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“The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, not subjects to be exploited. Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees– all these have voices, and they constitute a community  of existence that is profoundly related.” Thomas Berry

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The “Flower Garland Sutra” describes the  universe as a net of  diamonds that exists in three- dimensional space  and in the fourth  dimension of time. It goes backward and forward in  time. Every diamond  in this net is multifaceted and reflects every other diamond in the net.  When you see one diamond, you actually see every other diamond in the  net. You see the whole thing. Nothing is left out of the picture. When  you touch one diamond, you’ve touched every diamond in the net. It’s  incomprehensible that each thing contains every other thing, that  there’s a mutual identity and causality, that each thing contains the  totality of the universe. But that’s the nature of reality.

John Daido Loori, “Straight Ahead” (Winter 1999)

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Who was born first, you or the world? As long as you give first place to the world, you are bound by it; once you realize, beyond all trace of doubt, that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it..Of course your body remains in the world and of the world, but you are not deluded by it.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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