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Prayer is about becoming receptive
It’s about learning the art of relaxation
rather than learning the strategies of how to conquer our reality.
Truth is not going to be a conquest, it is going to be total surrender.
Its about becoming a host, it’s about opening up.
It’s about being receptive so that the wind can come in,
the rain can come in, and the sun can come in.
And just hidden behind the wind, the rain and the sun comes the Guest.
And the guest does not come from the outside, it arises within you.
God is the guest, you are the host.
You become a welcome,
You become a prayer,
You become an invitation,
And the host is waiting, always waiting
You are waiting, with tears in your eyes, and with tremendous trust in your heart.
Osho

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All day long a little burro labors, sometimes
with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries
about things that bother only
burros.

And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting
than physical labor.

Once in a while a kind monk comes
to her stable and brings
a pear, but more
than that,

he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears

and for a few seconds the burro is free
and even seems to laugh,

because love does
that.

Love Frees.

~ Meister Eckhart ~

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Love is seeing and feeling life everywhere. When your heart is full of love, you sense life pulsating through all creation. ” Amma

The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.  Amma

A revolution is required now. Not a worldly revolution, today the need is of a spiritual revolution. Amma

When love overflows and is expressed through every word & deed, we call it Compassion. That is the goal of religion.  Amma

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You’ve traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma.
So many long 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 wildflowers.
Their meaning is the same
but they’re much easier to carry.

Xu Yun

(Empty Cloud: The Autobiography of the Chinese Zen Master)

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I once spoke to my friend, an old squirrel, about the Sacraments –
he got so excited

and ran into a hollow in his tree and came
back holding some acorns, an owl feather,
and a ribbon he had found.

And I just smiled and said, “Yes, dear,
you understand:

everything imparts
His grace.”

Saint Francis of Assisi

(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)

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Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

– Mary Oliver

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I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has
dared to wish for may for once spring
clear without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a
river,no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out,
returning,I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

Rainer Maria Rilke

(Rilke’s Book of Hours:Love Poems to  God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

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Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it.  What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.

 

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.  All else is fleeting.  To know one’s Self  is to be blissful always.  

 

 

Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry ‘Who am I?’ in quest of the Self is the best means.”

The Collected Works of Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Peace

Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one’s own soul.
Ralph W. Trine

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi

There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity. Elise Boulding

God does not send us despair in order to kill us; he sends it in order to awaken us to new life. Herman Hesse

There is nothing outside you.That is what you must ultimately learn. Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. A Course in Miracles

If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along a path indicated to you by heaven and earth.
Morihei Ueshiba

The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us. Morihei Ueshiba

The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order. Henry Miller

The greatest battles are fought within oneself. Unknown

Peace originates with the flow of things– its heart is like the movement of the wind and waves. The Way is like the veins that circulate blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are separated in the slightest from that divine essence, you are far off the path. Morihei Ueshiba

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like the sun

If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
love everyone.
whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
if you want to be as clear and refreshing as
the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth and light
for everyone.

Shaikh Abu-Said Abil-Khair

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