Quotations of Mystics (5 of 9)

The Life Divine, by Sri Aurobindo (published by E.P. Dutton & Co. 1949, 2006: H
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“The divine soul will be aware of all variation of being, consciousness, will and delight as the outflowing, the extension, the diffusion of that self-concentrated Unity developing itself, not into difference and division, but into another, an extended form of infinite oneness.”
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“The Divine Being is at once impersonal and personal: it is an Existence and the origin and foundation of all truths, forces, powers, existences, but it is also the one transcendent Conscious Being and All-Person of whom all conscious beings are the selves and personalities; for He is their highest Self [soul] and the universal indwelling Presence.”
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“...true original Conscience in us [is] deeper than constructed and conventional conscience of the moralist, for it is this which points always towards Truth and Right and Beauty, towards Love and Harmony and all that is a divine possibility in us.”
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Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, by Lama Govinda (1898–1985) (published by E.F. Dutton & Co. 1959, 2002) B
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“In states of rapture, trance and highest intuition, as characterized by the stages of deep absorption in meditation, we experience the Dharmakaya as the luminous form of purely spiritual perception - as pure, eternal principles of form, freed from all accidentals - or as the exalted visions of higher reality.”
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“To the enlightened man, whose consciousness embraces the universe, the universe becomes his ‘body’, while his physical body becomes a manifestation of the Universal Mind, his inner vision an expression of the highest reality, his speech an expression of eternal truth...”
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“As soon as the Thought of Enlightenment takes root in him, the miserable one who was fettered by his passions to the prison of existence, becomes a son of the Buddhas. He become worthy of veneration in the world of men and gods.” Santideva
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The Way of the Sufi, by Idries Shah (published by E.P. Dutton & Co. 1970, 1990): I
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“The Sufi who knows the Ultimate Truth sets and speaks in a manner which takes into consideration the understanding, limitations and dominant concealed prejudices of his audience. To the Sufi, worship means knowledge. Through knowledge he attains sight. The Sufi abandons the three “I’s. He does not say ‘for me’, ‘with me’, or ‘my property’. He must not attribute anything for himself.” Ibn El-Arabi
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“Seeking truth is the first stage toward finding it. After seeking comes the realization that Truth is also seeking the Seeker himself. The third stage...in which the Sufi is learning from the Way, is when learning reaches a special stage: when the Seeker realizes he is acquiring knowledge in a range beyond ‘seeking’ and ‘finding’ or ‘being sought’.” Pahlawan-i-aif
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“For him who has perception, a mere sign is enough. For him who does not really heed, a thousand explanations are not enough.”    Haji Bektash [Vali]
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“Truth is a Way to Love, to Knowledge, to Action. But only those who can find real Truth can follow its Path as a Way. Others imagine that they may find Truth, even though they do not know where to seek it, since what they call truth is something less.” Rauf Mazari
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“What, asks the shallow mind, is the behavior of the Sufis, which marks them out for us as Masters? What are the forms of Exercises of which we may boast? What Path will make a suitable Path for me? What are the places which give birth to Teachers? What are the habits and assurances which bring man to Truth? Desist you fools! Before it is too late, decide: do you want to study appearance, or Reality?” Nawab Jan-Fishan Khan (d. 1864)
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The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi, forward C.G. Jung (published by Shambala 1972, 2004): H
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“...there is no need for endless reading. In order to quiet the mind one has only to inquire within oneself what one’s Self [soul] is; how could this search be done in books?”

“...therefore, in order to achieve that state of Silence which is beyond thought and word, either the path of knowledge, which removes the sense of “I,” or the path of devotion, which removes the sense of “mine,” will suffice. So there is no doubt that the end of the paths of devotion and knowledge is one and the same.”
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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 2006, 12:00 AM by Ron Krumpos
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