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Book of Psalms, Alan Watts, Nan C. Merrill, St. Anselm, Paramahansa Yogananda
How we long to feel Love's embrace; to bask in holy safety,
encircled in the Beloved's warmth. No amount of money,
recognition, intellect or achievement can quench man's
primal thirst for this everlasting water.
So when you have that lost feeling, a longing in your
soul, take heart, for it is your soul hearing the song
of its innate spiritual character. Rejoice, for you are
being called to live the stuff of your true self.
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My soul (yearns) for the Lord, among those
longing for the dawn, those longing for the dawn.
The Stone Edition Tanach
Man is characterized by a hunger for the
infinite, for an eternity of life, love
and joy which, whether he knows it or not,
can be nothing other than God. Assuming that
God exists, it will follow that God is man's
true end, for the appetite of a living organ-
ism shows its function. As physical taste and
hunger may often be mistaken as to their true
object, desiring nothing but caviar instead of
a balanced diet, man is often mistaken as to
the goal of his life, desiring wealth, power
or physical pleasure instead of God. But his
real appetite continues to be God, for which
these lesser goals are always unsatisfactory
substitutes. Those who set their their hearts
on finite goals are always discontented; they
must always have more and more and more of
what they desire, and failing this are
frustrated and miserable...
Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Author and philosopher
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My being thirsts for God, the living God.
When can I go and see the face of God?
Why are you downcast, my soul?
Why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, whom I shall praise again,
my savior, and my God.
Psalm 42:1-3, 6
New American Bible
O Love, You are my Beloved, and
I long for You,
my soul thirsts for You;
All that is within me thirsts,
as in a dry and barren land
with no water.
So I have called out to You in
sensing your power and glory.
Because your wondrous Love is
Life in me,
my lips will praise You.
I would radiate your Love as long
as I live;
becoming a blessing to others
in gratitude to You...
(Based on Psalm 63)
Excerpted from "Psalms for Praying,"
by Nan C. Merrill
I seek you by desiring,
I find you by loving,
I love you by finding.
St. Anselm (1033-1109)
Benedictine monk; Archbishop of Canterbury
The Last Word:
The desire to be one with God is the greatest of all.
Indian yogi and guru
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
According to a Dutch study, optimists live longer
than pessimists. It's probably safe to assume
the pessimists knew this was coming...
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