THE SAGES

On Love:

 

When I speak of love...I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.

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“A continuous stream of love flows from me to all of creation. This is my inborn nature. The duty of a doctor is to treat patients. In the same way, my duty is to console those who are suffering.”

Mata Amritanandamayi

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Learn to see God in all persons of whatever race or creed. You will know what divine love is when you begin to feel your oneness with every human being, not before. In mutual service we forget the little self, and glimpse the one measureless Self, the Spirit that unifies all men.

The Law of Success, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

 

 

 

 

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SWANLIGHT

 

 

Love is to Spirit what air is to the body: it is the breath of life. Once understood in its true form, recognized for the unconditional energy that it is, it can simply flow through you unbid, finding those who seek it.

Swanlight Org

 

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You don't forget pain, you smooth it tenderly away, beyond existence, with Love.

Swanlight Org

 

 

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Love is an expansive energy, and the quality of any other wave of energy, travelling simultaneously with Love towards a goal, will amplify a hundredfold. Love's force field is strongly magnetic, drawing the smallest to the largest particles into its sphere of influence, and with Love, we mold our creations. Nothing is repelled by Love and there is no force that can ultimately repel Love—not hate, not envy, not greed, nor any other dense energy form. Love, in the end, is the inevitable.

Swanlight Org

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LIFE'S LESSONS

 

 

A soul-mate is guaranteed to be one's greatest tormentor since he or she, by virtue of his or her eminent position in the spiritual scheme of things, has been placed on earth to teach one the soul quality one is most reluctant to learn.

MMM

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Love bridges the illusion of death and keeps us ever close to those we have walked life with.

MMM

 

 

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Beauty is an expression of love. A beautiful smile, beautiful flowers, a beautiful energy in your home well nurtured will keep love in your life forever.

MMM

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Marriage/committed partnership is one of life's greatest adventures because Oneness is the treasure we seek, and beyond the challenges, Unconditional Love is the treasure we will find.

MMM

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On Creation & Consciousness:

 

The accumulated darkness of ages is dispelled at once by bringing the light in, not by trying to chase the darkness out.

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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Those who are established in wisdom, live in continuous unbroken awareness that they are not the perishable body but the Atman [Eternal Essence]. Further, they see the same Self in everyone,  for the Atman is universally present in all.

Lord Krishna

 

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Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Goethe

 

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Before enlightenment, chop wood, fetch water, after enlightenment, chop wood, fetch water.

Buddhist Saying

 

 

 

 

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FIRST STEPS TO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS:

1)  Open to Love;

2)  Willingly act as a transmitter of love;

3)  Treat all around you with Love. 

Swanlight Org

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Your body and matter around you respond to thought suggestion, as long as the thought is clear, precise and expressed with conviction.

Swanlight Org

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Regard all matter as tools of spiritual creation. Even the product of one person's spiritual creation can become a tool of creation for others.

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

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If you have a radio that is not very sensitive to shortwaves, it will be for you as if they do not exist. If, however, you get a radio that receives shortwave signals, then suddenly a whole new world opens up to you. So it is with consciousness. Everything depends on awareness.

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Play with your creations, your material manifestations, but do not depend on them for pleasure. The source of pleasure is beyond the material, and within you. The pleasure you gain from any creation is only a manifestation of the pleasure you feel within.

Swanlight Org

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To do the things you like well shows talent, but to do the things you don't like well shows mastery!

MMM

 

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The sage sees her own flaws, not the flaws of others.

 MMM

 

 

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I am essentially a nomad. I travel through the fertile streams of my imagination, along magical paths carved by the music of the universe, always challenging myself to soar to the highest heavens on the wings of the eternal spirit child within. Come journey with me!

 MMM

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I am a Child of the Universe. I have within me the Caribbean’s compassion, Canada’s strength, the Chinese sense of honour, the Native American’s cosmic bond, the British wit, Continental Europe’s charm, India’s consciousness, Africa’s open-heartedness, and most of all, Mother Earth’s constancy. Yes, I am earth’s child, the spirit of the universe.

MMM

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What you're programmed to expect, you are programmed to create.

MMM

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Anger clouds the heart and tricks the mind.

MMM, Legend of the Swan Children

 

 

 

 

 

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On The Power Within:

 

One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jnr

 

 

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Turn your mind within and touch your inner stillness. In stillness, there’s clarity.

Dadi Janki

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we create the world.

The Dhammapada

 

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When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny.

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

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If you want to truly feel that you have achieved greatness, you must take the highest road. You must embrace humility. It is the only interactive state which can protect you from the 'weaknesses' of personality, for it acknowledges the greatness of others, without denying your own greatness.

Swanlight Org

 

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Like a drop of water in the ocean, we are all microcosms of the Universe, of Spirit/our Creator, which means quite simply that we must also be without limitation, except that which is imposed by self.

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

 

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There are appropriate times for every quality to be expressed: time for movement, time for stillness.

Swanlight Org

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Never let your capabilities be defined by someone else.

MMM

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Learn from the autumn trees: let the winds of change shake old habits from your boughs so the buds of new dreams may thrive.

MMM

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Whether we are right or wrong, by reacting angrily to someone’s hurtful words, we are not validating ourselves, we’re adding toxic emotions to an already polluted atmosphere. We validate ourselves by not incorporating into our bodies or our minds what the person says or intends. So, walk away from hurt with a smile.

MMM

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You must first believe in your own power before others can.

MMM

 

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On Peace:

 

It is still one of the tragedies of human history that the 'children of darkness' are frequently more determined and zealous than the 'children of light'.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jnr

 

 

 

 

 

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If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

Chinese Proverb

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We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars?

Dr. Martin Luther King, jnr

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He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature, who sees the Deathless in the hearts of all that die. Seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others. Thus he attains the supreme goal.

The Bhagavad Gita

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If we assume that life is worth living, and that man has a right to survival, then we must find an alternative to war.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jr

 

 

 

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While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

Francis of Assisi

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Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace.

Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.

 

 

 

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When we unwrap the package of each person, something constant remains as a mystery. The essence of who we are is what makes us the same. So let us dance in that magical space where our hearts meet.

FAM

 

 

 

 

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Do you find it is those who have the deepest bonds, whose common roots go deepest, who ofttimes have the most difficulty accepting and loving each other? Always the Cain and Abel drama, repeatedly played out. But we can learn from those who have accomplished peace in their times, like the original Iroquoian League of Five Nations, who were able to put inter-clan bloodshed behind them and come together in the first ever social egalitarian federation of our era. It is not impossible, therefore, for squabbling nations on every continent to do the same.

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

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Merge warring energies (outward/Masculine) with nurturing energies (inward/feminine); merge intellect with intuition, and strength with endurance. Take greed, envy, distrust, and transmute them into sharing acceptance, trust. To merge these energies at last, having explored them to the fullest, is to return to one's true Self, enhanced by these encounters.

Swanlight Org

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Compassion is an emotion which can only be born out of humility.

Swanlight Org

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Have the courage to channel peace, not only from the comfort and safety of your homes, or gathering places, but out there where the storm rages: before an unforgiving press, in the face of angry readers, disillusioned friends, aggressive motorists, rude pedestrians, scoffing loved ones, the righteous religious, the disdainful skeptic, and yes, if needs be, then, the rampaging mob. Peace: that is a word that must always be on your lips, in your eyes, your smile, the cast of your body. It must be in the forefront of your thoughts, and your acts. Live it totally and absolutely.

Swanlight Org

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'Light' has been the 'norm', the standard, for so long, that inertia has set in. We flirt with the tendrils of density snaking surreptitiously into our consciousness, ignoring the dark clouds hovering on the edge of our worlds. And while the 'children of Light' slumber, the harmful acts of their counterparts increase in number.

MMM

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Racism is the weakest part of ourselves in expression. Some racists may have a hatred for the very quality in themselves that they see reflected in the object of their racism (powerlessness); while others may harbour an envy for what the object of their racism has achieved, and for what they failed to manifest (personal power). Acceptance of self comes before acceptance of others.

 MMM

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A frustrating experience led me to a very interesting revelation: we humans go to war when we choose to think the worst of each other, and make peace when we are willing to think the best instead!

MMM

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Conflict teaches us tolerance and humility, if we're willing to learn.

MMM

 

 

 

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On Life

 

All life is governed by the same permanent law: the return to the origin. However, the Holy Man is not content with knowing this law intellectually. He seeks to realize it within himself.

The Tao

 

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Work for money and you will count your hours and your salary. Work for love and you’ll be able to work 16 hours a day, be happy and feel more energized.

Dadi Janki

 

 

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When you lose any outward thing, think about what you gain in its stead; and if this be the more precious, say not, I have suffered loss.

Epictetus

 

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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius

 

 

 

 

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Opportunities in life come by creation, not by chance.

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does.

 Epictetus

 

 

 

 

The days of mind over matter are to be superseded by Spirit over mind and matter.. That's the ultimate and highest order of procedure, and the time has come to return to it.

Swanlight Org

 

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The secret of totality is in being, for being is perfection.

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

 

 

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To live fully, one must emerge as a perpetual Spirit Child: always exploring, experimenting; growing joyfully, achieving wilfully; manifesting purposefully,  creating effortlessly.

Swanlight Org

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The beauty of life is in existence. It is in being. It is loving oneself enough to let go. It is in trusting the Universe sufficiently to see that everything around you has been placed there for your expansion through joy.

Swanlight Org

 

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Stop and touch a tree, a rose, the grass, a butterfly. One must truly look at life to become a part of its joyful expression.

Swanlight Org

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Take the light road, the road of love, laughter, joy, trust, creation, and life will become a wonderful, eternal adventure!

Swanlight Org

 

 

 

If life is not fun, you're not really living.

MMM, Legend of the Swan Children

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Butterflies are beautiful. They guide you towards heaven.

FAM

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Through my attempts to follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma, Mohandas Gandhi, who embodied unity and compassion, I discovered this: that living as truthful a life as humanly possible creates an incredible lightness of being.

MMM

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There is always a way to accommodate life. So greet success with grace, and failure with creative wit.

MMM

 

 

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When you have a life that you enjoy, that joy spills over into all the lives around you. If there is no joy in your interactions with friends and acquaintances, then you are not living a life you enjoy.

MMM

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L - LEARN from experiences

I - be INQUISITIVE

F - have FUN

E - allow yourself to evolve

That's LIFE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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