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Sunday, January 15, 2017

My effort should never be to undermine another's faith
but to make him a better follower of his own faith.
(Gandhi)




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       Just as certainly as men share their religious beliefs, they create a religious group of some sort which eventually creates common goals. Someday religionists will get together and actually effect co-operation on the basis of unity of ideals and purposes rather than attempting to do so on the basis of psychological opinions and theological beliefs. Goals rather than creeds should unify religionists. Since true religion is a matter of personal spiritual experience, it is inevitable that each individual religionist must have his own and personal interpretation of the realization of that spiritual experience. Let the term "faith" stand for the individual's relation to God rather than for the creedal formulation of what some group of mortals have been able to agree upon as a common religious attitude. "Have you faith? Then have it to yourself."
(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-99 Section-5)



        "Personal, spiritual religious experience is an efficient solvent for most mortal difficulties; it is an effective sorter, evaluator, and adjuster of all human problems. Religion does not remove or destroy human troubles, but it does dissolve, absorb, illuminate, and transcend them. True religion unifies the personality for effective adjustment to all mortal requirements."
(The Urantia Papers - Paper-196 Section-3)


Desiderata
by: Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they, too, have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive God to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.



Each and Every Person
is a Unique and Valuable Child
of the Universal Creator.

There is not One whom
God Cherishes More than YOU....
nor Less than you.

Have a Conscious Personal Experience with God
It is your Highest Responsibility....
and your Greatest Privilege

The Preservation or Promotion of an Ideal, Depends upon the Personal Sharing and Participation of those who Embrace that Ideal