Friday, July 12, 2013

Religious Thought 281

Blame does not disturb him, Nor does praise delight him. He neither rejoices in life, Nor fears death. His mind is calm. Never seeking the solitude of the forest, Nor running from the crowd. Always and everywhere, He is one and the same.
- Ashtavakra Gita 18:99-100

[I]ndulge in lust a little, and like the child it grows apace. The wise man hates it therefore; who would take poison for food? Every sorrow is increased and cherished by the offices of lust. If there is no lustful desire, the risings of sorrow are not produced, the wise man seeing the bitterness of sorrow, stamps out and destroys the risings of desire;...
- Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King

“When you worship, you are aware of your separateness from God; you are the subject and he is the object. The more you worship, the more you acquire this sense of separateness from God. Union with God comes when this sense of your separateness from God is stripped away.”

- Qushayri, "Risalah"

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. ”

- C.S. Lewis

“The love of people is at the same time a love for God. For when we love one, we necessarily love one's handiwork.”

- Judah Low

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