Archives for category: religion

April 9 2014 buds 056

 

The very purpose of religion

is to control yourself,

not to criticize others.

Rather, we must criticize ourselves.

How much am I doing about my anger?

About my attachment,

about my hatred,

about my pride,

my jealousy?

These are the things

which we must check in daily life.

 

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

 

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April 16, 2014 dogwood 015

 

He who sows the ground

with care and diligence

acquires a greater stock

of religious merit

than he could gain

by the repetition of ten thousand prayers.

 

Zoroaster

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March 15, 2014 VP 019

Life is really about

a spiritual unfolding

that is personal and enchanting—

an unfolding

that no science or philosophy

or religion

has yet fully clarified.

James Redfield

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February 24, 2014 daffodils 016

The higher nature in man

always seeks for something

which transcends itself and yet is its deepest truth;

which claims all its sacrifice,

yet makes this sacrifice its own recompense.

This is man’s dharma, man’s religion,

and man’s self is the vessel

 

Rabindranath Tagore

 

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needlework 003And, in the degree that Man realizes the existence

of the indwelling Spirit immanent within his being,

so will he rise in the spiritual scale of life.

This is what spiritual development means-

the recognition, realization, and manifestation

of the Spirit within us.

Try to remember this last definition-

that of spiritual development.

It contains the Truth of True Religion.

Three Initiates

from, The Kybalion

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needlework by Woodland Gnome 2011

Sept. 25 2013 pkwy 027

Our regular, mundane understanding of religion is somewhat simple:  it’s a belief, a dogma that we have about some superhuman being or supernatural energy outside our being that has power and control over our universe and over sentient beings.

This mundane understanding of religion is a theistic view.  In the usual meaning of religion, that particular external being or external energy is holding our computer keyboard and is doing the programming for us.

We don’t have any power, we don’t have any energy, and we don’t have any choice.  We have to work with that situation;  we have to wait and see what comes up on the screen.

In Buddhism, to the contrary, we are holding the keyboard; we ourselves are the programmers.  We program our software, and we press the command keys on our keyboard.

Depending on our own skill, our own energy, and our own knowledge, we get what we want on the screen.

The reason the Buddha taught the dharma was to teach us the command keys.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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The All

While All is in The ALL, it is equally true that The ALL is in All. To him who truly understands this truth hath come great knowledge.

The Kybalion

…And, in the degree that Man realizes the existence of the indwelling Spirit Immanent within his being, so will he rise in the spiritual scale of life. This is what spiritual development means- the recognition, realization, and manifestation of the Spirit within us. Try to remember this last definition- that of spiritual development. It contains the Truth of True Religion.

Commentary to the Kybalion, by Three Initiates

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November 11, 2011 autumn 002Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because

it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because

it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority

of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis,

when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,

Then accept it,

And live up to it.

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama 

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Lighthouse

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is the temple; the philosophy is kindness.

               His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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