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Earth Quotes from Different Religions

Bhumi is the Sanskrit word for ‘Mother Earth’. Thousands of years ago, Hindu sages
realized that preservation of the environment and ecological balance was necessary for
the survival of humanity. They recognized that Earth has the same relationship with us as
a mother with her child. The sages addressed Earth as Mother Earth and personified her
as the goddess Bhumi.

Hindu scriptures are replete with spiritual and poetic references to Mother Earth where
the environment is alive and teems with life, where trees, mountains and rocks become
shrines and the river is respected as a source and support of physical and spiritual life.
Kusum Vyas, 2009

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.
Chief Seattle(attr.)“Our roots are deep in the lands where we live. We have a great love for our country, for our birthplace is here. The soil is rich from the bones of thousands of our generations. Each of us was created in these lands and it is our duty to take great care of them, because from these lands will spring the future generations of our peoples. We walk about with great respect, for the Earth is a very Sacred Place.”
Sioux, Navaho and Iroquois Declaration, 1978

The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein.
(Judaism, Psalms)
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One of the big visions of Jewish tradition, repeated thrice daily at the end of the traditional prayers, is l’taken olam b’malchut shaddai – to heal and improve the world, as the divine realm.
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And the process to connect these small steps and the large vision is halacha and education – the way that we self-obligate ourselves and the way we learn, for ourselves and for our children, knowing that education leads to action.So in the Jewish community, over the next six years, we’re suggesting a big vision, small first steps, and a way to connect the two.
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My hope and my blessing for us all, here today, and for the many millions of people whose lives we may touch, is that we keep walking steadily through the tunnel, trusting that the journey is important, that our destination can be reached, and that as we walk, by our light, the world will steadily be illuminated for all.
Nigel Savage

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The Qur’an states “… do not cause corruption on
the earth after it has been set in order: this is better for you, if you are believers.” [7:85]…Preserving nature and preventing corruption on earth is one of the core responsibilities of
all believers. The Qur’an changed the hearts and minds of its hearers when it dawned on
the Arabian Peninsula, enriching humankind and providing a vivid lens through which
we can look at nature. Today, at a time of environmental crisis, religious teachings can
once again play a pivotal role and provide us with a fresh perspective and consciousness
of nature.
Grand Mufti of Egypt, 2009

The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world,
the brightness of the moon and of fire–these are my glory.
With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures.
Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants. I enter breathing creatures and dwell within as the life-giving breath.
I am fire in the stomach which digests all food. Entering into every heart, I give the power to remember and understand; it is I again who take that power away. All the scriptures lead to me;
I am their author and their wisdom.
Bhagavad Gita 15:12-15

Who will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods? Who will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower? The learner-on-the-path will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods. The learner-on-the-path will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower.
Dhammapada, 4, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. Job 12:8
…I saw four angels standing on the four corners of earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Revelation 7:1

High Truth, unyielding Order, Consecration, Ardor and Prayer and Holy Ritual uphold the Earth; may she, the ruling Mistress of what has been and what will come to be, for us spread wide a limitless domain.
Rig Veda

Earth, sky, worlds above, quarters and their halves; Fire, air, sun, moon, and stars; water, herbs, trees, Space, and entity are the elements.
Eye, ear, mind, tongue, and touch; skin, flesh, muscle. Marrow, and skeleton; and the five Vital forces constitute the body.
The sage, contemplating these sets of five, Discovered that everything is holy.
Man can complete the inner with the outer.
Upanishads

Om Prithivi devyyaya Vidhmahe
Sahasra murthaye cha Dheemahe
Thanno Prithvi Prachodayath.Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of earth,
Oh, Goddess who has thousand forms, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess earth illuminate my mind.Prithvi Gayatri Mantra

Poems about Gaia by friends of The Gaia Minute

Mother Earth by Gra-anna
Gaia Minute by Gien
Gaia by Zephyr
*Go *And *Involve *All – it is time by Meenakshi
Being Gaia by Meenakshi
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Mother Earth
by Gra-anna

Mother Earth
May I honour you
in my every step
May I be conscious of your
heart pulsing within mine
May I hold the dream seed
of the world of peace
warm in my belly
And when it is ready
let all the children of the world
hold hands
from our collective being
birth this sacred reality
In the darkest hour
the seed is sown
its love shall
bring it to the Sacred DawnMay I learn Mother Earth
to understand your language
the language
of the heart
and sing it
in pure celebration
I want to bathe you in bliss
to thank you
for dancing beauty
in every possible way

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Gaia Minute
by Gien
Gaia minute is a way to focus human consciousness at one moment in time
bringing strangers together for a common purpose

We have all started out in life as strangers
and have converted some of these strangers into our friend
depending on our karmic disposition

Yet Gaia is the mother of us all
Gaia minute is a reminder of our greater common ancestry
that lay beyond genes and DNA

It’s when we strengthen the bonds between strangers
that we can tune into this larger family
and that helps us to overcome differences
find patience and forgiveness
in our individual daily lives
and to find deeper connection with our environment
and other living beings we share Gaia with

May Gaia minute transform
into Gaia hour, Gaia week, Gaia month, Gaia year
and Gaia lifetime

Many Blessings
Gien Mar 12 2009
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Gaia

by Zephyr

Body and soul I love her deeply
for her wisdom, her ample beauty,
She gave all her love, without
distinguishing good from bad,
just there, being, supporting
and bountiful. She is my rock,
without her love I am nothing.
She gave love unconditionally.
All that I am, seeded by Gaia.
I treat her gently, tenderly,
tend her wounds, tread lightly
round her sickbed, gang raped
by those she loved – humanity.
Zephyr’s poem from http://poetryshowcase.ning.com/

*Go *And *Involve *All – It is Time

by Meenakshi Suri

Earth:
I am Gaia
Love me as I love you

Forgive me as I forgive you

Care for me as I care for you

Delight in me as I delight in you

Honor each other so I may be honored

Enjoy my gifts so I may enjoy yours

See me in you as I see you in me

Care for all brothers and sisters

Love my children as I love you

Go And Involve All

It is time
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Being Gaia
by Meenakshi Suri

Earth embraces us in her compassion.
It is gentle, it is powerful,
yielding and strong,
nurturing
clearing
Gaia
joyful
contemplative
abundant and receptive
There is growth, there is decay
Earth enfolds us in her giant embrace
And we are Gaia

Gaia, I am
Mineral
Animal
Plant
Human
Angel
Deva
Universe

Mother Earth
In your core, your mantle, your undulating surfaces
Suffusing ether, your spacious skies and inner spaces
You are adversary, mother, friend, muse, lover
A host gracious or wrathful
Grounding us
as you hurtle in outer space
Bearing the brunt of meteors
Basking in the glow of sun and stars
Carrying with you the faithful moon
And all my brothers and sisters
I am in you and you are in me
We are Gaia

Native American Elders

IN THE BEGINNING were the Instructions

The Instruction was to live in a good way and be respectful to everybody and everything.” –Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
A long time ago, in the beginning, the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts.

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“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR.

And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

What are your relationships?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community.

Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions. ~~ My Creator, let me learn nature’s lessons ~~

“Lots of people hardly ever feel real soil under their feet, see plants grow except in flower pots, or get far enough beyond the street light to catch the enchantment of a night sky studded with stars. When people live far from scenes of the Great Spirit’s making, it’s easy for them to forget His laws.”

–Tatanga Mani (Walking Buffalo), STONEY

Nature is life’s greatest teacher. The natural laws are hidden in nature. Hidden are solutions to everyday problems such as; conflict resolution, how to forgive, lessons about differences, how to manage organizations, how to think. Hidden are feelings. You can look at something and you will feel it. At night, have you ever looked at the sky when there are no clouds? As you look at all the stars, your heart will become very joyful. You will walk away feeling joyful and peaceful. We need to visit nature so we can see and feel these things.

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 6

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Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

An Ute Prayer

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Ho Mother Earth, thank you for all the gifts of your creation.
You open your body and give us the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, the shelter of our homes.
You give us teachings of how to walk upon you with harmony and balance.
You give us medicine when we are out of balance.
Thank you for your mysterious, beautiful, growth power healing energy.
I pray for your health and healing and that your sacred waters, body, air and spirit be clean and fresh, pure and strong.
Help me to open my heart to feel your heartbeat so I walk a healing path in harmony and balance with all of creation

Native American
Source

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Thanksgiving

We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

Iroquois

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Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
Native American Elder

“Our roots are deep in the lands where we live. We have a great love for our country, for our birthplace is here. The soil is rich from the bones of thousands of our generations. Each of us was created in these lands and it is our duty to take great care of them, because from these lands will spring the future generations of our peoples. We walk about with great respect, for the Earth is a very Sacred Place.” Sioux, Navaho and Iroquois Declaration, 1978
“They say we have been here for 60,000 years, but it is much longer. We have been here since the time before time begin. We have come directly out of the Dreamtime of the Creative Ancestors. We have lived and kept the earth as it was on the First Day.”
(Anonymous Aboriginal Tribal Elder)Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. Chief Seattle (attr.)
“I am the symbol of life and Father Sky’s mate. I am your heartbeat. I am the sacred connection and universal circle of life. Honour the seven directions (East, South, West, North, Life above, below and on the Earth). I created equality all you see, so honour me, do not waste me.
A teaching: “There are birds of many colours. Yet all is one bird. There are horses of many colours. Yet all is one horse, so all living things, Animals,Flowers and Trees, so all four races, with one heart that beats. That this should last and last and everywhere there’s peace.” Questions: Do you think about me in your daily life? Do you send me healing and love? Would you exist without me? What are some of the things you could do on a regular basis to keep me healthy? Why is caring for another so important?”The root of all Native teachings, lies in the reverence for the land. Noo Halidzoks (Mother Earth) gave the Red People a special gift of Turtle Island (North America): They were charged with the responsibility of being Caretakers of this vast land and were given much wisdom and knowledge as regards its care and preservation. As an Elder once said, “We are the environment and the environment is us. We deal with all of nature as equal members of the universal family. We go to the mountain, we go into the mountain, we become the mountain – never trying to overcome it, but always being part of its energy.”Shannon Thunderbird

Silence

Koi in Lotus Pond

Silence is a source of great strength.
Lao Tzu

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
~Confucius

The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.
Quintus Curtius Rufus

Just be quiet and merge.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, not even an
intention. That is the highest level of prayer. At that level you lose
words, you don’t even have words. You don’t really have words at that
point … you just sort of overflow from inside. And that goes out and
creates the vibration. What we need is that kind of prayer together.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

Prayer has no definite form. It can vary, it can be just a
silent prayer. In fact the best prayer is a wordless prayer. Absolutely
no words. Nothing. Just expanding into the wide expanse around you and
beyond the earth to the universe. Its giving. Just give. And just be
quiet and merge.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

The universe is very beautiful, yet it says
nothing. The four seasons abide by a fixed law, yet they are not heard.
All creation is based upon absolute principles, yet nothing speaks. And
the true Sage, taking his stand upon the beauty of the universe,
pierces the principles of created things. Hence the saying that the
perfect man does nothing, the true Sage performs nothing, beyond gazing
at the universe. For man’s intellect, however keen, face to face with
the countless evolutions of things, their death and birth, their
squareness and roundness, can never reach the root. There creation is,
and there it has ever been.
Chuang Tzu

“I sometimes think there could be no keener criterion to measure our readiness for an economics of permanence than silence.” Roszak

“It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence.” Kathleen Raine

Paul Wild Joy: The Ecstatic Poetry of Paul Goldman

Every man should have his own Holy Place where he keeps lonely vigil, harkens for the Voices, and offers prayer and praise.
Wabasha, Native American, `The Spiritual Athlete’

Seek solitude as much as possible. Do
not spend your leisure time with other people for
merely social purposes. God’s love is hard to find in
company.
Paramahansa Yogananda, ‘Man’s Eternal Quest’

And Jesus Christ Himself showed us the value of solitude by frequently leaving his public ministry and going into the hills to pray in peace and quiet.
‘The Way of a Pilgrim’

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
~ Chief Dan George ~

Be with people in silence; don’t spend precious
time and energy in idle talk. Eat in silence; work in
ilence. God loves silence.
(Paramahansa Yogananda, `Spiritual Diary’

God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass
— grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move
in silence. . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

My father went on talking to me in a low voice. That is how our people always talk to their children, so low and quiet, the child thinks he is dreaming. But he never forgets.
Maria Chona, Papago, `The Spiritual Athlete’

Experience has taught me that silence is a part of the spiritual discipline of the votary of truth.
Mahatma Gandhi, “Gandhi, All Men Are Brothers’

If you ask him: `What is silence?’ he will answer: `It is the Great Mystery! The holy silence is His voice!’ If you ask: `What are the fruits of silence?’ he will say: `They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the corner-stone of character.
Charles Alexander Eastman, Ohiyesa, `The Soul of the Indian’

In Silence and stillness a devout soul advances in virtues and learns the mysteries of the Scriptures.
Thomas A Kempis, `The Imitation of Christ’

Silence is the source of everything. It is the source of music and it is music itself. Silence is the deepest, most satisfying music of the Supreme.
~Sri Chinmoy

Silence is within, but we have to discover it. Unless and until we discover our inner silence, we cannot feel that we are of God and for God. Inner silence is not just the absence of thoughts. No! Silence is the blossoming of our indomitable inner will. Silence is our inner wisdom light. This wisdom light is our conscious and constant surrender to the Will of our Inner Pilot, who inspires us, encourages us and guides us to the Shores of the Golden Beyond.
~Sri Chinmoy
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Silence is not a lack of words.
Silence is not a lack of music.
Silence is not a lack of curses.
Silence is not a lack of screams.
Silence is not a lack of colors
or voices or bodies or whistling wind.
Silence is not a lack of anything.

Silence is resting, nestling
in every leaf of every tree,
in every root and branch.
Silence is the flower sprouting
upon the branch.

Silence is the mother singing
to her newborn babe.
Silence is the mother crying
for her stillborn babe.
Silence is the life of all
these babes, whose breath
is a breath of God.

Silence is seeing and singing praises.
Silence is the roar of ocean waves.
Silence is the sandpiper dancing
on the shore.
Silence is the vastness of a whale.
Silence is a blade of grass.

Silence is sound
And silence is silence.
Silence is love, even
the love that hides in hate.

Silence is the pompous queen
and the harlot and the pimp
hugging his purse on a crowded street.

Silence is the healer dreaming
the plant, the drummer drumming
the dream. It is the lover’s
exhausted fall into sleep.
It is the call of morning birds.

Silence is God’s beat tapping all hearts.

Silence is the star kissing a flower.

Silence is a word, a hope, a candle
lighting the window of home.

Silence is everything –the renewing sleep
of Earth, the purifying dream of Water,
the purifying rage of Fire, the soaring
and spiraling flight of Air. It is all
things dissolved into no-thing–Silence
is with you always…..the Presence
of I AM
-Elaine Maria Upton

The waves of mind

demand so much of Silence.

But She does not talk back

does not give answers nor arguments.

She is the hidden author of every thought

every feeling, every moment.

Silence
by Adyashanti

Silence
She speaks only one word.
And that word is this very existence.
No name you give Her
touches Her, captures Her.
No understanding can embrace Her.

Mind throws itself at Silence
demanding to be let in.
But no mind can enter into
Her radiant darkness
Her pure and smiling
nothingness.

The mind hurls itself into sacred questions.
But silence remains
unmoved by the tantrums.
She asks only for nothing.
Nothing.

But you won’t give it to Her
Because it is the last coin in your pocket.
And you would rather
give Her demands than
your sacred and
empty hands.
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In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your

Name.
Listen
To the living walls.
Who are you?
Who
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Rather
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?”

~ Thomas Merton ~

(The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton)

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~William Penn

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods
– Raph Waldo Emerson

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind
-Sri Sathya

All was silent as before. All silent save the dripping rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Silence is more musical than any song.
~ Christina Rossetti

“Wisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”
St John of the Cross, OCD

“What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.”
St John of the Cross, OCD

‘Be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.’
St John of the Cross

“By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.”
– Bhagavan RamaNa Maharshi

Earth teach me quiet – as the grasses are still with new light
~An Ute Prayer

“To preserve the silence within–amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens–no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
– Baba Ram Das

it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated.”
~Wayne Dyer

“Silence is the best, the most potent initiation. Silent initiation changes the
heart of all.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi

“Practicing silence periodically as it is convenient to you is one way to experience the Law of Pure Potentiality. Spending time each day in meditation is another. Ideally, you should meditate at least thirty minutes in the morning, and thirty minutes in the evening. Through meditation you will learn to experience the field of pure silence and pure awareness. In that field of pure silence is the field of infinite correlation, the field of infinite organizing power, the ultimate ground of creation where everything is inseparably connected with everything else.”
Deepak Chopra

“For God alone my soul waits in silence”
Psalm 62:1

What one fails to know by conversation extending to several years can be known in trice in Silence, or in front of Silence – e.g., Dakshinamurti, and his four disciples.
That is the highest and most effective language.
~Ramana Maharshi

I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow
In that silence, I will hear the voice of the spirit,
and freed from this world~
I will see another order where the
end is another Beginning~Rumi

“The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace
LOVE OTHERS AS GOD LOVES YOU.”
~MOTHER TERESA

“Be Still and Know that I am God”
– Psalm 46

[1] What language is thine, O sea?”

“The language of eternal question.”

“What language is thy answer, O sky?

“The language of eternal silence.”

~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

[2] The fish in the water is silent, the animal on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing,
But Man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air.

[3] Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamour of silence.

[4] Silence will carry your voice like the nest that holds the sleeping birds.

[5] The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.

[6] The day, with the noise of this little earth, drowns the silence of all worlds.

[7]The song feels the infinite in the air, the picture in the earth,
the poem in the air and the earth;
For its words have meaning that walks and music that soars

When the sun goes down to the West, the East of his morning stands before him in silence.

[8] The dim silence of my mind seems filled with crickets’ chirp–the grey twilight of sound.

[9]”How may I sing to thee and worship, O Sun?” asked the little flower.

“By the simple silence of thy purity,” answered the sun.

[10] The night’s silence, like a deep lamp, is burning with the light of its milky way.

[11] Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.

[12] One word keep for me in thy silence, O World, when I am dead, “I have loved.”

[13] Lead me in the centre of thy silence to fill my heart with songs.

[14] God’s silence ripens man’s thoughts into speech.

[15] I have dipped the vessel of my heart into this silent hour; it has filled with love
~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Silence vibrating is Creation. Silence flowing is Love. Silence shared is Friendship. Silence seen is Infinity. Silence heard is Adoration. Silence expressed is Beauty. Silence maintained is Strength. Silence omitted is Suffering. Silence allowed is Rest. Silence recorded is Scripture. Silence preserved is Our Tradition. Silence given is Initiating. Silence received is Joy. Silence perceived is Knowledge. Silence stabilized is Fulfillment. Silence alone is.”~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

[1] The best companion for kindness, silence.
[2]Hold on the silence and your thought will be enlightened.
~Imam Ali, 2500 Adages

“When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. My whole silence is full of prayer… Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.” — Thomas Merton

Oneness

there are not many but only One. . .Behold then as One the infinite and eternal One who is in radiance beyond space, the everlasting Soul never born.Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
When a sage sees this great Unity and his Self has become all beings, what delusion and what sorrow can ever be near him?Isha Upanishad

One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water, and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them.Bhagawan Mahavira

one person is all people; all people are just one person. Buddha, Shurangama sutra

The ten thousand appearances in profusion mingle yet are not disordered. All are just one, for all alike are without a nature. One is just all, for causes and results follow in succession. Their strengths and functions intermingle, rolling up and spreading out with freedom and ease. This is called the Perfect Teaching of the One Vehicle.Hsien Shou, The City of 10,000 Buddhas

The universe and I came into being together; and I, and everything therein, are One.Chuang Tzu

“The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to yin and yang.
Yin and yang give birth to all things…
The complete whole is the complete whole.
So also is any part the complete whole…
But forget about understanding and harmonizing and
making all things one. The universe is already a
harmonious oneness; just realize it.”
(46 The Hua Hu Ching)
Source

You who want
knowledge,
see the Oneness
within.

There you
will find
the clear mirror
already waiting.
Hadewijch II (Antwerp, 13th century)

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
Bahá’u’lláh

When the joy of oneness is found within,
everyday work becomes sacred.
Shinjo Ito

He is made one with Nature: there is heard
His voice in all her music, from the moan
Of thunder, to the song of night’s sweet bird.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

In contemplation, may we realize truly our inextricable ONENESS with our Mother Earth.~Swami Shraddhanada

“I am going to venture that the man who sat on
the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, and acknowledging unity with the
universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of
civilization.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear – Lakota Sioux

“Once you have achieved this oneness, when you talk, God talks; when you act, God acts.” -Chuck Ross, LAKOTA

In my innermost self, I know this to be true. I know of this oneness. The more I am free of doubt, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, anger, the closer I am to this oneness. When I am right with the Creator, nothing can touch me. When I am right with the Creator I always say the right things. When I am right with the Creator, my thoughts are always good. When I am right with the Creator, my actions are always good.

Great Spirit, remove from me those things that block me from You. Allow me this day to experience the oneness.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 3

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; the fish of the sea, they will inform you. Who among all these does not know the hand of the Eternal has done this?
Job 12:7-9

“I am the symbol of life and Father Sky’s mate. I am your heartbeat. I am the sacred connection and universal circle of life. Honour the seven directions (East, South, West, North, Life above, below and on the Earth). I created equality all you see, so honour me, do not waste me.
A teaching: “There are birds of many colours. Yet all is one bird. There are horses of many colours. Yet all is one horse, so all living things, Animals,Flowers and Trees, so all four races, with one heart that beats. That this should last and last and everywhere there’s peace.” Questions: Do you think about me in your daily life? Do you send me healing and love? Would you exist without me? What are some of the things you could do on a regular basis to keep me healthy? Why is caring for another so important?”

The root of all Native teachings, lies in the reverence for the land. Noo Halidzoks (Mother Earth) gave the Red People a special gift of Turtle Island (North America): They were charged with the responsibility of being Caretakers of this vast land and were given much wisdom and knowledge as regards its care and preservation. As an Elder once said, “We are the environment and the environment is us. We deal with all of nature as equal members of the universal family. We go to the mountain, we go into the mountain, we become the mountain – never trying to overcome it, but always being part of its energy.”

Shannon Thunderbird

“There are many things to be shared with the Four
Colors of humanity in our common destiny as one with our Mother the Earth. It is this sharing that must be considered with great care by the Elders and the medicine people who carry the Sacred Trusts, so that no harm may come to people through ignorance and misuse of these powerful forces.”
Resolution of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Traditional Elders Circle, 1980

“If you have one hundred people who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One Mind.”
–Shining Arrows, CROW
One of the principles of Community is Unity. The alignment of thoughts in groups of people will cause One Mind to form. One Mind is Unity. Each individual in the community must align their thoughts with what other members are thinking. If all the people think of helping one another, then the community will be service oriented and powerful results will be enjoyed. Having our thoughts aligned within a group will cause our children to experience a positive environment. When they have children, the grandchildren will automatically experience these results also.
My Creator, help me to contribute to positive group thought.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day

The momentary pause in every heartbeat is a link with the still centre of the Overself. Where the rhythm of activity comes to an end–be it a man’s heart or an entire planet–its infinite and eternal cause is there. All this vast universal activity is but a function of the silent, still Void. Paul Brunton
Often I Imagine the Earth by Dan Gerber
Often I imagine the earth
through the eyes of the atoms we’re made of—
atoms, peculiar
atoms everywhere—
no me, no you, no opinions,
no beginning, no middle, no end,
soaring together like those
ancient Chinese birds
hatched miraculously with only one wing,
helping each other fly home.
From http://www.poetryfoundation.org

It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole. One merges into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life: with humanity, with all the creatures of the earth, the trees and plants, the air, the water, and even earth itself. This God-centered nature is constantly awaiting to govern your life gloriously. You have the free will to either allow it to govern your life, or not to allow it to affect you. This choice is always yours!
Peace Pilgrim: Peace Pilgrim Book Chapter 12
Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. Peace Pilgrim

The Supreme Wisdom is the Oneness of things; the Supreme Compassion is the Manyness of things D.T. Suzuki

Love has Befriended Hafiz so completely It has turned to ash And freed Me
Of every concept and image/ My mind has ever known. Hafiz

Oneness is the perfect expansion
Of our inner reality.
Let our heart’s oneness only increase
To make us feel
That we belong to a universal world – family ,
And this world – family
Is a fulfilled Dream of God.By: Sri Chinmoy From: The Divine Hero, Published by Watkins

The mind creates division
And division is another name
For devastating pain.
The heart creates oneness,
And oneness is another name
For spontaneous joy.From: The Divine Hero, Published by Watkins By: Sri Chinmoy

The significance which is in unity is an eternal wonder.
We try to realise the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,whose power creates the earth,
the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our minds with
the light of a consciousness
that moves and exits in unbroken continuity with the outer world. Tagore

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
Bahaullah (1817-1892); Prophet Founder Of The Baha’i

We humans share this planet Earth and we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with our mother Earth. This is just not a dream, but a necessity!
Lyra Orion

Iam that I am,
I am beauty,
I am peace,
I am joy,
I am one with Mother Earth.
– Babatunde Olatunji

All you under the heaven! Regard heaven as your father, earth as your
mother, and all things as your brothers and sisters.
Shinto, Oracle of the Kami of AtsutaNo creature is there crawling on the earth,
no bird flying with its wings,
but they are nations like yourselves.
Qur’an
If I destroy you, I destroy myself. If I honor you, I honor myself.
–Hunbatz Men, MAYAN

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate, sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery.
It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.
– Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut

The treatment of the Earth by man the exploiter is not only imprudent, it is sacrilegious. We are unlikely to correct our hideous mistakes in this realm unless we recover the mystical sense of our oneness with nature. Many people think this is fantastic. I think it is fundamental to our Sanity.
Archbishop William Temple

When we see ourselves as greater than others, when we place humankind above other creatures, above and beyond the realms of the birds and the fishes, outside the world of stone and the colors, we give away our power. Only when we see we are part of everything, joined to creation, bound to all the realms and integrated into the web of life, do we begin to call on our full potential.
Barry Brailsford,”Song of the Silence”

To be whole and harmonious, man must also know the music of the beaches and the woods. He must find the thing of which he is only an infinitesimal part and nurture it and love it, if he is to live.
William O. Douglas

The Earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the measure of our bodies are the same….
Hinmatan Yalatkit (Chief Joseph)

When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
John Muir

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
John Muir

Our true nationality is mankind.
~ H. G. Wells

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
~ Socrates

Surrender

Pray… Pray… Pray… Gaia needs your prayers.Just pray with total surrender,in complete faith. And that prayer collectively done –at least 1,000 or 1,500 people,done at the same time,will generate the positive healing energy for all of us.Not asking for anyone special,not even for the betterment of general life.Nothing…
Just surrender and praying.
Swami Shraddhananda

According to most theistic religions, self-effort is essential for the beginners, while self-surrender is practiced by the advanced spiritual aspirants. Self-surrender is considered to be the highest state in spiritual life.
Swami Chetanananda, `They Lived With God’

In stressing the virtue of surrender, we ought not to ignore the place and value of prayer and affirmation. The ideal surrender…is based on perfect spiritual understanding of, and attunement to, the will of God. Such a devotee knows when and how to resist his problems and when to resign himself to suffer them.
Daya Ma, `Only Love’

… for the more we struggle to be true, the more we discover our falsity. Is it merciful of Your light to bring us, inexorably, to despair?
No — it is not to despair that You bring me but to humility. For true humility is in a way, a very real despair: despair of myself, in order that I may hope entirely in You.
(Thomas Merton)
“Faith, a gift from God, is one of the most powerful forces governing our universe, just as the unseen power of gravity works to pull all things down, the unseen power of faith works to lift all things up.”
Gene Griffin Producer

It is wise to strive to do God’s will in everything because that is the way to peace of mind and happiness. If you deeply ponder it you will see that this is a colossal thought. A vast cosmos of the different forces of nature is tied together by God’s directing power. Everything works in mutual harmony with the Divine plan. We are part of the universal scheme–just as important as the sun, and the moon, and the stars. We have to do our part, we must play the role that is assigned to us by the Divine, not what we want to play. When you use your own willfulness in opposition to the will of God, you will spoil this drama. You do not contribute your share to fulfill the great plan of this universe. Why not say. “Let me do what God wants me to do”. I think you will be much happier, much more peaceful, much better off.
(Paramahansa Yogananda, `The Divine Romance’)

When I write I give to the earth, which for me is everything, a little of what belongs to the earth. In that sense, writing for me is to die a little, to anticipate a definitive return to the earth.
Ruy Belo

Gaia in contemporary writing

On the other hand Ólafur the White Poet — or whoever he was, the Icelander who wrote the Preface to the Prose Edda — describes the beliefs of our ancestors in such eloquent and powerful terms that I cannot refrain from quoting them exactly as they stand in his book.

“They pondered and wondered what it meant,” he says, “that the earth and the animals and birds had certain characteristics in common, though they were very unlike in form. To take one such characteristic: if you dig into the earth at the top of high hills, you come upon water without needing to delve down any farther than you do in low valleys. Similarly with animals and birds: the blood flows at no deeper level in their heads than in their feet.

“It is another characteristic of the earth that every year she produces plants and flowers which decay and die that same year. Similarly, animals and birds grow hair and feathers every year, then shed them.

“It is a third characteristic of the earth that when she is cut open or dug into, grass will grow on the soil that is turned upward. From this — and from their interpretation of rocks and stones as being like the teeth and bones of animals — they drew the conclusion that the earth was animated, was somehow alive, and they realized that she was incredibly ancient in terms of years and quintessentially powerful: she gave birth to all living things and reclaimed everything that died. Therefore they gave her a name and traced their origin to her.”

Although we know today that the earth is not a living being in the sense that plants or animals are, and that her various parts are not interdependent (as are the muscular and circulatory systems of animals, or the roots and leaves of grasses and flowers), nevertheless the speculations of this ancient sage are so pleasing and vivid that no one should really make fun of them. In his day men had no inkling of the timeless forces that operate to regulate the motion of the heavenly bodies, and though they were actively engaged in mining metals from the depths of the earth, it had not occurred to anyone to investigate the various geological strata lying one on top of the other, or to distinguish between streams of water (whose movement obeys the law of gravity) and the blood of animals and sap of trees (whose flow is regulated by other laws).
Jónas Hallgrímsson
Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth. http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/Jonas/Edli/Edli.html
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Ancient poets and sages have called the earth the mother of all things. They could hardly have chosen a more attractive name, or one that was more appropriate. From her lap springs everything that possesses life and motion, everything that flourishes, fades, and has its fated day, and she tirelessly provides material for the countless varied bodies that are created — and then abandoned — by the life force in its unending, hidden progress through nature. And meanwhile the earth itself is running its race around the sun with incredible speed, obedient to fixed, immutable laws. Human intelligence has succeeded in understanding these laws, and it is now possible to determine earth’s position in time and space, relative to the sun and other heavenly bodies, at any point in the future, just so long as the present frame of our solar system is not disturbed by any unusual, large-scale events.
Jónas Hallgrímsson
Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth

We cannot assume the sacredness nor spiritual livingness of the earth or accept it as a new ideology or as a sentimentally pleasing idea. We must experience that life and sacredness, if it is there, in relationship to our own and to that ultimate mystery we call God. We must experience it in our lives, in our practice, in the flesh of our cultural creativity. We must allow it to shape us, as great spiritual ideas have always shaped those who entertain them, and not expect that we can simply use the image of Gaia to meet emotional, religious, political, or even commercial needs without allowing it to transform us in unexpected and radical ways. The spirituality of the earth is more than a slogan. It is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new.
David Spangler
Source: Earth & Spirit (IC#24) Late Winter 1990, Page 44

The human family has invaluable friends and irreplaceable allies in the plant and animal worlds. We cannot continue to tug at the web of life without tearing a hole in the very fabric of our earthly existence–and eventually falling through that hole ourselves.
Van Jones
Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

The mind is the seat of perception of the things we see, hear, and feel. It is through the mind that we see the beauties of the earth and sky, or music, of art, in fact, of everything. That silent shuttle of thought working in and out through cell and nerve weaves into one harmonious whole the myriad moods of mind, and we call it life.
Charles Fillmore
Source: The Revealing Word

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one “less traveled by”—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)

The human drama is reaching its denouement. The great unveiling is approaching, a time when the power structures of the world begin to crumble and people of the heart sing out a new truth. Many voices are joining the chorus, many feet are walking the path, many minds are dreaming possibilities for a magnificent future. For beneath the crises that are looming at every level of civilization, the global heart is awakening, beating out the rhythm of a new and glorious dance, calling us to a better way of living.
Anodea Judith
Source: Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, Page: 17

Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Edgar Mitchell, astronaut:

You see those Earthrises when you’re orbiting the moon. This happens every time you go around. That’s quite an awesome experience. There’s some very lovely pictures taken of that. Most of the time, remember, on the surface of the Moon, the Earth is directly overhead and it’s very hard to see it in a pressure suit. You have to hang onto something and lean way back. So most of the really compelling, fascinating pictures and descriptions of Earth come after the lunar mission is over and you can relax a little bit and be a tourist and look at things. When you’re on the surface doing your work, you’re just too bloody busy to do that! You’re following your checklist, your protocol, to get your work done. But on the way home when the work essentially has been finished, generally successfully, you have a chance to observe that. You have a little extra time to look out the window and admire Earth. There’s a lot of time to reflect on your mission and on what you’ve done, and absorb the utter magnificence and beauty of the whole process.

As a result of the experience I’ve been describing of looking at the cosmos from the point of view of an ET and seeing Earth as it is in the heavens, the precise experience for me was to recognize that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft–I had studied steller formation and knew how the furnaces of the stars and galaxies created our chemical elements–I suddenly realized that those were my molecules being manufactured and prototyped in those stars. Instead of being an intellectual experience, it became a very deep, personal, emotional one, a knowing. That was such a profound experience that I went into a different realm of seeing things. I later came to realize through my research that what I was experiencing is called, in the ancient literature, a spontaneous samadhi experience, to use the Sanskrit language word for it. This means that you can perceive the synthesis of things, but you experience their interconnectedness at a deep emotional level. It’s very profound, life changing. First of all, it’s a non-local structure. What that means, for example, is whereas for thousands of years mystics have been saying that somehow the universe and everything in it is interconnected in some mysterious way, that way corresponds to what has been discovered and known in quantum physics for about seventy-five years. What hasn’t been understood is how it applied to human beings. It’s called non-locality that the universe has interconnection–which Einstein calls “spooky action at a distance” but which seems to be that which we’re looking for and talking about–that will help tie the scientific experience and scientific expression with the mystical experience. To me that’s very important. That’s what we’ve been looking for, for a long time.
Quotes from Dr. Mitchell’s writing:
“On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.” “My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.” “We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”
Gratefiul acknowledgement: A Conversation with Edgar Mitchell by Guy Spiro, Lightworks

A black Hole in your dimensional space is another reality system whose co-ordiantes interface with those of the Earth. It is a locus of being for a collective identity, just as Earth is a locus of being for a collective Human identity. The collective or star referred to as Black Hole is neither dead nor gone. Its focus of consciousness is just temporarily redirected into other dimensional co-ordinates that preclude its appearance in your space/time continuum. The field your scientists interpret to be unoccupiable and inescapable is actually holding the star’s place in space, the way you might put a “Reserved” sign on your airplane seat if you wanted to get off for a walk between legs of a flight. Because the collective identity of the star has taken a walk somewhere your consciousness cannot currently reach, instead of percieving its manifestation, you percieve it as a gap in your space/time continuum. Your scientists think of it as being sealed off behind its own event horizon. In fact it is Human perception that is sealed off behind their current consciousness horizon.
Elia WiseSource: “LETTER TO EARTH”. What we are becoming – What we need to know

Breathing Earth?
Could the Earth be breathing? By James Dacey Ever since green issues crossed over to the mainstream in the 1980s, James Lovelock’s Gaia metaphor has always felt a little bit passé. Now it may be allowed to flourish once again in the 21st century as a bunch of environmental scientists report that the rocky Earth is “breathing”.

Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced in the soil get trapped in crevices, before being exhaled as temperatures drop, say the researchers at universities in Israel and the US.
During the summer they expect at least 8 hours of “breathing” each day and in winter up to 20 hour’s worth. Apparently this convection is taking place in cracks right across the earth’s surface but climate modellers have so far failed to spot it. Historically, gas exchange models consider diffusion alone, but factoring in “geo-respiration” could increase vapour flux by 50 % Particularly cracked parts of the earth’s face, where this effect is most pronounced, include permafrost zones, agricultural settings and desert playas. I contacted Maria Dragila, one of the researchers at Oregon State University and she told me: “Our next step is to encourage the scientific community to consider this mechanism and quantify the effectiveness of this breathing in different environments by direct field
measurements.” Full details of this research can be found in Geophysical Research Letters. Posted by James Dacey on February 12, 2009 4:57 PM |
http://www.iop.org/mt4/mt-tb.cgi/2729

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