A Quote by Osho on be, being, and enlightenment

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be -- don't try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.


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A Quote by Wayne Dyer on enlightenment and responsibility

Enlightenment demands that you take responsibility for your way of life.

Wayne Dyer

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A Quote by Dave Oshana on awakening, inevitable, enlightenment, and moksha

Awakening is Inevitable
- enlightened spiritual teacher Dave Oshana -

Dave Oshana

Source: http://www.oshana.org/

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on enlightenment, jung, soul, balance, and spirit

In the midst of everyday struggle we hope for enlightenment and some kind of release.  In our prayer and meditation we hope for fulfilling ordinary life.  Jung always taught that these two, anima and animus, are capable of a mystical wedding, the heiros gamos, a divine union.  But it is not an easy marriage to effect.  Spirit tends to to shoot off in it's own ambition, fanaticism, fundamentalism, and perfectionism.  Soul gets stuck in its soupy moods, impossible relationships, and obsessive preoccupations.  For the marriage to take place, each has to learn to appreciate the other and to be affected by the other - spirits lofty aims tempered by the souls lowly limitations, soul's unconsciousness stirred by ideas and imagination.

Thomas Moore (1940 -)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 258

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on enlightenment, supreme enlightened mind, bodhisattva, ego, personality, living beings, reincarnation, and suffering

A virtuous man or woman who is determined to develop the Supreme Enlightened Mind, should thus develop it: I have to lead all living beings to put a stop to (reincarnation) and escape (suffering), and when they have been so led, not one of them in fact stops (reincarnating) or escapes suffering. Why? Because, if a Bodhisattva believes in the notion of an ego, a personality, or a living being, he is not a true Bodhisattva.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on vegan, compassion, love, spirituality, morality, ethics, truth, justice, environment, ecology, god, and enlightenment

All of us cherish our beliefs. They are, to a degree, self-defining. When someone comes along who challenges our belief system as insufficiently well-based - or who, like Socrates, merely asks embarrassing questions that we haven't thought of, or demonstrates that we've swept key underlying assumptions under the rug - it becomes much more than a search for knowledge. It feels like a personal assault.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: The Demon-Haunted World

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on clarity, strength, shining, radiance, light, and enlightenment

Seeing the small is called Clarity.
Keeping flexible is called Strength.
Using the shining Radiance,
You enter the Light,
Where no harm can come to you.
This is called Enlightenment.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: unknown

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A Quote by Jed McKenna on enlightenment

I like happiness as much as the next guy, but it's not happiness that sends one in search of truth.  It's rabid, feverish, clawing madness to stop being a lie, regardless of price, come heaven or hell.  This isn't about higher consciousness or self-discovery or heaven on earth.  This is about blood-caked swords and Buddha's rotting head and self-immolation, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something they don't have.

Jed McKenna

Source: Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Pages: 265

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on psychotherapy, enlightenment, buddhism, and meditation

Many people have chosen psychotherapy over enlightenment.  Someone asked Anagarike Munindra, a great Buddhist meditation master in India, why it was easier for Asians to attain enlightenment.  His reply was that, "Westerners are doing psychotherapy."


William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Saints and Psychopaths, Pages: 90

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A Quote by Jed McKenna on enlightenment

Enlightenment isn't like graduating high school only to start college, or even finishing college to enter the "real" world.  It's the final graduation.  No more hunt, no more chase, no more battle.  Now you can go out in the world and do whatever you want; learn guitar, jump out of airplanes, write books, tend grapes, whatever.

Jed McKenna

Source: Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Pages: 38

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