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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, beauty, confusion, time, and unity

Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on meaning, self-knowledge, water, non-duality, unity, oneness, flow, and connectedness

How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?  Yet the river flows on.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

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A Quote by Anaïs Nin on life, meaning, seek, and unity

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life. . . . To seek a total unity is wrong.  To give as much meaning to one's life as possible is right to me.

Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977)

Source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. II, 1967, June 1935

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A Quote by Alan Watts on awareness, danger, environment, seriousness, and unity

Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on conformity, perception, prophets, purity, unity, vision, wisdom, and worship

But, in conformity to His wisdom it was right that afterwards the Prophet should be sent back from the vision of pure Unity and that he should return . . . toward the separative vision. For, He created man and jinn only that they should worship Him and know Him - and, if they remained at the degree of pure Unity, there would be none to worship Him. In this separative vision, the Worshipped and the worshipper, the Lord and the servant, the Creator and the creature are again perceived.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 253, pp. 176-177

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on divinity, god, men, reality, and unity

. . . The divine Reality, when it "combines" with the creatures in a strictly conceptual mode, is hidden to the eyes of the spiritually veiled, who see only the creatures. Conversely, it is the creatures that disappear in the eyes of the masters of the Unity of contemplation (wahdat al-shuhud), for they see only God alone. Thus, both God and the creatures hide the other. . . . . . . In the same way, when there is the state of extinction (fana') - which the men of the way also call "union" (ittihad) - the worshipper and the Worshipped, the Lord and the servant, disappear together. If there is no worshipper, there is no Worshipped; and if there is no servant, there is no Lord. For, when two terms are correlative, the disappearance of one necessarily brings about the disappearance of the other, and therefore they disappear together.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 215, p. 100

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on divinity, god, perception, separation, spirituality, starting, unity, and universe

The first "station of separation" corresponds to the state of the ordinary man who perceives the universe as distinct from God. Starting from here, the initiatic itinerary leads the being first to extinction in the divine Unity, which abolishes all perception of created things. But spiritual realization, if it is complete, arrives afterwards at the "second station of separation" where the being perceives simultaneously the one in the multiple and the multiple in the one.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 57, page 205

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on achievement, certainty, change, death, diversity, existence, god, grace, life, peace, prophets, reality, reason, traditions, unity, and words

There are two kinds of death, the death which is inevitable and common to all beings, and the death which is voluntary and particular to certain ones of them only. It is the second death which is prescribed for us in the words of the Messenger of Allah: "Die before you die." The resurrection is accomplished for him who dies this voluntary death. His affairs return to God and they are but one. He has returned to God and he sees Him through Him. As the Prophet said - on him be Grace and Peace! - according to a tradition reported by Tabarani, "You will not see your Lord before being dead" and that is because, in the contemplation of this dead-resurrected one, all creatures are annihilated, and for him only one thing exists, one Reality only. Whatever will be the lot of the believers in their posthumous states is prefigured in one degree or another in this life for the initiates. The "return" of things - considered in relation to [the diversity of] their forms - to Allah and the end of their becoming, expresses only a change of cognitive status and not at all a modification of the reality. For him who dies and achieves the resurrection, the multiple is one, by reason of its essential unity; and the One is multiple, by reason of the multiplicity in Him of relations and aspects.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 221, pp. 51-52

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A Quote by A. W. Tozer on christ, god, heart, meetings, and unity

One hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.

A. W. Tozer

Source: The Pursuit of God

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