The Hope and Promise of Timeless Ideas
The Hope and Promise of Timeless Ideas
  • Posted: October 17, 2011
  • 404 words
Key Lesson

Nothing in Real Life actually works against us... other than when our sleeping mind starts resisting its own imagined conclusions.


What if timeless ideas like the ones you are about to read were introduced to the whole world in such a way as to reveal their secret story? Could the light of these truths -- the hope and promise they hold about our own latent higher possibilities -- help liberate us from the host of fears that hold our consciousness hostage?

By the very thing you seek.
To know when to stop
To know when you can get no further
By your own action,
This is the right beginning!
—Lao Tzu (ca. 570-490 BCE, China)

It is only when everything, even love, fails that with a flash, man finds out how vain, how dream-like is this world. Then he catches a glimpse...of the beyond. It is only by giving up this world that the other comes; never through holding on to this one. —Vivekananda (1863-1902, India)

Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics -- Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion -- are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare. —Anthony de Mello (1931-1987, India)

The only sane thing to do with the world is to let it struggle with its own problems. You can do this only when seeing clearly that the world prefers to struggle painfully with its problems, never really wanting solutions. —Vernon Howard (1918-1992, United States)

Insights such as these illuminate the skies of passing time, like stars on a moonless night. Yet, by their far-flung light, we don't just read the history of our possibilities, we are also made aware of a latent interior greatness that awaits us now. This means that regardless of when in time, or where on earth, one of these truths appears, its effect is always the same. By its deft touch, "the sleeper awakens" and the meaning of our life takes on a whole new magnitude.

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