1/11/2007

QUOTES

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Here I collect some quotes,
to be enjoyed with haiku!




My QUOTES with HAIKU from 2008



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Every happening, great and small,
is a parable whereby God speaks to us,
and the art of life is to get the message.


Malcolm Muggeridge


One way to "get the message" is to write haiku !


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I shall open my eyes and ears.
Once every day I shall simply
stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person.

I shall not then be concerned at all to ask
what they are
but simply be glad
that they are.

I shall joyfully allow them their
"divine, magical, and ecstatic" existence.


Clyde S. Kilby

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simply see
simply be glad
simply write haiku





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Spring passes and one remembers
one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers
one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers
one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers
one's perseverance.


Yoko Ono

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each season passes
and one remembers
one's haiku


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Success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality.
The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.


Julia Cameron


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paying attention -
tha capacity for delight
the capacity for haiku



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Unless your heart, your soul,
and your whole being are behind every decision you make,
the words from your mouth will be empty,
and each action will be meaningless.

Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.


Kathleen Pedersen


Truth and confidence are the roots of haiku !

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Any fool can make a rule,
and any fool will mind it.


Henry David Thoreau


Aaa, but what about these haiku rules ? grin ...


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Our dependency makes slaves out of us,
especially if this dependency is
a dependency of our self-esteem.


If you need encouragement, praise,
pats on the back from everybody,
then you make everybody your judge.


Fritz Perls


Who is the real judge of your haiku ?


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The self is not something that one finds.
It is something that one creates.


-- Thomas Szasz (1920-)
American Psychiatrist

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With haiku, it is often the other way round for me:


A haiku is not something that one creates.
It is something that one finds.




How about your haiku creation process ?


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Practice rather than preach.
Make of your life an affirmation,
defined by your ideals,
not the negation of others.

Dare to the level of your capability
then go beyond to a higher level.


Alexander Haig


and then, only then, write a haiku ...


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Your thoughts should agree with your words,
and the words should agree with your actions.

In this world people think one thing,
say another thing,
and do something else.

This is horrible.
This is crookedness.


Sivananda
http://www.sivananda.org/



your thoughts should agree
with your words ...
YOUR HAIKU



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The world is blessed most by people who do things,
not by those who merely talk about them.


James Oliver


do it! write a haiku NOW !


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to live like a beautiful summer blossom,
to die like a beautiful autumn moon


Rabindranath Tagore


to work like a beautiful haiku poet


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What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?


Adam Smith (1723-1790)



you guess, a haiku !


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If we learn once again to listen to the gentle voice within,
we will hear it counseling us many times a day to simplify our lives.
When the voices of the world
propose the multiple complexities of modern living,
the gentle voices within will whisper:
Why complicate your life?


Matthew Kelly


less is more -
haiku is more
with less



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There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want;
and, after that, to enjoy it.
Only the wisest of humans achieve the second.


Logan Pearsall Smith

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Life should be enjoyable;
too often we think it's about achievement.
The truth is that making life enjoyable
is an achievement in itself.

unattributed


haiku is not about the achievement,
but about the joy of writing it !


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Simply give others a bit of yourself;
a thoughtful act, a helpful idea,
a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot,
a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion.
You take something out of your mind,
garnished in kindness out of your heart,
and put it into the other person's mind and heart.


Charles H. Burr


give a haiku ...

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If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles,
we can greet the future
and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding
that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.


Hazel Henderson

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I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door--
or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come
no matter how dark the present.


Rabindranath Tagore


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Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself
and know that everything in this life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to use to learn from.


Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross


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True silence really means going deep within yourself
to that place where nothing is happening,
where you transcend time and space.
You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness.

That's where all the power is.
That's your real home.
That's where you really belong,
in deep Silence where there is no good or bad,
no one trying to achieve anything.

Just being, pure being. . . .
Silence is the ultimate reality.


Robert Adams

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that place where nothing is happening
well
haiku is happening


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To be ambitious for wealth,
and yet always expecting to be poor,
to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for,
is like trying to reach east by traveling west. . . .

No matter how hard you work for success,
if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure,
it will kill your efforts,
neutralize your endeavors,
and make success impossible.


Charles Baudouin

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.

Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII


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Acceptance is observation of life
and suspension of judgment about
whether what is happening is
good or bad, right or wrong.


Ron Smotherman


Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.


Chuang Tzu


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People who soar are those who refuse to sit back,
sigh, and wish things would change.
They neither complain of their lot
nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in.

Rather, they visualize in their minds
that they are not quitters;
they will not allow life’s circumstances
to push them down and hold them under.


Charles Swindoll


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Time is a flowing river.
Happy those who allow themselves
to be carried, unresisting, with the current.
They float through easy days.
They live, unquestioning, in the moment.


Christopher Morley


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An American tourist found himself in India on the day of the pilgrimage to the top of a sacred mountain.

Thousands of people would climb the steep path to the mountaintop. The tourist, who had been jogging and doing vigorous exercise and thought he was in good shape, decided to join in and share the experience.

After twenty minutes, he was out of breath and could hardly climb another step, while women carrying babies, and frail old men with canes, moved easily past him.

"I don't understand it," he said to an Indian companion. "How can these people do it when I can't?"

His friend answered, "It is because you have the typical American habit of seeing everything as a test. You see the mountain as your enemy and you set out to defeat it. So, naturally, the mountain fights back and it is stronger than you are.

We do not see the mountain as an enemy to be conquered. The purpose of our climb is to become one with the mountain and so it lifts us up and carries us along."


Harold Kushner in
When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough


quoted from
 © www.spiritualityandpractice.com


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haiku is an exercise to become one with the mountain too ...


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Accepting things conditionally,
or rather unconditionally?



Acceptance is a letting-go process.
You let go of your wishes
and demands that life can be different.
It's a conscious choice.


Gary Emery


Of course there is no formula for success
except perhaps
an unconditional acceptance of life
and what it brings.


Artur Rubinstein


 
things are the way they are -
my haiku state things
the way they are



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Because one believes in oneself,
one doesn't try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself,
one doesn't need others' approval.
Because one accepts oneself,
the whole world accepts him or her.


The Tao Te Ching

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because one writes haiku
for the joy of writing them
one doesn't need others' approval



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You can tell whether one is clever
by his or her answers.
You can tell whether one is wise
by his or her questions.

Naguib Mahfouz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naguib_Mahfouz


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You can tell whether one is ? ? ?
by reading his or her haiku .


rainy season ...
shall I write a wet haiku
or a dry one ?


rainy season ...
shall I write a clever haiku
or a wise one ?



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Schon das kleinste Kunstwerk,
eine Bleistiftskizze von sechs Strichen
und ein Gedichtvers von vier Zeilen,
versucht frech und blind das Unmögliche,
geht aufs Ganze,
will das Chaos in die Nußschale schöpfen!



Hermann Hesse

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haiku ...
trying to scoop chaos
into a nutshell



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Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become
the brightest gems in a useful life.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

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your spare moments
your treasure moments
your haiku moments



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Reduce the complexity of life
by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.


Edwin Way Teale

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reduce the complexity of poetry
by eliminating the needles words of life ..
and the joys of live will double themselves

Haiku with less words ...


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Remember not only to say the right thing
in the right place, but far more difficult still,

to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment.


Benjamin Franklin

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to leave unwritten
this haiku at the wrong moment


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You do not suffer because things are impermanent.
You suffer because things are impermanent
and you think they are permanent.


Thich Nhat Hanh


suffering and happiness,
they are both sides of the same coin ...

a simple haiku <>
how permanent
can it be ?

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To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;

to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never;

in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common--
this is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing


.... to live with a haiku and a smile ...


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You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain. You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.
The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain:
you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.

It's important to do everything in our power to ensure our success,
but we also need to let the universe take its course.


Melody Beattie


You plant the haiku! Heaven spreads in it the world.


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When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -

to breathe,
to think,
to enjoy,
to love.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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to write a haiku !


Japanese by Nakamura Sakuo :

目覚めごと 生きる尊さ 思いけり
mezame goto ikiru tootosa omoi keri

every wake up
precious life
thinking of



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To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.


William Blake



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What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow
which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the Sunset.



Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot nation


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One of Jesus' favorite visual aids is a child.
Every time the disciples get into head games,
he puts a child in front of them.


— Richard Rohr in Everything Belongs

To Practice This Thought:
Let the little ones be your teachers.

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for haiku too :
Let the little ones be your teachers.


ko ni aku to moosu hito ni wa hana mo nashi

blossoms are wasted
on anyone who's fed up
with children


Basho, trans. Robin D. Gill


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Sabbaths 1999
by Wendell Berry

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wildflowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will.



from Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems by Roger Housden

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a quiet man
writing his haiku
in silence



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Instead of condemning others,
strive to reach inner peace.

Keep silent, refrain from judgement.
This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage
and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.


St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim (born Prohor Moshnin) was born in 1759 to a merchant family in Kursk. At the age of 10, he became seriously ill. During the course of his illness, he saw the Mother of God in his sleep, who promised to heal him.

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Keep silent, refrain from judgement.
Write haiku, refrain from judgement.



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Your life is always working,
whether you know it or not.
Sometimes it works to bring you what you want,
and sometimes it works to keep you from what you think you want.

Neale Donald Walsch : Tomorrow's God

sometimes it brings you a haiku ...


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I hope its true -
a good word melts
the cold of this March



Hold Your Tongue
A Practice for Winter Harmony



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Reverence the highest,
have patience with the lowest.

Are the stars too distant,
pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet,
and from it learn the all.


Margaret Fuller
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fuller



pick up the haiku that lies at thy feet


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true words aren't beautiful
beautiful words aren't true
the good aren't eloquent
the eloquent aren't good
the wise aren't learned
the learned aren't wise

the sage accumulates nothing
but the more he does for others
the greater his existence
the more he gives to others
the greater his abundance

the Way of Heaven
is to help without harming
the Way of the sage
is to act without struggling

daodejing #81
translated by Red Pine

http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/ablution.html

(c)2007 lisbethwest
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the way of the haiku poet
is to write without words


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A person who, alone,
has seen something beautiful,
who has heard something harmonious,
who has tasted something delicious,
who has smelt something fragrant,
may have enjoyed it, but not completely.

The complete joy is in
sharing one's joy with others.



Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
http://www.ruhaniat.org/lineage/HIKBio.php

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sharing joy
through a haiku -
spring sunshine


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The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle.
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let the monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desire go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.


huahuching number ten
translated by Brian Walker


(c)2006 - 2007 lisbethwest
http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/positioning.html

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the monkey gone
at least for now ...
a few haiku


.......................... Monkey Haiku
http://indiasaijikiworlkhaiku.blogspot.com/2006/01/monkey.html


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Master Lu's Teachings

............................. The Child Inside

-Let the child live inside you , he is the primordial source of love and happiness.

-And how could I do that? I've asked.

-Clear out your mind from ballast.

-And how could I do that? I insisted.

-Don't think about advantage and loss,
about what is worth to achieve or not.
Be spontaneous just like the sea and the wind.


More of the teachings of Master LU is here
http://www.taopage.org/lu16.html

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the inner child
is at play - AND THEN
haiku arise



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The present is the only moment
that is truly ours,
and we ought to make use of it.

Blais Pascal

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and we ought to make haiku of it


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Even a happy life cannot be
without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning

if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better to take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity
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Carl Jung


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and with a haiku

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TAO

Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things.

To embrace all things means first t
hat one holds no anger or resistance
toward any idea or thing,
living or dead,
formed or formless.
Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao.

To embrace all things means also
that one rids oneself
of any concepts of separation: male and female, self
and others, life and death.
Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao.

Foregoing antagonism and separation,
one enters into the harmonious oneness
of all things.

huahuching #3, translated by Brian Walker
http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/sound.html

(c) 2007 lisbethwest

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Anxiety is the rust of life,
destroying its brightness and weakening its power.
A childlike and abiding trust in Providence
is its best preventive and remedy.


Tyron Edwards


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Spiritual Practise of the Day
from . . Spirituality & Practice.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat



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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Gabi,

These poems are all very lovely and inspirational! Thanks for asking us in. It was a joy.

Marilyn Appl Walker

Gabi Greve said...

about Paramahansa Yogananda

Predisposed to see the
good and beauty of things; through him flows the benevolence.

© Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2007

Anonymous said...

A thousand thanks for sharing these, Gabi.

E. from Europe

Ella Wagemakers said...

You have enough meditation material here for at least a year, Gabi. And do you know what is good about not having enough time? The time that you do have becomes more intense!

even only
behind a single tree
a valley of verses

Ella Wagemakers

Kenya Saijiki said...

> simply see
> simply be glad
> simply write haiku
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> Gabi

This is a mesmerising poem!
This makes me thank all poetry lovers!Actually it makes me appreciate Haiku. Speaking of Haiku...I am thinking,say,life is hard,right? Now once you follow Gabi's advice of simply being glad,You will take life simply and to sweeten it all ,you will see life as a piece of a line in a haiku...it isn't ,yes, but it appears less baffling!It makes you stop tarmacking where there is no tar-mack!!

Basketful of love,
Catherine. Kenya

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