Solitude

07/20/2010 § Leave a comment

Solitude Solitude defined 1. state of being alone: the state of being alone, separated from other people; 2. remoteness: a quality of quiet remoteness or seclusion in places from which human activity is generally absent; 3. lonely place: a remote or uninhabited place.

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“The yogi seeks to realize the ParamAtman, the Supreme Soul. His ideal is the union of the embodied soul and the Supreme Soul. He withdraws his mind from sense-objects and tries to concentrate it on the ParamAtman.

Therefore, during the first stage of his spiritual discipline, he retires into solitude and with undivided attention practises meditation in a fixed posture.”  – Ramakrishna Paramhansa

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”Henry David Thoreau“It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” ~K.T. Jong“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of a crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man who is advancing (spiritually) will begin to enjoy the deeper beatitude whether he is at work or not. While his hands are in society, he keeps his head cool in solitude. – Ramana Maharshi

Don’t mix with others too closely. Friendships do not satisfy us unless they are rooted in mutual love for the Lord. Our human wish for loving understanding from others is in reality the soul’s desire for unity with God. The more we seek to satisfy that desire outwardly, the less likely we are to find the Divine Companion. – Paramahansa Yogananda Sayings of Yogananda: inspiring counsel to disciples‎

Settle yourself in solitude and you will come upon God in yourself . Santa Teresa: an appreciation‎

“Then what am I – the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands?  Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside; a part of all existence, powerless but without need for power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation?  There are moments when the two appear inseparable, and others when they could be cut apart by the merest flash of light.” ~ Charles A. Lindbergh  (The Spirit of St. Louis)

I have a house where I go,

When there’s too many people,

I have a house where I go

Where no one can be;

I have a house where I go,

Where nobody ever says ‘no’

Where no one says anything – so

There is no one but me.”

~ A. A. Milne (Now We Are Six)

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