No matter how much you feed the wolf, he keeps looking at the forest.
A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.
Ani, a sad but beautiful reminder of the History of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The city once rivalled Baghdad and Constantinople in its beauty and was marveled on by Byzantines and Turks who presented themselves at the homes of the Armenian King and Bishop of the city. Now it lies in ruins, leaving the skeletons of Churches which were once filled by the people of the World’s oldest Christian nation.
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The most important thing is not to get trapped in what I see everywhere in the West, a ‘shopping mentality’: shopping around from master to master, teaching to teaching, without any continuity or real, sustained dedication to any one discipline. Nearly all the great spiritual masters of all traditions agree that the essential thing is to master one way, one path to the truth, by following one tradition with all your heart and mind to the end of the spiritual journey, while, of course, remaining open and respectful toward the insights of all others. In Tibet we used to say: ‘knowing one, you accomplish all.’ The modem faddish idea that we can always keep all our options open and so never need commit ourselves to anything is one of the greatest and most dangerous delusions of our culture, and one of ego’s most effective ways of sabotaging our spiritual search.
The stars shine brilliantly and (these trenches facing north) I gaze at The Plough dipping towards High Wood. What joy it is to know that you in England and I out here at least can look upon the same beauty in the sky!… They have become seers – images of divine stability – guardians of a peace and order beyond the power of weak and petty madness… They, at least, will outlast the war and still be beautiful.
"What do I do for a living? I live for a living. When I moved out in the forest 35 years ago, people said ‘You can’t escape reality.’ I went TO reality. You’re living in a virtual reality. You don’t even know where your stuff comes from, don’t even know where your poop goes.
I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular… Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box. Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.” - Eustace Conway
The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can’t tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
Whereas in literate cultures an individual can go off alone with a book, in oral cultures another partner is needed as narrator or instructor. Partly for this reason, the act of being alone, communicating to oneself, is sometimes regarded with some suspicion in oral cultures, possible as a prelude to some malicious action such as witchcraft or sorcery. Solitary activities such as eating alone may take on a negative value; in this sense an individual’s right to privacy is not necessarily prized because the interactive nature of human life is more immediately apparent to everyone.