Quotations from Yoan "Saints"



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Stan: Yeah. Well, people make us kids believe that heaven is this white place with fluffy clouds and angels . . .

Kyle: Yeah, but now we think maybe heaven isn't a place you can get to. Maybe heaven is just an idea, a frame of mind, or something gay like that. Maybe heaven is this moment, right now.  . . .

Randy (Stan's dad):  . . . These boys are right. The only heaven we can hope for is one here on earth, now. We should stop waiting to get into heaven, and start trying to create it.

(Trey Parker, South Park, Episode 612)



I feel as I always have, that the earth is the home and the only home of [hu]man[ity], and I am convinced that, whatever [we are] to get out of [our] existence [we] must get while [we are] here. (Clarence Darrow)



Your theories are those which you and many other people find easiest and pleasantest to believe, but so far as I can see, they have no foundation other than they lead to a pleasanter view of life . . . I agree that faith is essential to success in life . . . but I do not accept your definition of faith, i.e. belief in life after death. In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall come nearer to success and that success in our aims (the improvement of the lot of mankind, present and future) is worth attaining . . . I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world. (Rosalind Franklin in a letter to her father)



All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the Ones we have been waiting for. (Hopi Elder)




Most people think
"Great god will come from the sky,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high."
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth
( Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up)



The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrinsically ennobling as any religious epic. (Edward O. Wilson)



Yo comes from Itself, is known by Itself, departs out of Itself, from the nothingness that is Itself. All is Yo. (The Bambara people of Mali)




TRUTH


There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle . . .

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind . . .

The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. The religion which is based on experience, which refuses dogmatism . . .

There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. (Albert Einstein)




A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. (Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot)



And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)



I still believe that standing up for the truth of God is the greatest thing in the world. This is the end of life. The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)



God is Truth. (Mahatma Gandhi)



[Years later, he corrected himself and said:] Truth is God. (Mahatma Gandhi)




The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become. (A character created by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)







My works are the issue of pure and simple experience, who is the one true mistress. These rules are sufficient to enable you to know the true from the false. (Leonardo da Vinci)




Hell is truth seen too late. (John Locke)



Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. (Philip K. Dick)



Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditional ideas (simply) because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything because it is spoken or rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that a thing agrees with reason and is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live by it. (The Buddha, The Kalama Sutta)



Or as Saint John put it:
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When you look up at the sky and see the limitless mystery, and realize that . . . there's more out there than you'll ever understand, it's scary. Now, to a brave and industrious person, this is inspiration to learn, to probe, to try and nibble away at the unknown. But to the lazy and chicken-hearted, it's just terrifying. It's a lot simpler to believe something dimwitted . . . I mean, it's so OBVIOUS that the sun revolves around the earth, why look farther? And it's a lot more like the clay-modeling you did in kindergarten to imagine a deity just sculpting humans and breathing life into them, than it is to embrace the hard-to-digest concept of this happening through chance and evolution over zillions of years. And, over the years, evil people, seeking to control others, have encouraged laziness and timidity, so that they can control and rob those who fall for the schemes. So, like dope peddlers, they use every lie they can to hook people into the destructive cycle of uncritical thinking. Because it will pay them VERY well in the end. And, hey, religions don't even pay taxes. (Teller of Penn & Teller)



If I am to carry on the enquiry by myself, I will first of all remark that not only I, but all of us should have an ambition to know what is true and what is false in this matter, for the discovery of the truth is common good. And now I will proceed to argue according to my own notion. But if any of you think that I arrive at conclusions which are untrue you must interpose and refute me, for I do not speak from any knowledge of what I am saying; I am an enquirer like yourselves, and therefore, if my opponent says anything which is of force, I shall be the first to agree with him. (Socrates)



It is absolutely impermissible to agree, even for a single lifetime, to a permanent religious constitution that no one might publicly question . . . [One] may for [yos] own person . . . postpone enlightening yoself in matters [yo] ought to know about. But to renounce such enlightenment completely, whether for [yos] own person or even more so for later generations, means violating and trampling underfoot the sacred rights of humankind. (Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment)



Benjamin Franklin on faith and reason
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. (Galileo Galilei)



Faith . . . must be enforced by reason . . . When faith becomes blind it dies. (Mahatma Gandhi)



Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. (Adam Smith)



Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)



To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life . . .

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. (Baruch Spinoza)



MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE


Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other. (The Ojibway people of Canada)



Civilized people depend too much on human-made pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's book which is the whole of [Yos] creation. (Tatanga Mani [Walking Buffalo])



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Sitting Bull

Every seed is awakened
and so is all animal life.
It is through this mysterious
power that we too have our
being and we therefore yield
to our animal neighbours
the same right as ourselves,
to inhabit this land.

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Mikhail Gorbachev

I believe in the cosmos.
All of us are linked to
the cosmos.  So nature is
my god.  To me, nature
is sacred. Trees are my
temples and forests are
my cathedrals.

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Stephen Hawking
Larry King: Do you
believe in God?

Stephen Hawking: Yes,
if by God is meant the embodiment of the
laws of the universe.
Larry King Live,
December 25, 1999

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Henry David Thoreau

We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us.  We can never have enough of nature.

We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose . . .

The Cosmos is within us. We are made of starstuff. We are a way for the Cosmos to know Itself. (Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot)



The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. (Black Elk, Oglala Sioux)



The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide . . .

Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me. I am part or particle of God . . .

There is no screen or ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens . . . no bar or wall in the soul where we, the effect, cease, and God, the cause, begins. . . .

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines today also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to commune with the spirit of the universe, to be intoxicated with the fumes, call it, of that divine nectar, to bear my head through atmospheres and over heights unknown to my feet, is perennial and constant. (Henry David Thoreau)



I believe in the flesh and the appetites; Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch and am touch’d from; The scent of these arm-pits, aroma finer than prayer . . . (Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass)



If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite. (William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)



I have a capacity in my soul for taking in God entirely. I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God . . .

Whoever possesses God in their being, has [Yon] in a divine manner, and [Yo] shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God's image that they see . . .

God is the word that speaks itself. (Meister Eckhart)



We don't have to wait for eternity. It is possible to become ourselves, in the fullest ego-transcending form, even in this life . . .

I think we are capable of looking at the world, as Spinoza said, under the aspect of eternity in a kind of timeless way, perceiving things as they are, not through our veil of concepts and notions about them . . .

I don't think there is any incompatibility between science and mysticism . . . Immanent religion is the only form of religion in which there is no conflict at all, that I can see, between science and religion. (Aldous Huxley)



As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future. This cosmic self-awareness is being realized in one tiny fragment of the universe — in a few of us human beings. Perhaps it has been realized elsewhere too, through the evolution of conscious living creatures on the planets of other stars. But on this our planet, it has never happened before . . .

Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable ... and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct some thing to take its place. (Julian Huxley, The New Divinity)




A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. [Yo] experiences [yoself], [yos] thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of [yos] consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish it but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of piece of mind. (Albert Einstein)



God's Hands

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The hallucination of being a separate ego will not stand up to biological tests . . .

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god . . .

When you feel that you are a lonely, put-upon, isolated little stranger confronting all this, you are under the influence of an illusory feeling, because the truth is quite the reverse. You are the whole works, all that there is, and always was, and always has been, and always will be. (Alan Watts)



You never enjoy the world aright,
till the sea itself floweth
in your veins,
till you are clothed
with the heavens,
and crowned with the stars;
and perceive yourself to be
the sole heir of the whole world,
and more than so,
because others are in it
who are every one
sole heirs as well as you. (Thomas Traherne [as sung by Mike Heron and The ISB])
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Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world . . .
Wake now discover that you are the song that the morning brings.
(The Grateful Dead)
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We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible. (Alan Watts)




There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. (Aldous Huxley)




Living is the purpose of life,
And meaning can be found therein.
I finds thou.
Thou becomes it.
And it begins again. (Ken Kesey)



ACTION

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot ...

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (Eleanor Roosevelt)





If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what good am I?
And if now is not the time to act, when will it be? (Rabbi Hillel)



Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear.
Why on earth are you there,
When you're everywhere? ...
Well we all shine on,
Like the moon,
and the stars,
and the sun.
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Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world. ...

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together (John Lennon)



"For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me anything to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me no clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me."

Then they will reply, "Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?'"

And He will answer, "I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me." (Jesus, Mathew 25:42-45)



I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. (Thomas Paine)



Our search for such [moral] principles can start with . . . the unconditional imperative to acknowledge every person as a person. If we ask for the contents given by this absolute, we find, first, something negative—the command not to treat a person as a thing. This seems little, but it is much. It is the core of the principle of justice. (Paul Tillich)



No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable . . .

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. (Adam Smith)



Learn to turn to each person as the most sacred person on Earth, to each moment as the most sacred moment that has ever been given to us. Then perhaps we are awake a bit more, perhaps breathing together with God. (Reshad Field)



There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe . . .

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. (Teilhard de Chardin)



It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners. (Albert Camus)



We shall have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)



The time-honored role of the artist [is] to speak truth to power. (Salman Rushdie)



The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. (Albert Einstein)



Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will . . . If there is no struggle, there is no progress . . .

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs . . .

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. (Frederick Douglass)





Disobedience is the foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. (Henry David Thoreau)



Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. (Rosa Luxemburg)



Early in life I learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise. (Malcolm X)



Liberties aren't given, they are taken. (Aldous Huxley)



The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority . . .

[A person] dies when [yo] refuses to stand up for that which is right. A [person] dies when [yo] refuses to take a stand for that which is true. So we are going to stand up right here . . . letting the world know we are determined to be free . . .

Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)



It is an intolerable thought that [man] and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress. (Charles Darwin)



I must create a system, or be enslaved by another's. (William Blake)



We must create a system based in love and respect for human beings, or remain enslaved by one built on chimpanzee politics. (Daniel Kriegman)



More Great Quotations for Inspiration, Wonder, and/or Meditation (some by Saints and some by Sinners)





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Omar Khayyám

I sent my Soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that Afterlife to spell, And by my Soul returned to me, And answered "I Myself am Heaven and Hell," I thought this one fitted here somehow...

Yo & The Meaning of Life...Questions & "The Answer"

Yo bro ! ..... The Way to go ...>>>ME

ME

Simple yet complex, The world seems to be. Especially when I realize The whole world is me good....bad....I'm the girl with the guns..... But I prefer you to look me in the eyes when you're talking to me....bastards :P The purest thought is found in no thought.