It is easy to understand God as long as you don’t try to explain him.
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity,
place your soul in the brightness of His glory,
place your heart in the image of the divine essence
and transform yourself by contemplation
utterly into the image of His divinity,
that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste
the hidden sweetness that God himself has set aside
from the beginning for those who love Him.
Casting aside all things in this false and troubled world
that ensnare those who love them blindly,
give all your love to Him who gave Himself in all
for you to love:
Whose beauty the sun and moon admire, and whose gifts
are abundant and precious and grand without end.
– Saint Clare of Assisi
There was a young man who said ‘though
It seems that I know that I know,
What I would like to see
Is the I that sees me
When I know that I know that I know’.
– Alan Watts
Even for a moment do not think that you are the body. Give yourself no name, no shape. In the darkness and the silence reality is found.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
Dwell, O mind, within yourself;
Enter no other’s home.
If you but seek there, you will find
All you are searching for.
God, the true Philosopher’s Stone,
Who answers every prayer,
Lies hidden deep within your heart,
The richest gem of all.
How many pearls and precious stones
Are scattered all about
The outer court that lies before
The chamber of your heart!
– Sri Ramakrishna
No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.
– Thomas Merton
I weave a silence onto my lips.
I weave a silence into my mind.
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my ears to distractions.
I close my eyes to attractions.
I close my heart to temptations.
Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.
– From the Gaelic tradition
Watermelons and Zen students grow pretty much the same way.
Long periods of sitting till they ripen and grow all juicy inside,
but when you knock them on the head to see if they’re ready – sounds like nothing’s going on.
– Peter Levitt
Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.
The Self is hidden in the hearts of all, as butter lies hidden in cream.
Realize the Self in the depths of meditation;
The Lord of Love, supreme reality, who is the goal of all knowledge.
This is the highest mystical teaching.
– From the Shveteshvatara Upanishad
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