cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us
with our fellow humans.
When we live moment to moment, we place ourselves
at the center of life,
where infinite wisdom abides, rather than on the periphery,
are forever changing and we are susceptible to the vagaries
of the world. It
our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that
our inner peace and greatest strength lie.
we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do
that particular person or thing is a part of us. When
we have established
conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast,
then everything there is part of us. And how can we be
afraid of ourselves? -Sri
can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart,
your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a
world lives in you.
does not matter what name you attach to it, but your
must ascend to the point through which you view the universe
your God-centered nature.
The feeling accompanying this experience
is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole.
into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life.
|It’s only in our minds that we are
from the rest of the world.
|Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits
of one branch. -Bahá'u'lláh
All things are linked with one another, and
this oneness is sacred; there is nothing
that is not
interconnected with everything else. For things are
and they combine to form this universal
order. There is only one universe made up
things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one
one law, namely, common reason in all thinking
creatures, and all truth is one--if, as we
believe, there is
only one path of perfection for all beings who share the
same mind. -Marcus Aurelius
miracle is nothing more or less than this: Anyone who
has come into
a knowledge of his or her true identity, of his or her
oneness with the
all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for
higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him
or her. -Ralph
|Humanity must never
lose hope. Our present conflicts and differences
are difficult but not hopeless. We cannot expect
people of such different
races, cultures, languages, ways of life and beliefs, who
have lived for
thousands of years separated from each other to suddenly
other and work together harmoniously. It takes time
We must work on it stubbornly and not throw in the towel.
| We share with all
life the capacity for feeling, the experience of having
body, mind, and heart in continual interface with
countless other bodies,
minds, and hearts. Our
capacity to feel deeply means we share with all
life the possibility of experiencing delight, joy, trust, and
intimacy, just as
we share in the capacity to experience
pain, sorrow, grief, and fear. Living
within a physical body, we all share the experience of aging,
and death, just as we share the precious
times of strength, health, safety,
and vitality. Through our minds we share the capacity to experience
confusion, agitation, and complexity, just as we share the
of serenity, clarity, and balance. An
understanding of this profound
interconnectedness of all
life is at the root of the compassionate
to alleviating suffering without reservation or exception.
we could but recognize our common humanity, that we do
that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we
can be free only together,
that we can be human only together, then a glorious world
would come into being
where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of
one family, the human family.
|It is our desire that we and you should be
as one heart,
one mind, and one body, thus becoming one people,
a mutual love and regard for each other, to be preserved
firm and entire, not only between you and us, but between
your children and our children, to all succeeding
been invited to participate in this life, to be present, one
and that’s all that’s expected of us. Our
successes may bring us personal joy,
but our value as persons lies only in our being. But
living fully is more than
just making an appearance, here, today. It’s
celebrating our oneness—our ties
to one another—our need for one another’s presence to
complete our own.
And we can be celebrants only when we’re involved and
fully focused on the
experience. We capture life’s gifts, its riches,
when we are intent on the
moment’s fullness. We miss what we most need when
our hearts and minds are distracted.
exists a powerful energizing force in the spiritual life
All energy began with the Creator, who infused it not only
in all natural
processes, but also into that higher form of nature called
The more closely, then, that a person identifies with the
Creator, the more
surely that person will experience within his or her own
process of re-creation which operates in all creation.
of kindness, courage, honesty, and love tend
to be small and quiet, and most of them are made by
ordinary human beings.
But these acts create and sustain
a dense web of commitment that holds this planet and its
The web is so resilient that it will
never be completely destroyed, because it is constructed
of human goodwill rather than bricks, money, or nationalism.
overcoming of all the usual barriers between the individual
the Absolute is the great mystic achievement. In
we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware
of our oneness. This is the everlasting and triumphant
tradition, hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
know that the drop merges into the ocean,
but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.
|I believe in the absolute oneness of God and
therefore also of humanity.
What though we have many
bodies? We have but one soul.
greatest thing ever known— indeed, the greatest
thing that ever can be known—is that in our real
essential nature we are one with the Infinite Life
and Power, and that by coming into, and dwelling
continually in, the conscious, living realisation of
this great fact, we enable to be manifested unto and
actualised within us the qualities and powers of the
Divine Life, and this in the exact degree of the
completeness of this realisation on our part. The
one great Truth of Being, therefore, is that there
is no real Life except God (Good), and that the poor
excuses for lives lived by so many today is simply
the result of ignorance of this fact.
-Ralph Waldo Trine
excellent way to practice love is to set your intention on
beyond someone’s behavior or personality.
Try to realize that
beneath the surface insecurity, negative thinking, and poor
behavior, everyone is connected to God.
Just as you wouldn’t
get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a
you need not be angry because a person hasn’t yet opened
her heart to the nourishment of his or her Soul.
When people act
in unloving ways, it only means that they are out of touch
their Souls and aren’t feeling spiritually nourished.
speak about attention, I mean literally, "How much
can we pay to ourselves?"
As children, sometimes we cannot hold
our attention for more than a couple of seconds.
Over the years we
are able to attend to more and more.
Yet, we're seldom schooled
to hold life in respect, to enlarge our ability to love,
take care of,
and be respectfully connected with all things around us.
The fundamental delusion of humanity is
to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
came to a clear internal realization that there was nothing I could
do as a separated self that would ever fulfill me.
Our bread and water are of one table:
the progeny of Adam are as a single soul.
All are caught in an inescapable
mutuality, tied in a
single garment of destiny.
affects one directly, affects all
I can never be what I
ought to be until you are what you
ought to be, and you can never
be what you ought to be until
I am what I ought to be.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Even as the scent dwells within the flower,
so God resides always within your heart.
-Traditional Sikh Wisdom
news of the day may steer me toward seeing the world as
and chaotic, but the divisions I see reflected in the news
There are no true divisions between me and my fellow human
We are united by the spirit of the Divine which is within
each of us. -unattributed
Whatever books you may
read, you cannot realize the Divine
merely by intellectual effort. One must put it into
sense of oneness can only be promoted by the practice
of love and not by any other means.
-Sri Sathya Sai Baba
You are a second world in miniature; the sun
and moon are within you, and also the stars.
If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind
on your face and the warm sun on your hand.
celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease. . .
observing a spear of summer grass.
all existence is founded upon the ever-present state
of union, everything already exists in a state of
However, this state of tranquility is masked from us by our
assumption that there is a separation, that there is a
discover joy is to return to a state of oneness with the
The only thing which
has to heal
is the illusion of being separate.
And so it is true in this sense that there is
essentially but one religion,
the religion of the living God. For to live in the conscious
realisation of the
fact that God lives in us, is indeed the life of our life,
and that in ourselves
we have no independent life, and hence no power, is the one
of all true religion, even as it is the one great fact of
human life. Religion, therefore,
at its purest, and life at its truest, are essentially and
necessarily one and the same.
-Ralph Waldo Trine
could the drops of water know themselves
as a river? Yet the river flows on.
de Saint Exupery
I was sitting alone
on the downtown IRT on my way to pick up the children at their
after-school music classes. The train had just pulled out of
the Twenty-third Street station and was accelerating to its
cruising speed. All around me people sat bundled up in
mufflers, damp woolen coats, and slush-stained boots, reading
newspapers or staring off blankly as the train jerked along the
track. The air was cold and close, with the smell of stale
tobacco clinging to winter coats. An elderly pair exchanged
words in a Slavic tongue; a mother read an advertising sign to her
three bedraggled, open-mouthed children.
Then suddenly the
dull light in the car began to shine with exceptional lucidity
until everything around me was glowing with an indescribable aura,
and I saw in the row of motley passengers opposite the miraculous
connection of all living beings. Not felt; saw. What
began as a desultory thought grew to a vision, large and unifying,
in which all the people in the car hurtling downtown together,
including myself, like all the people on the planet hurtling
together around the sun--our entire living cohort--formed one
united family, indissolubly connected by the rare and mysterious
accident of life. No matter what our countless superficial
differences, we were equal, we were one, by virtue of simply being
alive at this moment out of all the possible moments stretching
endlessly back and ahead. The vision filled me with
overwhelming love for the entire human race and a feeling that no
matter how incomplete or damaged our lives, we were surpassingly
lucky to be alive. Then the train pulled into the station
and I got off.
the interconnectedness of all life. It is only the limited
capacity of our senses that causes us to place so much stock in
the separation between "them" and "us."
Because of this interconnectedness, by using violence, you not
only injure or destroy the other person but also yourself.
Those who use violence and devalue others' lives actually devalue
and ruin their own lives. -Daisaku Ikeda,
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I note the obvious
between each sort and type,
But we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
"The Human Family"
I Shall Not Be Moved
Realize that each
soul is related to you. When you recognize that everyone is
part of you, you will find you cannot withdraw from
another. -Elsie Morgan
This is one of the most
important factors in the development of human beings, the
recognition--profound and complete recognition--of the law of
universal unity and coherence. -Mabel
It is unity we are talking about, not
uniformity. What is needed is to respect one another's
points of view and not to impute unworthy motives to one another
or to seek to impugn the integrity of the other. Our
maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to
disagree and yet continue to love one another and to cherish one
another and seek the greater good of the
When we turn to each other,
and not on each other, that's victory. When we build each
other and not destroy each other, that's
victory. -Jesse Jackson
We are bound
together by a more primitive and fundamental unity than any unity
of thought and doctrine; we all have the same human nature and,
considered in their extra-mental reality, the same primordial
tendencies. -Jacques Maritain, Ransoming
Your life and my
life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless
there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real
peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality—not as we expect
it to be but as it is—is to see that unless we live for each
other and in and through each other, we do not really live very
satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there
really is, in just this sense, love. -Frederick
you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a
European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why
it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the
rest of humankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by
nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So one who is
seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to
any religion, to any political party or partial system; this
person is concerned with the total understanding of
mankind. -J. Krishnamurti
Lyons was the first Onandagan to enter college. When
he returned to his reservation for his first vacation, his
uncle proposed a fishing trip on a lake. Once he had
his nephew in the middle of the lake where he wanted him,
he began to interrogate him. "Well, Oren,"
he said, "you've been to college; you must be pretty
smart now from all they've been teaching you. Let me
ask you a question. Who are you?"
Taken aback by the question, Oren fumbled for an answer.
"What do you mean, who am I? Why, I'm your
nephew, of course." His uncle rejected his
answer and repeated his question. Successively, the
nephew ventured that he was Oren Lyons, an Onandagan, a
human being, a man, a young man, all to no avail.
When his uncle had reduced him to silence and he asked to
be informed as to who he was, his uncle said, "Do you
see that bluff over there? Oren, you are that
bluff. And that giant pine on the other shore?
Oren, you are that pine. And this water that
supports our boat? You are this water."
When indeed shall we learn that we
are all related one to the other, that we are all members of one
body? Until the spirit of love for our fellow people,
regardless of race, color, or creed, shall fill the world, making
real in our lives and our deeds the actuality of human brother-
and sisterhood, until the great mass of the people shall be filled
with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social
justice can never be attained. -Helen
The first peace, which is the
most important, is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the
universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center
of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is
really everywhere, it is within each of
us. -Nicholas Black Elk
The prayer of power
is not reaching toward anything above or around or beneath.
It is knowing that you are one with all there is. It is an
understanding that the substance of your being is the one and only
substance there is in the universe. -H.B.
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