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J. G. Bennett Quote – “The ‘man of the way’ is a familiar concept in all religions…”

The “man of the way” is a familiar concept in all religions. The elect are “called to be saint.” The Buddhist marga, the “path of liberation,” once entered will be followed to the attainment of perfected being. The man of the way in Sufism is the salik or seeker of the truth. J.G. Bennett (1897 – 1974)

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J. G. Bennett Quote – “It was the very essence of Gurdjieff’s teaching…”

It was the very essence of Gurdjieff’s teaching that the pupil must stand on his own feet and he took every measure, sometimes apparently harsh and brutal, to break down any tendency towards dependence upon himself. He would go to the length of depriving himself of much-needed helpers in his work rather than allow a relationship of dependence, or subordination. […]

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Saint Basil the Great (329 – 379)

Basil the Great Quote – “True prudence is the knowledge of what to do…”

True prudence is the knowledge of what to do and what not to do. One who possesses it never refrains from virtuous works and is never pierced by the deadly arrow of vice. Thus, he who understands words of prudence knows the difference between what is insidious, structured for deception and what reminds us quietly about the best way to […]

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Saint Basil the Great (329 – 379)

Basil the Great Quote – “In the solitary life, what I at hand becomes useless…”

In the solitary life, what I at hand becomes useless to us and what is wanting cannot be provided, since God the Creator decreed that we should require the help of one another, as it is written in scripture, so that we might associate with one another. Basil the Great (329 – 379)

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Karl Barth Quote – “History is the display of the supposed advantages…”

History is the display of the supposed advantages of power and intelligence which some men possess over others, of the struggle for existence hypocritically described by ideologists as the struggle for justice and freedom of the ebb and flow of old and new forms of human righteousness, each vying with the rest in solemnity and triviality… Yet one drop of […]

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Baha’i Faith Quote – “A fundamental teaching of Baha’u’llah is the oneness…”

A fundamental teaching of Baha’u’llah is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, he says, “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.” By this it is meant that the world of humanity is like a tree, the nations or peoples are the different limbs or branches of that tree, and the individual […]

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