Quotations on Courage
The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.
Whatever decreaseth fear increaseth courage. Baha’u’llah
Other attributes of perfection are to fear God, to love God by loving His servants, to exercise mildness and forbearance and calm, to be sincere, amenable, clement and compassionate; to have resolution and courage, trustworthiness and energy, to strive and struggle, to be generous, loyal, without malice, to have zeal and a sense of honor, to be high-minded and magnanimous, and to have regard for the rights of others. Abdu’l-Baha
…confirmation will descend upon the people of America if they will all arise and endeavor with great courage to establish union and harmony, so that every trace of difference may be uprooted and they may all become as one heart and one soul.
Abdu’l-Baha, Provisional Translation
Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition
“Have Courage — Don’t live your life out of fear, but live your life out of your convictions. Don’t be afraid to take a stand, to express a conviction. Don’t be afraid to love. Don’t be afraid to do what wisdom tells you needs to be done. This doesn’t mean that you should be in other people’s faces or take foolhardy risks. It just means that your existence should be life-affirming, not fear-based and avoidant. “
– Seth Zuihō Segall
“God’s love calls us to move beyond fear. We ask God for the courage to abandon ourselves unreservedly, so that we might be molded by God’s grace, even as we cannot see where that path may lead us.”
– St. Ignatius Loyola
Hinduism on Courage and Fearlessness:
Bhagavad Gitā, in Chapter 16:
says that all beings in the universe have both the divine qualities and the
demonic qualities within each. Pure saint-like are rare and pure devilish are rare among human beings, and the bulk of humanity is multi-charactered ranging from a few to many faults.
Bhagavad Gita Verses 16.1-3 describe the one with divine qualities while verse 16.4 describes devilish one:
‘Shri Krishna said: Fearlessness, purity of mind, persistence in knowledge and yoga, charity and control of the external organs, yagna, (scriptural) study, austerity and righteousness;’ B.G. 16.1
‘Non-injury, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, control of the internal organs, absence of vilification, kindness to creatures, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty, freedom from restlessness;’ B.G. 16.2
‘Vigor, forgiveness, bravery, purity, freedom from malice, absence of arrogance -these, O scion of the Bharat dynasty, are (the qualities) of one born destined to have the divine nature.’ B.G. 16.3
‘O son of Pritha, (the attributes) of one destined to have the demoniacal nature are religious ostentation, pride and arrogance, anger as also rudeness and ignorance.’ B.G. 16.4
Psalm 27, Verse 1 of Torah*:
The Lord is my light and salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
*Jewish Holy Scripture
1. “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though the justice be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a better Protector to both (rich and poor). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever knowing of what you do”. (Holy Quran 4:135)
It takes courage to be a witness against yourself, or loved ones or against rich and powerful. The holy Quran explicitly tells you to have the courage to be just.
2. “You who believe, be steadfast in your devotion to God and bear witness impartially: do not let hatred of others lead you away from justice, but adhere to justice, for that is closer to awareness of God. Be mindful of God: God is well aware of all that you do.” (Holy Quran 5:8)
Native American Trust and Courage
“When in doubt, be still and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still till the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists, it surely will. Then act with courage.” Chief White Eagle, Ponca (1840 – 1914)
Meaning: Often, we don’t know the action to take as we have clouds existing within our mind. Working at these moments can lead to trouble. You need to have the clarity to avoid being subject to the winds of chance. Taking time to cultivate and maintain clarity will lead to happiness and peace. Once you have that mental clarity, it’s time to take the chance knowing that you are right. Don’t forget to act with courage.
“Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, mind, intuition, and inner knowing. The senses of my body and the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear. Thus, walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.” Lakota Prayer
Interpretation: Many Native Americans consider the holy space as what is between the in-breath and out-breath. Many people have deep beliefs about the significance of meditation. Space here signifies spiritual guidance, that’s why Natives think of this as a holy space. To walk in balance is to have physicality and spirituality in harmony. The Lakota prayer signifies that heaven and earth are not separate. Although physically they may feel separate, with meditation, you’ll realize they are similar, and therefore, the balance between the two translates into balance within our lives.
Sathya Sai Baba: on Courage
1. You should never use demeaning descriptions of yourself; such as, I am a mean person; I am a weak person; I am a sinner etc. You should never doubt your capacity to undertake a particular task. If you have firm faith in yourself, you can do anything. Develop the courageous feeling that you can accomplish many things, and then you will be able to do them. Whatever you undertake, do it with a divine, sacred feeling.
2. Selfless service alone gives the needed strength & courage to awaken the sleeping humanity in one’s heart.
3. Doctors can infuse courage in patients by the love they show towards the patients.