Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

"In their everyday spiritual practices, Arjun Patel, a Buddhist, saw Buddha's eyes; Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, a Sufi, communed with the Beloved; and Adam Zaremberg, a Catholic, visualized Christ. But non of them claimed his 'God' as the only authentic God, nor did they begrudge anyone else a different view. They were like witnesses to the same God but from different angles.

"So prevalent was this nonreligious 'Other' that I wondered why these people would remain content with a particular religion. I mused about this with Sophy Burnham, who had spent years delving into Asian religions and ended up where she started, in the Episcopal Church. I told her I was surprised by that.

"'So was I,' Sophy said.

"She explained that she thinks of spirituality as a wheel with spokes leading to the hub. 'And each of the spokes is a path to God—is a religion, if you will, or a spiritual practice. And they will all take you to the direct experience of God...'"

—Barbara Bradley Hagerty in Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्

सर्व देव नमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति

Translation:

As water fallen from the sky goes to the ocean,

Obeisances to all gods proceed to Keshav.

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