The Call of Nature

According To Wise Native American Indians

All Truth can be found in Nature

 “THE Indian made an effort to know of spiritual things from his own observations of nature, because all truth can be found in Nature. There is a spiritual beauty in the realization that the world has been deliberately made or created, and is in perfect balance ecologically, and that is not by chance. It is based upon spiritual revelation of the truth to the individual. When it happens for you, you then KNOW… and no one else can tell you otherwise.”

Eli Gatoga, Cherokee (1914-1983)

An Overlying Spiritual Feeling

In his observation of Nature, the Indian not only enjoyed the beauty that abounded in his environment, but was also aware of an overlying spiritual feeling that exists throughout all of creation.

“When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, moon and stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of some one more powerful than man. Greatest of all is the sun, without which we could not live… We talk to Wakan tanka and are sure he hears us, and yet it is hard to explain what we believe about this.”

-Mato-Kuwapi or Chased by Bears, Santee

YanktonaiSioux (1843-1915) (McLuhan, p. 39)

“Do you know that trees talk?  Well, they do. They talk to each other, and they’ll talk to you if you listen. Trouble is, white people don’t listen. They never learned to listen to Indians so I don’t suppose they’ll listen to other voices in Nature. But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes about the weather, sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit.”

-Tatanga Mani or Walking Buffalo, Stoney Indian, Canada (1871-1967) (McLuhan, p. 23)

Silence!

Some great teachers have taken time off from silence to talk about it!

Rumi

“BE quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you. It will appear in front of you and ask, “What do you want?”

Kabir

“Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.”

Lao Tzu

“This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”

Mother Teresa

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature-trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Thomas Keating

“Silence is the language God speaks and everything else is a bad translation.”

Dag Hammarskjöld

“Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart.”

Swami Krishnananda

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