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The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship, the sacredness
of creation is ancient, ancient wisdom.
The indigenous understanding
has its basis of spirituality in a recognition of the interconnectedness and interdependence
of all living things, a holistic and balanced view of the world. All things are
bound together. All things connect. What happens to the Earth happens to the children
of the earth. Humankind has not woven the web of life; we are but one thread.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral
improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without
The essence of spirituality
is the duty to live to its full the glorious destiny of being human. The purpose
of religion should be to empower all people in this adventure of living with dignity
religions of the world must be assessed, not on the basis of their convoluted
theologies, but in terms of the extent to which they serve as forces of liberation
life is a festival, a celebration. Joy is of the essence of life;
human beings have a right, and duty, to be joyful. Anything that thwarts this
spiritual human right goes against the very purpose of human being. Spirituality
mandates us to wage a relentless war to eradicate these forces of oppression and
we must liberate people from religion, as religion is understood and practiced
today. Second, we must effect a paradigm shift from religiosity to shared spirituality.
-- Swami Agnivesh
among religions is a precondition for world peace. But religions, as religions,
can never be at peace with each other. To enable religions to be instruments for
peace we need to enable, first, religious communities to progress from religion
to spirituality. For the world order to be one of peace and justice, for the global
village to be a theater of right livelihood, it is imperative that a new and proactive
spiritual vision commensurate to the challenges of the emerging world order be
enunciated without delay. The challenge is to make “right livelihood” a universal
goal. Recognizing this value in a symbolic way through an award like this is a
significant step in the right direction. This is not, however, our journey’s end.
We must not rest until right livelihood is within reach of every human being upon
this earth we love and cherish. We all have a role to play in achieving this goal.
-- Swami Agnivesh
Day is an opportunity for all who value spirituality in their lives to connect
and unite in our wish for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world based on
values grounded in our deeper spiritual connection to each other and the world
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
I think people are
genuinely seeking spirituality. There's a simple reason for this. In the midst
of the daily grind of life, it's easy to forget we have a spirit, and we can get
depressed, even sick. We are spirits as well as bodies, and spirits need nourishment.
-- Bill Ayres
are on the planet to... wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within
"This is a deeply spiritual
issue...Do we want to spend more time trying to care for our fellow man or do
we want to just pursue more virtual reality? That's the issue before us.. and
it's being played out in the world of the environment."
"Spirituality is that
attitude which puts life at the center, and defends and promotes life against
all the mechanisms of death, desiccation, or stagnation.
-- Leonardo Boff
is that attitude which puts life at the center, and defends and promotes life
against all the mechanisms of death, desiccation, or stagnation. The opposite
of spirit, in this sense, is not the body but death and everything associated
with the system of death, understood in the widest sense of biological, social,
and existential death (failure, humiliation, and oppression). Nourishing spirituality
means cultivating the inward space, the basis of which all things can be brought
together. It means overwhelming deadness and stagnation and living reality in
terms of values, inspiration, and symbols of higher meaning. The spiritual person
is one who is always in a position to see the other side of reality, and who is
always capable of perceiving that profundity by which we are referred to the Ultimate
Reality that religions call God.
-- Leonardo Boff
a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values
of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in
yourself and your own personal evolution.
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
"I believe that
the thought that women together can change the world is emerging into the minds
and hearts of many of us, and that the vessel for personal and planetary evolution
is the circle with a spiritual center."
“If you do a good job
for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual
…the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling
of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers...
can't have a physical transformation until you have
a spiritual transformation.
scientific genius, man has wrought material miracles and has transformed his world.
He has harnassed nature and has developed great civilizations. But he has never
learned very well how to live with himself. The values he has created have been
predominantly materialistic; his spiritual values have lagged far behind. He has
demonstrated little spiritual genius and has made little progress toward the realization
of human brotherhood. In the contemporary atomic age, this could prove man's fatal
Spiritually, no action
is more important than surrender. Surrender is the tenderest impulse of the heart,
acting out of love to give whatever the beloved wants. Surrender is being alert
to exactly what is happening now, not imposing expectations from the past. Surrender
is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything, even when you cannot
foresee the outcome of a situation.
-- Deepak Chopra
a human being ceases to live for themselves and begins to care about that which
is greater than themselves, the personality begins to experience ecstasy, joy
and spontaneous liberation. And that's found through doing, through action, through
giving, through deeply embracing the human experience. |
It seems to rise again when
the crisis times come, and this is a time of most severe crisis, as we all know,
not just for the history of the United States and the survival indeed of our democracy,
but for the future peace of the world. And never before probably has the need
for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.
-- Walter Cronkite
fact that you are here tonight gathered together with us testifies to the fact
you understand the need for this organization and the need for redoubling our
efforts in this organization to try to assure that democracy as represented by
the United States must depend upon a total freedom of religion, which is written
into our Constitution, of course, and the mere suggestion that anyone could maintain
that one’s patriotism, one’s devotion to one’s country can be judged by one’s
religion is so vile, so vile that we have to take to the streets indeed and to
put it aside.
religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort
to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various
religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work
problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger
and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort,
understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We
need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we
- The Dalai
|"What we would like
to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe,
and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do. And, by fighting for better
conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor,
of the destitute…we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for
the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our
pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around
the world. We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and, dear God,
please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our
enemy as well as our friend." |
I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these
times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time
of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else
do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families,
in our work, in all our relationships? God is Love. Love casts out fear. Even
the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables
of the money changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people
to love, to stand in that relationship to each other…There can never be enough
-- Dorothy Day
Day - December 31