Sunday, July 21, 2013

Religious Thought 283

“No worldly delight is comparable to the delight that will fill your heart when you completely abandon all hopes and desires.”

- Maharamayana

“Those who argue and discuss without understanding the truth are lost amid all the forms of relative knowledge, running about here and there and trying to justify their view of the substance of ego. If you realize the self in your inmost consciousness, it will appear in its purity. This is the womb of wonder, which is not the realm of those who live only by reason. Pure in its own nature and free from the categories of finite and infinite, Universal Mind is the undefiled wonder, which is wrongly apprehended by many.”

- Lankavatara Sutra

“God does not require his servants to be perfectly clean; indeed, he never requires his servants to do anything that is impossible.”

- Razi, "Kitab al-Muluki"

“Ultimate perfection does not include any action or good conduct, but only knowledge.”

- Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed

“It is impossible for a person not to be puffed up by his good works unless he has first been deflated and destroyed by suffering and evil to the point that he knows that he is worthless and that his works are not his but Gods.”

- Martin Luther

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