365 genuine spiritual and philosophical quotations: Your little companion on the path to liberation Carlo de Paoli

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Published: November 9th 2014

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365 genuine spiritual and philosophical quotations: Your little companion on the path to liberation  by  Carlo de Paoli

365 genuine spiritual and philosophical quotations: Your little companion on the path to liberation by Carlo de Paoli
November 9th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 417 pages | ISBN: | 9.44 Mb

These writings that you are either holding in your hands or reading on a computer are a labour of love and dedication and the quotations have not been copied en masse from the internet. Let me explain a bit more about this endeavour.Over a year agoMoreThese writings that you are either holding in your hands or reading on a computer are a labour of love and dedication and the quotations have not been copied en masse from the internet. Let me explain a bit more about this endeavour.Over a year ago I began researching quotations on the internet and I saw many websites with hundreds of them and it became clear that most of them had copied those quotes from each other.

Nothing wrong with that but what baffled me the most was the realisation that many of those quotes were not only abbreviations from the originals but the phrases were truncated in such a way that their meaning was changed almost beyond recognition.

Let me give you an example of this and let us examine one of the most popular quotes on the internet attributed to the Buddha:‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world’.Actually the Buddha never said this, besides the above quotation gives us the impression that the Buddha thought along the lines of ‘positive thinking’ new age philosophies which maintain that by changing our thoughts we can attract almost anything we desire unto our lives.

On the contrary the Buddha taught that we can change our reactions to events but he never said that by the law of attraction we can manifest all our wishes because there are many factors that can determine the course of our lives including Karma. The original words of the Buddha which are marginally similar to the quote in question are:‘Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief- they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.Mind precedes all mental states.

Mind is their chief- they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow’As you can see the verses of the Dhammapada point out that if we act in a destructive or impure manner we will create a state of unhappiness in ourselves whilst if we act with compassion and purity we will create a state of happiness in ourselves.

This is rather different from believing that with our thoughts we can get the perfect job, the perfect partner and so on. Of course if we are compassionate and happy within we are more likely to attract beneficial outcomes but there is no guarantee that we will.

What is important is to maintain a pure mind.After this realisation I decided to read again some of the philosophical and spiritual books which I had studied in the past and to explore many others that were new to me in order to extract from them the quintessence of their teachings.

Therefore I started a transforming and rewarding journey that has given me an insight into some of the most elevated and inspiring works of the philosophical and spiritual world.Along with the chosen quotations I have also added to many of them a short commentary to clarify their meaning and to invite you to a deeper reflection. In some of the quotations I have also added a meditation or visualisation.



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