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One of the main functions of formalized religions is to protect people against a direct experience of God.

– Carl Jung

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If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile?…Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding….Smile with your whole being.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Spiritual quote by Lao Tzu

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He travels with whoever looks for Him,
and having taken the seeker by the hand,
He arouses him to go in search of himself.

– Al-Ansari

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I do not ask to see,
I do not ask to know,
I ask only to be used.

– Anonymous

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Search, no matter what situation you are in.
O thirsty one, search for water constantly.
Finally, the time will come when you will reach the spring.

– Rumi

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O Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes
So when life fades as the fading sunset
my spirit may come to you without shame.

– Chief Yellow Lark

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You’ve traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the truth.
So many days in the archives, copying, copying.
The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung make heavy baggage.
Here! I’ve picked you a bunch of wild flowers.
Their meaning is the same but they’re much easier to carry.

– Hsu Yun

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Every day people are straying away from church and going back to God.

– Lenny Bruce

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If you want to draw near to God, seek him in the hearts of those around you.
Speak well of all, present or absent.
If you would be a light for others, be like the sun: show the same face to all.
To bring joy to a single heart is better than building countless shrines for worship;
to capture one heart through kindness is better than setting a thousand free.
This is the true lover of God, who lives with others, rises and eats and sleeps like others, gives and takes with others in the bazaar, yet never forgets God even for a moment.

– Abu Sai’d