eer, they don’t understand that I consciously gave up a ‘career’ in 1982 for a life of service. The spirit of service inspired by the truth, conscience and compassion cannot be stopped by threats or media attacks. For me, science has always been about service, not servitude. My life of science is about creativity and seeing connections, not about mechanistic thought and manipulated facts." —Vandana Shiva, Seed Freedom, in response to recent criticism about her work to protect the integrity of seeds.
Dharma- a comprehensive term used to refer to that which determines our true essence;
- the basis of human morality and ethics;
- the lawful order of the universe;
- the foundation of all religion
For the individual, dharma is inseparable from one's karma, since dharma can be realized by the individual only to the extent permitted by one's karmic situation.
In Buddhism, Dharma refers to:
1. The cosmic law underlying our world;
2. The teaching of the Buddha, who recognized and formulated this "law"; thus the teaching that expresses the universal truth. The dharma in this sense existed already before the birth of the historical Buddha, who is no more than a manifestation of it. It is in the dharma in this sense that a Buddhist takes refuge.
3. Norms of behavior and ethical rules;
4. Manifestation of reality, of the general state of affairs; thing; phenomenon.
5. Mental content, object of thought, idea - a reflection of a thing in the human mind.
6. Term for the so-called factors of existence, which are considered as building blocks of the empirical personality and its world. - Compiled from various sources....
"The fact that man produces a concept 'I' besides the totality of his mental and emotional experiences or perceptions does not prove that there must be any specific existence behind such a concept. We are succumbing to illusions produced by our self-created language, without reaching a better understanding of anything." -Albert Einstein
"A leader is a person who has an unusual degree of power to project on other people his or her shadow or his or her light. A leader is a person who has an unusual degree of power to create the conditions under which other people must live and move and have their being-conditions that can either be as illuminating as heaven or as shadowy as hell. A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what's going on inside him or her self, inside his or her consciousness, lest the act of leadership create more harm than good. The problem is that people rise to leadership in our society by a tendency towards extroversion, which means a tendency to ignore what is going on inside themselves. Leaders rise to power in our society by operating very competently and effectively in the external world, sometimes at the cost of internal awareness. Most training programs for leaders focus on the development of skills to manipulate the external world rather than the skills necessary to go inward and make the inner journey." --Parker Palmer
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings,
every where, even the stars....
There's nothing wrong with being alone....I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone....
Good people end up in Hell because they can't forgive themselves....
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it....
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff
you weren't paying attention to....
I believe in destiny.
There must be a reason that I am as I am.
There must be … "
"Concentrate, and listen not with your ears--
But with the heart.
Then, not listening with the heart, do so
With the breath.
The ear is limited to ordinary listening;
The heart (mind) to the rational.
Listening with the breath, one experiences
All things in purity."
"I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the light comes from above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything; and through this vision I can help my people. The heart is a sanctuary at the center of which there is a little space, wherein the Great Spirit dwells, and this is the Eye. This is the Eye of the Great Spirit by which He sees all things, and through which we see Him. If the heart is not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen." – Nicholas Black Elk
Growth and vitality of a civilization is not a function of power over land or power over people, and it is most certainly not related to how much we sell or how many resources we buy, sell, or consume. The measure of a civilization's growth is in its ability to transfer increasing amounts of energy and attention from the material side of life to the psychological, cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual side of life. - Arnold Toynbee
things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread.
William Stafford, from The Way It Is, 1998