The venerable Ananda said to the Buddha: "Half of the this holy life, Lord, is good and noble friends, companionship with the good, association with the good." The Buddha replied, saying, "Do not say that, Ananda, do not say that. It is the whole of this holy life, this friendship, companionship, and association with the good."
from the Samyutta Nikaya
Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
"We are moving forward toward some new critical point that lies ahead, a harmonized collectivity of consciousness equivalent to a sort of super-consciousness. The idea is that of the Earth not only becoming covered by myriads of grains of thought, but becoming enclosed in a single thinking envelope so as to form, functionally, no more than a single vast grain of thought on the sidereal scale, the plurality of individual reflections grouping themselves together and reinforcing one another in the act of a single unanimous reflections. Beyond all conflict of empire, peace in conquest and work in joy await us in an interior totalization of the world on itself-in the unanimous building up of a
spirit of the Earth."
-- Teilhard de Chardin speaking of his vision of
our movement toward the "Omega Point"
"I first believed without any hesitation in the existence of the soul, and then I wondered about the secret of its nature. I persevered and strove in search of the soul, and found at last that I myself was the cover of my soul. I realized that in me which believed and that in me which wondered, that which persevered in me, and that which found, and that which was found at last, was no other than my soul. Since then I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all; and what bewilderment it was when I realized that I alone was, if there were anyone; that I am whatever and whoever exists; and that I shall be whoever there will be in the future. And there was no end to my happiness and joy."
-Hazrat Inyat Khan (Sufi Teacher)
"I uncovered my Soul when my Soul discovered itself. My ego 'knows' my Soul in so far my ego is cast by my Soul, in the same way my body casts a shadow. My contemplation of my Soul is a participation of my Soul's contemplation of itself. I became contemplative when I uncovered my Soul. At each moment of 'uncovering.' I pass through the center of my Soul and experience the long enduring mind."
-- Roots and Wings