Archive for the 'Quotations' Category

Rainfall

Pfaffenberg
Heavy rain in Pfaffenberg on 2014-08-27

“There is no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.”

~ John Ruskin

The Path Of Love

Niederlindhart
Photo above taken with the cellphone on a morning walk on 2014-05-10 in Niederlindhart/Germany.

On the path of Love,
We are neither masters
Nor the owners of our lives.
We are only a brush
In the hand of the Master Painter.

~ Rumi

Love

Pfaffenberg
Photo above taken with the cellphone on 2014-05-01 in Pfaffenberg/Germany.

Love is what we are;
we don’t get it from somebody,
we can’t give it to anybody,
we can’t fall in it or fall out of it.
Love is our true Being.

~ Krishna Das

Doing Things From Your Soul

Morning Walk on April 1st, 2012
Photo above taken on 2012-04-01 on a morning walk near Pfaffenberg/Germany.

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
When action comes from another section,
the feeling disappears.

~ Rumi

Knowing I Do Nothing


Photo above taken on 2012-02-11 in Pfaffenberg/Germany.

Knowing I do nothing,
I do whatever comes my way,
And I am happy.

~ Ashtavakra Gita (13.3)

A person who is full of love and free is the most beautiful phenomenon in the world

Alps/Austria

Love can be sacrificed for freedom, but freedom cannot be sacrificed for love.

Love should be an absolute act of freedom.

For a lighter life, for a more playful life, you heed to be flexible. You have to remember that freedom is the highest value and if love is not giving you freedom then it is not love.

Love allows freedom; not only allows, but strengthens freedom…both are essential needs.

It as if we are trying to fly in the sky with one wing. A few people have the wing of love and a few people have the wing of freedom, but both are incapable of flying. Both the wings are needed.

If you love there is no need to destroy your freedom. They both can exist together; there is no antagonism between them.

Love the person, but give the person total freedom. Love the person, but from the very beginning make it clear that you are not selling your freedom.

Love is a basic need, as basic as freedom, so both have to be fulfilled. And a person who is full of love and free is the most beautiful phenomenon in the world. And when two persons of such beauty meet, their relationship is not a relationship at all. It is a relating. It is a constant, riverlike flow. It is continuously growing towards greater heights.

If love cannot give freedom, then it is not love. Love as much as you can. Never think of the next moment; and if your lover goes somewhere else, you are also free. Keep freedom as a higher value than love itself. And if it is possible — and it is possible because it is natural — your life will not be a misery. Love each other totally, and occasionally allow each other freedom. But it has to be on both sides. Don’t have any secret, be absolutely open, and allow the other person also to be absolutely open, and respect openness. Never, even by your gestures, make the other person feel guilty.

When you fell in love with the woman, she was free; you fell in love with freedom. When you bring her home you destroy all possibilities of being free, but in that very destruction you are destroying the beauty.

Love means to give all that is beautiful to the beloved.

Freedom is the most beautiful, the most cherished goal of human consciousness; how can you take it away? If you love a woman really, or a man, the first present, the first gift, will be the gift of freedom.

Osho

Attain to a purity of aloneness where love can become a state and not a relationship

Dachstein / Austria

Asanga means alone.

So alone, like a Himalayan peak. So absolutely alone that the other is not needed. That doesn’t mean that you will not love. In fact only a person who does not need the other can be loving. When the need disappears then love arises. If you need the other, you use him. Then all your love is a sort of manipulation, a deep exploitation, because you are using the other as a means. Because you cannot be alone and you need somebody to fill your loneliness, you talk about love, but it is not really love. You are using the other, and love can never use the other. For love, the other is the end and can never be reduced to a means. This is the highest morality there is: when the other is the end and not a means.

Only a person who is absolutely alone, who is capable of aloneness, can be capable of love – because it is not a need. On the contrary, love is an overflow. It is not a relationship; it becomes a state of being. You may be sitting alone in a room but love goes on flowing. There may be nobody to share it, but it goes on flowing. It is just like a flower that blooms on a path where nobody passes, but still it goes on sending its fragrance to the air, to the winds. Or a star at night – nobody is looking at it but it goes on shining. Whether you are with somebody or alone makes no difference then. It is a state of being.

I have given you the name Asanga for all these reasons. You have to learn to be alone. I am not saying that you have to escape from the other, no. I am saying that you have to realize yourself. Don’t escape from yourself to the other. That is going to be your life work: to attain to a purity of aloneness where love can become a state and not a relationship.

That is freedom – what we in India have been calling moksha, nirvana, the last word in freedom – where you don’t need the other; where love is not a need but has become an overflowing of energies. So keep it in mind.

Good….

OSHO

Teachings My Blood Whispers

“I do not consider myself less ignorant than most people. I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me.” – Hermann Hesse (from “Demian“, 1919)

Pfaffenberg 2010-07-12

Made the photo above on a bicycle tour in Pfaffenberg (South-East Germany) on 2010-07-12.

Time And Space Is In The Mind

“Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Kleine Laaber in Pfaffenberg - 2010-07-25

Photo above: the brook “Kleine Laaber” in Pfaffenberg (South-East Germany) – photo taken on 2010-07-25.

Giving One’s Self Up To God

“He who gives himself up to the Self that is God is the most excellent devotee. Giving one’s self up to God means remaining constantly in the Self without giving room for the rise of any thoughts other than that of the Self. Whatever burdens are thrown on God, He bears them. Since the supreme power of God makes all things move, why should we, without submitting ourselves to it, constantly worry ourselves with thoughts as to what should be done and how, and what should not be done and how not? We know that the train carries all loads, so after getting on it why should we carry our small luggage on our head to our discomfort, instead of putting it down in the train and feeling at ease?” – Sri Ramana Maharshi

Rossbrand/Pongau/Salzburg/Austria

The above photo shows the mountains in Pongau / Salzburg / Austria (photo taken in August 2008 on the top of a mountain called “Rossbrand”).