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Through our actions, may we invoke peace and honor the Truth that resides in all. Rig Veda

Suffering is common to all humanity the ending of suffering means love. J. Krishnamurti

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj 1897-1981

MIRDAD: Nay, Love is the only freedom from attachment. When you love everything, you are attached to nothing.
– You live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live. No other lesson is required of Man.
– Set a beacon aloft and go not about calling men to see it. Those who are in need of light need no invitation to light.
It is time men stopped the butchering of men. The sun and moon and stars are since eternity awaiting to be seen and heard and understood; the alphabet of Earth, to be deciphered; the highways of Space, to be traveled; and raveled thread of Time, to be unraveled; the fragrance of the Universe, to be inhaled; the catacombs of Pain, to be demolished; the den of death, to be ransacked; the bread of Understanding, to be tasted; and Man, the God in veils, to be unveiled. It is time men stopped the pillaging of men and unified their ranks to carry on the common task. Enormous is the task, but sweet the victory. All else is trite and empty in comparison.
Yea, it is time. But few only shall heed. The others must await another call – another dawn.
                                                                                                                     Mikhail Naimy 1889 – 1988 – THE BOOK OF MIRDAD

 Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love. Buddha

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Jesus

He who has found this way of love, seeketh no other. Meister Eckhart 1260-1328

Love leads to wisdom, and wisdom is activity of love. Alice Bailey 1880-1949

Love divorced from wisdom is no longer love. White Eagle – THE QUITE MIND

True compassion and love are spontaneous manifestations of wisdom. If there is wisdom, there is already  love, compassion, joy, equanimity. Thynn Thynn – LIVING MEDITATION, LIVING INSIGHT: The Path of Mindfulness in Daily Life

To act from desire and fear is bondage, to act from love is freedom. . . – – – Once you know yourself as pure being, the ecstazy of freedom is your own.  Nisargadatta Maharaj

Drink deep at the fountain of love, but do not lose consciousness! Meher Baba

Embrace every person as your own and shower your love freely wherever you go. Darshan Singh

One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved. Romain Rolland

Die yourself and lose yourself, becoming one with love. Ramana Maharshi 1879-1950

Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love. Sri Yukteswar

The power of real love always tends to draw out into expression the finer elements of mind, character and life.  – – – Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – – – We are here to become great men and women, and with that purpose in view, we must eliminate everything in our religion and philosophy that tends to make the human mind a dependent weakling. If you would serve God and be truly religious, do not kneel before God, but learn to walk with God, and do something tangible every day to increase the happiness of mankind. This is religion that is worth while, and it is such religion alone that can please the Infinite. – – – Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Christian D. Larson 1874-1962

Life is not, we may say, for mere passing pleasure, but for the highest unfoldment that one can attain to, the noblest character that one can grow, and for the greatest service that one can render to all mankind. In this, however, we will find the highest pleasure, for in this the only real pleasure lies. Ralph Waldo Trine – What All The World’s Seeking

Humility leads to strenght and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. John J. McCloy 1895-1989

A true self-respect is that feeling inside a man, call it conscience if you wish, which keeps him from giving way to bestial impulses and dishonest action. Paul Brunton – NOTEBOOKS of PAUL BRUNTON 

Only a few people in millions know what true love is. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov 1900-1986

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones. Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941

Whoever cannot find a temple in his heart, the same can never find his heart in any temple. Mikhail Naim

Having made a temple within my heart, I forgot temple outside. Milarepa

In the monastery of your heart and body, you have a temple where all buddhas unite. Milarepa

If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. Walt Whitman

First return to your true being and then act from the heart of love. Nisargadatta Maharaj 

– All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property;  no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls. Who can lay any special claim to it? But it has to be made practical, to be made simple (for the highest truths are always simple), so that it may penetrate every pore of human society, and become the property of the highest intellects and the commonest minds, of the man, woman, and child at the same time. All these rationalizations of logic, all these bundles of metaphysics, all these teologies and ceremonies may have been good in their own time, but let us try to make things simpler and  bring about the golden days when every man will be a worshipper, and the reality in every man will be the object of worship.  Swami Vivekananda 1863-1902

The greatest world known to sages of all times, the world of which Christ speaks, is the world of Love. – All worlds, through all eternity, have come forth and shall come forth from the source of Love. – Love is the world in which the Divine Spirit lives. – God, who is Love, is not only outside us, in the universe, but within us also. – Love enfolds all within itself. Love in itself is infinite, and everything outside it is finite. – Therefore, we say: Only Love is eternal. From it flows all life. Love brings the fullness of life. – Good, which is a fruit of Love, is contained within it. Wisdom is also contained within Love, because it represents the forms through which God’s Love is manifested. – Truth is included within Love, too. It is the purest image of Love. – Righteousness is also included within Love. – Therefore, the absolute Divine Love implies absolute Righteousness. – Where there is no righteousness, there is no love. – In order that Love be manifested on earth, there must necessarily be Righteousness. – Love is long suffering and charitable, but absolute Love requires absolute Righteousness. – Only he who is enlightened with Righteousness is capable of receiving divine Love. – Christ is Love, manifested in Righteousness, which shines forth within those who love Him. – Love is only for the great, strong souls. – Enormous energy is hidden within the man in whom Love dwells. – Love stands above nationality. Love stands above any religion. Love itself creates the religions. – There are no religions in the divine world. There exists only Love. The atmosphere of the divine world is Love. Therein everything breathes Love. – Religions appear because Love cannot manifest itself on earth. –  If you wish to do the will of God, by all means, replace religion with Love. – True Love is stronger than death. He who loves never dies. Love brings immortality. People die because of lack of love. Peter Deunov (Biensa Douno) 1864 – 1944

– The loving of God and the longing for His union is really and fully demonstrated in the sixth plane; when even the sixth plane of the mental world is transcended, illusion vanishes and God is realized.
– I have no connection with politics. All religions are equal to me. And all castes and creeds are dear to me. But though I appreciate all ‘isms,’ religions and political parties for the many good things that they seek to achieve, I do not and cannot belong to any of these ‘isms,’ religions or political parties, for the absolute Truth, while equally including them, transcends all of them and leaves no room for separative divisions which are all equally false. The unity of all life is integral and indivisible. It remains unassailable and inviolable in spite of all conceivable ideological differences. . . . – God alone is real, and as we are permanently lodged in the Divine Beloved, we are all one.  Meher Baba – GOD SPEAKS

– I am a deeply religious person, but I belong to no denomination. I follow the spirit of God’s law, not the letter of the law. One can become so attached to the outward symbols and structure of religion that one forgets its original intent – to bring one closer to God. We can only gain access to the Kingdom of God by realizing it dwells within us as well as in all humanity. Know that we are all cells in the ocean of infinity, each contributing to the others’ welfare. . . – – – Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things. The way of peace is the way of love. . . – Religion is not an end in itself. One’s union with God is the ultimate goal. There are so many religions because immature people tend to emphasize trivial differences instead of important likenesses. Differences between faiths lie in creeds and rituals rather than religious principles. How diverse the many paths seem to be at times, but do they not all come together eventually upon the same mountaintop? Are they not all striving for the same thing? If you are guided toward a faith, use it as a stepping stone to God, not as a barrier between yourself and God’s other children or as a tower to hold you aloft from others. If you are not guided toward a faith (or even if you are) seek God in the silence – seek within. When we attempt to isolate another we only isolate ourselves. We are all God’s children and there are no favorites. God is revealed to all who seek; God speaks to all who will listen. Be still and know God. . . . – – – – If you have a long face and a chip on your shoulder, if you are not radiant with joy and friendliness, if you are not filled to over flowing with love and goodwill for all beings and all creatures and all creation, one thing is certain: you do not know God! Peace Pilgrim 1908-1981 – HER LIFE AND WORK IN HER OWN WORDS

– Whoever loves truth in its fullness cannot put on the chains of a partisanship and stay confined in a church, a temple, a mosque, a synagogue, a “school of thought,” a theism, or an atheism. Therefore he cannot become an adherent to any one belief only, a convert to any one religion, a member of any one group, or a follower of any one man but must remain an independent, that is to say, a philosopher (philo=liker or lover, sophia=wisdom). He sees that all doctrines, all ways of belief and thought are steps on the way, satisfy some need of some persons, and hence are of service at some time. But he sees not only that truth’s fullness is allied to his own freedom: it is also allied to namelessness.
– The fellowship of philosophy requires no ritual, no immersion, no dogmatic confession, no creedal test. It is free and non-sectarian. It shuts no one in, no one out.
– Philosophy is for the free mind, willing to live without organizational bondage, and understanding that what it seeks must be found and grasped for itself.
– Since the real essence of philosophy has only an inner content, which must be felt intuitively and grasped intellectually, but no outer form, it cannot become material for a cult, an organized group. It must lead each person on his own individual way, letting him grow naturally from within. His quest will then take the independent course proper for him, not made to conform to one suitable only to others. –
– He who can commune with his soul by himself does not need a church, a labelled religion. Society has no right to impose it on him. In their naïve adolescent gropings, the young who discard their traditional form of religion, feel something of this truth.
– How can he who loves the Spirit, who feels Its goodwill which excludes nothing, associate himself with an enclosed group or community which excludes everyone who is not an adherent of its particular faith?
The refusal to join any ecclesiastical church or religious society does not leave a man spiritually homeless. If he faithfully exercises himself in meditation and seeks to practise the presence of God, what better “home” could he have? – – Having no official connection with any group, sect, organization, or church leaves me free to help anyone, anywhere.  Paul Brunton – NOTEBOOKS of PAUL BRUNTON

– Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.

– The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the word love. Love has been so abused and crucified by man that very few people know what true love is. Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation. But to define love is very difficult, for the same reason that words cannot fully describe the flavor or an orange. You have to taste the fruit to know its flavor. So with love. Paramahansa Yogananda

Questioner: I belong to no religion, but I am a member of two societies which give me knowledge and spiritual wisdom. If I give these up, how can I ever reach perfection?

Krishnamurti: If you understand the futility of all organized religious bodies, with their vested interests, with their exploitation, the utter stupidity of their beliefs based on authority, superstition, and fear – if you truly grasp the significance of this – then you will not belong to any religious sect or society. Do you think that any society or any book can give you wisdom? Books and societies can give you information; but if you say that a society can give you wisdom, then you merely rely on it, and it becomes your exploiter. If wisdom could be acquired through a religious society or sect, we should all be wise, for we have had religions with us for thousands of years. But wisdom is not to be acquired in that manner. Wisdom is the understanding of the continual flow of life or reality, which is to be discerned only when the mind is open and vulnerable, that is, when the mind is no longer hindered through its own self-protective desires, reactions, and illusions. No society, no religion, no priest, no leader is ever going to give you wisdom. It is only through our own suffering, from which we try to escape by joining religious bodies and by immersing ourselves in philosophical theories – it is only through being aware of the cause of suffering and in freedom from it that wisdom is born naturally and sweetly. . . – Again, I maintain that no organization can lead man to spirituality. If an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth. . . – The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. . . – If you know love you will not follow anybody. Love does not obey. When you love there is neither respect nor disrespect. J. Krishnamurti

Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me. . . Freedom – to walk free and own no superior. . . This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid  and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. . . – Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Walt Whitman

You can obtain freedom and peace alone by your own efforts. James Allen

The peace and happiness of each is the concern of all. Alice Bailey

–  He whose book of the heart has been opened needs no other books.
–  I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas.
– If religion and life depend upon books or upon the existence of any prophet whatsoever, then perish all religion and books! Religion is in us. No books or teachers can do more than help us to find it, and even without them we can get all truth within. You have gratitude for books and teachers without bondage to them; and worship your Guru as God, but do not obey him blindly; love him all you will, but think for yourself. No blind belief can save you, work out your own salvation. Have only one idea of God – that He is an eternal help.
– The book is all in us. Fool, hearest not thou?
– Books suggest the inner light and the method of bringing that out, but we can only understand them when we have earned the knowledge ourselves. When the inner light has flashed for you, let the books go, and look only within. You have in you all and a thousand times more than is in all the books. Never lose faith in yourself, you can do anything in this universe. Never weaken, all power is yours. Swami Vivekananda

To act from desire and fear is bondage, to act from love is freedom. . . – – – Once you know yourself as pure being, the ecstazy of freedom is your own.  Nisargadatta Maharaj

Work for the Spiritual Freedom of Humanity

You are pure already, you are free already. If you think you are free, free you are this moment; and if you think you are bound, bound you will be. This is a very bold statement. . . It may frighten you now, but when you think over it, and realise it in your own life, then you will come to know that what I say is true. For, supposing that freedom is not in your nature, by no manner of means can you become free. Supposing you were free and in some way you lost that freedom, that shows that you were not free to begin with. Had you been free, what could have made you lose it? Various clouds of various colours come before the sky. They remain there a minute and then pass away. It is the cloud that is changing. So you are always perfect, eternally perfect. Nothing ever changes your nature, or ever will. All these ideas that I am imperfect, I am a man, or a woman, or a sinner, or I am the mind, I have thought, I will think, all are hallucinations; you never think, you never had a body; you never were imperfect. Ignorance is the cause of all this bondage. It is through ignorance that we have become bound; knowledge will cure it, by taking us to the other side. How will that knowledge come? Through love, Bhakti. By the worship of God, by loving all beings as the temples of God; He resides with them. Thus, with that intense love will come knowledge and ignorance will disappear, the bonds will break, and the soul will be free. . . – When you think you are a body, you are apart from the universe; when you think you are a soul, you are a spark from the great Eternal Fire; when you think you are the Atman, you are All. The idea of freedom is the only true idea of salvation – freedom of everything, the senses, whether of pleasure or pain, from good as well as evil. More than this even. We must be free from death; and to be free from death, we must be free from life. Life is but a dream of death. Where there is life, there will be death; so get away from life if you would be rid of death. Swami Vivekananda

Only spiritual freedom is absolute and unlimited; when it is won through persistent effort, it is won forever. It is only in spiritual freedom that one can have enduring happiness and unhampered self-knowledge. Meher Baba

ALL over the world the spirit of man is crying for freedom. Love of freedom and the search for freedom are the principal characteristics of humanity. In all races and in all climes, in all countries and at all times, the watchword for the groping and struggling humanity has always been freedom! There are very few persons however who really understand the full implications of true and unqualified freedom; and there are many who, in their partial understanding of the real conditions of freedom, strive only for the attainment of that kind of existence which gives them a sense of relative freedom. Thus, different persons long for different kinds of freedom according to the different things which they have come to value. Freedom to live as one wishes is sought in all departments of life. This imperative demand for freedom usually expresses itself by fastening upon some external conditions of the kind of existence which people wish to lead. Thus those who identify their being with their country seek national or political freedom. Those who are animated by economic purposes seek economic freedom. Those who are inspired by religious aspirations seek  Those who are animated by economic purposes seek economic freedom. Those who are inspired by religious seek freedom of religion. Those who are enthusiastic about sociological or cultural ideology seek freedom of movement and freedom to express the ideals which they cherish and which they wish to propagate. But there are few who realise that the basic freedom which alone gives the stamp of true value to any of these different kinds of relative freedom is spiritual freedom. Even when all the external conditions of a free life are completely fulfilled and guaranteed, the soul of man would still remain in woeful bondage if it had failed to realise spiritual freedom. All the different types of freedom which fasten upon some external conditions must, in their very nature, exist within certain limits, for the freedom which an individual or community or state seeks must be consistent with similar freedom for other individuals, communities or states. National, economic, religious or cultural freedom expresses itself in and by means of the duality of existence. It lives on duality and is sustained by duality; therefore it has to be relative and limited and cannot be infinite. It exists in varying degrees, and even when it is won through persistent effort, it cannot be a permanent attainment since the external conditions which have once been secured are not secured forever, but are capable of deteriorating in the course of time. Only spiritual freedom is absolute and unlimited. When it is won through persistent effort, it is secured forever. Though spiritual freedom can and does express itself in and through the duality of existence, it is grounded in the realisation ofthe inviolable unity of all life, and is sustained by it. One important condition of spiritual freedom is freedom from all wanting. It is want that fetters. Spiritual freedom alone can be unlimited through attachment to conditions which would fulfill that want; if there is no want, there is no dependence or limitation. The soul is enslaved through wanting. When the soul breaks asunder the shackles of wanting, it emancipates itself from its bondage to the bodies, mind and ego. This is the spiritual freedom which brings with it the final realisation of the unity of all life and puts an end to all doubts and worries. It is only in spiritual freedom that one can have abiding happiness and unimpaired self-knowledge. It is only in spiritual freedom that there arises the supreme certainty of Truth. It is only in spiritual freedom that there is the final ending of sorrow and limitation. It is only in spiritual freedom that one can live for all, and yet be detached in the midst of all activities. Any lesser type of freedom is comparable to a house which is built on sand, and any lesser type of attainment is frought with the fear of decay. Therefore there is no gift greater than the gift of spiritual freedom, and there is no task more important than the task of helping others to achieve spiritual freedom. Those who have understood the supreme importance of spiritual freedom have not only to strive for it for themselves, but also to share the God-given duty of helping others to win it. Meher Baba

The learned and the studious of thought have no monopoly of wisdom. – Whenever a mind is simple, and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away, means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into the present hour. Ralph Emerson 

You may know all the right words, quote the  scriptures, be brilliant in your discussions and yet remain a bag of bones: or you may be inconspicuous and humble, an insignificant person altogether, yet glowing with loving kindness and deep wisdom. Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. Walt Whitman  1819 – 1892

“Wrapped in our nearest duty is the key
Which shall unlock for us the Heavenly Gate:
Unveiled, the Heavenly Vision he shall see,
Who cometh not too early nor too late.” Johann Goethe

“Like the star
That shines afar,
Without haste
And without rest,
Let each man wheel with steady sway
Round the task that rules the day,
And do his best.” 
Johann Goethe

– Aspire to the attainment of inward nobility, not outward glory, and begin to attain it where you now are.

– Painful burdens are necessary, but only so long as we lack love and wisdom.

– By greed happiness is destroyed; by not-greed happiness is restored.
Another hidden sacrifice, one of great spiritual beauty and of powerful efficacy in the healing of human Sorrows, is the sacrifice of hatred – the giving up of all bitter thoughts against others, of all malice, dislike, and resentment. Bitter thoughts and blessedness cannot dwell together. Hatred is a fierce fire that scorches up, in the heart of him who harbours it, all the sweet flowers of peace and happiness,
and makes a hell of every place where it comes. James Allen – BYWAYS TO BLESSEDNESS  

Through your work on earth you can make your contribution to the happiness of all. White Eagle – THE QUIET MIND

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. Mahatma Gandhi

Love is boundless. What is limited to a few cannot be called love. Nisargadatta Maharaj      

                      – – – Love and serve all humanity. Babaji – – –

Only love can bring about transformation in the world of corruption. J. Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986

If our hearts go out in love to all with whom we come in contact, we inspire love, and the same ennobling and warming influences of love always return to us from those in whom we inspire them. There is a deep scientific principle underlying the precept–If you would have all the world love you, you must first love all the world.  Ralph Waldo Trine  –  IN TUNE WITH THE INFINITE

Accustomed long to contemplating love and compassion, I have forgotten all difference between myself and others. Milarepa 1052-1135

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj 1897-1981

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. Frederick Buechner

He, therefore, who purifies his own heart is the world’s greatest benefactor. Yet, though the world is, and will be for many ages to come, shut out from that Age of Gold, which is the realization of selfless Love, you, if you are willing, may enter it now, by rising above your selfish self; if you will pass from prejudice, hatred, and condemnation, to gentle and forgiving love. Where hatred, dislike, and condemnation are, selfless Love does not abide. It resides only in the heart that has ceased from all condemnation. – Names, religions, personalities pass away, but the Law of Love remains. To become possessed of a knowledge of this Law, to enter into conscious harmony with it, is to become immortal, invincible, indestructible. James Allen 1864-1912 – THE WAY OF PEACE

In love the sense of difference is obliterated and the human soul fulfills its purpose in perfection, transcending the limits of itself and reaching across the threshold of the infinite. Therefore love is the highest bliss that man can attain to, for through it alone he truly knows that he is more than himself, and that he is at one with the All.
                                                                                       Rabindranath Tagore, in his book SADHANA – The Realisation of Life 

– The God of humanity has arrived at the gates of the ruined temple of the tribe. Though he has not yet found his altar, I ask the men of simple faith, wherever they may be in the world, to bring their offering of sacrifice to him, and to believe that it is far better to be wise and worshipful than to be clever and supercilious. I ask them to claim the right of manhood to be friends of men, and not the right of a particular proud race or nation which may boast of the fatal quality of being the rulers of men. We should know for certain that such rulers will no longer be tolerated in the new world, as it basks in the open sunlight of mind and breathes life’s free air.
– The messengers of truth have ever joined hands across centuries, across the seas, across historical barriers, and they help to raise up the great continent of human brotherhood from avidya, from the slimy bottom of spiritual apathy. We individuals, however small may be our power and whatever corner of the world we may belong to, have a claim upon us to add to the light of the consciousness that comprehends all humanity. And for this cause I ask your co-operation, not only because co-operation gives us strength in our work, but because co-operation itself is the best aspect of the truth we represent; it is an end and not merely the means. Let us keep our faith firm in the objectivity of  the source of our spiritual ideal of unity, though it cannot be proved by any mathematical logic. Let us proclaim in our conduct that it has already been given to us to be realized, like a song which has only to be mastered and sung, like the morning which has only to be welcomed by raising the screens, opening the doors. Rabindranath Tagore – THE RELIGION OF MAN

Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all living things. Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings. Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be the cause of suffering to each other. With humility, with awareness of the existence of life, and of the suffering that are going on around us, let us practice the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth. Thich Nhat Hanh – zen master in Singing the Living Tradition

And, wonder of wonders! – the moment universal love floods my heart,  I am raised up and find myself on the sixth step. Now I stand before the last and highest step of all. . . – And when I  seek those whom I love, I turn the searchlight of my consciousness inward, for everything and everyone is living within me! The self – at one and the same time the self of all living creatures, and therefore my self – knows no bounds; so the entire universe is within me, and my self fills all the universe. Everything  that is – I am! In everything I love, I love my self, for the only things we think we don’t love are what we haven’t yet come to recognize within ourselves! The self is life and the only reality, and whoever is initiated into the self-and in this way has come to know himself completely – loves everything and everyone equally, for he is one with them. Elisabeth Haich 1897-1994 – INITATION

I Buddha, who wept with all my brother’s tears, whose heart was broken by a whole world’s woe, laugh and am glad, for there is Liberty!  Buddha

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. Walt Whitman

Metta cetovimutti – universal love leading to liberation of mind. Anguttara Nikaya

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy 1864-1910

He who desires to know the truth must be able to see it, and not be satisfied with descriptions of it received from others, but be true himself. Paracelsus 1493-1541 

If you would see let Love be in the pupil of the eye. Mikhail Naimy 1889-1988 – THE BOOK OF MIRDAD 

Every man hears only what he understands. J. Goethe

Know the truth and be free of all limitations of mind. Nisargadatta Maharaj

The noblest pleasure is joy of understanding. Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519

There is a kind of love where burning passion knows no repose, where galaxies dance & restless lovemaking gives birth to universes.  Jalaluddin Rumi 1207-1273

One only force, Love, links infinite worlds and makes them alive. Giordano Bruno 1548-1600

Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent. But love, divested of truth, beauty, and goodness, is only a sentiment, a philosophic distortion, a psychic illusion, a spiritual deception. THE URANTIA BOOK

Love, as it is generally and commonly understood, is but an attachment with selfish thoughts and motives involved. Pure, real, unadulterated love has in it not even a tinge of lust. Lust for sex, lust for power, lust for name, lust for fame, lust for self-comforts defile the purity of love. . . –  Lower forms of love obstruct the release of pure love. . . . – Infatuation, lust and greed might be looked upon as perverted and lower forms of love. In infatuation a person is enamoured of a sensual object; in lust he develops a craving for sensations in relation to it; and in greed he desires to possess it. Of these three forms of lower love, greed has a tendency to extend from the original object to the means of obtaining it. Thus persons become greedy for money or power or fame, which can be instruments for possessing the different objects that are craved. Anger and jealousy come into existence when these lower forms of love are thwarted or threatened to be thwarted. The lower is the enemy of the higher These lower forms of love obstruct the release of pure love. The stream of love can never become clear and steady until it is disentangled from these limiting and perverting forms of lower love. The lower is the enemy of the higher. If consciousness is caught in the rhythm of the lower it cannot emancipate itself from its self-created ruts, finding it difficult to get out of them and advance further. Thus the lower form of love continues to interfere with the development of the higher form, and has to be given up in order to allow for the untramelled appearance of the higher form of love. Meher Baba

But if you still want to find out, you will see that fear is not love, dependence is not love, jealousy is not love, possessiveness and domination are not love, responsibility and duty are not love, self-pity is not love, the agony of not being loved is not love, love is not the opposite of hate any more than humility is the opposite of vanity. So if you can eliminate all these, not by forcing them but by washing them away as the rain washes the dust of many days from a leaf, then perhaps you will come upon this strange flower which man always hungers after.  J. Krishnamurti

Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World. It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are. Paulo Coelho – THE ALCHEMIST: A Fable about following your Dream  

The world is enveloped by ignorance, by greed its shine is darkened, by deception defiled, and in suffering oppressed by fear. Buddha

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Mahatma Gandhi

I am a man who belongs to a world other than this, one that may seem very strange. For I claim that I am moved by love, that I feel it all the time. . . There is nothing so powerfull as love and thought – no institution, no government, no “ism”, no scripture, no weapon. . . love and thought, are the only source of power. Vinoba Bhave 1895 -1982

Circumstances and conditions rule the ignorant. The knower of reality is not compelled. The only law he obeys is that of love. Nisargadatta Maharaj

 Perfect love is rare indeed. Leo Buscaglia 1924-1998

Suffering is common to all humanity the ending of suffering means love. J. Krishnamurti

There is liberation of the hearth by love. Buddha – – – – – In true love, you attain freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh

True love is no game of the faint-hearted and the weak; it is born of strength and understanding. Meher Baba 

There is the material world (mahadakash) and the spiritual (paramakash). Between lies the universal mind (chidakash) which is also the universal heart (premakash). It is wise love that makes the two one.

When a jnani (sage) joins the universal mind, all his goodness and wisdom become the heritage of humanity and uplift every human being.

All knowledge flows from you, as all being and all joy, realise that you are the eternal source and accept all as your own. Such acceptance is true love.

The Universal Mind (chidakash) makes and unmakes everything. The Supreme (paramakash) imparts reality to whatever comes into being. To say that it is the universal love may be the nearest we can come to it in words. Just like love it makes everything real, beautiful, desirable.

What is to be universal – not as a concept, but as a way of life? Not to separate, not to oppose, but to understand and love whatever contacts you, is living universally. To be able to say truly: I am the world, the world is me, I am at home in the world, the world is my own. Nisargadatta Maharaj – I AM THAT

Do not meditate – be. Do not think that you are – be. Don’t think about being – be. – – – All other knowledge are only petty and trivial knowledge; The experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge. – – – Your own Self-Realisation is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi 1879-1950 

Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine. Where you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously. When you realize the depth and fullness of your love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection. But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. Only self-realization can  break it. Go for it resolutely. A most worthy way of being selfish! By all means be selfish by foregoing  everything but the Self. When you love the Self and nothing else, you go beyond the selfish and the unselfish.  All distinctions lose their meaning. Love of one and love of all merge together in love, pure and simple, addressed to none, denied to none. Stay in that love, go deeper and deeper into it, investigate yourself and love the investigation and you will solve not only your own problems but also the problems of humanity. You will know what to do. Do not ask superficial questions; apply yourself to fundamentals, to the very roots of your being. Nisargadatta Maharaj

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

Although the possibility of being emotionally bruised through loving interpersonal relationships exists, love’s power still dwells in the great strength it commands. Love is not for wimps. It takes tremendous courage to embrace this divine energy. Dannion Brinkley – SECRETS OF THE LIGHT

Inviting, or compelling to suffer contains in it violence and the fruit of violence cannot be sweet. There are certain life situations, inevitably painful, and you have to take them in your stride. There are also certain situations which you have created, either deliberately or by neglect. And from these you have to learn a lesson so that they are not repeated again. Nisargadatta Maharaj

Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to reach out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. Paulo Coelho

Trust love even if it brings sorrow. Do not close up your heart. The heart is only for giving away with a tear and a song. Rabindranath Tagore, in a poem in his book The Gardener

You try to be that love which is not conditioned by the  body-mind. If you are that love, it is total, complete love, but if it arises out of your body-mind, that is the root cause of your misery. Detachment comes only after you are free from bodily love. Be free from the body-mind State and be in the State of love, and that will be the source of all bliss. Nisargadatta Maharaj

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

The heart of man is nearer to the Truth than his intelligence. Sri Aurobindo 1872-1950

“If thou wouldst gather words that shall avail,
Learning a wisdom worthy to express,
Leave for a while thy chat and empty tale-
Study the golden speech of silentness“. A. L. Salmon

Watch narrowly the demonstration of a truth, its birth, and you trace back the effluence to its spring and source within us. Robert Browning 1812 – 1889

“Such is the Law which moves to righteousness,
Which none at last can turn aside or stay;
The heart of it is Love, the end of it 
is peace and consummation sweet. Obey.”
  Sir Edwin Arnold – THE LIGHT OF ASIA  

Vimalakirti replied, “Manjusri, when a bodhisattva considers all living beings in this way, he thinks: ’Just as I have realized the Dharma, so should I teach it to living beings.’ Thereby, he generates the love that is truly a refuge for all living beings; the love that is peaceful because free of grasping; the love that is not feverish, because free of passions; the love that accords with reality because it is equanimous in all three times; the love that is without conflict because free of the violence of the passions; the love that is nondual because it is involved neither with the external nor with the internal; the love that is imperturbable because totally ultimate. “Thereby he generates the love that is firm, its high resolve unbreakable, like a diamond; the love that is pure, purified in its intrinsic nature; the love that is even, its aspirations being equal; the saint’s love that has eliminated its enemy; the bodhisattva’s love that continuously develops living beings; The Tathagata’s love that understands reality; the Buddha’s love that causes living beings to awaken from their sleep; the love that is spontaneous because it is fully enlightened spontaneously; the love that is enlightenment because it is unity of experience; the love that has no presumption because it has eliminated attachment and aversion; the love that is great compassion because it infuses the Mahayana with radiance; the love that is never exhausted because it acknowledges voidness and selflessness; the love that is giving because it bestows the gift of Dharma free of the tight fist of a bad teacher; the love that is morality because it improves immoral living beings; the love that is tolerance because it protects both self and others; the love that is effort because it takes responsibility for all living beings; the love that is contemplation because it refrains from indulgence in tastes; the love that is wisdom because it causes attainment at the proper time; the love that is liberative technique because it shows the way everywhere; the love that is without formality because it is pure in motivation; the love that is without deviation because it acts from decisive motivation; the love that is high resolve because it is without passions; the love that is without deceit because it is not artificial; the love that is happiness because it introduces living beings to the happiness of the Buddha. Such, Manjusri, is the great love of a bodhisattva.”  VIMALAKIRTI NIRDESA SUTRA

Someday after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will discover fire. Teilhard de Chardin 1881-1955

Love would put a new face on this weary old world in which we dwell as pagans and enemies too long, and it would warm the heart to see how fast the vain diplomacy of statesmen, the impotence of armies, and navies, and lines of defence, would be superseded by this unarmed child. Love will creep where it cannot go, will accomplish that by imperceptible methods, – being its own lever, fulcrum, and power, – which force could never achieve. We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds… A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men. Ralph W. Emerson

The inherent contradiction of human life has now reached an extreme degree of tension: on the one side there is the consciousness of the beneficence of the law of love, and on the other the existing order of life which has for centuries occasioned an empty, anxious, restless, and troubled mode of life, conflicting as it does with the law of love and built on the use of violence. This contradiction must be faced, and the solution will evidently not be favourable to the outlived law of violence, but to the truth which has dwelt in the hearts of men from remote antiquity: the truth that the law of love is in accord with the nature of man. But men can only recognize this truth to its full extent when they have completely freed themselves from all religious and scientific superstitions and from all the consequent misrepresentations and sophistical distortions by which its recognition has been hindered for centuries. To save a sinking ship it is necessary to throw overboard the ballast, which though it may once have been needed would now cause the ship to sink. Leo Tolstoy – A Letter to a Hindu

Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it – at which point they can become human too. Bayard Rustin

In contact with the flux of cosmic consciousness all religions known and named to-day will be melted down. The human soul will be revolutionized. Religion will absolutely dominate the race. It will not depend on tradition. It will not be believed and disbelieved. It will not be a part of life, belonging to certain hours, times, occasions. It will not be in sacred books nor in the mouths of priests. It will not dwell in churches and meetings and forms and days. Its life will not be in prayers, hymns nor discourses. It will not depend on special revelations, on the words of gods who came down to teach, nor on any bible or bibles. It will have no mission to save men from their sins or to secure them entrance to heaven. It will not teach a future immortality nor future glories, for immortality and all glory will exist in the here and now. The evidence of immortality will live in every heart as sight in every eye. Doubt of God and of eternal life will be as impossible as is now doubt of existence; the evidence of each will be the same. Religion will govern every minute of every day of all life. Churches, priests, forms, creeds, prayers, all agents, all intermediaries between the individual man and God will be permanently replaced by direct unmistakable intercourse. Sin will no longer exist nor will salvation be desired. Men will not worry about death or a future, about the kingdom of heaven, about what may come with and after the cessation of the life of the present body. Each soul will feel and know itself to be immortal, will feel and know that the entire universe with all its good and with all its beauty is for it and belongs to it forever. The world peopled by men possessing cosmic consciousness will be as far removed from the world of to-day as this is from the world as it was before the advent of self consciousness. Richard Maurice Bucke 1837-1902 – COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS – A Study of the Evolution of the Human Mind (1901)

A higher race is rapidly arising from the bulk of humanity, and it is arising through its own peculiar, understanding of the world and of life. It will truly be a HIGHER RACE – and there will be no possibility of any falsification, any substitution, any usurpation. Nor will it be possible for anything to be bought, nor appropriated by deceit or force. And not only is this race coming, but it is already here. Men approaching the transition to this new race are already beginning to recognize one another; watchwords, signs and countersigns are already being established. . . . And maybe the social and political problems, so acutely thrust forward by our times, will be solved on quite a different plane and in a totally different manner than we think – namely, by the appearance on the stage of a new race, CONSCIOUS OF ITSELF, which will then judge the old race. P. D. Ouspensky – TERTIUM ORGANUM

True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches. Humanity will attain to a new mode of being and life through the free and unhampered interplay of pure love from heart to heart. Meher Baba  1894-1969

Through Divine Love, the New Humanity will learn the art of co-operative and harmonious life; it will free itself from the tyranny of dead forms and release the creative life of spiritual wisdom; it will shed all illusions and get established in the Truth; it will enjoy peace and abiding happiness; it will be initiated in the life of Eternity. Meher Baba 

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