The desire of the moth for the star, of the night for the morrow. The devotion to something afar from the sphere of our sorrow.
Existence was given us for action, rather than indolent and aimless contemplation; our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel. They greatly mistake, who suppose that God cares for no other pursuit than devotion.Elias Lyman Magoon, p. 2. (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
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love , generosity and devotion exist. And you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy .Frances Pharcellus Church, in The Time of Your Life: The Best of Genie Wheeler's Columns on Aging Issues p.19
Gallantry to women (the sure road to their favor) is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes , a delight in their satisfaction , and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute towards it.William Hazlitt, in Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs: Authors, p.159
...in the 12th and 13th centuries believed that such a clock [mechanical clock] would provide a precise regularity to the seven periods of devotion...Neil Postman, in Computers, Ethics, and Society, p.130
Bhaava Pujaa, “ Psychic worship (Bhaava Pujaa) consists of a series of rituals , for temple veneration , which is called Caitya vandana. In this worship hymns of praise, adoration and devotion are recited together with the performace of penance and meditation.Natubhai Shah (2004), Jainism: The World of Conquerors, Volume 1, p.179
As in poetry, so in prayer, the whole subject matter should be furnished by the heart, and the understanding should be allowed only to shape and arrange the effusions of the heart in the manner best adapted to answer the end designed. From the fullness of a heart overflowing with holy affections, as from a copious fountain, we should pour forth a torrent of pious, humble, and ardently affectionate feelings; while our understandings only shape the channel and teach the gushing streams of devotion where to flow, and when to stop.Edward Payson, p. 464. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.William Ralph Inge, in "Our Present Discontents" (August 1919) in Outspoken Essays (1919), p. 2.
O, Columbia, the gem of the ocean, The home of the brave and the free, The shrine of each patriot's devotion, A world offers homage to thee.An adaptation of Shaw's Britannia.
Bhakti Yoga is described by Swami Vivekananda as the path of systematized devotion for the attainment of union with the Absolute .Swami Vivekananda, in Hindu spirituality: Postclassical and modern, p.306
You have spoken much today of my self-sacrifice and devotion to my country . I have heard that kind of speech ever since I came out of jail , but I hear it with embarrassment, with something of pain .Sri Aurobindo, in Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader, p.24
...a caring that gains only when losing; an obsessed desire to be bound, for love , in jail ; a capitulation to the one you've conquered yourself; a devotion to your own assassin every single day.Luís de Camões, in Selected Sonnets: A Bilingual Edition, p.45
Instead of man to love, we have a man-god to worship . From being the example of devotion, he is its object; the religion of Christ ended with his life , and left us instead but the Christian religion.James Anthony Froude, in The Christian Reformer, Or, Unitarian Magazine and Review, p.275
If I was told to sacrifice something to prove my devotion to God , if I was told to do what all monotheists are told to do and admire the man who said 'Yes I'll gut my kid to show my love of God.Christopher Hitchens, in Thank you, Mr. Hitchens
The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work , the value of education , the merit of service , devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family .David Landes, in Angels in the Silicon: How Silicon Valley Changed Forever America's ..., p.67
Vedanta had attracted Westerners to Indian philosophy and theology or religious study. ISKCON drew them to the path of personal devotion (bhakthi) to a Hindu deity, Krishna , and to a guru , Swami Prabhupada.Gurinder Singh Mann, in "Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America : A Short History", P.56
I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behaviour .Eleanor Roosevelt, in The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, p.105
Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery . Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice . The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love .Morihei Ueshiba, in Meditation and the Martial Arts, p.12
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