Where the Fragrance Becomes a Shimmer and an Outstretched Hand a Moment of Love

11 February, 2014 at 10:53 | Posted in books, Culture, quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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I have moved in their footsteps as in a waking dream where the fragrance from a full-blown
peony is no longer a fragrance but a shimmer; where the deep red color of a maple leaf
in autumn is not a color but a privilege; where a country is no longer a place but a
lullaby. And where an outstretched hand is no longer just a gesture, but
a moment of love that continues into sleep,
into awakening, into everyday life.

~ Kim Thuy


(This is my translation, I’ve read her book Ru and these lines are just so beautiful. I guess that if you want the exact translation you have to read her book. And that is not a waste of time…) :-)

Quote of the Day – To live a pure unselfish life

11 September, 2013 at 10:39 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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Pure unselfish love

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own
in the midst of abundance.”

Gautama Siddharta 563-483 B.C.

Quote of the Day – Be Good Anyway

12 January, 2013 at 10:49 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

Mother Teresa

Quote of the Day – What True Love Is

4 March, 2012 at 10:03 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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“Love doesn’t look with the eyes but with the Soul”

And I would like to add -
True Love, a Higher Love …
A Love beyond feelings and desires …
The Soul’s Unconditional and Selfless Love …

You Decide

26 December, 2011 at 06:34 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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Quote of the Day – Compassion; the True Essence of Life

22 June, 2011 at 08:16 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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“Compassion is of little value if it just remains an idea. It must motivate how we respond to others and be reflected in all our thoughts and actions.”

Dalai Lama

Quote of the Day – Beauty, a Way to True Virtue and God

29 May, 2011 at 17:00 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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“Beauty is a sign of a higher order; beholding beauty with the eye of the mind and you will be able to nourish true virtue
and become the friend of God.”
~ Platon ~
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Quote of the Day – Heart of a Buddha

15 March, 2011 at 10:41 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality, thoughts of the day | 4 Comments
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“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us? Indifference brings indifference; loving kindness brings loving kindness. Heart of a Buddha.”

My thoughts go to the Japanese people and the difficulties and suffering they are now facing. From living a nice life to living a life where there is life threatening radioactivity in the air, and where everything around you is destroyed from a very big earthquake and a tsunami. A life where food supplies are running out and you are just stuck somewhere.

My thoughts go to all these people who may have lost their beloved ones in such a big calamity and who now, under great pressure, have to deal with so many challenges.

Life is fragile, we think we are protected but the only thing that in fact is protecting us is how unselfish we can be as a human being; how compassionate our heart can be, since all good deeds will be rewarded and so will the bad deeds. That’s how karma works. Still we can help those who suffer since this is an act out of compassion.

I’ve read stories about people, who when they have met difficulties they have turned to each other and started helping each other unselfishly, instead of looking for their own benefits. This is a heart of a Buddha manifested, the heart of an enlighten being. That is our true innate nature. I wish we all, myself included, could have this heart all the time…

Quote of the Day – Cultivate Away the Dross and See the Bliss of the Soul

13 January, 2011 at 13:01 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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“After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains – one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.”

Buddha

Quote of The Day- The Power of Compassion

17 December, 2010 at 09:58 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” ~ Siddhārtha Gautama

Quote of the Day – Being Good, Simple and Down to Earth

28 October, 2010 at 15:38 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

Lao Tzu, 6th century BC, Founder of Taoism

Quote of the Day – We are Shaped by Our Thoughts

9 September, 2010 at 09:19 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | 4 Comments
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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~ Buddha

Quote of the Day – Virtues as a Counterforce

19 August, 2010 at 20:19 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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There are so many precious quotes to share, that can follow oneself during the day and that you can return to in thought and get inspiration and insight from. I have chosen to include the quotations that are in line with my own spiritual development and faith and hope that they also will be enriching for you on your path in life.

“Patience acts as a counterforce to anger. In fact, for every negative state we can identify one which opposes it. Humility opposes pride; contentment opposes greed; perseverance opposes indolence. If we wish to overcome the unwholesome states which arise when negative thoughts and emotions are allowed to develop, cultivating virtue should not be seen as separate from restraining our response to afflictive emotion.”

Dalai Lama



Quote of the Day – Compassion brings Happiness

9 August, 2010 at 08:33 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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There are so many precious quotes to share, that can follow oneself during the day and that you can return to in thought and get inspiration and insight from. I have chosen to include the quotations that are in line with my own spiritual development and faith and hope that they also will be enriching for you on your path in life.

“If indeed the qualities such as love, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness are what happiness consists in, and if it is also true that compassion, defined as concern for others, is both the source and the fruit of these qualities, then the more we are compassionate, the more we provide for our own happiness.”

Dalai Lama

More: Do Something for Others and Be Happy Yourself!

Quote of the Day – The Harmony of Soul

25 June, 2010 at 20:26 | Posted in quote of the day, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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There are so many precious quotes to share, that can follow oneself during the day and that you can return to in thought and get inspiration and insight from. I have chosen to include the quotations that are in line with my own spiritual development and faith and hope that they also will be enriching for you on your path in life.

“Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?”
~ Leonardo DaVinci ~

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