Religion-jugglery and God-discovery


"Only a Christ could have conceived a Christ."

Joseph Parker: Ecce Deus

Swami Vivekananda once said that only another Vivekananda could have realised what this Vivekananda had done. Napoleon also said something in this vein. Alas, I too sail in their boat when I bury my head, with ceaselessly brooding disappointments, inside my palms.


"In order to see Christianity, one must forget almost all the Christians."

Henri Frédéric Amiel: Journal

If there is an iota of truth in this conviction-statement, then all the Christians in the world must needs muster together to defend themselves.


"Saints are made but Christians are born."

George E. Failing: The Wesleyan Methodist

I wish to say that unreality is made but reality is born.


"True Christianity is love in action."

David O. McKay

True Hinduism is surrender of action. True spirituality is the pendulum between the heart's tears and the soul's smiles.


"Jesus cannot be our Saviour unless he is first our Lord."

Hugh C. Burr

He who said, "I and my Father are one," definitely had become our Lord before He became our Saviour.


"If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both."

Lord Byron

Lovingly and devotedly, I have something to add: man the God was made of streaming tears; God the man was made of blossoming Smiles.


"He changed sunset into sunrise."

Clement of Alexandria

Our ignorance-flooded mind can easily reverse the course!


"Jesus is the most perfect of all men that have yet appeared."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fortunately, the disciples of all Masters have the same universal experience.


"It is good to be charitable — but to whom?"

Jean de La Fontaine: Fables, VI

Indeed, to God the needy in all human beings, with no exception.


"Art is the Tree of Life. Science is the Tree of Death. God is Jesus."

William Blake

True, absolutely true. Also, something more to add: God is God-Appointment, God is God-Enlightenment and God is God-Fulfilment.


"Christianity is a battle — not a dream."

Wendell Phillips

My divinity is a reality-beauty-dream and a reality-beauty-fragrance, and not a battlefield-reality.


"Christians have been the most intolerant of all men."

Voltaire: Philosophical Dictionary

Voltaire, O mighty controversy-confusion-mind, your mind's Himalayan bravery and your life's weakness-slavery shall forever remain inseparable.


"Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind."

Mary Ellen Chase: New York Times

Absolutely true. Just a little to add: Christmas is humanity's dream-preparation-beauty and Divinity's Reality-Perfection-Fragrance.


"The Church has many critics but no rivals."


Likewise, humanity's God-worshipping heart-shrine has innumerable critics, but no rivals worth mentioning.


"He cannot have God for his father who refuses to have the Church for his mother."

St. Augustine: De Symbolo

St. Augustine, my heart believes in you implicitly. Therefore I am so happy that I shall never lose my parents.


"A church exists by mission as fire exists by burning."

Emil Brunner: The Westminster Press

A church exists by God-remembering as a fire exists by self-sacrificing.


"All atheists are rascals, and all rascals are atheists."

August Strindberg: Zones of the Spirit

All atheists are incomplete God-preparations, and all incomplete God-preparations are atheists.


"What a man accomplishes depends on what he believes."

Bankers Bulletin

I believed God was only mine, but my accomplishment has far surpassed my belief. Now I see that God is for all.


"In the matter of belief, we are all extreme conservatives."

William James: Pragmatism

In the matter of self-styled faith, we are all exorbitantly creative.


"Adversity reminds men of religion."

Livy: Annales, V, 51

Adversity reminds men of their crying heart-beauty and, at the same time, of their smiling soul-fragrance.


"I have chosen Thee in the furnace of affliction."

Old Testament: Isaiah 48:10

Many choose God after the volcano-explosion of their vital.


"He who is in evil is also in the punishment of evil."

Emmanuel Swedenborg

Punishment is the beginning of enlightenment.


"Help yourself and Heaven will help you."

Jean de La Fontaine: Fables

Poor me! In my case, Heaven is dying to help me, but my stupidity is preventing me from accepting Heaven's help.


"God is always on the side of the big battalions."

Napoleon Bonaparte

The battalions are just an expression of God's earthly Power; but His Heavenly Power is Illumination.


"I am glad that he thanks God for anything."

Samuel Johnson

I am glad that I need God in everything and for everything.


"Be good and leave the rest to Heaven."

William Combe: Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque

I may not be good. I may be bad in everything that I say and do. Yet I have left my very existence with Heaven for its use.


"Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another."

Jean Paul Richter

Humanity is never so beautiful as when it offers a gratitude-heart-smile to God.


"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."


What is a friend? The beauty and fragrance of interdependence.


"He who has no friend has God."

Egyptian Proverb

Although I have found God as my only Friend, He tells me that I shall remain incomplete unless I find Him in everybody else.


"God is no respecter of persons."

New Testament: Acts 10:34

True, God is no respecter of persons. It is equally true that God is a perfect slave to His supremely chosen instruments.


"I fear God, and next to God I chiefly fear him who fears Him not."


I fear God, and next to God I fear the person who, on the spur of the moment, tells me that he and his inner life and outer life will depend entirely on me.


"If God is not in us, He never existed."

Voltaire: La Loi Naturelle: Exordium

God did exist before, but we did not have the vision-eye to see Him. God does exist now, but we do not have the aspiration-heart to feel Him.


"Desire nothing for yourself which you do not desire for others."

Spinoza: Ethica IV

When I cry for God the Creator, He comes to me as God the creation as well. He fulfils Himself as the One in the many.


"Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love."


My mind obeys God from fear. My heart obeys God from love. I obey God from my inseparable oneness-discovery.


"Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him."

Napoleon Bonaparte

May God's Empire be founded inside my soul-smiles and my heart-tears.


"God is great, and therefore He will be sought; He is good, and therefore He will be found."


When I seek God's Greatness, He gives me His majestic Smile. When I find God's Goodness, He asks me to be His Eternity-Infinity's Partner.


"Even God cannot change the past."


Not because He cannot, but because He does not want to change the past, for it is unnecessary. Our Goal is the Golden Shore and not the ocean-dangers.


"The opposite of joy is not sorrow. It is unbelief."

Leslie D. Weatherhead: This Is the Victory

To me, the opposite of joy is unwillingness.


"My Bible tells me how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go."

J.R. Cohu: The Bible and Modern Thought, V

The outer Bible tells us how to go to Heaven. The inner Bible shows us how to bring the Kingdom of Heaven down.


"Conscience is God's presence in man."

Emmanuel Swedenborg

Division is God's absence from man.


"The cross is the ladder of heaven."

Thomas Draxe: Biblioth, Scholas

The cross is the Heaven-ascending ladder. The non-acceptance of God's Will is the abysmal abyss-descending ladder.


"A man, asked to explain what God is, replied, 'I know if I'm not asked.' "


God Himself has asked me not to explain Him but to entertain Him.


"Nothing can happen more beautiful than death."

Walt Whitman: Starting from Paumanok

Death does not think so. Death thinks that death is all-powerful.


"Who knows most, doubts most."

Robert Browning

He who doubts most, fractures all his limbs most.


"God is where He was."

English Proverb

God's Compassion-Eye and God's Forgiveness-Heart are where they were before.


"If God loved you as much as you love Him, where would you be?"


I am all ready to answer this question, but God wants me to keep my mouth sealed. Never mind, since I am always a God-disobedient creature. If God loved me as much as I love Him, then I would be playing, singing and dancing inside my totally isolated mind-jungle.


"God save me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies."

English Proverb

God has saved me from my friends. God has even saved me from my enemies. But, alas, He has not saved me from myself, so far.


"Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns."


I praise God for both the thorns and the roses, because I clearly see and feel that thorns are my God-preparation-journey and roses are my God-satisfaction-goal.

From: Sri Chinmoy, Religion-jugglery and God-discovery - , Agni Press, 2000
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