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Interfaith reflections on life slide show


This is a slide-show which features inspiring quotations from a wide range of mainly religious sources. It is designed to encourage thought and reflection, appreciation of difference and positive …

This is a slide-show which features inspiring quotations from a wide range of mainly religious sources. It is designed to encourage thought and reflection, appreciation of difference and positive relationships between communities.

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  • 1. The texts and images are designed to create an atmosphere which encourages the development of empathy and understanding – opening up the mind to new possibilities and expanding the heart-qualities of
  • 2. Texts and images have been chosen from many different cultures and religions but the aim is to express ideas in a way that flows smoothly rather than follow a particular formula. If your community is not represented directly – or has been given more or less ‘space’ than others, please try to feel a sense of oneness with them all. We hope you enjoy watching ‘ Reflections on Life’
  • 3. …Aum ~ Shanti ~ Peace ~ Shanti ~ Aum…
  • 4. The structure of an atom
  • 5. A diagram of the Solar System
  • 6. All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls. Swami Vivekananda
  • 7. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1 verse 2
  • 8. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1 verse 3
  • 9. And God saw the light, And He saw that it was good: Genesis 1 verse 4
  • 10. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Genesis 1 verse 9 - 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:
  • 11. and God saw that it was good
  • 12. Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours. Stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God. Swami Vivekananda
  • 13. “Music gives soul to the universe wings to the mind flight to the imagination and life to everything" Plato
  • 14. … all problems of existence are essentially problems of harmony.
  • 15. Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord. Plutarch
  • 16. Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. The Buddha (560-483 B.C.E.)
  • 17. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
  • 18. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 19. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir (1838-1914)
  • 20. Peace Is in self-conquest. self-conquest
  • 21. To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to remove the barriers between oneself and others. Dogen Zenji
  • 22. Love came and emptied me of self, every vein and every pore, made into a container to be filled by the Beloved….
  • 23. …. Of me, only a name is left, the rest is You my Friend, my Beloved. Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
  • 24. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 25. Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendour of Beauty;…..
  • 26. ….For Yesterday is already a Dream, And Tomorrow is only a Vision; But Today well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! KALIDASA translated from the Sanskrit
  • 27. If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbours...
  • 28. …..If there is to be peace between neighbours, There must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart. -- Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)
  • 29. Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
  • 30. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them? The Buddha
  • 31. "He who offers to me with devotion only a leaf, or a flower, or a fruit, or even a little water, this I accept from that yearning soul, because with a pure heart it was offered with love." Sri Krishna (Gita 9.26)
  • 32. "In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me." Sri Krishna (Geeta)
  • 33. Once Mohammed(peace and blessings upon him) was travelling with some friends. They were just starting to make a cooking fire when Mohammed(pbuh) asked them to light it in another place as it was too close to an ants nest. His concern and compassion were for all Allah’s creatures, even the little ants.
  • 34. …. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 -
  • 35. My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme! My true spirituality Is the love of Your Breath In every heart. My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme! Sri Chinmoy
  • 36. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.   Jesus – from the Gospel of St. Matthew
  • 37. "You are that which you intend to hit,  injure, insult, torment, persecute,  torture, enslave  or kill“   Mahavira 
  • 38. Find the One everywhere and in everything and there will be an end to pain and suffering. Sri Anandaymoy Ma
  • 39. Walk cheerfully over the earth answering that of God in all. George Fox (Founder of the Quaker branch of Christianity)
  • 40. Yes We Can. Barak Obama  
  • 41. All works of love are works of peace. Mother Theresa
  • 42.       “I tell you one thing – if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this whole world is your own.” Sri Sarada Devi
  • 43. Do not try to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever. Sri Chinmoy
  • 44. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Chief Seattle
  • 45. …you are bound to gain mastery if you are true to faith. Qur’an - Sura 3 ;139
  • 46. Life is God’s Blessing to His Creation Life is Will… The descending cry of Concern and Compassion The Ascending cry of love and helplessness. Life is man’s experience of wisdom and faith. Life is man’s conscious attempt to see God face to Face. from an essay on life by Sri Chinmoy
  • 47. "Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.“ Bahá'u'lláh
  • 48. "I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe. All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies are about in this garden in various ways , each has his own uniqueness and beauty. Their presence and variety give me great delight. Every one of you adds with your special feature to the glory of the garden.“
  • 49. "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." Mother Teresa
  • 50. " May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life. “
  • 51. Infinity is this Infinity is that. When infinity from infinity Is taken away Infinity remains… The Upanishads
  • 52. …And He saw that it was Good… Genesis ch 1
  • 53. …Aum ~ Shanti ~ Peace ~ Shanti ~ Aum…
  • 54. We thank you for watching ‘Reflections on Life’ and invite you to spend a few minutes making a note of your responses – do send us your feedback.
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