journey...

By Stuart Wilde


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Our life's journey of self-discovery is not a straight-line rise from one level of consciousness to another. Instead, it is a series of steep climbs and flat plateaus, then further climbs. Even though we all approach the journey from different directions, certain of the journey's characteristics are common to all of us.


Operations of the Human Consciousness

By Dr. de Purucker


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Now, the operations of the human consciousness are threefold, if you analyze them carefully; and these threefold operations men have designated by the words religion, philosophy, and science. . . .
They are not fundamentally different, but are like the three sides of a triangle, or like three views or ways of looking at truth, and their unified vision proclaims the recondite facts of Being.



Victory in Defeat

By Edwin Markham


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Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.



Children

By Paul Hazard


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Children are rich with all they do not own, rich with the potential wonders of their universe. Making believe is not only one of their earliest pleasures, it is their vital spark, the token of their liberty. Reason does not curb them, for they have not yet learned its restraints. Happy beings, they live in the clouds, playing lightheartedly without a care.


Bonds of Humanity...

By St. Augustine


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There is no one in the whole human family to whom kindly affection is not due by reasons of the bond of common humanity, although it may not be due on the ground of reciprocal love.


The Road to Happiness

By Mikhail Gorbachev


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The restructuring doesn't come easily for us. We critically assess each step we are making, test ourselves by practical results, and keenly realize that what looks acceptable and sufficient today may be obsolete tomorrow....

There is a great thirst for mutual understanding and mutual communication in the world. It is felt among politicians, it is gaining momentum among the intelli-gentsia, representatives of culture, and the public at large....

The restructuring is a must for a world overflowing with nuclear weapons; for a world ridden with serious economic and ecological problems; for a world laden with poverty, backwardness and disease; for a human race now facing the urgent need of ensuring its own survival.

We are all students, and our teacher is life and time.... We want people of every country to enjoy prosperity, welfare and happiness. The road to this lies through proceeding to a nuclear-free, non-violent world


The Art of Giving

By Kent Nerburn-Letters to my Son


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Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom and other lay brown beneath the August sun.

Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made.

And give. Give in any way you can, of whatever you possess. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than how it is shared, and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.



The Path...

By Kirbi Van Mater


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Life is the great teacher, and the first step in discipline is to learn how to bring spiritual values into daily living. Some of the qualities needed and sought are love for all, harmony, patience, indifference to personal pleasure or pain, and courage to pursue truth.
Consistent practice of these virtues cuts the bonds holding us within our limited field of experience and works the change from personal awareness to universal values.
This is the "secret" path or way that if faithfully pursued reconciles man with God and makes the outer and the inner man be at one. We then discover that we already are what we would become.


No Boundaries...

By James A. Long


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Those of us who profess to have a sincere desire to add our mite to the betterment of man should ask ourselves: are we interested solely in the light which these great ideas can shed on our own limited environment, or are we moved to live and work so that the sun of truth may shine in the souls of all men everywhere?


Humanity...

By Howard Thurman


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To speak of the love for humanity is meaningless. There is no such thing as humanity. What we call humanity has a name, was born, lives on a street, gets hungry, needs all the particular things we need. As an abstract, it has no reality whatsoever.


Be Where You Are...

By Rabbi M.M. Schneerson


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In each Journey of your life, you must Be, where you are.
You may be passing through on your way to somewhere else seemingly more important - nevertheless, there is purpose in where you are right now.
If only for the purpose of reaching the next step, be entirely dedicated to what you are doing now, so you reach the next step in the most complete and perfect way possible.








Universal Guidance...

By The Secret Doctrine i, 274-276


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The universe is worked and guided from within outwards. As above so it is below, as in heaven so on earth; and man -- the microcosm and miniature copy of the macrocosm -- is the living witness to this Universal Law and to the mode of its action. We see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind. . . . The whole Kosmos is guided, controlled, and animated by almost endless series of Hierarchies of sentient Beings, each having a mission to perform, and who -- whether we give to them one name or another, and call them Dhyan-Chohans or Angels -- are ''messengers'' in the sense only that they are the agents of Karmic and Cosmic Laws. They vary infinitely in their respective degrees of consciousness and intelligence. . . .
Man . . . being a compound of the essences of all those celestial Hierarchies may succeed in making himself, as such, superior, in one sense, to any hierarchy or class, or even combination of them.





Examine Yourselves...

By G. de Purucker


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Examine yourselves; realize that there is divinity within you, call it by what name you please. . . . Examine your own inner movements of consciousness, and you will know that these things of glory are in you. They are the working in you of your inner god, your spiritual inner sun.
This is the message of the great Sages and Seers of all the ages. . . .

. . . that living fire of consciousness within your breast which tells you of your oneness with all that is, and of your kinship with everything that is; for verily you are akin to the gods who are the rulers and counselors and governors of the Universe.


The Meaning of Time

By unknown


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To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.




Fire and Water...

By Rabbi Laibl Wolf


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Fire and water are two of our most precious spiritual attributes. Allow wisdom to flow like water, downwards, to those below you. Allow passion to fire and animate those whose potential is to soar above you.


Absolute Consciousness...

By H. P. Blavatsky


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Whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached "reality"; but only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya [illusion].


What Makes Us Valiant...

By Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)


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It is not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a lifelong struggle that makes us valiant.


Crescendo of Sensation...

By William James


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In every crescendo of sensation, in every effort to recall, in every progress towards the satisfaction of desire, this succession of an emptiness and fullness that have reference to each other and are one flesh is the essence of the phenomenon.


That Which You Cannot Imagine...

By Rumi


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I died from the mineral kingdom and became a plant;

I died to vegetable nature and became an animal;

I died to animality and became a human being.

Next time I will die to human nature and lift up my head among the angels.

Once again I will leave angelic nature and become that which you cannot imagine.


Remote Knowledge...

By John Milton


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We boast our light, but if we look not wisely on the sun itself, it smites us into darkness. The light which we have gained was given us, not to be ever staring on, but by it to discover onward things more remote from our knowledge.


Attitude...

By Charles Swindal


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The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone may say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill. The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable. The one thing we can change is the only thing we have any control over, and that is our attitude. I''m convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us, and 90% how we react to it.


Time is But a Stream...

By Henry David Thoreau


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Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.


The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost- 1875


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TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference



Universal Connection...

By Immanuel Kant


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Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within. I have not to search for them and conjecture them as though they were veiled in darkness or were in the transcendent region beyond my horizon; I see them before me and connect them directly with the consciousness of my existence. The former begins from the place I occupy in the external world of sense, and enlarges my connection therein to an unbounded extent with worlds upon worlds and systems of systems, and moreover into limitless times of their periodic motion, its beginning and continuance. The second begins from my invisible self, my personality, and exhibits me in a world which has true infinity, but which is traceable only by the understanding, and with which I discern that I am not in a merely contingent, but in a universal and necessary, connection, as I am also thereby with all those visible worlds.


Before Retiring...

By Katherine Tingley


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Let us end the day with more power of thought for self-conquest than we had at the beginning of the day.
Let us close our eyes tonight with a clean conscience, and with a feeling of generous love for all that breathes, which is the best side of our natures.
Let us seek more knowledge, more light, more strength, in the silence of our last thoughts before retiring.



Voluntary Obedience...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson


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And so I think that the last lesson of life, the choral song which rises from all elements and all angels, is a voluntary obedience, a necessitated freedom. Man is made of the same atoms as the world is, he shares the same impressions, predispositions, and destiny. When his mind is illuminated, when his heart is kind, he throws himself joyfully into the sublime order and does, with knowledge, what the stones do by structure.

The laws are his consolers: the good laws themselves are alive, they know if he have kept them, they animate him with the leading of great duty, and an endless horizon.


One is the Whole...

By Albert Einstein


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A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.


Humanity - a Class of Gods...

By John Van Mater, Jr.


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Despite its destructive tendencies, humanity is a class of young gods, part of Gaia''s spiritual heart, the Hierarchy of Compassion. There are no simple, rapid cures for blindness and selfishness, for we need time to mature spiritually. Our ethics can reflect universal brotherhood -- seeing all beings as divinities and thus loved as sacred. Creative solutions to current global challenges may fuse future sciences with the arts and religion, supporting an ageless wisdom. Our capacity to live compassionately with other beings should naturally follow.


The Opposite of Life is not Death...

By Elie Wiesel


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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.



Karma...

By William Quan Judge


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Karma is both merciful and just. Mercy and Justice are only opposite poles of a single whole; and Mercy without Justice is not possible in the operations of Karma. That which man calls Mercy and Justice is defective, errant, and impure.


Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself...

By Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov


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Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Why? Because every human being has a root in the Unity, and to reject the minutest particle of the Unity is to reject it all.


Wind Merges Into the Wind...

By Sri Guru Granth Sahib


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The wind merges into the wind. The light blends into the light. The dust
becomes one with the dust. What support is there for the one who is
lamenting? Who has died? O, who has died? Meet together with the
God-realized, and inquire into this. What a wondrous thing has happened!
No one knows what happens after death. The one who is lamenting will
also arise and depart. Mortal beings are bound by the bonds of doubt
and attachment. When life becomes a dream, the blind man babbles and
grieves in vain. The Creator Being created this creation. It comes and
goes, subject to the Divine Will. No one dies; no one is capable of dying.
The Soul does not perish; it is imperishable. That which is known, does
not exist. I am a sacrifice to the one who knows this. Says Nanak, the Guru
has dispelled my doubt. No one dies; no one comes or goes (sggs 885).



Gate of Heaven...

By Thomas Traherne


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The world is a Mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a Region of Light and Peace, did not man disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God . . . the Place of Angels and the Gate of Heaven.


No Man is an Island...

By John Donne


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All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less...any man''''s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.



About Giving and Taking...

By Kahlil Gibran


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Go your fields and see:
It is joyous for the bee to gather the sweetness of the flower, and the flower gratefully gives his sweetness.
For the bee, the flower is life and for the flower the bee is a messenger of love.
I wish we all were like the flowers and the bees.



End Of Sorrow

By Bhagavad Gita 2:64-65


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But when you move amidst the world free attachment and
Aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrow end;
And you live in the wisdom of the Self.




Everlasting...

By Louise L. Hay


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The sun is always shining. Even though clouds may come along and obscure the sun for a while, the sun is always shining. The sun never stops shining. And even though the earth turns, and the sun appears to go down, it really never stops shining.


Truth...

By H. P. Balavatzky


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The whole essence of truth cannot
be transmitted from mouth
to ear. Nor can any pen describe it, not even
that of the recording Angel, unless
man finds the answer in the sanctuary
of his own Heart, in the innermost
depths of his divine intuition.



Divine Essence

By Katherine Tingley


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ALL that is true and noble and beautiful is mirrored
at times in the aspirations of our thought-life.
But no man can make these aspirations a part
of his daily conduct by depending
solely on an intellectual grasp of life’s
meaning. It is utterly
impossible until man accepts
himself as a being divine in essence.



Prism

By H. P. Balavatzki


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As the white light is decomposed by the
prism into the various colors of the solar spectrum,
so the beam of divine truth, in passing through the
three-sided prism of man''s nature, has broken
up into vari-colored fragments called Religions.
Combined, their aggregate represents one eternal truth;
separate, they are but shades of human error and the
signs of imperfection.



The Right Hour...

By William Q. Judge


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Nothing is gained, but a good deal is lost
by impatience - not only strength, but also
Sight and intuition. So decide nothing hastily.
Wait; make no set plan. Wait for the hour to
make the decision, for if you decide in advance
of the time you tend to raise a confusion.



World Regeneration

By Charles Kingsley


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The only way to regenerate the world is to
do the duty which lies nearest to us, and
not to hunt after grand, far-fetched ones for
ourselves. If each drop of rain chose where it
should fall, God''s showers would not fall as they
do now, on the evil and on the good alike.



Success of the Heart

By Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade and
Will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe
And cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success
Which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty
Heart.



So Simple . . .

By By Jane Bartlett Walter


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In a large city in Alabama in 1945, some of us "war widows" set up a canteen for officers in one of the city''s hotels. One afternoon a General came in for coffee, music, and perhaps a game of bridge. He was a big man - tall, greying, and full of confidence. The younger officers seemed to gravitate to him, as if drawn by a magnet, for his strength was most compelling.

After a while they drifted off to dance and I got a chance to speak with him. He had a wonderfully direct way of looking at you, an easy sense of humor, and a contagious chuckle. We discussed war, with all its horrors, its rigid discipline, and so on, and I asked him how he had come through it all and still kept his humor and wits about him. Almost shyly he took out a well-worn slip of paper from his uniform pocket and handed it to me. "This," he said, "has pulled me through quite a few seemingly insurmountable problems." I read the little poem - almost a prayer - and then re-read it. This huge man, leader of many men, lived in war and in peace by these simple words:

I am the place where God shines through,
For He and I are one, not two.
He wants me where, and as I am,
I need not fret, nor fear, nor plan.
If I will be relaxed and free
He''ll carry out his work through me.

Now I could understand his clear, direct gaze, his confident bearing, and the magnetism the junior officers felt when he entered. I never saw the General again, but had I been fighting in a war I should have liked to have had him as my commanding officer.

(From Sunrise magazine, October/November 1999; copyright © 1999 Theosophical University Press)



Perfection of the Soul

By Vivekananda


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Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being, in the end, will attain to that state. Whatever we are now is the result of whatever we have been or thought in the past; and whatever we shall be in the future will be the result of what we do or think now.


Stars...

By Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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"And at night you will look up at the stars. Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found. It is better, like that. My star will just be one of the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens . . . they will all be your friends. And, besides, I am going to make you a present."

He laughed again. "Ah, little prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!" "That is my present. Just that."

"What are you trying to say?" "All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You - you alone - will have the stars as no one else has them.”

"What are you trying to say?"

"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night . . . You - only you - will have stars that can laugh!" And he laughed again. "And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure . . . And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, "Yes, the stars always make me laugh!" And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you . . ." And he laughed again. "It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh . . ."


Bottomless Heart...

By Pema Chodron


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When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.


Nostalgia of the Soul...

By G. de Purucker


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There is a hunger in every human heart, which nothing can satisfy or appease . . . a hunger for the real, a hunger for the sublime. It is the nostalgia of the soul, of the spirit-soul of man. The source of this longing is the homesickness brought about by the soul-memory of our spiritual abode, whence we came and towards which we are now on our return journey.


If We Can Learn

By Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman


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If we can learn to understand the language of the feeling world at the root of our beliefs and actions, we can better understand how to love and embrace hope for new solutions. The hope of the new millennium and this decade is that we will recognize that emotions are the next frontier to be understood and managed for personal, social and global peace and quality of life.


The Hidden Power of the Heart

By Sara Paddison


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When the heart is enlivened again, it feels like the sun coming out after a week of rainy days. There is hope in the heart that chases the clouds away. Hope is a higher heart frequency and as you begin to reconnect with your heart, hope is waiting to show you new possibilities and arrest the downward spiral of grief and loneliness. It becomes a matter of how soon you want the sun to shine. Listening to the still, small voice in your heart will make hope into a reality.


Don't Change Me

By Andrea Ayvazian


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A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked,"Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?" Muste replied, "Oh, I don't do it to change the country, I do it so the country won't change me.


The Shape of Our Lives

By David Schwartz


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The shape of our lives is defined by our insertion into institutions and systems whose interlocking power generates the "virtual reality" we experience. Such 'knowledge' is so thoroughly a part of our worldview that it simply would not occur to most people to question it. Yet underneath this reality is another, subinstitutional reality in which very different responses are simply acted out. This is the reality in which everyone, until very recently, lived.


I've Learned That

By Maya Angelou


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"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."
"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."



We Will Not Fear

By Edward R. Murrow


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We will not walk in fear, one of another. We are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. This is no time . . . to keep silent.


My Reality

By David Schwartz


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The shape of our lives is defined by our insertion into institutions and systems whose interlocking power generates the "virtual reality" we experience. Such 'knowledge' is so thoroughly a part of our worldview that it simply would not occur to most people to question it. Yet underneath this reality is another, subinstitutional reality in which very different responses are simply acted out. This is the reality in which everyone, until very recently, lived.



Believe and Conform

By Gautama Buddha


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Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honor
for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.



The Greatest Improvement

By Socrates


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Do not take thought for your persons or your properties, but first and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that the virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue come money and every other good of man, public as well as private... The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death.


Our Gain - Our Loss

By M. K. Gandhi


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I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him or her, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.


This World-Appearance

By Swami Venkatesananda


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This world-appearance is a confusion: even as the blueness of the sky is an optical illusion. I think it is better not to let the mind dwell on it, but to ignore it. (Yoga Vashistha I.3.2)


Miracle On Earth

By Thich Nhat Hanh


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People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don''t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle.


We Are Saved By

By Reinhold Niebuhr:


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Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history,
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone,
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own,
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.



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