Letter from James
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Silence is the language God speaks, and everything else is a bad translation.
All the wonders you seek are within yourself.
As the sun, the eye of the whole world, is not sullied by the external faults of the eyes, so the one inner soul of all things is not sullied by the sorrow in the world, being external to it.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
We seem always ready to pay the price for war. Almost gladly we give our time and our treasure--our limbs and even our lives for war. But we expect to get peace for nothing. Peace Pilgrim
Everything is perfect, with much room for improvement.
The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. And when the Earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Should we all confess our sins to one another, we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality. Should we all reveal our virtues, we would also laugh for the same cause.
A sannyasin of great spiritual attainment came to the outskirts of a village in India. He was camped under a tree for the night when suddenly a villager came running to him, screaming, "The stone! The stone! Give me the precious stone!" "Which stone?" asked the sannyasin. "Last night, Lord Siva appeared before me in a dream, " said the villager, "and told me that if I went to the outskirts of the village at nightfall, I would find a sannyasin who would give me a stone which would make me rich for the rest of my life." The sannyasin rummaged through his knapsack and took out a stone. "Probably he talked about this, " he said, extending the stone to the villager. "I found it lying on the path in the forest a few days ago. Take it, I give it to you," offered the sannyasin with all simplicity. The villager looked at the stone in amazement it was an enormous diamond. He took the diamond and went away quickly. All that night he tossed in his bed and could not sleep. The next day at dawn he woke up the sannyasin, returned the gem and asked, "Give me the inner wealth which has made it possible for you to part with this diamond so easily."
Look at the man who walks on a tight rope. He is performing various tricks, but his mind is only on the rope. So also, we may be doing various things, but our minds must be on God."
It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other's choice and feel no sense of conflict. The profound understanding and universal acceptance that are unique in Hinduism are reflected in this faculty for accommodating different approaches to the Divine, allowing for different names and forms of God to be worshiped side by side within the temple walls.
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