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At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched
by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which
belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which
God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our
own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of  no-
thingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us ...
It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and prolific author
Excerpted from "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2005


O friend, the heart is the dwelling of eternal mysteries.
Make it not the home of fleeting fancies; waste not the
treasure of your precious life in the employment with
this swiftly fleeting world. You come from the world
of holiness; do not bind your heart to the earth.

Baha'u'llah (1817-1892)
Born a Muslim; founder of the Baha'i faith

And (Jesus) said unto another, "Follow me." But he said,
"Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father."
Jesus said unto him, "Let the dead bury their dead:
but go thou and preach the kingdom of God."
And another also said, "Lord, I will follow thee; but let me
first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house."
And Jesus said unto him, "No man, having put his hand to
the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9: 59-62
The Holy Bible
King James Version


Renunciation is not an end, it is the means to an end. The real
renunciant is he who lives for God first, regardless of his outer
mode of existence. To love God and conduct your life to please
Him -- that is what matters. When you will do that,
you will know the Lord.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru

There are many things we are unable to leave behind us,
which trap us. Practice looking deeply into these things.
In the beginning, you may think that they are vital to
your true happiness, causing you to suffer. If you are
not able to be happy because you are caught by them,
leaving them behind will be a source of joy for you...

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and writer
Excerpted from "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Gooks, 2004


Don't take the world and its darkness so seriously --
it is not as real as it feigns to be. It is only a creation
and it is being re-created out of absolutely nothing
at every moment. The only thing real about it is its
purpose of being -- that you should purify it.

The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Seventh and final Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of

And now, the Last Word:

Who can trace the invisible path of the person
who soars in the sky of liberation, the infinite Void
without beginning, whose passions are peace,
and over whom pleasures have no power?

The Dhammapada (7:95)
Buddhist scripture






















































Bonus quote:

There is an inmost center in us all where truth abides in fullness.

Robert Browning (1812-1889)
British poet


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