Some more Inspirational Sayings


Ideas | The Art of Peace | Maintain a Joyful Mind | Haunted House | Never Give Advice
Haunted House Revisited | Dracula? | Change | Awakening | Goodness



From birth onward, a man collects hundreds of ideas about himself as being good or bad, wise or stupid, confident or fearful, and so on. Through repetition, these false ideas harden into what he calls "I" which tyrannizes his life, but he cannot see it because he has never explored himself.

It is not a disaster to discover you are not the person you assumed you were. To the contrary, it is the beginning and the end of disaster. Experiment. How would you feel if you were neither a success or a failure? How would you feel if you were neither popular or unwanted? Can you conceive a way of life in which these opposing self-definitions do not exist? There is a way, and it is a way of true life.

The new way to see the world of people and events must begin withe the new way of seeing ourselves. Realize this! How many trouble people do you know who have not given the slightest attention to this vital fact. Now you know why people remain in their blurred lives. How should you see yourself? As someone capable of self-enriching self-change.



The Art of Peace

The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to the source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed with nothing possess everything.

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body fillied with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.

The Art of Peace (Morihei Ueshiba)


Always maintain a joyful mind

The point of this slogan is continuously to maintain joyful satisfaction. That means, you maintain a sense of cheerfulness because you are on a path; you are actually doing something about yourself. While most sentient beings have no idea what should be done with themselves, at least you have some lead on it. The idea is that whether it is a rainy day, a sunny day, a very hot day, or a very cold day, whether you are hungry, thirsty, very full, or very sick--you can maintain a sense of cheerfulness.

You could say that this slogan is based on how to go about maintaining your awareness. This kind of cheerfulness has a lot of guts. In some sense the whole thing is ridiculously trippy. But if somebody doesn't provide some kind of harmony, we will not be able to develop sanity in this world at all. Somebody has to plant the seed so that sanity can happen on this earth.

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa


Haunted House

The average person is like a haunted house with dozens of dark rooms filled with ghosts and phantoms. These rooms are the unconscious and unvisited parts of his inner life. The rooms are occupied by repressed angers and terrors, by baffling voices that whisper weird and dangerous things to him, and by strange urges and pressures that he can neither express or dismiss. It all adds up to a life of painful chaos that he is glad to hide from others. But since he can't hide it from himself he suffers endlessly, never really knowing what to do.

Unknowing is unnecessary. Because Truth exists. It will teach you all you need to know. It is a basic law that an individual must see what is wrong with him before he can build what is right.

Have you ever noticed how often an argument runs thru your mind? It is usually an agitated attempt to solve a problem or push away a threat. And the only thing that results is an agitated mind unable to solve the problem.

YOUR POWER TO SAY NO by Vernon Howard


Never give advice. The ignorant won't heed it and the wise don't need it.
(The Washington Post)

I have never been keen on advice. I firmly believe that the best answers for each of us are already in us. All we need to do to realize these is to recognize them and act upon them.

It does not surprise me that people feel irritated when they hear this much overused phrase, "Know yourself." The term has been tossed about since the dawn of civilization and has been especially abused over the past two decades. We are seldom told if we can do this alone, if one needs a guide, psychiatrist, a minister or a mystic.

It is obvious that since we are far more potential than we shall ever be able to realize, a goal of knowing oneself fully is unrealistic. It is, at best, an ongoing process. Still, some degree of self-knowledge is essential for survival. Since developing as a person is a lifetime process we must risk disclosing ourselves at the moment as we are--incomplete and imperfect.

Loving Each Other The Challenge of Human Relationships (Leo Buscaglia)


Haunted House Revisited

What does every man want? He wants to be free from his heartache and suffering, from his compulsive desires, from this fear of what other people can do for him, from secret shames and guilts carried over from past folly. He wants self-liberty. But he doesn't know where it is, or where to find it. Still he anxiously seeks, and almost always in the wrong places. In despair over finding the right needle in the haystack, he doesn't even see he is searching in the wrong haystack.

He hopefully comforts himself, "Well, tomorrow will be different." But it won't. And he knows it. He knows he will look back and find himself in the same old despair. The only change will be in a few exterior surroundings. But its the same old haunted house.

There is a way out! It consists of finding your true identity. It is because we don't know who we are that we behave in the generally silly, the often insane, the sometimes criminal ways that are characteristically human. We are saved, we are liberated and enlightened, but perceiving the hitherto unperceived good that is already within us, by returning to our eternal ground and remaining where, without knowing it, we have always been. Mystic Path to Cosmic Power



Dracula is a symbol, a representative of everything that is bad, everything that is sneaky, everything that is evil, everything that needs to live off of other people. You can see Dracula in action: the headlines of war between countries, two groups of people slaughtering each other, neighbors fighting, two people living together and spending their lives screaming at each other. The sound you hear is only a small part of it. They're internally screaming at each other the rest of the time.

People don't understand their own evil, their own stubbornness, their own egotism, their own vanity. They don't understand their own ignorance, therefore, they don't understand how they perform Dracula-like actions and drain other people.

Think of some people you know who were at first all smiles and friendliness, but who later turned into the monsters that they really were. (That hit you, didn't it? Because you know people like that and you got foolishly involved with them because you didn't know Dracula when he came along.)

In life, a weak mind is easily lured and corrupted by promises, by false friends. Demon-possessed subhumans use wars, financial panics, threats, scary rumors of all kinds to manipulate and wreck their human victims.

Anyone who loves and lives with the spirit of Truth is protected day and night from both visible and invisible wickedness.




Change proves true on the day it is finished. For great success, it is profitable to be upright and true; then regret disappears.

Change is symbolized by water and fire extinguishing and evaporating each other. It proves true on the day it is finished; when the change has happened, then it is believed. When it is civilized and pleasing, very successful because it is right, and the change is appropriate, the regret disappears. As heaven and earth change, the four seasons take place.

Great people change like tigers. They have certainty without arguing, that means their patterns are clearly evident.

Cultured people change like leopards, their patterns are intricate.

Ordinary people change their outward appearances, that means they conform to the leaders they follow.

I CHING The Book of Change (Translated by Thomas Cleary)



A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily actions. If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness. Awakening starts when we actually see our hypnosis, we are entirely different people then we think we are. Distress is caused and felt by the artificial self. Whatever helps us to awaken is right; whatever keeps us hypnotized is wrong. Here are some ways to gain new strength:

Don't accept unhappiness as necessary!
Increase your self awareness.
Abandon self-defeating attitudes
Insist upon strict self-honesty
Try to understand your desires.
Refuse to sacrifice your integrity to anyone.
No longer take excitement as happiness.
Stop wasting energy in negative emotions.
Make self-change your aim in life.
Don't identify with anything.
Make self-discovery your daily hobby.
Want the truth more than anything else.

Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Linwood Howard



The highest form of goodness is like water. Water knows how to benefit all things without striving with them. It stays in places loathed by all men. Therefore it comes near the Tao.

In choosing your dwelling, know how to keep to the ground.
In cultivating your mind, know how to dive in the hidden deeps.
In dealing with others, know how to be gentle and kind.
In speaking, know how to keep your words.
In governing, know how to maintain order.
In transacting business, know how to be efficient.
In making a move, know how to choose the right moment.
If you do not strive with others, you will be free from blame.

Tao Teh Ching (Lao Tzu translanted by John C.H. Wu)

Added January 9, 2003



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