The Beloved is all in all,
the lover merely veils him;
The Beloved is all that lives,
the lover a dead thing.
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme soul of the universe, the limitless being -- I am that.
Tear down the mosque and temple too, break all that divides, but do not break the human heart, as it is there that God resides.
~~Shaykh Bulleh Shah
Christ could be born
a thousand times in Galilee --
but all in vain
until He is born in me.
Angelus Silesius (Translator: Frederick Franck)
If the believer understood the meaning of the saying 'the colour of the water is the colour of the receptacle', he would admit the validity of all beliefs and he would recognise God in every form and every object of faith.
Ibn 'Arabi in Fusûs al-Hikam
It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.
Ibn 'Arabi in Futûhât al-Makkiyya
The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God, as if He stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.
There is one body, and one Spirit.
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
To gauge the soul we must gauge it with God, for the Ground of God and the Ground of the Soul are one and the same.
Many and disparate waves do not make the sea a multiplicity; no more do the Names make the Named more than One. When the sea breathes they call it mist; when mist piles up they call it clouds. It falls again, they name it rain; it gathers itself and rejoins the sea. And it is now the same sea it ever was.
~~ Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi’
I went from God to God, until they cried from me in me, "O thou I!"
Bayazid of Bistun
Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit."
The Atman is that by which the universe is pervaded, but which nothing pervades; which causes all things to shine, but which all things cannot make to shine.
My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself.
St. Catharine of Genoa
Though God is everywhere present, yet He is only present to thee in the deepest and the most central part of thy soul.
“[F]or there is one God; and there is none other but he.
Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.
Neighbor and associate and companion - everything is HE.
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I offer this prayer of peace
Not to any one god nor to many gods
Not to the Christian god
Nor to the Jewish god
Nor the Buddhist god
Nor the Islamic god
And not even to the indigenous gods of many nations
But to the divinity within that we all hold inside
That makes us all brothers and sisters
To make us truly a One Family
In the name of humanity.
Tradition has intimately linked moral values to religion. People talk of Christian values, of Islamic values, and so on. Ontario is a pluralistic society. So which moral values do we decide to teach in our schools and colleges?
Religious prophets, sages and seers spent lifetimes researching humans' relations with each other and with nature. One of their key insights is the existence of an Unseen Reality that causes everybody and everything to exist.
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:--
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
'What writest thou?"
The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, 'The names of those who love the Lord.'
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