Sunday, June 9, 2013

Religious Thought 263

There is only one way to know the Self, And that is to realize him yourself.
The ignorant think the Self can be known By the intellect, but the illumined
Know he is beyond the duality Of the knower and the known.
- Kena Upanishad

By telling the truth; by not growing angry; by giving, when asked, no matter how little you have: by these three things you enter the presence of devas.
- Dhammapada 17, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

“Since man is made of clay, he can never be completely pure. Since clay is basically foul, how can humans escape their basic nature? Purity does not lie in rituals, nor can human nature be changed by effort. Those who love God and remain conscious only of their Beloved attain purity.”

- Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

“Salvation is joy in God which expresses itself in joy in and with ones neighbor. ”

- Walter Kasper

It is vital that people "count their blessings": to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.
- Abraham Maslow

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