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A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, judgement, good, self reliance, delusion, strength, spirituality, advice, man, and truth

For this reason, we should, with all our strength, guide ourselves toward God's will and not trust in our own heart.  Even if there is a good thing to be done, but we have testimony of some saint that it is not good, we must on the one hand hold that which is good, but on the other, not trust in our ability to perform it properly in the way it should be done.  We must do all that we can, but at the same time, ask advice as how to do it.  After we have done it, we should ask if we have done it well, and even when we act thus must not be carefree but await the judgment of God.  As the saintly man, Abba Agathon said, when he was asked, "Are even you afraid, father?"  He replied, "I have done what I could but I do not know if my work pleased God.  God's judgment is one thing, and man's is another."  May God shelter us from danger of guiding ourselves, and make us worthy of our fathers.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, salvation, passions, habits, traps, suffering, evil, hell, delusion, and truth

Believe me, brethren, even if someone has just one passion as a habit, he will be subject to hell.  Even if we do ten good deeds and one bad one, the bad one outweighs the good.  It is like the eagle that is not captured by the snare, but only his claw is caught.  Because of this he is captured and loses all his strength.  Even if his whole body is outside the snare except just his claw can we say he has escaped?  Anytime he so desires, the person who has placed the trap can take him.  It is the same with the soul.  If it has one passion hardened into a habit, the enemy can cast it down anytime he wishes because he controls it through that passion.  It is for this reason that I will always tell you not to allow any passion to become a habit.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by C.S. Lewis on god, christianity, worship, truth, reality, atheism, paganism, delusion, and religion

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

C.S. Lewis

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by unknown on god, evil, truth, choice, spirituality, freedom, atheist, delusion, and danger

The devils greatest weapon is convincing people he doesn't exist.

unknown

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Adi Da Samraj on death, life, delusion, and enlightenment

"Death makes your entire life bullshit. Don’t you see? That’s the problem. The body is going to die, every relation of the body is going to die. You can’t even depend on it continuing for another moment while you’re . . . associating with it. That’s the situation you’re in, but you use fabrications of mind and so forth, individually and collectively, that distract you from the fact of it, so that you won’t feel it profoundly. And so you build up this whole lifetime of endeavors, of attachments, of things you own, things you do, things you’re known for, things you know, things you know about — on and on and on. And it all passes. But in the meantime. . . you bullshit one another, effectively.

The Great Matter doesn’t confront you merely in death. It’s just that in death you are disarmed and you have no choice. While you are alive, you delude yourself! You fabricate a reality that’s not altogether true, in order to give yourself a sense of permanence, continuation, certainty — as if life is about being enthusiastic, about fulfillment of the next desire. In fact, you could easily drop dead in any moment. All kinds of people drop dead every day. And a lot of them haven’t lived a very long life beforehand. All kinds of terrible things are being done by human beings to one another and otherwise by the situation itself.

So you can participate in the round of desires and consolations as much as you are able for a lifetime, however long that lasts, and then be necessarily confronted by profundity at the point of death. Or you can go beyond even right now and exist in that profundity right now. . .

True religious life is a great profundity. But the religious life that people propose for themselves and propose to one another, generally speaking, is the life of consolation, of distraction, of arbitrary beliefs that suggest some kind of continuation (or even permanence) of the present pattern.

Adi Da Samraj

Source: Easy Death: Spiritual Wisdom on the Ultimate Transcendence of Death and Everything Else, Pages: ?

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A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, evil, delusion, spirituality, enlightnement, freedom, liberation, christianity, and truth

"The prince of this world blinds people who then walk like blind men, feeling their way and because of this they are constantly falling into one bog after another.  Science is fraud when its facts are taken as something absolute, for tomorrow's scientific knowledge will contradict today's; most art is a deliberate distortion; politics has always been full of deceit, lies, crimes.  Here everything must be understood in reverse---what they call life is but superficial, horrible pettiness, emptiness, lies with out end; in a word, it is the 'age of falsehood,' the kingdom of the prince of this world."

from Abbot Nikon: Letters to Spiritual Children

Abbot Nikon

Source: Abbot Nikon: Letters to Spiritual Children

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on delusion and universe

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

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A Quote by Sage Vasishtha on samsara, brahma, vishnu, delusion, truth, inquiry, self, and bliss

 For when delusion is gone and the truth is realized by means of inquiry into self-nature, when the mind is at peace and the heart leaps to the supreme truth, when all the disturbing thought-waves in the mind have subsided and there is unbroken flow of peace and the heart is filled with the bliss of the absolute, when thus the truth has been seen in the heart, then this very world becomes an abode of bliss.

Sage Vasishtha

Source: The Concise Yoga Vasistha, Pages: 32

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Stephen Batchelor on buddhism, ethics, acceptance, and delusion

One finds that no matter how sincere one's intention to be attentive and aware, the mind rebels against such instructions and races off to indulge in all manner of distractions, memories and fantasies....The comforting illusion of personal coherence and continuity is ripped away to expose only fragmentary islands of consciousness separated by yawning gulfs of unawareness....The first step in this practice of mindful awareness is radical self-acceptance.

Such self-acceptance, however, does not operate in an ethical vacuum, where no moral assessment is made of one's emotional states. The training in mindful awareness is part of a Buddhist path with values and goals. Emotional states are evaluated according to whether they increase or decrease the potential for suffering. If an emotion, such as hatred or envy, is judged to be destructive, then it is simply recognized as such. It is neither expressed through violent thoughts, words or deeds, nor is it suppressed or denied as incompatiable with a "spiritual"life. In seeing it for what it is - a transient emotional state - one mindfully observes it follow its own nature: to arise, abide for a while, and then pass away.

Stephen Batchelor

Source: The Awakening of the West

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, love, needs, ego, delusion, and salvation

If humans are essentially self-enclosed or self-interested or idiotist psychological systems (a la Freud), then "love" is just the name for a kind of psychic imperialism among psyches (the visceral irrationalism of the Id/libido being rationalized and executed by the otherwise-vacant Ego and presided over by the irrational authoritarianism of the Superego). One bag of appetites and emotions (he) tries to arrogate control over another bag of appetites and emotions (she -- or vice versa), all for the first bag's own benefit, like a war between oversized amoebas. If human beings are conceived strictly in terms of what finite-banausic or finite-doulic mentalities can comprehend, then "love" will necessarily look like a "magical" or illusionistic pseudo-cure for our necessitated animalistic (and deterministic bourgeois-"rationalist") natures. Our natural power of self-centered delusion projects for itself a cure for its self-enclosure, and calls this fantasy "love." Uncountable are the times that this grandiose fantasy has failed, and actual finite human beings could not live up to the narcotic infatuation or "salvation from self" that they needed out of one another.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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