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Recent Daily Quotes
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Showing daily quotes from the last 6 days:

[Saturday June 19] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Music, and musical instruments" (search under Outer Life/Culture, Life, Society)": detail "‘Epistles’ 13th Dec 1896"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismMusic is the highest art and, to those who understand, is the highest worship.

[Friday June 18] Gasparin, Madame (1813-1894, Switzerland): primary subject "Use, or goal, end, purpose" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)"
Writers, Poets, ArtistsNothing that has ever lived is lost; nothing is useless; not a sigh, a joy, or a sorrow which has not served its purpose.

[Thursday June 17] Rumi (1207-1273, Persia): primary subject "Death" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)": detail "From ‘Mathnawi’, trans. R. A. Nicholson"
IslamI died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as a plant and rose to animal,
 I died as an animal and I was man.
 Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
 Yet once more I shall die as a man, to soar
 With angels blest; but even from angelhood
 I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
 When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
 I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
 Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
 Proclaims in organ tones, “To Him we shall return.”


[Wednesday June 16] Milarepa (1052-1135, Tibet): primary subject "Prayers, hymns, exhortations, praises" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "Milarepa: Biography of Tibet's Great Yogi": detail "From ch.XII"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismTake the lowest place and you shall reach the highest;
Hasten slowly and you shall soon arrive;
 Renounce all worldly goals and you shall reach the highest goal.


[Tuesday June 15] Amiel, Henri Frédéric (1821-1881, Switzerland): primary subject "Patience" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Amiel’s Journal": detail "January 29, 1866"
Philosophy, ScienceWe are to be exercised, humbled, tried, and tormented to the end. It is our patience which is the touchstone of our virtue. To bear with life even when illusion and hope are gone; to accept this position of perpetual war, while at the same time loving only peace: this is duty. When life ceases to be a promise it does not cease to be a task; its true name even is trial.

[Monday June 14] Maneri, Sharafuddin (1263-1381, India): primary subject "Fasting" (search under Inner Life/Practices)"
IslamHunger afflicts the body, purifies the heart, inflames the soul with love, and leads the mind to meet God. Since the heart finds purity, the soul, love, and the mind, meeting, what harm is there if the body must suffer?