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The wise man should surrender his words to his mind;
and this he should surrender to the Knowing Self;
and the Knowing Self he should surrender to the Great Self;
and that he should surrender to the Peaceful Self.

Quote n° 4387 : , Hinduism
Source : Katha Upanishad 3.13  

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Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of
Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Quote n° 4354 : , founder of Chrstianism, Christianity
Source : Matthew 7.21  

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And how can this be without dying, or the whole Destruction of my Will?
Upon this entire Surrender and yielding up of thy Will, the Love of God in thee becometh the Life of thy Nature; it killeth thee not, but quickeneth thee, who art now dead to thyself in thine own Will… So then it is no longer thy Will, but the Will of God; no longer the Love of thyself, but the Love of God, which moveth and operateth in thee; and then, being thus comprehended in it, thou art dead indeed as to thyself, but art alive unto God. So being dead thou livest, or rather God liveth in thee by His Spirit; and His Love is made to thee Life from the Dead. Never couldest thou with all thy seeking, have comprehended it; but it hath apprehended thee…The Treasure of Treasures is found.

Quote n° 3519 : , (1575-1624), Gnostique Chrétien, Christianity
Source : The Supersensual Life. Trans. William Law.  

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If … thy Will … could break off itself for one Hour, or even but for one half Hour, from all Creatures, and plunge itself into That where no Creature is, or can be, presently it would be penetrated and clothed upon with the supreme Splendour of the Divine Glory, would taste in itself the most sweet Love of Jesus, the Sweetness whereof no Tongue can express, and would find in itself the unspeakable Words of our Lord concerning His Great Mercy.

Quote n° 3517 : , (1575-1624), Gnostique Chrétien, Christianity
Source : The Supersensual Life. Trans. William Law.  

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Thou must resign up thy Will to God; and must sink thyself down to the Dust in His Mercy… If thou dost thus, know that God will speak into thee, and will bring thy resigned will into Himself, in the supernatural Ground; and then thou shalt hear, my Son, what the Lord speaketh in thee.

Quote n° 3514 : , (1575-1624), Gnostique Chrétien, Christianity
Source : The Supersensual Life. Trans. William Law.  

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There is the saying: "I don't want to become sugar; I want to eat it." I never feel like saying, "I am Brahman." I say, "Thou art my Lord and I am Thy servant." My desire is to sing God's name and glories. It is very good to look on God as the Master and on oneself as His servant. Further, you see, people speak of the waves as belonging to the Ganges; but no one says that the Ganges belongs to the waves. The feeling "I am He" is not wholesome… He deceives himself as well as others. He cannot understand his own state of mind.

Quote n° 3200 : , (1836–1886), saint, Hinduism
Source : Mahendranath Gupta. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Trans. Swami Nikhilananda. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1942, 1948, 1958, pp. 230-231  

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Be reconciled to the lot that God has chosen for you. Be tolerant and patient. Above all, be humble, kind and forgiving towards all in your office-nay towards all in the world. With a mind whose passions are uncontrolled, wherever you may go, you can never know peace. You will then be only ceaselessly fighting with the world and find no haven of rest and contentment. Look within yourself. Surrender to the will of almighty God. Humble yourself before Him and extend your love and sympathy towards all beings. Take it that God does everything for the best

Quote n° 3164 : , (1884-1963), philosophe et mystique hindou, Hinduism
Source : In the Vision of God, Volume 1, by Swami Ramdas, pp 231-232  

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Forget not the central truth that God is seated in your own heart. Don't be disheartened by failures at initial stages. Cultivate the spirit of surrender to the workings of His will in you and outside you, until you have completely surrendered up your ego-sense and have known He is in all and He is all, and you and He are one. Be patient. The path of self-discipline that leads to God-realization is not an easy path. Obstacles and sufferings are on the path; the latter you must bear and the former overcome - all by His help. His help comes only through concentration. Repetition of God's Name helps concentration

Quote n° 3159 : , (1884-1963), philosophe et mystique hindou, Hinduism
Source : In the Vision of God, Volume 1, by Swami Ramdas, pp 171-172  

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To become a saint of God, you must covet nothing in this world or the next and you must give yourself entirely to God and turn your face to Him. To desire this world is turning away from God for the sake of what is transitory. To covet the next world means turning away from God for the sake of what is everlasting.

Quote n° 3004 :  Others Sufis Teaching , Islam, Sufism
Source : Ibrahim Adham, Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.182  

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A dervish was sweeping the courtyard. Abu Sa'id saw him and said, "Be like the dust ball that rolls before the broom and not like the rock left behind.'
One must be like the dust, which has no will of its own but goes wherever the broom (the spiritual master) commands not like the rock, which asserts its own will and resists the direction of the guide.

Quote n° 2985 : , (967 AD in Mayhana, (modern Turkmenistan) d. 1049), ascetic, an antinomian ecstatic, and a spiritual guide, Islam, Sufism
Source : Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.157  

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Our task is to offer ourselves up to God like a clean, smooth canvas and not bother ourselves about what God may choose to paint on it, but, at every moment, feel only the stroke of his brush. It is the same with a piece of stone. Each blow from the chisel of the sculptor makes it feel - if it could feel - if it were being destroyed. As blow after blow rains down on it, the stone knows nothing about how the sculptor is shaping it. All it feels is a chisel hacking away at it, savaging it and mutilating it.
Let us take, for example, a piece of stone that is destined to be carved into a crucifix or a statue. We might ask it: 'What do you think is happening to you?" And it might well answer: 'Why are you asking me? All I know is that I must stay immobile in the hands of the sculptor. I have no notion of what he is doing, nor do I know what he will make of me. What I do know, however, is that his work is the finest imaginable. It is perfect. I welcome each blow of his chisel as the best thing that could happen to me, although, if I am to tell the complete truth, I feel that every one of these blows is ruining me, destroying me, and disfiguring me.'

Quote n° 2851 : , (1675-1751), French priest, Christianity, Catholicism
Source : Jean Pierre de Caussade, translated from the French by Andrew Harvey in Teaching of the Christian Mystics.  

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And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Quote n° 2790 : , (A.D. ?3-64), mystic, Christianity
Source : St. Paul, Romans 12:1-9 (AV), taken from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible  

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In the psalm we read: "How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day? "
As long as I take counsel in my soul, there must be sorrow in my heart all day. Only when I know of no further counsel that can help me, and I give up taking counsel, and know of no other help but God, will help be vouchsafed me.

Quote n° 2742 : , (Vienne, 1878 — Jérusalem, 1965), famous midrash scholar, Judaism, Hassidism
Source : Martin Buber’s ten rungs, collected Hassidic saying, p.20  

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But a time will come when you will feel more and more that you are the instrument and not the worker. For first by the force of your devotion your contact with the Divine Mother will become so intimate that at all times you will have only to concentrate and to put everything into her hands to have her present guidance, her direct command or impulse, the sure indication of the thing to be done, and the way to do it and the result. And afterward you will realize that the divine Shakti not only inspires and guides, but initiates and carries out your works; all your movements are originated by her, all your powers are hers, mind, life, and body are conscious and joyful instruments of her action, means for her play, molds for her manifestation in the physical universe. There can be no more happy condition than this union and dependence; for this step carries you back beyond the borderline from the life of stress and suffering in the ignorance into the truth of your spiritual being, into its deep peace and its intense Ananda.

Quote n° 2709 : , (Calcutta, 1872 — Pondichéry, 1950), philosopher, poet, and mystic, Hinduism
Source : All for her, in the Teaching of the Hindu Mystics, by Andrew Harvey, Shambala.  

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