Sacred Readings Archive
TOPIC: THE MESSAGE AND THE MESSENGER - by Regina
Coeli McKnight - Feb. 1994
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4:5-11
I have been born many times, Arjuna,
and many times hast thou been born. But I remember my past lives,
and thou has forgotten thine.
Although I am unborn, everlasting,
and I am the Lord of all, I come to my realm of nature and through my wondrous
power I am born.
When righteousness is weak and faints
and when unrighteousness exults in pride, then my Spirit arises on earth.
For the salvation of those who are good, for the destruction of evil in
men, for the fulfillment of the kingdom of righteousness, I come to this
world in the ages that pass.
He who knows my birth as God and
who knows my sacrifice, when he leaves his mortal body, goes no more from
death to death, for he in truth comes to me. How many have come to
me, trusting in me, filled with my Spirit, in peace from passions and fears
and anger, made pure by the fire of wisdom!
In any way that men love me, in that
same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they
all in the end come to me.
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
The Divine Songs of Zarathustra
Grant me, O Truth, the blessing which
is the fruit of the Good Mind!
And grant, O Mazda, my sovereign
Lord, that reciting Thy holy words of revelation, I may make Thy felicitous
I shall take the soul to the House
of Songs, with the help of the Good Mind!
Knowing the blissful rewards of
Ahura Mazda for righteous deeds,
As long as I have the power and
strength, I shall teach all to seek for Truth and Right.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
The Teachings of the Compassionate
Buddha p 143-145
The Blessed One, having attained
Buddhahood...pronounced this solemn utterance...... :
"The truth remains hidden from him
who is in the bondage of hate and desire. Nirvana remains incomprehensible
and mysterious to the vulgar whose minds are beclouded with worldly interests.
Should I preach the doctrine and mankind not comprehind it, it would bring
me only fatigue and trouble."
Mara, the Evil One, on hearing the
words of the Blessed Buddha, approached and said; "Be greeted, thou
Holy One. Thou hast attained the highest bliss and it is time for
thee to enter into the final Nirvana.
Then Brahma Sahampati descended from
the heavens and said:
"Alas! The world must perish
should the Holy One, the Tathagata, decide not to preach the Dharma.
Be merciful to those that
struggle; have compassion upon the sufferers; pity the creatures who are
hopelessly entangled in the snares of sorrow. There are some beings
that are almost free from the dust of worldliness. If they hear not
the doctrine preached, they will be lost. But if they hear it, they
will believe and be saved."
The Blessed One, full of compassion,
looked with the eye of a Buddha upon all sentient creatures...
And the Blessed One turned to Mara,
saying: "I shall not pass into the final Nirvana, O Evil One, until
there be not only brethren and sisters of an Order, but also lay-disciples
of both sexes, who shall have become true hearers, wise, well trained,
ready and learned, versed in the scriptures, fulfilling all the greater
and lesser duties, correct in life, walking according to the precepts -
until they, having thus themselves learned the doctrine, shall be able
to give information to others concerning it, preach it, make it known.....until
it shall have been well-proclaimed among men!"
FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE DIVINE
The Writings of Hildegard of
Holy persons draw to themselves all
that is earthly.
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
Then the Lord said........Behold,
the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression
with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh
that you may bring forth the sons of Israel out of Egypt."
Moses said to God, "Who am I that
I should go to Phaoroh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?"
God said, "But I will be with you;
and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you; when you have
brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain."
Then Moses said to God, "If I come
to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent
me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what
shall I say to them?"
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."
And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you."
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
Luke 9 18-27
Now it happened that as he was praying
alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, "Who do the people
say that I am?" And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others
say Elijah; and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen."
And he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered,
"The Christ of God."
But he charged and commanded them
to tell this to no one, saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things,
and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,
and on the third day be raised."
And he said to all, "If any man would
come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow
me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever would
lose his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit
a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
Quran Sherif 3
When Allah made His covenant with
the Prophets, He said: "Here are the Scriptures and the wisdom which
I have given you. An apostle will come forth to confirm them.
Believe in him and help him. Will you affirm this and accept the
burden I have laid on you in these terms?"
They replied: "We will affirm
Say: "We believe in Allah and
what is revealed to us; in that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael,
to Isaac and Jacob and the tribes; and in that which Allah gave Moses and
Jesus and the prophets. We discriminate against none of them.
To Him We have surrendered ourselves."
FROM THE GAYAN, VADAN AND NIRTAN
of Hazrat Inayat Khan
My deep sigh rises above as a cry
of the earth, and an answer comes from within as a message.
The Message is an answer to the cry
"I hear a deep cry in the bowels
of the earth, and the Message comes like rain on a dry land. It comes
as a response. My whole being feels stirred by the greatness of the
call and the greatness of the answer."
At the moment when I shall be leaving
this earth, it is not the number of followers which will make me proud;
it is the thought that I have delivered (God's) message to some souls that
will console me, and the feeling that it helped them through life that
will bring me satisfaction."
The following are concentrations
which may be done prior to reading each scripture, as part of setting the
attunement for that religious tradition by attuning to a master from that
As we say
"Ram,Ram," with fists raised in the attitude of the warrior, we come to
feel the strength and self-confidence necessary to take on the promoters
of darkness. We experience the force of the teaching that "all that
is necessary for evil to triumph in the world is for good men to do nothing."
There is much that needs to be done, and we are the ones to do it.
May God help us.
Quan Yin, who reached buddhahood, rose to heaven, on the way saw a suffering
child, could not go, vowed to stay and give compassion until all have reached
Walk of Quan Yin. As Mary,
holding the child, touch compassion within, then from heart take drop of
compassion and distribute it as walk.
faced with a choice which we make freely, and everything else flows from
that choice. The zeal with which Zarathushtra delivered the Message
is based on the urgency of that choice, for once the choice has been made,
the being is no longer free.... The prophet comes to present the human
being with the opportunity of making a decisive choice, one way or the
Practice taught us by Atum:
Zikr motion with the head, as the
head circles thinking of that to which we want to say "No"--child abuse,
temptation to lie, tendency to self-abnegation. worry....Same, affirming
that to which we say "Yes"........a committment, a relationship, accepting
joy into life.....
yoke is easy, and my burden is light' Thus does he speak of the task
of delivering the divine Message. The ease comes in the completeness
of surrendering, and the lightness comes in the realization that truly
the burden is light itself, the divine light, which is the only light that
can enlighten the soul.Ya Nur, Ya Ghani.....envision moving down path,
lighting way for others, picking up obstacles.....
of Muhammad is the way of perseverance with confidence, always considerate,
always courteous, always respectful even toward those without respect,
secure in the knowledge of the ultimate triumph of God's will over all
which is opposed to it.
battleground is the indifference of those who are supposedly committed
to spirituality. If those who are supposedly committed really were
so, the world would change overnight. So it's a process of awakening.
Practice: Zikr or the Knight,
a number Aphorisms.
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