Welcome to SPN

Register and Join the most happening forum of Sikh community & intellectuals from around the world.

Sign Up Now!
  1.   Become a Supporter    ::   Make a Contribution   
    Target (Recurring Monthly): $200 :: Achieved: $98

Spiritual Progress

Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Archived_Member16, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. Archived_Member16

    Expand Collapse
    SPNer Contributor

    Jan 7, 2005
    Likes Received:

    We learn from the past how to live today for a better tomorrow. Our habits, our attitudes, our character traits form our minds. Each of us, in every nation and in every station, contains both good and evil at this same moment. It remains for us to choose for ourself our course each day again.

    Consider the words of Omar Khayyam, Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer, living from 1050-1132, writing in The Rubaiyat, his collection of rational quatrains:
    "I sent my soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that Afterlife to spell: And by and by my Soul returned to me, And answered "I myself am Heav'n and Hell:"

    Or consider the words of William Shakespeare, English player, playwright and poet, living from 1564-1616, writing in Hamlet, his deepest psychological study:
    "So, oft chances it in particular men, That for some vicious mole of nature in them, As, in their birth, - - wherein they are not guilty, Since nature cannot choose his origin, - - By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, Or by some habit that too much o'er-leavens The form of plausive manners, that these men, -- Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, Being nature's livery, or fortune's star, -- Their virtues else -- be they as pure as grace, As infinite as man may undergo -- Shall in the general censure take corruption From that particular fault:"

    Finally, consider the words of Arnold J. Toynbee, World historian, living from 1889-1975, writing in his final book "Surviving the Future":
    "I am convinced, myself, that man's fundamental problem is his human egocentricity."

    These writers understood the importance of habits, attitudes and character traits. We need to follow their lead, to deepen their insight, and to find new solutions. This search must not be limited, and we will need to learn from the entire planet, into the future. Curiosity, scholarship, conversations, research, imagination and perseverance, will be needed by people everywhere. Computers and matrix cognition. Parallel thinking. These too can assist in our search. Our humanity, our humaneness, even a touch of our own holiness, can be ours today.

    source: spiritualprogress.org
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads Forum Date
    Should We Suppress Sexual Feelings to Progress in Spirituality? Sikh Sikhi Sikhism Apr 5, 2009
    I Feel That A Lot Of Sikh's Are Spiritually Dead Hard Talk Jan 7, 2017
    My Spiritual Journey Through Sri Japji Sahib - A Mystical Translation Of Mool Mantra Spiritual Articles Aug 22, 2016
    Spiritual Turban Sikh Sikhi Sikhism Jul 26, 2016
    Sikhi Quasi-Pragmatists And Quasi-Spiritualists, Care To Explain? Sikh Sikhi Sikhism Jun 6, 2016

Since you're here... we have a small favor to ask...

More people are visiting & reading SPN than ever but far fewer are paying to sustain it. Advertising revenues across the online media have fallen fast. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Donating to SPN's is vote for free speech, for diversity of opinions, for the right of the people to stand up to religious bigotry. Without any affiliation to any organization, this constant struggle takes a lot of hard work to sustain as we entirely depend on the contributions of our esteemed writers/readers. We do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too... Fund our efforts and together we can keep the world informed about the real Sikh Sikhi Sikhism. If everyone who writes or reads our content, who likes it, helps us to pay for it, our future would be much more secure. Every Contribution Matters, Contribute Generously!

    Become a Supporter      ::     Make a Contribution     

Share This Page