It is not painted lips that speak truth but the sincerity of one’s heart; it is not painted eyes that are attractive but an honest look; it is not a cultivated voice culture that holds people spellbound but the irrefutability of the truth that a person speaks. ~ Living the Science of Harmonious Union, Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be. ~ Alan Watts
[Image: Bubble Nebula, NASA.]
Lead me from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. ~ Brhadaranyaka Upanisad
[Image: Full moon over Imbabura Volcano, Ecuador.]
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it’s not going to go away. ~ Elvis Presley
Although violence and the use of force may appear powerful and decisive, their benefits are short-lived. Violence can never bring a lasting and long term resolution to any problem, because it is unpredictable and for every problem it seems to solve, others are created. On the other hand, truth remains constant and will ultimately prevail.
[Image: Santa Cruz Harbor lighthouse, Santa Cruz CA.]
To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals – that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him. ~ Honore De Balzac
[Image ~ Sunset Over the Med, Sperlonga, Italy]
Goodness is a special kind of truth and beauty. It is truth and beauty in human behavior. ~ H. A. Overstreet
It’s curious to contemplate how, in the course of interactions with friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers, a statement they make will strike us with deep meaning and be remembered for the rest of our lives. I call it a Sparkle. It doesn’t have to be emphatically delivered; more often than not, it’s voiced en passant. Our sudden focus could be because of a stark incongruity between the speaker and his/her words or because at that particular moment, some part of us was alert to hearing it.
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The art of synthesis that activates deeper understanding is a skill in which Thomas A. Forsthoefel excels. His selections from the Dalai Lama’s many works into The Dalai Lama: Essential Writings are masterfully juxtaposed to illuminate meaning. Over the next two weeks, I will be quoting from Foresthoefel’s compendium so that readers may experience this first-hand. To gain maximum benefit, please read both this and next week’s post.
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