Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone. Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him. He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance. Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that. He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
There are some forms of religion that must make God weep. There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too. Religion that has concentrated on egotism, that's concentrated on belligerence rather than compassion. But then you have to remember that this is what human beings do. Secularism has shown that it can be just as murderous, just as lethal as religion. Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
The one and only test of a valid religious idea, doctrinal statement, spiritual experience, or devotional practice was that it must lead directly to practical compassion. If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express this sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, or self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology. Compassion was the litmus test for the prophets of Israel, for the rabbis of the Talmud, for Jesus, for Paul, and for Muhammad, not to mention Confucius, Lao-tsu, the Buddha, or the sages of the Upanishads.
Let us subdue the ravages of the baser-self, and aspire to the higher calling of exalting joy through compassion, for that is the one true purpose of humanity.
Evolve your understanding of success from the outer realm of control, materialism, and ego, to the inner realm of surrender, spirituality, and compassion.
All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.
The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
One love, one heart, one destiny.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
This is my letter to the world That never wrote to me
It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
When you're too religious, you tend to point your finger to judge instead of extending your hand to help.
I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.
I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.
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