Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Humanist Reflections On love,Goodness & Humanity by Fyodor Dostoevsky(Excerpts from The Brothers Karamazov)

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Excerpts from the novel"The Brothers Karamazov"
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Brothers,have no fear of men's sin.Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth.Love all God's creation,the whole of it and every grain of sand in it.Love every leaf,every ray of God's light.

Love the animals,love the plants,love everything. If you love everything,you will perceive the divine mystery in things.Once you have perceived it,you will begin to comprehend it better every day,and you will come at last to love the world with an all-embracing love.

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and untroubled joy.So do not trouble it,do not harass them, do not deprive them of their joy,do not go against God's intent. Man, do not exhale yourself above the animals: they are without sin, while you in your majesty defile the earth by your appearance on it, and you leave the traces of your defilement behind you — alas, this is true of almost every one of us!

Love children especially, for like the angels they too are sinless, and they live to soften and purify our hearts,and, as it were, to guide us.Woe to him who offends a child.

My young brother asked even the birds to forgive him. It may sound absurd, but it is right none the less, for everything, like the ocean, flows and enters into contact with everything else: touch one place, and you set up a movement at the other end of the world. It may be senseless to beg forgiveness of the birds, but, then, it would be easier for the birds, and for the child, and for every animal if you were yourself more pleasant than you are now.

Everything is like an ocean,I tell you. Then you would pray to the birds, too, consumed by a universal love, as though in ecstasy,and ask that they,too,should forgive your sin.Treasure this ecstasy,however absurd people may think it.

I know that heart, it is a wild but noble heart . . . It will bow down before your deed, it thirsts for a great act of love, it will catch fire and resurrect forever. There are souls that in their narrowness blame the whole world. But overwhelm such a soul with mercy, give it love,and it will curse what it has done,for there are so many germs of good in it.

The soul will expand and behold how merciful God is, and how beautiful and just people are. He will be horrified, he will be overwhelmed with repentance and the countless debt he must henceforth repay. And then he will not say,'I am quits' but will say, 'I am guilty before all people and am the least worthy of all people.
Fyodor Dostoevsky,The Brothers Karamazov

My friends,ask gladness from God.Be glad as children, as birds in the sky. And let man's sin not disturb you in your efforts,do not fear that it will dampen your endeavor and keep it from being fulfilled, do not say, 'Sin is strong, impiety is strong, the bad environment is strong, and we are lonely and powerless,the bad environment will dampen us and keep our good endeavor from being fulfilled.Flee from such despondency.
Fyodor Dostoevsky,The Brothers Karamazov

We don't understand that life is heaven, for we have only to understand that and it will at once be fulfilled in all its beauty, we shall embrace each other and weep.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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