Sunday, February 26, 2006

Detachment and Solitude

"Solitude is in the mind of a man. One might be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind; such a person is always in solitude. Another may stay in the forest but still be unable to control his mind. He cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is an attitude iof the mind; a man attached to the things of life cannot get solitude, wherever he may be. A detached man is always in solitiude."

-- Ramana Maharshi

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Are We What We Do? Is it Enough Just To Be?

"The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am."

-- Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, November 27, 2005

"Only surrender can give you what you were looking for in the object of your love. The ego says surrender is not necessary because I love this person. It's an unconscious process of course. The moment you accept completely what is, something inside you emerges that had been covered up by egoic wanting. It is an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself."

-- Eckhart Tolle from an interview entitled "Relationships - True Love and the Transcendence of Duality" by Kim Eng

Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. Tolle is the author of "The Power of Now" in which he teaches that by quieting one's mind by becoming a witness to one's thoughts and feelings, you will discover yourself and that this will lead to acceptance and a greater sense of presence and contentment.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Love is the exchange of one for the other

"Why does music exist if not to help the most wretched, to offer salvation in the direst of circumstances, to restore the heart that has been lost? It isn't the musician that counts, nor is it the music. Only the listener, and the star that rises, unexpected and unimaginable, in the firmament of his sadness; the warmth in his cold; the unfamiliar hope in the familiar, turbulent ocean of despair. Love is there. Not in the one who gives, nor in the one who receives, nor even between the two: it is the exchange of one for the other."

-- Hélène Grimaud

Who Are We?

"Any thought that you have had about yourself, however deflated or inflated, is not who you are. It is simply a thought. The truth of who you are cannot be thought, because it is the source of all thoughts. The truth of who you are cannot be named or defined."

-- Gangaji (from "The Diamond in Your Pocket" - page 44)

It's the Moments That Count

"A lot of photographers spend their whole lives trying to create the perfect picture. There is no such thing. The only thing that's perfect is the moment."

-- Joe Buissink, Wedding Photograppher

Look Inward

Elie Wiesel: "'Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.'"