Signed in as:
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The expression is introduced by one or more facets of oneness it expresses. Each is a viewpoint into the larger whole of all there is, like the face of a gem with infinite faces.
It is followed by the author, his/her tradition, nation of origin (when alive and current nation, if different), and date of publication or year of death if there was no publication.
Here are a just a few of the expressions and quotations for an inkling.
He, the door of whose breast has been opened,
Sees the sun reflected in every atom.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi Sufism Tajikistan, Turkey (Persia) 1230
Harmony would lose its attractiveness if it did not have a background of discord.
Unknown Taoism China Traditional
inner–outer with the Divine
In moments when the inner lamps are lit
And the life’s cherished guests are left outside,
Our spirit sits alone and speaks to its gulfs.
A wider consciousness opens then its doors;
Invading from spiritual silences
A ray of the timeless Glory stoops awhile
To commune with our seized illumined clay
And leaves its huge white stamp upon our lives.
Sri Aurobindo Yoga India 1950
There is no man who is not at some time indebted to his vices, as no plant that is not fed from manures.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Transcendentalism United States 1860
of life through touch
Pace your hands on the Earth Mother. Try to feel the natural life force surging within. Embrace a tree until you can feel the life force within it. A tree is like a pipeline or conductor bringing energy from the sky to the earth. The same life force energy surges through all life. When you embrace someone and you feel good energy surging between you, that is the same life force energy that is in the trees and the other creatures.
Sun Bear and Wabun Native America America (Chippewa) 1980
in good and evil
Rabbi Shmelke and his brother once petitioned their teacher, the Preacher of Mezeritz, to explain to them the words of the Mishnah: “A man must bless God for the evil in the same way that he blesses Him for the good which befalls.”
The Preacher replied: “Go to the House of Study, and you will find then a man smoking. He is Rabbi Zusya, and he will explain this to you.”
When Rabbi Shmelke and his brother questioned Rabbi Zusya, he laughed and said: “I am surprised that the Rabbi sent you to me. You must go elsewhere and make your inquiry from one who has suffered tribulations in his lifetime. As for me, I have never experienced anything but good all my days.”
But Rabbi Shmelke and his brother knew full well that from his earliest hour to the present he had endured the most grievous sorrows. Thereupon they understood the meaning of the words of the Mishnah, and the reason their Rabbi had sent them to Rabbi Zusya.
Unknown Judaism Israel Unknown
with the cosmos
Why should I feel lonely? Is not our planet in the Milky Way?
Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism United States 1854
with life with humanity
My mission is not merely brotherhood of Indian humanity….But through realization of freedom of India I hope to realize and carry on the mission of the brotherhood of man….I want, if I don’t give you a shock, to realize identity with even the crawling things upon earth, because we claim descent from the same God, and that being so, all life in whatever form it appears must be essentially one.
Mahatma Gandhi Nationalism India 1929
Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
Victor Hugo Romanticism France 1862
in art in scale
If you study Japanese art, you see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time how? In studying the distance between the earth and the moon? No. In studying the policy of Bismarck? No. He studies a single blade of grass. But this blade of grass leads him to draw every plant and then the seasons, the wide aspects of the countryside, then animals, then the human figure.
Vincent Van Gogh Art The Netherlands 1888
The young science of Ecology has been built up since Darwin's time and is based on the recognition of this fact, that in addition to the operation of Natural Selection, the environment has a silent, assimilative, transformative influence of a very profound and enduring character on all organic life. In the subtle ways of Nature, sun and earth, night and day, and all the things of earth and air and sun mingle silently with life, sink into it and become part of its structure. And in response to this profound stimulus, life grows and evolves, the less whole in harmony with the greater whole of Nature.
Jan C. Smuts Science South Africa 1926
in action in effort
The minute one stops going forward, one falls back. The moment one is satisfied and no longer aspires, one begins to die. Life is movement, it is effort, it is a march forward, the scaling of a mountain, the climb towards new revelations, towards future realizations. Nothing is more dangerous than wanting to rest. It is in action, in effort, in the march forward that repose must be found, the true repose of complete trust in the divine Grace, of the absence of desires, of victory over egoism.
True repose comes from the widening, the universalization of the consciousness. Become as vast as the world and you will always be at rest. In the thick of action, in the very midst of the battle, the effort, you will know the repose of infinity and eternity.
The Mother Yoga France 1957
of thought with nature
Profound quietude delivered me to the transparent moonlight. After enlightenment one understands that the six classics contain not even a word.
Wang Yang-Ming Neo-Confucianism China 1529
Neither by words nor by the patriarch;
Neither by colors nor by sound was I enlightened.
But, at midnight, when I blew out the candle and went to bed,
Suddenly, within myself, I reached the dawn.
Unknown Zen Buddhism China Unknown