TODAY'S THEME:The Fruit of Nothingness
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The Master doesn't try to be powerful;
thus he is truly powerful.
The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;
thus he never has enough.

The Master does nothing
yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always doing things,
yet many more are left to be done...

Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no will of his own.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.

From the Tao Te Ching


"How far are you from me, O Fruit?"
"I am hidden in your heart, O Flower."

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Brahmo Samaj philosopher

Nothingness is the medium through which
all energy moves, from above to below
and from below to above.

Below, in man, a sense of nothingness
that transcends ego. Above, a Nothingness
that transcends all boundaries and planes.

The nothingness below fuses with the
Nothingness above, locking heaven and
earth in eternal embrace. That is why
G-d is found amongst the truly humble.

Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic rabbi
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of


The more we empty ourselves to make room for God's love,
the more he fills us with himself and the more
united to him will we be.

St. Alphonse Ligouri

Man is G-d's needle to sew the many patches of Creation
into a single garment for His glory.

At one end, the needle must be hard and sharp, to squeeze
through the ordeal. But the other end must have a vacant
hollow, a nothingness with which to hold the thread.

With the world, be firm and sharp.
Within, feel how small you are before the Infinite.

Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of

And now, the Last Word:

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time

like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Rabindranath Tagore


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Bonus quote:

Whatever a person may be like, we must
still love them because we love God.

John Calvin (1509-1564)
French Protestant theologian


On today's
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Tao Te Ching;
Rebbe Schneerson;
St. Alphonse Ligouri


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