Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.
Help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.
It took me forty years on earth to reach this sure conclusion: there is no Heaven but clarity, no Hell except confusion.
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.
You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.
If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back.
I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it.
The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.
There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.
Observing desire without acting on it enlarges our freedom to choose how we live.
Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind.
Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.
To say I love you one must know first how to say the I.
When I give I give myself.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
When you love, love as if the person is a god, not less than that.
If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.
Being love rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability.
Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion.
Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.
Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself.
The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.
When there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also becomes lovable.
It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.
Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil.
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.
Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.
They alone live, who live for others.
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situation.
Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life and see how life starts suddenly working for you rather than against you.
Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it... This will miraculously transform your whole life.
Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.
The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now.
It's all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.
You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace.
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there's a big disappointment, we don't know if that's the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don't know anything.
The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity.
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.
Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
The sky is the daily bread of the imagination.
Nature is made of vibrations of Love.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.
God enters by a private door into every individual.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
You'll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing.
The next message you need is always right where you are.
Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not.
Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are.
I close my eyes in order to see.
The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.
When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.
Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.
Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself.
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
When you realize there is no lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place.
It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality.
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.
This moment is all there is.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
I choose gentleness... Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.
If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.
The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.
Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.
Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.
It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so.
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening.
Forever is composed of nows.
Wake up and live.
Let the breath lead the way.
I am realistic - I expect miracles.
Do anything, but let it produce joy.
The Holy Land is everywhere.
Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.
Be guided by spirit and not driven by ego.
There is nothing more important than this moment.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Everything in the world was my Guru.
Spiritual progress is like a detoxification.
Reach for a thought that feels better.
Your thoughts become things.
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.
You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.
Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
If one way be better than other, that you may be sure is... Nature's way.
Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly.
Whatever life takes away from you, let it go.
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
Whatever comes, don't push it away. When it goes, do not grieve.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.
Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays.
Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions.
Through others we become ourselves.
Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
No matter what you have done for yourself, or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.
People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs.
What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings.
Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort.
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There is no greater investment.
Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.
If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.
Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.
I believe, and therefore anything is possible.
Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.
If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.
Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
Be patient. You'll know when it's time for you to wake up and move ahead.
If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities, if you believe it won't you will see obstacles.
A belief is only a thought I keep thinking.
Appreciation in advance brings everything you want to you.
Pray, and let God worry.
What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history ” money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery ” the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.
If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you.
Faith is God's work within us.
God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work.
Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.
The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.
It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance.
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.
The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
We cannot change anything unless we accept it.
The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world.
Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.
We can make changes in our lives, we can live consciously rather than mechanically, we can open our hearts and we can be more fully alive.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.
Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility.
Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.
Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is.
Your feelings are your greatest tools to help you create your life.
See the things that you want as already yours.
You are not in the universe, you are the universe.
Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.
You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.
The enquiry Who am I? is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss.
Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement.
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing through the facade of pretense. It's the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself.
Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available.
Enlightenment is ego's ultimate disappointment.
If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am', our real presence, can awaken.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.
Awakening is not a journey of discovering a distant land or a coveted secret, but rather, it is a journey of surrendering to what has always been present but shrouded in illusion and disillusion.
You can't have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it's not like you're going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.
Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?
We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.
Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.
No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.
Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence.
One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, I love you, I'm sorry, I appreciate you, I'm proud of you...whatever you're feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it...cause a smile today for someone else...and give plenty of hugs.
I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn't at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.
You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God's creative principle works in you.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.
The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.
All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.
The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go.
You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.
You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.
The power within you is greater than the power within the world.
If you think you're enlightened go spend a week with your family.
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.
When everything gets answered, it's fake.
The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.
The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake.
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.
If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.
Religion is for people who're afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who've already been there.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.
Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten.
Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains.
The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.
Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.
Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.
In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural state.
Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.
No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are.
Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself.
Awakening is dynamic, Constantly evolving in accordance with life's realities.
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness.
Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story.
Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.
Be here, now!
When you make a choice, you change the future.
God finds himself by creating.
You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached.
And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.
Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.
Bath, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined.
You can't have everything... where would you put it?
Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go Uh, I'm kind of an asshole.
Walk with those seeking truth... Run from those who think they've found it.
To be in time is to be asleep: to be awake is to be in eternity.
Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you.
Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.