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"Seven Blunders of the World"

  1. Wealth without work
  2. Pleasure without conscience
  3. Knowledge without character
  4. Commerce without morality
  5. Science without humanity
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Politics without principle

Mahatma Gandhi



A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.
Max Planck



Magic is not for the faint hearted. Magic is for adults, not children. It means hardship, being alone, seemingly fruitless efforts, and painful processes, to reach a goal you believe in. (yahoo groups)



Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness."
Kahlil Gibran



... if we keep looking outside and don't look within we will never find what we are truly searching for whatever it may be....
Serge



"Control is the attempt by other people/legal entities to extract value from you under false pretences."



We can plant the seeds, even lovingly water them with the rains of love, but ultimately it is truly up to the plant to do the growing. Trying to force the plant to grow only causes pain for the one trying to the forcing (unhealthy energy connection). We need to be detached from the outcome because ultimately it is not up to us. But we can love our loved ones unconditionally and pray for their wellness and highest good and then step aside to let God/Divinity take over.
"Let Go and Let God" is not just a clever bumper sticker ... it is a good reminder and lesson to follow.
Vicky



When you educate a boy,
you educate an individual,
but when you educate a girl,
you educate a community.

-African proverb-
(my comment- a great one, but i'd really like to see more freedom for African women meanwhile.)


REALITY

While the Master seemed to relish life and live it to the full, he was also
known to take great risks, as when he condemned the tyranny of the
government, thereby courting arrest and death; and when he led a group of
his disciples to serve a plague-stricken village.

"The wise have no fear of death," he would say.

"Why would a man risk his life so easily?" he was once asked.

"Why would a person care so little about a candle being extinguished when
day has dawned?"

Anthony de Mello, SJ


Two thousand years ago, a Roman Senator suggested that all slaves wear white armbands to better identify them.

"No," said a wiser Senator. "If they see how many of them there are, they may revolt."


CONTEMPLATION

The Master would often say that Silence alone brought transformation.

But no one could get him to define what Silence was. When asked he would
laugh, then hold his forefinger up against his tightened lips ? which only
increased the bewilderment of his disciples.

One day there was a breakthrough when someone asked, "And how is one to
arrive at this Silence that you speak of?"

The Master said something so simple that his disciples studied his face for
a sign that he might be joking. He wasn't. He said, "Wherever you may be,
look when there is apparently nothing to see; listen when all is seemingly
quiet."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL: Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without this awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. You are that awareness disguised as a person.

--Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks


OPPOSITION

To a pioneering spirit who was discouraged by frequent criticism the Master
said, "Listen to the words of the critic. He reveals what your friends hide
from you."

But he also said, "Do not be weighed down by what the critic says. No
statue was ever erected to honor a critic. Statues are for the criticized."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

Happiness does not depend on outward things,
but on the way we see them.

--Leo Tolstoy


MORSEL:
He who knows Self as the enjoyer of
The honey from the flowers of the senses,
Ever present within, ruler of time,
Goes beyond fear. For this Self is Supreme!

-- Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)


HigherAwareness.com
"The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get
around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them
directly, as they are."

-- Takahisa Kora


Any mysticism that doesn't
grow better potatoes and corn isn't worth it!

--Native North American proverb


DISTANCE

The owner of Fun Park commented on the irony of the fact that while the
kids had a great time at his park he himself was habitually depressed.

"Would you rather own the park or have the fun?" said the Master.

"I want both."

The Master made no reply.

When questioned about it later, the Master quoted the words of a tramp to a
wealthy landowner: "You own the property. Others enjoy the landscape."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


Mystic is one side and magic is the other one. Without mystic (qualitiy - love) you can?t master magic (quantity - power). So be a great myst and it will helps you to master everything you want!

Franz Bardon


�The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul�s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.�

Paramahansa Yogananda

SERENITY

"Are there ways for gauging one's spiritual strength?"

"Many."

"Give us one."

"Find out how often you become disturbed in the course of a single day."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have
accepted the worst.

-- Lin Yutang



DEMONSTRATION

"Does God exist?" said the Master one day.

"Yes," said the disciples in chorus.

"Wrong," said the Master.

"No," said the disciples.

"Wrong again," said the Master.

"What's the answer?" asked the disciples.

"There is no answer."

"Why ever not?"

"Because there is no question," said the Master.

Later he explained: "If you cannot say anything about Him who is beyond
thoughts and words, how can you ask anything about Him?"

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

A person desperately searching for God is like a
fish desperately searching for water.


PRECEDENCE

The Master welcomed the advances of technology, but was keenly aware
of its limitations.

When an industrialist asked him what his occupation was, he replied,
"I'm in the people industry."

"And what, pray, would that be?" said the industrialist.

"Take yourself," said the Master. "Your efforts produce better things;
mine, better people."

To his disciples he later said, "The aim of life is the flowering of
persons. Nowadays people seem concerned mostly with the perfectioning
of things."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)


INSINUATION

The Master claimed he had a book that contained everything one could
conceivably know about God.

No one had ever seen the book till a visiting scholar, by dint of
persistent entreaty, wrested it from the Master. He took it home and
eagerly opened it? only to find that every one of its pages was blank.

"But the book says nothing," wailed the scholar.

"I know," said the Master contentedly. "But see how much it indicates!"

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

Listen in the silence.
Listen and you shall hear God speak.
The chamber of silence is man's divine self.
It is there that man meets man?s God.

--Frater Achad


MORSEL:

The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years,
that minute he begins to be old.

-- William James


DESTRUCTION

For all his holiness, The Master seemed
vaguely opposed to religion. This never
ceased to puzzle the disciples who,
unlike the Master, equated religion
with spirituality.

"Religion as practiced today deals in
punishments and rewards. In other words,
it breeds fear and greed -- the two things
most destructive of spirituality. "

Later he added ruefully, "It is like
tackling a flood with water; or a
burning barn with fire."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:
If people are good only because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
--Albert Einstein


INFLEXIBILITY

"Heavens, how you've aged!" exclaimed the Master after speaking with a
boyhood friend.

"One cannot help growing old, can one?" said the friend.

"No, one cannot," agreed the Master, "but one must avoid becoming aged."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years,
that minute he begins to be old.

-- William James


FRUSTRATION

The disciples could not understand the seemingly arbitrary manner in which
some people were accepted for discipleship and others were rejected.

They got a clue one day when they heard the Master say, "Don't attempt to
teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time -- and irritates the pig."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

 



DEFINITIONS

The Master had a childlike fascination for modern inventions. He could not
get over his amazement at the pocket calculator when he saw one.

Later he said, good-naturedly, "A lot of people seem to have those little
pocket calculators, but nothing in their pockets worth calculating! "

Weeks later, when a visitor asked him what he taught his disciples, he
said, "To get their priorities right: Better have the money than calculate
it; better have the experience than define it."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

Ours is a society that has perfected its means yet neglected its meaning.

--Albert Einstein


INFINITY

It was impossible to get the Master to speak of God or of things divine.
"About God," he said, "we can only know that what we know is nothing."

One day he told of a man who deliberated long and anxiously before
embarking on discipleship. "He came to study under me, with the result that
he learned nothing."

Only a few of the disciples understood: What the Master had to teach could
not be learned. Nor taught. So all one could really learn from him was nothing.

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

--Tao Te Ching


ENLIGHTENMENT

The Master was an advocate both of learning and of Wisdom.

"Learning," he said when asked, "is gotten by reading books or listening to
lectures."

"And Wisdom?"

"By reading the book that is you."

He added as an afterthought: "Not an easy task at all, for every minute of
the day brings a new edition of the book!"

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

Your vision will become clear only when You can look into your
own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

--Carl Jung


GREATNESS

"The trouble with the world," said the Master with a sigh, "is that human
beings refuse to grow up."

"When can a person be said to have grown up?" asked a disciple.

"On the day he does not need to be lied to about anything."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882)


AT--ONE--MENT

When a man whose marriage was in trouble sought his advice, the Master
said, "You must learn to listen to your wife."

The man took this advice to heart and returned after a month to say that he
had learned to listen to every word his wife was saying.

Said the Master with a smile, "Now go home and listen to every word she
isn't saying."

Anthony de Mello, SJ



MORSEL:

A pair of good ears will drink dry a hundred tongues.

--Benjamin Franklin


PERSECUTION

A disciple was one day recalling how Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed were
branded as rebels and heretics by their contemporaries.

Said the Master, "Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth
until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy."

Anthony de Mello, SJ

MORSEL: 


Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved
the absolute rejection of authority.

--Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)


INNOCENCE
When out on a picnic, the Master said, "Do you want to know what the
Enlightened is like? Look at those birds flying over the lake."
While everyone watched, the Master exclaimed:
"They cast a reflection on the water that they have no awareness of ? and
the lake has no attachment to."
Anthony de Mello, SJ


 MORSEL: Life's lessons are not taught in classrooms.


ATTACHMENT

"I have no idea of what tomorrow will bring, so I wish to prepare for it."
"You fear tomorrow -- not realizing that yesterday is just as dangerous."
Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
-- Will Rogers


MANIPULATION
The Master sat through the complaints a woman had against her husband.
Finally he said, "Your marriage would be a happier one, my dear, if you
were a better wife."
"And how could I be that?"
"By giving up your efforts to make him a better husband."
Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.
-- William Boetcker


PROPORTION

A visitor who was full of expectations was unimpressed by the commonplace
words the Master addressed to him.

"I came here in quest of a Master," he said to a disciple. "All I find is a
human being no different from the others."

Said the disciple, "The Master is a shoemaker with an infinite supply of
leather. But he does the cutting and stitching in accordance with the
dimension of your foot."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the
limits of the world.

--Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


PURIFICATION
The Master insisted that what he taught was nothing, what he did was nothing.
His disciples gradually discovered that Wisdom comes to those who learn nothing, unlearn everything.
That transformation is the consequence not of something done but of something dropped.
Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL:
In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
--Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

BONUS: God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.
--Meister Eckhart


MAYA
This is how the Master once explained the fact that Enlightenment came not through effort but through understanding:
"Imagine all of you are hypnotized to believe there is a tiger in this room. In your fear you will try to escape it, to fight it, to protect yourselves from it, to placate it. But once the spell is broken there is nothing to be done. And you are all radically changed:
"So understanding breaks the spell, the broken spell brings change, change leads to inaction, inaction is power: You can do anything on earth, for it is no longer you who do it."
Anthony de Mello, SJ

MORSEL:
To live a single day and hear a good teaching is better than to live a hundred years without knowing such teaching.
--Buddha (B.C. 568-488)


Thanks to Abbot Street
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
American Writer

To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.

Janet Erskine Stuart

"Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure."

Benjamin Franklin

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."

George Washington


The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
American Writer

You can have anything you want -- if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
Abraham Lincoln

Anger is never without a reason but seldom with a good one
Benjamin Franklin

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Epictetus

�The unexamined life is not worth living."
Socrates


He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made.
Henry B. Wilson

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
Alistair Cooke

Patience is a particular requirement. Without it, you can destroy in an hour what it might take you weeks to repair.
Charlie W. Shedd

Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to overstretch ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity.
Sogyal Rinpoche


The direst foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it, and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero and more.
George MacDonald

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
Moshe Dayan

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends."
Baltasar Gracian


No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893),American Bishop

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler."
Albert Einstein

"Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please."
Pythagoras

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
Carl Sandburg
"We don't get offered crises, they arrive."
Elizabeth Janeway


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.
Duguet

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881),Scottish historian and essayist

There are no secrets to success... It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.


"You know the Buddhists believe that sometimes when everything is in turmoil, it's because something wonderful is ready to be born and that thing is distracting you so it can have some privacy during the birthing process." ~Pearl Cleage, from "I Wish I Had a Red Dress"


TRIBULATION
"Calamities can bring growth and Enlightenment, " said the Master.
And he explained it thus:
"Each day a bird would shelter in the withered branches of a tree that stood in the middle of a vast deserted plain. One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree, forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles in search of shelter -- till it finally came to a forest of fruit-laden trees."
And he concluded: "If the withered tree had survived, nothing would have induced the bird to give up its security and fly."

Anthony de Mello, SJ

MORSEL:
Life can only be understood backwards. It must be lived forwards.
--Soren Kierkegaard


EDUCATION
Suspicious as the Master was of knowledge and learning in matters divine, he never missed a chance to encourage the arts and sciences and every other form of learning. So it was no surprise that he readily accepted an invitation to address the university convocation.
He arrived an hour ahead of time to wander about the campus and marvel at the facilities for learning that were quite nonexistent in his own day.
Typically, his convocation speech lasted less than a minute. He said:
"Laboratories and libraries, halls and porch and arch and learned lectures? all shall be of no avail if the wise heart and the seeing eye are absent."
Anthony de Mello, SJ

MORSEL:
It is in the silence of the heart that God speaks. --Mother Teresa


FORMULATIONS

"What is it you seek?" asked the Master of a scholar who came to him for guidance.
"Life," was the reply.
Said the Master, "If you are to live, words must die."
When asked later what he meant, he said, "You are lost and forlorn because you dwell in a world of words. You feed on words, you are satisfied with words when what you need is substance. A menu will not satisfy your hunger. A formula will not slake your thirst."
Anthony de Mello, SJ

MORSEL:
There is a tricycle in man. He knows, he feels and acts. He has emotion, intellect and will. He must develop head, heart and hand.
--Sivananda [born 1887]


SHADOW BOXING
To newcomers the Master would say, "Knock and the door will be opened to you."
To some of them he would later say conspiratorially, "How would you expect the door to be opened when it has never been shut?"

Anthony de Mello, SJ
MORSEL: It has pleased God that divine verities should not enter the heart through the understanding, but the understanding through the heart. --Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

BONUS MORSEL: All Spiritual being is in man. A wise old proverb says, "God comes to see us without bell," that is, as there is no screen or ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens, so is there no bar or wall in the soul where man, the effect, ceases, and God, the cause, begins. --Ralph Waldo Emerson


DARING
Said a disappointed visitor, "Why has my stay here yielded no fruit?"
"Could it be because you lacked the courage to shake the tree?" said the Master benignly.
Anthony de Mello, SJ

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. . . That's where the fruit is."


INSTRUMENTALITY
When a disciple came to take leave of the Master so that he could return to his family and business, he asked for something to carry away with him.
Said the Master, "Ponder on these things: It is not the fire that is hot, but you who feel it so.
It is not the eye that sees, but you.
It is not the compass that makes the circle, but the draftsman."

Anthony de Mello, SJ


Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.
--Buddha (B.C. 568-488)


Remember that if the opportunities for great deeds should never come, the opportunities for good deeds are renewed day by day. The thing for us to long for is the goodness, not the glory.
F.W. Faber


I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
Charles Schulz


Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours."
Swedish Proverb


What we think, we become.
Buddha


1) You know what you know=conscious competence
2) You know what you don't know=conscious incompetence.
3) You don't know what you know=unconscious competence.
4) You don't know what you don't know=unconscious incompetence.
FB


He may enjoy the good; he should learn from the evil; but he must never say die, for nothing on this globe happens without good reason; everything that befalls him happens with good reasons and always at the right time.
It is up to man himself to encounter all events courageously and to gain a wealth of knowledge there from for his own advancement.
Franz Bardon


"Remember all ye that existence is pure joy. The sorrows are but shadows, they pass and are done. But there is that which remains."
Legis