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“Beware of confining yourself to a particular conception and denying all else for much good would elude you. Indeed the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a substance for all forms, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one form of belief rather than another.”

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(as quoted by Pir Zia Inayat Khan Sufi Conference 2005

via https://goldensufi.org/audioarchives.html#sc )

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Water
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I was born in a drouth year. That summer

my mother waited in the house, enclosed

in the sun and the dry ceaseless wind,

for the men to come back in the evenings,

bringing water from a distant spring.

Veins of leaves ran dry, roots shrank.

And all my life I have dreaded the return

of that year, sure that it still is

somewhere, like a dead enemy’s soul.

Fear of dust in my mouth is always with me,

and I am the faithful husband of the rain,

I love the water of wells and springs

and the taste of roofs in the water of cisterns.

I am a dry man whose thirst is praise

of clouds, and whose mind is something of a cup.

My sweetness is to wake in the night

after days of dry heat, hearing the rain.
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(from “Farming: A Handbook” by Wendell Berry)
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Chapter Forty-seven

Without going outside, you may know the whole world.

Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.

The farther you go, the less you know.

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Thus the sage knows without traveling;

He sees without looking;

He works without doing.

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(from Lao Tsu’s – “Tao Te Ching”, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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