— William James
"People are not naturally cruel. They become cruel when they are unhappy - or when they succumb to an ideology….
Compassion has no ideology”
Anthony de Mello; “The Song of the Bird”; p.152
As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God."
— Thomas Merton, from ‘The Climate of Monastic Prayer’ (via noornalini)
— Albert Schweitzer
— John Paraskevopoulos; “The call of the Infinite”, 2009
— John Paraskevopoulos concludes his monograph on Shin Buddhism, “The Call of the Infinite”;2009