As one of India ’s largest and most sacred pilgrimage centers, Benares (Varanasi) has been revered for centuries by Hindus , Muslims , Buddhists , and Jains , millions of whom come to visit its innumerable temples and shrines and come to bathe along a three-mile stretch of steps leading to the Holy Ganga (Ganges) River. Whether coming for salvation, prosperity, or healing, most of these pilgrims have sought some form of ritual purification – a means of unloading their troubles and sins upon stars and holy men, the river Ganga, and the many sacred tanks fed by her springs and tributaries.
Human Salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.Martin Luther King Jr.
One wishes to go on. On this great river one could glide forever — and here we discover the definition of bliss, Salvation, Heaven, all the old Mediterranean dreams: a journey from wonder to wonder, drifting through eternity into ever-deeper, always changing grandeur, through beauty continually surpassing itself: the ultimate Homeric voyage.edward abbey
My earlier views on the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of Salvation have become clearer and stronger with advancing years.Abraham Lincoln
What need of expensive sacrifices , Or of difficult penances ? Worship Ganga, asking for happiness and good fortune , and she will bring you heaven and Salvation .
Winds, storms, tempests, thunders, lightnings, raging flames, dissolving elements, the archangel's trump smiting the silence of the tomb, the universal air blazing with disastrous splendors, "the tribes of the earth mourning and beating their breasts," the wicked calling on rocks and hills to fall upon them and cover them, the shouts of the saved, the howlings of the damned – all, all will then utter one voice, all will pierce our very souls with their tones; all will repeat these words, "God alone is great, and God's Salvation alone deserved the cares, toils, sacrifices of an immortal spirit."richard fuller
"We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our Salvation."peter jasper (archbishop) akinola
Christ has given us, not only the ritual of an ordinance, but the pattern for our lives, when He took the cup, and gave thanks. So common joys become sacraments, enjoyment becomes worship, and the cup which holds the bitter or the sweet skillfully mingled for our lives becomes the cup of blessing and Salvation drank in remembrance of Him.alexander maclaren
Brethren, understand that the gospel is a gospel which brings a present Salvation; and try to feel that it is not presumption, but simply out of the very fundamental principle of it, when you are not afraid to say, "I know that my Redeemer is yonder, and I know that He loves me."alexander maclaren
I expect eternal life, not as a reward of merit, but a pure act of bounty. Detesting myself in every view I can take, I fly to the righteousness and atonement of my great Redeemer for pardon and Salvation; this is my only consolation and hope. "Enter not into judgment, O Lord, with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no flesh be justified."elizabeth rowe
You are not sent to preach death and sin and judgment, but life and holiness and Salvation – not to be a witness against the people, but to be a witness for God – to preach the good news – Christ Himself.james hudson taylor
The holy Cross goes forward; it brings joy and consolation to every quarter where Christians live; and these God-fearing people, elated, stand in their doorways and greet it reverently, the strength, the Salvation of the universe, the Cross.constantine p. cavafy
What will you find behind the door that is one door away from Heaven? […] If your heart is closed, then you will find behind that door nothing to light your way. But if your heart is open, you will find behind that door people who, like you, are searching, and you will find the right door together with them. None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another's Salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light.dean r. koontz
A society which is clamouring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of Salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice.Margaret Mead
And this is the mission of the church not civilization, but Salvation not better laws, purer legislation, social elevation, human equality, and liberty, but FIRST, the " kingdom of God and His righteousness;" regenerated hearts, and all other things will follow.
A fanciful and flowery and heated imagination beware of; because the things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto Salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity thou must commune with God.
Human Salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
My mother had an intense longing to communicate before she died. “If it is necessary to Salvation," she persisted, doggedly, "I will not take it if darling Annie is to be shut out.” I would be rather lost with her than saved without her.
Purity of character and Salvation depend on purity of heart . We should, by living the life according to our lights share the best with one another, thus adding to the sum total of human effort to reach God .
One of the the loveliest lines I have ever read comes from Brother Roger, the Prior of the Protestant monks of Taize, France : 'Assured of your Salvation by the unique grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.' It is still difficult for me to read these words without tears filling my eyes. It is wonderful.
What need of expensive sacrifices , Or of difficult penances ? Worship Ganga , asking for happiness and good fortune , and she will bring you heaven and Salvation.
According to one tradition, Muhammad insisted that “without the mercy of God no one can attain Salvation by virtue of his action.
The age in which true history appeared in India was one of great intellectual and spiritual ferment. Mystics and sophists of all kinds roamed through the Ganga Valley, all advocating some form of mental discipline and asceticism as a means to Salvation; but the age of the Buddha , when many of the best minds were abandoning their homes and professions for a life of asceticism, was also a time of advance in commerce and politics. It produced not only philosophers and ascetics, but also merchant princes and men of action.
There is no entering into Salvation outside the Church, just as in the time of the deluge there was none outside the ark, which denotes the Church.
The only rational conclusion, then, seems to be that the Negro and the other darker races must look to themselves for freedom . Salvation for a race , nation or class must come from within.
Surrender is forbidden. Sixth Army will hold their positions to the last man and the last round and by their heroic endurance will make an unforgettable contribution toward the establishment of a defensive front and the Salvation of the Western world.friedrich paulus
The Parables of our Lord, while they were addressed to all ranks, and adapted to all circumstances, always held in view the elucidation of the doctrines of Christianity and the enforcement of its precepts : They spake the same language to the prince and the peasant , they guarded the rights of God, and developed the scheme of Salvation : they shewed that the present is nothing, but as it is subordinated to the interests of eternity .
"But what can mortal man do to secure his own Salvation?" Mortal man can do just what God bids him do. He can repent and believe. He can arise and follow Christ as Matthew did.