Wisdom Quotations

Words of wisdom that help me on my path that I pass on to you in the hopes they enhance your wellbeing and guide you on your spiritual journey

 

“The experience of the presence of God is available and within at all times, but awaits choice. That choice is made only by surrendering everything other than peace and love to God. In return, the Divinity of the Self reveals Itself as ever present- but not experienced- because it has been ignored or forgotten, or one has chosen otherwise.”

-D. Hawkins (2011)

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“What we think of as reality is an illusion, a lie. Thus we cannot know reality until we idealize and divinize all creatures including ourselves.”

O.M. Aivanhov (1985)

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“We must take the pains to make ourselves visibly all that God has made us invisibly.”

-Oswald Chambers

(McCasland, 2008)

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“[Mystics as]…ambassadors of God on earth, witnessing to the beauty of holiness, the power of humility, the joy of poverty and the freedom of service.”

-S. Radhakrishnan (2008)

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“We will know that we are home in God when we are home in one another’s hearts.”

-Marianne Williamson (2002)

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“This is the only thing I believe in: the work of thought by which you can give divine direction, a divine meaning, to every activity of your lives and be sure that they are always beneficial to yourselves and every creature in the world.”

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov (2000)

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“The first thing to do when you meet a difficulty, is to concentrate, to enter into yourself and make contact with the invisible world, so as to be given the light to see what you should do.”

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov (2000)

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“All that the imagination can imagine and the reason conceive and understand in this life is not, and cannot be, a proximate means of union with God.”

-St. John of the Cross

(in A. Huxley, 1945)

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“Patience may be defined as that quality of life which makes suffering creative; and impatience as that whereby suffering becomes a destructive force.”

 -Robert Llewelyn, A Doorway to Silence

(in Juliet Mabey, 1998)

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“Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul”

-Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

(in Juliet Mabey, 1998)

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Turning to God [requires] turning from self.

-Aldous Huxley (1945)

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“Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown.”

-Erwin Schrodinger, the cofounder of quantum mechanics.

(cited by Ken Wilber, 2017)

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I pray with love; I worship with devotion.

Rig-Veda I.58.7

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

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“Pride is the sin of making ‘self’ our god.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

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“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against its being,

otherwise we all remain too frightened.”

-Hafiz

(translation D. Ladinsky, 2002)

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“I said to God,

‘What are you?’ And he replied,

‘I am what is loved. I am not what should be loved

for how cruel that would then be for my bride.’

-St. Teresa of Avila

(translation D. Ladinsky, 2002)

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“Thinking is a symptom”

-Hugh Prather (1972)

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“Noise is a cruel ruler

Who is always imposing curfews,

While stillness and quiet

Break open the vintage bottles,

Awake the real Band.”

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

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All (created things) obey the bidding of the Immortal One.

Rig-Veda X.13.1

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

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“Our Lord’s making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity of ours at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us- He only asks us to do the things that we are perfectly fit to do through His grace, and that is where the cross we must bear will always come.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

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“And love says

‘I will, I will take care of you,’

To everything that is Near.”

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

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YOUR FIDELITY TO LOVE

Your fidelity to love, that is all you need.

No day will then match your strength.

What was once a fear or problem will see

you coming, and step aside…or run.

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 2011)

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We invoke the Stream of Inspiration with pure thoughts.

Rig-Veda VI.61.2

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

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“Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight. The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

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“How fascinating the idea of death can be.

Too bad though,

Because it just isn’t True”

-Hafiz

 (translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

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One who offers worship with prayers embraces the divine laws.

Rig-Veda I.183.3

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

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“The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is the divine life that continually makes more and more discoveries about the divine mind.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

 

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“The voice of the river that has emptied into the Ocean

Now laughs and sings just like God.”

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

 

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“Sin is a fundamental relationship- it is not wrong doing, but wrong being- it is deliberate and determined independence from God.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

 

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My thoughts turn towards God to know the Light of Heaven.

Rig-Veda X.43.1

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

 

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“Even after all this time

The sun never says to the earth,

‘You owe me.’

 

Look what happens

With a love like that,

It lights the whole sky”

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

 

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“Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

 

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“The Knower within us reveals the path to God.”

Rig-Veda I.72.7

(translation: G. Hattiangdi, 2002)

 

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“Complaint is only possible while living in the suburbs of God.”

-Hafiz

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 1999)

 

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“… God frequently has to knock the bottom out of your experiences as His saint to get you in direct contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of emotional enjoyment of His blessings.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

 

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“Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God.”

-Oswald Chambers (1992)

 

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…“Die before you die”, said the Prophet Muhammad.

Have wings that feared ever touched the sun?

I was born when all I once feared– I could love.

-Rabia

(translation: D. Ladinsky, 2002)

 

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“Through you, I see beyond you, to that which expresses itself as the you that I love”

-John Welwood (2003)