Quotes to like or puzzle over: “There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.” ― James Salter, All That Is
“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”~ Albert Einstein
Once again, the Greats have the same thoughts on Life and what is important. To live simply seems always the wisdom of not just a good life, but a fine life. And one of non-attachment as the Buddha imparts. Without want, or greed, life is easy. And we do not need to suffer.
“Every morning like a scholar at his first class I prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon.The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.The more aware you become, the more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh and uncontaminated by previous conditioning.Conditioning obstructs our view of reality. We do not see it in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted.A conditioned mind is never a free mind. Wipe away and dissolve all its experience and be “born afresh”.The unconditioned mind intuits truth.Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything.”~ Bruce Lee
Ah yes, Bruce Lee. Another of those we love. Too soon gone from us. “Be like water,” he said. And so we should, flow around the rocks, the hurdles, the fallen in our way. Accept what is, and just flow on.
“Do everything with a mind that lets go. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end…” ~Ajahn Chah
Did you know that Leonard spent about ten years in a Buddhist Monastery? I likely mentioned that before. I do believe it informed so many of his words and so many of his attitudes. Or else those words and those attitudes informed his decision to go to the monastery.
(Excerpt from an incredible interview that the scientist gave to the magazine “Immortality” in 1899)
Journalist: “You said that I am, like every being, the light. This flatters me, but I confess, I do not quite understand.”
Tesla: “Why is it necessary to understand, Mr. Smith? Just believe. Everything is light. And remember, there is no one who has existed and who has died! They transformed into the light, and as such exist still. The secret lies in the fact that the light particles restore their original state.”
Journalist: “This is the resurrection!”
Tesla: “I’d rather call it: return to a previous energy. Christ and several others knew the secret. I am looking for a way to preserve human energy. I have not sought it for my own sake, but for the good of all. I believe that my discoveries make people’s lives easier and more bearable, and channel them to spirituality and morality.”
“Whether you worship Christ, Krishna, Kali or Allah, you actually worship the one Light that is also in you, since it pervades all things.”