Saturday, August 23, 2014

“And hence in art, every space or touch in which we can see everything, or in which we can see nothing, is false. Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space is false which represents nothing.”
In this art instruction given by John Ruskin, I couldn't help but draw the comparison with people; in every person in which we can see nothing or think we can see everything, it is false. In every person there is more than represented by casual acquaintance.
Painting by Daniel Gerhartz.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.” ― Kripalvanandji

Monday, August 04, 2014

  "Have you grown weary of looking for any signs of promise in this dull mass of fellow-men and withdrawn yourself into some luxury of self-culture, feeling as if what you had and were, was too good to be wasted upon such creatures as these sick and poor and ignorant? You must be rescued from this proud conceit, not simply by counting yourself lower, but by valuing more highly the spiritual natures of these fellow-men. You must value them as He valued them, who gave his life for them, before you can be as humble in their presence as He was; and that can come only by making yourself their servant. Only he who puts on the garment of humility finds how worthily it clothes his life. Only he who dedicates himself to the spiritual service of his brethren, simply because his Master tells him that they are worth it, comes to know how rich those natures of his brethren are, how richly they are worth the total giving of himself to them."  Phillips Brooks, photo from the Internet. 

And know that pride
Howe’er disguised in its own majesty,
Is littleness; that he who feels contempt for any thing,
Hath faculties which he never used; that thought with in him
Is in its infancy.
The man whose eye
Is ever on himself doth look on one,
The least of Nature’s works, one who might move the wise man to scorn
Which wisdom holds unlawful, ever.
Oh, be wiser, thou! Instructed that true knowledge leads to love.