Western Scriptures and Important Texts

Shakespeare: Sonnet 129

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Shakespeare

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

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"By rejection, samsara is not left behind; it is freed within itself by letting be. Your attempts to cure your miseries have brought no ease; you are at ease by letting be. You find no happiness from craving; only when you have let go of craving."

- Padmasambhava, Advice on How to Practice the Profound Instructions

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