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--by Kahlil Gibran (Jun 13, 2005)


You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil.

For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house. And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom.

You are good when you strive to give of yourself. Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself.

For when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast. Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, "Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance." For to the fruit giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root.

You are good when you are fully awake in your speech, Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose. And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue.

You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps. Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping. Even those who limp go not backward.

But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.

You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good, You are only loitering and sluggard. Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles.

In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you.

But in some of you that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets of the hillsides and the songs of the forest.

--Kahlil Gibran

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On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

A good quality of this thought is the attitude of non-self-judgementality. "Not all who wander are lost" The stag doesn't judge the turtle. Steve Jobs in a commencement speech at Stanford asks himself every day "If I were to die today, is this what I would be doing with my life?" If we are both the root, as we need to receive to sustain ourselves and we are the fruit, as we have a lot to give, then we must be the tree. Seems obvious, but you have to have a lot of humility to be humble Read a quote by Shunryu Suzuki "You are all perfect just the way you are, and you could all use a little bit of improvement" Hagel said that to understand anything you have to first split it up, but once you understand the parts you have to synthesize and realize the whole which is greater than its parts. "If it happens it's good, but if it doesn't happen, it's even better" Amita Bhajan The human ear can hear about 150 words a minute, human speech  See full.

  • A good quality of this thought is the attitude of non-self-judgementality.
  • "Not all who wander are lost"
  • The stag doesn't judge the turtle.
  • Steve Jobs in a commencement speech at Stanford asks himself every day "If I were to die today, is this what I would be doing with my life?"
  • If we are both the root, as we need to receive to sustain ourselves and we are the fruit, as we have a lot to give, then we must be the tree.
  • Seems obvious, but you have to have a lot of humility to be humble
  • Read a quote by Shunryu Suzuki "You are all perfect just the way you are, and you could all use a little bit of improvement"
  • Hagel said that to understand anything you have to first split it up, but once you understand the parts you have to synthesize and realize the whole which is greater than its parts.
  • "If it happens it's good, but if it doesn't happen, it's even better" Amita Bhajan
  • The human ear can hear about 150 words a minute, human speech can speek about 500 words a minute, but the human mind can process 5000 words a minute.
  • "Faith is a withholding of conclusion so you allow what is to arise"
  • No resistance, total acceptance, no frustration
  • Heard at the Ammachi ashram "The essence of humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less"
  • "A good man is a bad man's teacher, a bad man is a good man's job. If you don't understand this, you will forever be confused by the world"
  • "A saint is a sinner who never gave up" Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To make decisions, it helps me to remember what it is that I really want, and choose according to that.
  • You can philosophize of what it's like to step from Y to Z, or you can take a step from B to C.
  • Upon reflection, it seems that every time I felt conflicted about a decision, the decision had already been made and my process was just to accept it.
  • "Shantaram" non-fiction book that may be worth reading

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