“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”
“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
― Confucius, The Book of Rites
“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. ― Confucius
Filed in:Atman Nityananda
The waves are one with the ocean. Both are sea water. The waves are only an expression of the ocean. The ocean is permanent and the waves are impermanent. The ocean is the substratum and the waves the phenomenon that appears due to and in the substratum. But the waves never stop to be the ocean.
Similarly we are a wave in the ocean of bliss-consciousness. We as a human being we are both: the ocean of Bliss-consciousness and as a wave a body-mind entity.
Between the body and the consciousness arises the ego. The body and ego are insentient, impermanent, changeable and subject to death. The consciousness is self-existent, sentient, immortal and eternal and is the permanent substratum that appears the impermanent waves - the human beings as a body-mind entity.
Due to the ego we fail to realize that we are not only the impermanent wave (the body-mind entity) but also the ocean of bliss consciousness.
The ego makes us believe that we are a separate entity with independent existence from its substratum of consciousness, makes us believe that consciousness is a characteristic of the body-mind entity; thus we fail to realize that the consciousness is infinite, unlimited, indestructible and that is the common substratum of all beings, in the same way that the ocean is the common substratum of all waves.
The water of each wave is the one water of ocean. There are no many waters. There are many waves but only one water which appears as different waves. The one water appears as many waves; each wave-form although may have different shape and dimensions it is made from the same, the essence of each wave is one and the same seawater.
Similarly the essence of each one of us is the infinite, unlimited bliss-consciousness. There are not many consciousnesses; each being has not his own individual consciousness. The one undivided, unlimited consciousness reflects in the infinite wave-forms (all beings). There are many bodies and many minds; each human being is a different body-wave and a mind-wave, but the one consciousness is the common substratum of all bodies and minds. There is no separation between the us and consciousness and between each other. We are all expressions of the one undivided, unlimited consciousness and we are that consciousness itself. We are both the wave and the ocean, the form and the formless, the finite and tje infinite; tje finite form for a short time and the universal, infinite, consciousness the common background of all appearances for ever.
But the ego creates in us the illusion that consciousness is limited to the body and mind, that we are the body and the mind and consciousness is something individual or personal and different from the consciousness of our fellows.
Thus the whole process of spirituality is to realize that we are not only the wave, but also the ocean, that we are not only the appearance (a limited body-mind form) but also the formless, empty space of consciousness and as a the ocean, we were never born, nor will we ever die. Consciousness is beyond birth and death and change, as well as free from any kind of limitation and suffering; it is an ocean of unlimited peace and bliss.
This realization of oneness of the wave-man with the ocean-consciousness can take place when the factor that creates the illusion of separation (the ego) ceases to exist in us. We can overcome the illusion temporarily with deep meditation and samadhi and permanently by the complete dissolution of the ego. Free from ego we experience always and without a break the bliss and peace eternal of our essence.
"Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.
But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.
The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbolized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.
When at last the Buddha came to Mahakasyapa, the disciple smiled, bowed to the Buddha, and said, “I understand”.
And thus, a special transmission of the dharma was given to Mahakasyapa, who Zen Buddhists attribute as the first patriarch of Zen.
Filed in:Albert Einstein
"I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.
"For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.
"If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.
"But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives."
"God does not play dice with the universe,"