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TOPIC: The Breath of God - by Siraj Prapapati O'Neill   
THE HINDU TRADITION - The Bhagavad Gita The Supreme Self

The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire  these are my glory.  With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures Through the moon, the vessel of life giving fluid, I nourish all plants.  I enter breathing creatures and dwell within as the life giving breath.  I am the fire in the stomach which digests all food. 


Wind is your breath,
The open sky, your mind
The sun your eye,
Seas and mountains
Your whole body

The Zend Avesta - Yasna 18, Yasna XXV

1. And we worship
2. Ahura Mazda
3. With our life.
4. Him,
5. The resplendent, the glorious
6. And the Bountiful Immortals,
7. Who rule aright,
8. And Who adjust all things rightly.

1. And we worship the Holy Breath
2. Which is placed higher than
3, AI1 other things created;
4. And we worship
5. The most true Religious Knowledge
6. Mazda made and Holy,
7. And the Good Mazdayasnian Law.

THE JEWISH TRADITION - Tanakh-Nevi'im Exekiel 37:9-10

Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, O mortal!  Say to the breath: Thus said the Lord GOD: Come, O breath, from the four w?nds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again."  I prophesied as He commanded me.  The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, a vast multitude.

The New Testament - John 20:19-22

In the evenmg of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.  Jesus came and stood among them.  He said to them, "Peace be with you," and showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, "Peace be with you.  As the Father sent me, so am I sending you."  After saying this he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

The Koran - Al-Hijr

In the Name of Allah, the compassionate, the Merciful

Your Lord said to the angels, "I am creating man from dry clay, from black moulded loam.  When I have fashioned him and breathed of My spirit into him, kneel down and prostrate yourselves before him."

Ragas of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Thy light hath illuminated the dark chambers of my mind;  Thy love is rooted in the depths of my heart;  Thine own eyes are the light af my soul;  Thy power worketh behind my action;  Thy peace alone is my life's repose;  Thy will is behind my every impulse; Thy voice is audibJe in the words  I speak;  Thine own image is my countenance.  My body is but a cover over Thy soul;  my life is Thy very breath, my Beloved, and my self is Thine own being.

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