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Points of Light 1

"Come said the Muse, Sing me a song no poet has chanted
Sing me the universal."-Walt Whitman

"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."

"There is no external versus internal world- they are one and the same."

These quotes were collected during a time when my life seemed dark, empty- without purpose. They
are here to provide inspiration to others. I have also provided author links that should send the
reader on a journey to more of that author's works. Many of the quotes are derived
from Laurence G. Boldt's superb book,  "Zen and the Art of Making a Living."

Man's greatest fear is a kind of existential terror- the fear of not being- of being unable to control
one's own life, one's thoughts, one's emotions, actions and future. The ability to
extend beyond ones self and find meaning in giving, a firm belief in God,
universal truths and/or the power of ones own humanity and the
oneness of humanity- to overcome the condition of isolation

-is critical if this terror is to be manageable
and turned into a constructive life force.

Even as we learn that the galaxy may be filled with earth-like planets teeming with life.
That organic molecules and water are abundant in interstellar clouds.
That even meteors and moon rocks bare imprints of ancient bacteria.
Yet we persist in destroying Gaia,  arrogantly purging the
Earth  of all life forms, including our own.
 Tragic yet far from noble.   

Lowell Greenberg

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get-
only what you are expecting to give--which is everything. What
 you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection
 with what you give. You give because you love
and cannot help giving. 

Katharine Hepburn

"Integrity simply means willingness not to violate one's identity."

Erich Fromm

"Courage is in every tear you shed."

D.R. Durga

"A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it,
keep what is worth keeping, and,
with a breath of kindness,
blow the rest away."

Sufi aphorism

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent
people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation
of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the
world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!

You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as
you run with conformists. But you, who are honest
men in other particulars, know that there is alive
somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also,
that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day
when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's true delight is to do things he was made for. He was
made to show goodwill to his kind, to rise above the promptings of his
senses, to distinguish appearances from realities, and to pursue the study
of universal Nature and her works.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain
is not due to the thing itself but to your own
estimate of it; and this you have the
power to revoke at any moment.

Marcus Aurelius

"Jesus said 'If those who lead you say to you "See, the Kingdom is in the sky,"
then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you "It is in the sea,"
then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you and
it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves then you will become known,
and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if
you will not know yourselves you will dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.'"


Gospel of Thomas 3

"...No one else will judge you ever, for why, and how, could God judge God's own
 creation and call it bad? If I wanted you to be and do everything perfectly, I would
 have left you in the state of total perfection whence you came. The whole point
 of the process was for you to discover yourself, create your Self,
 as you truly are--and as you  truly wish to be. Yet you could 
not be that unless you also had a choice to be something else."

Neale Donald Walsch, from "Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1."

"During the early period of His renunciation He sought the advice of the
distinguished religious teachers of the day, but He could not find what
He sought in their teachings. Circumstances compelled Him to think for
Himself and seek the Truth. He sought the Truth within Himself. He
plunged into the deepest profundities of thought, and He realized the ultimate
Truth which He had not heard or known before. Illumination came
from within and shed light on things which He had never seen before."

"The Buddha and His Teachings", Written by Ven. Narada
Published by Cultural Conservation Trusa

``We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its
vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its
security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and
I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain
it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave --
to the ancient enemies of man -- half free in a liberation of resources
undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel with
such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.''

Adlai Stevenson, Speaking to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
in Geneva on July 9, 1965

Man is born broken. He lives by mending. And the grace of God is the glue.

Eugene O'Neil

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

John Ruskin - 1819-1900, British Critic, Social Theorist

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe.
She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.

Maria Montessori

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares
to become involved with experimenting with his own life.

Herbert Otto

Nature does not require that we be perfect; it requires only
that we grow, and we can do this as well from a mistake as from a success

Rollo May

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Plato

Know the masculine, Keep to the feminine.

From What-is all the world of things was born
But What-is sprang in turn from What-is-not.

Lao Tzu

"The fates lead those who will - those who won't, they drag."

Seneca

Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization
of the ubiquity of the spirit...each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest.

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which
has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought
to be living is the one you are living.

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something
out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never
has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.

We are kept out of the garden by our own fear and desire
to what we think to be the goods of our life.

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the
flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life,
and dedicate ourselves to that.

If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you
realize that this itself is the ultimate trial.

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and
our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic
transformation of consciousness.

I think that we're seeking is an experience of being alive,
so that our life experiences in the purely physical plane will have
resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that
we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Economics and politics are the governing powers
of life today, and that's why everything is screwy.

Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your
humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of
the system to the attainment of human purposes?

Joseph Campbell

Art is the proper task of life.

Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for
whom thou shinest! For ten years hast thou climbed hither unto
my cave: thou wouldst have wearied of thy light and of the
journey, had it not been for me, mine eagle, and my
serpent. But we awaited thee every morning,
took from thee thine overflow,and
blessed thee for it.

Lo! I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that hath gathered too much honey;
I need  hands outstretched to take it. I would fain bestow and distribute,
until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and
the poor happy in their riches. Therefore must I decend
into the deep: as thou doest in the evening, when
thou goest behind the sea, and givest light also
to the nether-world, thou exuberant star!

Like thee must I go down, as men say, to whom I shall descend.
Bless me, then, thou tranquil eye, that canst behold even
the greatest happiness without envy! Bless the cup
that is about to overflow, that the water may
flow golden out of it, and carry everywhere
the reflection of thy bliss! Lo! This cup is
again going to empty itself, and
Zarathustra is again going to
be a man.

Friedrich Nietzsche

For, in order to turn the individual into a function of the State,
his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him.

Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.

The more a man lays stress on false possessions, and the
less sensitivity he has for what is essential, the less satisfying is his life.

"We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand
disguises on the paths of life"

Carl Jung

...technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do
not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

The life of Zen begins, therefore, in a disillusion with
the pursuit of goals which do not really exist-the good without the bad,
the gratification of a self which is no more than an
idea, and the morrow which never comes.

The life of Zen begins, therefore, in a disillusion with
the pursuit of goals which do not really exist-the good without
the bad, the gratification of a self which is no more
than an idea, and the morrow which never comes.

Alan Watts

If all men lead mechanical, unpoetical lives, this is
the real nihilism, the real undoing of the world.

Zen is the game of insight, the game of discovering
who you are beneath the social masks.

Reginald Blyth

Thoroughly to know oneself, is above all art, for it is the highest art.

Theologia Germanica

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's hum
drum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into
one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.

D.T. Suzuki

The vocation, whether it be that of the farmer or the architect,
is a function; the exercise of this function as regards the man himself
is the most indispensable means of spiritual development, and as
regards his relation to society, the measure of his worth.

We have come to think of art and work as incompatible,
or at least independent categories and have for the first
time in history created an industry without art.

Ananda Coomaraswamy

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some
service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service
deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and make,
not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.

I hold myself to be incapable of hating any being on earth.
By a long course of prayerful discipline, I have ceased for over forty
years to hate anybody. I know this is a big claim.
Nevertheless, I make it in all humility.

Joy lies in the fight...

Mahatma Gandhi

The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose;
Do not like, do not dislike: all will then be clear.

Seng-ts'an

Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.

Helen Keller

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting
to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

Soren Kierkegaard

Underlying great doubt there is great satori, where there is
thorough questioning there will be thoroughgoing experience of awakening.

Zen Saying Quoted by Hakuin

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether
one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism
is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know
when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

For the secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

Dostoyevsky

That civilization perishes in which the individual thwarts the revelation of the universal.

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.

Tagore

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary
project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends
limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you
find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces,
faculties and talents become alive, and you discover by yourself
to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Patanjali

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance: We don't know because we don't want to know.

Aldous Huxley

Human affairs are like a chess game: Only those who
do not take it seriously can be called good players.

Huung Tzu Ch'eng

Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established
by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation.
We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the
matter of humanity. It is an unreliable horse, and blind into the
bargain. Woe to the driver if he falls asleep.

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out
of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll
a few more upon it.

Until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living
things, we will not ourselves find peace.

Albert Schweitzer

Do not cherish the unworthy desire that the changeable might become the unchanging.

Buddha

An entirely new system of thought is needed, a system
based on attention to people, and not primarily attention to goods...

E.F. Schumacher

"..the constituents of matter and the basic phenomena involving
them are all interconnected; they cannot be understood as isolated
entities but only as integral parts of a unified whole.

Fritjof Capra

The world we have made as a result of a level of thinking we have
done thus far creates problems we can not solve at the same level that created them.

See: Thoughts on Education, Science

Albert Einstein

It is our duty as men and woman to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist

Pierre Teihard de Chardin

Chronofile observation showed that the larger the number
for whom I worked, the more positively effective I became. Thus it
became obvious that if I worked always and only for
humanity, I would be optimally effective.

Dare to be Naive

Buckminster Fuller

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect
us with our fellow-men; along those fibers, as sympathetic threads,
our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

Herman Melville

The way to be happy is to make others so.

Robert Ingersoll

Appear where they cannot go, head for where they expect you least.

Sun Tzu

A warrior must only take care that his spirit is never broken.

Shissai

First see to it that you, yourself are all right, then think of defeating an opponent.

The Way of the Spear

You must push yourself beyond your limits, all the time.

"What is a truthful life?"- A life lived with deliberateness, a good, strong life.

To become a man of knowledge was a matter of learning
A man of knowledge had unbending intent
A man of knowledge had clarity of mind
To become a man of knowledge was a matter of strenuous labor
A man of knowledge was a warrior
To become a man of knowledge was an unceasing process.
A man of knowledge had an ally.

Carlos Castaneda (Don Juan)

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility...In
the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people
have...is the ability to take on responsibility.

Michael Korda

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one
subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable
future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill
to acquire is learning how to learn.

John Naisbitt

  When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless

John Gardner

Relationship is surely the mirror in which you discover yourself.

It is the process of accumulation that creates habit, imitation, and for
the mind that accumulates there is deterioration, death.
So the mind must die to everything it
has gathered- to all the habits, the imitated virtues, to all the things
that it has relied upon for a sense of security.
Then it is no longer caught in the net of its own thinking.

If the mind is not overcrowded, not ceaselessly occupied,
then it can listen to the dog barking, to the sound of a train crossing the distant bridge,
and also be fully aware of what is being said by a person talking here.
Then the mind is a living thing, it is not dead.

To be religious is to be sensitive to reality.
Your total being- body, mind and heart- is sensitive to beauty and to ugliness,
to the donkey tied to the post, to the poverty and filth in this town, to laughter and tears,
to everything about you.
From this sensitivity for the whole of existence springs goodness, love.

The mind that is not caught in any philosophy,
that is not enclosed in any system or belief,
that is not driven by its own ambition- such a mind has beauty.

To find out what is true, the mind must be without any movement, completely still.


Krishnamurti's writings excerpted from the book
"Think on These Things", Harper & Row, 1964.

 

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