We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from now. - Peter Matthiessen
Silence is very important.
It is food for the soul.
If we can make our mind absolutely silent, our body absolutely silent and our emotions absolutely silent, just for a few minutes, we can quiet down. We then begin to draw divine energies from the central core of the universe itself. The noise of the mind, the noise of the emotions and the noise of the physical body often block these divine energies. - Sivya Subramuniyaswami
The reason it’s hard to live with mistakes is because you think you shouldn’t make mistakes. - Pomnyun Sunim
I have discovered no better trait than silence. - Moses Maimonides
Inner speech causes us to be angry with our enemies and to form dangerous attachments to our loved ones. Inner speech causes all of life’s problems. It constructs fear and guilt, anxiety and depression. It builds these illusions as deftly as the skillful actor manipulates the audience to create terror or tears. So if you seek truth, you should value silent awareness.
- Ajahn Brahm
Meditation is the way of letting go. In meditation you let go of the complex world outside in order to reach a powerful peace within. - Ajahn Brahm
Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside of us.
Our culture tells us that happiness comes from having a lot of money, a lot of power and a high position in society. But if you observe carefully, you will see that many rich and famous people are not happy.
The Buddha and the monks and nuns of his time did not own anything except their three robes and one bowl. But they were very happy, because they had something extremely precious: freedom.
According to the Buddha’s teachings, the most basic condition for happiness is freedom . . . . . . freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy and delusion.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Generosity begets prosperity;
morality begets well-being;
patience begets radiance;
vigor begets splendor;
meditation begets a tranquil mind;
and with wisdom, liberation is gained.
- Dezhung Rinpoche
The important thing about life is that we have it and therefore we must make the best use of it. Many people lead narrow, limited, joyless and depressed lives because they do not try to make the best use of life. - K. Sri Dhammananda
When you really listen to someone, you’re giving them a psychological hug. You’re saying, ‘I see you, I hear you.’ It’s about making them feel like they’re the most important person in the room. - Eric Barker
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.