To follow the path to enlightenment, there is no need to change our external lifestyle. We do not need to abandon our family, friends, or enjoyments, and retire to a mountain cave. All we need to do is change the object of our cherishing.
- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Transform Your Life” (via dancingdakini
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
There is no chaos in the world, except the chaos which your mind creates. It is self-created in the sense that at it’s very center is the false idea of oneself as a thing separate from other things. In reality you are not a thing, nor are you separate. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become.
Discard all traditional standards. Leave them to the hypocrites. Only what liberates you from desire and fear and wrong ideas is good. As long as you worry about sin and virtue you will have no peace. Sin and virtue refer to the person only. Without a sinful or virtuous person what is sin or virtue? At the level of the absolute there are no persons; the ocean of pure awareness is neither virtuous nor sinful. Sin and virtue are invariably relative.
Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.
The truth is that the more intimately you know someone, the more clearly you’ll see their flaws. That’s just the way it is. This is why marriages fail, why children are abandoned, why friendships don’t last. You might think you love someone until you see the way they act when they’re out of money or under pressure or hungry, for goodness’ sake. Love is something different. Love is choosing to serve someone and be with someone in spite of their filthy heart. Love is patient and kind, love is deliberate. Love is hard. Love is pain and sacrifice, it’s seeing the darkness in another person and defying the impulse to jump ship.
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Step out of your cave: the world awaits you like a garden. The wind is laden with heavy fragrance that longs for you; and all the brooks would like to run after you. All things long for you…
- Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via melapril
Iconic historical stage designs for The Queen of the Night sequence from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” - the first image by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1815, the second by Simon Quaglio in 1818 (x)
She once told me that silence is the absence of sound, the lack of noise. She said, silence is nothing.
Yet silence is so much more. It is the relieved ringing in your ears after a night out. It is the echo of a slammed door when your lover left. It is the ease in air after a heated argument. It is softness embracing you, when tears ran out and sobs subsided. It is the peace you found walking home at midnight, gazing at the starlit sky. It is your chest throbbing against another in bed, so close that two hearts beat as one. It is the shared look between lovers, the wordless communication between best friends. It is golden. It is untarnished by time. It penetrates every corner. Silence is everywhere.
After all, what is sound without silence?
Silence is everything.
- Silence (By Alope Spring)