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The 10 Best Quotes on Ritual

Paulo Coelho Quote

In spite of the supposed meaning of this nowadays misused term, a ritual is defined as the performance of any action behind a non-tangible goal. The progress of our society is constantly imposing new social rituals on those trying to keep up, while those with mental diseases are also prone to performing various stabilization rituals.

However, the most popular use of the term revolves around religious actions. Praying to a deity is the most basic example of a religious ritual, while there are much more complicated processes involved in the matter. In correlation to the above-said, a ritual involves any gesture required for a dose of spiritual (religious) fulfillment. From chanting Our Father before bed to bowing one’s forehead down to the floor in Mecca, religious rituals can involve one or millions of participants.

One thing that all rituals have in common is that, in one way or another, they contribute to the emotional and spiritual cleansing of the believer. Those who freely choose their religion are often most attracted to it by the rituals it involves, which makes them a vital component of every faith, if not even the most significant religious factor.

The Most Famous Quotes on Ritual

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
– Muriel Barbery

“A prayer couched in the words of the soul, is far more powerful than any ritual.”
– Paulo Coelho

“Ritual is a spiritual psychodrama done for magical or religious purposes.”
– P.E.I. Bonewits

“The first stage of ritual is almost always the rise of the singer on his own song to a plane of power – a place of contact with the forces that move the universe. The words and sounds of a song are only the small visible aspect of a far greater mystery which lies beneath and beyond syntactical speech.”
– Jamake Highwater

“Ceremony and ritual spring from our heart of hearts: those who govern us know it well, for they would sooner deny us bread than dare alter the observance of tradition.”
– F. Gonzalez –Crussi

“We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”
– Amy Vanderbilt

“Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.”
– William Robertson Smith

“These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.”
– Joan D. Vinge

“Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.”
– Salvador Dali

“We not only nurture our sacred relationships through ritual, but we are nurtured by them as well. In ritual, we move, and we are moved.”
– Alison Leigh Lilly

The Upholders of Belief

Rituals are there to reaffirm one’s devotion to their spiritual cause while offering consolation and relief simultaneously. Their undoubted importance in human progress and overall mental stability makes them a great friend to humanity as well as a free form of psychotherapy.

Then again, it’s important to note that the theater itself originated as a ritual of spiritual cleansing, which means that the largest entertainment industry to date owes its existence to the ritual concept. Nearly every religion known to man (apart from Satanism and the like) consists of these benign actions that can only do well to one’s mentality.

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Rejuvenating Quotes on Blessings

DMX Quote on Blessings

Blessings have strong ties to religion. You hear of people receiving blessings from their deity or count their blessings as the good things in their lives; many also understand blessings as a prayer spoken to you or about you in order for you to receive these “blessings” or simply to be blessed with good health, success or other endeavors in your life.

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Meaningful Quotes on Human Integrity

Don Miguel Ruiz Quote

Integrity is defined as the ethical or moral values possessed by us. It means doing the right thing at the right time. Every individual has a personal choice to be truthful, honest and accurate in his or her actions and maintain trustworthy relations with other people.

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Tranquil Quotes on Creation

Roy T. Bennett Quote

Where do we come from? This is the question that we have been contemplating since the dawn of conscious human thought. The question regarding the origins of life, the universe, and everything has traditionally been addressed through religion. In contemporary times, the question of where we originated from has been addressed within the field of cosmology, the study of the origins of life and the universe.

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Enlivening Quotes on Miracles

Rainer Maria Rilke Quote on Miracles

To behold something amazing, something without explanation and have enough faith to believe in its reality is to believe that miracles happen in the world. Sometimes the smallest of miracles happen in our midst and we are too blind to see them. Too entranced with the world around us, too busy to notice little wonders before us. [Read more…]

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Calming Quotes on Meditation to Help You Control Your Mind

Dalai Lama Quote on Inner Peace

Meditation, simply put, is a state of awareness where you are free from other distractions. When in a meditative state, the mind should be free from scattered thoughts and focused on a single thought process. Nowadays, meditation has taken on the connotations of being a spiritual practice in which you empty your mind, enter a state of relaxation in order to find inner peace. In this state, pray takes place and even an experience of your deity. [Read more…]

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Inspiring Quotes on Honesty

Mahatma Gandhi Quote About Dishonesty

It is often said that a person’s outlook and opinions towards life are all the result of his circumstances and situations. Yes, it is a fact. Your situations will fail you and the circumstances might put you down in troubling times. Then, what takes you ahead? Nothing except honesty will give you strength from within that lets you stay upright.

Honesty is the most notable virtue of human beings. It cannot be denied that an honest person is not less than god. On the other hand, being hurt or deceived by a dishonest man can end one’s life.  So, it is important that all of us decide to walk on a righteous path and make a good life without looking back ever. [Read more…]

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Sustaining Quotes on Inner Strength

Amit Ray Quote About Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to cope with any stressful circumstances you encounter in life. It is often referred to as resilience, and can simply begin with positive thought and actions. Developing good inner strength during your childhood years can help you significantly as an adult in a variety of facets.

Inner strength transcends physical capabilities and rather refers to your mental, intellectual and spiritual strength. However, your physical situation may affect your inner strength.

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Strengthening Quotes on God’s Existence

Abraham Lincoln Quote About God

Whether you believe in God or not, you must appreciate that there is a supernatural being that basically coordinates with everything in the universe. We all have for a firmly believe that God is there in heaven. Christians more so are firm believers in God. Different religions have different names for God. However, the bottom line is that all religions appreciate that there is a supernatural force; a God.

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Freeing Quotes on Self-Realization

Richard Write Quote

Paramahansa Yogananda defined self-realization as knowing, in all aspects that we are one with the omnipresence of God. It is a point of transcendence at which a person has a clear understanding of who and what they are, their relationship to others and their relationship to a higher power and the universe. Self-realization leads you to understand that we are separate neither from other individuals nor from a higher power. We are all interconnected and our main goal in life should be to continuously improve our understanding of this interconnectedness. [Read more…]