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Thaddeus Golas (1924 Ė 1997) with his "The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment"; 1972© ISBN: 0553263587 provides the precepts for this collected work, quotes not otherwise cited are attributed to him.

“The "motive" for purifying yourself - that you feel spiritually impure - will prevent any genuine gain until you learn to love the impurity you started with. Can any being seriously think that he is going to pass through the infinity of time without ever making another mistake? Quite often a flash of enlightenment will give you this message: "Go back to where you started and learn to love it more." ”
(Chapter Six: Self-improvement)

“There are many paths to enlightenment. Some of us who have expanded to a degree of illumination have thereafter preached the dogmatic certainty of one particular path. But enlightenment doesn't care how you get there. And if you aren't going to be thinking about it in paradise, then don't worry about it now.”
(Chapter Ten: How you get there)

“One of my psychedelic excursions had gotten off to a bad start, and I was sinking into a really satanic bummer. As I looked about me at people turning evil, shrunken, colorless, old, and weird, I suddenly thought, "Well, what did you think it was that needed to be loved?" And just like that the doors opened and I was in paradise. "No resistance." This does not mean that you must be physically passive or meekly put up with bad vibrations or rip-offs. This means no resistance in your mind. Be free in your head, act out of love, and do what feels good. There is no action that is always right or wrong the only true variable is the love with which you act. As you open your awareness, life will improve of itself, you won't even have to try. It's a beautiful paradox the more you open your consciousness, the fewer unpleasant events intrude themselves into your awareness.

"Love as much as you can from wherever you are." This line is especially good to recall when you feel frightened, crazy, or have taken some bad dope. Write it on the wall of your room. You may not want to love what you feel or see, you may not be able to convince yourself that you could love it at all. But just decide to love it. Say out loud that you love it, even if you don't believe it. And say, "I love myself for hating this."

"Love it the way it is." The way you see the world depends entirely on your own vibration level. When your vibration changes, the whole world will look different. It's like those days when everyone seems to be smiling at you because you feel happy. The way to raise your vibration level is to feel more love. Start by loving your negative feelings, your own boredom, dullness and despair. It's hard to believe, but changing the "content" of your mind does nothing to change your vibration level. For the purpose of raising your awareness, it is useless to change your ideas, your faith, your behavior, your place of residence, or your companions. It is not arbitrary or an accident that you are where you are, so you might as well get your attitude straight before you make a change. Otherwise you might find yourself chasing all over creation looking for the right place, and not even the Sea of Infinite Bliss will feel right to you. You take yourself with you wherever you go. As they say in Zen: If you can't find it where you are standing, where do you expect to wander in search of it?”
(Chapter Four: Lifesavers)

“Loving yourself is a willingness to be in the same space with your own creations. How contracted would you become if you try to withdraw from your own ideas? Loving yourself is not a matter of building your ego. Egotism is proving you are worthwhile after you have sunk into hating yourself. Loving yourself will dissolve your ego: you will feel no need to prove you are superior.”
(Chapter Four: Lifesavers)

“I am a lazy man. Laziness keeps me from believing that enlightenment demands effort, discipline, strict diet, non-smoking, and other evidences of virtue. There is a paradise in and around you right now, and to be there you don't even have to make a move. There is nothing you need to do first in order to be enlightened. All potential experiences are within you already. You can open up to them at any time.”

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.”
- H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

“It's astonishing how much energy some people waste worrying that someone else might be enjoying life in ways that they don't approve of.”
- Kevin Michael Vail

“It is important not to judge others for their pleasures of the flesh. What you deny to others will be denied to you, for the plain reason that you are always legislating for yourself, all your words and actions define the world you want to live in. One of the necessary laws for our relations as equal beings is this: What you say, goes - but only for you and those who agree with you. If you say a man should not receive help undeservedly, it may not affect his life much, but it will hold for you: you will not get undeserved help. If you say other people's sexual preferences are vulgar, it won't change their experiences, but your pleasures will become vulgar. It is precisely your unlimited power to control your experience that hangs you up. How much compassion and forgiveness do you want for yourself? Give it to others. Go to the extreme: forgive all beings for their karmic debts to you. Grant to others the freedom, the love, the consciousness that you want for yourself.”
(Chapter Three: How to feel good)

“It is not a personal affront to you when someone is being discordant, it is a measure of his pain. He's showing you how much he hurts, and how much compassion he needs. But keep in mind, too, that not all victims are innocent. In a certain karmic sense, no victims are innocent, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't help them, for it is our fate to exist in a relation to them, and how we behave determines our own karma. But we should give help in a way that does not extend our attachment to low vibrations. That means we should give what we would expect to get, good or bad, in the same circumstance, and begin with the knowledge that all beings are equals.”
(Chapter Eight: Going through changes)

“Go beyond reason to love - it is safe. It is the only safety. Love all you can, and when you are ready all will be shown to you. The state of mind that most needs enlightenment is the one that sees human beings as "needing" to be guided or enlightened. The sin that most needs to be loved and forgiven is the state of mind that sees human beings as sinners.”

“We have all probably gone through periods of belief system house-cleaning, with the feeling of being in control and taking charge of our lives, success, and all of that. What I'm suggesting is that there is a basic illusion underlying this appearance, which is the feeling that "I" am doing this. If I choose to change a belief for whatever reason, then who has chosen the new belief? Me, or the reason for the choice? Choosing to change one's belief system is a good way to avoid looking at one's relationship to belief systems per se. We are motivated by pain, or uncomfortableness, and rather than understand our relationship to those feelings, we seek to change them by adopting new belief systems, finding new lovers, moving to different cities, changing jobs, ... We always try to "fix" what is perceived as being outside of us, rather than trying to understand the motivation to fix.”
- Gerald Bryan on talk.religion.newage

“Anything that really frightens you may contain a clue to enlightenment. It may indicate to you how deeply you are attached to structure, whether mental, physical, or social. Attachment and resistance are appearances with the same root: when you resist by pulling away your awareness, the emotion is one of fear, and the contraction is experienced as a pull like magnetism or gravity; that is, attachment. That is why we often fear to open our minds to more exalted spiritual beings. We think fear is a signal to withdraw, when in fact it is a sign we are already withdrawing too much.”
(Chapter Eight: Going through changes)

“Whatever we have done in withdrawing from full consciousness of the One Mind, we are doing now. Whatever we are doing will always be within us to do, even when we are not doing it, and therefore is not to be resisted, but transcended. These are reminders I frequently use: "That's always within me." "This, too, can be experienced with a completely expanded awareness.”
(Chapter One: Who Are We?)

“What does it mean, to be whole? It means that we must be willing to conceive of, to contain within ourselves, whatever is "other than" any limited idea. It means knowing that when we create a positive, we are at the same time creating a negative. When we choose an ideal of knowledge, then we must deal with the ignorance that is "other than" the knowledge. When we emphasize an ideal of holiness, then we must live with the sin that is its companion, and accept our responsibility for having created it. However, if we remain constantly open and unresisting to such negatives, we are not compelled to dwell on them: If we allow that ugliness is always within us, then we are free to create beauty. If we know that stupidity is always within us, then we are free to emphasize this intelligence. Love is the highest and holiest action because it always contains that which is not love within itself, it always and ever moves to include the unloving.
What you cannot think about, you cannot control. What you cannot conceive of in your awareness, you will stumble over in your path. Violent human beings are precisely those who refuse at some time that they could be violent. It also happens that if you are unwilling to conceive of people being the victims of violence, you may become a victim yourself, for you will not be sufficiently aware of how it happens to avoid it. Everything that is manifest begins in the spirit: every evil that is manifest to us is there because we refused to conceive of causing it, or denied someone else the freedom to conceive of it. The way out, as hard as it may be to believe, is not by resisting further, by moving the furniture around, but by being willing to conceive of it - by loving it, in short. As we should have done in the first place. Unfortunately, most people with good intentions are trying to deny or eliminate what is already manifest. And many spiritual revivals are a deeper denial of the facts of our vibration level. What can we do about evil? A great deal, if our heads are clear. My catch-all phrase is: "I wouldn't deny that experience to the One Mind." Once you have cleared your head on the matter, then do whatever feels right to you. Evil occurs as a secondary reality, after you have withdrawn to a low vibration level. The seduction of evil is precisely in that it involves us in trying to get rid of it. "What am I doing on a level of consciousness where this is real?" That is the first question to ask yourself when you become aware of something ugly or evil or stupid.
When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.”
(Chapter Two: Look, Ma, I'm Enlightened)

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
- John Milton (1608-1674), "Paradise Lost"

“What you resist, you draw to yourself. As long as you resist something, you are locked into combating it and merely perpetuate its influence in your life. Resistance is fear, something that you need to karmically resolve. You must let go of the fear by encountering it until you learn to consciously detach from what you view to be negative.”
- Dick Sutphen, "The Oracle Within"

“Why believe in God when you can experience God?
Belief is a poor substitute for experience.
If you want to know, don't simply believe.
You can only believe things you don't actually know.”
- Dick Sutphen, "The Oracle Within"

“There is no God when there is nothing but God.”
- Stephen Mitchell (translator of the Tao Te Ching)

“I do not believe in God.
I believe in cashmere.”
- Fran Lebowitz

“Oh, oh, I just hurt that person by what I said. I must control my behavior better in the future. Whoops, there, I did it again. Hmmm, my behavior seems to come from my thoughts/feelings, so if I control them, then I won't have to worry about controlling my behavior. Uh, oh, there goes a bad thought. I'll replace it with a good one. Whoops, gotta bad feeling. Lessee now, which good one should I replace it with? Hmmm, the problem is that by the time I know I have a bad thought or feeling, it's already happened. How can I control something that I don't even know is coming? Wait a minute, why do I want to control my thoughts/feelings? Isn't the desire for control itself a feeling? Where does it come from? I seem to want control in order to avoid seeing/thinking/feeling certain things. Somehow, these things are threatening to me. In what way do these things threaten me? Somehow, I perceive them as being "alien" and "not me". But how do I know what is "me" and "not me"? Who is deciding this? Perhaps the boundary needs to be examined. Who created the boundary, and who is going to examine it?”
- Gerald Bryan on talk.religion.newage

“In a human-potential story you are told to imagine yourself walking down a road by the sea when you come upon a drowning man. Because you don't know how to swim, you can deal with the problem in one of three ways: 1. Sympathy: You jump in the river and drown with him. 2. Empathy: You sit down and moan and cry about him drowning. 3. Compassion: You do something about it. Throw him a rope or run and find someone who knows how to swim.”
- Dick Sutphen, "The Oracle Within"

“A warning may not be out of place to those who have a tendency to be argumentative. Those who are easily provoked to argument should recollect that when they rush out eagerly to verbal battle they throw open the doors of their mental fortress, leaving it undefended. At such times any thought-forces which may happen to be in their neighborhood can enter in and possess their mental bodies. While strength is being wasted over points which are often of no importance, the whole tone of their mental bodies is being steadily deteriorated by the influences which are flowing into it. The occult student should exercise great care in permitting himself to enter into arguments. It is a common experience that argument seldom tends to alter the opinion of either side; in most cases it but confirms the opinions already held.”
- Arthur E. Powell, "The Mental Body"

“An immense amount of suffering is caused by undisciplined imagination. The failure to control the lower passions (especially sex-desire) is the result of an undisciplined imagination, not of a weak will. Even though strong desire is felt, it is creative thought which brings about action. There is no danger in merely seeing or thinking about the object of desire, but when a man imagines himself as giving way to his desires, and allows the desires to strengthen the image he has made, then his danger begins. It is important to realize that there is no power in objects of desire as such, unless and until we indulge in imaginations which are creative. Once having done this, struggle is certain to ensue. In this struggle we may call upon what we think is our will, and try to escape from the results of our own imaginings by frantic resistance. Few have learned that anxious or frantic resistance inspired by fear are very different from will. The will should rather be employed to control the imagination in the first instance, thus eradicating the cause of our troubles at its source and origin.”
- Arthur E. Powell, "The Mental Body"

The Ten Grave Precepts

1.  Affirm life;    Do not kill.
2.  Be giving;    Do not steal.
3.  Honor the body;    Do not misuse sexuality.
4.  Manifest truth;    Do not lie.
5.  Proceed clearly;    Do not cloud the mind.
6.  See the perfection;    Do not speak of others errors and faults.
7.  Realize self and other as one;    Do not elevate the self and blame others.
8.  Give generously;    do not be withholding.
9.  Actualize harmony;    Do not be angry.
10.  Experience the intimacy of things;    Do not defile the Eight Treasures.
- John Daido Loori, "The Eight Gates of Zen," 2002, P. 240.

In all there are Sixteen Precepts. These are in three categories as follows:

The Precepts of the Three Jewels

  • This is Buddha
  • This is Dharma
  • This is Sangha

The Three Pure Precepts

  • Wrong action does not arise
  • There is only the arising of benefit
  • There is only the benefit of all beings

The Ten Grave Precepts

  • There is no killing
  • There is no stealing
  • There is no sexual misconduct
  • There is no lying
  • There is no trafficking in delusion
  • There is no slander
  • There is no slander for one's own benefit
  • There is no miserliness
  • There is no anger
  • There is no defilement of the Three Jewels

“In Buddhism there is no place for using effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.”
- Lin-chi

“The ultimate destiny of the human spirit is a condition in which all identification with the . . . finite self will disappear. ...As a minor dream vanishes completely on awakening, awareness will be eclipsed in the blazing light of total awareness. Some say, "The dewdrop slips into the shining sea." Others say the metaphor would be more accurate if it pictured the ocean as entering the dewdrop itself.”
- Huston Smith

“Our original nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy ~ and that is all. Enter deeply into it by awakening yourself.”
- Huang Po

“Zen is your original face; there is no special Zen to study other than this. And there is nothing to see or hear eitheróthe totality of this seeing and hearing is Zen; outside of Zen, no other seeing or hearing can be found.”
- Ming-pen, "Teachings of Zen," Thomas Cleary, ed. ©1998; Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston.

The Lord [Gautama] Buddha was once asked by a disciple to sum up the whole of His teaching in one verse. He replied: - “Cease to do evil; Learn to do well; Cleanse your own heart; This is the religion of the Buddha.”
- Arthur E. Powell, "The Mental Body"

“Speak the Truth, do not yield to anger, give if thou art asked for little, by these three steps thou will go near the gods.”
- K'ung-fu-tzu or Kongfuzi (Confucius)

“Health is the greatest gift, Contentment the greatest wealth, Faithfulness the best relationship.”
- Gautama Buddha

“To enjoy good health, to bring happiness to ones family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control ones mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
- Gautama Buddha

“Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.”
Hugo De Groot (1583-1645)

“The student should bear in mind that the very essence of consciousness is constantly to identify itself with the Not-Self, and as constantly to re-assert itself by rejecting the Not-Self. Consciousness, in fact, "consists" of this alternating assertion and negation - "I am this" - "I am not this." Hence consciousness is, and causes in matter, the attracting and repelling that we call a vibration.”
- Arthur E. Powell, "The Mental Body"

“There is nothing to seek and nothing to find. You're already enlightened, and all the words in the world won't give you what you already have. The wise seeker, therefore, is concerned with one thing only: to become aware of what he already is, of the True Self within.”
- Zen maxim

“Joshu is my favorite Zen Master. It is said that a monk once asked him, "To be holy - what is it like?" Joshu replied, "To dump a mountain of shit on a clean plain." In Zen language that means if we do not divide the world into "holy" and "unholy," there is nothing to stain it.”
- Dick Sutphen, "Master of Life" magazine

“The young student said to his master, "Am I in possession of Buddha consciousness?" The master said, "No." The student said, "Well, I've been told that all things are in the possession of Buddha consciousness: the rocks, the trees, the butterflies, the birds, the animals, all beings." The master said, "You are correct. All things are in possession of Buddha consciousness: the rocks, the trees, the butterflies, the bees, the birds, the animals, all beings Ė but not you." "Not me? Why not?" "Because you are asking this question." ”
- D.T. Suzuki

“The Zen master was asked the solemn question--what is Buddha? He took off his sandal, put it on his head, and walked away.”
- From sorsha's .signature file

“Who will prefer the jingle of jade pendants;
If she once has heard stone growing in a cliff?”
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.”
- Chuang Tzu, philosopher (c. 4th century BCE)

“If there is existence, there must be non-existence. And if there was a time when nothing existed, there must have been a time before that - when even nothing did not exist. Suddenly, when nothing came into existence, could one really say whether it belonged to the category of existence or non-existence?”
- Chuang-Tzu, philosopher (c. 4th century BCE)

“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”
- Lao Tzu

“Our mind is of 3 categories: what we know, what we donít know, and what we donít know we donít know.
Not knowing is unfortunate; not knowing that we donít know is tragic.”
- Werner Erhart

“Do your duty always, but without attachment. That is how a man reaches the ultimate Truth; by working without anxiety about results.”
- Bhagavad-Gita

“Do nothing, and leave nothing undone. ["Doing nothing" is what happens when the doer disappears, it isn't something that one does or chooses not to do.]
- Lao Tzu

“The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.”
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness.”
- Lao-Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”
- Lao Tzu

“There is a sphere where there is neither earth nor water nor heat nor air, for it is beyond the field of matter; nor is it the sphere of infinite space, or consciousness, for it is beyond the field of mind. There is not the condition of nothingness, neither is there the state of this world or another world, nor sun nor moon. This is the uncreated. This condition I call neither arising nor passing away, neither dying nor being born. It is without form and without change. It is the eternal, which never originates and never passes away. To find it is the end of sorrow.”
- Udana Sutta From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000.

“The body is the temple of life.
Energy is the force of life.
Spirit is the governor of life.
If one of them goes off balance,
all three are damaged.
When the spirit takes command,
the body naturally follows it,
and this arrangement benefits all Three Treasures.
When the body leads the way,
the spirit goes along,
and this harms all Three Treasures.”
- Wen-tzu Classic (100 BCE)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust

“Those who of old were good practitioners of Tao did not use it to make people bright, but rather used it to make them simple.”
- Lao Tzu

“In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the experts mind there are few..”
Shunryu Suzuki as quoted

“Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art.”
- George Sand, French author Mme. Amandine Aurore Lucile Dudevant

“Failure: A few errors in judgment repeated every day. Success: A few simple disciplines practiced every day.”
- James Rohn

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.”
- Plato ("The Republic," Book 3, 400-D)

“Work hard to keep things simple. Simple solutions solve complex problems; complex solutions rarely accomplish anything.”
- Crag O. McCaw

Five centuries before Jesus Christ, Lao Tsu, in the Tao Te Ching offered a prescription for living: “Everyone says my way of life is of a simpleton. Being largely the way of a simpleton is what makes it worthwhile. It is simple. If it were not the way of a simpleton, it would have been worthless long ago. These possessions of a simpleton, being the three I choose and cherish: To be humble, to care, to be fair. When a man is humble, he can grow. When a man cares, he is unafraid. When a man is fair, he has enough for others.” Living a simple life means keeping our priorities in order.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

“It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.”
- Sam Levenson

“This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.”
- Charles Franklin Kettering

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Angels know that the care of the soul lies in its simplicity.”
- Kathryn Schein

“Simplicity doesn't mean to live in misery and poverty. You have what you need, and you don't want to have what you don't need.”
- Charan Singh, mystic (1916-1990)

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”
- Charles Dudley Warner, editor and author (1829-1900)

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
- Hans Hofmann, painter (1880-1966)

“Those who are enlightened "liberate" themselves not from the world but from their own deluded minds, which force metaphysical distinctions upon the world. If it is a cow, it is a cow; if it is a moon shining through the window, it is moonlight.”
- Zen Master Nansen

“If you meet the Buddha in the road, kill him.”
- Zen Buddhist saying

“A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.”
- Angelus Silesius

“A Zen student asked his "roshi" the most important element of Zen. The "roshi" replied, “Attention.” “Yes, thank you,” the student replied. “But can you tell me the second most important element?” And the "roshi" replied, “Attention.”
- Dan Millman, "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"

“The best protection against a thief is not an iron rod, but poverty.”
- Zen Buddhist saying

“All we are dealing with wherever we live in the Universe is just different levels of energy, some of which is unmanifest at one extreme, called spirit, and some of which we find at the other extreme in a manifest form which we call matter. Because it is ALL energy and all energy obeys a few basic laws. They are called the laws of physics in science, and called spiritual law in esoterics - everything in the Universe obeys "exactly the same laws". The way we see and experience them simply depends on our perspective. What you see, depends on where you stand.”
- Ra Bonewitz, "The Cosmic Crystal Spiral"

“The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction however and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
This is the disease of the mind.”
- Seng-T'San as quoted by

“The moon is one,
but on agitated water it produces many reflections.
Similarly ultimate reality is one,
yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts...
If you could give up thoughts, you will
right here and now attain the realisation of oneness with all.”
- Maharamayana

“The physical universe was created when Oneness became duality, and we can see this duality, this yin and yang, everywhere in the universe, in every atom, every action, and in every function of the human body. Yin and yang are manifest everywhere, except at the very center of being, the perfect point of balance, at that infinite moment where the future becomes the past.”
- Robert B. Tisserand

The Tao gave birth to One,
One gave birth to two,
two gave birth to three,
three gave birth to all things.
all things carry yin and embrace yang,
By blending theses two breaths they achieve balance.
I will teach what the ancients taught.
A violent man will die an unnatural death.
This is the basis of the teaching.
(The Tao manifested itself as a unity, which in turn produced duality.
Duality produced a mediating principle.
These three principles underly the physical manifestations of the universe)

“The ultimate purpose of our life is to rejoin God in conscious participation of divinity.”
- Edgar Cayce

“As long as one is in the position of "choosing" to view life from either a dualistic or non-dualistic perspective, then the decision has already been made in favor of the dualistic perspective. Consider what it means to choose - it means that one is separate from the act of choosing, and from the choices. A person exercising "free-will" is operating under the illusion that he/she is a separate entity with the ability to "choose" without having a reason to do so (if one has a reason for making a certain choice, then it is the reason making the choice..) This illusion can be considered the very definition, or basis, of dualism. For what it's worth, this all seems very confusing to me, too.”
- Gerald Bryan on talk.religion.newage

“And all things have We created in pairs in order that you may reflect on it.”
- Quran verse 51:49

“Did we not choose the separation that we may have the joy of reunion?”
- William Tucker

“There is always another side of the coin.”
- Baba Olatunji as quoted by Doug Kane

“Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.”
- Zen proverb

“Finally you come to a point where you almost know it all. You are very wise. You are very pure... except for the fact that you may well have gotten caught in the last trap... the desire to know it all and still be you, "the knower." This is an impossibility. For all of the finite knowledge does not add up to the infinite. In order to take the final step, the knower must go. That is, you can only BE it all, but you can't know it all. The goal is non-dualistic - as long as there is a "knower" and "known" you are in dualism.”
- Baba Ram Dass, "Be Here Now"

“First you are in the light, then the light is in you, then you and the light become one!”
- Shirley McLaine, "Out On a Limb"

“Forget all you know or think you know; Abandon power and enforced decree. Inward, where the deepest rivers flow, Find the currents of eternity...”.
- Wayland Drew, "Book of Fin Raziel"

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A compassionate human being on the path of righteousness is a saint.

All things come from God and all things go to God.

Always be pure, simple and honest.

Appreciate yourself and honor your soul.

Be great, feel great, and act great.

Be kind and compassionate and the whole world will be your friend.

Be proud of who you are.

Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too.

Bliss is a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss.

By honoring your words you are honored in this world.

Do not live by emotions; instead live by intuition and consciousness.

Don't let yourself down, anyone else down, or participate in a letdown.

Don't take pride in taking. Give and you will be given virtues.

Dutiful is beautiful.

Find happiness within yourself. Then share yourself with others.

For every loss there's an equal gain, for every gain there's an equal loss.

Goodness should become human nature, because it is real in nature.

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

Happiness comes from contentment.

Happiness comes when you overcome the most impossible challenge.

Happiness is nothing but total relaxation.

Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits.

Herbs heal, doctors diagnose, and God cures.

He who is the best student is the best teacher.

If you don't love where you come from, you can't love where you are going.

If you see good, learn something. If you see bad, learn what not to be.

If you unconsciously live a conscious life, you can never be poor.

If your word does not reflect your spirit and honor, do not speak.

In order to be remembered, leave nothing behind but goodness.

It's important to find your identity and your legacy.

It's not a privilege to know others. Know yourself. That's a priviledge.

It's not life that matters it is the courage we bring to it.

Learn to be noble, courteous and committed.

Let your heart speak to others' hearts.

Let your manners speak, your deeds prove and your delivery impress.

Let people bask in your radiance and sunshine.

Life is a gift. If you do not value your gift, nobody else will.

Live for each other.

Live in your strength.

Live to share.

Love, compassion and kindness are the anchors of life.

Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.

Mantras you shouldn't say: I don't know; I'm not ready; I can't do it.

May you have faith in your worth and act with wisdom.

May you have love, kindness and compassion for all living things.

May your inner self be secure and happy.

May your light become a living universal light.

May your mind learn to love with compassion.

Meditate by emptying yourself and letting the universe fill you.

Nature is a giver, a true friend and a sustainer.

Never utter a wrong word, think a wrong thought or wish a wrong wish.

Noble language and behaviors are so powerful that hearts can be melted.

Obey, serve, love, excel.

One of the best actions we can take, with courage, is to relax.

Patience gives the power to practice; practice gives the power that leads to perfection.

Patience pays.

Provoke, confront, elevate.

Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is.

Recite: God and me, me and God are one.

Serve all without classification or discrimination.

Strength does not lie in what you have. It lies in what you can give.

The art of longing and the art of belonging must be experienced in life.

The beauty in you is your spirit

The beauty of life is to experience yourself.

The greatest tool you have is to listen.

The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.

The trust others place in you is your grace.

The universe is a stage. Your mind dances with your body, guided by your heart.

There is no love without compassion.

There is nothing more precious than the self.

The whole universe is the stage upon which your mind dances with your body guided by your heart.

Those who want to be prosperous must first make others prosperous.

Those who live in the past limit their future.

To be healthy: eat right, walk right and talk to yourself right.

Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.

True understanding is found through compassion.

Truth is everlasting.

Uplift everybody and uplift yourself.

We are here to love each other, serve each other and uplift each other.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Whatever character you give your children shall be their future.

When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful.

When the mind is backed by will, miracles happen.

When you engage the world with compassion, kindness, and grace, you are an angel.

When you know that all is light, you are enlightened.

Whether you give or share, are kind or not, never let your grace fall.

Where there is love, there is no question.

Where there is mastery there is no mystery.

Wisdom, character and consciousness conquer everything.

You are a living consciousness.

You are fulfilled when you do the impossible for someone else.

You are infinite.

You are remembered for your goodness.

You can run after satisfaction, but satisfaction must come from within.

You must know that you can swim through every change of tide.

You must live for something higher, bigger and better than you.

You will feel fulfilled when you do the impossible for someone else.

You will never find happiness if you do not conquer your own doubt.

You only give when you love.

Your breath is the voice of your soul.

Your greatness is measured by your gifts, not by what you have.

Your life is based on the capacity of energy in you, not outside of you.

Your mind is the flow of God.

Your mind is God's gift to you to recognize, reconcile and harmonize with His creation.

Your strength is in how calmly, quietly and peacefully you face life.