"Tao is a "Way" of life. It is not a religion nor a philosophy. It is a River. The Tao is the natural order of things. It is a force that flows through every living and sentient object, as well as through the entire universe. When the Tao is in balance it is possible to find perfect happiness."
"When the ten thousand things are viewed in their Oneness, we return to the Origin and remain where we have always been" Ancient Buddhist Mystic Sen T'sen
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that hath been made. In Him was life; and life was the light of men. John 1:1-5
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"
"Ye are Gods, and all of you are children of the Most High"
"God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." Jesus in John 4:24
"Do not try to worship Me. If you worship Me, you are trying to lower yourself. I do not want this. I want you to be equal. You are a spark of the Supreme Being. Do not think you are below Me."
"Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death. Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds. When one finds, one will be disturbed. When one is disturbed, one will be amazed, and will reign over all."
"If your leaders say to you, 'Behold, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds in the sky will get there before you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will get there before you. Rather, the kingdom is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and embody poverty."
"Know what is within your sight, and what is hidden from you will become clear to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. I have thrown fire on the world and, behold, I am guarding it until it is ablaze."
"Have you already discovered the beginning, that now you can seek after the end? For where the beginning is, the end will be. Blessed is one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end, and will not taste death. Blessed is one who came to life before coming to life."
"When you make the two into one, when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female will not be female, when you make eyes replacing an eye, a hand replacing a hand, a foot replacing a foot, and an image replacing an image, then you will enter the kingdom."
"Blessed are those who are alone and chosen: you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again. What you look for has already come, but you do not know it."
"I disclose my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."
"Whoever knows everything but lacks within lacks everything. If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you will kill you. I am the light that is over all things. I am all: all came forth from me, and all attained to me. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Pick up a stone, and you will find me there."
"Whoever is close to me is close to the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom. Images are visible to people, but the light within is hidden in the Father's image of light. He will reveal himself, but his image is hidden by his light."
"When you see a likeness of yourself, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before you, and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will be able to tolerate!"
"Whoever drinks from my mouth will be like me, and I shall be that person, and what is hidden will be revealed to that one. Whoever finds Self is worth more than the world." The kingdom will not come by looking for it. Nor will it do to say, 'Behold, over here!' or 'Behold, over there!' Rather, the kingdom of the Father is spread out on the earth, but people do not see it."
"What you ask for has already come, "The Kingdom of God is within you." Jesus
"Tao is an undifferentiated yet perfect being, born before Heaven and Earth.....We may think of it as the Mother of this world, but I do not know its name; I shall call it Tao; were i forced to give it a name, it would be the immerse". Great Sage Lao-Tzu
The nature of the world should be understood from the vantage point of knowledge of Ultimate Reality, the Tao. Then it will be seen that things of the world change naturally, in accordance with the Tao. This leads to the concept of wu-wei, non-action, which is to let the Tao operate and not to meddle with things according to human ambitions. The Self-existent pierced sense openings outward; therefore a man looks out, not in. But a certain wise man, in search of immortality, turned his gaze inward and saw the Self within. The foolish go after outward pleasures and walk into the snare of all-embracing death. The wise, however, discerning [the path to] immortality, do not seek the permanent among things impermanent. Tao Te Ching
Man is a microcosm, a replica of the macrocosm (universe). The two - the individual and the universal - are intimately interrelated, part to part. All that is without is also within and the spirit in man despite the heavy load of physical and mental trammels has the capacity to break through the thick enshrouding veils and peep into what lies beyond - the perpetual sway of the Supreme God, the eternal self-existing Truth, perennially the same from the beginning of time.
Take heed that the light which is in thee be not darkness. St. Luke
"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Day-Star of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." Bahá'u'lláh
"They are a universal and fundamental experience, but the way they are perceived depends on our conditioning. Since they are by nature limitless, they have the freedom then to manifest in any form therefore the deities can take on the forms we are most familiar within our lives or eg, for Christian practitioners, the deities might take the form of Christ or the Virgin Mary. Generally, the whole purpose of the enlightened manifestation of (for Buddhist practitioners) is to help us, so that they may take on whatever form the deities appear, it is important to recognize that there is definitely no difference whatsoever in their fundamental nature" The Tibetan Book Of Living & Dying
"God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes but everyone who looks at it sees a different face" Rabbis of the Midrash
"We are connected to the God who has made us. The essence of who are springs from the eternal, limitless essence of all existence. In the philosophic system developed in these readings, that essence is both universal and personal. In its universal connotation, it is most often called "Creative Force" or "Creative Forces". In its personal connotation, it is called God and it is called the Father. Using the personal terminology then, we are told that a part of our Creator is at the core of each one of us. This is the part of us that is made in the image of God. This is also the part of us that we would call spirit. Spirit is the essence of all life, the part of an individual makeup that is the basic life force of our very being we would call Spirit as well. Not only are we part of the larger reality from which we derive our being, but we also have an individuality of consciousness. We have the capacity to create, shape or pattern the expression or manifestation of spirit in individual form which is called "mind".
"Spirit takeh form in the mind"
Spirit, mind and will together make up what is generally called the soul. This is the part of us that is eternal and which experiences the succession of lives we call reincarnation. As "companions" and cocreators" with God, we have to develop spiritually given the free will to do so by the grace of God and that is the primary reason that we reincarnate. God requires that we "grow up" spiritually strong into unique, adult companions so that we can participate completely in the wonders of the existence he has prepared for us". Edgar Cayce
"Wherever you turn is God's face" Prophet Mohammed
"Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal spirit" Indian Sage Shankara
"The Tathagata teaches that there is no self. He who says that the soul is his self and that the self is the thinker of our thoughts and the actor of our deeds, teaches a wrong doctrine which leads to confusion and darkness. "On the other hand, the Tathagata teaches that there is a mind. He who understands by soul mind, and says that mind exists, teaches the truth which leads to clearness and enlightenment."
"Verily, I say unto thee, thy mind is spiritual, but neither is the sense-perceived void of spirituality. The bodhi is eternal and it dominates all existence as the good law guiding all beings in their search for truth. It changes brute nature into mind, and there is no being that cannot be transformed into a vessel of truth."
"All things are made of one essence, yet things are different according to the forms which they assume under different impressions. As they form themselves so they act, and as they act so they are. And as all things originate from one essence, so they are developing according to one law and they are destined to one aim which is Nirvana." Buddha
"In this seeing, we neither hold an object nor trace distraction; there is no two. The man is changed, no longer himself nor self-belonging; he is merged with the Supreme, sunken into it, one with it....." 3rd Century Roman Philosopher & Mystic Plutinus
"The Lord takes His stand upon hearing, sight, touch, taste,smell,and upon the mind. He enjoys what mind and senses enjoy. Deluded men cannot trace His course. Only the eye of wisdom sees Him clothed in the states of existence, going forth, being in the body, or taking in experience. Disciplined men can also make an effort and see His presence in themselves." Bhagavad Gita 15.9-11
"The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, "Lo, here it is!" or "There!" for behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Christianity Bible, Luke 17.20-21
"One may understand the true nature of the Tirthankara....One may have interest in and devotion to the Scripture. One may have self-control and penance. With all these, if one is not capable of realizing his own true self, to him Nirvana is beyond reach." Jainism. Kundakunda, Pancastikaya 170
Ordinary men and ignorant people understand neither the Essence of Mind nor the Pure Land within themselves, so they wish to be born in the East or the [Western Paradise]. But to the enlightened, everywhere is the same. As the Buddha said, "No matter where they happen to be, they are always happy and comfortable." If your mind is free from evil, the West is not far from here; but difficult indeed it would be for one whose heart is impure to be born there by invoking Amitabha! Buddhism. Sutra of Hui Neng 3
"The power of spiritual forces in the universe-how active it is everywhere! Invisible to the eyes and impalpable to the senses, it is inherent in all things, and nothing can escape its operation." Confucius
We shall show then Our signs on the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the Truth. Islam. Qur'an 41.53
He who looks inwardly at the self revels in the self; He who revels in the self looks inwardly at the self. Jainism. Acarangasutra 2.173
So priceless is the birth, O brother,
That in it, the Supreme Lord can be met.
The human body is the Door to salvation.
If the meeting is not accomplished while alive,
If the contact is not made while alive,
If the Lord of the universe is not found while alive,
Then one is simply drowned.
The One who has made this temple of our hearts,
He alone dwells in this temple.
None else but our Beloved is in our hearts.
With thee is thy Friend. Let thyself recognize Him.
Look not at a distance. Know Him as thy reflection, O Dadu.
God is within all beings. He accompanies all and is close by.
Musk is in the musk deer, and yet it goes around smelling grass.
The self knows not God, although God is with the self.
Being deaf to the Holy Sound of the Master, sadly does he wander.
He for whom thou searchest in the world dwells within thyself.
Thou knowest Him not, because the veil of 'mine' and 'thine' is there.
He dwells within all beings, yet rarely anyone knows Him.
He alone who is a devotee of God will know Him.
A true Master unites us with God
And shows all within the body.
Within the body is the Creator,
And within the body is Onkar [divinity of the second heaven].
The sky is within the body, and close by
Is the earth within the body.
Air and light are within the body.
So is water contained within the body.
Within the body are the Sun and the Moon
And the Bagpipe is played within the body.
By rendering service within the heart,
See thou the One who is indestructible and boundless,
Having no limit either on this end or on that end, sayeth Dadu.
After entering within, let one, O Dadu, bolt the doors of the house.
Let one, O Dadu, serve the Lord at the
Door of Eternity. God is within the self, His worship alone is to be done.
Search thou for the Beloved close to the place
Wherefrom the Sound emerges, and thou shalt find Him, sayeth Dadu.
There is solitude there, and there is luster of Light.
One who, turning the attention inward,
Brings it within the self,
And fixes it on the Radiant Form of the Master,
Is indeed wise, O Dadu.
Where the self is, there is God; all is filled with Him.
Fix thine attention within, O valiant servant. So does Dadu proclaim.
Fix thine attention within, and sing always within the self.
This mind then dances with ecstasy, and beats with pleasure the rhythm.
God is within the self; He is close to the worshipper.
But leaving Him aside, men serve external constructions, lameteth Dadu.
This is the true mosque, this is the true temple.
So hath the Master shown.
The service and worship are performed within
Sant Dadu, 1544 - 1603, was a Master in the Kabir Lineage of Santmat. Dadu was a Muslim by birth. At the age of eighteen he was initiated into the science of spirituality by his Master: Buddhan. Eventually Dadu Dayal became a Sant (Saint), and his mystic-poetry and hymns are, centuries later, still highly revered in India and Pakistan.
Contemplating Light is a form of transportation for the soul. If we can find this Single Eye and merge with the Light within, we will find ourselves being elevated spiritually, be made Divine, what the Eastern Orthodox Mystics call "Theosis." We will be drawn back to the Kingdom of the Light again. When we contemplate this inner Light our soul is being Baptized in a River of Light that returns to our True Home in the heavenly realms. Saying of Yeshua from "Pistis Sophia," the book of Faith-Wisdom: "Do not cease seeking day or night, and do not let yourselves relax until you have found all the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you and make you into Pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of Light." Sant Rajinder Singh
"The Light of one soul is equal to that of sixteen suns." The Indian Poet-Mystic Kabir
Within us is the Light of Life. Day and night burneth eternally this celestial lamp in the dome of the bodily shrine. 'Whosoever comes by this Light of lights, to higher realms, he soars unfettered.' This is the truth and leads unto Truth. "He that knows the Truth knows where that light is and he who knows that light, knows eternity, (St.Augustine) knowing which (Truth) shall make you free" (free from all the impregnable bondages, regrets of the past, fears of the present and terrors of death in which we constantly live). (John 8:12)
The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (Matthew 6:22, King James Version)
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass...whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. (Quran 24.35)
"From the Fount of His Knowledge has my Light shot forth; upon His wonders has my eye gazed. Your Holy Spirit illuminates the dark places of the heart of your servant with Light like the sun." The Dead Sea Scrolls -- A New Translation
"God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness." And, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (The New Testament)
"Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light?" Lao-Tzu, Tao-te-Ching 10
"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are." The Talmud
"The soul is always invested by the Light of God; the Light dwells in it by nature." Saint John of the Cross
"When you concentrate (in meditation), do not listen with your ears. Draw your attention inwardly, but do not listen with your mind. Listen with your spirit. Your ears can only hear the outer sounds, and the mind can only collect intellectual information. However, your spirit, or Self-nature, which is essentially void, receives all. The Great Truth can only be found in this realm of emptiness. Therefore, when you reach this state of emptiness, you are observing the fasting of the heart. Before observing the fasting of the heart (meditation), my "self" still existed. After observing the fasting of the heart, I no longer felt my existence. That is the state of emptiness. It is easy to remain still; but it is difficult to walk without leaving a trace on the ground. It is easy to have flaws and to act unnaturally according to the human mind, but it will be naturally perfect to act in compliance with heaven's will. You have heard of flying with wings, but not flying without wings; you have heard of knowing with knowledge, but you have never heard of knowing without knowledge. Look closely at the empty space before your eyes(concentrate on and look out from the wisdom eye), light will appear in the void; the infinite wisdom of the universe and incredible visions will also appear before your eyes. This is what we call `traversing the universe spiritually while sitting still'! If you focus your ears and eyes inwardly, and are detached from the outer perceptions of the mind, even the ghosts and deities would surrender to you, not to mention ordinary humans." Confucius
"Birth is not a beginning; death is not an end. There is existence without limitation; there is continuity without a starting point. Existence without limitation is space. Continuity without a starting point is time. There is birth, there is death, there is issuing forth, there is entering in. That through which one passes in and out without seeing its form, that is the Portal of God". Chuang Tzu
"Just as cells die out constantly and are continually replaced, so are humans, animals and plants, planets and stars. Yet their spirit essence does not die, progresses evermore, evolving back to God in an infinite expansion. It is God expanding and exploring God's self continuously through all these forms, yet at the same time perpetually and infinitely creating God. Infinite Creations exploring infinite." Book Of Daniel
"Do not cease seeking day or night, and do not let yourselves relax until you have found all the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you and make you into Pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of Light." A Saying of Yeshua from "Pistis Sophia" the book of Faith-Wisdom