Stages of Life

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Wisdom and blessings from various religious traditions as we go through life's transitions.

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Stages of Life

  1. 1. StagesStages ofof LifeLife
  2. 2. Origins In every birth, blessed is wonder. In all creation, blessed is the beginning. In every child, blessed is life. Jewish Blessing
  3. 3. Origins Giving birth, nourishing, acting without expectations, this is the supreme virtue. Taoism. Tao Te Ching
  4. 4. Birth Allow the little children to come to Me and do not hinder them. For of such is the kingdom of God. Christianity. Mark 10: 13-14
  5. 5. Birth Baby knows all manner of wise words, though few on earth can understand their meaning. Rabindranath Tagore
  6. 6. Youth Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
  7. 7. Youth May these children live long, meet the Dharma, benefit others, and live a fulfilling life. Buddhist Prayer
  8. 8. Marriage When two people understand each other their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids. Confucianism. I Ching
  9. 9. Marriage Man and woman are God’s master-pieces. Their love is supreme, transcendent, shining forever. Rev. Sun Myung Moon
  10. 10. Mature in Love All of the days of your life may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty. Native American Religions Apache Blessing
  11. 11. Sweet the glances we exchange. Enshrine me in your heart and let one spirit dwell within us. Hinduism. Atharva Veda 7.36 Mature in Love
  12. 12. Farewells We are on a market trip to earth: Whether we fill our baskets or not, once the time is up, we go home. African Traditional Igbo Song
  13. 13. Farewells It is inevitable that humans should be reborn as beings that resemble God. How does that happen? Through death. Reverend Sun Myung Moon
  14. 14. Passing The dust returns to the earth as it was, the spirit returns to God who gave it. Judaism. Ecclesiastes 12.7
  15. 15. Passing Perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and mortal nature must put on immortality. Christianity. 1 Corinthians 15:53
  16. 16. Ascension Freed from the body, she becomes one with the immortal spirit, Brahman, Light eternal. Hinduism, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.7
  17. 17. Ascension Just as the womb takes in and gives forth again, so the grave takes in and will give forth again. Judaism. Talmud, Berakot 15b
  18. 18. Ascension Discarding the physical body enables us all to participate in the infinite realm of God’s love. Rev. Sun Myung Moon

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