Tag Archives: Philosophy

“….the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love.” // Joseph Campbell

“Dante saw even the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love. You will have heard the old legend of how, when God created the angels, he commanded them to pay worship to no one but himself; but then, creating man, he commanded them to bow in reverence to this most noble of his… Read More »

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it.” // Stephen Batchelor

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it. Although you might succeed in preserving its institutions and dogmas for a while, you cannot preserve a path any more than you can preserve the current of a river or the whistling of a wind. Insidiously, Mara attempts to secure what by… Read More »

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” // Mary Oliver

“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is… Read More »

“Why do you shiver because of last year’s snow storm?” // Swami Sarvagatananda

“Why do you shiver because of last year’s snow storm? Last year you were driving on the highway, there as a big snowstorm and the car was covered with snow, you couldn’t get out, you were locked in, shivering. That was last year, now you remember it and you shiver now — why do you… Read More »

“Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse.” // Albert Einstein

“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse.… Read More »

“….we need to get rid of the illusion of believing that we have “our whole life ahead of us.” // Matthieu Ricard

“Every moment of our lives has tremendous value. Yet we let the time go by, like gold dust running through our fingers. What is sadder than coming to the end of one’s life empty-handed? We need to be aware that every second of our life is inestimably precious and have the intelligence to decide to… Read More »

“An opinion as to what truth is, is not truth….” // J Krishnamurti

“Can you understand anything if you have already made up your mind about it, or if you repeat the conclusions of another? To find the truth of this matter, must we not come to it afresh, with a mind that is not clouded by prejudice? Which is more important, to be free from conclusions, prejudices,… Read More »

“….every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place….” // Etty Hillesum

“I know that those who hate have good reason to do so. But why should we always have to choose the cheapest and easiest way? It has been brought home forcibly to me here how every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place…. I see no other solution.… Read More »

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call.” // Joseph Campbell

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, “Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you here.” And… Read More »

The Buddha’s realisation & Teaching // Yuval Noah Harari

“….he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill-fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behaviour patterns of one’s own mind. Gautam’s insight was that no matter when the mind experiences, it usually reacts with craving, and craving always involves dissatisfaction. When the mind experiences… Read More »

“All ethical systems, in the last analysis, depend upon weapons of war.” // Bertrand Russell

“There is no impersonal reason for regarding the interests of human beings as more important than those of animals. We can destroy animals more easily than they can destroy us; that is the only sold base of our claim to superiority. We value art and science and literature, because these are things in which we… Read More »

“We may be powerless to alter certain events, but we remain free to choose our attitude towards them…” // Alain de Botton

“The wise will learn to identify what is necessary and follow it at once, rather than exhaust themselves in protest. When a wise man is told that his suitcase has been lost in transit, he will resign himself in seconds to the fact….. It may sound like a recipe to passivity and quietude…. But Seneca’s… Read More »

“…bad actions are unannihilatable.” // Aldous Huxley

“The truth is, of course, that non-attachment can be practised only in regard to actions intrinsically good or ethically neutral. In spite of everything that Krishna or anyone else may say, bad actions are unannihilatable. They are unannihilatable because, as a matter of brute psychological fact, they enhance the separate, personal ego of those who perform.… Read More »