We are all children of Earth. Grant us that simple knowledge.
If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed.
If they hunger, we hunger.
If their freedom is taken away, then our freedom is not secure.
Grant us a common fate; that man shall know bread and peace.
That he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security;
and equal opportunity and equal chance to do his best not only on our lands, but throughout the world. And in that fate, let us march. March toward the clean world our hands can make.
The really creative person is not interested in dominating anybody. He is so utterly rejoicing in life — he wants to create, he wants to participate with God. Creativity is prayer. And whenever you create something, in those moments you are with God, you walk with God, you live .
Let the one great aim and ideal be to lift up and universalize our affection, so that while it is as deep and intimate as though it has but one object, yet it is ready to be centered on any person, to flow to any point of need.
Soul of the world, no life, no world remain,
no beautiful men, women, longing,
only this ancient lovecircling the holy,
black stone of nothing,where the lover is the love,
the horizon, and everything within it.
Loving Your Enemies.
Another way that you love your enemy is this:
When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy,
that is the time which you must not do it.
There will come a time, in many instances,
when the person who hates you most,
the person who has misused you most,
the person who has gossiped about you most,
the person who has spread false rumors about you most,
there will come a time when
you will have an opportunity to defeat that person.
It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job;
it might be in terms of helping that person
to make some move in life.
That’s the time you must do it.
That is the meaning of love.
In the final analysis,
love is not this sentimental something that we talk about.
It’s not merely an emotional something.
Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men.
It is the refusal to defeat any individual.
When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power,
you seek only to defeat evil systems.
Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love,
but you seek to defeat the system.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - 1957
And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that
which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs
rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths
would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge
with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
Say not, “I have found the truth”
but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.”
Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.
I will give you a talisman…
Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.
Ye ask, who are those that draw us to the kingdom
if the kingdom is in Heaven?
… the fowls of the air and all beasts that are under
the earth or upon the earth and the fishes of the sea,
these are they which draw you
and the kingdom of Heaven is within you
and whosoever shall know himself shall find it.
Strive therefore to know yourselves and ye shall be aware
that ye are the sons of the Almighty Father; and ye shall know
that ye are in the city of God and ye are the city.
Logia Fragment - Verse 2 - sayings of Jesus
Thus we enjoin on you, thus do we say,
Thus we believe, thus we proclaim to all:
No living things should be slain any where,
Nor ordered forcibly this way or that.
Nor put in bonds, nor tortured any way
Or treated violently otherwise:
Because you are the same which ye would slay
Or order here or there against his will.
Or put in prison, or subject to pain,
Or treat with violence: ye are the same;
The Self-same Life doth circulate in all.
Jain Agams - Acharanga Sutra