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Dear Friends, here is a little sampler about Tolerance and Unity.
This is just a beginning and the selection will grow with new additions, including your suggested choices too.
Blessings, Nalan and Nico
‘The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp shop,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on essence, concentrate on Light.
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil,
The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.’
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
‘There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.’
St Paul. 1 Corinthian 12/4-5-6
‘The sons of God fraternize in the centre of the ‘Unique Marvel’, for their teaching are One for those that penetrate the divine word in a holy way, instead of examining it with curiosity from outside.’
Louis Cattiaux,’The Message+Rediscovered’, XIV, 27′
‘I have no controversy with the Children of God, by reason of the variety, and diversity of their gifts; I can reconcile them all in my self [I can make a good construction, and understanding of them to myself]. I only bring them to the Centre; and there I have the proof, and touchstone of all things. Now then if you will imitate and follow me, then you shall find it to be my experience; and afterward perhaps better understand what I have written.’
“When we comment on a holy Scripture, a rite or a symbol let us add for the listeners and for ourselves: ‘Here is one of the numerous interpretations of the One truth. God alone is master of clothing and of nakedness.'”
Louis Cattiaux, ‘The Message+Rediscovered‘, XV-4
‘… For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’
Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13/12
‘On that day there will be several of us in one single body and in one single spirit, and the mystery of communion in the bosom of the Unique One shall be revealed to the believers, without them knowing the why or the how of the holy union.’
Louis Cattiaux, ‘The Message+Rediscovered‘, XVIII, 1
‘… Everything about the tree, root, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits proceed from the tree itself. The tree is its own provider and gardener, its ground, water, air, sun, shadow and life. The tree has all in itself and for itself. The tree is all; all is this tree.’
Azizuddin Nasafi, “Tree of Oneness”
‘People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.’
‘At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.’
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Contributions from Friends:
From Kevin Fuller: ‘We should not say ‘I am an Athenian’ or ‘I am a Roman’, but ‘I am a Citizen of the Universe’ ‘ – Marcus Aurelius…Meditations.
From Abdur Rahman: I love this poem myself….
‘Wherever we set foot, it was Your street.
Whatever corner we turned, it was Your name in the air.
We said, ‘Surely there must be a road leading elsewhere?’
But every road we found, it led to You’
‘There is no ‘where’ we can go outside of unity. That being so, by what right do we not extend tolerance and human acceptance to others? Moreover, there is a deep reason behind the diversity of faces, thoughts, lives and opinions we encounter in the world beyond our narrow selves.’
From Karl Beech: ‘So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth’ –Baha’u’llah
“They” equals “We”. We can remain at the level of division or recognize the underlying unity in diversity…