Quotations of Mystics (2 of 9)

Orthodox Spirituality, by a Monk of the Eastern Church (published by St. Vladimir Seminary Press 1945, 1987):
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“...essential foundations of Orthodox spirituality. The aim of man’s life is union with God (henosis) and deification (theosis). The Greek Fathers have used the term “deification” to a greater extent than the Latins. What is meant is not, of course, a pantheistic identity, but a sharing, through grace, in the divine life. Union with God is the perfect fulfillment of the “kingdom” announced by the Gospel, and of that charity or love which sums up all the Law and Prophets. ‘We are made sons of God’ says St. Athanasius.”  C
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“The distinction between persons does not impair the oneness of nature, nor does the shared unity of essence lead to a confusion between the distinctive characteristics of the persons. Do not be surprised that we should speak of the Godhead as being at the same time unified and differentiated...diversity-in-unity and unity-in-diversity.” St. Gregory of Nyssa  C
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The Enlightened Mind, edited by Stephen Mitchell (published by HarperPerennial/HarperCollins 1991, 1993):
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“Great knowledge, round and clear, looks at a fine hair and comprehends the ocean of nature; the source of reality is clearly manifest in one atom, yet illumines the whole being. When myriad phenomena arrive, they must be at the same time, in one space; noumenon [spiritual essence] has no before or after.” Fa-Tsang [Hsien- shou]  B
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"This universe is nothing but Brahman. See Brahman everywhere, under all circumstances, with the eye of the spirit and a tranquil heart. How can the physical eye see anything but physical objects? How can the mind of the enlightened man think of anything other than Reality?" Shankara  H
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“We may compare it to a mirror which, though it doesn’t contain any forms, can nevertheless reflect all forms. Why? Because it is free from mental activity. If your mind was clear, it wouldn’t give rise to delusions, and its attachments to subject and object would vanish; then purity would arise by itself, and you would be capable of such perception.” ***-Hai  B
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“What formerly was hearsay now becomes known to you intuitively as you contemplate the works of God. Then you entirely recognize you do not have the right to say ‘I’ or ‘mine.’ At this stage you behold your helplessness; desires fall away from you and you become free and calm. You desire what God desires; your own desires are gone...” Abu-Sai’d Abi’l Khayr I
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“To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to drop off our body and mind, and to drop off the bodies and minds of others.” Zenji Dogen Kigen  B
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“When you lose yourself in God, you proclaim the divine unity. Lose the sense of ‘being lost’ - that is complete detachment.” Sharafuddin Maneri  I
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“Love your neighbor like something which you yourself are. For all souls are one. Each is a spark from the original soul and this soul is wholly inherent in all souls, just as your soul is in all members of your body.”Shmelke of Nikolsburg  J
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“...so there is nothing in the world but the Creator, blessed be he. This is the opposite of what people imagine; when they are not attached to God but to earthly things, they think that they exist, and they are great in their own eyes. But if, out of love for God, they think they are nothing, and cleave to him with all their mental powers, they are very great, since the branch has come to the root and is one with the root.” Yehiel Mikhal of Zlotchov  J
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“...most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty - which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.” Albert Einstein  J
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“God’s grace is the beginning, middle and the end. When you pray for God’s grace, you are like someone standing neck deep in water and yet crying for water.” Ramana Maharshi  H
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“God continually showers the fullness of his grace on every being in the universe, but we consent to receive it to a greater or lesser extent.” Simone Weil  J/C
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These quotations are from my ebook on comparative mysticism at http://suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf



(Something interesting I found)Posted:Jan 01 1993, 12:00 AM by Ron Krumpos
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