The supreme purpose and goal for human life
….is to cultivate love.
Both Mohammad and Jesus were uncompromising. Mohammad never said no when asked for anything, and Jesus urged, ‘Give to everyone who begs from you and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.’ The great religions regard helping one another as more than mere obligation; they see it as a central human desire. In the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, love and service of others are often given equal status with love and service of God. In Buddhism, compassion is seen as an inherent aspect of our nature. Both ancient wisdom and modern psychology agree that the desire to help and the pleasure it brings grow as we grow. Jack Kornfield concludes, ‘True generosity grows as our heart opens, grows along with the integrity and health of our inner life…Great generosity springs naturally out of a sense of health and wholeness of our being.’ So esteemed are generosity and service that some traditions regard them as the essence of spiritual life, the practice upon which all other practices converge……Roger Walsh
may the warmth of Christmas light heal the hearts surrounding us…simply by our spirit of awakened presence to love…..poise and grace as gifts of a divine stillness….may we allow the hush of this sacred moment….
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
….St. Teresa of Avila
Put away all hindrances,
let your mind full of love pervade…
the whole wide world,
above, below, around and everywhere,
altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought,
abounding, sublime, beyond measure.