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Quotes by William Blake

NPG 212; William Blake by Thomas Phillips
“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

“A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

“You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”

“For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.”

“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.”

“A man can’t soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.”

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Ram Dass speaks of Life

Ram Dass“We’re all just walking each other home.”

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

“Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”

Ram Dass

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Evil People

swami sivananda
“You should try to love all, even the worst man who wants to destroy you. That is Sannyasa. A Sannyasin is one who feels that he has no body. We should live amidst people who want to destroy us, amidst unfavourable surroundings and then work and meditate. Then only can we grow. Then only can you have the unruffled mind of a Sage. For this you must have tremendous inner spiritual strength and faith through Sadhana.”

Swami Sivananda

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Isavasya_Upanishad

Shloka 09
Those who merely perform sacrifices [avidya] go into a darkness
that is like being blind. But those who merely worship gods and
goddesses [vidya] go into a deeper darkness.
(Shloka 9)

*Sacrifices – in the sense of actions in the outside
*Worship gods – in the meaning of inner actions (meditation)

Shloka 10

The wise say that the path of avidya and the path of vidya produce different results.
(Shloka 10)

Shloka 11

He who worships gods and goddesses [vidya] and also performs
sacrifices [avidya] attains immortality by sacrifices [avidya] and
attains bliss by worshipping gods and goddesses [vidya].
(Shloka 11)

* Comments by Yoga Light-House

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Ram Dass speaks of Love

Ram Dass“Love is the most transformative medicine For Love slowly transforms you Into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse.”

“You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.”

“That’s who we all are on this path, spiritual family and friends. It’s just one big family. We’re all relatives until we realize we’re really all the same and there’s only one of us—one loving awareness. May you be one in that love.”

“Through love for God, your work becomes an expression of devotion.”

“Grace is at the nexus of love and awareness. There it’s all open and it’s all love.”

“Once you have drunk from the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession.”

“It is only when you begin to understand that if you and I are truly in love, if I go to the place in me that is love and you to the place in you that is love we are ‘together’ in Love. We start to understand that what love means is that we are sharing a common state together. That state exists in you and it exists in me.”

“Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.”

“Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.”

“I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”

Ram Dass

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Ramakrishna speaks on God & Faith

sriRamakrishna“God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.”

“When the flower blooms
the bees come uninvited.”

“Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.”

“God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”

“Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.”

“Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”

“The winds of God’s grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.”

“Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.”

Sri Ramakrishna

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Ram Dass Speaks of Practice

Ram Dass“Just because you are seeing divine light, experiencing waves of bliss, or conversing with Gods and Goddesses is no reason to not know your zip code.”

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in Life and yet less attached to it.”

“I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!”

“We’re being trained through our incarnations–trained to seek love, trained to seek light, trained to see the grace in suffering.”

“In mystical traditions, it is one’s own readiness that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric.
The secret isn’t that you’re not being told.
The secret is that you’re not able to hear.”

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”

“All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.”

“The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it.”

– Ram Dass