Tag Archive | God

Reflections

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Know that the world of created beings

is like pure and clear water, reflecting

the attributes of God.

Their knowledge, justice and kindness

reflects God’s like a heavenly star is

reflected in running water.

Earthly kings reflect God’s kingship.

Scholars mirror the wisdom of God.

People and nations may change as

one generation replaces another;

but the divine attributes are eternal.

The water flowing in the stream

changes many times, but the

reflection of the moon and stars

in the water remains the same.

Meulana Jelaluddin Rumi

(Masnavi 6: 3172-8)

I AM!!!

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I know not whence I came,
I know not whither I go;
But the fact stands clear that I am here
In this world of pleasure and woe.
And out of the mist and the murk
Another truth shines plain –
It is my power each day and hour
To add to its joy or its pain.

I know that the earth exists,
It is none of my business why;
I cannot find out what it’s all about,
I would but waste time to try.
My life is a brief, brief thing,
I am here for a little space,
And while I stay I would like, if I may,
To brighten and better the place.

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The trouble, I think, with us all
Is the lack of a high conceit.
If each man thought he was sent to this spot
To make it a bit more sweet,
How soon we could gladden the world,
How easily right all wrong,
If nobody shirked, and each one worked
To help his fellows along!

Cease wondering why you came –
Stop looking for faults and flaws;
Rise up to-day in your pride and say,
‘I am part of the First Great Cause!
However full the world,
There is room for an earnest man.
It had need of me, or I would not be –
I am here to strengthen the plan.’

 

Poetess:Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As You Go Through Life

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Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding.

The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –
Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
But bend and let it go o’er you.

The world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
As water shapes into a vessel.

Poetess:  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Asked…

I asked God for strength that I might achieve,

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I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. . .

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. . .

I asked for riches that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise. . .

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. . .

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. . .

I got nothing that I asked for-

but everything I had hoped for,

Almost despite myself,

my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men most richly blessed.

 

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