O, friend! Nobody veils you, but yourself.
In your path there is no thorn or weed, but yourself.
You said: Shall I reach the Beloved or not?
Between you and the Beloved there is nobody, but yourself.

Awhadoddin Kermani

How long will you keep pounding on an open door
Begging for someone to open it?

Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya


If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
love everyone.
Whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
If you want to be as clear and refreshing as
the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth and light
for everyone.

Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Khair


The important thing is not to think much,
but to love much;
and so,
do that which best stirs you to love.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
Between the two my life flows.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

In the morning, the one who does not understand will
consider what he will do,
while the one who understands will
consider what The One will do with him.

Ibn 'ata 'illah


Student:
Sir, if one gave up the I, nothing whatsoever would remain.

Ramakrishna:
I am not asking you to give up all of the I. You should give up only the "unripe I." The "unripe I" makes one feel: "I am the doer. These are my wife and children. I am a teacher." Renounce this "unripe I" and keep the "ripe I" which will make you feel that you are God's servant, His devotee, and that God is the Doer and you are His instrument.

Sri Ramakrishna


Worn-out garments are shed by the body,
Worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body,
New bodies are donned by the Dweller, like garments.

Not wounded by weapons, not burned by fire,
Not dried by the wind, not wetted by water,
Such is the One.

Not dried, not wetted, not burned, not wounded,
Innermost Essence, everywhere, always,
Being of Beings, changeless, eternal, for ever and ever.

Bhagavad-Gita


Where are you hurrying to?
You will see
the same moon tonight
Wherever you go!

Izumi Shikibu


All the violence, fear and suffering
that exists in this world
comes from grasping at "self".
What use is this great monster to you?
If you do not let go of the "self",
there will never be an end to your suffering.

Shantideva



Correct behavior
means that you are
occupied with commendable activity.

Ibn `Ata'



There is only one virtue
and one sin for a soul on the path:
virtue when he is conscious of God
and sin when he is not.

Abu Hashim Madani



I see now
that all creatures
have perfect Enlightenment
- but they do not know it.

Tathagata



satyameva jayate
Truth alone is victorious

Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

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