Sunday, December 19, 2004

Detachment and the Path to God

Cleansing our hearts for the Holy Spirit to guide us to Truth must start with heartfelt prayers for detachment :

O SON OF MAN
Thou dost wish for gold and I desire thy freedom from it. Thou thinkest thyself rich in its
possession, and I recognize thy wealth in thy sanctity therefrom.
By my life! This is My knowledge, and that is thy fancy;
How can My way accord with thine?
-Baha'u'llah-

The Buddha said:
" People cleave to their wordly possessions and selfish passions so blindly
as to sacrifice their own lives for them.
They are like a child who tries to eat a little honey smeared on the edge of a knife.
The amount is by no means sufficient to appease his appetite,
but he runs the risk of wounding his tongue."

O SON OF SPIRIT
My first counsel is this:
Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart,
that thine may be a sovereignty
ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
-Baha'u'llah-

A monk asked the Buddha:
"Under what conditions is it possible to come to the knowledge of the past and to
understand the most supreme Way? " The Buddha said: "Those who are pure in heart
and single in purpose are able to understand the most supreme Way. It is like polishing a
mirror, which becomes bright when the dust is removed. Remove your passions and have
no hankering, and the past will be revealed unto you."

O SON OF BEING!
Busy not thyself with this world,
for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants.
-Baha'u'llah-

The Buddha said:
" Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching
Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words.
Rely not on theory, but on experience.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have
heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for
many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after
observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive
to the good and the benefit of one and all, then
accept it and live up to it."

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