A Quote by Joan Chittister on longing, life, compass, guide, navigation, and journey

Longing is a compass that guides us through life.  We may never get what we really want, that's true, but every step along the way will be determined by it.

Joan Chittister

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by unknown on calling, longing, sufi, self, and beloved

I am calling to you from afar;
Calling to you since the very beginning of days.
Calling to you across millennia,
For aeons of time-
Calling-calling. Since always.
It is part of your being, my voice,
But it comes to you faintly and you only hear it sometimes;
"I don't know," you may say.
But somewhere you know.
"I can't hear," you say, "what is it and where?"
But somewhere you hear, and deep down you know.
For I am that in you which has been always;
I am that in you which will never end.
Even if you say, "Who is calling?"
Even if you think, "Who is that?"
Where will you run? Just tell me.
Can you run away from yourself?

For I am the Only One for you;
There is no other,
Your Promise, your Reward am I alone-
Your Punishment, your longing
And your Goal.


Contributed by: nobody

A Quote by Gilbert Meilaender on desire, satisfaction, delight, longing, receptivity, and independence

The proper posture for the creature is one of receptivity. In Perelandra we see several ways in which this posture could be corrupted or destroyed. First it is always possible to seek ways to assure ourselves of repeating the pleasure. This is what makes money so suspect in Lewis' eyes - it is a means by which we assure ourselves that we can have the pleasure whenever we want it. It provides a measure of independence. One no longer has to throw oneself into the wave. Second, even when one pleasure is given, it is (as the Lady discovered) possible to turn from what is given to something which is (thought to be) preferred. And this, in turn, is what makes a life oriented toward the future suspect for Lewis - to commit too much of one's hopes and happiness to the future will make impossible the posture of receptivity appropriate to a creature.

In either case-whether we try to secure means for repeating the pleasure at will or turn from what is given to something else which is desired - Lewis thinks that we will eventually lose the capacity for delighting in what is received. For to treat a created thing as something more than that is to destroy its true character. To seek in any created thing a complete fulfillment of the longing which moves us is to make of it an object of infinite desire and, because it is only a created thing, a false infinite. It may still be sweet, at least for a time, because it is intended by its Giver to be a source of delight. But in the end it will be poison for the person who gives his heart only to it. Hence the constant temptation: the lure of the sweet poison of the false infinite.

Gilbert Meilaender

Source: The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C. S. Lewis, Pages: 18

Contributed by: Richard

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on mind, sensuality, thought, preference, longing, indescribable, quickened, attached, and bound upstream

He whose longing has been aroused for the indescribable, whose mind has been quickened by it, and whose thought is not attached to sensuality is truly called one who is bound upstream.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada Translated from Pali by John Richards., v. 218

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on children, people, sensuality, wives, world, iron, fetter, trinkets, besotted, hankering, desire, break, renounce, free, longing, and abandon

The wise say that it is not an iron, wooden or fiber fetter which is a strong one, but the besotted hankering after trinkets, children and wives, that, say the wise, is the strong fetter. It drags one down, and loose as it feels, it is hard to break. Breaking this fetter, people renounce the world, free from longing and abandoning sensuality.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sayings of the Buddha in The Dhammapada, p. 345, 346

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on danger, desire, justice, forest, tree, destroy, cut down, brushwood, longing, metaphor, bhikkus, and monk

Cut down the forest, not just a tree. Out of the forest of desire springs danger. By cutting down both the forest of desire and the brushwood of longing, be rid of the forest, bhikkhus.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sayings of the Buddha in The Dhammapada, p. 283

Contributed by: Zaady

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