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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 "God doesn't just hear our prayers but prays them through us as well. There's a huge transformation when you forget your self and realize that your hands and eyes are God's. Once you're with, or the same as, God, you aren't praying for your own needs, because you have none." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

2 "Once one has truly realized the mind's true nature…you just see incredibly expansive interconnection." Tenzin Palmo, English Buddhist nun

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

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

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

8 "We're all cast in the divine image, whether we're Eskimos or Hottentots, so we're more alike than otherwise." Huston Smith

9 "Plotinus speaks of the One as 'that fountain always on'." Huston Smith

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

11 "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."

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

13 "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."

14 "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

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

16 "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

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

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

19 "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

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

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

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

23 "Once a person truly awakens to the hidden holiness that underlies and unifies creation, his or her inevitable behavioral response is goodness, or treating others as the 'self' that all share."

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

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite