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A Quote by Abu Sa'id Lbn Abi-L-Khayr on existence, illusion, reality, awakening, enlightenment, and self

An hour reflecting on one's own non-existence is better than a year of religious devotions with the thought that one exists.

Abu Sa'id Lbn Abi-L-Khayr

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A Quote by Micheal Teal on spiritual, enlightenment, humanity, honour, love, journey, and transition

A loving journey of transition begins by nurturing self care. If we honour our inner selves we not only live our divine blueprint, we also embrace the richness of humanity as we promote spiritual enlightenment.

Micheal Teal

Source: Micheal Teal - Poet , Philosopher and Shaman

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A Quote by John Daido Loori on dharma, experience, explanation, listening, awakening, and enlightenment

In transmitting the dharma, there is neither explanation nor teaching; there is neighter hearing nor attainment. Since explanations never really explains, nor are they able to teach, why talk about it? Since listening isn't really hearing or attaining anything, then why listen? But say, since it cannot be explained or heard, how can you enter the Way?

But down the bagagge, take of the blinders, and see for yourself that this very place is the valley of the endless spring, this very body is the body of the universe. At such a time, who is it who can accompany this?

John Daido Loori

Source: The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, christianity, spirituality, growth, life, truth, hope, awakening, and enlightenment

"He who follows properly the spiritual pathway begins to see in himself more and more sins, until finally he sees himself completely immersed in sin.  Through his spiritual eyes he perceives his leprous soul.  He feels with his whole heart that he is dirt and filth, that he is unworthy even to call out the name of God.  Like the publican, unable to raise his eyes, he cries out with pain of heart: 'God have mercy on me the sinner.'  When a person maintains his soul in such a spiritual state for a long time, he finally emerges from it absolved, like the publican."

Abbot Nikon

Abbot Nikon

Source: Abbot Nikon: Letters to Spiritual Children.

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A Quote by Leonard Jacobson on awakening, enlightenment, awareness, life, and dreaming

It is not until you awaken and become fully present that you will realize that you have not been present. It is not until you awaken that you will realize you have been asleep, dreaming that you are awake.

Leonard Jacobson

Source: Journey Into Now:Clear Guidance on the Path of Spiritual Awakening, Pages: 3

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A Quote by Leonard Jacobson on awakening, understanding, life, enlightenment, and self-knoweldge

If you fully awaken, you will not know yourself. Understand this, and you will understand all.

Leonard Jacobson

Source: Words from Silence: An Invitation to Spiritual Awakening, Pages: 108

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A Quote by Leonard Jacobson on presence, awakening, enlightenment, life, destination, journey, now, and spirituality

You get lost because you think there is somewhere to go. If you give up believing in a goal or a destination, then you cannot get lost. In the present moment, there is no destination.

Leonard Jacobson

Source: Words from Silence: An Invitation to Spiritual Awakening, Pages: 141

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A Quote by St. Justin the Philosopher on god, christianity, freedom, passions, liberty, hope, happiness, joy, and enlightenment

"To yield and give way to our passions is the lowest slavery, even as to rule over them is the only liberty." 
-- St. Justin the Philosopher

St. Justin the Philosopher

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A Quote by St. Macarius of Optina on god, christianity, help, trouble, enlightenment, awakening, truth, freedom, and joy

Listen!  God, Himself says, 'Call upon Me in the time of trouble so that I will hear thee and thou will praise Me'.  Afflictions confirm us in our faith, and teach us to set worldly glory at naught.  Believe firmly that no suffering or sorrow can visit us --- not a hair of our heads can fall --- with out God intending it.  Although we are always inclined to put down our misfortunes to the ill will or stupidity of other men, these are in reality, only tools in the hand of God; tools used to fashion our salvation.  Therefore take heart and pray to our Lord Who is always at work for our salvation, using to this end both what we call happiness and what we call sorrow.

St. Macarius of Optina

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A Quote by Leonard Jacobson on spirituality, awakening, enlightenment, and life

The only way out is in.

Leonard Jacobson

Source: Words from Silence: An Invitation to Spiritual Awakening, Pages: 31

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