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This book can change your life for the better and improve your quality of life significantly! It teaches how to become dramatically happier, more successful, with more peace, love, and joy through the “Golden Rule” and Other Teachings of the Great Religions’ Founders. Do you want to have more happiness, success, peace, love, and joy in your life? Would you like to have better relationships and friendships? Would you like to have more enthusiasm and zest for your life? If so, read on:
Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Socrates: The True Religion of Love
By Hadar Shapir
“When you do unto others, you are doing unto yourself and unto God.” – Law of One (Grand Unified Theory/ Unified Field Theory/ “Theory of Everything”)
The True Religion of Love
“To those who are awakening, may their journeys be filled with peace and love."
The one true religion is love. The essence of the great religions of the world, Judaism, May the light shine Christianity, Islam, Platonism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Vedanta Hinduism, Baha’i, Manicheism, Confucianism, Jainism, and Sikhism is One. In this book, I describe the message of light and love which has been taught by the great founders of the philosophical and religious movements. It is a message of unity (harmony) and infinite love. A message which always leads to total triumph and success in our lives and which leads us to lead our true purpose here on Earth. A total way of thinking and living that always leads to happiness. This book is concerned with what is the good, what is noble, with what is virtuous, what is admirable, what is excellent, what is praiseworthy, and what is the best—with the path that will make you successful and happy. In a certain sense, there is only one true religion. For example, Islam refers to itself as the religion of human nature. This book teaches this one religion. This book teaches “applied Christianity” / “Religious Theory”. This book harmonizes the teachings of the world’s great religions. The ideas in this book are not mere theory or guesswork, they actually work. They work like magic. These are timeless, eternal principles. They are a total way of living which brings about victory, triumph, happiness, joyousness, and success. They also bring about spiritual enlightenment, inspiration, and edification. This book will take you inside the mind of God. May the light shine on you and within you and may the love that is within you grow until it illuminates everything. “Open your heart to everyone.” “There’s a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person.” -- Blaise Pascal
“God is light.” (Holy Bible - 1 John 1:5) “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.” (Holy Bible - Psalm 4:6)
“The true light which enlightens everyone was coming into the world.” (Holy Bible – John 1:9) “To the light, I have attained, and, in the light, I live.” (This refers to the light of the knowledge of God as opposed to the darkness of ignorance and idolatry.) (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #324, by Allama Sir Abdullah Al-Mamun Al-Suhrawardy)
Is there one message of truth which can lead us to a complete true understanding of our world, of God, and of ourselves? One source of universal wisdom which underlies all of existence. A truth which already exists within us. The purpose of this book is to help you discover and reawaken this truth. As you read these pages, it is my hope that you will be awakened to the glory of our existence and discover the truth of Plato’s equation, Truth = Beauty = Goodness, the truth of the five pillars of Islam, the truth of Jesus’ two greatest commandments (“love your fellow man” and “love God”), the truths of the Holy Bible and the Noble Qur’an(Koran), and the truth of the Buddha’s four noble truths and eightfold path.
The great religions of the world come from the same source and the light of their teachings continues to shine in this world.
"See the truth in all religions, for truth is in all & truth is one!" -- ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Baha’i religion “There are not different truths in the world, for truth is one and the same at all times and at every place.” (Paul Carus – “The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.30) Jesus taught, demonstrated/practiced, and preached brotherly love.
How to read this book: This book is designed to inform you and reawaken parts within you that may now be dormant. Picture yourself as a being of pure white light inside (within) a physical body(this is your ‘spiritual body’). The beliefs that allow that light to shine through are the ones in your soul that you most want to believe. They correspond to the truths of the original messages of the great religious and philosophical founders. I have tried to describe everything I know related to these truths in this book. As you read this book, my hope is that my writing will jive with your inner-most beliefs. If anything in this book does not seem right to you, simply bypass it. I am not all-knowing (omniscient). And this book is a work in progress. May the light shine on you and within you.
I suppose you could say that as long as you keep reading this book, you have chosen me as a guide to the spiritual path (of the great religions and their founders) that leads to happiness and success. I won’t let you down.
“Walk in the light while you still have the light, that men may know that you still have the light.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ By Levi 156:45)
Through years of searching, I discovered the religion that has always existed within my heart. This religion exists within the heart of every man and woman. It is a religion of a God of light and love (“LL Cool God”). A God who loves all of us infinitely and eternally. A God whose love knows no bounds. It is also the story of some very valiant spiritual beings that are divine themselves. These beings chose a life which they knew would have suffering so they could learn more about true love. If you want to see one of these beings, feel free to take a look in the mirror. That’s right, all of us who are here have chosen to be here out of love and a desire to get closer to the light and love (to become more like our God/Jesus). Finally, it is also about a road which leads to happiness, triumph, and the only true success there is in the world: following our true passion, loving people, having people who love us, becoming happy and successful, succeeding in our endeavors, and pursuing our calling (our passion / our mission / our life’s purpose) to arrive at our true natures and be closer to God. In this book is contained the results of my many years of searching for the source of the truth. The road wasn’t always straight. I made my share of mistakes, and I continue to make mistakes. I also took detours and what seemed like at the time were wrong turns. Now it has become clear to me that these weren’t really wrong turns, they were parts of the journey which taught me about the wrong turns others before me had made. I found within me and in the teachings of the light the questions and the answers for which I was searching. Destiny, fate, free will, and the spirit always led me back to the path of light, and I eventually discovered elements of the truth that exist in the teachings of the world’s great religions, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Platonism, Gnosticism, and others, as well as modern writings. By taking the best truths from each and the parts they agreed upon and melding and harmonizing (synthesizing) them into an ideal, I arrived at the teachings in this book. Different pieces of this knowledge about God and life exist in the many different religions and appear in many forms. On the surface, the religions and philosophies can appear different—“The many religions in existence today seem quite different from one another. However, if we strip them of the things that are mere embellishments and later additions, or if we remove those distinctions such as are the result of climate, language, peculiar conditions of their native land, and other factors, it is amazing how similar most of them turn out to be.” (Mankind’s Search For God, Jehovah’s Witnesses) The underlying truth and knowledge of the religions is a unified Oneness of truth. It describes why we are here, what is the point of life, how do we win at life, why we suffer, who we really are, how we should treat each other, how we can achieve happiness (and success), and what our true purpose in the world is. During my awakening, I searched around for answers as I continue my search today. Fate/destiny led me to many books— occasionally, I would open a book to a seemingly random page and find an important quote of truth that I was looking for. Other times, I read page after page of awe-inspiring words seemingly placed there by God himself. The most profound knowledge came from my soul, from books, from the elders/masters/angels, and from God himself. Your destiny led you to this book. As Jesus said, "Knock and the door will be opened unto you." (Holy Bible - Matthew 7:7) As soon as you start seeking truth in your life and knocking on the door of knowledge, God will open the door and knowledge will come streaming into you. “Go in quest of knowledge even unto China (even unto ‘the ends of the Earth’.).” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #273) “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #274) “To spend more time in learning is better than spending more time in praying. [Both are important.] Generally, it is better to seek knowledge one hour in the night than to pray the whole night.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #277) “That person who shall die while he is studying in order to revive the knowledge of religion will be only one degree inferior to the prophets.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #279) “One learned man is harder on the devil than a thousand ignorant worshippers. The pursuit of knowledge is a divine commandment for every Muslim; and, to waste knowledge on those who are unworthy of it is like putting pearls, jewels, and gold on the necks of pigs.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #280) “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Holy Bible - Matthew 6:7) “The acquisition of knowledge is a duty incumbent (a divine commandment) on every Muslim, male and female.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #289) “That person who shall pursue the path of knowledge, God will direct him to the path of paradise; and, verily, the superiority of a learned man over an ignorant worshipper is like that of the full moon over any of the stars.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #281) “The believers should devote themselves to studies in religion.” (Noble Qur’an 9:122) “The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #285)
“Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, and our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends and an armor against enemies.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #290)
“With knowledge, man rises to the heights of goodness and to a noble position, associates with kings (or people in supreme power or authority) in this world, and attains to the perfection of happiness in the next.” -- Islam
This book is about the message of God. It contains truths about your life, the love, joy, and oneness you long for, and what you ultimately need to do in order to achieve happiness. As you read this book, listen to your intuition, the reaction of your soul—if anything feels wrong, the mistake is mine, not yours. Or, what you have read doesn’t even mean what you really think it does.
These words are the expression of my heart. To a life filled with white light and love.
“Through Christ, all men may enter into light and life. Jesus is the love of God made manifest, and love is the savior of the sons of men.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 182:33-34)
“…that you might lead mankind out of the depths of darkness and into light…” (Noble Qur’an 14:1)
“White is the symbol of the virtuous and pure.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 76:9)
Pay attention to how you listen. (Holy Bible – Luke 8:18) Become a good listener. “Be quick to listen.” (Holy Bible, James 1:19) “The Second Glad-Tidings”
It is permitted that the peoples and kindreds (families) of the world associate with one another with joy and radiance. O, people! Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. – Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Religion
“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity (harmony) is firmly established.” Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i religion
God is One and likes unity (harmony). (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #205)
All religions which have the concept of Oneness or One God come originally from the Children of the Law of One (www.atlantis.to). These include the Essenes who helped prepare the way for Jesus. The Children of the Law of One were founded by Jesus Christ long before his Jesus lifetime.
“Tawheed” – There is One God
There is only one God, and whether you think of him as the Islamic God (“Allah”), or the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) of Christianity, or the ‘Elohim’ of Judaism, He is One and the same.
We must work to achieve the Oneness of mankind and harmony among all faiths. – Baha’i faith
In The Beginning
In the beginning, God existed. It is unnecessary for me to say what God is because each of us has within us the idea of God or the higher power (from Rene Descartes). Unfortunately, incorrect beliefs about God have caused some people to think of God as less than perfect. So, to make things clear, I will give a brief description and say a few things about God. God is the eternal light. “The Universal God is wisdom, will, and love.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ By Levi, 28:14) “God is omnipotent, a perfect unit. Complete and gorgeous, magnified billions of times, with unconditional love.” (Sylvia Browne, The Nature of Good and Evil) God does not ever get hateful, jealous, or anything like that. He/She radiates pure love and pure knowledge. Unending warmth and pure truth are two of his attributes. I use the term ‘his’ but that does not mean I consider God male rather than female. The highest form of God contains within it the male/female dichotomy. It is impossible to speak too positively of God. His degree of unbounding love and warmth are sometimes difficult to fathom. In fact, divine love, and the true capacity of love, in general, are only rarely arrived at here on Earth. Picture pure love radiating everywhere, and really feel it, and you’ll begin to get the feeling / idea of God.
“They will enter the Garden of Bliss who have a true, pure, and merciful heart.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #370)
In the beginning, we were one with God. And God created us as divine spiritual beings—spiritual beings of light and love. A part of him within us(the “divine spark” - what Saint Paul called ‘the Spirit’). We are all a part of God. For this reason, we are all always intimately tied to God. We always seek to love God and return to be one with him. And we always seek in our soul to love all others who are also a part of God. All humanity, in fact all creation, is one family – one brotherhood. For this reason, we all want to return to the love and light – the white light. “All God’s creatures are His family; and he is most beloved of God who does most good to God’s creatures.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #251) “Jesus preached the brotherhood of life, and the righteousness of equal rights/personal dignity.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ By Levi, 31:4) “Our oneness, the part of us that is love, is in our cellular memory; it is present in all of us.” (Betty Eadie,”The Awakening Heart: My Continuing Journey to Love”, p. 41) This world was created by us and God. When the Holy Bible says that God created the world, that is correct. It’s just that we were with God, too. (from “Embraced By The Light” by Betty Eadie) How was our world arrived at? In the spiritual world we lived in, heaven, decisions are not made through democracy. All decisions are made through full consensus—the highest form of communing. Free will is never impinged upon. If this world was created by perfection, why is it imperfect? Many attempts have been made to answer this question. The answers which don’t feel right, don’t make sense either. Some Gnostics, for example, believe that, while there was a pure and perfect creator God of light and love, this world was created by other lesser imperfect ‘gods’ that He created. Unfortunately, this answer doesn’t really make sense. It simply begs the question: why would a perfect God create imperfect ‘gods’?
To learn the answers to the questions of why this world is imperfect and why there is suffering, we have to ask what the purpose of this world is:
The purpose of this world is to teach true love through happiness and joy as well as pain and suffering. In the spiritual world we go to after we die (heaven) and from where we came, there is no pain or suffering. Pain, suffering, and the negative emotions, such as loneliness, depression, frustration, anger, fear, and a sense of vulnerability, and other negative emotions exist while we are down here in a physical body(in Saint Paul’s language, “the flesh”). But they do not exist when we are reunited with the eternal light. The pain and suffering we all go through, rich and poor, black and white, popular and unpopular, young and old, man or woman(male and female), successful and unsuccessful, teaches us a tremendous amount and provides us with an invaluable education. Nor do only saints learn a lot. All of us do. The pain and suffering are a vital part of our education. “God falls hardest on those He loves most.” – Jon Peniel. But if you choose goodness, you will attain happiness. “All the paths that God chooses for our lives are for the purpose of sanctifying us or making us righteous.” (Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries) Just imagine how you would think if you never experienced pain or suffering in your entire existence. How much less you would know without the notion of loss or sacrifice. The illusions of mortality and loss teach us great lessons about love and about the meaning of life. I call them illusions because, while when we are down here on Earth, they are very real, when we return to the spiritual world (heaven), they no longer exist. We reassume our true natures and become aware of our immortality and of the fact that there are no real losses.
God uses imperfect people for good.
Adam and Eve When Adam and Eve lived on Earth, they became cursed when they ate of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. The ground also became cursed (the “curse of the tree”) and that is why we have to work hard (toil) to earn a living (initially, Adam and Eve didn’t have the work hard (toil) – they could simply get food naturally such as picking a fruit off of a fruit tree and do easy work (such as gardening) that they enjoyed in the Garden of Eden). “…man fell not alone, for protoplast, and Earth, and plant and animal were all included in the fall.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 32:31) “Cursed is the ground.” (Holy Bible - Genesis 3:17) However, Jesus’ blessing more than overcomes the “curse of the tree” of knowledge of good and evil with blessings if you strive to live like and be good like Jesus.
Before Adam and Eve fell, there were exactly 360 days a year and a new moon every 30 days just as there are 360 degrees in a circle. There were 12 moons a year means having exactly 12 months a year of 30 days each. Also, there was no winter.
Human Culture and why we are the way we are:
"God has created us all human…He is kind & just to all. Why should we be unkind & unjust to each other?" ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Baha’i faith
“God means no injustice to any of his creatures.” (Noble Qur’an 3:108)
“God is full of kindness.” (Noble Qur’an 2:207)
“…my Lord is indeed full of mercy and loving-kindness…” [Strive to be the same way yourself.] (Noble Qur’an 11:90)
“Not only is God infinitely merciful and compassionate, but he enjoins these qualities on Muslims, just as he does on all humanity.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)
“God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness.” (Holy Bible - Psalm 103:8 & Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“God has sent me into the world so that through gentleness, love, and kindness, I should draw towards God and His Holy Guidance, people who have gone astray, and should enable them to tread the right path with the Divine light that has been bestowed upon me.” – Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
“Verily, God is mild(gentle), and is fond of mildness (and gentleness), and he gives to the mild (and gentle) what he does not give to the harsh.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #196)
God gave us complete freedom (also known as ‘Agency’). Freedom of will is what it is called. What it is is freedom of our spirit. Our thoughts have tremendous power for good or evil. We can literally change the course of our lives and our words and behavior with our thoughts. And all thoughts, just like all voluntarily spoken words, come from the soul. When we choose a positive thought or negative thought, it literally changes the aura around us. Much (some) of our lives are lived in our imaginations. (The aura is the energetic (color) light field surrounding (around) all living beings which some sensitive people can see and/or feel.) All living beings have auras (from dogs to cats, amoebas to trees, people and angels to the Earth itself/herself). Also, all living beings are sentient. Becoming human meant accepting some of the traits of animals. As spiritual beings, we are innately aware of our bodies. All cultures that have ever existed have had people who sought meaning and truth in their lives. For this reason, all cultures have religions. These religions attempt to answer the fundamental questions of human existence. Various elements of the truth exist in these attempted answers. Things that remind us of the world we once inhabited (heaven), love and happiness, attract us. Hence the sayings, "Smile and the world smiles with you" and "All the world loves a lover." We also love honesty, integrity, mercy, humility, kindness, love, compassion, a sense of humor, faith, hope, gentleness, forgiveness, graciousness, kindliness, mildness, friendliness, benevolence, kindheartedness, sweetness, empathy, sympathy, cheerfulness (good cheer), decency, righteousness, pleasantness, genuineness, tenderheartedness, helpfulness, goodheartedness, generosity, lovingkindness, warmheartedness, goodness, loyalty, and warmth, all traits found in great abundance in the spiritual world(heaven). Strive to have and live these traits in your own life yourself.
“Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, and reap a habit. Sow a habit, and reap a character. Sow a character, and reap a destiny.”
"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."
- Mahatma Gandhi
“In order to carry out positive actions, we must develop a positive vision.” - The Dalai Lama
“O you who rejoice in kindness having its source in compassion, with a great cloud of good qualities and of benevolent mind, you pour out nectar, the rain of the teachings.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVII.23)
The Aquarian Age (The Age of Aquarius / the “New Age”)
An Age lasts 2,160 years. In the year 2001, the Aquarian Age began and the Piscean Age ended. The Piscean age (the age of Pisces) was the church age. Pisces means Fish. Jesus is depicted as a fish (i.e. Jesus fish symbol) who taught fishermen to be fishers of men and fed the multitudes with fish (from Carl Jung). All of this fish symbolism came in the age of Pisces (The Piscean Age). Our Sun orbits the black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (also called “the Black Sun”). Every 2,160 years, the sun makes 1/12th of a revolution around the Black Sun, and an old age ends and a new age begins. A full revolution takes almost (close to) 26,000 years. The Sun gets energy and sustenance from the Black hole (“Black Sun”). In the past, scientists believed that black holes only sucked in matter and light by their massive gravity. But thanks to the work of physicist Stephen Hawking, we now know that black holes give out particles (and energy) as well. In addition, the black hole’s (“Black Sun’s”) immense gravity keeps the massive sun in correct orbit around it. We are now in the Aquarian Age on the cusp of the Piscean. The Peace movement of the 1960’s (on the cusp of the Aquarian Age) was only the ‘light shower’ before the “rain” of the Aquarian Age. The Aquarian Age will be an age of peace and love. The Aquarian age is the so-called “New Age”. The Black Hole (“Black Sun”) orbits something else which itself orbits something else (the Universe is based on these orbital patterns). While we haven’t discovered all of these yet, I believe that there are 10 dimensions (some believe that there are infinite dimensions) and 12 planets in our solar system. (from Genesis 37:9 of the Holy Bible - “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” (Eleven plus Earth = 12 planets)) I believe that the universe is shaped like a sphere. The center of the sphere is the place where the big bang occurred. The size and shape of the universe is a sphere with its radius being the speed of light times the amount of time the universe has existed (however many billions of years). For example, if the universe is 13 to 15 billion years old, then its radius is 13 to 15 billion light years (from the moment God said, “Let there be light.” (Holy Bible – Genesis 1:14)). A light year is the distance light travels in one year. Gravity is the attraction of all matter to all matter. The universe has been expanding in all directions at the speed of light since the moment God said “Let there be light.”
Gravity is the attraction of all matter to all matter. – Unified field theory (condensed matter theoretical physics)
At the beginning of creation, the undiscovered dimensions (dimensions 5 through 10) closed up.
The Sun is a ‘He’. The Earth is a “She”. He (the Sun) gives her (the Earth) energy and sustenance and she takes it and uses it to create life. The moon is our “Sister”, the Earth is our “Mother”. The Sun is our “Father”. And, the Black Sun is our “Grandparent.”
One way in which God works miracles is through tachions. They can move faster than light (instantaneously) backwards and forwards in time. They have no rest mass. Tachions also create some synchronicity/coincidences. They look like tiny little ‘blips’.
Matter is slow-moving/slowly-vibrating energy.
In more modern times, Einstein saw all matter as frozen light,
and physicist Stephen Hawking stated: "When you break subatomic
particles down to their most elemental level, you are left with nothing
but pure light."
The so-called “God Particle” (the fundamental particle) is the love-light
(“the photon” – the particle/wave of light) - as per the work of renowned
physicist Max Planck.
With regards to creation, in philosophical terms, the so-called
“for-itself” preceded the “in-itself”. In other words, consciousness
The Universal Clock
There is a ‘Universal Clock’ which God controls. Over the past several years, the Universal Clock (Time) has been moving faster and faster. God wants you to choose a side - the path of goodness/righteousness and not badness/evil.
Good Will to Men
“All hail the dawn of peace on Earth; good will to men.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 146:6)
“All glory be to God and peace on Earth, good will to man.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 151:11)
“Peace, peace on Earth; good will to men; and every man will throw away his sword, and nations will learn war no more.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 157:28)
“Oh, Great Spirit, let us greet the dawn of a new day when all men live as brothers, and peace reigns everywhere.” - Native American Prayer
“Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.” (Holy Bible - Luke 2:14)
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Jesus’ Lost Years
Some have speculated that Jesus spent his “lost years” (the years not in the Holy Bible from age 13 to age 29) in the East studying with Zoroastrian priests in Persia (“Magi”) and Buddhist masters (including “Llamas” / “Boddhisattvas”) in Tibet and Buddhist monks and masters (“Bhikkhus” / “Arahants”) in India. During the lost period, “Jesus spent time learning from the masters, seers, and wise men in the temples and schools of Tibet, Egypt, India, Persia, and Greece.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ) “And God has taught Him [Jesus], the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel.” (Noble Qur’an 3:48) The famous American psychic Edgar Cayce also spoke this. Holy Bible - Luke 2:52: “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
What the spiritual world, Heaven, is like:
While there are different levels of heaven, there are common features described by those who have had near-death experiences and by spirits of loved ones who have passed on speaking to people in dreams from the other side. The colors there are alive and radiant. There is no death or decay. “There is no sickness or old-age, and death will no longer exist.” (Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses and Holy Bible - Revelation 21:3-4) We are in the eternal light. It is what life on Earth is like when everything is perfect. You feel great. You have great relationships and friendships. Everyone loves you, and the people you love love you back. You have your dream job and are free to have amazing experiences of various forms of entertainment. You continue to grow spiritually. In heaven, you can hear a speech on philosophy and understand it in your mind simultaneously in 6 different romance languages(the romance languages are French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, and Romanian). (From Dr. Eben Alexander, MD, “Proof of Heaven”) Or, you can go out to eat and have multiple restaurants which are free to eat at with friends, family, and other loved ones (You don’t have to eat in heaven if you don’t want to.) (Holy Bible - Romans 14:17). One of Jesus’ favorite things to do was (and is) to eat with others. Or you can enjoy yourself in the beautiful, peaceful heavenly gardens. (“For them will be Gardens of Eternity; beneath which rivers will flow: they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk; they will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the reward! How beautiful a couch to recline on!” – Noble Qur’an) Or you can go to the beautiful, peaceful, large libraries and read almost anything you’d like. “According to the Noble Qur’an, Paradise is another name for God’s neighborhood, and, in this neighborhood, only those who are sincere in their belief in God and have compassion and love for God’s servants will find acceptance.” (The Prophet of Peace) The higher levels of heaven are more conceptual(theoretical and beautiful). We may choose to become more like God as creators if we wish. We feel love more closely in its true conceptual form. In other words, we are able to really look at true love and contemplate it with our minds in very real ways. Finally, it is important to note the changes that occur to us when we go to the spiritual world (“heaven”). We no longer have our mortal physical bodies and, with that, we drop what is known as our lower selves (which Saint Paul called “the flesh”). To explain, it is possible to divide our psyche into two parts(what Saint Paul called the “spirit” and the “flesh”) - the lower self and the higher self (what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “North and South of the Soul”). 'Deep within the self is the light of God. It radiates throughout the expanse of His creation. Through the Guru's teachings, the darkness of spiritual ignorance is dispelled. The heart lotus flower blossoms forth, and eternal peace is obtained, as one's light merges into the Supreme (God’s) Light.' – Sikhism, Guru Amar Das, Majh
The lower self contains our sin nature – our selfish ego(our selfish self), feelings like jealousy, bitterness, and discomfort. These emotions sometimes come with having a physical body. However, when we shed the physical body(at the end of our Earthly lives), we return to our true natures, our higher selves, and our perfected & glorified bodies. The higher selves (also known as the “inner light”, “inner being”, the “spirit”, or “divine spark”) have no worries, are never rattled, and contain our love and knowledge. “The inner kingdom is the kingdom of the soul, the kingdom of the pure in heart.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 116:5) “Behold, for God has said, ‘When a man has purified himself, I will exalt him to the throne of power.’” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 125:15) “When man dies, the body is dissolved into its elements, but the spirit is not entombed. It leads a higher mode of life. [It goes to the afterlife – Heaven.]” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXXIII.9). We go on to a higher world; we do not remain in the grave, but go on to heaven. “…when death approaches one of you, our angels take his soul.” (Noble Qur’an 6:61)
There is no pain or suffering in the spiritual world(heaven). We are in the creator’s light and feel His warmth and love. We continue to lead productive lives doing meaningful work that we love, growing spiritually, and experiencing the beauty, majesty, and fascinating, magnificent worlds of heaven. We also have very pleasurable relationships and interactions with our loved ones. Our spirits don’t grow tired or weary, and our bodies don’t grow old. “There is no darkness of night in heaven.” (The Message Bible - Revelation 21:22) “The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs.” (The Message Bible - Revelation 22:5) Swedenborg
One of the things that Swedenborg taught is that, after you die, you will go to be with people who are like you. If you are good, you go to be with good people, and, if you are bad, you go to be with bad people.
There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one. Let us worship Him [God], and give praise for all His great Prophets and Messengers who have manifested His brightness and glory. -- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i religion
Every generation has “Messengers” of God and Prophets who teach God’s way of life.
“Christ was (is) the Prophet of the Christians, Moses of the Jews – why should not the followers of each Prophet recognize and honor the other Prophets?” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Religion
“The Holy Qur’an requires a belief not only in its own truth but also in the truth of previous scriptures delivered to Prophets of different nations of the World.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Mohammad Ali)
All men are your brothers. Humanity is one brotherhood. For your own good, you should be good and love all (love your fellow man/brother – that is, everyone).
“Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow-beings first.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #208) Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence. -- Pervez Musharraf The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' (Through submission to God and his teachings) The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters. -- Mohammad Ali
Islam is not only a religion but also a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue. -- King Hussein I
“What is Islam?” someone asked. Mohammad said, “Purity of speech and charity.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #243)
Muslims are not bloodthirsty people. Islam is a religion of peace that forbids the killing of the innocent. Islam also accepts the Prophets, whether those prophets are Mohammad, God's peace and blessings be upon Him, or Moses or the other prophets of the Books. -- Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
“Islam is a religion of peace in the fullest sense of the word. The Noble Qur’an calls its way ‘the paths of peace’ (Noble Qur’an 5:16). It describes reconciliation as the best policy (Noble Qur’an 4:128) and states that God dislikes any disturbance of peace (Noble Qur’an 2:205).” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Farida Khanam)
“To understand the spirit of Islam is to understand the very essence of humanity. More than a religion, Islam is a complete and comprehensive way of life leading to a balanced way of living. Islam brings civilization and happiness to man. Islamic principles and teachings can provide realistic, fair and objective solutions to the prevention of individual, familial, social and international problems…” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
“Islam proposes systems of laws that integrate all parts of human society to bring happiness and peace to all its members.” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
Planning our Lives:
Before we enter our bodies at, or near, or soon after conception, we plan our entire Earthly lives, the obstacles we will face, the strengths and weaknesses we will have, our mission (our life’s purpose), and the opportunities we will have, in the spiritual world(heaven). (From Sylvia Browne) We choose our friends and family, all with the intent of teaching ourselves the lessons we need to learn in order to help us in our spiritual progression and in order to grow to become closer to and more like God/Jesus. “He is of the most perfect Muslims, whose disposition is most liked by his own family.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #118) “He is a good performer of the duties of relationship who does good to his relatives as they do good to him. He is perfect who does good to his relatives and others when they do not do good to him.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #376)
As human beings, we have free will. But the most important of the opportunities and challenges that come our way are predetermined. We feel happiest and most fulfilled on Earth when we pursue the opportunities we created for ourselves in the spiritual world (heaven). When we pursue these opportunities, we find our true passion (our calling, our mission, and our life’s purpose).
There are laws of the Earth. These laws are the laws we chose to live by in our ‘pre-existence’ (from Mormonism: our life (our time) before birth). I don’t know all of these laws. But I can tell you about the ones I’ve learned of. One of the primary laws is the law of Karma, or, as described in the Jewish and Christian tradition, "as you sow, so shall you reap." (Holy Bible - Galatians 6:7). “For with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you.” (Holy Bible - Luke 6:38) As in common language: “What goes around, comes around.” The idea is quite simple. It is that whatever we put out to the world in our thoughts, words, and actions, we get back to us. This law is as real as gravity although sometimes God can forgive your negative karma if you do good. For example, if you speak something positive to someone, no matter who that person is, you will have that positivity returned to you from them, from others(from another), and/or from God. It is really fascinating to watch this law at play in our daily lives. The next time you meet a friend, family member, or acquaintance, notice how they reflect back to you much of the same genuine, good way you behave toward them (for example, positivity/positive behaviors/words). “If a man finds a friend who lives righteously and is constant in his character, he may live with him, overcoming all dangers, happy and mindful.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XXXVI.13)
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. Sow to the flesh, and you will reap corruption. Sow to the Spirit, and you will reap everlasting life.” (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Hell” and Holy Bible, Galatians 6:7-8)
“The works of the flesh are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft, wrath, envying, drunkenness, reveling and such like.” (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Hell”)
“Whatever men do unto other men(or women), the judge and executioner (God) will do to them.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 114:34)
“… the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish—good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful. Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously; and, if you do all these things, then you shall receive your reward.” (Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Alma 41:13 - 14)
Many of the teachings of the religions are based on these laws of the Earth. Teachings such as the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Or, “Love your neighbor [your fellow man – that is, everyone] like you would want them to love you.” Or, “Love others like you’d want them to love you.” Or, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”) are based upon this premise.
While the Earth is not our permanent home, it is where we belong for now. It is our current home and place of love. Being here is right. Suffering is part of our existence, but the Earth is our rightful home. Much of the suffering we experience, we choose ourselves. As soon as we become aware of the fact that we are in fact creators here on Earth, we can shed much of this unnecessary suffering. Simply realizing we create our reality with our mind, speech, and behavior allows us to choose a reality of happiness (through love) instead of one of suffering by choosing to be good and to love all others in thought, word, and deed. “Love others even more than you love yourself.” – Baha’i Faith The Earth is truly a wonderful place. We created it to be that way. With all kinds of plants and animals, each with their own personality, other human beings and loved ones, and the opportunities for the happiness we seek. It is truly a wondrous place for our education—an excellent school. The United States’ Founding Fathers and the Importance of Religion:
“Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.” -- John Adams – second President of the United States
“Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” -- George Washington -- Revolutionary War General and 1st President of the United States
“We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future … upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.” -- James Madison, primary founder of the Constitution Abraham Lincoln
“I can see how a man can look down on the ground and be an atheist. But, I cannot see how a man can look up at the sky and say that there is no God.” -- Abraham Lincoln, the President who freed the slaves
“With charity toward all, with malice toward none.” – Abraham Lincoln, President
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” -- One of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite biblical sayings Minorities
Minorities are to be treated with all due respect accorded to them. They deserve love and support from all of us. We are to love all people, not just those of a certain race or skin color. God commanded us to love everyone. Therefore, racism (prejudice and bigotry) is wrong. All forms of racism and bigotry are wrong including: White against black racism, black against white racism, anti-Semitism(anti-Jewish), xenophobia (anti-immigrant), Islamophobia, homophobia, sexism, and all others.
“Prophet Mohammad said: ‘No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a white man have any superiority over a black man, or the black man any superiority over the white man. You are all the children of Adam, and Adam was created from dust/earth.’” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
The 5 Human Races, the 5 Senses, and the 5 Traditional Elements
There are 5 races of humanity (Black(of African Ethnic origin), White (Caucasian), Brown (Ethnic origin from India/ “Hindu”), Red (Native American), and Yellow (Asian)). There are 5 senses, “Vision”/Eyesight, Smell, Taste, Touch, and Hearing. Each of the races correspond to/are best at one sense. For example, whites are best at vision. Blacks are best at smell. In our language, we say “I see” to mean “I understand”. This is because English evolved in a Northern white ethnic culture. Some may believe that smell can’t possibly be as informative as sight. But this is, again, an ethnocentric view. Take smell. Some dogs who have a good sense of smell can smell things like skin cancer (leprosy). There is a true story of a man whose dog would smell, sniff, and lick his leg at one spot. It turned out that he had skin cancer there. There are also 5 traditional elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit/Ether. Each of the races correspond to one of these. For example, Native Americans are closest to the Earth. They know, for example, how to use natural Earthly herbs to heal (Book of Mormon, Alma 46:40). In the 20th century, modern medicine “discovered” anti-biotics (which are made of mold). But, Native Americans have known certain molds and herbs can heal for many centuries now. This healing is much better than the “white man’s medicine” (allopathy) which is centered around taking bad (psychiatric) pills. Blacks correspond to the water element. For example, it was a black man who discovered blood plasma. I remember hearing a black woman say about her son, “My blood is in his veins.” I didn’t understand it fully at the time, but then I realized that the baby gets its mother’s blood (and not the father’s) through the placenta. I am sure that there are blacks who know far more about this than I do.
Roughly 20% (1/5th) of humanity is in each race. Today, some Native Americans (Red race) have reincarnated as white (Causasian race) or another race other than red because of the death of most of the Red race and few Reds remaining.
The Ten Continents
There were originally 10 continents on Earth. These were: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, (the subcontinent of) India, Australia, Antarctica, Lemuria (Mu / Pan), and Atlantis. Lemuria (Mu / Pan) was located in the Pacific Ocean. Atlantis was located in the Atlantic Ocean. Lemuria (Mu / Pan) and Atlantis sank a long time ago.
Reincarnation: Reincarnation is the return to another life on Earth after death. Reincarnation is possible and is a choice made by some souls in the spiritual world (heaven). However, time in the spiritual world(heaven) is not measured as it is here. A year or even 20 years there could take a split second of our time here. Therefore, when we return to the spiritual world(heaven), we await the return of all of the friends, loved ones, and family and/or relatives we entered into this world with. We then spend time with them enjoying their company, enjoying God’s company, and enjoying ourselves in the spiritual world(heaven) before deciding if we would like to return to the Earth. Some may choose to never return to Earth if they so wish.
Reincarnation is responsible for many women feeling old no matter what their actual age is. This is because they died at an old age in their past life. It was said that the Buddha had past lives. The story goes that in one of those past lives, the Buddha came upon a lion who was starving and dying of hunger. The lion was too tired, weak, and famished to move, so the Buddha took out a knife. He began cutting himself and giving of his body to feed(nourish) the lion. The being known as Jesus is said to have had 28 lifetimes. One of them was as Joseph in the Holy Bible (and Noble Qur’an). Another was as Joshua in the Holy Bible. Yet another was as Zend, the founder of Zen Buddhism. Also, another one was as Ameliaus (“The Grandmaster”), the spiritual and temporal leader of the Children of the Law of One in Atlantis.
“God shall bring the dead to life.” (Noble Qur’an 2:73) “Then, when it is His Will, He will raise him up (again).” (Noble Qur’an 80:22) Also, read about the valley of dry bones in the book of Ezekiel which become bodies again. (Holy Bible - Ezekiel 37:1-14)
“And Amulek has spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 12:12)
Creating Positivity and Negativity: “Positive and negative work in opposition to each other. And when we internalize these energies, they become our servants. Positive attracts positive, and negative attracts negative. Light cleaves to light, and darkness loves darkness.” (Embraced By The Light, Betty Eadie) Positive is good/light/kind while negative is bad/dark/evil.
“Positive energy is basically what we would think it is: light, goodness, kindness, love, patience, charity, hope, and so on. And negative energy is just what we would think it is: darkness, hatred, fear (Satan’s greatest tool), unkindness, intolerance, selfishness, despair, discouragement, and so on.” (Embraced By The Light, Betty Eadie)
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King
We have the power to create positive and negative energy and good and bad reality with our thoughts, words, and deeds. When we think something positive and good, we can literally make that a reality(good and positive). Our positive, good words help create the world we want around us. As the Buddha said, "When your words are both kind and true, they can change your world(for the better)." The Buddha also said we should refrain from telling lies – we should speak the truth, speak gently, beneficially, helpfully, politely, kindly, lovingly, and at the right time. Make sure to speak positive, good words instead of negative ones unless absolutely necessary.
“But this much I can tell you, that if you do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what you have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, you must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:30)
“[He] had also entered into a covenant with God,… to serve him and keep his commandments.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 21:32)
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Holy Bible – John 1:5)
“How blessed to be both kind and good.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XIV.2)
“A word spoken in wrath is the sharpest sword; covetousness is the deadliest poison; ignorance is the darkest night.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LVIII.3)
Our positive (good) words, thoughts, and deeds bring joy, love, and happiness into our lives and the lives of our loved ones and others around us/others we communicate with.
Mohammad said ‘Be mild, O Aishah, and make a point of being kind, and withhold yourself from speaking harshly.’ (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #315)
“Speak kindly to strangers.” (“What Would Buddha Say” by Barbara Ann Kipfer)
“The preacher must not be prone to carp at others, or to blame other preachers; not speak scandal, nor propagate bitter word (no harsh words).” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVII.7)
“No hostile feelings shall reside in his heart, and he must never abandon the disposition of charity toward all living beings.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVII.10)
“When you speak, speak the truth; perform what you promise; discharge your trust; commit not fornication; be chaste; have no impure desires; withhold your hands from striking and from taking that which belongs to others, and is unlawful and bad.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #49)
What we are:
Picture a being of pure white light inside (within) you (this is your spiritual body inside (within) your physical body). That is close to you in your true form. We are beings of light and love. We are all spiritual beings and our higher self is our true self. We are not our physical bodies – we are our souls - we “wear” our physical bodies. We all have a deep yearning / longing / craving for love and light. We also yearn for goodness, beauty, and truth. Since we are made of the same spiritual ‘substance’ as God, our souls are divine. In our human form, we contain our true selves, our souls, and a ‘lower self’ (which Saint Paul called ‘the flesh’) which comes with our body. The lower self is the source of all negative emotions. We must make the choice, however, to feel these emotions or we won’t. In heaven, we reunite with our higher selves, and, therefore, there is no pettiness, jealousy, selfish ego, or other forms of the lower self. Our bodies are precious gifts to us. They are our temples. Temples of our divinity, the glorious temporary house of our soul. As a temple contains within it the holy scripture (holy Torah scroll) or holy altar, so do our bodies contain within them our holy souls.
Poetry “Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.” -- Rumi
“Love, indeed, is light from Heaven
A spark of that immortal fire
With Angels shared, by Allah given
To lift from Earth our low desire.
Devotion wafts the mind above,
But heaven itself descends in love,
A feeling from the Godhead caught
To wean from self each sordid thought,
A way of Him who formed to while
A glory circling round the soul.” – Byron
“Some poetry contains much wisdom.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #344)
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."
“Let love’s bright sunshine place upon your heart;
Come now unto your gladness, peace and rest.
Bid the dark shades of selfishness depart,
And now and evermore be truly blest.” -- “As a man thinketh” by James Allen
Enjoin what is right and good, forbid the wrong/forbidden
“What makes a people the best of all communities is when they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong.” – The Islamic Post
“…enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in God.” (Noble Qur’an 3:110)
“They believe in God and the Last Day (Judgment Day), they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) of all good works; they are in the ranks of the righteous.” (Noble Qur’an 3:114)
“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain happiness.” (Noble Qur’an 3:104) “…the messenger … commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil … He allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure)…” (Noble Qur’an 7:157) “The believers … enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil [and] practice regular charity.” (Noble Qur’an 9:71)
Samsara, the wheel of birth and rebirth:
After we die, we go to heaven (including “the peaceful beautiful heavenly gardens”). We can spend however long we want there—time is in the eternal (sometimes, some of us have to return to Earth). In heaven, you can hear a speech on philosophy and understand it in your mind in 6 different romance languages simultaneously (the romance languages are French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian) (from Dr. Eben Alexander, MD, “Proof of Heaven”). You can attend great universities to study almost anything you’d like. Or you can go out to eat and have multiple restaurants which are free to eat at with loved ones. For some of us, if we don’t want to return to Earth, we (sometimes) don’t have to. Returning to Earth from Heaven is one of the most noble choices we can make. It is the choice to return to God. Returning to Earth from Heaven allows us to do work for the betterment of our souls, others’ souls, and for God. It is a noble choice, and when we reach the perfected state we desire, the suffering in the lives we led will seem like nothing (just as some of the pain you experienced as a baby now seems like nothing.). “The grave is only the first stage of the journey into eternity.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #109) The soul does not stay in the grave, it moves on to heaven – to the higher heavenly realms. “…give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow.” (Noble Qur’an 2:25) “Those who have faith and work righteousness, they are the companions of the Garden: therein shall they abide (forever).” (Noble Qur’an 2:82) “For the righteous are Gardens and nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home; with Companions pure (and holy); and the good pleasure of God. For in God’s sight are (all) His servants.” (Noble Qur’an 3:15) “…those who obey God and His Messenger will be admitted to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath, to abide therein (for ever), and that will be the supreme achievement.” – (Noble Qur’an 4:13) “All who obey God and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the grace of God – of the Prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the righteous (who do good): Ah! What a beautiful fellowship!” – (Noble Qur’an 4:61)
Sometimes, people who pass on to the other side (die) visit us in dreams. Also, sometimes, a child’s “imaginary friend” is actually a spiritual being like an angel which only the child can see. We create our own worlds: In our imagination as well as in our life, we create our own worlds. Many people who suffer are trapped in an illusion that they have created. They don’t realize that they have the complete power and freedom to recreate their world at will by loving others and being good. This ability is a gift from God and shows our similarity to him. (Excerpt from my first book written in 2000, "Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Socrates", the fore-runner (an early version) of this book, a work in progress- some religions’ quotes here are taken from Jeffrey Moses’ book, "Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions" and the book “Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings” by Marcus Borg and Jack Kornfield.)
The Golden Rule The Golden Rule is the foundation of the message of the great religions. The Golden Rule (or some version of it) is found in virtually every major religion that exists in the world. It is one of the foundations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" – or “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Later in this book, I will explain why this is the formula for human happiness and success. In addition to the Golden Rule, there is also the ‘Silver Rule’ which states the Golden Rule in the negative: “Do not do unto others what you don’t want to have done unto you.” Here is the Golden Rule (and the Silver Rule) as they appear in all the world’s major religions:
All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them; for this is all the law and the prophets. – Christianity
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. – Christianity – Holy Bible, Luke 6:31 Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. – Buddhism
Harm no other beings. They are just your brothers and sisters. – Buddhism
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. – Taoism What is hateful to you, do not do unto your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. – Judaism This is the sum of duty: Do nothing unto others that would cause you pain if done unto you. – Brahman
"A man should wander about treating all creatures in the world as he himself would be treated." -- Jainism
"Men gifted with intelligence and purified souls should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated." -- Hindu Mahabharata Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not want to have done unto you. – Confucianism
One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him. — Plato's Socrates (Crito, 49c)
“Consider others as yourself.” - Buddha – Dhammapada 10.1
“The seven-word expression, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself", appears seven times in the Holy Bible.” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8)
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. -- Zoroastrianism “Do unto other men what you would have them do unto you.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 68:20) If your eyes be inclined to justice, choose for your neighbor [your fellow man – that is, everyone] that which you would choose for yourself. – Baha’i Faith
“Do unto others as you would like to be done by. Injury or violence done by you to any life in any form, animal or human, is as harmful as it would be if caused to your own self.” ― Mahariva, Jain figure
Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourself. (Reported by Abu Dawud) – Islam
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