The Divine Likeness – Inspirational Quotations


The Bhagavad Gita tells us:

“Freedom from activity is never achieved by abstaining from action. Nobody can become perfect by merely ceasing to act. In fact, nobody can ever rest from his activity even for a moment. All are helplessly forced to act. . . .
A man who renounces certain physical actions but still lets his mind dwell on the objects of his sensual desire, is deceiving himself. He can only be called a hypocrite. The truly admirable man controls his senses by the power of his will. All his actions will be disinterested.
Activity is better than inertia. Act, but with self-control. If you are lazy, you cannot even sustain your own body.”

and about consciousness:

“The supreme state of God consciousness can never be realised by any separate means; it can only be realised by the means that is filled with God consciousness. So then there is no need to realise anything; it is already realised. Just as one’s shadow cannot be overtaken, the supreme state of independent God consciousness can never become objective. It is never found, it is never realised. Why? Because it is the state of the finder, the state of the realiser…

The supreme reality of consciousness is that it is in a state of movement. It is not fixed or situated in any one place. It is located everywhere. Wherever there is space, it is there. Wherever there is not space, it is there. It is in space and beyond it.”

– Swami Lakshmanjoo

“When the soul begins to perceive the Holy Spirit with full consciousness, we should realise that Grace is beginning to paint the divine likeness over the divine image in us.

Artists first draw the outline of a man in monochrome, and then add one colour after another, until little by little they capture the likeness of their subject down to the smallest details. In the same way the Grace of God starts by remaking the divine image in man into what it was when he was first created. But when it sees us longing with all our heart for the beauty of the divine likeness, and humbly standing naked in its atelier, then by making one virtue after another come into flower and exalting the beauty of the soul ‘from glory to glory’, it depicts the divine likeness on the soul.

Only when it has been made like God – insofar, of course, as that is possible – does it bear the divine likeness of Love as well. In portraiture, when the full range of colours is added to the outline, the painter captures the likeness of the subject, even down to the smile. Something similar happens to those who are repainted by God in the divine likeness: when the luminosity of Love is added, then it is evident that the image has been fully transformed into the beauty of the likeness.”

– St Diadochos of Photiki