My dear brothers and sisters of all religious persuasions and none :angel1:
Blessings and peace to you!
Today I have been reading through the Mathnawi of Rumi, the great Sufi poet and it inspired me to create a thread devoted to quotations from the Holy Scriptures, devotional writings, saints, mystics and thinkers of all the worlds religious traditions. In this definition I include quotations from deist, agnostic and atheist thinkers for those of us without religious faith.
**Everyone is welcome without exception!* *
"...Christian charity truly extends to all without distinction of race, social condition or religion..."
- Ad Gentes 12 (Vatican II)
"...As Catholics we believe that Christ lived, died and rose from the dead for all people and that God’ s plan of love embraces the whole of creation. We can joyfully accept, as was recognised by the Fathers of the Church, that other religions contain elements of the truth we ﬁnd inChrist. The Fathers of the Church called these elements “seeds of the Word”.The Vatican Council attributed the positive values present in other religious traditions to the active presence of God through his Word, pointing also to the universal action of the Spirit" at work in the world before Christ was gloriﬁed”. (Ad Gentes n 4)...The next important point is the clear recognition of the presence of God, in various ways and different degrees, within the world religions. This applies to "primitive relig-ions“, as well as to Hinduism, Buddhism ...] Islam and Judaism. We are told that the "Catholic Church rejectsnothing of what is true and holy in these re-ligions." (2). This means that there are many practices, ways of living, moral and doctrinal teachings within the world religions, which, while not always in agreemen twith Christian teachings, "often reﬂect thebrightness of that Truth which is the light ofall men and women." (2)...We have much to leam. We will not compromise our Catholic faith if we, like the bishops, with real respect, reverence and joy, acknowledge the presence of God in the world religions. It is therefore a cause for joy that God, who loves and desires the salvation of all women and men, makes himself present to people of other Faiths..."
- Bishops Conference of England Wales (Getting to Know People of Other Faiths)
My desire is for members of this forum to share with us words of wisdom that have been beneficial to their spiritual formation. I would ask that we all be respectful of each other, that no one condemn or insult the cherished beliefs of another, and that everyone's contributions from whatever religious tradition be welcomed in a spirit of brotherhood, mutual sympathy and compassion.
To this end, you may quote from figures, thinkers or the sacred scriptures of your own religious tradition or that of another.
Here is the wondrous Sufi adage - courtesy of the infinite wisdom and insight of Rumi - which really touched me this morning and fired off my imagination:
"Looking at my life, I see that only Love has been my soul’s companion. From deep inside my soul cries out: Do not wait, surrender for the sake of Love...."
- Rumi (1207-1273)