Offering further ideas and wisdom quotations for your contemplation. encouragement, guidance and for meditation.

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Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding for the merchandise of these is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Bible
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Cultivate goodwill without measure towards the whole world, above, below, around, unstinted, unmixed with any feeling of making distinctions or of showing preferences.

Lord Buddha

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The deepest meaning of freedom is the power to expand and grow towards perfection by the law of one’s own nature.

Sri Aurobindo
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Perfection has to be worked out- has to be accomplished.
Imperfection, limitation, death, grief, ignorance, matter are only the first terms of the formulary; they are the initial discords of the musician’s tuning.
Out of imperfection we have to construct perfection, out of limitation to discover infinity, out of death to find immortality, out of grief to recover divine bliss, out of ignorance to rescue divine self-knowledge, out of matter to reveal spirit. To work out this end for ourselves and for humanity is the object of our Yogic practice.
Sri Aurobindo

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NATURE REPRESENTS

Nature represents the soul of the earth, our own personality, our body, our spiritual nature or the life of the cosmic Whole. It is the comfortable ocean in which all life swims.

Love is the emotion and the attitude that makes sense out of our feelings and thoughts and our inner world of consciousness – where Love reigns most powerfully and where our love of Nature sparks life magic.

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ON FUTURE CULTURE

Re-cycled man must regain true form and health

He must, re-moulded, trust again the spirit’s wealth

Find beauty, line and grace once more enshrined

Not only in his art but in the fabric of his mind

If he will not return as prodigal to what is right

Resist and continue in his material ways of might

Then doom is forecast! as the gods, we understand,

Can no longer tolerate man’s devious turn from what is planned.

Sally E. Janssen

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There are three things that are unknowable;  God, Nothing and Infinity.

Welsh Triad

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Neither shall they say, Lo here! or Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus

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Great Tao cannot be talked about.

Kwang Tsa

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Cease to seek after God as without thee, seek Him from out of thyself. Thou wilt find Him in thyself, one and many, just as the atom; thus finding from thyself a way out of thyself.

Monoimus‘s  Letter to Theophrastus

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I gazed into my own heart;

There I saw Him; He was nowhere else.

Jalalu’d Din Rumi Divani Shamsi

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In the space within the heart are contained both heaven and earth.

Chandogya Upanishad

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“There is religion in everything around us – a calm and holy religion in the inbreathing things of Nature, which man would do well to imitate. It is a meek and blessed influence stealing in, as it were, unawares upon the heart; it comes quietly, and without excitement; it has no terror, no gloom in its approaches; it does not rouse up the passions; it is untrammelled by the creeds, and unshadowed by the superstitions of man; it is fresh from the hands of its Author, glowing from the immediate presence of the Great Spirit which pervades and quickens it;  it is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star; it is on the sailing cloud and in the invisible wind; it is among the hills and valleys of the earth, where the shrubless mountain-top pierces the thin atmosphere of eternal winter, or where the mighty forest fluctuates, before the strong wind, with its dark waves of green foliage;  it is spread out like a legible language, upon the broad face of the unsleeping oceans; it is the poetry of Nature; it is this which uplifts the spirit within us, until it is strong enough to overlook the shadows of our place of probation; it is that which breaks, link after link, the chain that binds us to materiality, and which opens to us a world of spiritual beauty and holiness.”

Ruskin

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I am That
by Swami Rama Tirtha
(1873-1906)

I have no scruple of change, nor fear of death,
Nor was I ever born,
Nor had I parents.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That, 

I cause no misery, nor am I miserable;
I have no enemy, nor am I enemy.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That, 

I am without form, without limit,
Beyond space, beyond time,
I am in everything, everything is in me.
I am the bliss of the universe,
Everywhere am I.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That, 

I am without body or change of the body,
I am neither senses, nor object of the senses,
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That, 

I am neither sin, nor virtue,
Nor temple, nor worship
Nor pilgrimage, nor books.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That.

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Bhakti Yoga – the way of the Heart

Love teases and tantalises the mind until thoughts and emotions blend in harmonious experiencing.

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Should you choose the path of love and expand your heart, it will grow to encompass all life and it is then that we can come to realise through our direct experiencing, that in truth all life is One.

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The Secrets of life are within the heart and the key is Love.

Sally E Janssen

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The strongest desire of everything, and the one first implanted by Nature, is to return to its source. And since God is the Source of our soul and has made it like unto Himself…therefore this soul desires above all things to return to Him.

 Dante

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Though India is the mother-land of Yoga it has now become a world phenomena. It is simply because of the fact that Yoga is not attached to any particular religion, order, sect, nationality, for it in one form or the other, lies more or less buried in all religions, and which can exist apart from any formal religion as well. Another major reason for its having become a world liking is because it offers sound health and easy concentration of mind, which is basically aspired to by one and all.”

M. Lall Yoga Health Organization , New Delhi. 1973

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 Some Reminders from Sally E Janssen ....

Beyond relaxation and meditation is the state of pure Being.

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The study of Spirit is the study of the life, not the form.

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Knowledge is the developing progeny of the mind but wisdom is

the mature fruit of direct experience.

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The Bhakti believes the most important quality in life is Loving Kindness -

Thinking Lovingly,

Feeling Lovingly

Acting Lovingly

Thinking Kindly

Feeling Kindly

Acting Kindly    Sally E Janssen

 

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Like a Digit of the Moon

In the Shadow of the Earth

Spirit undergoeth Swoon

In the Vestibule of Birth:

Dreameth transitory Trouble,

Weareth Hues of Heaven, hurled

Hither, thither, as a Bubble

On the Ocean of the World.

From “Illusion of a Waking Dream” from the Sanskrit

 

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SPIRITUALITY is largely dependent upon an image of perfection that determines and motivates self discipline. Make your image clear. Then watch how it helps you to grow – not with stress and struggle but naturally, as the flowers grow.

SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION urges us to transform the personality into the likeness of the true self or soul and to allow channelling of the spirit’s light.

SELF MASTERY   -   The way to self mastery is through the gates of Love.

SIMPLICITY is often the signature of greatness.

CATHARSIS  – We all need, either through our own design or through the aid of external circumstances, to cleanse the psyche of the past in order to be free for the future.

TEACHERS – MENTORS offer us guidance and instruction. Depending upon our respect for them, we try to apply the teachings that our own intuition and our own experience must yet confirm.

Sally E. Janssen

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SAMADHI

“The mind itself has a higher state of existence, beyond reason, a superconscious state, and .. when the mind gets to that higher state then this knowledge beyond reasoning comes… All the different steps in yoga are intended to bring us scientifically to the superconscious state of Samadhi…

Just as unconscious work is beneath consciousness, so there is another work which is above consciousness, and which, also is not accompanied with the feeling of egoism…

There is no feeling of I, and yet the mind works, desireless, free from restlessness, objectless, bodiless. Then the Truth shines in its full effulgence, and we know ourselves – for Samadhi lies potential in us all – for what we truly are, free, immortal, omnipotent, loosed from the finite, and its contrasts of good and evil altogether, and identical with the Atman or Universal Soul.”  

  Vivekananda

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Every culture develops a spiritual system , the purpose of which being to satisfy the individual’s urge, common to us all, to know the Creator.

S.E Janssen

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Thou canst not gather what thou didst not sow; as thou dost plant the tree so will it grow.

Laws of Manu

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 With the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Jesus

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned. 

Jesus

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus

Do unto others, what you would have them do unto you.

Jesus

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The good and bad fortune of man are not predestined; man brings them on himself by his conduct. The consequences of good and evil follow as the shadow follows the body. 

Kan Ying Phien

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Heaven is sure to give happiness to those who love and benefit other men, and is sure to bring calamities on those who hate and maltreat other men.

Mo Tse

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 “I affirm that I have become aware, not by my own wish, almost against my will, of an existence of another life of far, far greater importance and beauty than this physical one, beautiful and important though that is; that the knowledge of this other life leads to increasing happiness and interest; that it brings one, however slowly and with however many personal stupidities, ignorances and clumsy faults, to a new tolerance, a new sympathy with every Human being alive…”  Hugh Walpole

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Yogis seek to study and apply techniques in the culture of consciousness.

S.E Janssen

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Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.

Buddha

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Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

St Paul

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Glorious is the fruit of good labour.

Solomon

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For all the unjust deeds that each man has ever done, and for all the men to whom he has done injustice, he pays the penalty in due course.

Plato

To mind one’s own business and not to be meddlesome is justice.

Plato.

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The Essenes affirm that Fate governs all things, and that nothing befalls man but what is according to its determination.

Josephus – Antiquities of the Jews

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Although Yoga has been developed as a system with Indian culture as its base, in essence its purpose, to unite the individual to God, is common to all peoples and spiritual schools. It recognizes and asserts the universal natural urge and subsequent enquiry of humans to know their Creator.

Sally Janssen

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Breath ! that mystical, mysterious, invisible something which, although subtle, is our lifeline to That which has ordained our very existence.

S.E Janssen

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As we have been created in limitless human forms and variations so there exist innumerable paths directing us to the One Gateway – our spiritual home.

S.E Janssen

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“Man judges rightly that by his intellect he surpasses the material universe, for he shares in the light of the divine mind….

The intellectual nature of the human person is perfected by wisdom and needs to be. for wisdom gently attracts the mind of man to a quest and a love for what is true and good. Steeped in wisdom, man passes through visible realities to those which are unseen.

Our era needs such wisdom more than bygone ages if the discovereies made by man are to be further humanised. for the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser men are forthcoming.”

Exerpt from the Vatican Council II: Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World. N 15.

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 We live in the eternal Now, and it is Now that we create our destiny.  It follows, that to grieve over the past is useless and to make plans for the future is a waste of time.  There is only one ambition that is good, and that is: so to live now that none may weary of life’s emptiness and none may have to do the task we leave undone.

From the Sayings of Tsiang Samdup

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When all desires that dwelt in the heart are let go, then the mortal becomes immortal and reaches the eternal.  

Katha Upanishad

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We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories to account for its origin. At last we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! it is our own.

 Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, Scientist

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He gains royal power over himself, he gains lordship of mind, he is lord of voice, he is lord of the eye He is lord of hearing, lord of knowledge, He becomes the eternal, bodied in shining ether, the real Self who delights in life, who is mind, who is bliss, whose wealth is immortal peace. 

Taittiriya Upanishad

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Illusion works impenetrable,

Weaving webs innumerable,

Her gay pictures never fail,

Crowd each other veil on veil,

Charmer who will be believed

By man who thirsts to be deceived.”

Maya - by Emerson

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The life cycle is a lord of beings; it has two paths, the southern and the northern; they who worship by sacrifices and gifts, they verily win the lunar world, they verily return again. Therefore the seers who are desirous of offspring gain the southern path. this is the body, this is the way of the fathers. Some go by the northern path, by fervour, service of the eternal, faith, wisdom, seeking the Self they gain the sun. Thus verily is the home of lives, this is the immortal, the fearless, the better way;  from thence they return not again, for this is the end of the way.   

 Prashna Upanishad

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He who would understand the Plains must ascend the Eternal Hills, where a man’s eyes scan Infinity.  But he who would make use of understanding must descend onto the plains, where Past and Future meet and men have need of him.

From the Sayings of Tsiang Samdup

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 On the Margas:

Margas are like the spokes on the one wheel of Yoga

Though the paths are various according to the various Shastras, all of these lead unto Thee, like rivers flowing into the one ocean.

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The concept of God is limited only by the extent to which an individual can stretch his consciousness.

The soul attuned to Universal influences invites Spiritual Realization or Samadhi.

S.Janssen

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All growth depends upon some sacrifice – the seed must yield its secure shell to allow commencement of growth of the shoot and the root of the future tree.

The snake must shed its skin to grow larger in body.

The flower must risk destruction in order to reveal its precious means of immortalizing itself in the seed.

The personality must suffer yielding some precious habit to allow for a nobler.

One must give love away in order to gain it.

One must protect one’s family or country by being prepared to sacrifice the greatest – one’s life.

S. Janssen

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The ultimate vision and purpose of human life is expressed in the ancient Vedas…

“As from a glowing fire, kindred sparkles come forth thousand-fold, so from the Eternal, manifold beings are born, and return also.”

Mundaka Upanishad

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 From the unreal lead me to the Real

 From darkness lead me into Light

 From death lead me to Immortality.

Upanishads

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In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.

Yogashastra

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