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Re: Good quotes

Post12 Oct 2011

Nice quote Maria, religion fears the comedians!
H. L. Mencken wrote:Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
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Post19 Oct 2011

The Buddha (563-483 B.C.) wrote:Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
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Re: Good quotes

Post08 Nov 2011

exbkmember wrote:
Falling from the tenth floor down in to the gutter, as it were, did me good. As a BK I became closed minded and arrogant. The swan dive from grace feels much cleaner than BK life felt.

BK life kept my body clean ... but tired, my mind tormented and my heart in a prison.

Here, here ...
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Re: Good quotes

Post08 Nov 2011

This was posted on another site by a BK.
Lao Tsu Hua Hu Ching wrote:"The Universe is a Vast Net of Energy Rays"

The primary ray is that which emanates from the Subtle Origin, and it is entirely positive, creative, and constructive. Each being, however, converts the energy of this primary ray into its own ray,and these lower rays can be either positive or negative, constructive or destructive. An individual who is not yet fully evolved can be adversely affected by negative energy rays in the net around him. For example, the combined influence of several negative rays might cause an undeveloped person to believe that his life is being controlled by an invisible, oppressive ruler. Such a misconception can be a significant barrier to enlightenment. To attain full evolution and the status of an integral being, you must be aware of this intricate net and its influences upon you. By integrating the positive, harmonious energy rays with the positive elements of your own being, and eliminating the subtle negative influences, you can enhance all aspects of your life. In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them. To integrate the positive influences, consciously reconnect yourself with the primary energy ray of the Subtle Origin by adopting the practices of the Integral Way. Then all the rays in the net around you will merge back into harmonious oneness."

Lao Tsu Hua Hu Ching

This line makes me laugh. "In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them."
I don't know who Lao Tsu Hua Hu Ching is (was) but I don't think you become enlightened by ignoring negative influences. Just as a BK does not reach a superior status simply because they ignore the reality of the world.

These two words together sound off BK bells "undeveloped person". Their idea of enlightenment is based on being "perfect". But spiritual love doesn't judge nor enters into dual thinking. We are all perfect to God.

BK spirituality is very naive and unenlightened.
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Re: Good quotes

Post08 Nov 2011

rayoflight wrote: "In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them."

Ignoring, condemning, denying and avoiding negative parts of the self is physically, mentally and emotionally unhealthy so how can it be spiritual?
rayoflight wrote:BK spirituality is very naive and unenlightened.

Too true.

Carl Jung quotes on unconditional self acceptance:
Carl Jung wrote:"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."

"People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic texts from the literature of the whole world – all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls."

"Enlightenment doesn't occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the self into the conscious personality."
"In knowing ourselves to be unique, we possess the capacity for becoming conscious of the infinite. But only then!"
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Re: Good quotes

Post09 Nov 2011

Fantastic quotes! Thanks, Shanti :D
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Re: Good quotes

Post16 Nov 2011

The quote that is very near to my heart and which tells all I think for life.
Explaining your side to someone who does not want to listen and understand you is like using a pencil that was not sharpened, it’s pointless.
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Post17 Nov 2011

Paul Watson wrote:"I say look at earth as a spaceship travelling at 500km a second. Our life support system is the biosphere. It provides the air and temperature, and it's run by a crew, not us. We are just passengers, busy entertaining ourselves, but the crew are the bacteria, the worms and the fish we are killing off.

There's only so many crew we can kill before things fall apart. They are more important than we are. If the fish die the ocean dies and if the ocean dies we die. We cannot live without them. I measure intelligence by the ability to live in harmony with the natural world and by that criteria cockroaches are more intelligent than we are."

Too many humans, he says, is by far the greatest problem facing earth. "Earth can probably only carry one billion humans. As long as human populations continue growing, the battle [to save the planet] will be lost.

"One of two things will happen. Some incredibly imaginative, intelligent person will come along or planet Earth will take care of it for us. The reason we had great age of affluence is we had four continents to exploit. But we have now far exceeded earth's carrying capacity which is why we're in the middle of this major extinction. There will inevitably be a resource crash, but we are in denial about it."
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Re: Good quotes

Post30 Nov 2011

Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 - 1860) wrote:
All truth passes through three stages.

First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.


It appears that not even the Kumbkharnas of the BKWSU are immune to this truism.

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Post13 Jan 2012

Meyer Lansky" - known as The Mob's Accountant wrote:
Don't worry, don't worry. Look at the Astors and the Vanderbilts, all those big society people. They were the worst thieves - and now look at them. It's just a matter of time.
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Post13 Jan 2012

Leon Felipe wrote:y que el miedo del hombre ...
ha inventado todos los cuentos.
Yo no sé muchas cosas, es verdad,
pero me han dormido con todos los cuentos…
y sé todos los cuentos.

and that fear of man ...
has invented all the stories.
I do not know many things, indeed,
but I have slept with all the stories ...
I know all the stories.
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Re: Good quotes

Post16 Jul 2012

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false,
and by rulers as useful
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- ascribed to Seneca (the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman)
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Post17 Jul 2012

"When you assume the appearance of power,
people soon give it to you
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- William Cooper, ascribed to Mayer Amschel Rothschild

"Act royal".

- Brahma Kumaris
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Post14 Aug 2012

Mitch Horowitz wrote:Yet every coercive religious group harbors one telltale trait: untoward secrecy.

As opposed to a cult, a religious culture ought to be as simple to enter or exit, for members or observers, as any free nation. Members should experience no impediment to relationships, ideas or travel, and the group's finances should be reasonably transparent.

Its doctrine need not be conventional — but it should be knowable to outsiders. Absent those qualities, an unorthodox religion can descend into something darker.

- Mitch Horowitz, the editor in chief of Tarcher/Penguin in New York and the author of "Occult America"
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Re: Good quotes

Post26 Aug 2012

There are three classes of people:

those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.


- Leonardo Da Vinci
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