Thursday, April 18, 2013

Religious Thought 202

Both renunciation of action and the selfless performance of action lead to the supreme goal. But the path of action is better than renunciation.
- Bhagavad Gita 5:2

It does not matter whether you are a theist or atheist, what matters is sincerity, forgiveness, and compassion.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Abdullah, Muhammad's father, died while Amina was pregnant. Muhammad was born in the year of the elephant. Amina sent a message to Muhammad's paternal grandfather to inform him of the birth, inviting him to come and look at the baby. When the grandfather arrived, Amina told him of the voice she had heard while she was pregnant. The grandfather took the baby to the Kaba, the shrine in the centre of Mecca, and gave thanks to God for this gift.
- Ibn Ishaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
- Henri Nouwen

Our religion has three elements: fear, love, and joy, by each of which one can draw near to God.
- Judah Halevi, Kuzari

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