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Toward the One,... (after lighting taper)
To the glory of the Omnipresent God, we kindle the light symbolically representing the...Hindu Religion, Buddhist Religion, Zoroastrian Religion, Jewish Religion, Christian Religion, Religion of Islam (lighting each candle with the word kindle.)
To the glory of the Omnipresent God, we kindle the light symbolically representing all those who whether known or unknown to the world, have held aloft the light of Truth through the darkness of human ignorance. (lighting the Spirit of Guidance candle)
Let us pray. Saum Praise be to thee...(while facing the God candle)
We will read from the World Scriptures
We read in the Hindu Scriptures
Whenever the Law declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish the Law.<>
13. Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 4.7-8>
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Wisdom.
We will read in the Buddhist Scriptures
attentively with one heart. A man whose spirit shines
brightly, a man whose mind is completely unified, a man whose virtue
a man will truly appear in this world. When he preaches precious laws,
people will totally be satisfied as if the thirsty drink sweet drops of
from heaven. And each and every one will attain the path of liberation
17. Buddhism. Sutra of the Great Accomplishment of the Maitreya
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Compassion
We will read in the Zoroastrian Scriptures
He shall be the victorious Benefactor (Saoshyant) by name and World-renovator [Astavat-ereta] by name. He is Benefactor because he will benefit the entire physical world; he is World-renovator because he will establish the physical living existence indestructible. He will oppose the evil of the progeny of the biped and withstand the enmity produced by the faithful.
12. Zoroastrianism. Avesta, Farvardin Yast 13.129
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Purity
We will read in the Jewish Scriptures
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
"Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom,
to establish it, and to uphold it
from this time forth and for ever more.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
2. Judaism and Christianity. Isaiah 9.6-7
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Law
We will read in the Christian Scriptures
it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was
when Cyrenius was governor of
all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,
shepherds said one to another: "Let us now go even unto
And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Self-Sacrifice
We will read in the Scriptures of Islam
And [Jesus] shall be a Sign of the Hour [of Judgment]; therefore have no doubt about it, but follow Me: this is a straight way.
8. Islam. Qur'an 43.61<>
The Messenger of Allah observed, "What will be your state when the Son of Mary descends amongst you, and there will be an Imam amongst you? What would you do when the son of Mary would descend and lead you?"
9. Islam. Hadith of Muslim
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Unity
We will now have a few minutes of silence (three minutes)
Let us pray Salat Most gracious Lord, Master Messiah,...(facing the God candle)
Healing by the Presence
There is warmth in fire, and there is a greater warmth in feeling. The presence of a person with warm feelings can create an atmosphere of warmth, and the presence of the cold-hearted can freeze one. No doubt warmth of heart is not the only quality the healer needs. He must have the power to heal, besides concentration and a desire to heal. But at the same time it is the name of Christ that is known as that of the Messiah. "Messiah" in the East means "healer"; and for a Messiah the power of love is the first quality, love in the form of sympathy. One sympathizes with another, thinking, "He is my relation," "friend," or "acquaintance," perhaps. But when sympathy develops to its fullest extent one begins to see in everybody "I," "myself," and the pain of everybody one begins to feel as one's own pain.
This is a sign of the true Messiah. How can he heal the wounds of the hearts of the children of the earth and relieve them from pains and sufferings, since life is full of them, when his sympathy is not awakened to such a degree that he feels the pain of another even before feeling his own pain? Every healer who has a spiritual aspiration must develop the spark of the fire of the heart of the Messiah, and then, even before his trying to heal a person, his very presence would heal.
When a child is ill the mother goes near with a wish that he may be well, with a pain in her heart for the suffering of her child. For that moment she becomes a healer, her touch, her word, her glance does more than medicine or any other remedy. When this mother quality is developed in the heart of the healer, then, when he heals not for any return except for the happiness of seeing a soul released from pain, he becomes a healer who can heal merely by his presence.
Healing by Presence
We offer to the Omniscient God, our reverence, our homage, and our gratitude for the Light of the Divine Truth
Sermon reflecting upon the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. What that means to the world. What that means by the coming of the Messiah into the heart of humankind. Reflect upon the birth of the Messiah into your heart.
Let us pray Khatum O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty... (facing the God candle)
Benediction (facing the congregation)
May the Blessing of God rest upon you; may God's Peace abide with you; may God's presence illuminate your hearts now and for evermore. Amen