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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Candle & The Silence
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   And the Last Word: Robert M. Pirsig
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote:
If you spend your life killing, you will never be rid
of all your enemies. But if you quell your own
anger, you will have slain your real enemy.

Nagarjuna (2nd century)
India

 
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There is a candle in your heart,
   ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
   ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
You feel the separation
   from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
   embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
   Love
   comes to you of its own accord,
   and the yearning for it
   cannot be learned in any school.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sufi poet, jurist and theologian
From "Hush, Don't Say Anything to God:
Passionate Poems of Rumi"
Translated by Sharam Shiva


    At a certain point you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world,
    Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and
    wait, listening. After a time you hear it; there is nothing there. There is nothing but
    those things only, those created objects, discrete, growing or holding, or swaying,
    being rained on or raining, held, flooding or ebbing, standing, or spread. You feel the
    world's word as a tension, a hum, a single chorused note everywhere the same.
    This is it: this hum is the silence.

    The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God's brooding over
    the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand thing, the whine
    of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to
    address the prayer to "World." Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.

    Annie Dillard
    American author
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The only Zen you find on mountaintops
is the Zen you bring up there.

Robert M. Pirsig
American author