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Teachers

“ Define and narrow me, you starve yourself of yourself. 

Nail me down in a box of cold words, that box is your coffin. 

I do not know who I am. 

I am in astounded lucid confusion.

I am not a Christian, I am not a Jew, I am not a Zoroastrian, 

And I am not even a Muslim. 

I do not belong to the land, or to any known or unknown sea. 

Nature cannot own or claim me, nor can heaven,

Nor can India, China, Bulgaria, 

My birthplace is placelessness, 

My sign to have and give no sign. 

You say you see my mouth, ears, eyes, nose – they are not mine.

I am the life of life. 

I am that cat, this stone, no one. 

I have thrown duality away like an old dishrag, 

I see and know all times and worlds,

As one, one, always one. 

So what do I have to do to get you to admit who is speaking? 

Admit it and change everything! 

This is your own voice echoing off the walls of God.”

Rumi

 

“A true seeker could not accept any teachings, not if he sincerely wished to find something.”

Hermann Hesse

 

“Silence my soul, these trees are prayers.

I asked the tree, ‘Tell me about God’;

then it blossomed.”

Rabindranath Tagore

 

“The world you see is just a movie in your mind.

Rocks don’t see it.

Bless and sit down.

Forgive and forget.

Practice kindness all day to everybody

and you will realize you’re already

in heaven now.

That’s the story.

That’s the message.

Nobody understands it,

nobody listens, they’re

all running around like chickens with heads cut

off. I will try to teach it but it will

be in vain, s’why I’ll

end up in a shack

praying and being

cool and singing

by my woodstove

making pancakes.”

Jack Kerouac

 

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you would attain to the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

“There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will ACT like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now.” 

Daniel Quinn

 

“The wise man does nothing,

smiling comes it.

Now is not anymore;

trust and be trusted.”

Ise

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