The Pelican is excessively devoted to its children. But when these have been born and begin to grow up, they flap their parents in the face with their wings, and the parents, striking back, kill them. Three days afterward the mother pierces her breast, opens her side, and lays herself across her young pouring out her blood over the dead bodies. This brings them to life again.
In the same way, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the originator and maker of all created things begets us and calls us into being out of nothing. We, on the contrary, strike him in the face. As the prophet Isaiah says: “I have borne children and exalted them and truly they have scorned me.” We have struck him in the face by devoting ourselves to the creation rather than the creator.
That was why he ascended into the height of the cross, and, his side having been pierced, there came from it blood and water for our salvation and eternal life.
T.H. White. The bestiary: a book of beasts: being a translation frorn a Latin bestiary of the twelfth century. New York, 1954, repr. 1984.
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.
–Thich Nhat Hanh
What Buddhism teaches is that the connection, the ability to find intimacy or connection, is inherent within us, and that if we can just surrender back into that capacity for love, that is all of our birthrights–all babies are born with that; they instinctively love their caretakers. So if we can find that again, then our relationships will take care of themselves.
I discovered that it was common for a Sufi to claim that she was equally at home in a synagogue, mosque, temple or a church, and was neither a Jew, nor Christian nor Muslim, because once you have glimpsed the divine, you have left these limited human distinctions behind.
–Ibn Arabi, 13th-century Sufi philosopher
Bishop John Shelby Spong
When coastal America is under water, when the subways of New York City are flooded, when drought greatly reduces the corn crop or the wheat crop in America’s heartland and causes the price of food to go up around the world, perhaps the political will to address population explosion will be present.
–Bishop John Shelby Spong
John N. Gray
We’d all be better off if we stopped believing in belief. Not everyone needs a religion, but if you do you shouldn’t be bothered about finding arguments for joining or practicing one. Just go into the church, synagogue, mosque or temple and take it from there. What we believe doesn’t in the end matter very much. What matters is how we live.
—John N. Gray
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Spirit is the living body seen from within, and the body is the outer manifestation of the living spirit; the two beings really one.
–C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul (London 1984), p.253.