Sunday, July 21, 2013

Religious Thought 286

Someone who practices only bhakti yoga is like a blind man who cannot see where to go, and in his enthusiasm wanders off in the wrong direction. Someone who practices only gnana yoga, on the other hand, is like a lame man who can see the distant destination but, because his knowledge remains only theoretical, makes no progress towards it. However, if the love and energy of the bhakta is combined with the wisdom and discrimination of the gnani, seekers are sure to reach their destination.
- Hindu teaching story

From what's loved is born grief, from what's loved is born fear. For one freed from whats loved there's no grief —so how fear?
- Dhammapada, 213, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

“A Sufi was once engaged in prayer, when his cell caught fire. He did not stop praying for one moment. Afterwards, people asked him about this. He replied: The divine fire held my attention, so I could not attend to the fire in my cell.”

- Qushayri, "Risalah

“Why is the Atheists main target always Jesus of Nazareth, and never Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed? Why is the aspiring athletes target always the true champion and never the also-rans?”

- Unknown

“God is of no importance unless he is of extreme importance.”

- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "Man's Quest for God

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