One thing that many learned and wise individuals held throughout time was the idea that there is no “us” versus “them” mentality, consciously or even physically. We are one humanity, we all live on planet Earth and there was this idea these luminaries consistently held and was that we need to lead as well as come together in the purest essence of compassion that can be expressed. This article takes a look at some of the ways in which, many of the world’s modern luminaries attempted to influence the world view of the general populace. This world view as has been expressed, must change now. The time for outdated thinking has already come and gone and the world has suffered enough.
Key Words: Consciousness, Luminaries, Wisdom Within
Not a modern luminary but a luminary none the less, Thomas Paine (1707-1839) has had attributed to him the quote, “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. I can think of no greater quote that resonates more deeply with my inner soul than this one quote. Although there are many luminaries from more modern times with great advice for us in terms of understanding our lives, our common every day consciousness and those with minds who have sought to expand our limited world view to something bigger and better. It’s coming – the bigger and better, whether you embrace or deny and fight it. But this quote speaks not just of getting along but the true realization of our consciousness nature. We are but one soul in a way, we are all related one to the other – black, white, yellow or red and the best religion we can embrace for the good of humanity is kindness and compassion for all always and in allways never being withheld for any reason of judgment. These seem like simple concepts on the surface and in some ways they are. In others, they are very complex and to embrace these concepts, one must be willing to trade beliefs, no matter how they were come by and exchange them for knowledge and true understanding. These things are going to become more key for us in the times to come as our consciousness expands from old, tired and worn paradigms of the iron age thoughts of our present day consciousness into the greater realms of expanding awareness.
So many have brought us wisdom long before the rest were ready and what did we do but deify them. We set them above and apart from us and worshiped them while listening to not one single word they said to us about who we really are. They have already given us every single answer to our every question and still we quest and thirst for more even though we have been filled. There is a reason for that. Some of us are like the little wary goldfish, happy to swim about but who will eat and eat and eat as long as he or she is fed until we are fed so much we explode. This means, until the majority of us achieve a state within body and mind, to where we can hold the space necessary to understand, life is going to seem a bit of a struggle. Just don’t lose hope. I’d like to share with you the wise words of other great luminaries who in thought were or are not too unlike our dear friend Master Paine above. I’d like for you to consider these quotes. Don’t just read them and move on. Take them one at a time and mull them over, meditate and reflect on the words, the meaning behind them and the soul of the speaker of those words and now contemplate that this very same said wisdom is coming from inside of you as well. I know it is a bit of a mind bender but this consciousness/Consciousness that we have is shared just in ways we have yet to understand. Conduct a little research on consciousness and you’ll see it is one of the most widely researched and little understood topics. Consciousness is everything from the Big “C” Consciousness of the Quantum Whole of existence to the little “c” egoic consciousness that tries so very hard to understand the nuggets of beautiful wisdom left behind for us like crumbs on a trail through a darkened forest that will, if we allow it, lead us out of the darkness and into the light of truth.
“Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! control the present! Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise...” ― Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
“Whatever we put our attention on, will grow stronger in our life.” -- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)
“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.”-- Swami Vivikananda (1863-1902)
“We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it...
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”-- John Lennon (1940-1980)
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -- Princess Diana (1961-1997)
"... I've seen it around the world, in the poorest countries and in countries riven with conflict, ... It is women who are the key to breaking out of poverty, breaking out of stagnation. ... It's women who can contribute to achieving real security -- not bombs and bullets and repressive governments." -- Queen Noor
“I believe in the absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity. What though we have many bodies? We have but one soul?” – Ghandi (1869-1948)
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -- Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King (1929-1968)
“Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking Inside a radio for the announcer.” -- Nasim Haramein
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”-- Dalai Lama
“Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another and to cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.”-- Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu
“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.--Morgan Freeman
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” -- Albert Einstein (1875-1959)
“Though we may never be able to comprehend human life, we know certainly that it is a movement, of whatever nature it be. The existence of movement unavoidably implies a body which is being moved and a force which is moving it. Hence, wherever there is life, there is a mass moved by a force. All mass possesses inertia; all force tends to persist.”-- Nikola Tesla (1884-1943)
“To be what you want to be, you must give up being what you are.
--Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
“There is nothing outside of us. It's all in us.” – Yogi Bajhan (1929-2004)
“I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds but our hearts and our souls.” – Malala Yousafzai
All around us in everything we see, hear, feel and experience, there are various levels of consciousness. This consciousness is herein expressed from luminaries around the world as these quotes indicate. Within each selected quote lies a beautiful piece of wisdom. You too possess the spirit of this Consciousness and in those rare moments of quiet and stillness deep within the heart of your soul, you too possess this wisdom and are also a luminary and beautiful soul. You need only understand yourselves much better to come to these facts and when you begin to see this light within, you cannot help but notice this light everywhere you go. You are forever changed and changed for the better. Each time a soul becomes aware, he or she creates an open pathway of energy that pushes another and another and yet another to open to awareness in this beautiful wave. These waves pulse the surface of the Earth as they have in every age but right now in particular, the conscious awareness grows in leaps and bounds. I have faith in humanity that we will yet find the right doorways not just to knock upon but to open and open inclusively with great compassion and love.
Quotes derived from multiple online sources, Goodreads.com, brainyquote.com and wikipedia.com.
Rev. J.L. Harter, Ph.D. See Bio Section for additional details.