Inspiring Words

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Kusala » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:47 am

There seems to be a close bond between Native American spirituality and Dharmic traditions...

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:16 am

The Beloved of the Gods, the king Piyadassi, when he had been consecrated twenty years, came in person and reverenced the place where Buddha Sákyamuni was born. He caused a stone enclosure to be made and a stone pillar to be erected.
Ashoka, Rummindei Pillar Inscription (3rd century BCE)
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:19 am

Human nature is disposed to do good, just as water flows downwards. There is no man that does not show this tendency to goodness.
Mencius, (4th century BCE)
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:42 pm

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:53 pm

"More than half a century of existence has taught me that most of the wrong and folly which darken earth is due to those who cannot possess their souls in quiet; that most of the good which saves mankind from destruction comes of life that is led in thoughtful stillness. Every day the world grows noisier; I, for one, will have no part in that increasing clamour, and, were it only by my silence, I confer a boon on all."

George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by denise » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:06 am

"The truth may be out there but the lies are all in your mind"....Terry Pratchett

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:38 pm

"Here there is rest at last,
A sweet forgetting of the past;
There is no future here, nor aught
Save this soft healing pause of thought."

Arthur Symons, Silhouettes (1892)

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:46 pm

Once real virtue, manhood, the courage and responsibility of free men, are extinguished in a society, presently security evaporates, too; but that is the lesser loss. There is something better than to know what it is to be guaranteed and protected and pensioned. The better state is to know what it is to be a man.
Russell Kirk
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:36 am

He who gave us our nature to be perfected by our virtue, willed also the necessary means of its perfection.
Edmund Burke
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:51 pm

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.
Isaac Watts
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:25 am

We figure to ourselves Intellect as an ethereal sea, which ebbs and flows, which surges and washes hither and thither, carrying its whole virtue into every creek and inlet which it bathes. To this sea every human house has a water front. But this force, creating nature, visiting whom it will and withdrawing from whom it will, making day where it comes and leaving night when it departs, is no fee or property of man or angel. It is as the light, public and entire to each, and on the same terms.
Emerson
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:43 pm

Yet what we really want is not a haste to act, [to practicality], but a certain piety toward
the source of action and knowledge. In fact we have to say that there is a certain beatitude,—I can
call it nothing less,—to which all men are entitled, tasted by them in different degrees,
which is a perfection of their nature, and to which their entrance must be in every way
forwarded. Practical men, though they could lift the globe, cannot arrive at this.
Something very different has to be done,—the availing ourselves of every impulse of
genius, an emanation of the heaven it tells of, and the resisting this conspiracy of men
and material things against the sanitary and legitimate inspirations of the intellectual nature.
Emerson
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:25 pm

Our eating, trading, marrying, and learning are mistaken by us for ends and realities,
whilst they are properly symbols only; when we have come, by a divine leading, into
the inner firmament, we are apprised of the unreality or representative character of
what we esteemed final.
Emerson
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:24 pm

The man down in Nature occupies himself in guarding, in feeding, in warming and multiplying his body, and, as long as he knows no more, we justify him; but presently a mystic change is wrought, a new perception opens, and he is made a citizen of the world of souls: he feels what is called duty; he is aware that he owes a higher allegiance to do and live as a good member of this universe. In the measure in which he has this sense he is a man, rises to the universal life. The high intellect is absolutely at one with moral nature.
From Emerson, "The Sovereignty Of Ethics"
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:52 pm

My belief in the use of a course on philosophy is that the student shall learn to appreciate the miracle of the mind; shall learn its subtle but immense power, or shall begin to learn it; shall come to know that in seeing and in no tradition, he must find what truth is; that he shall see in it the source of all traditions, and shall see each one of them as better or worse statement of its revelations; shall come to trust it entirely, as the only true; to cleave to God against the name of God. When he has once known the oracle he will need no priest.
From Emerson's Natural History Of Intellect
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:47 am

Hold aloft the light and stand firm to thy post,
Till all wandering souls have reached their goal in safety.
Service brings strength and renewed life,
Love cures all weariness,
And Faith, the shining jewel of life, performs all miracles.
Swami Paramananda
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:04 am

The philosophy of six thousand years has not
searched the chambers and magazines of the soul.
In its experiments there has always remained, in
the last analysis, a residuum it could not resolve.
Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being
is descending into us from we know not whence.
The most exact calculator has no prescience that
somewhat incalculable may not balk the very next
moment. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge
a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.

As with events, so is it with thoughts. When I
watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see
not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see
that I am a pensioner; not a cause but a surprised
spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and
look up and put myself in the attitude of reception,
but from some alien energy the visions come.
From Emerson's 1841 essay The Over-Soul
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:03 pm

The highest end of instruction is to discipline and liberalize mind and character by familiarizing the thoughts with those of the learned and wise. Character is inspired by admiration of character, intellect by participating in intellect. The masters form masters.
Bronson Alcott, Tablets
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:10 pm

Men are qualified for civil liberty, in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.

Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
Edmund Burke
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Dhammanando » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:28 am

When gifts are replaced by rights, so is gratitude replaced by claims. And claims breed resentment. Since you are queuing on equal terms with the competition, you will begin to think of the special conditions that entitle you to a greater, a speedier, or a more effective share. You will be always one step from the official complaint, the court action, the press interview, and the snarling reproach against Them, the ones who owed you this right and also withheld it. Agape, the contagious gentleness between people, survives only where there is a habit of giving. Take away gift, and agape gives way to the attitude that Nietzsche called ressentiment, the vigilant envy of others, and the desire to take from them what I  but not they have a right to.
Roger Scruton, Gratitude and Grace

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