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It’s only in our minds that we are
from the rest of the world.
without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
miracle is nothing more or less than this: Anyone who
has come into
a knowledge of his or her true identity, of his or her
oneness with the
all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for
higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him
Even as the scent dwells within the flower,
so God resides always within your heart.
Traditional Sikh Wisdom
Our bread and water are of one table:
the progeny of Adam are as a single soul.
Whatever books you may
read, you cannot realize the Divine
merely by intellectual effort. One must put it into
sense of oneness can only be promoted by the practice
of love and not by any other means.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
All things are linked with one another, and
this oneness is sacred; there is nothing
that is not
interconnected with everything else. For things are
and they combine to form this universal
order. There is only one universe made up
things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one
one law, namely, common reason in all thinking
creatures, and all truth is one--if, as we
believe, there is
only one path of perfection for all beings who share the
people behind the words
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news of the day may steer me toward seeing the world as
and chaotic, but the divisions I see reflected in the news
There are no true divisions between me and my fellow human
We are united by the spirit of the Divine which is within
each of us.
All are caught in an inescapable
mutuality, tied in a
single garment of destiny.
affects one directly, affects all
I can never be what I
ought to be until you are what you
ought to be, and you can never
be what you ought to be until
I am what I ought to be.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
overcoming of all the usual barriers between the individual
the Absolute is the great mystic achievement. In
we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware
of our oneness. This is the everlasting and triumphant
tradition, hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
|You are a second world in miniature; the sun
and moon are within you, and also the stars.
If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind
on your face and the warm sun on your hand.
Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits
of one branch.
came to a clear internal realization that there was nothing I could
do as a separated self that would ever fulfill me.
discover joy is to return to a state of oneness with the
that you are all people
and that all people are you.
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The fundamental delusion of humanity is
to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
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we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do
that particular person or thing is a part of us. When
we have established
conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast,
everything there is part of us. And how can we be
afraid of ourselves?
know that the drop merges into the ocean,
but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.
could the drops of water know themselves
as a river? Yet the river flows on.
de Saint Exupery
cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand
fibers connect us with our fellow humans.
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.
all existence is founded upon the ever-present state
of union, everything already exists in a state of
However, this state of tranquility is masked from us by our
assumption that there is a separation, that there is a
speak about attention, I mean literally, "How much
can we pay to ourselves?"
As children, sometimes we cannot hold
our attention for more than a couple of seconds.
Over the years we
are able to attend to more and more.
Yet, we're seldom schooled
to hold life in respect, to enlarge our ability to love,
take care of,
and be respectfully connected with all things around us.
don't exist without the rest of the natural world. The
products of the
human mind; our abstract ideals, our beliefs our political
economic systems will never persist if we continue to assume
that we are
separate from nature. Think about the natural law of
gravity. We all have
direct experience of this. Would you ever try to defy
gravity? Would you
ever go and jump off a cliff and hope to stay alive?
Almost certainly not.
It is the same with the other rules that
govern the natural world. When
we bring our awareness to nature, we soon understand that
one of the
essential natural laws is interconnectedness. Life is
We are life. What we do to one part of life, we
do to the rest of life,
including ourselves. The eventual consequence of
denying that nature
is sustaining our life on this planet could be the end of
and the Natural World
seems to me that there is in each of us a capacity to
the impressions and emotions which have been experienced by
humankind from the beginning. This inherited capacity
is a sort of
sixth sense--a soul-sense which sees, hears, feels, all in
the realization of oneness, the oneness of our soul
with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love.
one is an island, entire of itself; everyone is a piece of
a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea,
the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a
manor or thy
friends or of thine own were; any person's death diminishes
because I am involved in Humankind.
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Can we recognize our oneness, though? And what
will happen if we
not only start to see that we are
connected to the other human beings
in our lives,
but also start to live as if that were true?
become more compassionate if we were to
recognize the same hopes
and dreams that we have,
there in someone else? Would we be able
help someone else feel more hope in their
lives? Would we feel
more at home and at peace
in our own places in this world if we were
in mind that we are an important part of the human
that we have many chances every day to
improve the lot of humanity
by improving the life of
a fellow human being, even in tiny ways?
task God is calling us to, if it is yours it is mine, and if
mine it is yours. We must do it together--or be cast
Howard Hewlett Clark
We live in
succession, in division, in part, in particles.
us is the soul of the whole; the wise silence, the universal
which every part and particle is equally related; the
Lyons was the first Onandagan to enter college. When
he returned to his reservation for his first vacation, his
uncle proposed a fishing trip on a lake. Once he had
his nephew in the middle of the lake where he wanted him,
he began to interrogate him. "Well, Oren,"
he said, "you've been to college; you must be pretty
smart now from all they've been teaching you. Let me
ask you a question. Who are you?"
aback by the question, Oren fumbled for an answer.
"What do you mean, who am I? Why, I'm your
nephew, of course." His uncle rejected his
answer and repeated his question. Successively, the
nephew ventured that he was Oren Lyons, an Onandagan, a
human being, a man, a young man, all to no avail.
his uncle had reduced him to silence and he asked to be
informed as to who he was, his uncle said, "Do you
see that bluff over there? Oren, you are that
bluff. And that giant pine on the other shore?
Oren, you are that pine. And this water that
supports our boat? You are this water."
you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a
European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you
it is violent? Because you are separating yourself
from the rest of
humankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by
by tradition, it breeds violence. So one who is seeking to
violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to
political party or partial system; this person is concerned
with the total understanding of mankind.
life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into
wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you,
there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see
reality—not as we expect it to be but as it is—is to see
unless we live for each other and in and through each other,
we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can
be life only where there really is, in just this sense,
I believe in the absolute oneness of God and
therefore also of humanity.
What though we have many
bodies? We have but one soul.
are bound together by a more primitive and fundamental unity
than any unity of thought and doctrine; we all have the same
nature and, considered in their extra-mental reality,
the same primordial tendencies.
Ransoming the Time
we turn to each other, and not on each other, that's
When we build each other and not destroy each other, that's
It is unity we are talking about, not
uniformity. What is needed
is to respect one another's points of view and not to impute
motives to one another or to seek to impugn the integrity of
Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree
disagree and yet continue to love one another and to cherish
one another and seek the greater good of the other.
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one of the most important factors in the development
human beings, the recognition--profound and complete
recognition--of the law of universal unity and coherence.
that each soul is related to you. When you recognize
is part of you, you will find you cannot withdraw from
I note the obvious
between each sort and type,
But we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
"The Human Family"
I Shall Not Be Moved
do it this way--that is, whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do affects everything in the Universe.
If you do it that way--that is, if you
truly join your heart and mind as One--
whatever you ask for, that's the way it's going to be.
Pte Ska Win (White Buffalo Calf Woman)