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“I have learned that an age in which politicians talk about peace is an age in which everybody expects war: the great men of the earth would not talk of peace so much if they did not secretly believe it possible, with one more war, to annihilate their enemies forever. Always, “after just one more war” it will dawn, the new era of love: but first everybody who is hated must be eliminated. For hate, you see, is the mother of their kind of love.

Unfortunately the love that is to be born out of hate will never be born. Hatred is sterile; it breeds nothing but the image of its own empty fury, its own nothingness. Love cannot come of emptiness. It is full of reality. Hatred destroys the real being of man in fighting the fiction which it calls “the enemy.” For man is concrete and alive, but “the enemy” is a subjective abstraction. A society that kills real men in order to deliver itself from the phantasm of a paranoid delusion is already possessed by the demon of destructiveness because it has made itself incapable of love. It refuses, a priori, to love. It is dedicated not to concrete relations of man with man, but only to abstractions about politics, economics, psychology, and even, sometimes, religion..”

– Thomas Merton, from Seeds
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“We must begin by frankly admitting that the first place in which to go looking for the world is not outside us but in ourselves. We are the world. In the deepest ground of our being we remain in metaphysical contact with the whole of that creation in which we are only small parts. Through our senses and our minds, our loves, needs, and desires, we are implicated, without possibility of evasion, in this world of matter and of men, of things and of persons, which not only affect us and change our lives but are also affected and changed by us…The question, then, is not to speculate about how we are to contact the world – as if we were somehow in outer space – but how to validate our relationship, give it a fully honest and human significance, and make it truly productive and worthwhile for our world.“

Thomas Merton- From Love and Living
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“There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves. To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves.”

– Thomas Merton, from “Christian Humanism” in Love and Living.

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“It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting an immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition.

“Thomas Merton, – from No Man is an Island
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“The only way to get rid of misconceptions about contemplation is to experience it. One who does not actually know, in his own life, the nature of this breakthrough and this awakening to a new level of reality cannot help being misled by most of the things that are said about it. For contemplation cannot be taught. It cannot even be clearly explained. It can only be hinted at, suggested, pointed to, symbolized. The more objectively and scientifically one tries to analyze it, the more he empties it of its real content, for this experience is beyond the reach of verbalization and of rationalization.

“ Thomas Merton – from New Seeds of Contemplation
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Within man is the Soul of the Whole;
the Wise Silence,
the Universal Beauty,
to which every part and particle
is equally related;
The Eternal One….

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Expands to Unite

There is one who expands
until he unites with all
creatures, with all worlds,
singing a song with them all.

There is one who ascends
with all these songs in
unison—The song of the soul,
The song of the nation,
the song of humanity,
the song of the cosmos—
resounding together,
blending in harmony,
circulating the sap of life,
the sound of Holy Joy.”

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook….
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i will name me after all

mother-mary-iiYou cannot name me.
You do not know my name.

I am not that small and foolish thing
you would have me be.

You cannot name me.
I am an arrow shot through time.

My rhyme is not narrow as your reason.
Do not doubt, I will have my season.

You would make me small.
You would make me call you Sir,
as if i were some cur milling
through the street dressed in yellow.
I am not that which you would meet.
There is blindness in your eyes.

You cannot see my size.
I am larger than your fears,
deeper than the tears God
wept for ocean.

We are meant to do devotion out of love.

The hawk, the dove,
the black bear and her cub,
the oak, the ash, the willow,
and the grass,
each has their song,
and you have got mine wrong
to name me small.

And if i were your cell,
I would burst it like a shell.

I will be both large and small.
I will name me after all.

The letters you don’t use,
those are what I choose.

Julia Cameron, from This Earth,

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When the Christ, the Avatar of Love, makes His reappearance then will the “Sons of men who are now the Sons of God withdraw Their faces from the shining light and radiate that light upon the sons of men who know not yet they are the Sons of God.

Then shall the Coming One appear, His footsteps hastened through the valley of the shadow by the One of awful power Who stands upon the mountain top, breathing out love eternal, light supernal and peaceful, silent Will.

“Then will the sons of men respond. Then will a newer light shine forth into the dismal, weary vale of earth. Then will new life course through the veins of [14] men, and then will their vision compass all the ways of what may be. “So peace will come again on earth, but a peace unlike aught known before.

Then will the will-to-good flower forth as understanding, and understanding blossom as goodwill in men.”

Alice Bailey

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Mother God….

 

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Mother of God
similar to fire,
Ignite my heart in prayer.
Where once I stood on familiar ground
selecting my spiritual experiences
like choice morsels from a well tended-larder,
now my garden has gone up in flames
and I thirst only for the Living God.
Let me find him, Mother
as you do
deep inside my own ripened being.
Let me swallow the Sacred
and burn with that Presence,
illuminating the way home to Truth.
Lit from within,
let my blazing heart become a sanctuary
for the weary traveller,
until this long night lifts
and dawn unfolds a new radiance.

Mirabai Starr

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