Detachment from material things

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My dog Buddy, is an animal, so obviously he does not really approach life from a spiritual state of mind, striving to acquire heavenly virtues and be detached from the material world...see below...

That's ok though, I don't think he is much of a theologian. But as I grow older I find more and more value in being detached and I feel more capable of being detached - from food, from possessions, from politics, from expectations of others. The list could go on and on - really anything worldly. I mean, don't all religions teach that this world is fleeting and that our focus should be on a spiritual level, even while yet on this earth? Since my blog is focused on scriptures, here is a Baha'i quote to ponder...

"No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth."

(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 3)

What do you think about detachment? Do you find value in it? Do you have a favorite quote about detachment to share from your religion?

Let's start with the basics, shall we?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The GOLDEN RULE can be found in ALL the major world religions. Here is a small random sampling:

  • Hinduism... "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done unto you." - Mahabharata 5:1517

  • Judaism... "That which is hateful unto you, do not impose on others." - Talmud, Shabbat 31a

  • Buddhism... "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." - Udana-Varga 5:18

  • Christianity... "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" - Luke 6:31

  • Zoroastrianism... "That nature only is good when it refrains from doing unto another whatever is not good for its own self" - Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5

  • Sikhism... "The minds of all are like precious jewels; to harm them is not good at all." - Shri Guru Granth Sahib, Section 41 - Shaloks Of Shaykh Fareed Jee

  • Islam... "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." - Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths."

  • Taoism... "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." - T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien.

  • Baha'i Faith... "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." - Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah,71

In my opinion, this common thread alone should tell us that there is an intrinsic and essential truth to them all which then really begs the question - Why is it so difficult to believe that maybe they all came from God? What do you think? (I realize that this is my first post and I am probably not going to get any responses, but you gotta start somewhere right?)

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