Sunday, August 4, 2013

Religious Thought 292

“The adorable one who is seated In the heart rules the breath of life. Unto him all the senses pay their homage. When the dweller in the body breaks out In the freedom from the bonds of flesh, what remains? For this Self is supreme!”

- Katha Upanishad
“Although there are countless teachings that instruct how to obtain enlightenment in a future life, almost all of them are nothing more than expedients. As the ultimate instruction there is simply no teaching that is superior to the true practice of the awakening to one's own nature.”

- Hakuin, "Zen Master Hakuin"

“The intelligent person sees with the heart the result from the beginning; the one lacking in knowledge only discovers it at the end. ”
- Rumi
- Mathnawi [V, 2570]

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. ”

- John 15:18-19 (Revised Standard Version

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

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

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