A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on good being, righteous egos, knowledge of what we are, spiritual exercise, suffering, yoga, faith, and belief

The Yogin and the Stoic--two righteous egos who achieve their very considerable results by pretending, systematically, to be somebody else. But it is not by pretending to be somebody else, even somebody supremely good and wise, that we can pass from insulated Manicheehood to Good Being.
Good Being is knowing who in fact we are; and in order to know who in fact we are, we must first know, moment by moment, who we think we are and what this bad habit of thought compels us to feel and do. A moment of clear and complete knowledge of what we think we are, but in fact are not, puts a stop for the moment, to the Manichean charade. If we renew, until they become a continuity, these moments of the knowledge of what we are not, we may find ourselves, all of a sudden, knowing who in fact we are.
Concentration, abstract thinking, spiritual exercises--systematic exclusions in the realm of thought. Asceticism and hedonism--systematic exclusions in the realms of sensation, feeling and action. But Good Being is in the knowledge of who in fact one is in relation to all experiences. So be aware--aware in every context, at all times and whatever, creditable or discreditable, pleasant or unpleasant, you may be doing or suffering. This is the only genuine yoga, the only spiritual exercise worth practicing.
The more a man knows about individual objects, the more he knows about God. Translating Spinoza's language into ours we can say: The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing who in fact he is--or rather Who (capital W0 in Fact (capital F) 'he" (between quotation marks) Is (capital I).
Faith is something very different from belief. Belief is the systematic taking of unanalyzed words much too seriously. Paul's words, Mohammed's words, Marx's words, Hitler's words--people take them too seriously, and what happens? What happens is the senseless ambivalence of history--sadism versus duty, or (incomparably worse) sadism as duty; devotion counterbalanced by organized paranoia; sisters of charity selflessly tending the victims of their own church’s inquisitors and crusaders. Faith, on the Contrary, can never be taken too seriously. For Faith is the empirically justified confidence in our capacity to know who in fact we are, to forget the belief intoxicated Manichee in Good Being. Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us, dear God, from belief.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Island (Perennial Classics), Pages: 41...43

Contributed by: Nara-Narayana

A Quote by Domus Ulixes on belief, truth, life, and ourselves

When people refuse to see proof, they are think their belief helps them so, losing it will cost more then gaining it from a perhaps more truthfull story.
I can tell you it is not, but one will never see that when in doubt.

And basicly, our choices of what to believe in life, make our life the way it is now. We are shaped by the beliefs we choose to carry.

Frederik Kerling

Contributed by: Domus Ulixes

A Quote by Domus Ulixes on belief, proof, and justification

And yes, any belief can be justified.
But that is why we call it belief, it isn't bound to proof.

Frederik Kerling

Source: Is it logical to believe in God? -

Contributed by: Domus Ulixes

A Quote by Rush on belief and change

I believe in what I see, I believe in what I hear, I believe that what I'm feeling, Changes how the world appears.


Contributed by: meetmaria

A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on god and belief


“Do you think so, John?  Was it your God?” he asked with terrifying gentleness.  “You see, that is my dilemma.  Because if I was led by God to love God, step by step, as it seemed, if I accept the beauty and the rapture were real and true, then the rest of it was God’s will too, and that, gentlemen, is cause for bitterness.  But if I am simply a deluded ape who took a lot of old folktales far too seriously, then I brought all of this on myself and my companions and the whole business becomes farcical, doesn’t it.  The problem with atheism, I find, under these circumstances,” he continued with academic exactitude, each word etched on the air with acid, “is that I have no one to despise but myself.  If, however, I choose to believe God is vicious, then at least I have the solace of hating God.”

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 394

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by unknown on superpower, laughter, and belief

The greatest superpower is the ability to make people laugh.


Source: aliza, mondonation

Contributed by: Aliza

A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on tragedy, belief, and comedy

“I think,” the Father General said, “that I could be of more help to you if I knew whether you see all this as comedy or tragedy.”

            Emilio did not answer right away.  So much, he was thinking, for keeping silent about what can’t be changed.  So much for Latino pride.  He felt sometimes like the seedhead of a dandelion, flying apart, blown to pieces in a puff of air.  The humiliation was almost beyond bearing.  He thought, and hoped sometimes, that it would kill him, that his heart would actually stop.  Maybe this is part of the joke, he thought bleakly.  He turned away from the windows to gaze across the room at the elderly man watching him quietly from the far end of the beautiful old table.

            “If I knew that,” Emilio Sandoz said, coming as close as he could to the center of his soul and to the admission that shamed him, “I don’t suppose I’d need the help.”

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 238

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on god, inspiration, belief, faith, burning bush, proof, and evidence

Once, long ago, she'd allowed herself to think seriously about what human beings would do, confronted directly with a sign of God's presence in their lives.  The Bible, that repository of Western wisdom, was instructive either as myth or as history, she'd decided.  God was at Sinai and within weeks, people were dancing in front of a golden calf.  God walked in Jerusalem and days later, folks nailed Him up and then went back to work.  Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question:  If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God?  A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 100

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Sri Yukteswar on paramahansa, yogananda, sri, yukteswar, wisdom, reason, teaching, belief, and third eye

Many teachers will tell you to believe; then they put out your eyes of
reason and instruct you to follow only their logic. But I want you
to keep your eyes of reason open; in addition, I will open in you
another eye, the eye of wisdom.

Sri Yukteswar

Source: ~Paramahansa Yogananda, `Man's Eternal Quest', quoting his guru's words to him

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on belief and magic

Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Source: My diary

Contributed by: jagadish

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