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Limitless heaven and the huge earth are easily seen by the eye; but a tiny piece of lint can destroy that eye’s vision. A heart filled with love can expand into the universe; but a single hateful thought can puncture that heart and let the love drain out. Never underestimate the power of small things. The saints always... gave full consideration to the tiniest thoughts. -Master Han Shan

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When we preach the Dharma to those who see only the ego’s illusory world, we preach in vain. We might as well preach to the dead.

How foolish are they who turn away from what is real and true and lasting and instead pursue the fleeting shapes of the physical world, shapes that are mere reflections in the ego’s mirror. Not caring to peer beneath the surfaces, deluded beings are content to snatch at images. They think that the material world’s ever-flowing energy can be modified into permanent forms, that they can name and value these forms, and then, like great lords, exert dominion over them.

Material things are like dead things and the ego cannot vivify them. As the great lord is by his very identity attached to his kingdom, the ego, when it attaches itself to material objects, presides over a realm of the dead. The Dharma is for the living. The permanent cannot abide in the ephemeral. True and lasting joy can’t be found in the ego’s world of changing illusion. No one can drink the water of a mirage.

-Master Han Shan

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If you treat other people as other, as separate, or as people different from yourself, you will not be inclined to be fair or merciful in your judgment of them. But if you treat other people as if they were just versions of yourself, you will understand their errors and appreciate their qualities.

Are we not fortunate that this is the way Heaven regards earth.

-Master Han Shan

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"The way is full of genuine sacrifice.

The thickets blocking your path are anything

that keeps you from that, any fear

that you may be broken into bits like a glass bottle.

This road demands courage and stamina,

yet it’s full of footprints!

Who are these companions?

They are rungs in your ladder. Use them!

With company you quicken your ascent.

You may be happy enough going along,

but with others you’ll get farther, and faster.

Someone who goes cheerfully by himself

to the customs house to pay his traveler’s tax

will go even more lightheartedly

when friends are with him.

Every prophet sought out companions.

A wall standing alone is useless,

but put three or four walls together,

and they’ll support a roof and keep

grain dry and safe.

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank paper

can say something. Rushes and reeds must be woven

to be useful as a mat. If they weren’t interlaced,

the wind would blow them away.

Like that, God paired up creatures,

and gave them friendship."

This is how the fowler and the bird were arguing

about hermetic living and Islam.

It's a prolonged debate.

Husam, shorten their controversy.

Make the Mathnawi more nimble and less lumbering.

Agile sounds are more appealing to the heart's ear.

A poem by Jalal al-Din Rumi, excerpted from The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

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"Whatever the course of our lives, we should receive them as the highest gift from the hand of God, in which is equally reposed the power to do nothing whatsoever for us. Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love for Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine."

Galileo

Anyone else notice a similarity in concept with the start of Rehraas Sahib?

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"Whatever the course of our lives, we should receive them as the highest gift from the hand of God, in which is equally reposed the power to do nothing whatsoever for us. Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love for Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine."

Galileo

Anyone else notice a similarity in concept with the start of Rehraas Sahib?

Truth is not patented. Shabad is eternal. Inclusion of Bhagat Bani is proof that truth existed before Gurus.

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"Whatever the course of our lives, we should receive them as the highest gift from the hand of God, in which is equally reposed the power to do nothing whatsoever for us. Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love for Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine."

Galileo

Anyone else notice a similarity in concept with the start of Rehraas Sahib?

Is that Kabir Bedi? What is he saying? Picture is too small to read.

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I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy; after all, when you mention the idea of anarchy to most people they will tell you what a bad idea it is because the biggest gang would just take over. Which is pretty much how I see contemporary society. We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation – that it is a capitalist or a communist situation. But I tend to think that anarchy is the most natural form of politics for a human being to actually practice.

Alan Moore

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