Pure Love: January 3, 2019

Pure Love: January 3, 2019

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.

Bible References:

1 Timothy 1:5-7; 1 John 3:3; Matthew 11:28-30; Matthew 16:24; Titus 1:15; Romans 14:14; 1 Corinthians 10:23.


If a Human did it, it cannot be foreign to me.

Maya Angelou, quoting a Roman playwright.

First the fall, and then recovery from fall, and both are the mercy of God.

Julian of Norwich

Purity of Heart (the Buddha)

Someone who wants purity and thinks to find it by gazing at the pure might say, “I see something pure, excellent, free of decay.
Seeing it purifies me.”

If seeing or some intellectual process could rid you of pain the purifying agent would be outside you and you’d be left still eager to grasp.
This view describes a grasping person, not any path to purity.

Anyone who’s free denies there’s liberation by another or by what she sees and hears, by rules of morality, rites and rituals or through what she thinks.

Neither good nor evil affect her.
She’s given up the grasping self.
Her action now is neither good nor bad.

If you abandon one thing just to cling to another you’ll never free yourself.
You’re like a monkey letting go of one branch, grasping another.

You immerse yourself in religious practices, favor certain ways of seeing things and go up and down. The wise one sees the way things are through insight, no longer swings from high to low.

You need not defend yourself against anything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell or think. Who can define you? You live so openly.

You take no theoretical position, claiming it as the ultimate. All things are equal. You’ve disentangled the knot that used to bind you. No longing now for anything in the world.

You’re free. You’ve understood the way things are. There’s nothing you would grasp.

You’ve gone beyond all limitations, have no taste for desire or its absence.
There’s nothing left to do.

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