Thursday, December 02, 2004

Words of Wisdom

"Likewise the divine religions of the holy Manifestations of God are in reality one though in name and nomenclature they differ. Man must be a lover of the light no matter from what day-spring it may appear. ........... the word of truth no matter which tongue utters it must be sanctioned. Absolute verities no matter in what book they be recorded must be accepted. If we harbor prejudice it will be the cause of deprivation and ignorance."
-Bahai Writings-

The Shema from Jewish Prayer
(Traditional Jewish practice calls for the recitation of specific prayers three times a day, morning, noon and evening. Included are the Shema which proclaims the Oneness of God.)

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Blessed is His name, whose glorious kingdom is forever and ever.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine
heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest
by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall
be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy
gates
Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad.
(Name of God in Hebrew)

This prayer is quoted almost exactly from Deuteronomy 6:4-9, except for the second line,
"Blessed.........ever." This line has a mystical origin. Tradition says that when Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, he heard the angels around the divine throne saying this line repeatedly. It is said quietly so that the angels don't know that their most important prayer was stolen. However, on Yom Kippur it is recited out loud, so desperate is the need for salvation.

Goodness is stronger than evil.
Love is stronger than hate.
Light is stronger than darkness.
Life is stronger than death.
Victory is ours through Him who loves us.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu-

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