Wise Religious Quotes
Real Religion is in Realization, not in Blind Faith or Dogma, but in Rationally Striving to Attain the Truth
It is a fact little observed that the major world Religion have more in common with each other than differences.
To begin with, all major world religions, including Hinduism , have their foundation in the theory of one God , who is infinite in His existence, eternal and formless.
Besides the prophets (Jesus , Muhammad , Buddha, Guru Nanak etc.), all unanimously preached the same universal ideals such as love, compassion, truth, peace and justice ; In fact, they were embodiments of these living values.
Religion is the path of realizing God. Living in a universe that is infinitely creative , it is natural that the roads will be many, but they all lead to the same ocean of truth . How can we know an infinite God , if we limit our spirit within the finite limits of race, religion or nation? The only way to really know God is put aside all limiting identifications, and let our spirits soar in union with the Creator and his beautiful and varied creation.
Welcome to the Atma Nirvana’s collection of Wise Religious Quotes!
- ‘Religion deals with Truths of the metaphysical world, just as chemistry and the other natural sciences deal with Truths of the physical world.’– Swami Vivekananda
- ‘It is our desires that limit the scope of our self-realisation, hinder our extension of consciousness, and give rise to sin, which is the innermost barrier that keeps us apart from God. For sin is not one mere action, it is an attitude of life which takes for granted that we are not all essentially One, but exist each for his own separate individual existence.’ – Rabindranath Tagore
- The basic idea underlying religion is to create an atmosphere for the spiritual development of the individual. B.R. Ambedkar, author of India’s Constitution (1891-1956)
- Only for man there can be religion because his evolution is from efficiency in nature towards the perfection of spirit. Rabindranath Tagore in his book ‘The Religion of Man’.
- The ultimate goal of all mankind, the aim and end of all religions, is but one. Reunion with God, or, what amounts to the same, reconnecting with your innate divinity which is every man’s true nature. -Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902).
- The goal of human life is to realize God, and the purpose of religion is to teach one how to manifest the divinity within. How does one manifest the divinity within? We can do so through four yoga’s, where the word yoga signifies the union of our individual soul with the Cosmic Soul:
Karma yoga, the path of unselfish action,
Jnana yoga, the path of knowledge,
Raja yoga, the path of meditation, and
Bhakti yoga, the path of devotion.
- There is but one eternal religion and that is the perception of the Divine within; the rest is mere froth.-Swami Vivekananda.
- All religions of the world express the same Truth in different languages and in various ways. As different rivers originate from different sources but mingle in the ocean, losing their names and forms, so all the various religious paths lead to God i.e. the Truth. Swami Vivekananda.
- All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he/she does not speak in the same tongue. Swami Vivekananda.
- I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
- Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes. That is religion. Swami Vivekananda.
- Religion does not reside in books, what good will it do if you just read it but do not feel or understand it? Swami Vivekananda.
- The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, or the fear of death, or blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
- Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act. B.R. Ambedkar.
- It is in love that religion exists and not in ceremony; in the pure and sincere love in the heart. Swami Vivekananda.
- God has no religion. Mahatma Gandhi.
- ‘Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.’ – Albert Einstein
- Faith must be based on reason. When faith becomes blind it dies. Mahatma Gandhi.
- ‘Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.’ – Mahatma Gandhi
- ‘Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.’– Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
- ‘Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.’
- ‘I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.’– Friedrich Nietzsche
- ‘My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.’– Abraham Lincoln
- ‘All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.’– Ralph Waldo Emerson
- ‘When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.’– Abraham Lincoln
- “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” Dalai Lama XIV
- ‘Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.’– George Carlin
- ‘All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.’– Edgar Allan Poe
- ‘It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.’– Mahatma Gandhi
- ‘Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.’– Martin Luther King Jr.