Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Buddhism's forgotten women:




Author Wendy Garling on Buddhism's forgotten women:





n both ancient lore and modern culture, we hear much about the Buddha's road to enlightenment – from his birth to his parinirvana, or death.
But missing from most accounts of Prince Siddhartha's life are the women who influenced him along the way and who played a significant role in his journey of awakening.
Wendy Garling is a writer, dharma teacher, and practicing Tibetan Buddhist. When she realized many of those stories were "hiding in plain sight," Garling began digging to find out more about the women in the Buddha's circle.
Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha's Life
A retelling of the ancient legends of the women in the Buddha’s intimate circle by author Wendy Garling
Drawing on rare and lesser-known stories from ancient Sanskrit and Pali sources, Garling reinterprets the legends of the women in the Buddha's intimate circle in her book Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha's Life.
Her retelling of these ancient stories exposes the bias of those who first wrote down those stories, challenges the common understanding of women's roles in early Buddhism and sheds light on the sacred feminine in the faith.
"It's important to remember that at the time of the Buddha, everything was communicated through the oral traditions," Garling points out. "The stories that sprang up around his life were not written down for many hundreds of years… So there's no one way the stories were told."
She notes that many of the early stories were initially written down by monks at Buddhist monasteries, and those men may have focused on the more religious aspects of the Buddha's life and teachings, discarding details they deemed irrelevant.
"I think the forgotten stories I found - that are so important and so different - were less edited, frankly," she adds. "In many cases, they had no real religious purpose, but they were telling wonderful stories – stories about the Buddha, and stories about women."
Maya_dream_of_the_Birth_of_Gautama_Siddharta
Maya's dream of the birth of Gautama Siddharta, the Buddha

Here are some highlights:

  • Garling says traditional tellings of the Buddha's birth story seldom include women, even omitting the Buddha's birth mother, Mayadevi. Those accounts that do include Maya depict her as giving birth standing up, holding onto a tree for support, as Siddhartha emerged from her right side, with no blood or water exuded during the labour.  
  • Maya is thought to have died shortly afterwards, leaving Siddhartha to be raised by her sister, Mahapajapati, who is said to have been present at the birth. Artistic renderings often depict Mahapajapati holding Maya around the waist during the labour – symbolizing the role of both mothers in the Buddha's life. Later, after her husband died, Mahapajapati became a nun. When the Buddha finally decided to leave his palace home as he moved towards enlightenment, it was his second mother's tears and wisdom that sent him on his way.
    Astasahasrika_Prajnaparamita_Queen_Maya_Birth
    Painting of the birth of Gautama Buddha, out of the side of Queen Mahamaya

     
  • Goddesses played a role in early Buddhism. For instance, Garling argues the tree Maya held onto during the Buddha's birth was actually Abhayadevi, a goddess of protection who lowered her branch to support Maya during birth. Buddhism includes many female deities, including goddesses of peace, compassion, and liberation.
  • Before he became the Buddha, Siddhartha had a harem of women. In a commonly told story, the consorts are ordered by Brahmin gods to appear vulgar and ugly in order to repel Siddhartha from desire and other earthly gratification. In Garling's retelling, at the urging of a wisdom goddess, the women themselves conspire to drive Siddhartha away. Instead of being passive, the women actively help release Siddhartha from his final attachment.










Source: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/a-new-cast-of-heroines-1.3867417/hiding-in-plain-sight-buddhism-s-forgotten-women-1.3867419



How religious fervour changes your brain.





Dec 3
. on how religious fervour changes your brain.




Religion is like a drug, at least according to our brains.  











Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Towering Cypress, by Katsushika Hokusai


冨嶽三十六景 甲州三島越

Mishima Pass, Mount Fuji, and the Towering Cypress

by Katsushika Hokusai

 
 
 
 

Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving

Philosopher Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving and What Is Keeping Us from Mastering It

“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.”



“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hahn admonished in his terrific treatise on how to love — a sentiment profoundly discomfiting in the context of our cultural mythology, which continually casts love as something that happens to us passively and by chance, something we fall into, something that strikes us arrow-like, rather than a skill attained through the same deliberate practice as any other pursuit of human excellence. Our failure to recognize this skillfulness aspect is perhaps the primary reason why love is so intertwined with frustration.

That’s what the great German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) examines in his 1956 masterwork The Art of Loving (public library) — a case for love as a skill to be honed the way artists apprentice themselves to the work on the way to mastery, demanding of its practitioner both knowledge and effort.



Erich Fromm
Fromm writes:
This book … wants to show that love is not a sentiment which can be easily indulged in by anyone, regardless of the level of maturity reached by him. It wants to convince the reader that all his attempts for love are bound to fail, unless he tries most actively to develop his total personality, so as to achieve a productive orientation; that satisfaction in individual love cannot be attained without the capacity to love one’s neighbor, without true humility, courage, faith and discipline. In a culture in which these qualities are rare, the attainment of the capacity to love must remain a rare achievement.
Fromm considers our warped perception of love’s necessary yin-yang:
Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one’s capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable.
[…]
People think that to love is simple, but that to find the right object to love — or to be loved by — is difficult. This attitude has several reasons rooted in the development of modern society. One reason is the great change which occurred in the twentieth century with respect to the choice of a “love object.”



Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss
Our fixation on the choice of “love object,” Fromm argues, has seeded a kind of “confusion between the initial experience of ‘falling’ in love, and the permanent state of being in love, or as we might better say, of ‘standing’ in love” — something Stendhal addressed more than a century earlier in his theory of love’s “crystallization.” Fromm considers the peril of mistaking the spark for the substance:
If two people who have been strangers, as all of us are, suddenly let the wall between them break down, and feel close, feel one, this moment of oneness is one of the most exhilarating, most exciting experiences in life. It is all the more wonderful and miraculous for persons who have been shut off, isolated, without love. This miracle of sudden intimacy is often facilitated if it is combined with, or initiated by, sexual attraction and consummation. However, this type of love is by its very nature not lasting.

The two persons become well acquainted, their intimacy loses more and more its miraculous character, until their antagonism, their disappointments, their mutual boredom kill whatever is left of the initial excitement. Yet, in the beginning they do not know all this: in fact, they take the intensity of the infatuation, this being “crazy” about each other, for proof of the intensity of their love, while it may only prove the degree of their preceding loneliness.
[…]
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.



Illustration by Julie Paschkis from Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown
The only way to abate this track record of failure, Fromm argues, is to examine the underlying reasons for the disconnect between our beliefs about love and its actual machinery — which must include a recognition of love as an informed practice rather than an unmerited grace. Fromm writes:
The first step to take is to become aware that love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art, say music, painting, carpentry, or the art of medicine or engineering. What are the necessary steps in learning any art? The process of learning an art can be divided conveniently into two parts: one, the mastery of the theory; the other, the mastery of the practice. If I want to learn the art of medicine, I must first know the facts about the human body, and about various diseases. When I have all this theoretical knowledge, I am by no means competent in the art of medicine. I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice, until eventually the results of my theoretical knowledge and the results of my practice are blended into one — my intuition, the essence of the mastery of any art. But, aside from learning the theory and practice, there is a third factor necessary to becoming a master in any art — the mastery of the art must be a matter of ultimate concern; there must be nothing else in the world more important than the art. This holds true for music, for medicine, for carpentry — and for love. And, maybe, here lies the answer to the question of why people in our culture try so rarely to learn this art, in spite of their obvious failures: in spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else is considered to be more important than love: success, prestige, money, power — almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving.
In the remainder of the enduringly excellent The Art of Loving, Fromm goes on to explore the misconceptions and cultural falsehoods keeping us from mastering this supreme human skill, outlining both its theory and its practice with extraordinary insight into the complexities of the human heart. Complement it with French philosopher Alain Badiou on why we fall and stay in love and Mary Oliver on love’s necessary madnesses.




Source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/10/29/the-art-of-loving-erich-fromm/



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah




Leonard Cohen Credit Dominique Issermann


  Leonard Cohen: Darkness and Praise

The email from the boy began: “Did anything inspire you to create Hallelujah?"

Later that same winter day the reply arrived: 
“I wanted to stand with those who clearly see God’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don’t always get what you want. You’re not always up for the challenge. But in this case — it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful.”
The question came from the author's son, who was preparing to present the hymn to his fifth-grade class. The boy required a clarification about its meaning. The answer came from the author of the song, Leonard Cohen.
Cohen lived in a weather of wisdom, which he created by seeking it rather than by finding it. He swam in beauty, because in its transience he aspired to discern a glimpse of eternity.
There was always a trace of philosophy in his sensuality.
He managed to combine a sense of absurdity with a sense of significance, a genuine feat.
He was a friend of melancholy but an enemy of gloom, and a renegade enamored of tradition.
Leonard was, above all, in his music and in his poems and in his tone of life, the lyrical advocate of the finite and the flawed.
Leonard sang always as a sinner. He refused to describe sin as a failure or a disqualification. Sin was a condition of life. 

“Even though it all went wrong/ I’ll stand before the Lord of song/ With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah!”
The singer’s faults do not expel him from the divine presence. Instead they confer a mortal integrity upon his exclamation of praise. 

He is the inadequate man, the lowly man, the hurt man who has given hurt, insisting modestly but stubbornly upon his right to a sacred exaltation.

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”  

He once told an interviewer that those words were the closest he came to a credo.  

The teaching could not be more plain: fix the crack, lose the light.
  
Here is a passage on frivolity by a great rabbi in Prague at the end of the 16th century:

“Man was born for toil, since his perfection is always being actualized but is never actual,” 
he observed in an essay on frivolity.
“And insofar as he attains perfection, something is missing in him.  In such a being, 
perfection is a shortcoming and a lack.”

Leonard Cohen was the poet laureate of the lack, the psalmist of the privation, who made imperfection gorgeous.



Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/opinion/my-friend-leonard-cohen-darkness-and-praise.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&src=trending



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living with a sense of purpose in life




Conclusion:

A sense of purpose in life also gives you this considerable advantage:
"People with a sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease."

The conclusions come from over 136,000 people who took part in 10 different studies.

Participants in the studies were mostly from the US and Japan.


The US studies asked people:
  • how useful they felt to others,
  • about their sense of purpose, and
  • the meaning they got out of life.


The Japanese studies asked people about ‘ikigai’ or whether their life was worth living.

The participants, whose average age was 67, were tracked for around 7 years.

During that time almost 20,000 died.
 
But, amongst those with a strong sense of purpose or high ‘ikigai’, the risk of death was one-fifth lower.

Despite the link between sense of purpose and health being so intuitive, scientists are not sure of the mechanism.

Sense of purpose is likely to improve health by strengthening the body against stress.

It is also likely to be linked to healthier behaviours.

Dr. Alan Rozanski, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience.
Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators.
The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”

This research on links between sense of purpose in life and longevity is getting stronger all the time:
  • “A 2009 study of 1,238 elderly people found that those with a sense of purpose lived longer.
  • A 2010 study of 900 older adults found that those with a greater sense of purpose were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Survey data often links a sense of purpose in life with increased happiness.
No matter what your age, then, it’s worth thinking about what gives your life meaning.”



Read More:

Find out what kinds of things people say give their lives meaning.
Here’s an exercise for increasing meaningfulness
And a study finding that feeling you belong increases the sense of meaning.

The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (Cohen et al., 2015).




A sense of purpose in life
Link: http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/12/here-is-why-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-is-important-for-health

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Discovery Channel - Large Asteroid Impact Simulation





● Discovery Channel - Large Asteroid Impact Simulation (2008).



Earth
was born as a result of repeated asteroid collisions, the moon was
created by a single giant impact event. Then, Earth's size attracted
huge meteorites, which slammed into it, causing super-high-temperature
rock vapour to cover the entire surface and evaporate all ocean water.
The earliest life-forms survived such infernal events by escaping deep
into the ground, miraculously emerging again and again. The Earth has
gone through innumerable catastrophic events, and life has survived by
acquiring new abilities to live through each crisis. Humans are part of
the grand history of life's evolution, which has been closely
intertwined with repeated cataclysmic events.



Learn what would happen if an asteroid hit the Earth with this detailed "Large Asteroid Impact Simulation".

An
asteroid with a diameter of 500 km. Destination: The Pacific Ocean. The
impact peels the 10 km crust off the surface. The shockwave travels at
hypersonic speeds. Debris is blasted across into low Earth orbit, and
returns to destroy the surface of the Earth. The firestorm encircles the
Earth, vaporizing all life in its way. Within one day, the surface of
the Earth is uninhabitable. The evidence shows that this has happened at
least six times in Earth's history.

Music of Pink Floyd "The Great Gig in the Sky" (1973).



0:12 An asteroid with a diameter of 500 km.

0:47 Destination: The Pacific Ocean.

1:17 The impact peels the 10 km crust off the surface.

1:28 The shockwave travels at hypersonic speeds.

1:53 Debris is blasted across into low Earth orbit,

2:11 and returns to destroy the surface of the Earth.

2:55 The firestorm encircles the Earth,

3:05 vaporizing all life in its way.

3:34 Within one day, the surface of the Earth is uninhabitable.

4:19 The evidence shows that this has happened at least six times in Earth's history.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Man to Tiger - Get ready for Tiger Dance




Published on Sep 17, 2016
Tiger
Dance " Puli Kali " is a colorful recreational folk art from the state
of Kerala.[1] It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on
the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in
the Indian state of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations
(Nalaam Onam), performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright
yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and
Thakil. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers' hence
the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. The folk art
is mainly practiced in Thrissur district of Kerala. Best place to watch
the show is at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikali
troupes from all over the district assemble to display their skills. The
festival attracts thousands of people to the Thrissur city. Pulikali is
also performed during various other festive seasons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puli_Kali



Monday, September 19, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

South American Magellanic penguin and the man who saved his life.


 South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.


Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil.
It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.
Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.
Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.


After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls.
And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.


For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
It’s thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.


‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Joao told Globo TV. ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.


It’s thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin (Picture: TV Globo)
‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’


Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.
‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.
And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.

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Werner Heisenberg: a key pioneer of Quantum Mechanics





Werner Karl Heisenberg (German: [ˈhaɪzənbɛɐ̯k]; 5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist andC. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle, upon which he built his philosophy and for which he is best known. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1932 "for the creation of quantum mechanics".

He also made important contributions to the theories of the hydrodynamics of turbulent flows, the atomic nucleus, ferromagnetism, cosmic rays, and subatomic particles, and he was instrumental in planning the first West German nuclear reactor at Karlsruhe, together with a research reactor in Munich, in 1957. He was a principal scientist in the German nuclear energy project during World War II. He traveled to occupied Copenhagen where he infamously met and discussed the German project with Niels Bohr. Following the meeting, Bohr fled to the Allies disclosing secrets about the program.









Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sacred songs with Elina Garanca Arte HD


Published on May 9, 2016
• Adam - Cantique de Noël
• Gounod - O Divine Redeemer! 06:36
• Gomez - Ave Maria 13:45
• Händel - Hallelujah chorus from Messiah 18:07
• Bizet - Agnus Dei 22:27
• Mascagni
- Ave Maria 26:50
- Regina coeli - "Cavalleria Rusticana" 30:52
• Ruperto Chapí y Lorente - Carcelaras - Las Hijas del Zebedeo 37:26

Elīna Garanča - mezzo-soprano
Karel Mark Chichon - dirigent
State Choir "Latvija"
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

The Evening Prayer - Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade


 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Quotations about Angels



The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot


The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"


The Angels were all singing out of tune,
And hoarse with having little else to do,
Excepting to wind up the sun and moon
Or curb a runaway young star or two.
~Lord Byron


Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone. ~William Blake


Angels have no philosophy but love. ~Terri Guillemets


It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire


Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. ~Meister Eckhart


Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Fanny J. Crosby


We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ~Luciano de Crescenzo


Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Philosophy will clip an angel's wings. ~John Keats


All God's angels come to us disguised. ~James Russell Lowell


God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost


Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. ~Jean Paul Richter


The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. ~Eric Honeycutt


Angels fly at light speed, because they are servants of the Light. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. ~Jean Cocteau


We're all kissed by angels but some of us never think to pucker. ~Terri Guillemets


He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since. ~Josh Billings


Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


It comes down to whether you believe in seven miraculous escapes a week or one guardian angel. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A pillow for thee will I bring,
Stuffed with down of angel's wing.
~Richard Crashaw


In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular. ~George Bernard Shaw


I hear thy voice so clear,
'Tis fragrant from above;
I see an angel tear
Upon the cheek of love.
~E.M. Wood (1838–1912), "To the Memory of Bishop Simpson," A Splendid Wreck and Other Poems, 1888


An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. ~St Thomas Aquinas



When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place. ~Author Unknown


The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


If trouble hearing angels' song with thine ears, try listening with thy heart. ~Terri Guillemets


Angels shine from without because their spirits are lit from within by the light of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Evangeline"


If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Music is well said to be the speech of angels. ~Thomas Carlyle


Angels can fly because they carry no burdens. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


I guess I have never really doubted that we are all born to our guardian angel. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit. ~Mae West


Sometimes even the flight of an angel hits turbulence. ~Terri Guillemets


Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child


In every Heart…awaits Your Angel. ~Michael, @WhereAngelsCome


Angels are direct creations of God, each one a unique Master's piece. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Angels are quite ample cause to cry... ~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com


You'll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one. ~Terri Guillemets


Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. ~St Francis of Sales


If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.
~Richard Lovelace


Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.
~Richard Purdy Wilbur


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo


Whether we are filled with joy or grief, our angels are close to us, speaking to our hearts of God's love. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. ~St Ambrose


Around our pillows golden ladders rise,
And up and down the skies,
With winged sandals shod,
The angels come, and go, the Messengers of God!
~Richard Henry Stoddard


Angels can fly directly into the heart of the matter. ~Author Unknown


Angels patch the holes in our hearts. ~Terri Guillemets


When a man dies they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deeds he has sent before him. ~The Koran


O welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!
~John Milton, Comus


If angels are about our path... I cannot but think that they are sad and cover their faces with their hands, when in an unguarded moment those whom they watch over are tempted to wickedness. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870  [Angel facepalm! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


If angels rarely appear, it's because we all too often mistake the medium for the Message. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ~Terri Guillemets


Angels are never too distant to hear you. ~Author Unknown


I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on. 

~Rabindranath Tagore


Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. ~Thérèse de Lisieux


When our mortal eyes close on this world for the last time, our angels open our spiritual eyes and escort us personally before the face of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Angels sail back to God on the sea of joy. ~Terri Guillemets


A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~Author Unknown


The magnitude of life is overwhelming. Angels are here to help us take it peace by peace. ~Terri Guillemets


If you can't hear the angels, try quieting the static of worry. ~Terri Guillemets


While we are sleeping, angels have conversations with our souls. ~Author Unknown


A demon holds a book, in which are written the sins of a particular man; an Angel drops on it from a phial, a tear which the sinner had shed in doing a good action, and his sins are washed out. ~Alberic, Monk of Monte-Cassino


Angels are spirits of the soul for humans, and spirits of the soil in gardens. ~Terri Guillemets, "Zucchini and soil and butterflies," 1993


How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown


Raindrops resplendent with angels patter my head and drizzle God's love over me. Wet rejoicing abounds! ~Terri Guillemets


When we worship God, our angels add their prayers and turn our single voices into hundred-part harmony. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994



Angels will not disintegrate with logic, but they are more likely to fly for those who believe. -Terri Guillemets


The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


An angel lost his wing,
Crooked he did fly.
~Terri Guillemets


How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on? ~Tom Waits, "Mr Siegal," Heartattack and Vine