How to Love God by Meher Baba

To love God in the most practical way is to love our fellow beings. If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.

If, instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves, we are loving God.

If, instead of robbing others to help ourselves, we rob ourselves to help others, we are loving God.

If we suffer in the sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.

If, instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think ourselves more fortunate than many many others, we are loving God.

If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His Will, we are loving God.

If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to hurt or harm any of His beings, we are loving God.

To love God as He ought to be loved, we must live for God and die for God, knowing that the goal of life is to Love God, and find Him as our own self.

– Meher Baba

Also read: Proof of Unity?

Unity in Diversity Quotes
(and other inspirational quotes)
Here is a fairly long list of quotes I’ve collected over the years. Enjoy!

Well...this pretty much sums it up:
Of what can we be certain except this — that we are fertilized by mysterious
circumstances? Where is man’s truth to be found? Truth is not that which can
be demonstrated by the air of logic. If orange trees are hardy and rich in fruit in
this bit of soil and not that, then this bit of soil is what is truth for orange trees.
If a particular religion, or culture, or scale of values, if one form of
activity rather than another, brings self- fulfillment to a man, releases
the prince within him unknown to himself, then that scale of values,
that culture, that form of activity constitutes his truth.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind — Mahatma Gandhi

Our lives are based on what is reasonable and common sense;
Truth is apt to be neither.
— Christmas Humphreys

By my love and my hope I beseech you – do not forsake hero in your soul!
— Zarathustra (Zoroaster)

I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Moslem, Jew, Buddhist and Confucian.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is one. Sages call it by different names.
— Rig Veda (c. 4000 BC)

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul,
with all one's goodness and righteousness.
— Albert Einstein

The Creator Himself, at one and the same time, knowledge, the knower,
and the known ... There exists nothing which is not united to Him and which
He does not find His own essence.
He is the type of all being, and all
things exist in Him under their most pure and most perfect form.
— Kabbalist Moses Cordovero, Page 74 of Kabbalah: The Way of The Jewish
Mystic by Perle Epstein, 1st edition from my mother's library

Once unfettered and delivered from their deadweight of dogmatic
interpretations, personal names, anthropomorphic conceptions and
salaried priests, the fundamental doctrines of all religions will be proved
to be identical in their esoteric meaning. Osiris, Krishna, Buddha, Christ,
will be shown as different names for one and the same royal highway to final
bliss, Nirvana. — The Maha Chohan

When the highest type of people hear Tao (Truth), they diligently
practice it. When the average type of people hear Tao, they half
believe in it. When the lowest type of people hear Tao,
they laugh at it. If they did not laugh, it would not be Tao.
— Lao-Tzu

The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars.
Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.
— The Upanishads.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. 
— Kenyan Proverb

What lies behind us and what lies before us are
tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
— Emerson

In union there is strength.
— Aesop

Though the eye is small, the soul which sees through it is greater and vaster
than all the things which it perceives. In fact, it is so great that it includes all
objects, however large or numerous, within itself. For it is not so much that
you are within the cosmos as that the cosmos is within you.

— Meher Baba

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings...
– Buddha

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.
– Qur'an 39.10

For what is Mysticism? It is not the attempt to draw near to God,
not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not merely
a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'?
Heaven is neither a place nor a time.
— Florence Nightingale

I myself feel, and also tell other Buddhists that the question of Nirvana
will come later. There is not much hurry. If in day to day life you lead a
good life, honesty, with love, with compassion, with less selfishness, then
automatically it will lead to Nirvana.
— Dalai Lama

I look to a time when brotherhood needs no publicity;
to a time when a brotherhood award would be as
ridiculous as an award for getting up each morning. 
— Daniel D. Mich

I have often noticed that when chickens quit quarreling
over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them.
I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race.
— Don Marquis

If once we admit, be it for a single hour or in a single instance,
that there can be anything more important than compassion for
a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that
we cannot commit with an easy conscience.
Leo Tolstoy, in the book “Resurrection”

All that lives is striving for happiness; yet a thousand and one pains
and fears attend upon every pleasure which man seeks through the
ignorance of exclusiveness.
— Meher Baba

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
— Hebrews 13:2

...the more a person becomes spiritually minded or advances towards
God, the more tolerant he becomes and the less differentiation he sees.
— Meher Baba

If you want happiness...
For an hour — take a nap.
For a day — go fishing.
For a month — get married.
For a year — inherit a fortune.
For a lifetime — help someone else.
— Chinese Proverb

Be the change you wish to see reflected in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

He who gains victory over other men is strong;
but he who gains victory over himself is all powerful.
— Lao-Tzu

Everybody thinks of changing humanity
and nobody thinks of changing himself.
— Leo Tolstoy

The highest result of education is tolerance.
— Helen Keller

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to
all living things, man will not himself find peace.
— Albert Schweitzer

We need to dwarf our troubles and magnify our blessings.
— Humphrey B. Neil

Let yourself be open and life will be easier.
A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable.
A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
— Buddha

If there is to be any peace it will come
through being, not having.
— Henry Miller

You can’t change the past, and you can ruin a
perfectly good present, by worrying about the future.
— Anonymous

If you always give, you will always have.
— a Chinese proverb

The human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts
and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical
delusion of consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty.
— Albert Einstein

All beings tremble before violence.
All fear death.
All love life.

See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?

He who seeks happiness
By hurting those who seek happiness
Will never find happiness.
For your brother and sister are like you.
They want to be happy.
Never harm them.
And when you leave this life
You too will find happiness.
— Buddha

God is subtle but he is not malicious.
— Albert Einstein  

Live simply so that others may simply live.
— Mahatma Gandhi

God is in the details.
— Ludwig Mies Van der Roge (German architect)

If god doesn't like the way I live, let him tell me, not you.
— Anonymous

The soul is the perceiver and revealer of truth. We know truth
when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.
— Emerson, "The Over— Soul"

When the power of love overcomes the love of power
the world will know peace.
— Sri Chinmoy Ghose

There is no difference in the realization of the Truth
either by a Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, or a Christian.
The difference is only in words and terms. Truth is not the
monopoly of a particular race or religion.
– Meher Baba

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own
heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
— Dalai Lama

Give up all forms of parrotry. Start practicing whatever you
truly feel to be true and justly to be just. Do not make a show of your
faith and beliefs. You have not to give up your religion, but to give up
clinging to the husk of mere ritual and ceremony. To get to the fundamental
core of Truth underlying all religions, reach beyond religion.
– Meher Baba

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and
rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because
it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything
merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in
traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees
with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live up to it.
— Buddha

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
— Albert Einstein

The veil that clouds your eyes shall be lifted by
the hands that wove it.
— Kahlil Gibran (1883— 1931)

The universe is but one vast Symbol of God.
— Thomas Carlyle (1795— 1881)

All the kindness which a man puts out into
the world works on the heart and thoughts of mankind.
— Albert Schweitzer

Love is the reflection of God's unity in the world of duality.
It constitutes the entire significance of creation.
— Meher Baba

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least
we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
— Buddha

What we think, we become.
— Buddha

As you think, so shall you be.
— Jesus of Nazareth

Joke I read somewhere: They say that God is the innermost dweller of all.
Well I hope He likes enchiladas — cause that's what He's getting!

Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving.
— Meher Baba

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
— Albert Einstein

The wise embrace unity
luminous without ostentation
distinguished without justifying
recognized without boasting
persevering without complaining
– Lao Tzu

The soul should always stand ajar.
Ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
— Emily Dickinson

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
— Wilson Mizner

Those who constantly want something will never feel happy.
— Meher Baba

When I do not know who I am, I serve you.
When I know who I am, I am you.
 – Indian proverb

The world stands upon three things: upon the Law,
upon worship and upon showing kindness.
— Judaism Mishnah, Abot 1.2

Where'er a noble deed is wrought,
Where'er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts in glad surprise
To higher levels rise.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and
compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness.
— Dalai Lama

I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
I believe that they are all God— given and I believe that they were
necessary for the people to whom these religions were revealed.
And I believe that if only we could all of us read the scriptures of the
different faiths from the standpoints of the followers of these faiths,
we should find that they were at bottom all one and were all
helpful to one another.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Kindness is the language which the deaf can
hear and the blind can see.
– Mark Twain

He is one, the Lord and innermost Self of all;
Of one form, he makes of himself many forms.
To him who sees the Self revealed in his own heart
Belongs eternal bliss.
– traditional, Katha Upanishad

The mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.
— Thomas Carlyle

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of
causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone;
everything is in relation to everything else.

— Buddha

In my Father's house are many mansions.
— The Bible, John 14:2

To see the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
 — William Blake

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's
shoulder is to pat him on the back. 
— Author Unknown

No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.
— Meher Baba

You are the people who are shaping a better world.
One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.
— Dalai Lama

He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.
— Acts 20:35

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.
– Bahá'u'lláh

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
— Winston Churchill

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. 
— Author Unknown

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found
no remedy for the worst of them all— the apathy of human beings.
— Helen Keller (1880— 1968)

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you —
not because they are nice, but because you are.
— Author Unknown

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody,
it saves so much trouble.
— Rudyard Kipling

Peace cannot be kept by force.
It can only be achieved by understanding.
— Albert Einstein (1879— 1955)

When you see your brother, you see God.
— St. Clement of Alexandria

If you haven't any charity in your heart,
you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
— Bob Hope

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go,
and it makes the end so easy.
— Louisa May Alcott

If you step on people in this life,
you're going to come back as a cockroach. 
— Willie Davis

If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape? 
No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable,
for it gains gratitude for us, and love. 
— Mark Twain

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