Ahimsa is not a policy for the seizure of power. It is a way of transforming relationships so as to bring about a peaceful transfer of power, effected freely and without compulsion by all concerned, because all have come to recognize it as right.
— Thomas Merton
If thou shouldst say, “It is enough, I have reached perfection,” all is lost. For it is the function of perfection to make one know one’s imperfection.
— Saint Augustine
Like a ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.
— Yogabindu Upanishad
“O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace. Do not follow in the foot steps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you.”
— Holy Quran: 2/208
Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love him as they love their cow – for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort.
— Meister Eckhart
Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love dwelling in your heart.
— Bhagavad Gita
Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation.
— Shvetashvatara Upanishad
“There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.”
— Holy Quran: 2/256)
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that can move the world.