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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:20 am

Even Marxist ideologues virtually have ceased to predict the approach of a Golden Age. To most observers, T. S. Eliot among them, it has seemed far more probable that we are stumbling into a new Dark Age, inhumane, merciless, a totalist political domination in which the life of spirit and the inquiring intellect will be denounced, harassed, and propagandized against: Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, rather than Huxley’s Brave New World of cloying sensuality. Or perhaps Tolkien’s blasted and servile land of Mordor may serve as symbol of the human condition in the twenty-first century...
Excerpt From: George A. Panichas. Essential Russell Kirk; "Civilization Without Religion"
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:21 pm

To understand the divine philosophy of life, there is very
little need of academic education. The education which we receive in the
Almighty’s kindergarten by the simple trust and self-surrender is
sufficient for that purpose. The secret of work in the field of truth is the
simple trust in the All-providing power within us.
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:41 pm

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Hamlet
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by rowboat » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:31 am

inspire (v.)
mid-14c., enspiren, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.);" also "to prompt or induce (someone to do something)," from Old French enspirer (13c.), from Latin inspirare "blow into, breathe upon," figuratively "inspire, excite, inflame," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)).
The Latin word was used as a loan-translation of Greek pnein in the Bible. General sense of "influence or animate with an idea or purpose" is from late 14c. Also sometimes used in literal sense in Middle English.


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Relief. Ben Nicholson

It is this durability which gives the things of the world their relative independence from
men who produced and use them, their "objectivity" which makes them withstand, "stand
against" and endure, at least for a time, the voracious needs and wants of their living makers and
users. From this viewpoint, the things of the world have the function of stabilizing human life,
and their objectivity lies in the fact that—in contradiction to the Heraclitean saying that the same
man can never enter the same stream—men, their ever-changing nature notwithstanding, can
retrieve their sameness, that is, their identity, by being related to the same chair and the same table.
- Hannah Arendt The Human Condition
Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:16 pm

The scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the media of his own age.
C.S. Lewis
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Bundokji » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:19 pm

"What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears"
Seneca
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:26 pm

If thou would'st right the world,
And banish all its evils and its woes,
Make its wild places bloom,
And its drear deserts blossom as the rose -
Then right thyself.

If thou would'st turn the world
From its long, lone captivity in sin,
Restore all broken hearts,
Slay grief, and let sweet consolation in -
Turn thou thyself.

If thou would'st cure the world
Of its long sickness, end its grief and pain;
Bring in all-healing joy,
And give to the afflicted rest again -
Then cure thyself.

If thou would'st wake the world
Out of its dream of death and dark'ning strife,
Bring it to Love and Peace,
And Light and brightness of immortal Life -
Wake thou thyself.
James Allen
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:49 pm

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
John Wesley
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Bundokji » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:46 pm

The illustrious ancients, when they wished to make clear and to propagate the highest virtues in the world, put their states in proper order. Before putting their states in proper order, they regulated their families. Before regulating their families, they cultivated their own selves. Before cultivating their own selves, they perfected their souls. Before perfecting their souls, they tried to be sincere in their thoughts. Before trying to be sincere in their thoughts, they extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such investigation of knowledge lay in the investigation of things, and in seeing them as they really were. When things were thus investigated, knowledge became complete. When knowledge was complete, their thoughts became sincere. When their thoughts were sincere, their souls became perfect. When their souls were perfect, their own selves became cultivated. When their selves were cultivated, their families became regulated. When their families were regulated, their states came to be put into proper order. When their states were in proper order, then the whole world became peaceful and happy.
Confucian Proper Order
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Coëmgenu » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:35 pm

Oh, when will I stay in a mountain cave,
Alone, with no companion,
Discerning all states of existence as impermanent?
This hope of mine, when will it be?

Oh, when will I stay happily in the forest,
A sage wearing a torn robe, dressed in ochre,
Unselfish, without desire,
With greed, hatred, and delusion destroyed?

Oh, when will I stay alone in the wood,
Fearless, discerning this body as impermanent,
A nest of death and disease,
Oppressed by death and old age;
When will it be?

Oh, when will I live, having grasped the sharp sword of wisdom
And cut the creeper of craving that tangles around everything,
The mother of fear, the bringer of suffering,
When will it be?
Oh, when will I, seated on the lion’s throne,
Swiftly grasp the sword of the sages,
Forged by wisdom, of fiery might,
And swiftly break Māra and his army? When will it be?

Oh, when will I be seen striving in the assemblies
By those who are virtuous, poised, respecting the Dhamma,
Seeing things as they are, with faculties subdued?
When will it be?

Oh, when will I focus on my own goal on Giribbaja mountain,
Free of oppression by laziness, hunger, thirst,
Wind, heat, insects, and reptiles?
When will it be?

Oh, when will I have samādhi and mindfulness,
And with understanding attain the four truths,
That were realized by the great sage,
And are so very hard to see? When will it be?

Oh, when will I, devoted to tranquillity,
See with understanding the infinite sights,
Sounds, smells, tastes, touches, and mental phenomena
As burning? When will it be?

Oh, when will I not be downcast
Because of criticism,
Nor elated because of praise?
When will it be?

Oh when will I discern the aggregates
And the infinite varieties of phenomena,
Both internal and external, as no more than
Wood, grass, and creepers? When will it be?

Oh, when will the winter clouds rain freshly
As I wear my robe in the forest,
Walking the path trodden by the sages?
When will it be?

Oh, when will I rise up, intent on attaining the deathless,
Hearing in the mountain cave
The cry of the crested peacock in the forest?
When will it be?

Oh, when will I cross the Ganges, Yamunā,
And Sarasvatī rivers, the Pātāla country,
And the dangerous Baḷavāmukha sea,
By psychic power, without hindrance? When will it be?

Oh, when will I be devoted to jhāna,
Rejecting entirely the signs of beauty,
Splitting apart desire for sensual pleasures,
Like an elephant that wanders without ties;
When will it be?

Oh, when will I realise the teaching of the great sage
And be content, like a poor person in debt,
Harassed by creditors, who finds a hidden treasure?
When will it be?

For many years you begged me,
“Enough of living in a house for you!”
Why do you not urge me on, mind,
Now I’ve gone forth as an ascetic?

Didn’t you beg me, mind,
“On Giribbaja, the birds with colourful wings,
Greeting the thunder, Mahinda’s voice,
Will delight you as you practice jhāna in the forest”?

In my family circle, friends, loved ones, and relatives;
And in the world, sports and play, and sensual pleasures;
All these I have abandoned for the sake of this:
And even then you’re not content with me, mind!

This is mine alone, it doesn’t belong to others;
When it is time to don your armour, why lament?
Reflecting that all this is unstable,
I went forth, longing for the deathless state.

The methodical teacher, supreme among people,
Great physician, charioteer of tractable people, said,
“The mind sways like a monkey,
So it’s very hard to control if you are not free of lust.”

Sensual pleasures are diverse, sweet, delightful;
Ignorant unenlightened people are attached to them.
Seeking to be reborn in another state of existence, they wish for suffering;
Led on by their mind, they’re relegated to hell.

“Staying in the grove resounding with cries
Of peacocks and herons, and liked by leopards and tigers,
Abandon concern for the body, without fail!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Develop the jhānas and spiritual faculties,
The powers, factors of awakening, and samādhi meditation;
Realise the three knowledges in the teaching of the Buddha!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Develop the eight-fold path for realizing the deathless,
Emancipating, plunging into the end of all suffering,
And cleansing all defilements!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Properly reflect on the aggregates as suffering,
And abandon that from which suffering arises;
Make an end of suffering in this very life!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Properly discern that impermanence is suffering,
That emptiness is non-self, and that misery is death.
Uproot the wandering mind!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Bald, unsightly, accursed,
Seek alms amongst families, bowl in hand.
Devote yourself to the word of the teacher, the great sage!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Wander the streets well-restrained,
With your mind unattached to families and sensual pleasures,
Like the full moon when the night is clear!”
So you used to urge me, mind.

“Be a wilderness-dweller and an alms-eater,
One who lives in charnel grounds, a rag-robe wearer,
One who never lies down, always delighting in ascetic practices.”
So you used to urge me, mind.

Mind, when you urge me towards the impermanent and unstable,
You are acting just like a person who plants trees,
Then, when they are about to fruit,
Wishes to cut down the very same trees.

You, incorporeal mind, far-traveller, lone-wanderer:
I won’t do your bidding any more.
Sensual pleasures are suffering, painful, and very dangerous;
I’ll wander with my mind focussed only on nibbāna.

I didn’t renounce due to bad luck or shamelessness,
Nor because of a whim, nor banishment,
Nor for the sake of a livelihood;
It was because I agreed to the promise you made, mind.

“Having few wishes, abandoning disparagement,
Stilling suffering: these are praised by good people.”
So you used to urge me, mind,
But now you continue with your old habits!

Craving, ignorance, the loved and unloved,
Pretty sights, pleasant feelings,
And the delightful kinds of sensual pleasure: I’ve vomited them all;
And I can’t swallow back what I’ve vomited up.

I’ve done your bidding everywhere, mind!
For many births, I haven’t done anything to upset you,
Yet you show your gratitude by producing craving inside yourself!
For a long time I’ve transmigrated in the suffering you’ve created.

Only you, mind, make us holy men;
You make us lords or royal sages;
Sometimes we become traders or workers;
Life as a god is also on account of you.

You alone make us titans;
Because of you we are born in hell;
Then sometimes we become animals,
Life as an ghost is also on account of you.

Come what may, you won’t betray me again,
Dazzling me with your ever-changing display;
You play with me like I’m mad—
But how have I ever failed you, mind?

In the past my mind wandered
How it wished, where it liked, as it pleased.
Now I’ll carefully guide it,
As a rutting elephant is guided by a trainer with a hook.

The teacher willed that this world appear to me
As impermanent, unstable, insubstantial.
Mind, let me leap into the conqueror’s teaching,
Carry me over the great flood, so very hard to cross.

Things have changed, mind!
Nothing could make me return to your control!
I’ve gone forth in the teaching of the great sage,
Those like me don’t come to ruin.

Mountains, oceans, rivers, the earth;
The four directions, the intermediate directions, below and in the sky;
The three states of existence are all impermanent and troubled—
Where can you go to find happiness, mind?

Mind, what will you do to someone
Who has made the ultimate commitment?
Nothing could make me a follower
Under your control, mind;
There’s no way you’d touch a bellows
With a mouth open at each end;
Let alone the body flowing with its nine streams!

You’ve ascended the mountain peak, full of nature’s beauty,
Frequented by boars and antelopes,
A grove sprinkled with fresh water in the rainy-season;
And there you’ll be happy in your cave-home.

Peacocks with beautiful necks and crests,
Colourful tail-feathers and wings,
Crying out at the sweet-sounding thunder:
They’ll delight you as you practice jhāna in the forest.

When the sky has rained down,
And the grass is four inches high,
And the grove is full of flowers, like a cloud,
In the mountain cleft, like the fork of a tree, I’ll lie;
It will be as soft as cotton-buds.

I’ll act as a master does:
Let whatever I get be enough for me.
I’ll make you as supple,
As a good worker makes a cat-skin bag.

I’ll act as a master does:
Let whatever I get be enough for me.
I’ll control you with my energy,
As the trainer controls a rutting elephant with a hook.

Now that you’re well-tamed and reliable,
I can use you, like a trainer uses a straight-running horse,
To practice the safe path,
Cultivated by those who take care of their minds.

I shall strongly fasten you to a meditation subject,
As an elephant is tied to a post with firm rope.
You’ll be well-guarded by me, well-developed by mindfulness,
And unattached to rebirth in all states of existence.

You’ll use understanding to cut the follower of the wrong path,
Restrain them by practice, and settle them on the right path;
And when you have seen the cause of suffering arise and pass away,
You’ll be an heir to the greatest teacher.

Under the sway of the four distortions, mind,
You led me as if all around the world;
And now you won’t associate with the great sage of compassion,
The cutter of fetters and bonds?

Like a deer roaming free in the colourful forest,
I’ll ascend the lovely mountain wreathed in cloud,
And rejoice to be on that hill, free of folk—
There is no doubt you’ll perish, mind.

The men and women who live under your will and command,
Whatever pleasure they experience,
They are ignorant and fall under Māra’s control;
Loving life, they’re your disciples, mind.
(Thag 19.1)
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.
吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:18 pm

Will wrote:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the beings you can,
As long as ever you can,
To the absolute 100% utmost that you possibly can,
In the most immaculate way that you can,
And then teach others the same, because you not only can, but you actually ought to, because they, too, can;
And then the peace the world would become I'm not even sure imagine you can.
John Wesley (+a bit of me)
From today on, I vow to live my life by this quote.

Just googled and wikipediaed him briefly. Seems like a wise and good man, doesn't bother me for being Christian...

...after a brief Google search it seems it may be a misquote... so I can't say who said it, and it doesn't really matter.
https://vitalpiety.com/2013/04/29/wesle ... s-you-can/


And so, I go off social media and some other preoccupations (they're good, but I've got to work on things) in order to do what I can.

I will be back some time next year.

Yes, we [all] can. ~ Barack O.
Just do it. ~ Nike Inc.
[And then] Keep walking. ~ Johnnie W.


"atha kho bhagavā bhikkhū āmantesi — “handa dāni, bhikkhave, āmantayāmi vo, vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā”ti. ayaṃ tathāgatassa pacchimā vācā."
"All conditioned things are of a nature to decay — strive for your own liberation with diligence."
~The Buddha

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:12 am

Forgot exactly where I found that quote, but the source was supposed to be one of Wesley's Letters. There are eight volumes of them online, and I did find many times he would write "do all the good you can", but I was too lazy to look through them all.

Here are his letters, for a more diligent searcher:

http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-l ... sley/#vol1
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Post by Stiphan » Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:26 am

Will wrote:Forgot exactly where I found that quote, but the source was supposed to be one of Wesley's Letters. There are eight volumes of them online, and I did find many times he would write "do all the good you can", but I was too lazy to look through them all.

Here are his letters, for a more diligent searcher:

http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-l ... sley/#vol1
Thanks. As I said, it's not really important whether Wesley said them or the Buddha said them or I said them or my neighbour said them -- they are good words that are worth living by. Thank you for sharing them as they are making a huge difference and if one puts them into practice, they will lead to great benefit for their doer and for the people affected by her or him.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:14 pm

If the words are found to be inspiring and admired, then it is only natural to bow to the one who brought them forth. Without the mind and persona of some few individuals, there would be no inspiration to notice, value and practice.
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:26 am

There is a wonderful French proverb which runs thus: Tout com-prendre, c'est tout pardonner: To understand everything is to forgive all. To understand all the hid causes, the results, the past destiny, the present strength, the temptation, the virtue, whatever it may be — to understand all this is to have divine knowledge, and it means to forgive. It is a wonderful proverb and must have been uttered, I venture to say, first by some human being who had a touch of illumination.
G. de Purucker "The Heritage of Man is Man Himself."
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