Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Truth is one; only It is called by different names. All people are seeking the same Truth; the variance is due to climate, temperament, and name. A lake has many ghats. From one ghat the Hindus take water in jars and call it “jal”. From another ghat the Mussalmāns take water in leather bags and call it “pāni”. From a third the Christians take the same thing and call it “water”. Suppose someone says that the thing is not “jal” but “pāni”, or that it is not “pāni” but “water”, or that it is not “water” but “jal”, It would indeed be ridiculous. But this very thing is at the root of the friction among sects, their misunderstandings and quarrels. This is why people injure and kill one another, and shed blood, in the name of religion. But this is not good. Everyone is going toward God. They will all realize Him if they have sincerity and longing of heart.
— Ramakrishna – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna – p. 423
We have names for everything. What if we forgot about those names? And we stopped seeing things as something? What if we just observed things, watched things, without giving them a name, without coming to a conclusion? What do you think would happen? You would transcend everything.
— Robert Adams – Silence of the Heart – (p. 198)
Behold how this drop of sea-water
Has taken so many forms and names;
It has existed as mist, cloud, rain, dew, and mud,
The plant, animal, and perfect man;
And yet is was a drop of water
From which these things appeared.
Even so this universe of reason, soul, heavens and bodies,
Was but a drop of water in its beginning and ending.
… When a wave strikes it, the world vanishes;
And when the appointed times comes to heaven and stars,
Their being is lost in not being.
— Sa’d Ud Din Mahmud Shabistari – The Secret Rose Garden – Part III – The Sea and its Pearls