Teachings of the Gurus 2

There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names;  it is, however, pure and proceeds from God.  It is deep, and inward, confined to no forms of religion, nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity.  In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever, they become brethren in the best sense of the expression.

 John Woolman, American Quaker saint

 

Our Monistic god, the all-embracing essence of the world, the Nature-god of Spinoza and Goethe, is identical with the eternal, all-inspiring energy, and is one, in eternal and infinite substance, with space-filling matter.  It “lives and moves in all things”, as the Gospel says.  And as we see that the law of substance is universal, that the conservation of matter and of energy is inseparably connected, and that the ceaseless development of this substance follows the same “eternal iron laws,” we find God in natural law itself. The will of God is at work in every falling drop of rain and every growing crystal, in the scent of the rose and the spirit of man.

Ernst Haekel (Professor Jena University)

 

There is, I know not how, in the minds of men, a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence; and this takes its deepest root in the most exalted souls.

Cicero

 

Be simple, not with the simplicity of negation but with the profundity of comprehension.

Sri Ram

 

We are immortal and that our soul tomorrow may be in peace, let us rebuild our civilization.  Let us establish our government of realities, our commonwealth of the wisest.  We are the citizens of tomorrow. We are the life that shall throb in the communities yet to come. We are the voice that shall speak in these of an unborn day.

To that great life which is our true self to that tomorrow which to us must ever be the now, let us dedicate our inner selves and the achievements of our external natures.

Manly Palmer Hall

 

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

Goethe

 

One can be instructed in society; but one is inspired only in solitude.

Goethe

 

Love covereth all things with its garments. Love is unfailingly kind.

Rev. J. Todd Ferrier

 

He who conquers others is strong, but he who conquers himself is mighty.

LaoTse

 

When all desires that dwelt in the heart are let go, then the mortal becomes immortal and reaches the eternal.

Katha Upanishad

 

‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.

Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.

Shakespeare’s Othello

 

Natural Law is immutable … all Life serves Law.

Cicero

 

Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth; the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the gods will not forsake him.

 Socrates

 

Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy, by one or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms are but secondary details.

Vivekananda

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