That's Life, by The Lord

That's Life, by The Lord

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

– Osho (via purplebuddhaproject)

TRY TO BE THE LEAST IN NEED

fuckyeahrumi:

It is a person’s duty to get oneself into a position 

where one can be generous with their time and silver. 

Whenever you gather with friends or are in a crowd, 

try to be the least in need. For simply doing that is giving.

                                                —Rumi (tr. Ladinsky)

excerpted from The Purity of Desire by © Daniel Ladinsky

INSTEAD, BE LIKE A LION WHO,
RATHER THAN CHASING AFTER THE STICK,
TURNS TO FACE THE THROWER.

ONE ONLY THROWS A STICK AT A LION ONCE.

– Jetsun Milarepa (via zenhumanism)

“There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti (via ashramof1)

“I’ve grown up in the Himalayas — there’s no cash economy there. People are wealthy at zero dollars a day.
The point is that you need to have a clean stream. If your forest is intact and your stream is flowing and your knowledge is with you, and you can grow your food and you recognize the herbs that can cure you and you have mutuality of labor exchange, so that you come and work on my farm, and I come and work at your farm, why on earth would you need either dollars or rupees? On the other hand, if the water is commodified, if our seeds are commodified, if our medicine is monopolized, if there are no jobs. If the entire system is meant to merely be a source of profits for a handful of corporations, actually, you just have do your arithmetic, life becomes too expensive to buy. You can’t buy life. And now that they are trying to commoditize the very basis of life and own it and sell it back to us, basically the consequence is disposable people. Because for most people, then, life becomes unaffordable in any case, a life of that kind, even for those those who can afford it, is not life anymore.”

– Vandana Shiva (via la-hija-del-quinto-sol)