15 Quotations of Mystics (9 of 9)

History of Mysticism by S. Abhayananda [Stan Trout] (published by Atma Books 1987, 1996):
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“He who is escaping from God flees to himself; he who escapes from his own mind flees to the Mind of the universe, confessing that all things of the human mind are vain and unreal, and attributing everything to God.” Philo J
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“May I be far removed from contending creeds and dogmas. Ever since my Lord’s grace entered my mind, My mind has never strayed to seek such distractions.” Milarepa B
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“When the mystery of the oneness of the soul and the Divine is revealed to you, you will understand that you are no other than God.” Ibn (al-) Arabi I
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“Because He is Himself the absolute Ground, in which all contrariety is unity, all diversity is identity, that which we understand as diversity cannot exist in God.” Nicholas of Cusa C
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“One cannot see God without His grace. ...to receive the grace of God one must renounce egotism; one cannot see God as long as one feels “I am the doer.” Ramakrishna H
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Mystical Dimensions of Islam by Annemarie Schimmel (published by Univ. of North Carolina Press 1975, 1976: I
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“The gnostics [true mystics]...are drawing nearer to God. They are not themselves, but in so far as they exist at all they exist in God. Their movements are caused by God...their words are the words of God...their sight is the sight of God.” Dhu’l-Nun al-Misri
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[fana] “I was brought toward complete annihilation and gratified by ending individuality and outward traces, and was exalted to “remaining in God”; and after the ascent I was sent toward the descent, and the door of Divine Law was opened to me.” Khwaja Mir Dard
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Kabbalah - New Perspectives by Moshe Idel (published by Yale University Press 1988, 1990):    J
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[devekut / cleaving] “...causes him to pass from potentiality into the final and perfect actuality, and he and He become one entity, inseparable during this act.” Abraham Abulafia
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“This is true cleaving, as he becomes one substance with God into whom he was swallowed, without being separate to be considered as a distinct entity.” Shne’ur Zalman of Lyady
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Daughters of the Goddess / Women Saints of India, by Linda Johnsen (published by Yes International 1994):    H
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“Meditate on the divinity within yourself. Drink the nectar of love that continually pours from the heart of God.” Lalla
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“Spiritual love is different. ...it leads to unity with the beloved. This unity in love remains forever and ever, always alive, both within and without, and each moment you live in love. It will swallow you completely until there is no ‘you.’ There is only love.” Amritanandamayi Ma [Amma(chi)]
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Mystics of the Christian Tradition by Steven Fanning (published by Routledge 2001): C
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[the unitive way] “At the very onset of [mystical] prayer the mind is taken hold of by the divine and infinite light and is conscious neither of itself nor of any other being whatever except of him who through love brings about such brightness.” Maximus the Confessor
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“All that I have written seems to me like straw compared with what has now been revealed to me.” St. Thomas Aquinas
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Essays in Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki (published by Grove Press 1949, 2000): B
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[the principles of Zen] “A special transmission outside the scriptures; no dependence upon words and letters; a direct pointing to the soul of man; the seeing into one’s own nature and thus the attainment of Buddhahood.” Bodhidharma
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“However deep your knowledge of abstruse philosophy, it is like a piece of hair in the vastness of space; however important your experience in things of the worldly, it is like a drop of water thrown into the unfathomable abyss.” Te-shan Hsuan-chien [Tokusan Senkan]
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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 2001, 12:00 AM by Ron Krumpos
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