ask the disciple

Do You believe,” the disciple asked the rabbi, “that God created everything for a purpose?

“I do,” replied the rabbi.

“Well,” asked the disciple, “why did God create atheists?”

The rabbi paused before giving an answer, and when he spoke his voice was soft and intense. “Sometimes we who believe, believe too much. We see the cruelty, the suffering, the injustice in the world and we say: ‘This is the will of God.’ We accept what we should not accept. That is when God sends us atheists to remind us that what passes for religion is not always religion. Sometimes what we accept in the name of God is what we should be fighting against in the name of God.“

Chief Rabbi Emeritus [of the United Synagogues of the British Commonwealth] Jonathan Sacks


“Jesus once passed a blind beggar on the road, and his disciples asked, ‘Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned. He was made blind so that the works of God could be revealed in him.’ And with that, he placed mud on his eyes and told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. And the man did, and he came back seeing. Right now you are blind. Not because you’ve sinned, but because you’ve been chosen. So that the works of God can be revealed in you.“

Jackie (2016)

goddoggo  asked:

SILAS IS SIGNLESS OH WOW GOOD SHIT who else is w/ the dolorosa?? this stuff is hella interesting time to hyperfocus on one part of the story lmao

Rumi’s answer to questions asked by a disciple

What is Poison?
He replied with a beautiful answer:
Anything which is more than our necessity is Poison.
It may be Power, Wealth, Hunger, Ego, Greed, Laziness,
Love, Ambition, Hate or anything

What is fear…..?
Non acceptance of uncertainty.
If we accept that uncertainty, it becomes adventure…!

What is envy ?
Non acceptance of good in others
If we accept that good, it becomes inspiration…!

What is Anger?
Non acceptance of things which are beyond our control.
If we accept, it becomes tolerance…!

What is hatred?
Non acceptance of person as he is.
If we accept person unconditionally, it becomes love…!

✿♡ •.¸Rumi¸.•♡✿

Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting the river Ganges to take a bath and found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.

‘Why do people shout in anger at each other?’

The disciples thought for a while, then one of them said: ’Because we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner?’ asked the saint.

The disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained:

‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’

The saint continued: ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said:

‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

~ Hindu Proverb

heck-stuck  asked:

So if you had to compare the strength of the Signless's love for Hearts Boxcar with the strength of his love for the Disciple, which would you say is more powerful? Could you put a number on that power?

True love in its purest form.

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