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The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions
August Karl Reischauer

1 "Man must renounce all wars and settle his differences by peaceful means. This means, of course, that there must be mutual trust and confidence that agreements made in the interest of peace will be kept. But this, in short, requires a real regard for moral and spiritual values such as the major religions of mankind have always stressed."

2 "There is a higher power which shapes the destiny of all, and the individual can rely on this power."

3 "God is the Ultimate Reality and all things owe their origin and continuing existence to Him."

4 "Confucius and Mencius maintained that the very core of the truly good life is a life lived in obedience to the moral law and in the awareness that the moral law is grounded in the Eternal."

5 "They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Agni….To what is One, the poets give many a name." Rig Veda I. 164. 46

6 "No one can really work effectively in enriching the lives of others and bringing them the good life in all its fulness without the spirit of love and friendship."

7 "What is deepest and truest of man's own spiritual being is at the same time the key to an understanding of Ultimate Reality."

8 "Man is by nature one in essence with the eternal Tao and he should live his life in full realization of this fact and so find a sense of peace and security amid all changes to which human life is heir."

9 "When man understands his own deepest nature he realizes his identity with the Eternal Being."

10 "The natural corrolary of the Oneness of God and the unity of mankind is the fundamental equality of all men and races before God. And this means, or should mean, a real democracy of spirit in the relation of men to each other."

11 "Pantheism frankly accepts the things of the outer world as being just as truly an aspect of the Divine or Ultimate Rality as is man's own psychic and spiritual nature."

12 "That which gives supreme meaning and value to the evolution of worlds…. is the development of spiritual beings who can 'think the thoughts of God after him.'"

13 "Moral values and meanings are not mere rules invented by man to regulate human society. They are rather man's awareness and understanding of the eternal Moral Order."

14 "The supreme value in human life should be seen in the achievement of an ethical and spiritual personality for the individual, and the fellowship of such individuals with each other and with God."

15 "All have the 'Buddha Nature' as the core of their true being and therefore can become Buddhas when fully enlightened. Not only human beings have this 'Buddha Nature' but all beings, or as it is put more graphically, 'In every particle of dust there dwells a Buddha.'"

16 "Reality is basically an Absolute Oneness."

17 "The natural world in its very essence is Divine."

18 "As Mencius put it: 'The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards. There are none but have this tendency to good, just as all water flows downwards.'"

19 "Confucius regarded ethical values and ideals as grounded not simply in human nature as such but rather in the superhuman realm, in 'Heaven' or Ultimate Reality."

20 "At the heart of all reality is the Infinite and Eternal Being…the infinite Mind and sovereign Will working creatively in all things and through all things with a purpose which it is man's highest interest to know and with which it is man's chief duty to relate himself."

21 "Man is basically a spiritual being, one in nature with the Eternal and Unitary Ground of all existence."

22 "In the depths of his own true being man is akin to and a part of what is ultimately real and eternal."

23 "Man's own mind is akin to universal mind and the ultimately real which expresses itself in the objects of Nature."

24 "'Sit in the center of yourself and you see what is and shall be,' says a Sufi mystic."

25 "The universe and I came into being together, and I, and all things therein, are One." Chuang-Tzu

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