Gladden the heart of human beings

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Hi All,

Entering another new year, let us remember that only a few actions are really needed from us to heal the world.

May we gladden the heart of human beings,

Feed the hungry,

Help the afflicted,

Lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful and,

Remove the sufferings of the injured.



“It is the privilege of human beings…”

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“Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”

~ Wendell Berry

“Our system is one of detachment…”

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“Our system is one of detachment: to keep silenced people from asking questions, to keep the judged from judging, to keep solitary people from joining together, and the soul from putting together its pieces.”

~ Eduardo Galeano

What shall we do, then, for our fellow humans, particularly for those who lack access to sufficient and affordable healthcare?

You are me. I am you.


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


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.






He is that, but also more.


“… If you think God is what the different communities believe—the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, polytheists and others—He is that, but also more. If you think and believe what the prophets, saints and angels profess—He is that, but he is still more. None of his creatures worships him in his entirety. No one is an infidel in all the ways relating to God. No one knows all God’s facets. Each of his creatures worships and knows him in a certain way and is ignorant of Him in others. Error does not exist in this world except in a relative manner.”

~ Emir Abd al-Kadir

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Make Me an Instrument…

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Sufi and Animals

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;St. Francis II

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying

That we are born to eternal life.

~ St. Frances of Assisi