Spirituality, Reverence, Prayer & Religion

God is an intelligible sphere
whose centre is everywhere
and whose circumference is nowhere.
 – Alain de Lille
12th century theologian, borrowing from the
Corpus Hermeticum of the 3rd Century

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 – St. Francis of Assisi

 My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it is through earth's loveliness.
 – Michelangelo

Whatever thou seest that too become thou must
God if thou seest God and dust if thou seest but dust
 – Attributed to
Brother Angelus

You may deprive me of my possessions; you may shed my blood and burn my body, but you cannot hurt my spirit or touch my truth.
 – Kahlil Gibran
mystic, poet and artist
(1883-1931)

Between the people of eternity and people of the earth there is a constant communication, and all comply with the will of that unseen power. Oftentimes an individual will perform an act, believing that it is born of his own free will, accord, and command, but in fact he is being guided and impelled with precision to do it. Many great men attained their glory by surrendering themselves in complete submission to the will of the spirit, employing no reluctance or resistance to its demands, as a violin surrenders itself to the complete will of a fine musician.

Between the spiritual world and the world of substance there is a path upon which we walk in a swoon of slumber. It reaches us and we are unaware of its strength, and when we return to ourselves we find that we are carrying with our real hands the seeds to be planted carefully in the good earth of our daily lives, bringing forth good deeds and words of beauty. Were it not for that path between our lives and the departed lives, no prophet or poet or learned man would have appeared among the people.
 – Kahlil Gibran

Religion is what you do when the sermon is over.
 – unknown

Be still, my heart, these great trees are prayers.
 – Rabindranath Tagore

The spirit in every being is made manifest in the eyes, the countenance, and in all bodily movements and gestures. Our appearance, our words, our actions are never greater than ourselves. For the soul is our house; our eyes its windows; and our words its messengers.
 – Kahlil Gibran

To be closer to God, be closer to people.
 – Kahlil Gibran

Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait.
 – George Harrison

This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we're most sure that love can't conquer all, it seems to anyway.
 – Anne Lamott

We think saints are soft, ethereal, pious and meek. But some saints are steamrollers—great organizers, great operators, great combatants in the world.
 – unknown

God has no religion.
 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(1869-1948)

A person asked Buddha: "Are you a God?" Buddha's reply was "No."
"Are you an Angel?" "No."
"Then what are you?"
"I am Awake."

To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making mistakes wakefully, to bring to them the transformative power of our heart.
 – Jack Kornfield
American Buddhist teacher

Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.
 – Mary Lou Cook

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
 – Voltaire
(1694-1778)

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on, hold fast, hold out. Patience is genius.
 – Comte Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.
 – Georges Bernanos
The Diary of a Country Priest

The gift we receive on the inner journey is the insight that the Universe is working together for good.
 – Parker Palmer
teacher, writer, activist

God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.
 – Elbert Hubbard

You must have a room, or a certain hour of the day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody . . . where you can simply experience what you are, and what you might be.
 – Joseph Campbell
scholar, author, lecturer
(1904-1987)

Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. . . If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.
 – Emmet Fox

As the rose blooms amidst the thorns, so great souls shine out through all opposition.
 – Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
from "Bowl of Saki" 12/10/02

Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing
There is a field –
I will meet you there.
 – Rumi

Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.
 – Elbert Hubbard
The Roycroft Dictionary
and Book of Epigrams
1923

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For every thing exists, and not one sigh, nor smile, nor tear, one hair, nor particle of dust, not one can pass away.
 – William Blake

To be the messenger of the invisible is an honor.
 – James Levin, M.D.

Let love be enthroned in your heart. Then there will be sunshine and cool breezes and gurgling water of contentment feeding the roots of faith.
 – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Inquisition

If faith is believing in something without proof
Because it inspires us to a better life and future,
Why do we argue with others, and even kill others,
Trying to persuade others about whose faith is "right"?
 – Mattie J.T. Stepanek
(1990-2004)

Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.
 – Ambrose Bierce
 writer
(1842-1914)
[The Devil's Dictionary, 1906]

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
 – Teilhard de Chardin

To know another language is to have a second soul.
 – Charlemagne, King of the Franks
(742-814)

The need to feel and express love and compassion for everyone, with the understanding that we are all part of a greater reality, is the core of spirituality.

We must remember that everything is sentient, that everything is full of consciousness and life. Everything exists in God.

Only when we pray for the upliftment of the entire society will we also be fully benefited.
 – Ammachi
Her Holiness Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

Heaven means to be one with God.
 – Confucius
(B.C. 551-479)

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'
 – C.S. Lewis

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
 – Eric Hoffer
philosopher and author
(1902-1983)

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
 – Carl Sagan
astronomer and writer
(1934-1996)

The seed of God is in us.
Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer,
it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is;
and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature.
Pear seeds grow into pear trees,
nut seeds into nut trees,
and God seed into God.
 – Meister Eckhart

Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God.
 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.
 – Mahatma Gandhi
(1869-1948)

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
 – Rabindranath Tagore
poet, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter,
educator, composer, Nobel laureate
(1861-1941)

Faith is nothing but a living, wide-awake consciousness of God within.
 – Gandhi

Good deeds are the best prayer.
 – Serbian proverb

God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions.
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson
writer and philosopher
(1803-1882)

Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal that has the true religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.
 – Mark Twain, author and humorist
(1835-1910)

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
 – Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer
(1917)

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham.
 – Anna Sewell, writer
(1820-1878)

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