...in the 12th and 13th centuries believed that such a clock [mechanical clock] would provide a precise regularity to the seven periods of devotion...
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty.washington irving
The progress of civilization necessitates the giving of greater and greater attention and intelligence to public affairs. And for this reason I am convinced that we make a great mistake in depriving one sex of voice in public matters, and that we could in no way so increase the attention, the intelligence and the devotion which may be brought to the solution of social problems as by enfranchising our women.henry george
The new tinge to modern minds is a vehement and passionate interest in the relation of general principles to irreducible and stubborn facts. All the world over and at all times there have been practical men, absorbed in 'irreducible and stubborn facts'; all the world over and at all times there have been men of philosophic temperament, who have been absorbed in the weaving of general principles. It is this union of passionate interest in the detailed facts with equal devotion to abstract generalisation which forms the novelty of our present society.Alfred North Whitehead
Learn in Christ how possible it is to be strong and mild, to blend in fullest harmony the perfection of all that is noble, lofty, generous in the soldier's ardor of heroic devotion; and of all that is calm, still, compassionate, tender in the priest's waiting before God and mediation among men.Alexander Maclaren, p. 412. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Place not thy amendment only in increasing thy devotion, but in bettering thy life. This is the damning hypocrisy of this age; that it slights all good morality, and spends its zeal in matters of ceremony, and a form of godliness without the power of it.Richard Fuller, p. 508. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Around the seventh and eighth centuries South India saw also a great surge of devotionalism with the emergence of a number of devotee-poet singers who expressed their deep devotion in thousands of metered verse set to classical music. ...These poet singers were the Alvars and the Nayanmars, who to a great extent constructed the foundation on which the edifice of the future Carnatic music was built.In "I Want To Be In The Creative Field", 3E (1 November 2009), P.452
I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league.Henry Cabot Lodge, remarks in the Senate (August 12, 1919), Congressional Record, vol. 58, p. 3784.
We have to surrender ourselves completely to the Lord with faith and devotion in Him, serve others to the best of our capacity, and never be a source of sorrow to anybody.Swami Saradeshananda (1976-1981). "The Holy Mother's Reminiscences". Vedanta Kesari.
Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, consists of surrender to the Divine within the heart . The Maharishi considered the most important yoga path after self-enquiry and usually recommended the two together. Surrender [Bhakti] can be done in four ways:To the Supreme Self (Atma-Bhakti);To God or the Cosmic Lord as a formless being (Ishvara-Bhakti);To God in the form of various Gods or Goddesses (Ishta Devata-Bhakti) and:;; To God in the form of the Guru ( Guru -Bhakti).Ramana Maharshi, in Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Flame of Awareness, p.133
The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as "I am such an important man" or "I am so and so". Level the mound of "I" to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.Ramakrishna, as quoted in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1942) as translated by Swami Nikhilananda, p. 385
It appeared to me that the dignity of which human existence is capable is not attainable by devotion to the mechanism of life , and that unless contemplation of eternal things is preserved, mankind will become no better than well-fed pigs.Bertrand Russell, in Autobiography, Routledge, 1 September 2009, p.149
...whatever our ignorance left to itself, and whatever the wounds that other human beings are, we ought to study ourselves with a sort of devotion.Henri Barbusse, in The Inferno (Hell), p.71
It is nearly impossible to give an adequate idea of the higher feelings which are excited; wonder astonishment, and sublime devotion fill and elevate the mind .Charles Darwin, in A "pure Excess of Complexity": Tropical Surfeit, the Observing Subject, and ..., p.231
Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart - a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water - I accept with joy .Bhagavad Gita, in Like a Thousand Suns: The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, p.320
It's all about faith and a deeper devotion. It's all about soul . Cause under the love is a stronger emotion .Billy Joel, in Billy Joel 'All About Soul' Lyrics | The Official Billy Joel Site
To rely upon conviction , devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics .Vladimir Lenin, in The Revolution Betrayed, p.236
It measures neither our wit nor our courage , neither our wisdom nor our learning , neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country ; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.Victoria Mitchell, in Sociology: A Global Perspective, p.235
...that 38.4% of the Hindus surveyed [in the US ] admired the religious devotion of Christians . Hindus see Christians of all denominations going to worship services on Sundays , some going to prayer meetings and Bible studies on Saturdays and other days, and Christian children going to Sunday school during the school year and Vocation Bible School during the summer .Paul Pathickal, in "Christ and the Hindu Diaspora", P.78
He shuddered as he thought of it, for if this should be the case, they had spent their centuries of devotion to but little purpose , pursuing a will-o'-the-wisp.Clifford D. Simak, in A Choice of Gods, p.25
So we find that in almost every religion these are the three primary things which we have in the worship of God forms or symbols , names, God-men. All religions have these, but you find that they want to fight with each other...These are the external forms of devotion, through which man has to pass; but if he is sincere , if he really wants to reach the truth , he goes higher than these, to a plane where forms are as nothing.Swami Vivekananda, in "The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 2/Bhakti or Devotion".
Faith is that which dispels desire , devotion is that which generates knowledge . And Vedas say that knowledge is that which fashions freedom .Tulsidas in "A Garden of Deeds: Ramacharitmanas, a Message of Human Ethics", p.37