Men with Knowledge of God do not run away from things as others do, for they contemplate their Lord in everything
- Al Arabi Ad-Darqaw
Without the experience of life, you might as well be dead.
The secret waits for the insight of eyes unclouded by longing. Those who are bound by desire see only the outward container.
A Russian play from the turn of the century has this scenario:
The stage of the theatre is the inside of a man, and the two characters represent the emotional side of the man's ego and the rational side. They are arguing. The emotional side wants the man, Ivanov, to run off with a night club singer he has met: the rational side argues the benefits of staying with his wife. Suddenly there is a muffled shot and the heartbeat, which has been pounding steadily in the background all the time, stops. Ivanov has killed himself. His emotional and rational sides also die. The end of the play sees a character who has been apparently sleeping throughout at the back of the stage now getting up, putting on his coat and hat, picking up his suitcase, and leaving through a door. This is Ivanov's immortal self. With this the curtain closes.
There was once a man who wanted to grow a peach tree.
A beautiful parable highlights the new 'Peach Tree' introduction to satsang brochure; drawing on the analogy of the care needed to properly grow a seed.
By letting it go, it all gets done
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try
The world is then beyond the winning.
- Tao 48
"Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love, and then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire!"
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Love is not something that you feel. Love is that Something that you are.
There is, 0 monks, an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. If there were not this Unborn, this Unoriginated, this Uncreated, this Unformed, escape from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed, would not be possible
The Great Invocation
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
(World prayer of World Goodwill)
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head
His purposes will ripen fast.
Unfolding every hour:
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the Flower.
Part of a letter to a mahatma from Guru Maharaj Ji in April 1973,
Service is the only thing which is easily obtainable in this age. Other things were available to the devotees in the past without much difficulty. Since the creation of the world till 1973, man has been trying to do right actions but because of lack of clear understanding, he could never discriminate. But now when all the premies have come to know that the service to their Perfect Guide is the only most appropriate and right action, they must perform it with all the devotion irrespective of how great a labor is involved. After all, greatness lies in great services to humanity under the kind guidance of their Perfect Guide and not in great worldly achievements.
If you can't grasp the Word, be idle and let it grasp you.
When a devotee once asked Amar Das, the third Sikh Perfect Master, What shall I do to save myself? the Guru replied Go and open a bank in Delhi and dwell upon the Name of God
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
Beauty is the highest form of genius because it needs no explanation.
By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grownup, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, "There is no hurry. We shall get there some day." But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.
House at Pooh Corner
"But he who has become free through knowledge is a servant on account of love to those who have not yet been able to receive the freedom of the knowledge."
- Dead Sea Scrolls
He turned the flyleaf of the geography and read what he had written there: himself, his name and where he was
Class of Elements
Clongowes Wood College
… Then he read the flyleaf from the bottom to the top till he came to his own name. That was he and he read down the page again. What was after the universe? Nothing. But was there anything round the universe to show where it
stopped before the nothing place began? It could not be a wall but there could be a thin, thin line all round everything. It was very big to think about everything and everywhere, Only God could do that.
from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Shakespeare had the right idea
Hamlet: "Here we both obey
and give ourselves
up in the full bent,
to lay our service freely
at your feet,
to be commanded."
- Act II, Scene II
Guru Maharaj Ji's sure fire
cure for the common mind:
Rest in Holy Name
Drink plenty of Nectar
Take two doses of Light daily
And douse with Divine Harmonies as needed
If symptoms persist, see a Mahatma. - Jim Grant
Prayer is talking to God.
Meditation is listening to God.