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The Ethic of Reciprocity vis-à-vis the Golden, Silver, and Platinum Ru1eS “Ф”:

Dear friends,

Hear the Good News !

May we “pronounce God’s name” as a blessing, at all times and in all places, so that “The Lord will bless us and keep us, and look on us all with favour, and give us peace” (see Numbers 6.24-27).

“The Golden Rule or ethic of (positive) reciprocity is a maxim, an ethical code, or a morality, that essentially states either of the following:
1. “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive “+” form of the Golden Rule).
2. “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (neg “–” form, also called the Silver Rule).

The positive and negative forms of the Golden Rule have the same, but complementary value. Each side would have no value (and indeed, would not exist) without the contrast of the “other”. The two forms happily spiral “in-control” and “in-balance” – for the good of both – at all times.

What is referred to as ”Tit for tat” reciprocity though, is decidedly “un-golden”, for it is inherent only in worth-less, “flawed” thought. It is a “negative quantity” for both parties, which “repels” them, for they (it) has “no-good intention” between, and thus unhappily spirals “out of control” – indefinitely, until un-flawed, thought-full agreement is reached, and good-ness prevails.

When the positive (+) and negative ( – ) forms of the “Golden” Rule are viewed as “opposing polarities” of the “same entity” – they would be mere points “together” – separated and surrounded by the “nothingness of space” – and their values “negated into nothingness”.

We know now that white light can be broken down into its colourful “rainbow” components, and each colour has a particular “frequency” accorded to it by scientists, who have studied light using sensitive measuring equipment. So we may assume for the purposes of our informal non-academic thought-process, that each “colour” or “frequency” of what we know of as “light” (which is just another form of “energy”) has its own “maxima and minima” – outside of its’ “mean”, or “average frequency”, over time. Time, here, is of critical importance, for without it, frequency has no meaning, and no colours would be seen.

So, it seems, that even “colour” moves. Within each atom of metal or gas (whether “noble”, “coloured”, “of a substance”, or “not”), scientists assure us that there is “movement” – and “polarity(s)” even. This, no doubt about it, is what makes the world go “around” The “poles” provide the “axis” or “turning point” for the “body” – the “earth”.

Gold (Au) is metallic, and when finely divided can range in colour from black, ruby or purple. Very soft, and yellow in colour, a very small amount of it can be beaten out to a large area. It is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and is unaffected by air and most reagents. It melts at 1062 degrees Celsius, and boils at 2000 degrees Celsius.

Silver (Ag) is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, and is nearly white, lustrous, soft, very ductile, and malleable metal. It melts at 962˚C and boils at 2212˚C. It is subject to tarnishing over time as a result of oxidization.

Platinum (Pt) is also a noble metal, and melts at 1772˚C and boils at 3800˚C. Like the others above, it is lustrous, malleable and ductile, and is as resistant as gold to corrosion and tarnishing.

All of these are “precious metals”, and “hard to find’, along with most metals noble. Chemists and physicists, mathematicians and scientists have only unlocked their secrets over the last several hundred years, and have worked together to formulate the Periodic and Atomic Tables which can predict the chemical and physical interactions between metals, liquids and gases at various temperatures.

All of this is very humbling (or should be) to the ordinary person on the street, as well as to the scientists concerned, for they surely recognize that their contribution has been founded upon the shoulders and hard work of others, who in their own time, have sought the “holy grail”, and “passed on”.

But equally, none of this would have been possible without the vision of those who could read and write and think “well”, and who could bravely communicate the ideas and ideals of “well-thought” kindly philosophy – and of our ever-forming and changing religious beliefs – which “the (irreligious) establishment” would like to “set in stone” (that is, personally “limit” and “control”), for their own purpose, and advantage.

It is in this sure knowledge that we can face the future, because “Where you are, we are, also, and God IS….”

If we can visualize the two complementing aspects of the noble “Golden Rule” as “self-supporting”, and as “self-evident North and South poles” of the “totality” of the earliest “Pre-eminent Rule of the Uni-verse”, we should also visualize that (similar to the “earth” analogy, which should further allow that “any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate”), something of “substance” must lie between the “Gold” and the “Silver” poles of the “one” Rule.

Since we have ascribed the value of the “poles” as the precious and noble metals “Gold” and “Silver” to the pre-eminent “first” rule of the universe, it should not come as a surprise to us that “Platinum” has been chosen to describe the “middle path” to the Golden Rule of Love “ Ф “ (God)(the Divine Proportion).

Like the North and South poles of the earth (which provide for its axis of rotation), the “poles” are separated by a mass of substance, of platinum “otherness”, which “at once” also provides a “life force” which encapsulates the whole, including the poles.

The earth is also coated with a thin layer of gases, which are held in place by “the weakest force in the earth’s Solar system” – gravity.

These gases are drawn mostly from the earth itself, and so may be said to be a vital part of “it”, and of all life which has emerged from “it” over aeons of time. “Earth” has often been referred to as “Mother Earth”, while “time” has been referred to as “Father Time”.

Since my “WordWeb” dictionary defines “aeon” as “An immeasurably long period of time”…, “The longest division of geological time”…, and (within the realm of religion) “a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe”, it would seem that the ancient civilizations (from which our words for “concepts” are derived), knew a thing or two: they worshiped both “Mother Earth” and “Father Time” as indivisible parts of the same entity many westerners call “God”, and many easterners call “Allah”.

When we of current generations think of and pray to Allah, or God, the Creator (of both Heaven and Earth), we visualize for ourselves a “life-giving force” (infinitely greater than the earth’s weak force of gravity), which not only “holds things together” (in space), but which is encapsulated in each and every uniquely created “thing of substance” within this, our world, and in all of space “there-out” – “out there”….

In other words: Our own “uni-verse”, and in the space “be-yond” (identical to, farther along in space or time or degree, or “in addition to”). The “farther” (further) we go outward in time (away from home), the closer we get to identify the word as “father”.

Conversely, the “closer we get to home”, the “closer we get” to “mother”. These two components of the same body cannot exist without the other, and we may also envisage this relationship to the “yin” and the “yang” of Chinese mythology – “ “.

The two components can be seen as “complementary” rather than (and only) as opposing “opposites”; “complementary” as in the difference between “something” and “nothing”, like “light” and “dark”, or like the numbers “ 1 “ and “ 0 “ etc. Each of these things have meaning “made known to us” by reference to the “other”.

“Zero” (0), by itself has no value, but when placed next to a “unit” (1), it becomes powerful…, as in “a” the first letter of our Roman Alphabet (which is followed by 24 others until we reach the last, 26th letter “z”. Capitalization of these letters from “A – Z” means that we have 26 letters with which to compose our words – and to indicate emphasis – and we have some few hundreds of thousands of words in English.

If we add the words of other languages which also use the augmented Latin system, that number is multiplied many times. Most languages also use devices to break up and to separate sentences and paragraphs, ranging from a “dot” or “full stop” for sentence breaks, and “commas” to indicate appropriate pausing within them, etc.

Should we insert a “unit” (1) in the centre of the “zero” (O) we “at once” achieve the very powerful figure “ Ф “ which brings to mind “our world rotating” on its axis, and which has had its importance recognized by the Greeks and later mathematicians as the most appropriate symbol to be connected to the “Universal Constant of Beauty”. “Phi” (Ф) is a ratio of “length” to “breadth” in “Divine Proportion”, and, like the Greek letter “Pi” (π), is related to the circle of “unit radius”.

Both “Phi” and “Pi” have values which, in the decimal system, are a non-repeating and ever-lasting, on-going “series”. Surely, when we consider such powerful symbols, we are “close” to the “heart of matter”, and to the “core” or “realm” of God.

Surely then, as far as humans can intuit and feel and know, we are close to God the “unknowable” when we consider these things “in depth” – from “all perspectives” – as objective observers, without prejudice.

God then, for us, can be “GФD”: the everlasting and non-repeating, life-giving and loving entity of “Divine Proportion”, who/which should be “revered” (loved, praised and respected) for creating for “us” this beautiful world, and for uniquely creating “us” – all of us – from generation to generation – and for having granted us all (to have and to hold) unique talents and skills, which should be encouraged (within the light bonds of love) equally.

When we reflect this love back to GФD, we will surely “see clearly” (and not “through a glass, darkly”) the paths we may follow as we “work together” to “lovingly” achieve “The Light”, each in our own time, and without fear or regret, as we honour our “Loving God’s Principle Rule”: “Love one another as I have loved you” (which is just another aspect of the “Golden Rule of Divine Proportion and Loving Reasonable Reciprocity”).

The “Platinum Rule” (the middle way – a minimum for civilized society to continue to exist): “The golden rule is a good standard which is further improved by doing unto others, wherever reasonable, as they want to be done by".

This “Platinum Rule” (of greatest latitude) was penned by Vienna born Professor Karl Popper (1902-1994), who, having experienced the terrors of a “closed” Nazi system of government in Germany in 1937, made his escape to work on in New Zealand, and then, with great distinction, in the UK. It was first published in his influential work "The Open Society and its Enemies Vol 2” in 1945. The key word in this rule is “reasonable”.

The “Platinum Rule” is like unto another saying “If you cannot love, then your only duty is to respect, and to do no harm, where this is an option open to you”.

“Doing as you would be done by”, includes taking into account your neighbor's tastes, just as you would that your neighbour should take yours into account.” This version of a generously workable “rule of thumb” has apparently arisen from another book, by Walter Terence Stace, in The Concept of Morals (1937), where he commented on Mr. Bernard Shaw's remark, a critique of the Golden Rule: "Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may be different".

If these “similarities” are viewed “at depth”, perhaps they could be viewed as “Palladian” (Pd) aspects of the Golden Rule. Gold (Au), Silver (Ag), Paladium (Pd) and Platinum (Pt) sit “side by side” or “adjacent to” each of the others in the Periodic Table, and almost “slap bang” in the “middle” of it (or so it would seem to this non-professional in the field),

These foundational concepts of “Platinum hue” and “precious and noble value” are like two opposing sides of the same coin – which nevertheless would have no value without reference to the other, and to that which it is sandwiched “between”.

Like the two opposing poles of the earth, which present an “axis for rotation”, all meridians pass equally through them (on the surface, and at depth), thus: “ Ф “.

Yes, the “Gold”, the “Silver” and the “Platinum” rules are the noble components of the “One Truth” with which we should “live out” our lives, “loving”.

May we “pronounce God’s name” as a blessing, at all times and in all places, so that “The Lord will bless us and keep us, and look on us all with favour, and give us peace”.

Let the “Heaven on Earth” we all aspire to “begin”, and let it begin with “you” and “I”:

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah (Law); the rest is the explanation; go (and practice what is Divine), and learn (to live in peace, one with another). “Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Do that, and you will live (eternally free to “be”).”

Thinking people who have been blessed with “reason” or “common-sense” will not have far to “go” to achieve this goal. The key word in the Platinum Rule is “reasonable”, which must have regard for “both sides” of the “discussion”. It is folly to allow discussions to escalate into confrontations, since recriminations escalate the pitch of the meeting(s).

Since this “commonsense” approach is at least “the norm”, or “view” held by decent “homo” and “hetero” people (male and female, black and white, abled and disabled etc etc), “we” are at least 95% towards standing up to the bullies of this world, already. It is true that some corrupt regimes are hard to topple, but fall they will, to “loving people power”…, as their corrupt practices are exposed in their nakedness. Like them, we too are liable to be corrupted, unless we “steer the middle course” to the Light of God’s Love, which finds its best expression in “mutual self-help”.

“Mutual self-help” is yet another expression of the “Golden Rule” in all its finely balanced aspects, for it includes all that which is “between” and platinum, valuable, and reasonable. “All versions and forms of the proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common, they all call for others the equal manner and respect we want for ourselves.

Amen, and Ameen etc ! Let it be so !

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PS: In writing the above in 2011, I referred to the following sources: http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/pt.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_metals , while the material relating to “The Golden Rule”, “Yin Yang” , “Roman Alphabet”, and “Greek Symbols”, was sourced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethic_of_reciprocity , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_alphabet , http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/page/93 , http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110113042022AAqTPg0 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_letters_used_in_mathematics,_science,_and_engineering , etcetera , and of course, the Bible (God’s “Good Book”), that great work of millennia and a thousand authors (who each had their own limited and partial understanding, gradually built), which shows us clearly the “ups and downs” of lives lived over time, and “what is good” (loving), and what is not, for rich and poor alike, without prejudice.

Living as we do, at this time, said to be the “Third Millennium” and in the “Age of Aquarius” (the “Age of the Water-bearing Peaceful Warrior”)(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrological_age , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Aquarius etc , “none of us” have any excuse for misunderstanding this message, nor for ignoring the imperatives of Love. There is no religion higher than Truth: “When you want only Love, that is what you will see.” (The Course in Miracles) Lest we forget !

I noted also that the "Declaration Toward a Global Ethic" from the Parliament of the World’s Religions (1993) proclaimed the Golden Rule ("We must treat others as we wish others to treat us") as the common principle for many religions, and that the Initial Declaration was signed by 143 respected leaders from all of the world's major faiths, including Baha'i Faith, Brahmanism, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous, Interfaith, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American, Neo-Pagan, Sikhism, Taoism, Theosophist, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian.

Certainly, we have arrived in this new era (the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius) without excuse; now all we have to do is to "deliver", kindly.

Getting down to the Nitty Gritty from the Land of Aus, downunder:

Australian Stories:

Last night I happened to watch Part 2 of an Australian TV documentary called “David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema”. I had not yet seen Part 1, but was soon able to watch this at http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/david-strattons-stories-of-australian-cinema/AC1520H001S00# . Part 3 promises to be as good.

Part 2, titled “OUTSIDERS” mentions the following Australian films, some of which I have seen at the “movies”, and some on TV. All of them appealed to me, because they highlighted the Australian landscape and diverse peoples. I thoroughly recommend readers viewing of this program in particular, though I feel sure, having also viewed Part 1, that Part 3, the final in the series will be just as enlightening. I urge all CPWR members-TORONTO-attendees to do so as soon as possible, since this window of opportunity apparently ends on the 14th February 2018.

Australian films mentioned in Part 2 are: The Overlanders, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, They’re a Weird Mob, The Story of the Kelly Gang, Lantana, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Strictly Ballroom, Alvin Purple, Ten Canoes, The Dress Maker, Chopper, Death in Brunswick, The Man from Snowy River, Wake in Fright, Welcome to Whoop Whoop, Animal Kingdom, Evil Angels, Gallipoli, Razorback, Romper Stomper, Wolf Creek, Rogue, Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbitproof Fence, picnic at hanging Rock, Mad Dog Morgan, The Last Wave, The Proposition, Charlie’s Country, The Tracker, Bran Nue Dae, Radiate, Goldstone, Samson and Delilah, Spear, Beneath Clouds, and The Sapphires. My apologies to the producers if I have missed any.

Part 1 mentioned some which particularly grabbed my attention also: Gallipoli, Breaker Morant, Shine, Jedda, My Brilliant Career, Those who Love, The Cheaters, among others. I look forward with you to take a look at Part 3 in due course.

I must say that many of the films mentioned here impacted me, since they deal with the hypocrisies all societies have to deal with; they are as fresh in my mind as the American film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They ?” which also is a social commentary about the immorality which separates the “have’s” and the “have-nots”. The “have’s” certainly will have a lot to answer for if they are ever to approach their Maker.

Because, “in the end” if we cannot be kind, even to our animals, insofar as we can help it, what are “we” ? In my opinion, this issue must ALSO be UNEQUIVOCALLY dealt with in the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto THIS year. We cannot afford to pussyfoot around this issue any more.

Universally pleasant themes are important for heart-mind healing and well being....

Universally pleasant themes are important for heart-mind healing and well being, such as “The Happy Prince”, which can now be searched out again on-line, by taking a look at http://www.kiddierecords.com/2005/index.htm (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIPaS10r-T0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JApl4-mgZ0 or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ4x5x6Gylo etc).

I recommend Christmas stories like “The Small One” (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTggSdU8pFw ), “The Littlest Angel” (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTWAzRveJT0 ), “Lullaby of Christmas” (“The Tongue-less Ones”) – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHGr4hUCsa0 ),”Tubby the Tuba” (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIa6o8x0qEQ ) and many other old favorites listed for you at
http://www.kiddierecords.com/xmas/index.htm , or at other section headers, so that together, we can kindly relive all of these stories with our children, and our grandchildren….

Discord presents itself when misogynists attempt to ban everything people like and appreciate. Empathy (treating others in the same way we would like to be treated) is the heart of Love. See http://www.wound-wisdom.tk , http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com , http://wound-wisdom-letters.blogspot.com etc. From simple truths' work up to the more complex issues:

Art (musical and otherwise) is a channel of expression to release, elevate, and understand our inner conflicts, fears, and tensions as well as our aspirations and hopes. Art is society’s great cultural university that is open for all.

Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty, or truth; or both. Art is the most beautiful invention of mankind, the universal language of life, a reflection of self for the artist, the audience, the past, present and future.

The creative powers of people are infinite, and must be supported, not denied.

Salvation does not mean liberation from this physical world, nor from the cares of family, but it does mean liberation from blind family bonds. Salvation is a ladder – reaching from the heart of “man” to heart of God. Thus, we should encourage artistic expression, not denounce it.

Worthy are those who preach love, and practice its kind application: Kind thoughts, Kind words, and Kind deeds. "Wound-Wisdom”, which lightly binds as it unwinds, is “Loves’ Clarion Call”. It “cuts to the quick” (the very heart of what matters).

There should be NO Compulsion in Religion (Koran 2.256); Speak of goodness to people (Koran 2.83). We are to help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support each other, so as to build up community - Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 titled "Love".

Love is the Direction, the Goal; Love is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth, and those of our children, and our children's children. The Goodness of "loving-kindness" is the “salve” for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first bound, tended and cared for, and then unwound, for healing to take place, from the “inside” - out. If we love each other, then we will respect each and every one, and not do to others that we would hate for our own selves.

I send all of my very best wishes, as always, from the Land of Aus, downunder.... Happy New Year, Everyone !

God's Realm, or Domain:

Two zero's side by side are the symbol for infinity – ie “ Ꝏ “. Infinity includes “everything”, and excludes nothing.

Now here are some of the symbols wisely chosen by our forebears: Φ for Phi, π for Pi, Ꝏ for Infinite. Other symbols which might be of interest to readers are © for “copyright” or “uniquely created”, ∫ for “integral”, α for “alpha” (the first), Ω “Omega” (the Last), ⁰ for “degree”, and = for “equal”. And we may note that “equal” angled differently can also be shown as ‖ , where not one is above or below the other, but standing and working “with” the other, side by side, hand in hand, step by step.

Each one of us is uniquely created and therefore © . Even identical twins have their differences. Thus it must be true that “All people are created EQUAL members of one human family”, and are BOTH male AND female (etc) “INSIDE.”, to fully display our “humanity” and those factors which we attribute to “God”, not least of which is the “Good God” factor “e”. This is the symbol we attribute to “energy”. That energy, or “Divine Spark”, rightly applied, can transform us into “humane” humans, “equal”, with not one above or below an “other”.

Otherwise, if we have no love, we are nothing; nothing can save us; we are destroyed. But there is hope, and we can find it in each moment while we yet live. So it is to this hope we should cling. It is our “life-raft”, our “saving grace”. We can say “Amen” or “Ameen” all we like, but if we have no love, we are nothing.

I did get to see "Go Tell it on the Mountain" musical in about 1973. I now see that it must have been based on the semi-autobiographical 1953 novel by James Baldwin of the same title. That performance certainly contained the words of the song dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung by "slaves" and recorded by many gospel and secular performers since. I saw it then, and do now, as a FREEDOM song; it certainly has been used in the Civil Rights struggle of the early 1960s.…

To serve, then, does not mean to submit. It means to do our very best, with what we have, when we can, humbly.

God's Realm is more than the nothingness of no-thing. It is filled with more than just the void, or emptiness of space. God's Realm has nothing to do with mere "kingdoms" or "fiefdoms" or "thraldoms" or "sheikdoms" or "popedoms" or "principalities" or "caliphates" or "sultanates" or "emirates" etc etc, which are merely man-made vested interests, unless the leaders/incumbents of these positions of power are self-less, and live to serve all people.

Until now, these earth-bound structures have been incomplete, and partial, while God's Realm is whole, and complete, filled with content, and impartial (Unprejudiced and Free from undue bias or preconceived opinions). They pass away, as do puffed up bags of wind, even though some of them do contain some content.

God's Realm has everything to do with the gravity of gravitas, which applies through-out the Universe, which is really more than just one Multiverse. God's Presence is felt as attraction rather than understood, as we progress from the negative to the positive. God's Presence is Realized through the works of science, rather than religion, which supplies only the questions posed by our recognition of the beauty of nature around us, among us, and within us.

Dedication to particular religions without recourse to science comes to nothing, bar the (unanswered) questions.

That quest has no end in sight (so long as we humans do not destroy entirely that which has already been created, to evolve, as our Good God intended, all along). Wars between men, deception, cruel murder, subjugation, rape and pillage have nothing to do with God's overall plan which kindly evolves over time nevertheless.

After all, there can be no compulsion in religion. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God’s love to us is a comfort, and a Blessing. It nurtures us, and sustains us through all our trials, as it has done though all the ages which have preceded this one. In this world at this time, we have been able to concentrate our thoughts in writing (well) online. We can share and care (help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support others), and thank the God of our understanding or misunderstanding, as “theists” and atheists too. If anything, we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. In doing this, we will be kind, even to our animals. There is no religion higher than these truths.

There are many languages ث , colours, proportions % and perspectives ▒ . Only some numbers ■ can be rooted √ exactly – the rest of us Σ are in-between ○. Life’s path ▬ may take us through many twists ₪ , turns ╗ , crossroads ╬ , blind alleys ╨ , periods ¶ , growth ♣ and prosperity $. Therefore ∴ , since we ♫ are all Σ subject to the same rules of life ± , We ♫ must ≡ all Σ never stop π moving forward ► as we ♫ seek happiness ☺ and freedom ☼ .

Oh “Core of my heart, my country”… “a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts, and flooding rains”…. This was my prayer from ULURU (Ayer’s Rock to the uninitiated), the very "Heart" of Australia. There is more to come, but in the interim, I send all of my best wishes to everyone as always, from the Land of Aus, “downunder”….

Please note that my comments above were stimulated by discussion at "linkedin" where Interfaith Professionals abound.

GRAND PERSPECTIVES:

Humanity is like a bouquet of flowers, in which each flower is beautiful in its own right, yet, the combination of all flowers, and the rich diversity of their colours and forms, is more beautiful.

“Man” is in a state of loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience, and Constancy. Violence and killing have no place in solving the problems of “man”.

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you: Do unto all as you would wish to have done unto you: Reject for others that what you would reject for yourself.

Show forgiveness, speak for justice, and avoid the ignorant. Share belief in human responsibility, consequences for good and evil deeds, moral teachings, and other values – such as love, peace and justice. Target racism and intolerance, for The command to be merciful applies to all.

The focus of life is not religion. Religion is a tool to focus humanity. It is a way to read the world, but it is not the main thing. It is your efforts in life; your humanity. It’s OK whoever you are; focus on humanity. The Creator wishes human life to be enriched… by the “brotherhood” of all races and nations.

So long as people suffer abuses, they cannot achieve their full potential, as free and equal members of society. The triumph of humanity over injustice, inequality, and inhumanity, all begins with an idea: a sense of justice and the relentless pursuit of compassion and kindness to preserve human dignity.

Regard power as a trust, in the belief that one has to render an account of one’s actions.

Trusts’ fulfillment must be guided by a sense of responsibility, beyond mere conformity to set rules. We are all one people. We have come to a better day; a day where skin colour no longer matters; a day where all people are aware of their dignity, and are aware that each and every one on this wonderful planet has the potential to shine, in the light of God’s pure and brilliant light. Let us all work towards it.

Well educated, balanced individuals can make a positive contribution to their families, community and society. Whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden, but Whoever helps another will be granted help from God.

Wisdom brings peace, security and justice. Therefore, Work for social and economic justice, minority empowerment, and reconciliation, and Work together to establish peace, justice and prosperity… worldwide.

Love finds its greatest form by loving good. Loving one’s neighbors recognizes that there is more than one path to the truth.

Injustice shall be darkness on the Day of Judgment. Those who engage in attacks against innocent persons shall stand condemned for God is all-knowing, all-aware. Therefore, Condemn all forms of violence, the contemptuous disregard of international conventions and the poisoning of regional relations. Demand that justice be met for ALL… for It is an inherent right of all human beings.

All human beings are equal. Enjoin what is good; struggle against the vices. Violence against women finds no roots in religion. In the matter of modesty, All are at liberty to decide for themselves their individual comfort levels and the choice of their dressing. A justly balanced community bears witness to the truth. A logical fruit of a merciful attitude is to love….

Therefore, love All, for A true believer is always prepared, after meeting the needs of family, to assist other people in need. Amen ! Action ! Be Kind ! Let it be so ! Let it begin with me ! Praise God ! Love ! .... ....

It seems to me that all people of goodwill can easily relate to this, no matter what faith tradition we spring from. There really is no division between us: “All people are created equal members of one human family”.

PS: I had to work hard to extract and put together these lines hidden within many pages, smothered as they were by partial "religious" verbiage. I admit to having added some joining words, and changing a couple, so that everyone can see the wisdom shining through, without getting caught up in schism. Surely, every religious group should take pleasure reading such words ? Please let me know if you know of any group which would not.... And why ?

I am that I am: The 3000 year old "Wisdom of Solomon" summarized:

Take a look at this common-sense, centrally placed, important, but most neglected book of the Bible !

Life is Useless: (Editor’s Note: This begs the question, “Or is it ?”} www.wound-wisdom.tk

“Life is useless, all useless. You spend your life working hard, and what will you have to show for it in the end? Generations come and go; the sun still rises (and sets); the winds continue to blow; but the world stays just the same. Although our eyes and ears can never see or hear enough to be satisfied, what has happened before will happen again, as it has from the very beginning.

It is like chasing the wind. You can’t straighten out what is crooked, and you can’t count on things that aren’t there. And so I started to think about the differences between wisdom and knowledge, and foolishness, and madness.

Wisdom (enlightened knowledge) is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness, for wise people can see a little of where they may be going. Fools cannot, but we must all die, wise and foolish alike.

All we can do is to be happy and do the best we can, while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. This is life’s benefit (gift). A human being is no better than an animal, because we all die and return to the earth (creator). Sometimes I envy the dead, and even those never born, for they have never seen the injustice that goes on in this world.

It is better to have only a little and have peace of mind (i.e. be satisfied); for one can rise from poverty or prison to become a leader, but if in old age will not take kindly advice, is not as well off as an intelligent poor person.

IF you go to church or temple, go to learn, rather than offer sacrifices as foolish people do. Think before you speak, and don’t make rash promises which you can’t keep. The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams; the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish. And no matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, always stand in awe of your God Creator.

Have RESPECT !

Know that every bureaucracy oppresses the poor in some way, and that every official tries to protect their own position and interests. But we leave this world just as we entered it – with nothing. There is nothing we can take with us! The best thing anyone can do is to eat and drink and work and enjoy the short life which has been allotted. Be grateful. Be kind – even to your animals. Be satisfied with what you have, rather than always wanting something else. Internal happiness is the gift of God, our Creator.

The living should remember that death is waiting for us all, and that the day you die is better than the day you were born. Remember also that sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding. Wise people think about their death. If you take a bribe, you ruin your character. Patience is better than pride. Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbour a grudge. Don’t wonder why “things were so much better in the old days”, because that is not an intelligent question. Wisdom should keep you safe, but bad luck can happen to anyone.

When things are going well, just remember that life sends both happiness and trouble, and we never know what is going to happen next – good people may die while other evil ones live on. Strive to find a balance. There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

Beware of those who would trap you with undue lust, for their arms around you will hold you like a chain, catch you like a trap, or a net. Watch out for people who grin and wink at you, for they have thought of something evil already. Wisdom can help you avoid these traps, so that you are not filled with worry, and can smile a lot.

None of us knows what is going to happen, and there is no one to tell us. No one can put off dying, or put off the day of death. That is a battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out.

Sometimes righteous people get the punishment of the wicked, and sometimes the wicked get the praise and reward of the righteous. Wise people may claim to know all, but they don’t! All we can tell is that the same fate will come to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the bad, to those who are religious or who are not, to those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. One fate comes to all alike.

While we are alive in the world of the living, there is hope, so enjoy life with the people you love, as long as you can. Eat your food and be happy; drink your wine and be cheerful. It’s all right with God. Work hard at whatever you do.

Fast runners do not always win races, and the brave do not always win battles. However they try, wise persons do not always earn a living, intelligent ones do not always get rich, and capable folk do not always rise to high positions. Bad luck happens to everyone. You will never know when your time is coming – when we will be trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it.

It is better to listen to the quiet words of a wise person than to the shouts of a leader at a council of fools. Just as wisdom does more good than weapons, and one fool can undo a lot of good, so dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom.

A country is fortunate indeed if its leader can make wise decisions for the benefit of all, and who control themselves so as not to be gluttonous or drunk with power. Make sure you do not criticise unnecessarily, and if you do, think ahead and question thoroughly, with solutions in mind, so that a way can be found to move forward, not backwards.

Put your investments in several places – many places even – because you never know what kind of bad luck may happen at any time. This principle applies also to the people we love. Love, and be good to as many as you can.

Be grateful for every year that you live, for no matter how long you live, you will be dead much longer. You aren’t going to be young very long, so enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your hearts desire, remembering always to respect your Creator God, for we must all return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God who gave it to us.

These words are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all.

PS: Since the world has progressed for the better in many ways in these last 3000 years, I have removed the misogynistic (unequal) thinking rampant at that time. We must all ponder on these questions if we are to lead a worthwhile and meaningful life, to be remembered with gratitude by those we leave behind to take our place. Surely we should encourage our children and our children's children to study Solomon's WISDOM, and ESPECIALLY his life's end concluding thoughts recorded for us in his Book of ECCLESIASTES, since he is known to be "the wisest man who ever was, or ever will be". No doubt, he pondered on his mistakes, and of his taking 700 wives and 300 concubines into his household. Even for a man in his exalted position, one or a few would have been more than enough. Surely ?

LOVING-KINDNESS is the KEY to GOOD-GOD living and loving:

If we remember that we are to be kind, even to our animals, how then can we be unkind to ourselves and-or our neighbour ? Loving-kindness is the portal through which we transcend our fallible, mortal selves; it is upon this precious Golden Foundation that all loving and tender Relationships are based.

“LOVING-KINDNESS” is the first attribute of one who loves BOTH God AND Neighbour as SELF. “Loving-kindness” is the product of good thought and kind action. It is the “Fundamental Drone Tone of Creation, Death and Dissolution” as it permeates the Cosmos, through things both material and immaterial, and upon which all melodic and tuneful harmony finds solace, comfort and rest.

In my humble opinion, such LOVE, which IS (according to Swami Amarananda upon his return to Switzerland after attending the 5th Parliament of Religion in Melbourne, Australia in December 2009, "the Immutable Foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring worth"), began with the simple pairing of two zero's ( 0 0 ) - a vast "emptiness" - approached each other so that there was no distance between them ( ꝏ ).

These two zero's, according to my simplistic logic, were then transformed into something “infinitely greater” (the first of the “big bangs”, perhaps), when one of the two entered the others' space at “the only angle that matters” (that is, at a "right angle" - or “90 degrees”, or Pi/2 or “π/2 radians”) - from each other.

When we look at things “Tangentially” (90 degrees) we are in the best position to see things clearly. Such a vantage point enables us to see the “two sides” in “Everything”, rather than remaining immersed, or “stuck in the muck of a rut”, and drowning. If we allow ourselves to do so (as independent, individual thinking beings, conscious of our pre-sent “present”), this opens for us the portal for “awe and wonder” at the Miraculous Nature of Creation.

Reverence for whatever “God” (or not) we attribute even the “Heavens” to, should hold no fear in it, for there is no hate or fear in LOVE (perfect UNION). And Doctrines and Dogma’s fall away.

These man-made ideas may have been helpful in the past to raise some up, while putting others down, but has nothing to do with EQUALITY, which when correctly viewed TANGENTIALLY, turns “ = ” on its’ side, and properly views EQUAL to mean “ ll ” (that is, “side by side”, “hand in hand”, working co-operatively TOGETHER), with none over or above or below any other.

But getting back to “Pi”. Pi ( π ) of course is related to a circle, such that (as the ancient Greeks surmised) the Circumference of a Circle is 2 π r (or π.D or π.2.r). Even some thousands of years ago, Mathematicians (the Einstein's of their day) were able to calculate the value of Pi to be 3.14159… . We now know that this value is indeed a never-ending sequence of non-repeating numbers.

The value of "Phi", or "Φ" (which is formed by our two theoretical zero's merged at right angles to each other) is related to Pi and the circle, and valued by Mathematicians as 1.61803… to an infinitely extended number of decimal places. The value of Phi has very many attributes, and it has been proven that all things are related to it as microcosm within macrocosm.

The value of " Phi " can be further appreciated when we think of it as One Zero ( O )"split" by Unity (one, or 1) as shown: " Φ ". Both Zero's have the same whole value (one) but their single "intersection" at 90 degrees invests them with infinite powers greater than one, which I believe to be the power to Create "something" from "nothing" (no thing at all).

And this ENERGY (the Power of Love), IS, i surmise, the reason that we are “here” at all. “Love” at its deepest level is an act of service. Love is love. And those who serve each other kindly, know God.

LOVE is the Direction, the Goal, the Aim, the Essence, Focus and Source; Love is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth, and those of our children, and our children's children.

The Goodness (GODNESS) of "LOVING-KINDNESS" is the "SALVE" for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first bound, tended and cared for, and then unwound (freed), for healing to take place, from the "inside" - out.

PEACE AND HARMONY can be ours too, if we have LOVE to SHARE. See also http://www.wound-wisdom.tk and http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com etc. I trust that my work of love in producing this corpus of work will invigorate others also to work to make a world of difference: UNITE, as ONE, as never before, before we squander the years we have left on planet Earth, our Mother.

I send all my best wishes, from the Land of Aus, downunder…. Bon appétit !

THE MORALITY (or not) OF EUTHANASIA:

Please note, this comment was first posted at my linkedin "Interfaith Professionals" friends blog - see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/euthanasia-sue-thomson :

Thanks Sue for your insightful article. Having already passed my allotted span (three score and ten), and in countdown. When I was much a much younger National Serviceman posted overseas, we had a system of (so many) days to "Wakey" (that date which we hoped would be the last of our obligation), whereupon we would be released from our imposed burden, to return to our land of birth and loved ones.

If all went according to plan, we would be flown home on this date. Some of course didn't make it to that date. All of their wishful thinking had no effect upon the outcome. And there were some no doubt who regretted having to make the transition. For some of us, life had moved on without us, and we could not re-engage with our families as we had hoped.

Some turned to alcohol and drugs, or ruined their chance of health by continuing to smoke. But whatever was to be our lot, we had to get on with our living and loving as best we could. And that is the best we can do. Re-engagement with our mates on “civvy” street (in civilian life) has for many been the work of many decades; a conscious repulsion for the very thing we desired.

And yet many have been rendered quite unrecognizable by the intervening years. For some, the voice is the only tell-tale sign of the presence we once knew, or the colour of eye. We are advised by science nowadays that our fingerprints remain an indelible feature, and our blood-group, DNA etc, but these are all internal features, not easily discerned from the exterior, which in any case, changes, whether we like it or not.

The images we might see upon our demise are prized up from the depths of time past, and most likely do not at all resemble the people we once knew, but which bring us the comfort of a long remembered scent or accent which in turn produce remembered scenes, played out for us by our ebbing rationality.

It is no small wonder that people who are miraculously delivered from the clutches of death are keen to talk of their experience, since it inspires in others a sense of "I told you so" ! It brings validation to those who either believe in a life after death, or would like to. But always, these "wake-sleep" dreamings can never be proven; they are as fleetingly ephemeral as are remembered jewels in the sea, cast by the sun's rays.

I can tell you that I myself am a "resurrected" man, but have no way to prove it, since I was alone at the time that miracle happened for me. What I remember most was my thought that I was not breathing, that my pain had miraculously gone, and my having then gone through a self-imposed check list, which said yes, I am ready, I've made my will, my children still love me. I have no regrets about my living up to that point, but “is there something that I have failed to do to complete my legacy” ?

And when I eventually thought of that, I tried to “move”, and with that slight movement my body was soaked from head to toe in a profound sweat which drenched the bed. Like a baby, I had no strength, but eventually managed to roll myself over to a dryer spot. And the pains of living started out again. I was only able to get up some hours later that morning, still weak.

That was in 2002, and I have gone from there to creating my http://www.wound-wisdom.tk website and blogs, promoting “Peace and Harmony”, and joining with other well-wishing others globally at linkedin (etc) as an “Interfaith Professional”, “Building a Stronger Family” person, loved “other”, and parent, and grandparent etc.

The thrill of completing my appointed task resulted also in several sessions of “automated writing” where I was able to reasonably capture what had been conceived during sleep. Having forced myself awake from deep sleep, I sprang out of bed and started writing “The Universal ‘Man’ of No Clan, for All Clans” (with hardly a pause or alteration) while these thoughts reverberated through my head.

Having been a factual report writer all of my adult life, I was amazed that I had produced something so out of the ordinary for my ordinary self. I wept, giving thanks all the while for having been given the opportunity to become the vehicle for its’ deeply rooted poetic expression, which (I believe) cuts through conventional dogma’s and doctrine’s, to the very heart of Good-God living and loving – well – into the future.

Even a short excerpt reveals the nature of the Universal ‘Man’ of No Clan for All Clans, which can be read in its’ entirety at http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com :

“ You Must Have True Vision,
Both the Short and the Long to Get On with Life, and
Not Stumble About In the Dark !

“ You Must Hear Plainly Both the High and the Low,
All Such Sounds are Pleasing to God –
Our Creator !

“ Be of Kind Mind, Forgiving and Generous, and
Then You'll be Able to 'Move On', 'Right On" !
Thanking Our God the Creator of All that’s
On Earth and Within.

“ The Seeing and the Blind - the Deaf Too -
Can Hear Gods true Tune, if they
Seek, they Shall Find It ! A Fine Tune !

“ Each of You Have Inside, what's
Required to be Free –

“ And That’s what's at the Heart of ME !
Courage and Wisdom, Stamina and Fulfilment
Will be Yours, if You Have 'Fruitfulness' Too !

Having emerged from my sickbed to write down my thoughts now about Sue’s Article, I trust that readers will appreciate my sincerity, and Sue’s. I personally have nothing against voluntary euthanasia, or even mercy killing. I believe that if we come to that decision from the right (good and kind and loving) place, then we have nothing to fear, and that nothing can then separate us from the “Love of God”, and that all of life's benefits and blessings will be ours in the "now", and in the "hereafter", as well.

Since each present moment is a pre-sent moment (as it is recognized by the spelling of both words in the English language at least), what can possibly go wrong ? All we have to do is to change our focus and direction - to positively align our lives - to lives well lived (which includes illness, death and decay within its natural order, so that that blessed state may continue its' cycle ad infinitum).... And we people will progress, in thought, word and deed, as we kindly act out our richly orchestrated, and varied parts. ……………..

“Thumbs Down” – to US Gun Lobby. Say NO! CPWR, SAVE OUR CHILDREN ! SAY NO !

This post had its beginning on the 4th March 2013 as I joined with GROUNDSWELL (see http://action.groundswell-movement.org/petitions/join-newtown-clergy-tell-key-senate-committee-to-approve-gun-reform ).

It would appear that nothing has been done, as US legislator’s pussyfoot around the NRA which helps keep them in power. That VESTED INTEREST should be EXPOSED, and held to account, especially following the latest outrage committed on US soil at a school in Florida. That it can occur anywhere is a great, crying SHAME !

NB: It should be noted that the following letter was penned in unanimity by disparate faith leaders at that time:

“ The moral mandate to protect the weak in our care is clear and present in all of our faith traditions. Our varied faith traditions teach us to seek the peace of the city, to love our neighbor, and to cherish human dignity. To see the rising incidence of gun violence from Chicago to Newtown, Camden to Aurora, Detroit to Tucson – and how that violence particularly targets the young and the poor, especially in America’s urban communities - and yet to refuse to take the steps we know would reduce harm is a violation of religious values so severe that we are compelled to speak out.”

“ The slaughter of innocence in Newtown awakened our nation to the tragedy of gun violence throughout our land and we shall neither slumber nor sleep…. As faith leaders, we commit ourselves to fostering a culture of peace to complement and serve as a foundation for any proposed gun legislation.”

Signed in in unanimity by:
Rabbi Shaul Praver, Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, CT
Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT
Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd, Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, CT
Chaplain Eman Beshtawii, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Azeez Bhavnagarwala, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Mel Kawakami, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Leo E. McIlrath, Lutheran Home, Southbury, CT
Khatib Mohamed El Safty, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jane Sibley, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jim Solomon, New Hope Community Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Janice Touloukian, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT

When religious and/or non-religious persons recognize themselves in all others, they must recognize equality within religion, as elsewhere. No one is above an other. Gun owners do not have rights that non-gun-toting people don’t. Even governments should have a hard time convincing a population to enter another’s war.

Governments should know that the odium and blame for their use of heavy-handed machine-guns/rapid-fire/heavy-weapons, is not necessary in civilian populations, and that many innocent lives will fall victim to their Nation’s un-equal action. The ultimate responsibility for these unnecessary deaths will hang heavy – on them, as individuals, also.

Likewise, individual gun clubs should know that multiple fire weaponry is overkill, even if the targets are clay pigeons or paper targets, and no death of a living thing is involved. If the thrill associated with gun use is to be able to shoot well – to hit the target multiple times with single shots – then rapid-fire machine guns are not required. Any fool can hit a target with a machine gun.

I should know. I’ve done it. And it sickened me. That was a long time ago, when I was in “National Service”, compulsorily “called up” to fight a war overseas, against my better judgment. I was young, as most combatants are, too immature to express what I felt, too weak to resist peer pressure, and too weak to resist the bullying tactics of the military establishment, which profits from gun toting.

That is why they send out brain-washed boys to do what can only be described as immature men’s dirty work. But the real villains are the well-coifed financiers who never set foot in the raw muck of war. These tricksters are adroit at taking tax-breaks and like to rake in other people’s money, hand over fist, live the high life, and jet-set around the world, while gambling away other people’s assets, and destroying lives.

Some of these pretend to be religious, to be “holier than thou”, but like the tyrant king’s before them, do just what they like, not having to count the cost. We “lackeys” (the ones who do the work) have fallen for this inequitable “one-upmanship” for too long. It is time for us to “speak out” – even to the highest echelons of power (which does not often eschew the perks of power, more is the pity).

The disparate clergy of Newton have spoken truly, as have their civilian allies:

That vested interest, the “Gun Lobby” (read here: gun-manufactures/ammunition-suppliers/arms dealers/financiers/gun-shops etc, in their criminal part time role – as full time agitators for war, usually in another’s country) – has no leg to stand on, when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. It is high time that the insanity of that lobby’s power is pegged, and named for what it is – a money-making racket, which lacks credibility, trust, and any notion of equality, or legality.

I hope that the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions will deal once and for all with this issue, and add to the Groundswell of public dissent. Attendees, please add to the pleas of others who have lost loved ones, both in Newton and now in Florida and elsewhere, from the scourge of random shootings, and/or from acts of war unfairly waged.

“Prayers and condolences are not enough”; “We are begging for our lives”; “Your silence is killing us” !

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, SHAME on you"; “THIS NEEDS TO BE A TURNING POINT”; We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around”; “You’re either with us or against us” !

Politicians and faith leaders, DO YOUR JOB ! March on Washington, March 24th 2018.

Let EQUALITY be our game, and loving-kindness our aim ! This is the essence of the BALANCE of “Peace and Harmony” to which we should all aspire. Lest we forget !

With all my best wishes, and thanking you for all that you do as professional peace-keepers, I am, yours sincerely

Donald Chalmers, aka “a piper too” etc, from the Land of Aus, downunder….

" Put LOVE first, and everything else will fall into place " !

There is no hate or fear in Love. There is no compulsion in religion. We are to "Speak of Goodness to people", and the rest will surely follow, as it should.

EQUALITY can then be seen as " ll " (side by side, working together "WITH", building up "COMMUNITY", rather than tearing it down), rather than EQUALITY as " = " (which erroneously suggests to some that equality is one over or above an other).

Tangential (right-angled) viewing exposes the lie given by those whose motives are not pure and equal. When we help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support each other (love neighbour as self), we will NOT do to others that which would hate for our own selves, and will treat others with the RESPECT that we ourselves would like to be given.

YES, everything else (that which tells one lie after another) will exposed, and thus "fall away", into place. "Peace and Harmony" can be ours too, when we put LOVE first. That TRUTH will set us FREE, and EQUAL, at last.

Yes, LOVE is the “Essence”, AND “The Immutable Foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring worth”. LOVE is the Direction, the Goal, the Aim, the Essence, Focus and Source; LOVE is the Answer to all the problems of this world to which we are confined, until we bring about our own new birth as Loving Parents, and those of our children, and our children's children.

If we remember that we are to be kind, even to our animals, how then can we be unkind to ourselves and-or our neighbour ? Loving-kindness is the portal through which we transcend our fallible, mortal selves; it is upon this precious Golden Foundation that all loving and tender Relationships are based.

“LOVING-KINDNESS” is the first attribute of one who loves BOTH God (the unknown) AND Neighbour (the known “same-same”) as SELF. “Loving-kindness” is the product of good thought and kind action. It is the “Fundamental Drone Tone of Creation, Death and Dissolution” as it permeates the Cosmos, through things both material and immaterial, and upon which all melodic and tuneful harmony finds solace, comfort and rest.

The Goodness (GODNESS) of "LOVING-KINDNESS" is the "SALVE" for all wounds to body, mind and spirit, which have to be first cleaned, bound, tended and cared for, and then “unwound” (released, freed), for healing to take place, from the "inside" - out. It cuts through conventional dogma’s and doctrine’s, to the very heart of Good-God living and loving – well – into the future.

Along life’s way we can note that ALL of us are BOTH male AND female INSIDE, and that with a little more of this and less of that in-utero, we'd be someone else entirely, down to our inherited DNA, sexuality, skin, hair and eye colourings and texture etc... and way down to our fingerprints etc etc.

The outer envelopes of our bodies merely hide the complexity INSIDE. All of us are uniquely created; even the doppelgangers among us over space and time vary in some way or other. So it should come to no surprise to us that sometimes a person's brain differs from that outer envelope; that we have bi, hetero, homo, intersex, trans (etc) people among us. Even asexuals, who do not have the desire, or the ability to replicate at all are still the loved and loving others of some people, at least.

Yes, “PEACE AND HARMONY” can be ours too, if we have LOVE to SHARE. See also http://www.wound-wisdom.tk and http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com etc. I trust that my work of love in producing this body of work for the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions to be held in Toronto, Canada in November 2018, will invigorate others also to work to make a world of difference: to UNITE, as ONE, as never before, before we squander the years we have left on planet Earth, our Mother.

All we have to do is to change our focus and direction - to positively align our lives - to lives WELL lived (which includes inevitable illness, death and decay within its natural order, so that that blessed state may continue its' cycle ad infinitum).... And we people will progress, in thought, word and deed, as we kindly act out our richly orchestrated, and varied parts.

I send all my best wishes to each and all, from the Land of Aus, downunder…. Bon appétit !

This blog was prompted by my linkedin Interfaith Professionals Robyn Lebron's call for suggestions as to her proposed panel participation with Satya Kalra's group titled “The Divine Feminine” at the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto this November (see https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-6386217362735140864 ) !

I responded to Robyn's blog as follows: ....

As a mere “man”, this is what “I” would like to “hear” all you women saying, so that we can (together) sing with “One Voice”, once more:

That “LOVE IS” the “IMMUTABLE FOUNDATION” on which to build anything of enduring worth. That “man” springs from “woman”, and not the other way around. That “man” is an essential part of “woman”, and not separated from “her”.

That “mankind” is born to Love, and to be Kind. That there is no fear or hate in Love. That “man” is nothing without “woman”, and that “women” cannot do without their counterparts and helpmates.

That “humane” IS loving and kind, because it has the “e” factor in it (the “energy” of a “Good-God” in it, which seeks ALWAYS the positive, rather than the negative); the “lightning rod” which short-circuits the “space” between the negative and positive.

That “God” IS; that “we” (all) ARE “that” ALSO (I AM, you ARE, we ARE, all ARE “that” I AM).

That we are here to help, encourage, comfort, nurture and support “OTHERS”, because “ALL people are created EQUAL members of ONE human (humane) family”. THAT is our calling, and none else. We will then not do to others that which we would hate for our own puny individual selves:

That “TANGENTIAL” (right-angled) viewing exposes the lie given by those whose motives are not pure and equal. EQUALITY can then be seen as " ll " (side by side, working together "WITH", building up "COMMUNITY", rather than tearing it down).

That the fabric of society and of all social groups sexual, political and religious (etc), is built “up” in space and time by an “interweaving” of the “masculine” and the “feminine”, otherwise called “Equal INTERACTION”, which is BOTH mutually desired, AND beneficial, worldwide.

That we have come TOGETHER to this dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” armed with an INSIGHT honed and matured as never before; that we have the power to be KIND, even to our animals, insofar as we can help it, while we yet live in the pre-sent “present” moment called “now”.

That “past, present and future” makes its’ way into our hearts through intuitive (loving) insights backed up by science (the accumulated WISDOM of the AGES, generously SHARED), and the teachings of WHOLE-hearted REASON which has been gifted to current generations by SOUND minds made WELL.

That such PRINCIPLES are unadulterated by vested interests, so that “Beauty so Old, and so New” can be clearly seen and known SIMULTANIOUSLY as “TRUTH” (“GOD”, in another word).

That MINDFULNESS intuits that “As Above, so Below” can be expanded or contracted “ad infinitum” from macro and micro positions without error, when LOVE is the Ground, or Bedrock of our FAITH, and Belief - in Ourselves (plural).

That HENCEFORTH, misogynistic ill-thinking should be replaced by UNIVERSAL VALUES, which seek to enhance the unique personhood of each and every being capable of GOOD THOUGHT, and that the role of women should be raised to not less than that of men, as EQUALS.

…. Dear Robyn and Readers, if “I” were in the audience at the 7th Parliament, I would love to learn that LOVE is to be taken seriously, and that the (so-called) “Divine Feminine” is to be EQUATED to the same LEVEL as the (so-called) “DIVINE MASCULINE”, since that is the only way BALANCE works for the GOOD of – ALL.

This is my prayer, my only plea.

I send all of my best wishes from the Heart of Australia !

PS: I intend to add these thoughts to my CPWR blog, with a reference to this post. Thus far, hardly anyone has commented on my blogs for or against; perhaps now “women” will feel empowered to do so.

The clock is ticking, we do not have that many months left to quietly think on these matters, before we get caught up in the excitement of seeing so many people parading their own partial cultures and religions to promote them. But that is not what a Parliament is about.

It is about hearing each other, and making a world of difference, for good reason, to heal the Earth…. As shown on the front cover of the 5th Parliament's Prospectus....

Sarah Prager of QUIST, regarding EQUALITY and Alan Turing: see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypkuw9c4MOA&list=PLoBG60xJKibjkh9KXmXOSkLJvv9QR6CU6&index=1 .

This link will bring more links to mind. On its own, it is well worth the look, and humbling too.

In fact EVERY LGBTIQ+Q person must read this, so that they can bring their parents and counterparts to a balanced view about Sexuality, and EQUALITY within religion, and elsewhere. I first noted Sarah’s brilliant work because it was featured at http://lgbtvoicetz.org/author/Wandera/ in July 2016. See also Sara’s bio at http://sarahprager.com/bio/ .

And while you are at it, it would not hurt for EVERYONE to read all of Wandera’s posts at http://lgbtvoicetz.org/author/Wandera/page/2/ which began in October 2013. We must ask ourselves WHY James Wandera Ouma, the Director at lgbtvoicetz.org has not been able to continue his blogs ? Why is he currently persecuted ? If his blogs are not a revelation to you, then they should be. Try walking in his shoes !

And while we are at it, we should ALL sign up to CPWR's “Global Ethic” which was signed into history (her story too) in 1993 – see https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/global-ethic/about-global-ethic etc.

We must ask ourselves what good is it for religious and political leaders to attend the 7th Parliament, cloaked in “religious” or “military” or even “traditional” (leaders) garb, if they continue in their irreligious (unloving) activities at home and foment trouble abroad ? We must call them out, BEFORE the event, to expose their nefarious ways.

This much is plain: There is no hate or fear in Love. So why do some of them peddle hate ? Hatred and patriotism are the last bastions of scoundrels. The greedy hide the ugliness of their hatred within.

“Love” at its deepest level is an act of service, and it grows when nothing else is certain. Love is light, wherever it may arise; hatred is darkness no matter where it makes its home.

Love (God, or Allah etc, if you will) is Love (our Heavenly Primogenitor-Parent). And those who love, know God.

Right action is the loving action that results in the fires of hatred and violence being extinguished.

Hatred sinks us below those we hate. And that is precisely the reason why:

“ If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division it would be better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act… (Honour and hatred cannot coexist). Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion." — Abdu'l-Bahá (from a talk given in Paris in 1911)

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Re-imagining God in the 21st Century of the Common Era:

What must it take for us to reimagine “God” (All that ever was, is now, or forever will be, into our future, and beyond even that….) ? While we may be forever rooted in our past, “holy writ” depends on successive generations remaining true to its’ calling: to love and honour our progenitors, in order to retain a fine balance; just as we re-hone our minds-eye to appreciate all that is “Good”. It is this “Goodness” (“Godness” if you will) which makes each life worth the living, moment by pre-sent moment. Such appreciation really is life’s gift.

I wonder how many of you readers will take heart from the following poetic outpouring, which “came to me” as a wake-sleep dreaming in 2007, when I contemplated the value of the life of my aged friend, Brother Patrick, that brown-robed sandalled Saint Francis of Collingwood, who dispensed his love to the common people of the streets, by walking a mile in their shoes, every day, and for as long as he could.

Anyway, here it is, my wake-sleep dreaming of the purely ineffable:

Sometimes seated, sometimes standing, “She” knits and tats –
Sometimes plain and sometimes pearl –
Adjusting, adjusting, this way, and that.

Linking, linking, sometimes up and sometimes down –
Each strand especially crafted, both the short and the long –
The thin and the fat.

Colours of rainbow, stars often studden –
This web of life evolving –
Turning and turning, in spiral perfection….

Repeating each motion with patient endeavour –
Testing and mending, mind-ful of both waft and the weft –
With tension just right, to suit each occasion.

Sometimes seated and sometimes standing, “He” sifts and sorts –
The gold and the silver, incredibly fine –
This material, layered and heaped. Fold after fold.

Patterned and perfect, strand after strand –
This chameleon shift, so strong and so grand.
So delicately planned.

All being, and seeing, “It” moves as it shifts –
Both in and both out.

So here are we, the “I” and the “Am” –
The mortar, the pestle, the tar and cement.

Each one important, a part of the whole –
Expanding, contracting, a sea of profusion –
All billowing. White.

I trust that readers will note that this spontaneous poetic “outpouring” envisions “God” as both “She” and “He” (at the very least”). It also elevates “It” to both “I” and “Am”, both strong contenders in ancient tradition (“I am that I am”). Indeed, “I Am That I Am” sums up the whole truth: “I” is all that “I Am”, and “I Am” is God. I am that I am, and I am what I am.

In the English language at least, “I” is the simplest word-letter, “filled” with meaning: “I am all that I am, and none else”, since each and every “I” is uniquely created, throughout all history, which is her-story too. Our duty is to “Be”, and not to be this, or that. “I” (and indeed Φ) infers not only one, but two, three and more, to infinity….

When we increase our focus to magnify, or amplify “I” to “I Am”, we may see “Phi” or “Φ”. When we do so, this indicates that “I” exists within the everlasting, all-inclusive, never ending, never repeating sequence of the totality we know as “Whole”, which we mostly represent as the “Figure 1”, meaning “One”. This “source” ( Φ ) is the “Universal Constant of Beauty”: the Domain, or Realm of God, the one Creator of all things, seen and unseen, body and spirit, food and drink, bread and wine (etc).

I am that I am, and I am what I am, so help us, God, to do what is Right, Equal, and Good.

I yesterday responded to EJAZ NAQVI, MD's "Ask a Muslim" s patheos blog http://www.patheos.com/blogs/askamuslim/2018/06/glad-tidings-the-gospels-and-the-quran/ , and it seems that my comment has been generously accepted. I have also recently posted similar comments as linkedin blogs with "Interfaith Professionals" and "Building a Stronger Family" groups (etc) to try to draw out comments from these groups, since this issue is so important.

But this particular blog comment stems from a response I made on the 8th June at https://charterforcompassioninstitute.org/courses/75/activities/3830 , with regard to Gudjon Bergmann's "Charter for Compassion" s program called "Bridge Building and Respectful Dialogue", which uses a wonderful photograph to demonstrate fragility and strength simultaneously to illustrate its point.

Anyway, here is the comment I posted to patheos:

During my lifetime I have been variously pricked, prodded and poked and questioned numerously, and seriously provoked. I am only slowly recovering my equilibrium after a stint in hospital, and reverting once again to the one I once was when I was 20 months old, more than 70 years ago).

When we are able to revert to our childhood, many problems are rendered simple. No doubt Jesus knew all about this, since he is reported as having said "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God" (5:8), and "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God" (5:9).

Indeed, blessed are the children, for they have not thought of something evil already.

We can read at https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... that "The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, followed by four woes which mirror the blessings", that "Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result", and that "Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion".

When we know and acknowledge this as "Truth" (whatever family tradition we happen to find ourselves in, religious or not) we will be able whole-heartedly sign the "Global Ethic" (see https://parliamentofreligio... ) and contribute to the conversations hosted at https://parliamentofreligio... etc, in preparation for the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions, which is to be held in November 2018, in Toronto. This is the path towards re-imagining "God" (or "Allah" etc, if you will), fully utilizing the rational of science, which has been built up for us by our ancestors, in this 21st Century of the Common Era.

I send all of my best wishes, as always, from the Land of Aus, downunder.... Peace ! ....

There is no difference between us !

According to Wikipedia (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_club ), “The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wanted to create in a professional club with the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices”.

“ A service club or service organization is a voluntary non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement.

“ Many of the service club organizations have become worldwide movements, and have obtained official recognition by the United Nations and various governments as non-governmental organizations (NGO).

My own knowledge of a service club is from my involvement in my local area Rotary Club for 15 years. Although Rotary has since moved on to include women in its ranks, it was nevertheless guided by its founding principles, and I was made aware of “the 1933 speech of Rotary Founder Paul P Harris” which stated – “In the spirit of the Golden Rule, practice friendship and cooperation… Mighty oaks from little acorns grow… Neither riches, political, nor religious (or racial or gender) boundaries constitute barriers to membership (of the human race)…

The principles Rotary developed over its’ history (now her story too) have stood the test of time. These include:

“ Of the things we think, say or do, Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

" The Four-Way Test (which has been translated into more than 100 languages) was written by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor - RI President 1954-55 - during a business crisis in 1932 (the Great Depression) and adopted by Rotary International in January 1943.

According to https://www.rotary.org/ , there are 35,000+ Rotary Clubs with 1.2 million members all over the globe, where “people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world”.

This is not fake news. Surely it is something that Presidents Trump, Putin, Xi Jinping (etc), along with Religious Leaders everywhere should be aware of, for their own good. Unless, of course, they want to become unpopular, and irreligious bags of wind, easily pricked, and dispensed with. Rotarians and like-minded people, it’s up to “us” to keep the bastards (illegitimate leaders) honest, so that the Golden Rule is honoured (do not do to others that which you would hate for yourselves, etc) !

“ The pith of sense, and pride of worth, Are higher rank than all that.

“ Then let us pray that come it may – As come it will for all that – That sense and worth, over all the earth, May bear the prize, and all that. For all that, and all that, It’s coming yet for all that, That “man” to “man”, the world over, Shall “brothers” (and sisters) be for all that !

Many thanks to Scotland’s people-poet Robbie Burns, for these last inspirational quotes, which can be found in their entirety (A man’s just a man for all that) at http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com etc.

The Golden Rule:
It never hurts to consolidate our thoughts on page, especially when these are the best thoughts humanity has had over thousands of years, so that we can concentrate our efforts upon those things which will bring forth good fruit – in the future yet to come, for our children’s sake:

THE GOLDEN RULE: SAME THOUGHTS, DIFFERENT RELIGIONS:

Christianity
All things whatsoever ye would that people should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).

Brahmanism
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you Mahabharata (5:1517).

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

Confucianism
Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you (Analects 15:23). " Tzu-kung asked, 'Is there a single word which can be a guide to conduct throughout one's life?' The Master said, 'It is perhaps the word "shu" (reciprocity). Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire (Confucius, Analects).

Islam
No one of you is a believer until he/she desires for his/her brother/sister that which s/he desires for him or her self (Sunnah). Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you (as recorded from the last sermon of Muhammad).

Judaism
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow “man”. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary (Hillel, the Talmud, Shabbat 31a). Solomon’s “end of life” conclusions in ECCLESIASTES supports this view.

Taoism
Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien).

Zoroastrianism
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5). Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others (Zoroaster, Shayast-na-Shayast).

Mormonism
Whatsoever you would that others should do to you, do you even so to them (3 Nephi 14.12). Love your neighbour as yourself, so that there be no contention among you (Mosiah 23.15). There should be an equality among all people. Therefore, esteem your neighbour as yourself: labour with your own hands for the support of all (Mosiah 27.4).

This list is not meant to be a complete list. But it does show the importance of the “Golden Rule” (mutually desired sustaining reciprocity; that which is pure and holy) among all cultures, throughout history.

" O son of man…. forsake the things that profit thee (alone), and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." (Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf)

It is “ No wonder, then, that Jesus Christ spoke of His "other sheep" that were not of His fold that must be brought into one fold by one Shepherd. As the Lord demonstrated, God's love and message are for all of His/Her children, not just some of them. Therefore, our love must also be all-embracing – extending, as the Lord has directed, to even the "other" – and the perceived enemy.

“ There should be No Compulsion in Religion (Koran 2.256). Many are the leaders who in falsehood defraud people of their possessions and bar people from The Path…. (Koran 9.34). The highest aspect of ‘jihad’ (internal reform toward the good) is to ‘speak the truth’ in the face of tyrants and the tyranny of their unholy, cruel practices and deceits, which rob other people of their human rights, which are inalienable, before God.

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The Stoned Woodgatherer Speaks: This blog by “myself” as “piper02” was initially posted to africanloft.com on Friday, 22 May 2009, an internet forum which has unfortunately now “Gone to God”.

"The Woodgatherer Speaks": I am alive today !

The title of this blog was derived from a poem I was excited to read on an internet myspace "friends" blogspot, which has to do with "scapegoating" and mob violence, which "is the opposite of the humility, which allows a multiplicity of voices". It is by "Northampton poet laureate Leslea Newman, who is the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose for children and adults". It is a commentary on an Old Testament theme:

Once when the Israelites were in the wilderness, they came upon a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. Those who found him as he was gathering wood brought him before Moses, Aaron and the whole community. He was placed in custody, for it had not been specified what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death: the whole community shall pelt him with stones outside the camp.” So the whole community took him outside the camp and stoned him to death—as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Numbers 15:32-15:36)

Note: only the concluding verses of this epic poem are quoted here:

“ My life ended thousands of years ago I am alive today. I gather wood on the scrolls of your Torah I dance on the fringes of your tzitzit. I wander through the corners of your mind as you sit in shul on Shabbat and contemplate the meaning of your life, the meaning of mine….

For the complete poem by Lesléa Newman see Jendi’s May 2nd 2009 entry at http://www.jendireiter.com/2009/05/page/2/ . Readers may also be interested in Jendi’s trajectory since that time by taking a look at her website generally at http://www.jendireiter.com through its iterations. She surely has an important story to tell, and she does so brilliantly, in her own inimitable style.

One Senior’s Humble Opinion (with just a little help from my friends):

Take benefit of “five before five”: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.

“Five before five” holds true, especially when we view the reference to “wealth” to mean “talent” or “inborn gift” – because “rank” or “wealth” of themselves are but “gold money’s stamp”. Gold money’s stamp is worth absolutely nothing unless the persons who hold such rank, title or wealth are Loving, and do good whenever they are able to do it, as if there is no tomorrow. Because:

“All of us” are but human, of many stripes, shapes, colours, religions etc, but “humane” - ie “loving and kind”, is best. We don’t have original sin; we have original imperfection. Just as the future selects the past, the past selects the future…. And so it is that we should deliver a balanced message. It helps to produce clarity and honesty:

We “climb the walls” when we “jump to conclusions” and “beat around the bush” while “making mountains out of mole hills”. Whether we “bend over backwards” or “run around in circles”, we cannot just “jump onto any band wagon”, while “tooting our own horn”. That just “adds fuel to the fire”, even if we “pull out all stops”.

All formal professions, prayers, and sacraments avail nothing, unless the heart is pure, the soul upright, and the life one of integrity; so why “start the ball rolling” to “open a can of worms”, if we are all to “go over the edge”, to “fall into the abyss” ? That’s worse than “putting our (collective) foot in it” !

Though through life we have often stumbled, as we get older it is easier to be kind and “positive”. We care less about what other people think, and thankfully take any helping hand which is extended to us. We “know” through the creaking of our bones that “A law that imposes a burden unequally upon members of the community is also an act of violence”, and that “an unjust law is no law at all”.

Discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful … It has no place in civilized society.

It’s much better when we can in spirit humbly “kneel in prayer” to admit our own faults, “bow our heads” and “uplift our hands in praise and in thanksgiving”. For when we have done that, we will be ready to “hug someone else, and encourage them”. Then we’ll all be able to “pick up the pieces”, and get back to “fulfilling work”, while we “love each other”, just as much as we love ourselves, and care for “them” – ALL.

All formulations of the Golden Rule (the negative and positive), are equally applicable. So, “when you are at home, and when you go out: Regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Taking action from a parental position of love takes time and patience, and also requires an adequate level of emotional intelligence to “see” the situation from the child's perspective – as well as our own.

Such living and loving is even “foolproof”, and you yourself might yet be “saved”. For the truly brave and humble can have but one desire (Union with God – Ф – the Creator of All Things), but two devotions (good thought and kindly service), and four Goals: Right Life (never fawning), Right Belief (increasing in the knowledge of a Good God), Right Practice (being fruitful in every good work), and Right Ministry (wisdom and uplifting spiritual understanding). All people are created equal members of one human family, because:

Love is the immutable foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring (balanced) worth.

" Love is the immutable foundation on which to build anything which is of enduring (balanced) worth (Swami Amarananda, CPWR 5th Parliamentarian).

The following CPWR Forum posts spring from my blogs as “piper02” at africanloft.com in the months leading up to CPWR’s 5th Parliament in December 2009. As mentioned previously, “africanloft.com” was an internet forum unfortunately now “Gone to God”, but is perhaps still “out there” in “cyberspace” – somewhere:

From my Africanloft.com Blog Sunday, 10 May 2009 10:41 PM - A Moral Compass

A Moral Compass needs a "butt" end, and a pivot point (also):

In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the power of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded “Let there be light” – and light appeared. God was pleased. Then God separated the light from the darkness, and named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night”. Evening passed and morning came – that was the first day (Genesis 1.1-5).

It is better to trust in the Lord than to depend on man (Psalm 118.8 This verse is said to be at the “centre” of the Bible) – for the stone which the builders rejected turned out to be the most important of all. (Psalm 118.22) May my words and thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord (God) – my refuge, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19.1-14).

May the grace of God be with everyone (Revelation 22.21 This is the last verse in the Bible/New Testament).

Here we have the opening verses of the Old Testament, the central verse of the Bible, and the last verse of the New Testament.

These things together make up the essence of the moral compass we need to follow throughout our lives. People from all religious backgrounds (or none) can easily follow this, as we realize that from our origin (our "butt end") we must grow and progress, trusting that we are God's creation, and knowing that our "job" here on earth is to be the very agent of God's grace (love) which is to be extended to everyone.

No exceptions.

Our one hope, as sexual beings (from a to z), is to love (and to "make love"), and to be loved, in return.

And where we cannot love, it is our duty to (at the very least) “respect”, and do no harm. In this way we can be confident from whatever religious or cultural perspective we spring from, that there can be no fault in our own individual selves - "us".

Amen and Ameen (etc): It is accomplished. May it so be done ! So be it, truly ! Let it be, for so be it ! Glory in the Highest ! Praise the Lord ! All praise God ! Alleluia ! Amen !
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Africanloft.com Blog Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:01 PM - Modern Wisdom: All things important !

Please Note: This illuminating story came to me via the internet from my octogenarian friend, and it is truly, "common-sense" wisdom (all parts of the body are equally important):

All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was the one in charge. "I should be in charge," said the brain, "Because I run all the body's systems, so without me nothing would happen." "I should be in charge," said the blood , "because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away." "I should be in charge," said the stomach , "because I process food and give all of you energy." "I should be in charge," said the legs, "because I carry the body wherever it needs to go." "I should be in charge," said the eyes, "Because I allow the body to see where it goes." "I should be in charge," said the rectum, "Because I'm responsible for waste removal." All the other body parts laughed at the rectum and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight.

Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, the legs got wobbly, the eyes got watery, and the blood was toxic. They all decided that the rectum should be the boss.

The Moral of this story ? Things can go wrong anywhere: Though all parts of the body are equally important, the ass hole is usually the one in charge ! And we have to take care of “it” (even the assholes among us) too, so that “we” (ALL) can stay “well”, for as long as possible !

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In Mosaic law, a woman caught in the act of adultery must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say ? (John 8.5)

Jesus said: Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone…. (John 8.7)

I pass judgment on no one. But if I were to do so, my judgement would be true, because I am not alone in this; for God who sent me is with me (John 8.15,16). What I say is true, because I know where I came from, and where I am going (John 8.14). I am the light of the world (John 8.12); I Am Who I Am (John 8.23,27). I am telling you the truth (John 8.34); the truth will set you free (John 8.31). Stop judging by external standards, and (if you must) judge by true standards (John 7.24)….

And one by one, being convicted by their own conscience, the older ones first, to the last, full of shame, they left (John 8.9).

The moral of the story is not changed by my slight repositioning of the text, and is supported by the following texts:

Love your neighbour as you love yourself (Luke 10.27). Do this and you will live (Luke 10.28). Loving your neighbour as you love yourself IS loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Luke10.27-28). Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. Give to others, and God will give to you (Luke 6.37).

And there are many other examples of the Golden Rule, both in the Bible, and in other major religious texts. For example, in the Bible: Leviticus 19.18, Matthew 7.12, Matthew 22.39, Mark 12.31, Luke 6.31, Romans 13.9-10, Galatians 5.14, James 2.8. This is an obviously important theme, and not called “Golden” for nothing, since it (The Φ Rule, or measure of fullness, or ripe maturity), as with “gold” is pure, uncontaminated. There is no hate in Love. This is the message of Love, which is God.

Micah, in his Old Testament message has this to say:

The Lord has told us what is good. What God requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God (Micah 6.8).

Going back in the Old testament even further (Isaiah 54.17):

No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and all tongues that rise up against you shall be condemned. This is the heritage of the Lord, and this is the vindication from me (God). Or put differently: No weapon will be able to hurt you; you will have an answer for all who accuse you. I will defend my servants and give them victory. The Lord has spoken.

How great is the grace of God (Ephesians 1.7)…. All things are done according to God’s plan and decision (Ephesians 1.11)…. For God completes all things everywhere…. (Ephesians 1.23). Everything that God has created is good; nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks (1 Timothy 4.4)…. Watch yourself, and watch your teaching
(1 Timothy 4.16). For spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life, both for the present, and for the future (1 Timothy 4.8)….

Now, unto God (you are gods [Psalms 82.1 and 6, John 10.34]), say and do what is right. Don’t use your power to cheat the poor, and don’t accept bribes. Don’t join with those who plan to commit murder or do other evil things. Then you will be safe; you will be as secure as if you were in a strong fortress. You will have food to eat and water to drink…. (Isaiah 33.15-16).

All of the forgoing is not just about you or I, but about us, together – for who among us cannot say:

Almighty, Creator, God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts, by the in-spiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love each other as we love you, and worthily reflect and magnify your great, universal, Holy Name, form, being and self…. (based* on Anselm of Canterbury*)

Late have we loved you, beauty so old and so new; late have we loved you. And see, you were within; always…. (Augustine*) We watch without willing; we love without willing…. (Valentinus*) But, we may be able to, in some way, to express what we are in no way able to express fully…. (Augustine*)

We know we did not make ourselves; we were made by God, who abides for eternity…. That is how it is, when at each moment, we extend our reach, and in a flash of mental energy, attain eternal wisdom, which abides beyond all things…. (Augustine*)

Our One Hope (to love, and to be loved, in return) Unites All. May all of life’s blessings and benefits be yours (also)….
May all the blessing, honour and power so freely given to us return to the One God who gave life to US….

Nearly one week ago, I was able to say a fond farewell to my old friend Brother Patrick Henigan OFM, Franciscan Friar, who died as he had lived, faithful to his loving heart and insights to the end. He was born at Stoke on Trent in 1926, served as a boy sailor with the Royal Navy during WW2, and traveled a half world away to get away from it all, trying to make sense of life, and death.

In Australia he found the Franciscans in 1955, and served in New South Wales, Victoria, New Zealand, and Queensland. In 1976 he commenced Art studies, and painted throughout his Street Ministry, until he could no longer do so. He chose to live by himself, away from his fellow monks, among the poor of Collingwood, within sight of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne.

Readers of this CPWR Interfaith Forum blog will know that I have written of Brother Patrick before on the 12th June 2018, and may remember that I was inspired while thinking of him to “Reimagine God” through my “wake-sleep” dreaming of the purely ineffable, which produced the lines “Sometime seated, sometimes standing, “She” knits and tats – ….

Whatever we write, we must “cut the crap to cut to the core of ‘Good-God’ living and loving”, and know that it does us no good to nitpick with nitpickers among nits. Micah got it right when he wrote “The Lord has told us what is good. What God requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God” (Micah 6.8).

“ Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade:

“ To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry, Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.

“ O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints and angel’s song.

Discerning Jews, Christians and Muslims (at the very least) know that these words are for them, and others, also.

When we add these words to Micah’s edict we cannot be led astray. When we add what we know of Brother Patrick’s life, humbly serving others as best he could, as he walked many a mile in the shoes of his friends, we will find the going, and the uphill battle all of us have to endure at our ends, worth every minute of it. And we will be able to say, along with Patrick, “This old dreamer loves every one of you”.

So “fare thee well, dear Patrick” ! When we say “farewell” we have wished him well so that he might progress into a kind future. In English at least, when we say the word “hello” as a greeting, we acknowledge others, and salute them as fellow beings, equals. “Hello” means that we wish all others “well”, and hope that they have a good morning, a good afternoon, a good evening, a good night, a good morrow, and – a good life.

By saying “hello” we mean to express our delight in seeing another, or others. “Hello” simply says “I see you” and “I am with you” – together. When we greet each other with these words, we communicate our desire to live in union with others, because we “know them” to be “ourselves” – same/same. (Same-Same, Unity, Union, Whole).

Such “holy union” is “communion”, no less, and praises “God the Creator of All things Good” for our “present” moment of time, together. “For where two or three are gathered together in God’s name, there am I (God) in the midst of them” (Matthew 18.20).

When we greet or farewell each other with love’s pure intent, we “Praise God”, truly ! And we are blessed and – a blessing, also. “Praise God” ! “Thanks be, to God” ! Which (according to my internet search) also means “Al-ḥamdu lillāh” (in Arabic).

CPWR Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018 Programs and Forums
Posted to CPWR Forum Blog 28.08.2018:

I don’t know about other readers and contributors to this CPWR Forum blog, but it takes time to get through all of the information contained on this CPWR dot org website. Each one of us is but human, and we will gravitate to those subjects most dear to us.

We are fortunate indeed that CPWR’s Parliament has distilled the following issues for us, so that we can “cut the crap”, and cut to the “heart” (the “core”, or “essence”) of “Good-God” living and loving in the 21st Century of the Common (Educated) Era – the “Age of Aquarius” (the bearer of “life-affirming” water).

We no longer have to nitpick among nits. Nitpicking among nuts for nits is nuts !

Many of us will have already signed the Parliament’s “Global Ethic” (see https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/global-ethic/about-global-ethic ), and so will know without the shadow of doubt that the following issues are important, if we wish to be part of the “solution” to age-old problems relating to greed and avarice:

Interfaith Climate Action ; Women's Dignity ; The Next Generation ; Advancing Justice ; Countering War, Hate and Violence ; Indigenous Task Force ; Interfaith Ramadan ; Sacred Space ; Educating Religious Leaders ; Faiths Against Hate ; The Ambassador Program ; UN Task Force .

We can go directly to each of these "Our Programs" CPWR links in turn, or we may gain entry to the general process, by clicking on each of the headers highlighted in blue (above) at https://parliamentofreligions.org/ . As we do so, we can become hopeful that we are contributing to the creation of a “more just, peaceful and sustainable world” for our children, and our children’s children, worldwide. But this takes commitment, along with a strong resolve, and generosity of purpose.

When we have signed all six of CPWR’s 2015 Declarations at https://parliamentofreligions.org/declarations , and have absorbed all of the goodwill contained in its’ Forums, then we will be well on the way to our fulsome recovery; well enabled to “fight only the good fight with good economy” – and made ready to step up to the next level, where “mutuality and co-operation” (or in other words “respectful reciprocity”) governs everything that we think, say, and do, without exception.

We will then be able to serve the common interest for good purpose, and will honour the living more than we do the dead. Tradition and custom are one thing; but looking only backwards is not productive. Looking forwards to a loving and kind future “IS” (please note that I am NOT referring to “Islamic State” which has proved itself opposed to rational thinking, and acts only to extend its autocratic, misogynistic, antitheistic, ungodly power over others for no good reason).

03.09.2018: A belated “Father’s Day” message:

When we realize that winning is losing, and losing is winning, we'll pay the game aright, without inflation or deflation, and we'll attain that happy state of "equilibrium", whatever the result, and will be willing to play again, and again, with "joy" that we can do so, "peacefully", among friends. And our playing will become a symptom of our wellness, and peaceful living.

We'll then be able to fully appreciate our poetic "ah-ha" moments, and enabled to capture them on page, for posterity; not so much for ourselves, but for our children's children, to lighten their load of mind when the going gets tough.

Peace is born of Love; Love is borne of Understanding; Understanding is borne of Listening; Listening leads to Justice and Peace. When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as "rootless and stemless”. We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.

When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential, thorns and all. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.

And so are “we”, our own individual selves, especially when we are kind to those we meet along the way. Otherwise we are as dross, which the Refiner does cast out. ……

God or no God, Allah or no Allah, Parent or no Parent, Heaven or no Heaven, Angels or no Angels, Hell or no Hell, Devils or no Devils, Prophets or no Prophets, Moses or no Moses, Jesus or no Jesus, Muhammad or no Muhammad, Buddha or no Buddha, Krishna or no Krishna, Doctrine or no Doctrine, Dogma or no Dogma, Paradise or no Paradise, Ritual or no Ritual, Custom or no Custom, Religion or no Religion, Tradition or no Tradition, Prostration or no Prostration, Marriage or no Marriage, Prayer or no Prayer, Fasting or no Fasting, Recitation or no Recitation, Dress-code or no Dress-code, Sharia or no Sharia, Kosher or no Kosher, Halal or no Halal, Forbidden or not Forbidden, Allowed or not Allowed, Circumcision or no Circumcision, Blood or no Blood (etc); If we have no love, then we are nothing, and no thing can save us, since there is no hate, or fear in LOVE (GOD). There is no compulsion in Religion.

When it gets down to the “nitty gritty” (the basics), we know that it’s nice to feel important, but it’s more important to be nice. This is because each one of us should do as we would like to be done by; all of us are worthy of respect, at least, if we are to be found worthy at the end.

Since there is no hate or fear in love, “RESPECT” (not fear) is the correct term we should use when we refer to our relationships as mere humans – to each other AND to God – whom or what we may assume to be the Creator of ALL Things, positive and negative, good and bad.

When we speak of the “Love of God”, we cannot include the concepts of fear and hatred in our definition. Our own individual responses to our awe and marvel, should cause us to wonder about this fantastic world, both macro and micro, we find ourselves in, thorough no merit of our own.

None of us should live in the past, but should work for a kind future in each pre-sent moment we call “now”. That is why “now” is called the “present” (God’s gift to us). We should not waste it quibbling about non-essentials.

Lest we forget: We honour our dead best by caring for each other "here", in the land of the living.

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07.09.2018:

Let us be clear: Bible or no Bible, Koran or no Koran, Prophets or no Prophets, Messengers or no Messengers, by wrote Recitation of a coded program does not mean Understanding, but the negation of it.

If we have no love in and of our own selves, then we are nothing, and no thing can save us, in this world or our presumed next. In the end, since there is NO COMPULSION in religion, we parents and family members are to “Speak of Goodness to People”, and the rest (Good Works) will inevitably follow, for our children’s sake, not only for our own. …..

We should know already, and very well that there can be no submission, slavery or compulsion in good thought, good words, or good works, since “There is no compulsion in religion” (K 2.256).

Compulsion is ever an abomination, it seems, as must be hate-fueled violence, which has nothing to do with God. Now, that’s where the concept and experience of Hell comes in.

Those who whip up hatred, ferment and revolt against Equality are themselves revolting. Those who commit violence in the name of God, or ally themselves with evil, come from God’s opponent, the Devil, not God, and all “Good People” (God’s People) should oppose them, using the “Power of Love” which comes from God.

And to you too, may God reward you with goodness, hopefully soon: w-antum fa-jazākum Allāhu khayran, incala baadane. Happy holy days (Christmas): Eid saied.

But (K 6.135 – according to the Mohsin Khan translation of the Koran) to those who break the Covenant (Agreement/Good Will) of Allah (God), after its ratification, and sever that which Allah has commanded to be joined (i.e. they sever the bond of kinship and are not good – even to their fellow citizens, workmates and relatives), and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse (i.e. they will be far away from Allah's Mercy), and for them is the unhappy (evil) home (i.e. Hell).

This verse gives us pause to think: wickedness can never be “right”. ISIS and other fanatical groups of whatever religion which seek to subjugate and terrorize others are to be corrected. Otherwise, we encourage what is clearly Evil, and will reap the same outcome (will be far away from Allah’s mercy). ....

Imams and religious scholars of all faiths or ideologies who have not yet spoken out against such criminals should do so NOW, lest they be tarred with the same brush, and be forever damned/cursed. Upon you will rest the weight of the world. So, be blessed, and a blessing. Both. Amen and Ameen ! Etc.... !

11th September 2018:

As we remember the hideousness of the events which shamed mankind on 11th September 2001, let us also remember that:

Righteousness is not about whether we face east or west when we pray (nor about the number of times we pray, or how we pray, but what we do lovingly from our minds eye with the work of our hands). Make no mistake. These messages have created for us “The Intricate Weaving of Something Beautiful” (see also http://www.wound-wisdom.tk , http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com, and https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/global-ethic/about-global-ethic etc):

“ We hold the future, we hold it in our hands: If we do not see God in ALL, then we do not see God, at all !

We are to " Speak of Goodness to people (K 2.83);There is no fault in us if we make mistakes, but only in what our hearts INTENDED (Koran 33.5); Righteousness is not whether we face towards the East or the West (K 2.177); There is NO Compulsion in Religion (K 2.256); Allah (God) is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (Quran 9:5).

Like precious diamonds, sunken in the mud, the Truth of what God requires of each and every one of US, in our lives (through our own heart-felt thoughts, prayers, and, especially through the good works of our own eyes, ears, mouths and arms, and also our own hands and feet), is now revealed to you from the hands of the ancients.

Scholars may quibble, and nitpickers can nitpick for nits, but “GOOD intention” is EVERYTHING. That much is plain.

There is a God, it would seem, IF we see the reflection of ourselves in “I am”. “I am” (God) loves its reflection, however pale it may be. There is always some black in white, and vice versa. And infinite shades of grey. This we should know, without the shadow of a doubt.

Some claim Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), “nobody’s fool” we might think, had the following to say about what is important, whenever we debate these issues (the wise may ponder the “source”, but will also ponder the issues raised):

“ If… your philosophical premise is flawed to start with… your conclusion must also be flawed. I say Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Cold is in reality the absence of heat. Darkness in reality is the absence of light. Light we can study but not darkness. There is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life (God) . Evil does not exist…, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light. Evil is simply the absence of God.”

Lest we forget:

“ These words are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us ALL (Ecclesiastes 12.11).

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The Yellow Brick Road and the adventures of Dorothy:

NB This is copied from a blog I responded to at africanloft.com , a popular internet online forum now "gone to God", and now reposted to CPWR's Interfaith News Forum 22.09.2018, since its' common-sense gist is as perennial as the grass:

I was delighted years ago to discover an internet reference to a film I saw when I was about 4 or 5 years of age, which was a really big deal for me at the time. The 1939 MGM movie "The Wizard of Oz" starred Judy Garland (as a 16 year old playing a much younger girl called Dorothy) singing "Over the Rainbow".

We may now (through the wonders of the intenet) see “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” [part 1 of 4] (1990) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NouYlZo8xuo etc, and read about its’ creation at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz etc.

Darren John Main suggests in his book "In Spiritual Journeys Along the Yellow Brick Road" that The Wizard of Oz contains a timeless truth that transcends culture. Dorothy's journey is the sort of archetypal pilgrimage found across all religions, and that the wizard represents Dorothy's religion.

Apparently, the purpose of following the yellow brick road is to "find one's own spiritual path" - and "the journey" is "the destination".

Dorothy represents the soul and her ruby slippers represent our "spiritual inheritance," a gift that each soul is given. The Good Witch of the North provides Dorothy with guidance but allows her to make her own discoveries.

To make this journey, Dorothy needs to draw on her intellect (represented by the Scarecrow), her love (represented by the Tin Man) and her courage (represented by the Cowardly Lion).

I have taken two quotes from the text which seem relevant:
The "goal" is simply the "journey's path".
The religious quest fulfills psychological needs regardless of its actual truth.

My online friend at the time at the now defunct internet platform africanloft.com, Omo Taylor commented on my “Yellow Brick Road” blog as “piper02” as follows:

“ Pied Piper, I am not alone for I have a good friend in you.

“ Thanks for this post and bringing memories of the past back to me. The Wizard of Oz I watched in the late 70s featured Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. I wish I could get a copy if this. Would you by any chance have a web link for same?

“ Regards, Omo…………….

To which I responded “ Thanks Omo, I guess I must just be too old to have heard about Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross (I remember she was in vogue when I was a National Serviceman; and I fell in love with her and her voice). A simple Google search will do the trick "wizard of oz"+"michael jackson" to reveal the references and video clips you would like. Now I've sent this, I'll sit back and enjoy them myself ! Piper02

And I was glad that I did, for I soon responded as follows: “ Thankyou Omo for referring me to Michael Jackson and “The Wiz” (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz_(film) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r1ssg1LIt4 etc) , for it has enabled me to find (through his Confucius quote as the Scarecrow “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star” other quotes which might help in this discussion about what is acceptable and what is not:

1. Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
2. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
3. Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
4. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
5. They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
6. To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.
7. To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
8. Have no friends not equal to yourself.
9. Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
10. Those who speak without modesty will find it difficult to make their words good.
11. Those who exercise government by means of their own virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
12. Those with whom neither slander – that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle – like a wound in the flesh, are successful – and may be called intelligent indeed.

And I concluded my note to Omo: “ Shalom: Peace: and let us, each one, be the agents of God's Love ! piper02….

Unbeknown to me at the time, Omo Taylor was in fact none other than self-proclaimed “Evangelist” Adebunke Akin-Taylor, the daughter of a Chief, and sister to Prof Mrs Margaret Vogt, mother to Dr Pastor Funbi Addo, and (presumably) mother in law to Bishop Fred Addo, and grandmother to Pastor Daniel Addo, all of International Praise Cathedral, Constitution Road, Kaduna, Nigeria – if I have gotten my facts aright. At that time in 2009, Omo was a travelled woman, currently living in London, UK, a far cry from Nigeria, though she was able to travel back and forth often, apparently.

About that time, I had rather confused Omo when I responded to her blog which concluded “You may not agree with me, but I have a right to opine - This is not a hate writing, but a reality check”. This is a quote from omotaylor's (Evangelist Adebunke Akin-Taylor) poem, regarding homosexuality, sodomy, and marriage titled “A Word is enough for the Wise”.

I responded as follows: “One word: Love is enough for the wise”, which seemed to confuse her.

I went on to say “ I am interested in Inter-faith, Inter-racial, and Inter-sex respectful dialogue, and the progression towards a lasting peace, where each and every person is valued for who they are uniquely created to be, and have joined this online community as a One World Citizen. I send greetings to you from Australia.

“ May my words and thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord (God) – my refuge and my strength.

“ Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts:

“ Love cannot beget hate: There is no hate in Love: All people are created equal members of one human family: Parents are for nurture, pure and simple. Not for whipping and stoning. Live Love, and you will Live.

“ To have knowledge you must first have reverence for the Lord (God). Stupid people have no respect for wisdom, and refuse to learn.

“ There are seven things that the Lord (God) hates and cannot tolerate: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind that thinks up wicked plans, feet that hurry off to do evil, a witness who tells one lie after another, and one who stirs up trouble among friends.

“ There are lots of pointers into what Love is:

“ What God requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. Love binds all things together in perfect Unity.

“ Whoever loves is a child of God, and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is Love. If we love one another, God lives in union with us, and God’s Love is made perfect in us.

“ There is no hate in Love. There is no fear in Love. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous, or conceited, or proud; love is not ill mannered, or selfish, or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal. If I have not love, I am nothing.

“ Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Do this and you will live. Loving your neighbour as you love yourself IS loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. Give to others, and God will give to you. This is the message of Love (Truth), which is God.

“ We all should know what Love is not: "that which we would not like done to us".... It matters not whether one is religious or not, or black, white or brindle. All of us feel and know instinctively what love is, and what it is not, as we participate in, and experience life: We are to Help, Encourage, Comfort, Nurture and Support - others.

“ I invite you and others to let me know if anything I have said is not true. My “wound-wisdom” website sprang from my concerns about a "growing up issue" described in the "Challenge to Servant-Leaders" section of the site, following my loving creation of the "Peace and Harmony" picture-puzzle artwork, and the insights I had gained from it: that ALL of US are both male and female “inside”.

“ The "outside" body is merely the wrapping which hides the complexity inside; for we are all uniquely created. If this is the case, male = female, just as black is white, and the end is a new beginning.... And we must honour the inside, as well as the outside. No judgment by an outsider is required. Parents are for nurture, pure and simple, not for whipping and stoning.

“ It is my hope that seen in this light, that the message of Love shall be brought into such sharp focus, that it shall not fail to penetrate deep into the hearts of every one of us, so that new life may emerge, and prosper again, at last – nurtured and sustained by the loving protections guaranteed by our universal observance of the Golden Rule, which is recognized by all religions. Help, encourage, and comfort:

1. There is no hate in love: Hate melts in the arms of Love. Parents are for nurture, pure and simple.
2. The “Golden Rule” is common to all religions:
3. “Do not do to others that which you would hate for yourself”, and
4. “Loving your neighbour as yourself” IS
5. “Loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”, as WE
6. Recognize ourselves in all others (ALL people are created equal members of one human family).

“ Our one hope (to love, and to be loved, in return) unites all, and I trust, hope and pray, that the words of that lovely and truthful message "I will survive" sung by Gloria Gaynor - "As long as I know how to love, I know I'll be alive ! I've got all my life to live, and I've got all my love to give - and I'll survive ! I will survive !" - will become the self-evident mantra we can sing whenever we are confronted with condemnation, so that we, at least, may live love, as we live.

“ And finally, to conclude: I am encouraged to read from Islamic sources that:

1. The highest aspect of jihad is to speak the truth in the face of tyranny.
2. There is no fault in you if you make a mistake, but only in what your heart "intended”. And
3. Hurt no one, so that no one may hurt you.

“ ONE WORD (LOVE), IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE:

“ Long may your love light shine long ! May all of Life's Blessings be Yours, also: Peace to You (as well).

“ May all the blessing, honour and power so freely given to us return to the One God who gave life to US…. Amen ! Praise God ! Have Faith ! Live Love ! Kind Action ! ....

Dear readers of this CPWR 7th Parliament “Interfaith News” Forum Blog, please let me know if anything I say to you below is wrong. Words have meaning, and in the English language at least, one word (love) is enough for the wise:

Just in case you miss the following: Good Evening = Goodbye = Farewell = Travel Well = Good Wishes = God be with you = I am with you = Hello; Good Morning = I am with you = God be with you = I am = God be = with you = Hello/Farewell = Good Evening; I hope you have a Peaceful Night: God Bless.... Be Good....

Empathy + Compassion = Love....
Love + Generosity + Support = Living Love = LOVE = Godness = Goodness ♥...

Once we have given thought to and digested the above “Good News”, it should come as no surprise to us that we can distill much about our loving “Parent” (God, in another word, or Allah etc, if you will). Here is someone’s compilation which crossed my desk on paper years ago:

You may not know me, but I know everything about you … Psalm 139.1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up … Psalm 139.2
I am familiar with all your ways … Psalm 139.3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered … Matthew 10.29-31
For you were made in my image … Genesis 1.27
In me you live and move and have your being … Acts 17.28
For you are my offspring … Acts 17.28
I knew you even before you were conceived … Jeremiah 1.4-5
I chose you when I planned creation … Ephesians 1.11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book … Psalm.139.15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live … Acts 17.26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made …. Psalm 139.14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb … Psalm 139.13
And brought you forth on the day you were born … Psalm 71.6
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me … John 8.41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love … 1 John 4-16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you … 1 John 3.1
Simply because you are my child, and I am your father … 1 John 3.1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could … Matthew 7.11
For I am the perfect father … Matthew 5.48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand … James 1.17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs … Matthew 6.31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope … Jeremiah 29.11
Because I love you with an everlasting love … Jeremiah 31.3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore … Psalm 139.17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing … Zephaniah 3.17
I will never stop doing good to you … Jeremiah 32.40
For you are my treasured possession … Exodus 19.5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul … Jeremiah 32.41
And I want to show you great and marvellous things … Jeremiah 33.3
If you seek me with all your heart you will find me … Deuteronomy 4.29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart … Psalm 37.4
For it is I who give you those desires … Philippians 2.13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine … Ephesians 3.20
For I am your greatest encourager … 2 Thessalonians 2.16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles … 2 Corinthians 1.3-4
When you are broken-hearted I am close to you … Psalm 34.18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart … Isaiah 40.11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes … Revelation 21.3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth … Revelation 21.3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus … John 17.23
For in Jesus is my love for you revealed … John 17.26
He is the exact representation of my being … Hebrews 1.3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you … Romans 8.31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins … 2 Corinthians 5.18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled … 2 Corinthians 5.18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you … 1 John 4.10
I gave up everything that I loved that I might gain your love … Romans 8.31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me … 1 John 2.23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again … Romans 8.38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen … Luke 15.7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father … Ephesians 3.14-15
My question is … Will you be my child ? …. John 1.12-13

Whether or not we are Christian, we know for a fact that we love having nurturing parents – both Mother and Father – just as described. And if we parent our own children in this kind and loving way, these children will not only “respect” us, but will love us “whole-heartedly” in return, whatever stumbling blocks may appear for us along life’s way. Our children will not be afraid of us, and will be able to come to us for help. And we, the parents, will be able to dispense words of comfort at the very least, knowing that anyone can make a mistake.

There is no need to fear; Love sets no limits…. And those who love, know God, and will not do to others that which we would hate for our own selves. ….

And from the Wisdom of Solomon, Proverbs 16.30: “ Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil already. ….

Dear readers of this CPWR 7th Parliament “Interfaith News” Forum Blog, please let me know if anything I have said to you above is wrong.

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The following is a great “Pulse” article freely available at linkedin titled “How to Never Give Up on Yourself – Lessons from History's Most Tortured Soul - Vincent Van Gogh”:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-never-give-up-yourself-lessons-from-historys-most-cory-galbraith .

Anyone who sees value in the wearing of a mere uniform to denote "specialness" (like the Ku Klux Clan "Christian" members, or habitually wearing a skull-cap, a burka or hijab, to denote ‘purity’ amongst “Jews” or "Muslims" (etc etc for all of the other religions or ethnic groups or nationalities or gender or sexuality etc) is one confused monkey.

Those who habitually hide their true flawed nature under a garment must putrefy just the same as anyone else; no advantage is bestowed. Here on Earth we Equal be. There is no hate or fear in Love. Love is the immutable Foundation. All people are created Equal members of One Human Family, All of 'Us' are both Male and Female 'Inside' ! Same-Same, with not one over or above an other. What freedom does God give us? The freedom just to “Be” – the very best that we can, with what we have been given….

Man is but part of a Woman; Male is but part of Female. Female has “Male” in it; She has “He” in it; and Madam has “Adam” in it. “ Our God is not a woman, our God is not a man; Our God is both and neither, our God is I Who Am. From all the roles that bind us our God has set us free. What freedom does God give us? The freedom just to Be….

In utero, a little more of this and less of that, and we would be someone else entirely, for - we are all uniquely created ©, Capable of Creating, in Friendship and Love, New Beings, All Right 'Inside' ! INSIDE ! People who demonstrate “good will” in community know and acknowledge this truth:

“Equality stands WITH others, rather than against”. Love is not leaning, but lending support. Standing “WITH” others is the best means of “social support”, since it does not apply unnecessary pressure not felt also by its’ own self. Moral rectitude can only be achieved when “her” story too is recognized in history, and given “equal weight”.

Then the things of old will fall away, and the dawning of a New Age will (finally) occur. Co-operation at last ! We will then be able to thank God, AND each other !

No more siege or warlords or criminal bullies, no sanctimonious royalty, no self-serving ayatollahs, caliphs, sultans, or maharajas, or holier-than-thou popes, patriarchs, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, sheiks, imams or mullahs etc, but real servant-leaders. Real leaders concerned only in doing the just, right and kind thing; no grossly rich or starved poor; no sexism, etc.

This New Age One World Society can only arise if/when/where everyone's talents and abilities may be freely expressed, subject only to mutual responsibilities and public scrutiny.

Should world leaders need to subject criminal malefactors to harsh punishments, such term elected leaders/politicians must be first prepared to “take courage”, to “experiment on themselves” and try out the punishments, so that excessive beatings are outlawed.

For example, if the leader/judge/magistrate wants to impose 10 lashes, then he/she should be prepared to receive 1 lash to experience the pain. If 100 lashes, 10. One year’s imprisonment, 36.5 days imprisonment etc.

In this way, no sentence will be more than reasonable, for surely, any magistrate would not like to be applied to him/her what s/he would hate.

This system would also allow such magistrates time to think about the injustices of the prison system, and encourage them to offer suggestions as to how such a system might be improved. Prisoners hopefully might be rehabilitated within their own families or community groups etc, never to re-offend again, having well learned their lesson.

I feel sure that the harsher punishments required in some countries to date, such as stoning, and amputation of hands or feet would virtually disappear overnight, if the judges/magistrates there were to experience the amputation of (say) a finger or toe themselves, since they definitely would not like that (the answer to every question is accountability). Therefore, it is necessary for our own well-being that we should nurture good rather than bad thoughts, and speak of goodness to people, rather than concentrating on the bad – ie ill-gotten gain.

See http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/ugandan-anti-gay-discriminatory-legislation.html , and http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/5th-parliament-of-the-worlds-religions-good-news.html etc. Am I wrong ?

Please note that the following links may only be accessed by linkedin members, so if you are not already a member, all you have to do is to join up and then create a member profile for yourself. Most of the links below are posted to the “Interfaith Professionals” group. They make great reading, since people from across the religious spectrum (a to z) have contributed. After joining**, you may have to copy and paste the links into your browser to gain access to them, by then pressing “enter”.

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-5910496296732483585 O Ye People who Believe** ,
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-220242452 But Isn't Jesus God?** ,
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-5872304970715389953 Not all Sharia Law is Equal** ,
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-5820889775602675715 Curious about Circumcision ?**,
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-5908156881943158787 Gruesome Murder** ,
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/4711030/4711030-5845143440022581252 Theists, Atheists, and Atheism** ,
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/4711030/4711030-5885350156861194243 GOD** ,
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2009503/2009503-242462349 Divisions in Religion**

…. Here endeth the lesson, fellow mortals, for the time being ….

It been amazing to visit the forum. I am new here. and find it very interesting.

Thankyou LorieMorris for giving us your vote of confidence ! Only very few people have voiced any opinion; in fact, I have no idea what the leader's of CPWR think about any of my blogs, even though we're only a month from the 7th Parliament in Toronto.

Nowadays we are being overwhelmed with information, and much of it is so highly technical that its' jargon is often misunderstood. But simple commonsense ideas are often the best, because they are easily digested by rich and poor alike, by the educated, and by those who are not. When our heart's-mind is brought into the equation, we can get a real "gut-feel" about what is right, and what is not.

My entry into CPWR's orbit came when I was co-opted to speak as "a campaigner for equal rights within religion" in 2009 at its 5th Parliament. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the 7th Parliament, but hope that my blogs here still point the way towards that goal, so that attendees will have at least some understanding about the importance of Balance and Equality, implanted in their own "minds-eye" before their arrival, so that they can call out inequality whenever they see it.

I trust that whether or not you and readers of this blog are able to attend, that you will also sign up to CPWR's "Global Ethic" at https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/global-ethic/about-global-ethic and be further interested in reading https://parliamentofreligions.org/forums/parliaments/melbourne-2009 which is but a small part of the history (her story too) of this latterday interfaith movement.

And perhaps share this peaceful message around ASAP, since the world is at the cusp of change, for better, or worse.

I send all of my best wishes, from the Land of Aus, downunder....

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Loving-kindness IS God’s plan, lest we forget ! “Love finds its greatest form by loving good. Loving one’s neighbors recognizes that there is more than one path to the truth.” And that is why we should "Speak of Goodness to People", so that kindly acts can follow, as they should.

“The focus of life is not religion. Religion is a tool to focus humanity. It is a way to read the world, but it is not the main thing. It is your efforts in life; your humanity. It’s OK whoever you are; focus on humanity.”

See also "Grand Perspectives" at https://parliamentofreligions.org/forums/interfaith-news/general-discussion , and sign CPWR's "Global Ethic" at https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/global-ethic/about-global-ethic , to show that we are “with them”, even if cannot personally attend the 7th Parliament next month in Toronto.

Such “affirmation” is even greater than the undoubted value of prayer, deep meditation, and self-examination. And it brings “joy” to all participants, whether we are a part of an interfaith movement or not.