Whether or not they know it, most of the world's religions and philosophies start from the same point. Like spokes emanating from a wheel's hub, they converge upon and diverge from a common center.
That center is God or universal truth, compassion and wisdom.
Learn from all religions, all philosophies and use only one test- is the belief sincere,
does it bear good fruit and does it seem right, is it in accord with what is good and
"i have had the gift of traveling death rows, prisons, and with
gang kids...the "imperfect ones", as well as with celebrities, CEO's and the
most revered, the "perfect ones"... on the outside. What *i* have learned is
that we are all one." Anonymous
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us
with our fellow-men; along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as
causes, and they come back to us as effects." Herman Melville
"To be religious is to be sensitive to reality. Your total being-
body, mind and heart, is sensitive to beauty and to ugliness, to the donkey tied to the
post, to the poverty and filth in this town, to laughter and tears, to everything about
you. From this sensitivity for the whole of existence springs goodness, love."
"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive
point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite
future." Maria Montessori
Only when it is as painful to inflict emotional or physical pain on
other living beings as it is on ourselves will we truly understand that all creation and
humanity are one and that there are consequences for every action, a reaction
for every action.
Man's greatest fear is a kind of existential terror- the fear of not
being- of being unable to control one's own life, one's thoughts, one's emotions, actions
and future. The ability to extend beyond ones self and find meaning in giving, a firm
belief in God, universal truths and/or the power of ones own humanity and the oneness of
humanity- to overcome the condition of isolation- is critical if this terror is to be
manageable and turned into a constructive life force.
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein
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