Scriptures Quotes

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Anatole France
“We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.”
Anatole France

Ambrose Bierce
Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Swami Satchidananda
“. . . I feel we don’t really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures? (233)”
Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

“When we . . . read and study the scriptures, benefits and blessings of many kinds come to us. This is the most profitable of all study in which we could engage.”
Howard W. Hunter

Alan Sokal
“Each religion makes scores of purportedly factual assertions about everything from the creation of the universe to the afterlife. But on what grounds can believers presume to know that these assertions are true? The reasons they give are various, but the ultimate justification for most religious people’s beliefs is a simple one: we believe what we believe because our holy scriptures say so. But how, then, do we know that our holy scriptures are factually accurate? Because the scriptures themselves say so. Theologians specialize in weaving elaborate webs of verbiage to avoid saying anything quite so bluntly, but this gem of circular reasoning really is the epistemological bottom line on which all 'faith' is grounded. In the words of Pope John Paul II: 'By the authority of his absolute transcendence, God who makes himself known is also the source of the credibility of what he reveals.' It goes without saying that this begs the question of whether the texts at issue really were authored or inspired by God, and on what grounds one knows this. 'Faith' is not in fact a rejection of reason, but simply a lazy acceptance of bad reasons. 'Faith' is the pseudo-justification that some people trot out when they want to make claims without the necessary evidence.

But of course we never apply these lax standards of evidence to the claims made in the other fellow’s holy scriptures: when it comes to religions other than one’s own, religious people are as rational as everyone else. Only our own religion, whatever it may be, seems to merit some special dispensation from the general standards of evidence.

And here, it seems to me, is the crux of the conflict between religion and science. Not the religious rejection of specific scientific theories (be it heliocentrism in the 17th century or evolutionary biology today); over time most religions do find some way to make peace with well-established science. Rather, the scientific worldview and the religious worldview come into conflict over a far more fundamental question: namely, what constitutes evidence.

Science relies on publicly reproducible sense experience (that is, experiments and observations) combined with rational reflection on those empirical observations. Religious people acknowledge the validity of that method, but then claim to be in the possession of additional methods for obtaining reliable knowledge of factual matters — methods that go beyond the mere assessment of empirical evidence — such as intuition, revelation, or the reliance on sacred texts. But the trouble is this: What good reason do we have to believe that such methods work, in the sense of steering us systematically (even if not invariably) towards true beliefs rather than towards false ones? At least in the domains where we have been able to test these methods — astronomy, geology and history, for instance — they have not proven terribly reliable. Why should we expect them to work any better when we apply them to problems that are even more difficult, such as the fundamental nature of the universe?

Last but not least, these non-empirical methods suffer from an insuperable logical problem: What should we do when different people’s intuitions or revelations conflict? How can we know which of the many purportedly sacred texts — whose assertions frequently contradict one another — are in fact sacred?”
Alan Sokal

Shannon L. Alder
“Spiritual pain is when you can’t stand another moment not knowing the real truth, and when you finally do know you can’t let go.”
Shannon L. Alder

Swami Satchidananda
“We don’t exhaust the Bible even after reading it hundreds of times. Each time we read it we see it in a new light. That is the greatness of the holy scriptures. They are that way because they were created by holy prophets who experienced the truth. Each time we read these works we elevate ourselves to see a little more. (81)”
Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Bruce R. McConkie
“People who study the scriptures get a dimension to their life that nobody else gets and that can't be gained in any way except by studying the scriptures. There's an increase in faith and a desire to do what's right and a feeling of inspiration and understanding that comes to people who study the gospel - and who ponder the principles, that can't come in any other way.”
Bruce R. McConkie

Steve Cioccolanti
“Why would Westerners interpret victories of war by Sun Tzu as signs of strength and wisdom, but victories of war by Bible believers as signs of barbarism and ignorance? This cognitive dissonance is either a symptom of religious bigotry or a form of "worldview schizophrenia".”
Steve Cioccolanti

Dada Bhagwan
“What is the purpose of writing scriptures? It is a thermometer (gauge). So that one may know that ‘what is written in the scriptures is right (correct) and what we are saying is wrong (incorrect)’.”
Dada Bhagwan, Manav Dharma

Dada Bhagwan
“Scriptures are not written for one individual, they are written by keeping everyone in mind. The text pertaining to the celestials, human beings and for moksha [ultimate liberation] is very short and concise in the scriptures.”
Dada Bhagwan, Non-Violence

Dada Bhagwan
“Moksha [Ultimate Liberation] is not found in the scriptures, Moksha is in the Soul [Our Real Self].”
Dada Bhagwan, Whatever Has Happened Is Justice

Dada Bhagwan
“Scriptural knowledge is knowledge that has form (murta gnan). Formless knowledge (amurta gnan) is found in formless language. All that is perceived through the senses is knowledge that has form (murta gnan).”
Dada Bhagwan, Fault Is of the Sufferer

Dada Bhagwan
“Upon completion of an in-depth study of the four Vedas, what do the four Vedas themselves say? “This is not That, this is not That! The Soul (your real self) that you are searching is not in here. Go to a Gnani [the enlightened one] !”
Dada Bhagwan, Anger

Dada Bhagwan
“The attainment of an established awareness of the Self (the Soul) transcends the four Vedas.”
Dada Bhagwan, Who Am I?

Dada Bhagwan
“Pundit (scriptural scholar) means someone who deduces the subtlest meaning of a scripture. And a Shashtra-Gnani (Knower of scriptures) is the someone who, extracts the essence of the scriptures.”
Dada Bhagwan, Fault Is of the Sufferer

Abhijit Naskar
“Morality is to Scriptures, what Innovation is to Comic-Books.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Abhijit Naskar
“Forget all labels and simply live as a human, and you'll have all the morality in you - this morality is text-less - it is law-less - it is boundless - it's simply your whole being, beyond conditioning, beyond norms, beyond stereotypes, beyond definitions, beyond theories, beyond intellectualism, beyond ideologies, beyond sects and beyond images. That morality has no Naskar in it - it has no Nietzsche in it - it has no Schopenhauer in it - it has no bible, no quran, no vedas in it - nor has it any messiah or prophet whatsoever.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Abhijit Naskar
“Morality is like defecation. When you have the urge to defecate, do you ask an intellectual, what it is like to feel like defecating and how to perform the act of defecation, before you actually go to defecate! You simply feel it and go defecating. The same is with morality. You don't ask a scientist, a philosopher or a priest what morality really is, and how to perform it. You simply feel it and act on it.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Abhijit Naskar
“When the spirit shines with the flames of morality, there remains no question, confusion or compliance - all that there persists, is you being the manifestation of morality absolute.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Abhijit Naskar
“When the mind rises punned in the flames of self-realization, distance between human and human disappears as if it never existed in the first place. And this original incarnation of the human mind upon the death of the second hand existence, delivers the world the ultimate bodily manifestation of morality absolute and the liberty it encompasses.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Dada Bhagwan
“To know gneya-gnan (the knowledge regarding the object to be known) is referred to as scriptural knowledge and to Know Gnata-Gnan (the Knowledge regarding the Knower) is referred to as experiential Knowledge (anubhav Gnan).”
Dada Bhagwan, Life Without Conflict

Dada Bhagwan
“To first get to know what One's own inherent nature is like, to set the conviction (pratiti) for that, that is known as samkit (right belief of 'I am pure Soul'). Of all the inherent natures [out there], is any of them 'mine' [the Self's]? The Gnani will say, "No." Whether you wiggle your tongue in this or that direction, whether you awaken the kundalini (in yoga, latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine) or read the scriptures, there is no Soul in that. It is all pudgal (relative) whereas there is no other [relative] thing present in the Atma (Soul).”
Dada Bhagwan, Life Without Conflict

“...king is not saved by his...army; a warrior is not delivered by...strength. The war horse is a false hope...our soul waits for the lord.”
The Bible

Abhijit Naskar
“Books are supposed to give a helping hand to humanity’s progress, not to instruct humanity how to progress. Plato wrote his books to help humanity understand knowledge and wisdom. Tolstoy wrote his books to help humanity understand morality. Einstein wrote his papers to help humanity understand the universe. Darwin wrote his books to help humanity understand the biological history of lifeforms. I write my books to unify humanity beyond all labels. But the point is, none of us ever said that our works are the ultimate measure for humanity to behave properly. None of us ever said that our books are the authority of human life and that only through us humanity can find salvation. Your life is a vehicle that is driven by you, and books can be the helper in the journey, but never the driver themselves.”
Abhijit Naskar

“We have sinners who are doing godly things and Christians who are doing evil things. The reason is the sinners focuses on actions only and not the word, and Christians focus on the word and not the actions. May God help us to overcome what we lack to be incomplete.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Dada Bhagwan
“The self contained within the scriptures will not do. The real Self is needed, One that is incomprehensible, One that cannot be inscribed in the scriptures, One that is indescribable, inexpressible. Where words do not reach, where the vision cannot reach, there lies the Self! That Self prevails in an absolutely untainted state, it indeed prevails in a state free from association!”
Dada Bhagwan

Kate Forsyth
“Do you deny the Scriptures, madame? For is it not said that a woman should be silent and have no authority over man?'
'Of course I do not deny the Scriptures, Your Majesty.'
'Yet you are on of these 'réformés,' are you not?'
She met the King's gaze. 'I am, Your Majesty. But we do not deny the Scriptures. We believe they contain all that is necessary for the service of God and our own salvation.'
He frowned. 'Yet you argue against the one true Church, is that not so?'
She picked her words with care. 'The one true Church is made up of those faithful who agree to follow the word of God.”
Kate Forsyth, Bitter Greens

Steve Cioccolanti
“Many Western readers act offended by the mention of war in the Bible, yet celebrate the stratagem of war taught by Sun Tzu as though it is the original book on leadership and success. The Bible, of course, was written over a 1000 years before Sun Tzu was born.”
Steve Cioccolanti

Dada Bhagwan
“Veda is in the form of Gnan [spiritual knowledge] and God is in the form of Vignan [spiritual science].”
Dada Bhagwan, Fault Is of the Sufferer

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