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Some encouragement


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[1 of 13] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "Bhagavad-Gita"
No effort is ever lost and no obstacle prevails.

[2 of 13] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": detail "Portuguese proverb"
Change yourself, and your fortune will change too.

[3 of 13] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": detail "Tibetan Buddhist text"
The highest skill lies in the realization of selflessness. The highest nobility lies in taming your own mind. The highest excellence lies in having the attitude that seeks to help others. The highest precept is continual mindfulness. The highest remedy lies in understanding the intrinsic transcendence of everything. The highest activity lies in not conforming with worldly concerns. The highest mystic realization lies in lessening and transmuting the passions. The highest charity lies in nonattachment. The highest morality lies in having a peaceful mind. The highest tolerance lies in humility. The highest effort lies in abandoning attachment to works. The highest meditation lies in the mind without claims. The highest wisdom lies in not grasping anything as being what it appears to be.

[4 of 13] Brother Lawrence (1614-1691, France): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "Practicing the Presence of God": detail "‘Spiritual Maxims’"
All things are possible for the one who believes. They are not as difficult for the one who hopes, they are less difficult for the one who loves, and they are easy for the one who practices and perseveres with all three.

[5 of 13] Meher Baba (1894-1969, India): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)"
Neither praise nor blame should distract you from the path of your duty. Leave aside all other considerations; if your conscience tells you that you have discharged the duty properly, that is enough. Your conscience is the best judge. It is human to err, and there must be mistakes, you can only do your best. Always be in time, look after your work personally, do not leave anything to others, and then if mistakes happen they will be overlooked and pardoned. Even if I speak to you harshly about such mistakes do not take what I say to heart.

[6 of 13] Suso, Heinrich (1295-1365, Switzerland): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": source "Little Book of Eternal Wisdom": detail "From ch. 23"
If only a man does his best, nothing more is required from him; for God completes what is left incomplete. A sick man should cast aside all diffidence, and should approach the physician, whose presence will be his cure.

[7 of 13] Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC, Greece): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": detail "‘Life of Pythagoras’ by Iamblichus"
The beginning is half of the whole.

[8 of 13] Maneri, Sharafuddin (1263-1381, India): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)"
Brother, you are now but an ant, yet you can become a Solomon. Do not be preoccupied with your sinfulness. Though you might now be fainthearted, you can develop great courage. Do not lay stress on your present impure and mean condition, but rather on what is possible for you to achieve. For many long years there have been followers of the Way. Consider Adam; he came from mud and water. Though an orphan raised by Abu Talib, Muhammad became the messenger of God. From Azar the idol-maker came Abraham, the Friend of God. Consider also how polytheists have become monotheists; unbelievers, believers; sinners, followers of the Way, and mischief-makers, peacemakers! Neither is God's might dependent on man's obedience, nor is His Grace determined by man's sin.

[9 of 13] Nizam al-din Awliya (1242-1325, India): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)"
Each obedience that you perform, whether financially, physically, or morally, as long as you perform it with a pure motivation, it may be that one of your deeds will be accepted, and once it has been accepted, all your other works will then fall under its shadow. For there are many keys to the lock of happiness. One cannot know in advance which key will fit that lock. Hence one must try all the keys so that if the first doesn't fit, try another and another and another till at last one works!

[10 of 13] Meister Eckhart (1260-1328, Germany): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": detail "From Sermons no. 30"
We must first overcome our own senses, thoughts and opinions based upon them. Up, noble soul, put on your jumping shoes, understanding and love, and leap the workings of thy powers: leap your own understanding, the three hierarchies and the three heavens as well as the light which is energizing you, and spring into the heart of God, into his hiddenness, wherein you are hidden from all creatures.

[11 of 13] St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380, Italy): primary subject "Work, summary/overview" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)": detail "‘Letter T180’, Dec 1375"
Pick up the shovel of holy fear of God and let the hand of love guide it. Come! Shovel out the filth from your soul and body!

[12 of 13] Amiel, Henri Frédéric (1821-1881, Switzerland): primary subject "Work, attitude towards" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "'Journal Intime' October 27, 1853"
Do not despise your situation; in it you must act, suffer, and conquer. From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and to the infinite.

[13 of 13] St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spain): primary subject "Courage" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": detail "From ‘Conceptions of Love of God’ ch. 2"
How many remain at the foot of the mountain who might climb to its summit! I have said this to you many times in other little things that I have written and now I repeat it to you once more and beg you always to think courageously, for that will lead the Lord to grant you grace so that you may act courageously too.