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.
"Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism'
"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."
"We live in a world in which there is no chance or accident. Those words are simply covers for ignorance."
"The integrating principle of the whole – the Spirit, as it were, of the universe – instinct without contrivance, flows with purpose." George Romanes, Charles Darwin's colleague
"You can find God in the world of everyday affairs as readily as anywhere."
"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."
"Everything is prepared for the good of human beings." Yi-Pao Mei, ancient Chinese philosopher, 'Motse'
"The prerequisite of political stability is social justice, for it is in the nature of things that injustice will not endure."
"One has lived from an endless past and will live into an endless future. At this very moment one partakes of Eternal Life – blissful, luminous, pure." Ruth Fuller Sasaki, 'Zen – A Religion'
"Myths plumb depths that the intellect can see only obliquely. Parables and legends present ideals in ways that make hearers long to embody them."
"The will remains free. The lawfulness of things makes the present state the product of prior acts, but within the present the will is influenced but not controlled. People remain at liberty to shape their destinies."
"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.'"
"Seen in perspective, the world is ultimately benign."
"There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute."
"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.'"
"In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well."
"The overwhelming thrust of the Koran is to proclaim the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and mercy of God."
"The welfare of everything in creation is affected to some degree by what each individual contributes to or detracts from it."
"Reality is in fact one and perfect."
"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."
"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]"
"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."
"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."
"Every moment…is Indra's cosmic net, laced with jewels at every juncture. Each jewel reflects the others, together with all the reflections IN the others."
"God is being, awareness, and bliss. Utter reality, utter consciousness, and utterly beyond all possibility of frustration."