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Some Gandhi quotes I found in Louis Fischer´s book: Gandhi, his life and message for the world.

  1. Yogi is one: whose mind is untrobled in sorrow and longeth not for joys, who is free from passion, fear, and wrath – he is called the ascetic of secure understanding. The man who sheds all longigns and moves without concern, free from thye sense of “I” and “Mine” – he attains peace.
  2. He who is ever brooding over result, often loses nerve int he perfomance of duty. He becomes impatient and then gives vent to anger and begins to do unworthy things; he jumps from action to action, never remaining faithful to any. He who broods over results is like a mangiven to the objects of senses; he is ever-distracted, he says good-by to all scruples, everything is right in his estimation and he therefore resorts to means frail and foul to attain his end.
  3. For what does it benefit man if his status is raised when he himself is not raised?
  4. Persecution, whether by minorities or majorities, results from intolerance of differences and from fears based on lack of self-faith.
  5. We live, not in order to feed, clothe, shleter and pamper the body; we provide for the body in order to live. Life begins after the needs of the body have been met, yet how many people ruin life for the sake of rich living. The soul, alas, needs a temporary abode, but a clean mud hut will do as well as a palace, indeed better, for when the physical absorbs the lions´s share of mans´s effort the spirit languishes, life loses content, and discontent appears.
  6. Only give up one thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing has no longer any attraction for you, or when it seems to interfere with that which is more greatly desired.
  7. Satyagraha (Soul Force) is the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one´s self. The opponent must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy.
  8. Soul Force does not deppend on numbers. It depends on the degree of firmness.
  9. A Satyagrahi bids good-by to fear. He is therfore never afraid to trust the opponent. Even if the opponent plays him false twenty times, the Satyagrahi is ready to trust him the twenty-first time, for an implicit turst in human nature is the very essence of his creed.
  10. It is only when one sees one´s own mistakes with a convex lens, and does just the reverse in the case of others, that one is able to arrive at a just relative estimate of the two.
  11. Moral authority is never retained by attempting to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
  12. It is a million times better to appear untrue before the worl than to be untrue to ourselves.
  13. The greater the possession or riches, the greater… their moral turpitude.
  14. Truth is God. He alone is, nothing else I see meerely through the senses can or will persist.
  15. It is possible to reason out the existence of God to a limited extent. There is an orderliness in the Universe, the is an unalterable law governing everything and avery being that exists or lives. It is not a blind law, for no blind law can govern the cnduct of human beings… That law then which governs all life is God. I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all taht change a living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and re-creates. That informing Power  or spirit is God… In the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth thruth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, and Love. He is Love. He is the supreme God.
  16. He (God) reveals Himself daily to every human being, but we shut our ears to the “still small voice”… God never appears to you in person but in action.
  17. Turn the searchlight inward.
  18. Mankind would die if there were no exhibition any time and anewhere of the divine in man.
  19. No cause that is intrinsically just can ever be described as forlorn.
  20. Humanity is an ocean. If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty (in reference to his faith in humankind).
  21. It is always possible by correct conduct to lessen an evil and eventually to bring good out of evil.
  22. There is no gain in returning evil for evil.
  23. One evildoer cannot punish another.
  24. Do not worry about what others are doing. Each of us should turn the searchlight inward and purify his or her heart as much as possible.
  25. No one can escape death. Then why be afraid of it? In fact, death is a friend who brings deliverance from suffering.

gandhi2Image taken from here

Gandhi is a figure that has always interested me, first off because of the movie starred by Ben Kingsley, and later on I always heard or read stories about him. His peace and struggle using non-violence amazed me, so I decided to read Gandhi, his life and message for the World by Louis Fischer.

Gandhi was a kharma yogi, which is a devotee who is jealous of none, who is a fount of mercy, who is without egotism, who is selfless, who treats alike cold and heat, happiness and misery, who is ever forgiving, who is always contented, whose resolutions are firm, who has dedicated mind and soul to God, who causes no dread, who is not afraid of others, who is free from exultation, sorrow and fear, who is pure, who is versed in action yet remains unaffected by it, who renounces all fruit, good or bad, who treats friend and foe alike, who is untouched by respect or disrespect, who is not puffed up by praise, who does not go under when people speak ill of him, who loves silence and solitude, who has a disciplined reason. Such devotion is inconsistent with the existence at the same time of strong attachments.

But Gandhi wasn’t always an example of peace and obtaining great victories through non-violence. He recognized his bad impulses and foul temper in his early years and the beginning of his marriage. The experiences he lived throughout life enabled him to transform himself and become the Gandhi that all of us have heard about. Fighting for justice and standing up for what he believed was right.

Moving masses not by promising them wealth or power, instead hoping that they would desire a country in which they would live freely (even though, at the end, this would be a far cry from reality) because no amount of speeches will make us fit for self-government. It is only our conduct that will fit us for it. Gandhi struggled to make the British Government realize that the Indian people were fit to govern themselves.

Gandhi’s strength and power over masses reduces itself to Soul Force: the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one’s self… weaning the opponent from error by patience and sympathy. One cannot read this and wonder how a nation started the road to independence moved by such a weak looking man, but whose inner strength surpassed the force of an earthquake. True, the Indian struggle for independence did not come without troublesome situations, as violence between Muslims and Hindus, and within Hindus themselves but, nevertheless, violence was put behind as Gandhi fasted with so much faith in his people and the nation he so much loved.

He was murdered January 25, 1948 while attending prayer but his love and strength, the Soul Force, went beyond his present time and left us with so much to ponder about, searching and hopefully one day grasping inner peace.

After two and a half years, I’m down. I feel lonely. And I hate it.

I hate it because I’ve worked so hard in having a mind set of “I can be completely happy with me, myself and I”. But there’s this longing for human touch and that yearning makes me vulnerable and puts me in a dangerous spot. 

(Just went to a wedding and half the time I couldn’t stand being there. I really don’t believe in being with another person for the rest of your life. I can’t, you see. I won’t. I wished the bride and groom good luck, but inside I was wondering where they got the bravery to commit to one another for the rest of their life. And the whole ceremony, it was a catholic one, it sounded like a recital to the perfect house wife and the ideal working 9 to 5 husband. Apparently, it has something to do with my current state of mind-heart-soul).

I’ve come to the point where I am comfortable in my own skin and I know what I want, won’t settle for less, and hope not to commit the same mistakes. I’ve learned my lesson. 

Past two experiences were pretty shitty and came to the decission, because of them, to straighten out. BUT DAMN IT’S….. Don’t know… Don’t know why the fuck I’m even writing this, putting this here..But you see, it’s not the need of being with someone, I just can’t believe how no one is next to me. The lack of words, a glance, a touch, time, a kiss that blows your mind and gives you a rush of blood to the head, someone with whom I can sit down and say absolutely nothing at all. Just enjoy the fact that time is shared. 

The whole dilemma is: feeling lonely after all the soul searching and coming with terms with whom I am is not something desirable, and the worst part is not knowing how long this will continue, which puts me in the sad position of vulnerability, leaving me powerless to whatever comes along, that is not necessarily the best for me.

What do you know? This actually helped me out quite a bit.

Retrato de un amigo by socrazysosweet08

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that

loves you more than he loves himself”

Josh Billings

 

This is so true. Nothing compares to the feeling of being loved no matter what. 

Flipping through the channels one afternoon, I stopped at a music channel and they were showing 10,000 maniac’s “These are days”. The song rang a bell way back in my head. The voice was so soothing and the music completely relaxed me, then I was captured by an image. 

 

In the video, there are two kids. A boy and a girl. The boy comes running to the girl and with his eyes filled with excitement and angst encounters her with a message written on his forehead: kiss me quick. The girl looks at him, her eyes saying everything her voice is unable to. She then lifts her sweater and unveals this message: squeeze me slow. Kiss me quick/squeeze me slow. Hurry! but let this last forever. 

 

I don’t know about other people, but this captivated me. So I then decide to google it and find nothing. Well, I do, but what I found is that the phrase is related to the idea of a british holiday (if I understook correct) at the beach. So I don’t know if it has a whole different meaning than I’m giving it. I really hope not.

 

Anyway, I started to think about this. Kiss me quick, squeeze me slow. Kiss me quick! squeeze me… slow. KISS ME QUICK, squeeze me ssllloooowwwww. . . . . Kiss me right now, I want you to, I need you to. Ok, I will. But please, could you try and make me feel like this will last forever? 

 

Of course, even though I try not to get all caught up in it, from time to time I get sentimental. And this time I just had to let these six words feel me up with warmth inside. I started thinking about it. All of you, you can’t deny it, when thinking about a kiss you gave and that was inspired by innocence and was truly genuine get all tingly inside. Do you remember? seeing this guy/girl and you found yourself caught up in the whole emotion. It’s just nice when you feel that spark, that connection between your soul and his or hers. And then…. oh boy.How would be to touch that skin? And when you first noticed his/her particular scent, smell, that intoxicating aroma. I do.

 

Looking into his/her eyes. And it can be hard, because you don’t want to get all flushed and flustered.Oh please don’t say something stupid! Be cool. Stay calm. What? did you say something. I was trying to pay attention, but….damn it! And then, there’s a touch, a gaze, a smile. Some words. A word. A giggle, followed by a hug. Oh, that smell. He/she is so soft. How would it be to lean on your shoulder? To hold your hand for more than two seconds? Will I some day wrap you with my arms and discover how my head fits perfectly on your chest? And then… I’ll gaze up and you’ll gaze down. I want to, but I don’t want to get hurt. I see into your eyes, it’s so hard. My first instinct is to look away, but no, I can’t right now. Oh my gosh, that mouth. Those lips. Could it be? We could try and see. But…. what if? And if… Time’s passing by. Hesitating. I see you want to. Ok. here goes nothing. And then it happens! Wait! what? no, don’t go away. You’re so warm. It was so quick. Just hold me now. I’ve already grown used to the beating of your heart. Did you feel what I felt?

¡Exprésense!

Libro del momento/ Book of the moment

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