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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.

1 "My heart has opened unto every form. It is a pasture for gazelles, a cloister for Christian monks, a temple for idols, the Ka'ba of the pilgrim, the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Koran. I practice the religion of Love; in whatsoever directions its caravans advance, the religion of Love shall be my religion and my faith." Ibn 'Arabi

2 "Underlying the human self and animating it is a reservoir of being that never dies, is never exhausted, and is unrestricted in consciousness and bliss."

3 "The prerequisite of political stability is social justice, for it is in the nature of things that injustice will not endure."

4 "Myths plumb depths that the intellect can see only obliquely. Parables and legends present ideals in ways that make hearers long to embody them."

5 "Reality is in fact one and perfect."

6 "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."

7 "The entire world should be pervaded with thoughts of loving-kindness."

8 "If we could really understand life, if we could really understand ourselves, we would find neither a problem. Humanistic psychology proceeds on the same assumption. When 'awareness of experience is fully operating', Carl Rogers writes, 'human behavior is to be trusted, for in these moments the human organism becomes aware of its delicacy and tenderness towards others.'"

9 "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.'"

10 "I saw my Lord with the eye of the Heart. I said: 'Who are you?' He answered: 'You.'" Al-Hallaj

11 "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

12 "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."

13 "The overwhelming thrust of the Koran is to proclaim the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and mercy of God."

14 "Human bodies are of course separate, but on a deeper level we are joined like icebergs in a common floe."

15 "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."

16 "God is being, awareness, and bliss. Utter reality, utter consciousness, and utterly beyond all possibility of frustration."

17 "Every religion mixes universal principles with local peculiarities. The former, when lifted out and made clear, speak to what is generically human in us all."

18 "God is the Cosmic Dancer, whose routine is all creatures and all worlds."

19 "The welfare of everything in creation is affected to some degree by what each individual contributes to or detracts from it."

20 "A typical feature of religion is grace, the belief - ..that Reality is ultimately on our side. In last resort the universe is friendly; we can feel at home in it."

21 "It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable, not a logic by which people are moved." Irwin Edman

22 "You can find God in the world of everyday affairs as readily as anywhere."

23 "To the eye of the heart, the world IS God-in-disguise, God veiled."

24 "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]"

25 "Twenty-five hundred years ago it took an exceptional man like Diogenes to exclaim, 'I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.' Today we must all be struggling to make those words our own. We have come to the point in history when anyone who is only Japanese or American, only Oriental or Occidental, is only half human. The other half that beats with the pulse of all humanity has yet to be born."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite