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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

Tibetan New Year. February 27-March 1, 2017


From The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva

Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

But what need is there to say much more?
The childish work for their own benefit,
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!

Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

In loving service,
Nuria & Our Workers

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:36:00 +0000

Magha Puja, March 12, 2017

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Māgha Pūjā Day the Buddha gave an important teaching to the assembled monks 2,500 years ago called the 'Ovada Patimokkha', which laid down the principles of the Buddhist teachings.

OVADA PATIMOKKHA

Forbearance is the best austerity,
"Nibbana is supreme", say the Buddhas.
He is not one gone forth who harms another.
He is not a recluse who maltreat others.
To abstain from all evil,
To cultivate what is wholesome,
To purify one's mind:
This is the Message of the Buddhas.

To speak no ill, to do no harm,
To keep the rules,
To eat enough but not too much,
To live apart and meditate,
This is the Message of the Buddhas.

Māgha Pūjā is an important Buddhist festival celebrated in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos on the full moon day of the third lunar month (this usually falls in February or March). The third lunar month is known in Pali as Māgha. Pūjā (also in Pali) means "to venerate" or "to honor". As such, Māgha Pūjā Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings on the full moon day of the third lunar month.

Māgha Pūjā day marks the four auspicious events, which happened nine months after the Enlightenment of the Buddha at Veḷuvana Bamboo Grove, near Rājagahain, Northern India. On that occasion four marvelous events occurred:
  1. There were 1,250 Arahata, who came to see the Buddha that evening without any schedule.
  2. All of them were Arhantas, the Enlightened Ones, and all of them were ordained by the Buddha himself.
  3. The Buddha gave those Arhantas principles of Buddhism, called "The Ovādapātimokha". Those principles are: a. to cease from all evil; b. to do what is good and c. to cleanse one's mind.
  4. It was the full-moon day.

Because of these four events, Māgha Pūjā Day is sometimes known as Fourfold Assembly Day or, because of the community of monks, Sangha Day.

Māgha Pūjā is an occasion when Buddhists tend to go to the temple to perform merit-making activities. The spiritual aims of the day are: not to commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one's mind.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000

Holi Hindu Festival, March 13, 2017

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Holi is the Hindu festival that welcomes the Spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season. Although Holi has religious roots, not much religious activity is involved in its celebration.

Holi is the most energetic Indian festival, filled with fun and good humour; even the strict rules of separation between castes are abandoned.

Holi is also called 'The Festival of Colours', the festival celebrated by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye around in an atmosphere of great good humour.
  • Hindu festival that is nearest in spirit to St. Valentine's Day.
  • A spring festival, usually celebrated in March
  • Celebrates Krishna, and the legend of Holika and Prahalad
  • Distinctions of caste, class, age, and gender are suspended 
  • Exuberant festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of paint
  • Features gender rivalry, with contests between men and women, and public flirting
  • Bonfires are lit during Holi, and food offerings are roasted
  • Officially celebrated on the day after full moon during the month of Phalunga, which falls in February-March
During the evening of the full moon, bonfires are lit in the streets.
These bonfires not only purify the air of evil spirits, but mark the story of Holika and Prahalad.

Holi was originally a spring festival of fertility and harvest. Holi is an ancient festival which is referred to in the 7th century Sanskrit drama, Ratnaval. 
Witness the beauty of the great cupid festival which excites curiosity as the townsfolk are dancing at the touch of brownish water thrown from squirt-guns. They are seized by pretty women while all along the roads the air is filled with singing and drum-beating. Everything is coloured yellowish red and rendered dusty by the heaps of scented powder blown all over. Ratnaval, 7th century drama 
The Legend of Prahalad and Holika This is the main Holi legend. Holika was a female demon, and the sister of Hiranyakashyap, the demon king. Hiranyakashyap considered himself ruler of the Universe, and higher than all the gods. 

Prahalad was the king's son. His father hated him because Prahalad was a faithful devotee of the god Vishnu. 

One day the king asked him "Who is the greatest, God or I?" "God is," said the son, "you are only a king." 

The king was furious and decided to murder his son. But the king's attempts at murder didn't work too well. Prahalad survived being thrown over a cliff, being trampled by elephants, bitten by snakes, and attacked by soldiers. So the king asked his sister, Holika, to kill the boy. 

Holika seized Prahalad and sat in the middle of a fire with the boy on her lap. Holika had been given a magic power by the gods that made her immune to fire, so she thought this was a pretty good plan, and Prahalad would burn to death while she remained cool. But it's never wise to take gods' gifts for granted! Because Holika was using her gift to do something evil, her power vanished and she was burned to ashes. 

Prahalad stayed true to his God, Vishnu, and sat praying in the lap of his demon aunt. Vishnu protected him, and Prahalad survived. Shortly afterwards, Vishnu killed King Hiranyakashyap and Prahad ruled as a wise king in his father's place. 

Moral The moral of the story is that good always wins over evil, and those who seek to torment the faithful will be destroyed. 

To celebrate the story, large bonfires are burned during Holi. In many parts of India, a dummy of Holika is burned on the fire.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000

Saint Patrick's Day, 17th March

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The Prayer of St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear, Alone and in a multitude.
Christ to shield me today against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding, So that there may come to me abundance of reward. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000

Saint Joseph's Day, 19th March

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Saint Joseph Prayer
O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail. NOTE: Whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:34:00 +0000

Naw-Rúz -The Zoroastrian, 20 March 2017

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Naw-Rúz (literally new day) marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and families gather together to observe the rituals.

Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest of them all, Nowruz is believed to have been invented by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of origin. Since the Achaemenid era the official year has begun with the New Day when the Sun leaves the zodiac of Pisces and enters the zodiacal sign of Aries, signifying the Spring Equinox.

In celebration of these various traditons offer this prayer, "Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Rúz as a festival unto those who have observed the Fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto thee. Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the Fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee."
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:34:00 +0000

March Equinox, Northern Hemisphere, 20th March



Poem by Robert Frost Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:34:00 +0000

March Equinox Southern Hemisphere, March 20th


Soaking up the first day of spring at Mexico's Sun Pyramid of Teotihuacan.
Photograph by Mario Guzmán, European Pressphoto Agency.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

Equinox is derived from the Latin 'aequus' (equal) and 'nox' (night). At the equinox the night and day have approximately equal length. This happens twice a year, at Spring and Autumn Equinox.

Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in March is also known as the 'Spring Equinox' in the northern hemisphere and as the 'Autumnal (Fall) Equinox' in the southern hemisphere.

March Equinox is a solar festival and occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. In the northern hemisphere the March equinox marks the start of spring and has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth. Many cultures and religions celebrate or observe holidays and festivals around the March equinox, like Easter, Higan, NowRuz and Earth Day.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar


Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:34:00 +0000

Khordad Sal (Fasli), 26th March, Birthday of Zoroaster

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Ashem Vohu (Invocation of Asha)
ashem vohû vahishtem astî
ushtâ astî ushtâ ahmâi
hyat ashâi vahishtâi ashem.

Holiness (Asha) is the best of all good:
it is also happiness.
Happy the man who is holy with perfect holiness!

Ahunwar (Most Sacred Mantra of Zoroastrianism)

ýathâ ahû vairyô
athâ ratush ashâtcît hacâ
vanghêush dazdâ mananghô
shyaothananãm anghêush mazdâi
xshathremcâ ahurâi â
ýim drigubyô dadat vâstârem!!

The will of the Lord is the law of righteousness.
The gifts of Vohu-mano to the deeds done in this world for Mazda.
He who relieves the poor makes Ahura king.

Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:33:00 +0000