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|Pg-99||"Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow-for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is for the people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love him for their own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost truth. (Eckhart)|
|Pg-146||"Wishing to entice the blind,|
The Buddha playfully let words escape from his golden mouth;
Heaven and earth are filled, ever since, with entangling briars. (Dai-o Kokushi)
|Pg-160||"This truth is to be lived, it is not to be merely pronounced with the mouth...There is really nothing to argue about in this teaching; Any arguing is sure to go against the intent of it. Doctrines given up to controversy and argumentation lead of themselves to birth and death.|
|Pg-186||"A man has many skins in himself, covering the depths of his heart. Man knows so many things; he does not know himself. Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, just like an ox's or a bear's, so thick and hard, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. (Echkart)|
|Pg-248||"When the hen has laid, she must needs cackle. And what does she get by it? Straightway comes the chough and robs her of her eggs, and devours all that of which she would have brought forth her live birds. And just so that wicked chough, the devil, beareth away from the cackling anchoresses, and swallowing up all the goods they have brought forth, and which ought, as birds, to bear them up towards heaven, if it had not been cackled. (modernized from the Ancren Riwle)|
|Pg-249||"A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.|
A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. (Chuang Tzu)
|Pg-273||"Why hast thou said, 'I have sinned so much,|
And God in His mercy has not punished my sins'?
How many times do I smite thee, and thou knowest not!
Thou art bound in my chains from head to foot.
On thy heart is rust on rust collected
So that thou art blind to divine mysteries.
When a man is stubborn and follows evil practices,
He casts dust in the eyes of his discernment.
Old shame for sin and calling on God to quit him;
Dust five layers deep settles on his mirror,
Rust spots begin to gnaw his iron,
The color of his jewel grows less and less. (Jalal-uddin Rumi )
|Pg-279||"Would you know whence it is that so many false spirits have appeared in the world, who have deceived themselves and others with false fire and false light, laying claim to information, illumination and openings of the divine Life, particularly to do wonders under extraordinary calls from God? It is this: they have turned to God without turning from themselves; would be alive to God before they are dead to their own nature. Now religion in the hands of the self, or corrupt nature, serves only to discover vices of a worse kind than in nature left to itself. Hence are all the disorderly passions of religious men, which burn in a worse flame than passions only employed about worldly matters; pride, self-exaltation, hatred and persecution, under a cloak of religious zeal, will sanctify actions which nature, left to itself, would be ashamed to own. (William Law)|
|Pg-282||"If you be always handling the letter of the Word, always licking the letter, always chewing upon that, what great thing do you? No marvel you are such starvelings. (John Everard)|
|Pg-292||"You have spent all your life in the belief that you are wholly devoted to others, and never self-seeking. Nothing so feeds self-conceit as this sort of internal testimony that one is quite free from self-love, and always generously devoted to ones neighbours. But all this devotion that seems to be for others is really for yourself. Your self-love reaches to the point of perpetual self-congratulation that you are free from it; all your sensitiveness is lest you might not be fully satisfied with self; this is at the root of all your scruples. It is the 'I' which makes you so keen and sensitive. You want God as well as man to be always satisfied with you, and you want to be satisfied with yourself in all your dealings with God. (Fenelon)|
|Pg-298||"Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can you fly in the air? You have done no better than a blue-bottle. Conquer your heart; then you may become somebody. (Ansari of Herat)|