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Toward the One, the perfection of love harmony and Beauty the Only Being united with all the Illuminated Souls who form the embodiment of  the Master the Spirit of Guidance.

Readings from the World Religions on
The purpose of Life, duty and responsibility
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Bhagavad Gita. xiii 17:
The Light, even of Lights, That is said to be beyond darkness. Knowledge, the Knowable, the Goal of Knoqwledge, (It) is implanted in the Heart of Everyone.

The Dharmapada. Ch10 v16:
By confidence, by virtue, by effort and by concentration, by investigation of the Truth, by being endowed with knowledge and conduct and by being mindful, get rid of this great suffering.

Gospel of Zarathustra; 3 ii v 4.
Friendship is 70 fold between the pupil and the teacher, and Zarathustra this righteous and bold warrior, the hero of the invisible weapon, the very incarnation of the Law, and devoted to the Lord - he it was who with ready weapon sought out and found the broad path of Righteousness.

Tanakh: Nevi'm Samuel 9
David inquired "Is there anyone still left in the house of Saul with whom I can keep the faith for the sake of Jonathon?" and Mephibosheth was brought before him and he said "Donít be afraid for I will keep faith with you for the sake of your father Jonathon and moreover you shall always eat at my table."

The New Testament, Acts 3 v 25:
You are the heirs of the prophets, you are within the covenant which God made with your fathers when he said to Abraham, "and in your offspring all the families of the earth shall find blessing"

The Holy Qur'an Sura V11 v179:
The most beautiful names belong to God, so call on God by them.

Readings from the Gayan
  Every soul has a definite task and the fulfillment of each individual purpose can alone lead one aright. Illumination comes to one through the medium of their own talent.

SERMON

This little lesson on the purpose of struggle from the life of Rama:

"Rama, the great prophet and ideal of the Hindus, was at the same time an example of the incarnation of a godhead. The character and history of Rama is described by Valmiki in the great epic Ramayana. The training, which was given to Rama by a great Rishi named Vashishta, was in order to bring forth that kingdom of God which is hidden in the heart of man. In this respect Rama was not only an ideal for the Hindus of that particular age, but a model to mould the character of those who tread the spiritual path in any age.

Rama was a prince by birth, but was sent to be trained by a sage, with whom he lived in the solitude of a life of both study and play. He was not only taught to read and write, but he was also trained in athletic exercises and sports, and in all manner of warfare. This shows what kind of education the ancient people had, and education in all aspects of life. And being trained thus, Rama completed his studies when he was in the prime of his youth.

The Hindus have always considered the Ramayana the most sacred scripture. The Brahmin recites this story in a poetic form, to which the devotees of the Master listen for hours without tiring of it, for they take it as their religious training.

The most interesting part of Ramaís life is his marriage. In ancient times it was the custom for the husband to be chosen. This custom arose because of the tendency to warfare. Over every little disagreement the princes of the time rose up in arms, even in such matters as marriage. In order to avoid war, the father of Sita invited all the princes and potentates of his land and gave the right of selection to his daughter. A time was appointed for them all to gather in the royal
gallery, adorned with their regal ornaments and decorations.

Rama had lived a simple life; he had not yet known what princely life meant, for he was being trained under a saint, where he ate the same food and wore the same simple clothes as the sage, and lived with him in the woods in the solitude. Yet the brightness of the soul shines out even without ornaments.

When Sita entered this assembly, with a garland of flowers in her hands, her first glance fell upon Rama, and she could not lift her eyes from that ideal of her soul to look at anyone else, for her soul recognized the pearl of its heart. Sita, without a momentís hesitation, came and put the garland on the neck of that youth, so simple and unassuming, standing with an innocent expression behind all the shining hosts.

Some marveled at this choice, but many more became like glowing fire with envy and jealousy. Among them the one who was most upset was the King of Lanka, Ravana. For Sita was not only known as the most beautiful princess of the time, but she was also called Padmani, the Ideal Maiden.

As in Rama his character was an example, so in Sita the ideal character was born.

Later, the two were separated. Sita, who had followed Rama in his twelve years of Vanavasa, which means roaming in the forest was once left alone in the woods, for Rama had gone to fetch some water. At that point Sita disappeared, and only after great difficulty and grief were her traces found. She had been taken prisoner by Ravana. She had steadfastly lived for Rama in this captivity, and would not yield to Ravanaís tempting and threats.

In the end victory was won. Rama fought a battle with Ravana and brought Sita home again.This story shows how life is a struggle for everyone, to a greater or lesser degree.

The outer nature of the struggle may be different for everyone, but at the same time no one can live in the midst of this world and be without a struggle. In this struggle the one who wins in the end has fulfilled the purpose of their life; the one who loses in the end has missed their purpose.

The life of Rama suggests that apart from spiritual strife the struggle in the world is the first thing to face; and if one keeps to oneís own ideal through every test and trial in life, one will surely arrive at a stage when one will be victorious. It does not matter how small the struggle, which is the power that leads us further on the path towards lifeís goal. Human life, however great and spiritual, has its limitations. Before some conditions in life even the greatest person on
earth, the most powerful soul, will for a moment seem helpless. But it is not the beginning that counts, it is the end. It is the last note that a great soul strikes which proves that soul to be real and true."
From Hazrat Inayat Khan Unity of Religious Ideals: Vol 9 P 158-159.