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Chapter Fifteen
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The ancient masters were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive.

The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable.

Because it is unfathomable,

All we can do is describe their appearance.

Watchful, like men crossing a winter stream.

Alert, like men aware of danger.

Courteous, like visiting guests.

Yielding, like ice about to melt.

Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.

Hollow, like caves.

Opaque, like muddy pools.

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Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?

Who can remain still until the moment of action?

Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfillment.

Not seeking fulfillment, they are not swayed by desire for change.

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(Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching – Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)
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“We each have to stand on our own feet, live our own light.

Often I am reminded of Buddha’s words to Ananda , his closest disciple, before he died:

Therefore O Ananda,

Take thyself for a light

Take thyself for a refuge

Never seek for a refuge in anyone else

And work on thy salvation diligently.”

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(From “Fragments of a Love Story – Reflections on the Life of a Mystic” by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

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You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the
pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of
life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your
time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you
stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

(Thank you Richard Rohr and Elizabeth)  <http://email.cac.org/t/d-e-uhlttrk-kyukzidl-a/>
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“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
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Brutus in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Act 4 , Scene 3
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Jalal al-Din Rumi – Listen

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your
being, and you will hear every moment what the
Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you,
without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You
are – we all are – the beloved of the Beloved, and in
every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved
is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear
and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is.
Listen and you will discover it every passing moment.
Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation
in thought and act between you and Him, directly,
wordlessly, now and always.
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(Translated by Andrew Harvey
From PRAYER of the HEART in Christian and Sufi Mysticism by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)
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Najmuddin Kubra (1145-1221)

“There are lights which ascend and lights which descend. The ascending lights
are the lights of the Heart. The descending lights are those of the Throne.
The lower self, the ego, is the veil between the Throne and the Heart.
When this veil is wrent and a door opens in the Heart, like springs towards like.
Light rises towards light and light comes down upon light, and it is light upon light.
Each time the Heart sighs for the Throne, the Throne sighs for the Heart.
So they come to meet. Each time a light rises from you, a light comes down towards you;
and each time a flame rises from you, a corresponding flame comes down towards you.”
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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, 1994, Meditation & Prayer: 2. Light upon Light
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Syria’s Grand Mufti Hassoun:

I believe in the power of Love. Hatred is something I neither know nor believe in,
even for my enemies. I pray for them.
I am a messenger and do not ask to be rewarded by society,
I ask only that God be pleased with my work.
My brothers and sisters are not only those residing in Aleppo, but the seven billion
who live on Earth.
God is found not only in churches and mosques but in the hearts of all human beings.
Those who kill in the name of God, do not know God.
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Father Dave interviews the Grand Mufti of Syria – Dr Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun (25 April 2015)

Father Dave: http://www.fatherdave.org

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