"True friendship is divine love, for it is unconditional and it is real and lasting." Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.157.
Peter began: "I now understand how true it is that God has no favorites, but that in every nation those who are God fearing and do what is right are acceptable for him." Acts of Apostles, 10:34-35.
The Lord's Name is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe. Proverbs 18:10.
"To God belong the most beautiful names (...)." Quran 7:180.
The key to success is: (i) Truth as the base, (ii) Firm determination, (iii) Diligent efforts, (iv) Invincible Faith. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 1189.
My friendship is with the One God and I love only Him. God alone is my friend and He is my only companion. I converse with God alone. He never has a frown on His face. He knows all that worries me and never turns His back on me. God alone, with the power to create as well as destroy, is my adviser. He, who has His hand on the heads of all the givers in the world, is my
only Giver. The One God, who has power over all, is my support. (...). Shri Guru Granth Sahib.
This is the great paradox of the zaddik [saint -P.R.], says Dresner. It is "a paradox of solitude and communion," for while zaddik is among the people he is also "standing in the presence of God." Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.203.
"There is only one God, one faith. Let the people believe firmly and do not fear anything." Our Lady of Medjugorie, June 29, 1981. Words from Heaven, P.91.
"For governing a country well there is nothing better than moderation. The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Nothing is impossible for him. Because he has let go, he can care for the people's welfare as a mother cares for her child." Tao Te Ching 59, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom. P.159.
"The law of cause and effect is universal; each man must carry his burden of sin, and must go along to its retribution. The same law of cause and effect controls good deeds." (Teachings of Buddha, p.194).
"To have an optimistic disposition and try to smile is constructive and worthwhile; for whenever you express divine qualities, such as courage and joy, you are born again; your consciousness is being made new by the manifestation of your true soul nature. This is the spiritual rebirth that enables you to "see the kingdom of God." (Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.210.).
There is only one way for mankind to be saved and that is by changing the hearts of all people. (...) As long as there is no change of heart, humanity is in great danger."
"God's Name is more powerful than a thousand atomic and hydrogen bombs. Help yourself by repeating the Lord's Name."
(Teachings of Babaji, PP.99 & 43.).
"There is only one human community and it consists of all peoples. They have only one origin, since God inhabited the entire earth with the whole human race. And they have one ultimate destiny, God, (...) " (John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, P.78.).
"(...) And say, "I believe in all the scriptures revealed by God, and I am commanded to treat you amicably, God is our Lord and your Lord; we have our deeds and you have your deeds. There is no argument between us and you. God will gather us together; to Him is the ultimate destiny." (Quran 42:15).
In this auspicious time of Ramadan let us join with our Muslim brothers and sisters and try to fast between the sunrise and the sunset.
According to the legend, when Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of the Jain religion, was in deep meditation a bird sat on a nearby tree. When Mahavira opened his eyes, the bird got scared and flew away. Mahavira realized that there is certain violence involved even in opening of one's eyes. He later advised people to be careful about the state of mind with which they open eyes.
(Mahavira, who was born 600 B.C., is believed to be one of the creators of the concept of Ahimsa, or Non-Violence. The philosophy of Ahimsa greatly influenced Mahatma Ghandi).
One who is not envious but is a kindly friend to all creatures, who does not think himself a proprietor, who is free from false ego and equal both in happiness and distress, who is always satisfied and engaged in devotional service with determination, and whose mind and intelligence are fixed upon Me - he is very dear to Me. (Bhagavad-Gita 12:13-14).
There is nothing sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing fuller, nothing better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God, and only in God, above all that he has created, can it find rest. (Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ, III.5.3. ).
Don't say the Vedas and the Books (Torah, Bible, Quran) are false. False is the one who does not study them. (Shri Guru Granth Sahib.)
(November 30 - Birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith (1469). 974 of his hymns are included in the Sikh scripture - the Guru Granth Sahib. )
A federation of all religions and all nations is necessary. But such a union will come only when every individual engages in that meditation which leads to direct contact with God. Communion with Him is the solution. When one has realized God, he no longer feels that others are different from himself. Unless wisdom comes, not to just a few, but to all men, there will be no freedom on earth. (Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.25.)
Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for JOY. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and spiritual joy you have not yet begun to live. (Thomas Merton, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.276.)
(…) those who are perfectly humble will lack nothing they really need, either spiritually or materially. God is theirs and He is all. Whoever possesses God (…) needs nothing else in this life. (The Cloud of Unknowing, P.79)
To meet the fountain of the life of truth I run, for I weary of a life of vanity and emptiness. To see the face of my King is mine only aim; I will fear none but Him, nor set up any other to be feared. Would that it were mine to see Him in a dream! I would sleep an everlasting sleep and never wake. Would that I might behold His face within my heart! Mine eyes would never ask to look beyond. (Jehudah Halevi, a Jewish mystic of the XII-th century, quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.259.)
(December 10-17, Hanukkah, the Festiwal of Lights, is celebrated for 8 days for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom, the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE, and to celebrate the power of God and the faithfulness of Isreal.)
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; they give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space. Through hands of such as these God speaks and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth. (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, P.20.)
(December 11, Laylat al-Qadr, Night of Power, commemorates the first revelation of Qu'ran to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE, at the age of forty.)
You should be brave and courageous - afraid of nothing. You should not be afraid of being burned by fire or drowned by water. If you are brave and courageous, nothing will harm you, not even the atomic bomb. You must be fearless for yourself and for all humanity. (Teachings of Babaji, P.32.) Heirakhan Babaji (1970-1984)
Beauty in life does not lie in wearing beautiful clothes and taking care of the hair and adorning the body but real beauty lies in making the soul immortal and radiant. (...) If you want to illuminate your soul with devotion and radiance of the spiritual values, you must abdicate certain vices - hypocrisy, vanity, ego, duality and attachment. Purifying your mind of all defilement, saturate it with humility, good conduct, reverence, faith and purity. (Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 2100 & 2141.)
Dear children, here is my Son in my arms! I would like to ask you to be a light for all in the year to come. (…) And tonight I would like to tell you: Rejoice! (Our Lady of Medjugorie, December 25, 1989. Words from Heaven, P.301.)
O Son of Being! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favour upon thee. (...) With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light. Be thou content with it and seek naught else, for My work is perfect and My command is binding. (...). (Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, 11-12.) (Baha'u'llah (1817-1892), the founder of the Baha'i faith.)