Voices of spiritual reason: 15 great non-religious quotations

from Cafemom.com

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The thickest veils between man and Allah are the wise man’s wisdom, the worshipper’s worship, and the devotion of the devout.” – Bayazid Bistami

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Knowledge is the beginning of action and action is the completion of knowledge”- Wang Yang-ming

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King

“Fasting is a way to save on food. Vigil and prayer is a labor for old folks. Pilgrimage is an occasion for tourism. To distribute bread alms is something for philanthropists. Fall in love: That is doing something!” – Ansari of Herat

“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – the Dalai Lama

‘The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.’ – Pema Chodron

“There was a time, when I blamed my companion if his religion did not resemble mine. Now, however, my heart accepts every form….Love alone is my religion.” – Ibn Arabi

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton

“At the heart of a progressive Muslim interpretation is a simple yet radical idea: every human life, femal or male, Muslim or non-Muslim, rich or poor, ‘northern’ or ‘southern’, has exactly the same intrinsic worth” – Omid Safi

“O Lord! If I worship you from fear of hell, cast me into hell. If I worship you from desire for paradise, deny me paradise.” – Rabia

“Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” – Ram Dass

“There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions and no peace among the religions without dialogue.” -Fr. Hans Kung

“Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise it would overwhelm.” – Idries Shah


  1. #1 by logiopath on May 13, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    Separation is not violence–sometimes the most peaceful thing a person can do is crawl into the proverbial cocoon.

  2. #2 by anon on May 13, 2010 - 11:26 pm

    “seperation is not violence”
    All human beings have ego, to a greater or lesser degree. It forms our “identity” or “self”. Take a look at language—-words are based on definitions. In order to define, we have to seperate what belongs and what doesn’t….. like the word “chair” would include a narrow catagory of furniture which excludes other furnitures such as sofa, or table….. Because of this characterisic/limitation of language, mystics, regardless of their religious labels, insist that God/experience of the Divine cannot be put into words/language.

    Those who work in the field of child-development, are interested in when and how “ego”/self-awareness develops. before birth, babies are attached to their mothers, after birth, they are still dependent on their parents for their total care and survival. But sooner or later, babies start to become more independent, exploring the world around them and beomming more aware. Ego/self-awareness develops and with it comes the idea of “me/mine”.

    Both language and environment encourage the development of “self”. But excess (excessive ego)coupled with pride/arrogance can lead to voilent rejection of that which is considered as “not belonging” to a particular definition of identity. This is a reality of the human condition.

    Religions have faced up to this reality and found solutions. —-the quotes above guide us to those solutions.

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