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I am in love with no other than myself,
and my very separation is my union…

I am my beloved and my lover;
I am my knight and my maiden.

– Ibn ‘Arabi

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Know that what appears to be Love for an ‘other’ is really Love of Self because ‘other’ doesn’t exist. So this innermost Love can be given to no ‘other’. Love of friends is for the sake of Self, not for body to body. True love has no Lover or Beloved because all Love is Love of Self.

– Sri Poonja

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How wide are the horizons of the spinning earth!
The moonlight leads the tides and the sun’s light will not be confined within the net of heaven.

But in the end all things return to the One.

The deaf and the dumb, the crippled and deformed are all restored to One’s perfection.

– Hsu Yun

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Everything the same;
everything distinct.

– Zen proverb

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Lord, where shall I find you?
Your place is lofty and secret.
And where shall I not find you?
The whole earth is full of your glory!
You are found in our innermost heart,
yet you fixed earth’s boundaries.
You are a strong tower for those who are near
and the trust of those who go far.
I have sought to come near you;
I have called to you with all my heart;
and when I went out towards you,
I found you coming towards me.

– Judah Halevi

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The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc.

– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

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The “I” in “I think” and “I do” is as real as the “it” in “it rains” and “it is cold.”

– Leo Hartong

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In the market, in the cloister – only God I saw.
In the valley and on the mountain – only God I saw.

Him I have seen beside me oft in tribulation;
In favor and in fortune – only God I saw.

In prayer and fasting, in praise and contemplation,
In the religion of the Prophet – only God I saw.

Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance,
Qualities nor causes – only God I saw.

I opened mine eyes and by the light of his face around me
In all the eye discovered – only God I saw.

Like a candle I was melting in his fire:
Amidst the flames outflashing – only God I saw.

Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly,
But when I looked with God’s eyes – only God I saw.

I passed away into nothingness, I vanished,
And lo, I was the All-living – only God I saw.

– Baba Kuhi of Shiraz

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A kind of optical delusion

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.

– Albert Einstein