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Unity of Religious Ideals

Beloved Brothers and Sisters of the One Human Family,

The only studies which are worth accomplishing are those which lead to the realization of God, and of unity first with God and then with the self, and so with all. (Sufi Message Volume 9, The Unity of Religious Ideals, Unity and Uniformity, HIK) This site honors the wisdom of all those religious traditions that have illuminated the hearts and minds of humanity.

In loving service, Nuria & Our Workers

Remembering Murshida Ratan Witteveen, April 1st



In loving remembrance of Murshida Ratan.
Musical Composition by Murshida Ratan Witteveen 
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:31:00 +0000

Rama Navami, Birthday of Lord Rama, April 5

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Ramayana Book II: Ayodhya Kanda, Book Of Ayodhya, Verse 6:22

sarveapyanugrihiitaah sma yanno raamo mahiipatih |
chiraaya bhavitaa goptaa drishhtalokaparaavarah ||

Rama, who has seen the totality of the world is going to become our protector for long.
We have all been blessed by king Dasaratha.


Ramayana Book II: Ayodhya Kanda, Book Of Ayodhya, Verse 6:23

aanuddhatamanaa vidvaan dharmaatmaa bhraatrivatsalah |
yadhaa cha bhraatrishhu snigdhastathaasmaasvapi raaghavah ||

Rama is modest, knowledgeable and righteous.
He is as compassionate to us as to his brothers and sisters.


Sri Rama Jai Rama! Jai Jai Rama!
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar


Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000

Remembering Murshida Vera Corda, 7th April



Painting by Khabir Don Kitz, Don Kitz Fine Art

In loving remembrance of Murshida Vera Corda who passed on April 7th, 2002.

Excerpt from message dictated by Murshida Vera, November 18, 2001

My Dear Sufi Family,

Keep spreading the Message where ever you go but remember your home and come back to home base whenever you can. Home is the heart, the family....

Continue to breathe in the Light from all Kingdoms, mineral, vegetable, animal, human and the Divine (super Human). There is Light in all Kingdoms. It's there for us to see and attune to....

Its very gratifying to see my books in their third printing. The 'Goddesses of Light' keeps going on, also the third edition of 'Cradle of Heaven', 'Holistic Child Guidance' and my 'Memoirs'.

All of my life work, my writings and my paintings have been legally granted to Holistic Human Development for the benefit of all beings.

Our Seed school children have married and their children are growing into the Light in all Kingdoms and realizing that we are one and all that goes around comes around.So eventually all that you have so kindly given to me will come back to you in God's time....

Mastering oneself is the ultimate goal of every Sufi mureed on this plane, as I have been on it for over sixty years. You can tell that it takes a lifetime of experience of your own truth in the core of one's heart. Without personal faith nothing can be attained or understood.

ISHQ ALLAH MAHABOODLILLAH!
101x daily, moving the beads toward your heart.

The more you sing the prayers and blessings the further the Mysticism of Sound will carry the Message.

The Buddhist Prayer, "May All Beings be Well" ... I added one phrase. "May All injured be Healed! Peace, Peace, Peace." Do this together.

YA MUHYI - YA WAHABO
carries it on the river of your life to the four directions of the Earth.

Toward the One, the Perfection of Love Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being, United with all the Illuminated Souls Who form the Embodoiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.
As we end the meditation, we always come back to the Heart with YA HAAY, ISHQ ALLAH MAHEBOODLILLAH.

I pray that you are continuing to do your twenty Purification Breaths every day. There are five stages of advancement on the twenty breaths.

We never arrive, we are always unroute in life's experiences.

Enough said. Ishq Allah Mahebood lillah, With love and Blessings,

Murshida Vera Corda

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000

Hanamatsuri, Buddha's Birthday, Flower Festival, April 8th

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Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is celebrated on April 8, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha became enlightened as Sakyamuni Buddha and this marks the release of sentient beings from suffering and sorrow.

According to our tradition, the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, was born in Nepal on April 8, 566 B.C. He was born the son of King Suddohana and Queen Maya. There are many flowery descriptions of the scene at his birth, including celestial birds singing beautiful songs, beautiful flowers, and a sweet gentle rain bathing the baby Buddha. It is not necessarily the beauty of the flowers, the sounds of the celestial birds, nor the sweet gentle rain that fell, but the vibrant fact that on this day was born the greatest of sentient beings who became the Enlightened One, the Buddha

Every year we celebrate our own birthday. In our youth we are anxious to reach “adulthood”, and in our old age we attempt to cling to our “youth”. What is the meaning and reason for celebrating our birth? Much of the meaning of our own birth is often lost in the gifts and the merriment. The celebration of our birth is an expression of gratitude. This gratitude is extended towards our friends, parents and to life itself. This gratitude grows from an understanding that our birth is the result of many people and that our lives are intertwined with all others.

Understanding the Buddha’s teaching of interdependancy of all things will make it clear that our birth is the result of many causes and conditions. Realizing this we can see that our birth is truly a rare and wonderful gift, and we have an obligation to live out this life in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha.

This obligation to live our lives out to the fullest becomes even more striking when we look at the symbolism and the significance of the flower. The flower, as with all human beings, has its moment of youth and beauty, but its beauty soon begins to fade and eventually it dies. Our birth is like the blossoming of a beautiful flower, but it is the seed of our own demise. When we can understand our own impermanent nature, then it becomes very clear how we should live our lives.

From the murky depths of this quagmire of life, there still are occasions when sentient beings may, out of sincerity of mind, effort and intelligence, produce pure thoughts which may bloom into the ultimate purity of the white lotus, enlightenment. Hanamatsuri represents one of these occasions. It is a time for us to show our gratitude and rededicate ourselves as we contemplate the importance the birth of our teacher, master, spiritual guide and friend, Sakyamuni Buddha. Namo Amidabutsu


Ref: Buddhist Churches of America
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000

Mahavira Jayanti, Birthday of Lord Mahavir, April 9

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From the Teachings of Lord Mahavir
The seed cannot know what is going to happen; the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that it has the potentiality to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed. Nothing can be guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards of the journey, many are the pitfalls - and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell, which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many. There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the dangers. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the journey of life to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves. The same is the path for man. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed.

NAVKAR MANTRA

Namo Arihantanam: I bow down to Arihanta,
Namo Siddhanam: I bow down to Siddha,
Namo Ayariyanam: I bow down to Acharya,
Namo Uvajjhayanam: I bow down to Upadhyaya,
Namo Loe Savva-sahunam: I bow down to Sadhu and Sadhvi.
Eso Panch Namokaro: These five bowings downs,
Savva-pavappanasano: Destroy all the sins,
Manglananch Savvesim: Amongst all that is auspicious,
Padhamam Havei Mangalam: This Navkar Mantra is the foremost.

Lord Mahavir was the Twenty fourth and the greatest of all Tirthankaras of the Jain religion. According to Jain philosophy, all Tirthankaras were born as human beings but they have attained a state of perfection or enlightenment through meditation and self-realization. They are the Gods of Janis. Tirthankaras are also known as Arihants or Jinas.

Tirthankara - One who establishes the four-fold order (Monk, Nun, Layman, and Laywoman) of religion. Arihant - One who destroys his inner enemies like anger, greed, passion, ego, etc. Jina - One who conquers his inner enemies like anger, greed, passion, ego, etc..

Mahavir was born in 599 B.C. as a prince in Bihar, India. At the age of 30, he left his family and royal household, gave up his worldly possessions, including clothing and become a monk. He spent the next twelve years in deep silence and meditation to conquer his desires and feelings.

Mahavir spent the next 30 years preaching the path to eternal freedom or Moksha.

Mahavir preached that right faith, right knowledge and right conduct together is the real path to attain the liberation of one's self. At the age of 72 (527 B.C.), Lord Mahavir attained 'nirvana' and his purified soul left his body.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar


Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000

Hanuman Jayanti, April 11

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god widely venerated throughout India.

Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion to the god. From the early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship the monkey god.

The officiating priest bathes the idol and offers special prayers to the gods. Then the entire body is smeared with sindoora and oil, a symbol of life and strength.

Legend of Sindoor on Lord Hanuman's Body: According to a popular belief, once when Sita was applying sindoora to her hair, Hanuman asked her the reason for doing so. She replied that by applying sindoora, she ensured a long life for her husband. The more sindoora she applied, the longer Rama's life would be. The devoted Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindoora, in an effort to ensure Rama's immortality. Hence Hanuman's idol is always daubed with sindoora.

Hanuman's great lesson to us is that through complete devotion to our ideal, we can overcome the our ignorance and ego.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000

Birthday of Guru Nanak, April 14

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Early one morning accompanied by Mardana, Guru Nanak went to the river Bain for his bath. After plunging into the river, Guru Nanak did not surface and it was reported that he must have drowned. The villagers searched everywhere, but there was no trace of him. Guru Nanak was in holy communion with God. The Lord God revealed himself to Guru Nanak and enlightened him.

After three days Guru Nanak appeared at the same spot from where he had disappeared. He was no longer the same person he had been, there was a divine light in his eyes and his face was resplendent. He remained in a trance and said nothing. When he finally broke his silence Guru Nanan uttered in praise of the Lord,

"Ek Oengkaar Satnaam Karta purekh Nirbhau Nirvair Akaal Moorat Ajoonee Sai- Bhang Gurparsaath." (Mool Mantra)

"There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, He is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now." (Japji)

These words are enshrined at the beginning of the Sikh Holy Scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak did not believe in a Trinity of Gods, or the belief that God can be born into human form.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000

Jewish Passover, April 10-18

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The image above shows several scenes from Passover. On the right in a domed room, the angel of death is swinging his sword at a man in bed. On the left the Pharaoh and Queen are mourning the death of their first born son. The lower portion is a funeral scene with six men carrying a firstborn's coffin.

The start of the season of Passover when the Jewish people commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Work is not permitted on the first two and the last two days of Passover.

Passover Prayer

Long ago, at this season, on such a night as this, a people
- our people - set out on a journey.

All but crushed by their enslavement, they yet recalled
the far-off memory of a happier past.

And heard the voice of their ancestral God,
bidding them summon up the courage to be free.

Boldly, they went forth from Egypt, crossed the Sea,
and headed through the desert for the Promised Land.

What they experienced, they remembered, and told their children, 
and they to theirs.

From generation to generation, the story was retold,
and we are here to tell it yet again.

We too give thanks for Israel's liberation;
we too remember what it means to be a slave.

And so we pray for all who are still fettered,
still denied their human rights.

Let all God's children sit at his table, drink the wine of deliverance,
and eat the bread of freedom:

Freedom from bondage
And freedom from oppression,
Freedom from hunger
And freedom from want,
Freedom from hatred
And freedom from fear,
Freedom to think
And freedom to speak,
Freedom to learn
And freedom to love,
Freedom to hope
And freedom to rejoice;
Soon in our days,
Amen
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000

Good Friday, April 14

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Cosimo Rosselli, Crucifixion, 1507

Prayer Before A Crucifix

While I comtemplate, with great love and tender pity, Your five most precious wounds, ponder over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:

"They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones."

The Last Words from the Cross The Bible quotes seven last sentences that Jesus spoke from the Cross.

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. | Luke 23:34

Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. | Luke 23:43

Woman, here is your son... Here is your mother | John 19:26

Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? (My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?) | Mark 15:34

I am thirsty | John 19:28

It is finished | John 19:30

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit
Luke 23:46
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:14:00 +0000

Easter Sunday, April 16th

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"The Resurrection," by Pietro Perugino, 1499

An Easter Prayer

Glory and praise to You, Risen Savior, for You bring light to our darkness, joy to our sorrow, and the fullness of love to our reluctant hearts.

Once and for all You have conquered sin and evil. In the glory of Your Resurrection we have been set free from all that keeps us from following You.

In this Easter season, fill our hearts with Your Light and Grace that we might joyfully echo the words of Your Holy Angels:
He is not here in the tomb:

He is risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen

Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:13:00 +0000

Baha’i Festival Ridvan, April 20 - May 2

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The annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) in Baghdad, Iraq. At this time He publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age.

From the The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
1. O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:11:00 +0000