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Quotes from ?


“Quiescent nirvana – a profound peace of mind characterized by extinction of psychological afflictions.” – p. viii


 “First awaken on your own, the see someone else.” – p. xiv


 “Ordinary people lose sight of the nature of reality and do not know the basis of the mind.” – p. 3


 “It is like wiping the dust off a mirror; the clarity appears spontaneously when the dust is all gone.” – p. 6


 “Dress in old clothes, eat simple food, and preserve the basic true mind with perfect clarity.  Feign ignorance, appear inarticulate.” – p. 11


 “By not accepting the present, you suffer a life time of misery; by wishing for the future, you suffer calamity for myriad aeons.” – p. 11


 “It also allows you to learn the gentle art of telling compassionate lies, instead of narcissistically blurting out what you ‘really feel’ no matter how much it might hurt the other person.”  – p. 364


 “One of the strangest things I have learned about being a good-enough support person is that your primary job is being an emotional sponge.”   – p. 364


 “The existentialists are correct that within the realm of your own choices or your own doing, you have to affirm the choices you have made.”  – p. 366


 “Selfless service – you have to serve others, without thought of self or hope for praise;  you simply love and serve – as Mother Teresa would say, ‘Love until it hurts’.”  – p. 368


 “There is nothing you can try to do, or try not to do, to get basic awareness, because it already and fully is.” – p. 371


 “If spirit….. – p. 370


 “Without correcting or modifying your present awareness in any way, notice that….. – p. 371


 “Recognizing your True Face is easy; living it is hard.” – p. 373


 “Surrender to Him and accept His will whether He appears or vanishes.  Await His pleasure.  If you want Him to do as you want, it is not surrender but command.  You cannot ask Him to obey you and yet think you have surrendered ….Leave everything entirely up to Him.”  – p. 387


Quotes from ?


 “Taoism seeks to accept things as they are and to find beauty and wonder in the face of the mundane.”


 “A mind free from attachments and judgments.”


 “Humans are slaves to words and the reason they produce.”  – p. 22


“Matter as we know it may not actually exist but is rather a movement of energy.” – p. 25


 “Zen maintains that our dualistic view of life means that whatever we perceive goes through our mental filtering systems before being cognitively understood.” – p. 25


 “Meditation in the midst of activity was far better that meditation in stillness.” – Hakuin – p. 26


 “They absorbed themselves in the activity rather than in their ego’s understanding of the activity.” – p. 26


 “Deaths touch is seen as the best possible source of wisdom, for nothing can seem more important than anything else when the idea of not existing is brought into the equation.”  – p. 49

 Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1684)


 “A serene balance between the joy of life and the inevitability of the waiting void.” – p. 51


 “Matter as we know it may not actually exist but is rather a movement of energy.” – p. 25


Quotes from ?


 “Love only works when people feel it and believe it.”  – p. 92


  “Caving in doesn’t empower people.” – p. 96


 “You can give power away and wind up with more.”  – p. 96


 “You can’t impose significance.  People have to create it together.”  – p. 100


 “Celebrations weave hearts and souls into a shared destiny.”  – p. 100


 “The most important thing about a gift is the spirit behind it.”  – p. 106


Quotes from The Shack

 “As you grow in relationship with God, what you do will simply reflect who you really are.”  – p. 148


 “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”  – Albert Einstein


 “Judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right.” – p. 170


Quotes from ?  (Bruce Cockburn?)


“You’re not supposed to do anything. You’re free to do whatever you like.”


 “Only God can set you free, but freedom can never be forced.”


 “The God who is – the I am who I am – cannot act apart from love.”


 “What was truly important here was the love they had for one another and the fullness it brought them.”


 “Being always transcends appearance – that which only seems to be.”


 “You’re going to find this day a lot easier if you simply accept what is, instead of trying to fit it into your preconceived notions.”  – p. 118


 “I don’t need to punish people for sin.  Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.”


 “When you chose independence over relationship, you become a danger to each other.  Others become objects to be manipulated or managed for your own happiness.”  – p. 122


 “You cannot produce trust just like you cannot ‘do’ humility.  It either is or is not.  Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.”  – p. 126


 “If you gave up you would begin to know the wonder and adventure of living in God.” – p. 137


Quotes from Siddhartha


“We will not waste words.” – p. 9


 “Then the father realized that Siddhartha could no longer remain with him at home – that he had already left him.”  – p. 12


 “Siddhartha had one single goal – to become empty, to be empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow – to let the Self die.” – p. 14


 “I have spent a long time and have not yet finished, in order to learn this, Govinda: that one can learn nothing.” – p. 19


 “He whose reflective pure spirit sinks into Atman knows bliss inexpressible through words.” – p. 19


 “The world was sick, life was difficult and here there seemed no hope, here there seemed a message, comforting, mild, full of fine promises.”  -p. 21


 “It gives you pleasure to mock me.” – p. 22


 “I have no desire to walk on water, said Siddhartha.  Let the old Samanas satisfy themselves with such arts.” – p. 24


 “His peaceful countenance was neither happy nor sad.  He seemed to be smiling gently inwardly.” – p. 27


 “Recognized him only by his complete peacefulness of demeanor, by the stillness of his form, in which there was no seeking, no will, no counterfeit, no effort – only light and peace.” – p. 28


 “It is not for me to judge another life.  I must judge for myself.  I must choose and reject.” – p. 34-35


 “You know how to speak cleverly, my friend.  Be on your guard against too much cleverness.” – p. 35


 “It is the same when Siddhartha has an aim, a goal.  Siddhartha does nothing; he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he goes through the affairs of the world like a stone through water, without doing anything, without bestirring himself; he is drawn and lets himself fall.” – p. 60


 “he heard much and said little.”


 “Do not scold, my dear friend.  Nothing was ever achieved by scolding.”  – p. 68


 “it is the same with me as it is with you, my friend.  I am not going anywhere.  I am only on the way.  I am making a pilgrimage. – p. 93


 “The wheel of appearances revolves quickly.” – p. 94


 “He did not await anything with impatience and gave neither praise nor blame – he only listened.” – p. 104


 “Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.” – p 106.


 “Do you really think that you have committed your follies in order to spare your son them?” – p. 120


 “You would like to see him spared sorrow and pain and disillusionment?  But if you were to die ten times for him, you would not alter his destiny in the slightest.” – p. 121


 “You continually punish me and make me feel small with your piety and indulgence.” – p. 123


 “He is seeking the way to town and he is right.  Do not forget that.  He is doing what you yourself have neglected to do.  He is looking after himself; he is going his own way.  Oh, Siddhartha, I can see you are suffering, suffering pain over which one should laugh, over which you soon will laugh yourself.” – p. 124


 “The desire that had driven him to this place was foolish, that he could not help his son, that he should not force himself on him.  He felt a deep love for the runaway boy, like a wound, and yet felt at the same time that this wound was not intended to fester in him, but that it should heal.” – p. 126


 “When he felt the wound smarting, he whispered the word ‘Om’, filled himself with ‘Om’.”

 “It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling, and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of his life.” – p. 131


 “the burning path of life’s desires.” – p. 134


 “perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.” – p. 140


 “Wisdom is not communicable.  The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.” – p. 142


 “The potential hidden Buddha must be recognized in him, in you, in everybody.  The world, Govinda, is not imperfect or slowing evolving along a long path to perfection.  No, it is perfect at every moment.”    – p. 144


 “It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world.” – p. 147


 “Not is speech or thought do I regard him as a great man, but in his deeds and life.” – p. 148


Quotes from Between Heaven and Earth


“One of the finest acts of devotion to God is simply to be happy.” – p. vii


 “The mystery is this: there is one right thing and only one right thing to do at every moment.  We can either follow or resist the slender threads.” – p. xii


 “In life our task is to go from unconscious perfection to conscious imperfection and then to conscious perfection.” – p. 10


 “Most of our neuroses come from hunger for the divine.” – p. 11


 “Most intelligent people in the west today have far too much doing with little or no time for being.” – p. 47


 “You don’t have to fully understand many things in this world to learn from them.” – p. 48

 “Which of these………… – p. 50


 “Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love while English has only one.  Western culture is highly specialized in technology yet quite primitive in terms of feelings.” – p. 59


 “Reality is always far nobler than any projection.” – p. 64


 “Almost all psychological suffering results from a mixing of levels.” – p.66


 “I know take it as a principle that whatever I need will turn up if I am patient and have the awareness to perceive it.” – p. 70


 The Secret of the Golden Flower – Jung


 You are what you eat.  What you consume and emulate psychologically is what you are capable of becoming tomorrow.” – p. 75


 “The key is not so much to interpret a dream as to appreciate it and befriend it.” – p. 75


 “It is amazing what people can do if they are given the tools to help themselves and the emotional support to do so. That is really the essence of Jungian analysis – providing an environment that supports and encourages self-discovery.” – p. 75


 “I am still in awe of how we grow psychologically.  We start admiring a hero to find out we are a hero.”


 “How do you learn psychology? – p. 78


 “playing at being the big, important man.” – p. 80


 “I have no idea what is going on in the person and I have no special wisdom to impart.” – p. 81


 “It is deceiving to say, ‘I will know’, and more correct to say, ‘It will be revealed to me’.” – p. 102


 “you can almost feel in your body the difference between a self decision and an ego decision.” – p. 102


Quotes from ? (Richard Burton Book?)


“Noting his particular incontinence of tongue and passionate recklessness of assertion which produced a host of hot and rancorous enemies.” – p. 62


 “Sufism, a system of Mohammedan mysticism emphasizing ecstasy through contemplation.” – p. 68


 “Having no patience with ignorance unless it was mitigated by beauty.”  – p. 79


 “Behind his almost Falstaffian mask and laugh of Silenus.” – p. 193


 “He was patient, robust, optimistic and resolute.” (Speaking of David Livingston) – p. 223


 “He adored shocking dense people.” – p. 234


 Portugal’s foremost Poet, Camoens – P. 237


Twenty-five Tales of a Demon – part of Katha Sarit Sagara - Vikram and the Vampire or talks of Hindu Devilry


 Paraguay War of 1864 – Francisco Solano Lopez


 Jane Digby El Mezrab – p. 251


 “He had every talent save that of using his talents.” – p. 277


 “Eat not thy heart”, the Sages said; “nor mourn the Past, the buried Past.  Do what thou dost, be strong, be brave, and like the Star nor rest nor haste.  Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause.  He noblest live and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.” – p. 279


 “Ananga Ranga – p. 293


 “The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself,” – Richard Burton – p. 315


 “the world is growing vile and bête.” – p. 321


 “The most arresting and significant aspect of Burtons’ life, however, was his ceaseless search for an identity.” – p. 337


Quotes from ?


 “Treasury of the True Dharma Eye – Dogen-zenji – p. 102


 “All the karma ever created by me since of old, on account of greed, anger, and self-delusion, which has no beginning, born of body, speech and thought, I now make full confession if it.” – p. 105


 “Three Collective Pure Precepts – to abstain from all evil behavior, to strive toward righteousness, and to strive for the benefit of all living beings.’ – p. 105


 “If you help yourself through practice, you can help others without anything.  Just to be with people will be enough.” – p. 107


 “mindful everyday action was regarded as both fruit and practice of enlightened life.” – p. 111


Quotes from Randy Pausch


“Have something to bring to the table.”


 “You’ve got to get the fundamentals down or otherwise the fancy stuff won’t work.”


 “I can hear the cynics …..”


 “Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.”


 “Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you.”


 “You obviously don’t know where the bar should be and you’re only doing them a disservice by putting it anywhere.”


 “Focus on people and learning to work in groups.  (How easy are you to work with?)  Become self-reflecting.”


 “Respect authority while questioning it.”


 “Ignore everything they say and pay attention to what they do.”


 “You can’t get there alone, and I believe in Karma.  If you lead your life the right way the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”


  1. Tell the truth

  2. Be earnest.

  3. Apologize when you screw up.

  4. Focus on others, not yourself.

  5.  “Get a feedback loop; and listen to it.”

  6. “Don’t complain, just work harder.”

  7. “Be good at something; it makes you valuable.”

  8. “Find the best in everybody.”