Love wins my friends!!

Four Reasons for Optimism in the Wake of Tragedy—Insights from a Sikh and a Unitarian Minister | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches

4. Love wins.

Bandana

Bandana Kaur is a graduate of Yale University, a Sikh ecologist, and writer. She is currently program manager for EcoSikh, a Sikh initiative for the earth, working in the Punjab region of South Asia and beyond. 

: In times like this, I remember that the quintessence of Sikhism is to love: to be love-inspired and love-driven. A dear friend of mine recently shared an experience that moved her during bhog (the service) honoring the deceased in Oak Creek. The musician, or raagi, leading the sangat (congregation) during the remembrance event, had also been present at the temple during the shootings. As the raagi began to sing, my friend could tell that there was a sadness in his voice. Despite the sorrow, he paused to share words of blessing, asking the Divine to take good care of Wade Michael Page in hope that Page has found peace within himself. My friend simply bowed her head in awe of the love shared.

 

One amazing article published in Religion Dispatches called:

Four Reasons for Optimism in the Wake of Tragedy—Insights from a Sikh and a Unitarian Minister

Why did I reblog this article my friends?Because I wanted to share one beautiful and amazing sentence written by Miss.Bandana Kaur:

” …. quintessence of Sikhism is to love: to be love-inspired and love-driven.”

         We should all remember this one:to be Love inspired and to be love driven!!

May God,Creator of the Universe and all living souls,

be merciful to all these victoms in that horible tragedy but also to Wade Micheal Page. 

That I pray in the name of Jesus Chist.Amen.Child's prayer

 

Quotes I like

 

To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy.                                                 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) essayist, poet, novelist

 

Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.                                                                                           Robert J. Furey

 

The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one’s existence, to have a good heart.                                  Tenzin Gyatso (1935) The 14th Dalai Lama (B. 1935)

 

That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.                              William Wordsworth (1770-1850) poet

 

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.                                                                                                                                               Aesop fabulist

 

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.                        Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) philosopher, theologian

 

I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.                                                                                                                                        Etienne de Grellet (1773-1855) Quaker missionary

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!             Anne Frank (1929-1945) diarist

 

A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.                                                                         Richard Dehmel (1863-1920)poet 

 

 

Dear God

 

Dear God,

I am grateful that You are the Rock that I can stand on and an ever present help in times of need. 

Lord, in those times I feel lost at sea, remind me of Your faithfulness and love. 

May Your Spirit lead me to draw close to You and trust in Your Word over my feelings. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Meditations

 

Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal.

mahatma gandhi

 

 

My God and My All! meditation prayer

 st. francis of assisi

 

 

 

 

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

luke 6:37 – Jesus

 

 

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 most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it is 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 fear,

our presence automatically liberates others

 

A return to love – marianne williamson

 

 

Now I say to you in conclusion, life is hard,

at times as hard as crucible steel. (Mmm)

It has its bleak and difficult moments.

Like the ever-flowing waters of the river,

life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. (Yeah)

Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons,

life has the soothing warmth of its

summers and the piercing chill of its winters. (Yeah)

But if one will hold on,

he will discover that God walks with him, (Yeah. Well)

and that God is able (Yeah)

to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope

and transform dark and desolate valleys

into sunlit paths of inner peace. (Mmm)

 

Eulogy for the martyred children – Dr. Martin Luther King jr. – 1963

 

 

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

 

Desiderata – Max Ehrmann – 1927

 

 

Today, like every other day,

we wake up empty and frightened.

Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.

Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

 

sufi mystic – Jelaluddin Rumi 

Blessings

 

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble,

may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window

and the ghost of loss gets in to you,

may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,

an invisible cloak to mind your life.

beannacht – john o’donohue

On marriage

You were born together, and together you shall be …

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

on marriage – Kahlil Gibran

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Hvalospjev ljubavi (1 Kor 13, 1-13)
Kad bih sve jezike ljudske govorio i anđeoske,
a ljubavi ne bih imao,
bio bih mjed što ječi
ili cimbal što zveči.

Kad bih imao dar prorokovanja
i znao sva otajstva
i sve spoznanje;
i kad bih imao svu vjeru
da bih i gore premještao,
a ljubavi ne bih imao – ništa sam!

I kad bih razdao sav svoj imutak
i kad bih predao tijelo svoje da se sažeže,
a ljubavi ne bih imao –
ništa mi ne bi koristilo.

Ljubav je velikodušna,
dobrostiva je ljubav,
ne zavidi,
ljubav se ne hvasta,
ne nadima se;
nije nepristojna,
ne traži svoje,
nije razdražljiva,
ne pamti zlo;
ne raduje se nepravdi,
a raduje se istini;
sve pokriva, sve vjeruje,
svemu se nada, sve podnosi.
Ljubav nikad ne prestaje.

Prorokovanja? Uminut će.
Jezici? Umuknut će.
Spoznanje? Uminut će.
Jer djelomično je naše spoznanje,
i djelomično prorokovanje.
A kada dođe ono savršeno,
uminut će ovo djelomično.
Kad bijah nejače,
govorah kao nejače,
mišljah kao nejače,
rasuđivah kao nejače.
A kad postadoh zreo čovjek,
odbacih ono nejačko.
Doista, sada gledamo kroza zrcalo,
u zagonetki, a tada – licem u lice!

Sada spoznajem djelomično,
a tada ću spoznati savršeno,
kao što sam i spoznat!
A sada: ostaju vjera, ufanje i ljubav
– to troje –
ali najveća je među njima ljubav.

 

Prayer

God of freedom,
You do not cease to go out of Yourself
to give Yourself to others
in the pure spontaneity of your love,
so that in following Jesus of Nazareth,
Your Son and our Lord,
we may have the courage to risk life itself
for freedom,sustained in our weakness and fear
by the Spirit who makes us free.

Give us the gift, Lord Jesus,
to be, like You, free in love,
committed to the truth
and justice of the Kingdom,
so as to seek nothing else
but faithfulness to the Father
ready to pay the price of freedom
in our own persons.
O Lord, grant that we may never be
people of structured lives,
or political revolutionaries,
or puritanical ascetics,
or creature s incapable of solitude,
but free persons,
free from ourselves,

From things, from others,
in the boundless confidence
of the Father’s love,
in the generous risk taking of love for others.

Holy Spirit of freedom,
infuse in us freedom of heart,
the joy and peace of a reconciled life,
received as a gift from You,
spent in faithful service,
especially of those who do not know freedom.

Freed from the prison of the present,
we will thus welcome
the coming Kingdom of freedom in ourselves
and in the history of Your people on earth,
our fellow pilgrims.
Amen. Alleluia!
Prayer by Bruno Forte