Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Quotes
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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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Why Tell Stories

Posted: May 20, 2012 in Short Stories
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When the great Rabbi Israel Shem Tov saw that the Jews were being mistreated, he went into the forest, lit a sacred fire and said a special prayer, asking God to protect his people. And God sent him a miracle.

Later, his disciple Maggid of Mezritch, following in his master’s footsteps, went into the same part of the forest and said: “Master of the Universe, I do not know how to light the sacred fire, but I do know the special prayer; please, hear me!” And the miracle happened again.

A generation passed, and when Rabbi Moshe-leib of Sasov saw how his people were being persecuted, hewent into the forest and said: “I don’t know how to light the sacred fire, nor do I know the special prayer, but I still remember the place. Help us, O Lord!” And the Lord helped them.

Fifty years later, Rabbi Israel of Rizhin, in his wheelchair, spoke to God, saying: “I don’t know how to light the sacred fire nor do I know the special prayer, and I can’t even find the place in the forest. All I can do is tell this story and hope that God will hear me.”

[Taken from Aleph by Paolo Coelho]

Inspirations by Paulo Coelho

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Book Notes
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  • [Jorge Luis] Borges starts his talk by saying how the ancients did not revere the book – the written word – as we do. Rather, they saw in the written words a sort of imprisonment of the spirit, of oral teachings. Indeed, to write a message down transforms it: it becomes visible, palpable and no longer dwells in the space between the speaker and the listener. The message becomes “heavier,” acquires a body of ink and paper (or clay in ancient times) and is supposed to live longer than the person who first spoke it.
    • It becomes clear that the written words enables us to remember, but at the same time it perpetuates this loss of memory – we no longer need to make the effort of remembering since it’s written down.
    • … some of these texts, such as the Rig Veda or the Dead Sea Scrolls, are not attributable to a specific single writer, but to this common furnace of imagination that lights humanity.
  • Let’s be honest – throughout a lifetime we amass a quantity of stories and information that only our forgetfulness puts into shape.

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

  • He was much too happy, but not least bit proud, because a good heart is never proud.

The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli

  • So, as a prince is forced to know how to act like a beast, he must learn from the fox and the lion; because a lion is defenseless against traps and a fox is defenseless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Those who simply act like lions are stupid. So it follows that a prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honor his words when it places him at a disadvantage and when the reason for which he made his promise no longer exist.
  • Men are so simple, and so much creatures of circumstance, that the deceiver will always find someone ready to be deceived.

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

  • The aim of love is to love: no more, and no less.
  • Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realize what that means. They will know nothing of life till they do.

The Desert Fathers

  • The nature of water is soft, the nature of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above a stone letting water drip down, it wears away the stone. It is like that with the word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but if a man hears the word of God often, it will break open his heart to the fear of God.
  • A brother asked Poemen about the words, “Do not render evil for evil” (I Thess. 5:15). He said to him, “The passion work in four stages, first in the heart, then in the face, third in words, fourth in deeds – and it is in deeds that it is essential not to render evil for evil. If you purify your heart, passion will not show in your expression, but if it does, take care not to speak about it; if you do speak, cut the conversation short in case you render evil for evil.”

The Bhagavad Gita

  • When the light of wisdom shines from the portals of the body’s dwelling, then we know that Sattva is in power.
  • Greed, busy activity, many undertakings, unrest, the lust of desire – these arise when Rajas increase.
  • Darkness, inertia, negligence, delusion – these appear when Tamas prevail.
  • [How is the man known who has gone beyond the three powers of nature? What is his path; and how does he transcend the three?] He who hates not light, nor busy activity, nor even darkness, when they are near, neither longs for them when they are far; Who unperturbed by changing conditions sits apart and watches and says ‘the powers of nature go round’, and remains firm and shakes not; Who dwells in his inner self, and is the same in pleasure and pain; to whom gold or stones or earth are one, and what is pleasing or displeasing leave him in peace; who is beyond both praise and blame, and whose mind is steady and quiet; Who is the same in honor or disgrace, and has the same love for enemies or friends, who surrenders all selfish undertakings – this man has gone beyond the three. And he who with never-failing love adores me and works for me, he passes beyond the three powers and can be one with Brahman, the ONE. For I am the abode of Brahman, the never-failing fountain of everlasting life. The law of righteousness is my law; and my joy is infinite joy.

Venus in Furs by Leopold Sacher-Masoch

  • ‘Is there any greater cruelty for the lover than the beloved woman’s infidelity?’ ‘Ah,’ she countered, ‘we are faithful as long as we love, but you men demand that women be faithful without love and give ourselves without joy. Who is the cruel one here? The woman or the man? On the whole, you northerners take love too earnestly, too seriously. You talk about duties, when all that should count is pleasure.’

Spiritual Verses by Rumi

  • This fiery lust does not abate with practice, but only by abstaining does it lesson. So long as you lay firewood on a fire, how will the fire die down by stoking it?
  • And know the faithful from the hateful ones; seek out companions of the truth and join them! Each person shows a liking for their own, a fool alone then thinks he’s done good deeds.

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Quotes
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Suffering produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.

– Romans 5:3-5

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Quotes
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I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning.

 – James Joyce

  • Rarely do we realize that we are in the midst of the extraordinary. Miracles occur all around us, signs from God show us the way, angels plead to be heard, but we pay little attention to them because we have been taught that we must follow certain formulas and rules if we want to find God. We do not recognize God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.
  • Traditional religious practices are important: they allow us to share with others the communal experience of adoration and prayer. But we must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. And with love, there are no rules. Some may try to control their emotions and develop strategies for their behavior; others may turn to reading  books of advice from “experts” on relationships – but this is all folly. The heart decides, and what it decides is all that really matters.
  • True love is an act of total surrender.
    • Those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss.
  • Sooner or later, we have to overcome our fears, because the spiritual path can only be traveled through the daily experience of love.
  • One doesn’t love in order to do what is good or to help or to protect someone. If we act that way, we are perceiving the other as a simple object, and we are seeing ourselves as wise and generous persons. This has nothing to do with love. To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God.
  • … love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.
  • But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn’t even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control.
  • I’ve paid a considerable price for the little I have gained. I’ve been forced to deny myself many things I’ve wanted, to abandon so many roads that were open to me. I’ve sacrificed my dreams in the name of a larger dream — a peaceful soul. I didn’t want to give up that peace.
  • Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown — even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.
  • God is love. But the one who understands this best is the Virgin… The Virgin understands the mystery of total surrender.
    • She was normal. She had already had other children. The Bible tells us that Jesus had two brothers. Virginity, as it relates to Jesus, is based on a different thing: Mary initiated a new generation of grace. A new era began. She is the cosmic bride, Earth, which opens to the heavens and allows itself to be fertilized.
    • Because of the courage She showed in accepting her destiny, She allowed God to come down to earth and She was transformed into the Great Mother… She is the feminine face of God. She has her own divinity.
  • The gods throw the dice, and they don’t ask whether we want to be in the game or not. They don’t care if when you go, you leave behind a lover, a home, a career, or a dream. The gods don’t care whether you have it all, whether it seems that your every desire can be met through hard work and persistence. The gods don’t want to know about your plans and your hopes. Somewhere they’re throwing the dice — and you are chosen. From then on, winning or losing is only a question of luck.
    • The gods throw the dice, freeing love from its cage. And love can create or destroy — depending on the direction of the wind when it is set free.
  • The universe always helps us fight for our dreams, no matter how foolish they may be. Our dreams are our own, and only we can know the effort required to keep them alive.
  • Why is water the symbol of the feminine face of God?
    • She normally chooses that medium to manifest Herself. Maybe because She is the source of life; we are generated in water, and for nine months we live in it. Water is the symbol of the power of woman, the power that no man—no matter how enlightened or perfect he may be—can capture.
  • Love doesn’t need to be discussed; it has its own voice and speaks for itself.
  • But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness.
    • The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us… And to save us.
  • Truth resides where there is faith.
    • The Buddhists were right, the Hindus were right, the Muslims were right, and so were the Jews. Whenever someone follows the path to faith — sincerely follows it — he or she is able to unite with God and to perform miracles.
  • … I am always better than I think and stronger than I believe.

Thy will be done, my Lord. Because you know the weakness in the heart of your children, and you assign each of them only the burden they can bear. May you understand my love — because it is the only thing I have that is really mine, the only thing that I will be able to take with me into the next life. Please allow it to be courageous and pure; please make it capable of surviving the snares of the world.

  • Only a man who is happy can create happiness in others.
  • You have to be committed to the place you choose. A divided kingdom cannot defend itself from its adversaries. A divided person cannot face life in a dignified way.
  • Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.
  • Love doesn’t ask many questions, because if we stop to think we become fearful. It’s an inexplicable fear; it’s difficult even to describe it. Maybe it’s the fear of being scorned, of not being accepted, or of breaking the spell. It’s ridiculous, but that’s the way it is. That’s why you don’t ask — you act. As you’ve said many times, you have to take risks.
  • A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth.
    • If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.
  • That well brought many people here, with their hopes and dreams and conflicts. Someone dared to look for water, water was found, and people gathered where it flowed. I think that when we look for love courageously, it reveals itself, and we wind up attracting even more love. If one person really wants us, everyone does. But if we’re alone, we become even more alone. Life is strange.
    • [I Ching] It says that a city can be moved but not a well. It’s around the well that lovers find each other, satisfy their thirst, build their homes, and raise their children. But if one of them decides to leave, the well cannot go with them. Love remains there, abandoned — even though it is filled with the same pure water as before.
  • Because God came to earth to demonstrate His power to us. We are a part of His dream, and He wants His dream to be a happy one. Thus, if we acknowledge that God created us for happiness, then we have to assume that everything that leads to sadness and defeat is our own doing. That’s the reason we always kill God, whether on the cross, by fire, through exile, or simply in our hearts.
  • The world itself has a soul, and at a certain moment, that soul acts on everyone and everything at the same time.
  • What can I do to try to prevent the suffering of someone who wants to return to paradise before it is time to do so?
  • The mountains are beautiful. Anyone who beholds them has to think about the grandness of creation. They are living proof of the love that God feels for us, but their fate is merely to give testimony. They are not like the rivers, which move and transform what is around them.

Give me the opportunity to learn through my love, because love has never kept anyone away from their dreams.

  • But the first climber knew what was great about it: the acceptance of the challenge of going forward. He knew that no single day is the same as any other and that each morning brings its own special miracle, its magic moment in which ancient universes are destroyed and new stars are created.
  • Every person on earth has a gift. In some, the gift manifests itself spontaneously; others have to work to discover what it is.
    • This gift is there for anyone who will accept it. One has only to believe, accept, and be willing to make mistakes.
    • Accept the gift. And then the gift manifests itself.
  • We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.
    • It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.
  • Life existed before we were born and will continue to exist after we leave this world.
  • Love perseveres. It’s men who change.
  • Dreams mean work.

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Quotes
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The surest way to the heart of a people is through their faith.

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Quotes
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Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

– Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Buddha

  • If he looks in the right way he recognizes the true nature of sickness, old age and death, and he searches for meaning in that which transcends all human sufferings. In my life of pleasures I seem to be looking in the wrong way.
  • Consider your body: Think of its impurity. Knowing that both its pain and its delight are alike causes of suffering, how can you indulge in its desires? Consider your “self”; think of its transiency; how can you fall into delusion about it and cherish pride and selfishness, knowing that they must all end in inevitable suffering?
  • The point of the teachings is to control your own mind.
    • Keep your mind from greed, and you will keep your behavior right, your mind pure and your words faithful.
    • By always thinking about the transiency of your life, you will be able to resist greed and anger, and will be able to avoid all evils.
  • The demon of worldly desires is always seeking chances to deceive the mind. If a viper lives in your room and you wish to have a peaceful sleep, you must first chase it out.

Dharma

  • Everything is a succession of appearances whose source is the accumulation of causes and conditions.
  • The activities of the mind have no limit, they form the surroundings of life. An impure mind surround itself with impure things and a pure mind surrounds itself with pure things; hence, surroundings have no more limits than the activities of the mind.
    • There is nothing in the world that is not mind created.
  • As the wheels follow the ox that draws the cart, so does suffering follow the person who speaks and acts with an impure mind.
  • The Middle Way
    • There are two extremes that should be carefully avoided.
      • Indulgence in the desires of the body.
      • Ascetic discipline, torturing one’s body and mind unreasonably.
    • The Noble path, that transcends these two extremes and leads to Enlightenment and wisdom and peace of mind, may be called the Middle Way.
      • Avoid being caught and entangled in any extreme, that is, always to follow the Middle Way.
  • Enlightenment has no definite form or nature by which it can manifest itself; so in Enlightenment itself, there is nothing to be enlightened.
    • Enlightenment exists solely because of delusion and ignorance; if they disappear, so will Enlightenment.
  • Buddha’s teaching leads us to non-duality, from the discriminating concept of two conflicting points of view.
    • It is a mistake for people to seek a thing supposed to be good and right, and to flee from another supposed to be bad and evil.
    • Buddha teaches the Middle Way transcending these prejudiced concepts, where duality merges into oneness.
  • When a man is beset by worldly passions, he should first ascertain their origins.
  • Water is round in a round receptacle and square in a square one, but water itself has no particular shape. People often forget this fact.
    • People see this good and that bad, they like this and dislike that. Being caught in these entanglements and becoming attached to them, they suffer.
    • People need to give up their attachment to these imaginary and false discriminations, and restore the purity of their original minds, then both their mind and their body would be free from defilement and suffering; they would know the peacefulness that comes with that freedom.
  • There are two kinds of worldly passions that defile and cover the purity of Buddha-nature.
    • The passion for analysis and discussion by which people become confused in judgment – Delusion of reasoning arises from ignorance.
    • The passion for emotional experience by which people’s values become confused – Delusion of practice arises from desire.
  • Human desires are endless. It is like the thirst of a person who drinks salt water: one gets no satisfaction and one’s thirst is only increased.
    • A person who seeks to gratify one’s desires only gains increased dissatisfaction and one’s thirst is only increased.
    • People will sin in an attempt to satisfy their desires, knowing perfectly well that the gratification will ultimately bring unhappiness and suffering, so imperious is desire.
  • Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense.
    • Lust is a viper hiding in a flower garden; it poisons those who come in search only of beauty.
  • From desire action follows; from action suffering follows; desire, action and suffering are like a wheel rotating endlessly.
  • There are three kinds of people in the world.
    • Those who are like letters carved in rock; they easily give way to anger and retain their angry thoughts for a long time.
    • Those who are like letters written in sand; they give way to anger also, but their angry thoughts quickly pass away.
    • Those who are like letters written in running water; they let abuse and uncomfortable gossip pass by unnoticed; their minds are always pure and undisturbed.
  • Regardless of rich or poor, people worry about money; they suffer from poverty and they suffer from wealth. Because their lives are controlled by greed, they are never content, never satisfied.
  • It is true that everything in life is transitory and filled with uncertainty, but it is lamentable that anyone should ignore this fact and keep on trying to seek enjoyment and satisfaction of his desires.
    • Times of luxury do not last long, but pass away very quickly; nothing in this world can be enjoyed forever.
    • Nothing in the world is permanent or lasting; everything is changing and momentary and unpredictable.

The Way of Practice

  • A man who chases after fame and wealth and love affairs is like a child who licks honey from the blade of a knife.
  • It is only when a person maintains a pure and peaceful mind and continues to act with goodness when unpleasant words enter his ears, when others show ill-will toward his or when he lacks sufficient food, clothes and shelter, that we may call him good.

My mind is unshakable. Words of hatred and anger shall not pass my lips. I will surround my enemy with thoughts of sympathy and pity that flow out from a mind filled with compassion for all sentient life.

  • Whenever a person expresses the thought of his mind in action there is always a reaction that follows.
    • If one abuses you, there is a temptation to answer back, or to be revenged. One should be on guard against this natural reactions. It is like spitting against the wind, it harms no one but oneself.
  • Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
  • When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on them and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error.
  • A foolish man always thinks only of the results, and is impatient without the effort that is necessary to get good results.
    • No good can be attained without proper effort.
    • There cannot be a third level of a building without the first and second level.
  • Foolish people are avaricious for good results only, but are too timid to go after them and, therefore, are continually failing. They have neither faith nor courage to face the internal struggles of the mind by which alone true peace and harmony can be attained.
  • Misery rises from lust and fear rises from lust. Those who remove lust have no misery or fear.
  • Disciplines for practical behavior, right concentration of mind, and wisdom must be understood and followed for those who seek Enlightenment.
    • Discipline – follow the precepts of good behavior; control both the mind and body.
    • Concentration of the mind – get quickly away from greedy and evil desires as they arise and to hold the mind pure and tranquil.
    • Wisdom – perfect understanding and patient acceptance.
  • If one gives away a gift only when convenient, or because it is easier to give than not to give, it is an offering, of course, but it is not a True Offering. A True Offering comes from a sympathetic heart before any request is made, and a True Offering is the one that gives not occasionally but constantly.
    • Neither is it a True Offering if after the act there are feelings of regret or of self-praises; a True Offering is one that is given with pleasure, forgetting oneself as the giver, the one who receives it and the gift itself.
    • True Offering springs spontaneously from one’s pure compassionate heart with no thought of any return, wish to enter into a life of Enlightenment together.
  • An evil mind is as hard to get rid of as a watchdog, and a right mind is as easy to lose as a deer in the forest.
  • You cannot attain Enlightenment if you stretch the strings of your mind too loosely or too tightly. You must be considerate and act wisely.
  • If a person possesses a repentant spirit one’s sins will disappear, but if one has an unrepentant spirit one’s sins will continue and condemn that person forever.
  • It is only the one who hears the true teaching rightly and realizes its meaning and relation to oneself who can receive and profit by it.
  • When a man is practicing archery, he does not expect quick success but knows that if he practices patiently, he will become more and more accurate. A river begins as a brook but grows ever larger until it flows into the great ocean -> The importance of training with patience and perseverance.
  • If one keeps one’s eyes open, he will see the teaching everywhere, and so his opportunities for Enlightenment are endless.
  • Pain is only a reaction of the mind. Don’t let it get out of hand and see the deeper thoughts behind it.

Keep your mind level. If the mind is level, the whole world will be level.

  • A tree leaning toward the east will naturally fall eastward and so those who listen to the Buddha’s teaching and maintain faith in it will surely be born in the Buddha’s Pure Land.
  • On the long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest possession.
    • Faith is the fire that consumes all the impurities of worldly desires, it removes the burden, and it is the guide that leads one’s way.
    • Faith removes greed, fear and pride; it teaches courtesy and to respect others it frees one from the bondage of circumstances; it gives one courage to meet hardship; it gives one power to overcome temptations; it enables one to keep one’s deeds bright and pure; and it enriches the mind with wisdom.
    • Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion. One must try to escape from the darkness of ignorance and suffering, and seek the light of Enlightenment.
    • On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a person lives a pure life nothing can destroy that person; if one has conquered greed nothing can limit one’s freedom.
  • There is nothing more dreadful than doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relationships. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
  • Anger will never disappear so long as there are thoughts of resentments in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
  • If a roof is improperly made or in disrepair, rain will leak into the house; so greed enters the mind that is improperly trained or out of control.
  • It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him into evil ways.
  • The one who protects his mind from greed, anger and foolishness, is the one who enjoys real and lasting peace.
  • Sinful actions are like coals of fire that are hidden in the ashes and keep on smoldering, finally causing a greater fire.
  • To be healthy is a great advantage; to be contented with what one has is better than the possession of great wealth; to be considered reliable is the truest mark of friendliness; to attain Enlightenment is the highest happiness.
  • One must remove resentment when he is feeling resentful; one must remove sorrow while he is in the midst of sorrow; one must remove greediness while he is steeped in greed. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
  • Do not become attached to the things you like, do not maintain aversion to the things you dislike. Sorrow, fear and bondage come from one’s likes and dislikes.
  • Rust grows from iron and destroys it; so evil grows from the mind of human and destroys him.
  • Everyone is the master of oneself, one is the oasis he can depend on; therefore, everyone should control himself above all.
  • The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live wisely and earnestly for the present.

The Brotherhood

  • It is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.
  • One should always remember that nothing in the world can strictly be called “mine.” What comes to a person comes to him because of a combination of causes and conditions; it can be kept by him only temporarily and, therefore, he must not use it selfishly or for unworthy purposes.
    • Every article entrusted to us must be used with good care in some useful way, because it is not “ours” but is only entrusted to us temporarily.
Twenty difficulties at the beginning of the path to Enlightenment
1.  It is hard for a poor man to be very generous.
2.  It is hard for a rich man to learn the way of enlightenment.
3.  It is hard to seek enlightenment at the cost of self-sacrifice.
4.  It is hard to see the Buddha-world in the present world.
5.  It is hard to hear the Buddha-teaching in the turmoil of the world’s life.
6.  It is hard to keep the mind pure against the instincts of the body.
7.  It is hard not to desire things that are beautiful and attractive.
8.  It is hard for a strong man not to use his strength to satisfy his desires.
9.  It is hard when one is insulted not to get angry.
10. It is hard to remain innocent when tempted by sudden circumstances.
11. It is hard to apply oneself to study.
12. It is hard not to despise a beginner.
13. If successful it is hard to keep humble.
14. It is hard to get a good friend.
15. It is hard to endure the discipline that leads to enlightenment.
16. It is hard not to be disturbed by external conditions and circumstances.
17. It is hard to teach others by being mindful of their natures.
18. It is hard to attain a peaceful mind.
19. It is hard not to argue about right and wrong.
20. It is hard to find and learn and practice a good method.

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Quotes
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Place your burden
at the feet of the Lord of the Universe
who accomplishes everything.
Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,
in the Transcendental Absolute.
God knows the past, present and future.
He will determine the future for you
and accomplish the work.
What is to be done will be done
at the proper time. Don’t worry.
Abide in the heart and surrender your acts
to the divine.

Ramana Maharshi