Thinking, said Heidegger, the famous philosopher, is a subtle form of hearing. So is thought. Thought, or thinking, is a mental process. It allows us to shape the world, and also deal effectively with our objectives, plans, ends, needs, and desires. Thought is not a constant. It is consciousness, inspiration, and, indeed, our own mind's eye - all combined into one whole. The best thing for us to do to help advance ourselves, in our increasingly maddening world, is by focusing on good thoughts, and filling our minds with attentiveness. Remember, when we are aware of ourselves we are able to give attention to our own constructive potential which we all possess deep within us - to grow and expand. All through history, people have moved ahead in their life taking inspiration from the timeless wisdom of great thoughts, inspirational and motivational expressions, and words, and quotes, credited to great men and women.
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The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. - Hannah More
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. -Ezra Taft Benson
At ten minutes to seven on a dark, cool evening in MEXICO city in 1968, John Stephen Arkwari of TANZANIA painfully hobbled into the Olympic stadium-The last to finish the marathon. The winner had already been crowned, and the victory ceremony was long finished. So the stadium was almost as empty as Arkwari, alone, His leg bloody and bandaged, struggled to circle the track to the finish line. The respected documentary filmmaker, Bud Greenspan, watched from a distance.Then, intrigued, Bud walked over to Arkwari and asked why he had continued the gruelling struggle to the finish line even after the injury. The young man from TANZANIA answered softly, "My country did not send me nine thousand miles to start the race. They sent me nine thousand miles to finish the race."
Moral of the story - Effort is a commitment to seeing a task through to the end, not just until we get tired of it.
A long time ago, there were two swamis who lived in two neighboring caves. They spent most of their time in deep meditation, except the time they ate or were visited by devotees. The people who visited them revered both swamis, and enjoyed listening to them or just being in their proximity. They sought their company, as they always felt more peaceful and happy when near them, and for a long time after they left them
One cave was dark, as caves usually are, but in the other one there was sometimes a peculiar golden light illuminating the cave. It was not strong, but enough to be noticed and to mildly illuminate the cave. The phenomenon of the light bewildered the visitors, but they could not come to an agreement about the causes of the light. Both swamis were rather silent most of the time, and did not want to discuss the phenomenon of the light.
The company of the swamis aroused calmness and peace in the visitors. Their minds slowed their incessant chatter, and they experienced a pleasant inner peace and inner happiness. The visitors admired both swamis, but believed that the one living in the illuminated cave possessed supernatural powers and was more advanced. He certainly seemed to them more mysterious
One day a great sage was passing by a near village, and being recognized by the villagers, one of them approached him and said:
"Great master, we have a question to ask. There is a mystery which you might solve for us."
"I will be glad to help you, if I can", answered the sage.
"There are two swamis living here on the hill...", the villager started to recount.
"Yes, I know", answered the sage, "and you inquire about the light in the cave."
"Yes, great master, that is true. It is something that has been a riddle for us. Can you please tell us also, if the swami in the lighted cave is more advanced, and if he really possess supernatural powers?"
"Pay attention to your inner self and not to outer phenomena. The outside world always changes, but inner self is constant. When in the presence of a teacher, listen to what he says and be aware of the influence of his words on you. Watch yourself, and see whether under his influence you become calmer and more peaceful, and your thoughts, at least for a while, slow down their mad race."
"Yes most revered master", said one of the devotees, "but please enlightens us on the mysterious light."
The sage sat down, and started to explain: "Sometimes, when one works intensively on the spiritual path, and concentrates and meditates a lot, various phenomena may occur around him, such as lights, sounds or visions. This is not supernatural. The mind has a creative power, and when concentrated, can produce various phenomena even unintentionally."
"It does not mean that one is more advanced than the other. Not all minds produce these things. Some do, and some don't."
"Some of the people who produce these lights may be aware of the light, and some may not. It depends on their psychic sensitivity. So it is also with the people who watch them. Not all see this light. In any case, it has nothing to do with whether one swami is more advanced or less advanced than the other one."
"Thank you great master, you have solved for us this great mystery", exclaimed the devotees of the swamis, who were standing by, deeply relieved and happy to understand the mystery that has been troubling them for a long time.