( Carl Jung )
People tend to believe evil is something external to them – yet it is a projection of the shadow onto others. As one who projects the principle for absolute and unresolvable evil onto others – it is to the degree that one condemns others and finds evil in others, that one is unconscious of the same thing within oneself, or the potential of that within oneself. It is a projection of one’s own shadow.
( Dalai Lama // A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, September 3, 2012 )
“Overcoming anger alone is equal to vanquishing all foes.”
“If you would like to know what you have done in the past – look at who you are now.
“If you would like to know who you will be in the future – look at what you are doing.
(1893 – 1952)
“Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable. Sarcasm draws out the rebellious spirit and anger in the wrongdoer. Loving suggestions bring out the repentance in him. Repentance consists in thoroughly understanding one’s own error and in abandoning it. Friendship is pure by nature. When you have a lilly in your hands, how can you crush it? When you love a person dearly, how can you hurt him, even though he may be wrong? Divine love is unlimited and infinite. When two or more persons are friends always, no matter what happens, that is an expression of divine love, of divine friendship.” – SOURCE
( H.H. 16th Karmapa
Rangjung Rigpe Dorje )
“When you do things, then obstacles will come and you can go through them.
Obstacles are a sign of success”
( Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche )
“Look. This is your world! You can’t not look. There is no other world. This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this; you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited this world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing. Look! Don’t hesitate – look! Open your eyes. Don’t blink, and look, look – look further.”
( Paramhansa Yogananda » Autobiography of a Yogi )
“Master, you are wonderful!” A student, taking his leave, gazed ardently at the patriarchal sage. “You have renounced riches and comforts to seek God and teach us wisdom!” It was well-known that Bhaduri Mahasaya had forsaken great family wealth in his early childhood, when single-mindedly he entered the yogic path.
“You are reversing the case!” The saint’s face held a mild rebuke. “I have left a few paltry rupees, a few petty pleasures, for a cosmic empire of endless bliss. How then have I denied myself anything? I know the joy of sharing the treasure. Is that a sacrifice? The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciates! They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!”
Mabel Collins ( 1851-1927 )
THESE rules are written for all disciples: Attend you to them.
Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak in the presence of the Masters it must have lost the power to wound. Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart.
1. Kill out ambition.
2. Kill out desire of life.
3. Kill out desire of comfort.
4. Work as those work who are ambitious.
200. Let us live happily then, though we call nothing our own! We shall be like the bright gods, feeding on happiness!
201. Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. He who has given up both victory and defeat, he, the contented, is happy.
204. Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches; trust is the best of relationships, Nirvana the highest happiness.
362. He who controls his hand, he who controls his feet, he who controls his speech, he who is well controlled, he who delights inwardly, who is collected, who is solitary and content, him they call Wise.
Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)
“Whenever we identify with a situation, our suffering increases. But when we view a situation from the witness point of view, our inner strength grows.
In worldly relationships, we may experience suffering. The reason is that the relationship is based on hopes and wishes, on desires and expectations. But when we cry for God, it is completely different because we don’t expect anything in return for our love. Yet, in that love without expectations, we are given everything. In real prayer we say “God, give us your qualities and the strength to do selfless service!
When we contemplate the divine qualities repeatedly during our prayers, we are making those qualities our own; we are fixing them in our consciousness. The devotee who awakens these qualities within himself is not bound by them but rises to a state beyond all qualities. The one who is beyond all qualities is not bound to anything. Such a person remains a witness. By nurturing the divine qualities within, we forget ourselves and are able to love and help others. Then the limited individual is no longer there. This is a state beyond all qualities.”