“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.
“We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can’t do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our excrement, our most undesirable parts. We have to see them. That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it.
“Anything considered spiritual, metaphysical or paranormal is generally just the physics we do not yet understand.
“Be an artist of consciousness. Your picture of reality is your most important creation. Make it powerfully profoundly beautiful.
“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)