quotes tagged with 'existence'
"We knew before we were born that we were coming to the earth for bodies and experience and that we would have joys and sorrows, ease and pain, comforts and hardships, health and sickness, successes and disappointments, and we knew also that after a period of life we would die. We accepted all these eventualities with a glad heart, eager to accept both the favorable and unfavorable. We eagerly accepted the chance to come earthward even though it might be for only a day or a year. Perhaps we were not so much concerned whether we should die of disease, of accident, or of senility. We were willing to take life as it came and as we might organize and control it, and this without murmur, complaint, or unreasonable demands"Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: Faith Precedes the Miracle, 106
Animals eat and humans eat. Animals sleep and humans sleep. Animals mate and humans mate. Animals defend and fight and so do humans. But human beings also possess the faculty for enquiring into and understanding the Absolute Truth. Humans have a faculty for spiritual growth. Humans can ask, "Who am I? What is the purpose of my existence?" If we utilize this faculty for spiritual realization then we are truly human beings. If we don't, if we simply concern ourselves with eating, sleeping, sex and fighting, then are we not human in name only?Author: Jagad Guru Chris Butler, Source: http://www.jagad-guru-chris-butler.com/transcripts
Author: Science of Identity Foundation, Source: http://www.geocities.com/reinkarnacija/homosexuality.htm
If the passing away of the body meant the end of your existence, then you, the self who existed along with the "childhood" body, should have ceased existing when that "childhood" body ceased to exist; and you, the self who existed along with the "adolescent" body, should have ceased existing when your "adolescent" body ceased to exist. The fact that you continued to exist, even though your body (bodies) did not, proves that your existence does not depend upon the continuing existence of a body.
Jagad Guru Chris Butler - Science of Identity Foundation
Author: Science of Identity Foundation, Source: http://www.jagadguruchrisbutler.net/
Awareness - by Siddhaswarupananda
"Awareness" refers to that inseparable, essential, inherent attribute of yours, the self, which enables you to perceive thoughts, feelings, the world, etc., and indeed your own existence (self awareness = awareness that "I am").
Author: Science of Identity Foundation - Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda, Source: http://www.siddhaswarupananda.com//
On a practical level, it's a lot easier to deny the existence of other selves than it is to deny your own - you have the direct, irrefutable experience of your own existence.
Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.Author: Frank Zappa, Source: unknown
There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of God. The great majority of mankind do not comprehend anything, either that which is past, or that which is to come, as it respects their relationship to God. They do not know, neither do they understand the nature of that relationship; and consequently they know but little above the brute beast, or more than to eat, drink and sleep. This is all man knows about God or His existence, unless it is given by the inspiration of the Almighty.Author: Joseph Smith, Source: Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007. “C...
… Having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach Him, and how to ask so as to receive an answer. When we understand the character of God, and know how to come to Him, He begins to unfold the heavens to us, and to tell us all about it. When we are ready to come to Him, He is ready to come to us.
If we looked at mortality as the whole of existence, then pain, sorrow, failure, and short life would be calamity. But if we look upon life as an eternal thing stretching far into the premortal past and on into the eternal post-death future, then all happenings may be put in proper perspective.Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 15
Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.Author: Joseph Smith, Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.255