'All beings are from the very beginning awakened;

It is like ice and water;

Apart from water no ice can exist.

Outside sentient beings, where do we seek enlightenment?

Not knowing how near Truth is,

People seek it far away…

They are like him who, in the midst of water,

Cries out in thirst so imploringly.’

- Hakuin in Spiritual Journey, Anne Bancroft.

(via crimson-twinkie)

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.

— Orson Scott Card

And yet, just as our body would burst asunder if the pressure of the atmosphere were removed from it, so would the arrogance of men expand, if not to the point of bursting then to that of the most unbridled folly, indeed madness, if the pressure of want, toil, calamity and frustration were removed from their life. One can even say that we require at all times a certain quantity of care or sorrow or want, as a ship requires ballast, in order to keep on a straight course.
Work, worry, toil and trouble are indeed the lot of almost all men their whole life long. And yet if every desire were satisfied as soon as it arose how would men occupy their lives, how would they pass the time? Imagine this race transported to a Utopia where everything grows of its own accord and turkeys fly around ready-roasted, where lovers find one another without any delay and keep one another without any difficulty: in such a place some men would die of boredom or hang themselves, some would fight and kill one another, and thus they would create for themselves more suffering than nature inflicts on them[…]

— Excerpt From: Schopenhauer, Arthur.

It’s like the universe screams in your face, “Do you know what I am? How grand I am? How old I am? Can you even comprehend what I am? What are you, compared to me?” And when you know [enough], you can just smile up at the universe and reply, “Dude, I am you.

— Phil Hellenes

As long as you are looking for transformation, a result to be gained, there will be no transformation. As long as you are thinking in terms of achievement, in terms of time, there can be no transformation, for then the mind is caught in the net of time. When you say you are thinking in terms of immediate transformation, you are thinking of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Such transformation within time is merely change, which is modified continuity. When thought is free of time, there will be a timeless transformation.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti (via thebigelectron)

(Source:, via thebigelectron)

It then becomes clear and certain to him that he does not know a sun and an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth; that the world around him is there only as representation, in other words, only in reference to another thing, namely that which [it] represents, and this is himself.

— Schopenhauer, Arthur

Anonymous: Hello, would you be willing to recommend a place to start with Anthony de Mello? Thank you.

Hi! Yes! With Anthony de Mello I would start with his videos on YouTube titled awareness.. Then I’d start on his book titled “the way to love”. And so on so forth.. :)