In Praise of the Creator -
From the Sukyo Mahikari Prayer book 1976.
The Origin of the earth is one; the origin of the world is one; the origin
of all mankind is one; the origin of all religions is one. Day by day, the power of Positive Light is being reinforced
by the manifesting might of God.
Oh Children of God, can't you see the holy form of God giving the test of choosing the
way to true freedom. If clouds of illusion can be swept away, the summit of Divine Truth will be found shining in the
brilliance of God's Light.
In this Holy 21st Century, Paradise on earth can be established in the civilisation of the Light of God with overflowing Health, Harmony
Rejoice! Ring out the Jingle Bells to proclaim the dawn of the Civilisation of God's Light.
Oh how joyous that we are now on the threshold of this Holy Century of God's Light, which has been yearned for during many
thousands of years.
believe in one God, we Meditate on his name, only bow before him and only pray to him. We believe in the path that our first
Guru, Guru Nanak has shown:
Upon that cosmic plate
of the sky, the sun and the moon are the lamps. The stars and their orbs are the studded pearls.
The fragrance of sandalwood
in the air is the temple incense, and the wind is the fan. All the plants of the world are the altar flowers in offering to
You, O Luminous Lord. ||1||
What a beautiful Aartee,
lamp-lit worship service this is! O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light
The Unstruck Sound-current
of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums. ||1||Pause||
Amongst all is the
Light-You are that Light.
By this Illumination,
that Light is radiant within all.
Through the Guru's
Teachings, the Light shines forth.
That which is pleasing
to Him is the lamp-lit worship service. ||3||
When we meditate we focus on light to still the mind. This light is carried gradually throughout our body to purify
and to guide. Meditation ends with seeing the Light in family, friends and strangers, even enemies.
From the unreal - the untruth, lead me to the real - the Truth
From darkness lead me to the Light
lead me to Immortality.
This contemplates on the Light that pervades all the worlds
and the Grace that flows from it, and prays for liberation through awakening the innate intelligence that pervades the universe
Holy Qur’an 24.35 God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The parable of His
light is, as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp;
The lamp is [enclosed]
in glass, the glass [shining] like a radiant star:
[a lamp] lit from a blessed tree - an olive-tree that is neither of the east nor of the west - the oil whereof
[is so bright that it] would well-nigh give light [of itself] even though fire had not touched it: light upon light!
God guides unto His
light him that wills [to be guided]; and [to this end] God propounds parables unto men, since God [alone] has full knowledge
of all things.
Jewish - Hebrew Bible
From the Torah: Genesis
From the beginning
G-d created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was
once confused and turmoiled and darkness was over the turmoil, and a breath of G-d hovered over the turmoil.
And G-d said: "Let
there be light" And there was light.
G-d saw the light,
that it was good, and G-d separated the light from the darkness.
And G-d called to
the light "Day" and to the darkness He called "Night" And it was evening and it was morning: one day.
From the Prophets: Isaiah
Arise, shine, for
your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has shone upon you.
For behold darkness
shall cover the earth and a gross darkness, the kingdoms, and the Lord shall shine upon you, and His glory shall appear over
And nations shall
go by your light and kings by the brilliance of your shine.
Fix your mind on My light, be devoted to Me, give your all to Me, bow down
to My light, let My Light be your guide, then surely you will come to me.
Letting go of everything else, with your whole heart take refuge under My
light, then you will be free from everything that causes you pain. Then there is no need for fear or worry.
Whoever seeks refuge of My light, full of devotion and free from doubt, shall
live in the blessed world of those who perform noble acts.
He dwells deep in the hearts of us all, the light of all lights, forever
beyond darkness. This wisdom is the goal of all knowledge and one who knows this mystery is free.
Share the wisdom of My light
with others who have devotion and perform service.
Sri Bhugwut Gita : 18/65 - 71
Christian: New Testament
John 1.1-5. In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through
him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of
all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
John 8.12. Jesus said, “…Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Matthew 5.14 [Jesus said] “You
are the light of the world...”
I John 1.5-7. This is the message
we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have
fellowship with him while we are walking in the darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as
he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.
Thank you for your
openness with willingness to listen to view points from other religions. However,
instead of telling you something expert from my religion, Buddhism, I wish to ask you a question based on Buddhist history.
Buddha teaches the
compassion and detachment as the path to happiness and fulfilment. His teaching became famous for its deep philosophical values.
Buddha’s cousin, named “Deva-Datta” realised this value of Buddha’s teaching and wanted to protect
and manage the ownership of the Buddhism. His motivation based on attachment and pride made him to become Buddha’s main
opponent. He wanted the Buddhism to be reserved for social elites and seek political power to win respect.
As you see, Deva-Datta’s
motivation with pride, possessiveness and arrogance is the exact opposite to Buddha’s teaching of compassion and detachment. Buddha’s teaching is called “Buddhism”. Deva-Datta’s motivation
is also called the “Buddhism”. What we have realised from this history is that Buddhism exists with its own exact
opposite even since the birth of this great religion, sharing the same name. I cannot see any difference today.
My question I would
like to raise today is based on that “unfair” reality of the world.
Can any other religion
coexist with its own exact opposite? Can a religion teach unconditional love
in coexistence with a motivation to seek power and wealth? Can a religion teach peace in coexistence with a motivation to
call for a war? Can a religion built on innocence and social moral in coexistence
with a motivation to insult people and casting them? If that be so, can anybody follow any religion blinded by pride preventing
them the ability to separate the core values from its own exact opposite stays within?
Being of Light:
In my essence, I am
a subtle being of pure spiritual light…a soul
When I am conscious
of this eternal form… when I detach for a few moments from the physical world …. I can reach upward into the home
of light …. into the land of eternal silence.
In this dimension
of light, I become aware of a radiant Being of Light.
I allow myself to
be touched, enfolded by that Light; I absorb the purest love of the Benevolent One,
In this communion
with God, all darkness within my consciousness is dispelled.
In this pure awareness
of myself in my form of light, I realize that the greatest gifts I can share with those around me is the light of love…
the light of peace… the light of truth…..
In this subtle state
of pure being I radiate good wishes, pure thoughts, pure feelings for each soul …
I radiate God's light
into the world …………………Om Shanti
Adapted from: In the Light of Meditation by Mike George
Know thou of a certainty
that love is the secret of God’s holy dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual
outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal
breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation
unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the
progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this
mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme
magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.
Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.
Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world,
and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.
O ye beloved of the
Lord! Strive to become the manifestations of the love of God, the lamps of divine
guidance shining amongst the kindreds of the earth with the light of love and concord.
These readings were
presented in alphatical order but are listed here Z-A