Sunday, April 21, 2013

Religious Thought 204

Arjuna, those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation. Through constant effort they learn to withdraw the mind from selfish cravings and absorb it in the Self. Thus they attain the state of union.
- Bhagavad Gita 6:16-18

As a blind man feels when he finds a pearl in a dustbin, so am I amazed by the miracles of awakening rising in my consciousness. It is the nectar of immortality that delivers us from death, the treasure that lifts us from death, the treasure that lifts us above poverty into the wealth of giving to life, the tree that gives shade to us when we roam about scorched by life, the bridge that takes us across the stormy river of life, the cool moon of compassion that calms our mind when it is agitated, the fun that dispels darkness, the butter made from the milk of kindness by churning it with the dharma. It is a feast of joy to which all are invited.
- adapted from the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva

Allah tries his chosen people through many hardships, but those who persevere through adversity, surrendering themselves before the will of Allah, shall be blessed with a superb reward.
- Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Anas bin Malik

“It is more important to remember God than it is to remember to breathe. ”

- St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Discontent is the source of trouble, but also of progress.
- Berthold Auerbach, "On the Heights," 1865

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