Thursday, April 18, 2013

Religious Thought 201

Self-knowledge cannot be gained until everything is renounced. When all points of view are abandoned, what remains is the Self. Even in the world you do not get what you desire until all obstacles are removed. This is even more true of self-knowledge.
- Maharamayana

In reply to the question, 'What is the best that people can possess, what brings them truest happiness, what is the sweetest of the sweet, and what is the pleasantest life to live?' the Buddha answered: 'Trust is the best that people can possess; following the way brings happiness; truth is the sweetest of the sweet; and the practice of insight is the pleasantest way to live.'
- Sutta Nipata

I saw a man in Paradise for a deed as simple as cutting down a tree that stood in the middle of a road, causing wayfarers much distress.
- Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar

Do not turn away from those who are in need, but share all things in common with your brother. Your heart shall not cling to the high and mighty, but turn to the good and humble folk.
- The Didache

There is something higher than modernity, and that is eternity.
- Solomon Schechter, in "Menorah Journal," 1924

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