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New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti A Mahayana Scripture
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10 Sri Aurobindo
4 Sri Ramakrishna
2 Lewis Carroll
1 Venerable Bede
1 Swami Vivekananda
1 Sri Ramakrishna?
1 Shunryu Suzuki
1 Saint Jerome
1 Saint Augustine of Hippo
1 Saint Ambrose
1 M P Pandit
1 Manly P Hall
1 Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
1 Ken Wilber
1 Gyatrul Rinpoche
1 Baruch Spinoza
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21 Martin Luther
12 Charles Spurgeon
10 Mahatma Gandhi
10 John Calvin
6 R C Sproul
6 Max Lucado
6 Francis Chan
6 C S Lewis
5 Stephen King
5 Saint Jerome
5 D A Carson
5 Charles Haddon Spurgeon
5 Beth Moore
4 N T Wright
4 J I Packer
4 James K A Smith
4 Galileo Galilei
4 David Jeremiah
3 Tony Campolo
1:Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. ~ Saint Jerome,
2:We speak to God when we pray; we listen to Him when we read the Scriptures. ~ Saint Ambrose, [T5],
3:The supreme authority for the interpretation of Scripture is vested in each individual.
~ Baruch Spinoza,
4:There are people who spout verses from the Scriptures and talk big, but in their conduct they are quite different.
~ Sri Ramakrishna,
5:Critics have found fault with all the world's scriptures, but as yet they have discovered no useful substitutes. ~ Manly P Hall, The Bible, the Story of a Book,
6:A Veda-knower of the unwritten book
Perusing the mystic scripture of her forms,
He had caught her hierophant significances, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Satyavan,
7:The Divine Truth is greater than any religion or creed or scripture or idea or philosophy. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Himself and the Ashram, Passages from The Synthesis of Yoga,
8:All the sacred Scriptures of the world have become corrupted, but the Ineffable or Absolute has never been corrupted, because no one has ever been able to express It in human speech. ~ Sri Ramakrishna?,
9:All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16-17,
10:Do you know my attitude? Books, scriptures, and things like that only point out the way to reach God. After finding the way, what more need is there of books and scriptures? Then comes the time for action. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
11:Wisdom, good lineage, self-control, acquaintance with the scriptures, prowess, absence of garrulity, gift to the extent of one's power, and gratefulness, these eight qualities shed a lustre upon their possessor. ~ Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa,
12:The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." "I don't know" is the First Principle. ~ Shunryu Suzuki,
13:Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
14:It is in our inner spiritual experiences that we shall find the proof and source of the world’s Scriptures, the law of knowledge, love and conduct, the basis and inspiration of Karmayoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, The Ideal of the Karmayogin,
15:The Fiend was visible but cloaked in light;
He seemed a helping angel from the skies:
He armed untruth with Scripture and the Law;
He deceived with wisdom, with virtue slew the soul
And led to perdition by the heavenward path. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Descent into Night,
16:Only two kinds of people can attain "Self-Knowledge": those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna.,
17:Who cares for your bhakti and mukti? Who cares what your scriptures say? I will go into a thousand hells cheerfully if I can rouse my countrymen, immersed in tamas, to stand on their own feet and be men inspired with the spirit of karma-yoga. I am a follower only of he or she who serves and helps others without caring for his own bhakti and mukti! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
18:The spiritual knowledge is then gained through meditation on the truths that are taught and it is made living and conscious by their realisation in the personal experience; the Yoga proceeds by the results of prescribed methods taught in a Scripture or a tradition and reinforced and illumined by the instructions of the Master.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, The Four Aids,
19:If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps. ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno, [T6],
20:I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight . . . The ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the 'love which moves the sun and the other stars', he was not using a metaphor, but was describing the nature of reality. There is in Being an infinite desire to give itself in love and this gift of Self in love is for ever answered by a return of love....and so the rhythm of the universe is created. ~ Venerable Bede,
21:It is not enough to devote ourselves by the reading of Scriptures or by the stress of philosophic reasoning to an intellectual understanding of the Divine; for at the end of our long mental labour we might know all that has been said of the Eternal, possess all that can be thought about the Infinite and yet we might not know him at all. This intellectual preparation can indeed be the first stage in a powerful Yoga, but it is not indispensable: it is not a step which all need or can be called upon to take. Yoga would be impossible, except for a very few, if the intellectual figure of knowledge arrived at by the speculative or meditative Reason were its indispensable condition or a binding preliminary. All that the Light from above asks of us that it may begin its work is a call from the soul and a sufficient point of support in the mind.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, [T5],
22:The fourth condition is study. One must cultivate the mind, know what others have thought, open the mental being to this impact of the higher vibrations of knowledge. A mental knowledge is not tantamount to realization, it is true, but still one must know mentally where one is going, what has happened to others, how they have achieved, what are the hindrances and the helping points. This education of oneself by study, study of spiritual writings, suddhydya as it is called, a disciplined reading and incorporation of the knowledge contained in scriptures and authentic texts - that is a very important part. Even when you don't understand a text, still if you persist at it, the force that is in that book creates certain new grooves in your brain and the second or the third time when you read it, it begins to make some meaning. This is the meaning of studying, of exposing your mind to the constant vibrations of higher levels of knowledge. Incidentally, the mind gets developed, a mental climate is created, a climate of spiritual culture.
~ M P Pandit, The Advent 1981, 30,
23:Therefore the age of intuitive knowledge, represented by the early Vedantic thinking of the Upanishads, had to give place to the age of rational knowledge; inspired Scripture made room for metaphysical philosophy, even as afterwards metaphysical philosophy had to give place to experimental Science.
Intuitive thought which is a messenger from the superconscient and therefore our highest faculty, was supplanted by the pure reason which is only a sort of deputy and belongs to the middle heights of our being; pure reason in its turn was supplanted for a time by the mixed action of the reason which lives on our plains and lower elevations and does not in its view exceed the horizon of the experience that the physical mind and senses or such aids as we can invent for them can bring to us.
And this process which seems to be a descent, is really a circle of progress.
For in each case the lower faculty is compelled to take up as much as it can assimilate of what the higher had already given and to attempt to re-establish it by its own methods.
By the attempt it is itself enlarged in its scope and arrives eventually at a more supple and a more ample selfaccommodation to the higher faculties. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, 1.08-13,
24:The Particular Necessity for Practice
The second part discusses "the particular necessity for practice."
Through the power of the yoga of speech, the stains that obscure the mind are removed. Once this happens, speech reaches its full potential. It is like discovering the true nature of your speech for the very first time.
To activate the yoga of speech, summon the primordial wisdom deities by calling their names. Just as calling someone's name naturally causes that person to draw closer to you, in the same way calling the wisdom deities by name brings them nearer to you.
They come to see what you want.
This does not mean the wisdom deities will not come if you do not call them. They could come even if you did not call their names.
You call their names-which is what you are doing when you recite mantras-because their names express their actual nature. A quote from the Dorje Kur (rDo rje gur) scripture reads: "To directly perceive the buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakinis and your own consort, get their attention by calling their names and invite them to come." Reciting the deity's name over and over purifies obscurations of speech and establishes the cause of vajra speech.
This cause produces the condition that averts adverse conditions.
The speech of the wisdom deities and your own speech will become the same-vajra speech. ~ Gyatrul Rinpoche, Generating the Deity,
25:But usually the representative influence occupies a much larger place in the life of the sadhaka. If the Yoga is guided by a received written Shastra, - some Word from the past which embodies the experience of former Yogins, - it may be practised either by personal effort alone or with the aid of a Guru. The spiritual knowledge is then gained through meditation on the truths that are taught and it is made living and conscious by their realisation in the personal experience; the Yoga proceeds by the results of prescribed methods taught in a Scripture or a tradition and reinforced and illumined by the instructions of the Master. This is a narrower practice, but safe and effective within its limits, because it follows a well-beaten track to a long familiar goal.
For the sadhaka of the integral Yoga it is necessary to remember that no written Shastra, however great its authority or however large its spirit, can be more than a partial expression of the eternal Knowledge. He will use, but never bind himself even by the greatest Scripture. Where the Scripture is profound, wide, catholic, it may exercise upon him an influence for the highest good and of incalculable importance. It may be associated in his experience with his awakening to crowning verities and his realisation of the highest experiences. His Yoga may be governed for a long time by one Scripture or by several successively, - if it is in the line of the great Hindu tradition, by the Gita, for example, the Upanishads, the Veda. Or it may be a good part of his development to include in its material a richly varied experience of the truths of many Scriptures and make the future opulent with all that is best in the past. But in the end he must take his station, or better still, if he can, always and from the beginning he must live in his own soul beyond the limitations of the word that he uses. The Gita itself thus declares that the Yogin in his progress must pass beyond the written Truth, - sabdabrahmativartate - beyond all that he has heard and all that he has yet to hear, - srotavyasya srutasya ca. For he is not the sadhaka of a book or of many books; he is a sadhaka of the Infinite. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Four Aids,
26:As Korzybski and the general semanticists have pointed out, our words, symbols, signs, thoughts and ideas are merely maps of reality, not reality itself, because "the map is not the territory." The word "water" won't satisfy your thirst.
But we live in the world of maps and words as if it were the real world. Following in the footsteps of Adam, we have become totally lost in a world of purely fantasy maps and boundaries. And these illusory boundaries, with the opposites they create, have become our impassioned battles.
Most of our "problems of living," then, are based on the illusion that the opposites can and should be separated and isolated from one anotheR But since all opposites are actually aspects of one underlying reality, this is like trying to totally separate the two ends of a single rubber band. All you can do is pull harder and harder-until something violently snaps. Thus we might be able to understand that, in all the mystical traditions the world over, one who sees through the illusion of the opposites is called "liberated." Because he is "freed from the pairs" of opposites, he is freed in this life from the fundamentally nonsensical problems and conflicts involved in the war of opposites. He no longer manipulates the opposites one against the other in his search for peace, but instead transcends them both. Not good vs. evil but beyond good and evil. Not life against death but a center of awareness that transcends both. The point is not to separate the opposites and make "positive progress," but rather to unify and harmonize the opposites, both positive and negative, by discovering a ground which transcends and encompasses them both. And that ground, as we will soon see, is unity consciousness itself. In the meantime, let us note, as does the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, that liberation is not freedom from the negative, but freedom from the pairs altogether:
Content with getting what arrives of itself
Passed beyond the pairs, free from envy,
Not attached to success nor failure,
Even acting, he is not bound.
He is to be recognized as eternally free
Who neither loathes nor craves;
For he that is freed from the pairs,
Is easily freed from conflict.
~ Ken Wilber, No Boundary,
27:"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,
28:[an Integral conception of the Divine :::
But on that which as yet we know not how shall we concentrate? And yet we cannot know the Divine unless we have achieved this concentration of our being upon him. A concentration which culminates in a living realisation and the constant sense of the presence of the One in ourselves and in all of which we are aware, is what we mean in Yoga by knowledge and the effort after knowledge. It is not enough to devote ourselves by the reading of Scriptures or by the stress of philosophical reasoning to an intellectual understanding of the Divine; for at the end of our long mental labour we might know all that has been said of the Eternal, possess all that can be thought about the Infinite and yet we might not know him at all. This intellectual preparation can indeed be the first stage in a powerful Yoga, but it is not indispensable : it is not a step which all need or can be called upon to take. Yoga would be impossible, except for a very few, if the intellectual figure of knowledge arrived at by the speculative or meditative Reason were its indispensable condition or a binding preliminary. All that the Light from above asks of us that it may begin its work is a call from the soul and a sufficient point of support in the mind. This support can be reached through an insistent idea of the Divine in the thought, a corresponding will in the dynamic parts, an aspiration, a faith, a need in the heart. Any one of these may lead or predominate, if all cannot move in unison or in an equal rhythm. The idea may be and must in the beginning be inadequate; the aspiration may be narrow and imperfect, the faith poorly illumined or even, as not surely founded on the rock of knowledge, fluctuating, uncertain, easily diminished; often even it may be extinguished and need to be lit again with difficulty like a torch in a windy pass. But if once there is a resolute self-consecration from deep within, if there is an awakening to the soul's call, these inadequate things can be a sufficient instrument for the divine purpose. Therefore the wise have always been unwilling to limit man's avenues towards God; they would not shut against his entry even the narrowest portal, the lowest and darkest postern, the humblest wicket-gate. Any name, any form, any symbol, any offering has been held to be sufficient if there is the consecration along with it; for the Divine knows himself in the heart of the seeker and accepts the sacrifice.
But still the greater and wider the moving idea-force behind the consecration, the better for the seeker; his attainment is likely to be fuller and more ample. If we are to attempt an integral Yoga, it will be as well to start with an idea of the Divine that is itself integral. There should be an aspiration in the heart wide enough for a realisation without any narrow limits. Not only should we avoid a sectarian religious outlook, but also all onesided philosophical conceptions which try to shut up the Ineffable in a restricting mental formula. The dynamic conception or impelling sense with which our Yoga can best set out would be naturally the idea, the sense of a conscious all-embracing but all-exceeding Infinite. Our uplook must be to a free, all-powerful, perfect and blissful One and Oneness in which all beings move and live and through which all can meet and become one. This Eternal will be at once personal and impersonal in his self-revelation and touch upon the soul. He is personal because he is the conscious Divine, the infinite Person who casts some broken reflection of himself in the myriad divine and undivine personalities of the universe. He is impersonal because he appears to us as an infinite Existence, Consciousness and Ananda and because he is the fount, base and constituent of all existences and all energies, -the very material of our being and mind and life and body, our spirit and our matter. The thought, concentrating on him, must not merely understand in an intellectual form that he exists, or conceive of him as an abstraction, a logical necessity; it must become a seeing thought able to meet him here as the Inhabitant in all, realise him in ourselves, watch and take hold on the movement of his forces. He is the one Existence: he is the original and universal Delight that constitutes all things and exceeds them: he is the one infinite Consciousness that composes all consciousnesses and informs all their movements; he is the one illimitable Being who sustains all action and experience; his will guides the evolution of things towards their yet unrealised but inevitable aim and plenitude. To him the heart can consecrate itself, approach him as the supreme Beloved, beat and move in him as in a universal sweetness of Love and a living sea of Delight. For his is the secret Joy that supports the soul in all its experiences and maintains even the errant ego in its ordeals and struggles till all sorrow and suffering shall cease. His is the Love and the Bliss of the infinite divine Lover who is drawing all things by their own path towards his happy oneness. On him the Will can unalterably fix as the invisible Power that guides and fulfils it and as the source of its strength. In the impersonality this actuating Power is a self-illumined Force that contains all results and calmly works until it accomplishes, in the personality an all wise and omnipotent Master of the Yoga whom nothing can prevent from leading it to its goal. This is the faith with which the seeker has to begin his seeking and endeavour; for in all his effort here, but most of all in his effort towards the Unseen, mental man must perforce proceed by faith. When the realisation comes, the faith divinely fulfilled and completed will be transformed into an eternal flame of knowledge.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Consecration, 82-83 [T1],
29:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.
The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.
The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.
It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.
As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.
And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.
It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!
This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.
My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?
A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.
Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.
Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.
If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.
First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!
Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"
I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.
Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.
These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."
Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.
If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'
The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passage
Omnes eodem cogimur, omnium
Versatur urna serius ocius
Sors exitura et nos in aeternum
Exilium impositura cymbae.
Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?
And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'
We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?
And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.
I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!
"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,
'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'
Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,
Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vain
Upon the axis of its pain,
Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,
Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."
Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.
But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!
One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.
But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!
'Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno,
30:The Gita is the essence of all scriptures. A sannyasi may or may not keep with him another book, but he always carries a pocket Gita. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
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1:Scripture says Jesus is ~ Dee Henderson
2:I do not quote from the scriptures; ~ Kabir
3:History - the devil's scripture ~ Lord Byron
4:The devil can quote scripture ~ Stephen King
5:Says so in the scriptures, ~ Bernard Cornwell
6:The devil can quote scripture. ~ Stephen King
7:Let the scriptures refresh you. ~ Neal A Maxwell
8:The Scriptures sprang out of God. ~ William Tyndale
9:When the Scripture speaks, God speaks ~ Martin Luther
10:To ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ. ~ Saint Jerome
11:No one quotes scripture better than the devil ~ Celia Aaron
12:The Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. ~ Ray Bradbury
13:Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. ~ Saint Jerome,
14:he found poetry more comforting than Scripture ~ Paul Kalanithi
15:the authority of God exercised through scripture’. ~ Tom Wright
16:The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. ~ Saint Augustine
17:Explain the Scriptures by the Scriptures. ~ Clement of Alexandria
18:Christ is known rightly nowhere but in Scripture. If ~ John Calvin
19:Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. ~ Saint Jerome
20:the Devil can quote scripture for his own purpose’. ~ Felix Dennis
21:The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. ~ William Shakespeare
22:verifying them from Scripture. Any doctrine claiming to ~ Anonymous
23:Live it like its gospel , quote it like its scripture. ~ Mike Cooley
24:Wisdom is the most precious riches. ~ Chinese Buddhistic, Scriptures
25:Patience is an invincible breast-plate. ~ Chinese Buddhist Scriptures
26:If you cut him, (John Bunyan) he'd bleed Scripture! ~ Charles Spurgeon
27:No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. ~ Charles Spurgeon
28:The Town and the City The Scripture of the Golden Eternity ~ Anonymous
29:As in paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking man. ~ Ambrose
30:Remember—the Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. ~ Karin Slaughter
31:Let the man who would hear God speak read Holy Scripture. ~ Martin Luther
32:No man can in any measure resemble the scripture saints. ~ Charles Simeon
33:Scripture is the ultimate grid by which we read every book. ~ Tony Reinke
34:The cry for peace will increase according to scripture. ~ David Wilkerson
35:The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
36:Christ is the master; the Scriptures are only the servant. ~ Martin Luther
37:Satan delights equally in statistics and in quoting scripture. ~ H G Wells
38:Scripture is the manger in which we find the Christ child. ~ Martin Luther
39:Let the man who would hear God speak, read Holy Scriptures. ~ Martin Luther
40:All of Scripture is for us but not all of Scripture is to us. ~ Stuart Scott
41:Remove Christ from the Scriptures and there is nothing left. ~ Martin Luther
42:If Scripture has more than one meaning, it has no meaning at all. ~ John Owen
43:If you cut him, (John Bunyan) he'd bleed Scripture! ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
44:The idea of holding back certainly didn't come from Scripture. ~ Francis Chan
45:But the wasteland of Illinois had driven me to Scripture reading. ~ Sam Torode
46:you won’t find the word responsibility in the Scriptures. ~ William Paul Young
47:mother?” Yudhisthir asked. “Haven't our scriptures ~ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
48:Scripture is the royal scepter by which King Jesus rules his church ~ John Stott
49:A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams. ~ Umberto Eco
50:Any doctrine that is not grounded in Scripture should not be trusted, ~ Anonymous
51:Every family has its scriptures, but most can't articulate them ~ Chuck Palahniuk
52:I believe no angel ever appears in Scripture without exciting terror: ~ C S Lewis
53:The [original] scriptures of the Hindus are called the Vedas. ~ Swami Vivekananda
54:Where has the Scripture made merit the rule or measure of charity?. ~ William Law
55:I could never lead a Bible study; I don't know Scripture that well. ~ Gail Buckley
56:The lives of the saints are the hermeneutical key to Scripture. ~ Stanley Hauerwas
57:We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. ~ Isaac Newton
58:He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
59:If you aren’t a living example of ‘the devil quoting scripture.’ ~ Judith McNaught
60:Nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures does it say that God is omnipotent. ~ Tony Campolo
61:Of all the commentaries on the Scriptures, good examples are the best. ~ John Donne
62:Scripture stands over all private experiences and interprets them. ~ Andrew M Davis
63:The Gita has become for me the key to the scriptures of the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
64:Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context. ~ Cat Stevens
65:All Scripture ought to be read in the spirit in which it was written. ~ Thomas Kempis
66:As someone wise once told me, ‘Messiahs are good, but scripture is better. ~ Gene Kim
67:It didn’t make sense to teach the Scriptures without expecting change. ~ Francis Chan
68:A bad thought is the most dangerous of thieves. ~ Buddhist scriptures from the Chinese
69:As Shakespeare said, ‘The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.’4 ~ Jonathan Sacks
70:Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it ~ Francis Chan
71:This is throughout scripture the great central promise: I am with you. ~ Andrew Murray
72:What are ye orbs? The words of God? the Scriptures of the skies? ~ Philip James Bailey
73:All scriptures contain contradictions and the Qur'an is no exception. ~ Ayaan Hirsi Ali
74:A pacifist has a lot of difficulty reconciling pacifism with scripture. ~ Mark Driscoll
75:As you engage your mind in the scriptures, your mind will become pure. ~ Frederick Lenz
76:Desert lore. Scripture in the wasteland. The resonance of lonely places. ~ Stephen King
77:My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. ~ Bono
78:We should let Scripture interpret us more than we interpret Scripture. ~ Timothy Keller
79:Arguments about Scripture achieve nothing but a stomachache and a headache. ~ Tertullian
80:Every fool in error can find a passage of scripture to back him up ~ John Howard Griffin
81:For how can we adopt those things which we do not find in the holy Scriptures? ~ Ambrose
82:He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. ~ Anonymous
83:Self-realization is the object of the Gita, as it is of all scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
84:Take away, O Lord, the veil of my heart while I read the Scriptures. ~ Lancelot Andrewes
85:All Christian life is to be measured by Scripture; by every word thereof. ~ John Wycliffe
86:find questions and scripture references ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
87:I remember something my mother used to say. "The Devil can quote scripture ~ Stephen King
88:The only trouble was that the scripture master, Mr. Ebenzar, was a fanatic. ~ R K Narayan
89:To encounter the words of the Scripture is to encounter God in action. ~ Timothy J Keller
90:A simple man with Scripture has more authority than the Pope or a council. ~ Martin Luther
91:No man understands the Scriptures, unless he be acquainted with the Cross. ~ Martin Luther
92:Scripture is the most up-to-date and relevant reading that ever comes my way. ~ J I Packer
93:What is Scripture? The Hebrew word is torah. Torah means teaching, learning. ~ Elie Wiesel
94:The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. ~ Joseph Smith Jr
95:The only logical response to inerrant Scripture is to preach it expositionally. ~ Anonymous
96:The worst forms of depression are cured when Holy Scripture is believed. ~ Charles Spurgeon
97:We come to Scripture not to learn a subject but to steep ourselves in a person. ~ C S Lewis
98:An evil thought is the most dangerous of all thieves. ~ Buddhist Scriptures from the Chinese
99:Deeply consider that it is your duty and interest to read the Holy Scriptures. ~ Adam Clarke
100:I see no room in holy Scripture for any sexual activity outside of matrimony. ~ George Carey
101:Scripture envisions the identity and faith of the people of God as a song. ~ James K A Smith
102:Will we submit ourselves to Scripture, or will we submit Scripture to ourselves? ~ Anonymous
103:A man who would interpret the scriptures must have the spiritual discipline. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
104:Luther’s point was that, according to Scripture, salvation is not a bake sale: ~ Sarah Vowell
105:Scripture often reminds us that it's not enough to have ears - we must use them. ~ Max Lucado
106:Every step of progress means a duty repudiated, and a scripture torn up. ~ George Bernard Shaw
107:Many quote scripture, less study it, and even fewer live it. ~ T F HodgeT.F. Hodge ~ T F Hodge
108:Newspapers have become more important to the average man than the scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
109:Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years. ~ Charles Spurgeon
110:ROM10.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. ~ Anonymous
111:Scripture also teaches that human beings are morally responsible creatures ~ Robert A Peterson
112:that there is nothing put forth in Scripture which it is not profitable to know. ~ John Calvin
113:Unbelief is like gravity, it's always pulling down on the authority of Scripture. ~ Mark Dever
114:The truth of Scripture is meant not only to be studied-it’s meant also to be sung. ~ R C Sproul
115:When you study in the Scripture, the Scripture clearly teaches we're not our own. ~ Bill Bright
116:It is no exaggeration to say that without Scripture a Christian life is impossible. ~ John Stott
117:The New Testament writers did not invent a doctrine of Scripture they inherited it. ~ D A Carson
118:The scriptures recommend love and service to the enlightened to develop purity. ~ Frederick Lenz
119:Within the Scripture there is a balm for every wound, a salve for every sore. ~ Charles Spurgeon
120:In Scripture, the word of the gospel and the power of the Spirit always go together. ~ J D Greear
121:I really believe the purpose of Scripture is to give us this authoritative handbook. ~ Max Lucado
122:The great promise of Scripture is that every day is a day that's worth rejoicing in. ~ Max Lucado
123:The principle rule of interpreting Scripture is that Scripture interprets Scripture. ~ R C Sproul
124:Throughout Scripture thorns symbolize, not sin, but the consequence of sin. Remember ~ Max Lucado
125:A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it ~ Martin Luther
126:On the other hand, ignorance of Scripture almost always ensures a painful immaturity. ~ D A Carson
127:there is a rabbinic principle: “Scripture does not depart from its plain meaning. ~ Jonathan Sacks
128:the scriptures were given for our salvation, and not to teach astronomy in particular. ~ Anonymous
129:The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives. ~ Dwight L Moody
130:We must not only read the Scriptures, but we must make their rules of life our own. ~ Hosea Ballou
131:Scripture teaches that because of his sin, man cannot choose God, apart from grace. ~ Gregory Brown
132:God has two textbooks - Scripture and Creation - we would do well to listen to both. ~ Francis Bacon
133:I will cause a boy who drives a plow to know more of the scriptures than the pope. ~ William Tyndale
134:Scripture also functions as something like the constitution of the baptismal city. ~ James K A Smith
135:England, to instruct me in lessons about nature, and also about scripture. She would take ~ Anonymous
136:Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
137:The Holy Scriptures lead us to God and open the path to the knowledge of God. ~ Saint John Chrysostom
138:The Jesus of the Scripture transcends all nations and calls all nations into judgment. ~ Tony Campolo
139:You need not bring life to the scripture. You should draw life from the scripture. ~ Charles Spurgeon
140:All that tends not to charity is figurative. The sole aim of the Scripture is charity. ~ Blaise Pascal
141:I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture. ~ Martin Luther
142:No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes the scripture. ~ Learned Hand
143:People want black-and-white answers, but Scripture is rainbow arch across a stormy sky. ~ Sarah Bessey
144:Scripture is a book about going to Heaven. It's not a book about how the heavens go. ~ Galileo Galilei
145:I suppose what's unique about our presentation is the amount of Scripture that kids get. ~ Willie Aames
146:That the Christian now inherits the distinctive Jewish promises is not taught in Scripture. ~ Anonymous
147:Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent. ~ Thomas Campbell
148:All the great doctrinal debates were at their cores debates about the meaning of Scripture. ~ D A Carson
149:Digging into Scripture is our way of listening and tuning our ears to our Father’s voice. ~ Kyle Idleman
150:I have the deepest respect even for Pagan myths, still more for the myths in Holy Scripture. ~ C S Lewis
151:It is only when we “rejoice with trembling” that we fully grasp who the God of Scripture is. ~ Anonymous
152:Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. ~ James McHenry
153:Sometimes it seem that the people who quote scriptures the most, follow them the least. ~ Steve Maraboli
154:The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
"And the foolish can cite Shakespeare. ~ Susan Dennard
155:The Holy Spirit wants to convert the words of Scripture into transformed personalities. ~ David Jeremiah
156: Book I. Containing a General View of the Subjects Treated in Holy Scripture. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
157:For the Spirit is required to understand the whole of the Scripture and every part of it. ~ Martin Luther
158:In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church. ~ John Wesley
159:It is unlawful to add anything to the words of Holy Scripture regarding the sense. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
160:The book of books, the storehouse and magazine of life and comfort, the holy Scriptures. ~ George Herbert
161:"When you are deluded and full of doubt,even a thousand books of scripture are not enough." ~ Zen proverb
162:Any interpretation of scripture that bred hatred or disdain for others was illegitimate, ~ Karen Armstrong
163:But Scripture praises everywhere his pure and unmixed mercy, which does away with all merit. ~ John Calvin
164:It’s just as dangerous and just as heretical to under—do as to over—do what Scripture says. ~ Peter Kreeft
165:Sacred scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth. ~ Martin Luther
166:The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason. ~ Martin Luther
167:the Buddhist scripture expresses it: Those who refuse to discriminate might as well be dead ~ Colin Wilson
168:The Divine Truth is greater than any religion or creed or scripture or idea or philosophy. ~ Sri Aurobindo
169:We speak to God when we pray; we listen to Him when we read the Scriptures. ~ Saint Ambrose, [T5], #index,
170:A man who is well grounded in the testimonies of the Scripture is the bulwark of the Church. ~ Saint Jerome
171:And if what they claim were true, why have Holy Scripture at all? Of what use is Scripture? ~ Martin Luther
172:Christ ministers his life, love, and presence by means of his words (v. 7), the Scripture. ~ Andrew M Davis
173:For you know this first, that no prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. ~ Anonymous
174:Holy Scripture could never lie or err...its decrees are of absolute and inviolable truth. ~ Galileo Galilei
175:Scrutamini scripturas (Let us look at the scriptures). These two words have undone the world. ~ John Selden
176:The Scriptures find the justice of God a virtue to be extolled, not a blemish to be concealed. ~ Jen Wilkin
177:The supreme authority for the interpretation of Scripture is vested in each individual.
~ Baruch Spinoza,
178:Those who would like the God of scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask. ~ C S Lewis
179:non-Christian thinking, according to Scripture, is “folly” (Ps.14:1; 1 Cor.1:18–2:16; 3:18-23). ~ R C Sproul
180:Scripture is so clear that love for God must translate into love for those closest to us.2 ~ James MacDonald
181:Let’s look at a difficult and commonly misunderstood passage of Scripture. Jesus is speaking: ~ Robert Morris
182:No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures. ~ John Bunyan
183:Sacred scripture is like a mirror in which we see God, although each in a different way. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
184:Scripture brought me to the Gate of Paradise, and the mind stood in wonder as it entered. ~ Saint Ephrem the Syrian
185:The more you read Scripture, the more you actually talk to God rather than think about fear. ~ Edward T Welch
186:The Scriptures were written with built-in tension between texts and its resultant theology. ~ James MacDonald
187:Catharine Finlay, alias Knight, was first converted by her son's expounding the Scriptures to her, ~ John Foxe
188:Dear friends, whenever you want to understand a text of Scripture, try to read the original ~ Charles Spurgeon
189:For me theory is only a hypothesis, not the Holy Scripture. It is a tool in our daily work, ~ Victor Sebestyen
190:In philosophy, the opposite of truth is error; in Scripture, the opposite of truth is a lie. ~ Brennan Manning
191:ACT8.35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. ~ Anonymous
192:All teaching and all truth and all doctrine must be tested in the light of the scriptures. ~ Martyn Lloyd Jones
193:A prayerful study and experience are essential for a correct interpretation of the scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
194:Both my study of Scripture and my career in entertaining children have taught me to cherish them. ~ Walt Disney
195:Go to the Scriptures... the joyful promises it contains will be a balsam to all your troubles. ~ Andrew Jackson
196:I still live today with my mom sending me, you know, Hebrew Scriptures or phrases or celebrating. ~ Trevor Noah
197:Liberalizing tendencies today are not usually associated with those seeking a return to Scripture. ~ D A Carson
198:Men treat God's sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is matter for worship. ~ J I Packer
199:Men treat God’s sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is matter for worship. ~ J I Packer
200:Scripture carries God’s authority, the highest authority, because Scripture is God’s very own Word. ~ Anonymous
201:There is scarcely one figure in the entire Hebrew scripture we would want our children to emulate. ~ Harvey Cox
202:The Scriptures of God are my only foundation and substance in all matters of weight and importance. ~ John Knox
203:Yet one thing secures us what ever betide, the scriptures assures us that the Lord will provide. ~ Isaac Newton
204:about praying but never really pray. Scripture says, “You do not have because you do not ask ~ Emerson Eggerichs
205:I like the character of Moses. He is the first disunionist we read of in the Jewish Scriptures. ~ Frances Harper
206:We don’t preach the Scriptures; we let the Scriptures preach through us as they point to Christ. ~ Leonard Sweet
207:If private revelations agree with Scripture, they are needless, and if they disagree, they are false. ~ John Owen
208:Islam believes in many prophets, and Al Quran is nothing but a confirmation of the old Scriptures. ~ Annie Besant
209:It is vital to see ourselves as part of an ongoing journey started by our heroes in the Scriptures. ~ Alan Hirsch
210:Scripture is like a pair of spectacles which dispels the darkness and gives us a clear view of God. ~ John Calvin
211:There's a scripture that says, 'A merry heart doeth good like medicine.' I think that's true, too. ~ Dolly Parton
212:The scriptures of Christians, Mussalmans and Hindus are all replete with the teaching of ahimsa. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
213:E’en fishes by nature seek authentic Truth, For to hear scriptures they leap through the waves. ~ Anthony C Yu
214:God has been described by all the scriptures of the world as protector and saviour of the sinner. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
215:The goal is not for us to get through the Scriptures. The goal is to get the Scriptures through us. ~ John Ortberg
216:As an ultimate fuck you to rule-keeping scripture zealots everywhere, Jesus hung out with whores. ~ Frank Schaeffer
217:Every morning as I read the scripture, every night, I quote the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. ~ Bill Bright
218:They who strive to build up a firm faith in Scripture through disputation are doing things backwards. ~ John Calvin
219:if the scriptures don’t sometimes pierce us like a sword, we’re not paying close enough attention. ~ Kathleen Norris
220:Scripture doesn't speak of people who found God. Scripture speaks of people who walked with God. ~ Rachel Held Evans
221:Scripture doesn’t speak of people who found God. Scripture speaks of people who walked with God. ~ Rachel Held Evans
222:The step of obedience always precedes revelation. That pattern is evident all through the Scripture. ~ Chuck Missler
223:When we reach the outer limit of what Scripture says, it is time to stop arguing and start worshipping. ~ J I Packer
224:God has clothed His thoughts in words, and there is no way to know Him except by knowing the Scriptures. ~ John Stott
225:If you're not confident in the authority of the Scriptures, you will be a slave to what sounds right. ~ Matt Chandler
226:Newspapers today have almost replaced the Bible, the Koran, the Gita and other religious scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
227:Scripture and tradition habitually put the joys of heaven into the scale against the sufferings of earth, ~ C S Lewis
228:The man who, despite the teaching of Scripture, tries to pray without a Savior, insults the deity. ~ Charles Spurgeon
229:The Scriptures are not so much the goal as they are an arrow that points us to the life-changing Christ ~ Jim Cymbala
230:The Holy Scriptures do not know any distinctions. They enjoin that all lead the life of monks. ~ Saint John Chrysostom
231:The scripture teaches that he who now restrains will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way. ~ Greg Laurie
232:we should emphasize that the narrative of Scripture is a primary fund for the Christian imagination. ~ James K A Smith
233:When we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures. ~ Robert D Hales
234:My responsibility is to follow the Scriptures which call upon us to occupy the land until Jesus returns. ~ James G Watt
235:Not only the words (vocabula) which the Holy Spirit and Scripture use are divine, but also the phrasing ~ Martin Luther
236:People tell me judge not lest ye be judged. I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye be like satan ~ Paul Washer
237:[T]here is no greater strengthener of sin, and destroyer of the soul, than Scripture misapplied (317). ~ Richard Baxter
238:We hyper-focus on the lines of Scripture containing the miracles, and we miss the details of the mess. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
239:[Christ] will come again. But we must look to Scripture, not human thought, for our guide to preparing. ~ David Jeremiah
240:If your creed and Scripture do not agree, cut your creed to pieces, but make it agree with this book. ~ Charles Spurgeon
241:I put the Scriptures above all the sayings of the fathers, angels, men and devils. Here I take my stand. ~ Martin Luther
242:It’s not comparing yourself with others who call themselves Christians. Compare yourself to the Scripture. ~ Paul Washer
243:My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read. ~ Daniel Ladinsky
244:My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read. ~ Meister Eckhart
245:The Holy and Inspired Scriptures are sufficient of themselves for the preaching of the Truth. ~ Athanasius of Alexandria
246:There are two ways to read Scripture - the way a lawyer reads a will and the way an heir reads a will. ~ Alexander Whyte
247:When you think on the powerful truths of Scripture, God uses His Word to change your way of thinking. ~ Elizabeth George
248:for no man, without trials and temptations, can attain to the true understanding of the Holy Scriptures. ~ Martin Luther
249:What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man? ~ Chanakya
250:When you align yourself with God's purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens to your life. ~ Bono
251:When you read the sacred Scriptures, or any other book, never think how you read, but what you read. ~ John Philip Kemble
252:Your honesty, Your love, Your compassion should come from your inner being, not from teachings and scriptures. ~ Rajneesh
253:Any concept of God, however sincerely held, that is contrary to Scripture is false, and in the end idolatrous. ~ Anonymous
254:In a time when women were almost silent or invisible in literature, Scripture affirms and celebrates women. ~ Sarah Bessey
255:Scripture also assures us that God speaks to those who will listen and that He is always acting on our behalf. ~ Anonymous
256:We contend that ideas and/or practices may be scriptural as long as they are not condemned by scripture. ~ Charles H Kraft
257:What I know of the divine
science and holy scripture,
I learnt in the woods and fields. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
258:A man cannot serve two masters: so it is either reason or the scriptures.
- On Religion ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
259:Honestly, when I read the Scriptures, I really believe the Lord puts a heart in us when we become believers. ~ Francis Chan
260:Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and - since there is no other metaphor - also the soul. ~ Christopher Hitchens
261:Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself. ~ Charles Spurgeon
262:Scripture is not inerrant; believers are called to interpret biblical texts in light of tradition and reason. ~ Jon Meacham
263:The men who abandon themselves to the passions of this miserable life, are compared in Scripture to beasts. ~ Peter Abelard
264:What does the Scripture say? “ Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 ~ Beth Moore
265:My respectful study of other religions has not abated my reverence for or my faith in the Hindu scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
266:Our prayers should arise out of immersion in the Scripture. [We] speak only to the degree we are spoken to. ~ Timothy Keller
267:Scripture calls us into the memory of an amazing story … not for ourselves but for the sake of the world. ~ Timothy J Keller
268:Scripture speaks of a holiness which we have in Christ before God and a holiness which we must strive after. ~ Jerry Bridges
269:Submission to the Scriptures is submission to God. Rebellion against the Scriptures is rebellion against God ~ Kevin DeYoung
270:The fact is, we sometimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say. ~ Charles Spurgeon
271:We can't really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
272:ACT18.28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. ~ Anonymous
273:came, Known to the world by Ráma's name: With soul subdued, a chief of might, In Scripture versed, in glory bright, ~ V lm ki
274:I read the Scriptures at the American Cathedral on Christmas and Easter; that's it. It's a task I love. ~ Olivia de Havilland
275:Men cannot make Scripture conform to their lifestyle; they must make their lifestyle conform to Scripture. ~ Edwin Louis Cole
276:Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth. ~ N T Wright
277:The scripture that God used to save me was Isaiah 7.14, which today is still my favourite verse in the Bible. ~ Gloria Gaynor
278:Those who are lacking in bhakti (devotion), lacking in faith, are ill qualified to interpret the scriptures. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
279:To have faith in the Word, Scripture must not grasp us in our critical thought, but in the life of the soul. ~ Abraham Kuyper
280:Worship songs can't just be rooted in culture - they won't be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture. ~ Matt Redman
281:Happiness in God comes from seeing God revealed to us in the face of Jesus Christ through the Scriptures. Mueller ~ John Piper
282:If we venture beyond the pale of Scripture, we are...exposed to all the illusions of imagination and enthusiasm. ~ John Newton
283:Satan has no right to exercise authority over us, but he hopes we're too ignorant regarding scripture to know it. ~ Beth Moore
284:She would stay strong. She would remember the promises in Scripture. She would hope and pray and not give away. ~ Laura Frantz
285:We have lobbed verses of Scripture, like hand grenades, into the camps of others, convinced we only have truth. ~ George Carey
286:According to Scripture, the trouble with man by nature is not that he is incomplete but that he is dead. ~ D Martyn Lloyd Jones
287:For Jesus, Scripture is powerful, decisive, and authoritative because it is nothing less than the voice of God. ~ Kevin DeYoung
288:People tell me judge not lest ye be judged. I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye be like satan. ~ Paul David Washer
289:Scripture is also clear that it is not by works of righteousness we have done but by God’s mercy that He saves us. ~ Tim LaHaye
290:There is nothing inappropriate about analyzing problematic passages in light of a belief in the truth of Scripture. ~ Anonymous
291:Traditions tell us where we have come from. Scripture itself is a better guide as to where we should now be going. ~ N T Wright
292:According to Scripture, everything is connected, and every action has at least some effect on the whole. ~ Erwin Raphael McManus
293:Holy Scripture is the highest authority for every believer, the standard of faith and the foundation for reform. ~ John Wycliffe
294:I am ready to defend my convictions even unto death. I have followed the Sacred Scriptures and the holy doctors. ~ John Wycliffe
295:We don’t go to Scripture for permission to do what we think is best, but for direction to do what He says is best. ~ David Platt
296:We were given the Scriptures to humble us into realizing that God is right, and the rest of us are just guessing. ~ Rich Mullins
297:My brothers, when you accost each other, two things alone are fitting, instructive words or a grave silence. ~ Buddhist Scripture
298:Scripture doesn't promise that God will remove temptation, only that you'll be given strength to withstand it. ~ Garrison Keillor
299:The faithful theologian treats the Scriptures as the yardstick of belief but never as a tool for abusive control. ~ Kelly M Kapic
300:the scriptures also became the basis for the Church’s Sunday School curriculum. ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
301:Though we claim to believe the whole of Scripture, in practice we frequently deny much of it by ignoring it. ~ Martyn Lloyd Jones
302:We have a cunning adversary, who watches to do mischief, and will promote errors, even by the words of scripture. ~ Matthew Henry
303:God is so clear in spelling out His attributes in scripture in order that others would know what He is really like. ~ Francis Chan
304:I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas. ~ Franklin D Roosevelt
305:Most assuredly Zen is a religion, but it is a religion without scripture, without doctrine or dogma and without sin. ~ Howard Fast
306:Scripture ... does not derive its authority from the fact that we use it, not even when we use Scripture in faith. ~ G C Berkouwer
307:Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
308:The blasphemy of the papists is damnable, when they pretend that the light of Scripture merely dazzles the eye. This ~ John Calvin
309:The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. ~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act I, scene 3, line 99.
310:The Devil can quote scripture, after all. And monsters can say "please" and "thank you" same as any mother's son. ~ Elizabeth Bear
311:The devil can quote scripture,” she said.
“No doubt he had his hand in writing it,” the captain shot back. ~ Miles Cameron
312:They welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 ~ Beth Moore
313:When the Scriptures are read in the context of gathered worship, they are, in a sense, enacted at the same time. ~ James K A Smith
314:Be constantly committed to prayer or to reading [Scripture]; by praying, you speak to God, in reading, God speaks to you. ~ Cyprian
315:If your salvation was dependent on your ability to read and understand scripture, Jesus would have been an author. ~ Steve Maraboli
316:I really don't care too much what the different later Christian traditions say. My aim is to be faithful to Scripture. ~ N T Wright
317:It is a basic tenet throughout the Scriptures that God rewards diligence, faithfulness, endurance, and steadfastness. ~ Rick Joyner
318:Just as money is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures is like eating paper currency. ~ Alan Watts
319:Second, we are to discover this purpose of God in Scripture. The will of God for the people is in the Word of God. ~ John R W Stott
320:So I offer my definition of theology: theology is the application of Scripture, by persons, to every area of life.11 ~ John M Frame
321:The picture of fallen man as given in Scripture is that he knows God but does not want to recognize Him as God. ~ Cornelius Van Til
322:To substitute Scripture for the self-revealing Spirit is to put the dead letter in the place of the living Word. ~ Sebastian Franck
323:for when any one understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture. ~ John Calvin
324:Scripture is necessary if Christians are to know the will of God regarding what we are to believe and what we are to do. ~ Anonymous
325:the remaining debates among those who hold a high view of Scripture will be exegetical and hermeneutical, nothing else. ~ D A Carson
326:The scriptures say to wake up from the deep sleep of ignorance, remain fully awake, remain conscious, & go on learning. ~ Rama Swami
327:The zealous person who promises us a life free from suffering has found his message from a source other than Scripture. ~ R C Sproul
328:'T is elder Scripture, writ by God's own hand,— Scripture authentic! uncorrupt by man. ~ Edward Young, Night-Thoughts (1742–1745)
329:And the Scripture assures me that at the last day we shall not be examined by what we thought, but what we did . . ~ Walter Isaacson
330:his own sake and the love of our neighbor for God's sake--is the fulfillment and the end of all Scripture. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
331:Just as money is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures is like eating paper currency. ~ Alan W Watts
332:Our true wisdom is to embrace with meek docility, and without reservation, whatever the holy scriptures have delivered. ~ John Calvin
333:Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says. ~ Joyce Meyer
334:Those who lack discrimination may quote the letter of the Scripture, but they are really denying its inner truth. ~ The Bhagavad-Gita
335:While Christians tend to turn to Scripture to end a conversation, Jews turn to Scripture to start a conversation. ~ Rachel Held Evans
336:Both psychological research and Scripture demonstrate that those who give generously and serve others are happy people. ~ Randy Alcorn
337:into the depths of Scripture or researched a single Greek word. They simply taught what they knew. I don’t know any other ~ Beth Moore
338:Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive. ~ Saint Augustine
339:Most families controlled their children with scripture and a whip. This philosophy extended into the classrooms, too. ~ Carolyn Jessop
340:Most songs come from being attentive. Attentive to life, attentive to scripture, attentive to your heart. Pay attention! ~ Matt Redman
341:Scripture would not only solve the individual and family divisions, but it would also solve the ecclesiastical confusion. ~ Tony Evans
342:The crucial revelatory images that express 'the thought of Christ' are present in scripture and reinforced in worship. ~ Austin Farrer
343:The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India. ~ B R Ambedkar
344:The wonders of nature call to you. The promises and prophecies of Scripture speak to you. God himself reaches out to you. ~ Max Lucado
345:Everything in Scripture is either preparation for the Gospel, presentation of the Gospel, or participation in the Gospel. ~ Dave Harvey
346:For without faith no one can explain the Holy Scriptures, and without scholarship no one can investigate historic origins. ~ R A Torrey
347:I believe that the scriptures, the Sabbath, and the temple [are] mediums of holiness extended into this unholy world. ~ James L Ferrell
348:No learning or knowledge of scriptures is necessary to know the Self, as no man requires a mirror to see himself. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
349:Survival is the biggest dharma. The scriptures say, nothing is a sin during danger. It is called apat dharma. Think ~ Anand Neelakantan
350:There are people who spout verses from the Scriptures and talk big, but in their conduct they are quite different.
~ Sri Ramakrishna,
351:Whose lore in words of wisdom flows. Whose constant care and chief delight Were Scripture and ascetic rite, The good Válmíki, ~ V lm ki
352:Every scripture is to be interpreted by the same spirit which gave it forth,"—is the fundamental law of criticism. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
you want to receive life and healing from God, take time to find the words of Scripture that promise these results. ~ F F Bosworth
354:It was a vow, a piece of a chant, their scripture, something they took so seriously that saying it aloud embarrassed them. ~ Holly Black
355:Many a text [of Scripture] is written in a secret ink which must be held to the fire of adversity to make it visible. ~ Charles Spurgeon
356:Sabbath rest is more than mere abstention from physical work; and, therefore, must include worship and Scripture-reading. ~ Joseph Hertz
357:Truth is neither in the scripture nor in the words of prophets. It is in your heart, feel it, discover it and expand with it. ~ Amit Ray
358:we do not, and should not, derive our morals from scripture, Jesus has to be honoured as a model for that very thesis. ~ Richard Dawkins
359:2 Timothy 3:16 ALL Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. ~ Anonymous
360:All the distinctive features and superiority of our republican institutions are derived from the teachings of Scripture. ~ Edward Everett
361:Family worship is a time in which the entire household gathers for singing, prayer, the reading of Scripture, and catechesis. ~ Anonymous
362:If you keep the law of God, you are not described in Scripture as a pinched legalist, but rather as happy (Prov. 29:18). ~ Douglas Wilson
363:Rediscover the Rosary in the light of scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives. ~ Pope John Paul II
364:Scriptures were written, not to satisfy our curiosity and make us astronomers, but to lead us to God, and make us saints. ~ Matthew Henry
365:Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once, too. ~ Barack Obama
366:Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture - this is the bone and marrow of Biblical worship. ~ John Piper
367:When God changed someone’s name in Scripture, He changed their destiny: Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, Simon to Peter. ~ Peter Kreeft
368:For they were thieves not only of wages but of honor. To their purpose they could quote not only Scripture but Jefferson. ~ Sinclair Lewis
369:Scripture does not say that God is 'love, love, love' or that He is 'wrath, wrath, wrath,' but that He is 'holy, holy, holy.' ~ R C Sproul
370:There is no value in the reading of Scripture for its own sake, but only if it effectively introduces us to Jesus Christ. ~ John R W Stott
371:Those who treat God's Word (i.e., Scripture: Bible, Qur'an ..etc) as a living organism are theologically, non-believers. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
372:We must not build on the sands of an uncertain and everchanging science...but upon the rock of inspired Scriptures. ~ John Ambrose Fleming
373:God is greater than we can know; The number of his years is beyond comprehension. ~ Job 36:26, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
374:Start believing the Word of God over our feelings. The truth always overrides our feelings. Find the truth in the scriptures. ~ Joyce Meyer
375:The doctrine of the atonement is to my mind one of the surest proofs of the divine inspiration of Holy Scripture. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
376:Pray and learn to pray! Deepen your knowledge of the Word of the Living God by reading and meditating on the Scriptures. ~ Pope John Paul II
377:The majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel has its influence on my heart. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau
378:There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today. ~ Francis Chan
379:The universe is the primary revelation of the divine, the primary scripture, the primary locus of divine-human communication. ~ Thomas Berry
380:12This is what our Scriptures come to teach: in everything, in every circumstance, do to others as you would have them do to you. ~ Anonymous
381:An evangelical is somebody who, first of all, has a very high view of Scripture, believes it's an infallible message from God. ~ Tony Campolo
382:Jesus found His identity in Scripture and always directed these people to the Scriptures and the prophecies that spoke of Him. ~ K P Yohannan
383:Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, "At the very least, you will be polite to them. ~ Patricia Briggs
384:Overall, knowledge of Scripture, doctrine, and church history is poor among most Christians, not just young adult believers. ~ David Kinnaman
385:Scripture suggests that meditating on the Word of God can have an always-on effect of peace and strength in difficult times. ~ David Jeremiah
386:We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture's mandate to us is, "Weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15, KJV) ~ Billy Graham
387:It's evident God had no design to make a particular Enumeration in the Holy Scriptures, of all the Works of his Creation. ~ Christiaan Huygens
388:It’s unfortunate that someone can grow up hearing sermons and Sunday school lessons, yet never be captivated by the Scriptures. ~ Andy Stanley
389:My aim has been to expound Scripture and to expound Scripture in such a way that I do not set one Scripture over against another. ~ N T Wright
390:The devil can quote Scripture," she said.
"No doubt he had his hand in writing it," the captain shot back. - The Red Knight ~ Miles Cameron
391:16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, ~ Anonymous
392:Although He is above all the regulations of the revealed scriptures, He does not do anything that violates the revealed scriptures. ~ Anonymous
393:I meditate on God's life and I read the scriptures. I read something about Him, go through it and spend a lot of time by myself. ~ Jim Caviezel
394:Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are evident today. ~ Billy Graham
395:We are told repeatedly in Scripture to prepare for hardships; so why do we believe our lives should be characterized by ease? ~ Patsy Clairmont
396:God’s people need to study the prophetic Scriptures so they can both be prepared themselves and help others prepare for His coming. ~ Tim LaHaye
397:Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders. ~ Eugene H Peterson
398:The author of the document would one day come to believe that it was sacred scripture and that his writing desk was a holy object. ~ Jon Meacham
399:The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false, and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture. ~ Pope Paul V
400:When God sends signs, be faithful. Let them lead you to Scripture. As Scripture directs, be humble. Let it lead you to worship. And ~ Max Lucado
401:For hardly any of the ecclesiastical writers have handled the Divine Scriptures more ineptly and absurdly than Origen and Jerome. ~ Martin Luther
402:Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible. ~ Philip Jenkins
403:16 d All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, ~ Anonymous
404:A false interpretation of Scripture causes that the gospel of the Lord becomes the gospel of man, or, which is worse, of the devil. ~ Saint Jerome
405:GAL3.22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. ~ Anonymous
406:If Eve could be swayed in a flawless environment, what is our protection in the midst of corruption? It’s none other than Scripture. ~ John Bevere
407:It's good that kids know the Scripture. It's best that they know the Scripture and get the concept. All I can say is, it's working. ~ Willie Aames
408:Scripture said that "pride goes before fall". Just let pride go alone. Don't go in its company, else fall pursues both of you! ~ Israelmore Ayivor
409:The Christian God is slow to anger and rich in mercy (see Exodus 34: 6, echoed in Joel 2: 13 and many other places in Scripture). ~ David G Benner
410:to see in the past that very godly people were able to maintain bizarre interpretations of Scripture should be a caution for us all. ~ Mark A Noll
411:Before all else, Protestantism is, in its very essence, an appeal from all other authority to the divine authority of Holy Scripture ~ B B Warfield
412:Both gospels employ the term “Son of God” exactly as it is used throughout the Hebrew Scriptures: as a royal title, not a description. ~ Reza Aslan
413:It is not true that some doctors are only for the initiated. There is NOTHING in Scripture which is ashamed of the light. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
414:It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide. ~ Desiderius Erasmus
415:Some parts of the Bible are dreadful. In fact, my working title for The Sins of Scripture was "The Terrible Text of The Bible." ~ John Shelby Spong
416:The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. ~ William Shakespeare
417:The personality of the artist leaks through their work. God included. He reveals himself through nature, as the Scriptures testify. ~ John Eldredge
418:Every word of Holy Scripture was a love letter from God directed very personally to us and he asked us whether we loved Jesus. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
419:He who walks with the wise will be wise, Scripture saith, and he who walks with the witty will eventually start to pop off himself. ~ Douglas Wilson
420:hold one another close …” I eased through the throng of candlelit faces as the minister quoted scripture and talked about the ~ Amanda Kyle Williams
421:Not by accident, you may be sure, do the Christian Scriptures make the father of knowledge a serpent - slimy, sneaking and abominable. ~ H L Mencken
422:The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to bebelieved and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimonyof any man, or church; ~ Anonymous
423:The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. ~ Martin Luther
424:The Book of Psalms is one of the most extensive and useful in the holy Scripture, as it is every where suited to the case of the saints. ~ Anonymous
425:There is more truth and sacredness in a blade of grass than in all the shrines, scriptures and stories created to honor an idea of God. ~ Adyashanti
426:The scripture in times of disputes is like an open town in times of war, which serves in differently the occasions of both parties. ~ Alexander Pope
427:Tradition is never said to be “God-breathed” and is never exalted to a place of equality with (or supremacy over) the Scriptures. ~ James R White
428:Where the Scriptures have come there has been light: all the rest of the world has remained in darkness. So ’tis now all over the world. ~ Anonymous
429:But those who wish to prove to unbelievers that Scripture is the Word of God are acting foolishly, for only by faith can this be known. ~ John Calvin
430:I remembered something my mother used to say. “The devil can quote scripture.” “And in a pleasing voice,” Mrs. Shoplaw agreed moodily. ~ Stephen King
431:Memorizing Scripture strengthens your faith because it repeatedly reinforces the truth, often just when you need to hear it again. ~ Donald S Whitney
432:One thing that's clear in the Scriptures is that the nations do not lead people to peace; rather, people lead the nations to peace. ~ Shane Claiborne
433:The secret of Caleb’s life is found in a phrase that’s repeated six times in Scripture: “He wholly followed the LORD God of Israel ~ Warren W Wiersbe
434:We must search the scriptures, accepting them as the mind and will and voice of the Lord and the very power of God unto salvation. ~ Bruce R McConkie
435:When you've understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can't understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom. ~ Jack Kerouac
436:[H]e found poetry more comforting than Scripture—and his ability to forge from his life a cogent, powerful tale of living with death. ~ Paul Kalanithi
437:I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible. ~ Ted Cruz
438:In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim. ~ John Owen
439:The Scriptures declare, “… it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11 KJV). ~ T D Jakes
440:We must have a warrant for our prayers. If we have some great desire, we must search the scriptures to find if it be right to ask it. ~ Dwight L Moody
441:A humble man who lives a spiritual life, when he reads the Holy Scriptures, while relate all things to himself and not to others. ~ Mark the Evangelist
442:All beautiful scriptures came into her mind. 'They rest from their labours.' 'The weary are at rest.' 'He giveth His beloved sleep. ~ Elizabeth Gaskell
443:I believe in Christianity because the Scriptures said: "The things that have been done in the dark will be known on the house tops." ~ Fannie Lou Hamer
444:Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. ~ Mark Twain
445:Sound theology actually teaches the central importance of love and inclines us to love the God of the Scriptures and other people as well. ~ R C Sproul
446:The fear of God does not come naturally to human beings; it must be learned through Scripture, worship, and the hard knocks of experience. ~ Max Anders
447:The Lord speaks to us through the Scriptures and in our prayer. Let us learn to keep silence before him, as we meditate upon the Gospel. ~ Pope Francis
448:The Sins of Scripture is an interesting title; most people don't put sins and scripture together in the same title. It jars people. ~ John Shelby Spong
449:I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments and demonstrations. ~ Galileo Galilei
450:The Gita is the essence of all scriptures. A sannyasi may or may not keep with him another book, but he always carries a pocket Gita. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
451:The narratives of Scripture were not meant to describe our world ... but to change the world, including the one in which we now live. ~ Stanley Hauerwas
452:All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 ~ Beth Moore
453:All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight,* for disciplining in righteousness, ~ Anonymous
454:I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. ~ Galileo Galilei
455:Jesus Christ never died for our good works. They were not worth dying for. But he gave himself for our sins, according to the Scriptures. ~ Martin Luther
456:Make knowledge of the Scripture your love ... Live with them, meditate on them, make them the sole object of your knowledge and inquiries. ~ Saint Jerome
457:Scripture: From the Latin scriptura, meaning “writings”; refers to sacred texts, but more specifically, the Bible as the Word of God written. ~ Anonymous
458:All my weak days have a common cause - I have neglected communion with God through my neglect of the Scriptures & prayer. When will I learn? ~ Paul Washer
459:A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory, and very few eyes can see the mystery of his life, a life like the scriptures, figurative. ~ John Keats
460:How does this man have such a knowledge of the Scriptures when he has not studied at the schools? ~ John the Evangelist, John 7: 15, New World Translation
461:How easy it is to read the Scriptures and give a kind of nominal assent to the truth and yet never to appropriate what it tells us! ~ D Martyn Lloyd Jones
462:The essence of Dispensationalism is a consistent literal interpretation of Scripture, unless the text and context clearly indicates otherwise. ~ Anonymous
463:The fact that so little of the findings of modern science is prefigured in Scripture to my mind casts further doubt on it divine inspiration. ~ Carl Sagan
464:they that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all. ~ Anonymous
465:This is fellowship: sharing with one another what God is teaching through the Scriptures, and this is an important part of true community. ~ Jerry Bridges
466:Alaska Airlines would have been cheaper, but Reacher hated Alaska Airlines. They put a scripture card on their meal trays. Ruined his appetite. ~ Lee Child
467:America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture. ~ Woodrow Wilson
468:As for me, perhaps I am so fascinated by his face because the Scriptures make no mention of it...all it's details are left to my imagination. ~ Sh saku End
469:For it is the explicit statement of Sacred Scripture that one who is outside of tribulation is outside the condition and hope of salvation. ~ Martin Luther
470:I have more wisdom than any books ever written in history of times, any scripture ever written which you rhyme but this is not my purpose. ~ Santosh Kalwar
471:Scripture is there to be a means of God’s action in and through us – which will include, but go far beyond, the mere conveying of information. ~ Tom Wright
472:The promises of Scripture may very roughly be reduced to five heads. It is promised (1) that we shall be with Christ; (2) that we shall be like ~ C S Lewis
473:The truths of the Scriptures are so marked and inimitable, that the inventor would be more of a miraculous character than the hero. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau
474:In and through the Scriptures we see the glory of God. What the apostles of Jesus saw face-to-face they impart to us through their words. “That ~ John Piper
475:The Holy Scriptures were not given
to us that we should enclose
them in books, but that we should
engrave them upon our hearts. ~ John Chrysostom
476:The only way that we can avoid the sin of idolatry is by immersing ourselves in Spirit-enlightened study of God through the Scripture. ~ Elyse M Fitzpatrick
477:Every word about the God-breathed character of Scripture is meaningless if Holy Scripture is not understood as the witness concerning Christ. ~ G C Berkouwer
478:In Scripture we read of two kinds of men-the spiritual man controlled by the Holy Spirit, and the "carnal" man who is ruled by his passions. ~ David Jeremiah
479:The idea that Buddhism denies what is called in the West individual immortality is a mistake, so far as the Buddhist scriptures are concerned. ~ Annie Besant
480:The reverence for the Scriptures is an element of civilization, for thus has the history of the world been preserved, and is preserved. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
481:When you really dive into the scriptures it says the kingdom of heaven is inside you. You can feel that because of the way Christ dropped it. ~ Killah Priest
482:Amos Flesher struck her as many men of the cloth had done over the years: a bully who had learned to fight with scripture rather than his fists. ~ Nick Cutter
483:and proceeding to follow the example of the devil in quoting Scripture for his own ends I added: “She looketh to the ways of her household…. ~ Agatha Christie
484:If Scripture were to describe the downfall of an empire in the style adopted by political historians, the common people would not be stirred. ~ Baruch Spinoza
485:It pleases God when you know you are dearly loved. That’s why the Scripture says, “Come boldly to the throne.” Don’t go to Him feeling unworthy. ~ Joel Osteen
486:Origen, and many others along with him, have seized the occasion of torturing Scripture, in every possible manner, away from the true sense. ~ John Calvin
487:Testimony requires the nurturing by the prayer of faith, the hungering for the word of God in the scriptures, and the obedience to the truth. ~ Henry B Eyring
488:The conferring and comparing of Scriptures is an excellent means of coming to an acquaintance with the mind and will of God in them. —JOHN OWEN ~ Joel R Beeke
489:There are people who have an almost perfect knowledge of the letter of the Scripture but have never known the message of the Scripture. ~ D Martyn Lloyd Jones
490:They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all. ~ Matthew Henry
491:An older, Puritan approach to Scripture tended to prevail in the American South, where the Bible was regarded as a set of definite, positive laws ~ Mark A Noll
492:Christ, who came meek and mild to save us from pain and suffering, was the One who talked more about hell than any other person in Scripture. ~ D James Kennedy
493:Critics have found fault with all the world's scriptures, but as yet they have discovered no useful substitutes. ~ Manly P Hall, The Bible, the Story of a Book
494:It would be impossible to learn the lessons the scriptures contain by reading them only one time through or studying selected verses in a class. ~ Julie B Beck
495:Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,’” I whispered, the words familiar from Scripture. “But not this time, God. You had your chance. ~ Faith Hunter
496:Creation itself bears witness to God, but with Scripture we have a better comprehension of exactly what the created order is saying about its Maker. ~ Anonymous
497:Critics have found fault with all the world's scriptures, but as yet they have discovered no useful substitutes. ~ Manly P Hall, The Bible, the Story of a Book,
498:Didn’t Shakespeare say something about ‘every fool in error can find a passage of Scripture to back him up’? He knew his religious bigots. ~ John Howard Griffin
499:do we want to know what God is? Search not the book called the scripture, which any human hand might make, but the scripture called the Creation. ~ Thomas Paine
500:Speaker says psychology has commandeered "everything hard" and partitioned it from Scripture with the assumption that its causes are biological ~ Edward T Welch
74 Integral Yoga
60 Sri Aurobindo
30 Saint Augustine of Hippo
27 The Mother
24 Nolini Kanta Gupta
18 Aldous Huxley
17 Sri Ramakrishna
15 Swami Krishnananda
9 Swami Vivekananda
7 Sri Ramana Maharshi
7 Carl Jung
5 Jorge Luis Borges
5 Aleister Crowley
4 Saint John of Climacus
3 William Wordsworth
3 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
3 Rabbi Moses Luzzatto
3 George Van Vrekhem
2 James George Frazer
2 H P Lovecraft
2 Friedrich Nietzsche
2 Franz Bardon
21 City of God
20 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
18 The Perennial Philosophy
15 The Study and Practice of Yoga
10 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
9 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
9 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
8 The Bible
7 The Synthesis Of Yoga
6 The Secret Doctrine
5 The Life Divine
5 The Blue Cliff Records
5 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
5 Magick Without Tears
5 Letters On Yoga II
5 Kena and Other Upanishads
5 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
4 Vedic and Philological Studies
4 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
4 Essays On The Gita
4 Essays Divine And Human
4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
4 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
3 Wordsworth - Poems
3 Preparing for the Miraculous
3 Isha Upanishad
3 General Principles of Kabbalah
3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
3 Agenda Vol 04
2 Twilight of the Idols
2 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
2 The Human Cycle
2 The Golden Bough
2 Questions And Answers 1954
2 Questions And Answers 1929-1931
2 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
2 Mysterium Coniunctionis
2 Lovecraft - Poems
2 Letters On Poetry And Art
2 Initiation Into Hermetics
2 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
2 Amrita Gita
2 Agenda Vol 07
2 Agenda Vol 03
0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
“Experience in thy soul the truth of the scripture; afterwards, if thou wilt, reason
and state thy experience intellectually and even then distrust thy statement; but distrust
01.11 - Aldous Huxley: The Perennial Philosophy, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
There is a beautiful quotation from the Chinese sage, Wu Ch'ng-n, regarding the doubtful utility of written scriptures:
"'Listen to this!' shouted Monkey. 'After all the trouble we had getting here from China, and after you specially ordered that we were to be given the scriptures, Ananda and Kasyapa made a fraudulent delivery of goods. They gave us blank copies to take away; I ask you, what is the good of that to us?' 'You needn't shout,' said the Buddha, smiling. 'As a matter of fact, it is such blank scrolls as these that are the true scriptures. But I quite see that the people of China are too foolish and ignorant to believe this, so there is nothing for it but to give them copies with some writing on.' "
02.01 - The World War, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Modern thinkers do not speak of the Asura the Demon or the Titanalthough the religiously minded sometimes refer to the Anti-Christ; but the real, the inner significance of the terms, is lost to a mind nurtured in science and empiricism; they are considered as more or less imaginative symbols for certain undesirable qualities of nature and character. Yet some have perceived and expressed the external manifestation and activities of the Asura in a way sufficient to open men's eyes to the realities involved. Thus they have declared that the present war is a conflict between two ideals, to be sure, but also that the two ideals are so different that they do not belong to the same plane or order; they belong to different planes and different orders. On one side the whole endeavour is to bring man down from the level to which he has arisen in the course of evolution to something like his previous level and to keep him imprisoned there. That this is really their aim, the protagonists and partisans themselves have declared frankly and freely and loudly enough, without any hesitation or reservation. Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' has become the scripture of the New Order; it has come with a more categorical imperative, a more supernal authority than the Veda, the Bible or the Koran.
02.02 - Rishi Dirghatama, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Now in conclusion I will just speak of the fundamental vision of the rishi. His entire realisation, the whole Veda of his life, he has, it appears, pressed into one single k We have heard it said that the entire range of all scriptures is epitomised in the Gita and the Gita' itself is epitomised in one slokasarvadharmn parityajya... Even so we may say that Rishi Dirghatama has summarised his experience, at least the fundamental basic one, and put it into a sutra. It is the famous k with which he opens his long hymn to Surya:
02.06 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
Translation of God's pure original text,
He thinks to read the scripture Wonderful,
Hieratic key to unknown beatitudes.
02.07 - The Descent into Night, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
He seemed a helping angel from the skies:
He armed untruth with scripture and the Law;
He deceived with wisdom, with virtue slew the soul
03.01 - The Evolution of Consciousness, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
The Science of the West has discovered evolution as the secret of life and its process in this material world; but it has laid more stress on the growth of form and species than on the growth of consciousness: even, consciousness has been regarded as an incident and not the whole secret of the meaning of the evolution. An evolution has been admitted by certain minds in the East, certain philosophies and scriptures, but there its sense has been the growth of the soul through developing or successive forms and many lives of the individual to its own highest reality.
03.02 - Yogic Initiation and Aptitude, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Needless to say that these tests and ordeals are mere externals; at any rate, they have no place in our sadhana. Such or similar virtues many people possess or may possess, but that is no indication that they have an opening to the true spiritual life, to the life divine that we seek. Just as accomplishments on the mental plane,keen intellect, wide studies, profound scholarship even in the scriptures do not entitle a man to the possession of the spirit, even so capacities on the vital plane,mere self-control, patience and forbearance or endurance and perseverance do not create a claim to spiritual realisation, let alone physical austerities. In conformity with the Upanishadic standard, one may not be an unworthy son or an unworthy disciple, one may be strong, courageous, patient, calm, self-possessed, one may even be a consummate master of the senses and be endowed with other great virtues. Yet all this is no assurance of one's success in spiritual sadhana. Even one may be, after Shankara, a mumuksu, that is to say, have an ardent yearning for liberation. Still it is doubtful if that alone can give him liberation into the divine life.
03.03 - Arjuna or the Ideal Disciple, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Nor by brain-power, nor by much learning of scripture.Katha Upanishad, 1. 2. 23.
04.03 - The Call to the Quest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
Carved like a nectar-cup for thirsty gods,
This breathing scripture of the Eternal's joy,
This net of sweetness woven of aureate fire.
05.02 - Satyavan, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
A Veda-knower of the unwritten book
Perusing the mystic scripture of her forms,
He had caught her hierophant significances,
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.
10.03 - Life in and Through Death, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
The soul carries the body even like a corpse, says a scripture. It is a dead inert mass of inconscience weighing upon the conscious being that is behind. Such is the burden of life that the soul bears through its earthly existence. The image is beautifully delineated in the Indian legend of Shiva and Sati. Sati is dead, the bereaved Shiva goes about in anguish with the dead body of Sati flung upon his shoulder. Shiva is to be relieved of this burden, otherwise the creation will go to rack and ruin. The prayer went to Vishnu and Vishnu hurled his discus that cut to pieces the corpse of Sati the pieces were fifty-two in number and each spot where a piece, a limb of Sati, fell became a great place of pilgrimage. Even so, the world in its inconscience lies heavy on the secret Consciousness that is behind. It lies almost smothered under the dead weight of the inconscient and the unconsciousness. But the Divine Grace has entered into the inertial mass and split it up, entered into each particle as a spark of consciousness to turn gradually the dead matter into a rising and evolving tier of consciousness.
10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
Matter its mystery hides from its own eyes,
A scripture written out in cryptic signs,
An occult document of the All-Wonderful's art.
1.007 - Initial Steps in Yoga Practice, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
Yoga scriptures tell us that we must also choose a particular place, as far as possible not that today we meditate in Haridwar, tomorrow in Delhi and the day after tomorrow in Benares. That is not all right if we want real success. We must be in one place. As a matter of fact, people who practise mantra purascharana, or disciplinary chanting of mantras for a chosen period, do this and what can be a greater purascharana than meditation? So when we take to exclusive spiritual practice as a very serious affair and not merely as a hobby, it would be necessary, I would say for beginners, that a period of at least five years is called for. If we are very serious and in dead earnest about it not taking it only as a kind of educational procedure for informative purposes and not being very earnest about achieving anything substantially we may have to stick to one place for five years continuously, and not less than that. If our point is to achieve something substantial, concrete and definite, then this amount of discipline is called for, which is a definite place, a definite time, and a chosen method of meditation a definite system, arranged in one's own mind, which should not be changed continuously.
1.009 - Perception and Reality, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
Here we go to a realm where the revelations of the ancient masters, which are embodied in the sacred scriptures, become our guide. Otherwise we shall be blind we will know nothing. The great masters who are the Gurus of mankind, who had plumbed the depths of being and had vision of the cosmic mystery, tell us something which the intellect cannot explain inductively, logically or scientifically. Our individual existence is caused by something which is prior to the manifestation of individuality and, therefore, let not the individual intellect interfere with this subject.
The masters, whose records we have in such scriptures as the Upanishads, for example, tell us that there is a cosmic mystery behind this operation of individuality namely, the diversification of the Comic Principle. We cannot ask as to why it happened, because the intellect is interfering here. We are asking the reason why the intellect is there at all, and why individuality is there at all. That question cannot be asked because this intellect is an effect of individuality, and now we are trying to find the cause thereof. "Unbridled intellect is an obstacle," says Sankara in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, because the intellect will insist that there is diversity. It will oblige us to accept that individuality is real, objects are real, our relationships to them must be real, and so forth. So we should not take the advice of the intellect hereafter. The mystery of cosmic manifestation, which is the diversification of the cosmic principle, is regarded as the controlling principle behind the existence and the functioning of the individual.
So, it would not be judicious on the part of any individual to vehemently assert that the physical perceptions of the world are all-in-all. The materialist's conception is, therefore, not correct, because this conception arises on account of a miscalculated attitude towards everything. This is the reason why, in the practice of yoga, expert guidance is called for, because we are dealing with matters that are super-intellectual, super-rational. Here our own understanding is not of much use, nor are books of any use, because we are treading on dangerous ground which the mind has not seen and cannot contemplate. We are all a wonder, says the scripture. This is a mystery, a wonder. It is a wonder because it is not capable of intellectually being analysed. The scripture proclaims that the subject is a great mystery, a great wonder and marvel; and one who teaches it is also a marvel, and the one who receives this knowledge, who understands it the disciple is also a wonder, indeed, because though the broadcasting station is powerful, the receiver-set also must be equally powerful to receive the message. The bamboo stick will not receive the message of the BBC. So the disciple is also a wonder to receive this mysterious knowledge, as the teacher himself is a wonder; and the subject is a marvel by itself.
1.00b - INTRODUCTION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
In India two classes of scripture are recognized: the Shruti, or inspired writings which
are their own authority, since they are the product of immediate insight into ultimate
1.00 - Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
They tried to persuade India that the teachings of her saints and seers were the cause of her downfall, that her Vedas, Purns, and other scriptures were filled with superstition.
Hindu priests are thoroughly acquainted with the rites of worship, but few of them are aware of their underlying significance. They move their hands and limbs mechanically, in obedience to the letter of the scriptures, and repeat the holy mantras like parrots. But from the very beginning the inner meaning of these rites was revealed to Sri Ramakrishna. As he sat facing the image, a strange transformation came over his mind.
Mathur begged Sri Ramakrishna to take charge of the worship in the Kli temple. The young priest pleaded his incompetence and his ignorance of the scriptures. Mathur insisted that devotion and sincerity would more than compensate for any lack of formal knowledge and make the Divine Mother manifest Herself through the image. In the end, Sri Ramakrishna had to yield to Mathur's request. He became the priest of Kli.
Naturally the temple officials took him for an insane person. His worldly well-wishers brought him to skilled physicians; but no medicine could cure his malady. Many a time he doubted his sanity himself. For he had been sailing across an uncharted sea, with no earthly guide to direct him. His only haven of security was the Divine Mother Herself. To Her he would pray: "I do not know what these things are. I am ignorant of mantras and the scriptures. Teach me, Mother, how to realize Thee. Who else can help me? Art Thou not my only refuge and guide?" And the sustaining presence of the Mother never failed him in his distress or doubt. Even those who criticized his conduct were greatly impressed with his purity, guilelessness, truthfulness, integrity, and holiness. They felt an uplifting influence in his presence.
In 1858 there came to Dakshinewar a cousin of Sri Ramakrishna, Haladhri by name, who was to remain there about eight years. On account of Sri Ramakrishna's indifferent health, Mathur appointed this man to the office of priest in the Kli temple. He was a complex character, versed in the letter of the scriptures, but hardly aware of their spirit.
Sri Ramakrishna welcomed the visitor with great respect, described to her his experiences and visions, and told her of people's belief that these were symptoms of madness. She listened to him attentively and said: "My son, everyone in this world is mad. Some are mad for money, some for creature comforts, some for name and fame; and you are mad for God." She assured him that he was passing through the almost unknown spiritual experience described in the scriptures as Mah-bhva, the most exalted rapture of divine love. She told him that this extreme exaltation had been described as manifesting itself through nineteen physical symptoms, including the shedding of tears, a tremor of the body, horripilation, perspiration, and a burning sensation. The Bhakti scriptures, she declared, had recorded only two instances of the experience, namely, those of Sri Rdh and Sri Chaitanya.
Two famous pundits of the time were invited: Vaishnavcharan, the leader of the Vaishnava society, and Gauri. The first to arrive was Vaishnavcharan, with a distinguished company of scholars and devotees. The Brhmani, like a proud mother, proclaimed her view before him and supported it with quotations from the scriptures. As the pundits discussed the deep theological question, Sri Ramakrishna, perfectly indifferent to everything happening around him, sat in their midst like a child, immersed in his own thoughts, sometimes smiling, sometimes chewing a pinch of spices from a pouch, or again saying to Vaishnavcharan with a nudge: "Look here. Sometimes I feel like this, too." Presently Vaishnavcharan arose to declare himself in total agreement with the view of the Brhmani. He declared that Sri Ramakrishna had undoubtedly experienced Mah-bhva and that this was the certain sign of the rare manifestation of God in a man. The people assembled there, especially the officers of the temple garden, were struck dumb. Sri Ramakrishna said to Mathur, like a boy: "Just fancy, he too says so! Well, I am glad to learn that, after all, it is not a disease."
Gauri said: "I feel it in my heart and I have the scriptures on my side. I am ready to prove it to anyone who challenges me."
Sri Ramakrishna was a learner all his life. He often used to quote a proverb to his disciples: "Friend, the more I live the more I learn." When the excitement created by the Brhmani's declaration was over, he set himself to the task of practising spiritual disciplines according to the traditional methods laid down in the Tantra and Vaishnava scriptures. Hitherto he had pursued his spiritual ideal according to the promptings of his own mind and heart. Now he accepted the Brhmani as his guru and set foot on the traditional highways.
Through his devotion to Kli he had worshipped God as his Mother. He was now to take up the other relationships prescribed by the Vaishnava scriptures.
The Vaishnava scriptures advise one to propitiate Rdh and obtain her grace in order to realize Sri Krishna. So the tortured devotee now turned his prayer to her. Within a short time he enjoyed her blessed vision. He saw and felt the figure of Rdh disappearing into his own body.
One day, listening to a recitation of the Bhgavata on the verandah of the Radhknta temple he fell into a divine mood and saw the enchanting form of Krishna. He perceived the luminous rays issuing from Krishna's Lotus Feet in the form of a stout rope, which touched first the Bhgavata and then his own chest, connecting all three - God, the scripture, and the devotee. "After this vision," he used to say, "I came to realize that Bhagavn-Bhakta-and-Bhgavata -- God-Devotee-and- scripture -- are in reality, one and the same."
Sri Ramakrishna used to say that when the flower blooms the bees come to it for honey of their own accord. Now many souls began to visit Dakshinewar to satisfy their spiritual hunger. He, the devotee and aspirant, became the Master. Gauri, the great scholar who had been one of the first to proclaim Sri Ramakrishna an Incarnation of God, paid the Master a visit in 1870 and with the Master's blessings renounced the world. Nryan stri, another great pundit, who had mastered the six systems of Hindu philosophy and had been offered a lucrative post by the Maharaja of Jaipur, met the Master and recognized in him one who had realized in life those ideals which he himself had encountered merely in books. Sri Ramakrishna initiated Nryan astri, at his earnest request, into the life of sannys. Pundit Padmalochan, the court pundit of the Maharaja of Burdwan, well known for his scholarship in both the Vednta and the Nyya systems of philosophy, accepted the Master as an Incarnation of God. Krishnakishore, a Vedantist scholar, became devoted to the Master. And there arrived Viwanth Updhyya, who was to become a favourite devotee; Sri Ramakrishna always addressed him as "Captain". He was a high officer of the King of Nepal and had received the title of Colonel in recognition of his merit. A scholar of the Gita, the Bhgavata, and the Vednta philosophy, he daily performed the worship of his Chosen Deity with great devotion. "I have read the Vedas and the other scriptures", he said. "I have also met a good many monks and devotees in different places. But it is in Sri Ramakrishna's presence that my spiritual yearnings have been fulfilled. To me he seems to be the embodiment of the truths of the scriptures."
The party entered holy Banras by boat along the Ganges. When Sri Ramakrishna's eyes fell on this city of iva, where had accumulated for ages the devotion and piety of countless worshippers, he saw it to be made of gold, as the scriptures declare. He was visibly moved. During his stay in the city he treated every particle of its earth with utmost respect. At the Manikarnik Ght, the great cremation ground of the city, he actually saw iva, with ash-covered body and tawny matted hair, serenely approaching each funeral pyre and breathing into the ears of the corpses the mantra of liberation; and then the Divine Mother removing from the dead their bonds. Thus he realized the significance of the scriptural statement that anyone dying in Banras attains salvation through the grace of iva. He paid a visit to Trailanga Swmi, the celebrated monk, whom he later declared to be a real paramahamsa, a veritable image of iva.
Balarm Bose came of a wealthy Vaishnava family. From his youth he had shown a deep religious temperament and had devoted his time to meditation, prayer, and the study of the Vaishnava scriptures. He was very much impressed by Sri Ramakrishna even at their first meeting. He asked Sri Ramakrishna whether God really existed and, if so, whether a man could realize Him. The Master said: "God reveals Himself to the devotee who thinks of Him as his nearest and dearest. Because you do not draw response by praying to Him once, you must not conclude that He does not exist. Pray to God, thinking of Him as dearer than your very self. He is much attached to His devotees. He comes to a man even before He is sought. There is none more intimate and affectionate than God."
He claimed to have been initiated by Totpuri and used to say that he had been following the path of knowledge according to his guru's instructions. He possessed a large library of English and Sanskrit books. But though he pretended to have read them, most of the leaves were uncut. The Master knew all his limitations, yet enjoyed listening to him recite from the Vedas and other scriptures. He would always exhort Mahim to meditate on the meaning of the scriptural texts and to practise spiritual discipline.
Sri Ramakrishna said sharply. "You dare to slight in these terms renunciation and piety, which our scriptures describe as the greatest of all virtues! After reading two pages of English you think you have come to know the world! You appear to think you are omniscient. Well, have you seen those tiny crabs that are born in the Ganges just when the rains set in? In this big universe you are even less significant than one of those small creatures. How dare you talk of helping the world? The Lord will look to that. You haven't the power in you to do it." After a pause the Master continued: "Can you explain to me how you can work for others? I know what you mean by helping them. To feed a number of persons, to treat them when they are sick, to construct a road or dig a well - Isn't that all? These are good deeds, no doubt, but how trifling in comparison with the vastness of the universe! How far can a man advance in this line? How many people can you save from famine? Malaria has ruined a whole province; what could you do to stop its onslaught? God alone looks after the world. Let a man first realize Him. Let a man get the authority from God and be endowed with His power; then, and then alone, may he think of doing good to others. A man should first be purged of all egotism. Then alone will the Blissful Mother ask him to work for the world." Sri Ramakrishna mistrusted philanthropy that presumed to pose as charity. He warned people against it. He saw in most acts of philanthropy nothing but egotism, vanity, a desire for glory, a barren excitement to kill the boredom of life, or an attempt to soo the a guilty conscience. True charity, he taught, is the result of love of God - service to man in a spirit of worship.
Harinth had led the austere life of a brahmachri even from his early boyhood -bathing in the Ganges every day, cooking his own meals, waking before sunrise, and reciting the Gita from memory before leaving bed. He found in the Master the embodiment of the Vednta scriptures. Aspiring to be a follower of the ascetic ankara, he cherished a great hatred for women. One day he said to the Master that he could not allow even small girls to come near him. The Master scolded him and said: "You are talking like a fool. Why should you hate women? They are the manifestations of the Divine Mother. Regard them as your own mother and you will never feel their evil influence. The more you hate them, the more you will fall into their snares." Hari said later that these words completely changed his attitude toward women.
Gangdhar, Harinth's friend, also led the life of a strict brahmachari, eating vegetarian food cooked by his own hands and devoting himself to the study of the scriptures. He met the Master in 1884 and soon became a member of his inner circle. The Master praised his ascetic habit and attri buted it to the spiritual disciplines of his past life.
Kliprasd visited the Master toward the end of 1883. Given to the practice of meditation and the study of the scriptures, Kli was particularly interested in yoga. Feeling the need of a guru in spiritual life, he came to the Master and was accepted as a disciple. The young boy possessed a rational mind and often felt sceptical about the Personal God.
Pundit aadhar one day suggested to the Master that the latter could remove the illness by concentrating his mind on the throat, the scriptures having declared that yogis had power to cure themselves in that way. The Master rebuked the pundit. "For a scholar like you to make such a proposal!" he said. "How can I withdraw the mind from the Lotus Feet of God and turn it to this worthless cage of flesh and blood?" "For our sake at least", begged Narendra and the other disciples. "But", replied Sri Ramakrishna, "do you think I enjoy this suffering? I wish to recover, but that depends on the Mother."
1.00 - Gospel Preface, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
An appropriate allusion indeed! Bhagavata, the great scripture that has given the word of Sri Krishna to mankind, was composed by the Sage Vysa under similar circumstances. When caught up in a mood of depression like that of M, Vysa was advised by the sage Nrada that he would gain peace of mind only qn composing a work exclusively devoted to the depiction of the Lord's glorious attri butes and His teachings on Knowledge and Devotion, and the result was that the world got from Vysa the invaluable gift of the Bhagavata Purana depicting the life and teachings of Sri Krishna.
Besides the prompting of his inherent instinct, the main inducement for M. to keep this diary of his experiences at Dakshineswar was his desire to provide himself with a means for living in holy company at all times. Being a school teacher, he could be with the Master only on Sundays and other holidays, and it was on his diary that he depended for 'holy company' on other days. The devotional scriptures like the Bhagavata say that holy company is the first and most important means for the generation and growth of devotion. For, in such company man could hear talks on spiritual matters and listen to the glorification of Divine attri butes, charged with the fervour and conviction emanating from the hearts of great lovers of God. Such company is therefore the one certain means through which Sraddha (Faith), Rati (attachment to God) and Bhakti (loving devotion) are generated. The diary of his visits to Dakshineswar provided M. with material for re-living, through reading and contemplation, the holy company he had had earlier, even on days when he was not able to visit Dakshineswar. The wealth of details and the vivid description of men and things in the midst of which the sublime conversations are set, provide excellent material to re-live those experiences for any one with imaginative powers. It was observed by M.'s disciples and admirers that in later life also whenever he was free or alone, he would be pouring over his diary, transporting himself on the wings of imagination to the glorious days he spent at the feet of the Master.
Though a very well versed scholar in the Upanishads, Git and the philosophies of the East and the West, all his discussions and teachings found their culmination in the life and the message of Sri Ramakrishna, in which he found the real explanation and illustration of all the scriptures. Both consciously and unconsciously, he was the teacher of the Kathmrita the nectarine words of the Great Master.
1.00 - Main, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
Such are the words with which My Forerunner hath extolled My Being, could ye but understand. Whoso reflecteth upon these verses, and realizeth what hidden pearls have been enshrined within them, will, by the righteousness of God, perceive the fragrance of the All-Merciful wafting from the direction of this Prison and will, with his whole heart, hasten unto Him with such ardent longing that the hosts of earth and heaven would be powerless to deter him. Say: This is a Revelation around which every proof and testimony doth circle. Thus hath it been sent down by your Lord, the God of Mercy, if ye be of them that judge aright. Say: This is the very soul of all scriptures which hath been breathed into the Pen of the Most High, causing all created beings to be dumbfounded, save only those who have been enraptured by the gentle breezes of My loving-kindness and the sweet savours of My bounties which have pervaded the whole of creation.
Let none, in this Day, hold fast to aught save that which hath been manifested in this Revelation. Such is the decree of God, aforetime and hereafter-a decree wherewith the scriptures of the Messengers of old have been adorned. Such is the admonition of the Lord, aforetime and hereafter-an admonition wherewith the preamble to the Book of Life hath been embellished, did ye but perceive it. Such is the commandment of the Lord, aforetime and hereafter; beware lest ye choose instead the part of ignominy and abasement. Naught shall avail you in this Day but God, nor is there any refuge to flee to save Him, the Omniscient, the All-Wise. Whoso hath known Me hath known the Goal of all desire, and whoso hath turned unto Me hath turned unto the Object of all adoration. Thus hath it been set forth in the Book, and thus hath it been decreed by God, the Lord of all worlds. To read but one of the verses of My Revelation is better than to peruse the scriptures of both the former and latter generations. This is the Utterance of the All-Merciful, would that ye had ears to hear! Say: This is the essence of knowledge, did ye but understand.
We, verily, see amongst you him who taketh hold of the Book of God and citeth from it proofs and arguments wherewith to repudiate his Lord, even as the followers of every other Faith sought reasons in their Holy Books for refuting Him Who is the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. Say: God, the True One, is My witness that neither the scriptures of the world, nor all the books and writings in existence, shall, in this Day, avail you aught without this, the Living Book, Who proclaimeth in the midmost heart of creation: "Verily, there is none other God but Me, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."
1.01 - About the Elements, #Initiation Into Hermetics, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
In the oldest oriental scriptures, the elements are designated as tattwas. In our European literature, they are only considered on the ground of their good effects and in so far as we are warned against their unfavourable influence, which means that certain actions can be undertaken under the influence of the tattwas, or else must be omitted. The accuracy of this fact is not to be doubted, but all that has been published up to date points to a slight aspect of the effects of the elements only. How to find out about the effects of elements respecting the tattwas for any personal use, may be sufficiently learned from astrological books.
1.01 - Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
they themselves announced and these too afterwards came to be
regarded as Sruti, revealed scripture, and were included in the
explicit statements in the hymns themselves of such a meaning,
then all changes. We are in the presence of a great scripture of
number of hymns perhaps excepted, becomes in its inner sense
such a scripture. At the same time the exoteric sense need not
be merely a mask; the Riks may have been regarded by their
authors as words of power, powerful not only for internal but
for external things. A purely spiritual scripture would concern
itself with only spiritual significances, but the ancient mystics
liturgy and would be interested in knowing what might be the
esoteric sense of this ancient scripture.
This is a literary and not a strictly literal translation. But a
1.01 - Historical Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
To come down to more historic ground, the Qabalah is the Jewish mystical teaching concerning the initiated inter- pretation of the Hebrew scriptures. It is a system of spiritual philosophy or theosophy, using this word in its original implications of 0eo? 2 o$ia, which has not only exercised for centuries an influence on the intellectual development of so shrewd and clear-thinking a people as the Jews, but has attracted the attention of many renowned
1.01 - Our Demand and Need from the Gita, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
HE WORLD abounds with scriptures sacred and profane, with revelations and half-revelations, with religions and philosophies, sects and schools and systems. To these the many minds of a half-ripe knowledge or no knowledge at all attach themselves with exclusiveness and passion and will have it that this or the other book is alone the eternal Word of
God and all others are either impostures or at best imperfectly inspired, that this or that philosophy is the last word of the reasoning intellect and other systems are either errors or saved only by such partial truth in them as links them to the one true philosophical cult. Even the discoveries of physical Science have been elevated into a creed and in its name religion and spirituality banned as ignorance and superstition, philosophy as frippery and moonshine. And to these bigoted exclusions and vain wranglings even the wise have often lent themselves, misled by some spirit of darkness that has mingled with their light and overshadowed it with some cloud of intellectual egoism or spiritual pride. Mankind seems now indeed inclined to grow a little modester and wiser; we no longer slay our fellows in the name of God's truth or because they have minds differently trained or differently constituted from ours; we are less ready to curse and revile our neighbour because he is wicked or presumptuous enough to differ from us in opinion; we are ready even to admit that Truth is everywhere and cannot be our sole monopoly; we are beginning to look at other religions and philosophies for the truth and help they contain and no longer merely in order to damn them as false or criticise what we conceive to be their errors. But we are still apt to declare that our truth gives us the supreme knowledge which other religions or philosophies
It may therefore be useful in approaching an ancient scripture, such as the Veda, Upanishads or Gita, to indicate precisely the spirit in which we approach it and what exactly we think we may derive from it that is of value to humanity and its future. First of all, there is undoubtedly a Truth one and eternal which we are seeking, from which all other truth derives, by the light of which all other truth finds its right place, explanation and relation to the scheme of knowledge. But precisely for that reason it cannot be shut up in a single trenchant formula, it is not likely to be found in its entirety or in all its bearings in any single philosophy or scripture or uttered altoge ther and for ever by any one teacher, thinker, prophet or Avatar. Nor has it been wholly found by us if our view of it necessitates the intolerant exclusion of the truth underlying other systems; for when we reject passionately, we mean simply that we cannot appreciate and explain. Secondly, this Truth, though it is one and eternal, expresses itself in Time and through the mind of man; therefore every scripture must necessarily contain two elements, one temporary, perishable, belonging to the ideas of the period and country in which it was produced, the other eternal and imperishable and applicable in all ages and countries. Moreover, in the statement of the Truth the actual form given to it, the system and arrangement, the metaphysical and intellectual mould, the precise expression used must be largely subject to the mutations of Time and cease to have the same force; for the human intellect modifies itself always; continually dividing and putting together it is obliged to shift its divisions continually and to rearrange its syntheses; it is always leaving old expression and symbol for new or, if it uses the old, it so changes its connotation or at least
No doubt in this attempt we may mix a good deal of error born of our own individuality and of the ideas in which we live, as did greater men before us, but if we steep ourselves in the spirit of this great scripture and, above all, if we have tried to live in that spirit, we may be sure of finding in it as much real truth as we are capable of receiving as well as the spiritual influence and actual help that, personally, we were intended to derive from it. And that is after all what scriptures were written to give; the rest is academical disputation or theological dogma.
Only those scriptures, religions, philosophies which can be thus constantly renewed, relived, their stuff of permanent truth constantly reshaped and developed in the inner thought and spiritual experience of a developing humanity, continue to be of living importance to mankind. The rest remain as monuments of the past, but have no actual force or vital impulse for the future.
comprehensiveness. Its aim is precisely the opposite to that of the polemist commentators who found this scripture established as one of the three highest Vedantic authorities and attempted to turn it into a weapon of offence and defence against other schools and systems. The Gita is not a weapon for dialectical warfare; it is a gate opening on the whole world of spiritual truth and experience and the view it gives us embraces all the provinces of that supreme region. It maps out, but it does not cut up or build walls or hedges to confine our vision.
1.01 - Prayer, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
"Meditation again is a constant remembrance (of the thing meditated upon) flowing like an unbroken stream of oil poured out from one vessel to another. When this kind of remembering has been attained (in relation to God) all bandages break. Thus it is spoken of in the scriptures regarding constant remembering as a means to liberation. This remembering again is of the same form as seeing, because it is of the same meaning as in the passage, 'When He who is far and near is seen, the bonds of the heart are broken, all doubts vanish, and all effects of work disappear' He who is near can be seen, but he who is far can only be remembered. Nevertheless the scripture says that he have to see Him who is near as well as Him who, is far, thereby indicating to us that the above kind of remembering is as good as seeing. This remembrance when exalted assumes the same form as seeing. . . . Worship is constant remembering as may be seen from the essential texts of scriptures. Knowing, which is the same as repeated worship, has been described as constant remembering. . . . Thus the memory, which has attained to the height of what is as good as direct perception, is spoken of in the Shruti as a means of liberation. 'This Atman is not to be reached through various sciences, nor by intellect, nor by much study of the Vedas. Whomsoever this Atman desires, by him is the Atman attained, unto him this Atman discovers Himself.' Here, after saying that mere hearing, thinking and meditating are not the means of attaining this Atman, it is said, 'Whom this Atman desires, by him the Atman is attained.' The extremely beloved is desired; by whomsoever this Atman is extremely beloved, he becomes the most beloved of the Atman. So that this beloved may attain the Atman, the Lord Himself helps. For it has been said by the Lord: 'Those who are constantly attached to Me and worship Me with love I give that direction to their will by which they come to Me.' Therefore it is said that, to whomsoever this remembering, which is of the same form as direct perception, is very dear, because it is dear to the Object of such memory perception, he is desired by the Supreme Atman, by him the Supreme Atman is attained. This constant remembrance is denoted by the word Bhakti." So says Bhagavn Rmnuja in his commentary on the Sutra Athto Brahma-jijns (Hence follows a dissertation on Brahman.).
1.01 - SAMADHI PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
One. These, for instance, are the authors of the Sacred
scriptures; therefore the scriptures are proof, and, if any such
persons are living now, their words will be proof. Other
who are competent, the Yogis always mean the Rishis, or the
Seers of the thoughts recorded in the scriptures the Vedas.
According to them, the only proof of the scriptures is that
they were the testimony of competent persons, yet they say
the scriptures cannot take us to realisation. We can read all
the Vedas, and yet will not realise anything, but when we
practise their teachings, then we attain to that state which
realises what the scriptures say, which penetrates where
1.01 - THAT ARE THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
When a man follows the way of the world, or the way of the flesh, or the way of tradition (i.e. when he believes in religious rites and the letter of the scriptures, as though they were intrinsically sacred), knowledge of Reality cannot arise in him.
From Taoism we pass to that Mahayana Buddhism which, in the Far East, came to be so closely associated with Taoism, borrowing and bestowing until the two came at last to be fused in what is known as Zen. The Lankavatara Sutra, from which the following extract is taken, was the scripture which the founder of Zen Buddhism expressly recommended to his first disciples.
I am not competent, nor is this the place to discuss the doctrinal differences between Buddhism and Hinduism. Let it suffice to point out that, when he insisted that human beings are by nature non-Atman, the Buddha was evidently speaking about the personal self and not the universal Self. The Brahman controversialists, who appear in certain of the Pali scriptures, never so much as mention the Vedanta doctrine of the identity of Atman and Godhead and the non-identity of ego and Atman. What they maintain and Gautama denies is the substantial nature and eternal persistence of the individual psyche. As an unintelligent man seeks for the abode of music in the body of the lute, so does he look for a soul within the skandhas (the material and psychic aggregates, of which the individual mind-body is composed). About the existence of the Atman that is Brahman, as about most other metaphysical matters, the Buddha declines to speak, on the ground that such discussions do not tend to edification or spiritual progress among the members of a monastic order, such as he had founded. But though it has its dangers, though it may become the most absorbing, because the most serious and noblest, of distractions, metaphysical thinking is unavoidable and finally necessary. Even the Hinayanists found this, and the later Mahayanists were to develop, in connection with the practice of their religion, a splendid and imposing system of cosmological, ethical and psychological thought. This system was based upon the postulates of a strict idealism and professed to dispense with the idea of God. But moral and spiritual experience was too strong for philosophical theory, and under the inspiration of direct experience, the writers of the Mahayana sutras found themselves using all their ingenuity to explain why the Tathagata and the Bodhisattvas display an infinite charity towards beings that do not really exist. At the same time they stretched the framework of subjective idealism so as to make room for Universal Mind; qualified the idea of soullessness with the doctrine that, if purified, the individual mind can identify itself with the Universal Mind or Buddha-womb; and, while maintaining godlessness, asserted that this realizable Universal Mind is the inner consciousness of the eternal Buddha and that the Buddha-mind is associated with a great compassionate heart which desires the liberation of every sentient being and bestows divine grace on all who make a serious effort to achieve mans final end. In a word, despite their inauspicious vocabulary, the best of the Mahayana sutras contain an au thentic formulation of the Perennial Philosophya formulation which in some respects (as we shall see when we come to the section, God in the World) is more complete than any other.
that Every Man was enlightened by the Divine Light of Christ, and I saw it shine through all; And that they that believed in it came out of Condemnation and came to the Light of Life, and became the Children of it; And that they that hated it and did not believe in it, were condemned by it, though they made a profession of Christ. This I saw in the pure Openings of Light, without the help of any Man, neither did I then know where to find it in the scriptures, though afterwards, searching the scriptures, I found it.
The doctrine of the Inner Light achieved a clearer formulation in the writings of the second generation of Quakers. There is, wrote William Penn, something nearer to us than scriptures, to wit, the Word in the heart from which all scriptures come. And a little later Robert Barclay sought to explain the direct experience of tat tvam asi in terms of an Augustinian theology that had, of course, to be considerably stretched and trimmed before it could fit the facts. Man, he declared in his famous theses, is a fallen being, incapable of good, unless united to the Divine Light. This Divine Light is Christ within the human soul, and is as universal as the seed of sin. All men, hea then as well as Christian, are endowed with the Inward Light, even though they may know nothing of the outward history of Christs life. Justification is for those who do not resist the Inner Light and so permit of a new birth of holiness within them.
All this sheds some lightdim, it is true, and merely inferentialon the problem of the perennialness of the Perennial Philosophy. In India the scriptures were regarded, not as revelations made at some given moment of history, but as eternal gospels, existent from everlasting to everlasting, inasmuch as coeval with man, or for that matter with any other kind of corporeal or incorporeal being possessed of reason. A similar point of view is expressed by Aristotle, who regards the fundamental truths of religion as everlasting and indestructible. There have been ascents and falls, periods (literally roads around or cycles) of progress and regress; but the great fact of God as the First Mover of a universe which partakes of His divinity has always been recognized. In the light of what we know about prehistoric man (and what we know amounts to nothing more than a few chipped stones, some paintings, drawings and sculptures) and of what we may legitimately infer from other, better documented fields of knowledge, what are we to think of these traditional doctrines? My own view is that they may be true. We know that born contemplatives in the realm both of analytic and of integral thought have turned up in fair numbers and at frequent intervals during recorded history. There is therefore every reason to suppose that they turned up before history was recorded. That many of these people died young or were unable to exercise their talents is certain. But a few of them must have survived. In this context it is highly significant that, among many contemporary primitives, two thought-patterns are foundan exoteric pattern for the unphilosophic many and an esoteric pattern (often monotheistic, with a belief in a God not merely of power, but of goodness and wisdom) for the initiated few. There is no reason to suppose that circumstances were any harder for prehistoric men than they are for many contemporary savages. But if an esoteric monotheism of the kind that seems to come natural to the born thinker is possible in modern savage societies, the majority of whose members accept the sort of polytheistic philosophy that seems to come natural to men of action, a similar esoteric doctrine might have been current in prehistoric societies. True, the modern esoteric doctrines may have been derived from higher cultures. But the significant fact remains that, if so derived, they yet had a meaning for certain members of the primitive society and were considered valuable enough to be carefully preserved. We have seen that many thoughts are unthinkable apart from an appropriate vocabulary and frame of reference. But the fundamental ideas of the Perennial Philosophy can be formulated in a very simple vocabulary, and the experiences to which the ideas refer can and indeed must be had immediately and apart from any vocabulary whatsoever. Strange openings and theophanies are granted to quite small children, who are often profoundly and permanently affected by these experiences. We have no reason to suppose that what happens now to persons with small vocabularies did not happen in remote antiquity. In the modern world (as Vaughan and Traherne and Wordsworth, among others, have told us) the child tends to grow out of his direct awareness of the one Ground of things; for the habit of analytical thought is fatal to the intuitions of integral thinking, whether on the psychic or the spiritual level. Psychic preoccupations may be and often are a major obstacle in the way of genuine spirituality. In primitive societies now (and, presumably, in the remote past) there is much preoccupation with, and a widespread talent for, psychic thinking. But a few people may have worked their way through psychic into genuinely spiritual experiencejust as, even in modern industrialized societies, a few people work their way out of the prevailing preoccupation with matter and through the prevailing habits of analytical thought into the direct experience of the spiritual Ground of things.
1.01 - The Four Aids, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
Shastra - knowledge and scripture
Utsaha - ideals of effort
6:But usually the representative influence occupies a much larger place in the life of the Sadhaka. If the Yoga is guided by a received written Shastra, -- some Word from the past which embodies the experience of former Yogins, -- it may be practised either by personal effort alone or with the aid of a Guru. The spiritual knowledge is then gained through meditation on the truths that are taught and it is made living and conscious by their realisation in the personal experience; the Yoga proceeds by the results of prescribed methods taught in a scripture or a tradition and reinforced and illumined by the instructions of the Master. This is a narrower practice, but safe and effective within its limits, because it follows a well-beaten track to a long familiar goal.
7:For the Sadhaka of the Integral Yoga it is necessary to remember that no written Shastra, however great its authority or however large its spirit, can be more than a partial expression of the eternal Knowledge. He will use, but never bind himself even by the greatest scripture. Where the scripture is profound, wide, catholic, it may exercise upon him an influence for the highest good and of incalculable importance. It may be associated in his experience with his awakening to crowning verities and his realisation of the highest experiences. His Yoga may be governed for a long time by one scripture or by several successively, -- if it is in the line of the great Hindu tradition, by the Gita, for example, the Upanishads, the Veda. Or it may be a good part of his development to include in its material a richly varied experience of the truths of many scriptures and make the future opulent with all that is best in the past. But in the end he must take his station, or better still, if he can, always and from the beginning he must live in his own soul beyond the written Truth, -- sabdabrahmativartate -- beyond all that he has heard and all that he has yet to hear, -- srotaryasya srutasya ca. For he is not the Sadhaka of a book or of many books; he is a Sadhaka of the Infinite.
8:Another kind of Shastra is not scripture, but a statement of the science and methods, the effective principles and way of working of the path of Yoga which the Sadhaka elects to follow. Each path has its Shastra, either written or traditional, passing from mouth to mouth through a long line of Teachers. In India a great authority, a high reverence even is ordinarily attached to the written or traditional teaching. All the lines of the Yoga are supposed to be fixed and the Teacher who has received the Shastra by tradition and realised it in practice guides the disciple along the immemorial tracks. One often even hears the objection urged against a new practice, a new Yogic teaching, the adoption of a new formula, "It is not according to the Shastra." But neither in fact nor in the actual practice of the Yogins is there really any such entire rigidity of an iron door shut against new truth, fresh revelation, widened experience. The written or traditional teaching expresses the knowledge and experiences of many centuries systematised, organised, made attainable to the beginner. Its importance and utility are therefore immense. But a great freedom of variation and development is always practicable. Even so highly scientific a system as Rajayoga can be practised on other lines than the organised method of Patanjali. Each of the three paths, trimarga 51, breaks into many bypaths which meet again at the goal. The general knowledge on which the Yoga depends is fixed, but the order, the succession, the devices, the forms must be allowed to vary, for the needs and particular impulsions of the individual nature have to be satisfied even while the general truths remain firm and constant.
1.01 - The Highest Meaning of the Holy Truths, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
Emperor Wu had put on monk's robes and personally ex
pounded the Light-Emitting Wisdom scripture; he experienced
heavenly flowers falling in profusion and the earth turning to
1.01 - The Ideal of the Karmayogin, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
Theism, Christianity, Mahomedanism and Buddhism and yet is none of these, is that to which the World-Spirit moves. In our own, which is the most sceptical and the most believing of all, the most sceptical because it has questioned and experimented the most, the most believing because it has the deepest experience and the most varied and positive spiritual knowledge, - that wider Hinduism which is not a dogma or combination of dogmas but a law of life, which is not a social framework but the spirit of a past and future social evolution, which rejects nothing but insists on testing and experiencing everything and when tested and experienced turning it to the soul's uses, in this
Hinduism we find the basis of the future world-religion. This sanatana dharma has many scriptures, Veda, Vedanta, Gita,
Upanishad, Darshana, Purana, Tantra, nor could it reject the
Bible or the Koran; but its real, most authoritative scripture is in the heart in which the Eternal has His dwelling. It is in our inner spiritual experiences that we shall find the proof and source of the world's scriptures, the law of knowledge, love and conduct, the basis and inspiration of Karmayoga.
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Wikipedia - Book of the Secret Supper -- Bogomil apocryphal text and Cathar scripture
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Wikipedia - Chandogya Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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Wikipedia - Isha Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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Wikipedia - Kalayavana -- A king in Hindu scriptures
Wikipedia - Katha Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
Wikipedia - Kena Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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Wikipedia - Maitrayaniya Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
Wikipedia - Mandukya Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
Wikipedia - Markandeya -- Sage in Hindu scriptures
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Wikipedia - Menaka -- Beauty from Hindu scriptures
Wikipedia - Miracles of Gautama Buddha -- Supernatural feats and abilities attributed to Gautama Buddha by the Buddhist scriptures
Wikipedia - Mul Mantar -- Opening words of the Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib
Wikipedia - Mundaka Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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Wikipedia - Palaramachandran version -- First published version of Akilam, the scripture of Ayyavazhi
Wikipedia - PaM-aM-9M--M-aM-9M--hana -- Buddhist scripture
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Wikipedia - Prashna Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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Wikipedia - Taittiriya Upanishad -- One of the ancient Sanskrit scriptures of Hinduism
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