farewell to elijah


 

Avoid

the bad habit

of domesticating the prophet

of your choice, turning him or her into

a cheerleader for your way of thinking and way

of life. Remember that all the great prophets were courageous

and outrageous folks who railed against the powers-that-be,

challenged self-satisfied piosity, threatened the

prevailing social order, and would find

you falling short in some

significant

ways.

 

Parker Palmer

 

illuminate from within


 

There is no

difference between your

body and the body of the buddha.

If ignorance exists, seeds

of realization are

sown in it.

 

Seeing

yourself in the master and

the master in yourself, you sense

reality. Understanding that all worldly

phenomena and the one reality are

interwoven and inseparable,

you begin to experience

peace and comfort.

 

Carrying on,

continuing with concentration,

you illuminate your own buddha nature

from within, and then, seeing that nothing

is apart from it, become free

and peaceful in all

you do.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 8

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the universe is one being

oliver jeffers

 

I believe that

the universe is one being,

all its parts are different expressions of

the same energy, and they are all in communication

with each other, influencing each other, therefore

parts of one organic whole. This is

physics, I believe, as well as

religion.

 

The parts

change and pass, or die,

people and races and rocks and stars,

none of them seems to me important in itself,

but only the whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful,

and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled

to love it, and to think of it as divine. It seems to me that this

whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love;

and that here is peace, freedom,

I might say a kind of

salvation.

 

I think that

one may contribute (ever so slightly)

to the beauty of things by making one’s own life

and environment beautiful, so far as one’s power reaches.

This includes moral beauty, one of the qualities

of humanity, though it seems not to

appear elsewhere in the

universe. 

 

Robinson Jeffers