Pursuit of enlightenment

I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.

— Socrates (via moralanarchism)

What is meditation? What is abandonment of the body? What is fasting? What is the holding of breath? It is a flight from the Self, it is a temporary escape from the torment of Self. It is a temporary palliative against the pain and folly of life.

Hermann Hesse - (Siddhartha)

I like to think, if I was writing an autobiography, would this even be a chapter? If it is an entire chapter, then it’s quite significant. But it’s still not the whole book. Most things aren’t even a paragraph.

— My mother, on judging the importance of the events we face. (via fleetwoodcannolis)

In generosity and helping others, be like a river.
In compassion and grace, be like the sun.
In concealing other’s faults, be like the night.
In anger and fury, be like dead.
In modesty and humility, be like the earth.
In tolerance, be like the sea.
Either appear as you are, or be as you appear.

رومی‎ Rumi (via braceletofnoor)

(Source: antieverythingism)

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

— Rumi (via elige)

(Source: lazyyogi)