TOPIC: HONORING OUR MOTHER EARTH (May 1, l994) Cherag Regina Coeli McKnight
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
It is under God's rule that the work of creation revolves in its evolution, and we have earth, and water, and ether, and fire and air.
God ended His work, and He rested, and He made a bond of love between His soul and the soul of all things. And the ONE became one with the one, and the two, and the three, and the eight, and with time and with the subtle mystery of the human soul.
His Being is the source of all being, the seed of all things that in this life have their life. . .
May God, who is hidden in nature, even as the silkworm is hidden in the web of silk he made, lead us to union with His own Spirit, with Brahman.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
I put upon the field of tranquil mind the water and manure of constant faith, then sow it with the unblemished seed of a heart immaculate. Over it, like pealing thunder, reverberates sincere prayer. Grace falls upon it, like a shower of rain.
Unto the plough and oxen of undistracted thought I add the ploughshare of right method and of reason. The oxen is guided by the undeluded person, with a firm grasp of undivided purpose, and goaded on by the whip of zeal and perseverance. They break up the hardened soil of ignorance, clear away the stones of the hardened, sin-filled nature, and weed out all hypocrisies.
Then with the sickle of the Truth of Karmic laws, the reaping of the Noble Life is practiced. The fruits, which are of truths sublime, are stored within the granary to which no concepts can apply. The gods engage in roasting and grinding this most precious food, which then sustains my poor humble self while I for truth am seeking.
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
Ahura Mazda, answering, said:
Thy Fire, we approach with worship,
O Ahura Mazda!
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
To everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under the sun; a time to be born and a time
to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a
time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build
up; a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a
time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to lose and
a time to seek, a time to tie up and a time to untie; a time to rend and
a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak; a time to love
and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
Behold, a sower went out to sow his
seed; and as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and it was trodden
down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a
rock, and a soon as it sprang up it withered away because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns, which sprang up with it and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and springing up, bore fruit a hundredfold.
And his disciples asked him, "What
might this parable mean?"
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
Your Guardian-Lord is God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and is firmly established on the throne of authority: He draweth the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, all governed by laws under His command. Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of Worlds!
God loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds. Do no mischief on the Earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing in your hearts: for the Mercy of God is always near to those who do good.
It is He who sendeth the winds like heralds of glad tidings going before His Mercy. When they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, He drives them to a land that is dead, makes rain to descend thereon, and produces every kind of harvest therewith: . . .
From the land that is clean and good, by the will of its Cherisher, springs up produce, rich after its kind: but from the land that is bad springs up nothing but that which is niggardly. . .
FROM THE TEACHINGS OF THE NATIVE
Holding the pipe up with its stem to the heavens she said, "With this sacred pipe you will walk upon the Earth; for the Earth is your Mother and Grandmother, and She is sacred. Every step that is taken upon Her should be as a prayer. The bowl of this pipe is of red stone; it is the Earth. Carved in the stone and facing the center is a buffalo calf who represents all the four-leggeds who live upon your Mother. The stem of the pipe is wood, and this represents all that grows on the Earth. And these twelve feathers which hand here where the stem fits into the bowl are from the Eagle, and they represent the eagle and all the wingeds of the air. All these peoples, and all the things of the Universe, are joined to you who smoke this pipe, you pray for and with everything.. . . . .Every dawn comes as a holy event, and every day is holy, for the light comes from your Father Wakan-Tanka; and you must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred, and should be treated as such."
FROM THE TRADITION OF THE DIVINE
With nature's help, humankind can
set into creation
God's majesty is glorified
This is possible,
The sum total of heaven and earth,
FROM THE WRITINGS OF HAZRAT INAYAT
There is no greater scripture than
Nature, for Nature is Life itself.
When I open my eyes to the outer world, I see myself as a drop in the sea; but when I close my eyes and look within, I see the whole universe as a bubble raised in the ocean of my heart.
Earth --- tell me your moral principle.
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