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Life Transitions

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Life in the World Unseen

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Life Transitions

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

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