Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 33

Those who try to impress others
Spend a good deal of time
Trying to impress themselves.

Peace of mind is a paradox
For it is the mind that disrupts our inner peace.

Loneliness and anger are not strangers to each other.

Internal dialogue creates a ghost
A second person to protect the ego.

What we know
And what we do not know about each other
Is bridged by the intuitive jump.

In an ideal learning environment
The teacher often becomes the student
And the student becomes the teacher
This is called the joy of learning.

Do not bother to look at the clock
When you are in a creative mode
For creativity has its own time table,
And if you stop the clock of creativity
Your inner clock will be shattered.

Inertia is often mistaken for endurance.

Anger distorts rational thinking
And from irrational thinking
Comes fury
And from fury comes self-destruction.

In the center is emptiness
And from this emptiness
Comes creation.

The eyes can see a sunset
If you put the sunset into words
The words are not the sunset.

The deeper you see within yourself
The deeper you will see the world around you.

Often, listening to a boring person
Satisfies a need to hear the sound
Of a human voice.

Thinking about exercise expends a good deal of energy,
If we would use this energy in physical exercise
We would be much healthier.

When your friends are reduced to one,
The hermit’s life is sure to come
When the one is reduced to none.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 32

One cannot define beauty with words
For words are not beauty
Beauty is beauty.

We fill our heads with words
And suffer excrutiating pain
Never realizing
That the pain is in the words.

Friendship often becomes estranged
By a third party
Who poisons the relationship with jealousy.

Those who rally around the banners of excellence
Often fail to see the fallout: failures.

Beware of those who teach
Mysticism
And have never experienced it.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 31

If you wonder who you are,
Or what you are,
Let the sound of thunder
And the slash of lightening
Awaken you
To your own significance.

A toast to all that is unsaid,
For more is said in the absence of words
Than all the words
That hide more than is revealed.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle,
Some pieces fit together
And others do not.
Too often we struggle
With the wrong pieces
Forcing them to fit.

There are those who speak about tolerance
But you can hear contempt in their heart.

In order to have world peace
We must first develop inner peace.

One ounce of love
Can defuse a hundred pounds of hate.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 29

If you desire to rid your mind of negative emotions
Then build a wall of resistance
The moment it appears.

People seek to understand themselves
And spend a good deal of time
Wandering through the endless corridors of the mind.
If only they would spend a little time in the heart
The heart would reveal
What the mind has concealed.

The mind is a battleground for unfinished business.

Silence opens the universe.
And words close it.

If you put all your thoughts
End to end
Would you give a penny for them?

The heart remembers
What the mind forgets.

Emotional cripples
Keep you an emotional prisoner.

Ideologies have an inherent flaw:
Human beings.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 28

If you pride yourself with how much you know,
Then lift the pride from your mind
And you will find how little you know.

If human beings have anything in common with each other,
It is their flaws, failures and weaknesses.

When you recognize humility in others
You become aware of its absence in yourself.

We fabricate fiction in our mind
Quite certain it is true
Only to watch it destroyed
In the fires of reality.

If your heart is heavy
Then let the smile of a child
Lighten your heart.

If you feel deprived of beauty and joy
Then watch a child at play.

A book has a beginning, a middle and an end.
You are not required to begin at the beginning,
But you may find a page, line or word at random
When meditated on, will have a greater impact on you
Then reading the entire book.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No 27

The more you fabricate
The future in your mind
The more the present
Will elude you.

Obsessions do not begin with a problem
But in the perception of a problem.

The more you look for secrets
On the spiritual path
The more you will lose your way.
If you must look for secrets
Then look for secrets
That you have hidden from yourself.

Follow the finger of blame
And it will take it back to you.

The words of a well written essay
Are like stepping stones in a steam
You step on each one carefully
And it will carry you safely to the other side.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No 26

Pride is the enemy of inner peace,
Humility, its friend.

If you have a distorted view of yourself
You will have a distorted view of the world.

The walls of the sanctuary
Have heard your prayers
And each time you return
The prayers accumulate
And are returned to you
When you are unable to pray.

Distinguish between the righteous
And the self-righteous
The righteous judges himself
And the self-righteous judges others.

To rise about it
Is a spiritual statement
To experience it
May elude you a lifetime.

The Living Torah

At times the teaching of the Torah
can be like words in the wind
that drift before you
and then are gone.
But one moment in a home
that lives by the teachings of the Torah
remain in your mind
for a lifetime.

Inner Voice

When all have forsaken you
and there is no one there
a voice will come to your inner ear
and say: I am here!
You may deny Him, my friend,
but in the end
you will be close to Him
for He is patient.

How Old Are You?

I watched a boy on a bicycle
stop and question a retarded child
How old are you?
Nine he replied.
What grade are you in?
Two, he answered.
As he rode avay
I heard him say
“poor thing”.