From within or from behind, a light shines
through us upon things,
and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the
light is all.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything is shown up by being exposed to the
light, and whatever
is exposed to the light itself becomes light.
You didn't come into this world.
You came out
like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger
via Alene Kramer
At the end of the talk someone from the audience
asked the Dalai Lama, "Why
didn't you fight back against the Chinese?" The
Dalai Lama looked down,
swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up
at us and said with a gentle
smile, "Well, war is obsolete, you know.
" Then, after a few moments, his face
grave, he said, "Of course the
mind can rationalize fighting back...but the
heart, the heart would
never understand. Then you would be divided in
yourself, the heart and
the mind, and the war would be inside you."
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama serving the
homeless in San Francisco
"To be awake is to be unconditionally open to all that is. It is to
completely without prior opinion or assumption about anything. To
awake is to surrender, totally, to unedited and unrestricted
to abandon the pretense of both past and future."
via Daily Dharma
Love causes us to be deeply connected in an
It happens when we’re really available, really open.
Silence is our real nature. What we are
fundamentally is only silence. Silence
is free from beginning and end. It
was before the beginning of all things. It is
causeless. Its greatness lies
in the fact that it simply is. In silence all objects
have their home
ground. It is the light that gives objects their shape and form.
movement, all activity is harmonized by silence. Silence has no opposite in
noise. It is beyond positive and negative. Silence dissolves all objects.
It is not related to any counterpart which
belongs to the mind. Silence has
nothing to do with mind. It cannot be
defined but it can be felt directly
because it is our nearness. Silence is
freedom without restriction or center.
It is our wholeness, neither inside
nor outside the body.
Silence is joyful, not pleasurable. It is not
psychological. It is feeling without
a feeler. Silence needs no
Silence is holy. It is healing. There is no fear
in silence. Silence is autonomous
like love and beauty.
It is untouched by time. Silence is meditation,
free from any intention, free
from anyone who meditates.
Silence is the absence of oneself. Or rather,
silence is the absence of
absence. Sound which comes from silence is music.
All activity is creative
when it comes from silence. It is constantly a new
Silence precedes speech and poetry and music and
all art. Silence is the home
ground of all creative activity. What is truly
creative is the word, is Truth.
Silence is the word. Silence is Truth. The
one established in silence lives in
constant offering, in prayer without
asking, in thankfulness, in continual love.
via Gloria J Barrera