Monday, May 10, 2010

When there is

When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person;
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the home, there is honour in the nation;
When there is honour in the nation, there is peace in the world.

~Old Chinese Proverb

Most people

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

~Oscar Wilde

Sunday, May 9, 2010

God is

God is in truth the whole universe: what was, what is, and what beyond shall ever be...
He is the inmost soul of all, which like a little flame the size of a thumb is hidden in the hearts of men.

~Svetasvatara Upanishad

Flowers and bees

Flowers and bees may be different, but the honey is the same.
Systems of faith may be different, but God is One.

~Rig Veda

Tell me

Tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.


Oh music

Oh music,
In your depths we deposit our hearts and souls.
Thou has taught us to see with our eyes
and hear with our hearts.

~Kahlil Gibran

Before the world

Before the world was, all was in sound.
God was in sound, we are made of sound.

~Harrat Inayat Khan


Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song
I will never forget you, I will never forsake you.

~Paramahansa Yogananda


Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

~Thomas Carlyle

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A living body

A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other. We are particularly and temporarily identifiable wiggles in a stream that enters us in the form of light, heat, air, water, milk, bread, fruit, beer, beef Stroganoff, caviar, and pate de foie gras. It goes out as gas and excrement - and also as semen, babies, talk, politics, commerce, war, poetry, and music. And philosophy.

~Alan Watts

But at any rate

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.

~Alan Watts

But I'll tell you

But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

~Alan Watts

The only way

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

~Alan Watts

The reason we have poverty

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.

~Alan Watts

The reason

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

~Alan Watts

We do not

We do not "come into" into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

~Alan Watts

The religious idea

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

~Alan Watts

The style of God

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

~Alan Watts

Things are as they are

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

~Alan Watts

To have faith

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

~Alan Watts

Wars based on principle

Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

~Alan Watts

We cannot

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

~Alan Watts

When your eyes

When your eyes are functioning well you don't see your eyes. If your eyes are imperfect you see spots in front of them. That means there are some lesions in the retina or wherever, and because your eyes aren't working properly, you feel them. In the same way, you don't hear your ears. If you have a ringing in your ears it means there's something wrong with your ears. Therefore, if you do feel yourself, there must be something wrong with you. Whatever you have, the sensation of I is like spots in front of your eyes - it means something's wrong with your functioning.

~Alan Watts

When you get free

When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.

~Alan Watts

We identify

We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

~Alan Watts

What the devil

What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

~Alan Watts

You and I

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

~Alan Watts

If you love a person

If you love a person, you say to that person, "Look, I love you, whatever that may be. I've seen quite a bit of it and I know there's lots that I haven't seen, but still it's you and I want you to be what you want to be. And I won't be happy if I've got you in a cage. You'd be a bird without song."

~Alan Watts

You are

You are that vast thing that you see far,
far off with great telescopes.

~Alan Watts

Zen does not

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

~Alan Watts

No one's mouth

No one's mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing.

~Alan Watts


Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver.

~Alan Watts


Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal, for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever....

~Alan Watts

And the Attitude

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

~Alan Watts

And although

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

~Alan Watts

Only words

Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.

~Alan Watts

I have realized

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

~Alan Watts

How is it possible

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.

~Alan Watts

No work or love

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

~Alan Watts

The only Zen

The only Zen you'll find on mountain tops
is the Zen you bring up there with you.

~Alan Watts


Advice? I don't have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you're writing, you're a writer. Write like you're a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there's no chance for a pardon. Write like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you've got just one last thing to say, like you're a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God's sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don't. Who knows, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to.

~Alan Watts


Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

~Alan Watts

It seems that

It seems that I know that I know. What I would like to see is the 'I' that knows me when I know that I know that I know.

~Alan Watts

It is obvious

It is obvious that the only interesting people are interested people, and to be completely interested is to have forgotten about "I".

~Alan Watts

Your soul

Your soul isn't in your body;
your body is in your soul.

~Alan Watts

So, the whole idea

So, the whole idea, you see, is that everything's falling apart, so don't try and stop it. When you're falling off a precipice, it doesn't do you any good to hang onto a rock that's falling with you. See? But everything is doing that. And so, again, this is another case of our completely wasting our energy in trying to prevent the world from falling apart. Don't do it. And then you'll be able to do something interesting with the free energy.

~Alan Watts


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