Eastern Paths
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The Path of Renunciation can be a clearer sign of exhilaration and confidence in life's high calling than any moment of indulgence. In this category falls discipline of every form; the sacrifice of a trivial now for a momentous then, the turning away from an easy this, toward a beckoning yet-to-be.  (Hindu Principle)


All that is not given is lost.  (Hasari Pal)


Of a certainty the man who can see all creatures in himself, himself in all creatures, knows no sorrow.   (Esha Upanishad)


We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts we make the world. (Dhammapada)


When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:  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 yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.  (Pantanjali)


Without love, the acquisition of knowledge only increases confusion and leads to self-destruction.  (Krishnamurti)


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.   (Kahil Gibran)


However innumerable persons there are, I vow to save them; however inexhaustible the passions are, I vow to control them;  however immeasurable the virtues are, I vow to master them; however incomparable the way of enlightenment is, I vow to attain it.  (Bodhisattva)


I seek not so much to know the answers, but to ask the right questions.  (Shao-lin proverb)


Act without doing, work without effort.  (Tao Te Ching)


The Tao is always present and always available... If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things. (The Hua Hu Ching)


To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to others, giving without limitation one's time, abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the identity of those in need. (The Hua Hu Ching)

When the way comes to an end, then change — having changed, you pass through.  (I Ching)


To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.  (Confucius)


The more you think of worldly things, the more you will be attached to them. (Ramakrishna)


Doubt everything. Find your own light.   (Gotama Buddha)


When you do something, you should burn yourself completely like a good bonfire; leaving no trace of yourself.  (Shunryu Suzuki)


Look within! ... The secret is inside you. (Hui-Neng)


The highest form of wisdom is kindness. (The Talmud)


The essence of the First Absolute Light, God, gives constant illumination, whereby it is manifested and it brings all things into existence, giving life to them by its rays.  Everything in the world is derived from the Light of His Essence; all beauty and perfection are the gift of His Bounty; and to attain fully to this illumination is salvation.  (Sohrawardi)



Let the beauty we love be what we do.   (Rumi)

The heart is nothing but the Sea of Light ... the place of the vision of God.  (Rumi)


Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world.  The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.  Every wonderfu sight will vanish, every sweet word will fade, but do not be disheartened.  The source they come from is eternal, growing, branching out, giving new life and new joy.  Why do you weep?  The source is within you and this whole world is springing up from it.  (Rumi)


Dive deep, O mind into the ocean of Divine Beauty.  You will discover a new gem instant after instant.  (Sri Ramakrishna)



Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.  (Gandhi)


An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.  (Mahatma Gandhi)


You are what your deep driving desire is.  As your desire is, so is your will.  As your will is, so is your deed.  As your deed is, so is your destiny.  (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad)


Wherever I go, with whomever I go may I see myself as less than all others, and from the depth of my heart

may I consider them supremely precious. (Dalai Lama)


May I examine my mind in all actions and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it. (Dalai Lama)


If you contribute to other peoples' happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life. (Dalai Lama)


That fire which is the means of attaining the infinite worlds, and is also their foundation, is hidden in the sacred place of the heart.  (Kath Upanishad, Part I)


Send Thy peace O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.  Send Thy peace O Lord, that we may think, act and speak harmoniously. Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts. Send Thy peace O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss. Send Thy peace O Lord, that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of Thy grace and mercy. Send Thy peace O Lord, that our lives may become a Divine vision and in Thy light, all darkness may vanish. Send Thy peace O Lord, our Father and Mother, that we Thy children on Earth may all unite in one family. (Pir-o-murshid Inayat Khan, Prayer for Peace)


O Thou kind Lord! O Thou Who art generous and merciful! We are the servants of Thy threshold and are gathered beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy divine unity. The sun of Thy mercy is shining upon all, and the clouds of Thy bounty shower upon all. Thy gifts encompass all, Thy loving providence sustains all, Thy protection overshadows all, and the glances of Thy favor are cast upon all. O Lord! Grant Thine infinite bestowals, and let the light of Thy guidance shine. Illumine the eyes, gladden the hearts with abiding joy. Confer a new spirit upon all people and bestow upon them eternal life. Unlock the gates of true understanding and let the light of faith shine resplendent. Gather all people beneath the shadow of Thy bounty and cause them to unite in harmony, so that they may become as the rays of one sun, as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of one tree. May they be refreshed by the same breeze. May they receive illumination from the same source of light. Thou art the Giver, the Merciful, the Omnipotent (Abdu'l-baha, Baha'i prayers)


May Peace Prevail on Earth. (Masahisa Goi, World Peace Prayer)

Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.  (Achaan Chah)


You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Ghandi)