Purity of heart... of mind... of spirit... of body...

Friday, April 9, 2010

I have had, what could you call it - glimpses - into what living a life of purity would be like. There have been times when I felt "connected" to a Presence SO much greater than myself, when I truly let the distractions of this world slip away and I focus only on the amazing beauty of around me. Those are truly moments of awe in which I feel that I actually "get it".

This is another fascinating subject to me in that there are so many aspects of purity that you could strive in your life to develop. Thus the title of this post. What is important to you? Purity of heart? Purity of the body? Purity of motive? Purity of Spirit? All of the above?

Personally, I think they are all connected from the point of "action". I am striving to bring more purity into every action that I take in this world - action for the world, rather than for myself. I think selflessness in a spirit of service is the key. Removing the "ego" and just trying my best to bring some sort of light into the life of every person I meet. That would be "purity" to me.

Here are some quotes from the world religions on "Purity". Please share your quotes and thoughts.

Let not the things of the body obscure the celestial light of the spirit, so that, by the Divine Bounty, you may enter with the children of God into His Eternal Kingdom.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 44)

Life is easy enough for the shameless, the crow-hero type of man, offensive, swaggering, impudent and depraved. But it
is hard for the man of conscience, always striving after purity, alert, reserved, pure of behaviour and discerning. 244, 245

(Buddhist, Dhammapada - Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

(King James Bible, Matthew)

...by purity
Living unsullied and enlightened, binds
The sinless Soul to happiness and truth;
And Passion, being kin to appetite,
And breeding impulse and propensity,
Binds the embodied Soul, O Kunti's Son!

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr))

Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat. Purity
and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven.

(Tao, Tao Te Ching (J. Legge tr))

'Purity is for man, next to life, the greatest good, that purity,
O Zarathushtra, that is in the Religion of Mazda for him who cleanses
his own self with good thoughts, words, and deeds

(The Zend-Avesta, Avesta - Vendidad)


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