“For all the subtlety of his teachings, the Buddha had a simple test for measuring wisdom. You’re wise, he said, to the extent that you can get yourself to do things you don’t like doing but know will result in happiness, and to refrain from things you like doing but know will result in pain and harm.” Buddha
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein
“Education and knowledge by themselves do not bring inner peace to individuals, families or the society in which they live. But education combined with warmheartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you’re governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways. Therefore, while you are learning, don’t forget the importance of warmheartedness” Dalai Lama
“When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from wrong. To deal with our problems, we need to be practical and realistic. If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, which means we need a calm mind.” Dalai Lama
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. Dalai Lama
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi
“There are more things that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.”
60 BC, Roman philosopher Seneca
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
When you remove all of the concepts in your mind … All the labels and judgements … All the ideas and duality … All the words and notions … Something still remains … Something that’s always been there … Something that’s never changed …
Can you see it through the noise in your mind? The quieter and more still you are the more clearly you can see it. You experience it. There are no words to describe it yet it is undeniable. Just breathe and be aware … Tom Notarianni Jr.
Ignoring the mind is a beautiful sadhana. This is what many of the sages did. They ignored the mind out of existence. It loses its influence and its potency when it is ignored.
Ignore the mind until there is no future. When there is no future, future is not a trap. Past is not a trap. And then you can talk about anything, because future and past are not sucking from now. You see? Otherwise, with this suck, there is an oscillation between future and past. And that brings in another noise, and another noise… When the attention is not straying, when it is not picking up all types of nonsense, then you will find that you are in peace.
Waiting is a state of mind, the usual state of mind. Presence is when you’re no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one. Eckhart Tolle
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present”. Lao Tzu
“Aimlessness means not setting an object or goal in front of you and running after it. That is exactly what everybody does. We want this, we want that, and as long as we haven’t got it we think happiness will be impossible. We must bring about a revolution in our thinking: we must stop. We must do as the flower does. The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else. The wave is already water. Does the wave have to go looking for water? No. It is the same for you. You have gone within you, so you do not have to look for God.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
“One of the greatest thinkers in the West, Descartes, has said, “I think, therefore I am.” Cogito ergo sum. and Descartes is the father of modern Western philosophy. “I think, therefore I am.” Just the opposite has been the experience in the East. Buddha, Nagarjuna, Shankara, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu they will laugh, they will laugh tremendously when they hear Descartes dictum, “I think, therefore I am’; because they say, “I don’t think, therefore I am”.
Because when thinking ceases, only then does one know who one is. In a non-thinking state of consciousness one realizes one’s being, not by thinking, but by non-thinking. Meditation is nonthinking; it is an effort to create a state of no-mind.” Osho
“We sometimes feel deep pain as we let go of the person we’ve always believed ourselves to be, to be left only as the pure awareness of which we have no conception.”
There can be no political revolution, no social revolution, no economic revolution. The only revolution is that of the spirit; it is individual. And if millions of individuals change, then the society will change as a consequence, not vice versa. You cannot change the society first and hope that individuals will change later on.” Osho
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi