A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on confidence, dedication, sun, fanaticism, political, religious, dogma, and goals

"You are never dedicated to something that you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence

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A Quote by Arthur C. Clarke on religious, creationism, god, fossil, cosmic, hoax, and humankind

If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy.  Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created the whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading humankind?

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 -)

Source: Science magazine, June 5, 1998

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A Quote by Kabir on god, religious, and kabir

What kind of God would He be, if He did not hear the bangles ring on an ant’s wrist, as they move the earth in their sweet dance? And what kind of God would He be, if a leaf’s prayer was not as precious to creation as the prayer His own son sang from the glorious depth of his soul – for us. And what kind of God would He be, if the vote of millions in this world could sway Him to change the divine law of love that speaks so clearly with compassion’s elegant tongue, saying, eternally saying: "all are forgiven – moreover, dears, no one has ever been guilty."

What kind of God would He be if He did not count the blinks of your eyes and is in absolute awe of their movements? What a God - what a God we have.


Source: "Love Poems from God" by Daniel Ladinsky

Contributed by: yellowspider

A Quote by Danah Zohar on spiritual, religious, science, archtypal, mythological, awareness, beyond, beauty, and truth

Here science helps us to understand the spiritual.  As the concept is used in this book, to experience 'the spiritual' means to be in touch with some larger, deeper, richer whole that puts our present limited situation into a new perspective. It is to have a sense of 'something beyond', of 'something more' that confers added meaning and value on where we are now. That spiritual 'something more' may be a deeper social reality or social web of meaning. It may be an awareness of or attunement to the mythological, archetypal or religious dimensions of our situation. It may be a sense of some more profound level of truth or beauty. And/or it may be an attunement to some deeper, cosmic sense of wholeness, a sense that our actions are part of some greater universal process.

Danah Zohar

Source: SQ: Connecting With Our Spiritual Intelligence, Pages: 18-19

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on religious, irreligious, void, and consciousness

Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or particular system, a trans-cultural, trans-religious, trans-formed consciousness.

It is therefore in a sense "void".

But it can shine through this or that system,  religious or irreligious,  just as light can shine through glass that is blue, or green, or red, or yellow.

If  Zen has any preference it is for glass that is plain, has no color, and is "just glass."

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: Zen and the Birds of Appetite., Pages: 4

Contributed by: Michael

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