Part IV
11 October , 2000

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Sometimes other's thoughts can help clarify our own. Enjoy these inspirational quotations.

Spiritual teachers ultimately agree that true wisdom does not come from outside us, but from within. And it does not come from within simply because we want it. It comes when we live in a way that invites wisdom. It comes through direct experience.
- Rabbi David A. Cooper

Friendship is the marriage of souls.
- Voltaire

One has no friend who has many friends.
- Aristotle
One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
- Henry Adams
The true meaning of love one's neighbor is not that it is a command from God which we are to fulfill, but that through it and in it we meet God.
- Martin Buber
The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.
- Aristotle
Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words.
- Carlos Castaneda
Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake.
- Thomas Merton
Not only a truer knowledge, but a greater power comes to one in the quietude and silence of a mind that, instead of bubbling on the surface, can go to its own depths and listen.
- Sri Aurobindo
To the illuminated mind, the whole world sparkles with light.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In my breaking through...I transcend all creatures and am neither God nor creature...for in this breaking through I find that God and I are both the same.
- Meister Eckhart
To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
- William Blake
Overcoming of all the usual barriers between the individual and the Absolute is the greatest mystical achievement. In mystic experiences, we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware of our oneness.
- William James
We cannot comprehend spiritual things with ordinary intelligence.
- The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
If there is a good and wise God, then there also exists a progress of humanity towards perfection.
- Plato
People have never fully used the powers they possess to advance the good in life because they have waited upon some power external to themselves to do the work they are responsible for doing.
- John Dewey
Evolution of consciousness is the central motive of terrestrial existence.
- Sri Aurobindo
When you have become one with the Great Universal, you will have no partiality, and when you are part of the process of transformation, you will have no rigidity.
- Confucius
Man is a creature who has received the order to become God.
- St. Basil
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer
It is not after we understand the truth that we attain enlightenment. To realize the truth is to live -- to exist here and now.
- Shunryu Suzuki
All methods and techniques -- and of course all human beings who propound them -- are merely instruments to help the student obtain a methodless, technique-free, teacherless state.
- Paul Brunton
If you want to have a spiritual life you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all.
- Thomas Merton
The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and sense in which one has attained liberation from the self.
- Albert Einsein
There are moments in your life when you must act, even though you cannot carry your best friends with you. The "still small voice" within you must always be the final arbiter where there is a conflict of duty.
- Gandhi

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- Kahil Gibran

No spiritual mind remains within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its own strength.
- Montaigne
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity; even so does inactivity sap the vigor from our minds.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever has to be learned must be learned the hard way.
- Carlos Castaneda
There is no completeness without sadness and longing, for without them there is no sobriety, no kindness. Wisdom without kindness and knowledge without sobriety are useless.
- Carlos Castaneda

Self-importance is man's greatest enemy. What weakens him is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of his fellow men. Self-importance requires that one spend most of one's life offended by something or someone.
- Carlos Castaneda

The greatest flaw of human beings is to remain glued to the inventory of reason. Reason doesn't deal with man as energy. Reason deals with instruments that create energy, but it has never seriously occurred to reason that we are better than instruments: we are organisms that create energy. We are bubbles of energy.
- Carlos Castaneda