“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”

-John O'Donohue, Anam Cara

 

“As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.”

-Anthony de Mello

 

“Awakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.”

-Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Comment by William John Meegan on June 30, 2013 at 11:13am

Actually, Paul, God speaks to us through Orenda.

Comment by Paul lee James on June 30, 2013 at 10:00am

Dear William, 

"however, the preachers (and they are legion) through their pontifications do make the text of the bible into their ideologies through their interpretations of the surface texts".

However, I disagree with this statement. God is a spirit, we are materially human. How does God communicate to us? By his words as words are as sixth sense embedded spirit (from his spirit to our spirit). It is true man wrote the words but my argument is God directed mans hand to write spiritually using mans hands, but Gods words through man. Paul

 

Comment by William John Meegan on June 17, 2013 at 10:18am

I would have to agree with this above; however, I would categorically state that something does remain of the caterpillar after it preens its wings and takes flight: he leaves behind his cocoon. Think of that cocoon as the sacred scriptures. Buddhism is called the Little Ferry Boat. Once the Monk gets to the land of NIRVANA he leaves behind the Little Ferry Boat.

It is right to say that there is no ideology in spirituality; however, the initiate does need direction of thought in a realm he knows nothing of. The sacred scriptures is a container, which contains the esoteric teachings of the transcendent, which has no ideology; however, the preachers (and they are legion) through their pontifications do make the text of the bible into their ideologies through their interpretations of the surface texts.

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