Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Socrates: The True Religion of Love (Part 4)
Updated: Jan 7
“Religion is warning, and it means being pure.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #371)
“The hypocrites enjoin evil and forbid what is just.” (Noble Qur’an 9:67)
“They publically declare that they know God, but they disown him by their works.” (Holy Bible - Titus 1:16 and Holy Bible - 2nd Timothy 3:5)
“Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done or not done; instead, observe what you yourself have done and have not done.” (Buddha – Dhammapada 4.7)
“Let each one examine his own actions, and then he will have cause for rejoicing in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.” (Holy Bible – Galatians 6:4)
“Of the people, there are some who say: “We believe in God and the Last Day (Judgment Day), but they do not (really) believe.”” (Noble Qur’an 2:8)
“Islam is a complete way of life that should pervade all spheres of human existence. Allah [God] dislikes those who brag about things that they do not practice. When humankind’s deeds are not commensurate with words, conduct is bad in the sight of Allah. ‘O you who have believed! Why do you say that which you do not do? Great is the hatred in the sight of Allah when you say that which you do not do.’(Qur’an 61:2,3)” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
“On that Day (Judgment Day), men will proceed in companies sorted out, to be shown the deeds that they had done. Then anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good shall see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil shall see it.” (Noble Qur’an 99:6-8)
“The balance that day … those whose scale (of good) will be heavy, will prosper.” (Noble Qur’an 7:8)
“Showing God’s Kindness and Mercy”
“How we treat people can have a great impact on the degree of blessings and favor of God. Are you kind and considerate? Do you speak and act with love in your heart? You can’t treat people poorly and expect to be blessed. Are you good to people? The Holy Bible says, “See that none of you repays evil for evil but always aim to show kindness, and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.” (Holy Bible - 1st Thessalonians) Evil is never overcome by more evil. If you mistreat people who are mistreating you, you will make matters worse. When you express anger to somebody who has been angry with you, it’s like adding fuel to the fire. Overcome evil with Good. Overcome anger by peace and love.” (Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now)
“How did Christ deal with his Earthly followers? It was always in a kind and considerate way.” (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth by Jehovah’s Witnesses & Holy Bible - Mark 9:33-27; 10:35-45; Luke 22:24-27, John 13:4-15)
“Putting aside selfishness, you shall not do evil for evil nor return hate for hate. Nor should you think that you can destroy wrong by retaliating evil for evil and thus increasing wrong. Leave the wicked to their fate and their evil deeds will sooner or later in one way or another bring on their own punishment.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXXVII.14)
“Someone must risk returning injury with kindness, as otherwise hostility will never turn to goodwill. I choose to preclude any future conflict by emanating love and kindness.” (Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
“Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy with generosity, the arrogant by humility, and the liar by truth(honesty).” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVIII.36)
“God’s kindness towards His creatures is more than a mother’s towards her baby.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #212)
“God has the same compassionate relationship with every man as a father has with all his children. Therefore, it is alien to the divine scheme of creation that this Earthly plane should be marred by hatred, killing, and violence, and it is God’s most cherished desire that love should be returned for hatred, and violence should be met with peace.” (The Prophet of Peace)
“Lord, help me and your people to be good, kindhearted, forgiving, and to speak the truth loving one another.” – (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Hell”)
Following your passion/calling/mission/life’s purpose
There is an old saying: “Find the job you love, and you’ll never have to work at something you don’t like another day in your life again.” Generally, your goal should not be not to work because you will feel bored and unfulfilled. Your goal should be to do something you love and to help others. You should try to do something that you love, something that helps others, something that you enjoy, something that you’re passionate about, something that you believe in, and something that you are good at (and what’s important to you). Whether it’s “Aroma Therapy” or acting or directing or painting or music or teaching ballet or Yoga or teaching and/or studying philosophy, writing a book, starting your own small business, being a minister, I don’t know. But follow your calling/passion/mission/life’s purpose and you will be happy and satisfied. “Follow your gift.” For example, if you decide to start your own small business, “choose something that is fun, exciting, and in line with your interests and abilities and your chances of success are far higher.” (Charles Givens, “More Wealth Without Risk”) “There are many great returns from starting your own business. Here are just a few:
· A sense of accomplishment
· Desire for wealth or greater income
· A sense of freedom and independence
· The ability to control your own work
· An opportunity to be creative
· A chance to turn work into fun
· A chance to be your own boss and stop working for others.
…A business can be part-time or full-time, can require a large capital investment or no investment, can have no employees or many employees, and can be run out of a home, apartment, retail store, office, library, McDonald’s, or café (for example, with a laptop computer – anywhere with wifi/internet connectivity).…If you don’t experiment with your ideas, you have no chance of success at all…. I liked the independence, freedom of choice, and unlimited opportunities that owning your own business brings…. Remember to have fun – it’s only work if you don’t like what you’re doing… The important thing is to pick something that you love to do or make and turn it into a small business. Instead of looking for the most profitable idea or the ideal business, pick something that you enjoy doing and your business will stand a far greater chance of success.” (Charles Givens, “More Wealth Without Risk”) “The Great American formula is Money = Happiness, Fulfillment and the freedom to Pursue Your Passion. In truth, that formula should be just exactly the opposite: Pursuing your Passion = Fulfillment and Leads to Financial Freedom.” (Bob Allen, “Nothing Down For The 90’s”) One reason to start your own small business is that you can be in control of your own situation (be your own boss) instead of answering to a boss. You don’t have that even if you are number 2 in a huge multinational corporation. (As Julius Caeser said, “I would rather be number 1 in a small town in France (Gaul) than number 2 in all of Rome.”) In your business, think “win/win” – both you and your customers and employees benefiting. Be committed. The winning attitude is always “I will not be denied.”
There are some who say that only a minority of people are suited to being entrepreneurs. I believe only a minority of people are suited to working in a corporation – trying to be a round peg in a square hole.
Most people focus on making a living instead of on designing the life. – Tony Robbins
What you do for a living is a “matter of the heart”. – Steve Jobs
“Live with passion.” – Tony Robbins
“Wealth doesn’t bring about excellence, but excellence brings about wealth.” – Plato’s Socrates
Biblical Numerical Representations
40 is the number of transformation (e.g. Jesus and Moses fasting 40 days, Noah’s flood (the Great flood) lasting 40 days, and the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.) 12 is the number of Government – for example, Jesus’ 12 apostles or the 12 tribes of Israel. 7 is the number of wholeness and completeness. And, 6 is the number of a man.
God created the world in 6 “days”. 6 million Jews were murdered in the holocaust. And, Jesus spent 6 hours on the cross.
“When anyone was sick, Mohammad used to rub his hands upon the sick person’s body, saying, “O Lord of mankind! Take away this pain, and give health; for You are the giver of health: there is no health but yours, that health which leaves no sickness.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #319)
“If you do not tend one another, then who is there to tend you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick.”(Buddha – Vinaya Mahavagga 8.26.3)
“There is not any Muslim (or person) who visits another in sickness, in the forenoon, but that seventy thousand angels shall send blessings upon him till the evening; and there is no one who visits the sick, in the afternoon, but that 70 thousand angels shall send blessings upon him till daybreak, and there will be a pardon for him in paradise.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #392)
“Whoever visits a sick person, an angel calls from heaven, “Be happy in the world, and happy be your walking, and take a habitation in Paradise.”” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #394)
“Whoever visits a sick person always enters and swims in a sea of mercy.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #395)
Jesus healed many in the Holy Bible as well. It is fine (all right) to pray for health and healing.
Love for others
“It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.” -- Tony Robbins
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare
“Father, when the difficulties of life make me afraid or angry, remind me that the sure and divine remedy to pain is love. Help me to find love when I need it and to magnify love by sharing it freely with others. For I know that within all your children is the healing balm of love in pure expression for one another.” – Betty Eadie
“Let us live happily then, not hating those who hate us! Among men who hate us, let us dwell free from hatred.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVIII.52)
“The highest goal of human life is to become Christlike.” – Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ [Strive to become Christlike in your own life yourself.]
“We’re able to persevere and come out on the other side displaying Christlike character that glorifies Him and benefits us.” (Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries)
“We must [have] christlike love and righteousness.” -- (Betty Eadie, Embraced by the Light)
Father, may we love others as You have loved us. May the world around us see Your truth through the love we show them. Amen.
“ 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the holy faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Holy Bible - Colossians 2:6-7)
The Buddha was amiable and enlightened.
Be pleasant and optimistic.
“Therefore, what manner of men ought you to be? Verily, I say unto you, even as I am.” (Book of Mormon, 3rd Nephi 27:27)
“I am come as pattern for the sons of men, and I have not refrained from helpfulness.” (Jesus, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 127:6)
“Jesus treated others with dignity, kindness, and compassion.” [Be like this yourself] (The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“Every act is either an act of love or a cry out for love.” – (A Course in Miracles)
“Kindness is a mark of faith: and whoever has no kindness has no faith.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #254)
“One who is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
“As I am a pattern for you, so you are patterns for the human race.” (Jesus, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 127:26)
“The fruit God desires is the manifestation of Christlike qualities, particularly love.” (The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“And all who put their trust in Christ, and follow Jesus as a pattern(example), a teacher, and a guide, have everlasting life.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 79:17)
“Father, help me to live the example of Jesus in loving others unconditionally and completely. I desire with all my heart to emulate him, and to show charity and kindness to everyone and to carry good will in my heart always. Bless me to fulfill your will by all I do, and let the consequence of this ripple out into the heart of every man, woman and child I meet.” (Betty Eadie)
“…be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you.” – (Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy)
“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” ― ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Religion
"If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men." - Abdu'l-Baha, Bahá’í Faith
“[Practice] lovingkindness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XVI:34)
"Love & kindness have far greater influence than punishment upon the improvement of human character." – Baha’i Religion
“Everyone is divinely furthered in accordance with his character.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #359)
“And Jesus was a victor over selfish self.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 51:27)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone should surrender his body and soul on behalf of his friends.” (The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Jehovah’s Witnesses & Holy Bible - John 15:13)
“And he commanded them that [they should have] their hearts knit together in unity (harmony) and in love one towards another.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:21)
“But you will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; you will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:15)
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
“For the son of man (Jesus) came not to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many.” (Holy Bible - Mark 10:45)
"When the heart is filled with love, everything seems beautiful & delightful to us." -- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Religion
Love is the most powerful emotion, infinitely more powerful than hate. One of the key teachings of Jesus is "Love your neighbor(your fellow man—that is, everyone) as yourself." This teaching leads to a very happy, fulfilled, satisfied, joyous existence. Mohammad, Jesus, and Buddha all showed love towards those they met and taught others to do the same. This love was returned by many who became their followers, and, thus, their teachings became major world religions. ‘The rise and expansion of Islam was one of the most memorable revolutions, which has impressed a new and lasting character on the nations of the globe.’ (The Prophet of Peace) The Buddha taught the importance of the unconditional love for all beings called “Metta”. The nature of this love is like the warm love of a good friend or like the love of a mother for her only child. ‘Metta’ is the strong desire for the happiness of others. Confucius referred to this love as ‘Jen’ (humaneness), while Saint Paul called it Agape (Unselfish Love / Brotherly Love / Unconditional Love). In Hebrew, it is known as “Ahava” (Love), “Chesed” or “Hesed” (Loving-Kindness or God’s mercy), “Rehem” (mercy), or “Tzedek” (Righteousness and/or Justice). “For as a mother risks her life and watches over her child, so boundless be your love to all, so tender, kind, and mild.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XX.20) “…learn righteousness.” – (Noble Qur’an 2:21) “But the clothing of righteousness, that is the best.” (Noble Qur’an 7:26)
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” -- Lao-Tsu (Taoism)
“Gifts are great… but greater than all is loving-kindness.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XX:22)
“Love implies generosity, care, not to hurt another, not to make them feel guilty, to be generous, courteous, and behave in such a manner that your words and thoughts are born out of compassion.” -- Krishnamurti
Love those who hate you.
“Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.” (Holy Bible – Luke 6:27)
“Lead others, not by violence, but by righteousness and equity. He who possesses virtue and intelligence, who is just, and speaks the truth, him the world will hold dear.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVIII. 40-41)
There is only one commandment of God: Love One Another.
“Have deep-felt love for all.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLIX.35) “Good is his conduct, he is altogether happy (who has love for all).” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLIX.36)
“[Islam] is the way to happiness, dignity, and universal peace.” (The Universality of Islam, Dr. Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany)
“But blessed be the name of God, that he has given me to know, yea, has given unto me the exceedingly great joy of knowing that they are established again in the way of his righteousness.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 7:4)
“Thus did Alma teach his people, that every man should love his neighbor [his fellow man – that is, everyone] as himself, that there should be no contention among them.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 23:15)
A Spiritual Experience
Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammad, Moses, Zoroaster, Manicheaus (Mani), Bahá’u’lláh, Joseph Smith, and Socrates all had a spiritual experience which got them started on their missions and influenced their views. Socrates heard an angelic voice in his ear, Joseph Smith was visited by Jesus and God the Father, Jesus went into the wilderness/desert to be tested and was baptized, the Buddha sat down and meditated under the Bodhi tree and became enlightened, at the age of thirty, Zoroaster had a divine vision while bathing in a river (in essence, being baptized by God/The Holy Spirit), Moses went up on the mountain to communicate with God, and Mohammad retired into a cave where he began to hear his Qur’anic revelations. All of them received their message from a spiritual, supernatural source. This book, too, was co-written spiritually and supernaturally by the Elders/Angels/Masters/God.
“When men have needed added light, a master soul has been sent to Earth to give that light.” – (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 14:18 and Baha’i religion)
“The memory of a good deed can never be taken from the heart of one who is grateful.”
“When God created man as such (and man fell in the garden of Eden), He divided his life span into two periods, the pre-death period, which is a time of trial, and the post-death period, which is the time for receiving the rewards or punishment merited by one’s actions during one’s lifetime.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Farida Khanam) “The purpose of the Noble Qur’an is to make men aware of this reality. This is the theme of this divine Book, which serves to guide man through his entire journey through life into the after-life.” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Farida Khanam)
“The hereafter (the afterlife) is the place where the result of the test will be taken into account by the Almighty and whatever man receives in the life after death, by way of reward or punishment, will be commensurate with his deeds in this world. The secret of man’s success in this life is to understand God’s creation plan and map out his life accordingly (this book teaches this way of life).” (Introduction to the Noble Qur’an by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Farida Khanam)
Chess, in some ways, reflects aspects of life. The White King on the chess board is God. The Queen is the queen of God. There are two Bishops on the board on each side—one moves on the white spaces while the other on the black ones. The Bishop who moves on the white spaces is the Pope (the Bishop of Rome - Saint Peter). The Bishop who moves on the black spaces is Martin Luther (The Founder of Protestantism/The Protestant Movement/The Protestant Reformation). The Black King is the ‘Overlord’.
The Temptations and Tests
Jesus, the Buddha, and Mohammad were all tempted and tested when they first started their missions and received their first revelations. Jesus was tempted and tested in the wilderness by the devil. He was offered the kingdoms of the world by Satan if He would bow down to him. He refused. The Buddha was tempted under the Bodhi tree by Mara, the ‘god’ of desire. The Buddha was tempted with sex and other indulgences as well as challenged by other sufferings. He resisted the temptations and overcame the challenges and sufferings and became enlightened. Bahá’u’lláh (one of the primary founders of the Baha’i religion), Richard Wurmbrand (founder of “Voice of the Martyrs” and author of “Tortured for Christ”), Saint Paul, Jesus, Manicheaus (Mani), many of the prophets and saints, and I were all tortured.
Respect for Law (and God’s Law)
Jesus, Mohammad, and Socrates all taught respect for the law. Socrates said and exemplified that one must follow the laws of the city-state. With regard to taxation, Jesus said, "Render unto Caeser what is Caeser’s (for example, your taxes) and render unto God what is God’s (for example, your heart)" - (Holy Bible - Mark 12:17 & Holy Bible - Matthew 22:21). Jesus also said and taught to obey the law of the Holy Bible. The law of the Holy Bible is contained in the Torah (Pentateuch) and other parts of the Holy Bible -- (The Torah is the first five books at the beginning of the Holy Bible – The “Books of Moses” - from Genesis through Deuteronomy. Other parts of the Holy Bible as well as the Noble Qur’an, this book, and other spiritual writings also teach God’s law). God’s laws supercede (come before and override) man’s law, and following them is more important than following man’s law. Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Holy Bible - Acts 5:29)
“But he who hearkens unto God and keeps his law and does his will on Earth, shall rule with Christ.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 95:39)
Concern for the Oppressed
Jesus, the Buddha, and Mohammad all showed a deep concern and love for the oppressed of society. Jesus ate with criminals ("sinners"), helped the poor, the sick, tax collectors (who were looked down upon and despised), healed the crippled, and was best friends with a prostitute (Mary Magdalene). Mohammad first attracted members of the oppressed classes such as: women, young people, the poor, and slaves, to Islam. The Buddha sought to remove the hierarchical caste system that was in place in India during his time. Seek to care for others (especially the weak/poor/oppressed) yourself like they did.
“The king of the law has come forth to rescue from bondage all the poor, the miserable, and the helpless.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” IV:24)
“Truthfulness (honesty) and love resided in his [the Buddha’s] heart.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” IV:28)
“His enemies are those who practice injustice and oppress the poor.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LXXVIII.3)
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” -- (Statue of Liberty Poem, Emma Lazarus)
“Even as men desire to give happiness to their children, so did he[the Buddha] long to give peace to the world.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” V.10)
“God is peace, peace is from Him, and peace returns to Him.” (The Prophet of Peace)
“Whoever publishes peace [shall have] tidings of great joy.” (Book of Mormon, 1st Nephi 13:37)
The Ten Commandments
The 10 commandments, or similar statements, exist in several major religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Among other things, they say not to murder, not to lie(bear false witness), not to steal, not to commit adultery, and to honor your parents. (Holy Bible - Exodus Chapter 20 & Holy Bible - Deuteronomy Chapter 5)
“You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass (donkey), nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 13:21-24)
God said, “O Man! Only follow My laws, and you shall become like unto Me.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #204)
“Inform me in the matter of Islam,” said Sufyan, “so that I may have no occasion to ask others about it.” Mohammad said, “Say, O Sufyan, ‘I believe in God’; after which obey the commandments, and abandon the things forbidden.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #238)
“You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and mother.’” (Jesus, Holy Bible - Mark 10:19)
“And again, the Lord God has commanded that men should not murder; that they should not lie; that they should not steal; that they shall not take the name of the Lord their God in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that they should not fight with one another; … and that they should do none of these things; for whosoever does them will perish.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 26:32)
“They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” (Jesus – Holy Bible - John 14:21)
“…I would desire that you should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual, and, if they hold out faithful, they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:41)
Honor Your Parents
Honor your father and mother (Holy Bible - Ephesians 6:4). Honor your father and your mother. (Holy Bible - Exodus 20:12 and Holy Bible - Deuteronomy 5:16)
“We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents.” (Noble Qur’an 46:15)
“The Lord has decreed that you be kind to parents… address them in terms of honor.” (Noble Qur’an 17:23)
“And we have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents.” (Noble Qur’an 31:14)
“…speak to family a word of easy kindness.” (Noble Qur’an 17:28)
“Be good to your parents … take not life, which God has made sacred.” (Noble Qur’an 6:151)
““O Messenger of God! Verily I have done a great crime; is there any act by which I may repent?” He (Mohammad) said, “Have you a mother?” “No,” said the questioner. “Have you an aunt?” asked Mohammad. He said, “Yes, I have.” Mohammad said, “Go, do good to her, and your crime will be pardoned and forgiven.”” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #310)
“Heaven lies at the feet of Mothers.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #336 - i)
“God’s pleasure is in a father’s pleasure; and God’s displeasure is in a father’s displeasure.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #336)
“A man is bound to do good to his parents, although they may have injured him.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #338)
There is no child, a doer of good to his parents, who looks on them with kindness and affection, but God will grant him for every look the rewards for an approved pilgrimage. (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #339)
The Universal “Clock”
There is a Universal “Clock”. It is moving faster and faster these days. This means time moves faster. This is also known as “the quickening”.
Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, Buddha, Manicheaus (Mani), Guru Nanak and the other Sikh gurus, Zoroaster, Albert Einstein, Noam Chomsky, Joseph Smith, Lao-Tsu, The Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Saint Francis, and Socrates were all very humble. Mohammad acted in such a way that he wouldn’t have readily been recognized as the leader among his men. “When the ambassadors went to Mohammad, they said, “You are our master.” He replied, “God is your master.”” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #322) The Tao-Teh-Ching also teaches that humility is a key to becoming and being happy. Showing off (being arrogant and cocky) leads to unhappiness for the one showing off and for others. The Jewish book of Proverbs/Holy Bible says "Arrogance comes before destruction (or before a fall), but humility comes before honor(and before goodness/greatness)." (Holy Bible - Proverbs 16:18) “If you would enter through the kingdom gate, you must be as humble as a little child.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 95:39 and Holy Bible - Matthew 18:3) Moses was the most humble man alive on Earth during his time (Holy Bible, Numbers 12:3). “[He who] puts off the natural man and becomes a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becomes as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord sees fit to inflict upon him, even as a child does submit to his father.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19)
“God falls hardest on those He loves the most.” – Jon Peniel
“But enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good.” (Noble Qur’an 2:58)
“…humble yourselves before God.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:10)
“He who treads softly walks far.” - Ancient Chinese Proverb
Fasting (Going without food)
Fasting is also a spiritual experience which many spiritual writings promote. Fasting is going without food (or something else that you enjoy) for a certain period of time. It opens your chakras (including your psychic “third eye” – your forehead chakra) and makes you more psychic and spiritually sensitive. When you fast, don’t let anyone else know about it, or you won’t be rewarded as much by God for it. If you do it in secret (not letting anyone else know about it), God will reward you for it openly. (Holy Bible - Matthew 6:16 and Holy Bible - Matthew 6:18) You may want to start with a 4-day Juice fast (drinking Juice(or water)). Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammad, Plato, Socrates, and Moses all fasted. Fasting is also very good for your health. Some of the different religions teach fasting. For example, Jews are called upon to fast during “Yom Kippur” (day of atonement). Muslims are called upon to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Catholics are encouraged to give something up for lent.
Jews fast on the day of “Yom Kippur” – the day of atonement. Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Mormons fast once a month skipping two meals. Catholics and also some other Christians give up something they like for the season of lent.
Fasting involves conquering and overpowering the cravings of the flesh.
Fasting is a big part of Naturopathic healing (holistic medicine).
Dr. Paavo Airola’s (ND., PhD.) books teach how to fast.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen… to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter… to clothe [the naked], and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” – Holy Bible - Isaiah 58: 6 – 7
Jesus, the Buddha, Mohammad, Zoroaster, Guru Nanak and the other Sikh gurus, Manicheaus (Mani), Lao-Tsu, Bahá’u’lláh, Moses, King David, Saint Francis, Pope Francis, Saint John, Saint James, Joseph Smith, the Dalai Lama, and Socrates were all unique, inwardly strong, noble, honorable men. They share many common characteristics. They were good and loving, warm and humble, kind, full of grace and empathy, dignified, often cheerful, sympathetic, genuine, meek, decent, generous, loyal, compassionate, gracious, trustworthy, pleasant, helpful, virtuous, patient, gentle, caring, sharing, merciful, kindly, mild, friendly, benevolent, forgiving, kindhearted, tenderhearted, sweet, fair, meek, goodly, warmhearted, goodhearted, happy and usually serene (live these values in your own life yourself). They were long-suffering and viewed their teachings as of the highest importance. They taught their religions/philosophies to all others who wanted to learn the path to goodness and happiness. And, therefore, as a result, their teachings became major world religions. Their nobility of character distinguishes them. Jesus, Moses, Zoroaster, Manicheaus (Mani), Bahá’u’lláh, King David, Joseph Smith, and Mohammad were all thoroughly committed to God. Strive to live all these values in your own life yourself. There is an important need to devote ourselves to studying the scriptures and applying their message to our daily lives.
As Jesus is to Judaism, so is Buddha to Hinduism. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of Judaism. Similarly, Buddha is the ultimate fulfillment of Hinduism. (from www.reluctant-messenger.com ) The Buddha can be thought of as the “Jesus of the far East”.
“…[let] God’s Holy Spirit produce in you such qualities as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, and self-control.” (Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.” (Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
There were(at least) 2 people in the world who were asked not only just “Who are you?” but “What are you?” : Jesus Christ and the Buddha.
“The General must be possessed of wisdom, honesty, benevolence, courage, and discipline.” -- Sun-Tzu, The Art of War
A lot of your happiness depends on your thoughts. The Buddha said, "You do not have a friend as good to you as your own compassionate thoughts, and you do not have an enemy as dangerous as your own unwise thoughts." “Out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, and slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” (Jesus, Holy Bible - Matthew 15:19-20). Wise thoughts are thoughts of goodness, compassion, benevolence, humility, and kindness, etc. They bring about happiness for yourself and others. Unwise thoughts are thoughts of hate, lust, greed, envy, and arrogance, etc. They cause and lead one’s self and others to unhappiness. Jesus also said that from the heart come evil thoughts(Holy Bible - Mark 7:21). Wise thoughts are kind, warmhearted, tenderhearted, mild, kindhearted, compassionate, kindly, friendly, loving, merciful, benevolent, forgiving thoughts. (Strive to think these kinds of thoughts.) Controlling your own thoughts and thinking good and loving thoughts is paramount / is of the utmost importance.
“…that they ought not to murder, nor to plunder, nor to steal, nor to commit adultery, nor to commit any manner of wickedness.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 23:3)
“Overcome evil by good.” – Buddha
“Good is attractive; evil is disgusting.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” LVIII.9)
“An evil thought of any kind will do you harm; will dissipate your power.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 122:18)
“Let us guard our thoughts and do no evil, for, as we sow, so shall we reap.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XXV:31)
“If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.” – Buddha (Dhammapada)
“Those who turn away from evil, and do not fall into its worship – turn to God (in repentance) – for them is good news: so announce the good news to my servants.” (Noble Qur’an 39:17)
“Every Saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
“Is one whose heart God has opened to Islam, so that he received enlightenment from God, (no better than one hard-hearted)?” (Noble Qur’an 39:22)
‘The Buddha said: “Evil thought is the most dangerous thief; virtue is the most precious treasure.”’ (“The Gospel of Buddha” LVIII.7)
“Does your religion make you into a kinder person? More generous, honest, humble, tolerant, and compassionate?” (Mankind’s Search For God, Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“The good man from the treasures of his heart sends blessedness and peace to all the world. The evil man sends thoughts that blight and wither hope and joy and fill the world with wretchedness and woe.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 101:21-22)
“Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another; enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #340)
“If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought(evil intent), pain follows him as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage. An evil deed is better left undone, for a man will need to repent of it afterward; a good deed is better done, for, having done it, one will not need to repent. If a man commits a wrong, let him not do it again; let him not delight in wrongdoing; pain is the outcome of evil. If a man does what is good, let him do it again; let him delight in it; happiness is the outcome of good.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVIII, 17-19)
Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Holy Bible - Philippians 4: 8
"What's new?" is an interesting and broadening eternal question, but one which, if pursued exclusively, results only in an endless parade of trivia and fashion, the silt of tomorrow. I would like, instead, to be concerned with the question "What is best?," a question which cuts deeply rather than broadly, a question whose answers tend to move the silt downstream. – Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Red and Black Parts of the Mind
There are 2 parts to the mind – the Red and the Black. The Red makes one compassionate and loving while the black part can be thought of as what Freud called the “Id”.
Love for Animals and Plants
The Prophet Mohammad said just as it is important to love men and women, it is important to also love animals and nature. He said God looks kindly and with favor on those who treat animals and plants with love and kindness. So don’t limit your goodness to other human beings- love animals and be good to nature as well. (Holy Bible - Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God.”) The book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible says that he who is wise is kind to his animals. (Holy Bible - Proverbs 12:10) All living beings (creatures) are sentient.
Animals are to be treated with kindness, and cruelty towards them is a grave sin. – Islam
There is a Talmudic saying: “Every blade of grass has over it an angel saying ‘Grow’.” – The Talmud
“An adulteress passed by a dog at a well; and the dog was holding out his tongue from thirst, which was near killing him, and the woman drew off her boot, and tied it to the end of her garment, and drew water for the dog, and gave him to drink, and she was forgiven of her sins for that act.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #31)
“Are there rewards for doing good to animals, and giving them water to drink?” Mohammad said, “Verily, there are heavenly rewards for any act of kindness to a live animal.”
“Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #332)
“Whoever is not kind to every form of life—to man, to animal, to plant, and to bird—cannot expect the blessings of the Holy One; for, as we give, so God will give to us.” (The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 74:24)
Here are some different names for God: Jehovah (Beloved), Elohim (a both plural and singular word), Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord or Eternal Light), Adonai (My Lord), The Lord of Heavenly Hosts, Allah, Great Spirit, Universal Spirit, El Shaddai, “I am that I am”, El Elyon (uppermost God – God Most High), “Ha Shem” (The name), God the Father, Heavenly Father (‘Aba’), The God of Israel, The God of Daniel, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, The Lord Almighty, Divine Creator, Creator God, Wakan Tanka, Brahman, The Great “I am”, Yahweh, and ‘Yohd Hay Vah Hay’ (Also known as the ‘Tetragrammaton’ – “The four-part word”. This name of God appears most often in the Holy Bible. It has been said that saying it opens the gates of heaven.)
The History and Future of the World
The history and future of the world can be divided into three parts. The first period was when only God existed and Satan did not. The second period, which we are in now, is when Satan is in the world and coexists with God. It is a battle between the forces of good and evil. The future third period will come after Satan is cast out and God will remain without Satan again. The righteous will be with God in heaven forever.
Heaven and Hell
Zoroaster, Jesus, and Mohammad said that those who do and practice good thoughts, good words, and good actions will make it to heaven – to a magnificent reward. By partaking in evil thoughts, evil, evil words, and evil actions, we limit our growth. Evil is wrong. It hurts you as well as others. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Holy Bible - Matthew 5:20)
The gentle, loving type of person tends to be reborn in a heavenly realm. – Buddhism
“Who has been given gentleness, has been given a good portion, in this world and in the next.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #76)
“God is gentle and loves gentleness.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #198)
“The Body of the Buddha, is born of love, patience, gentleness, and truth.” (Buddha – Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 2)
“Verily, you have two qualities which God and his messenger love—strength(meaning firmness) and gentleness.” (“The Wisdom of Mohammad / The Sayings of Mohammad”, Saying #199)
“By oneself, evil is done, by oneself, one suffers; by oneself, evil is left undone, by oneself, one is purified. Purity and impurity belong to oneself, no one else can purify another.” (“The Gospel of Buddha” XLVIII.4)
“Every soul draws the reward of its acts on none but itself: no bearer can bear the burden of another.” -- (Noble Qur’an 6:164)
“The wicked are consigned to a state of endless woe; the righteous attain a never-ending happiness.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 28: Summary)
“Whoever works righteousness benefits his own soul; whoever works evil, it is against his own soul.” (Noble Qur’an 42:46)
“…the dead were judged by the way they had lived.” (The Message Bible - Revelation 20:13)
“Just as someone possessed of virtue and wisdom would here and now enjoy final knowledge, so I say that someone not possessing that state of mind and speaking against me will be carried off to hell.” (Buddha – Majjhima Nikaya)
Some teach that hell is for purification. One doesn’t stay in hell forever but only until he or she is purified.
“The one raised to happiness according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desire of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for he who has desired to do evil all the day long, even so, shall he have his reward of evil…” (Book of Mormon, Alma 41:5)
“Those who have sufficient faith in me, sufficient love for me and others, are all headed for heaven or beyond.” (Buddha – Majjhima Nikaya 22:47)
“And again I say unto you, the Spirit says: Behold, the ax is laid at the root of the tree; therefore every tree that brings not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire, yea, a fire which cannot be consumed, even an unquenchable fire.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 5:52)
“…those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow…” (Noble Qur’an 14:23)
“The indescribable splendor of that beautiful place [heaven] is wondrous to behold.” (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Heaven”)
“The righteous dead go to paradise and the wicked to outer darkness to await the day of their resurrection.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 40 : Summary)
“Perfect joy and peace fill the hearts, souls, and bodies of all who are there [heaven].” (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Heaven”)
“In heaven, only joy, peace, happiness, and the fruits of the spirit are everywhere.” (Mary K. Baxter – “A Divine Revelation of Heaven”)
“I will fill Hell with jinns (demons) and bad men all together.” (Noble Qur’an 32:13)
Hell is for the purpose of purification. - Islam
“They who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels (demons); and they shall go into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascends up forever and ever and has no end.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 9:16)
“And then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, that I am their Redeemer; but they would not be redeemed. And then I will confess unto them that I never knew them; and they shall depart into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels(demons).” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:26-27)
“Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works (and intents) whether they be good or whether they be evil—If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and, if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil, who has subjected them, which is damnation.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 16:10-11)
“And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 40:12)
“God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Holy Bible - Revelation 21:1-4 & Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life – Jehovah’s Witnesses)
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Holy Bible - Psalm 126:5)
“They [the righteous] … will be in groves of (cool) shade, reclining on thrones of dignity; (every) fruit of (enjoyment) will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for…” (Noble Qur’an 37:56-57)
“Shall We treat those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the same as those who do evil on Earth? Shall we treat those who guard against evil, the same as those who turn aside from the right?” (Noble Qur’an 38:28)
“... I[God] will cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good I will preserve unto myself, and the bad I will cast away into his [evil] place…” (Book of Mormon, Jacob 5:77)
“God (and good) is the reward for those who do good in this world.” (Noble Qur’an 39:10)
“…those who have believed and worked righteous deeds, shall be made happy in a meadow of delight.” (Noble Qur’an 30:15)
“Say unto the righteous that it is well with them; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked, for they shall perish; for the reward of their hands shall be upon them!” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 13:10-11)
“He (God) will forgive you for your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity.” (Noble Qur’an 61:12)
“Verily, God will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to Gardens beneath which rivers flow.” (Noble Qur’an 47:12)
“And those who believe in God and work righteousness – He will remove from them their ills, and He will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever: that will be the supreme achievement.” (Noble Qur’an 64:9)
“When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live in such a way that, when you die, the world will cry, and you will rejoice.” -- Native American Saying
“…[and for] the reward of their arrogance and their foolishness they shall reap destruction; for because they yield unto the devil, and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must go down to hell.” (Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi 26:10)
“…such as believe and do righteous deeds: they shall have a reward unfailing.” (Noble Qur’an 95:6)
“Those who believe in God and work righteousness, He will admit to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever: God has indeed granted for them a most excellent provision.” (Noble Qur’an 65:11)
“…(every) righteous one among those who believe… the angels – will back (him) up.” (Noble Qur’an 66:4)
“Verily, for the righteous, are Gardens of Delight in the Presence of their Lord.” (Noble Qur’an 68:34)
“For those who reject their Lord (and Cherisher) is the penalty of Hell: and evil is (this) destination.” (Noble Qur’an 67:6)
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