Quotations of Mystics (6 of 9)

Mysticism / Development of Spiritual Consciousness, by Evelyn Underhill (published currently by CreateSpace 1911, 2011):
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“All that is not One must ever suffer with the wound of Absence, and whoever in Love’s city enters, finds but room for One and, but in Oneness, Union.” Jami I
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“Whatever share of this world Thou dost bestow on me, bestow it on Thine enemies, and whatever share of the next world Thou dost give me, give it to Thy friends. Thou art enough for me.” Rabi’a I
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“My me is God, nor do I know my selfhood save in Him. My Being is God, not by simple participation, but by true transformation of my Being.” St. Catherine of Genoa C
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“The end of Sufism is total absorption in God...but in reality it is but the beginning of the Sufi life, for those intuitions and other things which precede it are, so to speak, but the porch by which they enter.” al-Ghazali  I
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“...self-love and self-will (those poisons of our spirits) are abated, and in time and in a sort destroyed; and instead of them there enter into the soul the Divine love and Divine will, and take possession thereof.” Augustine Baker C
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“For the eyes of the soul behold a plenitude of which I cannot speak: a plenitude which is not bodily, but spiritual, of which I can say nothing.” Angela of Foligno C
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“God visits the soul in a way that prevents it doubting when it comes to itself that it has been in God and God in it and so firmly is it convinced of this truth...” St. Teresa of Avila    C
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Essential Kabbalah / Heart of Jewish Mysticism, by Daniel C. Matt (published by Castle Books 1995, 1997):
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“It is impossible [to write about it] because all things are interrelated. I can hardly open my mouth to speak without feeling as though the sea burst its dams and overflowed. How then shall I express what my soul has received? How can I set it down in a book?” Isaac Luria J
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“The essence of divinity is found in every single thing - nothing but it exists. Since it causes every thing to be, no thing can live by anything else. It enlivens them; its existence exists in each existent. Do not attribute duality to God.” Moses Cordovero J
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“The greater you are the more you need to search for your self. Your deep soul hides itself from consciousness. So you need to increase...elevation of thinking, penetration of thought, liberation of mind - until finally your soul reveals itself to you. Then you find bliss...by attaining equanimity, by becoming one with everything that happens, by reducing yourself so extremely that you nullify your individual, imaginary form.” Abraham Isaac Kook
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Radiant Mind, edited by Jean Smith (published by Riverhead Books / The Berkeley Publishing Group 1999:
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“The pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But people of the world do not awake to it. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing, they do not perceive the spiritual brilliance of the source-substance. If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like the sun ascending through the void and illuminating the whole universe without hindrance.” Huang-po B
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“Satori may be defined as an intuitive looking into the nature of things in contradistinction to the analytical or logical understanding of it. Practically, it means the unfolding of a new world heretofore unperceived in the confusion of a dualistically trained mind. ...all its opposites and contradictions are united and harmonized into a consistent organic whole. Satori can thus be had only through our once personally experiencing it.” D.T. Suzuki B
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“The real world is beyond our thoughts and ideas; we see it through the net of our desires; divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do; the net is full of holes.” Nisargadatta H
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“Renunciation is not giving up the things of the world, but accepting that they go away.” Shunryu Suzuki B
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These quotations are from my ebook on comparative mysticism at http://suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf



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