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Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning
Winifred Gallagher
The author interviews several people who are spiritual geniuses, those who are masters of Life's meaning and how to express this in their life experiences.

1 "Everything a person does affects all being." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

2 "I just have to hold people in my prayer and love them and smile and treat them as if they're doing the best they can." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

3 "God loves us a billion times more than a mother! Far beyond anything we can experience in our minds and intellects!" Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother

4 "God is the self of the universe, so in finding your true inner self, you find God." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

5 "Physics, biology, and other sciences increasingly reveal a complementary picture of the universe as a vast web of interrelationships."

6 "Islam teaches justice and respect for the human being and does not condone oppression."

7 "That God is one means there's a oneness at the core of all being in whom everything…converges." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

8 "All religions are equally valid means to the same end: awakening the selfless, unconditional love that…is unreservedly given to all without expectations."

9 "I understand God in terms of love, compassion, justice. The Qur'an says everything in the world has been created for a just purpose." Riffat Hassan, Muslim Feminist teacher

10 "Things are more integrated, unified, whole than they seem to us." Huston Smith

11 "The sacred isn't just 'up there' or in some afterlife but down here, right now."

12 "Find the divine in everything. There has to be a part of you that knows that, at the end of the day, it's all working for God." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

13 "The story line in all religions tells of a happy ending that blossoms as a result of ordeals necessarily confronted and surmounted. These trials add to the ultimate glory." Huston Smith

14 "Pure consciousness, called the universal Self, is all that exists."

15 "There's only oneness." Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother

16 "Everything is here for a reason and connected to everything else."

17 "Because we have free will, we can choose to behave in ways that either enhance or hinder the movement of creation toward perfect completion in the divine."

18 "We can choose to develop awareness,…. which allows us to be responsible agents instead of helpless victims." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

19 "All religions have forms of mysticism which emphasize direct awareness of and communion with the sacred. Hindu samadhi and Zen satori, Jewish devekut and Christian unio mystico, all describe intense consciousness of ultimate reality's underlying unity and goodness."

20 "We're each part of something that's much bigger and better than what meets the eye, and if we keep that in mind, our hearts will be in the right place. Life will be all right, because its ups and downs will be seen as what they are – threads in a great fabric whose beauty depends on bright and dark colors."

21 "Do you see what people appear to be, or the sacred presence coming through them? Dr. Tony Campolo, American Baptist minister

22 "The world's apparent brokenness conceals a hidden unity." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

23 "Spiritual genius is the uniquely human ability to seek life's meaning. It's the voice inside us that keeps asking What's it all about? Who am I? How can I make a difference? This inclination to wonder why we exist is not rarefied, but a basic human trait… We're born with a craving to know our larger purpose."

24 "God is mysteriously the source of our true self." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

25 "God is in everything! Do you hear me? In everything!..... we're WITHIN the divine! God is the one through whom being is made!" Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite