A Prayer for Humanity

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The path is nothing but service to humanity.

It is not found in the rosary, the church pew, the prayer carpet, all the look-at-me behavior, or the dervish robe.

Gladden the heart of human beings;

Feed the hungry;

Help the afflicted;

Lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful;

Remove the sufferings of the injured.

You are me. I am you.

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The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,

Having been created of one essence.

When the calamity of time affects one limb,

The other limbs cannot remain at rest.

If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,

You are unworthy to be called by the name of a Human.

~ Bani Adam, by Sa’adi of Shiraz

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A 13th century Sufi knew this.  Yet today much of humanity seems to live as if completely unaware of this existential truth.  May we all be granted a return to the Source of Truth.

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Nothing but Goodness

Be Good

Everything God created is good.  We were all created pure, as pure souls made out of light.  God didn’t create any bad people. He pushed out all the darkness and kept all the goodness.  So, tell yourself, ‘Now, if I bring in the darkness, I’ll just be taking back what God pushed away.  But if I can avoid doing that, nothing but goodness will remain in me.’  Therefore, the question to ask is: ‘Since we were all created good, can I stay good?  Can I be good?’  That’s what every human being should strive for.

~ M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

 

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