He who lacks discrimination, is devoid of faith, and is at the same time possessed by doubt, is lost to the spiritual path.
For the doubting soul, there is neither this world nor the world beyond, nor even happiness.
It is the quiet lives, like the stars, which simply pour down on us, the calm light of their bright and faithful being, up to which we look, and out of which we gather the deepest calm and courage.
It is good to know that we, the silent ones, can be something for them; to know (and this we may know surely) that no man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
(as quoted in the book “Silence as Yoga” by Swami Parmananda. Published by ’Shri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India’)
Each Soul is Potentially Divine.
The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature – internal and external.
Do this either by work, worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free.
This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.
The Formless is present in all forms. And yet we insist on singing the glory of forms!