For just two years this site fulfilled its promise to show that faith and belief and life style can be one and the same thing. That no religon is right and that no religon is wrong. We all can use and share the wisdom of so many notable people from so many different faiths and use that shared wisdom to better benefit ourselves and the people we live with.
Love. Peace. God. Tao. Mankind. All one and the same thing.
The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.
Judge not by the eye but from the heart.
“Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
“Usually when someone believes in a particular religion, his attitude becomes more and more a sharp angle pointing away from himself. In our way the point of the angle is always toward ourselves.”
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.
Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
"It is not how much you do, but how
much love you put in the doing."
"Heaven and earth are like a set of bellows.
Although empty, they are endlessly productive.
The more you work them, the more they produce.
The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much.
Better to keep your thoughts inside you."
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'universe', a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest
- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affectation for a few people near us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"Man's law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same."
Native American (Crow)Saying
"Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer."
"The Supreme Way is not difficult
If only you do not pick and choose.
Neither love nor hate,
And you will clearly understand.
Be off by a hair,
And you are as far apart as heaven from earth."
Master Sheng Yen
"It is not living that matters, but living rightly."
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King junior
"Have no friends not equal to yourself."
"As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you."
"All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together."
'Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.'
No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers... Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Didn't the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do."
"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"The soul does not love, it is love itself
It does not exist, it is existence itself
It does not know, it is knowledge itself"
How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet ‘em on your way down
A friend's eye is a good mirror.
"If you don't know where you are going,
Any road will take you there."
from a song by George Harrison
"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
"Nature is our chapel"
"No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."
from the Koran. (Sunnah, from the Islam tradition)
"Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness, do not unto others that which you would not have done unto you."
Analects, Lun-yu XV,23, from the Confucian tradition,
circa 500 BC
"Life is very short and there is no time for fussing and fighting my friend"
from The Beatles song 'We Can Work It Out'
“Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things
that last forever: faith, hope, and love;
but the greatest of them all is love.”
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do."
"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
The Great Spirit is not perfect: it has a good side and a bad side. Sometimes the bad side gives us more knowledge than the good side.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.native american
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom
J. G. Ballard
"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 in anything because it is found 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 benefit of one and all, accept it and live up to it."
"In every religion, there are those who would drape themselves in the mantle of belief and faith only to distort it’s most sacred teachings -- preaching intolerance and resorting to violence"
"God has no religion."
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
"How much suffering and fear, and
How many harmful things are in existence?
If all arises from clinging to the "I",
What should I do with this great demon?"
"To know of the Pine, go to the Pine."
Judge not by the eye but from the heart.
Native American (Cheyenne)
"It seems to me to be a superlative thing - to know the explanation of everything.
Why it comes to be
Why it perishes
Why it is."
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Martin Luther King jnr
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.
It is less a problem to be poor than to be dishonest
ANISHINABE (Native American's)
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
The world is like a mirror, you see? Smile, and your friends smile back.
Japanese Zen saying
“In everything natural there is something marvelous.”Aristotle
"Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God."
Ko-ji-ki, Hachiman Kasuga of the Shinto tradition
"The great man understands what is right. The petty man understands what is profitable."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others."
"Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values."
"Earth supplies enough to satisfy everyones needs but not everyones greed"
"To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil."
"Like the clear stillness of autumn water—pure and without activity; in its tranquil depths are no obstructions. Such an one is called a man of Tao, also, a man who has nothing further to do."
"Just as the value of a house lies in its location,
The value of a mind lies in its depth,
The value of giving lies in the presence of a generous spirit,
The value of words lies in their reliability"
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
There was always SOMETHING out there in the deep, mysterious void. IT was ONE. IT was simple when ignored and complex when observed. IT was incomprehensible and without definition. And in its complexity IT was neither “being” nor “non-being;” neither male nor female. IT was without form, and without need of sustenance of any kind. IT knew neither time nor space and yet IT birthed all “being” as yin and all “non-being” as yang. IT was TAO… the Way of Things… the eternal source and sustainer of all things.
…And then there was time and sequence of events, and yin and yang gave birth to the illusion of all division and “being.”
When men began to divide things by naming them, many named IT “God” and gave IT cultural names.
And thus it came to be that…
There are as many names for God as there are tongues to speak them.
There are as many faces of God as there are eyes to behold them.
There are as many paths to God as there are feet to walk them.
No name is the complete name.
No face is the complete face.
No path is the complete path.
"Knowledge exists in two forms – lifeless, stored in books, and alive in the consciousness of men.”
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
"The best way to destroy an enemy,is to make him your friend.
Arjun said: "I do not behold the creature in this world that
supports life without doing any act of injury to others. Animals live upon animals, the stronger upon the weaker. The mongooose devours mice; the cat devours the mongoose; the dog devours the cat; the dog is again devoured by the spotted leopard. Behold all things again are devoured by the Destroyer when he comes!
This mobile and immobile universe is food for living creatures.
This has been ordained by the gods. The very ascetics cannot support their lives without killing creatures. In water, on earth, and fruits, there are innumerable creatures. It is not true that one does not slaughter them. What higher duty is there than supporting one's life? There are many creatures that are so minute that their existence can only be inferred. With the falling of the the eyelids alone, they are destroyed."
"Just to bless them, I resideing in their intellect, destroy the darkness born of ignorance by the resplendent light of knowledge. "
"Learn how to withhold judgment
Learn to listen
Get in touch with your own inner self
Look at life with joy
Don't ever cry over something that cannot cry over you."
"It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously"
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
"One moon shows in every pool; in every pool, the one moon."
Zen Forest Saying
Do no evil,
purify one's mind,
strive on with awareness
"When the earth is dying there shall arise a new tribe of all colours and all creeds. This tribe shall be called The Warriors of the Rainbow and it will put its faith in actions not words."
"One joy dispels a hundred cares."Confucius
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings."William Blake
"...I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed..."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for unto them is given the knowledge of God.
Blessed is human birth; even the dwellers in heaven desire this birth; for true knowledge and pure love may be attained only by a human being."
from Hindu words of wisdom
"A good book is the purest essence of a human soul."
"We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God"
Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there is in silence."
"The Gift of Truth Excels all Other Gifts."
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave"
Native American saying.
"Study the past if you would define the future"
"Everyone has choice, when to and not to raise their voice"
"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile good."
"What is a man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth."
Chief Seattle, Suqwamish and Duwamish
"We should be as water, which is lower than all things yet stronger even than the rocks."Oglala Lakota (Sioux)
"Heaven and earth and I are of the same root, the ten-thousand things and I are of one substance"
Zen Master Seng-chao
"There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,all leading in the same direction,so it doesn't matter which path you take.The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain,telling everyone else that their path is wrong."
~ Hindu Teaching
"IT IS A FINE THING TO ESTABLISH ONE'S OWN RELIGION IN ONE'S HEART, NOT TO BE DEPENDENT ON TRADITION AND SECOND-HAND IDEALS. LIFE WILL SEEM TO YOU, LATER, NOT A LESSER, BUT A GREATER THING"
"Respect yourself and others will respect you"
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it
with acknowledgement to Abraham Lincoln
"It makes no difference as to the name of the God, since love is the real God of all the world"
words from the
"A madman is no less a musician than you or I, only the instrument that he plays on is a little more out of tune"
"True religion does not require one to count beads and say prayers; what really matters is
how you behave and interact with others."
Acharya Swami Pranabananda
"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here"
taken from Desiderata
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see"
"Nothing Lives Long Only The Earth and The Mountains"
Native American saying
MARTIN LUTHER KING junior
The Walk of Ten Thousand Steps