Love is the ultimate of holies, by which Awareness receives its worth.
Love is the ultimate of holies, by which Life itself receives its worth. Love is the ultimate of holies, by which all else receives its worth.
This is a statement from a childhood dream which was actually expressed many times within the dream, in many ways, by many dream figures, with a few major variants that have stuck in my mind ever since, and which I have always thought both noteworthy and irrefutable. It was in such childhood dreams that I first envisioned a listing of many of the most important statements that have been made through the ages, and of calling it Worldsong.
In response to some activities and requests of which I am aware, I declare this assertion to be in the public domain, and that henceforth neither I nor any other person has any right to impede its expression, by anyone, in whatever ways they see fit, even if only to mock it. Mockeries of Love and Truth will forever pass into further mockeries and be forgotten or denied, but the Love and Truth and Beauty of such words will remain Eternal, beyond all denial.
I assert that all people certainly have the right to disagree with it, or what little they can understand or misunderstand of it, so fully as their own consciences and reasons impel them to do, but that I and others also have the right to assert that in the ways which I or they understand it, it is irrefutable, and has been and can be an irrefutably important key to far more forms of awareness and appreciation of Reality and Life itself.
I assert that there are many right ways to profoundly and beautifully understand it, and acknowledge that there are at least a few ways to profoundly and miserably misunderstand it, and to fail to appreciate many of the most profound and beautiful elements of its meaning and importance, but it is not my intention to elaborate upon them here.
All attempts to share wisdom with others is an expression of love for that which is truly essential. Even after more than eight years, we are all just at the beginning of this endeavor, and there is certainly a great deal left to be done.
I have started a user sub-page Chronology to provide a summary of some of my activity here, as well as that of others. A few of my favorite quotes collected in the Wikiquote project, thus far, are presented below, on this page. For more extensive listings of my favorites expressions and ideas see:
Worldsong, a primarily chronological listing of authors or sources of quotes through the ages,
Restorations which includes selected quotes I had originally intended to present under various pseudonyms, or
Vox Box which also permits a more extensive and personal commentary upon some quotes and ideas than would be appropriate within articles.
Love is in my beginning and my ending.
It is the beginning and ending of ALL which IS. It IS the ALL which is —
For All forms of Awareness, Life, and Love are formed by Love, and abide with Love and through Love,
In ways beyond ALL bounds of mortal minds. WE ALL begin and end IN LOVE.
It has been said that God IS Love, and that Love is ALL.
If so, what is there for the wise to hate but ignorance and confusion regarding such facts?
Whether one believes that the Ultimate Reality is all-knowing or all-ignorant, ultimately meaningful or meaningless, alive or dead, or even can or cannot exist — or whether one can or cannot believe or KNOW such things to be significant speculations, many can assert that the wise ever strive to dispel and diminish ignorance and confusion in themselves and others, often transcending many forms of it with an ever abiding love.
Those who, at times, are most pathetically, tragically and dangerously ignorant and confused fall readily into fears which fuel hatreds and suspicions and their own lust to control or punish others, which they justify by observing or imagining and magnifying, exaggerating, how foul and loathsome others are, or "must" be — often exposing far more of their own propensities to the ways of needless destruction and error and terror than that which can ever truly be found in those they condemn. Forgiveness is an imperative of the wise, and gentleness a strong desire — but they know that harshness must sometimes arise when injustices are denied or ignored, and people regularly believe or pretend to believe that many things are what they are NOT, or are not what they ARE. This very truth has often been twisted and misused by people accustomed to making the good seem evil and the evil seem good, in ways that are detrimental to ALL concerned. The wisest strive not to judge or to be judge by the ignorant and confused, but to make honest assessments, and abide in honest and respectful communion. Many remain so ignorant and confused about the nature of themselves and others and Reality itself that they believe this demands some form of absolute or absolutist control by someone. I am one of those who assert that such is a delusion of those most desiring excuses and reasons for their impulses to absolutely disregard the values and worth of others. The wisest know that ALL things have worth — and that NO thing has absolutely equal worth to ANY other — though in a truly just society of human beings ALL must have equal rights to assert and develop what worth they have. Such is the socially proper form of freedom known as Liberty — where all recognize the right of all to differ to the degree they feel proper — and thus no one accepts the presumption of ANYONE that they have the right or need to dictate to others what they MUST do, and where differences do arise sufficient to form clear hostilities of will, these should generally be acknowledged, but among the wise, ways to harmonize rather than conflict will be sought, and agreements reached as to what is best in any circumstances. It is only the very foolish who tend to hold that formulas can or must always be developed to determine what is "best" for all — usually these are little more than the ways to disguise from others and oneself one's presumptions or assumptions that what one desires oneself is best for all. Such formulas CAN be useful, and even necessary to develop many determinations of what is better or worse in various ways within any circumstances, but the wise know they should never be relied on AS IF they were ABSOLUTE.
A maintaining of the balances of what can or must be known or cannot yet be properly recognized and understood by themselves or others is nearly always of concern to the wise, but also always a desire and urge to promote awareness and appreciation among all of what usually can be recognized and accepted as truly beautiful and beautifully true by most.
~ Kalki ~
Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
The practical reason for freedom is that freedom seems to be the only condition under which any kind of substantial moral fiber can be developed — we have tried law, compulsion and authoritarianism of various kinds, and the result is nothing to be proud of.
I understand the most profound and simplest Truth of all: Any time any of us reaches out, any time we pour even a drop of love, compassion, simple human decency (no matter how small; how seemingly insignificant) into the sea of earthly existence — we are, each and every one of us — the being called Mercy.
Do not be deceived by the way men of badfaith misuse words and names ...Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
As men's habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another to scoff, I conclude ... that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits; each would then obey God freely with his whole heart, while nothing would be publicly honoured save justice and charity.
Objective knowledge, the idea of unity included, belongs to objective consciousness. The forms which express this knowledge when perceived by subjective consciousness are inevitably distorted and, instead of truth, they create more and more delusions.
All religions speak about death during this life on earth. Death must come before rebirth. But what must die? False confidence in one’s own knowledge, self-love and egoism. Our egoism must be broken. We must realize that we are very complicated machines, and so this process of breaking is bound to be a long and difficult task. Before real growth becomes possible, our personality must die.
We don't beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully — for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up.
God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smilesall the time.
All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense.
There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerouspeoplebelieve they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.
Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.
Each man and woman defines the world about them, creating a set of those things which they consider "normal" and "good" and "evil" and "sympathetic" and "likable," and these are damned indomitable walls. They are high and thick, and it is the task of the writer to penetrate or scale them.
The layman always means, when he says "reality" that he is speaking of something self-evidently known; whereas to me it seems the most important and exceedingly difficult task of our time is to work on the construction of a new idea of reality.
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.
Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.
I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say "give them up," for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.
From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it. That the starry vault shall surcharge the heart with all rapturous marvelings, is only because we ourselves are greater miracles, and superber trophies than all the stars in universal space. Wonder interlocks with wonder; and then the confounding feeling comes.
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.
The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.
The pessimist is commonly spoken of as the man in revolt. He is not. Firstly, because it requires some cheerfulness to continue in revolt, and secondly, because pessimism appeals to the weaker side of everybody, and the pessimist, therefore, drives as roaring a trade as the publican. The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are. It has been proved a hundred times over that if you really wish to enrage people and make them angry, even unto death, the right way to do it is to tell them that they are all the sons of God.
"Fire" does not matter, "earth" and "air" and "water" do not matter. "I" do not matter. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. The more words he remembers, the cleverer do his fellows esteem him. He looks upon the greattransformations of the world, but he does not see them as they were seen when man looked upon reality for the first time. Their names come to his lips and he smiles as he tastes them, thinking he knows them in the naming. The thing that has never happened before is still happening. It is still a miracle.
The law of love is in accord with the nature of man. But men can only recognize this truth to its full extent when they have completely freed themselves from all religious and scientificsuperstitions and from all the consequent misrepresentations and sophistical distortions by which its recognition has been hindered for centuries.
Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.
For the tender love that our good Lord hath to all that shall be saved, He comforteth readily and sweetly, signifying thus: It is sooth that sin is cause of all this pain; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
Most of the above are listed because they contain gems of positive inspiration, but some worthy articles such as Nineteen Eighty-Four provide a reminder of how nightmarish the misguided can be, and of such harm as can be done to individuals and to society whenever Liberty, Truth, and Love are not paramount concerns. There is always immense tragedy wherever the levels of oppression, dishonesty, and hatred of vital impulses that people are willing to manifest are the primary means to obtaining status, power, comfort, —and such apparent personal "safety" as exists without regard for the beauty or reality of the eternalsoul which manifests only through Love.
Certainly many famous people, important themes, major literary works, and motion pictures remain to be added, and even more categories can be developed.
I was long one of the administrators here, which never gave me any special authority… only a bit more ability to keep others from misusing the privileges provided. The following users currently have sysop privileges on the English Wikiquote:
These are the people to contact if you observe any recurring abuse of Wikiquote privileges, and feel a user should be blocked or a page protected from edits, or a page deleted. Many of these people are no longer very active here, but I intend to be around most days, and remain involved to the extent which I can. Luckily, the problems that have occurred here thus far have been relatively minor, and some apparent abuse might have been accidents or novices to wikis amazed that they are actually permitted to do edits to the pages without the prior approval of anyone. Those who persist in vandalizing the wiki (or the wiki process itself, with the accumulation or development of needless rules or presumptions of authority), will need to be dealt with more vigorously, through various means of non-violent direct action.
I intend to do at least a little work on this project on most days; copying, editing, and formatting many quotations from many diverse authors and sources, and to simply observe the progress of it, and expect that many people will eventually be inspired to contribute an extensive amount to this developing compendium of wit and wisdom.
I do not intend to always respond promptly to queries and comments, but sometimes might just be carefully formulating my response in a way that takes into account the many considerations that I believe should be involved in any decisions upon many matters.
I send my best of wishes to all those who are prompted to increase the awareness potentials of themselves and others in respectful and beneficial ways.
There are some truths that I feel are rarely expressed or repeated often enough, and are too seldom thought upon by many, so I will end as I began, quoting a small portion of what I can remember from a childhood dream; one of the slight variants of the statement with which I began, and which my soul continually affirms:
Love is the ultimate of holies, by which all else derives its worth.
This is the primary account of Kalki, who has also used many other account-names here, some since the very first days of this Wiki.
"If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it." Foundational Principles against overly-controlling forces developing on the wikis.
Even if you have read them before, PLEASE EXAMINE ANEW: Wikipedia:Ignore all rules, and the other links available there, including the links delineating much which Wikipedia was NOT.
These were some of the earliest directives established by the founding workers on the Wikimedia projects.
I am in a period of drastically reduced activity here : I once was an admin here (from 29 January 2004 to 1 December 2009), but being that no longer, there is far less usefulness or need for my regular presence, and I am far less inclined to spend as much time monitoring things. I will continue to serve, protect and develop this project to the extent I can amidst many other concerns, but I follow no set schedule, and now expect to often not be around for several days at a time, though I will likely be around most days for at least a few minutes. A devotion to Awareness, Life, and Love and to the principles of Justice, Unity and Liberty in truly genuine ways far beyond that of lip-service, based on an intense commitment to the crucial virtues of honesty and compassion, continues to guide and abide with me. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 04:44, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
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Before agreeing to defer to an IMPOSITION to restrict editing here ONLY to the Kalki account, until such a time as the issues involved could be more thoroughly addressed and decided upon, in order to lift a PLAINLY IMPROPER and POLICY VIOLATING BLOCK by Cirt (talk · contributions), this user had additionally made well over 11,444contributive edits using many other names, for a present count of well over 99,333 edits in all. MANY of these names and associated restored userpage messages have been salvaged from defacement at Restorations. MANY of the thousands of articles either created or significantly worked upon by this user are listed at Kalki/index. ·