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.
"The welfare of everything in creation is affected to some degree by what each individual contributes to or detracts from it."
"Seen in perspective, the world is ultimately benign."
"The One is none other than the All, the All none other than the One. Take your stand on this, and the rest will follow of its own accord." Seng Ts'an, 'Trust in the Heart'
"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."
"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'
"We live in a world in which there is no chance or accident. Those words are simply covers for ignorance."
"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."
"A typical feature of religion is grace, the belief - ..that Reality is ultimately on our side. In last resort the universe is friendly; we can feel at home in it."
"To the eye of the heart, the world IS God-in-disguise, God veiled."
"God is the Cosmic Dancer, whose routine is all creatures and all worlds."
"All life down to its smallest element, can, if rightly approached, be seen as a reflection of the infinite source of holiness, which is God."
"Value, virtue, and spiritual fulfillment come through realizing the potentialities that are uniquely one's own; in ways that are not inconsequential, those possibilities differ from those of every other soul that ever has lived, or ever will live in the future."
"Human bodies are of course separate, but on a deeper level we are joined like icebergs in a common floe."
"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.'"
"God is being, awareness, and bliss. Utter reality, utter consciousness, and utterly beyond all possibility of frustration."
"There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute."
"Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect."
"You can find God in the world of everyday affairs as readily as anywhere."
"The Supreme Being is…everything in his creation. The various forms of creation have some of his spirit within them." Carl Gorman, Navajo (Native American) artist
"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]"
"When a heart is illumined by true knowledge, it knows that above all these wars of sects and sectarians presides the one indivisible, eternal, all-knowing bliss." Ramakrishna
"The overwhelming thrust of the Koran is to proclaim the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and mercy of God."
"Reality is in fact one and perfect."
"Myths plumb depths that the intellect can see only obliquely. Parables and legends present ideals in ways that make hearers long to embody them."
"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.'"