The gift of Fatherhood is greater in power and in dignity than the priesthood, for the Father is the source of all creation. This world belittles Fathers and rejected them as weak. Patriarchs, by definition, are never weak!
A full heart compensates for so much lack; empty stomachs, empty pockets, and empty hands. An empty mind, however, leads to an empty heart.
“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”
—Dr. Jonas Salk
Ignorance is not knowing the truth. Double ignorance is not knowing that you do not know the truth.
Criticism can be made only of the actors that are acting on stage, and never of the actors in the audience that never took that chance. Only when fear of failure is less painful than not succeeding will the risk of vulnerability come to the stage of life. Then life may truly begin!
A river is the ocean that moves on land, forever seeking its source. The water in my faucet knows it’s true home, and seeks reunion by the force of gravity. So too do we seek out our source and true home by this mental separation game we play called “me”.
When listening to a symphony we cannot hear only one note at a time; we listen in strings of melody, patterns of rhythm, with heights and depths of tone. To listen to the music as separate notes loses the meaning, emotion, and message of the work.
Life must be seen in longer strands. Hear the story that is weaved by God by giving up the small daily sight, and lift you head to see the long game, the melody, the rhythm, the message of life that you are.
Life is love and love is life. What keeps the body together but love? What is desire but love of the self? What is fear but the urge to protect? And what is knowledge but the love of truth? The means and forms are sometimes wrong, but the motive behind is always love; love of the me and the mine. The me and the mine, however, are too small to include everybody, so someone is always left out or hurt by that kind of love. Unconditional love learns how to embrace the entire universe, every moment, everyone. Love is accepting another as yourself, love is Union. Love is all there is, for everything is made of it.
Adaptation from “I Am That” by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Heaven is not a reward. Heaven is our nature.
Trying to master the art of love without first having mastered the art of forgiveness is like trying to study algebra before you exist, for forgiveness is an existential requirement of love.