Quote for the Day

Bede Griffiths, one of the great contemplative masters of our time, claimed that there are actually three routes to the center. You can have a near-death experience. You can fall desperately in love. Or you can begin a practice of meditation. Of the three, he said with a somewhat mischievous smile, meditation is probably the most reliable starting point.

— Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope:
Trusting in the Mercy of God

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this wonderful quotes! I have saved many of them for my personal use and to share with groups.

    I am reminded of a video of Bede Griffiths. In the film, he is explaining the different faith traditions. He raised his right hand, palm open. With his left index finger he pointed to each of the fingers on his right hand and said, “This is Hinduism.” Pointing to one finger; “This is Buddhism.” Pointing to another; “This is Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Then pointing to his palm he declared, “And this is God!”

  2. Heh, too true. But can you fault one for taking the “most fun” route over the “most reliable”? :-)

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