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God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light.” The Hour of God


17. Rabbi Jochanan (Talmud Hagiga 14a) reminds us that, far from having ceased being formed at Creation, angels are born “with every utterance that goes forth from the mouth of the Holy One, blessed be He.” The Jewish notion of a continuing act of Creation (as opposed to the tota simul doctrine of the early Church) is traditional in Talmud, and embraces not only angels but all things formed in the first six days. This is clear from a hymn found in Greater Hechaloth 4:2, where God is praised for not ceasing to create “new stars and constellations and zodiacal signs that flow and issue from the light of His holy garment.”

(2) If compared with an object, its correlative will be objectively: e.g. God is said to be the hope of a just man not formally but objectively i.e. God is not the hope of man, but the object of that hope.

According to the common teaching of the Schoolmen, philosophy is able to demonstrate the existence of God, though any statement of his essence is at best only analogical. See Analogy. Aquinas formulated the famous five ways by which to demonstrate God's existence, as prime motor, first cause, pure act to be assumed because there has to be act for anything to come into existence at all, necessary being in which existence and essence aie one, as set over against contingent beings which may be or not be, as summit of the hierarchy of beings. A basic factor in these demonstrations is the impossibility of infinite regress. God is conceived as the first cause and as the ultimate final cause of all beings. He is pure act, ens realissimum and summum bonum. Thomism and later Scholasticism denied that any adequate statement can be made on God's essence; but earlier thinkers, especially Anselm of Canterbury indulged in a so-called "Christian Rationalism" and believed that more can be asserted of God by '"necessary reasons". Anselm's proof of God's existence has been rejected by Aquinas and Kant. See Ontologtcal argument. -- R.A.

’Aher (Hebrew) ’Aḥēr To be after, behind, secondary, another; the plural ’aherim, especially when used in conjunction with ’elohim, means “other or strange gods,” which were supposed to be merely idols. As the Hebrew scriptures themselves show, the ancient Hebrews never at any time denied the existence of the gods of other peoples, but being utterly and strongly tribalistic, their own god Jehovah was to them supreme. Their tribal god is the regent of the planet Saturn, who was their planetary hierarch, and consequently, to them, the supreme god — the god over all other gods. Had the Jews been born as a people under the regent of some other planet, the hierarchical regent of this other planet would then have been in their opinion the supreme god.

always ::: adv. --> At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, God is always the same.
Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally.

am ::: literally "all I am"; everything is me. The esoteric meaning is that God is all, and all is God. (in some texts as humamanarn)

Aquarius (Latin) Pertaining to water; the water-bearer, the 11th sign of the zodiac. In astrology an airy, fixed, masculine sign, the principal house of Saturn, though sometimes said to by ruled by Uranus. In about 1898, the equinoctial point passed from Pisces to Aquarius of the stellar (movable) zodiac, thus initiating a new Messianic cycle succeeding that of Pisces — the fish-man, associated with Jesus Christ. The Gnostic sun god is depicted as a man covered with breasts, having a fish on his head and a sea monster at his feet, which plainly indicates the group of three signs — Pisces, Aquarius, and Capricorn — and points to a fourfold division of the zodiac, each division embracing three signs; Taurus perhaps represented by the Egyptian bull Apis, standing for the triad of signs which preceded Aquarius.

Arbitrium, liberum: Livy used the expression, libera arbitria, signifying free decisions. Tertullian used either liberum arbitrium or libertas arbitrii, meaning freedom of choice. Augustine spoke of the liberum voluntatis arbitrium, free choice of the will. He held that voluntas and liberum are the same. Since liberum arbitrium implies the power to do evil, it is distinct from libertas, which is the good use of the liberum arbitrium. God is free, but He can do no wrong, Anselm preferred the term, libertas arbitrii. Thomas Aquinas taught that voluntas and liberum arbitrium are one potency. The expression has come to mean free will or choice. -- J.J.R.

Attribute: Commonly, what is proper to a thing (Latm, ad-tribuere, to assign, to ascribe, to bestow). Loosely assimilated to a quality, a property, a characteristic, a peculiarity, a circumstance, a state, a category, a mode or an accident, though there are differences among all these terms. For example, a quality is an inherent property (the qualities of matter), while an attribute refers to the actual properties of a thing only indirectly known (the attributes of God). Another difference between attribute and quality is that the former refers to the characteristics of an infinite being, while the latter is used for the characteristics of a finite being. In metaphysics, an attribute is what is indispensable to a spiritual or material substance; or that which expresses the nature of a thing; or that without which a thing is unthinkable. As such, it implies necessarily a relation to some substance of which it is an aspect or conception. But it cannot be a substance, as it does not exist by itself. The transcendental attributes are those which belong to a being because it is a being: there are three of them, the one, the true and the good, each adding something positive to the idea of being. The word attribute has been and still is used more readily, with various implications, by substantialist systems. In the 17th century, for example, it denoted the actual manifestations of substance. [Thus, Descartes regarded extension and thought as the two ultimate, simple and original attributes of reality, all else being modifications of them. With Spinoza, extension and thought became the only known attributes of Deity, each expressing in a definite manner, though not exclusively, the infinite essence of God as the only substance. The change in the meaning of substance after Hume and Kant is best illustrated by this quotation from Whitehead: "We diverge from Descartes by holding that what he has described as primary attributes of physical bodies, are really the forms of internal relationships between actual occasions and within actual occasions" (Process and Reality, p. 471).] The use of the notion of attribute, however, is still favoured by contemporary thinkers. Thus, John Boodin speaks of the five attributes of reality, namely: Energy (source of activity), Space (extension), Time (change), Consciousness (active awareness), and Form (organization, structure). In theodicy, the term attribute is used for the essential characteristics of God. The divine attributes are the various aspects under which God is viewed, each being treated as a separate perfection. As God is free from composition, we know him only in a mediate and synthetic way thrgugh his attributes. In logic, an attribute is that which is predicated or anything, that which Is affirmed or denied of the subject of a proposition. More specifically, an attribute may be either a category or a predicable; but it cannot be an individual materially. Attributes may be essential or accidental, necessary or contingent. In grammar, an attribute is an adjective, or an adjectival clause, or an equivalent adjunct expressing a characteristic referred to a subject through a verb. Because of this reference, an attribute may also be a substantive, as a class-name, but not a proper name as a rule. An attribute is never a verb, thus differing from a predicate which may consist of a verb often having some object or qualifying words. In natural history, what is permanent and essential in a species, an individual or in its parts. In psychology, it denotes the way (such as intensity, duration or quality) in which sensations, feelings or images can differ from one another. In art, an attribute is a material or a conventional symbol, distinction or decoration.

Auctoritas: St. Augustine distinguishes divine from human authority: Auctoritas autem partim divina est, partim humana: sed vera, firma, summa ea est quae divina nominatur. Thus God is the highest authority. It is distinctly advantageous to rely on authority: Auctoritati credere magnum compendium. est, nullus labor. Both authority and reason impel us to learn: Nulli autem dubium est gemino pondere nos impelli ad discendum, auctoritatis atque rationis. -- J.J.R.

Balder, Baldr (Icelandic) The best, foremost; the sun god in Norse mythology, the son of Odin and Frigga and a favorite with gods and men. His mansion is Breidablick (broadview) whence he can keep watch over all the worlds. One of the lays of the Elder or Poetic Edda deals entirely with the death of the sun god, also mentioned in the principal poem Voluspa. Briefly stated: the gods were concerned when Balder was troubled with dreams of impending doom. Frigga therefore set out to exact a promise from all living things that none would harm Balder, and all readily complied. One thing only had been overlooked: the harmless-seeming mistletoe. Loki, the mischievous god (human mind), became aware of this, plucked the little plant, and from it fashioned a dart. He approached Hoder, the blind god (of darkness and ignorance) who was standing disconsolately by while the other gods were playfully hurling their weapons against the invulnerable sun god. Offering to guide his aim, Loki placed on Hoder’s bow the small but deadly “sorrow-dart.” Thus mind darkened by ignorance accomplished what nothing else could: the death of the bright deity of light. Balder must then travel to the house of Hel, queen of the realm of the dead. Odin, as Hermod, goes to plead with Hel for Balder’s return, and Hel agrees to release him on condition that all living things weep for him. Frigga resumes her weary round and implores all beings to mourn the sun god’s passing. All agree save one: Loki in the guise of an aged crone refuses to shed a tear. This single taint of perverseness in the human mind condemns Balder to remain in the realm of Hel until the following cycle is due to begin. Thus death is linked with the active human mind, Loki. As the bright sun god is placed on his pyre-ship, his loving wife Nanna (the moon goddess) dies of a broken heart and is placed beside him, but before the ship is set ablaze and cast adrift, Odin leaned over to whisper something in the dead sun god’s ear. This secret message must endure unknown to all until Balder’s return, when he and his dark twin Hoder will “build together on Ropt’s (Odin’s) sacred soil.”

Barth, Karl: (1886-1968) Swiss theologian, widely influential among current social pessimists. God, he holds, is wholly other than man, not apprehensible by man's reason nor attainable by human endeavor. Christianity is a revealed and supernatural religion. Man must trust God's plan of salvation or be doomed to utter ruin. God is the sole judge and his judgments are beyond man's attainments. The Barthian position is called "crisis theology" (crisis, the Greek word for judgment) and "dialectical theology" (because of the emphasis upon the contradict on between God and this world). For a summary of Barth's position see The Knowledge of God and the Service of God (1939). -- V.F.

beautiful, elegant, comely, pleasing; good, fair; becoming; courtesy. (The Prophet Muhammad said: Truly, God is beautiful, and God loves beauty....

being ::: 1. The state or quality of having existence. 2. The totality of all things that exist. 3. One"s basic or essential nature; self. 4. All the qualities constituting one that exists; the essence. 5. A person; human being. 6. The Divine, the Supreme; God. Being, being"s, Being"s, beings, Beings, beings", earth-being"s, earth-beings, fragment-being, non-being, non-being"s, Non-Being, Non-Being"s, world-being"s.

Sri Aurobindo: "Pure Being is the affirmation by the Unknowable of Itself as the free base of all cosmic existence.” *The Life Divine :::

   "The Absolute manifests itself in two terms, a Being and a Becoming. The Being is the fundamental reality; the Becoming is an effectual reality: it is a dynamic power and result, a creative energy and working out of the Being, a constantly persistent yet mutable form, process, outcome of its immutable formless essence.” *The Life Divine

"What is original and eternal for ever in the Divine is the Being, what is developed in consciousness, conditions, forces, forms, etc., by the Divine Power is the Becoming. The eternal Divine is the Being; the universe in Time and all that is apparent in it is a Becoming.” Letters on Yoga

"Being and Becoming, One and Many are both true and are both the same thing: Being is one, Becomings are many; but this simply means that all Becomings are one Being who places Himself variously in the phenomenal movement of His consciousness.” The Upanishads :::

   "Our whole apparent life has only a symbolic value & is good & necessary as a becoming; but all becoming has being for its goal & fulfilment & God is the only being.” *Essays Divine and Human

"Our being is a roughly constituted chaos into which we have to introduce the principle of a divine order.” The Synthesis of Yoga*

Being, hierarchy of: (Scholastic) The Neo-Platonic conception of a hierarchy of "emanations" from the "One" persisted throughout the Middle-Ages, though it was given another meaning. Emanationism properly speaking is incompatible with the notion of creation. But the medieval writers agree that there is a hierarchy, comprising within the visible world inanimate beings, plants, animals, and rational beings, men; above them rank the immaterial substances (subsistent forms, angels) and finally God Who, however, is so far distant from any created being that he cannot be placed in line. Whatever is asserted of God is so only "analogically" (see Analogy). There is analogy also between the grades of created beings; their various levels are not of one kind, no transition exists between inanimate and animate bodies, or between material and spiritual substances. Though the original meaning has been abandoned, the term "emanation" is still used, even by Aquinas. -- R.A.

God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light.” The Hour of God

"God is one but he is not bounded by his unity.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

God is one but he is not bounded by his unity.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

"God is the All and that which exceeds, transcends the All; there is nothing in existence which is not God but God is not anything in that existence, except symbolically, in image to His own consciousness.” The Life Divine

God is the All and that which exceeds, transcends the All; there is nothing in existence which is not God but God is not anything in that existence, except symbolically, in image to His own consciousness.” The Life Divine

"God is the one stable and eternal Reality. He is One because there is nothing else, since all existence and non-existence are He. He is stable or unmoving, because motion implies change in Space and change in Time, and He, being beyond Time and Space, is immutable. He possesses eternally in Himself all that is, has been or ever can be, and He therefore does not increase or diminish. He is beyond causality and relativity and therefore there is no change of relations in His being.” The Upanishads

God is the one stable and eternal Reality. He is One because there is nothing else, since all existence and non-existence are He. He is stable or unmoving, because motion implies change in Space and change in Time, and He, being beyond Time and Space, is immutable. He possesses eternally in Himself all that is, has been or ever can be, and He therefore does not increase or diminish. He is beyond causality and relativity and therefore there is no change of relations in His being.” The Upanishads

Boel (“God is in him”—Boul, Booel, Bohel,

Boodin, John Elof: American philosopher born in Sweden in 1869 who emigrated in 1886 to the United States. Studied at the Universities of Colorado, Minnesota, Brown and especially Harvard under Royce with whom he kept a life-long friendship though he was opposed to his idealism. His works (Time and Reality, 1904 -- Truth and Reality, 1912 -- A Realistic Universe, 1916 -- Cosmic Evolution, 1925 -- Three Interpretations of the Universe, 1934 -- God, 1935 -- The Social Mind, 1940) form practically a complete system. His philosophy takes the form of a cosmic idealism, though he was interested for a time in certain aspects of pragmatism. It grew gradually from his early studies when he developed a new concept of a real and non-serial time. The structure of the cosmos is that of a hierarchy of fields, as exemplified in physics, in organisms, in consciousness and in society. The interpenetration of the mental fields makes possible human knowledge and social intercourse. Reality as such possesses five attributes: being (the dynamic stuff of all complexes, the active energy), time (the ground of change and transformation), space (which accounts for extension), consciousness (active awareness which lights up reality in spots; it becomes the self when conative tendencies cooperate as one active group), and form (the ground of organization and structure which conditions selective direction). God is the spirit of the whole. -- T.G.J Boole, George: (1815-1864) English mathematician. Professor of mathematics at Queen's College, Cork, 1849-1864. While he made contributions to other branches of mathematics, he is now remembered primarily as the founder of the Nineteenth Century algebra of logic and through it of modern symbolic logic. His Mathematical Analysis of Logic appeared in 1847 and the fuller Laws of Thought in 1854. -- A.C.

b) The usual meaning of the term the doctrine of the Trinitarians who hold that the nature of God is one in substance and three in embodiment (Latin: persona). Upon the basis of Platonic realism (q.v.) which makes the universal fundamental and the particulars real in terms of the universal, the Christian Trinitarians made philosophically clear their doctrine of one Godhead and three embodiments, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: three and yet one. The doctrine was formulated to make religiously valid the belief in the complete Deity of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit (referred to in the New and the Old Testaments) and to avoid the pitfalls of polytheism. Jesus had become the object of Christian worship and the revealer of God and thus it was felt necessary to establish (together with the H.S.) his real Deity along with monotheistic belief. A long controversy over the relationship of the three led to the formulation by the Council of Nicea in 325, and after further disputes, by the Council of Constantinople in 381 of the orthodox Trinitarian creed (the Niceno-Constantinopolitan). Roman and Greek Catholicism split on the doctrine of the status of the H.S. The Western church added the expression "filioque" (the H.S. proceeding "and from the Son") making more explicit the complete equality of the three; the Eastern church maintained the original text which speaks of the H.S. as "proceeding from thet Father." Orthodox Protestantism maintains the Trinitarian conception. -- V.F.

But there is another trinity besides that of Father-Mother-Son, that of the one divine root and its dual aspects — a conception altogether lost in Christianity. The Christian God is at best but a Demiourgos or inferior creative power, and his necessary attributes clash irreconcilably with those pertaining to the supreme hierarch of our universe; but in many of the sayings of Jesus and in the Epistles of Paul is clear evidence of the true teachings as to the Trinity and the relation of the Father and the Son.

By the year 200 of the Hejira a definite sect of mystics had arisen, and following the instructions of a prominent member, Abu Said, his disciples forsook the world and entered the mystic life with a view of pursuing contemplation and meditation. These disciples wore a garment of wool, and from this received their name. Sufiism spread rapidly in Persia, and all Moslem philosophers were attracted to this sect, as great latitude in the beliefs of its followers was at first permitted, until in the reign of Moktadir, a Persian Sufi named Hallaj was tortured and put to death for teaching publicly that every man is God. After this the Sufis veiled their teachings, and especially in their poetry used amorous language and sang of the delights of the wine cup. In spite of the amorous trend of poetry followed by the Sufis, to the observing eye there appears a beauty and a spirituality of thought which has found many devotees. Ideas of pantheism abound, for God is held to be immanent in all things, expresses itself through all things, and is the transcendent essence of every human soul. For a person to know God is to see that God is immanent in himself.

  “Called in India the Fathers, ‘Pitris’ or the lunar ancestors. They are subdivided, like the rest, into seven classes or Hierarchies. In Egypt although the moon received less worship than in Chaldea or India, still Isis stands as the representative of Luna-Lunus, ‘the celestial Hermaphrodite.’ Strange enough while the modern connect the moon only with lunacy and generation, the ancient nations, who knew better, have, individually and collectively, connected their ‘wisdom gods’ with it. Thus in Egypt the lunar gods are Thoth-Hermes and Chons; in India it is Budha, the Son of Soma, the moon; in Chaldea Nebo is the lunar god of Secret Wisdom, etc., etc. The wife of Thoth, Sifix, the lunar goddess, holds a pole with five rays of the five-points star, symbol of man, the Microcosm, in distinction from the Septenary Macrocosm. As in all theogonies a goddess precedes a god, on the principle most likely that the chick can hardly precede its egg, in Chaldea the moon was held as older and more venerable than the Sun, because, as they said, darkness precedes light at every periodical rebirth (or ‘creation’) of the universe. Osiris although connected with the Sun and a Solar god is, nevertheless, born on Mount Sinai, because Sin is the Chaldeo-Assyrian word for the moon; so was Dio-Nysos, god of Nyssi or Nisi, which latter appellation was that of Sinai in Egypt, where it was called Mount Nissa” (TG 192-3).

Calvinism: A term covering the current of theological thought dating back to John Calvin (1509-1564) whose famous Institutes embodies its historic principles. Generally speaking, Calvinistic thought is a system in which God is made the center of all that is and happens, God's will pervading human and cosmic events, and upon whom man is utterly and cheerfully dependent. -- V.F.

Cartesianism: The philosophy of the French thinker, Rene Descartes (Cartesius) 1596-1650. After completing his formal education at the Jesuit College at La Fleche, he spent the years 1612-1621 in travel and military service. The reminder of his life was devoted to study and writing. He died in Sweden, where he had gone in 1649 to tutor Queen Christina. His principal works are: Discours de la methode, (preface to his Geometric, Meteores, Dieptrique) Meditationes de prima philosophia, Principia philosophiae, Passions de l'ame, Regulae ad directionem ingenii, Le monde. Descartes is justly regarded as one of the founders of modern epistemology. Dissatisfied with the lack of agreement among philosophers, he decided that philosophy needed a new method, that of mathematics. He began by resolving to doubt everything which could not pass the test of his criterion of truth, viz. the clearness and distinctness of ideas. Anything which could pass this test was to be readmitted as self-evident. From self-evident truths, he deduced other truths which logically follow from them. Three kinds of ideas were distinguished: innate, by which he seems to mean little more than the mental power to think things or thoughts; adventitious, which come to him from without; factitious, produced within his own mind. He found most difficulty with the second type of ideas. The first reality discovered through his method is the thinking self. Though he might doubt nearly all else, Descartes could not reasonably doubt that he, who was thinking, existed as a res cogitans. This is the intuition enunciated in the famous aphorism: I think, therefore I am, Cogito ergo sum. This is not offered by Descartes as a compressed syllogism, but as an immediate intuition of his own thinking mind. Another reality, whose existence was obvious to Descartes, was God, the Supreme Being. Though he offered several proofs of the Divine Existence, he was convinced that he knew this also by an innate idea, and so, clearly and distinctly. But he did not find any clear ideas of an extra-mental, bodily world. He suspected its existence, but logical demonstration was needed to establish this truth. His adventitious ideas carry the vague suggestion that they are caused by bodies in an external world. By arguing that God would be a deceiver, in allowing him to think that bodies exist if they do not, he eventually convinced himself of the reality of bodies, his own and others. There are, then, three kinds of substance according to Descartes: Created spirits, i.e. the finite soul-substance of each man: these are immaterial agencies capable of performing spiritual operations, loosely united with bodies, but not extended since thought is their very essence. Uncreated Spirit, i.e. God, confined neither to space nor time, All-Good and All-Powerful, though his Existence can be known clearly, his Nature cannot be known adequately by men on earth, He is the God of Christianity, Creator, Providence and Final Cause of the universe. Bodies, i.e. created, physical substances existing independently of human thought and having as their chief attribute, extension. Cartesian physics regards bodies as the result of the introduction of "vortices", i.e. whorls of motion, into extension. Divisibility, figurability and mobility, are the notes of extension, which appears to be little more thin what Descartes' Scholastic teachers called geometrical space. God is the First Cause of all motion in the physical universe, which is conceived as a mechanical system operated by its Maker. Even the bodies of animals are automata. Sensation is the critical problem in Cartesian psychology; it is viewed by Descartes as a function of the soul, but he was never able to find a satisfactory explanation of the apparent fact that the soul is moved by the body when sensation occurs. The theory of animal spirits provided Descartes with a sort of bridge between mind and matter, since these spirits are supposed to be very subtle matter, halfway, as it were, between thought and extension in their nature. However, this theory of sensation is the weakest link in the Cartesian explanation of cognition. Intellectual error is accounted for by Descartes in his theory of assent, which makes judgment an act of free will. Where the will over-reaches the intellect, judgment may be false. That the will is absolutely free in man, capable even of choosing what is presented by the intellect as the less desirable of two alternatives, is probably a vestige of Scotism retained from his college course in Scholasticism. Common-sense and moderation are the keynotes of Descartes' famous rules for the regulation of his own conduct during his nine years of methodic doubt, and this ethical attitude continued throughout his life. He believed that man is responsible ultimately to God for the courses of action that he may choose. He admitted that conflicts may occur between human passions and human reason. A virtuous life is made possible by the knowledge of what is right and the consequent control of the lower tendencies of human nature. Six primary passions are described by Descartes wonder, love, hatred, desire, joy and sorrow. These are passive states of consciousness, partly caused by the body, acting through the animal spirits, and partly caused by the soul. Under rational control, they enable the soul to will what is good for the body. Descartes' terminology suggests that there are psychological faculties, but he insists that these powers are not really distinct from the soul itself, which is man's sole psychic agency. Descartes was a practical Catholic all his life and he tried to develop proofs of the existence of God, an explanation of the Eucharist, of the nature of religious faith, and of the operation of Divine Providence, using his philosophy as the basis for a new theology. This attempted theology has not found favor with Catholic theologians in general.

caturyuga (chaturyuga) ::: a series of four ages (satyayuga, treta, dvapara and kaliyuga), one hundredth of a pratikalpa, forming a cycle of apparent decline leading to a new cycle beginning on a higher level in a "cosmic circling movement" through which "God is perpetually leading man onwards to loftier & more embracing manifestations of our human perfectibility".

Causa sui: Cause of itself; necessary existence. Causa sui conveys both a negative and a positive meaning. Negatively, it signifies that which is from itself (a se), that which does not owe its being to something else; i.e., absolute independence of being, causelessness (God as uncaused). Positively, causa sui means that whose very nature or essence involves existence; i.e., God is the ground of his own being, and regarded as "cause" of his own being, he is, as it were, efficient cause of his own existence (Descartes). Since existence necessarily follows from the very essence of that which is cause of itself, causa sui is defined as that whose nature cannot be conceived as not existing (Spinoza). -- A.G.A.B. Causality: (Lat. causa) The relationship between a cause and its effect. This relationship has been defined as a relation between events, processes, or entities in the same time series, such that   when one occurs, the other necessarily follows (sufficient condition),   when the latter occurs, the former must have preceded (necessary condition),   both conditions a and b prevail (necessary and sufficient condition),   when one occurs under certain conditions, the other necessarily follows (contributory, but not sufficient, condition) ("multiple causality" would be a case involving several causes which are severally contributory and jointly sufficient); the necessity in these cases is neither that of logical implication nor that of coercion; a relation between events, processes, or entities in the same time series such that when one occurs the other invariably follows (invariable antecedence), a relation between events, processes, or entities such that one has the efficacy to produce or alter the other; a relation between events, processes, or entities such that without one the other could not occur, as in the relation between   the material out of which a product is made and the finished product (material cause),   structure or form and the individual embodying it (formal cause),   a goal or purpose (whether supposed to exist in the future as a special kind of entity, outside a time series, or merely as an idea of the pur-poser) and the work fulfilling it (final cause),   a moving force and the process or result of its action (efficient cause); a relation between experienced events, processes, or entities and extra-experiential but either temporal or non-temporal events, processes, or entities upon whose existence the former depend; a relation between a thing and itself when it is dependent upon nothing else for its existence (self-causality); a relation between an event, process, or entity and the reason or explanation for its being; a relation between an idea and an experience whose expectation the idea arouses because of customary association of the two in this sequence; a principle or category introducing into experience one of the aforesaid types of order; this principle may be inherent in the mind, invented by the mind, or derived from experience; it may be an explanatory hypothesis, a postulate, a convenient fiction, or a necessary form of thought. Causality has been conceived to prevail between processes, parts of a continuous process, changing parts of an unchanging whole, objects, events, ideas, or something of one of these types and something of another. When an entity, event, or process is said to follow from another, it may be meant that it must succeed but can be neither contemporaneous with nor prior to the other, that it must either succeed or be contemporaneous with and dependent upon but cannot precede the other, or that one is dependent upon the other but they either are not in the same time series or one is in no time series at all.

classical theism ::: Traditional ideas of the monotheistic religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Classical theism holds that God is an absolute, eternal, all-knowing (omniscient), all-powerful (omnipotent), and perfect being. God is related to the world as its cause, but is unaffected by the world (immutable). He is transcendent over the world, which exists relative to him as a temporal effect.

Cogitatio: One of the two attributes (q.v.) of God which, according to Spinoza, are accessible to the human intellect (Ethica, II, passim) Though God is an infinite thinking thing, it is not possible so to define him; God is "substance consisting of infinite attributes, etc." (Ibid, I, Def. 6), and is thus beyond the grasp of the human mind which can know only thought and extension (extensio, q.v.). -- W.S.W.

Daniel (“God is my judge”)—an angel of the

demon ::: “The typal worlds do not change. In his own world a god is always a god, the Asura always an Asura, the demon always a demon. To change they must either migrate into an evolutionary body or else die entirely to themselves that they may be new born into other Nature.” Essays Divine and Human

Deus Emnim et Circulus Est (Latin) “For God is indeed a circle”; a Hermetic axiom ascribed to Pherecydes, a Greek philosopher of the 6th century b.c., said to be the teacher of Pythagoras. The circle is a symbol of the Boundless and also of repetitive cycles; and circular motions and attitudes were prescribed in rituals by Pythagoras, Numa, and many others as being symbolic of divine and celestial concerns.

Devil [from Greek diabolos slanderer, adversary; cf Italian diavolo, French diable] The Devil of the New Testament and Christian theology is an evil personality, ruling over a kingdom of evil spirits, the inveterate foe of both God and man; a fallen angel, one of the celestial host who rebelled against God and was cast out from heaven. The conception of an evil individuality is a necessary counterpart to the conception of a good personal God: evil exists, God is good and could not have made evil; therefore the devil made it, but eventually he will be overthrown, and in the meantime he fulfills God’s purpose by trying and testing mankind.

Dyadic: (Gr. duas, two) Term meaning duality. Human experience is said to be dyadic, i.e. man's nature is dual in conflicts between good intentions and bad accomplishments, in oppositional strains and stresses. The personality of God is held to be dyadic in the confronting of difficulties or frustrations to his good will. Reality is spoken of as dyadic when it is said to be characteristically dual, e.g. both One and Many, static and dynamic, free and determined, abstract and concrete, universal and particular. -- V.F.

Elijah (Gr. Elias—“my God is Jehovah”)—in

Elimelech (“my God is king”)—an angel of

elohim ::: n. --> One of the principal names by which God is designated in the Hebrew Scriptures.

[Existence-Consciousness-Bliss]God is Sachchidananda. He manifests Himself as infinite existence of which the essentiality is consciousness, of which again the essentiality is bliss, is self-delight. Delight cognising variety of itself, seeking its own variety, as it were, becomes the universe.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 17, Page: 41-42

Fallen Angels Those cosmic entities or dhyanis of various classes who in the course of their evolution descended into matter in order to form and inform the lower worlds. In doing so they rebelled in a purely mystical sense against spirit or heaven, asserting individual free will and divine love. Their act is in part one of compassion and self-sacrifice, and they are eventually saved, while they carry the cycle of evolution along the ascending arc. Christian theology has interpreted this into the legend of the fallen angles, whose rebellion against God is a crime, who are the eternal enemies of God and mankind, and who are in consequence doomed to final destruction. The myth in its original form has many variants, as in the story of Prometheus, Bahak-Zivo, the Dragon of Revelation, the kumaras, etc.

F. Logos: (Gr. logos) A term denoting either reason or one of the expressions of reason or order in words or things; such as word, discourse, definition, formula, principle, mathematical ratio. In its most important sense in philosophy it refers to a cosmic reason which gives order and intelligibility to the world. In this sense the doctrine first appears in Heraclitus, who affirms the reality of a Logos analogous to the reason in man that regulates all physical processes and is the source of all human law. The conception is developed more fully by the Stoics, who conceive of the world as a living unity, perfect in the adaptation of its parts to one another and to the whole, and animated by an immanent and purposive reason. As the creative source of this cosmic unity and perfection the world-reason is called the seminal reason (logos spermatikos), and is conceived as containing within itself a multitude of logoi spermatikoi, or intelligible and purposive forms operating in the world. As regulating all things, the Logos is identified with Fate (heimarmene); as directing all things toward the good, with Providence (pronoia); and as the ordered course of events, with Nature (physis). In Philo of Alexandria, in whom Hebrew modes of thought mingle with Greek concepts, the Logos becomes the immaterial instrument, and even at times the personal agency, through which the creative activity of the transcendent God is exerted upon the world. In Christian philosophy the Logos becomes the second person of the Trinity and its functions are identified with the creative, illuminating and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Finally the Logos plays an important role in the system of Plotinus, where it appears as the creative and form-giving aspect of Intelligence (Nous), the second of the three Hypostases. -- G. R.

from Sanskrit shishya meaning disciple or student. A monotheistic religion that originated during the 15th century AD in the Punjab of India, founded by Guru Nanak Dev who taught a life of simplicity and honesty. The One God is called Ek Onkar, and is often referred to as Wahe Guru (wonderful lord). By tradition, a Sikh man takes the surname Singh (lion), and a Sikh woman takes the name Kaur (princess).

Gabriel (“God is my strength”)—one of the 2

Gadreel (Gadriel—Aramaic, “God is my

gematria ::: Gematria Kabbalists believed that the written word of God was the result of His inspiration and that Scripture contained within itself an essence of His being. By the same token they believed that since God is hidden, so too, was there a hidden meaning beneath the divine words of Scripture. To uncover this hidden meaning they employed three separate methods of interpretation, Gematria, Notarikon and Temura. Gematria made use of the fact that every Hebrew letter has a numerical value assigned to it (see Sacred Alphabet), so any words with the same numerical value could be linked. For anyone interested in studying Gematria, Aleister Crowley's 'numerical dictionary' Liber 500 Sepher Sephiroth is essential reading.

GOD AND NATURE. ::: God is the reverse side of Nature,

God ::: God is the reverse side of Nature.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 17, Page: 304

God ::: the Absolute, the Spirit, the Self spaceless and timeless, the Self manifest in the Cosmos and Lord of Nature. God is the All and that which transcends the All.

Greece. Homeric thought centered in Moira (Fate), an impersonal, immaterial power that distributes to gods and men their respective stations. While the main stream of pre-Socratic thought was naturalistic, it was not materialistic. The primordial Being of things, the Physis, is both extended and spiritual (hylozoism). Soul and Mind are invariably identified with Physis. Empedocles' distinction between inertia and force (Love and Hate) was followed by Anaxagoras' introduction of Mind (Nous) as the first cause of order and the principle of spontaneity or life in things. Socrates emphasized the ideological principle and introduced the category of Value as primary both in Nature and Man. He challenged the completeness of the mechanical explanation of natural events. Plato's theory of Ideas (as traditionally interpreted by historians) is at once a metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Ideas, forming a hierarchy and systematically united in the Good, are timeless essences comprising the realm of true Being. They are archetypes and causes of things in the realm of Non-Being (Space). Aristotle, while moving in the direction of common-sense realism, was also idealistic. Forms or species are secondary substances, and collectively form the dynamic and rational structure of the World. Active reason (Nous Poietikos), possessed by all rational creatures, is immaterial and eternal. Mind is the final cause of all motion. God is pure Mind, self-contained, self-centered, and metaphysically remote from the spatial World. The Stoics united idealism and hylozoistic naturalism in their doctrine of dynamic rational cosmic law (Logos), World Soul, Pneuma, and Providence (Pronoia).

handsomeness, grace, elegance. (The Prophet Muhammad said: Truly, God is beautiful, and God loves beauty....

If we regard the Powers of the Reality as so many Godheads, we can say that the Overmind releases a million Godheads into action, each empowered to create its own world, each world capable of relation, communication and interplay with the others. There are in the Veda different formulations of the nature of the Gods: it is said they are all one Existence to which the sages give different names; yet each God is worshipped as if he by himself is that Existence, one who is all the other Gods together or contains them in his being; and yet again each is a separate Deity acting sometimes in unison with companion deities, sometimes separately, sometimes even in apparent opposition to other Godheads of the same Existence. In the Supermind all this would be held together as a harmonised play of the one Existence; in the Overmind each of these three conditions could be a separate action or basis of action and have its own principle of development and consequences and yet each keep the power to combine with the others in a more composite harmony. As with the One Existence, so with its Consciousness and Force. The One Consciousness is separated into many independent forms of consciousness and knowledge; each follows out its own line of truth which it has to realise. The one total and many-sided Real-Idea is split up into its many sides; each becomes an independent Idea-Force with the power to realise itself. The one Consciousness-Force is liberated into its million forces, and each of these forces has the right to fulfil itself or to assume, if needed, a hegemony and take up for its own utility the other forces. So too the Delight of Existence is loosed out into all manner of delights and each can carry in itself its independent fullness or sovereign extreme. Overmind thus gives to the One Existence-Consciousness-Bliss the character of a teeming of infinite possibilities which can be developed into a multitude of worlds or thrown together into one world in which the endlessly variable…

Immanence: (late Lat. Immanere, to remain in) The state of being immanent, present, or in dwelling. In Medieval Scholasticism a cause is immanent whose effects are exclusively within the agent, as opposed to transient. For Kant the immanent is experiential as opposed to non-experiential or transcendent. In modern metaphysics and theology immanence signifies presence (of essence, being, power, etc.), as opposed to absence. According to pantheism the essence of God or the Absolute is completely immanent in the world, i.e. is identical with it. According to Deism God is essentially absent or transcendent from the world. According to immanent theism He is both immanent (in presence and activity) and transcendent (in essence) with respect to it. Mysticism in its broadest sense posits the mutual immanence of the human and the divine. -- W.L.

Immanent Theism: Doctrine that God is both immanent and transcendent with respect to the World. This view differs from Pantheism (q.v.) by denying that God's essence is identical with that of the World. -- W.L.

implicitly ::: adv. --> In an implicit manner; without reserve; with unreserved confidence.
By implication; impliedly; as, to deny the providence of God is implicitly to deny his existence.

In discussions of religion, syn. for the belief in a personal God. God is here usually conceived of as Creator, as having brought into existence realities other than himself which, though he is not completely (although for certain purposes, partly) dependent upon them, nevertheless are dependent upon him. Theism has characteristically held to a combination of both the transcendence and immanence of God. -- V.F.

In Spinoza's sense, that which "is", preeminently and without qualification -- the source and ultimate subject of all distinctions. Being is thus divided into that which is "in itself" and "in another" (Ethica, I, Ax. 4; see also "substance" and "mode", Defs. 3 and 5). Being is likewise distinguished with respect to "finite" and "infinite", under the qualifications of absolute and relative, thus God is defined (Ibid, I, Def. 6) as "Being absolutely infinite". Spinoza seems to suggest that the term, Being, has, in the strict sense, no proper definition (Cog. Met., I, 1). The main characteristics of Spinoza's treatment of this notion are (i) his clear-headed separation of the problems of existence and Being, and (ii) his carefully worked out distinction between ens reale and ens rationis by means of which Spinoza endeavors to justify the ontological argument (q.v.) in the face of criticism by the later Scholastics. -- W.S.W.

In the rationalistic tradition, Descartes introduces a distinction between finite and infinite substance. To conceive of substance is to conceive an existing thing which requires nothing but itself in order to exist. Strictly speaking, God alone is substance. Created or finite substances are independent in the sense that they need only the concurrence of God in order to exist. 'Everything in which there resides immediately, as in a subject, or by means of which there exists anything that we perceive, i.e., any property, quality, or attribute, of which we have a real idea, is called a Substance." (Reply to Obj. II, Phil. Works, trans, by Haldane and Ross, vol. II, p. 53, see Prin. of Phil. Pt. I, 51, 52). Substance is that which can exist by itself without the aid of any other substance. Reciprocal exclusion of one another belongs to the nature of substance. (Reply to Obj. IV). Spinoza brings together medieval Aristotelian meanings and the Cartesian usage, but rejects utterly the notion of finite substance, leaving only the infinite. The former is, in effect, a contradiction in terms, according to him. Spinoza further replaces the Aristotelian distinction between substance and accident with that between substance and mode. (See Wolfson, The Phil. of Spinoza, vol. I, ch. 3). "By substance, I understand that which is in itself and is conceived through itself; in other words that, the conception of which does not need the conception of another thing from which it must be formed." (Ethics, I, Def. III). Substance is thus ultimate being, self-caused or from itself (a se), and so absolutely independent being, owing its being to itself, and eternally self-sustaining. It is in itself (in se), and all things are within it. Substance is one and there can be but one substance; God is this substance. For Descartes, every substance has a principal attribute, an unchangeable essential nature, without which it can neither be nor be understood. The attribute is thus constitutive of substance, and the latter is accessible to mind only through the former. By virtue of having different constitutive essences or attributes, substances are opposed to one another. Spinoza, rejecting the idea of finite substance, necessarily rejects the possibility of a plurality of substances. The attributes of the one substance are plural and are constitutive. But the plurality of attributes implies that substance as such cannot be understood by way of any one attribute or by way of several. Accordingly, Spinoza declares that substance is also per se, i.e., conceived through itself. The infinite mode of an attribute, the all pervasive inner character which defines an attribute in distinction from another, is Spinoza's adaptation of the Cartesian constitutive essence.

“In the Rig Veda the name Siva is unknown, but the god is called Rudra, which is a word used for Agni, the fire god . . .”; “In the Vedas he is the divine Ego aspiring to return to its pure, deific state, and at the same time that divine ego imprisoned in earthly form, whose fierce passions make of him the ‘roarer,’ the ‘terrible’ ” (SD 2:613, 548).

Intuitive: Requires two things: (1) that it result from the proper species, or the proper image of the object itself, impressed upon the mind by the object or by God, and (2) that it bear upon an object that is really present with the greatest clearness and certitude. Our knowledge of the sun is intuitive while we are looking at the sun, and that knowledge which the blessed have of God is intuitive.

John ::: (Heb. Yochanan, meaning God is Merciful) A common first name. In Christianity, it is often used to refer to John the Baptist or John the Apostle.

Kathenotheism: A term invented by Max Müller which literally denotes one at a time -- theism. It symbolizes the Vedic monotheistic practice according to which the position of the gods is so arranged that each God is supreme in turn, in which the titular god is always changing without entailing a denial that the other gods exist. -- H.H.

Kierkegaard, Sören: (1813-1855) Danish religious thinker whose influence was largely limited to Scandinavian and German circles until recently. His works are now translated into English and his thought revived by contemporary social pessimists. Eternity, he held, is more important than time; sin is worse than suffering ; man is an egotist and must experience despair; God is beyond reason and man; Christianity stands opposed to this world and time and to man's reason; paradoxes are the inevitable result of man's reflections; Christian ethics realizable only in eternity. Kierkegaard was raised in a stern Christian environment; he reacted against orthodox religion and official philosophies (especially Hegelianism). An individualist, a sensitive, melancholic personality suffering intense frustrations. Cf. German ed. of K's writings: Sämmtliche Werke (1909-), and Eng. translations of Swenson (Post-Scientific Philosophy, etc.). -- V.F.

Kingdom of Heaven, Kingdom of God In the New Testament, used by John the Baptist, Jesus, and St. Paul; it indicates a state of relative spiritual completion and attainment, not merely the afterdeath state of the “righteous” or “saved,” as seen in the statement, “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Blavatsky interprets the answer in the Gospel of the Egyptians as to when the kingdom of heaven will come — “When the Two has been made One, and the Outward has become as the Inward, and the Male with the Female neither Male nor Female” — as signifying among other things, 1) the union of lower manas with the higher manas, the self-conscious raising of the personality to the individuality; and 2) the return of humankind to the androgynous state in future root-races. “Thus this Kingdom may be attained by individuals now, and by mankind in Races to come” (BCW 13:48-9; 14:55).

light ::: Sri Aurobindo: ". . . light is primarily a spiritual manifestation of the Divine Reality illuminative and creative; material light is a subsequent representation or conversion of it into Matter for the purposes of the material Energy.” *The Life Divine

"Our sense by its incapacity has invented darkness. In truth there is nothing but Light, only it is a power of light either above or below our poor human vision"s limited range.

  For do not imagine that light is created by the Suns. The Suns are only physical concentrations of Light, but the splendour they concentrate for us is self-born and everywhere.

  God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light.” *The Hour of God

"Light is a general term. Light is not knowledge but the illumination that comes from above and liberates the being from obscurity and darkness.” The Mother

The Mother: "The light is everywhere, the force is everywhere. And the world is so small.” Words of the Mother, MCW Vol. 15. ::: *Light, light"s, lights, light-petalled, light-tasselled, half-light.

literally "even this He is" or "likewise this He is". The esoteric meaning is that God is all, and all is God.

Madhav: “A Demiurge is a secondary creator. If God is the creator, then he has many assistants, the various gods; they are the Demiurges.” The Book of the Divine Mother

Madhav: “The brilliant courtyard is the realm of the subtle-physical Matter that Aswapathy is leaving behind in his upward climb. He sees that with all its brilliant glow, this region is limited on all sides and it is only a courtyard—not yet the entrance proper—of the Mansion of Light, where the Light of God is ever manifest. Day in the spiritual symbolism signifies the reign of Light. Aswapathy seeks to enter the Order (symbolised by House) where the Light shines uninterrupted.” The Book of the Divine Mother

Madhav: “The whole world is a play and God is the cosmic Player.” The Book of the Divine Mother

Madhav: “This is another key idea in Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy, that Nature, what is called Prakriti in Indian philosophy, is not different, not alien to the Purusha. Nature is not foreign to the soul, to God. It is a conscious front of God. Scratch Nature, look behind the exterior of Nature and you will find God. The apparent difference, distinction between Nature and God is only a superficial appearance. Nature is really a power of God. It is devatma shakti, the self-power of God—svagunair nigudham lost in its qualitative workings. She is not separate; conscious, not something unconscious. Nature is aware that it is only a front of God behind.” The Book of the Divine Mother

"Man is God hiding himself from Nature so that he may possess her by struggle, insistence, violence and surprise. God is universal and transcendent Man hiding himself from his own individuality in the human being.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

“Man is God hiding himself from Nature so that he may possess her by struggle, insistence, violence and surprise. God is universal and transcendent Man hiding himself from his own individuality in the human being.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

Man is God hiding himself from Nature so that he may possess her by struggle, insistence, violence and surprise. God is universal and transcendent Man hiding himself from his own individuality in the human being. The animal is Man disguised in a hairy skin and upon four legs; the worm is Man writhing and crawling towards the evolution of his Manhood. Even crude forms of Matter are Man in his inchoate body. All things are Man, the Purusha. For what do we mean by Man? An uncreated and indestructible soul that has housed itself in a mind and body made of its own elements.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 13, Page: 203

mobile, which is likewise the abode of God—when, that is, God is not in residence in the

Monadology: (also Monadism) The doctrine of monads, the theory that the universe is a composite of elementary units. A monad may also be a metaphysical unit. The notion of monad can be found in Pythagoras, Ecphantus, Aristotle, Euclid, Augustine, et al. Plato refers to his ideas as monads. Nicolaus Cusanus regards individual things as units which mirror the world. Giordano Bruno seems to have been the first to have used the term in its modern connotation. God is called monas monadum; each monad, combining matter and form, is both corporeal and spiritual, a microcosm of the whole. But the real founder of monadology is Leibniz. To him, the monads are the real atoms of nature, the elements of things. The monad is a simple substance, completely different from a material atom. It has neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility. Nor is it perishable. Monads begin to exist or cease to exist by a decree of God. They are distinguished from one another in character, they "have no windows" through which anything can enter in or go out, that is, the substance of the monad must be conceived as force, as that which contains in itself the principle of its changes. The universe is the aggregate, the ideal bond of the monads, constituting a harmonious unity, pre-established by God who is the highest in the hierarchy of monads. This bond of all things to each, enables every simple substance to have relations which express all the others, every monad being a perpetual living mirror of the universe. The simple substance or monad, therefore, contains a plurality of modifications and relations even though it has no parts but is unity. The highest monad, God, appears to be hoth the creator and the unified totality and harmony of self-active and self-subsistent monnds. -- J.M.

monistic theism ::: The type of monotheism found in Hinduism. This type of theism is different from the Semitic religions as it encompasses panentheism, monism, and at the same time includes the concept of a personal God as a universal, omnipotent supreme being. The other types of monotheism are qualified monism, the school of Ramanuja or Vishishtadvaita, which admits that the universe is part of God, or Narayana, a type of panentheism, but there is a plurality of souls within this supreme Being and Dvaita, which differs in that it is dualistic, as God is separate and not panentheistic.

Monotheists recognize but one God, conceived as a supreme personality and usually endowed with attributes pertaining to human personality, this mental image of God therefore being but a reflection of the human mind, with its inherent limitations and biases; yet even monotheists tacitly recognize other gods under the name of natural forces. Polytheism recognizes hierarchies of divine beings, and pantheism discerns divine power as everywhere and eternally present. The human being also in essence is a divinity. The attribution of personality to God is justly regarded as an inadmissible limitation; but there is a lack of clearness as to the meaning of such words as personality, self, and individuality, which unfortunately leads some monotheistic minds to the fear that the denial of personality will reduce the conception of divinity to merely an empty abstraction. Yet our inability to conceive the inconceivable has nothing to do with our intuition and duty, nor with the vision of the inner god as the supreme guide in a human life. See also PERSONAL GOD

Negative: That which states the nature of a thing in negative terms, e.g. God is not mortal, not corporeal, etc. Cf. La Logique de Port-Royal, Pt. I, ch. XII.

Nogah (Hebrew, Chaldean) Nogah [from nāgah to give light, shine, illuminate] Shining brightness, splendor, used for the light of the sun, moon, and stars; also applied to Lucifer the light-bringer — the shining morning star Venus. Used sometimes to signify the glory by which God is surrounded.

OBJECT. ::: The attainment of God is the true object of all human effort.

oneness ::: “… for to be at one with God is to be at one with oneself, at one with the universe and at one with all beings. This oneness is the secret of a right and a divine existence.” The Synthesis of Yoga

oneness ::: Sri Aurobindo: ". . . for to be at one with God is to be at one with oneself, at one with the universe and at one with all beings. This oneness is the secret of a right and a divine existence.” *The Synthesis of Yoga

ontologism ::: The ideological system that maintains that God and divine ideas are the first object of humans' intelligence and that the intuition of God is the first act of their intellectual knowledge. Note that Martin Heidegger used the term Onto-theology to refer to answering questions of being with direct reference to belief in God.

Our sense by its incapacity has invented darkness. In truth there is nothing but Light, only it is a power of light either above or below our poor human vision's limited range. For do not imagine that light is created by the Suns. The Suns are only physical concentrations of Light, but the splendour they concentrate for us is self-born and everywhere. God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 12, Page: 188

“Our whole apparent life has only a symbolic value & is good & necessary as a becoming; but all becoming has being for its goal & fulfilment & God is the only being.” Essays Divine and Human

pandeism ::: A type of deism that combines the deistic belief in a rationally determined, non-intervening God with the idea of pantheism of God being identical to the Universe with the idea from deism that God is revealed by rational examination and does not intervene in the Universe. Combines deism with pantheism to propose a deistic God that becomes a pantheistic Universe; coined by Moritz Lazarus and Heymann Steinthal in Zeitschrift für Völkerpsychologie und Sprachwissenschaft (1859).

Pan-entheism: (Gr. pan, all; en, in, theos, god) The term for the view that God interpenetrates everything without cancelling the relative independent existence of the world of entities, moreover, while God is immanent, this immanence is not absolute (as in pantheism), God is more than the world, transcendent, in the sense that though the created is dependent upon the Creator the Creator is not dependent upon the created. God thus is held to be the highest type of Unity, viz., a Unity in Multiplicity. The term is employed to cover a mediating position between pantheism with its extreme immanence and a theism of the type which tends to extreme transcendence- -- V.F.

panentheism ::: The theological position that God is immanent within the Universe, but also transcends it. It is distinguished from pantheism, which holds that God is synonymous with the material universe. In panentheism, God is viewed as creator and/or animating force behind the universe, and the source of universal morality. The term is closely associated with the Logos of Greek philosophy in the works of Herakleitos, which pervades the cosmos and whereby all things were made.

Personal God The personal anthropomorphic extra-cosmic God of theology is a purely human creation — for personality is a limitation utterly inconsistent with the nature of the boundless and eternal. This theological God is merely a reflection of man. The infinite source of all cannot be defined, since every possible attribute which we might assign to it is a human mental creation. We are forced to speak of God as impersonal, but must beware lest in doing so we reduce the conception to an empty abstraction. God may denote a divine being, a being who was once in our present human stage but has evolved beyond it, having transcended the limit of personality but without losing individuality. Or God may be applied to a being who has emanated from the divine source but is on the downward arc of evolution, not having yet become man; or again it may be a projection of the human mind, like the personal God of theology, but in this case it is a human mental creation — therefore containing human limitations because the human mind is finite — and therefore inadmissible.

prophet ::: 1. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed. 2. A person who predicts the future. prophet"s, prophets. (Sri Aurobindo often employs the word as an adjective.) prophet-passion, prophet-speech.

pure one. Man is an impure spirit. God is divine

quest ::: “The quest of man for God, which becomes in the end the most ardent and enthralling of all his quests, begins with his first vague questionings of Nature and a sense of something unseen both in himself and her. Even if, as modern Science insists, religion started from animism, spirit-worship, demon-worship, and the deification of natural forces, these first forms only embody in primitive figures a veiled intuition in the subconscient, an obscure and ignorant feeling of hidden influences and incalculable forces, or a vague sense of being, will, intelligence in what seems to us inconscient, of the invisible behind the visible, of the secretly conscious spirit in things distributing itself in every working of energy. The obscurity and primitive inadequacy of the first perceptions do not detract from the value or the truth of this great quest of the human heart and mind, since all our seekings,—including Science itself,—must start from an obscure and ignorant perception of hidden realities and proceed to the more and more luminous vision of the Truth which at first comes to us masked, draped, veiled by the mists of the Ignorance. Anthropomorphism is an imaged recognition of the truth that man is what he is because God is what He is and that there is one soul and body of things, humanity even in its incompleteness the most complete manifestation yet achieved here and divinity the perfection of what in man is imperfect.” The Life Divine

quote :::The Sufi in the East says to himself, 'Ishq Allah, Ma'bud Allah, which means 'God is Love, God is the Beloved', in other words it is God who is Love, Lover, and Beloved.


Religious A Priori: A separate, innate category of the human consciousness, religious in that it issues certain insights and indisputable certainties concerning God or a Superhuman Presence. Man's religious nature rests upon the peculiar character of his mind. He possesses a native apprehension of the Divine. God's existence is guaranteed as an axiomatic truth. For Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923) this a priori quality of the mind is both a rational intuition and an immediate experience. God is present as a real fact both rationally and empirically. For Rudolf Otto this a priori quality of the mind is a non-rational awareness of the holy, mysterious and awe-inspiring divine Reality. Man posesses a kind of eerie sense of a Presence which is the basis of the genuinely religious feeling. See Numinous. -- V.F.

Ritschlianism: A celebrated school of 19th century Christian thought inaugurated by Albrecht Ritschl (1822-89). This school argued for God upon the basis of what is called the religious value-judgment. Two kinds of judgments are said to characterize man's reaction to his world of experience: (1) dependent or concomitant, those dependent upon perceived facts, such as the natural sciences; (2) independent or religious those which affirm man's superior worth independent of the limitations of the finite world and man's dependence upon a superhuman order of reality, God. God is not reached by speculation, nor by the "evidences" in nature, nor by intuitions or mystic experience, nor by a rational a priori or intimate feeling. God is implied in the religious value judgment: "though he slay me will I trust him." That man needs God as a deliverer from his bonds is the assertion of the independent religious value-judgment; the consequences following this judgment of need and worth sustain him with courage and victory over every obstacl.e Ritschlianism is notable in the emphasis it placed upon the category of value, an emphasis which has grown stronger in contemporary theistic belief. -- V.F.

Rma chen spom ra. (Machen Pomra). A Tibetan mountain god whose seat is A MYES RMA CHEN in A mdo (today the Qinghai region of China) where he is the chief SA BDAG, or "earth lord," of the region. As with other pre-Buddhist Tibetan mountain deities, Rma chen spom ra was converted to Buddhism, in his case by PADMASAMBHAVA. The mountain was inserted into a Tibetan list of the twenty-four PĪtHA from the CAKRASAMVARATANTRA, and is further understood to be a three-dimensional CakrasaMvara MAndALA. The cult of Rma chen spom ra was introduced to central Tibet by TSONG KHA PA, a native of the region; he made Rma chen spom ra the chief DHARMAPĀLA of DGA' LDAN monastery. That monastery used to remove his image from the monastery each night to a small shrine outside the walls: since the god is a layman and has a female consort, by the rules of the monastery he cannot sleep inside the walls. Later the practice was replaced with a formal daily request to the god to leave the monastery for the night. He is golden, wears a golden cuirass and a helmet, carries a lance with a flag, a sack made from the skin of a mongoose and rides a white horse. His consort is the sman mo (menmo) Gung sman ma (Gungmenma). The DGE LUGS sect considers the god Phying dkar ba (Chingkarwa) to be an emanation of Rma chen spom ra.

Sabellianism: The view of Sabellius who taught in the first half of the third century the doctrine that there is one God but three (successive) modes or manifestations of God: as creator and governor God is Father, as redeemer God is the Son, as regenerator and sanctifier God is the Holy Spirit -- one and the same God. The view approximated the later orthodox Trinitarian conception (see Trinitarianism) but was too harsh to be maintained. Further clarification was needed Sabellianism has been called by several names, Modalism, Modalistic Monarchianism and Patripassianism (Father suffering). -- V.F.

self-existent ::: a. --> Existing of or by himself,independent of any other being or cause; -- as, God is the only self-existent being.

Set or Seth (Egyptian) Set or Seth. According to the Heliopolitan mythology, the son of Seb and Nut, is the brother of Osiris, Isis, and Nephthys; and the father of Anubis by Nephthys. In later times he became associated with Typhon. The attributes of the god underwent several changes: he is described as very closely connected with Aroeris (Heru-ur or Horus the Elder), his chief office being that of helper and friend to the deceased; in this association a twin-god is pictured, having the hawk head of Horus (light) and the Set animal (darkness) upon one human body. Furthermore, Horus was the god of the sky by day, while Set was god of the sky by night: in this sense were they opposite yet identic deities in earliest times, one the shadow of the other.


Soma: One of the three important gods of the Vedic religion, about whom the ninth book of the Rig-Veda centers. This god is associated with the plant growing in northern India which was made into an intoxicating liquor. The effects of this drink became associated with supernatural powers. -- V.F.

soul of Moses, God is reminded that “the angels

Spiritualism (3) is used in religious terminology to emphasize the direct influence of the Holy Spirit in the sphere of religion and especially to indicate the teaching of St. John's Gospel that God is Spirit and that worship is direct correspondence of Spirit with spirit.

Sri Aurobindo: "The quest of man for God, which becomes in the end the most ardent and enthralling of all his quests, begins with his first vague questionings of Nature and a sense of something unseen both in himself and her. Even if, as modern Science insists, religion started from animism, spirit-worship, demon-worship, and the deification of natural forces, these first forms only embody in primitive figures a veiled intuition in the subconscient, an obscure and ignorant feeling of hidden influences and incalculable forces, or a vague sense of being, will, intelligence in what seems to us inconscient, of the invisible behind the visible, of the secretly conscious spirit in things distributing itself in every working of energy. The obscurity and primitive inadequacy of the first perceptions do not detract from the value or the truth of this great quest of the human heart and mind, since all our seekings, — including Science itself, — must start from an obscure and ignorant perception of hidden realities and proceed to the more and more luminous vision of the Truth which at first comes to us masked, draped, veiled by the mists of the Ignorance. Anthropomorphism is an imaged recognition of the truth that man is what he is because God is what He is and that there is one soul and body of things, humanity even in its incompleteness the most complete manifestation yet achieved here and divinity the perfection of what in man is imperfect.” The Life Divine

*Sri Aurobindo: "The typal worlds do not change. In his own world a god is always a god, the Asura always an Asura, the demon always a demon. To change they must either migrate into an evolutionary body or else die entirely to themselves that they may be new born into other Nature.” Essays Divine and Human*

Sufi, Sufi, Sufiism [from Arab suf wool; sufi he who wears woolen garments] A school of thought that emphasizes the superiority of the soul as opposed to the body. A Sufi wears harsh, raw woolen garments constantly irritating his skin to remind him that the body is the part which prevents the soul from attaining higher goals. The first public pronouncement of mysticism in Moslem lands is attributed to Rabi‘a, who lived in the 1st century of the Hejira (622 AD) and expounded the theory of divine love: God is love, and everything on earth must be sacrificed in order eventually to attain union with God. However even before the time of Mohammed there were two principal schools of Arabic thought: the Meshaiuns (the walkers), who later became the metaphysicians after the appearance of the Koran, and the Ishrachiuns (the contemplators) who became affiliated with the Sufis. The Sufis, in fact, put an esoteric interpretation on the Koran, as well as the collected saying of Mohammed, the Sufi movement representing an infiltration into the rigidity of Islamic doctrine of the pre-Islamic mystical or quasi-occult stream of thought, especially from Persia. Blavatsky states that the Sufis acquired their “proficient knowledge in astrology, medicine, and the esoteric doctrine of the ages” from the descendants of the Magi” (IU 2:306).

summumbonum ::: Summum Bonum This term originates from the Latin of the Alchemists and relates to the completion of the alchemical process. Its meaning is highest good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived. God is the first cause of everything, and the final goal, thus the end for which all things were created is the glory of God. See also Great Work.

takbir :::   great word (Allahu Akbar [God is Greater than great])

Teleological Personalism: The doctrine that God is to be thought of not as First, but as Final Cause. Applied to Lotze and Howison. -- R.T.F.

The angel Gabriel, archangel of the messengers. A compound word based on Arabic versions of the ancient Hebrew roots, variously interpreted as signifying: God is my Strength, God's Warrior, God's Might; the Arabic root j-b-r is based on the Hebrew g-b-r meaning mighty, strong, powerful, proud, warrior; and the Arabic 'īl is based on the Hebrew 'el, meaning the One God.

"The call of God is imperative and cannot be weighed against any other considerations.” Essays on the Gita*

“The call of God is imperative and cannot be weighed against any other considerations.” Essays on the Gita

Theistic Personalism: The theory most generally held by Personalists that God is the ground of all being, immanent in and transcendent over the whole world of reality. It is pan-psychic but avoids pantheism by asserting the complementary nature of immanence and transcendence which come together in and are in some degree essential to all personality. The term used for the modern form of theism. Immanence and transcendence are the contrapletes of personality. -- R.T.F.

Theistic personalism: The theory that God is the ground of all being, immanent in and transcendent over the whole world of reality. It is pan-psychic but avoids pantheism by asserting the complementary nature of immanence and transcendance which come together in and are in some degree essential to all personality. This term used for the modern form of theism.

Theocracy: (Gr. theos, god, kratos, government, power) A view of political organization in which God is sole ruler. All political laws come under what is held to be the Divine Will. Church and State become one. Examples the development of the Hebrew ideal and Judaism, Mohammedan politics, Calvinism in Geneva, Puritan New England. -- V.F.

Theodice, Theodicy [coined from Greek theos god + dike justice] A vindication of divine justice; a system or method of intellectual theorizing about the nature of so-called divine justice, having in view vindication of the justice and holiness of God, in connection with evil. Ancient philosophers all taught that the heart of things was divine harmony and that whatever evil, distortion, and obliquity might exist in the world is ultimately traceable back to the imperfect intelligence of evolving beings, who by their manifold conflicts of thought and will thus produce disharmony, relative confusion, and hence evil, in the scheme of things. This view was replaced during Christian ages by the attempt of many writers to rescue the reputation of the Christian God, who on the one hand is said to be the creator of everything and who yet is supposed to be the fountain of love, mercy, harmony, and goodness. In view of the evils and suffering in the world, such Christian attempts have been futile, for it is obvious that if God is the creator of all that is, He must have been either directly or indirectly the creator of all the disharmony, wickedness, and misery in the world, as was indeed alleged by many Jewish rabbis, following statements in the Hebrew scriptures. But this thought has been denied by Christians who refuse to accept their God of love and justice as the creator of evil, and thus they had recourse to the Devil, who himself must have been created by their omniscient God.

Theodicy: (Gr. theos, god, dike, justice) The technical term for the problem of justifying the character of a good, creative and responsible God in the face of such doubts as arise by the fact of evil. If God is good, why evil? -- V.F.

The older Hebrews had no such devil; the word Satan is nearly always used in the ordinary sense of adversary. In Job, Satan is an emissary of God, one of his sons, charged with a mission to test Job. The original Hebrew God is supreme, author of both good and evil. But with the later Hebrews the idea underwent modification, and the notion of an evil deity arose, possibly from an adoption of Persian dualism acquired during the captivity. At the time the Gospels were written it is evident that the idea of a prince of darkness was very real and ever-present, though the story of the temptation of Jesus is evidently a picture of the triumph of an initiate over the forces of terrestrial nature.

Theophagy: Literally, eating the god. The practice, found in a great many primitive religions and in the esoteric mysteries (“mystery religious”), of eating the flesh of a sacrifice or sacred animal in whose flesh the god is believed to dwell, in order to absorb supernatural power.

The search for beauty is only in its beginning a satisfaction in the beauty of form, the beauty which appeals to the physical senses and the vital impressions, impulsions, desires. It is only in the middle a satisfaction in the beauty of the ideas seized, the emotions aroused, the perception of perfect process and harmonious combination. Behind them the soul of beauty in us desires the contact, the revelation, the uplifting delight of an absolute beauty in all things which it feels to be present, but which neither the senses and instincts by themselves can give, though they may be its channels,—for it is suprasensuous,—nor the reason and intelligence, though they too are a channel,—for it is suprarational, supra-intellectual,— but to which through all these veils the soul itself seeks to arrive. When it can get the touch of this universal, absolute beauty, this soul of beauty, this sense of its revelation in any slightest or greatest thing, the beauty of a flower, a form, the beauty and power of a character, an action, an event, a human life, an idea, a stroke of the brush or the chisel or a scintillation of the mind, the colours of a sunset or the grandeur of the tempest, it is then that the sense of beauty in us is really, powerfully, entirely satisfied. It is in truth seeking, as in religion, for the Divine, the All-Beautiful in man, in nature, in life, in thought, in art; for God is Beauty and Delight hidden in the variation of his masks and forms.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 25, Page: 144-45

through them the majesty of God is manifested.”

To enter into relations with God is Yoga, the highest rapture & the noblest utility.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 12, Page: 05

transcendentalism ::: A group of new ideas in literature, religion, culture, and philosophy that advocates that there is an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical and is only realized through a knowledgeable intuitive awareness that is conditional upon the individual. The concept emerged in New England in the early-to mid-19th century. It is sometimes called "American Transcendentalism" to distinguish it from other uses of the word transcendental. It began as a protest against the general state of culture and society at the time, and in particular, the state of intellectualism at Harvard and the doctrine of the Unitarian church that was taught at Harvard Divinity School. The term transcendentalism sometimes serves as shorthand for "transcendental idealism". Another alternative meaning for transcendentalism is the classical philosophy that God transcends the manifest world. As John Scotus Erigena put it to Frankish king Charles the Bald in the year 840 A.D., "We do not know what God is. God himself doesn't know what He is because He is not anything. Literally God is not, because He transcends being."

ubiquity ::: n. --> Existence everywhere, or in places, at the same time; omnipresence; as, the ubiquity of God is not disputed by those who admit his existence.
The doctrine, as formulated by Luther, that Christ&

uncreated ::: a. --> Deprived of existence; annihilated.
Not yet created; as, misery uncreated.
Not existing by creation; self-existent; eternal; as, God is an uncreated being.

Voluntarism: (Lat. voluntas, will) In ontology, the theory that the will is the ultimate constituent of reality. Doctrine that the human will, or some force analogous to it, is the primary stuff of the universe; that blind, purposive impulse is the real in nature. (a) In psychology, theory that the will is the most elemental psychic factor, that striving, impulse, desire, and even action, with their concomitant emotions, are alone dependable. (b) In ethics, the doctrine that the human will is central to all moral questions, and superior to all other moral criteria, such as the conscience, or reasoning power. The subjective theory that the choice made by the will determines the good. Stands for indeterminism and freedom. (c) In theology, the will as the source of all religion, that blessedness is a state of activity. Augustine (353-430) held that God is absolute will, a will independent of the Logos, and that the good will of man is free. For Avicebron (1020-1070), will is indefinable and stands above mature and soul, matter and form, as the pnmary category. Despite the metaphysical opposition of Duns Scotus (1265-1308) the realist, and William of Occam (1280-1347) the nominalist, both considered the will superior to the intellect. Hume (1711-1776) maintained that the will is the determining factor in human conduct, and Kant (1724-1804) believed the will to be the source of all moral judgment, and the good to be based on the human will. Schopenhauer (1788-1860) posited the objectified will as the world-substance, force, or value. James (1842-1910) followed up Wundt's notion of the will as the purpose of the good with the notion that it is the essence of faith, also manifest in the will to believe. See Will, Conation. Opposed to Rationalism, Materialism, Intellectualism. -- J.K.F.

where God is addressed as “prince of gods, king of

::: "Wherever thou seest a great end, be sure of a great beginning. Where a monstrous and painful destruction appals thy mind, console it with the certainty of a large and great creation. God is there not only in the still small voice, but in the fire and in the whirlwind.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

“Wherever thou seest a great end, be sure of a great beginning. Where a monstrous and painful destruction appals thy mind, console it with the certainty of a large and great creation. God is there not only in the still small voice, but in the fire and in the whirlwind.” Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

Whitehead, Alfred North: British philosopher. Born in 1861. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1911-14. Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics at University College, London, 1914-24. Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. From 1924 until retirement in 1938, Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Among his most important philosophical works are the Principia Mathematica, 3 vols. (1910-13) (with Bertrand Russell; An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge (1919); The Concept of Nature (1920); Science and the Modern World (1926); Religion tn the Making (1926); Symbolism (1928); Process and Reality (1929); and Adventures of Ideas (1933). The principle of relativity in physics is the key to the understanding of metaphysics. Whitehead opposes the current philosophy of static substance having qualities which he holds to be based on the simply located material bodies of Newtonian physics and the "pure sensations" of Hume. This 17th century philosophy depends upon a "bifurcation of nature" into two unequal systems of reality on the Cartesian model of mind and matter. The high abstractions of science must not be mistaken for concrete realities. Instead, Whitehead argues that there is only one reality, what appears, whatever is given in perception, is real. There is nothing existing beyond what is present in the experience of subjects, understanding by subject any actual entity. There are neither static concepts nor substances in the world; only a network of events. All such events are actual extensions or spatio-temporal unities. The philosophy of organism, as Whitehead terms his work, is based upon the patterned process of events. All things or events are sensitive to the existence of all others; the relations between them consisting in a kind of feeling. Every actual entity is then a "prehensive occasion", that is, it consists of all those active relations with other things into which it enters. An actual entity is further determined by "negative prehension", the exclusion of all that which it is not. Thus every feeling is a positive prehension, every abstraction a negative one. Every actual entity is lost as an individual when it perishes, but is preserved through its relations with other entities in the framework of the world. Also, whatever has happened must remain an absolute fact. In this sense, past events have achieved "objective immortality". Except for this, the actual entities are involved in flux, into which there is the ingression of eternal objects from the realm of possibilities. The eternal objects are universals whose selection is necessary to the actual entities. Thus the actual world is a certain selection of eternal objects. God is the principles of concretion which determines the selection. "Creativity" is the primal cause whereby possibilities are selected in the advance of actuality toward novelty. This movement is termed the consequent nature of God. The pure possibility of the eternal objects themsehes is termed his primordial nature. -- J.K.F.

Zát (Dhat) (A) The unmanifested, essence, Self. The condition where God is still one and unknown. The opposite notion to Zát refers to that which is manifest: ‘Sifat’, the known, the created world, ‘Insán’ the created human being, humanity, and finally the ‘Nafs’: (the awareness of) the Personal limited ego.

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1:We are, because God is. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg,
2:Called or not, God is always there. ~ Carl Jung,
3:God is a dark night to man in this life. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
4:he is patient and devoted for a god is in his heart. ~ Quetzalcoatl,
5:God is greater than God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
6:God is Light. ~ John, the Eternal Wisdom
7:God is the answer to every question.
   ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan, [T5],
8:God is all and all is God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
9:God is within you. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
10:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. ~ Voltaire
11:To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
   ~ Voltaire,
12:God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
13:To see God is to be God. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
14:God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
   ~ Voltaire,
15:Tell me what occupies your mind and I will tell you who your God is. ~ Paul Washer,
16:The knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
   ~ Saint John of the Cross, [T5],
17:Your God is ever beside you - indeed, He is even within you. ~ Saint Alphonsus Ligouri,
18:I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. ~ Vincent van Gogh,
19:God is a being than which nothing greater can be conceived. ~ Saint Anselm of Canterbury,
20:God is all and all is God. ~ Eckhart, the Eternal Wisdom
21:God is our name for the last generalization to which we can arrive. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
22:God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart,
23:God is the source of love, the clear fountain of love that never runs dry. ~ Sunday Adelaja,
24:The true measure of loving God is to love Him without measure." ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
25:He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, 1 John, 4:8, [T5],
26:The love of God is the root and foundation of Plato's philosophy. ~ Simone Weil, 'God in Plato',
27:The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything. ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
28:The only offering you can make to God is your increasing awareness. ~ Lalla, trans. Coleman Barks
29:Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
   ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
30:Ecclesiastes shows that man without God is in total ignorance and inevitable misery. ~ Blaise Pascal,
31:In fact, it is more correct to say that Truth is God, than to say that God is Truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
32:The glory of God is the living man, and the life of man is the vision of God. ~ Saint Irenaeus of Lyon,
33:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
34:God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven ~ Saint Paschal Baylon,
35:Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls." ~ Saint Rose of Lima,
36:Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Isaiah, 26:4,
37:Hatred of God is man's worst sin ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 2-2.34.2).,
38:In the universe there is nothing which God is not. ~ id, the Eternal Wisdom
39:Abidance in God is the only true posture. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk, 234,
40:God is nearer to you than anything else, yet by the screen of egotism, you cannot see Him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
41:To rest in God is the enlightenment and sanctification of everything. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, De Potentia iv,
42:God is love, and it is proper for love to love and to expand in love. ~ Sergius Bulgakov, The Lamb of God (120),
43:God is through Himself a necessary being ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ScG 1.16).,
44:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
45:Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
46:The thought of God is Divine Favor! He is by nature Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
47:To forget God is to miss the whole point of existence. Learn to feel God, and to enjoy Him. ~ PARAMAHAMSA YOGANANDA,
48:When you have free moments, go faithfully to prayer. The good God is waiting for you there." ~ Saint Julie Billiart,
49:To love God is more excellent than to know Him ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (DV 22.11).
50:To love God is more excellent than to know Him ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (DV 22.11).,
51:You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! ~ Anonymous, The Bible, James, 2:19,
52:God is the only guru and my Divine Mother is the sole doer of actions. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
53:The science of God is the cause of things ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (In Sent,
54:My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.
   ~ C S Lewis, [T5],
55:To comprehend God is difficult, to speak of Him impossible. ~ Hermes, the Eternal Wisdom
56:To love is to be transformed into what we love. To love God is therefore to be transformed into God. ~ John of the Cross,
57:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, [T5],
58:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
59:The love of God is better than the knowledge of God ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.82.3).,
60:God is at once impersonal and personal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, The Secret of Secrets,
61:It is a thin ego that Avatars possess. Through this ego God is always visible. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
62:But at the same time God is great and unspeakably glorious, so that no man shall see God and live. ~ Irenaeus, Against Heresies,
63:God is love and we are in our weakness imperfect gods. ~ Antoine the Healer, the Eternal Wisdom
64:It is a thin ego that Avatars possess. Through this ego, God is always visible. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
65:I know by myself how incomprehensible God is, seeing I cannot comprehend the parts of my own being. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
66:The creative power of God is common to the whole Trinity ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.32.1).,
67:God is fond of His devotees. He runs after the devotee as the cow after the calf. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
68:As a child cries for the mother, so crying for God is the strength of an aspirant. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
69:God is because you are, you are because God is. The two are one. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
70:The highest teachers are those who say that God is with form, as well as formless. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
71:The soul is veiled by the body; God is veiled by the soul. ~ Attar of Nishapur, the Eternal Wisdom
72:God is love and beauty as well as purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, Religion as the Law of Life,
73:The knowledge of God may be likened to a man, while the Love of God is like a woman. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
74:To see God is to be God. He alone is. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Maharshis Gospel, [T5],
75:God is both inside and outside you. When you realize that He is within you, your passions will be under control. ~ Swami Vijnanananda,
76:God is inexhaustibly attainable in the totality of our action. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
77:The remembrance of God is like a flame. In whichever direction it is blown, it will burn up whatever lies in its way. ~ Anandamayi Ma,
78:To God belong the East and the West; whithersoever you turn, there is the Face of God; God is All-embracing, All-knowing. ~ The Quran,
79:This turning to God is made evident in different degrees, and like any other gift, must be renewed. ~ Philokalia, Theophan the Recluse,
80:God is spirit, fire, being and light, and yet He is not all this. ~ Angelus Silesius, the Eternal Wisdom
81:If you are really not aware that God is constantly hunting for you, then pay close attention to every breath you take. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
82:What is God?

   God is the perfection that we must aspire to realise.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
83:God is nearer to you than anything else, yet by the screen of egotism you cannot see Him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
84:God is in all people, but all people are not in God -- that is the reason why they suffer. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
85:God is not knowledge, but the cause of Knowledge; He is not mind, but the cause of mind; He is not Light, but the cause of Light. ~ Hermes,
86:The realization of God is not the same as the acquirement of the Siddis or psychic powers. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
87:God is the only existence that is real, all other existences are unreality behind which God exists as the reality. ~ Swami Ramakrishnananda,
88:He [She] who gives himself up to the Self that is God is the most excellent devotee. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
89:Just as unity is in each of the numbers, so God is one in all things. ~ Angelus Silesius, the Eternal Wisdom
90:God is the one stable and eternal Reality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad: Brahman, Oneness of God and the World,
91:God is within yourself. Dive within and realize. God, Guru and the Self are the same. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
92:God is a hard master and will not be served by halves. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II, The Wheat and the Chaff,
93:He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, 1 John, IV. 8, the Eternal Wisdom
94:The image of God is found in the soul according as the soul turns to God ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.93.8),
95:God is not only true, but truth itself, so there can be no falsity in him ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ScG 2.61).,
96:God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
97:Lightning from here strikes there. When you begin to love God, God is loving you. A clapping sound does not come from one hand. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
98:One should constantly repeat the name of God. The name of God is highly effective in the Kaliyuga. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
99:When everything goes wrong, one must know how to remember that God is all-powerful.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
100:God is of Himself a necessary being, whereas a creature is made from nothing ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.41.2).,
101:Every breath of ours should be associated with the Lord, in our mind. God is behind you. always remember Him in everything you do. ~ Swami Vijnanananda,
102:God is identical with His attributes, so that it may be said that He is the knowledge, the knower, and the known. ~ Maimonides,
103:Once the way to God is known, the next step is to work one's way to the goal - realization is the goal. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
104:God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
105:God is the opposition to nothingness through the mediation of being [Deus est oppositio ad nihil mediatione entis]. ~ The Book of the 24 Philosophers, xiv,
106:This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, John, 1 1:5,
107:God is pouring out his wrath upon the nations that acknowledge him not, upon the kingdoms that call not upon his name. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Psalms, 78:3-4,
108:He alone is clever who sees that God is real and all else is illusory. What need have I of other information? ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
109:The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.
   ~ Werner Heisenberg,
110:The profession of love to God which is insufficient to restrain from disobedience to God is a lie. ~ Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,
111:Correction: the author of the quote: "God is the Being in Whom being anything means being everything." is Nicholas of Cusa, (1401-1464) not Parmenides. ~ Endo,
112:Don't think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
113:God's own Scriptures have summed it up exactly: Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
114:God is immediately present, not only in the ethereal body, but also in the lowest things ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ScG 3.68).,
115:God is Beauty and Delight hidden in the variation of his masks and forms. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Suprarational Beauty,
116:God is Infinite. Infinite are the Forms in which He manifests Himself. Infinite also are the ways leading to Him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
117:In a wonderful and inexpressible way God is created in his creatures [Deus in creature mirabili et ineffabili modo creatur]. ~ John Scottus Eriugena, Periphyseon,
118:Man is all Imagination. God is Man and exists in us and we in Him... The Eternal Body of Man is the Imagination, that is, God, Himself
   ~ William Blake, Laocoon,
119:God is far, far away from the worldly-minded. For those who have renounced the world He is in the palm of the hand. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
120:You must dive again and again into the ocean to find pearls. God is in the world, but you must persevere to see Him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
121:God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, 1 John, IV. 16, the Eternal Wisdom
122:The man who has not found God is full of vain disputation, but he who has seen Him, enjoys silently the Bliss Divine. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
123:God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit. ~ Athanasius,
124:The enemy tried to uproot me (destroy me), unaware of the fact that God is always on my side. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi, @Sufi_Path
125:Loving devotion does not come without a great love for God and a feeling of personal possession such as: "God is mine!" ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
126:252. I have failed, thou sayest. Say rather that God is circling about towards His object.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human, Karma,
127:God is in all and in the seer. Where else can God be seen? He cannot be found outside. He should be felt within. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
128:God to the soul that sees is the path and God is the goal of his journey. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Works, Devotion and Knowledge,
129:The church of God is repeatedy reminded of what it actually is by the way God calls believers to take community seriously, generation after generation. ~ Rowan Williams,
130:To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning, unless one practices meditation in solitude.
   ~ Sri Ramakrishna, [T5],
131:God is constantly at work in the mind, endowing it with its natural light and giving it direction ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (DT 1.1ad6).,
132:For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and every form of grace, for the Spirit is truth. ~ Saint Irenaeus,
133:The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you. ~ Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976),
134:Delight of the heart in God is the whole constituent and essence of true Bhakti. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, The Supreme Word of the Gita,
135:God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
136:One enjoys real freedom when one realizes that God is the sole actor in the universe and we are only instruments in His hands. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
137:God is absolute, eternal Brahman as well as the father of the universe. The indivisible Brahman is like a vast shoreless ocean. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
138:God is light; there is no darkness in him at all. . . . if we live our lives in the light, as he is in the light, we are in union with one another . . . ~ Anonymous, The Bible,
139:Real yearning for God is the result of associating with the holy, and a person gets the opportunity for holy company only as a result of many good actions. ~ Swami Adbhutananda,
140:Union does not mean that a creature is absorbed or swallowed up: God is the ultimate *destiny* of creatures, not their *destruction*. ~ Andrew Davison, Participation in God 116 ,
141:God is like the divine wish-yielding tree and gives whatever one asks. So give up worldly desires when the mind has been purified. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
142:If your mind that contemplates God is attached to worldly things, how can you expect to be successful in your religious devotions? ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
143:It is only when God is essentialized into the Summum Ens that he presents himself as the wholly other who intrudes into finitude as an enemy. ~ Ferdinand Ulrich, Homo Abyssus 272,
144:The Son of God is also the Son of Man and both elements are necessary to the complete Christhood. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Renunciation,
145:God is indeed infinite. But he is omnipotent. He may ordain that his divinity as love may be manifest in the flesh and be among us. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
146:God is one, but many are God's aspects. Just as the master of the house appears as father, brother, or husband to those around him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
147:See everything in the true light. Whom to fear? God is our most loving Mother. Can that Mother do any harm to Her child? Be true, practice purity and patience. ~ SWAMI PARAMANANDA,
148:God is the enfolding of all things in that all things are in Him; and He is the unfolding of all things in that He is in all things. ~ Nicholas of Cusa, De Docta Ignorantia II.3.10,
149:All that you call your own will pass away. God is really your own. He is your All and All. Obtaining God should be your only concern. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
150:There are only three words which prick me to the core: Guru, Karta (doer of action), and Baba (father), because God is the only Guru. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
151:What is God?

   God is the perfection that we must aspire to realise. 8 November 1969
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, "The Divine" and "Man" [17],
152:Even though it be true that the conception of God is absolute help, it is also the only help which is absolutely capable of revealing to man his own helplessness. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
153:The love of God is an infinite and absolute feeling which does not admit of any rational limitation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, Reason and Religion,
154:Who can know God? It is not for us, nor required, to know God fully. It is enough if we can see and feel that God is the only reality. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
155:God is formless and God is with form -- and God is that which transcends both form and formlessness. God alone can say what else he is. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
156:My God is love and sweetly suffers all.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness, [T5],
157:Sin is remitted to us when God is at peace with us, and this peace consists in the love whereby God loves us ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1-2.113.2).,
158:As on the troubled surface of a lake the moon is reflected in broken images, in Maya the mental reflection of God is partial and broken. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
159:God is equally manifest everywhere, yet manifests specially in holy places, just as water is everywhere, yet in places will form a lake. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
160:God is the embodiment of all happiness and pleasure at once. Those who realize God can find no attraction in the pleasures of the world. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
161:He who speaks best of God is he who, in the presence of the plenitude of the interior riches, knows best how to be silent. ~ Eckhart, the Eternal Wisdom
162:To have a restful or peaceful life in God is good; to bear a life of pain in patience is better; but to have peace in the midst of pain is the best of all. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
163:Your trust in God is sufficient to save you from rebirths. Cast all burden on Him. Have faith and that will save you. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 30,
164:As on the troubled surface of a lake, the moon is reflected in broken images, in Maya the mental reflection of God is partial and broken. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
165:The law of God is more and more violated, and the gift of life is being daily attacked through the innumerable abortions which are being carried out." ~ Our Lady to Father Stefano Gobbi,
166:To realize God is the one goal of life. The grace of God falls alike on all His children, learned and illiterate―whoever longs for Him. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
167:God is not knowledge, but the cause of Knowledge; He is not mind, but the cause of mind; He is not Light, but the cause of Light. ~ id, the Eternal Wisdom
168:The grace of God is so great and His love for us is such that we cannot understand what He has done for us ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (On the Creed, a. 4).
169:To say God is devoid of love and joy is an absurdity, which proves one has never realized the Supreme Being, the fountain of eternal love. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
170:Egotism is like a cloud that keeps God hidden from our sight. If by the mercy of the Guru, egotism vanishes, God is seen in His full glory. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
171:The grace of God is so great and His love for us is such that we cannot understand what He has done for us ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (On the Creed, a. 4).,
172:Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
173:One feels restless for God when one's soul longs for His vision. To love God is the essence of the whole thing. Bhakti alone is the essence. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
174:Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
175:God is in all things through His own essence because His substance is present to all things as the cause of their being ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.8.3).,
176:Money makes us forget God. Dependence on God is true self-reliance. Dependence on money is not. The two cannot go together. It is dangerous to have your legs in two boats. ~ SWAMI AKHANDANADA,
177:If you seek God with your whole heart, then you may be assured that Grace of God is also seeking you. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Conscious Immortality, Ch 7, [T5],
178:It is not good to say that what we ourselves think of God is the only truth and what others think is false. Can a man really fathom God's nature? ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
179:The image of God is common to both sexes, since it stems from the mind, in which there is no distinction between sexes ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.93.6ad2).,
180:The new God laughs at imitation and discipleship. He needs no imitators and no pupils. He forces men through himself. The God is his own follower in man. He imitates himself" ~ Carl Jung, Red Book,
181:God is a great & cruel Torturer because He loves. You do not understand this, because you have not seen & played with Krishna.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
182:God is simple and of an incomposite and spiritual nature, having neither ears nor organs of speech. A solitary essence and without limit, he is composed of no numbers and parts. ~ Didymus the Blind,
183:The goodness of God is the highest object of prayer, and it reaches down to our lowest need. It quickens our soul and gives it life, and makes it grow in grace and virtue." ~ Saint Julian of Norwich,
184:God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
185:God is seen, when the mind is tranquil. When the mental sea is agitated by the wind of desires, it cannot reflect God, and then God-vision is impossible ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
186:The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love." ~ Pope John Paul II,
187:A blind god is not destiny's architect;
A conscious power has drawn the plan of life, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
188:To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
   ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo, [T5],
189:Humanity is not the highest godhead; God is more than humanity; but in humanity too we have to find and to serve him. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, Materialism,
190:As those who see light are in the light sharing its brilliance, so those who see God are in God sharing his glory, and that glory gives them life. To see God is to share in life. ~ Irenaeus, Against Heresies,
191:Everything good or true that the angels inspire in us is God's, so God is constantly talking to us. He talks very differently, though, to one person than to another.
   ~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven,
192:The soul that lives in God is more perfect than the soul that lives only in outward mind. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Renaissance in India, A Rationalistic Critic on Indian Culture - III,
193:You are facing God and God is facing you. Your divinity will make you feel that two Gods are facing each other and conversing. But eventually you will merge into the God that you are now facing. ~ Sri Chinmoy,
194:God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
195:Since our father is related to us as principle, even as God is, it belongs properly to the father to receive honor from his children ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 2-2.26.9ad3).,
196:God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
197:I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
198:God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
199:None but God is loved in the existent things. It is He who is manifest within every beloved to the eye of every lover - and there is nothing in the existent realm that is not a lover ~ Ibn Arabi,
200:The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.~ Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart,
201:Things are said to be distant from God by the unlikeness to Him in NATURE or GRACE. And God is also above all by the EXCELLENCE of His own nature ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.81ad1).,
202:To know God is to love God, therefore the paths of jnana and bhakti (knowledge and devotion) come to the same. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Teachings of Ramana-Maharshi in his Own Words, Ch 6,
203:God and the human are paradigms of each other, and to the degree that God is humanized in a man because of his love for humanity, so does the human deify itself into God, empoweredby love. ~ Maximus, Amb. 10. 1113B11~ 14,
204:Since the knowledge of God is His substance, just as His substance is altogether immutable, so His knowledge likewise must be altogether invariable ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1.14.15).,
205:We may gain some inkling of what God is if we attempt by means of every sensation to reach the reality of each creature, not giving up until we are alive to what transcends it… ~ Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies v.11,
206:After realizing God, one rightly feels that God is our Father or Mother. As long as we have not realized God, we feel that we are far away from Him, children of someone else. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
207:When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom. The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri in Om, and, Om in samādhi. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
208:Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
209:I believe that a triangle, if it could speak, would say that God is eminently triangular, and a circle that the divine nature is eminently circular; and thus would every one ascribe his own attributes to God. ~ Baruch Spinoza,
210:Man does not see God by his own powers; but God is seen by men when it pleases him that this should be so. He decides by whom he should be seen, and when, and how for God is powerful in all things. ~ Irenaeus, Against Heresies,
211:All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
212:God is the only Guru. My Divine Mother is the sole doer of actions, I am only an instrument in Her hands. I feel myself always to be Her child. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, Sayings of Ramakrishna Paramahasma,
213:Knowledge leads to unity, but ignorance to diversity. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
214:The light of glory, whereby God is seen, is in God perfectly and naturally; whereas in any creature, it is imperfectly and by likeness or participation ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1-2.5.6ad2).,
215:Wisdom leads to Unity, but Ignorance to Separation. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realized Within, that is True Knowledge.
   ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
216:God and the human are paradigms of each other, and to the degree that God is humanized in a man because of his love for humanity, so does the human deify itself into God, empowered by love. ~ Maximus the Confessor, Amb. 10.1113b,
217:Truth is not compatible with falsity, as neither is whiteness with blackness. But God is not only true, He is truth itself. So there can be no falsity in Him ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ScG 1.61).,
218:He that loveth not, Knoweth not God; for God is Love. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ),
219:There is no nature to which God is visible: he is not a being who is visible by nature, but escaped or baffled the view of a frailer creature; by the nature of his being it is impossible for him to be seen. ~ Origen of Alexandria,
220:Spiritually speaking the Lord and His name are one. Hence through constant repetition of His name God is realized. One should always try to repeat His name all through the day even in the midst of one's work. ~ SWAMI VIRESWARANANDA,
221:God is the universal cause of the enlightening of souls, according to Jn. 1:9: "That was the true light which enlightens every man that cometh into this world" ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1-2.79.3).,
222:Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because He Is. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2639,
223:God is immaterial, and for this reason transcends every conception. Since He is invisible He can have no form. But from what we observe in His work we may conclude that He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. ~ Beethoven,
224:God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
225:The way to realize God is through discrimination, renunciation, and yearning for Him. What kind of yearning? One should yearn for God as the cow, with yearning heart, runs after its calf. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
226:Where is this renewal taking place? It is taking place where the image of God is, and this is not in the sense faculties, but in the mind ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (Commentary on Colossians 3, lect. 2).,
227:If we love God for what we can get from Him in the world, we really love the world, not God, and we can never be true devotees. The true devotee loves God just for the joy of loving Him, because God is the Beloved. ~ Swami Ramakrishnananda,
228:The Lord said against this error ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (Dt 6:4): "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (Commentary on John 1, lect. 2).,
229:Where all the religions meet is the realization in no mystical sense, but in the most worldly and everyday sense that GOD IS EVERYTHING, AND EVERYTHING IS GOD…" ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, (1879-1950) was a Hindu sage of world fame, Wikipedia.,
230:When we receive with an entire and perfect resignation the afflictions which God sends us they become for us favors and benefits; because conformity to the will of God is a gain far superior to all temporal advantages. ~ Saint Vincent de Paul,
231:Either God or nothing, because all that is not of God is worse than nothing! Remain united with God and love him with all your heart, always remembering that we cannot love him too much nor can we ever love him enough. ~ Saint Francis de Sales,
232:Since we are only vessels of clay, we must first be cleansed in water and then hardened by spiritual fire - for God is a consuming fire. We need the Holy Spirit to perfect and renew us, for spiritual fire can cleanse us. ~ Didymus of Alexandria,
233:When God is realized, He Himself provides everything for His devotees. He sees that they do not lack anything. When God is enshrined in the heart, many people come forward to offer their services. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
234:His failure is not failure whom God leads; ...
   It knows its steps, its way is inevitable,
   And how shall the end be vain when God is guide?
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Vision and the Boon,
235:... the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
236:We say that God is our Father. In the same way we call Him Mother, and so on. These relationships are conceived in order to strengthen Bhakti in us, and they make us feel nearer and dearer to God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
237:Already God is near, the Truth is close:
Because the dark atheist body knows him not,
Must the sage deny the Light, the seer his soul? ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real,
238:It is true that God is even in the tiger; but we must not therefore go and face that animal. It is true that God dwells even in the most wicked beings, but it is not proper that we should associate with them. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
239:When a man is intoxicated with ecstatic love of God, then who is his father or mother or wife? His love of God is so intense that he becomes mad with it. Then he has no duty to perform. He is free from all debts. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
240:The name 'Emmanuel,' meaning 'God with us,' refers to the cause of salvation, which is the union of the Divine and human natures in the Person of the Son of God, whereby 'God is with us' ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 3.37.2ad1).,
241:It is desire that causes sorrow; but the will to realize God is itself felicity. Be certain that He will cleanse and comfort you and take you into His arms. Sorrow comes in order to lead you to happiness. At all times hold Him in remembrance. ~ SRI ANANDAMAYI MA,
242:We must neither doubt nor hesitate with respect to the words of the Lord; rather, we must be fully persuaded that every word of God is true and possible, even if our nature should rebel against the idea; for in this lies the test of faith. ~ Saint Basil the Great,
243:God is the Being in Whom being anything means being everything." ~ Parmenides, (late sixth or early fifth century BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek, considered the founder of metaphysics or ontology and has influenced the whole history of Western philosophy, Wikipedia.,
244:Yet God is loving and kind and omnipotent, and so he gives the sight of God, the greatest gift of all, to those who love him. Even this was foretold by the prophets: For those things that are impossible with men, are possible with God. ~ Irenaeus, Against Heresies,
245:God is brought into the presence of our affections through faith, since the believer assents to God voluntarily, according to what is said in Ephesians ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (3:17): "that Christ may dwell by faith in our hearts.",
246:How many people want to hear about God? That desire comes through God's special grace. Real yearning for God is the result of associating with the holy, and a person gets the opportunity for holy company only as a result of many good actions. ~ Swami Ramakrishnananda,
247:What is the use of making pilgrimages if you can attain love of God remaining where you are? Pilgrimage becomes futile if it does not enable you to attain love of God. Love of God is the one essential and necessary thing. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
248:Because there is Mind behind the universe, it did not originate itself; because God is infinite, not finite, it was not made from pre-existent matter, but out of nothing and out of non-existence absolute and utter God brought it into being through the Word. ~ Athanasius,
249:Every question about God presupposes what is being asked about; and that which the question presupposes is that which is to be given as the answer… For God is the Absolute Presupposition of all things that are in anyway presupposed. ~ Nicholas of Cusa, De Sapientia II,
250:The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love." ~ Meister Eckhart, (c. 1260 - c. 1328), German theologian, philosopher and mystic, Wikipedia,
251:Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
252:Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." ~ Rabindranath Tagore, (1861 - 1941), a polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Wikipedia.,
253:The thought of God is the movement of the universe: never at any time can there perish a being, that is to say, a portion of God, for God contains all beings; nothing is outside him and he is outside of nothing. ~ Hermes, the Eternal Wisdom
254:God is, or He is not. But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of this infinite distance where heads or tails will turn up. What will you wager? ~ Blaise Pascal,
255:God is prior to the world by priority of duration. But the word "prior" signifies priority not of time, but of eternity. Or we may say that it signifies the eternity of imaginary time, and not of time really existing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I q 46 a 1 ad 2,
256:No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, 1 Corinthians, 10:13,
257:The wrath of God is near. Soon the world will be afflicted with great calamities, bloody revolutions, frightful hurricanes and the overflowing of rivers and the seas . . . the world will be overturned in a new and more terrible war." ~ Our Lady to Blessed Sister Elena Aiello,
258:Anyone who says, 'If God is omnipotent, let him make what has happened not to have happened,' does not realize that he is saying, 'If God is omnipotent, let him make true things false insofar as they are true.' ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
259:The Cause of all things is the same as the End of all things. For God is the Beginning, i.e., the Cause, of all creatures and their End since from Him they receive their being and begin to be, and towards Him they are moved so that they may attain in Him their rest. ~ Maximus,
260:The ineffable God is spoken of more precisely by one who maintains that He dwells in light inaccessible to the intellect, beyond all affirmation and negation, all positing and removing, all opposition, all change and unchangingness. ~ Nicholas of Cusa, De Dato Patris Luminum 3,
261:God is not only inside us; He is both inside and outside. The Divine Mother showed me in the Kāli temple that everything is Chinmaya, the Embodiment of Spirit; that it is She who has become all this. Everything is indeed Chinmaya. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
262:Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same, perhaps even more so, with our love for God: it does not come by another's teaching. ~ Basil the Great,
263:God is he who in the Trinity renounces Himself from all eternity in the reciprocal love of the three Hypostases...'the unfathomable divine power of the holy and glorious Cross' is the power of all-conquering, immeasurable love in the depths of the Holy Trinity itself. ~ S Bulgakov,
264:Love is higher than the Highest. Love is greater than the Greatest. Yea, it is in a certain sense greater than God; while yet, in the highest sense of all, God is Love, and Love is God." ~ François Fénelon, (1651 - 1715), French Roman Catholic archbishop & theologian, Wikipedia.,
265:The creatures of the sense world signify the invisible attributes of God, partly because God is the origin, exemplar, and end of every creature, and every effect is the sign of its cause, the exemplification of its exemplar, and the path to the end, to which leads… ~ Bonaventure,
266:To see God is to have eternal life - and yet the pillars of our faith, John and Paul and Moses, say that God cannot be seen. Can you understand the dizziness of a soul that contemplates their words? If God is life, whoever does not see God does not see life. ~ Saint Gregory of Nyssa,
267:Their discourse was not of unimportant matters but of God and true religion, of the Gospel way of life and future judgement, yet it turned plain, uneducated men into philosophers. How the foolishness of God is wiser than men and his weakness stronger than men! ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
268:Our Father who art in heaven is rightly understood to mean that God is in the hearts of the just, as in his holy temple. At the same time, it means that those who pray should desire the one they invoke to dwell in them. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
269:God is infinite, and infinite are the ways to reach Him. The important thing is somehow to cultivate devotion to God and love for Him. What is the use of knowing many things? It is enough to cultivate love of God by following any of the paths. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
270:Doing good to others is virtue; injuring other is sin. Strength & courage are virtue; weakness & cowardice are sin. Independence is virtue; dependence is sin. Loving others is virtue; hating others is sin. Faith in God is virtue; doubt is sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
271:God is always inside and also outside, telling us to shed fears and worries. 'You can't run away from Me,' says He. But I am ever inside you; seek and you shall find,The moment you attain complete mastery over your passions, you will get Me within you, effulgent and blissful ~ Swami Vijnanananda,
272:The charm of Maya is so irresistible, it is only when God is gracious to us that we can lift the veil and get a little glimpse of Him. All Maya is localized in ego. Take away the ego and the whole structure of Maya will fall. Then you will realize a state of perfect calmness ~ Swami Ramakrishnananda,
273:The knowledge which God has of Himself is compared to the center of the circle, and the knowledge which the angel has of God is compared to the circle itself, which imitates the unity of its center but falls short of achieving it ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (DV 8.15ad3).,
274:It is not that Christ is superior to Allah, not that Allah is everything and Brahma is nothing, but it is the same one whom you call either Brahma or Allah, or Almighty, or by a hundred other names. The names are different but God is one and the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
275:Jul 16 There is infinite strength in you. Never lose faith in yourself, my boy; God is in you. And His grace too. He is gracious to all. … Have faith, therefore; have firm faith in Him. Work hard with unshakable determination, and He will give you all knowledge. Strive unceasingly.~ Swami Brahmananda,
276:One should not use the name of God artificially and superficially without feeling.
To use the name of God one must call upon Him and surrender to Him unreservedly.
After such surrender the name of God is constantly with the man. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 426,
277:The members of the Brahmo Samaj sing the name of Hari. That is very good. Through earnest prayer one receives the grace of God and realizes Him. God can be realized by means of all paths. The same God is invoked by different names. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Ramakrishna,
278:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
279:God is one the paths to reach him (religions) are many - just as different rivers, originating in different mountains, traverse different paths, flowing straight or crooked, and at last join the ocean. He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
280:Knowledge of God can be compared to a man while Love of God is like a woman. The one has his right of entry to the outer chambers of the Eternal, but only love can penetrate into the inner chambers, she who has access to the mysteries of the Almighty. ~ id, the Eternal Wisdom
281:This world was not built with random bricks of Chance,
A blind god is not destiny's architect;
A conscious power has drawn the plan of life,
There is a meaning in each curve and line. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
282:The plurality of persons in God is an article of faith, and natural reason is unable to discuss and adequately understand it though we hope to understand it in heaven when we shall see God in his essence, and faith will be replaced by vision ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (DP 9.5).,
283:Bhakti can be more easily practiced by persons in every condition of life. Extreme love for God is Bhakti. The great quality of Bhakti is that it cleanses the mind, and the firmly established Bhakti for the Supreme Lord is alone sufficient to purify the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
284:The soul which has reached this state, loses itself and is submerged in the deep sea of Divinity, so that it can say, "God is within me, God is outside me, God is everywhere around me, he replaces all things for me and I know Him only and nothing else. ~ J. Tauler, the Eternal Wisdom
285:God is to be loved, not this and that good, but the good itself. For the good that must be sought for the soul is not one above which it is to fly by judging, but to which it is to cleave by loving; and what can this be except God? ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo, On the Trinity, ch. 8,
286:If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense. ~ C S Lewis,
287:To heal the evils and mistakes of Space
And change the tragedy of the ignorant world
Into a Divine Comedy of joy
And the laughter and the rapture of God's bliss.
The Mother of God is mother of our souls ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, The Mother of God,
288:The longing of the worldly-minded for God is momentary, like a drop of water on a red-hot frying-pan. The water hisses & dries up in an instant. The attention of the worldly-minded is directed to the enjoyment of worldly pleasure. They do not feel yearning& restlessness for Go ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
289:Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you - indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another. ~ Ibn Arabi,
290:God is love personified. He is apparent in everything. Everybody is being drawn to Him whether he knows it or not. The God of Love is to be worshiped & when we think Him to be Love Incarnate, seeing Him in all things & all things in Him, it is then that supreme Bhakti is attaine ~ Swami Vivekananda,
291:God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
292:In the work of Transformation, who is the slowest to do his part, man or God?

   I replied, - Man finds that God is too slow to answer his prayers. God finds that man is too slow to receive His influence. But for the Truth-Consciousness all is going on as it ought to go.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
293:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
294:Almost certainly God is not in time. His life does not consist of moments one following another...Ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always Present for Him. If you like to put it this way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames. ~ C S Lewis,
295:God is our wise and perfect friend, because he knows when to smite and when to fondle; when to slay us no less then when to save and to succour... There must be faith in the love and wisdom of God,... working out all for our good even when it is apparently veiled in evil. ~ Sri Aurobindo, 1984 Ashram Diary, July 3 and Augst 22,
296:God is the light of the heavens and the earth, his light is like a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp in glass and the glass like a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West whose oil would almost give light even though no fire touched it. Light upon light; God guides to his light whomsoever he wills. ~ Koran, 24, 35
297:The great and secret message of the experiential mystics the world over is that, with the eye of contemplation, Spirit can be seen. With the eye of contemplation, the great Within radiantly unfolds. And in all cases, the eye with which you see God is the same eye with which God sees you: the eye of contemplation. ~ Ken Wilber, Marriage of Sense and Soul, p. 174,
298:Let us say this clearly, my brothers, that we cannot reach unto God but by the intermediary of one who is like unto ourselves, by striving to love: God is not there where we think him to be, he is in ourselves. He dispenses love to us, he is love itself. Let us love then by him our neighbour. ~ Antoine the Healer, the Eternal Wisdom
299:God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is afoot. Magic is alive. Alive is afoot. Magic never died. God never sickened. Many poor men lied. Many sick men lied. Magic never weakened. Magic never hid. Magic always ruled. God is afoot. God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled... ~ Leonard Cohen,
300:Bhagavan: God is of course necessary, for most people. They can go on with one, till they find out that they and God are not different.
The Swami continued, "In actual practice, sadhakas, even sincere ones, sometimes become dejected and lose faith in God. How to restore their faith? What should we do for them?" ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Day by Day,
301:In the world of my knowledge and my ignorance
Where God is unseen and only is heard a Name
And knowledge is trapped in the boundaries of mind
And life is hauled in the drag-net of desire
And Matter hides the soul from its own sight, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Eternal Day, The Soul's Choice and the Supreme Consummation,
302:What God is one knows not. He is not light, nor spirit, nor beatitude nor unity, nor what goes by the name of divinity, nor wisdom, nor love, nor will, nor kindness, nor a thing, nor that which is not a thing, nor a being, nor a soul; He is what neither I nor thou nor any creature will ever know until we have become what He is. ~ id, the Eternal Wisdom
303:The soul of man is the spark of God. Though this spark is limited on the earth, still God is all-powerful; and by teaching the prayer 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven', the Master has given a key to every soul who repeats this prayer; a key to open that door behind which is the secret of that almighty power and perfect wisdom which raises the soul above all limitations. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan,
304:UB 1:4.1. The infinity of the perfection of God is such that it eternally constitutes him mystery. And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries. ~ The Urantia Papers,
305:secondly, what the nature of God is. Whatever that nature is discovered to be, the man who would please and obey Him must strive with all his might to be made like unto him. If the Divine is faithful, he also must be faithful; if free, he also must be free; if beneficent, he also must be beneficent; if magnanimous, he also must be magnanimous. Thus as an imitator of God must he follow Him in every deed and word. ~ Epictetus,
306:God is, but man's conceptions of God are reflections in his own mentality, sometimes of the Divine, sometimes of other Beings and powers and they are what his mentality can make of the suggestions that come to him, generally very partial and imperfect so long as they are still mental, so long as he has not arrived at a higher and truer, a spiritual or mystic knowledge..
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - I, [T9],
307:You should not imagine that your reason can evolve to the extent of understanding God. Rather, if God is to shine divinely within you, your natural light cannot assist this process but must become a pure nothingness, going out of itself. Only then can God enter with his light, bringing back with him all that you have renounced and a thousand times more, including a new form which contains all things in itself. ~ Meister Eckhart,
308:As it gradually dawns on people, one by one, that the transformation of God is not just an interesting idea but is a living reality, it may begin to function as a new myth. Whoever recognizes this myth as his own personal reality will put his life in the service of this process. Such an individual offers himself as a vessel for the [continuing] incarnation of deity and thereby promotes the on-going transformation of God by giving Him human manifestation. ~ Edward Edinger,
309:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit,
310:Our sense by its incapacity has invented darkness. In truth there is nothing but Light, only it is a power of light either above or below our poor human vision's limited range.

For do not imagine that light is created by the Suns. The Suns are only physical concentrations of Light, but the splendour they concentrate for us is self-born and everywhere.

God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
311:In India the mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the universe. It was a female sage who first found the unity of God, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hy mns of the Vedas. Our God is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. And thus it comes that we now say: 'The first manifestation of God is the hand that rocks the cradle'. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
312:The life of God is above the past, the present, and the future; it is measured by the single instant of immobile eternity... [However] forgetfulness of God leaves us in this banal and horizontal view of things on the line of time which passes; the contemplation of God is like a vertical view of things which pass, and of their bond with God who does not pass. To be immersed in time, is to forget the value of time, that is to say, its relation to eternity. ~ Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Ages of the Interior Life: Prelude of Eternal Life,
313:God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction. If you are angry with me I am sure quickly to react, because I cannot patiently put up with your anger. Say unto the Beloved, "Why do You not come to me; why do You leave me thus alone?" Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
314:But you must remember one thing. One cannot see God sporting as man unless one has had the vision of Him. Do you know the sign of one who has God-vision? Such a man acquires the nature of a child. Why a child? Because God is like a child. So he who sees God becomes like a child.

God-vision is necessary. Now the question is, how can one get it? Intense renunciation is the means. A man should have such intense yearning for God that he can say, 'O Father of the universe, am I outside Your universe? Won't You be kind to me, You wretch? ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
315:To live, to love are signs of infinite things,
   Love is a glory from eternity's spheres.
   Abased, disfigured, mocked by baser mights
   That steal his name and shape and ecstasy,
   He is still the Godhead by which all can change.
   A mystery wakes in our inconscient stuff,
   A bliss is born that can remake our life.
   Love dwells in us like an unopened flower
   Awaiting a rapid moment of the soul,
   Or he roams in his charmed sleep mid thoughts and things;
   The child-god is at play, he seeks himself
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Satyavan,
316:This Magical Will is the wand in your hand by which the Great Work is accomplished, by which the Daughter is not merely set upon the throne of the Mother, but assumed into the Highest. : In one, the best, system of Magick, the Absolute is called the Crown, God is called the Father, the Pure Soul is called the Mother, the Holy Guardian Angel is called the Son, and the Natural Soul is called the Daughter. The Son purifies the Daughter by wedding her; she thus becomes the Mother, the uniting of whom with the Father absorbs all into the Crown. ~ Aleister Crowley, Book 4,
317:God is, is the first seed of Yoga. It is Tat Sat of the Vedanta. I am, is the second seed. It is So'ham of the Upanishads. God is infinite self-existence, self-conscious force of existence, self-diffused or self-concentrated delight of existence; I too am that infinite self-existence, self-consciousness, self-force, self-delight; this is the double third seed. It is Sachchidananda of the worldwide transcendental conclusion of all human thinking. Self-knowledge is the foundation of the complete Yoga. Affirm in yourselves self-knowledge.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human [T9],
318:We ought not to have or let ourselves be satisfied with any thought of God. When the thought goes, our God goes with it. No, what we want is a real (subsistent) God who far transcends the thoughts of men and creatures. This God does not disappear unless we turn our back on him of our own accord. He who has God thus, in reality, has gotten God divinely; to him God is apparent in all things. Everything smacks to him of God; everywhere God's image stares him in the face. God is gleaming in him all the time. In him there is riddance and return; the vision of his God is ever present to his mind. ~ Meister Eckhart,
319:There are three kinds of devotees: superior, mediocre, and inferior. The inferior devotee says, 'God is out there.' According to him God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says: 'God is the Antaryami, the Inner Guide. God dwells in everyone's heart.' The mediocre devotee sees God in the heart. But the superior devotee sees that God alone has become everything; He alone has become the twenty-four cosmic principles. He finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God.

Read the Gita, the Bhagavata, and the Vedanta, and you will understand all this. Is not God in His creation? ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
320:Have you ever lost yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis when you became aware that the greatness of this being was breathing into you. Licking the sides and corners of your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again - the first kiss of the rest of your life. A kiss that confirms that the universe is aligned, that the worlds greatest resource is love, and maybe even that God is a woman. With or without a belief in God, all kisses are metaphors decipherable by allocations of time, circumstance, and understanding
   ~ Saul Williams,
321:If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for . . . To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ Thomas Merton,
322:Q:How shall I realise God?
M.: God is an unknown entity. Moreover He is external. Whereas, the Self is always with you and it is you. Why do you leave out what is intimate and go in for what is external?
D.: What is this Self again?
M.: The Self is known to everyone but not clearly. You always exist. The Be-ing is the Self. 'I am' is the name of God. Of all the definitions of God, none is indeed so well put as the Biblical statement "I AM THAT I AM" in EXODUS (Chap. 3). There are other statements, such as Brahmaivaham, Aham Brahmasmi and Soham. But none is so direct as the name JEHOVAH = I AM. The Absolute Being is what is - It is the Self. It is God. Knowing the Self, God is known. In fact God is none other than the Self. ~ Sri Ramama Maharshi, Collected Works,
323:18. Of the devotees, who is the greatest?

He who gives himself up to the Self that is God is the most excellent devotee. Giving one's self up to God means remaining constantly in the Self without giving room for the rise of any thoughts other than that of the Self. Whatever burdens are thrown on God, He bears them. Since the supreme power of God makes all things move, why should we, without submitting ourselves to it, constantly worry ourselves with thoughts as to what should be done and how, and what should not be done and how not? We know that the train carries all loads, so after getting on it why should we carry our small luggage on our head to our discomfort, instead of putting it down in the train and feeling at ease? ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Who am I,
324:203. God and Nature are like a boy and girl at play and in love. They hide and run from each other when glimpsed so that they may be sought after and chased and captured.
Man is God hiding himself from Nature so that he may possess her by struggle, insistence, violence and surprise. God is universal and transcendent Man hiding himself from his own individuality in the human being.
The animal is Man disguised in a hairy skin and upon four legs; the worm is Man writhing and crawling towards the evolution of his Manhood. Even crude forms of Matter are Man in his inchoate body. All things are Man, the Purusha.
For what do we mean by Man? An uncreated and indestructible soul that has housed itself in a mind and body made of its own elements. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Thoughts And Aphorisms,
With wind and the weather beating round me
Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the Lord of tempest and mountain,
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems,
326:To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely with this universe. You feel profoundly rooted in it and connected with it. You feel, in other words, that the whole energy, which expresses itself in the galaxies, is intimate. It is not something to which you are a stranger, but it is that with which you, whatever it is, are intimately bound up. That in your seeing, your hearing, your talking, your thinking, your moving, you express that which it is that moves the sun and other stars. And if you don't know that, if you don't feel that, well naturally you feel alien, you feel a stranger in the world. And if you feel a stranger you feel hostile, and therefore you start to bulldoze things about, to beat it up and to try to make the world submit to your will, and you become a real troublemaker. ~ Alan Watts.,
327:Because children have abounding vitality,
because they are in spirit fierce and free,
therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.
They always say, "Do it again";
and the grown-up person does it again
until he is nearly dead.
For grown-up people are not strong enough
to exult in monotony.

But perhaps God is strong enough
to exult in monotony.
It is possible that God says every morning,
"Do it again"
to the sun; and every evening,
"Do it again" to the moon.
It may not be automatic necessity
that makes all daisies alike;
it may be that God makes every daisy separately,
but has never got tired of making them.

It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy;
for we have sinned and grown old,
and our Father is younger than we."
~ G K Chesterton, Orthodoxy,
328:In medieval times, the learned man, the teacher was a servant of God wholly, and of God only. His freedom was sanctioned by an authority more than human...The academy was regarded almost as a part of the natural and unalterable order of things. ... They were Guardians of the Word, fulfilling a sacred function and so secure in their right. Far from repressing free discussion, this "framework of certain key assumptions of Christian doctrine" encouraged disputation of a heat and intensity almost unknown in universities nowadays. ...They were free from external interference and free from a stifling internal conformity because the whole purpose of the universities was the search after an enduring truth, besides which worldly aggrandizement was as nothing. They were free because they agreed on this one thing if, on nothing else, fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Russell Kirk, Academic Freedom: An Essay in Definition,
329:And the first of the adepts covered His shame with a cloth, walking backwards, and was white. And the second of the adepts covered his shame with a cloth, walking sideways, and was yellow. And the third of the adepts made a mock of His nakedness, walking forwards, and was black. And these are the three great schools of the Magi, who are also the three Magi that journeyed unto Bethlehem; and because thou hast not wisdom, thou shalt not know which school prevaileth, or if the three schools be not one.*
   * This doctrine of the Three Schools is of extreme interest. Roughly, it may be said that the White is the Pure Mystic, whose attitude to God is one of reverence. The Yellow School conceals the Mysteries indeed, but examines them as it goes along. The Black School is that of pure Scepticism. We are now ready to study the philosophical bases of these three Schools.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears?, 43?,
330:[invocation] Let us describe the magical method of identification. The symbolic form of the god is first studied with as much care as an artist would bestow upon his model, so that a perfectly clear and unshakeable mental picture of the god is presented to the mind. Similarly, the attributes of the god are enshrined in speech, and such speeches are committed perfectly to memory. The invocation will then begin with a prayer to the god, commemorating his physical attributes, always with profound understanding of their real meaning. In the second part of the invocation, the voice of the god is heard, and His characteristic utterance is recited. In the third portion of the invocation the Magician asserts the identity of himself with the god. In the fourth portion the god is again invoked, but as if by Himself, as if it were the utterance of the will of the god that He should manifest in the Magician. At the conclusion of this, the original object of the invocation is stated.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part 3, The Formuale of the Elemental Weapons [149] [T4],
331:Sails across the sea of life in the twinkling of an eye.' One attains the vision of God if Mahamaya steps aside from the door. Mahamaya's grace is necessary: hence the worship of Sakti. You see, God is near us, but it is not possible to know Him because Mahamaya stands between. Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita were walking along. Rama walked ahead, Sita in the middle, and Lakshmana last. Lakshmana was only two and a half cubits away from Rama, but he couldn't see Rama because Sita - Mahamaya - was in the way.
"While worshipping God, one should assume a definite attitude. I have three attitudes: the attitude of a child, the attitude or a maidservant, and the attitude of a friend. For a long time I regarded myself as a maidservant and a woman companion of God; at that time I used to wear skirts and ornaments, like a woman. The attitude of a child is very good.
"The attitude of a 'hero' is not good. Some people cherish it. They regard themselves as Purusha and woman as Prakriti; they want to propitiate woman through intercourse with her. But this method often causes disaster. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
332:If we regard the Powers of the Reality as so many Godheads, we can say that the Overmind releases a million Godheads into action, each empowered to create its own world, each world capable of relation, communication and interplay with the others.
There are in the Veda different formulations of the nature of the Gods: it is said they are all one Existence to which the sages give different names; yet each God is worshipped as if he by himself is that Existence, one who is all the other Gods together or contains them in his being; and yet again each is a separate Deity acting sometimes in unison with companion deities, sometimes separately, sometimes even in apparent opposition to other Godheads of the same Existence. In the Supermind all this would be held together as a harmonised play of the one Existence; in the Overmind each of these three conditions could be a separate action or basis of action and have its own principle of development and consequences and yet each keep the power to combine with the others in a more composite harmony. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Supermind Mind and the Overmind Maya,
333:If we are religious-minded, perhaps we will see the gods who inhabit this world. Beings, forces, sounds, lights, and rhythms are just so many true forms of the same indefinable, but not unknowable, Essence we call God; we have spoken of God, and made temples, laws or poems to try to capture the one little pulsation filling us with sunshine, but it is free as the wind on foam-flecked shores. We may also enter the world of music, which in fact is not different from the others but a special extension of this same, great inexpressible Vibration. If once, only once, even for a few moments in a lifetime, we can hear that Music, that Joy singing above, we will know what Beethoven and Bach heard; we will know what God is because we will have heard God. We will probably not say anything grandiose; we will just know that That exists, whereupon all the suffering in the world will seem redeemed.
   At the extreme summit of the overmind, there only remain great waves of multi-hued light, says the Mother, the play of spiritual forces, which later translate - sometimes much later - into new ideas, social changes, or earthly events, after crossing one by one all the layers of consciousness and suffering a considerable distortion and loss of light...
   ~ Satprem, Sri Aurobindo Or The Adventure Of Consciousness,
334:During the stage of sadhana one should describe God by all His attributes. One day Hazra said to Narendra: 'God is Infinity. Infinite is His splendour. Do you think He will accept your offerings of sweets and bananas or listen to your music? This is a mistaken notion of yours.' Narendra at once sank ten fathoms. So I said to Hazra, 'You villain! Where will these youngsters be if you talk to them like that?' How can a man live if he gives up devotion? No doubt God has infinite splendour; yet He is under the control of His devotees. A rich man's gate-keeper comes to the parlour where his master is seated with his friends. He stands on one side of the room. In his hand he has something covered with a cloth. He is very hesitant. The master asks him, 'Well, gate-keeper, what have you in your hand?' Very hesitantly the servant takes out a custard-apple from under the cover, places it in front of his master, and says, 'Sir, it is my desire that you should eat this.' The Master is impressed by his servant's devotion. With great love he takes the fruit in his hand and says: 'Ah! This is a very nice custard-apple. Where did you pick it? You must have taken a great deal of trouble to get it.'

"God is under the control of His devotees. King Duryodhana was very attentive to Krishna and said to Him, 'Please have your meal here.' But the Lord went to Vidura's hut. He is very fond of His devotees. He ate Vidura's simple rice and greens as if they were celestial food. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
335:Why God sometimes allows people who are genuinely good to be hindered in the good that they do. God, who is faithful, allows his friends to fall frequently into weakness only in order to remove from them any prop on which they might lean. For a loving person it would be a great joy to be able to achieve many great feats, whether keeping vigils, fasting, performing other ascetical practices or doing major, difficult and unusual works. For them this is a great joy, support and source of hope so that their works become a prop and a support upon which they can lean. But it is precisely this which our Lord wishes to take from them so that he alone will be their help and support. This he does solely on account of his pure goodness and mercy, for God is prompted to act only by his goodness, and in no way do our works serve to make God give us anything or do anything for us. Our Lord wishes his friends to be freed from such an attitude, and thus he removes their support from them so that they must henceforth find their support only in him. For he desires to give them great gifts, solely on account of his goodness, and he shall be their comfort and support while they discover themselves to be and regard themselves as being a pure nothingness in all the great gifts of God. The more essentially and simply the mind rests on God and is sustained by him, the more deeply we are established in God and the more receptive we are to him in all his precious gifts - for human kind should build on God alone. ~ Meister Eckhart,
336:[God is] The Hindu discipline of spirituality provides for this need of the soul by the conceptions of the Ishta Devata, the Avatar and the Guru. By the Ishta Devata, the chosen deity, is meant, - not some inferior Power, but a name and form of the transcendent and universal Godhead. Almost all religions either have as their base or make use of some such name and form of the Divine. Its necessity for the human soul is evident. God is the All and more than the All. But that which is more than the All, how shall man conceive? And even the All is at first too hard for him; for he himself in his active consciousness is a limited and selective formation and can open himself only to that which is in harmony with his limited nature. There are things in the All which are too hard for his comprehension or seem too terrible to his sensitive emotions and cowering sensations. Or, simply, he cannot conceive as the Divine, cannot approach or cannot recognise something that is too much out of the circle of his ignorant or partial conceptions. It is necessary for him to conceive God in his own image or in some form that is beyond himself but consonant with his highest tendencies and seizable by his feelings or his intelligence. Otherwise it would be difficult for him to come into contact and communion with the Divine.
   Even then his nature calls for a human intermediary so that he may feel the Divine in something entirely close to his own humanity and sensible in a human influence and example. This call is satisfied by the Divine manifest in a human appearance, the Incarnation, the Avatar - Krishna, Christ, Buddha.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Four Aids, 65 [T9],
Initial Definitions and Descriptions
Yoga has four powers and objects, purity, liberty, beatitude and perfection. Whosoever has consummated these four mightinesses in the being of the transcendental, universal, lilamaya and individual God is the complete and absolute Yogin.
All manifestations of God are manifestations of the absolute Parabrahman.
The Absolute Parabrahman is unknowable to us, not because It is the nothingness of all that we are, for rather whatever we are in truth or in seeming is nothing but Parabrahman, but because It is pre-existent & supra-existent to even the highest & purest methods and the most potent & illimitable instruments of which soul in the body is capable.
In Parabrahman knowledge ceases to be knowledge and becomes an inexpressible identity. Become Parabrahman, if thou wilt and if That will suffer thee, but strive not to know It; for thou shalt not succeed with these instruments and in this body.
In reality thou art Parabrahman already and ever wast and ever will be. To become Parabrahman in any other sense, thou must depart utterly out of world manifestation and out even of world transcendence.
Why shouldst thou hunger after departure from manifestation as if the world were an evil? Has not That manifested itself in thee & in the world and art thou wiser & purer & better than the Absolute, O mind-deceived soul in the mortal? When That withdraws thee, then thy going hence is inevitable; until Its force is laid on thee, thy going is impossible, cry thy mind never so fiercely & wailingly for departure. Therefore neither desire nor shun the world, but seek the bliss & purity & freedom & greatness of God in whatsoever state or experience or environment.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human,
338:And for the same reason, because that which we are seeking through beauty is in the end that which we are seeking through religion, the Absolute, the Divine. The search for beauty is only in its beginning a satisfaction in the beauty of form, the beauty which appeals to the physical senses and the vital impressions, impulsions, desires. It is only in the middle a satisfaction in the beauty of the ideas seized, the emotions aroused, the perception of perfect process and harmonious combination. Behind them the soul of beauty in us desires the contact, the revelation, the uplifting delight of an absolute beauty in all things which it feels to be present, but which neither the senses and instincts by themselves can give, though they may be its channels, - for it is suprasensuous, - nor the reason and intelligence, though they too are a channel, - for it is suprarational, supra-intellectual, - but to which through all these veils the soul itself seeks to arrive. When it can get the touch of this universal, absolute beauty, this soul of beauty, this sense of its revelation in any slightest or greatest thing, the beauty of a flower, a form, the beauty and power of a character, an action, an event, a human life, an idea, a stroke of the brush or the chisel or a scintillation of the mind, the colours of a sunset or the grandeur of the tempest, it is then that the sense of beauty in us is really, powerfully, entirely satisfied. It is in truth seeking, as in religion, for the Divine, the All-Beautiful in man, in nature, in life, in thought, in art; for God is Beauty and Delight hidden in the variation of his masks and forms. When, fulfilled in our growing sense and knowledge of beauty and delight in beauty and our power for beauty, we are able to identify ourselves in soul with this Absolute and Divine in all the forms and activities of the world and shape an image of our inner and our outer life in the highest image we can perceive and embody of the All-Beautiful, then the aesthetic being in us who was born for this end, has fulfilled himself and risen to his divine consummation. To find highest beauty is to find God; to reveal, to embody, to create, as we say, highest beauty is to bring out of our souls the living image and power of God. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, 144,
339:they are acting all the while in the spirit of rajasic ahaṅkara, persuade themselves that God is working through them and they have no part in the action. This is because they are satisfied with the mere intellectual assent to the idea without waiting for the whole system and life to be full of it. A continual remembrance of God in others and renunciation of individual eagerness (spr.ha) are needed and a careful watching of our inner activities until God by the full light of self-knowledge, jñanadı̄pena bhasvata, dispels all further chance of self-delusion. The danger of tamogun.a is twofold, first, when the Purusha thinks, identifying himself with the tamas in him, "I am weak, sinful, miserable, ignorant, good-for-nothing, inferior to this man and inferior to that man, adhama, what will God do through me?" - as if God were limited by the temporary capacities or incapacities of his instruments and it were not true that he can make the dumb to talk and the lame to cross the hills, mūkaṁ karoti vacalaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim, - and again when the sadhak tastes the relief, the tremendous relief of a negative santi and, feeling himself delivered from all troubles and in possession of peace, turns away from life and action and becomes attached to the peace and ease of inaction. Remember always that you too are Brahman and the divine Shakti is working in you; reach out always to the realisation of God's omnipotence and his delight in the Lila. He bids Arjuna work lokasaṅgraharthaya, for keeping the world together, for he does not wish the world to sink back into Prakriti, but insists on your acting as he acts, "These worlds would be overpowered by tamas and sink into Prakriti if I did not do actions." To be attached to inaction is to give up our action not to God but to our tamasic ahaṅkara. The danger of the sattvagun.a is when the sadhak becomes attached to any one-sided conclusion of his reason, to some particular kriya or movement of the sadhana, to the joy of any particular siddhi of the yoga, perhaps the sense of purity or the possession of some particular power or the Ananda of the contact with God or the sense of freedom and hungers after it, becomes attached to that only and would have nothing else. Remember that the yoga is not for yourself; for these things, though they are part of the siddhi, are not the object of the siddhi, for you have decided at the beginning to make no claim upon God but take what he gives you freely and, as for the Ananda, the selfless soul will even forego the joy of God's presence, ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays In Philosophy And Yoga,
340:O Death, thou lookst on an unfinished world
Assailed by thee and of its road unsure,
Peopled by imperfect minds and ignorant lives,
And sayest God is not and all is vain.
How shall the child already be the man?
Because he is infant, shall he never grow?
Because he is ignorant, shall he never learn?
In a small fragile seed a great tree lurks,
In a tiny gene a thinking being is shut;
A little element in a little sperm,
It grows and is a conqueror and a sage.
Then wilt thou spew out, Death, God's mystic truth,
Deny the occult spiritual miracle?
Still wilt thou say there is no spirit, no God?
A mute material Nature wakes and sees;
She has invented speech, unveiled a will.
Something there waits beyond towards which she strives,
Something surrounds her into which she grows:
To uncover the spirit, to change back into God,
To exceed herself is her transcendent task.
In God concealed the world began to be,
Tardily it travels towards manifest God:
Our imperfection towards perfection toils,
The body is the chrysalis of a soul:
The infinite holds the finite in its arms,
Time travels towards revealed eternity.
A miracle structure of the eternal Mage,
Matter its mystery hides from its own eyes,
A scripture written out in cryptic signs,
An occult document of the All-Wonderful's art.
All here bears witness to his secret might,
In all we feel his presence and his power.
A blaze of his sovereign glory is the sun,
A glory is the gold and glimmering moon,
A glory is his dream of purple sky.
A march of his greatness are the wheeling stars.
His laughter of beauty breaks out in green trees,
His moments of beauty triumph in a flower;
The blue sea's chant, the rivulet's wandering voice
Are murmurs falling from the Eternal's harp.
This world is God fulfilled in outwardness.
His ways challenge our reason and our sense;
By blind brute movements of an ignorant Force,
By means we slight as small, obscure or base,
A greatness founded upon little things,
He has built a world in the unknowing Void.
His forms he has massed from infinitesimal dust;
His marvels are built from insignificant things.
If mind is crippled, life untaught and crude,
If brutal masks are there and evil acts,
They are incidents of his vast and varied plot,
His great and dangerous drama's needed steps;
He makes with these and all his passion-play,
A play and yet no play but the deep scheme
Of a transcendent Wisdom finding ways
To meet her Lord in the shadow and the Night:
Above her is the vigil of the stars;
Watched by a solitary Infinitude
She embodies in dumb Matter the Divine,
In symbol minds and lives the Absolute.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Debate of Love and Death,
341:What do we understand by the term "chance"? Chance can only be the opposite of order and harmony. There is only one true harmony and that is the supramental - the reign of Truth, the expression of the Divine Law. In the Supermind, therefore, chance has no place. But in the lower Nature the supreme Truth is obscured: hence there is an absence of that divine unity of purpose and action which alone can constitute order. Lacking this unity, the domain of lower Nature is governed by what we may call chance - that is to say, it is a field in which various conflicting forces intermix, having no single definite aim. Whatever arises out of such a rushing together of forces is a result of confusion, dissonance and falsehood - a product of chance. Chance is not merely a conception to cover our ignorance of the causes at work; it is a description of the uncertain mele ́e of the lower Nature which lacks the calm one-pointedness of the divine Truth. The world has forgotten its divine origin and become an arena of egoistic energies; but it is still possible for it to open to the Truth, call it down by its aspiration and bring about a change in the whirl of chance. What men regard as a mechanical sequence of events, owing to their own mental associations, experiences and generalisations, is really manipulated by subtle agencies each of which tries to get its own will done. The world has got so subjected to these undivine agencies that the victory of the Truth cannot be won except by fighting for it. It has no right to it: it has to gain it by disowning the falsehood and the perversion, an important part of which is the facile notion that, since all things owe their final origin to the Divine, all their immediate activities also proceed directly from it. The fact is that here in the lower Nature the Divine is veiled by a cosmic Ignorance and what takes place does not proceed directly from the divine knowledge. That everything is equally the will of God is a very convenient suggestion of the hostile influences which would have the creation stick as tightly as possible to the disorder and ugliness to which it has been reduced. So what is to be done, you ask? Well, call down the Light, open yourselves to the power of Transformation. Innumerable times the divine peace has been given to you and as often you have lost it - because something in you refuses to surrender its petty egoistic routine. If you are not always vigilant, your nature will return to its old unregenerate habits even after it has been filled with the descending Truth. It is the struggle between the old and the new that forms the crux of the Yoga; but if you are bent on being faithful to the supreme Law and Order revealed to you, the parts of your being belonging to the domain of chance will, however slowly, be converted and divinised. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
342:The madman.-
   Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place. and cried incessantly: "I seek God! I seek God!" -As many of those who did not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter. Has he got lost? asked one. Did he lose his way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? emigrated? -Thus they yelled and laughed.
   The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. "Whither is God?" he cried; "I will tell you. We have killed him-you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward. forward. in all directions? be there still any up or down? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning? Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine decomposition? Gods, too. decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.
   "How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever is born after us-for the sake of this deed he will belong to a higher history than all history hitherto."
   Here the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners; and they, too, were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke into pieces and went out. "I have come too early," he said then: "my time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars-and yet they have done it themselves... It has been related further that on the same day the madman forced his way into several churches and there struck up his reqttiem aeternam deo. Led out and called to account, he is said always to have replied nothing but: "What after all are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, trans. Kaufmann,
343:Sweet Mother, there's a flower you have named "The Creative Word".


What does that mean?

It is the word which creates.

There are all kinds of old traditions, old Hindu traditions, old Chaldean traditions in which the Divine, in the form of the Creator, that is, in His aspect as Creator, pronounces a word which has the power to create. So it is this... And it is the origin of the mantra. The mantra is the spoken word which has a creative power. An invocation is made and there is an answer to the invocation; or one makes a prayer and the prayer is granted. This is the Word, the Word which, in its sound... it is not only the idea, it is in the sound that there's a power of creation. It is the origin, you see, of the mantra.

In Indian mythology the creator God is Brahma, and I think that it was precisely his power which has been symbolised by this flower, "The Creative Word". And when one is in contact with it, the words spoken have a power of evocation or creation or formation or transformation; the words... sound always has a power; it has much more power than men think. It may be a good power and it may be a bad power. It creates vibrations which have an undeniable effect. It is not so much the idea as the sound; the idea too has its own power, but in its own domain - whereas the sound has a power in the material world.

I think I have explained this to you once; I told you, for example, that words spoken casually, usually without any re- flection and without attaching any importance to them, can be used to do something very good. I think I spoke to you about "Bonjour", "Good Day", didn't I? When people meet and say "Bonjour", they do so mechanically and without thinking. But if you put a will into it, an aspiration to indeed wish someone a good day, well, there is a way of saying "Good Day" which is very effective, much more effective than if simply meeting someone you thought: "Ah! I hope he has a good day", without saying anything. If with this hope in your thought you say to him in a certain way, "Good Day", you make it more concrete and more effective.

It's the same thing, by the way, with curses, or when one gets angry and says bad things to people. This can do them as much harm - more harm sometimes - than if you were to give them a slap. With very sensitive people it can put their stomach out of order or give them palpitation, because you put into it an evil force which has a power of destruction.

It is not at all ineffective to speak. Naturally it depends a great deal on each one's inner power. People who have no strength and no consciousness can't do very much - unless they employ material means. But to the extent that you are strong, especially when you have a powerful vital, you must have a great control on what you say, otherwise you can do much harm. Without wanting to, without knowing it; through ignorance.

Anything? No? Nothing?

Another question?... Everything's over? ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955, 347-349,
344:We have now completed our view of the path of Knowledge and seen to what it leads. First, the end of Yoga of Knowledge is God-possession, it is to possess God and be possessed by him through consciousness, through identification, through reflection of the divine Reality. But not merely in some abstraction away from our present existence, but here also; therefore to possess the Divine in himself, the Divine in the world, the Divine within, the Divine in all things and all beings. It is to possess oneness with God and through that to possess also oneness with the universal, with the cosmos and all existences; therefore to possess the infinite diversity also in the oneness, but on the basis of oneness and not on the basis of division. It is to possess God in his personality and his impersonality; in his purity free from qualities and in his infinite qualities; in time and beyond time; in his action and in his silence; in the finite and in the infinite. It is to possess him not only in pure self, but in all self; not only in self, but in Nature; not only in spirit, but in supermind, mind, life and body; to possess him with the spirit, with the mind, with the vital and the physical consciousness; and it is again for all these to be possessed by him, so that our whole being is one with him, full of him, governed and driven by him. It is, since God is oneness, for our physical consciousness to be one with the soul and the nature of the material universe; for our life, to be one with all life; for our mind, to be one with the universal mind; for our spirit, to be identified with the universal spirit. It is to merge in him in the absolute and find him in all relations. Secondly, it is to put on the divine being and the divine nature. And since God is Sachchidananda, it is to raise our being into the divine being, our consciousness into the divine consciousness, our energy into the divine energy, our delight of existence into the divine delight of being. And it is not only to lift ourselves into this higher consciousness, but to widen into it in all our being, because it is to be found on all the planes of our existence and in all our members, so that our mental, vital, physical existence shall become full of the divine nature. Our intelligent mentality is to become a play of the divine knowledge-will, our mental soul-life a play of the divine love and delight, our vitality a play of the divine life, our physical being a mould of the divine substance. This God-action in us is to be realised by an opening of ourselves to the divine gnosis and divine Ananda and, in its fullness, by an ascent into and a permanent dwelling in the gnosis and the Ananda. For though we live physically on the material plane and in normal outwardgoing life the mind and soul are preoccupied with material existence, this externality of our being is not a binding limitation. We can raise our internal consciousness from plane to plane of the relations of Purusha with prakriti, and even become, instead of the mental being dominated by the physical soul and nature, the gnostic being or the bliss-self and assume the gnostic or the bliss nature. And by this raising of the inner life we can transform our whole outward-going existence; instead of a life dominated by matter we shall then have a life dominated by spirit with all its circumstances moulded and determined by the purity of being, the consciousness infinite even in the finite, the divine energy, the divine joy and bliss of the spirit.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, The Higher and the Lower Knowledge [511] [T1],
345:There's an idea in Christianity of the image of God as a Trinity. There's the element of the Father, there's the element of the Son, and there's the element of the Holy Spirit. It's something like the spirit of tradition, human beings as the living incarnation of that tradition, and the spirit in people that makes relationship with the spirit and individuals possible. I'm going to bounce my way quickly through some of the classical, metaphorical attributes of God, so that we kind of have a cloud of notions about what we're talking about, when we return to Genesis 1 and talk about the God who spoke chaos into Being.

There's a fatherly aspect, so here's what God as a father is like. You can enter into a covenant with it, so you can make a bargain with it. Now, you think about that. Money is like that, because money is a bargain you make with the future. We structured our world so that you can negotiate with the future. I don't think that we would have got to the point where we could do that without having this idea to begin with. You can act as if the future's a reality; there's a spirit of tradition that enables you to act as if the future is something that can be bargained with. That's why you make sacrifices. The sacrifices were acted out for a very long period of time, and now they're psychological. We know that you can sacrifice something valuable in the present and expect that you're negotiating with something that's representing the transcendent future. That's an amazing human discovery. No other creature can do that; to act as if the future is real; to know that you can bargain with reality itself, and that you can do it successfully. It's unbelievable.

It responds to sacrifice. It answers prayers. I'm not saying that any of this is true, by the way. I'm just saying what the cloud of ideas represents. It punishes and rewards. It judges and forgives. It's not nature. One of the things weird about the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God and nature are not the same thing, at all. Whatever God is, partially manifest in this logos, is something that stands outside of nature. I think that's something like consciousness as abstracted from the natural world. It built Eden for mankind and then banished us for disobedience. It's too powerful to be touched. It granted free will. Distance from it is hell. Distance from it is death. It reveals itself in dogma and in mystical experience, and it's the law. That's sort of like the fatherly aspect.

The son-like aspect. It speaks chaos into order. It slays dragons and feeds people with the remains. It finds gold. It rescues virgins. It is the body and blood of Christ. It is a tragic victim, scapegoat, and eternally triumphant redeemer simultaneously. It cares for the outcast. It dies and is reborn. It is the king of kings and hero of heroes. It's not the state, but is both the fulfillment and critic of the state. It dwells in the perfect house. It is aiming at paradise or heaven. It can rescue from hell. It cares for the outcast. It is the foundation and the cornerstone that was rejected. It is the spirit of the law.

The spirit-like aspect. It's akin to the human soul. It's the prophetic voice. It's the still, small voice of conscience. It's the spoken truth. It's called forth by music. It is the enemy of deceit, arrogance, and resentment. It is the water of life. It burns without consuming. It's a blinding light.

That's a very well-developed set of poetic metaphors. These are all...what would you say...glimpses of the transcendent ideal. That's the right way of thinking about it. They're glimpses of the transcendent ideal, and all of them have a specific meaning. In part, what we're going to do is go over that meaning, as we continue with this series. What we've got now is a brief description, at least, of what this is. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series, 1,
346:The ancient Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians had some very interesting, dramatic ideas about that. For example-very briefly-there was a deity known as Marduk. Marduk was a Mesopotamian deity, and imagine this is sort of what happened. As an empire grew out of the post-ice age-15,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago-all these tribes came together. These tribes each had their own deity-their own image of the ideal. But then they started to occupy the same territory. One tribe had God A, and one tribe had God B, and one could wipe the other one out, and then it would just be God A, who wins. That's not so good, because maybe you want to trade with those people, or maybe you don't want to lose half your population in a war. So then you have to have an argument about whose God is going to take priority-which ideal is going to take priority.

What seems to happen is represented in mythology as a battle of the gods in celestial space. From a practical perspective, it's more like an ongoing dialog. You believe this; I believe this. You believe that; I believe this. How are we going to meld that together? You take God A, and you take God B, and maybe what you do is extract God C from them, and you say, 'God C now has the attributes of A and B.' And then some other tribes come in, and C takes them over, too. Take Marduk, for example. He has 50 different names, at least in part, of the subordinate gods-that represented the tribes that came together to make the civilization. That's part of the process by which that abstracted ideal is abstracted. You think, 'this is important, and it works, because your tribe is alive, and so we'll take the best of both, if we can manage it, and extract out something, that's even more abstract, that covers both of us.'

I'll give you a couple of Marduk's interesting features. He has eyes all the way around his head. He's elected by all the other gods to be king God. That's the first thing. That's quite cool. They elect him because they're facing a terrible threat-sort of like a flood and a monster combined. Marduk basically says that, if they elect him top God, he'll go out and stop the flood monster, and they won't all get wiped out. It's a serious threat. It's chaos itself making its comeback. All the gods agree, and Marduk is the new manifestation. He's got eyes all the way around his head, and he speaks magic words. When he fights, he fights this deity called Tiamat. We need to know that, because the word 'Tiamat' is associated with the word 'tehom.' Tehom is the chaos that God makes order out of at the beginning of time in Genesis, so it's linked very tightly to this story. Marduk, with his eyes and his capacity to speak magic words, goes out and confronts Tiamat, who's like this watery sea dragon. It's a classic Saint George story: go out and wreak havoc on the dragon. He cuts her into pieces, and he makes the world out of her pieces. That's the world that human beings live in.

The Mesopotamian emperor acted out Marduk. He was allowed to be emperor insofar as he was a good Marduk. That meant that he had eyes all the way around his head, and he could speak magic; he could speak properly. We are starting to understand, at that point, the essence of leadership. Because what's leadership? It's the capacity to see what the hell's in front of your face, and maybe in every direction, and maybe the capacity to use your language properly to transform chaos into order. God only knows how long it took the Mesopotamians to figure that out. The best they could do was dramatize it, but it's staggeringly brilliant. It's by no means obvious, and this chaos is a very strange thing. This is a chaos that God wrestled with at the beginning of time.

Chaos is half psychological and half real. There's no other way to really describe it. Chaos is what you encounter when you're blown into pieces and thrown into deep confusion-when your world falls apart, when your dreams die, when you're betrayed. It's the chaos that emerges, and the chaos is everything it wants, and it's too much for you. That's for sure. It pulls you down into the underworld, and that's where the dragons are. All you've got at that point is your capacity to bloody well keep your eyes open, and to speak as carefully and as clearly as you can. Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get through it that way and come out the other side. It's taken people a very long time to figure that out, and it looks, to me, that the idea is erected on the platform of our ancient ancestors, maybe tens of millions of years ago, because we seem to represent that which disturbs us deeply using the same system that we used to represent serpentile, or other, carnivorous predators. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series, 1,
347:A God's Labour
I have gathered my dreams in a silver air
   Between the gold and the blue
And wrapped them softly and left them there,
   My jewelled dreams of you.

I had hoped to build a rainbow bridge
   Marrying the soil to the sky
And sow in this dancing planet midge
   The moods of infinity.

But too bright were our heavens, too far away,
   Too frail their ethereal stuff;
Too splendid and sudden our light could not stay;
   The roots were not deep enough.

He who would bring the heavens here
   Must descend himself into clay
And the burden of earthly nature bear
   And tread the dolorous way.

Coercing my godhead I have come down
   Here on the sordid earth,
Ignorant, labouring, human grown
   Twixt the gates of death and birth.

I have been digging deep and long
   Mid a horror of filth and mire
A bed for the golden river's song,
   A home for the deathless fire.

I have laboured and suffered in Matter's night
   To bring the fire to man;
But the hate of hell and human spite
   Are my meed since the world began.

For man's mind is the dupe of his animal self;
   Hoping its lusts to win,
He harbours within him a grisly Elf
   Enamoured of sorrow and sin.

The grey Elf shudders from heaven's flame
   And from all things glad and pure;
Only by pleasure and passion and pain
   His drama can endure.

All around is darkness and strife;
   For the lamps that men call suns
Are but halfway gleams on this stumbling life
   Cast by the Undying Ones.

Man lights his little torches of hope
   That lead to a failing edge;
A fragment of Truth is his widest scope,
   An inn his pilgrimage.

The Truth of truths men fear and deny,
   The Light of lights they refuse;
To ignorant gods they lift their cry
   Or a demon altar choose.

All that was found must again be sought,
   Each enemy slain revives,
Each battle for ever is fought and refought
   Through vistas of fruitless lives.

My gaping wounds are a thousand and one
   And the Titan kings assail,
But I dare not rest till my task is done
   And wrought the eternal will.

How they mock and sneer, both devils and men!
   "Thy hope is Chimera's head
Painting the sky with its fiery stain;
   Thou shalt fall and thy work lie dead.

"Who art thou that babblest of heavenly ease
   And joy and golden room
To us who are waifs on inconscient seas
   And bound to life's iron doom?

"This earth is ours, a field of Night
   For our petty flickering fires.
How shall it brook the sacred Light
   Or suffer a god's desires?

"Come, let us slay him and end his course!
   Then shall our hearts have release
From the burden and call of his glory and force
   And the curb of his wide white peace."

But the god is there in my mortal breast
   Who wrestles with error and fate
And tramples a road through mire and waste
   For the nameless Immaculate.

A voice cried, "Go where none have gone!
   Dig deeper, deeper yet
Till thou reach the grim foundation stone
   And knock at the keyless gate."

I saw that a falsehood was planted deep
   At the very root of things
Where the grey Sphinx guards God's riddle sleep
   On the Dragon's outspread wings.

I left the surface gauds of mind
   And life's unsatisfied seas
And plunged through the body's alleys blind
   To the nether mysteries.

I have delved through the dumb Earth's dreadful heart
   And heard her black mass' bell.
I have seen the source whence her agonies part
   And the inner reason of hell.

Above me the dragon murmurs moan
   And the goblin voices flit;
I have pierced the Void where Thought was born,
   I have walked in the bottomless pit.

On a desperate stair my feet have trod
   Armoured with boundless peace,
Bringing the fires of the splendour of God
   Into the human abyss.

He who I am was with me still;
   All veils are breaking now.
I have heard His voice and borne His will
   On my vast untroubled brow.

The gulf twixt the depths and the heights is bridged
   And the golden waters pour
Down the sapphire mountain rainbow-ridged
   And glimmer from shore to shore.

Heaven's fire is lit in the breast of the earth
   And the undying suns here burn;
Through a wonder cleft in the bounds of birth
   The incarnate spirits yearn

Like flames to the kingdoms of Truth and Bliss:
   Down a gold-red stairway wend
The radiant children of Paradise
   Clarioning darkness' end.

A little more and the new life's doors
   Shall be carved in silver light
With its aureate roof and mosaic floors
   In a great world bare and bright.

I shall leave my dreams in their argent air,
   For in a raiment of gold and blue
There shall move on the earth embodied and fair
   The living truth of you.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, A God's Labour, 534,
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and had better come first. Purity means singleness. God is one. The wand is not a wand if it has something sticking to it which is not an essential part of itself. If you wish to invoke Venus, you do not succeed if there are traces of Saturn mixed up with it.

That is a mere logical commonplace: in magick one must go much farther than this. One finds one's analogy in electricity. If insulation is imperfect, the whole current goes back to earth. It is useless to plead that in all those miles of wire there is only one-hundredth of an inch unprotected. It is no good building a ship if the water can enter, through however small a hole.

That first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable.
If one littlest thought intrude upon the mind of the Mystic, his concentration is absolutely destroyed; and his consciousness remains on exactly the same level as the Stockbroker's. Even the smallest baby is incompatible with the virginity of its mother. If you leave even a single spirit within the circle, the effect of the conjuration will be entirely absorbed by it.> {101}

The Magician must therefore take the utmost care in the matter of purification, "firstly", of himself, "secondly", of his instruments, "thirdly", of the place of working. Ancient Magicians recommended a preliminary purification of from three days to many months. During this period of training they took the utmost pains with diet. They avoided animal food, lest the elemental spirit of the animal should get into their atmosphere. They practised sexual abstinence, lest they should be influenced in any way by the spirit of the wife. Even in regard to the excrements of the body they were equally careful; in trimming the hair and nails, they ceremonially destroyed> the severed portion. They fasted, so that the body itself might destroy anything extraneous to the bare necessity of its existence. They purified the mind by special prayers and conservations. They avoided the contamination of social intercourse, especially the conjugal kind; and their servitors were disciples specially chosen and consecrated for the work.

In modern times our superior understanding of the essentials of this process enables us to dispense to some extent with its external rigours; but the internal purification must be even more carefully performed. We may eat meat, provided that in doing so we affirm that we eat it in order to strengthen us for the special purpose of our proposed invocation.> {102}

By thus avoiding those actions which might excite the comment of our neighbours we avoid the graver dangers of falling into spiritual pride.

We have understood the saying: "To the pure all things are pure", and we have learnt how to act up to it. We can analyse the mind far more acutely than could the ancients, and we can therefore distinguish the real and right feeling from its imitations. A man may eat meat from self-indulgence, or in order to avoid the dangers of asceticism. We must constantly examine ourselves, and assure ourselves that every action is really subservient to the One Purpose.

It is ceremonially desirable to seal and affirm this mental purity by Ritual, and accordingly the first operation in any actual ceremony is bathing and robing, with appropriate words. The bath signifies the removal of all things extraneous to antagonistic to the one thought. The putting on of the robe is the positive side of the same operation. It is the assumption of the fame of mind suitable to that one thought.

A similar operation takes place in the preparation of every instrument, as has been seen in the Chapter devoted to that subject. In the preparation of theplace of working, the same considerations apply. We first remove from that place all objects; and we then put into it those objects, and only those {103} objects, which are necessary. During many days we occupy ourselves in this process of cleansing and consecration; and this again is confirmed in the actual ceremony.

The cleansed and consecrated Magician takes his cleansed and consecrated instruments into that cleansed and consecrated place, and there proceeds to repeat that double ceremony in the ceremony itself, which has these same two main parts. The first part of every ceremony is the banishing; the second, the invoking. The same formula is repeated even in the ceremony of banishing itself, for in the banishing ritual of the pentagram we not only command the demons to depart, but invoke the Archangels and their hosts to act as guardians of the Circle during our pre-occupation with the ceremony proper.

In more elaborate ceremonies it is usual to banish everything by name. Each element, each planet, and each sign, perhaps even the Sephiroth themselves; all are removed, including the very one which we wished to invoke, for that force ... ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA,
349:What are these operations? They are not mere psychological self-analysis and self-observation. Such analysis, such observation are, like the process of right thought, of immense value and practically indispensable. They may even, if rightly pursued, lead to a right thought of considerable power and effectivity. Like intellectual discrimination by the process of meditative thought they will have an effect of purification; they will lead to self-knowledge of a certain kind and to the setting right of the disorders of the soul and the heart and even of the disorders of the understanding. Self-knowledge of all kinds is on the straight path to the knowledge of the real Self. The Upanishad tells us that the Self-existent has so set the doors of the soul that they turn outwards and most men look outward into the appearances of things; only the rare soul that is ripe for a calm thought and steady wisdom turns its eye inward, sees the Self and attains to immortality. To this turning of the eye inward psychological self-observation and analysis is a great and effective introduction.We can look into the inward of ourselves more easily than we can look into the inward of things external to us because there, in things outside us, we are in the first place embarrassed by the form and secondly we have no natural previous experience of that in them which is other than their physical substance. A purified or tranquillised mind may reflect or a powerful concentration may discover God in the world, the Self in Nature even before it is realised in ourselves, but this is rare and difficult. (2) And it is only in ourselves that we can observe and know the process of the Self in its becoming and follow the process by which it draws back into self-being. Therefore the ancient counsel, know thyself, will always stand as the first word that directs us towards the knowledge. Still, psychological self-knowledge is only the experience of the modes of the Self, it is not the realisation of the Self in its pure being.
   The status of knowledge, then, which Yoga envisages is not merely an intellectual conception or clear discrimination of the truth, nor is it an enlightened psychological experience of the modes of our being. It is a "realisation", in the full sense of the word; it is the making real to ourselves and in ourselves of the Self, the transcendent and universal Divine, and it is the subsequent impossibility of viewing the modes of being except in the light of that Self and in their true aspect as its flux of becoming under the psychical and physical conditions of our world-existence. This realisation consists of three successive movements, internal vision, complete internal experience and identity.
   This internal vision, dr.s.t.i, the power so highly valued by the ancient sages, the power which made a man a Rishi or Kavi and no longer a mere thinker, is a sort of light in the soul by which things unseen become as evident and real to it-to the soul and not merely to the intellect-as do things seen to the physical eye. In the physical world there are always two forms of knowledge, the direct and the indirect, pratyaks.a, of that which is present to the eyes, and paroks.a, of that which is remote from and beyond our vision. When the object is beyond our vision, we are necessarily obliged to arrive at an idea of it by inference, imagination, analogy, by hearing the descriptions of others who have seen it or by studying pictorial or other representations of it if these are available. By putting together all these aids we can indeed arrive at a more or less adequate idea or suggestive image of the object, but we do not realise the thing itself; it is not yet to us the grasped reality, but only our conceptual representation of a reality. But once we have seen it with the eyes,-for no other sense is adequate,-we possess, we realise; it is there secure in our satisfied being, part of ourselves in knowledge. Precisely the same rule holds good of psychical things and of he Self. We may hear clear and luminous teachings about the Self from philosophers or teachers or from ancient writings; we may by thought, inference, imagination, analogy or by any other available means attempt to form a mental figure or conception of it; we may hold firmly that conception in our mind and fix it by an entire and exclusive concentration;3 but we have not yet realised it, we have not seen God. It is only when after long and persistent concentration or by other means the veil of the mind is rent or swept aside, only when a flood of light breaks over the awakened mentality, jyotirmaya brahman, and conception gives place to a knowledge-vision in which the Self is as present, real, concrete as a physical object to the physical eye, that we possess in knowledge; for we have seen. After that revelation, whatever fadings of the light, whatever periods of darkness may afflict the soul, it can never irretrievably lose what it has once held. The experience is inevitably renewed and must become more frequent till it is constant; when and how soon depends on the devotion and persistence with which we insist on the path and besiege by our will or our love the hidden Deity.
   (2) And it is only in ourselves that we can observe and know the 2 In one respect, however, it is easier, because in external things we are not so much hampered by the sense of the limited ego as in ourselves; one obstacle to the realisation of God is therefore removed.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Status of Knowledge,
350:Chapter 18 - Trapped in a Dream

(A guy is playing a pinball machine, seemingly the same guy who rode with him in the back of the boat car. This part is played by Richard Linklater, aka, the director.)

Hey, man.


Weren't you in a boat car? You know, the guy, the guy with the hat? He gave me a ride in his car, or boat thing, and you were in the back seat with me?

I mean, I'm not saying that you don't know what you're talking about, but I don't know what you're talking about.

No, you see, you guys let me off at this really specific spot that you gave him directions to let me off at, I get out, and end up getting hit by a car, but then, I just woke up because I was dreaming, and later than that, I found out that I was still dreaming, dreaming that I'd woken up.

Oh yeah, those are called false awakenings. I used to have those all the time.

Yeah, but I'm still in it now. I, I can't get out of it. It's been going on forever, I keep waking up, but, but I'm just waking up into another dream. I'm starting to get creeped out, too. Like I'm talking to dead people. This woman on TV's telling me about how death is this dreamtime that exists outside of life. I mean, (desperate sigh) I'm starting to think that I'm dead.

I'm gonna tell you about a dream I once had. I know that's, when someone says that, then usually you're in for a very boring next few minutes, and you might be, but it sounds like, you know, what else are you going to do, right? Anyway, I read this essay by Philip K. Dick.

What, you read it in your dream?

No, no. I read it before the dream. It was the preamble to the dream. It was about that book, um Flow My Tears the Policeman Said. You know that one?

Uh, yeah yeah, he won an award for that one.

Right, right. That's the one he wrote really fast. It just like flowed right out of him. He felt he was sort of channeling it, or something. But anyway, about four years after it was published, he was at this party, and he met this woman who had the same name as the woman character in the book. And she had a boyfriend with the same name as the boyfriend character in the book, and she was having an affair with this guy, the chief of police, and he had the same name as the chief of police in his book. So she's telling him all of this stuff from her life, and everything she's saying is right out of his book. So that's totally freaking him out, but, what can he do?

And then shortly after that, he was going to mail a letter, and he saw this kind of, um, you know, dangerous, shady looking guy standing by his car, but instead of avoiding him, which he says he would have usually done, he just walked right up to him and said, "Can I help you?" And the guy said, "Yeah. I, I ran out of gas." So he pulls out his wallet, and he hands him some money, which he says he never would have done, and then he gets home and thinks, wait a second, this guy, you know, he can't get to a gas station, he's out of gas. So he gets back in his car, he goes and finds the guy, takes him to the gas station, and as he's pulling up at the gas station, he realizes, "Hey, this is in my book too. This exact station, this exact guy. Everything."

So this whole episode is kind of creepy, right? And he's telling his priest about it, you know, describing how he wrote this book, and then four years later all these things happened to him. And as he's telling it to him, the priest says, "That's the Book of Acts. You're describing the Book of Acts." And he's like, "I've never read the Book of Acts." So he, you know, goes home and reads the Book of Acts, and it's like uncanny. Even the characters' names are the same as in the Bible. And the Book of Acts takes place in 50 A.D., when it was written, supposedly. So Philip K. Dick had this theory that time was an illusion and that we were all actually in 50 A.D., and the reason he had written this book was that he had somehow momentarily punctured through this illusion, this veil of time, and what he had seen there was what was going on in the Book of Acts.

And he was really into Gnosticism, and this idea that this demiurge, or demon, had created this illusion of time to make us forget that Christ was about to return, and the kingdom of God was about to arrive. And that we're all in 50 A.D., and there's someone trying to make us forget that God is imminent. And that's what time is. That's what all of history is. It's just this kind of continuous, you know, daydream, or distraction.

And so I read that, and I was like, well that's weird. And than that night I had a dream and there was this guy in the dream who was supposed to be a psychic. But I was skeptical. I was like, you know, he's not really a psychic, you know I'm thinking to myself. And then suddenly I start floating, like levitating, up to the ceiling. And as I almost go through the roof, I'm like, "Okay, Mr. Psychic. I believe you. You're a psychic. Put me down please." And I float down, and as my feet touch the ground, the psychic turns into this woman in a green dress. And this woman is Lady Gregory.

Now Lady Gregory was Yeats' patron, this, you know, Irish person. And though I'd never seen her image, I was just sure that this was the face of Lady Gregory. So we're walking along, and Lady Gregory turns to me and says, "Let me explain to you the nature of the universe. Now Philip K. Dick is right about time, but he's wrong that it's 50 A.D. Actually, there's only one instant, and it's right now, and it's eternity. And it's an instant in which God is posing a question, and that question is basically, 'Do you want to, you know, be one with eternity? Do you want to be in heaven?' And we're all saying, 'No thank you. Not just yet.' And so time is actually just this constant saying 'No' to God's invitation. I mean that's what time is. I mean, and it's no more 50 A.D. than it's two thousand and one. And there's just this one instant, and that's what we're always in."

And then she tells me that actually this is the narrative of everyone's life. That, you know, behind the phenomenal difference, there is but one story, and that's the story of moving from the "no" to the "yes." All of life is like, "No thank you. No thank you. No thank you." then ultimately it's, "Yes, I give in. Yes, I accept. Yes, I embrace." I mean, that's the journey. I mean, everyone gets to the "yes" in the end, right?


So we continue walking, and my dog runs over to me. And so I'm petting him, really happy to see him, you know, he's been dead for years. So I'm petting him and I realize there's this kind of gross oozing stuff coming out of his stomach. And I look over at Lady Gregory, and she sort of coughs. She's like [cough] [cough] "Oh, excuse me." And there's vomit, like dribbling down her chin, and it smells really bad. And I think, "Well, wait a second, that's not just the smell of vomit," which is, doesn't smell very good, "that's the smell of like dead person vomit." You know, so it's like doubly foul. And then I realize I'm actually in the land of the dead, and everyone around me is dead. My dog had been dead for over ten years, Lady Gregory had been dead a lot longer than that. When I finally woke up, I was like, whoa, that wasn't a dream, that was a visitation to this real place, the land of the dead.

So what happened? I mean how did you finally get out of it?

Oh man. It was just like one of those like life altering experiences. I mean I could never really look at the world the same way again, after that.

Yeah, but I mean like how did you, how did you finally get out of the dream? See, that's my problem. I'm like trapped. I keep, I keep thinking that I'm waking up, but I'm still in a dream. It seems like it's going on forever. I can't get out of it, and I want to wake up for real. How do you really wake up?

I don't know, I don't know. I'm not very good at that anymore. But, um, if that's what you're thinking, I mean you, you probably should. I mean, you know if you can wake up, you should, because you know someday, you know, you won't be able to. So just, um ... But it's easy. You know. Just, just wake up. ~ Waking Life,
351:[The Gods and Their Worlds]

   [...] According to traditions and occult schools, all these zones of realities, these planes of realities have got different names; they have been classified in a different way, but there is an essential analogy, and if you go back far enough into the traditions, you see only the words changing according to the country and the language. Even now, the experiences of Western occultists and those of Eastern occultists offer great similarities. All who set out on the discovery of these invisible worlds and make a report of what they saw, give a very similar description, whether they be from here or there; they use different words, but the experience is very similar and the handling of forces is the same.

   This knowledge of the occult worlds is based on the existence of subtle bodies and of subtle worlds corresponding to those bodies. They are what the psychological method calls "states of consciousness", but these states of consciousness really correspond to worlds. The occult procedure consists then in being aware of these various inner states of being or subtle bodies and in becoming sufficiently a master of them so as to be able to go out of them successively, one after another. There is indeed a whole scale of subtleties, increasing or decreasing according to the direction in which you go, and the occult procedure consists in going out of a denser body into a subtler body and so on again, up to the most ethereal regions. You go, by successive exteriorisations, into bodies or worlds more and more subtle. It is somewhat as if every time you passed into another dimension. The fourth dimension of the physicists is nothing but the scientific transcription of an occult knowledge. To give another image, one can say that the physical body is at the centre - it is the most material, the densest and also the smallest - and the inner bodies, more subtle, overflow more and more the central physical body; they pass through it, extending themselves farther and farther, like water evaporating from a porous vase and forming a kind of steam all around. And the greater the subtlety, the more the extension tends to unite with that of the universe: one ends by universalising oneself. And it is altogether a concrete process which gives an objective experience of invisible worlds and even enables one to act in these worlds.

   There are, then, only a very small number of people in the West who know that these gods are not merely subjective and imaginary - more or less wildly imaginary - but that they correspond to a universal truth.

   All these regions, all these domains are filled with beings who exist, each in its own domain, and if you are awake and conscious on a particular plane - for instance, if on going out of a more material body you awake on some higher plane, you have the same relation with the things and people of that plane as you had with the things and people of the material world. That is to say, there exists an entirely objective relation that has nothing to do with the idea you may have of these things. Naturally, the resemblance is greater and greater as you approach the physical world, the material world, and there even comes a time when the one region has a direct action upon the other. In any case, in what Sri Aurobindo calls the overmental worlds, you will find a concrete reality absolutely independent of your personal experience; you go back there and again find the same things, with the differences that have occurred during your absence. And you have relations with those beings that are identical with the relations you have with physical beings, with this difference that the relation is more plastic, supple and direct - for example, there is the capacity to change the external form, the visible form, according to the inner state you are in. But you can make an appointment with someone and be at the appointed place and find the same being again, with certain differences that have come about during your absence; it is entirely concrete with results entirely concrete.

   One must have at least a little of this experience in order to understand these things. Otherwise, those who are convinced that all this is mere human imagination and mental formation, who believe that these gods have such and such a form because men have thought them to be like that, and that they have certain defects and certain qualities because men have thought them to be like that - all those who say that God is made in the image of man and that he exists only in human thought, all these will not understand; to them this will appear absolutely ridiculous, madness. One must have lived a little, touched the subject a little, to know how very concrete the thing is.

   Naturally, children know a good deal if they have not been spoilt. There are so many children who return every night to the same place and continue to live the life they have begun there. When these faculties are not spoilt with age, you can keep them with you. At a time when I was especially interested in dreams, I could return exactly to a place and continue a work that I had begun: supervise something, for example, set something in order, a work of organisation or of discovery, of exploration. You go until you reach a certain spot, as you would go in life, then you take a rest, then you return and begin again - you begin the work at the place where you left off and you continue it. And you perceive that there are things which are quite independent of you, in the sense that changes of which you are not at all the author, have taken place automatically during your absence.

   But for this, you must live these experiences yourself, you must see them yourself, live them with sufficient sincerity and spontaneity in order to see that they are independent of any mental formation. For you can do the opposite also, and deepen the study of the action of mental formation upon events. This is very interesting, but it is another domain. And this study makes you very careful, very prudent, because you become aware of how far you can delude yourself. So you must study both, the dream and the occult reality, in order to see what is the essential difference between the two. The one depends upon us; the other exists in itself; entirely independent of the thought that we have of it.

   When you have worked in that domain, you recognise in fact that once a subject has been studied and something has been learnt mentally, it gives a special colour to the experience; the experience may be quite spontaneous and sincere, but the simple fact that the subject was known and studied lends a particular quality. Whereas if you had learnt nothing about the question, if you knew nothing at all, the transcription would be completely spontaneous and sincere when the experience came; it would be more or less adequate, but it would not be the outcome of a previous mental formation.

   Naturally, this occult knowledge or this experience is not very frequent in the world, because in those who do not have a developed inner life, there are veritable gaps between the external consciousness and the inmost consciousness; the linking states of being are missing and they have to be constructed. So when people enter there for the first time, they are bewildered, they have the impression they have fallen into the night, into nothingness, into non-being!

   I had a Danish friend, a painter, who was like that. He wanted me to teach him how to go out of the body; he used to have interesting dreams and thought that it would be worth the trouble to go there consciously. So I made him "go out" - but it was a frightful thing! When he was dreaming, a part of his mind still remained conscious, active, and a kind of link existed between this active part and his external being; then he remembered some of his dreams, but it was a very partial phenomenon. And to go out of one's body means to pass gradually through all the states of being, if one does the thing systematically. Well, already in the subtle physical, one is almost de-individualised, and when one goes farther, there remains nothing, for nothing is formed or individualised.

   Thus, when people are asked to meditate or told to go within, to enter into themselves, they are in agony - naturally! They have the impression that they are vanishing. And with reason: there is nothing, no consciousness!

   These things that appear to us quite natural and evident, are, for people who know nothing, wild imagination. If, for example, you transplant these experiences or this knowledge to the West, well, unless you have been frequenting the circles of occultists, they stare at you with open eyes. And when you have turned your back, they hasten to say, "These people are cranks!" Now to come back to the gods and conclude. It must be said that all those beings who have never had an earthly existence - gods or demons, invisible beings and powers - do not possess what the Divine has put into man: the psychic being. And this psychic being gives to man true love, charity, compassion, a deep kindness, which compensate for all his external defects.

   In the gods there is no fault because they live according to their own nature, spontaneously and without constraint: as gods, it is their manner of being. But if you take a higher point of view, if you have a higher vision, a vision of the whole, you see that they lack certain qualities that are exclusively human. By his capacity of love and self-giving, man can have as much power as the gods and even more, when he is not egoistic, when he has surmounted his egoism.

   If he fulfils the required condition, man is nearer to the Supreme than the gods are. He can be nearer. He is not so automatically, but he has the power to be so, the potentiality.

   If human love manifested itself without mixture, it would be all-powerful. Unfortunately, in human love there is as much love of oneself as of the one loved; it is not a love that makes you forget yourself. - 4 November 1958

   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III, 355
352:The Supreme Discovery
   IF WE want to progress integrally, we must build within our conscious being a strong and pure mental synthesis which can serve us as a protection against temptations from outside, as a landmark to prevent us from going astray, as a beacon to light our way across the moving ocean of life.
   Each individual should build up this mental synthesis according to his own tendencies and affinities and aspirations. But if we want it to be truly living and luminous, it must be centred on the idea that is the intellectual representation symbolising That which is at the centre of our being, That which is our life and our light.
   This idea, expressed in sublime words, has been taught in various forms by all the great Instructors in all lands and all ages.
   The Self of each one and the great universal Self are one. Since all that is exists from all eternity in its essence and principle, why make a distinction between the being and its origin, between ourselves and what we place at the beginning?
   The ancient traditions rightly said:
   "Our origin and ourselves, our God and ourselves are one."
   And this oneness should not be understood merely as a more or less close and intimate relationship of union, but as a true identity.
   Thus, when a man who seeks the Divine attempts to reascend by degrees towards the inaccessible, he forgets that all his knowledge and all his intuition cannot take him one step forward in this infinite; neither does he know that what he wants to attain, what he believes to be so far from him, is within him.
   For how could he know anything of the origin until he becomes conscious of this origin in himself?
   It is by understanding himself, by learning to know himself, that he can make the supreme discovery and cry out in wonder like the patriarch in the Bible, "The house of God is here and I knew it not."
   That is why we must express that sublime thought, creatrix of the material worlds, and make known to all the word that fills the heavens and the earth, "I am in all things and all beings."When all shall know this, the promised day of great transfigurations will be at hand. When in each atom of Matter men shall recognise the indwelling thought of God, when in each living creature they shall perceive some hint of a gesture of God, when each man can see God in his brother, then dawn will break, dispelling the darkness, the falsehood, the ignorance, the error and suffering that weigh upon all Nature. For, "all Nature suffers and laments as she awaits the revelation of the Sons of God."
   This indeed is the central thought epitomising all others, the thought which should be ever present to our remembrance as the sun that illumines all life.
   That is why I remind you of it today. For if we follow our path bearing this thought in our hearts like the rarest jewel, the most precious treasure, if we allow it to do its work of illumination and transfiguration within us, we shall know that it lives in the centre of all beings and all things, and in it we shall feel the marvellous oneness of the universe.
   Then we shall understand the vanity and childishness of our meagre satisfactions, our foolish quarrels, our petty passions, our blind indignations. We shall see the dissolution of our little faults, the crumbling of the last entrenchments of our limited personality and our obtuse egoism. We shall feel ourselves being swept along by this sublime current of true spirituality which will deliver us from our narrow limits and bounds.
   The individual Self and the universal Self are one; in every world, in every being, in every thing, in every atom is the Divine Presence, and man's mission is to manifest it.
   In order to do that, he must become conscious of this Divine Presence within him. Some individuals must undergo a real apprenticeship in order to achieve this: their egoistic being is too all-absorbing, too rigid, too conservative, and their struggles against it are long and painful. Others, on the contrary, who are more impersonal, more plastic, more spiritualised, come easily into contact with the inexhaustible divine source of their being.But let us not forget that they too should devote themselves daily, constantly, to a methodical effort of adaptation and transformation, so that nothing within them may ever again obscure the radiance of that pure light.
   But how greatly the standpoint changes once we attain this deeper consciousness! How understanding widens, how compassion grows!
   On this a sage has said:
   "I would like each one of us to come to the point where he perceives the inner God who dwells even in the vilest of human beings; instead of condemning him we would say, 'Arise, O resplendent Being, thou who art ever pure, who knowest neither birth nor death; arise, Almighty One, and manifest thy nature.'"
   Let us live by this beautiful utterance and we shall see everything around us transformed as if by miracle.
   This is the attitude of true, conscious and discerning love, the love which knows how to see behind appearances, understand in spite of words, and which, amid all obstacles, is in constant communion with the depths.
   What value have our impulses and our desires, our anguish and our violence, our sufferings and our struggles, all these inner vicissitudes unduly dramatised by our unruly imagination - what value do they have before this great, this sublime and divine love bending over us from the innermost depths of our being, bearing with our weaknesses, rectifying our errors, healing our wounds, bathing our whole being with its regenerating streams?
   For the inner Godhead never imposes herself, she neither demands nor threatens; she offers and gives herself, conceals and forgets herself in the heart of all beings and things; she never accuses, she neither judges nor curses nor condemns, but works unceasingly to perfect without constraint, to mend without reproach, to encourage without impatience, to enrich each one with all the wealth he can receive; she is the mother whose love bears fruit and nourishes, guards and protects, counsels and consoles; because she understands everything, she can endure everything, excuse and pardon everything, hope and prepare for everything; bearing everything within herself, she owns nothing that does not belong to all, and because she reigns over all, she is the servant of all; that is why all, great and small, who want to be kings with her and gods in her, become, like her, not despots but servitors among their brethren.
   How beautiful is this humble role of servant, the role of all who have been revealers and heralds of the God who is within all, of the Divine Love that animates all things....
   And until we can follow their example and become true servants even as they, let us allow ourselves to be penetrated and transformed by this Divine Love; let us offer Him, without reserve, this marvellous instrument, our physical organism. He shall make it yield its utmost on every plane of activity.
   To achieve this total self-consecration, all means are good, all methods have their value. The one thing needful is to persevere in our will to attain this goal. For then everything we study, every action we perform, every human being we meet, all come to bring us an indication, a help, a light to guide us on the path.
   Before I close, I shall add a few pages for those who have already made apparently fruitless efforts, for those who have encountered the pitfalls on the way and seen the measure of their weakness, for those who are in danger of losing their self-confidence and courage. These pages, intended to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who suffer, were written by a spiritual worker at a time when ordeals of every kind were sweeping down on him like purifying flames.
   You who are weary, downcast and bruised, you who fall, who think perhaps that you are defeated, hear the voice of a friend. He knows your sorrows, he has shared them, he has suffered like you from the ills of the earth; like you he has crossed many deserts under the burden of the day, he has known thirst and hunger, solitude and abandonment, and the cruellest of all wants, the destitution of the heart. Alas! he has known too the hours of doubt, the errors, the faults, the failings, every weakness.
   But he tells you: Courage! Hearken to the lesson that the rising sun brings to the earth with its first rays each morning. It is a lesson of hope, a message of solace.
   You who weep, who suffer and tremble, who dare not expect an end to your ills, an issue to your pangs, behold: there is no night without dawn and the day is about to break when darkness is thickest; there is no mist that the sun does not dispel, no cloud that it does not gild, no tear that it will not dry one day, no storm that is not followed by its shining triumphant bow; there is no snow that it does not melt, nor winter that it does not change into radiant spring.
   And for you too, there is no affliction which does not bring its measure of glory, no distress which cannot be transformed into joy, nor defeat into victory, nor downfall into higher ascension, nor solitude into radiating centre of life, nor discord into harmony - sometimes it is a misunderstanding between two minds that compels two hearts to open to mutual communion; lastly, there is no infinite weakness that cannot be changed into strength. And it is even in supreme weakness that almightiness chooses to reveal itself!
   Listen, my little child, you who today feel so broken, so fallen perhaps, who have nothing left, nothing to cover your misery and foster your pride: never before have you been so great! How close to the summits is he who awakens in the depths, for the deeper the abyss, the more the heights reveal themselves!
   Do you not know this, that the most sublime forces of the vasts seek to array themselves in the most opaque veils of Matter? Oh, the sublime nuptials of sovereign love with the obscurest plasticities, of the shadow's yearning with the most royal light!
   If ordeal or fault has cast you down, if you have sunk into the nether depths of suffering, do not grieve - for there indeed the divine love and the supreme blessing can reach you! Because you have passed through the crucible of purifying sorrows, the glorious ascents are yours.
   You are in the wilderness: then listen to the voices of the silence. The clamour of flattering words and outer applause has gladdened your ears, but the voices of the silence will gladden your soul and awaken within you the echo of the depths, the chant of divine harmonies!
   You are walking in the depths of night: then gather the priceless treasures of the night. In bright sunshine, the ways of intelligence are lit, but in the white luminosities of the night lie the hidden paths of perfection, the secret of spiritual riches.
   You are being stripped of everything: that is the way towards plenitude. When you have nothing left, everything will be given to you. Because for those who are sincere and true, from the worst always comes the best.
   Every grain that is sown in the earth produces a thousand. Every wing-beat of sorrow can be a soaring towards glory.
   And when the adversary pursues man relentlessly, everything he does to destroy him only makes him greater.
   Hear the story of the worlds, look: the great enemy seems to triumph. He casts the beings of light into the night, and the night is filled with stars. He rages against the cosmic working, he assails the integrity of the empire of the sphere, shatters its harmony, divides and subdivides it, scatters its dust to the four winds of infinity, and lo! the dust is changed into a golden seed, fertilising the infinite and peopling it with worlds which now gravitate around their eternal centre in the larger orbit of space - so that even division creates a richer and deeper unity, and by multiplying the surfaces of the material universe, enlarges the empire that it set out to destroy.
   Beautiful indeed was the song of the primordial sphere cradled in the bosom of immensity, but how much more beautiful and triumphant is the symphony of the constellations, the music of the spheres, the immense choir that fills the heavens with an eternal hymn of victory!
   Hear again: no state was ever more precarious than that of man when he was separated on earth from his divine origin. Above him stretched the hostile borders of the usurper, and at his horizon's gates watched jailers armed with flaming swords. Then, since he could climb no more to the source of life, the source arose within him; since he could no more receive the light from above, the light shone forth at the very centre of his being; since he could commune no more with the transcendent love, that love offered itself in a holocaust and chose each terrestrial being, each human self as its dwelling-place and sanctuary.
   That is how, in this despised and desolate but fruitful and blessed Matter, each atom contains a divine thought, each being carries within him the Divine Inhabitant. And if no being in all the universe is as frail as man, neither is any as divine as he!
   In truth, in truth, in humiliation lies the cradle of glory! 28 April 1912 ~ The Mother, Words Of Long Ago, The Supreme Discovery,
353:A DEVOTEE: "How can one realize God?"
MASTER: "Through that kind of love. But one must force one's demand on God. One should be able to say: 'O God, wilt Thou not reveal Thyself to me? I will cut my throat with a knife.' This is the tamas of bhakti."
DEVOTEE: "Can one see God?"
MASTER: "Yes, surely. One can see both aspects of God-God with form and without form. One can see God with form, the Embodiment of Spirit. Again, God can be directly perceived in a man with a tangible form. Seeing an Incarnation of God is the same as seeing God Himself. God is born on earth as man in every age." ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 1.08 - THE MASTERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT DAKSHINESWAR,
354:  MASTER: "Repeat God's name and sing His glories, and keep holy company; and now and then visit God's devotees and holy men. The mind cannot dwell on God if it is immersed day and night in worldliness, in worldly duties and responsibilities; it is most necessary to go into solitude now and then and think of God. To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning, unless one practises meditation in solitude. When a tree is young it should be fenced all around; otherwise it may be destroyed by cattle. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna,
355:Forgetting that GOD is the sole Beloved, one has come to love sense objects. ~ Sri Anandamayi Ma,


1:Life is not fair; God is. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
2:God is the same everywhere. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
3:God is greater than God. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
4:One with God is a majority. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
5:Where sanity is there God is. ~ d-h-lawrence, @wisdomtrove
6:Called or not, God is always there. ~ carl-jung, @wisdomtrove
7:The Kingdom of God is Within You. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
8:God is a hacker, not an engineer ~ francis-crick, @wisdomtrove
9:Go to sleep in peace. God is awake. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
10:Your God is altogether too human. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
11:The kingdom of God is within you.   ~ jesus-christ, @wisdomtrove
12:There is no place where God is not. ~ maya-angelou, @wisdomtrove
13:My message is that God is a good God. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
14:Where love is, there God is also.  ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
15:Your god is too small for my universe. ~ carl-sagan, @wisdomtrove
16:God is just another artist, like me. ~ salvador-dali, @wisdomtrove
17:God is never late, but rarely early. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
18:God is not there just for emergencies. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
19:God is one, but His names are many. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
20:God is pure, and the same to all. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
21:God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
22:You are within God. God is within you. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
23:You know my God. My God is called love ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
24:God is a lonely place without steak. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
25:God is the composer; you are the song. ~ steve-maraboli, @wisdomtrove
26:God is the poetic genius in each of us. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
27:My God is love and sweetly suffers all. ~ sri-aurobindo, @wisdomtrove
28:God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause. ~ aeschylus, @wisdomtrove
29:God is the pain of the fear of death ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
30:After all, God is God because he remembers. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
31:God is an experience of supreme love. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
32:God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live. ~ stephen-king, @wisdomtrove
33:God is good, there is no devil but fear. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
34:God is definitely out of the closet. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
35:God is good, and He cannot be anything else. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
36:God is only a great imaginative experience. ~ d-h-lawrence, @wisdomtrove
37:If God is dead, everything is allowed. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
38:The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted ~ fred-rogers, @wisdomtrove
39:If God is on our side, he'll stop the next war. ~ bob-dylan, @wisdomtrove
40:God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
41:God is faithful even when his children are not. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
42:God is the absolute truth... ~ georg-wilhelm-friedrich-hegel, @wisdomtrove
43:God is absence. God is the solitude of man. ~ jean-paul-sartre, @wisdomtrove
44:God is with us, and His power is around us. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
45:Mark it down. You will never go where God is not. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
46:Oh, if we would only remember who God is! ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
47:The greatest fear comes when God is a stranger. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
48:God is near whether you sense His presence or not. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
49:God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
50:God is on the side of the big battalions. ~ george-bernard-shaw, @wisdomtrove
51:God is on the side of the heaviest cannon. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
52:God is on the side with the best artillery ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
53:God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
54:God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
55:God is not an optional extra, He's an absolute must! ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
56:If god is truly god, he is perfect, lacking nothing. ~ euripedes, @wisdomtrove
57:The finding of God is the coming to one's own self. ~ meher-baba, @wisdomtrove
58:God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
59:God is simple, everything else is complex ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
60:God is the food our spirits were designed to feed on. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
61:If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
62:God is the electricity and we are the lamps. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
63:God is Unity, but always works in variety.   ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
64:To love God is something greater than to know Him. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
65:God is not a thing to be achieved, but a thing to be. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
66:Love of God is not always the same as love of good. ~ hermann-hesse, @wisdomtrove
67:The speech of God is silence. His Word is solitude. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
68:To love God is something greater than to know Him. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
69:Where God is not glorified, that place is sick ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
70:God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse. ~ plutarch, @wisdomtrove
71:God is the partner of your most intimate soliloquies ~ viktor-frankl, @wisdomtrove
72:To be unknown to God is altogether too much privacy. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
73:At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father. ~ sigmund-freud, @wisdomtrove
74:Faith in God is to be demonstrated, not defined. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
75:The grace of God is a wind which is always blowing. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
76:To know God and to live is the same thing. God is Life. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
77:God is the oneness of being that is arising as all beings. ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
78:Of whom shall I be afraid? One with God is a majority. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
79:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
80:The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him. ~ blaise-pascal, @wisdomtrove
81:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
82:We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
83:God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
84:God is not hostile to sinners, but only to unbelievers. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
85:God is not obligated to anoint what He does not initiate. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
86:God is never satisfied with anything less than all. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
87:And me, I know that there is a god. Cause I know who god is. ~ bob-marley, @wisdomtrove
88:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
89:The highest revelation is that God is in every man. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
90:But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
91:Only he who knows God is truly moral. ~ friedrich-wilhelm-joseph-schelling, @wisdomtrove
92:When God is all you have, then all you have, is all you need. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
93:Because God is love, He could not completely cast man aside. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
94:The person who praises God is on the tracks of justice. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
95:They tell me there are many gods, for god is in each of us. ~ brian-l-weiss, @wisdomtrove
96:The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man. ~ benjamin-franklin, @wisdomtrove
97:To believe in God is impossible; not to believe in Him is absurd. ~ voltaire, @wisdomtrove
98:Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell There God is dwelling too. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
99:God is looking for men in whose hands His glory is safe. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
100:God is more ready to forgive me than I am ready to offend. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
101:He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
102:High fortune, this in man's eye is god and more than god is this. ~ aeschylus, @wisdomtrove
103:In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
104:Thou art a man God is no more Thy own humanity Learn to adore ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
105:Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
106:God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction. ~ sivananda, @wisdomtrove
107:A safe stronghold our God is still. A trusty shield and weapon. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
108:... a true servant of God is someone who helps another succeed. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
109:God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!”  ~ joseph-campbell, @wisdomtrove
110:Holy service in constant fellowship with God is heaven below ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
111:Either belief in God is unconditional or it is no belief at all. ~ viktor-frankl, @wisdomtrove
112:God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. ~ voltaire, @wisdomtrove
113:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh. ~ voltaire, @wisdomtrove
114:Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
115:Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
116:God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
117:God is the one great employer, thinker, planner, supervisor. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
118:Patience! patience! You are always in a hurry, but God is not. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
119:Solely by turning to God is there any hope for man to gain peace. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
120:We are vengeful. God is forgiving. We remember. God redeems. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
121:It seems to me that God is a convenient invention of the human mind ~ isaac-asimov, @wisdomtrove
122:Obedience to God is the pathway to the life you really want to live. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
123:When a lady's erotic life is vexed God knows what God is coming next. ~ ogden-nash, @wisdomtrove
124:Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
125:God is everywhere and in everything and without Him we cannot exist. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
126:God is the All-doer, the Jnani (self-realised) a Non-doer ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
127:If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
128:If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
129:God is not Love in the East. He is Power, although Mercy may temper it. ~ e-m-forster, @wisdomtrove
130:Gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
131:I can tell you that God is alive because I talked to him this morning. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
132:If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
133:If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
134:To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature. ~ voltaire, @wisdomtrove
135:Your worst day with God is still better than your best day without Him. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
136:You will never understand who you are until you understand who God is. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
137:God is concerned about everything that concerns us - without exception. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
138:God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
139:God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
140:God is without form, without quality as well as with form and quality. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
141:Since God is, He is to be found in the questions as well as the answers. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
142:God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
143:It helps me if I remember that God is in charge of my day - not I. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
144:Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
145:God is a being who gives everything but punishment in over measure. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
146:God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger. ~ heraclitus, @wisdomtrove
147:God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
148:Justice is not something God has. Justice is something that God is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
149:When I meditate, I clearly see that God is already seated inside my heart. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
150:Yes, worship of the loving God is man's whole reason for existence. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
151:God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
152:God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
153:Whiskers of the cat, Webbed toes on my swimming dog; God is in the details. ~ dean-koontz, @wisdomtrove
154:God is a great God! I want to encourage you to expect great things from Him. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
155:Have the conviction that God is your only real relative and friend. ~ mata-amritanandamayi, @wisdomtrove
156:Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs. ~ henry-wadsworth-longfellow, @wisdomtrove
157:The greatest gift one can give to God is to be pleased with his creation. ~ michael-singer, @wisdomtrove
158:America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
159:God is an ever-present spirit guiding all that happens to a wise and holy end. ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
160:The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~ george-bernard-shaw, @wisdomtrove
161:The wonderful thing about God is he knows what we need to persuade us. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
162:The Word of God is the anvil upon which the opinions of men are smashed. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
163:Believe that God is in control. There is no need to be stressed out or worried ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
164:God is like us to this extent, that whatever in us is good is like God. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
165:Religion is not an end in itself. One's union with God is the ultimate goal. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
166:we know God is dead, they've told us, but listening to you I wasn't sure. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
167:The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
168:We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
169:God is ready to give great things when we are ready... to give up everything. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
170:The Word of God is active, energizing, sharp and powerful like a two-edged sword. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
171:We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
172:We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
173:Belief in God is apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction. ~ arthur-c-carke, @wisdomtrove
174:Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove
175:Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description. ~ anthony-de-mello, @wisdomtrove
176:God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
177:God is not greater if you reverence Him, but you are greater if you serve Him. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
178:God is not on the side of the big battalions but on the side of those who shoot best. ~ voltaire, @wisdomtrove
179:If God can be found through the medium of any drug, God is not worthy of being God. ~ meher-baba, @wisdomtrove
180:We are all meant to be mothers of God... for God is always needing to be born. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
181:Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
182:Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
183:God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow. ~ georg-wilhelm-friedrich-hegel, @wisdomtrove
184:I am' is the root, God is the tree. Whom am I to worship, and what for? ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
185:The Word of God is a lamp by night, a light by day, and a delight at all times. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
186:When we suffer, it is because of our own acts; God is not to be blamed for it. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
187:God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
188:Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord by who escape death. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
189:To not believe in God is to know that it falls to us to make the world a better place. ~ sam-harris, @wisdomtrove
190:God is a blank sheet upon which nothing is found but what you yourself have written. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
191:God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.”31 likesLike ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
192:God is your very being. So the first thing is, don't think about enlightenment as a goal. ~ rajneesh, @wisdomtrove
194:God is the existence of of all that is, and also the nothing from which all things arise. ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
195:God is entirely and personally present in the wilderness, in the garden, in the field. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
196:God is standing at the door of every heart. Call Him. He is waiting to come in. ~ mata-amritanandamayi, @wisdomtrove
197:If God is enough for you, then you'll always have enough, because you'll always have God. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
198:Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problem how BIG your God is. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
199:Obedience to the will of God is the pathway to perpetual honor and everlasting joy. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
200:Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
201:We can have no conception of God higher than man, so our God is man, and man is God. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
202:We're going to bring our core message of hope and how God is a good God who's on our side. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
203:Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life. ~ jiddu-krishnamurti, @wisdomtrove
204:God is able to do anything. All things are possible with Him, but we must not quit praying. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
205:God Is Using Gianna Jessen To Remind The World, That Each Human Being Is Precious To Him. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
206:The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
207:To know God is to fear Him. And this fear is to love Him as He deserves to be loved. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
208:We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
209:God is not needed to create guilt or to punish. Our fellow men suffice, aided by ourselves. ~ albert-camus, @wisdomtrove
210:The chief thing that separates us from God is the thought that we are separated from God. ~ thomas-keating, @wisdomtrove
211:The only religions I don't like are the ones that insist their God is bigger than your God. ~ stephen-king, @wisdomtrove
212:Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
213:God is an infinite circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. ~ nicholas-of-cusa, @wisdomtrove
214:God is Good... Jesus is Lord Be Good to Yourself and each Other J-Jesus..O-Others..Y-Yourself ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
215:The kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! ~ charlie-chaplan, @wisdomtrove
216:They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
217:But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. ~ alan-watts, @wisdomtrove
218:God is never impressed with what a man can do. He is more concerned with what a man is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
219:The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
220:What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
221:You are the perfect creation of God. Don't allow you to be down. God is experiencing through you. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
222:Everything God does is purposeful. And since God is in each of us, each of us has a purpose. ~ lyania-vanzant, @wisdomtrove
223:God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
224:God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else. ~ g-k-chesterton, @wisdomtrove
225:God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
226:God is working on your problem. Stay calm. Stay sweet. Stay out of fear and keep on keeping on. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
227:God is love, and that love works through men-especially through the whole community of Christians. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
228:God is so boundlessly pleased with Jesus that in him he is altogether well pleased with us. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
229:It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
230:It may be a species of impudence to think that the way you understand God is the way God is. ~ joseph-campbell, @wisdomtrove
231:The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
232:God is running the universe. We ought not think like scientists, but think like psalmists. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
233:Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He IS that standard. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
234:If we know God is for us, then it shouldn't matter how we feel, or what other people think of us. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
235:The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
236:To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely one with this universe. ~ alan-watts, @wisdomtrove
237:Walking in humility isn't focusing on what we are NOT; rather, it's declaring what God is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
238:When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart", but rather, "I am in the heart of God”. ~ kahlil-gibran, @wisdomtrove
239:As God is propitiated by the blood of a hundred bulls, so also is he by the smallest offering of incense. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
240:Genuine thanksgiving is a response to both who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
241:God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
242:My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
243:The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between earth and heaven. ~ albert-schweitzer, @wisdomtrove
244:God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that He is so. ~ plotinus, @wisdomtrove
245:The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
246:The purpose of God isn't to save us from Hell. The purpose of God is to make us like Christ. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
247:The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
248:Ah Fortune, what god is more cruel to us than thou! How thou delightest ever to make sport of human life! ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
249:God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
250:I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
251:The healing power of God is working in me right now. Eveyr day I get better and better in every way. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
252:When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
253:and thus of being conjoined to God by faith and love, and to be conjoined to God is to live to ~ emanuel-swedenborg, @wisdomtrove
254:As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
255:Our pursuit of God is successful just because He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
256:The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
257:If we ignore it the truth that God is love may slyly come to mean for us the converse, that love is God. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
258:Keep your honor code between you and God, you don't break that, no matter who's not looking. God is. ~ caroline-myss, @wisdomtrove
259:The word God, to me, is like the word enlightenment. It's become so corrupted by our ideas of what God is. ~ gangaji, @wisdomtrove
260:We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
261:When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
262:God is kind, but he is not soft. He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life change. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
263:If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path? ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
264:She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is Doing, [writes Bokonon]. ~ kurt-vonnegut, @wisdomtrove
265:We still are looking for someone who knows the secret of immortality. Only God is immortal; we are not. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
266:When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
267:The Word of God is different than other words because God's Word is stuffed full of power and anointing. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
268:When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
269:God is a specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
270:God is not a miser with his grace. Your cup may be low in cash or clout, but it is overflowing with mercy. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
271:If we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest God, does not bless our work. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
272:My friends, God is necessary for me if only because he is the one being who can be loved eternally. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
273:Pay attention to the people God puts in your path if you want to discern what God is up to in your life. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
274:To love and worship a god is also ignorance. My home is beyond all notions, however sublime. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
275:Ever since then I have believed that God is not only a gentleman and a sport; he is a Kentuckian too. ~ william-faulkner, @wisdomtrove
276:God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
277:M: God is not running the world.  Q: Then who is doing it?  M: Nobody. All happens by itself. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
278:A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
279:For every child that is born, it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed with man. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove
280:God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
281:God is more concerned with the state of people's hearts than He is with the state of their feelings. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
282:The fact of God is necessary for the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
283:The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is not limited by the facts. Choose faith in spite of the facts. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
284:The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
285:A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
286:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
287:God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
288:God works, and therefore we work; God is with- us, and therefore we are with God, and stand on His side. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
289:Keep your honor code between you and God, you don't break that, no matter who's not looking. God is. ~ norman-vincent-peale, @wisdomtrove
290:Prayer is first of all listening to God. It's openness. God is always speaking; he's always doing something. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
291:She wasn't a logically reasoning woman, but God is good, and hearts may count in heaven as high as heads. ~ charles-dickens, @wisdomtrove
292:God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
293:God is a good choice to lean on. He has a proven record of faithfulness to those who commit their lives to Him. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
294:God is basic Fact. He must not be thought of as a featureless generality. He is the most concrete thing there is. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
295:Man has no ability to repair this damaged planet. The flaw in human nature is too great. God is our only hope! ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
296:The fear of God is the death of every other fear; like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears before it. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
297:The mind that is full of God is empty of anxiety. Are you troubled, restless, sleepless? Then think of God more! ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
298:I know God is in charge. Not me, I'm nothing. I wouldn't be anything except for the power of the spirit of God. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
299:Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it's true. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
300:The power of God is available to you today to help you do whatever you need to do and with a smile on your face! ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
301:When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them. ~ brene-brown, @wisdomtrove
302:God is our portion, Christ our companion, the Spirit our Comforter, Earth our lodge, and Heaven is our home. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
303:One of the greatest rewards that we ever receive for serving God is the permission to do still more for Him. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
304:To call the world God is not to explain it; it is only to enrich our language with a superfluous synonym. ~ arthur-schopenhauer, @wisdomtrove
305:When you go through difficult times... recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
306:God is indeed a jealous God. He cannot bear to see, that we had rather not with him, but with each other play. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
307:God is in heaven, and we all want what's his. But power and greed and corruptible seed seem to be all that there is. ~ bob-dylan, @wisdomtrove
308:God is speaking. He is, by His nature, continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
309:God is the totality of consciousness, but awareness is beyond all - being as well as not-being. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
310:I simply think God is greater than our weakness. In fact, I think it is our weakness that reveals how great God is. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
311:I want to be in a place where I have to have God in everything I do . . . where God is indispensable to me. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
312:Make a firm decision: &
313:Meditation tells you only one thing: God is. Meditation reveals to you only one truth: yours is the vision of God. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
314:Pantheism, n. The doctrine that everything is God, in contradistinction to the doctrine that God is everything. ~ ambrose-bierce, @wisdomtrove
315:The feeling of a direct responsibility of the individual to God is almost wholly a creation of Protestantism. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
316:The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
317:Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
318:God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us. ~ paulo-coelho, @wisdomtrove
319:God wants us to become himself or herself or itself. We are growing towards Godhood. God is the goal of evolution. ~ m-scott-peck, @wisdomtrove
320:The seeker of God is the real lover of vidya, unchangeable truth; all else is avidya, relative knowledge. ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
321:We must never get into the habit of being preoccupied with the future. There is no reason to do so. God is there. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
322:Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
323:God is within everyone, but man goes out in search of Him. This is what constitutes God's Play and God's Creation. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
324:If one person is happier because you have lived, it is all worth it. And if you are that person, God is well pleased. ~ alan-cohen, @wisdomtrove
325:Deeply I go down into myself. My god is Dark and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence. ~ rainer-maria-rilke, @wisdomtrove
326:Don't equate the presence of God with a good mood or a pleasant temperament. God is near whether you are happy or not. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
327:Every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake His mercy waits upon us. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
328:God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
329:What's closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you'll talk about Him. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
330:For although God is right with us and in us and out of us and all through us, we have to go on journeys to find him. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
331:In prosperity God is heard, and that is a blessing; but in adversity God is seen, and that is a greater blessing. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
332:The way of God is complex, he is hard for us to predict. He moves the pieces and they come somehow into a kind of order. ~ euripedes, @wisdomtrove
333:We must be cautious in claiming God is on our side. I think the real question we must answer is, are we on His side? ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
334:The grace of God is infinite and beyond our ability to measure. His grace has no beginning and therefore no end. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
335:This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
336:We get the odd notion that God is showing mercy because Jesus died. No. Jesus died because God is showing mercy. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
337:God is too good to be unkind, too wise to be mistaken; and when you cannot trace His hand, you can trust His heart. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
338:There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
339:If God is the Supreme good then our highest blessedness on earth must lie in knowing Him as perfectly as possible. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
340:Maybe God is calling you to do something extraordinary that isn't on your calendar; something to revive your soul! ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
341:[God is] an all-encompassing love that is the source of all, the reality of all, and the being through which I am. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
342:Good things aren't supposed to just fall into your lap. God is very generous, but He expects you to do your part first. ~ audrey-hepburn, @wisdomtrove
343:The door to God is the insecurity of not knowing anything. Bear the grace of that uncertainty and all wisdom will be yours. ~ adyashanti, @wisdomtrove
344:The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
345:There is only one immediate question: Where is God?   The immediate answer is:   God is where   My heart's love-breath is. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
346:We are here to affirm, not to deny... when we affirm all that is God, all that is not God is automatically denied. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
347:Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in Heaven as you are to be there? ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
348:God is able to place stars in their sockets & suspend sky like a curtain; surely He is mighty enough to light your path. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
349:God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”19 likesLike ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
350:I don't believe in God. My God is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. ~ andrew-carnegie, @wisdomtrove
351:Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. ~ abraham-lincoln, @wisdomtrove
352:Some of you had big dreams, but you had some disappointments & now you think it’s over. But God is saying, Begin again. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
353:The greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost thinking about it. ~ blaise-pascal, @wisdomtrove
354:The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace. ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
355:God is the Source of real love, joy, peace, wisdom and everything else we all need to be the people He has created us to be. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
356:Invite good things into your life. When you confess good things based on what God is saying, you'll begin to see more favor! ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
357:The danger of loss of faith in God is not that one will believe in nothing, but rather that one will believe in anything. ~ g-k-chesterton, @wisdomtrove
358:The good news isn't that God is victorious. How can He not be victorious? The good news is we can be victorious, too. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
359:Where God is, there is no other. Where world is, there is no God. These two will never unite. Like light and darkness. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
360: To become God, what must I learn?   M: You must unlearn everything. God is the end of all desire and knowledge. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
361:Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
362:Man creates both his god and his devil in his own image. His god is himself at his best, and his devil himself at his worst. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
363:God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
364:God is more concerned about your heart than your performance. If your heart is right, your performance will eventually catch up. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
365:God is raising up His heroes and the time will come when they will appear and the world will wonder where they came from. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
366:God is not troubled by one who is conservative or liberal, and He certainly never inclines His ear toward a donkey or an elephant. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
367:It's not who you are, but whose you are that counts. Because God is your heavenly Father, doors of opportunity will open for you. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
368:I will not talk to God about how big my problems are. I will talk to my problems about how big my God is. This is my declaration. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
369:Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love... ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
370:The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
371:This is what you are here for: to glorify God and enjoy Him thoroughly and forever, telling the universe how great God is. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
372:All he asks is that we trust Him, that we stand before Him in integrity and faith. God is just waiting for us to trust Him. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
373:God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards. ~ walt-whitman, @wisdomtrove
374:If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to harm any of His beings, we are loving God. ~ meher-baba, @wisdomtrove
375:To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
376:I make mistakes every day. I'm not perfect in my behavior, but I want to be and that's what God is after, a heart that wants to be. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
377:Our God is abundant in love and steadfast in mercy. He saves us, not because we trust in a symbol, but because we trust in a Savior. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
378:The way to God is the opposite to that of the world. And to few, very few, are given to have God and mammon at the same time. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
379:To ask for a purely intellectual proof of the existence of God is like asking for the privilege of being able to see with your ears! ~ meher-baba, @wisdomtrove
380:An affirmation to say everyday: The healing power of God is working in me right now. Eveyr day I get better and better in every way. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
381:God is the most beautiful, and beauty is the expression of God. If you can't appreciate beauty in the world how can you understand God? ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
382:God is the primal being dreaming itself to be all beings. You and I appear to be separate individuals, but essentially we are all God! ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
383:It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
384:My God is not a religious God. My God is nature, my God is everything there is. That's God. Everything is God. I'm a child of that. ~ alice-walker, @wisdomtrove
385:Nature is none other than God in all things. Animals and plants are living effects of Nature; Whence all of God is in all things. ~ giordano-bruno, @wisdomtrove
386:Your surroundings don't matter. God is with you everywhere - in the market place as well as in seclusion or in the church. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
387:God is bigger than every issue you will ever have to face, and you can do whatever you need to do through Christ who strengthens you. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
388:God is the most important thing in our lives. I suppose that's true of everybody's lives, whether or not they want to believe it. ~ nicholas-sparks, @wisdomtrove
389:God is the primal being dreaming itself to be all beings. You and I appear to be separate individuals, but essentially, we are all God! ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
390:In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
391:Love creates new form, changes matter, and holds the cosmos together beyond time and space. It's in every one of us. It's what God is. ~ wayne-dyer, @wisdomtrove
392:You should never lose heart. God is merciful and kind- he has endowed you with the best gift- smile, which can make millions happy. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
393:A low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils. A high view of God is the solution to ten thousand temporal problems. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
394:Nature is none other than God in things... Animals and plants are living effects of Nature; Whence all of God is in all things... ~ giordano-bruno, @wisdomtrove
395:To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
396:Forgiveness is not saying that the one who hurt you was right. Forgiveness is stating that God is faithful and he will do what is right. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
397:What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power of a value system that functions in human life and in the universe. ~ joseph-campbell, @wisdomtrove
398:God appears, and God is Light,To those poor souls who dwell in Night,But does a human form displayTo those who dwell in realms of day. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
399:God is an intelligible sphere—a sphere known to mind, not to the senses—whose center is everywhere and whose circumference nowhere.  ~ joseph-campbell, @wisdomtrove
400:God is formless, and is with form too, and He is that which transcends both form and formlessness. He alone can say what else He is. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
401:I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower - the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence. ~ hellen-keller, @wisdomtrove
402:My faith runs so very much faster than my reason that I can challenge the whole world and say, &
403:The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
404:God is out there watching you, even when you're away from home and that if you put your trust in God, you'll be all right in the end. ~ nicholas-sparks, @wisdomtrove
405:If you ask why we should obey God, in the last resort the answer is, &
406:Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
407:There's plenty about God that I don't understand and can't explain. But I come back to my core belief that God is good, that He's for us. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
408:When we're in the middle of a difficult time, we have to speak against that lie that says, "God is not here." We have to draw near to God. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
409:God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible - what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
410:The problem of disbelieving in God is not that a man ends up believing nothing. Alas, it is much worse.  He ends up believing anything. ~ g-k-chesterton, @wisdomtrove
411:The Providence of God is the great protector of our life and usefulness, and under the divine care we are perfectly safe from danger. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
412:The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
413:God appears, and God is Light, to those poor souls who dwell in Night; but does a Human Form display to those who dwell in realms of Day. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
414:S o long as God seems to be outside and far away, so long there is ignorance. But where God is realized within, that is true knowledge. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
415:The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend — and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him. ~ immanuel-kant, @wisdomtrove
416:Faith is opening and surrendering to God. The spiritual journey does not require going anywhere because God is already with us and in us. ~ thomas-keating, @wisdomtrove
417:No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
418:We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter. God is our eternal fallout shelter. From Strength to Love, 1963 ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
419:If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
420:We are... a Divine work of art, something that God is making... something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
421:God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining. ~ douglas-adams, @wisdomtrove
422:This is all that I've known for certain, that God is love. Even if I have been mistaken on this or that point: God is nevertheless love. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
423:You may be transferred, enlisted, commissioned, reassigned, or hospitalized - but brand this on your heart - you can never go where God is not. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
424:The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man's self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
425:This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
426:A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
427:The old field of space, time, matter, and the senses is to be weeded, dug, and sown for a new crop. We may be tired of that old field: God is not. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
428:The Word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
429:To rejoice in temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is heavenly. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
430:Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly. ~ immanuel-kant, @wisdomtrove
431:God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is. ~ giordano-bruno, @wisdomtrove
432:How anyone cannot see that Nature is God is amazing to me: that they'd rather worship something that can only exist, really, in their own minds. ~ alice-walker, @wisdomtrove
433:Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
434:Your life may have taken a detour, but God is still on the throne. He has brought you this far, and sooner or later, your peace will be restored. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
435:He is not humanity deified. He is not Godhead humanized. He is God. He is man. He is all that God is, and all that man is as God created Him. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
436:Keep doing the right. God is building character in you, and you are passing that test. Remember, the greater the struggle, the greater the reward. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
437:Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply For God doesn't mind your imperfections: He minds your  indifference. ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
438:The blessed and inviting truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and in our worship of Him we should find unspeakable pleasure. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
439:When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
440:At the entrance to the original tower, there is a stone into which Jung carved some words with his own hand: &
441:God is love. There is no judgement and there is no separateness. And the only &
442:In other words, the highest form of the love of God is an immediate spiritual intuition, by which &
443:A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone, for God is multitudinous above all populations of the earth. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
444:God is not related to creatures as though belonging to a different "genus," but as transcending every "genus," and as the principle of all "genera. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
445:Our great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls Do not close a single sermon without addressing the ungodly. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
446:We can seek God and find him! God is knowable, touchable, hearable, seeable, with the mind, the hands, the ears and the eyes of the inner man. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
447:God is not related to creatures as though belonging to a different "genus," but as transcending every "genus," and as the principle of all "genera. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
448:Only those for whom God is present in all things and who make the very best use of their reason, know what true peace is and truly possess heaven. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
449:The sublime God of the mystics is more than a particular divine being with characteristics and a personality. God is the Oneness that unites everything. ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
450:Times may be hard and people may be demanding, but never forget that life is special. Every single day is a special day. God is at work in you! ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
451:I feel like my message is to let people know that God is a good God, that He's on their side, and no matter what happens, He has a great plan for them. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
452:Love for God is obedience; love for God is holiness. To love God and to love man is to be conformed to the image of Christ, and this is salvation. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
453:The will of man without the grace of God is not free at all, but is the permanent prisoner and bondslave of evil since it cannot turn itself to good. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
454:When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
455:Because God is the living God, He can hear; because He is a loving God, He will hear; because He is our covenant God, He has bound Himself to hear. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
456:God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue... He is able to do what you can't. He already has a plan. God's not bewildered. Go to Him. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
457:The reality of loving God is loving him like he's a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
458:Be patient. God is using today's difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow. He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
459:God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
460:I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of &
461:At any rate, cost what it may, to separate ourselves from those who separate themselves from the truth of God is not alone our liberty, but our duty. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
462:God is not merely interestd in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men.He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race. ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
463:When God puts something in your heart and deep down you know it’s a destiny moment, don’t wait for ten confirmations. Do what God is asking you to do now. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
464:God is not a static thing... but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
465:If God is to create or to preserve a creature, God must be present and must make and preserve God's creation both in its innermost and outermost aspects. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
466:I just think that trusting God means we're going to have unanswered questions, and God is so much bigger than us, we're never going to understand them all. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
467:Nature would be scarcely worth a puff of the empty wind if it were not that all Nature is but a temple, of which God is the brightness and the glory. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
468:THE WORD OF GOD IS THE CREATION WE BEHOLD: And it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man. ~ thomas-paine, @wisdomtrove
469:Man was designed in a way in which he must eat in order to give him a solid reason to go to work everyday. This helps to keep him out of trouble. God is wise. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
470:The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
471:[God is] all that is. Everything. Everything. Breath, life. Just get Webster's Dictionary and throw it on the floor. It's everything... God is everything. ~ lyania-vanzant, @wisdomtrove
472:If God is in fact separated from the government, then we can never possibly have a godly government. There's no way for America to be good if she's not godly. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
473:... It all seemed to him to have disappeared as if behind a curtain at a theater. There are such curtains that drop in life. God is moving on to the next act. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
474:The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
475:First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace? ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
476:I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found It. ~ alice-walker, @wisdomtrove
477:The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. God is within us. He is the Soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That is freedom. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
478:First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace? ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
479:There is a reason they call God a presence - because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
480:Even faith in God is only a stage on the way. Ultimately you abandon all, for you come to something so simple that there are no words to express it. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
481:Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
482:God is your safety and your home. You are well embraced." Start living the multi-formity of life from this place. If you can hold on to that, it all becomes one. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
483:I know that God is not going to willfully hurt us. Why there is suffering is the business of the Lord, but He never seems to give us more than we can bear. ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
484:God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God? ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
485:Be hopeful at all times and walk in faith, but above all seek love an walk in it. God is love, and when we walk in love we show Him to those we come in contact with. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
486:Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
487:God is a specialist when the anguish is deep. His ability to heal the soul is profound... but only to those who rely on His wounded Son will experience relief. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
488:God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
489:God is love. His plan for creation can only be rooted in love. Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasoning, offer solace to the human heart? ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
490:I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. ~ meister-eckhart, @wisdomtrove
491:We wonder why we don't have faith; the answer is, faith is confidence in the character of God and if we don't know what kind of God God is, we can't have faith. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
492:If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up? ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
493:God has fallen out of containment in religion and into human hearts—God is incarnating. Our whole unconscious is in an uproar from the God Who wants to know and to be known. ~ carl-jung, @wisdomtrove
494:How important the concept of God is, and how instead of valuing what has been given us, we with light hearts spurn it because of absurdities that have been attached to it. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
495:If you can manage to be thankful in every situation, really believing that God is working everything out for your good, you will end up with the victory every single time. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
496:Everything good or true that the angels inspire in us is God's, so God is constantly talking to us. He talks very differently, though, to one person than to another. ~ emanuel-swedenborg, @wisdomtrove
497:God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don't let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He's still on the throne. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
498:The atonement in Jesus Christ's blood is perfect; there isn't anything that can be added to it. It is spotless, impeccable, flawless. It is perfect as God is perfect. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
499:God is all that is great and wonderful; I am nothing, have nothing, can do nothing. Yet all comes out of me - the source is me; the root, the origin is me. ~ sri-nisargadatta-maharaj, @wisdomtrove
500:I am willing to serve my country, but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove

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1:Everyone's God is One. ~ Sai Baba,
2:God is dead ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
3:My God is rock'n'roll. ~ Lou Reed,
4:The god is the beautiful. ~ Plato,
5:God is a verb ~ William Paul Young,
6:God is dead. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
7:God is in the details! ~ Anonymous,
8:None but God is wise. ~ Pythagoras,
9:Remember who God is. ~ Renee Swope,
10:God is faithful. ~ Jefferson Bethke,
11:God is in the details. ~ Kevin Kwan,
12:God is in the truth. ~ Carol Tavris,
13:God is all and all is God. ~ Eckhart,
14:God is a verb ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
15:God is man idealized. ~ Amiri Baraka,
16:God is found by those, ~ Bulleh Shah,
17:God is love” (I John 4:8) ~ Anonymous,
18:God is not a Christian. ~ Desmond Tutu,
19:God is not a diversion. ~ Desmond Tutu,
20:Only God is awesome. ~ Shane Claiborne,
21:A day to God is a thousand years, ~ RZA,
22:Bidden or not, God is here. ~ Ami McKay,
23:God is enough for them. ~ Blaise Pascal,
24:To forget God is a waste of Time. ~ JB,
25:God is thy law, thou mine. ~ John Milton,
26:God is within you. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
27:My god is transgendered. ~ Krista Bremer,
28:No god is that spiteful. ~ Chris Dietzel,
29:God is in the details. ~ Gustave Flaubert,
30:God is the creator of all things. ~ Kelis,
31:God is the same everywhere. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
32:I say God is the ultimate. ~ Donald Trump,
33:God is greater than God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
34:God is just a statistics. ~ Marilyn Manson,
35:God is the perfect poet. ~ Robert Browning,
36:God is truth and light his shadow. ~ Plato,
37:I know God is my vindicator. ~ Joel Osteen,
38:Listen! God is talking back! ~ Mike Dooley,
39:One with God is a majority. ~ Billy Graham,
40:Sleep in peace, God is awake ~ Victor Hugo,
41:The word of God is my vow. ~ Pittacus Lore,
42:God is greater than God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
43:God is the sum of all that is ~ Mike Dooley,
44:Invited or not, God is present. ~ Carl Jung,
45:My God is better than your God ~ Boy George,
46:Sleep in Peace, God is awake. ~ Victor Hugo,
47:God is a thing that thinks. ~ Baruch Spinoza,
48:God is creativity, not a Creator. ~ Rajneesh,
49:God is God, and I'm not. ~ Stephen Mansfield,
50:God is like a shitty girlfriend. ~ Louis C K,
51:God is love. Yes or no? No. ~ Samuel Beckett,
52:God is not a dead equation! ~ Muhammad Iqbal,
53:God is the mirror of man. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach,
54:Nearness to God is common to us all, ~ Rumi,
55:We are, because God is. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg,
56:Where sanity is there God is. ~ D H Lawrence,
57:Bidden or unbidden, God is present. ~ Erasmus,
58:Clearly, God is a Democrat. ~ Patrick Caddell,
59:Cold or not, God is Present ~ Haruki Murakami,
60:God is all and all is God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
61:God is bigger than people think. ~ Jimmy Dean,
62:God is the opposite of Rodin. ~ Robert Walser,
63:Our God is a forgiving God. ~ George H W Bush,
64:Trust that God is in our corner. ~ Max Lucado,
65:We are, because God is. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg,
66:Your God is too Small ~ John Bertram Phillips,
67:God is a name we give to love. ~ Nancy Pickard,
68:God is God because he remembers. ~ Elie Wiesel,
69:God is love? Not bloody likely. ~ Edward Abbey,
70:God is only mocked by believers. ~ Anne Sexton,
71:The grace of God is courtesy. ~ Hilaire Belloc,
72:To see God is to be God. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
73:We are artists, because God is. ~ Peter Kreeft,
74:Where there is peace, God is. ~ George Herbert,
75:Called or not, God is always there. ~ Carl Jung,
76:God is a luxury I can't afford. ~ Martin Landau,
77:God is not afraid of new things. ~ Pope Francis,
78:God is predictably unpredictable. ~ R T Kendall,
79:God is the nest we build together. ~ Gene Wolfe,
80:The Kingdom of God is Within You, ~ Leo Tolstoy,
81:The Kingdom of God is Within You. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
82:To seek God is a lifelong pursuit. ~ R C Sproul,
83:Where love is, there God is also. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
84:All that is not God is death. ~ George MacDonald,
85:Called or not, God is always there. ~ Carl Jung,
86:God is a hacker, not an engineer ~ Francis Crick,
87:God is both Just and the Justifier. ~ R C Sproul,
88:God is dead and I am his replacement. ~ J D Robb,
89:God is good and I am always loved. ~ Ann Voskamp,
90:God is on the side of the winner. ~ Neil Strauss,
91:I fear nothing for God is with me! ~ Joan of Arc,
92:If God is anonymous, let it be. ~ Santosh Kalwar,
93:One man with God is a majority. ~ Brother Andrew,
94:The Grace of God is in courtesy’; ~ Evelyn Waugh,
95:You will never go where God is not. ~ Max Lucado,
96:Bach is Bach just as God is God. ~ Hector Berlioz,
97:God is always at war with sin ~ G Campbell Morgan,
98:God is an idea, the devil is us. ~ Joe R Lansdale,
99:God is a verb, not a noun. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
100:God is either cruel or incompetent. ~ Woody Allen,
101:God is in everything and everybody. ~ Silas House,
102:God is in the details. ~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,
103:God is just a name for our wonder. ~ Nadeem Aslam,
104:God is never late, we're just impatient. ~ LeCrae,
105:God is the collective ego of the world ~ Rajneesh,
106:Go to sleep in peace. God is awake. ~ Victor Hugo,
107:If God is male, then the male is God. ~ Mary Daly,
108:I know God is working so I smile! ~ Kirk Franklin,
109:No god is absent where prudence dwells. ~ Juvenal,
110:Not to enjoy God is to dishonor Him. ~ John Piper,
111:The only way to know god is to become god. ~ Osho,
112:We don't get to decide who God is. ~ Francis Chan,
113:We don’t get to decide who God is. ~ Francis Chan,
114:Whoever possesses God is happy. ~ Saint Augustine,
115:Your God is altogether too human. ~ Martin Luther,
116:For me, I believe in God, God is real. ~ Spike Lee,
117:God is a creator, not a law giver. ~ Norman Mailer,
118:God is always at work around you. ~ Henry Blackaby,
119:God is always the last resource. ~ Alexandre Dumas,
120:God is bigger than the Christian faith. ~ Rob Bell,
121:God is more powerful than disease. ~ Dee Henderson,
122:God is with me, helping me. ~ Norman Vincent Peale,
123:Life Isn’t Fair, but God Is Faithful ~ Joyce Meyer,
124:My god is narrative filmmaking. ~ Darren Aronofsky,
125:Only God is perfect. Men are not. ~ Sister Souljah,
126:The awe of God is wisdom. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
127:The impotence of God is infinite. ~ Anatole France,
128:There is no place where God is not. ~ Maya Angelou,
129:Where love is, there God is also. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
130:God is clever, but not dishonest. ~ Albert Einstein,
131:God is more lasting than the white man. ~ Malcolm X,
132:God is never early and never late. ~ David Jeremiah,
133:God is not described in equations. ~ Sean M Carroll,
134:God is on the side of the oppressed. ~ Desmond Tutu,
135:God is silent. The devil whispers… ~ Donato Carrisi,
136:God is the creature, not the creator. ~ Dan Simmons,
137:GOD is watching us, from a Distance. ~ Bette Midler,
138:I am the writer, but God is the author. ~ C S Lewis,
139:Your god is too small for my universe. ~ Carl Sagan,
140:God is either everything, or He is nothing. ~ Bill W,
141:God is just another artist, like me. ~ Salvador Dali,
142:God is Love. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, John, 1 4:7-21,
143:God is love, but get it in writing. ~ Gypsy Rose Lee,
144:God is never late, but rarely early. ~ Mother Teresa,
145:God is no other than the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
146:God is one whole; we are the parts. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
147:I believe that God is very real. ~ John Shelby Spong,
148:If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Anonymous,
149:The best of it all is, God is with us. ~ John Wesley,
150:The Word of God is like a lamp to guide us. ~ Origen,
151:A comprehended god is no god. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
152:A man with God is always in the majority. ~ John Knox,
153:God is a politician; so is the devil. ~ Carrie Nation,
154:God is a scientist, not a magician. ~ Albert Einstein,
155:God is at work, even in our storms. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
156:God is in me or else is not at all. ~ Wallace Stevens,
157:God is not dead-He is merely unemployed. ~ Walt Kelly,
158:God is not in strength but in truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
159:God is pure, and the same to all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
160:God is the shield of the nonviolent. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
161:Good days. Bad days. God is in all days. ~ Max Lucado,
162:HEB12.29 For our God is a consuming fire. ~ Anonymous,
163:If God is not sovereign, God is not God. ~ R C Sproul,
164:if God is not sovereign, God is not God. ~ R C Sproul,
165:I said all along that God is in control. ~ Tony Dungy,
166:Knowing the Self, God is known. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
167:She received it as a god is received, ~ Pauline R age,
168:All but God is changing day by day. ~ Charles Kingsley,
169:As God is my witness, he is broken in half! ~ Jim Ross,
170:Fear not because God is with you. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina,
171:God is easy to please but hard to satisfy. ~ C S Lewis,
172:God is here. We are loved. It is enough. ~ Kate Bowler,
173:God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous ~ C S Lewis,
174:God is love so all God does is loving. ~ Scot McKnight,
175:God is not mean, but he is dangerous. ~ Dallas Willard,
176:God is strongest when we are weakest. ~ Janice Cantore,
177:God is the designer of the family. ~ Gordon B Hinckley,
178:God is too big for just one religion. ~ Michael Franti,
179:In the desert, the only god is a well. ~ Vera Nazarian,
180:Trusting God is a decision, not a feeling. ~ Dan Walsh,
181:Without living Truth, God is nowhere. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
182:You know my God. My God is called love ~ Mother Teresa,
183:God is a fountain flowing into itself. ~ Pope Dionysius,
184:God is a lonely place without steak. ~ Charles Bukowski,
185:God is always good and I am always loved. ~ Ann Voskamp,
186:God is always the upholder of justice. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
187:God is a verb. —Buckminster Fuller ~ William Paul Young,
188:God is a witness that cannot be sworn. ~ Samuel Beckett,
189:God is best known in not knowing him. ~ Saint Augustine,
190:God is directing every one of your steps. ~ Joel Osteen,
191:God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy. ~ C S Lewis,
192:God is for men, and religion for women. ~ Joseph Conrad,
193:God is God. His name doesn't matter. ~ Christopher Pike,
194:God is God. His name doesn’t matter. ~ Christopher Pike,
195:God is good all the time. Every time. ~ Russell Wilson,
196:God is not only true, but Truth itself. ~ Pope Leo XIII,
197:God is the composer; you are the song. ~ Steve Maraboli,
198:God is the poetic genius in each of us. ~ William Blake,
199:Happy is that people whose God is the Lord. ~ Anonymous,
200:In the universe there is nothing which God is not. ~ id,
201:My God is love and sweetly suffers all. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
202:No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. ~ John Muir,
203:The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. ~ Plato,
204:The true word of God is written in our heart. ~ KRS One,
205:To me, God is like this happy bus driver. ~ Jerry Stahl,
206:We are not the end of the gospel; God is. ~ David Platt,
207:All that God is, will supply your need. ~ Thomas Goodwin,
208:and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? ~ Jack Kerouac,
209:Bidden or unbidden, God is present. ~ Desiderius Erasmus,
210:God is all the good stuff. God equals love. ~ Amy Harmon,
211:God is a placebo for your own mortality. ~ Robert Barron,
212:God is dead but my hair is perfect. ~ Bernard Henri Levy,
213:God is in the questions, not the answers. ~ Iimani David,
214:God is joy, God is ecstasy, and God is love. ~ Anonymous,
215:God is not a symbol of goodness; ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
216:God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause. ~ Aeschylus,
217:God is subtle but he is not malicious. ~ Albert Einstein,
218:God is the one who chooses our rulers ~ Katherine Harris,
219:God is the pain of the fear of death ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky,
220:If God is a crutch, then atheism is a coma. ~ Brad Stine,
221:Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. ~ Rumi,
222:The pursuit of joy in God is not optional. ~ John Piper,
223:To a good spender God is the Treasurer. ~ George Herbert,
224:After all, God is God because he remembers. ~ Elie Wiesel,
225:For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. ~ Anonymous,
226:God is an experience of supreme love. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
227:God is an iron... and that's a hot one. ~ Spider Robinson,
228:God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live. ~ Stephen King,
229:[God is] everything in the creative force. ~ Marie Forleo,
230:God is good, there is no devil but fear. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
231:God is in the tiger as well as in the lamb. ~ John Updike,
232:God is not a watchmaker. God is a pimp. ~ Anthony Capella,
233:God is not He who is, but That which is. ~ Baruch Spinoza,
234:God is the pain of the fear of death ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
235:God is to be trusted in the use of means. ~ Matthew Henry,
236:God is what you do, not what you believe in. ~ Tim Winton,
237:My faith in God is such that I am not afraid. ~ Malcolm X,
238:that "one with God is a majority. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn,
240:Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. ~ Anonymous,
241:God is definitely out of the closet. ~ Marianne Williamson,
242:God is even kinder than you think. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
243:God is only a great imaginative experience. ~ D H Lawrence,
244:If God is dead, then man is dead too. ~ William Lane Craig,
245:Men to whom God is dead worship one another. ~ Harry Crews,
246:Nature is to zoos as God is to churches. ~ Margaret Atwood,
247:Our God Is Alive and Well. Sorry About Yours. ~ Carl Sagan,
248:p If God is for us, who can be [9] against us? ~ Anonymous,
249:The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted ~ Fred Rogers,
250:The peace of God is the goal of the Course ~ Gary R Renard,
251:Faith is acting like God is telling the truth. ~ Tony Evans,
252:God is a friend to the poor orphan child. ~ Charlotte Bront,
253:God is big enough to meet us anywhere. A ~ Elizabeth Esther,
254:God is fucking stealing souls again! ~ Stephen Adly Guirgis,
255:God is nearer to us than our own spirit ~ Julian of Norwich,
256:God is not confined by what you can imagine. ~ Louie Giglio,
257:God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. ~ Woody Allen,
258:God is the explanation of all things. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin,
259:I am a great Sinner and God is a great Savior ~ John Newton,
260:If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Paul the Apostle,
261:If God is on our side, he'll stop the next war. ~ Bob Dylan,
262:If the answer is simple, God is speaking. ~ Albert Einstein,
263:Life is a lease and God is the landlord. ~ Sarah Strohmeyer,
264:Prayer gets us in on what God is doing. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
265:Say what you like: God is just, after all. ~ Oliver P tzsch,
266:The mark of a man of God is God upon the man. ~ Paul Washer,
267:The one thing that hinders God is our unbelief. ~ F B Meyer,
268:The presence of God is the finest of rewards. ~ Yann Martel,
269:faith is acting as if God is telling the truth. ~ Tony Evans,
270:God is a concept by which we measure our pain. ~ John Lennon,
271:God is a tender pervert, and the angels are voyeurs. ~ Momus,
272:God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart,
273:God is even in a single parent household. ~ Karen Salmansohn,
274:God is faithful even when his children are not. ~ Max Lucado,
275:God is liberal of color; so should man be. ~ Herman Melville,
276:God is Man's greatest invention ~ Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar,
277:God is sovereign. His grace cannot be tamed. ~ R Kent Hughes,
278:God is the absolute truth... ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
279:I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind ~ Countee Cullen,
280:I will not fail: God is always victorious. ~ James MacDonald,
281:Just because you are idle, don’t assume God is. ~ Max Lucado,
282:Right now, God is working all around you. ~ Henry T Blackaby,
283:To love God is to cooperate with His grace. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
284:35Whoever does the will of God is My true family. ~ Anonymous,
285:A perfect God is the creation of a conceited man ~ Joyce Cary,
286:Either God is real or he isn't; I'm ok with that. ~ Anonymous,
287:God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart,
288:God is a twelve year old boy with Asperger's. ~ Eugene Mirman,
289:God is in you as the ocean is in the wave. ~ Eric Butterworth,
290:God is just like Jesus – exactly like him! ~ George MacDonald,
291:God is not a franchise of the Republican Party. ~ Dick Durbin,
292:God is not an objective correlative reality. ~ Frederick Lenz,
293:God is not repetitive; His creativity is infinite. ~ Rajneesh,
294:God is the creator of all good plot twists! ~ Shannon L Alder,
295:God is the only Friend for the Soul on the Way to God. ~ Rumi,
296:God is top predator in the pyramid of food chain. ~ Toba Beta,
297:Humankind's ladder to God is a ladder of deeds. ~ Sholem Asch,
298:If God is your partner, make your plans BIG! ~ Dwight L Moody,
299:Is there a God? No. God is a verb, not a noun. ~ Micky Dolenz,
300:I think God is the most fantastic designer. ~ Roberto Cavalli,
301:I will say, just being here, God is good, man. ~ Derrick Rose,
302:Love is a discovery, God is an invention. ~ Thiruman Archunan,
303:Love is a discovery. God is an invention. ~ Thiruman Archunan,
304:The last story: God is everything, God is good. ~ Byron Katie,
305:True knowledge of God is born out of obedience. ~ John Calvin,
306:We must always remember that God is Love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
307:God is absence. God is the solitude of man. ~ Jean Paul Sartre,
308:God is and all is well. ~ John Greenleaf Whittier, My Birthday,
309:God is a scandal, - a profitable scandal. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
310:God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy. ~ George MacDonald,
311:God is not bothered by your persistence. Keep asking. ~ LeCrae,
312:God is not good, or else he could do better. ~ Meister Eckhart,
313:God is not outside this earthly case of ours. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
314:God is not the author of all things, but of good only. ~ Plato,
315:God is only a great imaginative experience.
~ D H Lawrence,
316:God is only God when he is acting as such. ~ Gordon B Hinckley,
317:God is silent. Everything comes out of silence. ~ Mother Meera,
318:God is the source. Everything else is a resource. ~ Tony Evans,
319:God is too large to be housed under one roof. ~ Roger Williams,
320:God is with us, and His power is around us. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
321:God is with us, not beyond us, in suffering. ~ Christian Wiman,
322:Mark it down. You will never go where God is not. ~ Max Lucado,
323:One of the faces of God is the face of a woman. ~ Paulo Coelho,
324:The greatest fear comes when God is a stranger. ~ Billy Graham,
325:What a comfort to know that God is a poet. ~ Rachel Held Evans,
326:Whatever you love more than God is your idol. ~ Dwight L Moody,
327:conviction that God is good and that everything ~ Philip Yancey,
328:For right is right, since God is God. ~ Frederick William Faber,
329:God is bad, truth is a cheat, and life is a joke. ~ Jack London,
330:God is everywhere! the God who framed ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
331:God is gracious to some very peculiar people. ~ Wallace Stevens,
332:God is love and if you are ready, he always is. ~ Lenny Kravitz,
333:God is near whether you sense His presence or not. ~ Max Lucado,
334:God is on the side of the big battalions. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
335:God is on the side of the heaviest cannon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
336:God is on the side with the best artillery ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
337:God is the love that moves the sun and stars. ~ Dante Alighieri,
338:God is the water, and you are the faucet. ~ Marianne Williamson,
339:I can rest in the fact that God is in control. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
340:If God is your problem, only God is your solution. ~ Tony Evans,
341:Nature is a volume of which God is the author. ~ William Harvey,
342:Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. ~ David,
343:The glory of God is humankind fully alive. ~ Ignatius of Loyola,
344:The holiness of God is traumatic to unholy people. ~ R C Sproul,
345:The main thing I need to know about God is I'm not. ~ Anonymous,
346:To comedians and humorists, God is laugh. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
347:For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. ~ Anonymous,
348:God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. ~ Max Lucado,
349:God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions. ~ Voltaire,
350:God is an awesome mathematician and physicist. ~ Francis Collins,
351:God is for you and has a great plan for your life. ~ Joyce Meyer,
352:God is gone up on high with a triumphant noise. ~ Charles Wesley,
353:God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. ~ Rick Warren,
354:God is not an optional extra, He's an absolute must! ~ C S Lewis,
355:God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play. ~ Link Wray,
356:God is Unity, but always works in variety. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
357:God is voluptuous and delicious. — Meister Eckhart ~ Matthew Fox,
358:If god is truly god, he is perfect, lacking nothing. ~ Euripides,
359:Invoked or not invoked, the god is present. ~ Desiderius Erasmus,
360:No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still ~ Corrie ten Boom,
361:Perhaps God is not dead; perhaps God himself is mad. ~ R D Laing,
362:The finding of God is the coming to one's own self. ~ Meher Baba,
363:The Kingdom of God is within you and all around you. ~ Anonymous,
364:The surest sign that God is alive in you is joy. ~ Robert Barron,
365:The will of God is single and totally one in Him. ~ William Ames,
366:Though God may be Love, God is Truth above all. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
367:To be loved by God is the highest relationship. ~ Henry Blackaby,
368:To love God is to cooperate with His grace. And ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
369:We have nothing to fear, because God is sovereign. ~ David Platt,
370:We need to return to the simplicity that God is love. ~ Rob Bell,
371:When the solution is simple, God is answering. ~ Albert Einstein,
372:All true knowledge of God is born out of obedience. ~ John Calvin,
373:God is able to do more than man can understand. ~ Thomas a Kempis,
374:God is actually inside. He lives in our hearts. ~ George Harrison,
375:God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat. ~ H L Mencken,
376:God is behind everything, but everything hides God. ~ Victor Hugo,
377:God is defined by Jesus but not confined to Jesus. ~ Huston Smith,
378:God is near you, is with you, is inside you. ~ Seneca the Younger,
379:God is simple, everything else is complex ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
380:God is sufficient in all ages for His church. ~ John Nelson Darby,
381:God is the food our spirits were designed to feed on. ~ C S Lewis,
382:Happy are the people whose God is the LORD! ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
383:If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk. ~ Charles Bukowski,
384:I have second thoughts. Maybe God is malicious. ~ Albert Einstein,
385:I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk. ~ John Huston,
386:Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. ~ Oswald Chambers,
387:The highest God and the innermost God is one God. ~ Ernest Holmes,
388:The mercy of God is infinite and unconditional. ~ David R Hawkins,
389:The reign of God is his reign over all things. ~ Lesslie Newbigin,
390:The rich and the poor have met, God is their light. ~ John Ruskin,
391:To those whose God is honor; only disgrace is a sin. ~ David Hare,
392:What you do in secret tells you who your God is. ~ Timothy Keller,
393:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. ~ Anonymous,
394:A beautiful god is the most noble product of Man. ~ Franz Hartmann,
395:All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me. ~ Saint Augustine,
396:And your God is nothing but a teddy bear for grown-ups. You ~ Osho,
397:An honest God is the noblest work of man. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
398:Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer. ~ Anne Lamott,
399:Atheists think the devil is just a silly as God is. ~ Hemant Mehta,
400:Because you cannot see him, God is everywhere. ~ Yasunari Kawabata,
401:Beware of the man whose God is in the skies. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
402:God is a dark night to man in this life. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
403:God is always present in love and in suffering. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber,
404:God is always with the strongest battalions. ~ Frederick The Great,
405:God is an Indian giver who gives only occasionally. ~ Jack Kerouac,
406:God is in his Heaven and the first night was a wow. ~ John le Carr,
407:God Is, Lucifer is a devil, and there is a Hell. ~ E A Bucchianeri,
408:God is merciful in what He sometimes lets us forget. ~ Chaim Potok,
409:God is not a killjoy; he just opposes what kills joy. ~ John Piper,
410:God is not a person. God is an eternal principle. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
411:God is real by any name you chose, or none at all. ~ Deepak Chopra,
412:God is the Creator; Satan is the counterfeiter. ~ Edwin Louis Cole,
413:God is the electricity and we are the lamps. ~ Marianne Williamson,
414:God is the shortest distance from zero to infinity. ~ Alfred Jarry,
415:Identity apart from God is inherently unstable. ~ Timothy J Keller,
416:If God is your world, what have you to fear? ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins,
417:Satyagraha is search for Truth, and God is Truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
418:the first road to God is prayer, the second is joy. ~ Paulo Coelho,
419:The Glory of God is a human being fully alive. ~ Irenaeus of Lyons,
420:The reason for our loving God is God. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
421:To be unknown to God is entirely too much privacy. ~ Thomas Merton,
422:All that we do without offering it to God is wasted. ~ John Vianney,
423:But God is everywhere; Tarshish he never reached. ~ Herman Melville,
424:God is a dark night to man in this life. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
425:God is either your worst enemy or your best friend. ~ Matthew Henry,
426:God is going to release you from leasing into owning. ~ Joel Osteen,
427:God is in everything whether I'm mentioning him or not. ~ Nick Cave,
428:God is in his Heaven, all's right with the world. ~ Robert Browning,
429:God is in his Heaven and the first night was a wow. ~ John le Carre,
430:God is not a thing to be achieved, but a thing to be. ~ Sri Chinmoy,
431:God is our fortress, in whose conquering name ~ William Shakespeare,
432:God is still God, despite what we believe about him. ~ Elicia Hyder,
433:God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: ~ C S Lewis,
434:God is the place where I do not remember the rest. ~ Joseph Joubert,
435:God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Anonymous,
436:God is tolerant in that He asks everyone to repent. ~ Mark Driscoll,
437:God is trying to woo us into a love affair with God. ~ Desmond Tutu,
438:God is worshipped only inpictures, images, idols. ~ Sathya Sai Baba,
439:In the movies, God is an actor just like everyone else. ~ Kris Kidd,
440:Knowing God is more important than knowing about God. ~ Karl Rahner,
441:Love of God is not always the same as love of good. ~ Hermann Hesse,
442:Perfection does not exist - only God is perfect. ~ Carolina Herrera,
443:Rather, the very nature of God is community in unity. ~ Daryl Aaron,
444:The kingdom of God is a glorious and gigantic party! ~ Tony Campolo,
445:The love of God is not created- it is His nature. ~ Oswald Chambers,
446:Then we see that the same God is within ourselves. ~ Frederick Lenz,
447:The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God. ~ J I Packer,
448:The speech of God is silence. His Word is solitude. ~ Thomas Merton,
449:To silence the Voice of God is damnation in time! ~ Oswald Chambers,
450:God has a plan and God is in control of everything ~ Beyonce Knowles,
451:God is about to eliminate the white man from this earth. ~ Malcolm X,
452:God is everyone's pleasure and also a prejudice! ~ Thiruman Archunan,
453:God is good," said Akram.
"Fuckin' A," said Milo. ~ Michael Poore,
454:God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. ~ Billy Currington,
455:God is letting me shine, because I've got a good heart. ~ ASAP Rocky,
456:God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. ~ John the Apostle,
457:God is Love, my friends- nothing more, nothing less. ~ Sylvia Browne,
458:God is more interested in declaring than explaining. ~ Matt Chandler,
459:God is not someone who can be tacked on to our lives. ~ Francis Chan,
460:God is on the side with the best artillery. NAPOLEON ~ Alex Berenson,
461:God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse. ~ Plutarch,
462:God is the one thing, the only thing, I know is true. ~ Dana Mentink,
463:God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate ~ Max Lucado,
464:Hell is a hell of a lie! God is not a torturer! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
465:He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love. ~ I John IV. 8,
466:I am the drum on which God is beating out his message. ~ Joan of Arc,
467:In fall, God is remembered; in rise, forgotten. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
468:I refuse to believe that God is a weak left-hander. ~ Wolfgang Pauli,
469:my god is not as unreachable as they’d like you to think ~ Rupi Kaur,
470:My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just ~ Thomas Jefferson,
471:My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. ~ Albert Einstein,
472:Only God is in a position to look down upon someone. ~ Habeeb Akande,
473:remember that if God is perfect Love, then He is not ~ Gary R Renard,
474:The magic of God is three. We were the magic of God. ~ Justin Torres,
475:To believe in God is to give your heart to God. ~ Frederick Buechner,
476:To be unknown to God is altogether too much privacy. ~ Thomas Merton,
477:To choose life with God is to choose a blessed life. ~ Brian Houston,
478:To comprehend God is difficult, to speak of Him impossible. ~ Hermes,
479:We preceive that God is in all of those we give to. ~ Frederick Lenz,
480:As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again. ~ Margaret Mitchell,
481:As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. ~ Orson Scott Card,
482:At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father. ~ Sigmund Freud,
483:Even God is said to be unable to use force against necessity. ~ Plato,
484:Every life will be better if God is at the center of it ~ Bill Hybels,
485:God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved. ~ Andr Gide,
486:God is a place you will wait for the rest of your life. ~ Jeff Mangum,
487:God is good to all in some ways and to some in all ways. ~ J I Packer,
488:God is Great
Beer is Good
and People are Crazy ~ Carolyn Brown,
489:God is not dumb, that he should speak no more; ~ James Russell Lowell,
490:God is not free from human beings but for them. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
491:God is only a word dreamed up to explain the world ~ Gustave Flaubert,
492:God is so angry. All that power, and so mean with it. ~ Quentin Crisp,
493:God is the silent partner in ALL great enterprises. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
494:God is the tangential point between zero and infinity. ~ Alfred Jarry,
495:God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate. ~ Max Lucado,
496:God is waiting for you to start making healthy choices. ~ Rick Warren,
497:* Greatness of God is always revealed in simple things ~ Paulo Coelho,
498:He who desires nothing but God is rich and happy. ~ Alphonsus Liguori,
499:I believe that the wilderness is where God is found. ~ Jonathan Kozol,
500:If there is Predestination, then God is the devil. ~ Mary Ann Shaffer,
501:I’m not alone, I will never be alone. God is with me, ~ Mark A Cooper,
502:It’s simple: when God is for you, who can be against you? ~ Ray Lewis,
503:Men — walking, talking proof that God is a sadist. ~ Cherise Sinclair,
504:Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile. ~ Noam Chomsky,
505:The commonplace becomes exceptional when God is involved. ~ Judy Baer,
506:The glory of God is humankind fully alive. ~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola,
507:The glory of God is man fully alive. (Saint Irenaeus) ~ John Eldredge,
508:The glory of God is that you can't outs in His grace. ~ Matt Chandler,
509:The glory of God is the human person fully alive. ~ Irenaeus of Lyons,
510:The grace of God is a wind which is always blowing. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
511:The mind of God is a mystery and none can understand it. ~ Rae Carson,
512:The true work of God is all good, since it is existence. ~ Maimonides,
513:To know God and to live is the same thing. God is Life. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
514:What God is to the world, that parents are to their children. ~ Philo,
515:You know what I'm afraid of? That God is sick of us. ~ Naguib Mahfouz,
516:A holy God is both just and merciful. He is never unjust. ~ R C Sproul,
517:A life of intimacy with God is characterized by joy. ~ Oswald Chambers,
518:A theology whose god is a metaphor is wasting its time. ~ Mason Cooley,
519:For everything that happens to a Christian, God is aware. ~ T B Joshua,
520:God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved. ~ Andre Gide,
521:God is busy making you someone no one else has ever been. ~ Beth Moore,
522:God is cruel, sometimes he makes you live. ~ Stephen King, Desperation,
523:God is love. But I'm not sure God is absolutely brilliant. ~ Anne Rice,
524:God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. ~ Mary Baker Eddy,
525:God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him. ~ John Piper,
526:God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
527:God is our father, but even more is God our mother. ~ Pope John Paul I,
528:God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color. ~ James McBride,
529:God is the partner of your most intimate soliloquies ~ Viktor E Frankl,
530:God is too cool to join any of his unauthorized fan clubs. ~ Anonymous,
531:God is within her. She will not fail. — Psalm 46:5 ~ Sara Avant Stover,
532:I am self-taught. In other words, God is my teacher. ~ Akiane Kramarik,
533:If God is the author of life, there must be a script. ~ Ravi Zacharias,
534:If Nature is our mother, then God is our father. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
535:Of whom shall I be afraid? One with God is a majority. ~ Martin Luther,
536:The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him. ~ Blaise Pascal,
537:Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling. ~ Aristotle,
538:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
539:We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
540:Whatever you imagine, God is the opposite of that. ~ Dhul Nun al Misri,
541:Your separation from God is the hardest work you will ever do. ~ Hafez,
542:Any method of evangelism will work—if God is in it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
543:Belief in one God is the cornerstone of all religions. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
544:Belief is something you have in church, and God is dead! ~ H kan Nesser,
545:Beware of making a woman cry. God is counting her tears. ~ Paulo Coelho,
546:Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone. ~ Guru Arjan,
547:God is a dream-giving God. He’s given you and me dreams. ~ Louie Giglio,
548:God is closer to us than water is to a fish. ~ Saint Catherine of Siena,
549:God is coming to intersect us in our funeral processions ~ Louie Giglio,
550:God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good. ~ Shane Harper,
551:God is in everything I do and all my work glorifies Him. ~ Dolly Parton,
552:God is my shield,           who saves the upright in heart. ~ Anonymous,
553:God is not dead; nor doth He sleep; ... ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
554:God is not hostile to sinners, but only to unbelievers. ~ Martin Luther,
555:God is self and self is God and God is a person like myself. ~ Alex Mar,
556:God is willing to walk the earth again incarnate in us. ~ Eugenia Price,
557:He who knows what God is, studies to avoid sin. ~ Benedict Joseph Labre,
558:If God is God, we cant be afraid of what we can learn. ~ Krista Tippett,
559:I think God is something that People use to avoid reality. ~ James Frey,
560:Some nights he thinks they are just a dream God is having ~ Silas House,
561:The best form in which to worship God is every form. ~ Neem Karoli Baba,
562:The only excuse for God is that he doesn't exist. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
563:The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself. ~ Helen Schucman,
564:To be known by God is the highest goal of human existence. ~ R C Sproul,
565:To believe in God is to see that life has meaning ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
566:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
567:To the honest and open mind, God is self-evident. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
568:Trusting God is the answer. He will never let you down. ~ Larry Burkett,
569:We must remember that people are not our source - God is. ~ Joyce Meyer,
570:When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea. ~ Whoopi Goldberg,
571:Do we get what we want? Yes, we get what we want. God is that ~ Rob Bell,
572:Everyone has a purpose because God is a purposeful God. ~ Iyanla Vanzant,
573:For GOD is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. ~ Anonymous,
574:God is a concept by which we measure our pain. ~ John Lennon, God (1970),
575:God is a geometrician. ~ Attributed to Plato, but not found in his works,
576:God is always close to us, whether we pray to him or not. ~ Paulo Coelho,
577:God is forever seeking to speak Himself out to His creation. ~ A W Tozer,
578:God is its author, and not man; he laid ~ John Gardiner Calkins Brainard,
579:God is love, and love is God. And God is everywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
580:... God is not a Sunday plumber - he's always available... ~ John Geddes,
581:God is not worshiped where He is not treasured and enjoyed. ~ John Piper,
582:God is our Father and our God, but only in Christ Jesus. ~ Martin Luther,
583:God is what keeps us together after the love is gone. ~ Douglas Coupland,
584:If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b NKJV) ~ Anonymous,
585:Intimacy with God is to be preferred above material wealth. ~ Max Anders,
586:It’s simple: worshiping God is done through loving others. ~ Mick Mooney,
587:Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write. ~ James T Farrell,
588:The glory of God is a human being fully alive. —Ireneaus1 ~ Gerald G May,
589:The greatest manifestation of the miracle of God is life. ~ Paulo Coelho,
590:The only thing God is afraid of is a strong-willed human. ~ Pawan Mishra,
591:The power of God is within me. The grace of God surrounds me. ~ Ram Dass,
592:The quintessence of the word of God is Christ. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
593:Who knows, perhaps God is simply the search for God. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis,
594:Why should I be sober when God is so clearly dusted out his mind? ~ El P,
595:And me, I know that there is a god. Cause I know who god is. ~ Bob Marley,
596:An omnipotent God is the only being with no reason to lie. ~ Mason Cooley,
597:Beware when making a woman cry. God is counting her tears. ~ Paulo Coelho,
598:For us … to long for God is to long for a perfect love. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
599:God is a crutch? Yeah, well, not believing in God is a coma. ~ Brad Stine,
600:God is at the end, when we thinke he is furthest off it. ~ George Herbert,
601:God is found in this Life ... to wait for another is folly. ~ Dan Simmons,
602:God is not a granter of wishes. God is a ruthless bitch. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
603:God is so great that the greatness precludes existence. ~ Raimon Panikkar,
604:God is the Audience of One. There are no secrets from Him. ~ Randy Alcorn,
605:God is the I AM that I AM not the I AM that we wish. ~ Jen Pollock Michel,
606:God is within you, open your heart and uncover that godliness. ~ Amit Ray,
607:How things stand, is God. God is, how things stand. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
608:If your sin feels "too big," your vision of God is too small. ~ Mark Hart,
609:in the grocery store. Our obedience to God is evidence ~ Stormie Omartian,
610:Mr. Durukan, if God is dead then everything is conspiracy. ~ Ian McDonald,
611:The bottom line is that God is holding everything together. ~ Joyce Meyer,
612:The highest revelation is that God is in every man. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
613:The only thing God is building in this world is his church. ~ Bakht Singh,
614:To love God is something greater than to know Him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
615:Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back. ~ Herodotus,
616:Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. ~ Anonymous,
617:Even when God is your co-pilot, it pays to pack a parachute. ~ Dean Koontz,
618:For me, the existence of nonexistence of God is a nonissue. ~ Greg Graffin,
619:God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul. ~ Jean Paul,
620:God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
621:God is everywhere, in the smallest grain of sand. ~ Caspar David Friedrich,
622:God is gracious beyond the power of language to describe. ~ Francis Asbury,
623:God is in no hurry, so why should I be?”), Griffith ~ Siddhartha Mukherjee,
624:God is love. I have loved. Therefore, I will go to heaven. ~ Imelda Marcos,
625:God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him ~ John Piper,
626:God is no respector of persons, but He does play favorites. ~ Tommy Tenney,
627:God is the Poet, and we are the verses or songs He writes. ~ Martin Luther,
628:God is the story nature tells to those who are listening. ~ Steve Maraboli,
629:If God is love, then God has no stepchildren to love. ~ John Henrik Clarke,
630:I know that I can never be alone as God is there with me. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
631:Lucifer: God? God is love. I don't love you. ~ Gregory Widen, The Prophecy,
632:Mark it down in permanent ink: God is always at work. ~ Charles R Swindoll,
633:Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all. ~ Albert Einstein,
634:Nothing's real ,but all is possible if God is on my side ~ Michael Jackson,
635:Only he who knows God is truly moral. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling,
636:The fear of God is the only cure for the fear of people. ~ Craig Groeschel,
637:The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for. ~ Jim Elliot,
638:They tell me there are many gods, for god is in each of us ~ Brian L Weiss,
639:To believe in God is to see that life has a meaning. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
640:Walk and talk in manner of love or charity, for God is love. ~ Alveda King,
641:What I believe about God is the most important thing about me. ~ A W Tozer,
642:When God is all you have, then all you have, is all you need. ~ Max Lucado,
643:Abidance in God is the only true posture. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk, 234,
644:A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless. ~ Simone Weil,
645:Because God is love, He could not completely cast man aside. ~ Billy Graham,
646:Faith in God is the sole answer to the mystery of evil. ~ Richard Wurmbrand,
647:From Jesus I learn that God is on the side of the sufferer. ~ Philip Yancey,
648:God is a spa-bath of water and we are all individual bubbles ~ Phil Collins,
649:God is cruel,” David said in a voice almost too low to hear. ~ Stephen King,
650:God is glorious, he is indestructible truth, eternal beauty. ~ Benedict XVI,
651:God is good to me, even when life doesn’t feel good to me. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
652:God is love and we are in our weakness imperfect gods. ~ Antoine the Healer,
653:...God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. ~ D A Carson,
654:God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. ~ John Piper,
655:God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. ~ John Piper,
656:God is the answer to every question.
   ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan, [T5], #index,
657:God is the one to be praised, not our transformation. ~ Tullian Tchividjian,
658:He who desires nothing but God is rich and happy. ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
659:if God is everywhere, why do I have to go to Church on Sunday? ~ John Fante,
660:If your god is so delicate, maybe you should get a new one. ~ Leigh Bardugo,
661:It is said that God is always on the side of the big battalions. ~ Voltaire,
662:life is a story and god is is absurd.I think so. ~ Albert Camus,
663:Man is the miracle in nature. God Is the One Miracle to man. ~ Jean Ingelow,
664:My sense of god is my sense of wonder about the universe. ~ Albert Einstein,
665:Power Thought: God is faithful; my hope in Him is unwavering. ~ Joyce Meyer,
666:The person who praises God is on the tracks of justice. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
667:The revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of our worship ~ Matt Redman,
668:To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd. ~ Voltaire,
669:To live in God is death; to die in God is life. ~ Edouard Rene de Laboulaye,
670:To love is to be vulnerable: if God loves, then God is mortal. ~ Don Cupitt,
671:We need free men who feel and know that God is in themselves ~ Adolf Hitler,
672:What a casual way to say 'The enemy of God is after you'. ~ Jerry B Jenkins,
673:When the ruler is obedient to God, God is his protector and friend. ~ Saadi,
674:When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
675:Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak. ~ John Piper,
676:faith begins where the will, or the Word, of God is known. ~ Kenneth E Hagin,
677:Fear God and know that God is with those who are mindful of Him. ~ Anonymous,
678:God is a kooky God who can scarcely bear to be without us. ~ Brennan Manning,
679:God is an early bird; satan is a night owl. Everyone knows that. ~ Jon Acuff,
680:God is dead, God remains dead, and we have killed him. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
681:God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so well myself. ~ Eugene Ionesco,
682:God is not a God of the emotions but the God of truth. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
683:God is not a person but creativity, not a creator but creativity. ~ Rajneesh,
684:God is not subject to religion. Religion is subject to God. ~ Steve Maraboli,
685:God is patient, and with the young, always patience is needed. ~ Julie Berry,
686:God is very serious about joy in the lives of His children. ~ Neal A Maxwell,
687:Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a rewarder of those who diligently ~ Anonymous,
688:If God is never happy what chance of happiness is there for us? ~ Paul Scott,
689:I see God every day... For God is in everything I see. ~ Anthony D Williams,
690:I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
691:Man is but a beast without it: such a glorious god is Learning. ~ Bhartrhari,
692:Nothing done with the focus on God is ever a waste of time. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
693:Remember, the first road to God is prayer, the second is joy. ~ Paulo Coelho,
694:Sometimes I think God is just the devil pretending to be nice. ~ Philip Kerr,
695:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
696:The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
697:The notion of God is the notion of richness without accident ~ Austin Farrer,
698:The root of all sin is the suspicion that God is not good. ~ Oswald Chambers,
699:Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work. ~ Henry Blackaby,
700:Whenever you feel weak, God is reminding you to depend on him. ~ Rick Warren,
701:You never know God is all you need until God is all you have. ~ Monique Duke,
702:Abandonment to God is of more value than personal holiness! ~ Oswald Chambers,
703:A crime against god is a demonstrated impossibility. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
704:All earthly desires are but streams, but God is the ocean. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
705:communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion. ~ Timothy J Keller,
706:For the mind of faith, a promised act of God is as good as done. ~ John Piper,
707:God goes with me everywhere, because God is in my mind. ~ Marianne Williamson,
708:God is as real as mind and the mind is as real as nature. ~ Thiruman Archunan,
709:God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.”
― Stephen King ~ Stephen King,
710:God is everywhere, and exists in us, through us, as us. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
711:God is in control and therefore in everything I can give thanks. ~ Kay Arthur,
712:God is logic's corpse, a wound in reason, grammar's empty skin. ~ Jamey Hecht,
713:God is more ready to forgive me than I am ready to offend. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
714:God is recruiting for himself a people who will populate heaven. ~ Max Lucado,
715:God is so great, he does not even need to exist. ~ Victor Frederick Weisskopf,
716:God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, 'Ah! ~ Joseph Campbell,
717:God is the place of spirits, as spaces are the places of bodies. ~ John Locke,
718:He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
719:High fortune, this in man's eye is god and more than god is this. ~ Aeschylus,
720:If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. ~ Timothy Keller,
721:In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. ~ C S Lewis,
722:No matter what the cause, God is only as willing as you are. ~ Steve Maraboli,
723:Religion is not a melancholy, the spirit of God is not a damper. ~ John Donne,
724:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
725:Thou art a man God is no more Thy own humanity Learn to adore ~ William Blake,
726:To have found God is not an end but in itself a beginning. ~ Franz Rosenzweig,
727:To know God and to live is one and the same thing. God is life. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
728:We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is. ~ Saint Augustine,
729:When God is in sharp focus, then life is also undistorted. ~ Elizabeth George,
730:Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. ~ William Blake,
731:Your way, O God, is holy.         What god is great like our God? ~ Anonymous,
732:Always remain suspicious that God is up to something good. ~ Margaret Feinberg,
733:As truly as God is our Father, so truly God is our Mother. ~ Julian of Norwich,
734:... a true servant of God is someone who helps another succeed. ~ Billy Graham,
735:Even here, in the dark, God is busy making all things new. ~ Rachel Held Evans,
736:God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction. ~ Sivananda,
737:God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson,
738:God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson,
739:God is a progressive God. He wants every generation to increase. ~ Joel Osteen,
740:God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
741:God is great. God is faithful. And His love is set upon us. ~ Sandra McCracken,
742:God is holy, and to see His holiness means to do it His way. ~ James MacDonald,
743:God is not all that exists. God is all that does not exist. ~ Remy de Gourmont,
744:God is not in Kaaba or in Kashi. He is within everyone of us. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
745:God is not just intensely personal. He is infinitely powerful. ~ Matt Chandler,
746:God is not the voice in the whirlwind, God is the whirlwind. ~ Margaret Atwood,
747:God is Spirit - without the Holy Spirit you cannot relate to Him. ~ T B Joshua,
748:God is the owner of all things, and we are simply his stewards. ~ Randy Alcorn,
749:I'll take a bath and then I'll return.” No, God is the bath. ~ James MacDonald,
750:Knowing that God is present everywhere is a source of comfort. ~ Glenn Langohr,
751:One doesn't defend one's god: one's god is in himself a defense. ~ Henry James,
752:One doesn't defend one's god; one's god is in himself a defense. ~ Henry James,
753:PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--God is dead! ~ Arthur Miller,
754:Teach that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
755:The litmus test of our love for God is our love of neighbor. ~ Brennan Manning,
756:There are some people so lonely, they think God is lonely too- ~ Carl Sandburg,
757:To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
   ~ Voltaire,
758:What kind of a god is it that's upset by a cartoon in Danish? ~ Salman Rushdie,
759:You will find that God is always by the side of the fearless. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
760:A safe stronghold our God is still. A trusty shield and weapon. ~ Martin Luther,
761:Every gift of God is to be enjoyed as from God and not like a God. ~ Michael Oh,
762:Everything from God is good, but not everything good is from God. ~ John Bevere,
763:Finally, by the sea, where God is everywhere, I gradually calmed. ~ Patti Smith,
764:friendship with God is the entire goal of the Christian life. ~ Lauren F Winner,
765:God is dood! God blijft dood! En wij hebben hem vermoord! ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
766:God is found in the collection of Many. . . rather than in the One. ~ Dan Brown,
767:God is gracious to always give a warning before He sends judgment. ~ Jim George,
768:God is that, the greater than which cannot be conceived. ~ Anselm of Canterbury,
769:God is using my struggle. My struggle is the answer to the prayer. ~ Max Lucado,
770:God is with me. Jesus is near. The Spirit is greater than my fear. ~ Ted Dekker,
771:God's grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. ~ R C Sproul,
772:Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of obedience. ~ John Stott,
773:Holy service in constant fellowship with God is heaven below ~ Charles Spurgeon,
774:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
775:Indeed, God is always with us even when things look hopeless. ~ Jennifer Hudson,
776:Justice is not something God has. Justice is something that God is. ~ A W Tozer,
777:Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue ~ Anne Lamott,
778:Man's insulting God is not reversed by our insulting man. ~ Sinclair B Ferguson,
779:My definition of God is the ever-present essence of love. ~ Gabrielle Bernstein,
780:Similarly, the presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. ~ A W Tozer,
781:The best place to start doing life with God is in small moments. ~ John Ortberg,
782:The cold embrace of the winter god is not for mortal maidens. ~ Katherine Arden,
783:The kingdom of God is vast and tiny, universal and exclusive. ~ Russell D Moore,
784:The soul is veiled by the body; God is veiled by the soul. ~ Farid-ud-din-attar,
785:Whenever God is blessing, we can expect the devil to be opposing. ~ Greg Laurie,
786:you have to trust that God is going to make everything okay. ~ Tiffany L Warren,
787:You know,” he said softly, “if there is a God, God is a woman. ~ Erin O Riordan,
788:A calm hour with God is worth a whole lifetime with man ~ Robert Murray M Cheyne,
789:A God is thinkable, therefore a God is also actually present ~ Moses Mendelssohn,
790:A test of your love for God is to examine your love for others. ~ Henry Blackaby,
791:Everything may not be OK but if God is with you, you will be OK. ~ Mark Driscoll,
792:God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. ~ Voltaire,
793:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh. ~ Voltaire,
794:God is far too faithful to allow the prodigal life to be cost-free. ~ Beth Moore,
795:God is hidden inside us and everyone is looking for Him. ~ Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar,
796:God is in each of us. But we must give Him permission to come out. ~ Noah Gordon,
797:God is more ready to pardon that we have been to sin. ~ Saint Catherine of Siena,
798:God is not a duplicator, He is a Creator. You are an original! ~ Reinhard Bonnke,
799:God is not meant to glorify man: Man is meant to glorify God. ~ Joel S Goldsmith,
800:God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
801:God is the finger; God is writing; God, is above all else, words. ~ Simon Schama,
802:Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point. ~ Billy Graham,
803:No one ever goes into battle thinking God is on the other side. ~ Terry Goodkind,
804:Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. ~ Francis Chan,
805:Our God is righteous enough to judge and kind enough to forgive. ~ Kevin DeYoung,
806:Serving God is not a matter of location, but a matter of obedience. ~ Nik Ripken,
807:Their God is angry and unkind because they made him in their image. ~ Roxane Gay,
808:The thought of God is Divine Favor! He is by nature Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
809:We have been born under a monarchy; to obey God is freedom. ~ Seneca the Younger,
810:Your God is ever beside you - indeed, He is even within you. ~ Alphonsus Liguori,
811:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. ~ Anonymous,
812:A conscience without God is like a court without a judge. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
813:And so all growth that is not towards God Is growing to decay. ~ George MacDonald,
814:Dominus Omnium Magister. It means God is the master of all things. ~ Satyajit Ray,
815:Everyone's got someplace to be. Finding God is not on the schedule. ~ Nicola Yoon,
816:God is always in control; he is able to bring his people back to him. ~ Anonymous,
817:God is a sadist on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, and His name is Physics. ~ Peter Watts,
818:God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them. ~ John Stuart Mill,
819:God is closer than you think, closer than thinking, before thought. ~ Vivian Amis,
820:God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. ~ Anonymous,
821:God is missed through laziness, indifference and unwillingness. ~ Jesse Duplantis,
822:God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
823:God is present everywhere, and every person is His work. ~ Saint Francis de Sales,
824:God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things. ~ Baruch Spinoza,
825:God is the one great employer, thinker, planner, supervisor. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
826:God is the space of the world.  What is the world?  The Shekinah. ~ Sorita d Este,
827:'I Am' is the name of God, God is none other than the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
828:If we think we are usually good, then God is usually irrelevant. ~ Edward T Welch,
829:One of the ways in which I feel close to God is writing poetry. ~ Christian Wiman,
830:Patience! patience! You are always in a hurry, but God is not. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
831:Solely by turning to God is there any hope for man to gain peace. ~ Anandamayi Ma,
832:That God is the storyteller and Providence is his own storyline. ~ Patti Callahan,
833:The only One Who can teach me to find God is God, Himself, Alone. ~ Thomas Merton,
834:The sum of the particular intentions of God is the universe itself. ~ Simone Weil,
835:The thought of God is Divine Favor! He is by nature Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
836:The way to love God is to begin to know God’s love to you. ~ D Martyn Lloyd Jones,
837:To say that God is love is in effect to say simply that love is God. ~ Don Cupitt,
838:When life is more than she can bear, God is more than she needs. ~ Hayley DiMarco,
839:When you seek a connection to God, you suffer. God is not absent. ~ Mark Whitwell,
840:Worship is ultimate, not missions. Because God is ultimate, not man. ~ John Piper,
841:And they schemed but God also schemed and God is the Best of Schemers. ~ Anonymous,
842:Either belief in God is unconditional or it is no belief at all. ~ Viktor E Frankl,
843:For we are only as healthy as our picture of God is accurate. The ~ Gregory A Boyd,
844:God is a being than which nothing greater can be conceived. ~ Anselm of Canterbury,
845:God is all about life, not death. Death is his enemy’s domain. ~ Lisa Tawn Bergren,
846:God is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore. ~ Edward Abbey,
847:God is closer than you think. In your heart, is his truth and light. ~ Suzy Kassem,
848:God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
849:God is he whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. ~ Sue Monk Kidd,
850:God is impossible. That is the first proof that He exists. ~ Gregory David Roberts,
851:God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. ~ John the Apostle in 1 John 1:5,
852:God is not an encyclopedia whose task is to satisfy our curiosity. ~ Jacques Ellul,
853:God is sovereign, but He is not independently deterministic. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
854:God loves people because of who God is, not because of who we are. ~ Philip Yancey,
855:God seeks us. The basic nature of God is one of loving community. ~ Dallas Willard,
856:If God is so powerful, can he create a rock which he cannot lift? ~ Terry Goodkind,
857:I'll be able to look at a sunset and believe that God is behind it. ~ Paulo Coelho,
858:Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is Just ~ Thomas Jefferson,
859:I think God is in us. I think we manifest God in every moment. ~ Alanis Morissette,
860:It seems to me that God is a convenient invention of the human mind ~ Isaac Asimov,
861:Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives. ~ J I Packer,
862:Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas. ~ Frank Laubach,
863:No attribute of God is more dreadful to sinners than His holiness. ~ Matthew Henry,
864:Thank goodness God is still faithful even when we’re faithless. ~ Terri Blackstock,
865:The unavoidable sign of not being God is the absence of foreknowledge! ~ Anonymous,
866:The Word of God is not divine, it is an attribute of The Divine. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim,
867:When a lady's erotic life is vexed God knows what God is coming next. ~ Ogden Nash,
868:Whenever I see a mountain, I remember God is still alive! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
869:When God justifies a sinner everything in God is on the sinner's side. ~ A W Tozer,
870:Your willingness to serve God is as important as your service to God. ~ Jim George,
871:2SAM 22.33. God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. ~ Anonymous,
872:Any identity other than child of God is spiritually meaningless. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber,
873:But if God is gone and man is no longer master, then who is master? ~ Milan Kundera,
874:God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
   ~ Voltaire,
875:God is everything higher which I cannot understand but only believe. ~ Gitta Sereny,
876:God is looking for nobodies who will become somebodies in his hands. ~ Jack Wyrtzen,
877:God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ~ John the Apostle,
878:Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men ~ Andrew Murray,
879:I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one. ~ Dag Hammarskj ld,
880:I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one. ~ Dag Hammarskjold,
881:Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
882:I think God is the most unexplored territory in rock and roll music. ~ Billy Corgan,
883:Killing innocent people in the name of God is the highest insult to God. ~ Amit Ray,
884:Knowing God is your single greatest privilege as a Christian. ~ Sinclair B Ferguson,
885:Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. ~ Eugene O Neill,
886:Money gone. Expectations dashed. Friends vanished. Who's left? God is. ~ Max Lucado,
887:More important, it's because God is our only true source of life. ~ Craig Groeschel,
888:Nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures does it say that God is omnipotent. ~ Tony Campolo,
889:PSA46.1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
890:Since God is infinite he should be infinitely interesting as well. ~ Robert Godfrey,
891:Tell me what occupies your mind and I will tell you who your God is. ~ Paul Washer,
892:The fundamental loss of a desire for God is the heart of original sin. ~ R C Sproul,
893:Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
894:You don't realize God is all you need until God is all you have. ~ Timothy J Keller,
895:A man of God in the will of God is immortal until His work is done. ~ David Jeremiah,
896:By being outside of nature, God is also outside of space and time. ~ Richard Dawkins,
897:Down deep in His heart God is a comedian who loves to make us laugh. ~ Arthur Miller,
898:Finding fulfillment in God is the most powerful antidote to any sin. ~ Gary L Thomas,
899:God is always in my life, and that's the most important thing to me. ~ Lenny Kravitz,
900:God is constant. Always forgiving. Always loving. Never changing. ~ Jefferson Bethke,
901:God is continuously in action, without resting for a single moment. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
902:God is dead, and no one cares! If there is a hell I'll see you there! ~ Trent Reznor,
903:God is everywhere and in everything and without Him we cannot exist. ~ Mother Teresa,
904:God is glorified when people see the Master and not the minister. ~ Warren W Wiersbe,
905:God is not nice. God is not an uncle. God is an earthquake. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
906:God is one; there are not many Gods, one for each tribe among men. ~ Sathya Sai Baba,
907:God is spirit, fire, being and light, and yet He is not all this. ~ Angelus Silesius,
908:God is the perfect poet, Who in his person acts his own creations. ~ Robert Browning,
909:God is the utterly loving giver. God doesn't just love. God is love. ~ Miroslav Volf,
910:If God is in everything, why shouldn't you taste Him when you eat? ~ George Harrison,
911:If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. ~ C S Lewis,
912:If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles. ~ C S Lewis,
913:If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is ~ Max Lucado,
914:I think God is a pretty fair guy, so tithing is a pretty fair process. ~ Neil Cavuto,
915:Love is a big word. I believe in Love. I believe that God is Love. ~ Pauley Perrette,
916:The difference between you and God is that God doesn't think He's you. ~ Anne Lamott,
917:The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray to. ~ Terry Pratchett,
918:The will of God is exactly what we would do if we knew all the facts. ~ Bill Gothard,
919:To be without God is to be a snake / who wants to swallow an elephant. ~ Anne Sexton,
920:Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit.
[Called or not, God is present] ~ Erasmus,
921:As far as I'm concerned, there is only one absolute: God is love. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
922:As God is my witness, the more I deal with women, the more I like my cat. ~ P N Elrod,
923:Because I believe God is bigger than the rules we impose on one another. ~ S J Parris,
924:Every god is a jealous god after the breakdown of the bicameral mind. ~ Julian Jaynes,
925:Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is. ~ Jean Anouilh,
926:Falling in love with God is the most important thing a person can do. ~ John Eldredge,
927:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. ~ Christopher Moore,
928:God is a great humorist. He just has a slow audience to work with. ~ Garrison Keillor,
929:God is a presence that I can never define but I could never deny. ~ John Shelby Spong,
930:God is in the details, said the architect Ludwig mies van der Rohe. ~ Robert C Martin,
931:God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. ~ Anonymous,
932:God is not Love in the East. He is Power, although Mercy may temper it. ~ E M Forster,
933:God is on our side, and His grace is sufficient to meet our every need. ~ Joyce Meyer,
934:God is triune, and it is as triune that he is so good and desirable. ~ Michael Reeves,
935:Gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy. ~ Mother Teresa,
936:I can tell you that God is alive because I talked to him this morning. ~ Billy Graham,
937:If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself. ~ C S Lewis,
938:If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? ~ Saint Augustine,
939:If the kingdom of God is not first, it doesn't matter what's second. ~ Neal A Maxwell,
940:Our obedience is God's pleasure when it proves that God is our treasure. ~ John Piper,
941:Remember, a daily prayer to God is not an option in the day! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
942:Surely hearts feel tranquil whenever God is mentioned.
Quran-Alrad(28) ~ Anonymous,
943:The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
944:The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure. ~ Bob Goff,
945:The wind of God is always blowing... but you must hoist your sail. ~ Francois Fenelon,
946:The word of God is that unto our souls, which our soul is unto our body. ~ John Jewel,
947:To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature. ~ Voltaire,
948:True listening is obedient listening. To listen to God is to obey Him. ~ Leanne Payne,
949:When GOD is our deepest pleasure we display Him as our highest treasure. ~ John Piper,
950:When we step out into the unknown that is when God is made known. ~ Rich Wilkerson Jr,
951:While we’re obsessed with here and now, God is focused on forever. ~ Liz Curtis Higgs,
952:You will never understand who you are until you understand who God is. ~ Billy Graham,
953:All religions are the same. They all lead to God. God is everybody. ~ Neem Karoli Baba,
954:Because dying for God is a higher pleasure... than living without Him. ~ Noah Weinberg,
955:Every moment of my life I realize that God is putting me on my trial. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
956:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. VOLTAIRE ~ Anonymous,
957:God is always present. The question is, how present are we? ~ Zalman Schachter Shalomi,
958:God is concerned about everything that concerns us - without exception. ~ Billy Graham,
959:God is going to ask you the same question every day. Do you trust him? ~ Chuck Missler,
960:God is going to punish the white man for his misdeeds toward black people. ~ Malcolm X,
961:God is His own Design and End, and that there is no other Worthy of Him. ~ Mary Astell,
962:God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ~ John the Evangelist,
963:God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker. ~ C S Lewis,
964:God is not going to negotiate His holiness... in order to accommodate us. ~ R C Sproul,
965:God is only the president of the day, and Webster is his orator. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
966:God is our  c refuge and strength, a very d present [2] help in e trouble. ~ Anonymous,
967:God is taking a nap within my soul. I ponder whether to wake Him or not. ~ Harley King,
968:God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
969:God is the first and best, and therefore must have the first and best. ~ Matthew Henry,
970:God is una substantia, tres personae—one “substance” and three “persons. ~ Daryl Aaron,
971:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, [T5],
972:I have confidence that God is with us in all things, both tender and tough ~ Jan Karon,
973:I know the new comedy god is surrealism, but it doesn't touch my heart. ~ Jenny Eclair,
974:Indeed, God is always with us even when things look hopeless. ~ Jennifer Hudson Taylor,
975:In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is continual prayer. ~ John Wesley,
976:It's easier for me to say what God is not, and then what God is. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
977:Letting ourselves be loved by God is more important than loving God. ~ Brennan Manning,
978:Love is not God, but God is love. It is who he is, his very identity. ~ Dallas Willard,
979:One way you can get really close to God is to sin as hard as you can. ~ John Darnielle,
980:PSAL 46.1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
981:Since God is, He is to be found in the questions as well as the answers. ~ Elie Wiesel,
982:The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. ~ Sarah Young,
983:The idea that all are children of God is not found in the Bible anywhere. ~ J I Packer,
984:the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. ~ Anonymous,
985:The knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
   ~ Saint John of the Cross, [T5],
986:The Revelation of God is not a book or a doctrine, but a living Person. ~ Emil Brunner,
987:think you’ll find that when you let Him, God is a good defense attorney. ~ Chris Fabry,
988:Thou art a man
God is no more
Thy own humanity
Learn to adore ~ William Blake,
989:What matters is the one thing I do know for certain: God is with me. ~ Craig Groeschel,
990:What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice. ~ Demosthenes,
991:When God is made the master of a family, he disorders the disorderly. ~ George Herbert,
992:Your God is ever beside you - indeed, He is even within you. ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
993:All but God is changing day by day. ~ Charles Kingsley, The Saints' Tragedy, Prometheus,
994:God is better disposed towards those who feign the right humility. ~ Adrian Tchaikovsky,
995:God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
996:God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [cno, not in any way]. ~ Anonymous,
997:God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. ~ Anne Bront,
998:God is merciful to children, but the children must be worthy as well. ~ Nicholas Sparks,
999:God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought. ~ Xenophanes,
1000:God is the only being who, in order to reign, need not even exist. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
1001:God is the strength in which I trust." Lesson 47, A Course In Miracles ~ Helen Schucman,
1002:Humility is simply accepting the reality of who God is and who you are. ~ John Townsend,
1003:I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. ~ Vincent van Gogh,
1004:In the Gita continuous concentration on God is the king of sacrifices. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1005:Joyful intimacy with God is the great power source of the kingdom of God. ~ Mike Bickle,
1006:Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. ~ C S Lewis,
1007:Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat him. ~ Norman Vincent Peale,
1008:The clearer our understanding of who God is, the better our prayers. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1009:The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve. ~ Albert Einstein,
1010:The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind. ~ Marquis de Sade,
1011:The image of God is your final obstruction to a religious experience. ~ Joseph Campbell,
1012:The purpose of God and the power of God is available for every man. ~ G Campbell Morgan,
1013:The thing I love about God is that intentionally guides people into failure. ~ Bob Goff,
1014:Wake up, dude! It’s not about who you are. It’s all about who God is. ~ James MacDonald,
1015:We live in a spiritual Universe. God is in, through, around and for us. ~ Ernest Holmes,
1016:Whoever invented God is an idiot. God is absolutely man's worst invention. ~ Chris Lowe,
1017:A church that won't listen to the Word of God is a church already lost. ~ Robert Godfrey,
1018:A stranger to the fear of God is a stranger to the living God Himself. ~ Albert N Martin,
1019:Because God is with you, that makes you greater than any problem you have. ~ Joyce Meyer,
1020:God is a being who gives everything but punishment in over measure. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
1021:God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” -Voltaire ~ Angela Roquet,
1022:God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger. ~ Heraclitus,
1023:God is not calling us to work for Him. He is calling us to walk with Him. ~ Phil Vischer,
1024:God is not interested in our spiritual life. He's interested in our life. ~ John Ortberg,
1025:God is so great that he can take anything and bring good from it. ~ Linda Evans Shepherd,
1026:God is therefore unknowable. This is the fundamental premise of the Bible. ~ Leo Strauss,
1027:God is there to give us strength for every hill we have to climb. ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher,
1028:God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears. ~ Amit Ray,
1029:He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him. ~ B C Forbes,
1030:I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. ~ Vincent van Gogh,
1031:If God is thy father, human beings are thy brothers and sisters. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
1032:It is in stillness, in the silence, that the word of God is to be heard. ~ Peter Rollins,
1033:James 4:6: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. ~ Kris Vallotton,
1034:Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent. ~ Anonymous,
1035:Just as unity is in each of the numbers, so God is one in all things. ~ Angelus Silesius,
1036:My life is a story about who God is and what He does in a human heart. ~ Shauna Niequist,
1037:Psalm 115:3 reveals, “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. ~ Francis Chan,
1038:Since God is truth, a contempt for truth is equally a contempt for God. ~ Gordon H Clark,
1039:The prerequisite for receiving the grace of God is to know you need it. ~ Timothy Keller,
1040:When I meditate, I clearly see that God is already seated inside my heart. ~ Sri Chinmoy,
1041:When your strength goes down, remember God is up to uplift you! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
1042:All space is sacred space when you remember that God is within you. ~ Christiane Northrup,
1043:and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? ~ Jack Kerouac,
1044:Everything's a fan. Brother, open up your arms. God is the pivot. ~ Federico Garcia Lorca,
1045:Faith in God is like a kite—a contrary wind only raises it higher. ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher,
1046:For the Christian, every tragedy is ultimately a blessing, or God is a liar. ~ R C Sproul,
1047:God is a being than which nothing greater can be conceived. ~ Saint Anselm of Canterbury,
1048:God is great, God is good, Let us thank him For our food. Amen. ~ Christopher Paul Curtis,
1049:God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are. ~ Billy Graham,
1050:God is not as interested in our origins as He is in our obedience. GOD ~ Henry T Blackaby,
1051:God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God. ~ C S Lewis,
1052:God is our name for the last generalization to which we can arrive. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1053:God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ~ Sarah Young,
1054:God is present in the sweeping gesture, but the devil is in the details. ~ John Darnielle,
1055:If God is God, he is the God of reality and facts and science and history. ~ Eric Metaxas,
1056:If God is going to write your loves story, He's going to first need your pen. ~ Eric Ludy,
1057:Maybe God is an asshole...of course not, he's not an asshole, he's imaginary. ~ Louis C K,
1058:The glory of God is his own end, and it should be ours in all that we do. ~ Matthew Henry,
1059:The most important belief we possess is a true knowledge of who God is. ~ Neil T Anderson,
1060:The way to bless God is to bless someone He loves. Bless someone in need. ~ James Robison,
1061:The word of God is the manna by which our souls are nourished, Matt. 4:4. ~ Matthew Henry,
1062:The worship leader God is after is the one whose heart is captured by Him. ~ Chris Tomlin,
1063:To know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man. Not ~ Andrew Murray,
1064:What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive? ~ Irv Kupcinet,
1065:When you speak, always remember that God is one of your listeners. ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher,
1066:Whiskers of the cat, Webbed toes on my swimming dog; God is in the details. ~ Dean Koontz,
1067:You may well have to simplify to live the life God is inviting you to live. ~ Bill Hybels,
1068:Complaint against God is far nearer to God than indifference about Him. ~ George MacDonald,
1069:Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. ~ Anonymous,
1070:God is absolutely good; and so, assuredly, the cause of all that is good. ~ Walter Raleigh,
1071:God is a God of endless opportunities to do good; the God of the open door. ~ John Ortberg,
1072:God is already carrying your load. Why do you insist on carrying it too? ~ Emily P Freeman,
1073:God is in the sadness and the laughter, in the bitter and the sweet. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
1074:God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God and God in him. ~ I John IV. 16,
1075:God is my witness, Christ is my judge, life is to live, and living, love. ~ Heather Graham,
1076:God is our name for the last generalization to which we can arrive. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1077:God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. —PSALM 46:1 ~ Sarah Young,
1078:God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ~ Dee Henderson,
1079:Have the conviction that God is your only real relative and friend. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi,
1080:In all the setbacks of your life as a believer, God is plotting for your joy. ~ John Piper,
1081:I’ve found that God is more than enough, even in the direst of situations ~ Michelle Griep,
1082:Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
1083:Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
1084:PSA54.4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. ~ Anonymous,
1085:Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal men may live in eternity. ~ Jan Hus,
1086:That wisdom which cannot teach me that God is love, shall ever pass for folly. ~ John Owen,
1087:The Bible is a book that boldly and clearly reveals who God is on every page. ~ Jen Wilkin,
1088:The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. ~ John Piper,
1089:The fear of God is one of the most extreme expressions of cowardice. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
1090:The greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad. ~ Ann Voskamp,
1091:The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
1092:the prerequisite for receiving the grace of God is to know you need it. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1093:There never was a God. 'God is dead' is a halfway measure I won't go with. ~ Penn Jillette,
1094:To do the work of others is slavery. To do the work of God is true liberation. ~ Anonymous,
1095:We are not fountains ourselves; but the Word of God is the true fountain. ~ Dwight L Moody,
1096:when God is depicted only as a white man, only white men seem godly. They ~ Gloria Steinem,
1097:Whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. 1 John 2:5 ~ Beth Moore,
1098:You believe God is not there, but He is, Hidden in the secret of the divine mystery ~ Rumi,
1099:America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety. ~ Ronald Reagan,
1100:Beauty attached to God is sacrament, cut off from God it becomes an idol. ~ Frithjof Schuon,
1101:But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. ~ Vincent Van Gogh,
1102:For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… 1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 KJV ~ Joyce Meyer,
1103:For me the only certain means of knowing God is nonviolence, ahimsa, love. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1104:God is a fixed paradise; man should be a paradise in motion. ~ Louis Claude de Saint Martin,
1105:God is an ever-present spirit guiding all that happens to a wise and holy end. ~ David Hume,
1106:God is inexhaustibly attainable in the totality of our action. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
1107:God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible. ~ Francis Collins,
1108:God is not preparing the Blessing for YOU, He is preparing YOU for the Blessing ~ T D Jakes,
1109:God is serious about how we worship Him, and we must be serious about it, too. ~ R C Sproul,
1110:go to bed early, secure in the knowledge that God is in control, not you. ~ Sonia Choquette,
1111:He (God) is right and always has been, because in reality God is only love. ~ Deepak Chopra,
1112:If God is One, and if there can be no other God, there can be no idea of God. ~ Leo Strauss,
1113:I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking ~ Darren Aronofsky,
1114:In a strictly scientific sense God is at the bottom of both good and evil. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1115:Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
1116:One of Barron’s maxims is “The sure sign that God is alive in you is joy. ~ Robert E Barron,
1117:Psalms 46:
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Anonymous,
1118:The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land. ~ Anonymous,
1119:The peace of God is not the absence of fear. It, in fact, is His presence. ~ Timothy Keller,
1120:The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1121:The true measure of loving God is to love him without measure. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
1122:The well is always here. God is always here — precisely because He does care. ~ Ann Voskamp,
1123:The Word of God is the anvil upon which the opinions of men are smashed. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1124:To acknowledge God is to fully accept the sorrow of the human condition. ~ Douglas Coupland,
1125:Voltaire, “To believe in God is impossible; but not to believe is absurd. ~ Terryl L Givens,
1126:your God is the only warden of a prison where the only prisoner is your God. ~ Jos Saramago,
1127:89. "If God is our father you thought, than Satan must be our cousin. ~ Maynard James Keenan,
1128:As sure as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil. ~ Robert Southey,
1129:Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love. ~ Yann Martel,
1130:God is a tremendous supporter of creation, especially of all living beings. ~ Thomas Keating,
1131:God is inexhaustibly attainable in the totality of our action. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
1132:God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed word. ~ Galileo Galilei,
1133:God is like us to this extent, that whatever in us is good is like God. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
1134:God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple. ~ Chanakya,
1135:God is, or he is not. Which way should we incline? Reason cannot answer. ~ Peter L Bernstein,
1136:God is the answer to all of those "How must it have come to be" questions. ~ Richard Dawkins,
1137:God is the highest place within each and every one of us. It's our divine self. ~ Wayne Dyer,
1138:God is willing to help you with the rain if only you can sow your crops. ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
1139:Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. We have killed him. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
1140:Her faith in a loving and forgiving God is strong, but she worships laughter. ~ Miriam Toews,
1141:He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, John 4:8, [T5],
1142:I'm not worried about tomorrow, because God is there already, waiting for me. ~ Paulo Coelho,
1143:The greatest gift one can give to God is to be pleased with His creation. ~ Michael A Singer,
1144:The idea of God is the ignorance which solves all doubt by repressing it. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach,
1145:To see God is to be God. He alone is. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Maharshis Gospel, [T5], #index,
1146:We know God is dead, they’ve told us, but listening to you I wasn’t sure. ~ Charles Bukowski,
1147:we know God is dead, they've told us, but listening to you I wasn't sure. ~ Charles Bukowski,
1148:A moment of insight from God is worth more than a lifetime of experience. ~ John Paul Jackson,
1149:And when James asked what color God was, she said, God is the color of water. ~ James McBride,
1150:Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
1151:Her god is just like a Chinese parent, never running out of excuses to love a son. ~ Yiyun Li,
1152:Just know this, that God is faithful, even when you don't have faith yourself. ~ Mike Herrera,
1153:Let us believe that God is in all our simplest deeds and learn to find Him there. ~ A W Tozer,
1154:My identity must be anchored to the truth of who God is and who He is to me. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
1155:Once you believe that God is speaking directly to you, there is no discussion. ~ Jon Krakauer,
1156:PSA47.7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. ~ Anonymous,
1157:The forgiveness of God is a gift to be received, not a reward to be merited. ~ John R W Stott,
1158:There is never a moment when God is not in control. Relax! He’s got you covered. ~ Mandy Hale,
1159:There is no place in my soul, no corner of my character, where God is not. ~ Evelyn Underhill,
1160:The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1161:Union with God is the only heaven there is, and it begins here on earth. ~ Macrina Wiederkehr,
1162:A little knowledge OF God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge ABOUT him. ~ J I Packer,
1163:A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about him. ~ J I Packer,
1164:All the evidence you need to prove God is waiting within you to be discovered. ~ Erwin McManus,
1165:Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love. ~ Pope Benedict XVI,
1166:God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. VOLTAIRE ~ Christopher Moore,
1167:God is our Father and loves us, even when his silence remains incomprehensible. ~ Benedict XVI,
1168:God is that indefinable something which we all feel but which we do not know. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1169:God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
1170:If your word is of no value, you will reason that the Word of God is of no value. ~ E W Kenyon,
1171:In demanding our praise God is demanding the completion of our pleasure (in him). ~ John Piper,
1172:I think God is how you deal with everything that's out of your own control. ~ Douglas Coupland,
1173:It is a cheering thought to think that God is on the side of the best digestion. ~ Don Marquis,
1174:It seems to me that religion is losing momentum and God is making a comeback. ~ Steve Maraboli,
1175:It's just misery to try to keep count of what God is no longer counting. ~ Robert Farrar Capon,
1176:Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude. ~ Simone Weil,
1177:Our God is greater … our God is stronger … God you are higher than any other ~ Karen Kingsbury,
1178:Perhaps God is not calling you to live for peace, but rather to fight for it. ~ Michelle Griep,
1179:The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me... ~ Meister Eckhart,
1180:The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine. ~ Dan Brown,
1181:The only God is in the numbers and the fire; in the equations and the furnace ~ Elizabeth Bear,
1182:The only place where we can touch Jesus and the Kingdom of God is within us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1183:To many, God is not someone you know but something you try to get off your back. ~ Chris Fabry,
1184:To me God is truth and love, God is ethics and morality, God is fearlessness. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1185:Your attitude toward the word of God is your attitude toward Jesus (Ps 37:4). ~ David Jeremiah,
1186:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. ~ Anonymous,
1187:5. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. ~ Anonymous,
1188:A lot of times, we're waiting for God to do what God is waiting for us to do. ~ Steve Arterburn,
1189:God is awesome; he doesn’t need you to be awesome. He wants you to be obedient. ~ Matt Chandler,
1190:God is glorified not only by His glory's being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. ~ John Piper,
1191:'God is Love' means that He tries constantly to block your route to destruction. ~ Billy Graham,
1192:God is not, in the first place, ‘absolute power’, but ‘absolute love’, ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar,
1193:God?is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins,
1194:God is with you in your moments of darkness because he will never leave you. ~ Paul David Tripp,
1195:I always adhered to the idea that God is time, or at least that His spirit is. ~ Joseph Brodsky,
1196:I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God's side. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
1197:If God is speaking, then nothing else matters but listening. —Brennan Manning ~ Emily P Freeman,
1198:I think God is such a good idea that if God didn’t exist, we’d have to invent God. ~ John Green,
1199:  "Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice   Triumphs; ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
1200:Sir 25:8 Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory. ~ Various,
1201:Staying engaged with God is absolutely essential for getting through a tough time. ~ Max Lucado,
1202:The greatest gift one can give to God is to be pleased with His creation. Do ~ Michael A Singer,
1203:There will never be beings unloved by God, since God is absolute love. ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar,
1204:Though there are times when it may seem like God is silent, he is never absent. ~ Brian Houston,
1205:Thou shalt remember that God is all around. . . . And she doesn’t like swearing. ~ Heather Hill,
1206:We are all meant to be mothers of God...for God is always needing to be born. ~ Meister Eckhart,
1207:We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
1208:We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
1209:We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent. ~ Archibald MacLeish,
1210:We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. ~ John Stott,
1211:When God is about to do a great work, He pours out a spirit of supplication. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1212:When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. ~ Chris Kyle,
1213:When the POWER OF GOD is present, healing and deliverance are just like BREATHING! ~ T B Joshua,
1214:Whiskers of the cat,
Webbed toes on my swimming dog;
God is in the details. ~ Dean Koontz,
1215:You will never truly realize God is all you need until He becomes all you have. ~ Mother Teresa,
1216:All the evidence we need that God is angry with us is Justin Timberlake's career. ~ Greg Giraldo,
1217:Choose, instead, to believe God is going to do something even better in your life. ~ Joyce Meyer,
1218:Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
1219:Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description. ~ Anthony de Mello,
1220:God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them. ~ Saint Augustine,
1221:God is more generous than men and will measure them by a different standard. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
1222:God is not greater if you reverence Him, but you are greater if you serve Him. ~ Saint Augustine,
1223:God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” —JOHN 4:24 ~ Sarah Young,
1224:God is the foundation of liberty. Because if God is not, who is? The government? ~ Dennis Prager,
1225:God is the greatest. So at the end of the day and beginning of the day, I thank God. ~ DJ Khaled,
1226:God is very patient with us when we are desperate. Pour out your soul to him. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1227:Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all. ~ Andrew Murray,
1228:If God can be found through the medium of any drug, God is not worthy of being God. ~ Meher Baba,
1229:If God is your coach, you score the most amazing and unbelievable goals ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
1230:If life can emerge just from naturalistic circumstances, then God is out of a job. ~ Lee Strobel,
1231:in the heart of a sinner, awe of God is very quickly replaced by awe of self. ~ Paul David Tripp,
1232:Life with God is an individual matter, and general formulas do not easily apply. ~ Philip Yancey,
1233:My belief that God is love, that love is everything--our true destiny--sustains me. ~ bell hooks,
1234:My God is Will and triumphs in his paths,My God is Love and sweetly suffers all. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
1235:People do affect us. But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
1236:Place your attention 6 inches above your crown. God is breathing in and out there. ~ Lauryn Hill,
1237:Suffering is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you. ~ Timothy Keller,
1238:The final and full revelation of God is not a book, it is a person. Jesus Christ. ~ Desmond Tutu,
1239:The goodness you receive from God is a treasure for you to share with others. ~ Elizabeth George,
1240:The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
1241:The seeking of the kingdom of God is the chief business of the Christian life ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1242:The sovereignty of God is the only foundation for worship in the midst of tragedy. ~ David Platt,
1243:The willingness to obey every word from God is critical to hearing God speak. ~ Henry T Blackaby,
1244:We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is. ~ A W Tozer,
1245:When everything goes wrong, one must know how to remember that God is all-powerful. ~ The Mother,
1246:When God is about to do a mighty new thing He always sets His people praying. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1247:Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be. ~ Henri Nouwen,
1248:Belief in God is apparently a psychological artifact of mammalian reproduction. ~ Arthur C Clarke,
1249:Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited. ~ C S Lewis,
1250:Everybody knows what God is,' said his mother. 'You feel what God is, don't you? ~ David Guterson,
1251:God is all over the place. And even if He isn't, if it makes me feel good, why not? ~ Grace Slick,
1252:God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
1253:God is Change.

Earthseed: The Books of the Living
Lauren Oya Olamina ~ Octavia E Butler,
1254:God is God, He is not tame and domesticated like we sometimes (try to) make Him. ~ Edward T Welch,
1255:God is nearer to you than any thought or feeling of yours... Do not be afraid. ~ George MacDonald,
1256:God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick,
1257:God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best. ~ Voltaire,
1258:God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24 ~ Beth Moore,
1259:God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. ~ Beth Moore,
1260:God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. ~ Regina Brett,
1261:Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. ~ Philip Yancey,
1262:Heaven is real and God is real, so we have to make sure our walk with Him is real, ~ Nick Vujicic,
1263:If God is all powerful, can He make a stone so big that He Himself can't lift it? ~ George Carlin,
1264:My God is Will and triumphs in his paths, My God is Love and sweetly suffers all. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
1265:not be deceived: God is not mocked, for  a whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ~ Anonymous,
1266:One possibility is: God is nothing but the power of the universe to organize itself. ~ Lee Smolin,
1267:People ask me, 'Why pray if God is sovereign?' I respond, 'Why pray if He isn't? ~ Michael Horton,
1268:Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it. ~ Dwight L Moody,
1269:The call of God is what gets you out of bed everyday, not a burden for something. ~ Tommy Barnett,
1270:The fear of God is nothing compared to the fear of tragedy and loss." -The Lady ~ Brenna Yovanoff,
1271:Their position seems to be that their God is so great he doesn't even have to exist. ~ Carl Sagan,
1272:When feelings are pure and the heart is true, even God is forced to change destiny, ~ Savi Sharma,
1273:You need to remember who God is, forget the painful wounds and let Him renew you. ~ Erwin McManus,
1274:31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be [9] against us? ~ Anonymous,
1275:Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one ~ A W Tozer,
1276:A man who recognizes no God is probably placing an inordinate value on himself. ~ Robertson Davies,
1277:Belief in God is apparently a psychological arti-fact of mammalian reproduction. ~ Arthur C Clarke,
1278:Beware of the man whose god is in the skies. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists, #83,
1279:Don’t dwell on how big your mountains are, but instead remember how big your God is! ~ Joel Osteen,
1280:Every good soldier is trained for the battle field. God is prepping you my darlings. ~ Tonto Dikeh,
1281:Goddess is nature and God is how nature is perceived by the human imagination. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
1282:God is a latecomer in the history of religion. ~ Gerard van der Leeuw, Phänomenologie der Religion,
1283:God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers. ~ William Penn,
1284:God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ~ John the Apostle in 1 John 4:16,
1285:God is much in the difficult home problems as in the times of quiet and prayer. ~ Evelyn Underhill,
1286:God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction. ~ Meister Eckhart,
1287:God is so good. Always follow your dreams, own your Purpose! Embrace God's Anointing ~ Keke Palmer,
1288:God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt. ~ Robert Jenson,
1289:Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
1290:In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director. ~ Alfred Hitchcock,
1291:Love is everything we can have because God is everything we have. God is love. ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
1292:No one can be an atheist who does not know all things. Only God is an atheist. ~ Flannery O Connor,
1293:No one will know what you mean by saying that 'God is love' unless you act it as well. ~ L P Jacks,
1294:Remember: the Word is God and God is the Word. You are what your words are. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi,
1295:Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. ~ Anonymous,
1296:Surrendering to God is not passive resignation, fatalism, or an excuse for laziness. ~ Rick Warren,
1297:...the first step toward the one true God is to acknowledge that we are not that God. ~ Mark Dever,
1298:The grace of God is the thing that is needful. One should pray for the grace of God. ~ Sarada Devi,
1299:The presence of GOD is everywhere, you have only to embrace it with your attention ~ Deepak Chopra,
1300:The severity of the law of God is the necessary sequence of his infinite love. ~ G Campbell Morgan,
1301:The Word of God is a lamp by night, a light by day, and a delight at all times. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1302:What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us ~ A W Tozer,
1303:When we suffer, it is because of our own acts; God is not to be blamed for it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1304:Your heart is like an infinitely large hole, and only God is big enough to fill it. ~ Peter Kreeft,
1305:Believe and acknowledge that God is the source of your big dreams, but not you! ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
1306:But God is saying, “You’re a son. I’ve equipped you, empowered you, and anointed you. ~ Joel Osteen,
1307:. . .by lifting our hands we symbolically receive everything God is doing in our lives. ~ Bob Sorge,
1308:Devotion to God is the only acceptable motive for actions that are pleasing to God. ~ Jerry Bridges,
1309:Do you believe that God is the greatest thing you can experience in the whole world? ~ Francis Chan,
1310:Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
   ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
1311:God is absolutely sovereign, but his sovereignty never mitigates human responsibility. ~ D A Carson,
1312:God is a dark night to man in this life. ~ St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, I, 2, 1,
1313:God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. ~ John Piper,
1314:God is a Producer. He says, “Make the movie of your life beautiful! Here’s the budget. ~ Bo S nchez,
1315:God is a random event, a nexus of pain and pleasure and making and breaking. ~ Catherynne M Valente,
1316:God is at once impersonal and personal. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, The Secret of Secrets,
1317:God is bigger than our sins. God wants you as you are—stumbling, sinning, confused. ~ Sierra Simone,
1318:God is fond of His devotees. He runs after the devotee as the cow after the calf. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
1319:God is glorified not only by His glory being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1320:God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart. ~ Max Lucado,
1321:God is love, the human being is all love, only the human has forgotten it long ago. ~ Irina Tweedie,
1322:God is our Father and loves us, even when his silence remains incomprehensible. ~ Pope Benedict XVI,
1323:God is the transcendent whole of things of which you are an individualized part. ~ Eric Butterworth,
1324:I don't think God is an explanation at all. It's simply redescribing the problem. ~ Richard Dawkins,
1325:I love the thought that God is in our midst and that He will quiet me by His love. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
1326:It changes your outlook to know that almighty God is in every circumstance with you. ~ Louie Giglio,
1327:It’s clear to me that God is bigger than any box a religion can set up to put him in. ~ Mick Mooney,
1328:Living in the kingdom of God is a matter of living with God's action in our lives. ~ Dallas Willard,
1329:Maybe God is nothing more than another villain—the biggest villain of them all. Maybe ~ Brian Keene,
1330:Most Englishmen are convinced that God is an Englishman, probably educated at Eton. ~ E M Delafield,
1331:Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord by who escape death. ~ Martin Luther,
1332:People who think God is on their side are capable of the most inhumane acts. (Petrov) ~ Vince Flynn,
1333:Psalm 94:22 tells us, “The Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge. ~ Nancy Missler,
1334:She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is Doing, ~ Kurt Vonnegut,
1335:The character of God is today, and always will be, exactly what it was in Bible times. ~ J I Packer,
1336:There's a reason they call God a presence-because God is right here, right now. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
1337:The Sun is the sole inconsumable fireAnd God is the sole inexhaustible Giver. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1338:To live with God is to live always in the present, with him who is the eternal Now. ~ John Robinson,
1339:To not believe in God is to know that it falls to us to make the world a better place. ~ Sam Harris,
1340:We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. ~ John R W Stott,
1341:What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. ~ A W Tozer,
1342:When you swear to God, its true ... right now God is watching and saying, this is true. ~ Dane Cook,
1343:YOU might be limited by a life situation, but GOD is never hampered. Praise Him! ~ Elizabeth George,
1344:A man with an experience of God is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1345:An honest god is the noblest work of man. ... God has always resembled his ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
1346:A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. ~ A Course in Miracles#acim,
1347:Believe that God is strong enough to save your children, no matter how you fail. ~ Elyse Fitzpatrick,
1348:Don't Feel Yourself To Be Alone Because GOD is always with you. ~ A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhup da,
1349:Ecclesiastes shows that man without God is in total ignorance and inevitable misery. ~ Blaise Pascal,
1350:God is a blank sheet upon which nothing is found but what you yourself have written. ~ Martin Luther,
1351:God is fond of His devotees. He runs after the devotee as the cow after the calf. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
1352:God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture He's painting. ~ Steven Curtis Chapman,
1353:God is he whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. (Nicolas of Cusa) ~ Sue Monk Kidd,
1354:God is merciful to all, as he has been to you; he is first a father, then a judge. ~ Alexandre Dumas,
1355:God is our clothing, that wraps, clasps and encloses us so as to never leave us. ~ Julian of Norwich,
1356:God is peace, bliss, beauty and truth. Focus your energy on that, life will be like that. ~ Amit Ray,
1357:God is seen God In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul and the clod. ~ Robert Browning,
1358:God is your very being. So the first thing is, don't think about enlightenment as a goal. ~ Rajneesh,
1359:I have found heaven on earth, since heaven is God, and God is in my soul. ~ Elizabeth of the Trinity,
1360:Live long enough, and life teaches you that God is not your lucky rabbit foot, ~ J Courtney Sullivan,
1361:the end, to a preacher’s ultimate sorrow, the choice of a god is a personal one, and ~ R A Salvatore,
1362:The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1363:The essential thing to know about God is that God is Good. All the rest is secondary. ~ Simone Weil,
1364:The human dilemma is this: God is Holy and we are not. God is Righteous and we are not. ~ R C Sproul,
1365:The wisdom or counsel of God is deep water and is often a mystery to the natural mind. ~ John Bevere,
1366:The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1367:What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.  ~ A W Tozer,
1368:What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.1 ~ Chip Ingram,
1369:Wherever we are, God is here. There is no place, there can be no place, where He is not. ~ A W Tozer,
1370:A lack of faith is what condemns you, but confidence in God is what makes you worthy. ~ Martin Luther,
1371:Be patient and believe in your future. God is already there and is preparing a way. ~ Shannon L Alder,
1372:~ “But unto wrong what is His Name? ~ Our God is a consuming flame ~ To every wrong beneath the sun!”,
1373:Ecclesiastes shows that man without God is in total ignorance and inevitable misery. ~ Blaise Pascal,
1374:For God is good - or rather, of all goodness He is the Fountainhead. ~ Saint Athanasius of Alexandria,
1375:God existed before He made anything else, and He Himself was never made. God is eternal. ~ Greg Koukl,
1376:God is one. We say that. And yet we say that without insisting there is only one God. ~ Vamsee Juluri,
1377:I believe that God is (and must be) a transcendent presence in any worthy work of art. ~ Joy Williams,
1378:If God is not a personal being for me like my earthly father, He is infinitely more. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1379:I'm telling you right now, you'll drop dead if you prohibit what God is doing! ~ Rodney Howard Browne,
1380:In fact, it is more correct to say that Truth is God, than to say that God is Truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1381:Instead of telling them God has a wonderful plan for their life - tell them who God is. ~ Paul Washer,
1382:It’s always ‘In the beginning’ with God. Our God is sure enough a starting-over God. ~ Jonathan Odell,
1383:Jefferson could write, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. ~ Stephen E Ambrose,
1384:Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason and love is the way. ~ Johnny Cash,
1385:Many people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered ~ John Piper,
1386:Never settle on a life you don't want when God is trying to give you a better life. ~ Shannon L Alder,
1387:Oh, the closest walk with God is the sweetest heaven that can be enjoyed on earth! ~ Jonathan Edwards,
1388:One man or woman called of God is worth a hundred who have elected to work for God. ~ Oswald Chambers,
1389:Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1390:Our work for God is to flow from loving God; thus, we work with Him instead of for Him. ~ Mike Bickle,
1391:PSA48.14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. ~ Anonymous,
1392:PSA50.6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. ~ Anonymous,
1393:The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. ~ Robert Lewis Dabney,
1394:The salvation of all the elect is not less certain than the power of God is invincible. ~ John Calvin,
1395:We learn that God IS; that he is in me; and that all things are shadows of him. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1396:Your problem is not that God is not fulfilling, your problem is that you are spoiled. ~ Donald Miller,
1397:All human problems are ultimately symptoms, and our separation from God is the cause. ~ Timothy Keller,
1398:As our leader Saddam Hussein said, 'God is grilling their stomachs in hell.' ~ Mohammed Saeed al Sahaf,
1399:Believe that God is strong enough to save your children, no matter how you fail. ~ Elyse M Fitzpatrick,
1400:God is entirely and personally present in the wilderness, in the garden, in the field. ~ Martin Luther,
1401:God is glorified when His people find satisfaction in Him and in His provisions for them. ~ Max Anders,
1402:God is loving us - you and me - this moment, just as we are and not as we should be. ~ Brennan Manning,
1403:God is never in the world in any way except in his absolute transcendence of it. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
1404:God is not interested in your “spiritual life.” God is just interested in your life. ~ John Ortberg Jr,
1405:God is standing at the door of every heart. Call Him. He is waiting to come in. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi,
1406:God is still here, God is still real, and God has not gone anywhere, even if you have. ~ Kevin DeYoung,
1407:God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect. ~ Mary Baker Eddy,
1408:God is usually on the side of big squadrons and against little ones. ~ Roger de Rabutin Comte de Bussy,
1409:If God is enough for you, then you'll always have enough, because you'll always have God. ~ Max Lucado,
1410:If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of Him at all. ~ Jean Meslier,
1411:In fact, it is more correct to say that Truth is God, than to say that God is Truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1412:Irenaeus of Lyon (ca. 115–202): “The glory of God is the human person fully alive. ~ Diana Butler Bass,
1413:Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. —Eugene O’Neill My ~ Donna VanLiere,
1414:Never pray to be a better slave when God is trying to get you out of your situation. ~ Shannon L Alder,
1415:No Christian is safe when his soul is slothful, and his God is far from him. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1416:Obedience to the will of God is the pathway to perpetual honor and everlasting joy. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1417:One price you pay for being taken for a god is the unabated dreaminess of your acolytes. ~ Philip Roth,
1418:Relationship with God is not immune to the surprises and costs of our daily life. ~ Walter Brueggemann,
1419:Reverend Michael Beckwith of The Secret likes to say, “God is not in us; we are in God. ~ Janet Conner,
1420:The Christian God is not just a unit but a union, not just unity but community. There ~ Kallistos Ware,
1421:The wisdom of God is to be observed in the gradual advances of the church's interests. ~ Matthew Henry,
1422:Un homme avec Dieu est toujours dans la majorite . One man with God is always a majority. ~ John Knox,
1423:Whatever else it is, the kingdom of God is decidedly not a call to violent revolution. ~ Philip Yancey,
1424:33For God is not the author of 1confusion, but of peace, aas in all churches of the saints. ~ Anonymous,
1425:8Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. ~ Anonymous,
1426:A belief in God is fundamental; upon it rest the influences that control life. ~ William Jennings Bryan,
1427:A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution of all earthly troubles. ~ B B Warfield,
1428:Faith in God is less apt to proceed from miracles than miracles from faith in God. ~ Frederick Buechner,
1429:Gentile Tongue: "God Is Divine Person(s)". Semitic Tongue: God Is The Divine (period) ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim,
1430:Genuine self-knowledge begins by looking at God and noticing how God is looking at us. ~ David G Benner,
1431:God is an invention of mankind, an excuse to exist, and to thrive, in a subhuman state. ~ Ellen Hopkins,
1432:God is glorified through healing and deliverance, not through sickness and suffering. ~ Kenneth E Hagin,
1433:…God is not looking for an outward form of holiness; He wants an inward change of heart,… ~ John Bevere,
1434:God is the Soul of all souls - The Supreme Soul - The Supreme Consciousness. ~ Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan,
1435:God is wise! In fact, He is far wiser than the wise man who thinks he is wise! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
1436:If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. 1 John 3:20 ~ Beth Moore,
1437:If rain is God crying, I think God is drunk and his girlfriend just slept with Zeus. ~ Chuck Klosterman,
1438:If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go. ~ Cornel West,
1439:In the heart of any pious Jew, God is a Jew. Is your God an Englishman or an American? ~ Maurice Samuel,
1440:In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children. ~ Pope Francis,
1441:I think God is a giant vibrator in the sky ... a pulsating force of incredible energy. ~ David Arquette,
1442:It's funny how aimless a person can feel at times, even when they know God is in control. ~ Chris Fabry,
1443:Only God is to be loved for His own sake. Everything else is to be loved for God's sake. ~ Peter Kreeft,
1444:Pray and read, read and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from men. ~ John Bunyan,
1445:Prayer is not the answer. God is the answer. Prayer is the vehicle by which we reach God. ~ Greg Laurie,
1446:St. Augustine says, “If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? ~ Peter Kreeft,
1447:The determining factor in our relationship with God is not our past but Christ's past. ~ Timothy Keller,
1448:The initial step for us all to come to knowledge of God is contemplation of nature. ~ Irenaeus of Lyons,
1449:The Kingdom of God is Within You, which in turn influenced such twentieth-century figures ~ Leo Tolstoy,
1450:You love a woman, you love a man, you love a tomato. God is happy, because he created love.» ~ Jay Bell,
1451:All human problems are ultimately symptoms, and our separation from God is the cause. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1452:A mind centered on the truth of God is the key to being sustained and not losing heart. ~ David Jeremiah,
1453:Because Man is God, and God is Man, the world is nothing but the world of Man - or Woman. ~ Paul Virilio,
1454:Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. ~ Ronald Reagan,
1455:God is love and beauty as well as purity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, Religion as the Law of Life,
1456:God is merciful to those who want to love Him and who have placed their hopes in Him. ~ Francis de Sales,
1457:God is the ultimate experience of silence, of beauty, of bliss, a state of inner celebration. ~ Rajneesh,
1458:How grateful I was that, in addition to being just, God is able to be merciful also. ~ Jeffrey R Holland,
1459:If God is unlimited, then He can appear in any form, whichever way He likes to appear. ~ George Harrison,
1460:Invisible love is wasted. Invisible evidence is worthless. Invisible God is non-existent. ~ C J Anderson,
1461:of course, naturally, God is impossible. That is the first proof that He exists. ~ Gregory David Roberts,
1462:Only God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Church has always been changing. ~ Gene Robinson,
1463:Perhaps the belief in God is the belief that the universe is intelligible, but not to us. ~ Thomas Nagel,
1464:PHi1.8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. ~ Anonymous,
1465:There is no god, so how can I consider myself a god? God is the greatest lie invented by man. ~ Rajneesh,
1466:The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me" (Isaiah 61:1). ~ Andrew Murray,
1467:The true work of God is all good, since it is existence. ~ Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190),
1468:We can have no conception of God higher than man, so our God is man, and man is God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1469:when all things go wrong to us, we must believe that God is doing the very best. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe,
1470:When you read the Bible, you must think that here and now, God is speaking with me ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
1471:Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti,
1472:Your love for God is only as great as the love you have for the person you love the least. ~ Dorothy Day,
1473:At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action. ~ Bono,
1474:For GOD is pleased with you, when you do what is right and patiently ENDURE unfair treatment. ~ Anonymous,
1475:For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  ~ Anonymous,
1476:God is acting on your soul all the time, whether you have spiritual sensations or not. ~ Evelyn Underhill,
1477:God is just as merciful in the things He does not allow, as He is in the things He does. ~ Andrena Sawyer,
1478:God is probably — and very rightly — on the side of the stuffy domesticities. Otherwise ~ Ford Madox Ford,
1479:God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). ~ James MacDonald,
1480:God Is Using Gianna Jessen To Remind The World, That Each Human Being Is Precious To Him. ~ Mother Teresa,
1481:If God is truly powerful, He would not let this plague go on. ~ Sheri S. Tepper, Grass (1989), Chapter 11,
1482:May you believe from deep within that God is with you, for you, and will never let you go. ~ Susie Larson,
1483:My relationship with God is as strong as the time and energy I put into connecting with God. ~ Macklemore,
1484:No matter who wins, God is still sovereign regardless if my preferred candidate wins or not. ~ Max Lucado,
1485:PSALM 46 God is our  c refuge and strength,         a very  d present [2] help in  e trouble. ~ Anonymous,
1486:The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. ~ Clarence Darrow,
1487:The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation. ~ C S Lewis,
1488:The kingdom of God is a crash-bang opera: the king is dramatic, demanding, and unavoidable. ~ Alan Hirsch,
1489:The only basis on which to work for God is an esteemed appreciation of his deliverance. ~ Oswald Chambers,
1490:The only money of God is God. He pays never with any thing less, or any thing else. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1491:the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Anonymous,
1492:Unless the Spirit of God is with us, we cannot expect that our prayers will be answered. ~ Dwight L Moody,
1493:what religion calls the vision of God is found in giving up any belief in the idea of God. ~ Alan W Watts,
1494:What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31 ~ Beth Moore,
1495:Wisdom—the wisdom of God—is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). ~ Chris Oyakhilome,
1496:A mind not set on God is given to wandering and lacks the quality of a temple of worship. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1497:but it does mean God is able to redeem any and all situations and use them for his own good. ~ Rick Warren,
1498:God is less careful than General Motors, for He floods the world with factory rejects. ~ Mignon McLaughlin,
1499:God is love, and God does not judge, but God’s people can become overly pious and haughty. ~ Willie Parker,
1500:God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. ~ Saint Augustine,

IN CHAPTERS [300/582]

  107 Integral Yoga
   74 Yoga
   64 Christianity
   53 Poetry
   52 Islam
   45 Philosophy
   35 Occultism
   18 Psychology
   9 Mysticism
   7 Sufism
   6 Fiction
   6 Baha i Faith
   4 Science
   4 Hinduism
   2 Philsophy
   1 Theosophy
   1 Thelema
   1 Mythology
   1 Kabbalah
   1 Integral Theory
   1 Education
   1 Alchemy

   94 Sri Aurobindo
   54 Sri Ramakrishna
   52 Muhammad
   43 The Mother
   28 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   28 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   27 Satprem
   22 Aldous Huxley
   20 Carl Jung
   14 Anonymous
   12 Aleister Crowley
   11 Saint John of Climacus
   10 Swami Vivekananda
   10 James George Frazer
   9 Swami Krishnananda
   8 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   8 A B Purani
   7 Plato
   7 Baha u llah
   6 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   6 Saint Teresa of Avila
   6 Robert Browning
   6 Plotinus
   6 Friedrich Nietzsche
   5 Rabindranath Tagore
   5 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   4 Walt Whitman
   4 Kabir
   4 Jordan Peterson
   4 Al-Ghazali
   3 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   2 William Blake
   2 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   2 Patanjali
   2 Mahendranath Gupta
   2 Ken Wilber
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Jalaluddin Rumi
   2 George Van Vrekhem
   2 Edgar Allan Poe

   53 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   52 Quran
   22 The Perennial Philosophy
   22 City of God
   21 The Bible
   13 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   12 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   11 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   11 Essays On The Gita
   11 Essays Divine And Human
   10 The Golden Bough
   10 Talks
   10 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
   9 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   9 Savitri
   8 The Life Divine
   8 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   7 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   7 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   7 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   7 Liber ABA
   7 Aion
   6 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   6 Browning - Poems
   5 The Way of Perfection
   5 The Secret Doctrine
   5 The Human Cycle
   5 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
   5 Tagore - Poems
   5 Shelley - Poems
   5 Dark Night of the Soul
   5 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   5 Bhakti-Yoga
   4 Twilight of the Idols
   4 The Alchemy of Happiness
   4 Questions And Answers 1953
   4 Maps of Meaning
   4 Magick Without Tears
   4 Isha Upanishad
   4 Agenda Vol 08
   3 Whitman - Poems
   3 The Red Book Liber Novus
   3 The Book of Certitude
   3 Songs of Kabir
   3 Raja-Yoga
   3 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 02
   3 Hymn of the Universe
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 06
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   3 Collected Poems
   3 Agenda Vol 02
   3 Agenda Vol 01
   2 Writings In Bengali and Sanskrit
   2 Thus Spoke Zarathustra
   2 The Future of Man
   2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   2 Questions And Answers 1956
   2 Preparing for the Miraculous
   2 Poe - Poems
   2 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 03
   2 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
   2 Letters On Yoga II
   2 Let Me Explain
   2 Labyrinths
   2 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   2 God Exists
   2 Emerson - Poems
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   2 Agenda Vol 12
   2 Agenda Vol 10
   2 Agenda Vol 04
   2 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah

0.00 - INTRODUCTION, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
   One day Haladhari upset Sri Ramakrishna with the statement that God is incomprehensible to the human mind. Sri Ramakrishna has described the great moment of doubt when he wondered whether his visions had really misled him: "With sobs I prayed to the Mother, 'Canst Thou have the heart to deceive me like this because I am a fool?' A stream of tears flowed from my eyes. Shortly afterwards I saw a volume of mist rising from the floor and filling the space before me. In the midst of it there appeared a face with flowing beard, calm, highly expressive, and fair. Fixing its gaze steadily upon me, it said solemnly, 'Remain in bhavamukha, on the threshold of relative consciousness.' This it repeated three times and then it gently disappeared in the mist, which itself dissolved. This vision reassured me."
   A garbled report of Sri Ramakrishna's failing health, indifference to worldly life, and various abnormal activities reached Kamarpukur and filled the heart of his poor mother with anguish. At her repeated request he returned to his village for a change of air. But his boyhood friends did not interest him any more. A divine fever was consuming him. He spent a great part of the day and night in one of the cremation grounds, in meditation. The place reminded him of the impermanence of the human body, of human hopes and achievements. It also reminded him of Kali, the Goddess of destruction.
   To develop the devotee's love for God, Vaishnavism humanizes God. God is to be regarded as the devotee's Parent, Master, Friend, Child, Husband, or Sweetheart, each succeeding relationship representing an intensification of love. These bhavas, or attitudes toward God, are known as santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, and madhur. The rishis of the Vedas, Hanuman, the cow-herd boys of Vrindavan, Rama's mother Kausalya, and Radhika, Krishna's sweetheart, exhibited, respectively, the most perfect examples of these forms. In the ascending scale the-glories of God are gradually forgotten and the devotee realizes more and more the intimacy of divine communion. Finally he regards himself as the mistress of his Beloved, and no artificial barrier remains to separate him from his Ideal. No social or moral obligation can bind to the earth his soaring spirit. He experiences perfect union with the Godhead. Unlike the Vedantist, who strives to transcend all varieties of the subject-object relationship, a devotee of the Vaishnava path wishes to retain both his own individuality and the personality of God. To him God is not an intangible Absolute, but the Purushottama, the Supreme Person.
   While practising the discipline of the madhur bhava, the male devotee often regards himself as a woman, in order to develop the most intense form of love for Sri Krishna, the only purusha, or man, in the universe. This assumption of the attitude of the opposite sex has a deep psychological significance. It is a matter of common experience that an idea may be cultivated to such an intense degree that every idea alien to it is driven from the mind. This peculiarity of the mind may be utilized for the subjugation of the lower desires and the development of the spiritual nature. Now, the idea which is the basis of all desires and passions in a man is the conviction of his indissoluble association with a male body. If he can inoculate himself thoroughly with the idea that he is a woman, he can get rid of the desires peculiar to his male body. Again, the idea that he is a woman may in turn be made to give way to another higher idea, namely, that he is neither man nor woman, but the Impersonal Spirit. The Impersonal Spirit alone can enjoy real communion with the Impersonal God. Hence the highest est realization of the Vaishnava draws close to the transcendental experience of the Vedantist.
   Now one with Radha, he manifested the great ecstatic love, the mahabhava, which had found in her its fullest expression. Later Sri Ramakrishna said: "The manifestation in the same individual of the nineteen different kinds of emotion for God is called, in the books on bhakti, mahabhava. An ordinary man takes a whole lifetime to express even a single one of these. But in this body [meaning himself] there has been a complete manifestation of all nineteen."
   The love of Radha is the precursor of the resplendent vision of Sri Krishna, and Sri Ramakrishna soon experienced that vision. The enchanting ing form of Krishna appeared to him and merged in his person. He became Krishna; he totally forgot his own individuality and the world; he saw Krishna in himself and in the universe. Thus he attained to the fulfilment of the worship of the Personal God. He drank from the fountain of Immortal Bliss. The agony of his heart vanished forever. He realized Amrita, Immortality, beyond the shadow of death.
   This was a very rich and significant experience for Narendra. It taught him that Sakti, the Divine Power, cannot be ignored in the world and that in the relative plane the need of worshipping a Personal God is imperative. Sri Ramakrishna was overjoyed with the conversion. The next day, sitting almost on Narendra's lap, he said to a devotee, pointing first to himself, then to Narendra: "I see I am this, and again that. Really I feel no difference. A stick floating in the Ganges seems to divide the water; But in reality the water is one. Do you see my point? Well, whatever is, is the Mother — isn't that so?" In later years Narendra would say: "Sri Ramakrishna was the only person who, from the time he met me, believed in me uniformly throughout. Even my mother and brothers did not. It was his unwavering trust and love for me that bound me to him for ever. He alone knew how to love. Worldly people, only make a show of love for selfish ends.
   --- TARAK
   The Master knew Hari's passion for Vedanta. But he did not wish any of his disciples to become a dry ascetic or a mere bookworm. So he asked Hari to practise Vedanta in life by giving up the unreal and following the Real. "But it is not so easy", Sri Ramakrishna said, "to realize the illusoriness of the world. Study alone does not help one very much. The grace of God is required. Mere personal effort is futile. A man is a tiny creature after all, with very limited powers. But he can achieve the impossible if he prays to God for His grace." Whereupon the Master sang a song in praise of grace. Hari was profoundly moved and shed tears. Later in life Hari achieved a wonderful synthesis of the ideals of the Personal God and the Impersonal Truth.

0.00 - The Book of Lies Text, #The Book of Lies, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
       God is concealed in the whirling energy of Nature.
       God is manifest in gathering: harmony: considera-
         tion: the Mirror of the Sun and of the Heart.
     God is really so, since we can see nothing of him but
    his imperfections. :It may be yonder beggar is a King."
    "Say: God is One." This I obeyed: for a thousand
     and one times a night for one thousand nights and

0.00 - THE GOSPEL PREFACE, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  The Master, who divined the mood of desperation in M, his resolve to take leave of this 'play-field of deception', put new faith and hope into him by his gracious words of assurance: "God forbid! Why should you take leave of this world? Do you not feel blessed by discovering your Guru? By His grace, what is beyond all imagination or dreams can be easily achieved!" At these words the clouds of despair moved away from the horizon of M.'s mind, and the sunshine of a new hope revealed to him fresh vistas of meaning in life. Referring to this phase of his life, M. used to say, "Behold! where is the resolve to end life, and where, the discovery of God! That is, sorrow should be looked upon as a friend of man. God is all good." ( Ibid P.33.)
  After this re-settlement, M's life revolved around the Master, though he continued his professional work as an educationist. During all holidays, including Sundays, he spent his time at Dakshineswar in the Master's company, and at times extended his stay to several days.

01.07 - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The process of conversion of the doubting mind, of the dry intellectual reason as propounded and perhaps practised by Pascal is also a characteristic mark of his nature and genius. It is explained in his famous letter on "bet" or "game of chance" (Le Pari). Here is how he puts the issue to the doubting mind (I am giving the substance, not his words): let us say then that in the world we are playing a game of chance. How do the chances stand? What are the gains and losses if God does not exist? What 'are the gains and losses if God does exist? If God exists, by accepting and reaching him what do we gain? All that man cares forhappiness, felicity. And what do we lose? We lose the world of misery. If, on the other 'hand, God does not exist, by believing him to exist, we lose nothing, we are not more miserable than what we are. If, however, God exists and we do not believe him, we gain this world of misery but we lose all that is worth having. Thus Pascal concludes that even from the standpoint of mere gain and loss, belief in God is more advantageous than unbelief. This is how he applied to metaphysics the mathematics of probability.
   One is not sure if such reasoning is convincing to the intellect; but perhaps it is a necessary stage in conversion. At least we can conclude that Pascal had to pass through such a stage; and it indicates the difficulty his brain had to undergo, the tension or even the torture he made it pass through. It is true, from Reason Pascal went over to Faith, even while giving Reason its due. Still it seems the two were not perfectly synthetised or fused in him. There was a gap between that was not thoroughly bridged. Pascal did not possess the higher, intuitive, luminous mind that mediates successfully between the physical discursive ratiocinative brain-mind and the vision of faith: it is because deep in his consciousness there lay this chasm. Indeed,Pascal's abyss (l' abme de Pascal) is a well-known legend. Pascal, it appears, used to have very often the vision of an abyss about to open before him and he shuddered at the prospect of falling into it. It seems to us to be an experience of the Infinity the Infinity to which he was so much attracted and of which he wrote so beautifully (L'infiniment grand et l'infiniment petit)but into which he could not evidently jump overboard unreservedly. This produced a dichotomy, a lack of integration of personality, Jung would say. Pascal's brain was cold, firm, almost rigid; his heart was volcanic, the faith he had was a fire: it lacked something of the pure light and burned with a lurid glare.

01.08 - Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The ultimate truth is that God is the sole doer and the best we can do is to let him do freely without let or hindrance. "He that through Grace may see Jhesu, how that He doth all and himself doth right nought but suffereth Jhesu work in him what him liketh, he is meek." And yet one does not arrive at that condition from the beginning or all at once. "The work is not of the hour nor of a day, but of many days and years." And for a long time one has to take up one's burden and work, co-operate with the Divine working. In the process there is this double movement necessary for the full achievement. "Neither Grace only without full working of a soul that in it is nor working done without grace bringeth a soul to reforming but that one joined to that other." Mysticism is not all eccentricity and irrationality: on the contrary, sanity seems to be the very character of the higher mysticism. And it is this sanity, and even a happy sense of humour accompanying it, that makes the genuine mystic teacher say: "It is no mastery to me for to say it, but for to do it there is mastery." Amen.
   Ascendimus ascensiones in corde et cantamus canticum graduum." Confessions of St. Augustine XIII. 9.

0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  the love of the bhakta for his God is a diminution and often is
  tainted by egoism. But as one tends quite naturally to become

01.11 - Aldous Huxley: The Perennial Philosophy, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   A similar compilation was published in the Arya, called The Eternal Wisdom (Les Paroles ternelles, in French) a portion of which appeared later on in book-form: that was more elaborate, the contents were arranged in such a way that no comments were needed, they were self-explanatory, divided as they were in chapters and sections and subsections with proper headings, the whole thing put in a logical and organised sequence. Huxley's compilation begins under the title of the Upanishadic text "That art Thou" with this saying of Eckhart: "The more God is in all things, the more He is outside them. The more He is within, the more without". It will be interesting to note that the Arya compilation too starts with the same idea under the title "The God of All; the God who is in All", the first quotation being from Philolaus, "The Universe is a Unity".The Eternal Wisdom has an introduction called "The Song of Wisdom" which begins with this saying from the Book of Wisdom: "We fight to win sublime Wisdom; therefore men call us warriors".
   Huxley gives only one quotation from Sri Aurobindo under the heading "God in the World". Here it is:

0 1958-07-02, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Something I have never said completely. On the one hand, there is the attitude of those in yesterday evenings film2: God is everything, God is everywhere, God is in he who smites you (as Sri Aurobindo wroteGod made me good with a blow, shall I tell Him: O Mighty One, I forgive you your harm and cruelty but do not do it again!), an attitude which, if extended to its ultimate conclusion, accepts the world as it is: the world is the perfect expression of the divine Will. On the other hand, there is the attitude of progress and transformation. But for that, you must recognize that there are things in the world which are not as they should be.
   In The Synthesis of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo says that this idea of good and bad, of pure and impure, is a notion needed for action; but the purists, such as Chaitanya, Ramakrishna and others, do not agree. They do not agree that it is indispensable for action. They simply say: your acceptance of action as a necessary thing is contrary to your perception of the Divine in all things.

0 1958-11-04 - Myths are True and Gods exist - mental formation and occult faculties - exteriorization - work in dreams, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   However, you must have at least a little experience of these things to understand them. Otherwise, if you are convinced that all this is just human fancy or mental formations, if you believe that these gods have such and such a form because men have imagined them to be like that, or that they have such and such defects or qualities because men have envisioned it that wayas with all those who say God is created in the image of man and exists only in human thoughtall such people wont understand, it will seem absolutely ridiculous to them, a kind of madness. You must live a little, touch the subject a little to know how concrete it is.
   Naturally, children know a great dealif they have not been spoiled. There are many children who return to the same place night after night and continue living a life they have begun there. When these faculties are not spoiled with age, they can be preserved within one. There was a time when I was especially interested in dreams, and I could return exactly to the same place and continue some work I had begun there, visit something, for example, or see to something, some work of organization or some discovery or exploration; you go to a certain place, just as you go somewhere in life, then you rest a while, then you go back and begin againyou take up your work just where you left it, and you continue. You also notice that there are things entirely independent of you, certain variations which were not at all created by you and which occurred automatically during your absence.

0 1960-11-12, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   But its explained very well in Savitri! All these things have their laws and their conventions (and truly speaking, a really FORMIDABLE power is needed to change anything of their rights, for they have rightswhat they call laws) Sri Aurobindo explains this very well when Savitri, following Satyavan into death, argues with the god of Death.3 Its the Law, and who has the right to change the Law? he says. And then comes this wonderful passage at the end where she replies, My God can change it. And my God is a God of Love. Oh, how magnificent!
   And by force of repeating this to him, he yields She replies in this way to EVERYTHING.

0 1961-04-29, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Europeans dont have the inner sense at all. To them, everything is like this (gesture), a surfacenot even that, a film on the surface. And they cant feel anything behind. But its an absolutely real fact that the Presence is there I guarantee it. People have given me statuettes of various gods, little things in metal, wood or ivory; and as soon as I take one in my hand, the God is there. I have a Ganesh2 (I have been given several) and if I take it in my hand and look at it for a moment, hes there. I have a little one by my bedside where I work, eat, and meditate. And then there is a Narayana3 which comes from the Himalayas, from Badrinath. I use them both as paperweights for my handkerchiefs! (My handkerchiefs are kept on a little table next to my bed, and I keep Ganapati and Narayana on top of them.) And no one touches them but me I pick them up, take a fresh handkerchief, and put them back again. Once I blended some nail polish myself, and before applying it, I put some on Ganapatis forehead and stomach and fingertips! We are on the best of terms, very friendly. So to me, you see, all this is very true.

0 1961-07-07, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   65Because God is invincibly great, He can afford to be weak; because He is immutably pure, He can indulge with impunity in sin; He knows eternally all delight, therefore He tastes also the delight of pain; He is inalienably wise, therefore He has not debarred Himself from folly.
   Can God truly be said to be weak or to fail? Does this actually happen, or is it simply the Lords play?

0 1961-08-02, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Each devotee of a particular cult knows perfectly well that his God is simply one way of representing something that is One.
   From 1926, Sri Aurobindo officially introduced Mother to the disciples as the 'Mother'; previously he often called her 'Mirra.'

0 1962-07-21, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   You write about the Deva Samgha and say, I am not a god, I am only a piece of much hammered and tempered iron. No one is a God but in each man there is a God and to make Him manifest is the aim of divine life. That we can all do. I recognize that there are great and small adharas [vessels]. I do not accept, however, your description of yourself as accurate. Still whatever the nature of the vessel, once the touch of God is upon it, once the spirit is awake, great and small and all that does not make much difference. There may be more difficulties, more time may be taken, there may be a difference in the manifestation, but even about that there is no certainty. The God within takes no account of these hindrances and deficiencies. He breaks his way out. Was the amount of my failings a small one? Were there less obstacles in my mind and heart and vital being and body? Did it not take time? Has God hammered me less? Day after day, minute after minute, I have been fashioned into I know not whether a god or what. But I have become or am becoming something. That is sufficient, since God wanted to build it. It is the same as regards everyone. Not our strength but the Shakti of God is the sadhaka [worker] of this yoga.
   Let me tell you in brief one or two things about what I have long seen. My idea is that the chief cause of the weakness of India is not subjection nor poverty, nor the lack of spirituality or dharma [ethics] but the decline of thought-power, the growth of ignorance in the motherl and of Knowledge. Everywhere I see inability or unwillingness to thinkthought-incapacity or thought-phobia. Whatever may have been in the middle ages, this state of things is now the sign of a terrible degeneration. The middle age was the night, the time of the victory of ignorance. The modern world is the age of the victory of Knowledge. Whoever thinks most, seeks most, labors most, can fathom and learn the truth of the world, and gets so much more Shakti. If you look at Europe, you will see two things: a vast sea of thought and the play of a huge and fast-moving and yet disciplined force. The whole Shakti of Europe is in that. And in the strength of that Shakti it has been swallowing up the world, like the tapaswins [ascetics] of our ancient times, by whose power even the gods of the world were terrified, held in suspense and subjection. People say Europe is running into the jaws of destruction. I do not think so. All these revolutions and upsettings are the preconditions of a new creation.

0 1963-03-13, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   My God is love1
   Oh, thats.
   "My God is love and sweetly suffers all."

0 1963-09-07, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But for instance, I told you I spoke with the Pope for quite a long time the day of his election, and the conversation was abruptly interrupted by a reaction he had. (It was really a mental conversation we were having: I spoke, he replied, I heard his reply I dont know whether he was conscious of something probably not, but anyway; it wasnt at all a formation of my own mind because I received quite unexpected replies.) But the conversation was interrupted abruptly by a reaction he had when I told him that God is everywhere and in all things; that everything is He; and then a great Force came down into me and I added, Even when you descend into Hell, He is there too.
   Then everything stopped dead.

0 1964-02-05, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   97When thou affirmest thy soul-experience and deniest the different soul-experience of another, know that God is making a fool of thee. Dost thou not hear His self-delighted laughter behind thy souls curtains?
   Oh, its charming!

0 1966-08-19, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   God is not there but only the name of God.

0 1967-02-15, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The most bloodthirsty God is the most popular, I think. All the slaughters, all the horrors, all the tortures that have been committed in the name of God
   Its a subject I found very interesting, in the beginning I even wanted to give a class1 on it, when the School had only thirty children or so: a class on religions showing the whole course, from the gods with the heads of birds or jackals to cathedrals. Oh, when I was just five, I was revolted by that God who really was a wicked character and caused bloodshed.

0 1967-06-07, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I am intentionally not giving any definition. Because my lifelong feeling has been that its a mere word, and a word behind which people put a lot of very undesirable things. Its that idea of a god who claims to be the one and only, as they say: God is the one and only. But they feel it and say it in the way Anatole France put it (I think it was in The Revolt of Angels): this God who wants to be the one and only and ALL ALONE. That was what had made me a complete atheist, if I may say so, in my childhood; I refused to accept a being, WHOEVER HE WAS, who proclaimed himself to be the one and only and almighty. Even if he were indeed the one and only and almighty (laughing), he should have no right to proclaim it! Thats how it was in my mind. I could make an hour-long speech on this, to show how in every religion they tackled the problem.
   In any case, I have given what I find is the most objective definition. And as in the other days What is the Divine?, I have tried to give a feeling of the Thing; here I wanted to fight against the use of the word which, to me, is hollow, but dangerously so.
   But I mean that we could find in Sri Aurobindo a sentence saying, for instance, that God is a word empty of meaning into which man puts whatever he likes, and then a description similar to the one I gave of the Divine. And throughout all his writings, its like that for everything.

0 1967-06-21, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The Muslims and Israelites represent the two religions in which faith in God is the most extreme. Only, the Israelites faith is in an impersonal God, while the Muslims faith is in a personal God.
   Their enmity perhaps exists only because they are neighbours!

0 1967-07-22, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   To man, God is too slow in answering his prayer.
   To God, man is too slow in opening to His influence.

0 1969-06-28, #Agenda Vol 10, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   In truth, this is the time of the Great Adventure. The world is closed, there are no more adventures outside: only robots go to the moon and our borders are guarded everywherein Rome or in Rangoon, the same functionaries of the great Machine are watching us, punching our cards, checking our faces and searching our pockets there is no more adventure outside! The Adventure is with inFreedom is within, Space is within, so is the transformation of our world by the power of the Spirit. Because, in truth, that Power was always there, supreme, all-powerful, prodding evolution on: it was the hidden Spirit growing to become the Spirit manifest upon earth, and if we have trust, if we want that supreme Power, if we have the courage to descend into our hearts, everything is possible, for God is in us.
   Its unfortunate that there cant be another word than God.
   Dieu [God, in French] is a terrible word. God is an even more terrible word (!) And in Italian, what is it going to become!

0 1969-12-24, #Agenda Vol 10, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But at the time of writing the Divine Whats to be done? What should we say? Its a convention, but words In one of his Aphorisms, Sri Aurobindo said that atheism is necessary to counterbalance religions which had caused so much damage!2 And thats why using the word God is unfortunate.
   Often I say Truth, often supreme Consciousness, but I am perfectly aware that its not the thing. Divinity too The Ancients said That but a in French?

0 1971-11-24, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   As for X and Y, you have no claim over them and no right to control their thoughts and actions. X is of an age to choose and decide; he can think and act for himself and has no need of you to think and act for him. You are not his guardian, nor Ys; you are not even the head of the family. On what ground do you claim to decide where he shall go or where he shall stay? Your pretension to have the responsibility for him or her before God is an arrogant and grotesque absurdity. Each one is responsible for himself before God unless he freely chooses to place the responsibility upon another in whom he trusts. No one has the right to impose himself on others as a religious or spiritual guide against their free will. You have no claim at all to dictate to X or Y either in their inner or their outer life. It is again the confusion and incoherence of your mind in its present state that prevents you from recognising these plain and simple facts.
   Again, you say that you ask only for the Truth and yet you speak like a narrow and ignorant fanatic who refuses to believe in anything but the religion in which he was born. All fanaticism is false, because it is a contradiction of the very nature of God and of Truth. Truth cannot be shut up in a single book, Bible or Veda or Koran, or in a single religion. The Divine Being is eternal and universal and infinite and cannot be the sole property of the Mussulmans or of the Semitic religions only,those that happened to be in a line from the Bible and to have Jewish or Arabian prophets for their founders. Hindus and Confucians and Taoists and all others have as much right to enter into relation with God and find the Truth in their own way. All religions have some truth in them, but none has the whole truth; all are created in time and finally decline and perish. Mahomed himself never pretended that the Koran was the last message of God and there would be no other. God and Truth outlast these religions and manifest themselves anew in whatever way or form the Divine Wisdom chooses. You cannot shut up God in the limitations of your own narrow brain or dictate to the Divine Power and Consciousness how or where or through whom it shall manifest; you cannot put up your puny barriers against the divine Omnipotence. These again are simple truths which are now being recognised all over the world; only the childish in mind or those who vegetate in some formula of the past deny them.

0 1971-12-11, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But if this new consciousness is not to be found on the peaks of the human, where then, are we to find it? Perhaps, quite simply in that which we have most neglected since we entered the mental cycle, in the body. The body is our base, our evolutionary foundation, the old stock to which we always return, and which painfully compels our attention by making us suffer, age and die. In that imperfection, Sri Aurobindo assures us, is the urge towards a higher and more many-sided perfection. It contains the last finite which yet yearns to the Supreme Infinite. God is pent in the mire but the very fact imposes a necessity to break through that prison.8 That is the old, uncured Illness, the unchanged root, the dark matrix of our misery, hardly different now from what it was in the time of Lemuria. It is this physical substance which we must transform, otherwise it will topple, one after another, all the human or superhuman devices we try to graft on it. This body, this physical cellular substance contains almighty powers,9 a dumb consciousness that harbors all the lights and all the infinitudes, just as much as the mental and spiritual immensities do. For, in truth, all is Divine and unless the Lord of all the universe resides in a single little cell he resides nowhere. It is this original, dark cellular Prison which we must break open; for as long as we have not broken it, we will continue to turn vainly in the golden or iron circles of our mental prison. These laws of Nature, says Sri Aurobindo, that you call absolute merely mean an equilibrium established to work in order to produce certain results. But, if you change the consciousness, then the groove also is bound to change.10
   Such is the new adventure to which Sri Aurobindo invites us, an adventure into mans unknown. Whether we like it or not, the whole earth is moving into a new groove, but why shouldnt we like it? Why shouldnt we collaborate in this great, unprecedented adventure? Why shouldnt we collaborate in our own evolution, instead of repeating endlessly the same old story, instead of chasing hallucinatory paradises which will never quench our thirst or otherworldly paradises which leave the earth to rot along with our bodies? Why be born if it is to get out at the end? exclaims the Mother, who continues Sri Aurobindos work. What is the use of having struggled so much, suffered so much, of having created something which, in its outer appearance at least, is so tragic and dramatic, if it is only to learn how to get out of itit would have been better not to start at all. Evolution is not a tortuous course that brings us back, somewhat battered, to the starting point. Quite the contrary, it is meant, says Mother, to teach the whole of creation the joy of being, the beauty of being, the grandeur of being, the majesty of a sublime life, and the perpetual development, perpetually progressive, of this joy, this beauty, this grandeur. Then everything has a meaning.11

0 1972-03-29a, #Agenda Vol 13, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The young Indian students with whom I discuss your books understand perhaps better than Westerners the reason for all those bloody and apparently useless sacrifices the torments conflicts and revolts of your heroes condemned to death, the great Hunger that drives them beyond themselves for they know that these are like the contractions of childbirth, and that the thick shell of egoism, routine, conformism, intellectual and sentimental habits must be broken for the inner Divine to transpierce the surface of this life for the Divine is indeed WITHIN man, and life harbors its own hidden justification. Echoing the Upanishad, Sri Aurobindo tells us that The earth is His foothold. He also wrote, God is not only in the still small voice, but in the fire and the whirlwind.
   I think I am correctly interpreting the feeling of my young Indian friends when I say that they see the heroes of your novels as raw mystics, to use Claudels description of Rimbaud. This may seem a surprising attribute, considering your heroes atheism, but that is because we have too often confused mysticism or spirituality with religion, as Sri Aurobindo stresses. One need not believe in a personal, extracosmic God to be a mystic. (That is certainly why religion has from time to time taken upon itself to bum alive all the non-regular mystics.) Here we touch upon a huge confusion rooted in religions. Through their monks, sannyasins and ascetics, religions have shown us a purely contemplative, austere and lifeless side of mysticismindeed those mystics, like the religions they practice, live in a negation of life; they go through this vale of tears with their eyes exclusively fixed on the Beyond. But true mysticism is not so limited as that, it seeks to transform life, to reveal the Absolute hidden in it; it seeks to establish the kingdom of God in man, as Sri Aurobindo wrote, and not the kingdom of a Pope, clergy or sacerdotal class. If the modem world lives in conflict and anguish, if it is torn between being and doing, it is because religion has driven away God from this world, severed him from his creation and flung him back to some distant heaven or empty nirvana, thus denying any possibility of human perfection on this earth and digging an unbridgeable gulf between being and doing, between mystics sunk in their dreams and this world abandoned to the forces of evil, to Satan and all those who consent to get their hands dirty.

03.04 - The Vision and the Boon, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And how shall the end be vain when God is guide?
  However man's mind may tire or fail his flesh,

03.07 - Some Thoughts on the Unthinkable, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   God is not an autocrata despot like the Czar or the Shahan Shah, pedestalled high above and ruling over his subject-slaves according to his fancy and caprice, issuing ukases and firmans which suffer no delay or hindrance in their execution.
   God is, if he is at all to be compared to a king, more like a constitutional sovereign. He does not act as he chooses and pleases. There is a system, a plan, a procedure of governance; there are principles and laws and rules, and he abides by them. There are even agents and intermediaries, officers and servantsinstruments through whom he works out his purpose. He is the supreme dharmarja, the lord and guardian of the Law. Not that he is pound by his constitution, in the sense that he is a slave to it and cannot alter it, even when he finds it necessary to do so, but that once the rules of the game have been laid, he agrees to follow them so long as he plays the particular game.
   The Divine does not announce his presence or advent by miracles, by sudden catastrophes and upheavals. The power, the knowledge or the love that belongs to him is just like the air that surrounds us, whose silent and tranquil, yet constant pressure energises the heart of living things, whose very translucency is the stuff out of which is fashioned Earth's richly variegated life.

03.09 - Sectarianism or Loyalty, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   It is not sufficient to say that God is one and therefore wherever He is found and however He is found and whoever finds Him one must implicitly accept and obey and follow. God is one indeed: but it is equally true that he is multiple. God is not a point, but a limitless infinity, so that when one does reach Him one arrives at a particular spot, as it were, enters into only one of his many mansions. Likewise, God's manifestation upon earth has been infinitely diverse, his Vibhutis, Avataras, his prophets and viceregents have been of all sorts and kinds. Precisely because God is at once one and infinitely multiple and because human nature also is likewise, if one in essence, infinitely multiple in expression, each one, while seeing and finding the one God, seeks and finds him in and through a particular formulation. That is the original meaning, the genesis and justification of creeds and dogmas. Only, it must be borne in mind, that one can be faithful even to a particular creed and dogma and yet transcend it, live a particular mode of life and yet possess at the back of it and as its support the very sense and consciousness of infinity itself. Where there is this synthetic and transcendent experience dogmatism has no place, nor conflict between creed and creed.
   One can be as catholic and boundless as infinity, still one can and has to bow down to a special figure of it, since or if one who approaches it has a figure of his own. Just in the same way as when one is in the body, one has to live a particular life framed by the body, even the mind as well as the life are canalised in the mould of the body consciousness, and yet at the same time one can live in and through the inner consciousness immeasurably, innumerably in other bodies, in the unbarred expanse of the cosmic and the transcendent. The two experiences are not contradictory, rather they reinforce each other.

05.01 - Man and the Gods, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Human nature, human movement, is, however, different. Man, the terrestrial creature, has developed as the result of a slow growth, through struggle and suffering, the sturm und drangof an arduous ascent. He knows of things which the gods do not. He has an experience which even they, strange to say, covet. First of all, it must be borne in mind that the gods represent only one mode of consciousness, a fixed and definite typea God is bound by his godhood; but man embodies all the modes of consciousness, he is an ever growing and changing type. Man is an epitome of creation, he is coterminous with Nature. If he is that within which is wholly divineconsciousness and bliss, truth and immortalityphenomenally he is also quite the oppositeearthly, unconsciousness, pain and suffering, ignorance and falsehood, incapacity and death. If heaven is his father, the earth is his motherdyaur me pit mt pthivriyam. And all the gradations in between he has in him and can become any.
   Man possesses characters that mark him as an entity sui generis and give him the value that is his. First, toil and suffering and more failures than success have given him the quality of endurance and patience, of humility and quietness. That is the quality of earth-natureearth is always spoken of by the poets and seers as all-bearing and all-forgiving. She never protests under any load put upon her, never rises in revolt, never in a hurry or in worry, she goes on with her appointed labour silently, steadily, calmly, unflinchingly. Human consciousness can take infinite pains, go through the infinite details of execution, through countless repetitions and mazes: patience and perseverance are the very badge and blazon of the tribe. Ribhus, the artisans of immortalitychildren of Mahasaraswatiwere originally men, men who have laboured into godhood. Human nature knows to wait, wait infinitely, as it has all the eternity before it and can afford and is prepared to continue and persist life after life. I do not say that all men can do it and are of this nature; but there is this essential capacity in human nature. The gods, who are usually described as the very embodiment of calmness and firmness, of a serene and concentrated will to achieve, nevertheless suffer ill any delay or hindrance to their work. Man has not perhaps the even tenor, the steadiness of their movement, even though intense and fast flowing; but what man possesses is persistence through ups and downshis path is rugged with rise and fall, as the poet says. The steadiness or the staying power of the gods contains something of the nature of indifference, something hard in its grain, not unlike a crystal or a diamond. But human patience, when it has formed and taken shape, possesses a mellowness, an understanding, a sweet reasonableness and a resilience all its own. And because of its intimacy with the tears of things, because of its long travail and calvary, human consciousness is suffused with a quality that is peculiarly human and humane that of sympathy, compassion, comprehension, the psychic feeling of closeness and oneness. The gods are, after all, egoistic; unless in their supreme supramental status where they are one and identical with the Divine himself; on the lower levels, in their own domains, they are separate, more or less immiscible entities, as it were; greater stress is laid here upon their individual functioning and fulfilment than upon their solidarity. Even if they have not the egoism of the Asuras that sets itself in revolt and antagonism to the Divine, still they have to the fullest extent the sense of a separate mission that each has to fulfil, which none else can fulfil and so each is bound rigidly to its own orbit of activity. There is no mixture in their workingsna me thate, as the Vedas say; the conflict of the later gods, the apple of discord that drove each to establish his hegemony over the rest, as narrated in the mythologies and popular legends, carry the difference to a degree natural to the human level and human modes and reactions. The egoism of the gods may have the gait of aristocracy about it, it has the aloofness and indifference and calm nonchalance that go often with nobility: it has a family likeness to the egoism of an ascetic, of a saintit is sttwic; still it is egoism. It may prove even more difficult to break and dissolve than the violent and ebullient rjasicpride of a vital being. Human failings in this respect are generally more complex and contain all shades and rhythms. And yet that is not the whole or dominant mystery of man's nature. His egoism is thwarted at every stepfrom outside, by, the force of circumstances, the force of counter-egoisms, and from inside, for there is there the thin little voice that always cuts across egoism's play and takes away from it something of its elemental blind momentum. The gods know not of this division in their nature, this schizophrenia, as the malady is termed nowadays, which is the source of the eternal strain of melancholy in human nature of which Matthew Arnold speaks, of the Shelleyan saddest thoughts: Nietzsche need not have gone elsewhere in his quest for the origin and birth of Tragedy. A Socrates discontented, the Christ as the Man of Sorrows, and Amitabha, the soul of pity and compassion are peculiarly human phenomena. They are not merely human weaknesses and failings that are to be brushed aside with a godlike disdain; but they contain and yield a deeper sap of life and out of them a richer fulfilment is being elaborated.
   We have spoken of the stability, the fixity, the rigidity even, of the god type and we contrasted it with the variability, the many-sidedness, the multiple character of the human consciousness. In another view, however, the tables are turned and the opposite appears as the truth. Man, for example., has a physical body and nothing is more definite and fixed and rigid than this material sheath. The gods have no body, but they have a form which is supple and changeful, not hard and crystallised like the human figure. Gods, we said, are cosmic forceslines (or vectors, if we wish to be scientifically precise) of universal forces; this does not mean that they have no shape or form. They too have a form and can be recognised by it even as a human being is recognisable by his body. In spite of variability the form retains its identity. The form changes, for a god has the capacity to act in different contexts at the same time; within his own universe a God is multi-dimensional. The Indian seer and artist often seeks to convey this character of the immortals by giving them a plurality of arms and heads. In modern times the inspiration behind the surrealist movement lies precisely in this attempt to express simultaneity of diverse gestures and activities, a synthetic close-up of succeeding moments and disparate objects or events. But in spite of all changes Proteus remains Proteus and can be recognised as such by the vigilant and careful eye. The human frame, we have said, is more fixed and rigid, being made of the material substance. It has not evidently the variability of the body of a god. And yet there is a deeper mystery: the human body is not or need not be so inflexible as it appears to be or as it usually is. It has considerable plastic capacities. We would say that the human body holds a marvellous juste milieu. By its solid concreteness it acts as a fortress for the inner consciousness to dwell in safe from easy attacks of the hostiles: it acts also as a firm weapon for the same inner consciousness to cut into the material world and indent and impress its pattern of truth upon an otherwise hard and refractory material made of ignorance and obscurity and falsehood. Furthermore, it is supple enough to receive and record into its grain the pattern and substance of the higher reality. The image of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the flesh and blood of Christ is symbolic of the alchemy of which the human body is capable when one knows how to treat it in occult knowledge and power. The human body can suffer a sea-change which is not within the reach of the radiant body of an immortal.

05.13 - Darshana and Philosophy, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   There is one concept in Whitehead which seems rather strange to us; it is surely a product of the brain-mind. God, according to him, is not the creator: he is only the Redeemer, he is a shaper but not the source and origin of things. That is because he thinks that if God is made the creator of the world, he would be held responsible for the evil there. This difficulty comes when one thinks of God too much in the popular anthropomorphic way, like someone seated above the world and passing judgment upon a world which is not his doing. God is perhaps a lover of the world, but not its Mastera certain Christian outlook says. According to Sri Aurobindo, God is a triple reality in his transcendental, cosmic and individual aspect. In creating the world, God creates, that is to say, manifests himself. And Evil is an evolute in the process of God's self-creation through self-limitation: it proceeds to self-annihilation and even self-transmutation in a farther process of God's self-unfoldment in world and Nature.
   To return to our main theme, we should point out, however, that in Europe too at one time (during the whole Middle Age, the Age of Scholasticism) philosophy was considered only as a handmaid of Religion, it had to echo and amplify and reason out the dogmas (which were sometimes real spiritual experiences or revelations); but the New Illumination came and philosophy declared her autonomy, only that autonomy did not last long. For today in Europe, Philosophy has become the handmaid of Science. It was natural, since Reason is not a self-sufficient faculty, it is mediatory and must be ancillary either to something above it 'or something below iteither to Revelation or to sense-perception.

05.16 - A Modernist Mentality, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Further Monsieur Gide says, God is nowhere, he has to be created. If he means that God is not anywhere in the manifest physical world, especially, the physical world of today, it is true, though here too partially true. God is never truly absent; even in and through this dismal and distressed age of ours he is ever present, a living power of abounding Graceeven if behind the veil, even if not patent to the sense-bound observer. Still God has to be made patent, established concretely in the physical world also, in the everyday normal human affairs. But, again, how to do it? And who is to do it? You or I in our complete, at best half-lit hazy ignorance? By running blindly full tilt against any and all atheism and denial and egoism and arrogance, shouting at them, pointing the finger of scorn at them or being physically violent upon them? It were best if we moved with as much vigour against our own selves, against the ungodly within us. If one begins seriously at home, in dealing with oneself one will be best equipped to deal with the others and the world, in the process of new-creating in oneself one will be in a position to find out exactly what lies in the way of a new creation outside.
   A deeper sense of truth and rectitude says: you have no right to break unless you have the power to make. Even an illusion you cannot and should not break if you do not know how and what to replace; you will only replace it by a greater and more disastrous illusion, you must yourself have the full vision of the truth, you must yourself realise and establish it in yourself, in your inner being as well as your outer personality. Then only you will have secured full authority (Ramakrishna's chaprash, badge) to make and unmake. If you have not the needed authority, then you must obey implicitly one who possesses the authority.

05.19 - Lone to the Lone, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The quintessence of spirituality is said to consist in, as has been described in the famous phrase of the Alexandrine mystic philosopher Plotinus, the flight of the lone to the lone. God is a solitary and the other solitary is the soul: so when one solitary mingles with the supreme solitary, the result is utter solitariness, which is spirituality at its apex, its highest height. The world, in this view, is an excrescence, an epiphenomenon Illusion, Maya. God is the transcendent Reality, above and beyond all manifestation, negating all multiplicities and relativities of creation: He is indivisible, single, absolute unityekamevdvityam, kevalamneha nnsti kincana. The human being too is not in reality the individual person bounded within a body, life and mind formation, standing in reciprocal relations with such other formations; his inner core of truth and substance is a unitary centre of consciousness anguthamitra purua,which is aloof and apart from his apparent and assumed personality and has no dealings with such personalities. God has no updhi, phenomenal qualification, neither has the soul of man. Therefore in his spiritual aspiration, man has to divest himself of all the outer growths that cover and bury his soul: with the clear unmixed vision of his pure soul he has to look straight into the face of the Divine Transcendent, shredded too of its cosmic vesture, and rise from the station of ignorance, this level ground of clay to which it is pinned, and soar and fly and merge into the pure reality of the pure Spirit. Therefore it is said, naked we come into the vale of tears and naked we have to go back to our home. Or in terms of another imagery, it is the pure pouring into the pure, the full mixing into the full.
   Some mystics and philosophers recently come into vogue (inspired or encouraged by the Christian or the Buddhist way of Realisation) have emphasised this outlook. But it has also been counterbalanced by another way of spiritual growth and fulfilment: we may call it the modern way, for it has been a pronounced characteristic of the modern consciousness. We referred in our previous essay to the Existentialist who has attracted so much attention in these days, the linchpin of whose philosophy is the value of the individual person, especially the individual personal in relation to each other. Kierkegaard, the Danish mystic, from whom this school is supposed to originate, speaks of the Absolute as the Single One that excludes and annuls all "others", the crowd. He lays especial emphasis upon complete solitariness and total renunciation as the very condition, sine qua non, of the soul's spiritual journey and yet characterises the singlenessof the one in terms that make of it an essential whole, an integer. Man must isolate himself from his phenomenal being, certainlyas the neti netiformula enjoins but also he must first find or become his real self, realise his true individuality before he can reach God, the Divine Self, identify himself with the Transcendent. It is only a freely and truly formed individual being that can give itself to the Divine or become one with it. This true individuality is indeed a solitary being away and apart from the crowd of personalities that surround itit has been called by the Indian mystics, the Purusha in the heart, no bigger than the thumb, the Dwarf Godhead (Vmana).

05.28 - God Protects, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The protection that man naturally needs and asks for is that of life and property. It is, in the ordinary course of things, the duty of the State and society to give this protection. But sometimes the State or society is unable to do its duty as it should. 'In revolutionary epochs, when storm and turmoil are almost a natural occurrence, the individual has to turn upon himself, and it is then that many turn to Godthey have been called rtabhakta, those who become devotees through affliction. Now the first question that comes up is why on earth should God care for the life and property of any individual. Life and death, loss and gain are dualities that form the warp and woof of human existence: God is not more partial to one limb of the pair than to the other. From God's standpoint, so also from the standpoint of a God-lover, the soul is immortal, as indeed the Gita says, and even if the body dies, the soul remains for ever, the body can be killed but not the soulna hanyate hanyamne arre. And as regards property, it is the ignorant who are attached to it; the man of God has no need of it, not only so, it is an obstacle in his way to meet God. Did not the Christ declare that a camel could pass through the eye of a needle, never a rich man enter the kingdom of Heaven. And Nachiketas too, a heroic boy that he was, flung back into the face of Yama himself all the riches offered to him by the Lord of Death.
   Have life and property then no value in the eye of God? To the divine consciousness are these things mere my, transient objects of ignorance, ties that bind the soul to earth and have to be cut away and thrown behind? We at least do not hold that opinion. We hold that life and property are valuable, they are significant: they become so in reference to the individual who has them. The life that is dedicated to the Divine, the life that is in some way connected with the higher consciousness, through which something of the world of light and delight comes down into our mortality acquires a special worth and naturally calls for divine protection. Likewise the property placed at the service of the Divine, which is used as an instrument for the Divine's own work upon earth, the Divine will surely protect, for it is then part of his grandeur and glory, aishwarya. Life and property become indeed sacred and inviolable when they are put at the disposal of the Divine for his use in the fulfilment of the cosmic design. As we know, life and property under present conditions upon earth are possessions of the undivine forces, they are weapons through which God's enemies hold sway over earth. Therefore life and property that seek to be on God's side run a great risk, they are in the domain of the hostiles and therefore need special protection. The Divine extends that protection, but under conditions for his rule in the material field is not yet absolute. The Asura too extends his protection to his agents, and his protection appears sometimes, if not often, more effective; for the present world is under his domination and all forces and beings obey him; God and the godly have to admit his terms and work out their design on that basis.

06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A blind God is not destiny's architect;
  A conscious power has drawn the plan of life,

07.01 - Realisation, Past and Future, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The whole material and physical world, the whole earth I mention earth, because we are concerned directly and much more with it than other regionshas been till now governed by forces of consciousness that come from what Sri Aurobindo calls the Overmind. Even the thing man has named God is a force, a power in the Overmind. The entire universe has been, so to say, under the domination of this status of consciousness. Even then, you have to pass through many intermediary grades, or levels to arrive at the Overmind and when you reach there the first impression is that of a dazzling light that almost blinds you. But one can and has to press on and go beyond. Sri Aurobindo says, the rule of the Overmind is precisely coming to its end and the rule of the Supermind will replace it. All the past spiritual experiences were concerned with the Overmind: so it is a thing known to all who have found the Divine and are identified with Him. What Sri Aurobindo says is this that there is something more than the Overmind, something that lies a step higher and that it is now the turn of this higher status to come down and reign. We need not talk much of Overmind, because all the saints and seers, all religions and spiritual disciplines, scriptures and philosophies have spoken about it at length. All the gods known and familiar to men are there in its Pantheon. What we want, what is needed at present is a new revelation, a manifestation in a new manner of which very few were conscious in the past. We are not here merely to repeat the past.
   But it is so difficult. It is difficult for people to come out of experiences they have had, of what they have heard and read about always and everywhere. It is difficult for them not to think of the Supermind in terms of the Overmind, not to confuse the Supermind with the Overmind. They are unable to conceive of anything beyond or different. Sri Aurobindo used to say always that his Yoga Began where all the past Yogas ended: in order to realise his Yoga one must have already arrived at the extreme limit of what the ancients realised. In other words, one must have had already the perception of the Divine, the union and identification with the Divine. This divinity, Sri Aurobindo says, is the Divine of the Overmind which is itself something quite unthinkable for the human consciousness, and even to reach there one has to rise through many planes of consciousness and, as I said, one gets dazzled and dazed even at this level.
   There are beings of the vital world who, whenever they appear to man, are taken by him for the supreme godhead. You may call it a disguise, but it is a very successful disguise, for people who see it most often get thoroughly convinced that what they see is indeed God himself. And yet such a God is only a vital being. Even so, the beings of the Over mind are stupendous in comparison with us, human beings, who are truly bewildered whenever we come in contact with such entities. And Supermind and supramental beings are yet beyond. So you realise the distance to be covered.
   But there is a kind of Grace that comes to your help. If a scientist had again to go over all the experiments that have been done, all that others have found in the past in his line in order to make a further progress, to come to a new discovery, then he will have to pass his whole life in repeating the past and will have no time left for anything else. The scientist just opens instead a book or consults another person who is conversant with the past and gets all the knowledge he re-quires of it. Sri Aurobindo wanted to do something like that in the spiritual domain. He asks you to gather the experience of the past,it is all there recorded in earth's history, and pass on; basing yourself upon that, you rise up to still higher ranges.

07.04 - The Triple Soul-Forces, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  If God is at work, his secrets I have found.
  But still the Cause of things is left in doubt,

07.05 - The Finding of the Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A camp of God is pitched in human time.

09.02 - The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  My God is will and triumphs in his paths,
  My God is love and sweetly suffers all.
  To him I have offered hope for sacrifice

10.02 - The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Searching for thy soul and thinking God is here.
  But where is room for soul or place for God

1.002 - The Heifer, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  20. The lightning almost snatches their sight away. Whenever it illuminates for them, they walk in it; but when it grows dark over them, they stand still. Had God willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. God is capable of everything.
  21. O people! Worship your Lord who created you and those before you, that you may attain piety.
  74. Then after that your hearts hardened. They were as rocks, or even harder. For there are some rocks from which rivers gush out, and others that splinter and water comes out from them, and others that sink in awe of God. God is not unaware of what you do.
  75. Do you hope that they will believe in you, when some of them used to hear the Word of God, and then deliberately distort it, even after understanding it?
  85. But here you are, killing your own, and expelling a group of your own from their homes—conspiring against them in wrongdoing and hostility. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although it was forbidden to you. Is it that you believe in part of the Scripture, and disbelieve in part? What is the reward for those among you who do that but humiliation in this life? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be assigned to the most severe torment. God is not unaware of what you do.
  86. Those are they who bought the present life for the Hereafter, so the punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be helped.
  94. Say, “If the Final Home with God is yours alone, to the exclusion of all other people, then wish for death if you are sincere.”
  95. But they will never wish for it, because of what their hands have forwarded. God is aware of the evildoers.
  96. You will find them, of all mankind, the most eager for life, even more than the polytheists. Every one of them wishes he could live a thousand years; but to be granted a long life will not nudge him from the punishment. God is Seeing of what they do.
  97. Say, “Whoever is hostile to Gabriel—it is he who revealed it to your heart by God’s leave, confirming what preceded it, and guidance and good news for the believers.”
  105. It is never the wish of the disbelievers from among the People of the Book, nor of the polytheists, that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord. But God chooses for His mercy whomever He wills. God is Possessor of Sublime Grace.
  106. We never nullify a verse, nor cause it to be forgotten, unless We bring one better than it, or similar to it. Do you not know that God is capable of all things?
  107. Do you not know that to God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and that apart from God you have no guardian or helper?
  110. And perform the prayer, and give alms. Whatever good you forward for yourselves, you will find it with God. God is Seeing of everything you do.
  111. And they say, “None will enter Heaven unless he is a Jew or a Christian.” These are their wishes. Say, “Produce your proof, if you are truthful.”
  115. To God belong the East and the West. Whichever way you turn, there is God’s presence. God is Omnipresent and Omniscient.
  116. And they say, “God has begotten a son.” Be He glorified. Rather, His is everything in the heavens and the earth; all are obedient to Him.
  140. Or do you say that Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jews or Christians? Say, “Do you know better, or God?” And who does greater wrong than he who conceals a testimony he has from God? God is not unaware of what you do.
  141. That was a community that has passed. To them is what they have earned, and to you is what you have earned. And you will not be questioned about what they used to do.
  143. Thus We made you a moderate community, that you may be witnesses to humanity, and that the Messenger may be a witness to you. We only established the direction of prayer, which you once followed, that We may distinguish those who follow the Messenger from those who turn on their heels. It is indeed difficult, except for those whom God has guided. But God would never let your faith go to waste. God is Kind towards the people, Merciful.
  144. We have seen your face turned towards the heaven. So We will turn you towards a direction that will satisfy you. So turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. And wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. Those who were given the Book know that it is the Truth from their Lord; and God is not unaware of what they do.
  145. Even if you were to bring to those who were given the Book every proof, they would not follow your direction, nor are you to follow their direction, nor do they follow the direction of one another. And if you were to follow their desires, after the knowledge that has come to you, you would be in that case one of the wrongdoers.
  148. To every community is a direction towards which it turns. Therefore, race towards goodness. Wherever you may be, God will bring you all together. God is capable of everything.
  149. And wherever you come from, turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. This is the truth from your Lord, and God is not heedless of what you do.
  150. And wherever you come from, turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. And wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. So that the people may not have any argument against you—except those who do wrong among them. So do not fear them, but fear Me, that I may complete My blessings upon you, and that you may be guided.
  153. O you who believe! Seek help through patience and prayers. God is with the steadfast.
  154. And do not say of those who are killed in the cause of God, “Dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you do not perceive.
  163. Your God is one God. There is no god but He, the Benevolent, the Compassionate.
  164. In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the ships that sail the oceans for the benefit of mankind; in the water that God sends down from the sky, and revives the earth with it after it had died, and scatters in it all kinds of creatures; in the changing of the winds, and the clouds disposed between the sky and the earth; are signs for people who understand.
  165. Yet among the people are those who take other than God as equals to Him. They love them as the love of God. But those who believe have greater love for God. If only the wrongdoers would realize, when they see the torment; that all power is God’s, and that God is severe in punishment.
  166. Those who were followed will then disown those who followed them, and they will see the retribution, and ties between them will be severed.
  173. He has forbidden you carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and what was dedicated to other than God. But if anyone is compelled, without desiring or exceeding, he commits no sin. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  174. Those who conceal what God revealed in the Book, and exchange it for a small price—those swallow nothing but fire into their bellies. And God will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them, and they will have a painful punishment.
  181. But whoever changes it after he has heard it, the guilt is upon those who change it. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
  182. Should someone suspect bias or injustice on the part of a testator, and then reconciles between them, he commits no sin. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  183. O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous.
  192. But if they cease, then God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  193. And fight them until there is no oppression, and worship becomes devoted to God alone. But if they cease, then let there be no hostility except against the oppressors.
  194. The sacred month for the sacred month; and sacrilege calls for retaliation. Whoever commits aggression against you, retaliate against him in the same measure as he has committed against you. And be conscious of God, and know that God is with the righteous.
  195. And spend in the cause of God, and do not throw yourselves with your own hands into ruin, and be charitable. God loves the charitable.
  196. And carry out the Hajj and the Umrah for God. But if you are prevented, then whatever is feasible of offerings. And do not shave your heads until the offering has reached its destination. Whoever of you is sick, or has an injury of the head, then redemption of fasting, or charity, or worship. When you are secure: whoever continues the Umrah until the Hajj, then whatever is feasible of offering. But if he lacks the means, then fasting for three days during the Hajj and seven when you have returned, making ten in all. This is for he whose household is not present at the Sacred Mosque. And remain conscious of God, and know that God is stern in retribution.
  197. The Hajj is during specific months. Whoever decides to perform the Hajj—there shall be no sexual relations, nor misconduct, nor quarrelling during the Hajj. And whatever good you do, God knows it. And take provisions, but the best provision is righteousness. And be mindful of Me, O people of understanding.
  199. Then disperse from where the people disperse, and ask God for forgiveness. God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  200. When you have completed your rites, remember God as you remember your parents, or even more. Among the people is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world,” yet he has no share in the Hereafter.
  202. These will have a share of what they have earned. God is swift in reckoning.
  203. And remember God during the designated days. But whoever hurries on in two days commits no wrong, and whoever stays on commits no wrong—provided he maintains righteousness. And obey God, and know that to Him you will be gathered.
  207. And among the people is he who sells himself seeking God’s approval. God is kind towards the servants.
  208. O you who believe! Enter into submission, wholeheartedly, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan; he is to you an outright enemy.
  209. But if you slip after the proofs have come to you, know that God is Powerful and Wise.
  210. Are they waiting for God Himself to come to them in the shadows of the clouds, together with the angels, and thus the matter is settled? All things are returned to God.
  215. They ask you what they should give. Say, “Whatever charity you give is for the parents, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the poor, and the wayfarer. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.
  216. Fighting is ordained for you, even though you dislike it. But it may be that you dislike something while it is good for you, and it may be that you like something while it is bad for you. God knows, and you do not know.
  218. Those who believed, and those who migrated and fought for the sake of God—those look forward to God’s mercy. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  219. They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say, “There is gross sin in them, and some benefits for people, but their sinfulness outweighs their benefit.” And they ask you about what they should give: say, “The surplus.” Thus God explains the revelations to you, so that you may think.
  220. About this world and the next. And they ask you about orphans. Say, “Improvement for them is best. And if you intermix with them, then they are your brethren.” God knows the dishonest from the honest. Had God willed, He could have overburdened you. God is Mighty and Wise.
  221. Do not marry idolatresses, unless they have believed. A believing maid is better than an idolatress, even if you like her. And do not marry idolaters, unless they have believed. A believing servant is better than an idolater, even if you like him. These call to the Fire, but God calls to the Garden and to forgiveness, by His leave. He makes clear His communications to the people, that they may be mindful.
  224. And do not allow your oaths in God's name to hinder you from virtue, and righteousness, and making peace between people. God is Listener and Knower.
  225. God does not hold you responsible for your unintentional oaths, but He holds you responsible for your intentions. God is Forgiving and Forbearing.
  226. Those who vow abstinence from their wives must wait for four months. But if they reconcile— God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  228. Divorced women shall wait by themselves for three periods. And it is not lawful for them to conceal what God has created in their wombs, if they believe in God and the Last Day. Meanwhile, their husbands have the better right to take them back, if they desire reconciliation. And women have rights similar to their obligations, according to what is fair. But men have a degree over them. God is Mighty and Wise.
  229. Divorce is allowed twice. Then, either honorable retention, or setting free kindly. It is not lawful for you to take back anything you have given them, unless they fear that they cannot maintain God's limits. If you fear that they cannot maintain God’s limits, then there is no blame on them if she sacrifices something for her release. These are God’s limits, so do not transgress them. Those who transgress God’s limits are the unjust.
  231. When you divorce women, and they have reached their term, either retain them amicably, or release them amicably. But do not retain them to hurt them and commit aggression. Whoever does that has wronged himself. And do not take God’s revelations for a joke. And remember God's favor to you, and that He revealed to you the Scripture and Wisdom to teach you. And fear God, and know that God is aware of everything.
  232. When you divorce women, and they have reached their term, do not prevent them from marrying their husbands, provided they agree on fair terms. Thereby is advised whoever among you believes in God and the Last Day. That is better and more decent for you. God knows, and you do not know.
  233. Mothers may nurse their infants for two whole years, for those who desire to complete the nursing-period. It is the duty of the father to provide for them and clothe them in a proper manner. No soul shall be burdened beyond its capacity. No mother shall be harmed on account of her child, and no father shall be harmed on account of his child. The same duty rests upon the heir. If the couple desire weaning, by mutual consent and consultation, they commit no error by doing so. You commit no error by hiring nursing-mothers, as long as you pay them fairly. And be wary of God, and know that God is Seeing of what you do.
  234. As for those among you who die and leave widows behind, their widows shall wait by themselves for four months and ten days. When they have reached their term, there is no blame on you regarding what they might honorably do with themselves. God is fully acquainted with what you do.
  235. You commit no error by announcing your engagement to women, or by keeping it to yourselves. God knows that you will be thinking about them. But do not meet them secretly, unless you have something proper to say. And do not confirm the marriage tie until the writing is fulfilled. And know that God knows what is in your souls, so beware of Him. And know that God is Forgiving and Forbearing.
  236. You commit no error by divorcing women before having touched them, or before having set the dowry for them. And compensate them—the wealthy according to his means, and the poor according to his means—with a fair compensation, a duty upon the doers of good.
  237. If you divorce them before you have touched them, but after you had set the dowry for them, give them half of what you specified—unless they forego the right, or the one in whose hand is the marriage contract foregoes it. But to forego is nearer to piety. And do not forget generosity between one another. God is seeing of everything you do.
  238. Guard your prayers, and the middle prayer, and stand before God in devotion.
  240. Those of you who die and leave wives behind—a will shall provide their wives with support for a year, provided they do not leave. If they leave, you are not to blame for what they do with themselves, provided it is reasonable. God is Mighty and Wise.
  241. And divorced women shall be provided for, equitably—a duty upon the righteous.
  243. Have you not considered those who fled their homes, by the thousands, fearful of death? God said to them, “Die.” Then He revived them. God is Gracious towards the people, but most people are not appreciative.
  244. Fight in the cause of God, and know that God is Hearing and Knowing.
  245. Who is he who will offer God a generous loan, so He will multiply it for him manifold? God receives and amplifies, and to Him you will be returned.
  246. Have you not considered the notables of the Children of Israel after Moses? When they said to a prophet of theirs, “Appoint a king for us, and we will fight in the cause of God.” He said, “Is it possible that, if fighting was ordained for you, you would not fight?” They said, “Why would we not fight in the cause of God, when we were driven out of our homes, along with our children?” But when fighting was ordained for them, they turned away, except for a few of them. But God is aware of the wrongdoers.
  247. Their prophet said to them, “God has appointed Saul to be your king.” They said, “How can he have authority over us, when we are more worthy of authority than he, and he was not given plenty of wealth?” He said, “God has chosen him over you, and has increased him in knowledge and stature.” God bestows His sovereignty upon whomever He wills. God is Embracing and Knowing.
  248. And their prophet said to them, “The proof of his kingship is that the Ark will be restored to you, bringing tranquility from your Lord, and relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron. It will be carried by the angels. In that is a sign for you, if you are believers.”
  249. When Saul set out with the troops, he said, “God will be testing you with a river. Whoever drinks from it does not belong with me. But whoever does not drink from it, does belong with me, except for whoever scoops up a little with his hand.” But they drank from it, except for a few of them. Then, when he crossed it, he and those who believed with him, they said, “We have no strength to face Goliath and his troops today.” But those who knew that they would meet God said, “How many a small group has defeated a large group by God’s will. God is with the steadfast.”
  250. And when they confronted Goliath and his troops, they said, “Our Lord, pour down patience on us, and strengthen our foothold, and support us against the faithless people.”
  251. And they defeated them by God’s leave, and David killed Goliath, and God gave him sovereignty and wisdom, and taught him as He willed. Were it not for God restraining the people, some by means of others, the earth would have gone to ruin. But God is gracious towards mankind.
  252. These are God’s revelations, which We recite to you in truth. You are one of the messengers.
  256. There shall be no compulsion in religion; the right way has become distinct from the wrong way. Whoever renounces evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handle; which does not break. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  257. God is the Lord of those who believe; He brings them out of darkness and into light. As for those who disbelieve, their lords are the evil ones; they bring them out of light and into darkness—these are the inmates of the Fire, in which they will abide forever.
  258. Have you not considered him who argued with Abraham about his Lord, because God had given him sovereignty? Abraham said, “My Lord is He who gives life and causes death.” He said, “I give life and cause death.” Abraham said, “God brings the sun from the East, so bring it from the West,” so the blasphemer was confounded. God does not guide the wrongdoing people.
  260. And when Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead.” He said, “Have you not believed?” He said, “Yes, but to put my heart at ease.” He said, “Take four birds, and incline them to yourself, then place a part on each hill, then call to them; and they will come rushing to you. And know that God is Powerful and Wise.”
  261. The parable of those who spend their wealth in God’s way is that of a grain that produces seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. God multiplies for whom He wills. God is Bounteous and Knowing.
  262. Those who spend their wealth in the way of God, and then do not follow up what they spent with reminders of their generosity or with insults, will have their reward with their Lord—they have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.
  263. Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by insults. God is Rich and Clement.
  264. O you who believe! Do not nullify your charitable deeds with reminders and hurtful words, like him who spends his wealth to be seen by the people, and does not believe in God and the Last Day. His likeness is that of a smooth rock covered with soil: a downpour strikes it, and leaves it bare—they gain nothing from their efforts. God does not guide the disbelieving people.
  265. And the parable of those who spend their wealth seeking God’s approval, and to strengthen their souls, is that of a garden on a hillside. If heavy rain falls on it, its produce is doubled; and if no heavy rain falls, then dew is enough. God is seeing of everything you do.
  266. Would anyone of you like to have a garden of palms and vines, under which rivers flow—with all kinds of fruit in it for him, and old age has stricken him, and he has weak children—then a tornado with fire batters it, and it burns down? Thus God makes clear the signs for you, so that you may reflect.
  267. O you who believe! Give of the good things you have earned, and from what We have produced for you from the earth. And do not pick the inferior things to give away, when you yourselves would not accept it except with eyes closed. And know that God is Sufficient and Praiseworthy.
  268. Satan promises you poverty, and urges you to immorality; but God promises you forgiveness from Himself, and grace. God is Embracing and Knowing.
  269. He gives wisdom to whomever He wills. Whoever is given wisdom has been given much good. But none pays heed except those with insight.
  271. If you give charity openly, that is good. But if you keep it secret, and give it to the needy in private, that is better for you. It will atone for some of your misdeeds. God is cognizant of what you do.
  272. Their guidance is not your responsibility, but God guides whom He wills. Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of God. Any charity you give will be repaid to you in full, and you will not be wronged.
  273. It is for the poor; those who are restrained in the way of God, and unable to travel in the land. The unaware would think them rich, due to their dignity. You will recognize them by their features. They do not ask from people insistently. Whatever charity you give, God is aware of it.
  274. Those who spend their wealth by night and day, privately and publicly, will receive their reward from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.
  282. O you who believe! When you incur debt among yourselves for a certain period of time, write it down. And have a scribe write in your presence, in all fairness. And let no scribe refuse to write, as God has taught him. So let him write, and let the debtor dictate. And let him fear God, his Lord, and diminish nothing from it. But if the debtor is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable to dictate, then let his guardian dictate with honesty. And call to witness two men from among you. If two men are not available, then one man and two women whose testimony is acceptable to all—if one of them fails to remember, the other would remind her. Witnesses must not refuse when called upon. And do not think it too trivial to write down, whether small or large, including the time of repayment. That is more equitable with God, and stronger as evidence, and more likely to prevent doubt—except in the case of a spot transaction between you—then there is no blame on you if you do not write it down. And let there be witnesses whenever you conclude a contract, and let no harm be done to either scribe or witness. If you do that, it is corruption on your part. And fear God. God teaches you. God is aware of everything.
  283. If you are on a journey, and cannot find a scribe, then a security deposit should be handed over. But if you trust one another, let the trustee fulfill his trust, and let him fear God, his Lord. And do not conceal testimony. Whoever conceals it is sinner at heart. God is aware of what you do.
  284. To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. Whether you reveal what is within your selves, or conceal it, God will call you to account for it. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. God is Able to do all things.
  285. The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, as did the believers. They all have believed in God, and His angels, and His scriptures, and His messengers: “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. Your forgiveness, our Lord. To you is the destiny.”

1.003 - Family of Imran, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  4. Aforetime, as guidance for mankind; and He sent down the Criterion. Those who have rejected God’s signs will have a severe punishment. God is Mighty, Able to take revenge.
  5. Nothing is hidden from God, on earth or in the heaven.
  11. Like the behavior of Pharaoh’s people and those before them. They rejected Our signs, so God seized them for their sins. God is Strict in retribution.
  12. Say to those who disbelieve, “You will be defeated, and rounded up into Hell—an awful resting-place.”
  15. Say, “Shall I inform you of something better than that? For those who are righteous, with their Lord are Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will remain forever, and purified spouses, and acceptance from God.” God is Observant of the servants.
  16. Those who say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and save us from the suffering of the Fire.”
  19. Religion with God is Islam. Those to whom the Scripture was given differed only after knowledge came to them, out of envy among themselves. Whoever rejects the signs of God— God is quick to take account.
  20. If they argue with you, say, “I have surrendered myself to God, and those who follow me.” And say to those who were given the Scripture, and to the unlearned, “Have you surrendered?” If they have surrendered, then they are guided; but if they turn away, then your duty is to convey. God is Seeing of the servants.
  21. As for those who defy God’s revelations, and kill the prophets unjustly, and kill those who advocate justice among the people—promise them a painful retribution.
  28. Believers are not to take disbelievers for friends instead of believers. Whoever does that has nothing to do with God, unless it is to protect your own selves against them. God warns you to beware of Him. To God is the destiny.
  29. Say, “Whether you conceal what is in your hearts, or disclose it, God knows it.” He knows everything in the heavens and the earth. God is Powerful over everything.
  30. On the Day when every soul finds all the good it has done presented. And as for the evil it has done, it will wish there were a great distance between them. God cautions you of Himself. God is Kind towards the servants.
  31. Say, “If you love God, then follow me, and God will love you, and will forgive you your sins.” God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  32. Say, “Obey God and the Messenger.” But if they turn away—God does not love the faithless.
  34. Offspring one of the other. God is Hearer and Knower.
  35. The wife of Imran said, “My Lord, I have vowed to You what is in my womb, dedicated, so accept from me; You are the Hearer and Knower.”
  54. They planned, and God planned; but God is the Best of planners.
  55. God said, “O Jesus, I am terminating your life, and raising you to Me, and clearing you of those who disbelieve. And I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return; then I will judge between you regarding what you were disputing.
  62. This is the narrative of truth: there is no god but God. God is the Mighty, the Wise.
  63. But if they turn away—God knows the corrupt.
  68. The people most deserving of Abraham are those who followed him, and this prophet, and those who believe. God is the Guardian of the believers.
  69. A party of the People of the Book would love to lead you astray, but they only lead themselves astray, and they do not realize it.
  73. And trust none except those who follow your religion.” Say, “Guidance is God’s guidance. If someone is given the like of what you were given, or they argue with you before your Lord, say, “All grace is in God’s hand; He gives it to whomever He wills.” God is Bounteous and Knowing.
  74. He specifies His mercy for whomever He wills. God is Possessor of Sublime Grace.
  75. Among the People of the Book is he, who, if you entrust him with a heap of gold, he will give it back to you. And among them is he, who, if you entrust him with a single coin, he will not give it back to you, unless you keep after him. That is because they say, “We are under no obligation towards the gentiles.” They tell lies about God, and they know it.
  89. Except those who repent afterwards, and reform; for God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  90. As for those who disbelieve after having believed, then plunge deeper into disbelief, their repentance will not be accepted; these are the lost.
  92. You will not attain virtuous conduct until you give of what you cherish. Whatever you give away, God is aware of it.
  93. All food was permissible to the Children of Israel, except what Israel forbade for himself before the Torah was revealed. Say, “Bring the Torah, and read it, if you are truthful.”
  99. Say, “O People of the Scripture, why do you hinder from God’s path those who believe, seeking to distort it, even though you are witnesses? God is not unaware of what you do.”
  100. O you who believe! If you obey a party of those who were given the Scripture, they will turn you, after your belief, into disbelievers.
  121. Remember when you left your home in the morning, to assign battle-positions for the believers. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  122. When two groups among you almost faltered, but God was their Protector. So in God let the believers put their trust.
  129. To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  130. O you who believe! Do not feed on usury, compounded over and over, and fear God, so that you may prosper.
  150. God is your Master, and He is the Best of Helpers.
  151. We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to God partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers.
  152. God has fulfilled His promise to you, and you defeated them by His leave; until when you faltered, and disputed the command, and disobeyed after He had shown you what you like. Some of you want this world, and some of you want the next. Then He turned you away from them, to test you; but He pardoned you. God is Gracious towards the believers.
  153. Remember when you fled, not caring for anyone, even though the Messenger was calling you from your rear. Then He repaid you with sorrow upon sorrow, so that you would not grieve over what you missed, or for what afflicted you. God is Informed of what you do.
  154. Then after the setback, He sent down security upon you. Slumber overcame some of you, while others cared only for themselves, thinking of God thoughts that were untrue—thoughts of ignorance—saying, “Is anything up to us?” Say, “Everything is up to God.” They conceal within themselves what they do not reveal to you. And they say, “If it was up to us, none of us would have been killed here.” Say, “Even if you Had stayed in your homes, those destined to be killed would have marched into their death beds.” God thus tests what is in your minds, and purifies what is in your hearts. God knows what the hearts contain.
  155. Those of you who turned back on the day when the two armies clashed—it was Satan who caused them to backslide, on account of some of what they have earned. But God has forgiven them. God is Forgiving and Prudent.
  156. O you who believe! Do not be like those who disbelieved, and said of their brethren who marched in the land, or went on the offensive, “Had they stayed with us, they would not have died or been killed.” So that God may make it a cause of regret in their hearts. God gives life and causes death. God is Seeing of what you do.
  157. If you are killed in the cause of God, or die—forgiveness and mercy from God are better than what they hoard.
  163. They have different ranks with God, and God is Seeing of what they do.
  164. God has blessed the believers, as He raised up among them a messenger from among themselves, who recites to them His revelations, and purifies them, and teaches them the Scripture and wisdom; although before that they were in evident error.
  165. And when a calamity befell you, even after you had inflicted twice as much, you said, “How is this?” Say, “It is from your own selves.” God is Able to do all things.
  166. What befell you on the day the two armies clashed was with God’s permission; that He may know the believers.
  180. Those who withhold what God has given them of his bounty should not assume that is good for them. In fact, it is bad for them. They will be encircled by their hoardings on the Day of Resurrection. To God belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth, and God is well acquainted with what you do.
  181. God has heard the statement of those who said, “ God is poor, and we are rich.” We will write down what they said, and their wrongful killing of the prophets; and We will say, “Taste the torment of the burning.”
  182. “This is on account of what your hands have forwarded, and because God is not unjust towards the creatures.”
  183. Those who said, “God has made a covenant with us, that we shall not believe in any messenger unless he brings us an offering to be consumed by fire.” Say, “Messengers have come to you before me with proofs, and with what you asked for; so why did you assassinate them, if you are truthful?”
  195. And so their Lord answered them: “I will not waste the work of any worker among you, whether male or female. You are one of another. For those who emigrated, and were expelled from their homes, and were persecuted because of Me, and fought and were killed—I will remit for them their sins, and will admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow—a reward from God. With God is the ultimate reward.”
  196. Do not be impressed by the disbelievers’ movements in the land.
  199. Among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in God, and in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed to them. They are humble before God, and they do not sell God’s revelations for a cheap price. These will have their reward with their Lord. God is swift in reckoning.
  200. O you who believe! Be patient, and advocate patience, and be united, and revere God, so that you may thrive.

10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And sayest God is not and all is vain.
  How shall the child already be the man?

10.04 - Lord of Time, #Writings In Bengali and Sanskrit, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The restless God is black, turn around the world
  Endless age is gone, endless age

10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Already God is near, the Truth is close:
  Because the dark atheist body knows him not,

1.004 - Women, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  1. O people! Fear your Lord, who created you from a single soul, and created from it its mate, and propagated from them many men and women. And revere God whom you ask about, and the parents. Surely, God is Watchful over you.
  2. And give orphans their properties, and do not substitute the bad for the good. And do not consume their properties by combining them with yours, for that would be a serious sin.
  11. God instructs you regarding your children: The male receives the equivalent of the share of two females. If they are daughters, more than two, they get two-thirds of what he leaves. If there is only one, she gets one-half. As for the parents, each gets one-sixth of what he leaves, if he had children. If he had no children, and his parents inherit from him, his mother gets one-third. If he has siblings, his mother gets one-sixth. After fulfilling any bequest and paying off debts. Your parents and your children—you do not know which are closer to you in welfare. This is God's Law. God is Knowing and Judicious.
  12. You get one-half of what your wives leave behind, if they had no children. If they had children, you get one-fourth of what they leave. After fulfilling any bequest and paying off debts. They get one-fourth of what you leave behind, if you have no children. If you have children, they get one-eighth of what you leave. After fulfilling any bequest and paying off debts. If a man or woman leaves neither parents nor children, but has a brother or sister, each of them gets one-sixth. If there are more siblings, they share one-third. After fulfilling any bequest and paying off debts, without any prejudice. This is a will from God. God is Knowing and Clement.
  13. These are the bounds set by God. Whoever obeys God and His Messenger, He will admit him into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide therein forever. That is the great attainment.
  16. If two men among you commit it, punish them both. But if they repent and reform, leave them alone. God is Redeemer, Full of Mercy.
  17. Repentance is available from God for those who commit evil out of ignorance, and then repent soon after. These—God will relent towards them. God is Knowing and Wise.
  18. But repentance is not available for those who commit evils, until when death approaches one of them, he says, “Now I repent,” nor for those who die as disbelievers. These—We have prepared for them a painful torment.
  23. Forbidden for you are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your paternal aunts, your maternal aunts, your brother's daughters, your sister's daughters, your foster-mothers who nursed you, your sisters through nursing, your wives' mothers, and your stepdaughters in your guardianship—born of wives you have gone into—but if you have not gone into them, there is no blame on you. And the wives of your genetic sons, and marrying two sisters simultaneously. Except what is past. God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  24. And all married women, except those you rightfully possess. This is God’s decree, binding upon you. Permitted for you are those that lie outside these limits, provided you seek them in legal marriage, with gifts from your property, seeking wedlock, not prostitution. If you wish to enjoy them, then give them their dowry—a legal obligation. You commit no error by agreeing to any change to the dowry. God is All-Knowing, Most Wise.
  25. If any of you lack the means to marry free believing women, he may marry one of the believing maids under your control. God is well aware of your faith. You are from one another. Marry them with the permission of their guardians, and give them their recompense fairly—to be protected—neither committing adultery, nor taking secret lovers. When they are married, if they commit adultery, their punishment shall be half that of free women. That is for those among you who fear falling into decadence. But to practice self-restraint is better for you. God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  26. God intends to make things clear to you, and to guide you in the ways of those before you, and to redeem you. God is Most Knowing, Most Wise.
  27. God intends to redeem you, but those who follow their desires want you to turn away utterly.
  29. O you who believe! Do not consume each other’s wealth illicitly, but trade by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves, for God is Merciful towards you.
  30. Whoever does that, out of hostility and wrongdoing, We will cast him into a Fire. And that would be easy for God.
  33. To everyone We have assigned beneficiaries in what is left by parents and relatives. Those with whom you have made an agreement, give them their share. God is Witness over all things.
  34. Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, as God has given some of them an advantage over others, and because they spend out of their wealth. The good women are obedient, guarding what God would have them guard. As for those from whom you fear disloyalty, admonish them, and abandon them in their beds, then strike them. But if they obey you, seek no way against them. God is Sublime, Great.
  35. If you fear a breach between the two, appoint an arbiter from his family and an arbiter from her family. If they wish to reconcile, God will bring them together. God is Knowledgeable, Expert.
  36. Worship God, and ascribe no partners to Him, and be good to the parents, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the poor, and the neighbor next door, and the distant neighbor, and the close associate, and the traveler, and your servants. God does not love the arrogant showoff.
  43. O you who believe! Do not approach the prayer while you are drunk, so that you know what you say; nor after sexual orgasm—unless you are travelling—until you have bathed. If you are sick, or traveling, or one of you comes from the toilet, or you have had intercourse with women, and cannot find water, find clean sand and wipe your faces and your hands with it. God is Pardoning and Forgiving.
  44. Have you not considered those who were given a share of the Book? They buy error, and wish you would lose the way.
  45. But God knows your enemies best. God is sufficient as a Protector, and God is sufficient as a Supporter.
  46. Among the Jews are some who take words out of context, and say, “We hear and we disobey”, and “Hear without listening”, and “Observe us,” twisting with their tongues and slandering the religion. Had they said, “We hear and we obey”, and “Listen”, and “Give us your attention,” it would have been better for them, and more upright. But God has cursed them for their disbelief; they do not believe except a little.
  47. O you who were given the Book! Believe in what We sent down, confirming what you have, before We obliterate faces and turn them inside out, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers. The command of God is always done.
  48. God does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives anything less than that to whomever He wills. Whoever associates anything with God has devised a monstrous sin.
  56. Those who reject Our revelations—We will scorch them in a Fire. Every time their skins are cooked, We will replace them with other skins, so they will experience the suffering. God is Most Powerful, Most Wise.
  57. As for those who believe and do good deeds, We will admit them into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein forever. They will have purified spouses therein, and We will admit them into a shady shade.
  58. God instructs you to give back things entrusted to you to their owners. And when you judge between people, judge with justice. God’s instructions to you are excellent. God is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
  59. O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you dispute over anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if you believe in God and the Last Day. That is best, and a most excellent determination.
  77. Have you not considered those who were told, “Restrain your hands, and perform your prayers, and spend in regular charity”? But when fighting was ordained for them, a faction of them feared the people as God is ought to be feared, or even more. And they said, “Our Lord, why did You ordain fighting for us? If only You would postpone it for us for a short while.” Say, “The enjoyments of this life are brief, but the Hereafter is better for the righteous, and you will not be wronged one bit.”
  78. Wherever you may be, death will catch up with you, even if you were in fortified towers. When a good fortune comes their way, they say, “This is from God.” But when a misfortune befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All is from God.” So what is the matter with these people, that they hardly understand a thing?
  79. Whatever good happens to you is from God, and whatever bad happens to you is from your own self. We sent you to humanity as a messenger, and God is Witness enough.
  80. Whoever obeys the Messenger is obeying God. And whoever turns away—We did not send you as a watcher over them.
  81. They profess obedience, but when they leave your presence, some of them conspire something contrary to what you said. But God writes down what they conspire. So avoid them, and put your trust in God. God is Guardian enough.
  82. Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.
  84. So fight in the cause of God; you are responsible only for yourself. And rouse the believers. Perhaps God will restrain the might of those who disbelieve. God is Stronger in Might, and More Punishing.
  85. Whoever intercedes for a good cause has a share in it, and whoever intercedes for an evil cause shares in its burdens. God keeps watch over everything.
  92. Never should a believer kill another believer, unless by error. Anyone who kills a believer by error must set free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the victim’s family, unless they remit it as charity. If the victim belonged to a people who are hostile to you, but is a believer, then the compensation is to free a believing slave. If he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty, then compensation should be handed over to his family, and a believing slave set free. Anyone who lacks the means must fast for two consecutive months, by way of repentance to God. God is All-Knowing, Most Wise.
  93. Whoever kills a believer deliberately, the penalty for him is Hell, where he will remain forever. And God will be angry with him, and will curse him, and will prepare for him a terrible punishment.
  94. O you who believe! When you journey in the way of God, investigate, and do not say to him who offers you peace, “You are not a believer,” aspiring for the goods of this world. With God are abundant riches. You yourselves were like this before, and God bestowed favor on you; so investigate. God is well aware of what you do.
  95. Not equal are the inactive among the believers—except the disabled—and the strivers in the cause of God with their possessions and their persons. God prefers the strivers with their possessions and their persons above the inactive, by a degree. But God has promised goodness to both. Yet God favors the strivers, over the inactive, with a great reward.
  96. Degrees from Him, and forgiveness, and mercy. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  97. While the angels are removing the souls of those who have wronged themselves, they will say, “What was the matter with you?” They will say, “We were oppressed in the land.” They will say, “Was God’s earth not vast enough for you to emigrate in it?” These—their refuge is Hell. What a wretched retreat!
  99. These—God may well pardon them. God is Pardoning and Forgiving.
  100. Anyone who emigrates for the sake of God will find on earth many places of refuge, and plentitude. Anyone who leaves his home, emigrating to God and His Messenger, and then is overtaken by death, his compensation falls on God. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
  101. When you travel in the land, there is no blame on you for shortening the prayers, if you fear that the disbelievers may harm you. The disbelievers are your manifest enemies.
  104. And do not falter in the pursuit of the enemy. If you are aching, they are aching as you are aching, but you expect from God what they cannot expect. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
  105. We have revealed to you the Scripture, with the truth, so that you judge between people in accordance with what God has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the traitors.
  106. And ask God for forgiveness. God is Forgiver and Merciful.
  107. And do not argue on behalf of those who deceive themselves. God does not love the deceitful sinner.
  111. And Whoever earns a sin, earns it against himself. God is Aware and Wise.
  112. And whoever commits a mistake, or a sin, and then blames it on an innocent person, has taken a slander and a clear sin.
  122. But as for those who believe and do righteous deeds, We will admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will abide forever. The promise of God is true—and who is more truthful in speech than God?
  123. It is not in accordance with your wishes, nor in accordance with the wishes of the People of the Scripture. Whoever works evil will pay for it, and will not find for himself, besides God, any protector or savior.
  130. And if they separate, God will enrich each from His abundance. God is Bounteous and Wise.
  131. To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. We have instructed those who were given the Book before you, and you, to be conscious of God. But if you refuse—to God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. God is in no need, Praiseworthy.
  132. To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. God suffices as Manager.
  133. If He wills, He can do away with you, O people, and bring others. God is Able to do that.
  134. Whoever desires the reward of this world—with God is the reward of this world and the next. God is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
  135. O you who believe! Stand firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even if against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, God takes care of both. So do not follow your desires, lest you swerve. If you deviate, or turn away—then God is Aware of what you do.
  136. O you who believe! Believe in God and His messenger, and the Book He sent down to His messenger, and the Book He sent down before. Whoever rejects God, His angels, His Books, His messengers, and the Last Day, has strayed far in error.
  147. What would God accomplish by your punishment, if you have given thanks, and have believed? God is Appreciative and Cognizant.
  148. God does not like the public uttering of bad language, unless someone was wronged. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  149. If you let a good deed be shown, or conceal it, or pardon an offense— God is Pardoning and Capable.
  152. As for those who believe in God and His messengers, and make no distinction between any of them—He will give them their rewards. God is Forgiver and Merciful.
  153. The People of the Scripture challenge you to bring down to them a book from the sky. They had asked Moses for something even greater. They said, “Show us God plainly.” The thunderbolt struck them for their wickedness. Then they took the calf for worship, even after the clear proofs had come to them. Yet We pardoned that, and We gave Moses a clear authority.
  158. Rather, God raised him up to Himself. God is Mighty and Wise.
  159. There is none from the People of the Scripture but will believe in him before his death, and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them.
  165. Messengers delivering good news, and bringing warnings; so that people may have no excuse before God after the coming of the messengers. God is Powerful and Wise.
  166. But God bears witness to what He revealed to you. He revealed it with His knowledge. And the angels bear witness. Though God is a sufficient witness.
  167. Those who disbelieve and repel from God’s path have gone far astray.
  168. Those who disbelieve and transgress; God is not about to forgive them, nor will He guide them to any path.
  169. Except to the path of Hell, where they will dwell forever. And that is easy for God.
  170. O people! The Messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe—that is best for you. But if you disbelieve, to God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is Omniscient and Wise.
  171. O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, is the Messenger of God, and His Word that He conveyed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, “Three.” Refrain—it is better for you. God is only one God. Glory be to Him—that He should have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and God is a sufficient Protector.
  172. The Messiah does not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do the favored angels. Whoever disdains His worship, and is too arrogant—He will round them up to Himself altogether.
  176. They ask you for a ruling. Say, “God gives you a ruling concerning the person who has neither parents nor children.” If a man dies, and leaves no children, and he had a sister, she receives one-half of what he leaves. And he inherits from her if she leaves no children. But if there are two sisters, they receive two-thirds of what he leaves. If the siblings are men and women, the male receives the share of two females.” God makes things clear for you, lest you err. God is Aware of everything.

1.005 - The Table, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  2. O you who believe! Do not violate God’s sacraments, nor the Sacred Month, nor the offerings, nor the garlanded, nor those heading for the Sacred House seeking blessings from their Lord and approval. When you have left the pilgrim sanctity, you may hunt. And let not the hatred of people who barred you from the Sacred Mosque incite you to aggression. And cooperate with one another in virtuous conduct and conscience, and do not cooperate with one another in sin and hostility. And fear God. God is severe in punishment.
  3. Prohibited for you are carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, and animals dedicated to other than God; also the flesh of animals strangled, killed violently, killed by a fall, gored to death, mangled by wild animals—except what you rescue, and animals sacrificed on altars; and the practice of drawing lots. For it is immoral. Today, those who disbelieve have despaired of your religion, so do not fear them, but fear Me. Today I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My favor upon you, and have approved Islam as a religion for you. But whoever is compelled by hunger, with no intent of wrongdoing— God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  4. They ask you what is permitted for them. Say, “Permitted for you are all good things, including what trained dogs and falcons catch for you.” You train them according to what God has taught you. So eat from what they catch for you, and pronounce God’s name over it. And fear God. God is Swift in reckoning.
  5. Today all good things are made lawful for you. And the food of those given the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them. So are chaste believing women, and chaste women from the people who were given the Scripture before you, provided you give them their dowries, and take them in marriage, not in adultery, nor as mistresses. But whoever rejects faith, his work will be in vain, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers.
  8. O you who believe! Be upright to God, witnessing with justice; and let not the hatred of a certain people prevent you from acting justly. Adhere to justice, for that is nearer to piety; and fear God. God is informed of what you do.
  9. God has promised those who believe and work righteousness: they will have forgiveness and a great reward.
  19. O People of the Book! Our Messenger has come to you, making things clear to you—after a cessation of messengers—so that you cannot say, “No preacher has come to us, and no warner.” In fact, a preacher has come to you, and a warner; and God is Capable of everything.
  20. When Moses said to his people, “O my people, remember God’s blessings upon you, when He placed prophets among you, and made you kings, and gave you what He never gave any other people.”
  34. Except for those who repent before you apprehend them. So know that God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  35. O you who believe! Be conscious of God, and seek the means of approach to Him, and strive in His cause, so that you may succeed.
  38. As for the thief, whether male or female, cut their hands as a penalty for what they have reaped—a deterrent from God. God is Mighty and Wise.
  39. But whoever repents after his crime, and reforms, God will accept his repentance. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  40. Do you not know that to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth? He punishes whom He wills, and He forgives whom He wills. And God is Capable of everything.
  41. O Messenger! Do not let those who are quick to disbelief grieve you—from among those who say with their mouths, “We believe,” but their hearts do not believe; and from among the Jews—listeners to lies, listeners to other people who did not come to you. They distort words from their places, and they say, “If you are given this, accept it; but if you are not given it, beware.” Whomever God has willed to divert, you have nothing for him from God. Those are they whose hearts God does not intend to purify. For them is disgrace in this world, and for them is a great punishment in the Hereafter.
  48. And We revealed to you the Book, with truth, confirming the Scripture that preceded it, and superseding it. So judge between them according to what God revealed, and do not follow their desires if they differ from the truth that has come to you. For each of you We have assigned a law and a method. Had God willed, He could have made you a single nation, but He tests you through what He has given you. So compete in righteousness. To God is your return, all of you; then He will inform you of what you had disputed.
  49. And judge between them according to what God revealed, and do not follow their desires. And beware of them, lest they lure you away from some of what God has revealed to you. But if they turn away, know that God intends to strike them with some of their sins. In fact, a great many people are corrupt.
  54. O you who believe! Whoever of you goes back on his religion—God will bring a people whom He loves and who love Him, kind towards the believers, stern with the disbelievers. They strive in the way of God, and do not fear the blame of the critic. That is the grace of God; He bestows it upon whomever He wills. God is Embracing and Knowing.
  55. Your allies are God, and His Messenger, and those who believe—those who pray regularly, and give charity, while bowing down.
  56. Whoever allies himself with God, and His Messenger, and those who believe—surely the Party of God is the victorious.
  57. O you who believe! Do not befriend those who take your religion in mockery and as a sport, be they from among those who were given the Scripture before you, or the disbelievers. And obey God, if you are believers.
  61. When they come to you, they say, “We believe,” though they have entered with disbelief, and they have departed with it. But God is well aware of what they hide.
  62. You see many of them competing with one another in sin and hostility, and their consuming of what is illicit. What they have been doing is truly evil.
  71. They assumed there would be no punishment, so they turned blind and deaf. Then God redeemed them, but then again many of them turned blind and deaf. But God is Seeing of what they do.
  72. They disbelieve those who say, “ God is the Messiah the son of Mary.” But the Messiah himself said, “O Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord. Whoever associates others with God, God has forbidden him Paradise, and his dwelling is the Fire. The wrongdoers have no saviors.”
  74. Will they not repent to God and ask His forgiveness? God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  75. The Messiah son of Mary was only a messenger, before whom other Messengers had passed away, and his mother was a woman of truth. They both used to eat food. Note how We make clear the revelations to them; then note how deluded they are.
  95. O you who believe! do not kill game while you are in pilgrim sanctity. Whoever of you kills any intentionally, its penalty shall be a domestic animal comparable to what he killed, as determined by two honest persons among you—an offering delivered to the Kaabah. Or he may atone by feeding the needy, or its equivalent in fasting, so that he may taste the consequences of his conduct. God forgives what is past. But whoever repeats, God will take revenge on him. God is Almighty, Avenger.
  96. Permitted for you is the catch of sea, and its food—as sustenance for you and for travelers. But forbidden for you is the game of land while you are in pilgrim sanctity. And fear God, to Whom you will be gathered.
  97. God has appointed the Kaabah, the Sacred House, a sanctuary for the people, and the Sacred Month, and the offerings, and the garlanded. That you may know that God knows everything in the heavens and the earth, and that God is Cognizant of all things.
  98. Know that God is severe in retribution, and that God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  99. The Messenger’s sole duty is to convey. God knows what you reveal and what you conceal.
  101. O you who believe! Do not ask about things that would trouble you if disclosed to you. But if you were to ask about them while the Quran is being revealed, they will become obvious to you. God forgives that. God is Forgiving and Clement.
  102. A people before you asked about them, but then came to reject them.
  105. O you who believe! You are responsible for your own souls. He who has strayed cannot harm you if you are guided. To God is your return, all of you, and He will inform you of what you used to do.
  106. O you who believe! When death approaches one of you, let two reliable persons from among you act as witnesses to the making of a bequest, or two persons from another people if you are travelling in the land and the event of death approaches you. Engage them after the prayer. If you have doubts, let them swear by God: “We will not sell our testimony for any price, even if he was a near relative, and we will not conceal God’s testimony, for then we would be sinners.”
  119. God will say, “This is a Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness.” They will have Gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will remain forever. God is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. That is the great attainment.
  120. To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and what lies in them, and He has power over everything.

10.06 - Beyond the Dualities, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   What the mind forgets or ignores is that the law of self-contradiction belongs exclusively to the finite. It does not hold good in infinity. The Infinite is infinite because it has transcended the laws and categories of the finite, even as Eternity has transcended the temporal. In the transcendental consciousness the reality is single and multiple at the same time, simultaneously (although the conception of time is not there at all); also God is both with form and without form at the same time. The mind may not be able to conceive it but the fact is that, for one can rise above the mind and see and experience the reality.
   There are other dualities that are confusing to the mind. It is said two objects cannot occupy together the same spot or position. One object must drive out another to occupy its position. Obviously this is a truth belonging to the material world for it is said matter is impenetrable. But this law, however valid in the material plane, becomes less and less applicable in regions subtler and less and less material. Two movements or two vibrations of consciousness, may exist together without annihilating each other's identity, being a total identity.

1.006 - Livestock, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  58. Say, “If I possessed what you seek me to hasten, the matter between you and me would have been settled. God is well aware of the unjust.”
  59. With Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except He. And He knows everything on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but He knows it; and there is not a single grain in the darkness of earth, nor is there anything wet or dry, but is in a clear record.
  71. Say, “Shall we invoke besides God something that can neither benefit us nor harm us, and turn back on our heels after God has guided us; like someone seduced by the devils and confused on earth, who has friends calling him to guidance: 'Come to us'?” Say, “The guidance of God is the guidance, and we are commanded to surrender to the Lord of the Universe.”
  72. “And to perform the prayers, and to revere Him; it is to Him that you will be gathered.”
  119. And why should you not eat of that over which the Name of God is pronounced, when He has detailed for you what is prohibited for you, unless you are compelled by necessity? Many lead astray with their opinions, through lack of knowledge. Your Lord knows best the transgressors.
  120. So abandon sin, outward and inward. Those who commit sins will be repaid for what they used to perpetrate.

10.07 - The Demon, #Writings In Bengali and Sanskrit, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Equal 6 The impartial God is always 6
  The high and the low, the six, the big self, the self
  Ananda Biva's God is in paradise
  Forgetting the war of interests is heaven

1.007 - The Elevations, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  44. And the inhabitants of the Garden will call out to the inmates of the Fire, “We found what our Lord promised us to be true; did you find what your Lord promised you to be true?” They will say, “Yes.” Thereupon a caller will announce in their midst, “The curse of God is upon the wrongdoers.”
  45. “Those who hinder from the path of God, and seek to distort it, and who deny the Hereafter.”
  73. And to Thamood, their brother Saleh. He said, “O my people! Worship God; you have no god other than Him. Clarification has come to you from your Lord. This she-camel of God is a sign for you. So leave her to graze on God’s earth, and do her no harm, lest a painful penalty seizes you.”
  74. “And remember how He made you successors after Aad, and settled you in the land. You make for yourselves mansions on its plains, and carve out dwellings in the mountains. So remember God’s benefits, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.”
  190. But when He has given them a good child, they attribute partners to Him in what He has given them. God is exalted above what they associate.
  191. Do they idolize those who create nothing, and are themselves created?

1.008 - The Spoils, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  2. The believers are those whose hearts tremble when God is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited to them, they strengthen them in faith, and upon their Lord they rely.
  3. Those who perform the prayer; and from Our provisions to them, they spend.
  10. God only made it a message of hope, and to set your hearts at rest. Victory comes only from God. God is Mighty and Wise.
  11. He made drowsiness overcome you, as a security from Him. And He sent down upon you water from the sky, to cleanse you with it, and to rid you of Satan’s pollution, and to fortify your hearts, and to strengthen your foothold.
  17. It was not you who killed them, but it was God who killed them. And it was not you who launched when you launched, but it was God who launched. That He may bestow upon the believers an excellent reward. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  18. Such is the case. God will undermine the strategy of the disbelievers.
  19. If you desire a verdict, the verdict has come to you. And if you desist, it would be best for you. And if you return, We will return; and your troops, however numerous, will not benefit you. God is with the believers.
  20. O you who believe! Obey God and His Messenger, and do not turn away from him when you hear.
  25. And beware of discord which does not afflict the wrongdoers among you exclusively; and know that God is severe in retribution.
  26. And remember when you were few, oppressed in the land, fearing that people may capture you; but He sheltered you, and supported you with His victory, and provided you with good things—so that you may be thankful.
  29. O you who believe! If you remain conscious of God, He will give you a criterion, and will remit from you your sins, and will forgive you. God is possessor of infinite grace.
  30. When the disbelievers plotted against you, to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They planned, and God planned, but God is the Best of planners.
  31. And when Our revelations are recited to them, they say, “We have heard. Had we wanted, we could have said the like of this; these are nothing but myths of the ancients.”
  40. And if they turn away, know that God is your Protector. The Best Protector, and the Best Supporter.
  41. And know that whatever spoils you gain, to God belongs its fifth, and to the Messenger, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the poor, and to the wayfarer, provided you believe in God and in what We revealed to Our servant on the Day of Distinction, the day when the two armies met. God is Capable of everything.
  42. Recall when you were on the nearer bank, and they were on the further bank, and the caravan was below you. Had you planned for this meeting, you would have disagreed on the timing, but God was to carry out a predetermined matter, so that those who perish would perish by clear evidence, and those who survive would survive by clear evidence. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  43. God made them appear in your dream as few. Had He made them appear as many, you would have lost heart, and disputed in the matter. But God saved the situation. He knows what the hearts contain.
  46. And obey God and His Messenger, and do not dispute, lest you falter and lose your courage. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast.
  47. And do not be like those who left their homes boastfully, showing off before the people, and barring others from the path of God. God comprehends what they do.
  48. Satan made their deeds appear good to them, and said, “You cannot be defeated by any people today, and I am at your side.” But when the two armies came in sight of one another, he turned on his heels, and said, “I am innocent of you; I see what you do not see; I fear God; God is severe in punishment.”
  49. The hypocrites and those in whose hearts is sickness said, “Their religion has deluded these people.” But whoever puts his trust in God— God is Mighty and Wise.
  51. “That is because of what your hands have committed, and because God is not unjust to the servants.”
  52. Like the behavior of the people of Pharaoh, and those before them. They rejected the signs of God, so God seized them for their sins. God is Powerful, Severe in punishment.
  53. That is because God would never change a blessing He has bestowed on a people unless they change what is within themselves, and because God is Hearing and Knowing.
  54. Such was the case with the people of Pharaoh, and those before them. They denied the signs of their Lord, so We annihilated them for their wrongs, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh—they were all evildoers.
  66. God has now lightened your burden, knowing that there is weakness in you. If there are a hundred steadfast among you, they will defeat two hundred; and if there are a thousand of you, they will defeat two thousand by God’s leave. God is with the steadfast.
  67. It is not for a prophet to take prisoners before he has subdued the land. You desire the materials of this world, but God desires the Hereafter. God is Strong and Wise.
  68. Were it not for a predetermined decree from God, an awful punishment would have afflicted you for what you have taken.
  69. So consume what you have gained, legitimate and wholesome; and remain conscious of God. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  70. O prophet! Say to those you hold prisoners, “If God finds any good in your hearts, He will give you better than what was taken from you, and He will forgive you. God is Forgiving and Merciful.”
  71. But if they intend to betray you, they have already betrayed God, and He has overpowered them. God is Knowing and Wise.
  72. Those who believed, and emigrated, and struggled in God’s cause with their possessions and their persons, and those who provided shelter and support—these are allies of one another. As for those who believed, but did not emigrate, you owe them no protection, until they have emigrated. But if they ask you for help in religion, you must come to their aid, except against a people with whom you have a treaty. God is Seeing of what you do.
  73. As for those who disbelieve, they are allies of one another. Unless you do this, there will be turmoil in the land, and much corruption.
  75. As for those who believed afterwards, and emigrated and struggled with you—these belong with you. But family members are nearer to one another in the Book of God. God is Cognizant of everything.

1.009 - Repentance, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  5. When the Sacred Months have passed, kill the polytheists wherever you find them. And capture them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayers, and pay the alms, then let them go their way. God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  6. And if anyone of the polytheists asks you for protection, give him protection so that he may hear the Word of God; then escort him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know.
  15. And He will remove the anger of their hearts. God redeems whomever He wills. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
  16. Or do you think that you will be left alone, without God identifying which of you will strive, and take no supporters apart from God, His Messenger, and the believers? God is well Aware of what you do.
  17. It is not for the polytheists to attend God’s places of worship while professing their disbelief. These—their works are in vain, and in the Fire they will abide.
  22. Abiding therein forever. With God is a great reward.
  23. O you who believe! Do not ally yourselves with your parents and your siblings if they prefer disbelief to belief. Whoever of you allies himself with them—these are the wrongdoers.
  27. Then, after that, God will relent towards whomever He wills. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  28. O you who believe! The polytheists are polluted, so let them not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year of theirs. And if you fear poverty, God will enrich you from His grace, if He wills. God is Aware and Wise.
  29. Fight those who do not believe in God, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden, nor abide by the religion of truth—from among those who received the Scripture—until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.
  36. The number of months, according to God, is twelve months—in the decree of God—since the Day He created the heavens and the earth, of which four are sacred. This is the correct religion. So do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight the polytheists collectively, as they fight you collectively, and know that God is with the righteous.
  37. Postponement is an increase in disbelief—by which those who disbelieve are led astray. They allow it one year, and forbid it another year, in order to conform to the number made sacred by God, thus permitting what God has forbidden. The evil of their deeds seems good to them. God does not guide the disbelieving people.
  40. If you do not help him, God has already helped him, when those who disbelieved expelled him, and he was the second of two in the cave. He said to his friend, “Do not worry, God is with us.” And God made His tranquility descend upon him, and supported him with forces you did not see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the Word of God is the Highest. God is Mighty and Wise.
  41. Mobilize, light or heavy, and strive with your possessions and your lives in the cause of God. That is better for you, if you only knew.
  44. Those who believe in God and the Last Day do not ask you for exemption from striving with their possessions and their lives. God is fully aware of the righteous.
  45. Only those who do not believe in God and the Last Day ask you for exemption. Their hearts are full of doubts, so they waver in their doubts.
  47. Had they mobilized with you, they would have added only to your difficulties, and they would have spread rumors in your midst, trying to sow discord among you. Some of you are avid listeners to them. God is Aware of the wrongdoers.
  48. They tried to cause conflict before, and they hatched plots against you, until the truth prevailed, and the command of God became evident—in spite of their dislike.
  60. Charities are for the poor, and the destitute, and those who administer them, and for reconciling hearts, and for freeing slaves, and for those in debt, and in the path of God, and for the traveler in need—an obligation from God. God is All-Knowing, Most Wise.
  61. And among them are those who insult the Prophet, and say, “He is all ears.” Say, “He listens for your own good. He believes in God, and trusts the believers, and is mercy for those of you who believe.” Those who insult the Messenger of God will have a painful penalty.
  71. The believing men and believing women are friends of one another. They advocate virtue, forbid evil, perform the prayers, practice charity, and obey God and His Messenger. These—God will have mercy on them. God is Noble and Wise.
  72. God promises the believers, men and women, gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein forever, and fine homes in the Gardens of Eden. But approval from God is even greater. That is the supreme achievement.
  73. O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Their abode is Hell—what a miserable destination!
  78. Do they not know that God knows their secrets and their conspiracies? And that God is the Knower of the unseen?
  79. Those who criticize the believers who give charity voluntarily, and ridicule those who find nothing to give except their own efforts—God ridicules them. They will have a painful punishment.
  91. There is no blame on the weak, nor on the sick, nor on those who have nothing to give, provided they are true to God and His Messenger. In no way can the righteous be blamed. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  92. Nor on those who approach you, wishing to ride with you, and you said, “I have nothing to carry you on.” So they went away, with their eyes overflowing with tears, sorrowing for not finding the means to spend.
  97. The Desert-Arabs are the most steeped in disbelief and hypocrisy, and the most likely to ignore the limits that God revealed to His Messenger. God is Knowing and Wise.
  98. And among the Desert-Arabs are those who consider their contribution to be a fine. And they wait for a reversal of your fortunes. Upon them will fall the cycle of misfortune. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  99. Yet among the Desert-Arabs are those who believe in God and the Last Day, and consider their contribution to be a means towards God, and the prayers of the Messenger. Surely it will draw them closer, and God will admit them into His mercy. God is Forgiving and Compassionate.
  100. The Pioneers—The first of the Migrants and the Supporters, and those who followed them in righteousness. God is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will abide forever. That is the sublime triumph.
  101. Among the Desert-Arabs around you there are some hypocrites, and among the inhabitants of Medina too. They have become adamant in hypocrisy. You do not know them, but We know them. We will punish them twice; then they will be returned to a severe torment.
  102. Others have confessed their sins, having mixed good deeds with bad deeds. Perhaps God will redeem them. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  103. Receive contributions from their wealth, to purify them and sanctify them with it; and pray for them. Your prayer is comfort for them. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  104. Do they not know that God accepts the repentance of His servants, and that He receives the contributions, and that God is the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful?
  105. Say, “Work. God will see your work, and so will His Messenger, and the believers. Then you will be returned to the Knower of secrets and declarations, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”
  106. Others are held in suspense, awaiting God’s decree, as to whether He will punish them, or accept their repentance. God is Aware and Wise.
  107. Then there are those who establish a mosque to cause harm, and disbelief, and disunity among the believers, and as an outpost for those who fight God and His Messenger. They will swear: “Our intentions are nothing but good.” But God bears witness that they are liars.
  110. The structure which they built will remain questionable in their hearts, until their hearts are stopped. God is Knowing and Wise.
  111. God has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties in exchange for Paradise. They fight in God’s way, and they kill and get killed. It is a promise binding on Him in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Quran. And who is more true to his promise than God? So rejoice in making such an exchange—that is the supreme triumph.
  118. Also towards the three who were left behind. Then, when the earth, as vast as it is, closed in on them, and their very souls closed in on them, and they realized that there was no refuge from God, except in Him, He redeemed them, so that they may repent. God is the Redeemer, the Merciful.
  119. O you who believe! Be conscious of God, and be with the sincere.
  123. O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who attack you, and let them find severity in you, and know that God is with the righteous.
  124. Whenever a chapter is revealed, some of them say, “Which of you has this increased in faith?” As for those who believe: it increases them in faith, and they rejoice.

1.00e - DIVISION E - MOTION ON THE PHYSICAL AND ASTRAL PLANES, #A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, #Alice Bailey, #Occultism
  The centres, therefore, when functioning properly, form the "body of fire" which eventually is all that is left, first to man in the three worlds, and later to the Monad. This body of fire is "the body incorruptible" [lxxiv]72 or indestructible, spoken of by St. Paul, and is the product of evolution, of the perfect blending of the three fires, which ultimately destroy the form. When the form is [167] destroyed there is left this intangible spiritual body of fire, one pure flame, distinguished by seven brilliant centres of intenser burning. This electric fire is the result of the bringing together of the two poles and demonstrates at the moment of complete at-one-ment, the occult truth of the words "Our God is a consuming Fire." [lxxv]73
  Three of these centres are called major centres, as they embody the three aspects of the threefold MonadWill, Love and Intelligence:

1.00 - Main, #The Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
  This is the Day in which He Who held converse with God hath attained the light of the Ancient of Days, and quaffed the pure waters of reunion from this Cup that hath caused the seas to swell. Say: By the one true God! Sinai is circling round the Dayspring of Revelation, while from the heights of the Kingdom the Voice of the Spirit of God is heard proclaiming: "Bestir yourselves, ye proud ones of the earth, and hasten ye unto Him." Carmel hath, in this Day, hastened in longing adoration to attain His court, whilst from the heart of Zion there cometh the cry: "The promise is fulfilled. That which had been announced in the holy Writ of God, the Most Exalted, the Almighty, the Best-Beloved, is made manifest."
  O kings of the earth! The Most Great Law hath been revealed in this Spot, this scene of transcendent splendour. Every hidden thing hath been brought to light by virtue of the Will of the Supreme Ordainer, He Who hath ushered in the Last Hour, through Whom the Moon hath been cleft, and every irrevocable decree expounded.
  O peoples of the world! Give ear unto the call of Him Who is the Lord of Names, Who proclaimeth unto you from His habitation in the Most Great Prison: "Verily, no God is there but Me, the Powerful, the Mighty, the All-Subduing, the Most Exalted, the Omniscient, the All-Wise." In truth, there is no God but Him, the Omnipotent Ruler of the worlds. Were it His Will, He would, through but a single word proceeding from His presence, lay hold on all mankind. Beware lest ye hesitate in your acceptance of this Cause-a Cause before which the Concourse on high and the dwellers of the Cities of Names have bowed down. Fear God, and be not of those who are shut out as by a veil. Burn ye away the veils with the fire of My love, and dispel ye the mists of vain imaginings by the power of this Name through which We have subdued the entire creation.
  Beware lest aught that hath been revealed in the Bayan should keep you from your Lord, the Most Compassionate. God is My witness that the Bayan was sent down for no other purpose than to celebrate My praise, did ye but know! In it the pure in heart will find only the fragrance of My love, only My Name that overshadoweth all that seeth and is seen. Say: Turn ye, O people, unto that which hath proceeded from My Most Exalted Pen. Should ye inhale therefrom the fragrance of God, set not yourselves against Him, nor deny yourselves a portion of His gracious favour and His manifold bestowals. Thus doth your Lord admonish you; He, verily, is the Counsellor, the Omniscient.
  Whatsoever ye understand not in the Bayan, ask it of God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefa thers. Should He so desire, He will expound for you that which is revealed therein, and disclose to you the pearls of Divine knowledge and wisdom that lie concealed within the ocean of its words. He, verily, is supreme over all names; no God is there but Him, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
  Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it-verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.
  Say: This is the infallible Balance which the Hand of God is holding, in which all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth are weighed, and their fate determined, if ye be of them that believe and recognize this truth. Say: This is the Most Great Testimony, by which the validity of every proof throughout the ages hath been established, would that ye might be assured thereof. Say: Through it the poor have been enriched, the learned enlightened, and the seekers enabled to ascend unto the presence of God. Beware lest ye make it a cause of dissension amongst you. Be ye as firmly settled as the immovable mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Mighty, the Loving.
   thee-verses sent down by God, the Omnipotent Protector, the Lord of might and power. Beware lest the fire of thy presumptuousness debar thee from attaining to God's Holy Court. Turn unto Him, and fear not because of thy deeds. He, in truth, forgiveth whomsoever He desireth as a bounty on His part; no God is there but Him, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bounteous.
  We admonish thee solely for the sake of God. Shouldst thou accept this counsel, thou wilt have acted to thine own behoof; and shouldst thou reject it, thy Lord, verily, can well dispense with thee, and with all those who, in manifest delusion, have followed thee. Behold! God hath laid hold on him who led thee astray. Return unto God, humble, submissive and lowly; verily, He will put away from thee thy sins, for thy Lord, of a certainty, is the Forgiving, the Mighty, the All-Merciful.

1.00 - Preliminary Remarks, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The Mohammedan insists that God is, and did really send Gabriel with messages for Mohammed: but all others contradict him. And from the nature of the case proof is impossible.
  The lack of proof has been so severely felt by Christianity (and in a much less degree by Islam) that fresh miracles have been manufactured almost daily to support the tottering structure. Modern thought, rejecting these miracles, has adopted theories involving epilepsy and madness. As if organisation could spring from disorganization! Even if epilepsy were the cause of these great movements which have caused civilization after civilization to arise from barbarism, it would merely form an argument for cultivating epilepsy.

1.00 - The way of what is to come, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Zen
    But the supreme meaning is the path) the way and the bridge to what is to come. That is the God yet to come. It is not the coming God himself but his image which appears in the supreme meaning 7. God is an image) and those who worship him must worship him in the images of the supreme meaning.
    The supreme meaning is not a meaning and not an absurdity, it is image and force in one, magnificence and force together.

1.010 - Jonah, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  4. To Him is your return, altogether. The promise of God is true. He originates creation, and then He repeats it, to reward those who believe and do good deeds with equity. As for those who disbelieve, for them is a drink of boiling water, and agonizing torment, on account of their disbelief.
  5. It is He who made the sun radiant, and the moon a light, and determined phases for it—that you may know the number of years and the calculation. God did not create all this except with truth. He details the revelations for a people who know.
  36. Most of them follow nothing but assumptions; and assumptions avail nothing against the truth. God is fully aware of what they do.
  37. This Quran could not have been produced by anyone other than God. In fact, it is a confirmation of what preceded it, and an elaboration of the Book. There is no doubt about it—it is from the Lord of the Universe.
  46. Whether We show you some of what We promise them, or take you, to Us is their return. God is witness to everything they do.
  47. Every community has a messenger. When their messenger has come, judgment will be passed between them with fairness, and they will not be wronged.
  55. Assuredly, to God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. Assuredly, the promise of God is true. But most of them do not know.
  56. He gives life and causes death, and to Him you will be returned.
  60. What will they think—those who fabricate lies and attribute them to God—on the Day of Resurrection? God is bountiful towards the people, but most of them do not give thanks.
  61. You do not get into any situation, nor do you recite any Quran, nor do you do anything, but We are watching over you as you undertake it. Not even the weight of an atom, on earth or in the sky, escapes your Lord, nor is there anything smaller or larger, but is in a clear record.
  109. And follow what is revealed to you, and be patient until God issues His judgment, for He is the Best of judges.

1.011 - Hud, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  4. “To God is your return, and He is Capable of all things.”
  5. They wrap their chests to hide from Him. But even as they cover themselves with their clothes, He knows what they conceal and what they reveal. He knows what lies within the hearts.
  12. Perhaps you wish to disregard some of what is revealed to you, and you may be stressed because of it, since they say, “If only a treasure was sent down to him, or an angel came with him.” You are only a warner, and God is Responsible for all things.
  13. Or do they say, “He invented it?” Say, “Then produce ten chapters like it, invented, and call upon whomever you can, besides God, if you are truthful.”
  18. Who does greater wrong than he who fabricates lies about God? These will be presented before their Lord, and the witnesses will say, “These are they who lied about their Lord.” Indeed, the curse of God is upon the wrongdoers.
  19. Those who hinder others from the path of God, and seek to make it crooked; and regarding the Hereafter, they are in denial.
  31. “I do not say to you that I possess the treasures of God, nor do I know the future, nor do I say that I am an angel. Nor do I say of those who are despicable in your eyes that God will never give them any good. God is Aware of what lies in their souls. If I did, I would be one of the wrongdoers.”
  32. They said, “O Noah, you have argued with us, and argued a great deal. Now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you are truthful.”
  86. What is left by God is best for you, if you are believers. And I am not a guardian over you.”
  87. They said, “O Shuaib, does your prayer command you that we abandon what our ancestors worshiped, or doing with our wealth what we want? You are the one who is intelligent and wise.”

1.012 - Joseph, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  18. And they brought his shirt, with fake blood on it. He said, “Your souls enticed you to do something. But patience is beautiful, and God is my Help against what you describe.”
  19. A caravan passed by, and they sent their water-carrier. He lowered his bucket, and said, “Good news. Here is a boy.” And they hid him as merchandise. But God was aware of what they did.
  64. He said, “Shall I trust you with him, as I trusted you with his brother before? God is the Best Guardian, and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.”
  65. And when they opened their baggage, they found that their goods were returned to them. They said, “Father, what more do we want? Here are our goods, returned to us. We will provide for our family, and protect our brother, and have an additional camel-load. This is easy commerce.”
  77. They said, “If he has stolen, a brother of his has stolen before.” But Joseph kept it to himself, and did not reveal it to them. He said, “You are in a worse situation, and God is Aware of what you allege.”
  78. They said, “O noble prince, he has a father, a very old man, so take one of us in his place. We see that you are a good person.”

1.012 - Sublimation - A Way to Reshuffle Thought, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  The principles of dharma, artha and kama are temporal values. They may not be eternal values, but many religions of the world commit the blunder of imagining that the eternal is different from the temporal. All religions, we may say, have an idea that God is outside the world and, therefore, temporal values have no connection with religious values. This misinterpretation of religion, and wrong emphasis laid on the so-called spiritual values of an otherworldly character, have led to a conflict between the social values of life and the religious and spiritual values of life.
  We are not to bring about a conflict in life, because spirituality is not in favour of any kind of conflict, whether it is inside or outside. So when we are exerting to control ourselves and to educate ourselves in a higher sense, either in society or in our personal lives, we are not creating any kind of split of consciousness, either social or personal. Rather, we are rising to a higher integrated condition where we have grown into a larger personality, so that in no step that we have taken have we lost anything, nor have we created tension anywhere. All stages of spiritual practice are freedoms attained from tension of every kind. A spiritual genius, even a spiritual seeker, does not create tension anywhere, either externally in society or in one's own self. Whenever we feel tension, we must understand that we have committed a mistake in our practice. What is the mistake.

1.013 - Thunder, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  2. God is He who raised the heavens without pillars that you can see, and then settled on the Throne. And He regulated the sun and the moon, each running for a specified period. He manages all affairs, and He explains the signs, that you may be certain of the meeting with your Lord.
  3. And it is He who spread the earth, and placed in it mountains and rivers. And He placed in it two kinds of every fruit. He causes the night to overlap the day. In that are signs for people who reflect.

1.014 - Abraham, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  32. God is He Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down water from the sky, and with it produces fruits for your sustenance. And He committed the ships to your service, sailing through the sea by His command, and He committed the rivers to your service.
  33. And He committed the sun and the moon to your service, both continuously pursuing their courses, and He committed the night and the day to your service.
  42. Do not ever think that God is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only defers them until a Day when the sights stare.
  43. Their necks outstretched, their heads upraised, their gaze unblinking, their hearts void.
  47. Do not ever think that God will break His promise to His messengers. God is Strong, Able to Avenge.
  48. On the Day when the earth is changed into another earth, and the heavens, and they will emerge before God, the One, the Irresistible.
  51. That God may repay each soul according to what it has earned. God is Quick in reckoning.
  52. This is a proclamation for mankind, that they may be warned thereby, and know that He is One God, and that people of understanding may remember.

1.016 - The Bee, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  18. And if you tried to enumerate the favors of God, you will not be able to count them. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  19. And God knows what you hide and what you disclose.
  22. Your God is one God. As for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are in denial, and they are arrogant.
  23. Without a doubt, God knows what they conceal and what they reveal. He does not like the arrogant.
  28. Those wronging their souls while the angels are taking them away—they will propose peace: “We did no wrong.” Yes you did. God is aware of what you used to do.”
  29. Enter the gates of Hell, to dwell therein forever. Miserable is the residence of the arrogant.
  70. God created you; then He takes you away. Some of you will be brought back to the worst age, so that he will no longer know anything, after having acquired knowledge. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent.
  71. God has favored some of you over others in livelihood. Those who are favored would not give their properties to their servants, to the extent of making them partners in it. Will they then renounce God’s blessings?
  92. And do not be like her who unravels her yarn, breaking it into pieces, after she has spun it strongly. Nor use your oaths as means of deception among you, because one community is more prosperous than another. God is testing you thereby. On the Day of Resurrection, He will make clear to you everything you had disputed about.
  93. Had God willed, He would have made you one congregation, but He leaves astray whom He wills, and He guides whom He wills. And you will surely be questioned about what you used to do.
  95. And do not exchange God’s covenant for a small price. What is with God is better for you, if you only knew.
  96. What you have runs out, but what is with God remains. We will reward those who are patient according to the best of their deeds.
  115. He has forbidden you carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and anything consecrated to other than God. But if anyone is compelled by necessity, without being deliberate or malicious, then God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  116. And do not say of falsehood asserted by your tongues, “This is lawful, and this is unlawful,” in order to invent lies and attribute them to God. Those who invent lies and attribute them to God will not succeed.
  128. God is with those who are righteous and those who are virtuous.

1.018 - The Cave, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  21. So it was, that We caused them to be discovered, that they would know that the promise of God is true, and that of the Hour there is no doubt. As they were disputing their case among themselves, they said, “Build over them a building.” Their Lord knows best about them. Those who prevailed over their case said, “We will set up over them a place of worship.”
  22. They will say, “Three, and their fourth being their dog.” And they will say, “Five, and their sixth being their dog,” guessing at the unknown. And they will say, “Seven, and their eighth being their dog.” Say, “My Lord knows best their number.” None knows them except a few. So do not argue concerning them except with an obvious argument, and do not consult any of them about them.
  110. Say, “I am only a human being like you, being inspired that your God is One God. Whoever hopes to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and never associate anyone with the service of his Lord.”

10.19 - Short Notes - 2- God Above and God Within, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   God is not only above or beyond the creation. He is also here within the creation. He is not only over our head looking down upon us. He is within our heart inspiring us, enlightening us, loving us. This is the dynamic Divine, the Supreme Consciousness concealed within the apparent inconscience of the material existence. It is that which pushes creation upward in its evolutionary course. It is that which lies behind man's ignorance purifying his obscurity leading him to a more and more luminous revelation.
   In the Vedic image above shines Surya, here below burns Agni. Both are aspects of the same Truth.

1.01 - Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, #The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  persuasive. This fear is far from unjustified, for where God is
  closest the danger seems greatest. It is dangerous to avow spirit-

1.01 - Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  of the One, each God is himself all the Gods or carries them in
  him: there is the one Truth, tat satyam,17 and one bliss to which

1.01 - MAPS OF EXPERIENCE - OBJECT AND MEANING, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  possesses truth only if God is truth it stands or falls with the belief in God. If [modern Westerners]
  really do believe they know, of their own accord, intuitively, what is good and evil; if they

1.01 - MASTER AND DISCIPLE, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  M. had yet to learn the distinction between knowledge and ignorance. Up to this time his conception had been that one got knowledge from books and schools. Later on he gave up this false conception. He was taught that to know God is knowledge, and not to know Him, ignorance. When Sri Ramakrishna exclaimed, "And you are a man of knowledge!", M.'s ego was again badly shocked.
  God with and without form
  MASTER: "Repeat God's name and sing His glories, and keep holy company; and now and then visit God's devotees and holy men. The mind cannot dwell on God if it is immersed day and night in worldliness, in worldly duties and responsibilities; it is most necessary to go into solitude now and then and think of God. To fix the mind on God is very difficult, in the beginning, unless one practises meditation in solitude. When a tree is young it should be fenced all around; otherwise it may be destroyed by cattle.
  "To meditate, you should withdraw within yourself or retire to a secluded corner or to the forest. And you should always discriminate between the Real and the unreal. God alone is real, the Eternal Substance; all else is unreal, that is, impermanent. By discriminating thus, one should shake off impermanent objects from the mind."
  impermanent. God is the only Eternal Substance. What does a man get with money?
  Food, clothes, and a dwelling-place - nothing more. You cannot realize God with its help. Therefore money can never be the goal of life. That is the process of discrimination. Do you understand?"
  MASTER (Smiling): "Oh, no! You mustn't go that far, my child! (Laughter). God dwells in all beings. But you may be intimate only with good people; you must keep away from the evil-minded. God is even in the tiger; but you cannot embrace the tiger on that account. (Laughter). You may say, 'Why run away from a tiger, which is also a manifestation of God?' The answer to that is: 'Those who tell you to run away are also manifestations of God - and why shouldn't you listen to them?'
  Parable of the "elephant God"

1.01 - On knowledge of the soul, and how knowledge of the soul is the key to the knowledge of God., #The Alchemy of Happiness, #Al-Ghazali, #Sufism
  O seeker after the divine mysteries! know thou that the door to the knowledge of God will be opened to a man first of all, when he knows his own soul, and understands the truth about his own spirit, according as it has been revealed, "he who knows himself knows his Lord also." And God proclaims in his holy book: "We will display our miracles in the different countries of the world, till it shall be demonstrated to them that the Koran is the truth,"1 that is, let us show men in the visible world, and in their own souls, the wonderfulness of our works and the perfection of our power, that they may learn to know that the Lord God is Almighty and true, and that everything else besides is vanity.
  O seeker of the mysteries! since there is nothing nearer to thee than thyself, and that still with thy soul alone, thou canst not discriminate anything, and art impotent to find out and know thyself, in what way canst thou become acquainted with anything else, and with that which is even separate from thyself? And how should'st thou be able to comprehend God, who in his nature cannot be comprehended, [14] and of whose absolute essence it is not possible to give thee any explanation. If thou should'st say, "I perfectly know myself," we reply, that we have no doubt that what you are acquainted with is your own hand and foot, with your eye and mouth, and animals even have this kind of knowledge. You know also that if you are hungry, your stomach craves food, and that if you are cold, you desire clothing; but other animals also understand these things.
  Be sure, O seeker after knowledge! that it is impossible to obtain a knowledge of the heart, until you know its essence and its true nature, its faculties, and its relations with its faculties,-nor until you know its attributes, and how through them the knowledge of God is obtained, and what happiness is, and how happiness is to be secured. Know then, that the existence of the spirit is evident and is not involved in doubt. Still, it is not body, which is found in corpses and in animals generally. If a person with his eyes wide open should look upon the world and upon his own body, and then shut his eyes, everything would be veiled from his view, so that he could not see even his own body. But the existence of his spirit would not be at the same time shut out from his view. Again, at death, the body turns to earth, but the spirit undergoes no corruption. Still it is not permitted to us to know what the spirit is in its real nature and in its essence, as God says in his Holy Word : "They will ask you about the spirit. Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord."1 The spirit belongs to the world of decrees.
  All existence is of two kinds, one is of the world of decrees, and the other is of the world of creation. "To him belongs creation and decree."2 The matters which belong to the world of decrees are those which have not superficies, [17] quantity, or form: to the world of creation belong those which do have both quantity and form. The creation spoken of in the verse is in the sense of foreordination and not of actual formation. Hence those who say that the spirit is created, and is also from all eternity are in error, for nothing is eternal except the being and attributes of God.
  When the heart is free from worldly lusts, from the animosities of society and from the distraction occasioned by the senses, the vision of God is possible. And this course is adopted by the Mystics.1 It is also the path followed by the prophets. But it is permitted also to acquire the practice of it by learning, and this is the way adopted by the theologians. This is also an exalted way, though in comparison with the former, its results are insignificant and contracted. Many distinguished men have attained these revelations by experience and the demonstration of reasoning. Still let every one who fails of obtaining this knowledge either by means of purity of desire or of demonstration of reasoning, take care and not deny its existence to those who are possessed of it, so that they may not be repelled from the low degree they have attained, and their conduct become a snare to them in the way of truth. These things which we have mentioned constitute the wonders of the heart and show its grandeur.
  Think not that these discoveries of truth are limited to the prophets alone. On the contrary every man in his essential nature is endowed with attributes rendering him capable of participating in the same discoveries. What God says, "Am I not your Lord?"2 refers to this quality. And the holy saying of the prophet of God: "Every man is born with the nature of Islamism; but his ancestors practised Judaism, Nazarenism or Magianism," is an indication of the same thing.
  The knowledge of anatomy is the means by which we become acquainted with animal life: by means of knowledge of animal life, we may acquire a knowledge of the heart, and the knowledge of the heart is a key to the knowledge of God. But the knowledge which we obtain of God is limited and contracted in comparison with the knowledge which the heart has of itself. The knowledge possessed by the heart in comparison with the knowledge of God himself, is but as an atom when compared with the sun.
  The body is but au animal to be ridden by the heart, which is its rider, while the heart's chief end is to acquire a knowledge of God. The dignity of any thing depends upon what it is in itself. A person therefore who does not understand his own body, heart and soul, and yet pretends to the knowledge of God, resembles the bankrupt, who, although he has nothing to eat himself, should yet plan a feast for all the poor of the city. In short, man ought to make every possible exertion to gain the knowledge of God, because the knowledge of God necessitates the love of God. Just in the same manner as when you see a beautiful specimen of calligraphy or some elegant verses, you praise the person who made them, you feel a love for him in your heart and desire eagerly to see him.

1.01 - On Love, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  When you love you should not say, God is in my heart, but rather, I am in the heart of God.
  And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

1.01 - On renunciation of the world, #The Ladder of Divine Ascent, #Saint John of Climacus, #unset
  The irreligious man is a mortal being with a rational nature, who of his own free will turns his back on life and thinks of his own Maker, the ever-existent, as non-existent. The lawless man is one who holds the law of God after his own depraved fashion,4 and thinks to combine faith in God with heresy that is directly opposed to Him. The Christian is one who imitates Christ in thought, word and deed, as far as is possible for human beings, believing rightly and blamelessly in the Holy Trinity. The lover of God is he who lives in communion with all that is natural and sinless, and as far as he is able neglects nothing good. The continent man is he who in the midst of temptations, snares and turmoil, strives with all his might to imitate the ways of Him who is free from such. The monk is he who within his earthly and soiled body toils towards the rank and state of the incorporeal beings.5 A monk is he who strictly controls his nature and unceasingly watches over his senses. A monk is he who keeps his body
  1 Lit. head, Gk. kephale, commonly used as a term of endearment.

1.01 - SAMADHI PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  any need to create. Secondly, it says the theory of God is an
  unnecessary one; nature explains all. What is the use of any
  without them. God is the Teacher of all teachers, because
  these teachers, however great they may have been gods or
  angels were all bound and limited by time, and God is not
  limited by time. These are the two peculiar distinctions of the
  word of God is Om. Why does he emphasise this? There are
  hundreds of words for God. One thought is connected with a

1.01 - Sets down the first line and begins to treat of the imperfections of beginners., #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  2. It must be known, then, that the soul, after it has been definitely converted to the service of God, is, as a rule, spiritually nurtured and caressed by God, even as is the tender child by its loving mother, who warms it with the heat of her bosom and nurtures it with sweet milk and soft and pleasant food, and carries it and caresses it in her arms; but, as the child grows bigger, the mother gradually ceases caressing it, and, hiding her tender love, puts bitter aloes upon her sweet breast, sets down the child from her arms and makes it walk upon its feet, so that it may lose the habits of a child and betake itself to more important and substantial occupations. The loving mother is like the grace of God, for, as soon as the soul is regenerated by its new warmth and fervour for the service of God, He treats it in the same way; He makes it to find spiritual milk, sweet and delectable, in all the things of God, without any labour of its own, and also great pleasure in spiritual exercises, for here God is giving to it the breast of His tender love, even as to a tender child.
  3. Therefore, such a soul finds its delight in spending long periods perchance whole nightsin prayer; penances are its pleasures; fasts its joys; and its consolations are to make use of the sacraments and to occupy itself in Divine things.

1.01 - Soul and God, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Zen
  If you are boys, your God is a woman.
  If you are women, your God is a boy.
  If you are men, your God is a maiden.
  The God is where you are not.
  So: it is wise that one has a God; this serves for your perfection.
  Prosperous and woeful are those whose God is developed!
  Prosperous and woeful are those whose God is a child!
  The Red Book
  My God is a child, so wonder not that the spirit of this time in me is incensed to mockery and scorn. There will be no one who will laugh at me as I laughed at myself.
  Your God should not be a man of mockery, rather you yourself will be the man of mockery. You should mock yourself and rise above this. If you have still not learned this from the old holy books, then go there, drink the blood and eat the flesh of him who was mocked 61 and tormented for the sake of our sins, so that you totally become his nature, deny his being-apart-from-you; you should be he himself not Christians but Christ, otherwise you will be of no use to the coming God.

1.01 - THAT ARE THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The more God is in all things, the more He is outside them. The more He is within, the more without.
  Though God is everywhere present, yet He is only present to thee in the deepest and most central part of thy soul. The natural senses cannot possess God or unite thee to Him; nay, thy inward faculties of understanding, will and memory can only reach after God, but cannot be the place of his habitation in thee. But there is a root or depth of thee from whence all these faculties come forth, as lines from a centre, or as branches from the body of the tree. This depth is called the centre, the fund or bottom of the soul. This depth is the unity, the eternity I had almost said the infinityof thy soul; for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it or give it rest but the infinity of God.
  William Law
  The man who wishes to know the That which is thou may set to work in any one of three ways. He may begin by looking inwards into his own particular thou and, by a process of dying to selfself in reasoning, self in willing, self in feelingcome at last to a knowledge of the Self, the Kingdom of God that is within. Or else he may begin with the thous existing outside himself, and may try to realize their essential unity with God and, through God, with one another and with his own being. Or, finally (and this is doubtless the best way), he may seek to approach the ultimate That both from within and from without, so that he comes to realize God experimentally as at once the principle of his own thou and of all other thous, animate and inanimate. The completely illuminated human being knows, with Law, that God is present in the deepest and most central part of his own soul; but he is also and at the same time one of those who, in the words of Plotinus,
  see all things, not in process of becoming, but in Being, and see themselves in the other. Each being contains in itself the whole intelligible world. Therefore All is everywhere. Each is there All, and All is each. Man as he now is has ceased to be the All. But when he ceases to be an individual, he raises himself again and penetrates the whole world.
  In India, as in Persia, Mohammedan thought came to be enriched by the doctrine that God is immanent as well as transcendent, while to Mohammedan practice were added the moral disciplines and spiritual exercises, by means of which the soul is prepared for contemplation or the unitive knowledge of the Godhead. It is a significant historical fact that the poet-saint Kabir is claimed as a co-religionist both by Moslems and Hindus. The politics of those whose goal is beyond time are always pacific; it is the idolaters of past and future, of reactionary memory and Utopian dream, who do the persecuting and make the wars.
  Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.
  There is a spirit in the soul, untouched by time and flesh, flowing from the Spirit, remaining in the Spirit, itself wholly spiritual. In this principle is God, ever verdant, ever flowering in all the joy and glory of His actual Self. Sometimes I have called this principle the Tabernacle of the soul, sometimes a spiritual Light, anon I say it is a Spark. But now I say that it is more exalted over this and that than the heavens are exalted above the earth. So now I name it in a nobler fashion It is free of all names and void of all forms. It is one and simple, as God is one and simple, and no man can in any wise behold it.

1.01 - The Four Aids, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  26:The Hindu discipline of spirituality provides for this need of the soul by the conceptions of the Ishta Devata, the Avatar and the Gum. By the Ishta Devata, the chosen deity, is meant, -- not some inferior Power, but a name and form of the transcendent and universal Godhead. Almost all religions either have as their base or make use of some such name and form of the Divine. Its necessity for the human soul is evident. God is the All and more than the All. But that which is more than the All, how shall man conceive? And even the All is at first too hard for him; for he himself in his active consciousness is a limited and selective formation and can open himself only to that which is in harmony with his limited nature. There are things in the All which are too hard for his comprehension or seem too terrible to his sensitive emotions and cowering sensations. Or, simply, he cannot conceive as the Divine, cannot approach or cannot recognise something that is too much out of the circle of his ignorant or partial conceptions. It is necessary for him to conceive God in his own image or at some form that is beyond himself but consonant with his highest tendencies and seizable by his feelings or his intelligence. Otherwise it would be difficult for him to come into contact and communion with the Divine.
  27:Even then his nature calls for a human intermediary so that he may feel the Divine in something entirely close to his own humanity and sensible in a human influence and example. This call is satisfied by the Divine manifest in a human appearance, the Incarnation, the Avatar-Krishna, Christ, Buddha. Or if this is too hard for him to conceive, the Divine represents himself through a less marvellous intermediary, -- Prophet or Teacher. For many who cannot conceive or are unwilling to accept the Divine Man, are ready to open themselves to the supreme man, terming him not incarnation but world-teacher or divine representative.

1.01 - The Ideal of the Karmayogin, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  This is the faith in which the Karmayogin puts its hand to the work and will persist in it, refusing to be discouraged by difficulties however immense and apparently insuperable. We believe that God is with us and in that faith we shall conquer. We believe that humanity needs us and it is the love and service of humanity, of our country, of the race, of our
  Essays from the Karmayogin

1.020 - Ta-Ha, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  73. We have believed in our Lord, so that He may forgive us our sins, and the magic you have compelled us to practice. God is Better, and more Lasting.”
  74. Whoever comes to his Lord guilty, for him is Hell, where he neither dies nor lives.
  98. Surely your God is God, the One besides whom there is no other god. He comprehends everything in knowledge.
  99. Thus We narrate to you reports of times gone by; and We have given you a message from Our Presence.

1.021 - The Prophets, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  108. Say, “It is revealed to me that your God is One God. Are you going to submit?”
  109. But if they turn away, say, “I have informed you sufficiently. Although I do not know whether what you are promised is near or far.”

1.022 - The Pilgrimage, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  2. On the Day when you will see it: every nursing mother will discard her infant, and every pregnant woman will abort her load, and you will see the people drunk, even though they are not drunk—but the punishment of God is severe.
  3. Among the people is he who argues about God without knowledge, and follows every defiant devil.
  6. That is because God is the truth, and because He gives life to the dead, and because He is Capable of everything.
  7. And because the Hour is coming—there is no doubt about it—and because God will resurrect those in the graves.
  10. That is for what your hands have advanced, and because God is not unjust to the servants.
  11. And among the people is he who worships God on edge. When something good comes his way, he is content with it. But when an ordeal strikes him, he makes a turnaround. He loses this world and the next. That is the obvious loss.
  17. Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Sabeans, and the Christians, and the Zoroastrians, and the Polytheists—God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. God is witness to all things.
  18. Do you not realize that to God prostrates everyone in the heavens and everyone on earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many of the people? But many are justly deserving of punishment. Whomever God shames, there is none to honor him. God does whatever He wills.
  34. We have appointed a rite for every nation, that they may commemorate God’s name over the livestock He has provided for them. Your God is One God, so to Him submit, and announce good news to the humble.
  35. Those whose hearts tremble when God is mentioned, and those who endure what has befallen them, and those who perform the prayer and spend from what We have provided for them.
  36. We have made the animal offerings emblems of God for you. In them is goodness for you. So pronounce God’s name upon them as they line up. Then, when they have fallen on their sides, eat of them and feed the contented and the beggar. Thus We have subjected them to you, that you may be thankful.
  39. Permission is given to those who are fought against, and God is Able to give them victory.
  40. Those who were unjustly evicted from their homes, merely for saying, “Our Lord is God.” Were it not that God repels people by means of others: monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques—where the name of God is mentioned much—would have been demolished. God supports whoever supports Him. God is Strong and Mighty.
  41. Those who, when We empower them in the land, observe the prayer, and give regular charity, and command what is right, and forbid what is wrong. To God belongs the outcome of events.
  52. We never sent a messenger before you, or a prophet, but when he had a desire Satan interfered in his wishes. But God nullifies what Satan interjects, and God affirms His revelations. God is Omniscient and Wise.
  53. In order to make Satan’s suggestions a trial for those whose hearts are diseased, and those whose hearts are hardened. The wrongdoers are in profound discord.
  58. Those who emigrate in God’s cause, then get killed, or die, God will provide them with fine provisions. God is the Best of Providers.
  59. He will admit them an admittance that will please them. God is Knowing and Clement.
  60. That is so! Whoever retaliates similarly to the affliction he was made to suffer, and then he is wronged again, God will definitely assist him. God is Pardoning and Forgiving.
  61. That is because God merges the night into the day, and He merges the day into the night, and because God is Hearing and Seeing.
  62. That is because God is the Reality, and what they invoke besides Him is vanity, and because God is the Sublime, the Grand.
  63. Do you not see that God sends down water from the sky, and the land becomes green? God is Kind and Aware.
  64. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. God is the Rich, the Praised.
  65. Do you not see that God made everything on earth subservient to you? How the ships sail at sea by His command? That He holds up the sky lest it falls on earth—except by His permission? God is Gracious towards the people, Most Merciful.
  66. And it is He who gives you life, then makes you die, then revives you. The human being is unappreciative.
  74. They do not value God as He should be valued. God is Strong and Powerful.
  75. God chooses messengers from among the angels, and from among the people. God is Hearing and Seeing.
  76. He knows what is before them, and what is behind them. To God all matters are referred. - The Lord, #Isha Upanishad, #unset, #Zen
  with individuality and the vulgar idea of a Personal God is a
  magnified individual like man in His nature but yet different, - Action and the Divine Will, #Isha Upanishad, #unset, #Zen
  presiding God is not the Life-principle; it is the Will. Will is
  Kratu, the effective power behind the act. It is of the nature

10.24 - Savitri, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   If God is at work his secrets I have found.||124.51||
   This imperiousness in man seems however to be a sheer imperviousness: it is a mask, a hollow appearance; for with all his knowledge, at the end he has attained no certainty, no absoluteness. There is something behind, all the outer bravado he flourishes has a sense of helplessness, at times almost as pitiable as that of a child; for he finds at last

1.024 - The Light, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  5. Except for those who repent afterwards, and reform; for God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  6. As for those who accuse their own spouses, but have no witnesses except themselves, the testimony of one of them is equivalent to four testimonies, if he swears by God that he is truthful.
  10. Were it not for God’s grace upon you, and His mercy, and that God is Conciliatory and Wise.
  11. Those who perpetrated the slander are a band of you. Do not consider it bad for you, but it is good for you. Each person among them bears his share in the sin. As for him who played the major role—for him is a terrible punishment.
  18. God explains the Verses to you. God is Knowing and Wise.
  19. Those who love to see immorality spread among the believers—for them is a painful punishment, in this life and in the Hereafter. God knows, and you do not know.
  20. Were it not for God’s grace upon you, and His mercy, and that God is Clement and Merciful.
  21. O you who believe! Do not follow Satan’s footsteps. Whoever follows Satan’s footsteps—he advocates obscenity and immorality. Were it not for God’s grace towards you, and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever. But God purifies whomever He wills. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
  22. Those of you who have affluence and means should not refuse to give to the relatives, and the needy, and the emigrants for the sake of God. And let them pardon, and let them overlook. Do you not love for God to pardon you? God is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  23. Those who slander honorable, innocent, believing women are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter. They will have a terrible punishment.
  25. On that Day, God will pay them their account in full, and they will know that God is the Evident Reality.
  26. Bad women are for bad men, and bad men are for bad women, and good women are for good men, and good men are for good women. Those are acquitted of what they say. There is forgiveness for them, and a generous provision.
  28. And if you find no one in them, do not enter them until you are given permission. And if it is said to you, “Turn back,” then turn back. That is more proper for you. God is aware of what you do.
  29. There is no blame on you for entering uninhabited houses, in which are belongings of yours. God knows what you reveal and what you conceal.
  30. Tell the believing men to restrain their looks, and to guard their privates. That is purer for them. God is cognizant of what they do.
  31. And tell the believing women to restrain their looks, and to guard their privates, and not display their beauty except what is apparent thereof, and to draw their coverings over their breasts, and not expose their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, what their right hands possess, their male attendants who have no sexual desires, or children who are not yet aware of the nakedness of women. And they should not strike their feet to draw attention to their hidden beauty. And repent to God, all of you believers, so that you may succeed.
  32. And wed the singles among you, and those who are fit among your servants and maids. If they are poor, God will enrich them from His bounty. God is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing.
  33. And let those who do not find the means to marry abstain, until God enriches them from His bounty. If any of your servants wish to be freed, grant them their wish, if you recognize some good in them. And give them of God’s wealth which he has given you. And do not compel your girls to prostitution, seeking the materials of this life, if they desire to remain chaste. Should anyone compel them—after their compulsion, God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  34. We have sent down to you clarifying revelations, and examples of those who passed on before you, and advice for the righteous.
  35. God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a pillar on which is a lamp. The lamp is within a glass. The glass is like a brilliant planet, fueled by a blessed tree, an olive tree, neither eastern nor western. Its oil would almost illuminate, even if no fire has touched it. Light upon Light. God guides to His light whomever He wills. God thus cites the parables for the people. God is cognizant of everything.
  36. In houses which God has permitted to be raised, and His name is celebrated therein. He is glorified therein, morning and evening.
  39. As for those who disbelieve, their works are like a mirage in a desert. The thirsty assumes it is to be water. Until, when he has reached it, he finds it to be nothing, but there he finds God, Who settles his account in full. God is swift in reckoning.
  40. Or like utter darkness in a vast ocean, covered by waves, above which are waves, above which is fog. Darkness upon darkness. If he brings out his hand, he will hardly see it. He to whom God has not granted a light has no light.
  41. Do you not realize that God is glorified by whatever is in the heavens and the earth, and even by the birds in formation? Each knows its prayer and its manner of praise. God knows well what they do.
  42. To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and to God is the ultimate return.
  43. Have you not seen how God propels the clouds, then brings them together, then piles them into a heap, and you see rain drops emerging from its midst? How He brings down loads of hail from the sky, striking with it whomever He wills, and diverting it from whomever He wills? The flash of its lightning almost snatches the sight away.
  45. God created every living creature from water. Some of them crawl on their bellies, and some walk on two feet, and others walk on four. God creates whatever He wills. God is Capable of everything.
  46. We sent down enlightening revelations, and God guides whomever He wills to a straight path.
  53. And they swear by God with their solemn oaths, that if you commanded them, they would mobilize. Say, “Do not swear. Obedience will be recognized. God is experienced with what you do.”
  54. Say, “Obey God and obey the Messenger.” But if they turn away, then he is responsible for his obligations, and you are responsible for your obligations. And if you obey him, you will be guided. It is only incumbent on the Messenger to deliver the Clarifying Message.
  58. O you who believe! Permission must be requested by your servants and those of you who have not reached puberty. On three occasions: before the Dawn Prayer, and at noon when you change your clothes, and after the Evening Prayer. These are three occasions of privacy for you. At other times, it is not wrong for you or them to intermingle with one another. God thus clarifies the revelations for you. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
  59. When the children among you reach puberty, they must ask permission, as those before them asked permission. God thus clarifies His revelations for you. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
  60. Women past the age of childbearing, who have no desire for marriage, commit no wrong by taking off their outer clothing, provided they do not flaunt their finery. But to maintain modesty is better for them. God is Hearing and Knowing.
  61. There is no blame on the blind, nor any blame on the lame, nor any blame on the sick, nor on yourselves for eating at your homes, or your fathers’ homes, or your mothers’ homes, or your brothers’ homes, or your sisters’ homes, or the homes of your paternal uncles, or the homes of your paternal aunts, or the homes of your maternal uncles, or the homes of your maternal aunts, or those whose keys you own, or the homes of your friends. You commit no wrong by eating together or separately. But when you enter any home, greet one another with a greeting from God, blessed and good. God thus explains the revelations for you, so that you may understand.
  62. The believers are those who believe in God and His Messenger, and when they are with him for a matter of common interest, they do not leave until they have asked him for permission. Those who ask your permission are those who believe in God and His Messenger. So when they ask your permission to attend to some affair of theirs, give permission to any of them you wish, and ask God’s forgiveness for them. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  63. Do not address the Messenger in the same manner you address one another. God knows those of you who slip away using flimsy excuses. So let those who oppose his orders beware, lest an ordeal strikes them, or a painful punishment befalls them.

1.025 - Sadhana - Intensifying a Lighted Flame, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  This peculiar feature of spiritual practice, sadhana, being so difficult to understand intellectually, cannot be regarded as merely an individual's affair. Sadhana is God's affair, ultimately. Spiritual sadhana is God's grace working. Though it appears that is individual effort, it only seems to be so, but really it is something else. Not even the greatest of philosophical thinkers, such as Shankara, could logically answer the question, "How does knowledge arise in the jiva?" How can it be said that individual effort produces knowledge of God? Knowledge of God cannot rise by individual effort, because individual effort is so puny, so inadequate to the purpose, to the task, that we cannot expect such an infinite result to follow from the finite cause. The concept of God is an inscrutable event that takes place in the human mind. Can we imagine an ass thinking about God? However much it may put forth effort and go on trying its best throughout its life, the concept of God will never arise in an ass's mind or in a buffalo's mind. How it arises is a mystery. Suddenly, it comes.
  It has been said that all great things are mysteries. They are not calculated effects produced logically by imagined causes, but are mysteries, which is another way of saying that all of this is unthinkable by the human mind. Knowledge somehow arises. One fine morning we get up and find that we are fired with a love for God. What has happened to us? Why is it that we suddenly we say, "Oh, today I am something different." Why we are something different today? From where has this inspiration come? Nobody knows what has happened. If we read the lives of great masters, sages and saints, we will find that they were all suddenly fired with a longing which they could not explain, and no one can explain ordinarily. That knowledge, that aspiration, that love of God has not come from books. It has not come from any imaginable source. It has simply come that is all. How? Nobody knows.

1.025 - The Criterion, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  70. Except for those who repent, and believe, and do good deeds. These—God will replace their bad deeds with good deeds. God is ever Forgiving and Merciful.
  71. Whoever repents and acts righteously—has inclined towards God with repentance.

1.028 - Bringing About Whole-Souled Dedication, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  Whole-souled dedication to the practice is possible only when there is perfect understanding. Why is it that our mind is not entirely dedicated to this practice, and part of it is thinking of something else? The reason is that our understanding of the efficacy and the value and the worthwhileness of the practice is inadequate. Our faith in God, our trust in God, and our feeling that God is everything is half-baked it is not perfect. We do not have, even today, full faith that God is everything. "There is something else which is also good." Such thinking is lurking in the mind. "Though God is all alright, the scriptures say that but my subtle conscience says that there is something else also, something else that is also sweet. God is sweet, but there is something else also, equally sweet. Why should I not go there?.
  So the subconscious mind goes there, and that outlet which the mind allows for at the bottom lets all the energy leak out in the wrong direction. The so-called concentration of mind in the practice of yoga that is undertaken every day becomes a kind of futile effort on account of not knowing that some underground activity is going on in the mind which is completely upsetting all of our conscious activities called daily meditation. We have certain underground activities which we are not aware of always, and these activities completely disturb and turn upside-down all of the so-called practice of yoga that is done only at the conscious level.

1.028 - History, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  28. He said, “Let this be an agreement between you and me. Whichever of the two terms I fulfill, there shall be no reprisal against me; and God is witness over what we say.”
  29. When Moses had completed the term, and departed with his family, he noticed a fire by the side of the Mount. He said to his family, “Stay here, I have glimpsed a fire. Perhaps I can bring you some information from there, or an ember from the fire, that you may warm yourselves.”
  60. Whatever thing you are given is but the material of this world, and its glitter. But what is with God is better, and longer lasting. Do you not comprehend?
  61. Can someone to whom We have made a fine promise—which he will attain—be equal to someone to whom We have given enjoyments in this world, but who will be, on Resurrection Day, among the arraigned?
  80. But those who were given knowledge said, “Woe to you! The reward of God is better for those who believe and do righteous deeds.” Yet none attains it except the steadfast.
  81. So We caused the earth to cave in on him and his mansion. He had no company to save him from God, and he could not defend himself.

1.029 - The Spider, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  5. Whoever looks forward to the meeting with God—the appointed time of God is coming. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
  6. Whoever strives, strives only for himself. God is Independent of the beings.
  7. Those who believe and do righteous deeds—We will remit their sins, and We will reward them according to the best of what they used to do.
  41. The likeness of those who take to themselves protectors other than God is that of the spider. It builds a house. But the most fragile of houses is the spider’s house. If they only knew.
  42. God knows what they invoke besides Him. He is the Almighty, the Wise.
  45. Recite what is revealed to you of the Scripture, and perform the prayer. The prayer prevents indecencies and evils. And the remembrance of God is greater. And God knows what you do.
  46. And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in the best manner possible, except those who do wrong among them. And say, “We believe in what was revealed to us, and in what was revealed to you; and our God and your God is One; and to Him we are submissive.”
  47. Likewise, We revealed to you the Scripture. Those to whom We gave the Scripture believe in it, and some of these believe in it. None renounce Our communications except the disbelievers.
  62. God expands the provision for whomever He wills of His servants, and restricts it. God is Cognizant of all things.
  63. And if you asked them, “Who sends water down from the sky, with which He revives the earth after it had died?” They would say, “God.” Say, “Praise be to God.” But most of them do not understand.
  69. As for those who strive for Us—We will guide them in Our ways. God is with the doers of good.

1.02 - BEFORE THE CITY-GATE, #Faust, #Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, #Poetry
  Yet, finally, the weary God is sinking;
  The new-born impulse fires my mind,

1.02 - In the Beginning, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  From the point of view of this Absolute, one can with equally good reason affirm that God is or that He is not, that He is the unique or that He is beyond number, that He is inseparable from the universe or that He is without relation to the universe. He is being if all outside Him is non-being, He is non-being if universe exists. So is He defined in certain sacred books of the East.

1.02 - IN THE COMPANY OF DEVOTEES, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  was taking him. He had only been told: "If you want to see a grog-shop, then come with me. You will see a huge jar of wine there." M. related this to Sri Ramakrishna, who laughed about it. The Master said: "The bliss of worship and communion with God is the true wine, the wine of ecstatic love. The goal of human life is to love God, Bhakti is the one essential thing. To know God through jnna and reasoning is extremely difficult."
  Then the Master sang:
  "There is another way: earnestly praying to God. God is our very own. We should say to Him: 'O God, what is Thy nature? Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must show Thyself to me; for why else hast Thou created me?' Some Sikh devotees once said to me, ' God is full of compassion.' I said: 'But why should we call Him compassionate? He is our Creator.
  What is there to be wondered at if He is kind to us? Parents bring up their children. Do you call that an act of kindness? They must act that way.' Therefore we should force our demands on God. He is our Father and Mother, isn't He? If the son demands his patrimony and gives up food and drink in order to enforce his demand, then the parents hand his share over to him three years before the legal time. Or when the child demands some pice from his mother, and says over and over again: 'Mother, give me a couple of pice. I beg you on my knees!' - then the mother, seeing his earnestness, and unable to bear it any more, tosses the money to him.
  MASTER: "Certainly. But as I said just now, one must live in holy company and pray unceasingly. One should weep for God. When the impurities of the mind are thus washed away, one realizes God. The mind is like a needle covered with mud, and God is like a magnet. The needle cannot be united with the magnet unless it is free from mud. Tears wash away the mud, which is nothing but lust, anger, greed, and other evil tendencies, and the inclination to worldly enjoyments as well. As soon as the mud is washed away, the magnet attracts the needle, that is to say, man realizes God. Only the pure in heart see God. A fever patient has an excess of the watery element in his system. What can quinine do for him unless that is removed?
  "Why shouldn't one realize God while living in the world? But, as I said, one must live in holy company, pray to God, weeping for His grace, and now and then go into solitude.

1.02 - MAPS OF MEANING - THREE LEVELS OF ANALYSIS, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  in the battle against Tiamat and in the hieros gamos with a hierodule. But identification with the God is
  not always indicated; as we have seen, during his humiliation the king addresses Marduk.

1.02 - On the Knowledge of God., #The Alchemy of Happiness, #Al-Ghazali, #Sufism
  Let us notice, also, the daily necessities of man, his need of food, of clothing and of a dwelling; his need of rain, clouds, wind, heat and cold : and that he needs the weaver, the cotton-spinner, the clothier and the fuller to provide him with clothing; and that each one of these has need of so many instruments, and of so many trades, like those of the blacksmith, the farmer, the carpenter, the dyer, and the tanner; and besides, their need of iron, lead, wood and the like. Notice at the same time, the adaptation of these workmen to their instruments, and of the instruments to the trades, and how each art has given rise to several others, and the mind is astonished and distracted. The adaptation of all these instruments comes from the pure grace and perfect mercy of God, and from the fountain of his benevolence. Moreover, God's creating prophets, sending them to us, and leading us to their law and to love them, is a perfume of His universal beneficence. He proclaims himself, "My mercy surpasses my anger," and the Prophet has said: "Verily, God is more full of compassion to his servants, than the affectionate mother to her nursing child."
  It has been shown that man from his own existence, knows the existence of his creator, that from his analysis of the materials of which his body is composed and of its distinctive characters he understands the almighty power of God, that from the uses, the arrangement and the combination of his organs, he knows the omniscient wisdom of God, and that his clemency and compassion extend to [45] all. He knows, also, that these many mercies and bounties are bestowed upon him without his seeking or care, from God's rich and overflowing grace. Now in this way it is possible that the knowledge of the soul should become the key to the knowledge of God. For just as from a survey of your own being and attributes, you have in a contracted form learned the being and attributes of God, it is also possible to understand how the freedom and the holiness of God, bear a resemblance to the freedom of your soul.
  How many things there are in your body in reference to which you do not know their reality and essence, such as [46] desire, love, misery and pleasure. Their existence is admitted, but their quantity and quality cannot be measured. If you desire to learn the absolute truth about them, you cherish a vain longing; and it is the same, if you desire to know the absolute nature of voice, nutrition or hearing. As that which is perceived by the eye has no relation to voice, and as that which is perceived by the ear has no relation to form, and as that which is perceived by the sense of smelling has no relation to taste, so that the one can be known by means of the other, in the same manner that which is perceived through the medium of the mind or of divine power, cannot be perceived by the senses. Again, as the spirit exists and controls the body, and yet we know not the mode and essence of it, so God is present in all things, and controls and governs all things, but his form, essence and quality are exempt from being known. Exemption and freedom may be illustrated in still another manner. In the same way that the spirit pervades all the limbs and the body, and the body is entirely subject to its control, and that the spirit is indivisible, while the body is divisible, so also in relation to God, all that exists, springs from him, all creatures exist by his word, and in all possible things his operations are seen, yet still he is not related to place, nor does he reason about anything, and he is free from relation or affinity to any quality of bodies or to quantity.
  This topic of exemption and freedom, beloved, cannot be perfectly explained, until the mystery about the soul shall have been developed. The law, however, gives no permission to develop this secret, and it is not lawful to stretch out one's hand to do what the legislator forbids. But the language of his excellency the glory of the world,1 "God created man in his own image," cannot be explained [47] until die mystery about the nature of the soul or spirit has been explained.
  "Know thyself, and thou shalt know thy Lord." Observe then that when you desire to write upon paper the phrase, In the name of God, there arises first of all an inclination and a decision in the heart to write it. Next in order, that inclination and decision by means of the animal spirit is carried to the brain. When that decision has reached the brain then the image of the phrase, In the name of God is formed in the faculty of imagination in the brain. Afterwards the image reaches a nerve resembling a white thread, and descends by means of it to the ends of the fingers. Finally by means of the senses the fingers write the phrase In the name of God, in the form in which by the will of the heart, it exists in the treasury of the imagination. Again, also, when the will of God is to anything, a token of it rises and appears in [48] the empyreal heaven. And there is an essence called both the Spirit of Power, and the Holy Spirit, by means of which it arrives at the throne in the heavens. As the phrase, In the name of God, appears in the treasury of the imagination, so the image of the thing dependent on the will of God appears upon the Preserved Tablet. The angels appointed to serve in the empyrean and at the throne, cause it to descend to the inferior world, and by means of the periods and hours of the constellations, it is made to appear through the four elementary qualities - heat, cold, moisture and dryness. As the phrase In the name of God is written down by first dipping the pen in the ink, so the thing which God wills, comes to light by mixing heat and cold with water and earth. As paper is so adapted to writing as to preserve the forms which are written upon it, so dryness and moisture are recipient of those other forms and preserve the images that are produced. If moisture did not exist, forms and images could not be preserved. In the same manner as by the will of the heart and by the method above mentioned, the image In the name of God, which is in the treasury of the imagination is painted with the pen upon paper, so also the will of God, which is an image produced upon the Preserved Tablet in the empyrean, is produced and made visible in the material world, by means of the angels, the constellations and the elemental qualities of water and earth.
  At the time when the heart of man had control over all the organs and members, and they were all obedient to it, some thought that man was a dweller in his own heart. When the empyrean in like manner, ruled over all things by the will of God, they reasoned that man was seated in the empyrean. But like as man has dominion over his own heart in the administration of his kingdom, the body, God also rules over the empyrean in the administration of the affairs of created beings, which he has committed to [49] the empyrean. Thus God declares in his holy word, "He sat upon the empyrean to govern the universe." 1 You should know, also, that what we have been maintaining is convincingly established. It is known to men of penetration by revelation.
  Do not suppose that, from all that has hitherto been said, you can understand the greatness of God. His greatness and power are above and beyond the comprehension of the mind and wisdom of man. Moreover the phrase " God is the greatest" does not mean that God is larger than other things : it is a sin to indulge in such a belief. It is as much as to say, that there are large things, but that God is larger than they are. The holy meaning of the phrase " God is the greatest" is that God is so great, that he cannot be known or comprehended by the mind or understanding, or be compared with any thing,-that the knowledge of God cannot be attained by means of the knowledge which a man has of his own soul (which God forbid!), that a knowledge of his attributes cannot be attained from a knowledge of the attributes of man, and that his independence and holiness cannot be compared with the independence and holiness of man in any form whatever. God [55] forbid that His sovereignty and government should be compared and measured ! The doctors of the law have been allowed however, in the way of illustration to explain in a certain degree the knowledge, power, excellence and sovereignty of God to man, who is frail and weak in understanding.
  Thus, let us suppose that a person bad been born and brought up in darkness, where he had never seen the rays or light of the sun, but had merely heard a description of the sun. If such a person should ask to have the light and mode of shining of the sun explained to him, how would it be possible in any way to explain to him what it is? If however, there should happen to be in that dark place many glow worms, the person addressed, taking one of them up in his hands, might say, "the light of the sun resembles this," although in reality it has not a particle or an atom of resemblance. Take another example : suppose a child incapable of making distinctions, should inquire of us about the pleasure derived from exercising authority and sovereignty. We, knowing the impossibility of explaining the matter to him, might answer that the pleasure of ruling was like that obtained from playing with nuts or at ball, although it does not resemble them in any particular. From these examples we may learn that it is impossible for any being, except God himself, to know God. " God is witness ! God is witness! No one knows God, except God himself."
  Finally, seeker after divine mysteries, know that the paths to the knowledge of God, are as numerous as the souls of creatures, and their number is known to God alone. But we have spoken so much as is found above, for the sake of both warning and stimulating the seeker after the knowledge and love of God.
  The happiness of man consists in the knowledge, obedience and worship of God. Only a little previously we have [56] shown, how it is that man's happiness consists in the knowledge of God. We now proceed to observe, that it is an argument to prove that the happiness of man consists in obedience and devotion, the fact that when a man dies, his destination is to return to where God is. Every thing which concerns man is with God, and his works will all be presented before Him. Whenever all the affairs of a person are in the hands of another, and his employments and his home are with him - when he is near to him and continually has need of him, there will be perfect harmony between the two, and abiding friendship and love. Whoever be the person whom we love, we shall find our happiness with him. There is nothing more delightful than to meet with and look upon an object that we love. But we ought to know that the love of God will never reign in the heart of a man until first the knowledge of God reigns there, and until the remembrance of God becomes unceasing. If one individual love another, he is continually thinking of him, and by this continual remembrance, his love is increased.
  The remembrance of God will be predominant in the heart that is always engaged in devotion: and the heart will be engaged in devotion and worship, whenever it withdraws from worldly lusts and sensual pleasures: it will withdraw from worldly lusts, when it refrains from sins. To abstain from sins of rebellion, brings peace to the heart: to be constant in worship, is a means of remembrance of God; and both are a means of growing in the love of God, which is the seed of happiness. And so the Lord speaks in his word : "Blessed is the man who keeps himself pure, who repeats the name of the Lord and prays. " 1
  The fifth class of persons in error are those who say that, " God is merciful and ready to pardon, loving and compassionate, and more pitiful to his servants than a father and mother to their children, and therefore he will pardon our faults and cover our transgressions." They do not consider that notwithstanding God is bounteous and merciful, there are still multitudes of poor and miserable people in the world, multitudes who are infirm and helpless, and many who are subjected to suffering. This is a mystery which is known only to God. But it shows us, that though God is disposed to cover and hide sin, still he is an absolute sovereign and an avenger. While he is bounteous and beneficent, he is at the same time dreadful in his chastisements : while he is a benefactor, and provides the necessaries of life, at the same time he who does not seek to gain, obtains no store: and he who is not industrious, accomplishes nothing in the world. Beloved, these ignorant men, in the affairs of the world, in their schemes of living, and in their business, manifest no trust in the bounty of God, nor do they leave off for one moment their buying and selling, their trades or their farming, although God has decreed the means of their existence many years before they were born, and has made himself surety that it should be provided for them. He announces in his eternal word and book of mighty distinctions, that "there is no creature on the earth, for whom God has not taken upon himself to provide nourishment." 2 Still they make not the least exertion in reference to their relations and condition in eternity, [61] but merely rely upon the mercy of God, notwithstanding God declares in his holy word, "man can have nothing without exertion." 1 When they say that God is gracious and merciful, they speak correctly. But they are not aware that Satan is deceiving them with it, hindering them from obedience and worship, and preventing them from engaging in that cultivation and commerce that would prepare them for eternity.
  The sixth class who indulge in error, are those who, exalted with pride, think that they have already attained and are perfect: and they say, "we have reached such a state that transgressions do us no harm: we are like the sea, which is not polluted by filth falling into it." These foolish people are so ignorant, that they do not know that "to be like the sea," means to attain such a degree of calm that no wind can put them in movement and that nothing can cause any perturbation in their minds. These persons on the contrary, if an individual fail to treat them with honor and respect, or if in conversation the individual do not address them as, my lord or dear sir, or speak a word that touches their reputation, they bear him a grudge for a long time, and even perhaps attempt to do him an injury. And if a person take a piece of money or a morsel of bread from them, the world becomes too straight for them, and every thing looks dark. These foolish people have not even yet reached manhood. They are weak in their own souls, and are in subjection like slaves to passion and anger. If it were not so, how could they be so inconsiderate and presumptuous? Beloved, the falsehood and error of these people appear from this consideration. When inadvertently any of the prophets fell into sin, even a little and venial sin, they would spend years in mourning and lamentation over it, and occupied themselves in endeavors to obliterate [62] their faults, and to obtain pardon and forgiveness. Filled with fear and dread, they became blind from their tears; from their long continuing perturbation and distraction of mind, yon would think they had lost the use of their reason. As for the companions of the prophet, and their immediate successors who were faithful witnesses for the truth and the beloved of God, they were so afraid in their suspicionsness of doing wrong, that they abstained in their anxiety, from doing even what was lawful. Do not these ignoramuses know that their degree of attainment does not equal that of the prophets and apostles, and that they are even at a great distance from them ? Why then do they not shrink in fear and awe from the shining vengeance of the glorious God ?

1.02 - On the Service of the Soul, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Zen
  Your God is a child, so long as you are not childlike. Is the child order, meaning? Or disorder, caprice? Disorder and meaninglessness are the mother of order and meaning. Order and meaning are things that have become and are no longer becoming.
  You open the gates of the soul to let the dark flood of chaos flow into your order and meaning. If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child, the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness.
  You are afraid to open the door? I too was afraid, since we had forgotten that God is terrible. Christ taught: God is love. 66 But you should know that love is also terrible.
  I spoke to a loving soul and as I drew nearer to her, I was overcome by horror, and I heaped up a wall of doubt, and did not anticipate that I thus wanted to protect myself from my fearful soul.
  66. The :first letter of John: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him (I
  John 4:16)

1.02 - SADHANA PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  the fruits of work to God is to take to ourselves neither credit
  nor blame, but to give both up to the Lord, and be at peace.

1.02 - The Child as growing being and the childs experience of encountering the teacher., #The Essentials of Education, #unset, #Zen
  Few things have a more wonderful effect on the human heart than seeing inner spirit and soul elements released day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year, during the first period of childhood. We see how, beginning with chaotic limb movements, the glance filled with rapture by outer experiences, the play of expressions that dont yet seem to belong to the child, something develops and impresses itself on the surface of the human form that arises from the center of the human constitution, where the divine spiritual being is unfolding in its descent from pre-earthly life. If we can make this divine office of education a concern of the heart, we understand these things in such a way that we say: Here the Godhead Who has guided a human being until birth is revealed again in the impression of the human organism; the living Godhead is there to see; God is gazing into us. This will lead, out of the teachers own individuality, not to something learned by rote, but to a living method of education and instruction, a method that springs from our souls and spirits.
  This must be our attitude toward the developing child; its essential to any educational method. Without this fundamental attitude, without this priestly element in the teacher (and I mean this, of course, in a cosmic sense), education cant progress. Therefore, any attempt to reform the methods of education requires a return from the intellectual element, which has become dominant since the fourteenth century, to the domain of soul and feelings, to what springs forth from human nature as a whole, and not just from the head. If we look at children without preconceptions, the childs own nature will teach us to read these things.

1.02 - The Eternal Law, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Although India was also able to appreciate that God is the Eternal Iconoclast in his cosmic march, she did not always have the strength to withstand her own wisdom. The vast invisible that pervades this country was to extract from it a double ransom, both human and spiritual; human, because these people, saturated with the Beyond,
  conscious of the Great Cosmic Game and the inner dimensions in which our little surface lives are just points, periodically flowering and soon re-engulfed, came to neglect the material world inertia,

1.02 - THE NATURE OF THE GROUND, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Some idea of the inexhaustible richness of the divine nature can be obtained by analysing, word by word, the invocation with which the Lords Prayer beginsOur Father who art in heaven. God is oursours in the same intimate sense that our consciousness and life are ours. But as well as immanently ours, God is also transcendently the personal Father, who loves his creatures and to whom love and allegiance are owed by them in return. Our Father who art: when we come to consider the verb in isolation, we perceive that the immanent-transcendent personal God is also the immanent-transcendent One, the essence and principle of all existence. And finally Gods being is in heaven; the divine nature is other than, and incommensurable with, the nature of the creatures in whom God is immanent. That is why we can attain to the unitive knowledge of God only when we become in some measure Godlike, only when we permit Gods kingdom to come by making our own creaturely kingdom go.
  God may be worshipped and contemplated in any of his aspects. But to persist in worshipping only one aspect to the exclusion of all the rest is to run into grave spiritual peril. Thus, if we approach God with the preconceived idea that He is exclusively the personal, transcendental, all-powerful ruler of the world, we run the risk of becoming entangled in a religion of rites, propitiatory sacrifices (sometimes of the most horrible nature) and legalistic observances. Inevitably so; for if God is an unapproachable potentate out there, giving mysterious orders, this kind of religion is entirely appropriate to the cosmic situation. The best that can be said for ritualistic legalism is that it improves conduct. It does little, however, to alter character and nothing of itself to modify consciousness.
  Things are a great deal better when the transcendent, omnipotent personal God is regarded as also a loving Father. The sincere worship of such a God changes character as well as conduct, and does something to modify consciousness. But the complete transformation of consciousness, which is enlightenment, deliverance, salvation, comes only when God is thought of as the Perennial Philosophy affirms Him to beimmanent as well as transcendent, supra-personal as well as personal and when religious practices are adapted to this conception.
  When God is regarded as exclusively immanent, legalism and external practices are abandoned and there is a concentration on the Inner Light. The dangers now are quietism and antinomianism, a partial modification of consciousness that is useless or even harmful, because it is not accompanied by the transformation of character which is the necessary prerequisite of a total, complete and spiritually fruitful transformation of consciousness.
  Finally it is possible to think of God as an exclusively supra-personal being. For many persons this conception is too philosophical to provide an adequate motive for doing anything practical about their beliefs. Hence, for them, it is of no value.
  Who is God? I can think of no better answer than, He who is. Nothing is more appropriate to the eternity which God is. If you call God good, or great, or blessed, or wise, or anything else of this sort, it is included in these words, namely, He is.
  St. Bernard
  When I came out of the Godhead into multiplicity, then all things proclaimed, There is a God (the personal Creator). Now this cannot make me blessed, for hereby I realize myself as creature. But in the breaking through I am more than all creatures; I am neither God nor creature; I am that which I was and shall remain, now and for ever more. There I receive a thrust which carries me above all angels. By this thrust I become so rich that God is not sufficient for me, in so far as He is only God in his divine works. For in thus breaking through, I perceive what God and I are in common. There I am what I was. There I neither increase or decrease. For there I am the immovable which moves all things. Here man has won again what he is eternally and ever shall be. Here God is received into the soul.
  Like St. Augustine, Eckhart was to some extent the victim of his own literary talents. Le style cest Ihomme. No doubt. But the converse is also partly true. Lhomme cest le style. Because we have a gift for writing in a certain way, we find ourselves, in some sort, becoming our way of writing. We mould ourselves in the likeness of our particular brand of eloquence. Eckhart was one of the inventors of German prose, and he was tempted by his new-found mastery of forceful expression to commit himself to extreme positionsto be doctrinally the image of his powerful and over-emphatic sentences. A statement like the foregoing would lead one to believe that he despised what the Vedantists call the lower knowledge of Brahman, not as the Absolute Ground of all things, but as the personal God. In reality he, like the Vedantists, accepts the lower knowledge as genuine knowledge and regards devotion to the personal God as the best preparation for the unitive knowledge of the Godhead. Another point to remember is that the attri buteless Godhead of Vedanta, of Mahayana Buddhism, of Christian and Sufi mysticism is the Ground of all the qualities possessed by the personal God and the Incarnation. God is not good, I am good, says Eckhart in his violent and excessive way. What he really meant was, I am just humanly good; God is supereminently good; the Godhead is, and his isness (istigkeit, in Eckharts German) contains goodness, love, wisdom and all the rest in their essence and principle. In consequence, the Godhead is never, for the exponent of the Perennial Philosophy, the mere Absolute of academic metaphysics, but something more purely perfect, more reverently to be adored than even the personal God or his human incarnationa Being towards whom it is possible to feel the most intense devotion and in relation to whom it is necessary (if one is to come to that unitive knowledge which is mans final end) to practise a discipline more arduous and unremitting than any imposed by ecclesiastical authority.
  There is a distinction and differentiation, according to our reason, between God and the Godhead, between action and rest. The fruitful nature of the Persons ever worketh in a living differentiation. But the simple Being of God, according to the nature thereof, is an eternal Rest of God and of all created things.
  So far, then, as a fully adequate expression of the Perennial Philosophy is concerned, there exists a problem in semantics that is finally insoluble. The fact is one which must be steadily borne in mind by all who read its formulations. Only in this way shall we be able to understand even remotely what is being talked about. Consider, for example, those negative definitions of the transcendent and immanent Ground of being. In statements such as Eckharts, God is equated with nothing. And in a certain sense the equation is exact; for God is certainly no thing. In the phrase used by Scotus Erigena God is not a what; He is a That. In other words, the Ground can be denoted as being there, but not defined as having qualities. This means that discursive knowledge about the Ground is not merely, like all inferential knowledge, a thing at one remove, or even at several removes, from the reality of immediate acquaintance; it is and, because of the very nature of our language and our standard patterns of thought, it must be, paradoxical knowledge. Direct knowledge of the Ground cannot be had except by union, and union can be achieved only by the annihilation of the self-regarding ego, which is the barrier separating the thou from the That.

1.02 - THE QUATERNIO AND THE MEDIATING ROLE OF MERCURIUS, #Mysterium Coniunctionis, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  That the Ecclesia spiritualis is meant is clear from the text: But you will ask, where then are those true Christians, who are free from all sectarian contagion? They are neither in Samaria, nor in Jerusalem, nor in Rome, nor in Geneva, nor in Leipzig, but are scattered everywhere through the world, in Turkey, in Persia, Italy, Gaul, Germany, Poland, Bohemia, Moravia, England, America, and even in farthest India. The author continues: God is Spirit,46 and those who worship him must worship him in the spirit and in truth. After these examinations and avowals I leave it to each man to judge who is of the true Church, and who not.47
  [10] From this remarkable excursus we learn, first of all, that the centre unites the four and the seven into one.48 The unifying agent is the spirit Mercurius, and this singular spirit then causes the author to confess himself a member of the Ecclesia spiritualis, for the spirit is God. This religious background is already apparent in the choice of the term Pelican for the circular process, since this bird is a well-known allegory of Christ.49 The idea of Mercurius as a peacemaker, the mediator between the warring elements and producer of unity, probably goes back to Ephesians 2 : 13ff.:

1.030 - The Romans, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  40. God is He who created you, then provides for you, then makes you die, then brings you back to life. Can any of your idols do any of that? Glorified is He, and Exalted above what they associate.
  41. Corruption has appeared on land and sea, because of what people’s hands have earned, in order to make them taste some of what they have done, so that they might return.
  48. God is He who sends the winds. They stir up clouds. Then He spreads them in the sky as He wills. And He breaks them apart. Then you see rain drops issuing from their midst. Then, when He makes it fall upon whom He wills of His servants, behold, they rejoice.
  49. Although they were before this—before it was sent down upon them—in despair.
  54. God is He Who created you weak, then after weakness gave you strength, then after strength gave you weakness and gray hair. He creates whatever He wills. He is the Omniscient, the Omnipotent.
  55. On the Day when the Hour takes place, the sinners will swear they had stayed but an hour. Thus they were deluded.
  60. So be patient. The promise of God is true. And do not let those who lack certainty belittle you.

1.031 - Luqman, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  9. Dwelling therein forever. The promise of God is true. He is the Mighty, the Wise.
  10. He created the heavens without pillars that you can see, and placed stabilizers on earth lest it shifts with you, and scattered throughout it all kinds of creatures. And from the sky We sent down water, and caused to grow therein of every noble pair.
  16. “O my son, even if it were the weight of a mustard-seed, in a rock, or in the heavens, or on earth, God will bring it to light. God is Kind and Expert.
  17. O my son, observe the prayer, advocate righteousness, forbid evil, and be patient over what has befallen you. These are of the most honorable traits.
  26. To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is the Rich, the Praised.
  27. If all the trees on earth were pens, filled by the ocean, with seven more oceans besides, the Words of God would not run out. God is Majestic and Wise.
  28. Your creation and your resurrection are only as a single soul. God is Hearing and Seeing.
  29. Have you not seen how God merges the night into the day, and merges the day into the night? That He subjected the sun and the moon, each running for a stated term? And that God is Cognizant of everything you do?
  30. That is because God is the Reality, and what they worship besides Him is falsehood, and because God is the Exalted, the Supreme.
  31. Have you not seen how the ships sail through the sea, by the grace of God, to show you of His wonders? In that are signs for every persevering, thankful person.
  33. O people! Be conscious of your Lord, and dread a Day when no parent can avail his child, nor can a child avail his parent, in anything. The promise of God is true. Therefore, do not let this life deceive you, nor let illusions deceive you regarding God.
  34. With God rests the knowledge of the Hour. He sends down the rain, and He knows what the wombs contain. No soul knows what it will reap tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. God is All-Knowing, Well-Informed.

1.032 - Our Concept of God, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  A very potent method prescribed by the yoga system, for the purpose of channelising the mind towards its salvation, is the worship of God. This is, perhaps, the ultimate stroke that one can deal upon the mind when everything else fails. The worship of God is an expression of one's love for God, just as when we adore a person in this world, in any manner whatsoever, we express our love for that person by means of various external forms of behaviour and conduct, which is, in technical religious terms, called a ritual. If I love you, how can I show that love to you? The way in which I show my love for you, is ritual. Even if I join my hands and offer my salutations, it is a ritual that I am performing, because it is an outward symbol of inward feeling. Though the inward feeling is more important than the outward expression or conduct, there seems to be a reciprocal relationship between these two aspects of one's approach to anything. So in the practice of yoga, which is aimed at ultimate God-realisation, the adoration of God may be taken as a principal technique which may commence, in the beginning, with external forms of the religious attitude. As a matter of fact, what we call 'religion' is nothing but ritual expressed in various degrees of subtlety and manifesting the spirit of which it is the expression.
  As the realisation of God is the goal of life, and it is towards this purpose that we are putting forth all our efforts in every way, the absorption of the mind in the concept of God may be regarded as the highest of duties. The greatest duty is the occupation of the mind with that object for which purpose it exists and functions, and all other duties may be contri butory to the fulfilment of this central duty. It is difficult to conceive God and, therefore, it is difficult to express our love for Him in an unconditional manner. As we have been observing, our religious traditions and performances have mostly been conditional. They have been some sort of an activity, like any other activity in a factory or a shop, though it is not true that religion is such a kind of temporal engagement. The religious spirit is what is important, and it is this that should animate the religious formalism and ritua.
  vara praidhnt v (I.23), is a sutra of Sage Patanjali. One of the methods of controlling the mind is surrender to God. According to many, it is perhaps the principal method of controlling the mind. This is a most positive approach, of the many that can be thought of. When our mind is absorbed in love for something 'absorbed' is the word, completely occupied with the thought of a particular thing there is no chance for the mind to think of anything else. The modifications of the mind, the vrittis in respect of objects, should cease spontaneously when they are all focused in the direction of love of God. There is no need for any struggle in the form of breathing exercises or any type of hardship in the control of the mind or its vrittis, if it is absorbed in a love which is all-consuming.
  The extent of our love of God, the intensity of our feeling for God, will depend upon our idea of God, our concept of God. There are various concepts of the Creator, of God, the Absolute, etc., according to the various philosophical theories, doctrines, and religious traditions. One of the primitive forms of conceiving God is that He is the Creator of the world. We have a childish idea of a creator. A creator is one who makes things, and God is someone who has made this world. "God made this world" is an old saying which we often repeat. God made the world and, therefore, God is the Creator of the world. God is the Father of the world and, therefore, all His children should love Him as the Supreme Parent. The idea of creatorship that is in our minds is the conditioning factor of our love towards this Creator. We have seen in this world that if someone makes something, he is the efficient or sometimes the instrumental cause of that particular thing that he has made, and the thing that he has made is an effect that is produced by him, standing outside him. God can thus be regarded as extra-cosmic, which is the usual way in which we conceive God.
  We cannot imagine God usually, normally speaking, in any other way than as someone standing outside the world. If a carpenter makes a table or a chair, we can call him the creator of the table or the chair; and the table stands outside him, so that there is no proper relationship between what he has made and his own existence. Hence, we have to cry to God in a loud tone so that our voices may reach Him in the transcendent paradise where He is seated. We have a concept of paradise in every religion. In the Hindu religion we call it Vaikuntha, or Brahmaloka, Kailasa, etc., but whatever term we use, it is a concept of heaven the highest heaven where God is seated which we have to reach. We love God as we love any other object in this world, because God Himself has become an object of the love of the individual.
  Here I have to take a few moments to give some sort of an idea as to what love is, so that we may have an idea as to its relationship to the object of love. Most people have no idea of what it is and, therefore, it has been given many definitions. The most common definition of love is that it is a psychological emotion, a welling up of certain feelings in respect of an object. Love is the manner in which the mind arranges itself in respect of an object which it needs. Just as when one is on a battleground and there is a necessity to gird up one's loins for an immediate attack, one prepares oneself thoroughly, from head to foot, for the purpose of the task on hand or, a wrestler in the field prepares himself for the purpose for which he is there, and in this preparation he is worked up into a feeling of total concentration of his personality for the achievement of that purpose in a similar manner, the mind works itself up into a concentrated feeling in respect of the object which it needs for a particular purpose, at a particular time. This working up of the mind in sympathy with the object which it needs at a particular time is the love that the mind has for the object. Therefore, love may be regarded as a condition of the mind. It is a state of mind not a perpetual state, but a temporary state of the mind in respect of that particular object which is necessary at that particular moment.
  Love of God is something different from ordinary love, because God is not something which we need today and do not need tomorrow. God is not an object of a temporal necessity. He is not a requisite of a particular period of time, or of a given condition. God is a necessity of every condition, of all times, and for every person, at every place. The reason is that God is the presupposition of every condition of being, and hence the love of God cannot be conditional; it is always unconditional. While every other love can be conditioned by circumstances and needs of the time, no such condition can apply to the love of God. But our concept of God is here a very important factor, which rules the destiny of our love for God. If God is extra-cosmic, which means to say that He is outside the world, as a carpenter is outside the table or the chair, then there should be some means of communication between the table and the carpenter, or the world and God. The means of communication is, of course, the very same means that we adopt in coming in contact with anything else in this world. How do we come in contact with any person or thing in this world? We adopt the same means also in respect of God. We cry and shout loudly so that the person will hear us, if the person is far away, and yearn from within for vision and contact of that something which we love.
  Now, the yearning or the love, when it is directed to an object outside, becomes a psychological condition, and if love of God is also to become a psychological condition, then it may change according to the conditions of the mind. No condition of the mind can be perpetual, because it is related to the structure of the body also. In different incarnations, different types of births that we take, the states of mind may change, and so the attitudes which the mind has towards things also may vary in different incarnations. So the love of God may become conditioned if He is to be treated as an extra-cosmic something which has to be reached by a temporal affection in the form of a mental emotion, as we have in respect of ordinary objects in this world.
  Secondly, the extra-cosmic concept of God makes Him an individual like other individuals, though He may be a vaster individual than others. Anything that is 'somewhere' is finite in its nature. If God is outside the world and the world is outside God, naturally the world would be finite, and God also would be finite in the same manner, because one would limit the other. The existence of the world would limit God, and the existence of God would limit the world, so both would become finite. Anything that is finite is subject to destruction, because every finite thing is seen to have a tendency to move towards something else in order that it may overcome its finitude. So God would be an imperfect being wishing to become more perfect, as any other individual would do, if He is regarded as extra-cosmic, conditioned, limited and finite. Also, there would be no means of approach to God, because an extraordinary perception, which would be necessary to come in contact with God, would be denied its need if the placement of God is extra-cosmic.
  Anything that is outside us places itself in such a way that it cannot be possessed by us, in the true sense of the term. That which is outside us cannot be possessed by us, and we cannot do anything with that thing which is really outside us. We can have a tentative contact with things outside, but these contacts are conditional and subject to destruction and separation. Anything that comes in union with another thing is also subject to separation. Every union is subject to separation, because union has a beginning and an end. Because of this peculiar feature of contact with things, there is no such thing as permanent contact with anything in this world. If this is to be the nature of God, there would be no such thing as permanent contact with God. We would be separated from God in the same way as we are separated from other things in the world. Our aim, which is permanent union with God, will be an impossibility if He is an extra-cosmic individual.
  So, there is a defect in the concept of God as a Creator or a Maker in the sense of a carpenter or a potter. To obviate this difficulty, people have conceived God as an Immanent Ruler - some such thing as the soul in the body. The soul in the body is not outside the body. It is not a creator of the body in the sense of a carpenter making a chair, and yet we cannot say that the soul is the body; it is not identical. So, a via media was struck by certain thinkers in the religious field, who made out that it is not fair or tenable to hold that God is totally extra-cosmic, in which case there would be no means of communication with Him. He has to be intimately present in His creation, and He has to be organically related to the world so that there may be a real contact of the effect with the cause. The soul and the body are organically united. We cannot separate the body and the soul they are together.
  Though this is a very satisfactory solution, and we can conceive God as an organic unifying principle of the cosmos which He has created, it becomes difficult to understand the factors that were responsible for the creation of the world, whether bondage is real or not, and what sort of relationship really exists between the soul and the body. Is the body a quality, an attribute of the soul, or is it something quite different from the soul? How does the soul pervade the body? Examples have been given. When we soak cloth in water, we find that every fibre of the cloth is permeated by water. The whole cloth is wet with water. Every part of the cloth has absorbed water, so that there is no part of the cloth where water is not. In that sense we can say that God is everywhere in the world. Yet, water is not the cloth they are two different things. We can wring out the water from the cloth, and then dry it. Water and milk can be mixed together so that we cannot know where the water is and where the milk is. Yet we know that milk is milk and water is water they are not one and the same thing. Though we cannot distinguish between water and milk when they are mixed together, they are yet independent and cannot be identified one with the other.
  So if God is to permeate this world, in what sense does He permeate it? How does He become immanent in this world? Does He enter into this world as water enters cloth or electricity charges a copper wire? When electricity passes through a wire, we find that every particle of the wire is charged with electricity, so that if we touch any part of the wire, we feel the shock of the current. The force of electricity is present in every particle of the wire, and yet the wire is not electricity - they are two different things. The electrical force can be withdrawn and the wire will be just wire, dead and powerless. So, whatever be the manner in which we may conceive the presence of God in this world, a difficulty will arise in understanding the relationship between God and the world.
  The organic connection that has been introduced into the field of religion is a practical solution of a difficulty that has been posed by the concept of the extra-cosmic presence of God. Yet the problem persists in a very subtle manner, so that we may be inwardly unfriendly with a person though we may be sitting on the lap of that person. As we know very well, physical proximity of even the most intense type need not be an emblem of friendship. Though I may be sitting on your head, I may not be friendly with you.
  There is an internal dichotomy subtly pressing itself forward, even in the organic concept of God; and how can there be an unconditioned love of God, a perpetual feeling for God, when the relationship of oneself with God is not clear? "I don't understand you and, therefore, I cannot love you. So my love for you depends upon my understanding of you, and the more I understand you, the more I love you." Here, the understanding is nothing but an appreciation of the real connection that exists between oneself and the other. "I must know, first of all, what my relationship with you is, then I can tell you how much love I have for you. Are you my father? Are you my brother? Are you my boss? Are you my servant? Are you my friend? Are you my enemy? What are you? If you tell me what you are, I can tell you how much love I have for you, because your context in relation to my presence is what determines my feeling for you." Likewise, I may ask this question: "How am I related to God?" This question was completely brushed aside by certain schools of devotion. They never wanted to answer this question at all, and kept it aside in cold storage. "We shall love God as we love anything else in this world.
  But wholly dedicating ourself for the sake of God these feelings for God, in a whole-souled fashion, though in a rarefied form of the ordinary loves in the world, are called the bhavas in bhakti yoga. A bhava is a feeling. Our feeling for God is called a bhava. Here, the basic difference that seems to be there between man and God is taken for granted, and it is not solved, because it cannot be solved so easily. If we go on trying to solve this question, our whole life will be spent in only answering this question. Therefore, the teachers of the path of devotion emphasised the necessity to love God, somehow or other, even if it be a magnified form of human love; and the answer to the difficulty as to whether human love is really divine love was that when human love gets magnified into infinity, it becomes divine love. There is a great point in this answer, because when the finite is lifted up into an unconditioned expanse to the extent possible for the mind, it loses the sting of finitude. The doctrine here is that when this human affection is expanded into the vastness of creation, though it may be true that in quality it has not changed, because of the fact that it has transformed itself into an utterly inconceivable magnitude of quantity, it will be free from the stigma of finitude of affection, and will be able to achieve certain miraculous results which finite love cannot.
  These bhavas or feelings of love for God are, therefore, human affections diverted to God in an all-absorbing manner, so that the conditioning factors of human affection are removed as far as possible, and God is taken for granted as a permanent Being - not like an ordinary object in the world which can die one day or the other, but as a perpetually existent Being and the necessity for loving that permanent Being is emphasised. Here, the feeling for God is similar to the feeling we have towards human relationships. These bhavas of bhakti are the central features of one path of yoga, called bhakti yoga, where God can be loved as a father, for instance. This is called shanta bhava, where emotions are least present.
  We do not have a lot of emotion in respect of our father. We have a reverence for our father, a respect and a feeling of awe, coupled with a sustained emotion of love not in the form of an ebullition of emotion, but as a controlled form of feeling which is designated as the peaceful attitude, or the shanta bhava. Most religions regard God as a father, and very few religions have any other attitude. He is the Supreme Father, and our relation to God is the relation that we have to a father, and we feel for God in the same way as we feel for our father. What is our feeling for our father? Fear is also a part of this love when God is regarded as a parent, because we fear our father not because we dislike him, but because he has certain regulating principles which may not always be commensurate with our whims and fancies of personality.
  The juristic concept of God as a lawgiver, a lawmaker and a dispenser of justice is a pre-eminent feature in the concept of God in most religions. This feeling can be regarded as one of the channelising factors which can draw all the forces of the mind towards God. The teachers of bhakti tell us that if God is regarded as All-in-all, as the Supreme Maker and the All-powerful Being, even if He be the Creator in the sense of an ordinary maker of things, a day will come when this quantitative expanse of devotion will automatically bring about, in a subtle manner, a qualitative transformation also, so that human love can become divine love.

1.032 - Prostration, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  4. God is He who created the heavens and the earth and everything between them in six days, and then established Himself on the Throne. Apart from Him, you have no master and no intercessor. Will you not reflect?
  5. He regulates all affairs, from the heavens, to the earth. Then it ascends to Him on a Day the length of which is a thousand years by your count.

1.033 - The Confederates, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  1. O Prophet! Fear God, and do not obey the unbelievers and the hypocrites. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
  2. And follow what is revealed to you from your Lord. God is fully aware of what you do.
  3. And put your trust in God. God is enough as a trustee.
  4. God did not place two hearts inside any man's body. Nor did He make your wives whom you equate with your mothers, your actual mothers. Nor did He make your adopted sons, your actual sons. These are your words coming out of your mouths. God speaks the truth, and guides to the path.
  5. Call them after their fathers; that is more equitable with God. But if you do not know their fathers, then your brethren in faith and your friends. There is no blame on you if you err therein, barring what your hearts premeditates. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  6. The Prophet is more caring of the believers than they are of themselves, and his wives are mothers to them. And blood-relatives are closer to one another in God’s Book than the believers or the emigrants, though you should do good to your friends. That is inscribed in the Book.
  9. O you who believe! Remember God’s blessings upon you, when forces came against you, and We sent against them a wind, and forces you did not see. God is Observant of what you do.
  10. When they came upon you, from above you, and from beneath you; and the eyes became dazed, and the hearts reached the throats, and you harbored doubts about God.
  15. Although they had made a pledge to God, in the past, that they will not turn their backs. A pledge to God is a responsibility.
  16. Say, “Flight will not benefit you, if you flee from death or killing, even then you will be given only brief enjoyment.”
  24. That God may reward the truthful for their truthfulness; and punish the hypocrites, if He wills, or pardon them. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  25. God repelled the disbelievers in their rage; they gained no advantage. God thus spared the believers combat. God is Strong and Mighty.
  26. And He brought down from their strongholds those of the People of the Book who backed them, and He threw terror into their hearts. Some of them you killed, and others you took captive.
  34. And remember what is recited in your homes of God's revelations and wisdom. God is Kind and Informed.
  35. Muslim men and Muslim women, believing men and believing women, obedient men and obedient women, truthful men and truthful women, patient men and patient women, humble men and humble women, charitable men and charitable women, fasting men and fasting women, men who guard their chastity and women who guard, men who remember God frequently and women who remember—God has prepared for them a pardon, and an immense reward.
  38. There is no blame on the Prophet regarding what God has ordained for him. Such is the pattern of God among those who passed before. The command of God is an absolute decree.
  39. Those who deliver the messages of God, and fear Him, and never fear anyone except God. God is sufficient as a reckoner.
  40. Muhammad is not the father of any of your men; but he is the Messenger of God, and the seal of the prophets. God is Cognizant of everything.
  41. O you who believe, remember God with frequent remembrance.
  48. And do not obey the blasphemers and the hypocrites, and ignore their insults, and rely on God. God is a sufficient protector.
  49. O you who believe! When you marry believing women, but then divorce them before you have touched them, there is no waiting period for you to observe in respect to them; but compensate them, and release them in a graceful manner.
  50. O Prophet! We have permitted to you your wives to whom you have given their dowries, and those you already have, as granted to you by God, and the daughters of your paternal uncle, and the daughters of your paternal aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncle, and the daughters of your maternal aunts who emigrated with you, and a believing woman who has offered herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desires to marry her, exclusively for you, and not for the believers. We know what We have ordained for them regarding their wives and those their right-hands possess. This is to spare you any difficulty. God is Forgiving and Merciful.
  51. You may defer any of them you wish, and receive any of them you wish. Should you desire any of those you had deferred, there is no blame on you. This is more proper, so that they will be comforted, and not be grieved, and be content with what you have given each one of them. God knows what is within your hearts. God is Omniscient and Clement.
  52. Beyond that, no other women are permissible for you, nor can you exchange them for other wives, even if you admire their beauty, except those you already have. God is Watchful over all things.
  53. O you who believe! Do not enter the homes of the Prophet, unless you are given permission to come for a meal; and do not wait for its preparation. And when you are invited, go in. And when you have eaten, disperse, without lingering for conversation. This irritates the Prophet, and he shies away from you, but God does not shy away from the truth. And when you ask his wiv