TOPIC: New Beginnings/Freedom from the Past - Cherag Regina Coeli McKnight, Jan.1995
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
Like two golden birds perched on
the selfsame tree,
As long as we think we are the ego,
Those who realize the Self enter into the peace that brings complete self-control and perfect patience. They see themselves in everyone and everyone in themselves. Evil cannot overcome them because they overcome all evil. Sin cannot consume them because they consume all sin. Free from evil, free from sin and doubt, they live in the kingdom of Brahman.
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
Believers, turn to Allah in true repentance. Your Lord may forgive you your sins and admit you to gardens watered by running streams, on a day when the Prophet and those who believe with him will suffer no disgrace at the hands of Allah. Their light will shine in front of them and on their right, and they will say: "Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us. You have power over all things."
FROM THE WRITINGS OF HIK
Beloved, Thou makest me fuller every
He who expects to change the world will be disappointed; he must change his view. When this is done, then tolerance will come, forgiveness will come, and there will be nothing he cannot bear.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
Upaka, a young Brahman and a Jain, a former acquaintance of Siddhartha, saw the Blessed One while he journeyed to Benares, and amazed at the majesty and sublime joyfulness of his appearance, said; "Thy countenance, friend, is serene; thine eyes are bright and indicate purity and blessedness."
The holy Buddha replied, "I have obtained deliverance by the extinction of self. My body is chastened, my mind is free from desire, and the deepest truth has taken abode in my heart. I have obtained Nirvana, and this is the reason that my countenance is serene and my eyes are bright. I now desire to found the kingdom of truth upon earth, to give light to those who are enshrouded in darkness and to open the gate of deathlessness."
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
Verily, I believed Thee, O Ahura
Mazda, to be the supreme benevolent Providence,
He who applies well his mind, and
sifts things better from things worse,
FROM THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered. They shall never come to mind.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." And he who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION
Dark cloud is at the door.
May it be beautiful before me.
FROM THE FEMININE SPIRIT
The air, with its penetrating strength, characterizes the victorious banner that is trust. It gives light to the fire's flame and sprinkles the imagination of believers with the dew of hope. Thus does trust show the way. Those who breathe this dew long for heavenly things. They carry within refreshing, fulfilling, greening love, with which they hasten to the aid of all.