"The higher carelessness that W.Q. Judge taught is a calm reliance on the Law and a doing of one's duty." — The Aquarian Almanac

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March 19, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

” Recognize the marks of the friend of humanity.”

– Count Cagliostro

“The attitude of looking at everything with a smile is the sign of the saintly soul.”

– Sufi Saying

What are the marks of the friend of humanity?

I think the central one is selflessness.

That is an excellent place to start Tamiko.  Perhaps another quality of the friend of humanity would be universality.  Everyone and every group is included, none excluded.

March 20, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“Enduring patience is the highest tapas.“

— Buddha

“Upwards towards the peaks. Towards the stars. And towards the great silence.”

— Henrik Ibsen

Why is enduring patience the highest tapas (spiritual discipline)?

March 21, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“Generosity and love are the abandonment of self . That is your staff.”

— William Quan Judge

“If one looks at the world with friendly eyes, a perennial stream will spring in the heart, divine stars will shine in the inner firmament.”

— Vinoba Bhave

William Quan Judge d. 1896

I feel this is also directing a person to abandon ego and listen more to intuition. In the deepest part of our selves we are selfless. In this context though, I think self is referring to ego.

I agree. Self with a little s and not Self with a capital S.  It is hard to stop putting oneself first and worrying about oneself.  We have to redefine who and what we think we are to make this happen.  There is  a voice that keeps asking "What is in it for me?"  That self sees itself as limited and needing something from the outside.  That is our "man in the world".  The Immortal Soul stands above and within all this, it seems to me.  The challenge is to look at life and live life from the vantage point of an immortal soul which is what our real Self is.  Listening to intuition, for me, means trying to attune to the universal part of one's nature.

March 22, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“One who never turned his back, but marched breast forward,

Never doubted clouds would break,

Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong

would triumph,

Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,

Sleep to wake.”

— Robert Browning

March 23, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“All is in the will..“

— Jacob Boehme

“Great souls suffer in silence.“

— Johann Schiller

March 24, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“He does not display himself,

And so he shines;

He does not defend himself,

And so he is distinquished.”

— Lao Tzu

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March 25, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: William Quan Judge

“The names of those who in their lives fought for life,

Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.

Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun

And left the vivid air signed with their honour.”

— Stephen Spender