“We must be in harmony with ourselves; we must come to accept ourselves. The best way to achieve this is to never compare ourselves with others, because the moment we do, we then judge ourselves inferior or esteem ourselves as superior, resulting in either an inferiority complex or an inflated ego. In both cases the result is a state of disharmony.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
“Nothing is more precious than knowledge; while kings rule over men, they are ruled by the learned.
“The secret of the heart and the free act as such, the universe of moral laws, the right of conscience to hearken unto God, and to make its way to Him–all these things, in the natural as in the supernatural order, cannot be tampered with by the State nor fall into its clutches. Doubtless law binds in conscience, yet this is because it is law only if just and promulgated by legitimate authority, not because the majority or the State can be the standard of conscience. Doubtless, the State has a moral and not merely material function; the law has an educational function and tends to develop moral virtues; the State has the right to punish me if, my conscience being blind, I follow my conscience and commit an act in itself criminal or unlawful. But in like circumstances the State has not the authority to make me reform the judgement of my conscience, any more than it has the power of imposing upon intellects its own judgement of good and evil, or of legislating on divine matters, or of imposing any religious faith whatsoever. The State knows this well. And that is why, whenever it goes beyond its natural limits, in the name of some totalitarian pretension, and enters into the sanctuary of the conscience, it strives to violate this sanctuary by monstrous means of psychological poisoning, organized lies and terror.
Jacques Maritain, Natural Law
“The universe of truths–of science, of wisdom and of poetry–towards which the intelligence tends by itself, belongs, by nature, to a place higher than the political community. The power of the State and of social interests cannot impose itself upon this universe.
Jacques Maritain, Natural Law
“Love is the only cause of happiness.
It’s nature is all-pervasive like space.
Love is the sunlight of the mind.
Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche (via theuniverseworks)
“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.
“It is very difficult to learn to love. If an object of fascination or some kind of dream or promise is presented to you, you might fall in love. But it is very hard to love if it means purely giving love without expecting anything in return. We can only fall in love if we think our expectations will be fulfilled. In most of our love affairs, our love is conditional. It is more of a business deal than actual love.
“Planting the Moon of Bodhi in Your Heart” in Volume Two of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 97–98 (via dharmasimulation)
“The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man. You may raise money enough to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business. An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed.
“I recognise a distinction between dream life and real life, between appearances and actualities. I confess an overwhelming desire to know whether I am asleep or awake – whether the environment and laws that affect me are external and permanent, or the products of my transitory brain.
H.P. Lovecraft, A Letter On Religion