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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 "When you talk about God, you're talking about what connects everything to everything else." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

2 "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

3 "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."

4 "God is the holy one of all being through whom everything is connected to everything else." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

5 "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."

6 "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

7 "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

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

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

10 "Despite the chaos and confusion around us, everything is all right."

11 "I do think we're all connected. When a part of society does something special, there are ripples." Rosalie Bertell, Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart

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

13 "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

14 "Pray to make your question clearer, then the answer will come." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

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

16 "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

17 "Reality is not only more unified but better than it seems to us. As God told the medieval mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, 'You will see for yourself that every sort of thing will be all right."

18 "The whole world is much more globally connected. That means we're aware of our neighbors as being fully human just as they are, not as we think they should be. We can't go backwards from this point. We've got to move forward." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

19 "Mind has great power, and its nature is the same for all beings. So, at a very deep level, one person's enlightenment is enlightenment for all." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

20 "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

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

22 "The Christian 'unio mystico', Jewish 'devekut', Muslin 'fana', Hindu 'samadhi', and Zen 'Kensho' manifest the same intense consciousness of ultimate reality's underlying unity and goodness."

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

24 "The awareness that comes out of prayer and the stillness of listening to the Spirit is releasing an energy for a new beginning. For now, we're in that place where we're groaning with all creation to be born anew." Bette Edl, American Franciscan hermit

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite