Part Two Reflections on Life Blue Lotus Enterprises
<ul><li>In   ‘Reflections on Life’  Part One  </li></ul><ul><li>we saw much of beauty but also much of pain.   </li></ul><...
<ul><li>The texts and images are designed  </li></ul><ul><li>to create an atmosphere which encourages the development  </l...
<ul><li>Texts and images have been chosen from many different cultures and religions but the aim is to express ideas in a ...
Note – a few  non-English words  appear on some slides.  Translations can be found  at www.bluelotus.co Part Two Reflectio...
 
… Aum  ~   Shanti ~  Shanti ~   Shanti ~  Aum…
 
 
 
All truth is eternal.  Truth is nobody’s property;  no race,  no individual  can lay any  exclusive  claim to it.  Truth i...
 
  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon ...
 
And God said,  Let there be light:   and there was light. Genesis 1 verse 3
And God saw the light,  And He saw  that it was good: Genesis 1 verse 4
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:  And God said,  Let the waters...
and God saw that it was good
 
 
Come out into the universe of Light.  Everything in the universe  is yours.  Stretch out your arms  and embrace it  with l...
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>“ Music gives soul to the universe  wings to the mind  flight to the imagination  and life to everything&quot;  </...
 
 
…  all problems of existence are essentially problems of harmony. Sri Aurobindo
 
 
 
Medicine to produce health  must examine disease;  and music,  to create harmony  must investigate discord.   Plutarch
 
 
Better than  a thousand hollow words  is one word that brings peace. The Buddha  (560-483 B.C.E.)
 
 
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work  with your enemy.  Then he becomes  your partner.      Nelson ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
If we are peaceful, if we are happy,   we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire soci...
 
 
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peace  Is in self-conquest.   Sri Chinmoy
 
 
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...
 
 
 
<ul><li>Love came and  </li></ul><ul><li>emptied me of self, </li></ul><ul><li>every vein and  </li></ul><ul><li>every por...
… . Of me,  only a  name  is left, the rest  is You  my Friend,  my  Beloved. Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
 
Faith is taking the first step  even when you don't see  the whole staircase. -  Martin Luther King Jr.  .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the  Verities and Realities of Existe...
… .For Yesterday is already a Dream, And Tomorrow is only a Vision; But Today well lived makes  Every Yesterday a Dream of...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>If there is to be peace in the world, </li></ul><ul><li>There must be peace in the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>  If...
… ..If there is to be peace  between neighbours, There must be peace  in the home. If there is to be  peace in the home, T...
 
Just as treasures are uncovered  from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,  and wisdom appears  from a pure and p...
 
 
However many holy  words you read,  however many  you speak,  what good  will they  do you  if you do not  act on upon the...
 
&quot;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...
 
 
 
&quot;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 th...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If ever Mohammed (peace and blessings upon him)  saw anyone harming an animal he stopped them.  Once he was travelling wit...
 
 
 
<ul><li>… . Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down  </li></ul><ul><li>the dulcimer. </li></ul>Let t...
 
 
My Supreme,  my Supreme,  my Supreme! My true  spirituality Is the love  of Your Breath In every heart.  My Supreme,  my S...
 
 
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called  the children of God.   Jesus – from the  Gospel of St. Matthew
 
 
 
 
 
 
&quot;You are that which you intend to hit, injure,  insult, torment, persecute, torture, enslave  or kill“ Mahavira
 
 
Find the One everywhere  and in everything  and there will be an end  to pain and suffering. Sri Anandaymoy Ma
 
 
 
Walk cheerfully  over the earth  answering  that of God  in all. George Fox   (Founder of the Quaker branch of Christianity)
 
  Yes We Can.   Barak Obama
 
 
All works of love  are works of peace. Mother Theresa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>       “ I tell you one thing – if you want  </li></ul><ul><li>peace of mind, do not find fault with others. </li>...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do not try to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever. Sri Chinm...
 
 
 
 
 
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the earth  befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life.  ...
 
 
 
… you are bound to gain mastery if you are  true to faith. Qur’an - Sura 3 ;139
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>Life is God’s Blessing to His Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Life is Will… The descending cry  </li></ul><ul><li>of Co...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
&quot;Ye are all leaves  of one tree  and the fruits of  one branch.“    Bahá'u'lláh
 
<ul><li>&quot;I find one vast garden  </li></ul><ul><li>spread out all over the universe. </li></ul><ul><li>All plants, al...
 
 
 
&quot; Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only  today. Let us begin.&quot; Mother Teresa
 
 
 
 
&quot; May there only be peaceful and  cheerful Earth Days to come for our  beautiful Spaceship Earth as it   continues to...
 
… And He saw that it was Good… Genesis ch 1
… Aum  ~   Shanti ~  Shanti ~   Shanti ~  Aum…
Infinity is this Infinity is that. When infinity from infinity Is taken away Infinity remains… The Upanishads
 
 
<ul><li>We thank you for watching  ‘Reflections on Life’   </li></ul><ul><li>and invite you to spend a few minutes making ...
Many of the images in  Reflections on Life  come from our own photographs. Others have been gathered from many sources. A ...
<ul><li>By making  Reflections on Life  available as a free download we hope that many people across the planet will share...
<ul><li>Contact us to arrange for a customised workshop designed to make a difference - to be effective - </li></ul><ul><l...
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When I give a Relflections On Life Workshop, I design the second Slide Show for a specific group. This version is designed for Inter Faith groups but I adapt it and use slides from it as the \'framework\' for all the workshops. This version is quite \'serious.\' It includes images and quotations not just from the six major religions but also from Bah\'ai, Jain, Rastafarian and Native American sources. I would love to get some feedback and suggestions of other inspiring quotations which I could include.

Many people like watching the original Reflections on Life slide show to de-stress, almost as a meditation. I like to use this version in the same way. It never ceases to inspire me and restore my focus and perspective, especially if things have been getting me down. Life is beautiful. It is mysterious. There is meaning in every incident. We are here to learn and every experience is an opportunity to learn something important and deepen our relationship not just with each other but also with the One from whom we all came and (so I believe) to Whom we will return.
Do send me some feedback, to info@bluelotus.coand invite me to come and give your group or community one of my fantastic workshops.

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  1. 1. Part Two Reflections on Life Blue Lotus Enterprises
  2. 2. <ul><li>In ‘Reflections on Life’ Part One </li></ul><ul><li>we saw much of beauty but also much of pain. </li></ul><ul><li>In Part Two </li></ul><ul><li>we begin to seek ways in </li></ul><ul><li>which we can work towards a more </li></ul><ul><li>harmonious and peaceful world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The texts and images are designed </li></ul><ul><li>to create an atmosphere which encourages the development </li></ul><ul><li>of empathy and understanding – </li></ul><ul><li>opening up the mind to new possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>and expanding the heart-qualities of </li></ul><ul><li>Love, Compassion and Oneness. </li></ul><ul><li>200 slides ~ time 20 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact via website for suggested ‘Sound Track.’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>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 given more or less ‘space’ than others, please try to feel a sense of oneness with them all. </li></ul><ul><li>We hope you enjoy watching </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Reflections on Life’ </li></ul>Reflections on Life
  5. 5. Note – a few non-English words appear on some slides. Translations can be found at www.bluelotus.co Part Two Reflections on Life Reflections on Life
  6. 7. … Aum ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Aum…
  7. 11. All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature Swami Vivekananda of all souls.
  8. 13.   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
  9. 15. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1 verse 3
  10. 16. And God saw the light, And He saw that it was good: Genesis 1 verse 4
  11. 17. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: 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
  12. 18. and God saw that it was good
  13. 21. 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
  14. 26. <ul><li>“ Music gives soul to the universe  wings to the mind  flight to the imagination  and life to everything&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>Plato </li></ul>
  15. 29. … all problems of existence are essentially problems of harmony. Sri Aurobindo
  16. 33. Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony  must investigate discord.   Plutarch
  17. 36. Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. The Buddha (560-483 B.C.E.)
  18. 39. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.  Nelson Mandela
  19. 46. 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
  20. 49. 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)
  21. 56. Peace Is in self-conquest. Sri Chinmoy
  22. 59. 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
  23. 63. <ul><li>Love came and </li></ul><ul><li>emptied me of self, </li></ul><ul><li>every vein and </li></ul><ul><li>every pore, </li></ul><ul><li>made into </li></ul><ul><li>a container </li></ul><ul><li>to be filled by </li></ul><ul><li>the Beloved…. </li></ul>
  24. 64. … . Of me, only a name is left, the rest is You my Friend, my Beloved. Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
  25. 66. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. - Martin Luther King Jr. .
  26. 75. 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;…..
  27. 76. … .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
  28. 84. <ul><li>If there is to be peace in the world, </li></ul><ul><li>There must be peace in the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>  If there is to be peace in the nations, </li></ul><ul><li>There must be peace in the cities. </li></ul><ul><li>  If there is to be peace in the cities, </li></ul><ul><li>There must be peace </li></ul><ul><li>between neighbours….. </li></ul>
  29. 85. … ..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.)
  30. 87. Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.   The Buddha
  31. 90. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?   The Buddha
  32. 92. &quot;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.&quot; Sri Krishna (Gita 9.26)
  33. 96. &quot;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.&quot; Sri Krishna (Geeta)
  34. 107. If ever Mohammed (peace and blessings upon him) saw anyone harming an animal he stopped them. Once he 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.
  35. 111. <ul><li>… . Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down </li></ul><ul><li>the dulcimer. </li></ul>Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273) 
  36. 114. 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
  37. 117. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.   Jesus – from the Gospel of St. Matthew
  38. 124. &quot;You are that which you intend to hit, injure, insult, torment, persecute, torture, enslave or kill“ Mahavira
  39. 127. Find the One everywhere and in everything  and there will be an end to pain and suffering. Sri Anandaymoy Ma
  40. 131. Walk cheerfully over the earth answering that of God in all. George Fox (Founder of the Quaker branch of Christianity)
  41. 133.   Yes We Can. Barak Obama
  42. 136. All works of love are works of peace. Mother Theresa
  43. 145. <ul><li>       “ I tell you one thing – if you want </li></ul><ul><li>peace of mind, do not find fault with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Rather learn to see your own faults. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to make the whole world your own. </li></ul><ul><li>No one is a stranger, my child; </li></ul><ul><li>this whole world is your own.” </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Sarada Devi </li></ul>
  44. 152. Do not try to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever. Sri Chinmoy
  45. 158. 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
  46. 162. … you are bound to gain mastery if you are true to faith. Qur’an - Sura 3 ;139
  47. 169. <ul><li>Life is God’s Blessing to His Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Life is Will… The descending cry </li></ul><ul><li>of Concern and Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>The Ascending cry </li></ul><ul><li>of love and helplessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is man’s experience of wisdom and faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is man’s conscious attempt </li></ul><ul><li>to see God face to Face. </li></ul><ul><li>from an essay on life by Sri Chinmoy </li></ul>
  48. 178. &quot;Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.“   Bahá'u'lláh
  49. 180. <ul><li>&quot;I find one vast garden </li></ul><ul><li>spread out all over the universe. </li></ul><ul><li>All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies </li></ul><ul><li>are about in this garden in various ways , </li></ul><ul><li>each has his own uniqueness and beauty. </li></ul><ul><li>Their presence and variety give me great delight. </li></ul><ul><li>Every one of you adds with your special feature </li></ul><ul><li>to the glory of the garden.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Sri Anandamayi Ma </li></ul>
  50. 184. &quot; Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.&quot; Mother Teresa
  51. 189. &quot; 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. “ U Thant
  52. 191. … And He saw that it was Good… Genesis ch 1
  53. 192. … Aum ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Shanti ~ Aum…
  54. 193. Infinity is this Infinity is that. When infinity from infinity Is taken away Infinity remains… The Upanishads
  55. 196. <ul><li>We thank you for watching ‘Reflections on Life’ </li></ul><ul><li>and invite you to spend a few minutes making a note of your responses – do send us your feedback. </li></ul>Response
  56. 197. Many of the images in Reflections on Life come from our own photographs. Others have been gathered from many sources. A full list of credits is being prepared. We hope that all whose photographs have been used will be happy and proud to be included in this free download - but should any copyright questions arise we will be happy to make any adjustments necessary. Acknowledgements
  57. 198. <ul><li>By making Reflections on Life available as a free download we hope that many people across the planet will share in our vision - sharing the inspiration offered by its message in ever increasing circles, circles of harmony that will spread out like ripples, expanding and expanding until they embrace each and every soul - and every corner of this amazing and beautiful </li></ul><ul><li>planet which we all call our home. </li></ul>An Offering
  58. 199. <ul><li>Contact us to arrange for a customised workshop designed to make a difference - to be effective - </li></ul><ul><li>promoting peace and reducing suffering for members of your community by improving harmony and understanding. </li></ul>Blue Lotus Enterprises
  59. 200. www.bluelotus.co Reflections on Life Blue Lotus Enterprises
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