The World's Religions Huston Smith Chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, plus chapters on primal religions such as native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa and Oceania, with expanded sections on the inner dimensions of these great religions.
"Reality is in fact one and perfect."
"God is the Cosmic Dancer, whose routine is all creatures and all worlds."
"God is being, awareness, and bliss. Utter reality, utter consciousness, and utterly beyond all possibility of frustration."
"The welfare of everything in creation is affected to some degree by what each individual contributes to or detracts from it."
"Locked in every human being is a store of love that partakes of the divine – the 'imago dei', image of God, it is sometimes called."
"There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute."
"You can find God in the world of everyday affairs as readily as anywhere."
"For nearly two thousand years the first sentence a Chinese child, living in the direct light of Confucius, was taught to read was…'Human beings are by nature good.' We may smile at the undisguised moralizing, but every nation needs it.'"
"The prerequisite of political stability is social justice, for it is in the nature of things that injustice will not endure."
"Myths plumb depths that the intellect can see only obliquely. Parables and legends present ideals in ways that make hearers long to embody them."
"Every moment…is Indra's cosmic net, laced with jewels at every juncture. Each jewel reflects the others, together with all the reflections IN the others."
"When a heart is illumined by true knowledge, it knows that above all these wars of sects and sectarians presides the one indivisible, eternal, all-knowing bliss." Ramakrishna
"Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism'
"I saw my Lord with the eye of the Heart. I said: 'Who are you?' He answered: 'You.'" Al-Hallaj
"Human bodies are of course separate, but on a deeper level we are joined like icebergs in a common floe."
"All of us dwell on the brink of the infinite ocean of life's creative power. We carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed."
"In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well."
"The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness."
"The will remains free. The lawfulness of things makes the present state the product of prior acts, but within the present the will is influenced but not controlled. People remain at liberty to shape their destinies."
"The various religions are but different languages through which God speaks to the human heart. 'Truth is one; sages call it by different names.' [the Vedas]"
"Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect."
"The One is none other than the All, the All none other than the One. Take your stand on this, and the rest will follow of its own accord." Seng Ts'an, 'Trust in the Heart'
"The career of a soul as it threads its course…is guided by its choices, which are controlled by what the soul wants and wills at each stage of the journey."
"The overwhelming thrust of the Koran is to proclaim the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and mercy of God."
"To the eye of the heart, the world IS God-in-disguise, God veiled."