There is but One truth, though it is stated in myriad ways...
There is no Truth other than the ocean of Absolute.
This "I" is but a deformed vessel, little more than a puddle's worth.
Each day, however, the pot can be reformed to carry a further measure of water.
Each drop, a cause for Exaltation.
The truth is not in the telling, it is in the hearing.
I would not say I chose this path, it is more as if the Path and I chose each other.
We are beings only in the instantaneous. In respect to the practical, we are more like "becomings", as we are constantly changing.
The wider world is reached through the heart. The mind is an important tool, but one cannot reason one's way to enlightenment. The mind can conceive, but the heart, the intuition, informs of what is true. This is not meant the heart of desire to receive. Unity is achieved with the heart of Love, through harmony and giving.
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Gautama Buddha
"Thus we see that though the true aim of mankind is the avoidance of pain and the attainment of Bliss, yet owing to a fatal error man, through trying to avoid pain, pursues a deluded something named pleasure, mistaking it for Bliss. That the attainment of Bliss and not pleasure is the universal and highest necessity is indirectly proved by the fact that man is never satisfied with one object of pleasure.....And so he is constantly falling into pain, even though he wishes to avoid it by the adoption of what he deems proper means. Yet an unknown and unsatisfied craving seems ever to remain in his heart."
-- Paramahansa Yogananda
"Self-knowledge begins in understanding oneself from moment to moment, and that understanding requires one's full attention be given to each thought at any particular moment...."
-- Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Doth not nature itself teach you?"
-- I Corinthians 11:14
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
-- Chinese proverb
"We task not any soul beyond its capabilities."
-- The Koran, 23:62
"Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."
-- Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"
"Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace."
-- Bhagavad Gita
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded, what others do from fear of the law."
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
-- Albert Schweitzer
"That you may pass beyond the sea of darkness, I pledge this life and my help."
-- "Z" (William Q. Judge)
"Love is infallible; it has no errors, for all errors are the want of love."
-- William Law
"In love is found the secret of divine unity; it is love that unites the higher and lower stages, and that lifts every thing to that stage where all must be one."
-- The Zohar
"To behold with the eyes of the heart; to listen with the ears of the heart to the roar of the world; to peer into the future with the comprehension of the heart; to remember the cumulations of the past through the heart; thus must one impetuously advance upon the path of ascent."
-- Master M