Friday, April 28, 2006
All things change, nothing is extinguished.... There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.
The great soul is the person who has taken on the task of change. If he or she is able to transcend fear, to act out of courage, the whole of its group will benefit and each one, in his or her own life, will be suddenly more courageous, though they may not see how or why.
All Changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
It is easier to move rivers and mountains than to change a person’s basic nature.
If thou canst walk on water
Thou art no better than a straw.
If thou canst fly in the air
Thou art no better than a fly.
Conquer thy heart
That thou mayest become somebody
Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.
... disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
Proverbial wisdom counsels against risk and change. But sitting ducks fare worst of all.
What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, andre-creates. That informing power of spirit is God. And since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone is.
The One remains, the many change and pass; Heaven’s light forever shines, Earth’s shadows fly;Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,Stains the white radiance of Eternity, Until Death tramples it to fragments.
Percy Bythshe Shelley
Change has considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. Obviously, then, one’s character and frame of mind determine how readily he brings about change and how he reacts to change that is imposed on him.
King Whitney Jr.
"And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with the breath of your own spirit..."
Kahlil Gibran - from "The Prophet"
Thus change the forms of being. Thus arise Races of living things, glorious in strength, And perish, as the quickening breath of GodFills them, or is withdrawn.
William Cullen Bryant
All is change in the world of the senses,But changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed in him,Wake up from this dream of separateness.
The Shvetashvatara Upanishad