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2.21 - The Three Heads, The Beard and The Mazela
Hedge Maze
the Maze of Nightmares
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maze ::: an intricate, usually confusing network of interconnecting pathways, as in a garden; a labyrinth. mazes. :::

mazed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Maze

mazedness ::: n. --> The condition of being mazed; confusion; astonishment.

mazeful ::: a. --> Mazy.

maze ::: n. --> A wild fancy; a confused notion.
Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.
A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth. ::: v. t.

mazer ::: n. --> A large drinking bowl; -- originally made of maple.

mazed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Maze

mazedness ::: n. --> The condition of being mazed; confusion; astonishment.

mazeful ::: a. --> Mazy.

maze ::: n. --> A wild fancy; a confused notion.
Confusion of thought; perplexity; uncertainty; state of bewilderment.
A confusing and baffling network, as of paths or passages; an intricacy; a labyrinth. ::: v. t.

mazer ::: n. --> A large drinking bowl; -- originally made of maple.

maze ::: an intricate, usually confusing network of interconnecting pathways, as in a garden; a labyrinth. mazes. :::

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   1 Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
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   1 Friedrich Schiller
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   3 Philip K Dick
   3 Neil Gaiman
   3 Marissa Meyer
   3 Marcus Aurelius
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1:Do not be amazed by the true dragon. ~ Dogen Zenji,
2:You'd be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever. ~ Ernest Cline, Ready Player One ,
3:The moon gliding amazed through heavenIn the uncertain wideness of the night. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 05.03 - Satyavan and Savitri,
4:We cannot afford to take ourselves or other persons so seriously. It is wise to realize that we are not actually qualified to sit in judgment on each other. ~ Manly P Hall, The Mystic Maze of Thought 1970 p.8),
5:Poured its maze of tangled charmAnd heady draught of Nature’s primitive joyAnd the fire and mystery of forbidden delightDrunk from the world-libido’s bottomless well. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.03 - The Entry into the Inner Countries,
6:Ts'ui Pe must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. And another time: I am withdrawing to construct a labyrinth. Every one imagined two works; to no one did it occur that the book and the maze were one and the same thing." ~ Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden Of Forking Paths ,
7:Programming, it turns out, is hard. The fundamental rules are typically simple and cleaR But programs built on top of these rules tend to become complex enough to introduce their own rules and complexity. You're building your own maze, in a way, and you might just get lost in it. ~ Marijn Haverbeke,
8:"The born lover... has a certain memory of beauty but severed from it now, he longer comprehends it; spellbound by visible loveliness he clings amazed about that. His lesson must be to fall down no longer in bewildered delight before some, one embodied form, he must be led under a system of mental discipline, to beauty everywhere and made to discern the One Principle underlying all." ~ Plotinus, 1st Ennead 3 tractate,
9:The Maze is an old Native myth. The Maze itself is the sum of a man's life. The choices he makes, the dreams he hangs onto. And there at the center there's a legendary man who had been killed over and over again countless times. But always clawed his way back to life. The man returned for a last time to vanquish all his oppressors in a tireless fury. Built a house and around that house he built a maze so complicated only he could navigate through it. I reckon he's seen enough fighting. ~ Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, Westworld Teddy to the Man in Black,
10:one gradually equilibrizes the whole of one's mental structure and obtains a simple view of the incalculably vast complexity of the universe. For it is written: "Equilibrium is the basis of the work." Serious students will need to make a careful study of the attributions detailed in this work and commit them to memory. When, by persistent application to his own mental apparatus, the numerical system with its correspondences is partly understood-as opposed to being merely memorized-the student will be amazed to find fresh light breaking in on him at every turn as he continues to refer every item in experience and consciousness to this standard. ~ Israel Regardie, A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On the Tree Of Life ,
11:See how, like lightest waves at play, the airy dancers fleet; And scarcely feels the floor the wings of those harmonious feet. Ob, are they flying shadows from their native forms set free? Or phantoms in the fairy ring that summer moonbeams see? As, by the gentle zephyr blown, some light mist flees in air, As skiffs that skim adown the tide, when silver waves are fair, So sports the docile footstep to the heave of that sweet measure, As music wafts the form aloft at its melodious pleasure, Now breaking through the woven chain of the entangled dance, From where the ranks the thickest press, a bolder pair advance, The path they leave behind them lost--wide open the path beyond, The way unfolds or closes up as by a magic wand. See now, they vanish from the gaze in wild confusion blended; All, in sweet chaos whirled again, that gentle world is ended! No!--disentangled glides the knot, the gay disorder ranges-- The only system ruling here, a grace that ever changes. For ay destroyed--for ay renewed, whirls on that fair creation; And yet one peaceful law can still pervade in each mutation. And what can to the reeling maze breathe harmony and vigor, And give an order and repose to every gliding figure? That each a ruler to himself doth but himself obey, Yet through the hurrying course still keeps his own appointed way. What, would'st thou know? It is in truth the mighty power of tune, A power that every step obeys, as tides obey the moon; That threadeth with a golden clue the intricate employment, Curbs bounding strength to tranquil grace, and tames the wild enjoyment. And comes the world's wide harmony in vain upon thine ears? The stream of music borne aloft from yonder choral spheres? And feel'st thou not the measure which eternal Nature keeps? The whirling dance forever held in yonder azure deeps? The suns that wheel in varying maze?--That music thou discernest? No! Thou canst honor that in sport which thou forgettest in earnest. ~ Friedrich Schiller,
12:AUGOEIDES: The magicians most important invocation is that of his Genius, Daemon, True Will, or Augoeides. This operation is traditionally known as attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is sometimes known as the Magnum Opus or Great Work. The Augoeides may be defined as the most perfect vehicle of Kia on the plane of duality. As the avatar of Kia on earth, the Augoeides represents the true will, the raison detre of the magician, his purpose in existing. The discovery of ones true will or real nature may be difficult and fraught with danger, since a false identification leads to obsession and madness. The operation of obtaining the knowledge and conversation is usually a lengthy one. The magician is attempting a progressive metamorphosis, a complete overhaul of his entire existence. Yet he has to seek the blueprint for his reborn self as he goes along. Life is less the meaningless accident it seems. Kia has incarnated in these particular conditions of duality for some purpose. The inertia of previous existences propels Kia into new forms of manifestation. Each incarnation represents a task, or a puzzle to be solved, on the way to some greater form of completion. The key to this puzzle is in the phenomena of the plane of duality in which we find ourselves. We are, as it were, trapped in a labyrinth or maze. The only thing to do is move about and keep a close watch on the way the walls turn. In a completely chaotic universe such as this one, there are no accidents. Everything is signifcant. Move a single grain of sand on a distant shore and the entire future history of the world will eventually be changed. A person doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe and seems possessed of amazing good luck. In beginning the great work of obtaining the knowledge and conversation, the magician vows to interpret every manifestation of existence as a direct message from the infinite Chaos to himself personally. To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness. Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within. Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation. Having communicated with the invoked form, the magician should draw it into himself and go forth to live in the way he hath willed. The ritual may be concluded with an aspiration to the wisdom of silence by a brief concentration on the sigil of the Augoeides, but never by banishing. Periodically more elaborate forms of ritual, using more powerful forms of gnosis, may be employed. At the end of the day, there should be an accounting and fresh resolution made. Though every day be a catalog of failure, there should be no sense of sin or guilt. Magic is the raising of the whole individual in perfect balance to the power of Infinity, and such feelings are symptomatic of imbalance. If any unnecessary or imbalanced scraps of ego become identified with the genius by mistake, then disaster awaits. The life force flows directly into these complexes and bloats them into grotesque monsters variously known as the demon Choronzon. Some magicians attempting to go too fast with this invocation have failed to banish this demon, and have gone spectacularly insane as a result. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
13:[the sevenfold ignorance and the integral knowledge:] We are ignorant of the Absolute which is the source of all being and becoming; we take partial facts of being, temporal relations of the becoming for the whole truth of existence,-that is the first, the original ignorance. We are ignorant of the spaceless, timeless, immobile and immutable Self; we take the constant mobility and mutation of the cosmic becoming in Time and Space for the whole truth of existence, -that is the second, the cosmic ignorance. We are ignorant of our universal self, the cosmic existence, the cosmic consciousness, our infinite unity with all being and becoming; we take our limited egoistic mentality, vitality, corporeality for our true self and regard everything other than that as not-self,-that is the third, the egoistic ignorance. We are ignorant of our eternal becoming in Time; we take this little life in a small span of Time, in a petty field of Space, for our beginning, our middle and our end,-that is the fourth, the temporal ignorance. Even within this brief temporal becoming we are ignorant of our large and complex being, of that in us which is superconscient, subconscient, intraconscient, circumconscient to our surface becoming; we take that surface becoming with its small selection of overtly mentalised experiences for our whole existence,-that is the fifth, the psychological ignorance. We are ignorant of the true constitution of our becoming; we take the mind or life or body or any two of these or all three for our true principle or the whole account of what we are, losing sight of that which constitutes them and determines by its occult presence and is meant to determine sovereignly by its emergence their operations,-that is the sixth, the constitutional ignorance. As a result of all these ignorances, we miss the true knowledge, government and enjoyment of our life in the world; we are ignorant in our thought, will, sensations, actions, return wrong or imperfect responses at every point to the questionings of the world, wander in a maze of errors and desires, strivings and failures, pain and pleasure, sin and stumbling, follow a crooked road, grope blindly for a changing goal,-that is the seventh, the practical ignorance. Our conception of the Ignorance will necessarily determine our conception of the Knowledge and determine, therefore, since our life is the Ignorance at once denying and seeking after the Knowledge, the goal of human effort and the aim of the cosmic endeavour. Integral knowledge will then mean the cancelling of the sevenfold Ignorance by the discovery of what it misses and ignores, a sevenfold self-revelation within our consciousness:- it will mean [1] the knowledge of the Absolute as the origin of all things; [2] the knowledge of the Self, the Spirit, the Being and of the cosmos as the Self's becoming, the becoming of the Being, a manifestation of the Spirit; [3] the knowledge of the world as one with us in the consciousness of our true self, thus cancelling our division from it by the separative idea and life of ego; [4] the knowledge of our psychic entity and its immortal persistence in Time beyond death and earth-existence; [5] the knowledge of our greater and inner existence behind the surface; [6] the knowledge of our mind, life and body in its true relation to the self within and the superconscient spiritual and supramental being above them; [7] the knowledge, finally, of the true harmony and true use of our thought, will and action and a change of all our nature into a conscious expression of the truth of the Spirit, the Self, the Divinity, the integral spiritual Reality. But this is not an intellectual knowledge which can be learned and completed in our present mould of consciousness; it must be an experience, a becoming, a change of consciousness, a change of being. This brings in the evolutionary character of the Becoming and the fact that our mental ignorance is only a stage in our evolution. The integral knowledge, then, can only come by an evolution of our being and our nature, and that would seem to signify a slow process in Time such as has accompanied the other evolutionary transformations. But as against that inference there is the fact that the evolution has now become conscious and its method and steps need not be altogether of the same character as when it was subconscious in its process. The integral knowledge, since it must result from a change of consciousness, can be gained by a process in which our will and endeavour have a part, in which they can discover and apply their own steps and method: its growth in us can proceed by a conscious self-transformation. It is necessary then to see what is likely to be the principle of this new process of evolution and what are the movements of the integral knowledge that must necessarily emerge in it,-or, in other words, what is the nature of the consciousness that must be the base of the life divine and how that life may be expected to be formed or to form itself, to materialise or, as one might say, to realise. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine pg 680-683,
14:The Science of Living To know oneself and to control oneself AN AIMLESS life is always a miserable life. Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others. But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised unless you have realised perfection in yourself. To work for your perfection, the first step is to become conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these different parts one from another, so that you may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements that occur in you, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action. It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and sincerity. For man's nature, especially his mental nature, has a spontaneous tendency to give a favourable explanation for everything he thinks, feels, says and does. It is only by observing these movements with great care, by bringing them, as it were, before the tribunal of our highest ideal, with a sincere will to submit to its judgment, that we can hope to form in ourselves a discernment that never errs. For if we truly want to progress and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being, that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way, little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre. This work of unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the success of our endeavour. As you pursue this labour of purification and unification, you must at the same time take great care to perfect the external and instrumental part of your being. When the higher truth manifests, it must find in you a mind that is supple and rich enough to be able to give the idea that seeks to express itself a form of thought which preserves its force and clarity. This thought, again, when it seeks to clothe itself in words, must find in you a sufficient power of expression so that the words reveal the thought and do not deform it. And the formula in which you embody the truth should be manifested in all your feelings, all your acts of will, all your actions, in all the movements of your being. Finally, these movements themselves should, by constant effort, attain their highest perfection. All this can be realised by means of a fourfold discipline, the general outline of which is given here. The four aspects of the discipline do not exclude each other, and can be followed at the same time; indeed, this is preferable. The starting-point is what can be called the psychic discipline. We give the name "psychic" to the psychological centre of our being, the seat within us of the highest truth of our existence, that which can know this truth and set it in movement. It is therefore of capital importance to become conscious of its presence in us, to concentrate on this presence until it becomes a living fact for us and we can identify ourselves with it. In various times and places many methods have been prescribed for attaining this perception and ultimately achieving this identification. Some methods are psychological, some religious, some even mechanical. In reality, everyone has to find the one which suits him best, and if one has an ardent and steadfast aspiration, a persistent and dynamic will, one is sure to meet, in one way or another - outwardly through reading and study, inwardly through concentration, meditation, revelation and experience - the help one needs to reach the goal. Only one thing is absolutely indispensable: the will to discover and to realise. This discovery and realisation should be the primary preoccupation of our being, the pearl of great price which we must acquire at any cost. Whatever you do, whatever your occupations and activities, the will to find the truth of your being and to unite with it must be always living and present behind all that you do, all that you feel, all that you think. To complement this movement of inner discovery, it would be good not to neglect the development of the mind. For the mental instrument can equally be a great help or a great hindrance. In its natural state the human mind is always limited in its vision, narrow in its understanding, rigid in its conceptions, and a constant effort is therefore needed to widen it, to make it more supple and profound. So it is very necessary to consider everything from as many points of view as possible. Towards this end, there is an exercise which gives great suppleness and elevation to the thought. It is as follows: a clearly formulated thesis is set; against it is opposed its antithesis, formulated with the same precision. Then by careful reflection the problem must be widened or transcended until a synthesis is found which unites the two contraries in a larger, higher and more comprehensive idea. Many other exercises of the same kind can be undertaken; some have a beneficial effect on the character and so possess a double advantage: that of educating the mind and that of establishing control over the feelings and their consequences. For example, you must never allow your mind to judge things and people, for the mind is not an instrument of knowledge; it is incapable of finding knowledge, but it must be moved by knowledge. Knowledge belongs to a much higher domain than that of the human mind, far above the region of pure ideas. The mind has to be silent and attentive to receive knowledge from above and manifest it. For it is an instrument of formation, of organisation and action, and it is in these functions that it attains its full value and real usefulness. There is another practice which can be very helpful to the progress of the consciousness. Whenever there is a disagreement on any matter, such as a decision to be taken, or an action to be carried out, one must never remain closed up in one's own conception or point of view. On the contrary, one must make an effort to understand the other's point of view, to put oneself in his place and, instead of quarrelling or even fighting, find the solution which can reasonably satisfy both parties; there always is one for men of goodwill. Here we must mention the discipline of the vital. The vital being in us is the seat of impulses and desires, of enthusiasm and violence, of dynamic energy and desperate depressions, of passions and revolts. It can set everything in motion, build and realise; but it can also destroy and mar everything. Thus it may be the most difficult part to discipline in the human being. It is a long and exacting labour requiring great patience and perfect sincerity, for without sincerity you will deceive yourself from the very outset, and all endeavour for progress will be in vain. With the collaboration of the vital no realisation seems impossible, no transformation impracticable. But the difficulty lies in securing this constant collaboration. The vital is a good worker, but most often it seeks its own satisfaction. If that is refused, totally or even partially, the vital gets vexed, sulks and goes on strike. Its energy disappears more or less completely and in its place leaves disgust for people and things, discouragement or revolt, depression and dissatisfaction. At such moments it is good to remain quiet and refuse to act; for these are the times when one does stupid things and in a few moments one can destroy or spoil the progress that has been made during months of regular effort. These crises are shorter and less dangerous for those who have established a contact with their psychic being which is sufficient to keep alive in them the flame of aspiration and the consciousness of the ideal to be realised. They can, with the help of this consciousness, deal with their vital as one deals with a rebellious child, with patience and perseverance, showing it the truth and light, endeavouring to convince it and awaken in it the goodwill which has been veiled for a time. By means of such patient intervention each crisis can be turned into a new progress, into one more step towards the goal. Progress may be slow, relapses may be frequent, but if a courageous will is maintained, one is sure to triumph one day and see all difficulties melt and vanish before the radiance of the truth-consciousness. Lastly, by means of a rational and discerning physical education, we must make our body strong and supple enough to become a fit instrument in the material world for the truth-force which wants to manifest through us. In fact, the body must not rule, it must obey. By its very nature it is a docile and faithful servant. Unfortunately, it rarely has the capacity of discernment it ought to have with regard to its masters, the mind and the vital. It obeys them blindly, at the cost of its own well-being. The mind with its dogmas, its rigid and arbitrary principles, the vital with its passions, its excesses and dissipations soon destroy the natural balance of the body and create in it fatigue, exhaustion and disease. It must be freed from this tyranny and this can be done only through a constant union with the psychic centre of the being. The body has a wonderful capacity of adaptation and endurance. It is able to do so many more things than one usually imagines. If, instead of the ignorant and despotic masters that now govern it, it is ruled by the central truth of the being, you will be amazed at what it is capable of doing. Calm and quiet, strong and poised, at every minute it will be able to put forth the effort that is demanded of it, for it will have learnt to find rest in action and to recuperate, through contact with the universal forces, the energies it expends consciously and usefully. In this sound and balanced life a new harmony will manifest in the body, reflecting the harmony of the higher regions, which will give it perfect proportions and ideal beauty of form. And this harmony will be progressive, for the truth of the being is never static; it is a perpetual unfolding of a growing perfection that is more and more total and comprehensive. As soon as the body has learnt to follow this movement of progressive harmony, it will be possible for it to escape, through a continuous process of transformation, from the necessity of disintegration and destruction. Thus the irrevocable law of death will no longer have any reason to exist. When we reach this degree of perfection which is our goal, we shall perceive that the truth we seek is made up of four major aspects: Love, Knowledge, Power and Beauty. These four attributes of the Truth will express themselves spontaneously in our being. The psychic will be the vehicle of true and pure love, the mind will be the vehicle of infallible knowledge, the vital will manifest an invincible power and strength and the body will be the expression of a perfect beauty and harmony. Bulletin, November 1950 ~ The Mother, On Education ,

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1:I flamed amazement ~ William Shakespeare,
2:I'm amazed at my progress. ~ Jason Terry,
3:Nothing amazes me anymore. ~ David Beckham,
4:I am amazed at the seeker of purity ~ Rumi,
5:Take a chance, amaze yourself! ~ C K Thomas,
6:Do not be amazed by the true dragon. ~ Dogen,
7:Fuck you. Show some amazement. ~ Don DeLillo,
8:People never cease to amaze us. ~ Frank Iero,
9:The only person I can amaze is me. ~ Max Irons,
10:surround you, they amaze me. That ~ Julie Kibler,
11:Little losses amaze, great tame. ~ George Herbert,
12:My mind is a maze of impossibility. ~ Tahereh Mafi,
13:What mazes there are in this world. ~ Anthony Doerr,
14:I am the Walker and the Maze. ~ Catherynne M Valente,
15:I'm all amazed, befuddled, and beflustered! ~ Moli re,
16:The young are amazed when they suffer. ~ Mason Cooley,
17:I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
18:A mighty maze! But not without a plan. ~ Alexander Pope,
19:Belive you me, this maze is a labrinth! ~ Cornelia Funke,
20:Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. ~ Jerry Uelsmann,
21:The very fact of snow is such an amazement. ~ Roger Ebert,
22:To be spiritual is to be amazed. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
23:I have thrust myself into this maze, ~ William Shakespeare,
24:The power of sadness has always amazed me. ~ Vanessa Woods,
25:We dance in splendor and self amazement. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
26:And the elephant sings deep in the forest-maze ~ Ted Hughes,
27:Like the vain curlings of the watery maze, ~ Andrew Marvell,
28:You could do worse than to be amazed. ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde,
29:Before language was a trap, when it was a maze. ~ Max Porter,
30:I'm still amazed by the process of recording. ~ Graham Coxon,
31:O amazement of things-even the least particle! ~ Walt Whitman,
32:You could do worse than to be amazed. * ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde,
33:A man's dreams are a maze even he cannot know. ~ Robert Jordan,
34:I'm amazed to find those countries are in Europe. ~ Tony Pulis,
35:We are all going. Find your way out of that maze. ~ John Green,
36:You would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows. ~ Matt Drudge,
37:I am constantly amazed by man's inhumanity to man. ~ Primo Levi,
38:I never cease to amaze myself. And I say this humbly ~ Don King,
39:It amazes me how many people love being unhappy. ~ James Rhodes,
40:Your brain amazes me. Your thoughts are poetry. ~ Jamie McGuire,
41:Write in recollection and amazement for yourself. ~ Jack Kerouac,
42:I am amazed that CNN can't get its act together. ~ Rupert Murdoch,
43:I am constantly amazed by Tina Fey. And I am Tina Fey. ~ Tina Fey,
44:lost in some inward maze of contemplation or thought. ~ Anonymous,
45:What we all dread most is a maze with no centre. ~ G K Chesterton,
46:I'm amazed that I can still play really. But I can. ~ Ginger Baker,
47:Sir Alex Ferguson ceases to amaze me as a manager ~ Tony Cascarino,
48:the gin kept my heart alive but bemazed my brain ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
49:You will know you're old when you cease to be amazed. ~ Noel Coward,
50:It doesn't phaze, I amaze wit my phrases ~ Del tha Funkee Homosapien,
51:Greatness amazes only people who are not great. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
52:The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. ~ Hans Selye,
53:Your ability to remain alive never ceases to amaze me. ~ Ilona Andrews,
54:Bruhn still had a sense of amazement in his voice as ~ Malcolm Gladwell,
55:I am constantly amazed at their support over the years. ~ Mike McCready,
56:I am constantly amazed on every level at how lucky I am. ~ Clancy Brown,
57:The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting. ~ Andy Warhol,
58:While you’re alive there’s no time for minor amazements. ~ Alice Fulton,
59:He was reading. I was struck dumb with amazement. ~ Patrice Kindl,
60:I am amazed that there are still nights when I sleep well. ~ Dean Koontz,
61:I was amazed at how strong women were when they were angry. ~ Robin Hobb,
62:You'd be amazed at what I can do. Did you know I can swim? ~ Ryan Lochte,
63:I'm amazed that anyone is interested in what I have to say. ~ Lewis Black,
64:You would be amazed how much action anyone is capable of. ~ L Ron Hubbard,
65:Im amazed at the amount of time people spend on the Internet. ~ J I Packer,
66:One day something will come through that will amaze us all. ~ Paul McAuley,
67:the public generally can only ejaculate in amazement. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
68:You'd be amazed how little choice you have about loony bins. ~ Nora Ephron,
69:exploring Arizona’s mazelike Mogollon canyon range, ~ Christopher McDougall,
70:It's a lot easier to complete a maze if you start at the end. ~ Dale Watson,
71:People are amazed that I do comedy. I always did comedy. ~ Sigourney Weaver,
72:Some people are amazed at my brain, but really it's nothing. ~ Gracie Allen,
73:Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement. ~ Jack Kornfield,
74:You would be amazed at who people are once you know yourself. ~ Byron Katie,
75:At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze. ~ John Green,
76:Folly is an endless maze;
Tangled roots perplex her ways; ~ William Blake,
77:There's no reason. Mazel, Maurice. Only mazel.” (p. 343) ~ Rebecca Goldstein,
78:I'm always amazed at anyone's interest in what I have to say. ~ Orlando Bloom,
79:I probably shouldn't brag, but dag I amaze and astonish. ~ Lin Manuel Miranda,
80:It always amazed her to see the treasures low tide turned up. ~ Denise Hunter,
81:Love is a maze.Once you get in it, you're pretty much trapped. ~ Tayari Jones,
82:stuck with him. He saw a calf being born, and he was amazed ~ Walter Isaacson,
83:The games we have the ability to play in our minds amaze me. ~ Anita Moorjani,
84:You know,” he said thoughtfully, “sometimes I still amaze myself. ~ Anonymous,
85:You'd be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon,
86:My favorite tennis player, who I'm amazed by, is Roger Federer. ~ Doug Davidson,
87:Other people's marriages are a perpetual source of amazement. ~ Patrick O Brian,
88:Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement. ~ Christopher Fry,
89:Only those who are aware of God's wrath are amazed by God's grace. ~ C J Mahaney,
90:The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
91:Civilization is a network and a maze of precedences and custom. ~ Robert E Howard,
92:Give me wonder, baby.
Give me amazement.
Flash. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
93:I play a musical instrument a little, but only for my own amazement. ~ Fred Allen,
94:It amazed me how quickly a lie loses its power in the face of truth. ~ Yeonmi Park,
95:I was in a maze. No matter which way I turned, it was the wrong way. ~ Umberto Eco,
96:New skin amazes me. New skin is a miracle. It is proof that we can heal ~ A S King,
97:own single law; Hei! be amazed, grow not enraged! thou in thy ~ Henryk Sienkiewicz,
98:It amazed him how much sky you surrendered to live in a city. ~ Matthew FitzSimmons,
99:(It amazes us how often people forget they have had head injuries!) ~ Daniel G Amen,
100:New skin amazes me. New skin is a miracle. It is proof that we can heal. ~ A S King,
101:I'm endlessly amazed by what people are capable of, and incapable of. ~ Dov Davidoff,
102:It amazes me that you can find all that shit even remotely interesting. ~ John Green,
103:You almost died? You’ve got fear and amazement in you. Use them. ~ Greer Macallister,
104:You amaze me," he said. "You think nothing exists if you can't see it. ~ Donna Tartt,
105:Can you believe it?" he asked, amazed. "We are such hot shit sometimes! ~ Nora Sakavic,
106:She was amazed, once again, at how much of the silo was alien to even her ~ Hugh Howey,
107:The level of some people’s intelligence never failed to amaze her. ~ Paul Antony Jones,
108:And all the people were amazed, and said,  x “Can this be the Son of David? ~ Anonymous,
109:If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed. ~ Charlotte Bronte,
110:It’s raining fried chicken,” Ashley said in amazement next to me. ~ Denise Grover Swank,
111:Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. ~ Plato,
112:After all this time, she still had the power to mesmerise and amaze me. ~ Kirsty Moseley,
113:I always felt thrilled and amazed that I could put actor on my tax form. ~ Geoffrey Rush,
114:I am amazed by how many individuals mess up every new day with yesterday. ~ Gary Chapman,
115:I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
116:Domaholic?" His voice went all funny with amazement. "Fuck, you're so cute. ~ Lucian Bane,
117:I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze I cannot get out, said the starling ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
118:I was constantly amazed by how many people talked me into arresting them. ~ Edward Conlon,
119:The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me. ~ Abdul Kalam,
120:We take in the splendor of the new covenant and celebrate with amazement. ~ Andrew Farley,
121:I am constantly amazed by how much stranger science is than science fiction ~ Marcus Chown,
122:You would be amazed to know what's out there just waiting to be discovered. ~ Chris Colfer,
123:Because you are unbelievably adept at lying to yourself. Truly, I’m amazed. ~ Kelsey Sutton,
124:It always amazes me when I see young people with raw talent and passion. ~ Laura Bell Bundy,
125:Kljuc Solomonov uvek pomaze
kad polupaklen se izrod pokaze. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
126:silly face, looking way too excited and amazed by the beans in my hand.   “Wow, ~ M C Steve,
127:When it's over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement. ~ Mary Oliver,
128:Amazed how I get so much paper? I'm more amazed how you could be such a hater! ~ Wiz Khalifa,
129:I'm amazed at how Muslims keep their humanity after reading the Koran. ~ Mosab Hassan Yousef,
130:It is safer to search in the maze than to remain in a cheeseless situation ~ Spencer Johnson,
131:It never ceases to amaze, how often sex and love lead to murder and hatred. ~ Sparkle Hayter,
132:And the fact that I see so many films really seems to amaze certain people. ~ Jacques Rivette,
133:Erik was always amazed how exhausting it was to sit on your ass and not move. ~ Joel Shepherd,
134:He was in the far too familiar position of being amazed by his own stupidity. ~ Thomas Mullen,
135:I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze
I cannot get out, said the starling ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
136:The place I live in is a kind of maze and I keep seeking the exit or the home. ~ Anne Sexton,
137:A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze. ~ Margaret Atwood,
138:I am amazed at how being with him changes everything for me, socially speaking. ~ Cynthia Hand,
139:Those who search for truth are too conscious of the maze to be hard on others... ~ E M Forster,
140:What amazes me most is to see that everyone is not amazed at his own weakness. ~ Blaise Pascal, became lost in the maze of me - forgive me Love, for keeping you close... ~ John Geddes,
142:You’re building your own maze, in a way, and you might just get lost in it. ~ Marijn Haverbeke,
143:As Tammie glow'red, amazed and curious, The mirth and fun grew fast and furious. ~ Robert Burns,
144:He asked so little of life that its frugal bounty amazed and delighted him. ~ Margery Allingham,
145:I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error. ~ Rene Descartes,
146:I hope the amazed reader will be patient for a while—in order simply to read. ~ Jean Luc Marion,
147:I know the plans I have for you, and they're all about me. (Rufus says to Chloe) ~ Ellen C Maze,
148:My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well. I was amazed; I never knew they worked. ~ Les Dawson,
149:The Olympic Games are always in the head of every sports athlete. We work for that. ~ Tina Maze,
150:What amazed him was how much medical care one could deliver while on autopilot. ~ Jacob M Appel,
151:What amazes me most is that the media and I have fostered a close relationship. ~ Margaret Chan,
152:The future is an ever-shifting maze of possibilities until it becomes the present ~ Terry Brooks,
153:You are amazed at all the things you know which are not on the examination paper. ~ Helen Keller,
154:You’d be amazed at how similar arrogance and confidence look at first glance. ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
155:Ah! my poor brain is racked and crazed, My spirit and senses amazed! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
156:Always set goals, and work as hard as you can. You'll be amazed at what you can do. ~ Rick Hansen,
157:feel with every heart-throb, that I must enjoy you, or die.' 'Amazement!—Matilda! ~ Matthew Lewis,
158:One plods along in a state of amazement, sometimes smiling sometimes weeping. ~ Attar of Nishapur,
159:Your timing is amazing," Kami told him. "By which I mean, I am amazed by it. ~ Sarah Rees Brennan,
160:Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learned to walk. ~ Cyril Connolly,
161:As we come closer to Him, we not only "stand all amazed"-we even kneel all amazed! ~ Neal A Maxwell,
162:...for who can speak of the Mazes of the Serpent to those who are not lost in them? ~ Peter Ackroyd,
163:There's your labyrinth of suffering. We are all going. Find your way out of that maze. ~ John Green,
164:We need to do more than sing "Amazing Grace"-we need to be repeatedly amazed by grace. ~ R C Sproul,
165:You'd be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever. ~ Ernest Cline,
166:You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever. ~ Ernest Cline,
167:Amazement + Gratitude + Openness + Appreciation = an irresistible field of energy ~ Frederick Dodson,
168:Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” If you give people freedom, they will amaze you I ~ Laszlo Bock,
169:I'm still amazed at how much people are willing to humiliate themselves to be on TV. ~ Padma Lakshmi,
170:So amaze! Such name!
Sssssarah with five s's is
Still two syllablessssss
~ Rick Riordan,
171:It amazed her how much people wanted to talk at parties. And about nothing in particular. ~ J D Robb,
172:The power of people, when they focus on something positive, never fails to amaze me. ~ Ozzy Osbourne,
173:You would be amazed at how similar arrogance and confidence look at first glance. ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
174:satellite TV—as always amazed that there could be so many options and so little to watch. ~ Wendy Wax,
175:We wants you to surprise us and disappoint us and impress and amaze us. Come home, Bod. ~ Neil Gaiman,
176:I think improvisation is really crucial in terms of making things feel real and authentic. ~ Dan Mazer,
177:I was amazed at how quickly a person could become an essential part of your life. ~ Krystal Sutherland,
178:Look how the world's poor people are amazed at apparitions, signs and prodigies! ~ William Shakespeare,
179:he looked up and around him in awe and amazement. And saw the faces in the architecture. ~ Ian McDonald,
180:In terms of magnifying it and making it plausible, I'm a great believer in truth in comedy. ~ Dan Mazer,
181:I realized that love is stronger than death and that people you barely know can amaze you. ~ Wendy Mass,
182:I was Amazement--I was Desire--I was Ecstasy and Rapture and the slightest bit of Greed. ~ Sharon Shinn,
183:The point of a maze is to find its center. The point of a labyrinth is to find your center. ~ Anonymous,
184:watching you fall apart and put yourself back together was a gift. I’m so amazed by you. ~ Kate Stewart,
185:Amelia blushed once more, amazed she hadn’t caught fire in the past hour and a half, ~ Kristi Ann Hunter,
186:I'd be stunned, shocked, and amazed if there were a human being on the planet in 2030. ~ Guy R McPherson,
187:I’m always amazed by people and their sleep. I wouldn’t ever sleep if I didn’t have to. ~ Jennifer Niven,
188:I came to the center of the maze following him. Now I must find my way back out alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
189:The Argonauts looked at one another in amazement and exclaimed with one voice: ‘Hercules! ~ Robert Graves,
190:The magic of documentary is that I keep being surprised and amazed by the things I film. ~ Kim Longinotto,
191:They were amazed to hear that Roy was from the year 1973, or as Gary put it, pre-Star Wars. ~ Scott Meyer,
192:Ven mazel kumt, shtelt im a shtul. When mazel comes, pull up a chair for it. (p. 292) ~ Rebecca Goldstein,
193:You will be amazed at how much free time you have when you never have to think about money. ~ Bob Proctor,
194:Give your dreams all you've got, and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. ~ William James,
195:I had my pick of three. Never ceases to amaze me, the insane things people will do for money. ~ K J Parker,
196:Is that,” Isabelle said in a low, amazed voice, “Brother Zachariah? When did he get hot? ~ Cassandra Clare,
197:It amazes me, Saint, that you can own so few redeemable qualities and still be so likable. ~ Suzanne Enoch,
198:It never ceases to amaze me how many folks jump right over "I'll try" to "I can't. ~ Julia Spencer Fleming,
199:I was always amazed about how much I could finally squeeze into a thirty second commercial. ~ Ridley Scott,
200:Often in television, you read a script and you're amazed that you get the scene given to you. ~ James Wolk,
201:We would be destroying a habitable world,” Sloane said, at once repulsed and amazed. ~ John Jackson Miller,
202:You're this rat in the American maze, working your way towards the cheese, which is a job. ~ Kevin Costner,
203:I'm continually amazed by how many people who appear to be extroverts are actually introverts. ~ Susan Cain,
204:It amazes me what compromises we happily live with. We limp along, patching up, improvising. ~ William Boyd,
205:I was amazed at the rosy glow that can be around one when youre in a film thats done well. ~ Embeth Davidtz,
206:Some are bewildered in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs nature meant but fools. ~ Alexander Pope,
207:The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” —Louis Pasteur ~ Randy Alcorn,
208:The number of people who expected Mrs. Hutchinson to win a Bendix washer would amaze you. ~ Shirley Jackson,
209:You'd be amazed at how many self-proclaimed atheist will start to pray right before they die. ~ Apryl Baker,
210:God must be totally amazed by men’s initiatives, creating too many jobs out of a given hole. ~ M F Moonzajer,
211:If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results. ~ George S Patton,
212:Logic is the kingdom of the unexpected. To think logically means to be continually amazed. ~ Osip Mandelstam,
213:Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue. ~ Honore de Balzac,
214:The longer I have been an atheist, the more amazed I am that I ever believed Christian notions. ~ Dan Barker,
215:Watch with awe and amazement at how quickly an engineer will become totally annoyed by inefficiency. ~ Rands,
216:Early to bed and early to rise," Mazer intoned, "makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes. ~ Orson Scott Card,
217:Early to bed and early to rise,” Mazer intoned, “makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes. ~ Orson Scott Card,
218:If my story were ever to be written truthfully from start to finish, it would amaze everyone. ~ Henri Matisse,
219:I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously. ~ David Bowie,
220:I think my younger self would be more amazed to know I was doing an interview for 'The Spectator. ~ Gary Kemp,
221:It never ceased to amaze him how quickly a small child's face could turn from peach to beetroot. ~ Iain Banks,
222:I woke up many mornings not knowing what I'd done the night before. I'm amazed I'm not dead. ~ Ashton Kutcher,
223:Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze. ~ Barbara Sher,
224:The best subjects are always people, who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability. ~ Ronnie James Dio,
225:Who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man. ~ William Shakespeare,
226:With a fluency that amazed me lies and treachery streamed from my lips. I was in extreme pain. ~ Iris Murdoch,
227:But communicate with honest appreciation and you’ll be amazed how she lights up in front of you. ~ Mark Manson,
228:But one day the "why" arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement. ~ Alexander Maksik,
229:One day people will look back with amazement that we ever sought to grow our food with poisons. ~ John Robbins,
230:To paraphrase Steve Jobs, “I’m always amazed how overnight successes take a helluva long time. ~ Verne Harnish,
231:"Aphrodite," she said. "Venus?" Hazel asked in amazement. "Mom," Piper said, with no enthusiasm. ~ Rick Riordan,
232:Daniel Day-Lewis is my favorite actor walking the planet right now. He never ceases to amaze me. ~ Les Claypool,
233:He did not read. This continued to amaze Ludens who could not imagine existence without reading. ~ Iris Murdoch,
234:If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long. ~ Noam Chomsky,
235:No matter how many mysteries Nancy had solved, her friends never ceased to be amazed each time. ~ Carolyn Keene,
236:Offer your strengths to others and you'll be amazed how many people offer their strengths to you. ~ Simon Sinek,
237:Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style, Amaze th' unlearn'd and make the learned smile. ~ Alexander Pope,
238:There is no route out of the maze. The maze shifts as you move through it, because it is alive. ~ Philip K Dick,
239:The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God. ~ Martyn Lloyd Jones,
240:To her amazement, the baby, even at this stage, was a fact, and not a choice of any kind. She ~ Joanna Trollope,
241:Who Is It” is a maze. It’s the sound of being stuck in one. It’s the pursuer feeling pursued. ~ Durga Chew Bose,
242:always amazed him how something that is broken on the inside can look so perfect on the outside. ~ Emily Bleeker,
243:Because people need hope. You'd be amazed at what a person can do with just a pinch of it" -Blue ~ Natalie Lloyd,
244:Her eyes moved like an independent organism with joy, laughter, anger, amazement, and despair. ~ Haruki Murakami,
245:It always amazes me how when we’re sure we’ve lost something for good, it winds up finding us. ~ Nicole Williams,
246:It never fails to amaze me how many beautiful young women with so much promise and talent wind ~ Jennifer Coburn,
247:That always amazed him: how centuries of bare palms and shuffling feet could wear down solid steel. ~ Hugh Howey,
248:Nobody steals my pegasus. Not even Rachel. I wasn’t sure if I was more angry or amazed or worried. ~ Rick Riordan,
249:She hesitated, torn between excitement and terror, amazed that she was actually considering it. ~ Nicholas Sparks,
250:Sometimes it just amazes me how many people desperately want to protect my personal information. ~ John F Kennedy,
251:Who can be wise, amazed, temp'rate, and furious,
Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man. ~ William Shakespeare,
252:Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good. (Aiden) ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon,
253:You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves. ~ Darcey Bell,
254:I sing without knowing what my song means, and whether the listening world is amazed or wounded. ~ Margarita Engle,
255:The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. ~ Kurt G del,
256:The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. ~ Kurt Godel,
257:They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. ~ John Steinbeck,
258:Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck. ~ Iris Murdoch,
259:Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck. ~ Iris Murdoch,
260:As an atheist, I was predisposed to not enjoy the MAZE performance. I am happy to report the opposite ~ Luke Jermay,
261:Each day, each moment
is a step into the unknown.
How can we feel anything
but amazement? ~ Ivan M Granger,
262:Ender grinned back. “Teacher,” he said. “Do you have a name?” “Mazer Rackham,” said the old man. ~ Orson Scott Card,
263:I'm amazed when I see mothers wearing high heels. If your kids run off you can't run after them. ~ Claudia Schiffer,
264:It always amazed him how something that is broken on the inside can look so perfect on the outside. ~ Emily Bleeker,
265:Relying on a rat to guide me through a magic maze pretty much summed up my last twenty-four hours. ~ Danielle Paige,
266:Sometimes I feel so stupid and dull and uncreative that I am amazed when people tell me differently. ~ Sylvia Plath,
267:Aphrodite," she said.
"Venus?" Hazel asked in amazement.
"Mom," Piper said, with no enthusiasm. ~ Rick Riordan,
268:Everything Will Ferrell says during scenes is so funny and so natural. I was amazed at his genius. ~ Erick Chavarria,
269:I am a man who knows nothing, guesses sometimes, finds frequently and who's always amazed. ~ Villiers de L Isle Adam,
270:I am amazed at the patience of my blessed Master and Teacher, but how I love His school! ~ Elizabeth Payson Prentiss,
271:It always amazes me, how swiftly problems can be solved, once you start cutting things off people. ~ Joe Abercrombie,
272:Royce’s tone shifted between amazed and angry but finally settled on a nice restrained tempest. ~ Michael J Sullivan,
273:There *is* no mortal sin. There are only *souls*, lost in a maze that someone *else* has made for them. ~ Mike Carey,
274:We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love. ~ John Owen,
275:You see, Max, the problem is not that the mouse is in the maze, but that the maze is in the mouse. ~ Deepak Malhotra,
276:Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
277:Having to wander through a maze of ropes at an airport or bank even when you are the only person in line. ~ Rich Hall,
278:It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on... ~ Markus Zusak,
279:It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that some people will go to to try and speak to me or meet me. ~ David Ginola,
280:My wisdom is as spurned as chaos. What is my nothingness, compared to the amazement that awaits you? ~ Arthur Rimbaud,
281:People’s capacity for turning dogmatic stupidity into political movements never ceased to amaze me. ~ Dennis E Taylor,
282:The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results. ~ Josemaria Escriva,
283:Theirs is an endless road, a hopeless maze, who seek for goods before they seek for God. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
284:The sense of freedom amazed her. She hadn’t known the weight of her prison until she felt this freedom. ~ Lisa Tucker,
285:But I am not going to live for ever. And the more I know it, the more amazed I am by being here at all. ~ William Hurt,
286:But there's got to be an opening somewhere here in front of me. Through this maze of ugliness and greed. ~ Jakob Dylan,
287:His beautiful, brave little wildcat had once again amazed him with her quick thinking and actions. ~ Peggy L Henderson,
288:I was constantly amazed by the depths of my own shallowness. Wait. Could a shallow person have depths? ~ Sariah Wilson,
289:The beauty of You delights me. The sight of You amazes me. For the Pearl does this... and the Ocean does that. ~ Hafez,
290:You can't wait around for someone else to make you happy. Make joy in your own heart and go from there. ~ Ellen C Maze,
291:But it never ceases to amaze me how difficult the things that are supposed to be instinctive really are. ~ Rachel Joyce,
292:If we have never been amazed by the very fact that we exist, we are squandering the greatest fact of all. ~ Will Durant,
293:It truly amazes me how easily you delude yourself into believing I actually give a shit.-Cyrus DCCD ~ Bianca Sommerland,
294:Joy and amazement of the beauty and grandeur of this world of which man can just form a faint notion. ~ Albert Einstein,
295:Misty Sendaria," Silk said ironically. "Sometimes I'm amazed that the entire kingdom doesn't rust shut. ~ David Eddings,
296:Clarisse demolished a whole building with a wrecking ball, and the maze entrance just shifted a few feet. ~ Rick Riordan,
297:I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book. ~ Anne Rice,
298:It never ceased to amaze Skirata how much simpler it was to buy and sell death than it was to pay taxes. ~ Karen Traviss,
299:Last week, for the first time, I read Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick.'' It really amazed me by its badness. ~ H L Mencken,
300:Surround yourself with things that amaze you, and you'll forget about comparing yourself to others. ~ Jeffrey Overstreet,
301:You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside. ~ Oswald Chambers,
302:I was a Stephen King fan and I was amazed that I got the chance to play that role and very glad that I did. ~ Kathy Bates,
303:The capacity of young people to persevere, even under the most adverse conditions, never ceases to amaze me. ~ Jane Fonda,
304:There is no reason for amazement: surely one always knew that cultures decay, and life's end is death. ~ Robinson Jeffers,
305:To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. ~ Gautama Buddha,
306:food-deprived chickens that were not particularly good at noticing the finer distinctions of a maze task.5 ~ Frans de Waal,
307:Frauds master our minds; magicians, like poets and lovers, engage them in a permanent maze of possibilities. ~ Adam Gopnik,
308:If I am interested, amazed, stimulated to work, that is sufficient reason to thank the gods, and go ahead! ~ Edward Weston,
309:It amazed me how a diverse perspective utterly changed the meaning of every significant event in the world. ~ Ben Horowitz,
310:It will never cease to amaze me the way you simultaneously have no patience for people but love to help them, ~ Megan Derr,
311:never ceased to amaze him how a discredited philosophy and a repressive nation still attracted idealists. ~ Nelson DeMille,
312:Amazed, Fat said, "She's decomposing and yet she's still giving birth?" "Only to monsters," Dr. Stone said. ~ Philip K Dick,
313:Even the people who come our way look upon us in amazement, that we run only for the healing of Mother Earth ~ Dennis Banks,
314:I am amazed at the randomness, the comedy, and the faith that brings us all together and makes us hold on. ~ David Levithan,
315:I am amazed; until the day I die I shall wonder how Whittaker Chambers got into my house to use my typewriter. ~ Alger Hiss,
316:I was lost in the mazes of my future fortunes and could not retrace the by-paths we had trodden together. ~ Charles Dickens,
317:So there was no bomb?”
“Apparently not.”
I turned and looked back at the house, amazed.
Trust me. ~ Joe Schreiber,
318:When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.

--from WHEN DEATH COMES ~ Mary Oliver,
319:As a kid, I kind of spent my life being amazed by being tricked. I love being tricked. I still love it today. ~ Daniel Craig,
320:I am no longer amazed by how quickly a man will justify his change of heart when a spear is leveled his way. ~ R A Salvatore,
321:I do not think a day passes in my life in which I fail to look with fresh amazement at the miracle of nature. ~ Pablo Casals,
322:Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement the while. ~ Neil Gaiman,
323:The world is full of grief - to the exact degree we allow ourselves to love other people. (Mazer Rackham) ~ Orson Scott Card,
324:A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself. ~ Walter Bagehot,
325:If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. ~ Jennifer Weiner,
326:I'm always amazed by the people who work on stage who sing night after night, day after day, week in week out. ~ Dolly Parton,
327:It amazes me that parents are allowed to raise kids. There's so much power and often very little accountability. ~ Ben Marcus,
328:Jenna, once again, your powers of Awesome amaze me.”
“It’s a skill,” she agreed, nodding somberly. ~ Rachel Hawkins,
329:some time until they finally went into an area of the Maze where they had never been before: Cheese Station ~ Spencer Johnson,
330:When I got on the set of 'Saving Private Ryan,' I discovered, to my amazement, that Steven Spielberg is a gamer. ~ Vin Diesel,
331:Amazed, Fat said, "She's decomposing and yet she's still giving birth?"
"Only to monsters," Dr. Stone said. ~ Philip K Dick,
332:amazed me how a heart could shatter in a crowded room and the sound couldn’t be heard by a single person. ~ Brittainy C Cherry,
333:I am always amazed how much a certain facility with a special and apparently narrow technique can accomplish. ~ Stanislaw Ulam,
334:Love making is much more than physical expression, it is a soulful dance of sensual wonder and euphoric amazement. ~ T F Hodge,
335:The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God. ~ Louis Pasteur,
336:Wow. Getting sassy, aren't you?" "I am, aren't I?" I asked in amazement. "I didn't know I knew how to do that. ~ Erin McCarthy,
337:You’d be amazed how fast you can get a group of high schoolers to scatter when you’re in a suit and you shout FBI. ~ Anonymous,
338:Diazapam (that's valium), temazepam, lithium, ECT, HRT - how long must I stay on this stuff? Don't give me anymore! ~ Morrissey,
339:Earl, who seemed to be in an almost perpetual state of amazement at the things he said, shook his head again. ~ Edward St Aubyn,
340:I am a man who knows nothing, guesses sometimes, finds frequently and who's always amazed. ~ Auguste de Villiers de l Isle Adam,
341:It always amazes me that if I keep something in my closet for a while, it shrinks at least two sizes all by itself. ~ Anonymous,
342:O, God of wonder, enlarge my capacity to be amazed at what is amazing, and end my attraction to the insignificant. ~ John Piper,
343:See, how the liver is swollen larger than a fat goose! In amazement you will exclaim: Where could this possibly grow? ~ Martial,
344:The launch of a space shuttle can still make you weep with amazement and wonder, if you happen to be watching it. ~ Hanna Rosin,
345:The way adults could talk themselves into and out of feeling okay about something always amazed her. ~ Elizabeth Stuckey French,
346:Go looking for the best in people and you'll be amazed at how much talent, ingenuity, empathy and good you will find. ~ Bob Burg,
347:It always amazes me when people go rent horses and ride them. You mean you want me to pay you to ride a horse? ~ William Lucking,
348:I was dazed. I was amazed and dazed and frazzled and bedazzled. And bewitched.
This was the worst. And the best. ~ Penny Reid,
349:Exploring the mind of the psychotic is impossible - the shortest distance between two points becomes a maze. ~ William Manchester,
350:I have discovered such wonderful things that I was amazed... Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe. ~ Janos Bolyai,
351:I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour. ~ Jeff Bridges,
352:It amazes me that even when the world is going to hell in a handcart, there’s still beauty in the fringes. Francesca ~ Stacey Lee,
353:It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
354:I want to support the view that the foundation of reality itself is a unified, indeterminate maze of possibilities. ~ Danah Zohar,
355:To live without history is to live like an infant, constantly amazed and challenged by a strange and unnamed world. ~ Joan Nestle,
356:You’d be amazed what people are willing to do when they are given permission, either implicitly or explicitly. Given ~ Roxane Gay,
357:Am I the only person in the world who is shocked and amazed at the ongoing flattery of uebergeek Mark Zuckerberg? ~ Tom Hodgkinson,
358:And I have thrust myself into this maze,

Haply to wive and thrive as best I may.

- Petruchio ~ William Shakespeare,
359:Australia is a phenomenally beautiful country, and every time I go away and come back, it never ceases to amaze me. ~ David Wenham,
360:England?” she said with unreserved amazement. “Why do you live in England?” “Because it is nothing like Indianapolis ~ Bill Bryson,
361:I don't think we should pay people to fight terrorism. I would be amazed if they asked for anything in return. ~ Henry A Kissinger,
362:We’ll open the maze for you. You’ll want to go right. Right is always right. Except when left is right, naturally. ~ Marissa Meyer,
363:You will be amazed how much can change in your life when you finally begin to let go of what you can never have. All ~ Henry Cloud,
364:Go looking for the best in people, and you’ll be amazed at how much talent, ingenuity, empathy and goodwill you’ll find. ~ Bob Burg,
365:It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game ~ Lou Holtz,
366:It's always amazed me how little attention philosophers, psychologists, or anyone else actually has paid to humor. ~ Edward de Bono,
367:There were times when she stood so close that he was amazed at his own ability to keep his hands to himself. Moving ~ Marissa Meyer,
368:If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives. ~ Vince Lombardi,
369:In the New Testament church it says they were all amazed - And now in our churches everybody wants to be amused. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
370:We are, none of us, 'either' mothers or daughters; to our amazement, confusion, and greater complexity, we are both. ~ Adrienne Rich,
371:What is it with boys and fighting? I am amazed any of them get to be grown-ups the way they're always going at it. ~ Jennifer L Holm,
372:And I guess at the end of the day, you’re just amazed that I can still stand, and I’m just amazed that I can stand still. ~ Kris Kidd,
373:DREAM PREDICTION ELITE is the realization of true amazement in your audiences reactions. This is PURE GOLD - A REAL WINNER ~ Banachek,
374:George Liquor is really the richest character I have. I'm amazed there aren't 365 episodes about him on TV already. ~ John Kricfalusi,
375:I'm an artist and I can draw very well. I'm amazed that everybody can't draw well because I can do it so effortlessly. ~ Jerry Lawler,
376:I'm still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman. ~ Hillary Clinton,
377:I see now that the path I choose through that maze makes me what I am. I am not only a thing, but also a way of being— ~ Daniel Keyes,
378:I think actors like to be directed. Actors like to know where they're headed and what they want, so I'm very encouraging. ~ Dan Mazer,
379:Our sense of wonder is a blessing from God, given so that we would be continually amazed at His beauty and creation. ~ Ravi Zacharias,
380:I'm always amazed at how consistent people find me and my behavior, when in fact I do feel different all the time. ~ Michelle Pfeiffer,
381:Miracles never cease to amaze me. I expect them, but their consistent arrival is always delightful to experience. ~ Mark Victor Hansen,
382:On the Road that I have taken, one day walking I awaken, amazed to see where I've come, where I'm going, where I'm from. ~ Dean Koontz,
383:The thing that truly amazes me about myself is that I’m actually more scared of being embarrassed than anything else. ~ Melvin Burgess,
384:Do you know my friend that each one of us is a dark mystery, a maze of conflicting passions and desire and aptitudes? ~ Agatha Christie,
385:Her courage frightens and amazes me. It make me hopeful for her. Is that what you call love? Is that what you call hope? ~ Rene Denfeld,
386:How I find myself in the company of such an unadorned cranium, gallivanting about mazes and wells, is ever the mystery. ~ Marissa Meyer,
387:It never failed to amaze me how the most ordinary day could be catapulted into the extraordinary in the blink of an eye. ~ Jodi Picoult,
388:Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You'd be amazed how many companies don't listen to their customers. ~ Ross Perot,
389:You would be amazed at what you can give up, lose or break and yet still be a person who gets happy over brownies. ~ Augusten Burroughs,
390:A human captive had fought the machines! She had destroyed a robot with her own hands! Amazed, they called out her name. ~ Brian Herbert,
391:Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement. ~ Charles Darwin,
392:...Caroline said easily, amazed all over again at this sudden facility she'd developed, the fluidity and ease of her lies. ~ Kim Edwards,
393:Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God! ~ Pope Francis,
394:Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
395:If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless maze. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
396:I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. ~ Ed Rollins,
397:I'm amazed at the courage of the journalists on the frontlines in Iraq, but we need intellectual courage in our community. ~ Hamza Yusuf,
398:I'm honestly so grateful to have a job when I get a job, I'm always amazed - I just appreciate what I have when I get it. ~ Cameron Diaz,
399:Amazement and wonder signify that one's concepts of self and of the world and of other people are ready to be re-formed. ~ Sidney Jourard,
400:Her forehead was a maze of anxious little grooves, from a lifetime of wondering about whether everyone within range was OK. ~ Tana French,
401:I remember being amazed that death could so easily rise up from the nothing of a boyish afternoon, billow up like fog. ~ Ta Nehisi Coates,
402:It never ceases to amaze me that in times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that can be so utterly stupid ~ Robert Gibbs,
403:I wasn’t living. I was merely surviving. Scared of what might happen if I couldn’t find a way out of this maze of misery, ~ Crystal Paine,
404:never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
405:Oberon "one day Atticus was amazed to discover that when Jupiter said "As you wish," what he really meant was "I love you. ~ Kevin Hearne,
406:Us in the graveyard, we wants you to stay alive. We wants you to surprise us and disappoint us and impress us and amaze us. ~ Neil Gaiman,
407:You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside. OSWALD CHAMBERS ~ Paul David Tripp,
408:You would be amazed by what you can give up, lose, or break, and yet still be a person who gets happy over brownies. ~ Augusten Burroughs,
409:It always amazes me how it is so easy to appear one way to the people around you but to live inside as someone else entirely. ~ K L Slater,
410:It amazes me how much of what passes for knowledge in cancer therapy turns out to be incomplete, inadequate, and anecdotal. ~ Ralph W Moss,
411:It is extraordinary to see how the discovery of one single free stroke of paint can fill you with such joy and amazement. ~ Michele Cassou,
412:His fingers never ceased to amaze me. They could break a man's neck, bandage a wound, and slide sensually across bare skin. ~ Richelle Mead,
413:I don't know how it is, but the Germans are amazed at me and I am amazed at them for finding anything to be amazed about. ~ Frederic Chopin,
414:I'm sort of like a rat in a maze - I'm moving forward, and any choice I make at the time seems like the only one I can make. ~ Emile Hirsch,
415:My knife is still at Mazen’s throat. “You’ll pay for this,” I say to him. “I swear it to the skies, to the stars. You’ll pay. ~ Sabaa Tahir,
416:This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod:
And there is in this business more than nature
Was ever conduct of ~ William Shakespeare,
417:Why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk? Acts 3:12 ~ Beth Moore,
418:Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man's attitude toward history and nature. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
419:Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man’s attitude toward history and nature. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
420:Alright, then, where do the lost names go? The probability of their surviving in the maze of a city must be extremely low. ~ Haruki Murakami,
421:I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here. ~ Charles Bukowski,
422:I can't help but be amazed at the power such small, unassuming animals wield over us; they so easily break down our defences. ~ Tahereh Mafi,
423:If you listen attentively to what you say, you'll amaze yourself with your insights, and you might even learn a thing or two. ~ Joan Marques,
424:It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
425:I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
426:She is a maze where I got lost years ago, and now find the way out. She is the missing map. She is the place that I am. ~ Jeanette Winterson,
427:Subtle astral colors... are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
428:The same light SHINES from the case. Pumpkin’s expression goes to amazement. Honey Bunny across the room, can’t see shit ~ Quentin Tarantino,
429:They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. ~ John Steinbeck,
430:I'm always quite amazed that people in Europe become unnerved when two institutions or two people have different views. ~ Jean Claude Juncker,
431:It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
432:Lord, I’m amazed that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. I’m grateful that you use unknown places and people for your big plans. ~ Rick Warren,
433:Most of us make unconscious choices in the words that we use; we sleep-walk through the maze of possibilities available to us. ~ Tony Robbins,
434:The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me ~ Richard Branson,
435:Understanding is a pure glass of water. All great truths have no taste. Hints of sweetness are coloured by the need for amazement. ~ Ben Okri,
436:What we all dread most,” said the priest in a low voice, “is a maze with no centre. That is why atheism is only a nightmare. ~ G K Chesterton,
437:I guess they needed a maze in Japan, where everything's neat and tidy. In America everybody's already wandering around lost. ~ Jonathan Lethem,
438:I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image. ~ David Bowie,
439:Narcissists are everywhere in this ripe age of self-love, which amazes me because so much in life would seem to foster humility. ~ Dean Koontz,
440:Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
441:People are amazed because I don't get much with the colds. Sometimes in the spring or in the fall, I'll get a little hay fever. ~ Donald Trump,
442:Ronan released a string of profanity so varied and pointed that Gansey was amazed that the words alone didn't slay Declan. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
443:The arrogance of men never ceases to amaze me. You all think everything has to do with you, and every woman has to desire you. ~ Robert Jordan,
444:The human capacity to ignore facts and believe what they wanted to believe was a continued source of amazement and frustration ~ Craig Alanson,
445:We have got to abandon the sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything. ~ Abraham Maslow,
446:26And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today. ~ Anonymous,
447:It always amazed me at how easy it was to carry her. I knew why. It was because she carried my heart with her wherever she went. ~ Raine Miller,
448:It amazes me that people spend their entire days inside places like this doing things they don't love for people they don't like. ~ Nicola Yoon,
449:no reason to mention my peculiarities, my wandering in the maze these many years, shut away from sight. and from love, too. ~ Jeffrey Eugenides,
450:Sleep more at night. If it's allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel. ~ Ben Stein,
451:And I can’t help but be amazed at the power such small, unassuming animals wield over us; they so easily break down our defenses. ~ Tahereh Mafi,
452:Breathless and unharmed, we emerge from the mazes of metaphysics and psychology where man and the soul are playing hide-and-seek. ~ Ameen Rihani,
453:But what little I’d heard had left me amazed by how clever people were at finding ways to make each other crazy and miserable. ~ Neal Stephenson,
454:He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again. ~ William Golding,
455:If you show people how much you care and ask questions in a non threatening way, you'll be amazed by how much they'll tell you. ~ John C Maxwell,
456:People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours. ~ Henry A Kissinger,
457:Sometimes it amazed me that men were able to find a woman at all with the thoughts—or lack thereof—that went through their minds. ~ Liliana Hart,
458:To his amazement, he could already hear Henry snoring in the backseat. That guy could fall asleep on a car trip to the mailbox. ~ Heather Brewer,
459:At that point I asked myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark? ~ Franz Kafka,
460:Behold, directly overhead, a certain strange star was suddenly seen . . . Amazed, and as if astonished and stupified, I stood still ~ Tycho Brahe,
461:doesn’t require very complicated math. One guy told me that if you just designed a clean data display, people were amazed. ~ Kim Stanley Robinson,
462:If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to disturb you. ~ Tina Maze,
463:I like the way he says we and am amazed, as I often am by language as power, at the way a simple pronoun can upend a relationship. ~ Fiona Maazel,
464:I listened in amazement. You saw a face on an American street, or in an office, and you had no idea that a tragic epic lay behind it. ~ Greg Iles,
465:I love to read (du) okay i love to read about alpha males and gods shadowhunter maze runner half bloods divergent a good romance ~ Gena Showalter,
466:I'm always amazed by people who blog all the time and tweet all the time, and still get things done. I don't know how they do it. ~ Jarvis Cocker,
467:I was Pac-Man. It was the worst costume ever. You would expect a big round suit, but it was just a mask and a smock with a maze on it. ~ Ray Toro,
468:There are people who want everybody dead. When you get over being surprised about that, you have a high amazement threshold. ~ Dean Koontz,
469:We live alongside this torment and aren’t amazed when we still find happiness, even love. Artificial minds are not so well defended. ~ Ian McEwan,
470:When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. ~ Mary Oliver,
471:you’d be amazed how much quality collective thought can be captured using two simple tools: a voice connection and a shared screen. ~ Jason Fried,
472:All mathematicians share... a sense of amazement over the infinite depth and the mysterious beauty and usefulness of mathematics. ~ Martin Gardner,
473:I don't think he'd [Andy Warhol] be that amazed because he was so driven to be the Picasso of the second half of the 20th century. ~ Bob Colacello,
474:I know no other way out of what is both the maze of the eternal present and the prison of the self except with a string of words. ~ Lewis H Lapham,
475:I'm amazed every time I come back to Vancouver at how much it's changed. You go away for a month and there's three more skyscrapers. ~ Bryan Adams,
476:I was still amazed at how much i loved him, and more so, that he returned it in the same measure. I couldn't ask for anything more. ~ Kahlen Aymes,
477:Like a rustic at a fair, we are full of amazement and rapture, and have no thought of going home, or that it will soon be night. ~ William Hazlitt,
478:Mother: “I’m amazed that more people don’t commit suicide. They just keep on living. It’s so hard and they just keep doing it.” Useful ~ Eula Biss,
479:That,’ I conceded, ‘and also because these tunnels look like five fingers. It makes sense the maze would give me the middle finger. ~ Rick Riordan,
480:The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth, nor even for an approximation of it; they are after a kind of amazement. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
481:We are all wrong so often that it amazes me that we can have any conviction at all over the direction of things to come. But we must. ~ Jim Cramer,
482:D'Artagnan was amazed to note by what fragile and unknown threads the destinies of nations and the lives of men are suspended. He ~ Alexandre Dumas,
483:I am always amazed by people who know something is wrong but still insist on ignoring it, as if that will somehow make it go away. ~ David Levithan,
484:I watched her carve her mistakes in stone, and they arranged themselves around her. They became a maze with walls that reached the sky. ~ Amy Zhang,
485:People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure. ~ David Attenborough,
486:And the dancing has begun now, And the Dancings whirl round gaily In the waltz's giddy mazes, And the ground beneath them trembles. ~ Heinrich Heine,
487:It has amazed me that the most incongruous traits should exist in the same person and, for all that, yield a plausible harmony. ~ W Somerset Maugham,
488:It is not that we propose a theory and Nature may shout NO; rather, we propose a maze of theories, and Nature may shout INCONSISTENT. ~ Imre Lakatos,
489:Sometimes I am amazed how easy it is to play these games, if they did not have press freedom, we would have to invent it for them. ~ Malcolm W Nance,
490:The discipline of live theater - doing the same perfect thing night after night, eight times a week - never ceases to amaze me ~ Neil Patrick Harris,
491:The names Americans visit on their children never ceases to amaze me. One of Diana Ross' daughters labours under the name of Chudney. ~ Alan Bennett,
492:When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. ~ Mary Oliver,
493:And the smile that lingered on his mouth now! Slow to spread, it assumed a mocking edge that—to her amazement—made her breath catch. ~ Meredith Duran,
494:He must love me, i thought, amazed. A faint whiff of nausea hit me at seeing pain as proof of love, but it seemed true. Unavoidable. ~ Katherine Dunn,
495:History, the way the teachers liked it, was a racetrack, a straight shot from start to finish line; life itself was more of a maze. ~ Cassandra Clare,
496:I just did whatever it took to keep making music - slept on couches. You would be amazed at how far $20 can go if you stretch it out. ~ Daniel Powter,
497:I learned that I enjoy directing a lot more than I enjoy writing, which is interesting, because writing is lonely and infamous basically. ~ Dan Mazer,
498:I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
499:Instead, realizing that there is only so much that a mouse in the maze can know and understand … I resolved to get out of the maze. ~ Deepak Malhotra,
500:It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble. ~ Robert J Shiller,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


   7 Christianity
   5 Occultism
   3 Kabbalah
   2 Philosophy
   1 Integral Yoga

   11 Sri Aurobindo
   10 Sri Ramakrishna
   5 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   4 The Mother
   4 Saint Teresa of Avila
   4 Jorge Luis Borges
   4 Aleister Crowley
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Aldous Huxley

   13 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   11 Savitri
   5 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   5 Collected Poems
   4 The Bible
   3 The Way of Perfection
   3 The Mothers Agenda
   3 The Life Divine
   3 Magick Without Tears
   2 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   2 The Secret Doctrine
   2 The Perennial Philosophy
   2 Talks
   2 Selected Fictions
   2 On Education
   2 General Principles of Kabbalah
   2 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah

02.02_-_The_Kingdom_of_Subtle_Matter, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And glory of breathing bodies like our own.
  AMazed, his senses ravished with delight,
  He moved in a divine, yet kindred world

02.05_-_The_Godheads_of_the_Little_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  He raised his eyes; Heaven-light mirrored a Face.
  AMazed at the works wrought in her mystic sleep,
  She looked upon the world that she had made:

02.06_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And her landmarks in the tangled paths of Time.
  In her Mazes of approach and of retreat
  To every side she draws him and repels,

03.02_-_The_Adoration_of_the_Divine_Mother, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The rapture of things eternal filled his limbs;
  AMazement fell upon his ravished sense;
  His spirit was caught in her intolerant flame.

04.02_-_The_Growth_of_the_Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  One close to their bosoms, yet divine and far.
  Admiring and aMazed they saw her stride
  Attempting with a godlike rush and leap

05.02_-_Satyavan, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  AMazed by a joy for which they had waited long,
  The lovers met upon their different paths,

05.03_-_Satyavan_and_Savitri, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Traversing great wastes of splendour and of fire,
  Or met the moon gliding aMazed through heaven
  In the uncertain wideness of the night,

07.03_-_The_Entry_into_the_Inner_Countries, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  AMazed like one unknowing she sought her way
  Out of the tangle of man's ignorant past
  Its lure and magic of disordered bliss,
  Into earth-light poured its Maze of tangled charm
  And heady draught of Nature's primitive joy

10.03_-_The_Debate_of_Love_and_Death, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Or harboured the demoniac in their gaze:
  A crooked Maze they made of thinking mind,
  They suffered a metamorphosis of the heart,

10.04_-_The_Dream_Twilight_of_the_Earthly_Real, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The finite in its little sections parked,
  AMazed, credits not God's audacity
  Who dares to be the unimagined All

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  No one took notice of the unostentatious visitor. Finally the Master said to Keshab, "People tell me you have seen God; so I have come to hear from you about God." A magnificent conversation followed. The Master sang a thrilling song about Kli and forthwith went into Samdhi. When Hriday uttered the sacred "Om" in his ears, he gradually came back to consciousness of the world, his face still radiating a divine brilliance. Keshab and his followers were aMazed. The contrast between Sri Ramakrishna and the Brhmo devotees was very interesting. There sat this small man, thin and extremely delicate. His eyes were illumined with an inner light. Good humour gleamed in his eyes and lurked in the corners of his mouth. His speech was Bengli of a homely kind with a slight, delightful stammer, and his words held men enthralled by their wealth of spiritual experience, their inexhaustible store of simile and metaphor, their power of observation, their bright and subtle humour, their wonderful catholicity, their ceaseless flow of wisdom. And around him now were the sophisticated men of Bengl, the best products of Western education, with Keshab, the idol of young Bengl, as their leader.
  When they returned to the room and Narendra heard the Master speaking to others, he was surprised to find in his words an inner logic, a striking sincerity, and a convincing proof of his spiritual nature. In answer to Narendra's question, "Sir, have you seen God?" the Master said: "Yes, I have seen God. I have seen Him more tangibly than I see you. I have talked to Him more intimately than I am talking to you." Continuing, the Master said: "But, my child, who wants to see God? People shed jugs of tears for money, wife, and children. But if they would weep for God for only one day they would surely see Him." Narendra was aMazed. These words he could not doubt. This was the first time he had ever heard a man saying that he had seen God. But he could not reconcile these words of the Master with the scene that had taken place on the verandah only a few minutes before. He concluded that Sri Ramakrishna was a monomaniac, and returned home rather puzzled in mind.
  Narendra began to talk of his doubt of the very existence of God. His friends thought he had become an atheist and piously circulated gossip adducing unmentionable motives for his unbelief. His moral character was maligned. Even some of the Master's disciples partly believed the gossip, and Narendra told these to their faces that only a coward believed in God through fear of suffering or hell. But he was distressed to think that Sri Ramakrishna, too, might believe these false reports. His pride revolted. He said to himself: "What does it matter? If a man's good name rests on such slender foundations, I don't care." But later on he was aMazed to learn that the Master had never lost faith in him. To a disciple who complained about Narendra's degradation, Sri Ramakrishna replied: "Hush, you fool! The Mother has told me it can never be so. I won't look at you if you speak that way again."
  One early morning at three o'clock, about a year later, Gopl M was about to finish her daily devotions, when she was startled to find Sri Ramakrishna sitting on her left, with his right hand clenched, like the hand of the image of Gopl. She was aMazed and caught hold of the hand, whereupon the figure vanished and in its place appeared the real Gopl, her Ideal Deity. She cried aloud with joy. Gopl begged her for butter. She pleaded her poverty and gave Him some dry coconut candies. Gopl sat on her lap, snatched away her rosary, jumped on her shoulders, and moved all about the room. As soon as the day broke she hastened to Dakshinewar like an insane woman. Of course Gopl accompanied her, resting His head on her shoulder. She clearly saw His tiny ruddy feet hanging over her breast. She entered Sri Ramakrishna's room. The Master had fallen into Samdhi. Like a child, he sat on her lap, and she began to feed him with butter, cream, and other delicacies. After some time he regained consciousness and returned to his bed. But the mind of Gopl's Mother was still roaming in another plane.

1.01_-_The_Science_of_Living, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  and endurance. It is able to do so many more things than one usually imagines. If, instead of the ignorant and
  despotic masters that now govern it, it is ruled by the central truth of the being, you will be aMazed at what it is
  capable of doing. Calm and quiet, strong and poised, at every minute it will be able to put forth the effort that is

1.03_-_The_Sephiros, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Serious students will need to make a careful study of the attributions detailed in this work and commit them to memory. When, by persistent application to his own mental apparatus, the numerical system with its corres- pondences is partly understood - as opposed to being merely memorized - the student will be aMazed to find fresh light breaking in on him at every turn as he continues to refer every item in experience and consciousness to this standard.

1.06_-_The_Ascent_of_the_Sacrifice_2_The_Works_of_Love_-_The_Works_of_Life, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The light it sheds illuminates the other parts of the nature which, for want of any better guidance than their own confused and groping powers, have been wandering in the rounds of the Ignorance; it gives to mind the intrinsic feeling of the thoughts and perceptions, to life the infallible sense of the movements that are misled or misleading and those that are well-inspired; something like a quiet oracle from within discloses the causes of our stumblings, warns in time against their repetition, extracts from experience and intuition the law, not rigid but plastic, of a just direction for our acts, a right stepping, an accurate impulse. A will is created that becomes more in consonance with evolving Truth rather than with the circling and dilatory Mazes of a seeking Error. A determined orientation towards the greater Light to be, a soul-instinct, a psychic tact and insight into the true substance, motion and intention of things, coming always nearer and nearer to a spiritual vision, to a knowledge by inner contact, inner sight and even identity, begin to replace the superficial keenness of mental judgment and the eager graspings of the life-force. The works of Life right themselves, escape from confusion, substitute for the artificial or legal order imposed by the intellect and for the arbitrary rule of desire the guidance of the soul's inner insight, enter into the profound paths of the
  Spirit. Above all, the psychic being imposes on life the law of the sacrifice of all its works as an offering to the Divine and the Eternal. Life becomes a call to that which is beyond Life; its every smallest act enlarges with the sense of the Infinite.

1.06_-_The_Four_Powers_of_the_Mother, #The Mother With Letters On The Mother, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  15:But be on your guard and do not try to understand and judge the Divine Mother by your little earthly mind that loves to subject even the things that are beyond it to its own norms and standards, its narrow reasonings and erring impressions, its bottomless aggressive ignorance and its petty self-confident knowledge. The human mind shut in the prison of its half-lit obscurity cannot follow the many-sided freedom of the steps of the Divine Shakti. The rapidity and complexity of her vision and action outrun its stumbling comprehension; the measures of her movement are not its measures. Bewildered by the swift alternation of her many different personalities, her making of rhythms and her breaking of rhythms, her accelerations of speed and her retardations, her varied ways of dealing with the problem of one and of another, her taking up and dropping now of this line and now of that one and her gathering of them together, it will not recognise the way of the Supreme Power when it is circling and sweeping upwards through the Maze of the Ignorance to a supernal Light. Open rather your soul to her and be content to feel her with the psychic nature and see her with the psychic vision that alone make a straight response to the Truth. Then the Mother herself will enlighten by their psychic elements your mind and heart and life and physical consciousness and reveal to them too her ways and her nature.

1.08_-_Independence_from_the_Physical, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  something in us becomes alerted, constantly pointing out our mistakes, indicating the real cause of everything that happens to us,
  and leaving nothing in the dark, as if "someone" were taking our search in earnest. Thus we come to witness, at times with aMazement,
  a perfect correlation between our inner state and the outer circumstances (such as illnesses, for example, or "accidents") that befall us, as if life were no longer unfolding from outside in but from inside out, the inward molding the outward, to the most trivial circumstances; though in fact, nothing is trivial anymore, and everyday life appears as a network filled with signs waiting to be recognized. Everything is connected. The world is a miracle. We may make a childish mistake when we imagine spiritual life to be full of visions and apparitions and "supernatural" phenomena. The Divine is nearer to us than we think, the "miracle" less pompous and more profound than all this primitive imagery. Once we have deciphered one of those little signs that pass us by, or even once seen the imperceptible link that ties all things, we are closer to the great Miracle than if we had touched some heavenly manna. Indeed,

1.08_-_The_Depths_of_the_Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  This dissociation of "natural" and "supernatural," and a praying, a begging, for the latter to miraculously intervene in the former, Emerson calls "meanness and theft," a vicious craving for commodities:
  In what prayers do men allow themselves! Prayer looks abroad and asks for some foreign addition to come through some foreign virtue, and loses itself in endless Mazes of natural and supernatural, and mediatorial and miraculous. Prayer that craves a particular commodity is vicious. [True] Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not a unity in nature and consciousness.39 God's "supernatural" intervention in "nature": this bears no relation to the contemplative view of the psychic and subtle stages. God or Spirit is not set apart from nature, but rather is the Ground of nature, and indeed of all manifestation-as Teresa puts it, "God is in all things by presence and power and essence." "Supernatural," in this usage, simply means that the natural union of Spirit with all things becomes a conscious realization in some, and that conscious realization is called supernatural, not because the union is present only in them and not in nature, but because they are directly realizing it. Teresa's spiritual friend and collaborator, the extraordinary John of the Cross, explains it thus:
  This union between God and creatures always exists. By it He conserves their being so that if the union would end they would cease to exist [Spirit as Ground of Being]. Consequently, in discussing union with God, we are not discussing the substantial union which is always existing, but the union and transformation of the soul in God. This transformation is supernatural, the other natural.40

1.09_-_Equality_and_the_Annihilation_of_Ego, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  13:Here too, in this movement by which the soul divests itself gradually of the obscure robe of the ego, there is a progress by marked stages. For not only the fruit of works belongs to the Lord alone, but our works also must be his; he is the true lord of our actions no less than of our results. This we must not see with the thinking mind only, it must become entirely true to our entire consciousness and will. The sadhaka has not only to think and know but to see and feel concretely and intensely even in the moment of the working and in its initiation and whole process that his works are not his at all, but are coming through him from the Supreme Existence. He must be always aware of a Force, a Presence, a Will that acts through his individual nature. But there is in taking this turn the danger that he may confuse his own disguised or sublimated ego or an inferior power with the Lord and substitute its demands for the supreme dictates. He may fall into a common ambush of this lower nature and distort his supposed surrender to a higher Power into an excuse for a magnified and uncontrolled indulgence of his own self-will and even of his desires and passions. A great sincerity is asked for and has to be imposed not only on the conscious mind but still more on the subliminal part of us which is full of hidden movements. For there is there, especially in our subliminal vital nature, an incorrigible charlatan and actor. The sadhaka must first have advanced far in the elimination of desire and in the firm equality of his soul towards all workings and all happenings before he can utterly lay down the burden of his works on the Divine. At every moment he must proceed with a vigilant eye upon the deceits of the ego and the ambushes of the misleading Powers of Darkness who ever represent themselves as the one Source of Light and Truth and take on them a simulacrum of divine forms in order to capture the soul of the seeker.
  14:Immediately he must take the further step of relegating himself to the position of the Witness. Aloof from the Prakriti, impersonal and dispassionate, he must watch the executive Nature-Force at work within him and understand its action; he must learn by this separation to recognise the play of her universal forces, distinguish her interweaving of light and night, the divine and the undivine, and detect her formidable Powers and Beings that use the ignorant human creature. Nature works in us, says the Gita, through the triple quality of Prakriti, the quality of light and good, the quality of passion and desire and the quality of obscurity and inertia. The seeker must learn to distinguish, as an impartial and discerning witness of all that proceeds within this kingdom of his nature, the separate and the combined action of these qualities; he must pursue the workings of the cosmic forces in him through all the labyrinth of their subtle unseen processes and disguises and know every intricacy of the Maze. As he proceeds in this knowledge, he will be able to become the giver of the sanction and no longer remain an ignorant tool of Nature. At first he must induce the NatureForce in its action on his instruments to subdue the working of its two lower qualities and bring them into subjection to the quality of light and good and, afterwards, he must persuade that again to offer itself so that all three may be transformed by a higher Power into their divine equivalents, supreme repose and calm, divine illumination and bliss, the eternal divine dynamis, Tapas. The first part of this discipline and change can be firmly done in principle by the will of the mental being in us; but its full execution and the subsequent transformation can be done only when the deeper psychic soul increases its hold on the nature and replaces the mental being as its ruler. When this happens, he will be ready to make, not only with an aspiration and intention and an initial and progressive self-abandonment but with the most intense actuality of dynamic self-giving, the complete renunciation of his works to the Supreme Will. By degrees his mind of an imperfect human intelligence will be replaced by a spiritual and illumined mind and that can in the end enter into the supramental Truth-Light; he will then no longer act from his nature of the Ignorance with its three modes of confused and imperfect activity, but from a diviner nature of spiritual calm, light, power and bliss. He will act not from an amalgam of an ignorant mind and will with the drive of a still more ignorant heart of emotion and the desire of the life-being and the urge and instinct of the flesh, but first from a spiritualised self and nature and, last, from a supramental Truth-consciousness and its divine force of supernature.
  15:Thus are made possible the final steps when the veil of Nature is withdrawn and the seeker is face to face with the Master of all existence and his activities are merged in the action of a supreme Energy which is pure, true, perfect and blissful for ever. Thus can he utterly renounce to the supramental Shakti his works as well as the fruits of his works and act only as the conscious instrument of the eternal Worker. No longer giving the sanction, he will rather receive in his instruments and follow in her hands a divine mandate. No longer doing works, he will accept their execution through him by her unsleeping Force. No longer willing the fulfilment of his own mental constructions and the satisfaction of his own emotional desires, he will obey and participate in an omnipotent Will that is also an omniscient Knowledge and a myterious, magical and unfathomable Love and a vast bottomless sea of the eternal Bliss of Existence.

1.09_-_SELF-KNOWLEDGE, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  As the light grows, we see ourselves to be worse than we thought. We are aMazed at our former blindness as we see issuing from our heart a whole swarm of shameful feelings, like filthy reptiles crawling from a hidden cave. But we must be neither aMazed nor disturbed. We are not worse than we were; on the contrary, we are better. But while our faults diminish, the light we see them by waxes brighter, and we are filled with horror. So long as there is no sign of cure, we are unaware of the depth of our disease; we are in a state of blind presumption and hardness, the prey of self-delusion. While we go with the stream, we are unconscious of its rapid course; but when we begin to stem it ever so little, it makes itself felt.

11.01_-_The_Eternal_Day_The_Souls_Choice_and_the_Supreme_Consummation, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  As one drowned in a sea of splendour and bliss,
  Mute in the Maze of these surprising worlds,
  Turning she saw their living knot and source,

1.12_-_Delight_of_Existence_-_The_Solution, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  17:If it then be asked why the One Existence should take delight in such a movement, the answer lies in the fact that all possibilities are inherent in Its infinity and that the delight of existence - in its mutable becoming, not in its immutable being, - lies precisely in the variable realisation of its possibilities. And the possibility worked out here in the universe of which we are a part, begins from the concealment of Sachchidananda in that which seems to be its own opposite and its self-finding even amid the terms of that opposite. Infinite being loses itself in the appearance of non-being and emerges in the appearance of a finite Soul; infinite consciousness loses itself in the appearance of a vast indeterminate inconscience and emerges in the appearance of a superficial limited consciousness; infinite selfsustaining Force loses itself in the appearance of a chaos of atoms and emerges in the appearance of the insecure balance of a world; infinite Delight loses itself in the appearance of an insensible Matter and emerges in the appearance of a discordant rhythm of varied pain, pleasure and neutral feeling, love, hatred and indifference; infinite unity loses itself in the appearance of a chaos of multiplicity and emerges in a discord of forces and beings which seek to recover unity by possessing, dissolving and devouring each other. In this creation the real Sachchidananda has to emerge. Man, the individual, has to become and to live as a universal being; his limited mental consciousness has to widen to the superconscient unity in which each embraces all; his narrow heart has to learn the infinite embrace and replace its lusts and discords by universal love and his restricted vital being to become equal to the whole shock of the universe upon it and capable of universal delight; his very physical being has to know itself as no separate entity but as one with and sustaining in itself the whole flow of the indivisible Force that is all things; his whole nature has to reproduce in the individual the unity, the harmony, the oneness-in-all of the supreme Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.
  18:Through all this play the secret reality is always one and the same delight of existence, - the same in the delight of the subconscious sleep before the emergence of the individual, in the delight of the struggle and all the varieties, vicissitudes, perversions, conversions, reversions of the effort to find itself amid the Mazes of the half-conscious dream of which the individual is the centre, and in the delight of the eternal superconscient self-possession into which the individual must wake and there become one with the indivisible Sachchidananda. This is the play of the One, the Lord, the All as it reveals itself to our liberated and enlightened knowledge from the conceptive standpoint of this material universe.

1.12_-_TIME_AND_ETERNITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Whenever God is thought of as being wholly in time, there is a tendency to regard Him as a numinous rather than a moral being, a God of mere unmitigated Power rather than a God of Power, Wisdom and Love, an inscrutable and dangerous potentate to be propitiated by sacrifices, not a Spirit to be worshipped in spirit. All this is only natural; for time is a perpetual perishing and a God who is wholly in time is a God who destroys as fast as He creates. Nature is as incomprehensibly appalling as it is lovely and bountiful. If the Divine does not transcend the temporal order in which it is immanent, and if the human spirit does not transcend its time-bound soul, then there is no possibility of justifying the ways of God to man. God as manifested in the universe is the irresistible Being who speaks to Job out of the whirlwind, and whose emblems are Behemoth and Leviathan, the war horse and the eagle. It is this same Being who is described in the Apocalyptic eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. O Supreme Spirit, says Arjuna, addressing himself to the Krishna whom he now knows to be the incarnation of the Godhead, I long to see your Isvara-formthat is to say, his form as God of the world, Nature, the temporal order. Krishna answers, You shall behold the whole universe, with all things animate and inanimate, within this body of mine. Arjunas reaction to the revelation is one of aMazement and fear.

1.14_-_The_Sand_Waste_and_the_Rain_of_Fire._The_Violent_against_God._Capaneus._The_Statue_of_Time,_and_the_Four_Infernal_Rivers., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
    Therefore if something new appear to us,
    It should not bring aMazement to thy face."
    And I again: "Master, where shall be found

1.200-1.224_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Supreme Being. This wide application of the word has given rise to the idea that the individual soul (jivatma), goes to constitute the body of the Supreme (Paramatma). I, O Arjuna! am the Self, seated in the heart of all beings; ... (Bhagavad Gita, X-20). The stanza shows that the Lord is the Atma (Self) of all beings. Does it say, the Self of the selves? If, on the other hand, you merge in the Self there will be no individuality left. You will become the Source itself. In that case what is surrender? Who is to surrender what and to whom? This constitutes devotion, wisdom, and investigation.
  Among the Vaishnavites too, Saint Nammalvar says, I was in a Maze, sticking to I and mine; I wandered without knowing my Self. On realising my Self I understand that I myself am You and that mine
  (i.e., my possessions) is only You.

1.240_-_Talks_2, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Self-luminosity. The world divya shows it. The full word means the Self. Who is to bestow a divine eye? And who is to see? Again, people read in the books, hearing, reflection and one-pointedness are necessary. They think that they must pass through savikalpa samadhi and nirvikalpa samadhi before attaining Realisation.
  Hence all these questions. Why should they wander in that Maze?
  What do they gain at the end? It is only cessation of the trouble of seeking. They find that the Self is eternal and self-evident. Why should they not get that repose even this moment?
  II, saying, I have no form. In Chapter XI, He says, See my form as the Universe. Is it consistent? Again he says, I transcend the three worlds, but Arjuna sees the three worlds in Him. Sri Krishna says,
  I cannot be seen by men, Gods, etc.; yet Arjuna sees himself and the Gods in Him. No one could see and yet Arjuna was endowed with divine sight to see Him. Does it not look a Maze of contradictions?
  The answer is that the understanding is wrong. Sthula dristi on the physical plane is absurd. Jnana dristi (subtle understanding) is necessary. That is why Arjuna was given divya chakshuh (divine sight). Can such sight be gross? Will such interpretation lead you to a right understanding?
  Suddha satva is quite pure; misra (mixed satva) is a combination of satva with other qualities. The quality satva implies only its predominance over the other two qualities.
  Later Sri Bhagavan continued: The intricate Maze of philosophy of different schools is said to clarify matters and reveal the Truth.
  But in fact they create confusion where no confusion need exist.
  Gods are said to preside over the limbs and senses of the individual
  (vyashti). They are the limbs and senses of Virat (samashti). So they go on explaining Hiranyagarbha, etc. Why should confusion be created and then explained away? Ah! Fortunate is the man who does not involve himself in this Maze!
  I was indeed fortunate that I never took to it. Had I taken to it,

1.300_-_1.400_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Hence all these questions. Why should they wander in that Maze?
  What do they gain at the end? It is only cessation of the trouble of seeking. They find that the Self is eternal and self-evident. Why should they not get that repose even this moment?
  II, saying, "I have no form". In Chapter XI, He says, "See my form as the Universe". Is it consistent? Again he says, "I transcend the three worlds", but Arjuna sees the three worlds in Him. Sri Krishna says,
  "I cannot be seen by men, Gods, etc."; yet Arjuna sees himself and the Gods in Him. No one could see and yet Arjuna was endowed with divine sight to see Him. Does it not look a Maze of contradictions?
  The answer is that the understanding is wrong. Sthula dristi on the physical plane is absurd. Jnana dristi (subtle understanding) is necessary. That is why Arjuna was given divya chakshuh (divine sight). Can such sight be gross? Will such interpretation lead you to a right understanding?
  Later Sri Bhagavan continued: The intricate Maze of philosophy of different schools is said to clarify matters and reveal the Truth.
  Gods are said to preside over the limbs and senses of the individual
  (vyashti). They are the limbs and senses of Virat (samashti). So they go on explaining Hiranyagarbha, etc. Why should confusion be created and then explained away? Ah! Fortunate is the man who does not involve himself in this Maze!
  I was indeed fortunate that I never took to it. Had I taken to it,

1.51_-_How_to_Recognise_Masters,_Angels,_etc.,_and_how_they_Work, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  My first surprise was to find that I had brought with me exactly those Magical Weapons which were suitable for the work proposed, and no others. But a yet more startling circumstance was to come. For the purpose of the Cairo Working, Ouarda[106] and I had bought two abbai; one, scarlet, for me; one, blue, for her. I had brought mine to St. Moritz; the other was of course in the possession of Ouarda. Imagine my aMazement when Virakam produced from her trunk a blue abbai so like Ouarda's that the only difference were minute details of the gold embroidery! The suggestion was that the Secret Chiefs, having chosen Ouarda as their messenger, could not use any one else until she had become irrevocably disqualified by insanity. Not till now could her place be taken by another; and that Virakam should possess a duplicate of her Magical Robe seemed a strong argument that she had been consecrated by Them to take the place of her unhappy predecessor.

1.52_-_Family_-_Public_Enemy_No._1, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Those in attendance at confinements are always at first aMazed and horrified by the remarks of the most virtuous and refined ladies; but that is the mere loosening of a few superficial layers, such as are accessible to anaesthetics. These revelations amount to not 1/10 of 1% of the grisly horrors that are revealed by Sammasati.

1.57_-_Beings_I_have_Seen_with_my_Physical_Eye, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Then, to my aMazement, I saw of the slopes below me, two little fellows hopping playfully about on the scree. (A moment while I remind you that all my romance was Celtic; I had never ever read Teutonic myths and fables.) But these little men were exactly the traditional gnome of German fold-tales; the Heinzelmnner that one sees sometimes on German beer-mugs (I have never drunk beer in my life) and in friezes on the walls of a Conditorei.

2.01_-_MASTER_AND_DISCIPLE, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  M. had just finished his studies in college. It aMazed him to hear that Sri Ramakrishna read no books.
  The assertion that both are equally true aMazed M.; he had never learnt this from his books. Thus his ego received a third blow; but since it was not yet completely crushed, he came forward to argue with the Master a little more.

2.02_-_Habit_2_Begin_with_the_End_in_Mind, #The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, #Stephen Covey, #unset
  At another time, I was scheduled to train 175 shopping center managers at a particular hotel. I was aMazed at the level of service there. It wasn't a cosmetic thing. It was evident at all levels, spontaneously, without supervision.
  I went through the back door into the kitchen, where I saw the central value: "Uncompromising personalized service." I finally went to the manager and said, "My business is helping organizations develop a powerful team character, a team culture. I am aMazed at what you have here."
  "Do you want to know the real key?" he inquired. He pulled out the mission statement for the hotel chain.

2.03_-_Karmayogin_A_Commentary_on_the_Isha_Upanishad, #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  carrying out seems to be slow, imperfect and the result of ceaseless effort and struggle, a web of failures, incomplete realizations
  and transient successes, a Maze of forces acting and reacting on
  each other, helping, hindering and repulsing and always with a

2.07_-_I_Also_Try_to_Tell_My_Tale, #The Castle of Crossed Destinies, #Italo Calvino, #Fiction
  Even in the painters' pictures, Saint George always has an impersonal face, not unlike the Knight of Swords of the cards, and his battle with the dragon is a scene on a coat of arms, fixed outside of time, whether you see him galloping with his lance at rest, as in Carpaccio, charging from his half of the canvas at the dragon who rushes from the other half, and attacking with a concentrated expression, his head down, like a cyclist (around, in the details, there is a calendar of corpses whose stages of decomposition reconstruct the temporal development of the story), or whether horse and dragon are superimposed, monogram-like, as in the Louvre Raphael, where Saint George is using his lance from above, driving it down into the monster's throat, operating with angelic surgery (here the rest of the story is condensed in a broken lance on the ground and a blandly aMazed virgin); or in the sequence: princess, dragon, Saint George, the animal (a dinosaur!) is presented as the central element (Paolo Uccello, in London and Paris); or whether Saint George comes between the dragon in the rear and the princess in the foreground (Tintoretto, London).

2.07_-_THE_MASTER_AND_VIJAY_GOSWAMI, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "One must admit the existence of tendencies inherited from previous births. There is a story about a man who practised the sava-sadhana.l He worshipped the Divine Mother in a deep forest. First he saw many terrible visions. Finally a tiger attacked and killed him. Another man, happening to pass and seeing the approach of the tiger, had climbed a tree. Afterwards he got down and found all the arrangements for worship at hand. He performed some purifying ceremonies and seated himself on the corpse. No sooner had he done a little japa than the Divine Mother appeared before him and said: 'My child, I am very much pleased with you. Accept a boon from Me.' He bowed low at the Lotus Feet of the Goddess and said: 'May I ask You one question, Mother? I am speechless with aMazement at Your action. The other man worked so hard to get the ingredients for Your worship and tried to propitiate You for such a long time, but You didn't condescend to show him Your favour. And I, who don't know anything of worship, who have done nothing, who have neither devotion nor knowledge nor love, and who haven't practised any austerities, am receiving so much of Your grace.' The Divine Mother said with a laugh: 'My child, you don't remember your previous births. For many births you tried to propitiate Me through austerities. As a result of those austerities all these things have come to hand, and you have been blessed with My Vision. Now ask Me your boon.'

2.09_-_ADVICE_TO_THE_BRAHMOS, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "Then there is the class of the everperfect. They are born in each life with their spiritual consciousness already awakened. Think of a spring whose outlet is obstructed. While looking after various things in the garden, the plumber accidentally clears it and the water gushes out. Yet people are aMazed to see the first manifestations of an everperfect soul's zeal for God. They say, 'Where was all this devotion and renunciation and love?'"

2.1.02_-_Love_and_Death, #Collected Poems, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  He with the widening yellow Ganges came,
  AMazed, to trackless countries where few tribes,
  Kirath and Poundrian, warred, worshipping trees
  These worshipped; above this earth's half-day he saw
  AMazed the dawn of that mysterious Face
  And all the universe in beauty merge.

2.10_-_The_Vision_of_the_World-Spirit_-_Time_the_Destroyer, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Essays on the Gita
   and moons, has a face of blazing fire and is ever burning up the whole universe with the flame of his energy. The form of him is fierce and marvellous and alone it fills all the regions and occupies the whole space between earth and heaven. The companies of the gods enter it, afraid, adoring; the Rishis and the Siddhas crying "May there be peace and weal" praise it with many praises; the eyes of Gods and Titans and Giants are fixed on it in aMazement. It has enormous burning eyes; it has mouths that gape to devour, terrible with many tusks of destruction; it has faces like the fires of Death and Time. The kings and the captains and the heroes on both sides of the world-battle are hastening into its tusked and terrible jaws and some are seen with crushed and bleeding heads caught between its teeth of power; the nations are rushing to destruction with helpless speed into its mouths of flame like many rivers hurrying in their course towards the ocean or like moths that cast themselves on a kindled fire. With those burning mouths the Form of Dread is licking all the regions around; the whole world is full of his burning energies and baked in the fierceness of his lustres. The world and its nations are shaken and in anguish with the terror of destruction and Arjuna shares in the trouble and panic around him; troubled and in pain is the soul within him and he finds no peace or gladness. He cries to the dreadful Godhead, "Declare to me who thou art that wearest this form of fierceness. Salutation to thee, O thou great Godhead, turn thy heart to grace. I would know who thou art who wast from the beginning, for I know not the will of thy workings."
  This last cry of Arjuna indicates the double intention in the vision. This is the figure of the supreme and universal Being, the

2.11_-_WITH_THE_DEVOTEES_AT_DAKSHINEWAR, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  MASTER (to M.): "Some think: 'Oh, I am a bound soul. I shall never acquire knowledge and devotion.' But if one receives the guru's grace, one has nothing to fear. Once a tigress attacked a flock of goats. As she sprang on her prey, she gave birth to a cub and died. The cub grew up in the company of the goats. The goats ate grass and the cub followed their example. They bleated; the cub bleated too. Gradually it grew to be a big tiger. One day another tiger attacked the same flock. It was aMazed to see the grass-eating tiger. Running after it, the wild tiger at last seized it, whereupon the grass-eating tiger began to bleat. The wild tiger dragged it to the water and said: 'Look at your face in the water. It is just like mine. Here is a little meat. Eat it.' Saying this, it thrust some meat into its mouth. But the grass-eating tiger would not swallow it and began to bleat again. Gradually, however, it got the taste for blood and came to relish the meat.
  The devotees in the room were aMazed to see this incident. Bhagavati sat as if struck dead.
  "That which is Brahman is also the Primal Energy. Once a king asked a yogi to impart Knowledge to him in one word. The yogi said, 'All right; you will get Knowledge in one word.' After a while a magician came to the king. The king saw the magician moving two of his fingers rapidly and heard him exclaim, 'Behold, O King! Behold.' The king looked at him aMazed when, after a few minutes, he saw the two fingers becoming one.
  "Suppose a man is sweeping a courtyard with his broom, and another man comes and says to him: 'Hello! So-and-so is no more. He is dead.' Now, if the dead person was not related to the sweeper, the latter goes on with his work, remarking casually: 'Ah! That's too bad. He is dead. He was a good fellow.' The sweeping goes on all the same. But if the dead man was his relative, then the broom drops from his hand. 'Ah!' he exclaims, and he too drops to the ground. His prana has stopped functioning. He can neither work nor think. Haven't you noticed, among women, that if one of them looks at something or listens to something in speechless aMazement, the other women say to her, 'What? Are you in ecstasy?' In this instance, too, the prana has stopped functioning, and so she remains speechless, with mouth agape.

2.12_-_THE_FESTIVAL_AT_PNIHTI, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  The Master had been invited to the festival by Mani Sen, who was the custodian of the temple. Ram, M., Rkhl , Bhavanath, and a few other disciples went with the Master in a carriage. On his way to Pnihti Sri Ramakrishna was in a light mood and joked with the youngsters. But as soon as the carriage reached the place of the festival, the Master, to the utter aMazement of' the devotees, shot into the crowd. He joined the kirtan party of Navadvip Goswami, Mani Sen's guru, and danced, totally forgetting the world. Every now and then he stood still in samdhi, carefully supported by Navadvip Goswami for fear he might fall to the ground. Thousands of devotees were gathered together for the festival. Wherever one looked there was a forest of human heads. The crowd seemed to become infected by the Master's divine fervour and swayed to and fro, chanting the name of God, until the very air seemed to reverberate with it. Drums, cymbals, and other instruments produced melodious sounds. The atmosphere became intense with spiritual fervour. The devotees felt that Gaurnga himself was being manifested in the person of Sri Ramakrishna. Flowers were showered from all sides on his feet and head. The shouting of the name of Hari was heard even at a distance, like the rumbling of the ocean.
  M. was greatly aMazed. He thought: "The Upanishads describe Brahman as permeating the universe and the ether. Has that Brahman, as sound, touched the Master's body?"
  M: "There once lived a man in Greece, Socrates by name. A voice from heaven said that he was wise among men. Socrates was aMazed at this revelation. He meditated on it a long time in solitude and then realized its significance. He said to his friends, 'I alone of all people have understood that I do not know anything.' But every man believes he is wise. In reality all are ignorant."

2.14_-_INSTRUCTION_TO_VAISHNAVS_AND_BRHMOS, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "A certain man had a tub. People would come to him to have their clothes dyed. The tub contained a solution of dye. Whatever colour a man wanted for his cloth, he would get by dipping the cloth in the tub. One man was aMazed to see this and said to the dyer, 'Please give me the dye you have in your tub.' "
  "What faith Krishnakishore had! At Vrindvan a low-caste man drew water for him from a well. Krishnakishore said to him, 'Repeat the name of iva.' After the man had repeated the name of iva, Krishnakishore unhesitatingly drank the water. He used to say, 'If a man chants the name of God, does he need to spend money any more for the atonement of his sins? How foolish!' He was aMazed to see people worshipping God with the sacred tulsi-leaf in order to get rid of their illnesses. At the bathing-ghat here he said to us, 'Please bless me, that I may pass my days repeating Rma's holy name.'

2.15_-_LAST_VISIT_TO_KESHAB, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  While talking, Sri Ramakrishna regained the normal consciousness of the world. With a smile on his face he conversed with Keshab. The roomful of men watched them eagerly, and listened to their words. Everybody was aMazed to find that neither Keshab nor the Master inquired about each other's health. They talked only of God.

2.15_-_Reality_and_the_Integral_Knowledge, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  There is that unmanifest Unknowable; there is this manifest knowable, partly manifest to our ignorance, manifest entirely to the divine Knowledge which holds it in its own infinity. If it is true that neither our ignorance nor our utmost and widest mental knowledge can give us a hold of the Unknowable, still it is also true that, whether through our knowledge or through our ignorance, That variously manifests itself; for it cannot be manifesting something other than itself, since nothing else can exist: in this variety of manifestation there is that Oneness and through the diversity we can touch the Oneness. But even so, even accepting this coexistence, it is still possible to pass a final verdict and sentence of condemnation on the Becoming and decide on the necessity of a renunciation of it and a return into the absolute Being. This verdict can be based on the distinction between the real reality of the Absolute and the partial and misleading reality of the relative universe.
  For we have in this unfolding of knowledge the two terms of the One and the Many, as we have the two terms of the finite and the infinite, of that which becomes and of that which does not become but for ever is, of that which takes form and of that which does not take form, of Spirit and Matter, of the supreme Superconscient and the nethermost Inconscience; in this dualism, and to get away from it, it is open to us to define Knowledge as the possession of one term and the possession of the other as Ignorance. The ultimate of our life would then be a drawing away from the lower reality of the Becoming to the greater reality of the Being, a leap from the Ignorance to the Knowledge and a rejection of the Ignorance, a departure from the many into the One, from the finite into the infinite, from form into the formless, from the life of the material universe into the Spirit, from the hold of the inconscient upon us into the superconscient Existence. In this solution there is supposed to be a fixed opposition, an ultimate irreconcilability in each case between the two terms of our being. Or else, if both are a means of the manifestation of the Brahman, the lower is a false or imperfect clue, a means that must fail, a system of values that cannot ultimately satisfy us. Dissatisfied with the confusions of the multiplicity, disdainful of even the highest light and power and joy that it can reveal, we must drive beyond to the absolute one-pointedness and one-standingness in which all self-variation ceases. Unable by the claim of the Infinite upon us to dwell for ever in the bonds of the finite or to find there satisfaction and largeness and peace, we have to break all the bonds of individual and universal Nature, destroy all values, symbols, images, selfdefinitions, limitations of the illimitable and lose all littleness and division in the Self that is for ever satisfied with its own infinity. Disgusted with forms, disillusioned of their false and transient attractions, wearied and discouraged by their fleeting impermanence and vain round of recurrence, we must escape from the cycles of Nature into the formlessness and featurelessness of permanent Being. Ashamed of Matter and its grossness, impatient of the purposeless stir and trouble of Life, tired out by the goalless running of Mind or convinced of the vanity of all its aims and objects, we have to release ourselves into the eternal repose and purity of the Spirit. The Inconscient is a sleep or a prison, the conscient a round of strivings without ultimate issue or the wanderings of a dream: we must wake into the superconscious where all darkness of night and half-lights cease in the self-luminous bliss of the Eternal. The Eternal is our refuge; all the rest are false values, the Ignorance and its Mazes, a self-bewilderment of the soul in phenomenal Nature.
  Our conception of the Knowledge and the Ignorance rejects this negation and the oppositions on which it is founded: it points to a larger if more difficult issue of reconciliation. For we see that these apparently opposite terms of One and Many, Form and the Formless, Finite and Infinite, are not so much opposites as complements of each other; not alternating values of the Brahman which in its creation perpetually loses oneness to find itself in multiplicity and, unable to discover itself in multiplicity, loses it again to recover oneness, but double and concurrent values which explain each other; not hopelessly incompatible alternatives, but two faces of the one Reality which can lead us to it by our realisation of both together and not only by testing each separately, - even though such separate testing may be a legitimate or even an inevitable step or part of the process of knowledge. Knowledge is no doubt the knowledge of the One, the realisation of the Being; Ignorance is a self-oblivion of Being, the experience of separateness in the multiplicity and a dwelling or circling in the ill-understood Maze of becomings: but this is cured by the soul in the Becoming growing into knowledge, into awareness of the Being which becomes in the multiplicity all these existences and can so become because their truth is already there in its timeless existence. The integral knowledge of Brahman is a consciousness in possession of both together, and the exclusive pursuit of either closes the vision to one side of the truth of the omnipresent Reality. The possession of the Being who is beyond all becomings, brings to us freedom from the bonds of attachment and ignorance in the cosmic existence and brings by that freedom a free possession of the Becoming and of the cosmic existence. The knowledge of the Becoming is a part of knowledge; it acts as an Ignorance only because we dwell imprisoned in it, avidyayam antare, without possessing the Oneness of the Being, which is its base, its stuff, its spirit, its cause of manifestation and without which it could not be possible.
  In fact, the Brahman is one not only in a featureless oneness beyond all relation, but in the very multiplicity of the cosmic existence. Aware of the works of the dividing mind but not itself limited by it, It finds its oneness as easily in the many, in relations, in becoming as in any withdrawal from the many, from relations, from becoming. Ourselves also, to possess even its oneness fully, must possess it - since it is there, since all is that - in the infinite self-variation of the cosmos. The infinity of the multiplicity finds itself explained and justified only when it is contained and possessed in the infinity of the One; but also the infinity of the One pours itself out and possesses itself in the infinity of the Many. To be capable of that outpouring of its energies as well as not to lose itself in it, not to recoil defeated from its boundlessness and endlessness of vicissitudes and differences as well as not to be self-divided by its variations, is the divine strength of the free Purusha, the conscious Soul in its possession of its own immortal self-knowledge. The finite selfvariations of the Self in which the mind losing self-knowledge is caught and dispersed among the variations, are yet not the denials but the endless expression of the Infinite and have no other meaning or reason for existence: the Infinite too, while it possesses its delight of limitless being, finds also the joy of that very limitlessness in its infinite self-definition in the universe.
  Our present state is an Ignorance and a many-sided seeking; it seeks for the truth of all things but, - as is evident from the insistence and the variety of the human mind's speculations as to the fundamental Truth which explains all others, the Reality at the basis of all things, - the fundamental truth of things, their basic reality must be found in some at once fundamental and universal Real; it is that which, once discovered, must embrace and explain all, - for "That being known all will be known": the fundamental Real must necessarily be and contain the truth of all existence, the truth of the individual, the truth of the universe, the truth of all that is beyond the universe. The Mind, in seeking for such a Reality and testing each thing from Matter upwards to see if that might not be It, has not proceeded on a wrong intuition. All that is necessary is to carry the inquiry to its end and test the highest and ultimate levels of experience.
  But since it is from the Ignorance that we proceed to the Knowledge, we have had first to discover the secret nature and full extent of the Ignorance. If we look at this Ignorance in which ordinarily we live by the very circumstance of our separative existence in a material, in a spatial and temporal universe, we see that on its obscurer side it reduces itself, from whatever direction we look at or approach it, into the fact of a manysided self-ignorance. We are ignorant of the Absolute which is the source of all being and becoming; we take partial facts of being, temporal relations of the becoming for the whole truth of existence, - that is the first, the original ignorance. We are ignorant of the spaceless, timeless, immobile and immutable Self; we take the constant mobility and mutation of the cosmic becoming in Time and Space for the whole truth of existence, - that is the second, the cosmic ignorance. We are ignorant of our universal self, the cosmic existence, the cosmic consciousness, our infinite unity with all being and becoming; we take our limited egoistic mentality, vitality, corporeality for our true self and regard everything other than that as not-self, - that is the third, the egoistic ignorance. We are ignorant of our eternal becoming in Time; we take this little life in a small span of Time, in a petty field of Space, for our beginning, our middle and our end, - that is the fourth, the temporal ignorance. Even within this brief temporal becoming we are ignorant of our large and complex being, of that in us which is superconscient, subconscient, intraconscient, circumconscient to our surface becoming; we take that surface becoming with its small selection of overtly mentalised experiences for our whole existence, - that is the fifth, the psychological ignorance. We are ignorant of the true constitution of our becoming; we take the mind or life or body or any two of these or all three for our true principle or the whole account of what we are, losing sight of that which constitutes them and determines by its occult presence and is meant to determine sovereignly by its emergence their operations, - that is the sixth, the constitutional ignorance. As a result of all these ignorances, we miss the true knowledge, government and enjoyment of our life in the world; we are ignorant in our thought, will, sensations, actions, return wrong or imperfect responses at every point to the questionings of the world, wander in a Maze of errors and desires, strivings and failures, pain and pleasure, sin and stumbling, follow a crooked road, grope blindly for a changing goal, - that is the seventh, the practical ignorance.
  Our conception of the Ignorance will necessarily determine our conception of the Knowledge and determine, therefore, since our life is the Ignorance at once denying and seeking after the Knowledge, the goal of human effort and the aim of the cosmic endeavour. Integral knowledge will then mean the cancelling of the sevenfold Ignorance by the discovery of what it misses and ignores, a sevenfold self-revelation within our consciousness: - it will mean the knowledge of the Absolute as the origin of all things; the knowledge of the Self, the Spirit, the Being and of the cosmos as the Self's becoming, the becoming of the Being, a manifestation of the Spirit; the knowledge of the world as one with us in the consciousness of our true self, thus cancelling our division from it by the separative idea and life of ego; the knowledge of our psychic entity and its immortal persistence in Time beyond death and earth-existence; the knowledge of our greater and inner existence behind the surface; the knowledge of our mind, life and body in its true relation to the self within and the superconscient spiritual and supramental being above them; the knowledge, finally, of the true harmony and true use of our thought, will and action and a change of all our nature into a conscious expression of the truth of the Spirit, the Self, the Divinity, the integral spiritual Reality.

2.17_-_M._AT_DAKSHINEWAR, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "Nangta told the story of the tigress and the herd of goats. Once a tigress attacked a herd of goats. A hunter saw her from a distance and killed her. The tigress was pregnant and gave birth to a cub as she expired. The cub began to grow in the company of the goats. At first it was nursed by the she-goats, and later on, as it grew bigger, it began to eat grass and bleat like the goats. Gradually the cub became a big tiger; but still it ate grass and bleated. When atached by other animals, it would run away, like the goats. One day a fierce-looking tiger attacked the herd. It was aMazed to see a tiger in the herd eating grass and running away with the goats at its approach.

2.18_-_M._AT_DAKSHINESWAR, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  The monk was aMazed to see the Master's condition and to hear these words. Sri Ramakrishna said to him: "Please do away with your 'I am He'. Let us now keep 'I' and 'Thou' to enjoy the fun."

2.20_-_2.29_-_RULES_FOR_HOUSEHOLDERS_AND_MONKS, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  Devotees thronged there daily to see the Master. Spiritual talk went on incessantly, and, the very air of the room vibrated with bliss. Sometimes the Master would sing the name and glories of God, and sometimes he would go into samdhi, the devotees being aMazed at the ease with which the Master freed himself from the consciousness of the body.
  PUNDIT: "You are right, sir. The scripture says the same thing. There is in the Mahabharata the story of the 'pious hunter' and the 'chaste woman'. Once a hermit was disturbed in his meditation by a crow. When he cast an angry glance at the bird, it was reduced to ashes. The hermit said to himself: 'I have destroyed the crow by a mere glance. I must have made great progress in spiritual life.' One day he went to a woman's house to beg his food. She was devoted to her husband and served him day and night; she provided him with water to wash his feet and even dried them with her hair. When the hermit knocked at her door for alms, she was serving her husband and could not open the door at once. The hermit, in a fit of anger, began to curse her. The chaste woman answered from the inner apartments: 'I am not your crow. Wait a few minutes, sir. After finishing my service to my husband I shall give you my attention.' The hermit was very much surprised to find that this simple woman was aware of his having burnt the crow to ashes. He wanted her to give him spiritual instruction. At her bidding he went to the 'pious hunter' at Benares. This hunter sold meat, but he also served his parents day and night as embodiments of God. The hermit said to himself in utter aMazement: 'Why, he is a butcher and a worldly man! How can he give me the Knowledge of Brahman?' But the hunter was a knower of Brahman and had acquired divine knowledge through the performance of his worldly duties. The hermit was illumined by the instruction of the 'pious hunter'."
  MASTER (aMazed): "What? What did he enjoy in the world?"
  Radhika Goswami listened to these words in aMazement.

2.21_-_The_Three_Heads,_The_Beard_and_The_Mazela, #General Principles of Kabbalah, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #unset
  object:2.21 - The Three Heads, The Beard and The Mazela
  to his "Kingdom, the vessel of recipiency.) All are
  comprised in the Mazela (thirteenth emendation).
  Father and Mother, which are included in the Mazela ,
  issue from it and are recognized as "Wisdom, "Intelli

2.24_-_The_Evolution_of_the_Spiritual_Man, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  For each of these means or approaches corresponds to something in our total being and therefore to something necessary to the total aim of her evolution. There are four necessities of man's self-expansion if he is not to remain this being of the surface ignorance seeking obscurely after the truth of things and collecting and systematising fragments and sections of knowledge, the small limited and half-competent creature of the cosmic Force which he now is in his phenomenal nature. He must know himself and discover and utilise all his potentialities: but to know himself and the world completely he must go behind his own and its exterior, he must dive deep below his own mental surface and the physical surface of Nature. This he can only do by knowing his inner mental, vital, physical and psychic being and its powers and movements and the universal laws and processes of the occult Mind and Life which stand behind the material front of the universe: that is the field of occultism, if we take the word in its widest significance. He must know also the hidden Power or Powers that control the world: if there is a Cosmic Self or Spirit or a Creator, he must be able to enter into relation with It or Him and be able to remain in whatever contact or communion is possible, get into some kind of tune with the master Beings of the universe or with the universal Being and its universal will or a supreme Being and His supreme will, follow the law It gives him and the assigned or revealed aim of his life and conduct, raise himself towards the highest height that It demands of him in his life now or in his existence hereafter; if there is no such universal or supreme Spirit or Being, he must know what there is and how to lift himself to it out of his present imperfection and impotence. This approach is the aim of religion: its purpose is to link the human with the Divine and in so doing sublimate the thought and life and flesh so that they may admit the rule of the soul and spirit. But this knowledge must be something more than a creed or a mystic revelation; his thinking mind must be able to accept it, to correlate it with the principle of things and the observed truth of the universe: this is the work of philosophy, and in the field of the truth of the spirit it can only be done by a spiritual philosophy, whether intellectual in its method or intuitive. But all knowledge and endeavour can reach its fruition only if it is turned into experience and has become a part of the consciousness and its established operations; in the spiritual field all this religious, occult or philosophical knowledge and endeavour must, to bear fruition, end in an opening up of the spiritual consciousness, in experiences that found and continually heighten, expand and enrich that consciousness and in the building of a life and action that is in conformity with the truth of the spirit: this is the work of spiritual realisation and experience.
  In the very nature of things all evolution must proceed at first by a slow unfolding; for each new principle that evolves its powers has to make its way out of an involution in Inconscience and Ignorance. It has a difficult task in pulling itself out of the involution, out of the hold of the obscurity of the original medium, against the pull and strains, the instinctive opposition and obstruction of the Inconscience and the hampering mixture and blind obstinate retardations of the Ignorance. Nature affirms at first a vague urge and tendency which is a sign of the push of the occult, subliminal, submerged reality towards the surface; there are then small half-suppressed hints of the thing that is to be, imperfect beginnings, crude elements, rudimentary appearances, small, insignificant, hardly recognisable quanta. Afterwards there are small or large formations; a more characteristic and recognisable quality begins to show itself, first partially, here and there or in a low intensity, then more vivid, more formative; finally, there is the decisive emergence, a reversal of the consciousness, the beginning of the possibility of its radical change: but still much has to be done in every direction, a long and difficult growth towards perfection lies before the evolutionary endeavour. The thing done has not only to be confirmed, secured against relapse and the downward gravitation, against failure and extinction, but opened out into all the fields of its possibilities, its totality of entire self-achievement, its utmost height, subtlety, riches, wideness; it has to become dominant, all-embracing, comprehensive. This is everywhere the process of Nature and to ignore it is to miss the intention in her works and get lost in the Maze of her procedure.
  It is this process that has taken place in the evolution of religion in the human mind and consciousness; the work done by it for humanity cannot be understood or properly appreciated if we ignore the conditions of the process and their necessity. It is evident that the first beginnings of religion must be crude and imperfect, its development hampered by mixtures, errors, concessions to the human mind and vital part which may often be of a very unspiritual character. Ignorant and injurious and even disastrous elements may creep in and lead to error and evil; the dogmatism of the human mind, its self-assertive narrowness, its intolerant and challenging egoism, its attachment to its limited truths and still greater attachment to its errors, or the violence, fanaticism, militant and oppressive self-affirmation of the vital, its treacherous action on the mind in order to get a sanction for its own desires and propensities, may very easily invade the religious field and baulk religion of its higher spiritual aim and character; under the name of religion much ignorance may hide, many errors and an extensive wrong-building be permitted, many crimes even and offences against the spirit be committed.
  But this objection is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of spiritual knowledge. Spiritual truth is a truth of the spirit, not a truth of the intellect, not a mathematical theorem or a logical formula. It is a truth of the Infinite, one in an infinite diversity, and it can assume an infinite variety of aspects and formations: in the spiritual evolution it is inevitable that there should be a many-sided passage and reaching to the one Truth, a many-sided seizing of it; this many-sidedness is the sign of the approach of the soul to a living reality, not to an abstraction or a constructed figure of things that can be petrified into a dead or stony formula. The hard logical and intellectual notion of truth as a single idea which all must accept, one idea or system of ideas defeating all other ideas or systems, or a single limited fact or single formula of facts which all must recognise, is an illegitimate transference from the limited truth of the physical field to the much more complex and plastic field of life and mind and spirit.
  This transference has been responsible for much harm; it brings into thought narrowness, limitation, an intolerance of the necessary variation and multiplicity of view-points without which there can be no totality of truth-finding, and by the narrowness and limitation much obstinacy in error. It reduces philosophy to an endless Maze of sterile disputes; religion has been invaded by this misprision and infected with credal dogmatism, bigotry and intolerance. The truth of the spirit is a truth of being and consciousness and not a truth of thought: mental ideas can only represent or formulate some facet, some mindtranslated principle or power of it or enumerate its aspects, but to know it one has to grow into it and be it; without that growing and being there can be no true spiritual knowledge. The fundamental truth of spiritual experience is one, its consciousness is one, everywhere it follows the same general lines and tendencies of awakening and growth into spiritual being; for these are the imperatives of the spiritual consciousness. But also there are, based on those imperatives, numberless possibilities of variation of experience and expression: the centralisation and harmonisation of these possibles, but also the intensive sole following out of any line of experience are both of them necessary movements of the emerging spiritual Conscious-Force within us. Moreover, the accommodation of mind and life to the spiritual truth, its expression in them, must vary with the mentality of the seeker so long as he has not risen above all need of such accommodation or such limiting expression. It is this mental and vital element which has created the oppositions that still divide spiritual seekers or enter into their differing affirmations of the truth that they experience. This difference and variation is needed for the freedom of spiritual search and spiritual growth: to overpass differences is quite possible, but that is most easily done in pure experience; in mental formulation the difference must remain until one can exceed mind altogether and in a highest consciousness integralise, unify and harmonise the many-sided truth of the Spirit.
  In the evolution of the spiritual man there must necessarily be many stages and in each stage a great variety of individual formations of the being, the consciousness, the life, the temperament, the ideas, the character. The nature of instrumental mind and the necessity of dealing with the life must of itself create an infinite variety according to the stage of development and the individuality of the seeker. But, apart from that, even the domain of pure spiritual self-realisation and self-expression need not be a single white monotone, there can be a great diversity in the fundamental unity; the supreme Self is one, but the souls of the Self are many and, as is the soul's formation of nature, so will be its spiritual self-expression. A diversity in oneness is the law of the manifestation; the supramental unification and integration must harmonise these diversities, but to abolish them is not the intention of the Spirit in Nature.

2.30_-_2.39_-_THE_MASTER_IN_VARIOUS_MOODS, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  Sri Ramakrishna went into samdhi. Baburam stood behind him. M., Nilkantha, and the musicians were in front of him, watching him in great aMazement. Dinanath, an officer of the temple, looked on from the north side of the bed. Soon the room was filled with officers of the temple garden. Sri Ramakrishna's ecstasy abated a little. He seated himself on a mat on the floor, surrounded by Nilkantha and other devotees.
  The crow is very clever, but it eats others filth.' I could tell he was badly off. Jadu's mother was aMazed and said to me, 'How did you know he hadn't a penny?' I saw it from his appearance."
  A man drank a glass of wine in the morning. It made him completely drunk. He began to behave improperly. People were aMazed to see that he could be so drunk after one glass. But another man said, 'Why, he has been drinking all night.'
  "Hanuman burnt down the golden city of Lanka. People were aMazed that a mere monkey could burn the whole city. But then they said, 'The truth is that the city was burnt by the sighs of Sita and the wrath of Rma.'
  After a few minutes Sri Ramakrishna regained partial consciousness and began to dance in an ecstatic mood. It was a never-to-be-forgotten scene. Bankim and his Anglicized friends looked at him in aMazement. Was this the God-intoxicated state? The devotees also watched him with wondering eyes.
  "That is very difficult. What will you gain by knowing God partially? Vasishthadeva, great sage that he was, was overcome at the death of his sons. That aMazed Lakshmana and he asked Rma the reason. Rma said: 'Brother, what is there to wonder at? He who has knowledge has ignorance also. Brother, go beyond both knowledge and ignorance.' If a thorn enters the sole of your foot, you get anothet thorn to take out the first one.
  The devotees listened to these words in aMazement. Some wondered whether God Himself was seated before them in the form of Sri Ramakrishna. The Master paused a moment. Then he said, addressing M., "I saw that it is the fullest manifestation of Satchidananda; but this time the Divine Power is manifested through the glory of sattva."
  M and the other devotees were aMazed at these words.

2.30_-_The_Uniting_of_the_Names_45_and_52, #General Principles of Kabbalah, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #unset
  of reward and punishment instead. The chance method
  mentioned previously is known as "Mazel, which comes
  as a decree and not according to the deeds of man. Thus,
  supervision which He knows will benefit His world. At
  that period when He employs the government of "Mazel,
  different souls, and those reasons are hidden from us.
  Indeed, the supervision of Mazel does not always prevail;
  only the Creator Himself knows when to employ it and
  But the actual revelation of the unions of 45 and 52
  according to the superior government of decree ( Mazel )
  as well as its union and combination with the govern
  visions she governs. All the upper decrees of the govern
  ment of Mazel, which are newly issued, spring from this
  Head, but its path is utterly inexplicable. Everything in
  which follows it. As a consequence, we would know the
  truth of the government of Mazel and all its fixed
  statutes. But since this Head is unknown to us, we

2.40_-_2.49_-_THE_MASTER_AT_THE_HOUSES_OF_BALARM_AND_GIRISH, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "At Jadu Mallick's garden house Narendra said to me, The forms of God that you see are the fiction of your mind.' I was aMazed and said to him, 'But they speak too! 'Narendra answered, 'Yes, one may think so.' I went to the temple and wept before the Mother. 'O
  Sri Ramakrishna was aMazed at these words of Narendra.
  The Master was gradually regaining consciousness of the outer world. Looking at the devotees he said: "Years ago I used to be aMazed to see people keeping kai fish alive in a pot of water. I would say: 'How cruel these people are! They will finally kill the fish.'
  Captain was aMazed and said: "How blessed he is! How blessed he is!"
  When Sri Ramakrishna had heard a line or two of the song he went into samdhi. He stood up in that ecstatic mood, The younger Naren supported him. The Master's face was lighted with a smile. Gradually his body became motionless; his mind appeared to have gone to another realm. All the devotees in the room looked at him in aMazement. The woman devotees watched the scene from behind the screen. After a long time he came down from samdhi, chanting the holy name of God.
  M. was aMazed to see the brahmani's sincere joy and her ecstatic mood. He was about to take the dust of her feet.
  M: "People will not have the courage to approach you unless you resemble them in all respects. But they are aMazed to find that in spite of such illness you don't know anything but God."
  MASTER (smiling): "Balarm also said, 'If even you can be ill, then why should we wonder about our illnesses?' Lakshmana was aMazed to see that Rma could not lift His bow on account of His grief for Sita. 'Even Brahman weeps, entangled in the snare of the five elements.'"
  A few minutes afterwards Girish said: "Lord, I am aMazed to find that I, even I, have been given the privilege of serving the Perfect Brahman. What austerities have I practised to deserve this privilege?"
  MASTER: "These things do not become clear until one has realized God. He assumes different forms and reveals Himself in different ways for the sake of His devotees. A man kept a solution of dye in a tub. Many people came to him to have their clothes dyed. He would ask a customer, 'What colour should you like to have your cloth dyed?' If the customer wanted red, then the man would dip the cloth in the tub and say, 'Here is your cloth dyed red.' If another customer wanted his cloth dyed yellow, the man would dip his cloth in the same tub and say, 'Here is your cloth dyed yellow.' If a customer wanted his cloth dyed blue, the man would dip it in the same tub and say, 'Here is your cloth dyed blue.' Thus he would dye the clothes of his customers different colours, dipping them all in the same solution. One of the customers watched all this with aMazement. The man asked him, 'Well? What colour do you want for your cloth?' The customer said, 'Brother, dye my cloth the colour of the dye in your tub.' (Laughter.)
  Suddenly Sri Ramakrishna was overwhelmed with a strange mood. He placed his pillow on his lap. Filled with maternal love, he began to caress it and hold it to his breast as if it were his child. He was in an ecstatic mood. His face was lighted with a childlike smile. He put on his cloth in a strange manner. The devotees looked at him in aMazement.

3.00_-_The_Magical_Theory_of_the_Universe, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  An excellent man of great intelligence, a learned Qabalist, once
  aMazed the Master Therion by stating that the Tree of Life was the
  framework of the Universe. It was as if some one had seriously

3.01_-_Towards_the_Future, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  (She comes forward smiling and very calm.)
  I did not know that you were married!

3.1.05_-_A_Vision_of_Science, #Collected Poems, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A century's progress lived before my eyes.
  Delivered from aMazement and surprise,
  Man's spirit measuring his worlds around
  Light was not hidden from her searching gaze,
  Nor matter could deny its myriad Maze
  To the cold enquiry; for the far came near,

3.1.23_-_The_Rishi, #Collected Poems, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Melody swelling note on absolute note,
  A lyric Maze,
  Beauty on beauty heaped pell-mell to chain

5.05_-_Supermind_and_Humanity, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth
   from light to light, from truth to truth and no longer a circling in the Mazes of half-truth and half-nescience. This would not be possible in a world where untransformed mind or human mind burdened with its hampering disabilities, as it now is, will still be the leader or the evolution's highest achievement, but with Supermind for the leading and dominant power this might well happen, and might even be regarded as one result and an almost inevitable result of its descent into the human world and its touch on the mind of humanity.

5.1.01_-_Ilion, #Collected Poems, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Are but the stands they have made with Space and Time for their timber,
  Frame but the dance of their shuttle. What eye unaMazed by their workings
  Ever can pierce where they dwell and uncover their far-stretching purpose?
  So was it spoken, the Phthian challenge. Silent the heroes
  Looked back aMazed on their past and into the night of their future.
  They in the portals met and their ancient eyes on each other
  Looked aMazed, admiring on age the harness of battle.
  But on the ranks of the Hellenes fear and aMazement descended, -
  Messengers they from Zeus to discourage the pride and the blood-lust.

5.1.02_-_Ahana, #Collected Poems, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Heaves like the sea in its waves; like heaven with its star-fires it gazes
  Watching the world and its works. Interned in the finite's Mazes,
  Still shall he rise to his vast superconscience, we with him climbing;

7.14_-_Modesty, #Words Of Long Ago, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  The four eagles tried to catch hold of the meat and in order to do so flew upwards, at the same time lifting up the frame, which rose into the air to the aMazement of the crowd. The eagles went up and up, nearer and nearer to the moon, until, wearied by their flight, they stopped beating their wings. Then the frame, the throne, the king, the wine-jar and all fell with a crash into the wilderness of China. The king lay all alone, bruised, hungry and wretched, until messengers came and took him back to the palace.

Aeneid, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  an Argive life." And when the army heard
  this oracle, they were aMazed; within
  the Grecians' deepest marrow cold fear shuddered.
  Andromache is given to a husband
  of her own country. And I was aMazed.
  My heart burned with extraordinary longing
  But far off, from a high hill crest, Acestes,
  aMazed to see the friendly ships arrive,
  has hurried down to meet them. He is bristling
  will race and in their wake leave trailing tresses.
  The Trojans and Sicilians stood, aMazed,
  in prayer to the High Ones; nor did great
  built out of blind walls, an ambiguous
  Maze of a thousand ways, a winding course
  deep love, and he himself helped disentangle
  the wiles and Mazes of the palace; with
  a thread he guided Theseus' blinded footsteps.
  spirals; the crowd of children, puzzled, bend
  above that turning wood in their aMazement;
  and each lash gives it lifeso, not more slowly,
  captains have come, asking for friendly arms."
  A name so great as Troy's aMazes Pallas.
  "Whoever you may be," he cries, "come out
  a path to reach the walls of Pallanteum."
  Euryalus, aMazed and struck by great
  passion for praise, answers his fiery friend:
  This said, his comrades left the field as ordered.
  But when they have gone off, the youth, aMazed
  at Turnus' arrogance, admires him;
  light fires beneath your luckless countrymen."
  So said Aeneas; and they stood aMazed
  and silent, searching out each other's eyes.
  as fates allow him still to cheat. He halts;
  he is aMazed to see her suddenly.
  And when he knows he cannot flee the fight

Agenda_Vol_2, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  stretched out like a human being, with her head on my arm! (I used to sleep on a Japanese tatami on the
  floor.) And she would stay there, so well-behaved, didn't stir all night long! I was really aMazed. Then
  she had kittens, and wanted to give birth to them lying stretched out, not at all like a cat. It was very
  But this experience of taste was completely new. It didn't last long, only a few minutes, because it
  aMazed me so! It was as if I had a mouthful of the most marvelous foods one could imagine. And my
  hands were gathering it up in the atmosphere - it was so funny!
  sometimes impatiently, for some light to be thrown on Sri Aurobindo's own experience, one reads with
  genuine aMazement... that "one can draw on energies from above instead of drawing on them from the
  material nature around oneself, or from an animal sleep," or that "one can modify his sleep and

Agenda_Vol_5, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  the earth and people - when I was very little. I was in a stunned aMazement all the time. And the blows
  I received!... Constantly. Each thing came to me as a stab or a punch or a hammer blow, and I would

Agenda_Vol_6, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  the very essence of the creation, just one second: everything lights up, pfft! gone, it's all gone. Then
  you look at yourself, aMazed - it's all gone. You were in considerable discomfort - it's all gone.
  Well, I don't think words can convey this. It's not even a question of living in the atmosphere - what

Appendix_4_-_Priest_Spells, #Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2E, #unset, #Christianity
        The recipient of this spell can find the shortest, most direct physical route that he is seeking, be it the way into or out of a locale. The locale can be outdoors or under ground, a trap, or even a Maze spell. Note that the spell works with respect to locales, not objects or creatures within a locale. Thus, the spell could not find the way to "a forest where a green dragon lives" or to the location of "a hoard of platinum pieces." The location must be in the same plane as the caster.
        The spell enables the subject to sense the correct direction that will eventually lead him to his destination, indicating at the appropriate times the exact path to follow or physical actions to take. For example, with concentration the spell enables the subject to sense trip wires or the proper word to bypass a glyph. The spell ends when the destination is reached or when one turn for each caster level has elapsed. The spell frees the subject, and those with him, from a Maze spell in a single round, and will continue to do so as long as the spell lasts.

Book_1_-_The_Council_of_the_Gods, #The Odyssey, #Homer, #Mythology
    Than ever. Conscious of the wond'rous change,
    AMazed he stood, and, in his secret thought
    Revolving all, believed his guest a God.

BOOK_II._--_PART_I._ANTHROPOGENESIS., #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  all), and that of Ptolemy. In the Turin papyrus, the most remarkable of all, in the words of the
  Egyptologist, de Rouge: -". . . Champollion, struck with aMazement, found that he had under his own eyes the whole truth. . . . It
  was the remains of a list of dynasties embracing the furthest mythoic times, or the REIGN OF THE

BOOK_I._--_PART_III._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  most fundamental principles, while inseparably wedded to transcendentalism, are nevertheless, in
  order to show modern science divorced from such "dreams," tortured and often ignored in the Maze of
  contradictory theories and hypotheses. A very good corroboration of this charge lies in the fact that
  various reasons being offered for both motions, in about as many hypotheses. Anyhow, joining the
  Maze of stars, whose origin belongs to the same miraculous and spontaneous order -- for "the nebular
  theory does not profess to discover the origin of things, but only a stadium in material history"
  account for its signs being traced in the oldest theogonies? Laplace is said to have felt struck with
  aMazement at the idea of the days of Mercury (Wednesday), Venus (Friday), Jupiter (Thursday),
  Saturn (Saturday), and others being related to the days of the week in the same order and with the
  mutilated, fits in with the birth of some maggot pre-existing in his own brain with so much exactness
  that he pretends to be aMazed at the discovery, I cannot think him quite so pardonable" (Key of

Book_of_Exodus, #The Bible, #Anonymous, #Various
  14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be aMazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. 16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. 17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

Book_of_Imaginary_Beings_(text), #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  we felt when ransacking the bookshelves of our friends and
  the Mazelike vaults of the Biblioteca Nacional in search of
  old authors and abstruse references. We have done our best
  the labyrinths corridors; the hero killed the Minotaur and
  was able to escape from the Maze.
  Ovid in a line that is meant to be clever speaks of the
  multitudes are the community of the faithful; and the Panther is Jesus Christ.
  To attenuate the aMazement this allegory can awaken, let
  us remember that the Panther was not a wild beast to the

CHAPTER_33_-_Treats_of_our_great_need_that_the_Lord_should_give_us_what_we, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  Thine: well dost Thou know of Whom Thou art asking this. God help me! What a great love is that
  of the Son and what a great love is that of the Father! I am not so much aMazed at the good Jesus,
  because, as He had already said "Fiat voluntas tua", He was bound, being Who He is, to put what

CHAPTER_36_-_Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster_"Dimitte_nobis_debita, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  God help us, how absurd it is for religious to connect their honour with things so trifling that
  they aMaze me! You know nothing about this, sisters, but I will tell you about it so that you may be
  wary. You see, sisters, the devil has not forgotten us. He has invented honours of his own for

CHAPTER_39_-_Continues_the_same_subject_and_gives_counsels_concerning, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  astonishment, for if a single soul attains perfection it robs them of many others.
  It is so strange, I repeat, that I am not surprised if people are aMazed at it; for, unless they are
  altogether at fault, they are much safer on this road than on any other, just as people who watch

COSA_-_BOOK_IV, #The Confessions of Saint Augustine, #Saint Augustine of Hippo, #Christianity
  sudden freedom bade me, as I would continue his friend, forbear such
  language to him. I, all astonished and aMazed, suppressed all my
  emotions till he should grow well, and his health were strong enough for
  heard, which pleased me? But more did he please me, for that he pleased
  others, who highly extolled him, aMazed that out of a Syrian, first
  instructed in Greek eloquence, should afterwards be formed a wonderful

COSA_-_BOOK_IX, #The Confessions of Saint Augustine, #Saint Augustine of Hippo, #Christianity
  anxieties and watchings, lived for prayer. We, yet unwarmed by the heat
  of Thy Spirit, still were stirred up by the sight of the aMazed and
  disquieted city. Then it was first instituted that after the manner of
  her, said to us enquiringly, "Where was I?" And then looking fixedly on
  us, with grief aMazed: "Here," saith she, "shall you bury your mother."
  I held my peace and refrained weeping; but my brother spake something,
  discoursed with certain of my friends about the contempt of this life,
  and the blessing of death: and when they were aMazed at such courage
  which Thou hadst given to a woman, and asked, "Whether she were not

COSA_-_BOOK_VI, #The Confessions of Saint Augustine, #Saint Augustine of Hippo, #Christianity
  to him so pleasing, would to me seem not life but a punishment. For his
  mind, free from that chain, was aMazed at my thraldom; and through that
  aMazement was going on to a desire of trying it, thence to the trial
  itself, and thence perhaps to sink into that bondage whereat he

COSA_-_BOOK_VIII, #The Confessions of Saint Augustine, #Saint Augustine of Hippo, #Christianity
  receiving Thy grace, and whom Ambrose truly loved as a father. To him I
  related the Mazes of my wanderings. But when I mentioned that I had read
  certain books of the Platonists, which Victorinus, sometime Rhetoric
  upon that subject, informing and wondering at our ignorance of one so
  eminent. But we stood aMazed, hearing Thy wonderful works most fully
  attested, in times so recent, and almost in our own, wrought in the true

COSA_-_BOOK_X, #The Confessions of Saint Augustine, #Saint Augustine of Hippo, #Christianity
  it, and not within? how then doth it not comprehend itself? A wonderful
  admiration surprises me, aMazement seizes me upon this. And men go
  abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the

General_Principles_of_Kabbalah, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  2.20 - The Infancy and Maturity of ZO, Father and Mother, Israel and the Ancient and Understanding
  2.21 - The Three Heads, the Beard and the Mazel
  2.22 - The Feminine Polarity of ZO
  beard which reaches to the navel and! is called
  "Mazela (the fountain of bestowal). This term
  is derived from a phrase in the Scriptures: "He
  to the navel; and they too are called "fountain
  of bestowal (Mazela), because they flow down
  below. These two founts are the principal ones in
  Since this is the upper area, it is called "upper fountain
  and this Mazela is masculine. The "lower fountain
  (13th emendation) is the feminine polarity, and these
  This is represented by the fountain of "and clears
  (Mazel wenakeh) of the beard.

Guru_Granth_Sahib_first_part, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  They attach their affections to brothers and friends, uselessly engrossed in corruption.
  They vanish without a moment's delay; without God's Name, they are stunned and aMazed. ||1||
  O my mind, attach yourself to the service of the True Guru.

Liber_111_-_The_Book_of_Wisdom_-_LIBER_ALEPH_VEL_CXI, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   her Quarter, thou art free of thy Lunes, and lovest another, and it may
   be grievest in thyself while he that aMazed thee hath joined the
   Company of the Rejoicing. Watch then, and heed thyself; and pay no Heed
   Atrabilious and Sluggard was this Liver of thy Father, so that I fell
   into a Gloom night unto Weeping. Then she beholding me with AMazement
   cried upon me thus: Art thou not glad in Heart, o my Master? At this I

Liber_46_-_The_Key_of_the_Mysteries, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   the glory of the Lord is shown forth. Thou art Sovereign, and the eyes
   of understanding which desire to see thee are all {69} aMazed, for they
   can attain but part of it, never the whole. Thou art the God of gods,

LUX.05_-_AUGOEIDES, #Liber Null, #Peter J Carroll, #Occultism
  The key to this puzzle is in the phenomena of the plane of duality in which we find ourselves. We are, as it were, trapped in a labyrinth or Maze. The only thing to do is move about and keep a close watch on the way the walls turn. In a completely chaotic universe such as this one, there are no accidents. Everything is signifcant. Move a single grain of sand on a distant shore and the entire future history of the world will eventually be changed.

Maps_of_Meaning_text, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  admirable revolution, carrying out my ideological beliefs. Doubt vanished; my role was clear. Looking
  back, I am aMazed at how stereotypical my actions reactions really were. I could not rationally accept
  the premises of religion not as I understood them. I turned, in consequence, to dreams of political utopia,
  hole isnt sewed up!
  Count Scarecrow looked at him in aMazement.
  In all my life I have never seen such a wise Tailor, he said.

Sayings_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_(text), #Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  waters, so that we may walk across your bed and reach the other side." No sooner did he utter these
  words than the waters parted, and the dry riverbed was laid bare. The Gopis were aMazed. They
  thought, "How could he say, 'If I have not eaten anything today,' when he ate so much just now?" They
  When the service was ended and the boy came out, the people in the house said to him, "If the service
  is over, bring out the offering." The boy replied, "Yes, but the Lord has eaten everything." In aMazement
  they asked, "What do you say?" In absolute innocence the boy repeated, "Why, the Lord has eaten all
  car in the great war of Kurukshetra.
  Arjuna was aMazed at the depth of the poor Brahmana's devotion and love and from that moment his
  pride vanished and he gave up thinking that he was the best devotee of the Lord.

Talks_001-025, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    D.: Should I remain as if in sleep and be watchful at the same time?
    M.: Yes. Watchfulness is the waking state. Therefore the state will not be one of sleep, but sleepless sleep. If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless Maze.
    D.: So, then, I must go back tracing the source of thoughts.

Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo_1, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  I can't say that I like Indian commentaries on philosophies. They are
  very academic and pedantic, an abstract rigmarole, a Maze of words, the authors trying to get rid of whatever spiritual experiences they don't recognise.
  For example, Ramanuja says at one place that no such thing as consciousness exists and that nobody can experience pure consciousness! It is staggering.
  somebody else who was doing it, not he. Two or three recent paintings he
  has done just like a passive instrument. He was much aMazed.
  SRI AUROBINDO: That happens to artists and poets.

The_Act_of_Creation_text, #The Act of Creation, #Arthur Koestler, #Psychology
  Book Two, VIII). It is the driving power which makes the rat learn
  to find its way through the experimental Maze without any obvious
  incentive being offered in the form of reward or punishment; and also
  smooth, integrated sequence of actions, quite different from the erratic,
  hit-and-miss behaviour of rats trying to find their way through a Maze,
  or cats trying to get out of a puzzle-box. It was an original, self-taught
  talk about the 'beauty* of the mountains which to them means so
  much timber, pasture, and hay. Travelling in India one is aMazed by
  the indifference, even among the educated classes, towards landscape
  is that through which we watch the workings of the salivary reflex in
  dogs or the behaviour of rats in Mazes. To repeat an argument from
  the Preface to Book One: in the history of most sciences we find
  Turning from the spinal level to the brain, Lashley's celebrated Maze
  experiments have shown what astonishing regenerative adaptations the
  deputize for lost tissue. Moreover, if a rat has learned to run a certain
  Maze, no matter what parts of its motor cortex are injured, it will
  follow its path even if it has to roll the whole way with paralysed
  rat was supposed to be, completely out of gear. Yet: 'One drags him-
  self through [the Maze] with his forepaws; another falls at every step
  but gets through by a series of lunges; a third rolls over completely
  the treatment of motivation as biological need. According to the
  theory, the rat in the Maze should learn nothing about it until one of
  his responses is accompanied by a decrease of hunger or thirst, or
  escape from electric shock, or some similar reward. In actual fact, when
  he is allowed to run in the Maze without reward or punishment, the
  rat learns a good deal about it. It is clear of course that the primitive
  impassioned controversy which followed the earth-shaking discovery
  that rats who were allowed to familiarize themselves with the Maze
  by running around in it without reward, got quicker to the food-box
  when this was eventually put in than the control rats who ran the
  Maze for the first time. How could the rat profit from its previous
  experience in the Maze without being rewarded by food or punished
  by electric shock? As Berlyne put it: 'There are plenty of experiments
  to show that latent Maze-learning can occur in the rat, which is em-
  barrassing for those whose theories are not built to assimilate it. . . .
  As far back as 1930 Nissen had found that rats would cross an elec-
  trified grill to reach a Maze which contained nothing but some unusual
  objects; he concluded that an exploratory urge did exist 'a biogenic
  ings; 26 but rats whose cerebral cortex has been removed in part, while
  still capable of learning to run a Maze to get at food, show a diminished
  tendency to exploration. They 'do not evince the preference for a
  rat, except when the variable path is the shorter. Brain-damaged rats
  likewise show less variability of route in a Dashiell Maze.' 27 Yet, as
  Lashley's rats have shown, even depriving the creature of substantial
  hierarchy, lend indirect support to the primacy of the exploratory
  drive. The lesson of fifty years of rats-in-Mazes has been summed up,
  e.g. by Thacker in the statement that 'motivation for learning is
  The matrix of a complex skill such as the Maze-running skill of
  Lashley's rats may be no more 'localized* than the programme of a
  the colour, shape, and movement of the stimulus-pattern into a single
  'constancy'. The rat learns to make a 'mental map' of the Maze in its
  head (Chapter XII); and it has always been a mystery to me how my
  'Maze' with variable target positions. But when, after a certain amount
  of hit and miss, the letter habit had been mastered:
  type requires more stamping-in than learning to ride a bicycle; the
  former is comparable to the blindfold memorizing of a Maze, the
  latter to the gradual adjustment of various interlocking servo-
  saliva through fistulae, cats raging in puzzle-boxes, rats rurining
  through Mazes, geese being 'imprinted' by Dr. Lorenz ambling on
  method, gradually develops into ordered habits. The rat, put into an
  unknown Maze, goes on manipulating its motor-organs at random
  until it hits upon the food in the same way as (the comparison is
  Thorpe remarked wistfully: 'Perhaps the arguments as to whether
  certain performances of rats in Mazes represent insight or trial-and-
  error learning would have been somewhat less prolonged if the
  While behaviourists denied the rat the capability to acquire a mental
  map of a Maze, the ethologists have shown that this is precisely what
  insects do. Their work merits consideration in some detail which is
  been trained a result which has interesting and suggestive simi-
  larity to Krechevsky's work on hypotheses in Maze-learning. Many
  such examples lead us imperceptibly to what we may consider as
  its rate of growth since then is anybody's guess. A considerable portion
  of this research was devoted to Maze studies. Not even Newton, as
  Bertrand Russell remarked, 26 could learn a Maze by any method other
  than trial and error; yet what the rat learns is not a chain of responses,
  but the pattern of the Maze as a whole as shown by the experiments
  with mutilated rats, and in others where the rat takes prompt ad-
  his research workers rats which, he explained, were 'geniuses' specially
  bred from a stock with exceptionally good Maze-learning records.
  To a second group of researchers he gave what he explained were
  breed; yet the score-sheets of the 'genius rats' showed unmistakably
  that they learned to run the Maze much faster than the 'stupid rats'. 28
  The only explanation Rosenthal could offer was that the bias in the
  Thus I shall have little more to say about the bar-pressing and Maze-
  running experiments with rats. In spite of the impressive mathematical
  ficance; then discriminate between finer features within those features.
  The rat must piece together, bit by bit, his cognitive map of the Maze;
  out before one's eyes is both necessary and sufficient for its under-
  standing. 22 In fact, of course, it is neither. Rats learn to know a Maze,
  and to form a mental map of it which amounts to as complete an
  The behaviour of the rat exploring a Maze or of the monkey fear-
  fully peeping into the box with the snake, could be described as inter-
  This can be demonstrated even in Maze-learning experiments with
  humans, where the advantages of verbalization are not at once ob-
  vious. In a famous experiment by Warden 9 forty subjects were seated
  in front of a table with a grooved Maze on it. The Maze was of the
  same type as in rat experiments, with various cul-de-sacs; the subject
  had to thread his way through it with a stylus in his hand, by purely
  tactile guidance, for the Maze was hidden from his view by a screen.
  The number of trials required until the Maze was completely learned
  varied, according to subject, between 16 and 195 (!). At the end of the
  experiment each subject had to report whether he had memorized the
  Maze by the 'feel' of it, that is by motor-kinesthetic imagery; or by
  making a 'visual map'; or by a verbal formula e.g. 'first left, third
  'motor* method. These needed an average of 124 trials (ranging from
  72 to 195 according to subject) to learn the Maze. Eighteen adopted the
  'visual* method; average trials: 68, ranging from 41 to 104. Twenty-
  were virtually reduced from the level of the verbalizers to that of the
  motor-learners in Wardens Maze experiment. We must conclude that
  verbal symbolism enters even into the learning of complex motor
  its powers of abstraction are considerable see the perfunctory lick
  reduced to a symbolic performance (p. 570). The rat in the Maze is in
  a more favourable position: it likes exploring highways and byways;

The_Aleph, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  "You wait there. I'll be right over to see it."
  I hung before he could say no. The full knowledge of a fact sometimes enables you to see all at once many supporting but previously unsuspected things. It aMazed me not to have suspected until that moment that Carlos Argentino was a madman. As were all the Viterbos, when you came down to it. Beatriz (I myself often say it) was a woman, a child, with almost uncanny powers of clairvoyance, but forgetfulness, distractions, contempt, and a streak of cruelty were also in her, and perhaps these called for a pathological explanation. Carlos Argentino's madness filled me with spiteful elation. Deep down, we had always detested each other.
  On Garay Street, the maid asked me kindly to wait. The master was, as usual, in the cellar developing pictures. On the unplayed piano, beside a large vase that held no flowers, smiled (more timeless than belonging to the past) the large photograph of Beatriz, in gaudy colours. Nobody could see us; in a seizure of tenderness, I drew close to the portrait and said to it, "Beatriz, Beatriz Elena, Beatriz Elena Viterbo, darling Beatriz, Beatriz now gone forever, it's me, it's Borges."

The_Book_of_Sand, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  'It's a deal,' he said.
  It aMazed me that he did not haggle. Only later was I to realize that he had entered my house with his mind made up to sell the book. Without counting the money,
  he put it away.

The_Garden_of_Forking_Paths_1, #Selected Fictions, #Jorge Luis Borges , #unset
  For a moment I thought that Richard Madden might in some way have divined my desperate intent. At once I realized that this would be impossible. The advice about turning always to the left reminded me that such was the common formula for finding the central courtyard of certain labyrinths. I know something about labyrinths. Not for nothing am I the greatgrandson of Ts'ui Pen. He was Governor of
  Yunnan and gave up temporal power to write a novel with more characters than there are in the Hung Lou Meng, and to create a Maze in which all men would lose themselves. He spent thirteen years on these oddly assorted tasks before he was assassinated by a stranger. His novel had no sense to it and nobody ever found his labyrinth.
  Under the trees of England I meditated on this lost and perhaps mythical labyrinth. I imagined it untouched and perfect on the secret summit of some mountain; I imagined it drowned under rice paddies or beneath the sea; I imagined it infinite, made not only of eight-sided pavilions and of twisting paths but also of rivers, provinces and kingdoms . . . I thought of a Maze of Mazes, of a sinuous, ever growing Maze which would take in both past and future and would somehow involve the stars.
  Lost in these imaginary illusions I forgot my destiny - that of the hunted. For an undetermined period of time I felt myself cut off from the world, an abstract spectator. The hazy and murmuring countryside, the moon, the decline of the evening, stirred within me. Going down the gently sloping road I could not feel fatigue. The evening was at once intimate and infinite.
  "An ivory labyrinth?" I exclaimed. "A tiny labyrinth indeed . . . !"
  "A symbolic labyrinth," he corrected me. "An invisible labyrinth of time. I, a barbarous Englishman, have been given the key to this transparent mystery. After more than a hundred years most of the details are irrecoverable, lost beyond all recall, but it isn't hard to image what must have happened. At one time, Ts'ui Pen must have said; 'I am going into seclusion to write a book,' and at another, 'I am retiring to construct a Maze.' Everyone assumed these were separate activities. No one realized that the book and the labyrinth were one and the same. The Pavilion of the Limpid Sun was set in the middle of an intricate garden. This may have suggested the idea of a physical Maze.
  "Ts'ui Pen died. In all the vast lands which once belonged to your family, no one could find the labyrinth. The novel's confusion suggested that it was the labyrinth.
  Two circumstances showed me the direct solution to the problem. First, the curious legend that Ts'ui Pen had proposed to create an infinite Maze, second, a fragment of a letter which I discovered."
  Albert rose. For a few moments he turned his back to me. He opened the top drawer in the high black and gilded writing cabinet. He returned holding in his hand a piece of paper which had once been crimson but which had faded with the passage of time: it was rose colored, tenuous, quadrangular. Ts'ui Pen's calligraphy was justly famous. Eagerly, but without understanding, I read the words which a man of my own blood had written with a small brush: "I leave to various future times, but not to all, my garden of forking paths."

The_Garden_of_Forking_Paths_2, #Selected Fictions, #Jorge Luis Borges , #unset
  For an instant, I thought that Richard Madden in some way had penetrated my desperate plan. Very quickly, I understood that that was impossible. The instructions to turn always to the left reminded me that such was the common procedure for discovering the central point of certain labyrinths. I have some understanding of labyrinths: not for nothing am I the great grandson of that Ts'ui Pen who was governor of Yunnan and who renounced worldly power in order to write a novel that might be even more populous than the Hung Lu Meng and to construct a labyrinth in which all men would become lost. Thirteen years he dedicated to these heterogeneous tasks, but the hand of a stranger murdered him-and his novel was incoherent and no one found the labyrinth. Beneath English trees I meditated on that lost Maze: I imagined it inviolate and perfect at the secret crest of a mountain; I imagined it erased by rice fields or beneath the water; I imagined it infinite, no longer composed of octagonal kiosks and returning paths, but of rivers and provinces and kingdoms. . . I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future and in some way involve the stars. Absorbed in these illusory images, I forgot my destiny of one pursued. I felt myself to be, for an unknown period of time, an abstract perceiver of the world. The vague, living countryside, the moon, the remains of the day worked on me, as well as the slope of the road which eliminated any possibility of weariness. The afternoon was intimate, infinite. The road descended and forked among the now confused meadows. A high-pitched, almost syllabic music approached and receded in the shifting of the wind, dimmed by leaves and distance. I thought that a man can be an enemy of other men, of the moments of other men, but not of a country: not of fireflies, words, gardens, streams of water, sunsets. Thus I arrived before a tall, rusty gate. Between the iron bars I made out a poplar grove and a pavilion. I understood suddenly two things, the first trivial, the second almost unbelievable: the music came from the pavilion, and the music was Chinese. For precisely that reason I had openly accepted it without paying it any heed. I do not remember whether there was a bell or whether I knocked with my hand. The sparkling of the music continued.
  "An astounding fate, that of Ts'ui Pen," Stephen Albert said. "Governor of his native province, learned in astronomy, in astrology and in the tireless interpretation of the canonical books, chess player, famous poet and calligrapher-he abandoned all this in order to compose a book and a Maze. He renounced the pleasures of both tyranny and justice, of his populous couch, of his banquets and even of erudition-all to close himself up for thirteen years in the Pavilion of the Limpid Solitude. When he died, his heirs found nothing save chaotic manuscripts. His family, as you may be aware, wished to condemn them to the fire; but his executor-a Taoist or Buddhist monk-insisted on their publication."
  "A labyrinth of symbols," he corrected. "An invisible labyrinth of time. To me, a barbarous Englishman, has been entrusted the revelation of this diaphanous mystery. After more than a hundred years, the details are irretrievable; but it is not hard to conjecture what happened. Ts'ui Pen must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. And another time: I am withdrawing to construct a labyrinth. Every one imagined two works; to no one did it occur that the book and the Maze were one and the same thing. The Pavilion of the Limpid Solitude stood in the center of a garden that was perhaps intricate; that circumstance could have suggested to the heirs a physical labyrinth. Hs'ui Pen died; no one in the vast territories that were his came upon the labyrinth; the confusion of the novel suggested to me that it was the Maze. Two circumstances gave me the correct solution of the problem. One: the curious legend that Ts'ui Pen had planned to create a labyrinth which would be strictly infinite. The other: a fragment of a letter I discovered."

The_Gold_Bug, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  We now worked in earnest, and never did I pass ten minutes of more intense excitement. During this interval we had fairly unearthed an oblong chest of wood, which, from its perfect preservation, and wonderful hardness, had plainly been subjected to some mineralizing process --perhaps that of the Bi-chloride of Mercury. This box was three feet and a half long, three feet broad, and two and a half feet deep. It was firmly secured by bands of wrought iron, riveted, and forming a kind of trellis-work over the whole. On each side of the chest, near the top, were three rings of iron --six in all --by means of which a firm hold could be obtained by six persons. Our utmost united endeavors served only to disturb the coffer very slightly in its bed. We at once saw the impossibility of removing so great a weight. Luckily, the sole fastenings of the lid consisted of two sliding bolts. These we drew back --trembling and panting with anxiety. In an instant, a treasure of incalculable value lay gleaming before us. As the rays of the lanterns fell within the pit, there flashed upwards, from a confused heap of gold and of jewels, a glow and a glare that absolutely dazzled our eyes.
  I shall not pretend to describe the feelings with which I gazed. AMazement was, of course, predominant. Legrand appeared exhausted with excitement, and spoke very few words. Jupiter's countenance wore, for some minutes, as deadly a pallor as it is possible, in the nature of things, for any negro's visage to assume. He seemed stupefied --thunder-stricken. Presently he fell upon his knees in the pit, and, burying his naked arms up to the elbows in gold, let them there remain, as if enjoying the luxury of a bath. At length, with a deep sigh, he exclaimed, as if in a soliloquy.
  "And dis all cum ob de goole-bug! de putty goole-bug! de poor little goole-bug, what I boosed in dat sabage kind ob style! Ain't you shamed ob yourself, nigger? --answer me dat!"
  "The scrap of paper, you mean," said I.
  "No; it had much of the appearance of paper, and at first I supposed it to be such, but when I came to draw upon it, I discovered it, at once, to be a piece of very thin parchment. It was quite dirty, you remember. Well, as I was in the very act of crumpling it up, my glance fell upon the sketch at which you had been looking, and you may imagine my astonishment when I perceived, in fact, the figure of a death's-head just where, it seemed to me, I had made the drawing of the beetle. For a moment I was too much aMazed to think with accuracy. I knew that my design was very different in detail from this --although there was a certain similarity in general outline. Presently I took a candle, and seating myself at the other end of the room, proceeded to scrutinize the parchment more closely. Upon turning it over, I saw my own sketch upon the reverse, just as I had made it. My first idea, now, was mere surprise at the really remarkable similarity of outline --at the singular coincidence involved in the fact, that unknown to me, there should have been a skull upon the other side of the parchment, immediately beneath my figure of the scarabaeus and that this skull, not only in outline, but in size, should so closely resemble my drawing. I say the singularity of this coincidence absolutely stupefied me for a time. This is the usual effect of such coincidences. The mind struggles to establish a connection --a sequence of cause and effect --and, being unable to do so, suffers a species of temporary paralysis. But, when I recovered from this stupor, there dawned upon me gradually a conviction which startled me even far more than the coincidence. I began distinctly, positively, to remember that there had been no drawing on the parchment when I made my sketch of the scarabaeus. I became perfectly certain of this; for I recollected turning up first one side and then the other, in search of the cleanest spot. Had the skull been then there, of course I could not have failed to notice it. Here was indeed a mystery which I felt it impossible to explain; but, even at that early moment, there it seemed to glimmer, faintly, within the most remote and secret chambers of my intellect, a glow-worm-like conception of that truth which last night's adventure brought to so magnificent a demonstration. I arose at once, and putting the parchment securely away, dismissed all farther reflection until I should be alone.
  "When you had gone, and when Jupiter was fast asleep, I betook myself to a more methodical investigation of the affair. In the first place I considered the manner in which the parchment had come into my possession. The spot where we discovered the scarabaeus was on the coast of the main land, about a mile eastward of the island, and but a short distance above high water mark. Upon my taking hold of it, it gave me a sharp bite, which caused me to let it drop. Jupiter, with his accustomed caution, before seizing the insect, which had flown towards him, looked about him for a leaf, or something of that nature, by which to take hold of it. It was at this moment that his eyes, and mine also, fell upon the scrap of parchment, which I then supposed to be paper. It was lying half buried in the sand, a corner sticking up. Near the spot where we found it, I observed the remnants of the hull of what appeared to have been a ship's long boat. The wreck seemed to have been there for a very great while; for the resemblance to boat timbers could scarcely be traced.

The_Golden_Bough, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  man-god. This is the clue which has guided our devious steps through
  the Maze, and brought us out at last on higher ground, whence,
  resting a little by the way, we can look back over the path we have
  custom, "light as air but strong as links of iron," that crossing
  and recrossing each other in an endless Maze bound him fast within a
  network of observances from which death or deposition alone could

The_Gospel_According_to_Luke, #The Bible, #Anonymous, #Various
  41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47 and all who heard him were aMazed at his understanding and his answers
  31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God. 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent, and come out of him! And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all aMazed and said to one another, What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
  Healing at Simon's House
  17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all aMazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
  The Call of Levi
  43 And they were all aMazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, 44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
  The Greatest in the Kingdom
  13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk? And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days? 19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company aMazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see. 25 And he said to them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?
  27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

The_Gospel_According_to_Mark, #The Bible, #Anonymous, #Various
  21They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were aMazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are - the Holy One of God!" 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all aMazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.
  The Cure of Peter's Mother-in-law and the Sick
  5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk'? 10 "But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - He said to the paralytic, 11 "I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home." 12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all aMazed and were glorifying God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
  The Calling of Levi
  1 They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2 When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!" 8 For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" 9 And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many." 10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. 12 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea. 14 Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the "legion"; and they became frightened. 16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine. 17 And they began to implore Him to leave their region. 18 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19 And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them [a]what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you." 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was aMazed.
  Miracles of Healing
  14 When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were aMazed and began running up to greet Him. 16 And He asked them, "What are you discussing with them?"
  23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 The disciples were aMazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
  32 They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were aMazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 "They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again."
  The Sons of Zebedee
  17 And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were aMazed at Him.
  The Resurrection of the Dead
  1 Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate. 2 Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "It is as you say." 3 The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly. 4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, "Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!" 5 But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was aMazed.
  1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" 4 Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. 5 Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were aMazed.
  6 And he said to them, "Do not be aMazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified.
  He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

The_Gospel_According_to_Matthew, #The Bible, #Anonymous, #Various
  22 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were aMazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 24 But when the Pharisees heard it they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." 25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand; 26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 30 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
  The Sin against the Holy Spirit

The_Gospel_of_Thomas, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  29) Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am aMazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty."

The_Immortal, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Two or three men followed me confusedly; they were of short stature (like the others of that species), and inspired more revulsion than fear. I had to skirt a number of irregular pits that I took to be ancient quarries; misled by the City's enormous size, I had thought it was much nearer. Toward midnight, I set my foot upon the black shadow - bristling with idolatrous shapes upon the yellow sand - of the City's wall. My steps were halted by a kind of sacred horror. So abhorred by mankind are novelty and the desert that I was cheered to note that one of the Troglodytes had accompanied me to the last. I closed my eyes and waited, unsleeping, for the dawn.
  I have said that the City was builded on a stone plateau. That plateau, with its precipitous sides, was as difficult to scale as the walls. In vain did my weary feet walk round it; the black foundation revealed not the slightest irregularity, and the invariance of the walls proscribed even a single door. The force of the day drove me to seek refuge in a cavern; toward the rear there was a pit, and out of the pit, out of the gloom below, rose a ladder. I descended the ladder and made my way through a chaos of squalid galleries to a vast, indistinct circular chamber. Nine doors opened into that cellar- like place; eight led to a Maze that returned, deceitfully, to the same chamber; the ninth led through another Maze to a second circular chamber identical to the first. I am not certain how many chambers there were; my misery and anxiety multiplied them. The silence was hostile, and virtually perfect; aside from a subterranean wind whose cause I never discovered, within those deep webs of stone there was no sound; even the thin streams of iron-colored water that trickled through crevices in the stone were noiseless. Horribly, I grew used to that dubious world; it began to seem incredible that anything could exist save nine-doored cellars and long, forking subterranean corridors. I know not how long I wandered under the earth; I do know that from time to time, in a confused dream of home, I conflated the horrendous village of the barbarians and the city of my birth, among the clusters of grapes.
  At the end of one corridor, a not unforeseen wall blocked my path - and a distant light fell upon me. I raised my dazzled eyes; above, vertiginously high above, I saw a circle of sky so blue it was almost purple. The metal treads of a stairway led up the wall. Weariness made my muscles slack, but I climbed the stairs, only pausing from time to time to sob clumsily with joy. Little by little I began to discern friezes and the capitals of columns, triangular pediments and vaults, confused glories carved in granite and marble. Thus it was that I was led to ascend from the blind realm of black and intertwining labyrinths into the brilliant City.
  Its patent antiquity (though somehow terrible to the eyes) seemed to accord with the labor of immortal artificers. Cautiously at first, with indifference as time went on, desperately toward the end, I wandered the staircases and inlaid floors of that labyrinthine palace. (I discovered afterward that the width and height of the treads on the staircases were not constant; it was this that explained the extraordinary weariness I felt.) This palace is the work of the gods, was my first thought. I explored the uninhabited spaces, and I corrected myself: The gods that built this place have died. Then I reflected upon its peculiarities, and told myself: The gods that built this place were mad. I said this, I know, in a tone of incomprehensible reproof that verged upon remorse - with more intellectual horror than sensory fear.
  The impression of great antiquity was joined by others: the impression of endlessness, the sensation of oppressiveness and horror, the sensation of complex irrationality. I had made my way through a dark Maze, but it was the bright City of the Immortals that terrified and repelled me. A Maze is a house built purposely to confuse men; its architecture, prodigal in symmetries, is made to serve that purpose. In the palace that I imperfectly explored, the architecture had no purpose. There were corridors that led nowhere, unreachably high windows, grandly dramatic doors that opened onto monklike cells or empty shafts, incredible upside-down staircases with upside-down treads and balustrades. Other staircases, clinging airily to the side of a monumental wall, petered out after two or three landings, in the high gloom of the cupolas, arriving nowhere. I cannot say whether these are literal examples I have given; I do know that for many years they plagued my troubled dreams; I can no longer know whether any given feature is a faithful transcription of reality or one of the shapes unleashed by my nights. This City, I thought, is so horrific that its mere existence, the mere fact of its having endured - even in the middle of a secret desert - pollutes the past and the future and somehow compromises the stars. So long as this City endures, no one in the world can ever be happy or courageous. I do not want to describe it; a chaos of heterogeneous words, the body of a tiger or a bull pullulating with teeth, organs, and heads monstrously yoked together yet hating each other - those might, perhaps, be approximate images.
  I cannot recall the stages by which I returned, nor my path through the dusty, humid crypts. I know only that I was accompanied by the constant fear that when I emerged from the last labyrinth I would be surrounded once again by the abominable City of the Immortals. I remember nothing else. That loss of memory, now insurmountable, was perhaps willful; it is possible that the circumstances of my escape were so unpleasant that on some day no less lost to memory I swore to put them out of my mind.

The_Logomachy_of_Zos, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  in a Maze of re-recollection of and re-acting to the past, hence our
  dithering I.

The_Pilgrims_Progress, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  {10} As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. [Isa. 64:6; Luke 14:33; Ps. 38:4; Hab. 2:2; Acts 16:30,31] I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and, as he read, he wept, and trembled; and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?" [Acts 2:37]
  {11} In this plight, therefore, he went home and refrained himself as long as he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased. Wherefore at length he brake his mind to his wife and children; and thus he began to talk to them: O my dear wife, said he, and you the children of my bowels, I, your dear friend, am in myself undone by reason of a burden that lieth hard upon me; moreover, I am for certain informed that this our city will be burned with fire from heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee my wife, and you my sweet babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered. At this his relations were sore aMazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to bed. But the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come, they would know how he did. He told them, Worse and worse: he also set to talking to them again; but they began to be hardened. They also thought to drive away his distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him; sometimes they would deride, sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity them, and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying: and thus for some days he spent his time.
  {12} Now, I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was, as he was wont, reading in his book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and, as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, "What shall I do to be saved?"
  Then said Christian, May we go in thither?
  {83} Then the Interpreter took him, and led him up towards the door of the palace; and behold, at the door stood a great company of men, as desirous to go in; but durst not. There also sat a man at a little distance from the door, at a table-side, with a book and his inkhorn before him, to take the name of him that should enter therein; he saw also, that in the doorway stood many men in armour to keep it, being resolved to do the men that would enter what hurt and mischief they could. Now was Christian somewhat in aMaze. At last, when every man started back for fear of the armed men, Christian saw a man of a very stout countenance come up to the man that sat there to write, saying, Set down my name, Sir: the which when he had done, he saw the man draw his sword, and put a helmet upon his head, and rush toward the door upon the armed men, who laid upon him with deadly force; but the man, not at all discouraged, fell to cutting and hacking most fiercely. So after he had received and given many wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them all [Acts 14:22], and pressed forward into the palace, at which there was a pleasant voice heard from those that were within, even of those that walked upon the top of the palace, saying--
  "Come in, come in; Eternal glory thou shalt win."
  {133} Then they read to him some of the worthy acts that some of his servants had done: as, how they had "subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens." [Heb 11:33,34]
  {134} They then read again, in another part of the records of the house, where it was shewed how willing their Lord was to receive into his favour any, even any, though they in time past had offered great affronts to his person and proceedings. Here also were several other histories of many other famous things, of all which Christian had a view; as of things both ancient and modern; together with prophecies and predictions of things that have their certain accomplishment, both to the dread and aMazement of enemies, and the comfort and solace of pilgrims.
  {135} The next day they took him and had him into the armoury, where they showed him all manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for pilgrims, as sword, shield, helmet, breastplate, ALL-PRAYER, and shoes that would not wear out. And there was here enough of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord as there be stars in the heaven for multitude.
  {288} At this they trembled greatly, and I think that Christian fell into a swoon; but, coming a little to himself again, they renewed their discourse about the Giant's counsel; and whether yet they had best to take it or no. Now Christian again seemed to be for doing it, but Hopeful made his second reply as followeth:--
  {289} HOPE. My brother, said he, rememberest thou not how valiant thou hast been heretofore? Apollyon could not crush thee, nor could all that thou didst hear, or see, or feel, in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. What hardship, terror, and aMazement hast thou already gone through! And art thou now nothing but fear! Thou seest that I am in the dungeon with thee, a far weaker man by nature than thou art; also, this Giant has wounded me as well as thee, and hath also cut off the bread and water from my mouth; and with thee I mourn without the light. But let us exercise a little more patience; remember how thou playedst the man at Vanity Fair, and wast neither afraid of the chain, nor cage, nor yet of bloody death. Wherefore let us (at least to avoid the shame, that becomes not a Christian to be found in) bear up with patience as well as we can.
  {290} Now, night being come again, and the Giant and his wife being in bed, she asked him concerning the prisoners, and if they had taken his counsel. To which he replied, They are sturdy rogues, they choose rather to bear all hardship, than to make away themselves. Then said she, Take them into the castle-yard to-morrow, and show them the bones and skulls of those that thou hast already despatched, and make them believe, ere a week comes to an end, thou also wilt tear them in pieces, as thou hast done their fellows before them.
  {292} Well, on Saturday, about midnight, they began to pray, and continued in prayer till almost break of day.
  Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half aMazed, brake out in passionate speech: What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking Dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any Lock in Doubting Castle. Then said Hopeful, That's good news; good Brother pluck it out of thy bosom and try.
  A key in Christian's bosom, called Promise, opens any lock in Doubting Castle

The_Riddle_of_this_World, #unknown, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  born of long experience can guide himself without stumbling or being
  caught through the Maze. It is possible for the whole attitude and action
  and utterance to be so surcharged with the errors of this intermediate

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