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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.

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91st Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan, 5 February

"And the last thing that you will consider is that your Teacher is with you when you are away. Murshid goes still more with you, for the very reason that you are away. And therefore you have no reason to think that you are separated or far away from Murshid. But you must feel confident that, for the very reason that you are away, and space has divided us, that Murshid is so much more near." Excerpt from the Collective Interview, "Things to Remember", By Hazrat Inayat Khan, Friday, September 10th, 1926

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:21:00 +0000

St. Valentine's Day, 14 February

The Story of the Historical Third Century Martyr Saint Valentine of Terni, Italy. Here shown healing the sick.

Quotes by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan on the subject of "love"

True happiness is in the love-stream that springs from one's soul, and the man who will allow this stream to flow continually, in all conditions of life, in all situations, however difficult, will have a happiness that truly belongs to him. 
from the CHALAS (Illuminated words)

No love-offering can be more precious than a word or act of respect, for the highest expression of love is respect.
from the CHALAS (Illuminated words)

Love is the best means of making the heart capable of reflecting the soul-power; and love in the sense of pain rather than of pleasure. Every blow opens a door whence the soul-power comes forth.
Bowl of Saki, June 15th

Love lies in service; only that which is done, not for fame or name, not for the appreciation or thanks of those for whom it is done, is love's service.
Bowl of Saki, June 20th

Is love pleasure, is love merriment? No, love is longing constantly; love is persevering unweariedly; love is hoping patiently; love is willing surrender; love is regarding constantly the pleasure and displeasure of the beloved, for love is resignation to the will of the possessor of one's heart; it is love that teaches man: Thou, not I.
ALAPAS (God Speaking to Man)

I have loved in life and I have been loved.
I have drunk the bowl of poison from the hands of love as nectar,
and have been raised above life's joy and sorrow.
My heart, aflame in love, set afire every heart that came in touch with it.
My heart has been rent and joined again;
My heart has been broken and again made whole;
My heart has been wounded and healed again;
A thousand deaths my heart has died, and thanks be to love, it lives yet.
I went through hell and saw there love's raging fire,
and I entered heaven illumined with the light of love.
I wept in love and made all weep with me;
I mourned in love and pierced the hearts of men;
And when my fiery glance fell on the rocks, the rocks burst forth as volcanoes. The whole world sank in the flood caused by my one tear;
With my deep sigh the earth trembled,
and when I cried aloud the name of my beloved,
I shook the throne of God in heaven.
I bowed my head low in humility, and on my knees I begged of love,
"Disclose to me, I pray thee, O love, thy secret."
She took me gently by my arms and lifted me above the earth,
and spoke softly in my ear,
"My dear one, thou thyself art love, art lover, and thyself art the beloved
whom thou hast adored."
ALANKARAS, (Fanciful expressions of ideas)

The fountain stream of love rises in the love for an individual, but spreads and falls in universal love.
BOULAS, (Kindled words)

Love develops into harmony, and of harmony is born beauty.
BOULAS, (Kindled words)

The water that washes the heart is the continual running of the love-stream.
BOULAS, (Kindled words)

Love is a weapon that can break all obstacles on one's path in life. Self-pity is the cause of all the grievances of life.
BOULAS, (Kindled words)

Love which manifests as tolerance, as forgiveness, that love it is which heals the wounds of the heart. The greatest love in life is often that which is covered under indifference.
BOULAS, (Kindled words)

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Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:21:00 +0000

Buddha's Paranirvana Day, 15 February

This is a Mahayana Buddhist festival that marks the death of the Buddha. It is also known as Nirvana Day.

Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha, because they believe that having attained Enlightenment he achieved freedom from physical existence and its sufferings.

The Buddha's death came when he was eighty years old, and had spent forty years teaching after his Enlightenment. He died in a state of meditation, and attained nirvana, a release from the cycle of death and rebirth.

The Parinirvana Sutta describes the Buddha's last days, and passages from it are often read on Parinirvana Day. Buddhists celebrate Parinirvana Day by meditating or by going to Buddhist temples or monasteries. As with other Buddhist festivals, celebrations vary throughout the world.

From the Paranirvana Sutra:

Thus have I heard. One time the Buddha was staying at the city of Kusinagara, the birthplace of the great worthy, on the shore of the Ajiravati River between a pair of Sala trees. At that time, the World Honored One was accompanied by a great bhiksu congregation numbering eighty nayutas of kotis of people, encircling him front and back. On the fifteenth day of the second month, the time of his entry into Nirvana was eminent. Using the buddhas’ spiritual power, he issued a great voice that universally filled the minds of beings. 

Conforming to each species of beings, the voice addressed all the sentient beings (sattvas), "Today the Tathagata, the Arhat, the Perfectly Enlightened One, feels compassion for sentient beings, protectively shelters the sentient beings, and regards sentient beings equally as he would his own son, Rahula. For the sake of those who have taken refuge, and for the householders, the greatly awakened World Honored One now wishes to enter Nirvana. If any sentient being has uncertainties, they can now submit the very last questions [to the Tathagata]."

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 23:33:00 +0000

Chinese New Year, 16 February

Buddha, Lantau, China

One is to cultivate the seven factors of enlightenment: 
investigation into phenomena, 
and equanimity.
(Maha-parinibbana Sutta 9)
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 23:32:00 +0000

Tibetan New Year. 16-18 February

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!

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 23:32:00 +0000