Inspiring Words

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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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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:32 am

Dhammanando wrote: Agape, the contagious gentleness between people
Superb. The philosopher as poet.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:47 pm

Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
Philippians 4:8
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:01 pm

8. The best (man) is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not
compete with them.
It dwells in (lowly) places that all disdain.
This is why it is so near to Tao.
[The best man] in his dwelling loves the earth.
In his heart, he loves what is profound.
In his associations, he loves humanity.
In his words, he loves faithfulness.
In government, he loves order.
In handling affairs, he loves competence.
In his activities, he loves timeliness.
It is because he does not compete that he is
without reproach.
Lao Tzu
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:58 pm

Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence,
your forefathers removed to the wilds and wilderness of
America. By their industry they made it a fruitful, and by
their virtue a happy country. And we should still have enjoyed
the blessings of peace and plenty, if we had not forgotten
the source from which those blessings flowed; and
permitted our country to be contaminated by the many
shameful vices which have prevailed among us.
John Jay

Too many vices today, as in 1770s, flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:10 pm

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by chownah » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:32 am

Will wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:58 pm
Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence,
your forefathers removed to the wilds and wilderness of
America. By their industry they made it a fruitful, and by
their virtue a happy country. And we should still have enjoyed
the blessings of peace and plenty, if we had not forgotten
the source from which those blessings flowed; and
permitted our country to be contaminated by the many
shameful vices which have prevailed among us.
John Jay

Too many vices today, as in 1770s, flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!
I wonder how inspiring this is for a native americian indian. Non-indians forget that there was a fruitful, virtuous, and happy country (several infact) there before the europeans invaded and stole the land, evicted its former inhabitants, and shaped it into thier own image which they still to this day worship as can be seen at the beginning of major sporting events where most people willingly pledge their lives to their fouly gotten country and those who do not are publicly scorned and against whom coercion is heaped.
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:17 pm

Methinks chownah is missing the reason for this thread and the specific post. In the latter case it is "vices flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!"

As for your contempt for the USA, may that vast group of haters be happy.

However, what nation on the planet today has treated their indigenous peoples well? That is correct - not one.
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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:46 pm

Some people will love you
and it won’t be because you’re funny
it’ll be because they need to laugh.
Some people will hate you
and it won’t be because you’re arrogant,
it’ll be because you look like their father.
People don’t hate you because of who you are,
they hate the part of themselves that you fit into.
People will love you,
people will hate you,
and none of it will have anything to do with you.

~ Charlotte.


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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:52 pm

Will wrote:
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 chownah » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:34 am

Will wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:17 pm
Methinks chownah is missing the reason for this thread and the specific post. In the latter case it is "vices flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!"
The reason is not missed. The source of the blessings was the land and resources which were stolen from the nations of people who already lived there when the europeans arrived.....and according to John Jay's words it was done "Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence"! He is saying that god sanctioned their genocidal actions and even directed them to the task!!! :jawdrop:
Seems that John Jay had alot of dust in his eyes....he obviously did not see things as they really were.
Will wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:17 pm
As for your contempt for the USA, may that vast group of haters be happy.
You slander me. I have not expressed contempt for the usa. I have only disassembled the false narrative about its origins and shed some light on how it really was. Some people can not handle the truth however.
Will wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:17 pm
However, what nation on the planet today has treated their indigenous peoples well? That is correct - not one.
Here you will find a list of 567 nations which do:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_f ... zed_tribes
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