Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Socrates: The True Religion of Love (Part 2)
Updated: Apr 23
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. – Islam
“That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind." - Islam
Prophet (Mohammad) said: “As you would have people do to you, do so also to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don't do to them…”
“Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and to enter paradise should treat other people as they wish to be treated themselves.” (Reported by Sahih Muslim)
“Philosophers have been speculating on the rules of human
relationships for thousands of years, and out of all that speculation,
there has evolved only one important precept. It is not new. It is as
old as history. Zoroaster taught it to his followers in Persia twenty-five
hundred years ago. Confucius preached it in China twenty-four
centuries ago. Lao-Tsu, the founder of Taoism, taught it to his
disciples in the Valley of the Han. Buddha preached it on the bank of
the Holy Ganges five hundred years before Christ. The sacred books
of Hinduism taught it a thousand years before that. Jesus taught it
among the stony hills of Judea nineteen centuries ago. Jesus
summed it up in one thought- probably the most important rule in
the world: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." (Holy Bible - Matthew 7:12 and Holy Bible - Luke 6:31)” (from Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People).
“Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” ― Steve Maraboli
“And after you have obtained a hope in Christ, … you will seek to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and to administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” (Book of Mormon, Jacob 2:19)
“Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #393)
“Heavenly Father, Forgive us when our actions do not align with your will and we break your law of love. Teach us to do unto others as we would have done unto ourselves that we may be blessed with the ability to truly love as you love us. Help us to respond to every situation with love, and wisdom.” - Betty Eadie
“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #249)
“Comfort, O holy Teacher, compassionate and all-loving, the afflicted and the sorrow-laden, illumine those who go astray, and let us all gain more and more in comprehension and in holiness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.16)
“I call it pleasure when I help the helpless, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and speak good words of cheer to those unloved, discouraged, and depressed.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 51:23)
“Deal gently with the people, and be not harsh; cheer them and condemn them not. You will meet with many ‘people of the book’ (Jews and Christians) who will question you: what is the key to heaven? Reply to them (the key to heaven is) to testify to the truth of God and to do good work.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #225)
“The Buddha has come into the world to befriend the poor and suffering, to help and give relief to the unprotected, to nourish those in bodily affliction, both the followers of the Dharma (Dhamma) and unbelievers, to give sight to the blind and enlighten the minds of the deluded, to stand up for the rights of orphans as well as the aged, and in so doing set an example to others. This is the consummation of his work.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXXVI.2)
“...worship none but God; treat with kindness your parents and kindred(family), orphans, and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practice regular charity.” (Noble Qur’an 2:83)
Karma, or "As you sow, so shall you reap"
There is a law of human existence which none of us can escape. That principle is called Karma (or “Kamma”) in the Eastern religions or "as you sow, so shall you reap" in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity (Holy Bible - Galatians 6:7). It is the reason why the Golden Rule brings so much joy, happiness, and success to those who practice it. If you sow love, kindness, and compassion in thoughts, words, and deeds, that is what you will reap. On the other hand, if you sow evil and hatred, you will reap that. Put simply, this law states: when you do good unto others, good will come back unto you, and, when you do bad unto others, bad will come back unto you. God can and does sometimes forgive negative karma.
“Since it is impossible to escape the results of our deeds, let us practice good works.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XXV:30)
“Woe to the cruel man, he is himself the victim of his own deeds.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 95:26)
“For that which you do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemns the sinner, and justifies him not at all.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 41:15)
“If any one does a righteous deed, it endures to the benefit of his own soul; if he does evil, it works against (his own soul).” (Noble Qur’an 45:15)
“It is your own conduct which will lead you to reward or punishment.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #360)
“…the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and, if they have been evil, they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 9:28)
“…He [God] may reward with justice those who believe and work righteousness.” (Noble Qur’an 10:4)
“...in the last day, it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds. If he desired to do evil, evil will be done unto him.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 42:27-28)
“Those who believe and work righteousness – their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in Gardens of Bliss.” (Noble Qur’an 10:9)
“Our good or evil deeds follow us continually like shadows.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XXV:17)
“Whatsoever man shall do to any other man (or woman) some other man (or woman) will do to him.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 138:6)
“The Heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love, bitterness or goodness. What seeds will you plant there?” -- Buddhism
“There are only two religions: the religion of fear and the religion of love.” – Sandra Rogers (Lessons from the Light)
“Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that you are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 10:23)
“Do not fear.” (Holy Bible - Isaiah 41:10)
“Do not be afraid.” (Jesus, Holy Bible - Matthew 10:28)
“May fear and dread not conquer me.” (Buddha – Majjhima Nikaya 6.8)
“Perform deeds that are good, for good deeds are enduring, and, in good deeds, your good karma continues.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XL.30)
“Since there are deeds, and since deeds continue, be careful with your deeds.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XL.31)
“Therefore remember, O man, that all your doings shall be brought into judgment.” (Book of Mormon, 1st Nephi 10:20)
“Karma allots beings to meanness or to greatness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XL.32)
“You will have to atone for your evil deeds, for what you sow, that will you reap.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXIX.4)
Let all then here perform good, for future well-being and happiness we will store for ourselves.
Idolizing versus Idealizing
Idolizing is when you take all the good attributes of a good person (such as Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Francis, or Buddha, for example) – (i.e. traits like kindness, love, humility, compassion, honesty, forgiveness, benevolence, generosity, helpfulness, etc.) and you worship or revere that person. There is nothing wrong with doing that, but there is another, better approach. It is called ‘idealizing’. Idealizing is when you take these good attributes of men like Jesus, Mohammad, and Buddha (traits like kindness, love, compassion, honesty, integrity, caring, humility, benevolence, forgiveness, gentleness, goodness, generosity, helpfulness, etc.) and you do your best to imitate these men and live and behave with these same good qualities yourself(making them your ‘ideal’). Idealizing is imitating, emulating, and living the traits such as kindness, love, compassion, honesty, generosity, benevolence, helpfulness, loyalty, humility, etc. in your own life yourself. Strive to do this. Doing both Idealizing and Idolizing is fine as well.
“Imitate Jesus.” (Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“No one else [other than Jehovah] shows as much (or more) kindness, compassion, and love.” (Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“The throne of truth is righteousness; and love and justice and good-will are its ornaments.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.10)
“Observe love and justice in order to be unified with God.” Cao Dai, Vietnamese Religion
“Jehovah is a lover of justice.” (Holy Bible - Psalm 37:28 and Holy Bible - Isaiah 61:8 and Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“The Lord is just and loves just deeds.” (Holy Bible – Psalm 11:7)
“Truth is above the power of death; it is omnipresent (everywhere), eternal, and most glorious.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.23)
The ‘North Pole’ of Your Life (where your moral compass points) / Your Goal / Your Target
You have to understand what the ‘North Pole’ (Goal / Target) of your life is and what it should be. Some men strive to make a lot of money. Others try to sleep with many women. Others seek power, fame, or revenge. In order to be happy, the goal / target / North Pole of your life should be to be like Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, or the prophets / saints – kind and good and loving. This will give you everyday happiness. When you are unsure of what to do in life, ask yourself: “What would Jesus do?” Then do what He would have done.
The Secret of Happiness The Prophet Zoroaster said, "Happiness is for those who make others happy." Wiser words have rarely been spoken. When one serves other human beings and brings joy to their hearts, one receives a feeling of fulfillment rare in this world. Many of the people whose lives you improve will be grateful and loving toward you and become your friends. One of the secrets of human happiness and success is service and love toward others. Jesus set the example for us when he washed his disciples’ feet (Holy Bible – John 13:5). Serving others is a sign of greatness, goodness, benevolence, humility, and maturity. Another secret of happiness is following your true passion(your “calling” / your “mission” / your life’s purpose). When you begin to do something you were born to do, you will feel a passion and joy at your work. “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.” – The Buddha “Begin to live a life of love and service in all you encounter and all you do. Be a living example of the precept of love.” – Talking to Heaven, James Van Praagh “Perfect your love.” -- Buddhism
“This king is love, and when this love becomes the greatest power in life, it is the Christ; so Christ is king.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 71:6)
You could spend years slogging around in life not knowing what to do to succeed or to be happy, or you can live the teachings of the world’s great religions – teachings in this book or other spiritual/religious books like the Holy Bible, Noble Qur’an or other spiritual books (such as New Age books or Near-Death Experience books). This will lead you to happiness and success. These teachings are God’s roadmap for life and for becoming happy.
“The Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. The Buddha described the nature of such a spiritual path as "the liberation of the heart, which is love."”
“Whosoever tries to save his life will lose his life. Whosoever freely gives his life in serving others will save his life.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 145:19)
Deal one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. – Baha’i faith, Bahá’u’lláh
“[Have] friendship and goodwill.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” VII.26)
“There are two religions: the religion of love and the religion of fear.” – Sandra Rogers (Lessons from the Light)
“…the great plan of happiness…” (Book of Mormon, Alma 42:8)
“Behold, you have called me your king; and if I, whom you call your king, do labor to serve you, then ought not you to labor to serve one another?” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:18)
“[g]ive me Thy grace to serve Thy loved ones,” states a well-known prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me. Make me as dust in the pathway of Thy loved ones”.
“…the plan of happiness…” (Book of Mormon, Alma 42:6)
“…if there be no righteousness, there be no happiness.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 2:13)
Good Deeds “When you honor God, when you’re good to people, kind, compassionate, and merciful, the blessings will come looking for you.” (Joel Osteen, Break Out!) “Did you know that the believer’s life should be characterized by good works?” – Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries
“Genuine salvation always results in a changed life, complete with new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. Every Christian should be a living, walking example of good deeds.” – Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries
“According to Ephesians 2:10, “We are His[God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”” Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries
“‘He [Jesus] redeemed us from sin and purified us for Himself so we could be people zealous for good deeds.’ (Holy Bible - Titus 2:14)” Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries
“He uses our brothers and sisters in Christ to motivate us toward love and good deeds.” (Holy Bible - Hebrews 10:24)
Do one - at least one - good deed every day.
H.O.P.E. – Help (at least) One Person Every day.
Do all the good you can, all the time you can, for all the people you can (everyone), with all you have.
“Jesus said that those doing God’s will would ‘enter into the Kingdom [of God].’” (Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“I just want to do God’s will and He’s allowed me to go to the mountain, and I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land.” – Martin Luther King
“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.” (Holy Bible – Matthew 5:16)
“I shall pass this way but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that 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.” (Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People)
“Those who follow goodness become one with goodness. Those who stray from the Way and goodness become one with failure.” (Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
“To do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share -- [May we do all these].” Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries
“And see that you have faith, hope, and charity, and then you will always abound in good works.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 7:24)
“…be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 5:15)
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (Holy Bible - 1 Timothy 6:18)
The Jewish sages teach us that “He who saves one life, it is as if he saved the whole world.” -- Jewish Text, Talmud Sanhedrin 37A
“Whosoever killed a person… It shall be as if he had killed all mankind.” – Holy Qur’an 5:33
Make a sincere effort to be nice to everyone (always).
Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
“Let your vision be world-embracing…” – Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i faith
“And whatever good you do, (be sure) God knows it.” (Noble Qur’an 2:197)
“God Said, ‘Whosoever does one good act, for him are ten rewards; and I will also give more to whomever I will; and whosoever does an ill, its punishment is only equal to it, or I forgive him; and whosoever seeks to approach me one step, I will approach him 2 miles; and whosoever walks toward me, I will come running towards him (parable of the Prodigal son) and whosoever comes before Me with the Earth full of sins, and believes solely in Me, him I come before with a front of forgiveness as big as the Earth.’” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #202)
“O my Lord[God], You grant forgiveness and mercy! For You are the best of those who show Mercy.” (Noble Qur’an 23:118)
“God is full of Kindness and Mercy.” (Noble Qur’an 24:20)
“Let grace, mercy, and peace be with us in truth and love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the Father.” (The Message Bible - 2nd John 1:3)
“…you should live in peace with one another.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:20)
“God is One that blots out (sins), and forgives again and again.” (Noble Qur’an 58:2)
“[God gives] to His Messenger and to kindred(family) and orphans, the needy, and the stranger.” (Noble Qur’an 59:7)
“He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit.” (Noble Qur’an 6:160)
“For those who believe and work righteous deeds, there will be Gardens of Bliss – to dwell therein. The promise of God is true and He is exalted in Power, Wise.” (Noble Qur’an 31:8-9)
“If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished to the extent of their deeds.” (Noble Qur’an 29:84)
“And I will punish the world for evil and the wicked for their evil; I will cause the arrogance of the arrogant to cease…” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 23:11)
“…forgiveness and mercy from God are far better than all they [people] could amass.” -- (Noble Qur’an 3:157)
“Our Lord! You are indeed Full of kindness.” (Noble Qur’an 59:10)
“Except to those who believe and work righteous deeds: for them is a reward that will never fail.” (Noble Qur’an 85:25)
“…he whose balance of good deeds will be found light – will have his home in a (bottomless) Pit.”
“Those who persecute (or draw into temptation) the believers, men and women, and do not turn in repentance, will have the penalty of hell: they will have the penalty of the burning fire. For those who believe and do righteous deeds will be Gardens, beneath which rivers flow: that is the great salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires).” (Noble Qur’an 86:10-11)
“Those who repent and are baptized gain forgiveness.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26: Summary)
“Not equal are the Companions of the Fire and the Companions of the Garden: it is the Companions of the Garden that will achieve happiness.” (Noble Qur’an 59:20) (The Companions of the Fire will feel misery).
Holy Bible - 1 Timothy 6 : 18 : “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
“And now the Spirit of the Lord does say unto me: Command your children to do good, lest they should lead away the hearts of many people to destruction.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 39:12)
“Such are they from whom We shall accept the best of their good deeds and pass by their ill deeds. (They shall be) among the Companions of the Gardens…” (Noble Qur’an 46:16)
“…only those who believe and work righteousness – these are the ones for whom there is a multiplied reward for their deeds.” (Noble Qur’an 34:37)
“…not equal are those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and those who do evil.” (Noble Qur’an 40:58)
“Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel evil with what is better (good)…” (Noble Qur’an 41:34)
“For those who believe and work deeds of righteousness is a reward that will never fail.” (Noble Qur’an 41:8)
“…for those who believe and work righteous deeds, is forgiveness and a magnificent reward.” (Noble Qur’an 35:7)
“…give such a one, therefore, good tidings of forgiveness and a reward most generous.” (Noble Qur’an 36:11)
“Whatever you spend that is good, is for parents and kindred(family) and orphans and those in want and for strangers. And whatever you do that is good – God knows it well.” -- (Noble Qur’an 2:215)
“…readers familiar with the New Testament will recognize the similarity of the Noble Qur’an’s message of forgiveness to that taught by Jesus.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)
“He listens to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness…” (Noble Qur’an 42:26) “Those who believe and work righteous deeds – from them We shall blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to their deeds.” “The fruits of his good works bid him welcome who has walked in the path of righteousness, when he passes from the present life into the hereafter (the afterlife).” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LIII.65)
“…those who do right and restrain from wrong, have a great reward…” – (Noble Qur’an 3:172)
“Righteousness is the place in which truth dwells, and here in the hearts of mankind aspiring after the realization of righteousness, there is ample space for a rich and even richer revelations of the truth.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.12)
“The realization of God, worship, morality, justice, etc.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Farida Khanam)
“One good deed is worth a thousand prayers.” – The Prophet Zoroaster
At least one of the Zoroasters, like Jesus, was born of a virgin – that is, born without the sin nature. “A noble deed, a helpful word is prayer.” – (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ) “If you open your heart to God’s love today and share that love in your actions, you will feel its beauty when your spirit reaches God.” (Betty Eadie, “The Awakening Heart: My Continuing Journey to Love”, p. 120)
"I shall begin this day with the resolution that I may in every way make myself an open channel for God’s love to manifest through me." ~ Swami Paramananda
God said, “Verily, My compassion overcomes My anger”.
It is important to “Both be good and do good.” “Commit no wrong, but do good deeds, and let your heart be pure.” -- (“The Gospel of Buddha” XXII.13)
“For those who believe and do righteous deeds, are Gardens as hospitable homes, for their good deeds.” (Noble Qur’an 32:19)
“[A man] must have feelings of benevolence and compassion for humanity at large.” (The Prophet of Peace – Teachings of the Prophet Mohammad by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan)
“This is the Gospel of the Blessed One. This is the revelation of the enlightened one, this is the bequest of the Holy One.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.13) “Great life, great deeds. Great deeds, great blessings.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind
“Peaceful mind, peaceful heart,
Peaceful life, peaceful world.” – Doreen Virtue “If a man each month repeats a thousand sacrifices and gives offerings (like idolatrous offerings) without ceasing, he is not equal to him who for one moment fixes his mind upon righteousness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXVIII.2) “Who is the best man?” Mohammad replied, “He is the best man whose life is long and whose actions are good.” “Then who is the worst man?” “He whose life is long and whose actions are bad.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #296) "The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure & goodly deeds." -- Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i religion “So long as they meet together in concord, so long as they honor their elders, so long as they respect womanhood, so long as they remain spiritual/religious, so long as they extend protection to the innocent, they will not decline but will prosper.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXXVIII.4) “Except those who repent and believe, and work righteousness: for these will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least.” (Noble Qur’an 19:60)
“Behold, he sends an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he says: Repent, and I will receive you.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 5:33)
“…any that (in this life) had repented, believed, and worked righteousness will have hopes to be among those who achieve salvation.” (Noble Qur’an 28:67)
“On those who believe and work righteousness, (God) Most Gracious will bestow love.” (Noble Qur’an 19:96) “Kindness in the father, filial piety in the son
Gentility in the eldest brother, humility and respect in the younger
Righteous behavior in the husband, loving obedience in the wife
Humane consideration in elders, deference in juniors
Benevolence in rulers, loyalty in ministers and subjects.” -- Analects of Confucius, Confucianism “[If they do something wrong], gently warn your wives with kindness.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #411) “A Muslim must not hate his wife; and, if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, then let him be pleased with another quality which is good.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #412)
“Do you beat your own wife as you would a slave? That you must not do.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #413)
“As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they will have, for their entertainment, the gardens of paradise.” (Noble Qur’an 18:107)
“I said, “O Apostle of God! What is my duty to my wife?” He said, “That you give her to eat as you eat yourself, and clothe her as you clothe yourself; and do not slap her in the face nor abuse her, nor separate yourself from her in displeasure.”” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #414)
“…that He may give glad tidings to the believers who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly reward…” (Noble Qur’an 18:2)
“As to those who believe and work righteousness, verily, We shall not suffer to perish the reward of any who do a single righteous deed.” (Noble Qur’an 18:30)
“Give your wife good counsel; and if she has goodness in her, she will soon take it, and do not beat your noble wife like a slave.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #415)
“He is the most perfect Muslim whose disposition is best; and the best of you are they who behave best to their wives.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #417)
“A virtuous wife is a man’s best treasure.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #418)
“Verily, the most beloved of you by me, and nearest to me in the next world, are those of good dispositions; and, verily, the greatest enemies to me and the farthest from me, are the ill-tempered.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #119) “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than these.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #398)
“Whoever has a daughter, and does not bury her alive, or scold her, or prefer his male children to her, may God bring him into Paradise. (Mohammad abolished female infanticide.)” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #428)
“Shall I not point out to you the best of virtues? It is your doing good to your daughter when she is returned to you having been divorced by her husband.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #429)
What is Evil
“Murder is evil, yielding to lust is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, malice is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil, hurting others intentionally is evil; all these things, my friends, are evil.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLV.2)
“…do not commit evil…” (Noble Qur’an 11:85)
“Keep yourselves far from envy because it eats up and takes away good actions, just as fire eats up and burns wood.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #189)
“Do you see one who denies the Judgment to come? Then such is the man who repulses the orphan with harshness and does not encourage the feeding of the poor.” (Noble Qur’an 107:1-3)
“God does not guide people who do wrong.” (Noble Qur’an 6:144)
“And what, my friends, is the root of evil? Selfish desire is the root of evil; hatred is the root of evil; illusion/sin are the root of evil; jealousy is a root of evil; all these things are roots of evil.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLV. 3-4)
“The evils of the body are murder, theft, and adultery; of the tongue, lying, slander, and abuse; of the mind, lust, hatred, and error.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVI.2)
“1. Kill not, but have regard for life.
2. Steal not, neither do you rob; but help everybody to be the master of the fruits of his labor.
3. Abstain from impurity and lead a life of chastity.
4. Lie not, but be truthful (honest); speak the truth with discretion, fearlessly, and in a loving heart.
5. Don’t make up evil reports, and don’t repeat them… but look for the good sides of your fellow-beings.
6. Don’t swear, but speak decently and with dignity.
7. Don’t waste time with gossip, but speak to the purpose or keep silent.
8. Covet not, nor envy, but rejoice at the good fortunes of other people.
9. Cleanse yourself of malice and cherish no hatred, not even against your enemies; but, embrace all living beings with kindness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVI.4-12) What is Good “What, however, is good? Abstaining from evil is good, abstaining from murder is good, abstaining from theft is good; abstaining from adultery is good, abstaining from lying is good, not slandering is good, suppression of unkindness is good, abstaining from gossip is good, letting go of all envy is good, getting rid of all hatred is good; kindness is good, goodness is good, loyalty is good, compassion is good, empathy is good, sympathy is good, humility is good, generosity is good, love is good, benevolence is good, forgiveness is good, helpfulness is good, integrity is good, teaching spiritual teachings such as the gospel message is good, friendship/friendliness/fellowship are good; all these things, my friends, are good.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLV.5-6)
Good deeds are key to the message. ‘‘‘Are good deeds fun?’ The Prophet Zoroaster said, "A good deed is a joy, not a chore." And what is a good deed? The Prophet Mohammad (peace upon him) said, "a good deed is one that brings a smile to the face of another." (From the Hadeeth)” (from Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People) Good deeds are a way to lead oneself to happiness. After you do something good for someone else, they will be happier and, as happiness is contagious, so will you. Secondly, good words and deeds of kindness will often sing in your mind afterward as you recall them, bringing you a sense of happiness and fulfillment when your mind wanders back to them. “Kind words… are better than injury…” (Noble Qur’an 2:263) Finally, many people you do good to will love you and return your love and become your friends. In my opinion, Good Works are more important than faith. In a sense, good works and faith are like the two sides of the same one coin. “So let us do good things for others—even things that require time, energy, unselfishness, money, caring, consideration, thoughtfulness, and effort.” (From Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People)
"The end and aim of wisdom is repentance and good deeds."
- Talmud (Jewish text), Berakot 17
In Hebrew, a good deed is called a “Mitzvah”.
For example, ‘Bar-Mitzvah’ means “the good deed of creation.” ‘Brit Mila’ (circumcision) means “covenant of the word.” “Bat-Mitzvah” means “daughter of the good deed.”
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
“Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.” – Buddha
Generosity, forgiveness, kindness, compassion, and honesty are ways of life – always be generous, forgiving, kind, compassionate, and honest.
“You are sure to receive the blessings of your good actions.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LIII.64)
“Be sincerely kind.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Religion
“Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good…” (Noble Qur’an 5:100) “He[God] may try you by your deeds.” (Noble Qur’an 7:129)
An Example of Doing a Good Deed
Here’s something that will bring happiness into your life and the lives of others. Ask your friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, and others their birthdate. Then, on their birthday, give them a card and/or a gift and/or call them on the phone or text. Many times you will be the only one who remembered. This will make you friends and bring you happiness. You may also want to get them a card and/or a gift or make them a phone call or send them a text for Christmas, Easter, and/or other holidays.
Most of us are good to those who are good to us. How should we treat those who are bad to us? The Tao-Teh-Ching says "I am good to the good, I am good to the bad, thus I maintain my goodness." Jesus said to love your enemies (Holy Bible - Matthew 5:44) and turn the other cheek when someone hits you on the one cheek (Holy Bible - Matthew 5:39). Buddha said, "Hate is never ended by hate, but by love." “If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any retaliatory desires and utter not evil words.” (Buddha - Majjhima Nikaya 21.6) Being good to those who are bad to us is the answer. While it may be wise not to remain in a situation where we are hurt, if a situation like that does occur, it can be a great learning experience. By returning love, we act like God. As the Buddha said, "Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love." “Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth... Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome arrogance by humility, overcome the miser by giving(generosity), overcome the liar by truth(honesty).” (Buddha – Dhammapada 1.5 & 17.3)
“And this I do that, perhaps, ... the good may overcome the evil.” (Book of Mormon, Jacob 5:59) Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who wrong you, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Holy Bible - Matthew 5:44)
Do good (even in return for bad).
The Sage is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.— Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49
“That is, if you face an enemy, do not allow yourselves to be influenced by the psychology of reaction and start retaliating; instead, solve the problem of enmity by following the peaceful method.” (The Prophet of Peace)
“Those who are good He treats with goodness. Those who are bad He also treats with goodness because the nature of His being is good. He is kind to the kind. He is also kind to the unkind because the nature of His being is kindness.” (Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
“If any do good, good will (accrue) to them therefrom; and they will be secure from terror that Day [Judgment Day].” (Noble Qur’an 27:89)
“In the Resurrection, men come forth to a state of endless happiness or endless misery—Wickedness never was happiness.” (Book of Mormon, Alma Chapter 41: Summary)
“And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works (and intents); and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good. And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order, everything to its natural frame—mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption—raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—The one raised to happiness according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night comes. And so it is on the other hand. If he has repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness. These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges, whether to do good or do evil.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 41:3-7)
“…it persuades them (men) to do good.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 33:4)
“They teach all men that they should do good.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 33:10)
“…the justice of God, that men should be judged according to their works(intents); and if their works were good in this life and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 41:3)
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato
“King Benjamin exhorts them to be steadfast and immovable in good works.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 5 : Summary)
“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” – The Buddha
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” ― Mahatma (Mohandas Karamchand) Gandhi
“When asked about Christianity, Mahatma Gandhi said: “It sounds good, we should try practicing it.”” (Mahatma Gandhi)
“Mahatma” means “Great Soul”.
“Some men call him a coward who will not fight and thus defend his rights; but he is much the greater man who, when he is attacked and is hit, does not hit in return.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 97:22) Turn the other cheek when someone hits you on the cheek. (Holy Bible, Matthew 5:39) (It’s okay to stand up for yourself when you know you are in the right.)
“…those who believe and work righteousness … will be companions of the Garden.” (Noble Qur’an 7:42) "Blessed are such as hold fast to the cord of kindliness & tender mercy & are free from animosity & hatred." Bahá’u’lláh, Baha`i religion “Every good act is charity.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #51)
“…Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be kind, be humble… No retaliation. No sharp tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless…. You’ll be a blessing and able to get a blessing.” (The Message Bible - 1 Peter 3:8-12)
“ Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Holy Bible - Galatians 6:10)
“Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries)
“To those who do right is a goodly reward … they are companions of the Garden, they will abide there forever.” (Noble Qur’an 10:26) “But those who have earned evil (and done evil) will have a reward of evil.” (Noble Qur’an 10:27)
“To those who do good, there is good in this world, and the Home of the hereafter (the afterlife) is even better, and excellent, indeed, is the Home of the righteous. Gardens of eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow (pleasant) rivers: they will have therein all that they wish: thus God rewards the righteous.” (Noble Qur’an 16:30-31)
“To those who leave their homes in the cause of God, after suffering oppression – We will assuredly give a goodly home in this world; but truly the reward of the hereafter (the afterlife) will be even greater.” (Noble Qur’an 16:41)
“If you will aid (the cause of) God, He will aid you.” (Noble Qur’an 47:7)
“…do good – to parents, family, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, strangers, the companion by your side, and what your right hands possess: for God does not love the arrogant, the vain.” – (Noble Qur’an 4:36)
“The Jewish sages teach us that “He who saves one life, it is as if he saved the whole world.”” -- Jewish Text, Talmud Sanhedrin 37A
“…whoever submits his whole self to God and is a doer of good -- he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall he grieve.” (Noble Qur’an 2:112)
“Be persistent in good actions.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #218)
“…they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which King Benjamin had spoken unto them.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:3)
“If you do this, you shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and you shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of Him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:12)
“Whoever is kind to His [God’s] creatures, God is kind to him; therefore be kind to man on Earth, whether good or bad, and being kind to the bad, is to withhold him from badness; thus, in Heaven, you will be treated kindly.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #252)
“…if you are constant and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you.” (Noble Qur’an 3:120)
“…guard themselves (ourselves) from evil, and do good. For God loves those who do good.” (Noble Qur’an 5:93)
“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it [the good deed] to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Jesus, Holy Bible - Matthew 25:45)
“He who is not kind to God’s creatures, and to his own children, God will not be kind to him.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #253)
“That person who relieves a Muslim (or anyone) from distress in this world, God will in like manner relieve him in the next; and he who shall do good to the poor, God will do good to him in this world and in the next.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #217)
It was said to the Prophet Mohammad, “O Messenger of God! Curse the infidels.” Mohammad replied, “I am not sent for this nor was I sent but as a mercy to mankind.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #325) ‘The Apostles asked Jesus, “Do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[a]?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.’ (Holy Bible - Luke 9:54-55)
‘A time came when 73 people from Madinah came to meet him[Mohammad] and confide in him that they had joined his mission. They said to him that he should no longer tolerate the oppression of the Makkans and that he should allow them to engage in Jihad (holy war) against them. Prophet Mohammad told them to go back for he had not been given the command to wage war.’ (The Prophet of Peace)
“And God gave them a reward in this world and the excellent reward of the hereafter (the afterlife). For God loves those who do good.” – (Noble Qur’an 3:148)
‘There is the path of fear and the path of love. Which will we follow?’ -- Buddhism
“Buddhism is permeated by a strong insistence on moral justice. Devout Buddhists seek to live conscientiously and compassionately.” (Len Woods, Understanding World Religions)
“Perfect your love.” – Buddhism
Sins or Distractions Just as there are good things that we must do, there are bad things that we must avoid. These are common to human beings and appear across religions. In Christianity, these things are called ‘sins’. In Hebrew, they are called “Chetot” or “Hetot”. In Buddhism, they are called illusions, distractions, or delusions. Prime among them are arrogance, hatred, selfishness, and lust.
“The greatest crimes are to associate another with God; to vex (irritate, annoy, or provoke) your father and mother, to murder your own species, to commit suicide, and to swear to a lie.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #96)
“Any thoughts, speech(words), or actions that are rooted in greed, hatred, and delusions and thus lead us away from Nirvana (Nibbana - Bliss/heavenliness) are bad.” -- Buddhism
“Nay, the wrong-doers (merely) follow their own lusts, being devoid of knowledge.” (Noble Qur’an 30:29)
“Be earnest in effort, and you too shall soon be free from the great evils, from lust, from selfishness, from delusion, and from ignorance!” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCVI.11)
“Buddha said “I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious (looking forward to the future favorably / anticipating good things), knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim. He will be known as “Metteya”(or “Maitreya”), which means ‘he whose name is kindness.’”” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCVI.13, 15)
“There will arise in the world a fully enlightened Buddha endowed with wisdom and good conduct, enlightened and blessed, just as I am now. He will teach the Dharma (Dhamma) and proclaim the holy life in all its fullness and purity.” (Buddha, Digha Nikaya 26:25)
“I know that the holy Buddhas of the past, putting away all lust, ill-will, laziness, arrogance, and doubt, knowing all those mental faults which make men weak, training their minds, received the full fruition of enlightenment.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXXIX.10)
“The Blessed one observed the ways of society and noticed how much misery came from malignity and foolish offences done only to gratify vanity and self-seeking arrogance.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LVII.1)
“Delusions, errors, and lies are like huge ships, the rafters of which are rotten and worm-eaten, and those who embark in them are bound to be shipwrecked.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XCIX.26)
Hatred / Wrath
Hatred, animosity, and wrath are extremely destructive. It is generally a big mistake to get angry and wrathful. Very unwise because it hurts you as well as others emotionally and physically. Once animosity, malice, and wrath are entered into, it is difficult to control oneself. Animosity and wrath take away one’s freedom. They can eat you up from inside. There is such a thing as righteous anger such as, for example, when you see someone hurting an innocent child or an innocent man or woman or an innocent animal(in that case, it’s okay to get angry). Any mean or hurtful words spoken to another human being are destructive and are sure to come back upon you. (Law of Karma/ You reap as you sow.) “Criticisms are like homing pigeons – they always rebound unto you.” (Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People) Therefore, they are a mistake.
“Be quick to settle matters.” (Holy Bible – Matthew 5:25)
Being angry with someone else is like drinking poison hoping it will hurt the other person.
“To remain angry with someone/your enemy is like drinking poison expecting your enemy to die.”
“Whoever suppresses his anger, when he has in his power to show it, God will give him a great reward.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #77)
“Give me advice,” said someone. Mohammad replied, “be not angry.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #80)
“Be of good temper towards people.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #81)
“Some man, if of an angry and irritable character; when criticized even a little, he is offended, becomes angry, hostile, and resentful and displays anger, hate, and bitterness. Because of doing this, he reappears in a state of deprivation, in an unhappy destination, in hell.” (Buddha – Majjhima Nikaya 135:9)
“It is vital that a man’s mind should be free of feelings of hatred and revenge.” (The Prophet of Peace)
“Whatever misfortune happens to you, is often because of the things your hands have done, and for many (of them), He [God] grants forgiveness.” (Noble Qur’an 42:30)
“He is not strong and powerful who throws people down; but he is strong who withholds himself from anger.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #82)
“Selfishness is the beginning of all hatred, of evil and slander, of arrogance and indecency, of theft and robbery, and of oppression and bloodshed.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” III:9)
“There is a possibility that in either this life or in the next life, a short temper, anger, and cruelty could bring about unhappiness and pain.” – Buddha “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy/miserly by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth (being honest).” – The Buddha (The Dhammapada) “Hatred, anger, spite, and jealousy can be replaced by love, patience, generosity, and kindness.” – Buddhism
“Envy and selfishness break off friendships. Hatred is the most violent fever.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LVIII.11) “Be in perfect unity (harmony). Never become hateful or wrathful with one another…Love all the creatures for the sake of God.” -- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i religion
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity(harmony)!” -- (Holy Bible - Psalm 133:1)
“It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.” (Holy Bible - Psalm 133:2)
“Who is the most favored of God? He from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #250) “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.” – Baha’i faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
“Those who act under the impulse of hatred will, when taking refuge in the Buddha, be filled with good-will and love.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVII.13)
“There is a greater merit in the slave when he ignores the wrongs which he suffers and cherishes kindness and good-will to all mankind. He will stop hating his oppressors and will, with compassion, pity their arrogance.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXVI.7)
“You can’t win an argument.” – Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People. You can’t win an argument because if you lose it, you lose it. And if you win it, you also lose it, because the person you beat and defeat will feel pain, dislike, and animosity toward you. And, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” “9 times out of 10, people won’t be convinced by arguing but will hold on to their beliefs even more strongly after the argument.” “There is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument and that is to avoid it.” So, “Avoid arguments as you would avoid earthquakes and rattlesnakes.” -- Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
“Getting involved in some other passerby’s (stranger’s) argument is like picking up a dog by its ears.” – Holy Bible - Proverbs 26:17
In the 1960’s, one sticker read “What if they had a war, and nobody showed up?” In the same way, if someone else is angry with you and wants to pick a fight, don’t let your own anger “show up”. “Cultivate Love for your fellow man (that is, everyone) and you will no longer have to lock horns with him in future combat.” (Napolean Hill, The Law of Success)
"Purge your heart from malice and, innocent of envy, enter the divine court of holiness." – Baha’i faith, Bahá’u’lláh
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. -- Judaism
He who gives up anger attains to God. – Hinduism
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. – Christianity
“It is not well to let the sun go down upon your wrath.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 97:11)
“Get rid of all Malice.” – Christianity (Holy Bible - 1st Peter 2:1)
“Is Buddha’s mind full of malice, laziness(sloth), and arrogance? No, sir! He is the opposite of all this.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLIX.22)
Mohammad once said to Anas, “son, if you are able, keep your heart from morning till night, and from night till morning, free from malice towards anyone”; then he said, “Oh! My son, this is one of my laws, and he who loves my laws verily loves me.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #132)
Allah [God] says in the Noble Qur’an not to despise one another. -- Hakeem Olajuwon – Islam
Let us cease from wrath and refrain from angry gestures. – Shintoism
He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; others only hold the reins. – Buddhism
Follow the Spirit, not the Letter of the Word It is important to follow the spirit of the scriptures, which is love. The teachings of Jesus of giving to the poor and the parable of the good Samaritan who helps a wounded man are designed to illustrate the spirit with which we are to live: A spirit of love. While it is very good to read and re-read good religious/spiritual books like this one and/or others like the Holy Bible or the Noble Qur’an often, some people choose to follow the letter of the scriptures rather than the spirit. This can be a mistake. The letters of the scriptures were designed to bring us closer to God and closer to love. The spirit of love is always the right path to follow. The teachings of the various religions give us this message: The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. – Christianity Rather let a letter be uprooted than the Torah be forgotten. – Judaism
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