Great Throughts Treasury

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Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi NULL

Prayer is the drowning and unconsciousness of the soul.

Prayer | Soul | Unconsciousness |

Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.

Consciousness | God | Man | Unconsciousness |

Marianne Williamson

It takes endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.

Discovery | Pain | Rest | Self | Unconsciousness | Discovery |

Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Irani

Before he can know Who he is, man has to unlearn the mass of illusory knowledge hehas burdened himself with on the interminable journey from unconsciousness to consciousness. It is only through love that you can begin to unlearn, and, eventually, put an end to all that you do not know. God-love penetrates all illusion, while no amount of illusion can dim God-love. Start by learning to love God by beginning to love those whom you cannot. You will find that in serving others you are serving yourself. The more you remember others with kindness and generosity, the less you remember yourself; and when you completely forget yourself, you find me as the Source of all Love.

Beginning | God | Illusion | Journey | Kindness | Knowledge | Learning | Love | Man | Unconsciousness | Will | God |

Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Irani

Infinite consciousness is infinite. It can never lessen at any point in time or space. Infinite consciousness being infinite includes every aspect of consciousness. Unconsciousness is one of the aspects of infiniteconsciousness. Thus infinite consciousness includes unconsciousness. It sustains, covers, pierces through and provides an end to unconsciousness — which flows from, and is consumed by, infinite consciousness.

Consciousness | Time | Unconsciousness |

Sheila Peltz Weinberg

The kinds of spiritual practices we can undertake are limitless. However, ultimately the form is less important than these factors: the commitment to practice, the ability to keep returning to the intention, the attitude one brings to the uncontrollable and the ability to transfer the benefits of the practice into how we live our lives, how we relate to ourselves and others, how free we become to embody the values and ideals we embrace in our minds, how we deal with temptations of all sorts. In other words we practice to live with the wisdom and compassion, which we already possess. We practice to actualize the pure soul, which God has planted with us.

Ability | Action | Anxiety | Anxiety | Attention | Body | Change | Character | Consciousness | Consequences | Desire | Focus | Forgetfulness | Generosity | Habit | Intention | Language | Meditation | Mind | Nature | Object | Order | Pain | Power | Practice | Prayer | Promise | Reality | Sabbath | Speech | Taste | Temptation | Time | Training | Unconsciousness | Torah | Temptation |

Samuel Butler

In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.

Consciousness | Unconsciousness | Understand |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

The inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence.

Unconsciousness |

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.

Earth | Power | Safe | Unconsciousness |

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

There is no God any more divine than Yourself.

Power | Unconsciousness |

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity – yours for you, whoever you are, as mine for me. Miracle of miracles, beyond statement, most spiritual and vaguest of earth’s dreams, yet hardest basic fact, and only entrance to all facts. In such devout hours, in the midst of the significant wonders of heaven and earth, (significant only because of the Me in the center), creeds, conventions, fall away and become of no account before this simple idea. Under the luminousness of real vision, it alone takes possession, takes value. Like the shadowy dwarf in the fable, once liberated and look’d upon, it expands over the whole earth, and spreads to the roof of heaven.

Power | Unconsciousness |

Edwin Way Teale

Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is change.

Life | Life | Unconsciousness |

Elizabeth Bowen, Full name Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen

To-day the houses seemed taller and farther apart; the street wider and full of bright, clear light that cast no shadows and was never sunshine. Under archways and between the houses the distances had a curious transparency, as though they had been painted upon glass. Against the luminous and indeterminate sky the Abbey tower rose distinct and delicate.

Indifference | Life | Life | Time | Unconsciousness | Friendship |