Sunday, July 7, 2013

Religious Thought 277

Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind.
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1: 2-4

Gains: don't treat your own with scorn, don't go coveting those of others. A monk who covets those of others attains no concentration. Even if he gets next to nothing, he doesn't treat his gains with scorn. Living purely, untiring: he's the one that the devas praise.
- Dhammapada, 15, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

The Prophet once drew a line and said, "This is the path of faith." Then he drew several lines on either side and said, "On these lines you may encounter the devil. But this path of mine is the straight path. So follow it."
- Hadith Reported by Abd'Allah bin Mas'ud

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. ”

- John 14:6 (Revised Standard Version)

People's good deeds are used by the Eternal as seeds for planting trees in the Garden of Eden: thus, each of us creates our own Paradise.
- Rabbi Dov Baer, the Maggid of Mezeritz

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