Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Religious Thought 165

When we are firmly established in nonviolence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility. When we are firmly established in truthfulness, action accomplishes its desired end. When we are firmly established in integrity, all riches present themselves freely. When we are firmly established in chastity, subtle potency is generated. When we are established in nonattachment, the nature and purpose of existence is understood.
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2: 35-39

Whenever you hear that someone else has been successful, rejoice. Always practice rejoicing for others--whether your friend or your enemy. If you cannot practice rejoicing, no matter how long you live, you will not be happy.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Transforming Problems Into Happiness"

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

If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem be against us, we do not believe Him at all.
- C.H. Spurgeon

It is in the deed that God reveals himself in life.
- Leo Baeck, "Essence of Judaism"

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