Diamond Heart Dharma

Ancient wisdom, modern happiness

To err is human, to quote divine.

There are entirely too many fantastic quotes out there to include all our favorites.  The way a quote perfectly captures a fleeting or subtle idea, the way it seems to speak volumes more than the quantity of its few words.  These are some of the magic of great quotes.  And, if I want to geek out Buddhist style,  they in a very interesting way are also proof of emptiness and dependent origination.  How could ink squiggles, or computer pixels, or decibels and syllables encapsulate the mystery of life the way a Whitman quote seems to?  We must have very good Karma indeed to appreciate the crushing beauty of a great quote.  Read on.

Socrates

 

"Wisdom begins in wonder."

Walt Whitman - O Me! O Life!

O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;  

Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;  

 

Of myself forever reproaching myself,

(for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)  

 

Of eyes that vainly crave the light

—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;  

 

Of the poor results of all

—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;  

 

Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;  

 

The question, O me! so sad, recurring

—What good amid these, O me, O life?  

  

Answer.


That you are here—that life exists, and identity;  

That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

 

Krishna, From the Bhagavad Gita

"I have no favorites.  Whatever path a person travels to Me is My path. In whatever way a person approaches Me, I return like for like.  

 If they treat Me as father or mother I treat them as My children. If they serve Me as master, I accept their services as their Lord. If they worship Me as a child, I approach them as a child.

Those who pine for Me, I pine for. To those who see Me as friend I am friend. Even for those who perceive Me as enemy I approach as an enemy.

All paths lead to Me, Divinity."

 

Maya by Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Illusion works impenetrable,

Weaving webs innumerable,

Her gay pictures never fail,

Crowd each other veil on veil,

Charmer who will be believed

By man who thirsts to be deceived.”

 

Robert F. Kennedy

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy
Capetown, June 6th 1966

Meister Eckhart

 

All beings are words of God,

His music, His art.

Sacred books we are,

for the infinite camps in our souls.

Every act reveals God and expands His being.

I know that may be hard to comprehend.

All creatures are doing their best

to help God in His birth of Himself.

Enough talk for the night.

He is laboring in me;

I need to be silent

for a while,

worlds are forming

in my heart.

 

Milarepa

Happy and sad:
when there is no difference
everything is guru's instruction.


Upset and wisdom:
when there is no difference
everything is the realized state.


My mind and Buddha mind:
when there is no difference
everything is complete.
 

From "Autobiography of a Yogi"

"My Master told me so." Shrinking from personal assertion, the saint ended any sage counsel with this invariable tribute. So deep was his identity with Sri Ramakrishna that Master Mahasaya no longer considered his thoughts as his own.