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I n the cool, dew-drenched night are shining the stars:
At this hour are awake the devotees, lovers of God,
meditating each day on the Name--
Their hearts meditating on the lotus feet of God,
whom they forsake not for an instant.





Sikhism Quote n°4382 | 
Asa Chhant, M.5, p. 459 





W ill extol thee, my God and my King,
and bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless thee,
and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.





Judaism Quote n°4379 | 
145.1-3 





O M! This syllable is this whole world. Its further explanation is: the
past, the present, the future--everything is just the word OM. And what-
ever else that transcends threefold time--that, too, is just the word OM.

For truly everything here is Brahman; this Self (Atman) is Brahman. This
same Self has four fourths: the waking state, outwardly cognitive... the
dreaming state, inwardly cognitive... the deep sleep state, unified, a
cognition-mass...and the state of being one with the Self, the cessation
of phenomena, tranquil....

This is the Self with regard to the word OM, with regard to its elements.
The elements are the fourths, the elements: the letter A, the letter U,
the letter M.

The waking state, the common-to-all-men, is the letter A... the sleeping
state, the Brilliant, is the letter U... the deep-sleep state, the Cog-
nitional, is the letter M... The fourth is without an element, with which
there can be no dealing, the cessation of phenomena, benign, without a
second. This AUM is the Self indeed.





Hinduism Quote n°4378 | 
Mandukya Upanishad 





C ontemplate the Name yourself; inspire it to others;
By attending to it, discoursing of it, living by it,
obtain liberation.
The true essence, eternal is the Lord's Name:
By spontaneous devotion, says Nanak, chant the Lord's praise.





Sikhism Quote n°4377 | 
Gauri Sukhmani 19, M.5, p. 289 






S o remember the name of thy Lord and devote thyself with complete devotion.




Islam Quote n°4370 | 
Qur'an 73.8 





T he Creator has many and diverse names:
Choose the name that comes to mind; thus do all the saints practice remembrance.
The Lord who endowed us with soul and body-worship Him in your heart ;
Worship Him by that name which best suits the moment.





Others Beliefs Quote n°3865 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 140 





W onderful is the Name; it holds the truth of the three worlds.
Considering this, 0 heart, repeat it night and day.
Wonderful is the Name; let the heart never forget Hari.
Let his image dwell in the heart; cherish it with every breath.
When you cherish Him with every breath, one day He will come to meet you.
... Abandon all other means of approach, and devote yourself to the Name of Rama.





Others Beliefs Quote n°3864 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 141 





W hile the mind is unstable, there can be no union;
When the mind becomes stable, He will be found with ease.
How can the mind remain firm without some resting place?
It merely keeps wandering here and there.
It will become stable only when you settle It on the remembrance of God.
Where you hold fast to His Name with a steadfast mindthere, says Dadu, is Rama.
Delight in the remembrance of Hari; then will the mind become steadfast.
When it has tasted the fellowship of love, it will not move away a single step.
When it is fixed on the One within, it finds no joy in other attractions;
Fixed firmly there, it does not wander anywhere else.
Like a gull, perched on a boat's mast in mid-ocean, the mind,
After it has grown weary of flying here and there, has found its resting-place.
Then only does my soul find peace and happiness, when my mind has become stable,
Steadfastly fixed on Rama. if only one could learn this secret!
The pure mind is stable; its joy is in the name of Rama.
in this way, you too shall find the vision of Him who is supreme and perfect Bliss.





Others Beliefs Quote n°3863 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 170-171 





T he sun rising over the earth creates the daylight; and the venerable and holy name of the Lord Jesus, shining continually in the mind, gives birth to countless intellections radiant as the sun.




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3405 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 197, text 196) 





A brother named John came from the coast to Father Philimon and, clasping his feet, said to him: "What shall I do to be saved? For my intellect vacillates to and fro and strays after all the wrong things." After a pause, the father replied: "This is one of the outer passions and it stays with you because you still have not acquired a perfect longing for God. The warmth of this longing and of the knowledge of God has not yet come to you." The brother said to him: "What shall I do, father?" Abba Philimon replied: "Meditate inwardly for a while, deep in your heart; for this can cleanse your intellect of these things." The brother, not understanding what was said, asked the Elder: "What is inward meditation, father?" The Elder replied: "Keep watch in your heart; and with watchfulness say in your mind with awe and trembling: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. For this is the advice which the blessed Diadochos gave to beginners."




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3399 | 
("Philokalia (Vol. 2)", p. 347) 





I f you really wish to cover your evil thoughts with shame, to be still and calm, and to watch over your heart without hindrance, let the Jesus Prayer cleave to your breath, and in a few days you will find that this is possible.




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3398 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", pp. 194-195, text 182) 





A ttentiveness is the heart's stillness, unbroken by any thought. In this stillness the heart breathes and invokes, endlessly and without ceasing, only Jesus Christ who is the Son of God and Himself God. It confesses Him who alone has power to forgive our sins, and with His aid it courageously faces its enemies…




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3397 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 163, text 5) 





T he soul's true peace lies in the gentle name of Jesus and in its emptying itself of impassioned thoughts.




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3396 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 183, text 122) 





T he name of Jesus should be repeated over and over in the heart as flashes of lightning are repeated over and over in the sky before rain…




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3395 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 180, text 105) 





F or the complete fulfilment of its purpose we should give it nothing but the prayer "Lord Jesus". No one, it is written, can say 'Lord Jesus' except in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3). Let the intellect continually concentrate on these words within its inner shrine with such intensity that it is not turned aside to any mental images. Those who meditate unceasingly upon this glorious and holy name in the depths of their hearts can sometimes see the light of their own intellect. For when the mind is closely concentrated upon this name, then we grow fully conscious that the name is burning up all the filth which covers the surface of the soul; for it is written: Our God is a consuming fire (Deut. 4:24). Then the Lord awakens in the soul a great love for His glory; for when the intellect with fervour of heart maintains persistently its remembrance of the precious name, then that name implants in us a constant love for its goodness, since there is nothing now that stands in the way. This is the pearl of great price which a man can acquire by selling all that he has, and so experience the inexpressible joy of making it his own (cf. Matt. 13:45-46).




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3394 | 
On Spiritual Knowledge: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", pp. 370-371, text 59) 





A man who merely practises the remembrance of God from time to time, loses through lack of continuity what he hopes to gain through his prayer. It is a mark of one who truly loves holiness that he continually burns up what is worldly in his heart through practising the remembrance of God, so that little by little evil is consumed in the fire of this remembrance and his soul completely recovers its natural brilliance with still greater glory.




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3388 | 
On Spiritual Knowledge: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 294, text 97) 





T o human beings it seems hard and difficult to still the mind so that it rests from all thoughts. Indeed, to enclose what is bodiless within the limits of the body does demand toil and struggle, not only from the uninitiated but also from those experienced in inner immaterial warfare. But he who through unceasing prayer holds the Lord Jesus within his breast will not tire in following Him, as the Prophet says (cf. Jer. 17:16.LXX). Because of Jesus' beauty and sweetness he will not desire what is merely mortal…




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3380 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 188, text 148) 





W e should strive to preserve the precious gifts which preserve us from all evil… These gifts are the guarding of the intellect with the invocation of Jesus Christ, continuous insight into the heart's depths, stillness of mind unbroken even by thoughts which appear to be good, and the capacity to be empty of all thought.




Christianity / Orthodoxy Quote n°3378 | 
On Watchfulness and Holiness: ("Philokalia (Vol. 1)", p. 180, text 103) 





T he true monk should have prayer and psalmody continually in his heart.




Christianity Quote n°3349 | 
Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus: The sayings of the Desert Fathers : the alphabetical collection. Trans. Benedicta Ward, SLG. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications Inc., 1984, 1975, p. 57, Epiphanus 3 





E ven if you do not reach His Essence, yet His remembrance has numerous effects upon you. You actualize tremendous benefits by invoking Him.




Islam / Sufism Quote n°3321 | 
The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 158, Trans. William C. Chittick. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1983 





H is Name is the Spirit of spirits, His invocation the ruby of the mines. His love is in the soul, He is both our refuge and our hope. When I mention His Name, good fortune arrives; then the Name becomes the Named -- without duality, without hesitation.




Islam / Sufism Quote n°3320 | 
The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 159, Trans. William C. Chittick. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1983 





W hosoever perseveres in the invocation will find that lights come to him constantly and that the veils of invisible things are lifted from him.




Islam / Sufism Quote n°3289 | 
The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation. Trans. Mary Ann Koury Danner. Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996, p. 94 





W hen the invocation descends into the heart, if there is darkenss within, it illuminates it; and if there is already light, the invocation increases the light and intensifies it.




Islam / Sufism Quote n°3288 | 
The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation. Trans. Mary Ann Koury Danner. Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996, p. 69 





I nvoking removes darkness and brings forth radiant lights.




Islam / Sufism Quote n°3287 | 
The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation. Trans. Mary Ann Koury Danner. Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996, p. 77 



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