The mosque that is built in the hearts of the saints Is the place of worship for all, for God dwells there. I pray God the Omnipotent to place us in the ranks of His chosen, among the number of those He directs to the path of safety; in whom He inspires fervour lest they forget Him; whom He cleanses from all defilement, that nothing remain in them except Himself; yea, of those whom He indwells completely, that they may adore none beside Him.
Judaism is a relatively ancient faith which grew up in the near East having a man named Abraham as its traditional earthly founding figure.
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Abraham migrated from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan under what he believed to be Divine guidance and there established a religious community which was both monotheistic and non-Idolatrous. We have all heard of the legendary Wisdom of Solomon and there is a "Book of Proverbs" in the Old Testament, or Jewish scriptures, which is attributed to King Solomon's influence. Several quotations from the Book of Proverbs exemplify the Wisdom that is to be found in mystical aspect of several of the major World Religions.
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Another series of Holy writings, the Upanishads, a name which suggests "sitting at the feet of the Teacher" are often more philosophically and mystically sophisticated than the Vedas.
The earliest of the Upanishads date from some three thousand years ago. The term Vedanta refers to teachings based primarily upon the Upanishads. The Bhagavad Gita - the Song of God - is a celebrated and more recent addition to Hindu holy writings dating from the second century A. Which is as poison in the beginning, but is like nectar in the end; that is declared to be "good" pleasure, born from the serenity of one's own mind. That which is like nectar in the beginning from the connection of the sense-object with the senses, but is as poison in the end, is held to be of "passion".
He whom the Self chooses, by him the Self can be gained. The Self chooses him his body as his own". But he who has not first turned away from his wickedness, who is not tranquil, and subdued, or whose mind is not at rest, he can never obtain the Self even by knowledge. Perseverance in seeking to gain the knowledge of the Supreme Spirit, and perception of the gain that comes from knowledge of the truth: This is called knowledge : all that is contrary to this is ignorance.
He that does everything for Me, whose supreme object I am, who worships Me, being free from attachment and without hatred to any creature, this man, Arjuna! And whenever the mind unsteady and restless strays away from the Spirit, let him ever and forever lead it again to the Spirit. Thus joy supreme comes to the Yogi whose heart is still, whose passions are peace, who is pure from sin, who is one with Brahman, with God.
The Yogi who pure from sin ever prays in this harmony of soul soon feels the joy of Eternity, the infinite joy of union with God. Bhagavad Gita He who hates no single being, is friendly and compassionate, free from self-regard and vanity, the same in good and evil, patient; Contented, ever devout, subdued in soul, firm in purpose, fixed on Me in heart and mind, and who worships Me, is dear to Me.
He whom the world troubles not, and who troubles not the world, who is free from the emotions of joy, wrath, and fear, is dear to Me. The man who is guileless, pure, upright, unconcerned, free from distress of mind, who renounces every enterprise and worships Me, is dear to Me. He who has neither delight nor aversion, who neither mourns nor desires, who renounces good and evil fortune, and worships Me, is dear to Me.
He who is the same to friend and foe, and also in honour and dishonour, who is the same in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, who is wholly free from attatchment; To whom praise and blame are equal, who is silent, content with every fortune, home-renouncing, steadfast in mind, and worships Me, that man is dear to Me.
Devout men Yogins who are intent thereon see this spirit seated in themselves; but the senseless, whose minds are unformed, see it not. Buddhism is a religious philosophy which has its origins south of the Himalaya mountains some two and a half thousand years ago. The founding figure of Buddhism was born a Royal Prince and raised within the Vedic tradition.
Whilst in his twenties and married with a young family this Prince, Siddharta, had his first real exposure to some of the more tragic aspects of Human life. Much affected by a realisation of the existence of such sources of sorrow Prince Siddharta abandoned his materially rich station and took up the life of an itinerant seeker of Enlightenment. Such Enlightenment dawned some seven years later and the one time Prince began a course of religious teaching with such effect and influence as to become known to posterity as Several quotations from the Dhammapada or "Path of Truth" are presented here.
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This is a most important Buddhist text in southern Asia and beyond. He who lives looking for pleasures only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his food, idle, and weak, Mara the Tempter will certainly overthrow him, as the wind throws down a weak tree. He who lives without looking for pleasures, his senses well controlled, moderate in his food, faithful and strong, him Mara will certainly not overthrow, any more than the wind throws down a strong mountain.
They pass from generation to generation , Poor in virtue and of little happiness, Oppressed by all the sorrows And dwelling in the thickets of debate, Such as, Existence? Relying on their propositions, sixty-two in number, They become rooted in false philosophy, Tenacious and unyielding, Self-sufficient and self-inflated, Suspicious, warped, without faith. During thousands and milliards of kalpas Such hear not the name of Buddha, Nor ever learn of the truth. Wise people, after they have listened to the laws, become serene, like a deep, smooth still lake. The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their mind day and night always delights in compassion.
Let him live in charity, let him be perfect to his duties; then in fullness of delight he will make an end to suffering. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. He who controls his hand, he who controls his feet, he who is well controlled, he who delights inwardly, who is collected, who is solitary and content, him they call a bhikshu. The bhikshu who controls his mouth, who speaks wisely and calmly, who teaches the meaning and the law, his word is sweet.
He who dwells in the law, delights in the law, meditates on the law, follows the law, that bhikshu will never fall away from the true law. Let him not despise what he has received, nor ever envy others: a mendicant who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
A bhikshu who, though he receives little, does not despise what he has received, even the gods will praise him, if his life is pure, and if he is not slothful. Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth! Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods. Some two and a half thousand years ago two enduring philosophic-religious traditions emerged in China. One of these, Confucianism, is not directed towards exploiting or exploring Mystical Wisdom the other, Taoism, is.
Lao Tzu was one of the earlier figures of note in the Taoist tradition, his teachings are associated with a central Taoist text called the Tao Te Ching - a title which has been translated as "the Way and its Power". Taoism holds that those who live in full sympathy and harmony with original nature are also, inevitably and beneficially, attuned to the Way. Those who defy original nature rarely find tranquility.
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After having won many followers through preaching a message of love and understanding, and of criticism for the blind following of rituals as then seemed commonplace amongst religious believers in northern India , Guru Nanak passed on his enlightened leadership of this new religion to nine successive Gurus. The term Sikh translates into English, from the original Punjabi, as Disciple. Before his death in Guru Gobind Singh declared that the Sikhs no longer needed a living leader and appointed as his spiritual successor the Sikh Holy Book, now known as Sri Guru Granth Sahib , and as his physical successor the Khalsa meaning 'The Pure' , order of soldier-saints.
The Khalsa are men and women who have undergone the Sikh baptism ceremony and who strictly follow the Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is unique in the world of religious scriptures as is it accorded the status of being the spiritual head of a major religion. Alongside the profound spiritual poetry of the Sikh Gurus, it also contains the writings of saints of other faiths, notably the Hindu and Muslim faiths , whose thoughts were held to be consistent with those of the Sikh Gurus.
There are two other "age-of-the-sage" sections that should be of particular relevance to those interested in Interfaith Studies or in Interfaith Dialogue. The "Other" spiritual insights link leads to a page section which details quotations that "somehow encapsulate" Insights about a number of other Aspects of Spirituality and Being that several World Religions regard as being relevant to spiritual life, practice, and growth. It would appear that some of the World Religions, however, place less emphasis on these Aspects than they do on the Aspects of Spirituality that are considered in this present "Central" spiritual insights section.
Essentially these clues seem to suggest that people tend to be capable of Desirous, and of Wrathful, as well as of Spiritual, behaviours. We hope and expect that the undeniable clues given by the Sacred Texts as to the "Relationship that might be held to exist between God and the World" will be accepted as giving a valid, and a needful insight, into the conditions of Human Existence and facilitate Interfaith Studies in contributing significantly to the emergence of a more harmonious World. And if He should never give them his comfort, yet would they always praise Him and give Him thanks.
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Oh, how much is the pure love of Jesus able to do, when it is not mixed with any self-interest or self-love! If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
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Be careful of nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; and if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Learn to despise exterior things and to give thyself to the interior, and thou shalt see that the kingdom of God will come into thee. When we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. In truth, sublime words make not a man holy and just; but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God. I had rather feel compunction than know its definition.
If thou didst know the whole Bible by heart and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would it profit it thee without the love of God and His grace. The knowledge of men of external sense is a muzzle To stop them sucking milk of that sublime knowledge. But God drops into the heart a single pearl-drop Which is not bestowed on oceans or skies! For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
He keepeth the paths of judgement, and preserveth the way of the saints.