"If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly (in) love, the state of (being) love. That's the entrance to Oneness." - Ram Dass

Love never says it owns something, though it owns everything. Love does not say “This is mine” or “That is mine,” but rather, “All that is mine is yours.”

—The Gospel of Philip

Enlightenment is when the trying stops.

Someone may not have a high position in society, but if in his heart he maintains loving kindness toward all living beings, in reality he is a realized being.

—Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)

Sunday Sunrise:

The Most High has brought us together

for His purposes,

and His purpose is always Love.

A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other’s individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. This kind of mutual recognition provides the catalyst for a potent alchemy. It is a sacred alliance whose purpose is to help both partners discover and realize their deepest potentials. While a heart connection lets us appreciate those we love just as they are, a soul connection opens up a further dimension — seeing and loving them for who they could be, and for who we could become under their influence. This means recognizing that we both have an important part to play in helping each other become more fully who we are. A soul connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in the way of that expansion.

—John Welwood  (via shaktilover)

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.

—Dalai Lama (via purplebuddhaproject)

(via inhabitude)

Although all accomplished practitioners of training the mind practice humility, they will nonetheless accept whatever social position enables them to benefit the most living beings. Such a practitioner may become a wealthy, powerful, and respected member of society, but his or her only motivation for doing so would be to benefit others.

—Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)

halftheskymovement:

After being repeatedly sexually harassed and stalked, two teenage girls committed suicide at their school in India. The engineering students, Madhu and Nikita, both left suicide letters at their desks decrying the way women are viewed in society."Every day a new man would come and chase us. They would pass lewd remarks and offer us phone numbers. The people around us would stare as if we had done something wrong,” wrote 16-year-old Madhu in her six-page letter."I have not done anything wrong to bring shame on my family. I am ending my life because I cannot take this daily tension," 17-year-old Nikita wrote, urging police to crackdown on sexual harassment and warning of more suicides happening if action is not taken.Read more via Thomson Reuters Foundation.

halftheskymovement:

After being repeatedly sexually harassed and stalked, two teenage girls committed suicide at their school in India. The engineering students, Madhu and Nikita, both left suicide letters at their desks decrying the way women are viewed in society.

"Every day a new man would come and chase us. They would pass lewd remarks and offer us phone numbers. The people around us would stare as if we had done something wrong,” wrote 16-year-old Madhu in her six-page letter.

"I have not done anything wrong to bring shame on my family. I am ending my life because I cannot take this daily tension," 17-year-old Nikita wrote, urging police to crackdown on sexual harassment and warning of more suicides happening if action is not taken.

Read more via Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Oil & Energy Interests influencing Geopolitical World: Koch Industries in the U.S./Noble Energy in Israel-Gaza/ Exxon in Russia/Ukraine.

—Watchdog Progressive

It doesn’t much matter what line of argument you take as a woman. If you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It’s not what you say that prompts it—it’s the fact that you are saying it.

—Mary Beard, speaking at the British Museum in February. Rebecca Mead profiles the Cambridge academic and “troll slayer” in this week’s issue. (via newyorker)

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

Try to sit in the silence and quietness for as long as you can. It’s in the silence where you will receive the message. It’s in silence where pure awareness reveals itself to you. Never be afraid to sit in the silence. It’s your greatest asset.

—Robert Adams (via ashramof1)

ashramof1:

If the question has caught fire in you, then the Guru’s work is done.
The rest belongs to the fire.

ashramof1:

If the question has caught fire in you,
then the Guru’s work is done.

The rest belongs to the fire.

The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality.

—Chogyam Trungpa (via thecalminside)

(via inhabitude)

I rest in God

ashramof1:

This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate, your rest remains completely undisturbed. Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances cannot intrude on you. You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because…

Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.

—Yehuda Berg (via shaktilover)