Ajahn Chah (via thecalminside)
Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.
An Arabic poetry by Nizar Qabbani, a poet from Syria in “Kitab al-Hubb” on the phrase 40.
كُن مجنوناً لأجلهآ
فالأنثى لا يُغريها حُبُّ العُقلاء
"Be insane for her sake,
for the female doesn’t get turned on by the love of the sane”
- Nizar Qabbani