Suffering

One Body

“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts but one body.”

Prevent Trouble

“Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles starts beneath your feet.
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.”

The King and the Seven Gates

Once upon a time, a king said he would give away his kingdom. He said he would give it to anybody who came to him, in seven days’ time, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and asked for it! Practically everyone decided to go in for this adventure.

The king himself sat behind seven gates.

After the first gate was a beautiful garden, with swimming pools, baths and fountains, where you could bathe and refresh yourself…

Purpose

“We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.”

Simplify

“Our life is frittered away by detail,
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!
I say let your affairs be two or three
and not a hundred or a thousand.”

The Present Instant

“There exists only the present instant… a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.”

What Needs To Be Done

“You just do what needs to be done, leaving success and failure to the unknown. For everything is caused by innumerable factors, of which your personal endeavour is but one. Yet such is the magic of man’s mind and heart that the most improbable happens when human will and love pull together.”

Labor

“We labor unceasingly to preserve an imaginary existence and neglect the real.”

Pure Water

“As pure water poured into pure water becomes the very same, so does the self of the illumined man or woman verily become one with the Self.”