Thursday, 20 November 2008
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give
I give myself.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I
am large, I contain multitudes.
And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics,
conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or
permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the
metaphysics of books.
Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it
is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good
Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For
every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I
lean and loafe at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass.
I exist as I am, that is enough.
If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
Produce great men, the rest follows.
Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which
insults your soul.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every
cubic inch of space is a miracle.
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably
Saturday, 01 November 2008
"If you have the courage to touch life for the first time,
you will never know what hit you. Everything man has thought, felt and
experienced is gone, and nothing is put in its place."
"Whether you are
interested in Moksha, Liberation, Freedom, Transformation, you name it, you are
interested in happiness without one moment of unhappiness, pleasure without
pain, it is the same thing."
"We don't want to be free from fear. All
that we want to do is to play games with it and talk about freeing ourselves
"Your constant utilization of thought to give continuity to
your separate self is 'you'. There is nothing there inside you other than
"When the movement in the direction of becoming something other
than what you are isn't there any more, you are not in conflict with yourself."
Friday, 24 October 2008
by Alfred D. Souza
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin -
real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten
through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be
paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to
happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it
more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time … and remember that time waits for
So stop waiting
until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds,
until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house,
until you start work,
until you retire,
until you get married,
until you get divorced,
until Friday night,
until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until you are off welfare,
until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on,
until you've had a drink,
until you've sobered up,
until you die,
until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time than Right NOW to
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Friday, 24 October 2008
as though no one is watching you
as though you have never been hurt
as though no one can hear you
as though heaven is on
-- Alfred Souza --
Sunday, 19 October 2008
But human life is only dust and ashes without love. If you investigate and
inquire into the world without love, you don’t find anything worthwhile. If you
look at a tree or a frog or anything at all without the eyes of love, then you
obtain only loveless, heartless knowledge. When such knowledge is ac-cumulated
and applied to practices of scientific technology, it becomes the most
destructive form of knowledge ever discovered. Even the worst black magic cannot
vie with the destructive capacity of science. Its very method is to destroy what
it looks at in order to discover its elements.
When we start to doubt, hope is the anchor that binds our faith to love. I am
speaking in the vocabulary of Christianity. It is a pity that this vocabulary is
so degraded. The first English translation of what is now called “the holy
ghost” was by John Wycliffe, who translated it as “our healthy spirit.” That is
the manifestation of Divinity within and through our own nature. All our
natures, with this healthy spirit are sparks of light in the same fire. That
immediately unites us. That companionability in the light of our healthy
spirit—which is light and love and the way and truth and life—is what I have
become less embarrassed about affirming in the course of the last thirty years
- R.D. Laing interviewed by Daniel Burston, adapted from DharmaCafe