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TOPIC: HONORING OUR MOTHER EARTH  (May 1, l994) Cherag Regina Coeli McKnight 

From the Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part 6 

It is under God's rule that the work of creation revolves in its evolution, and we have earth, and water, and ether, and fire and air. 

God ended His work, and He rested, and He made a bond of love between His soul and the soul of all things.  And the ONE became one with the one, and the two, and the three, and the eight, and with time and with the subtle mystery of the human soul. 

His Being is the source of all being, the seed of all things that in this life have their life. . . 

May God, who is hidden in nature, even as the silkworm is hidden in the web of silk he made, lead us to union with His own Spirit, with Brahman. 

from the Life and Hymns of Milarepa From "A Buddhist Bible"  (p. 574-5) 

I put upon the field of tranquil mind the water and manure of constant faith, then sow it with the unblemished seed of a heart immaculate.  Over it, like pealing thunder, reverberates sincere prayer.  Grace falls upon it, like a shower of rain. 

Unto the plough and oxen of undistracted thought I add the ploughshare of right method and of reason.  The oxen is guided by the undeluded person, with a firm grasp of undivided purpose, and goaded on by the whip of zeal and perseverance.  They break up the hardened soil of ignorance, clear away the stones of the hardened,  sin-filled nature, and weed out all hypocrisies. 

Then with the sickle of the Truth of Karmic laws, the reaping of the Noble Life is practiced.  The fruits, which are of truths sublime, are stored within the granary to which no concepts can apply.   The gods engage in roasting and grinding this most precious food, which then sustains my poor humble self while I for truth am seeking. 

From the Zend Avesta of Zarathustra (Vendidad 5) 
Thus begged Zarathustra of Ahura Mazda: 
O Ahura Mazda, Creator of the World, Thou who are One alone! 
How shall I purify the Fire?  How the water?  How the Earth? 
How the Tree?  How the faithful Man?  How the faithful Woman? 
How the Stars?  How the Moon?  How the Sun?  How the boundless Light? 
How all good things made by Mazda. . . 

Ahura Mazda, answering, said: 
With good thoughts, good words and good deeds, clean shall be the Fire, 
clean the Water, clean the Earth, clean the Tree, clean the faithful Man, clean the faithful Woman, clean the Stars, clean the Moon, clean the Sun, 
clean the boundless Light, clean the good things made by Mazda. . . 

Thy Fire, we approach with worship, O Ahura Mazda! 
Thy Waters, we worship, O Ahura Mazda! 
Thy Earth, we worship, O Ahura Mazda! 
This Earth with the Women, this Earth which bears us, and those Women who are Thine, O Ahura! 
As a reward for the followers of the Good Life,  Mazda made the plants to grow;  Let us worship Mazda in them....... 

Ecclesiastes 3 

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up; a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to lose and a time to seek, a time to tie up and a time to untie; a time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. 
God has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has made the world dear to man's heart. . . . . 

Luke, Chapter 8 

Behold, a sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.  And some fell upon a rock, and a soon as it sprang up it withered away because it lacked moisture.  And some fell among thorns, which sprang up with it and choked it.  And other fell on good ground, and springing up, bore fruit a hundredfold. 
And when Jesus had said these things, he cried;  He who hath ears to hear, let him hear! 

And his disciples asked him, "What might this parable mean?" 
And he answered:  The seed is the Word of God; 
That by the wayside are they that hear, but evil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, lest they believe and be saved. 
That on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy and believe, but having no root they fall away when temptation comes; 
That which falls among the thorns are they who, having heard, go forth and are choked by the cares or the riches and pleasures of this life, and who bring no fruit to perfection. 
But that on the good soil are those who, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, bring forth the fruit with patience. 

From the Holy Qur'an:  Sura 7 

Your Guardian-Lord is God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and is firmly established on the throne of authority:  He draweth the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession:  He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, all governed by laws under His command.    Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of Worlds! 

God loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds.  Do no mischief on the Earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing in your hearts:  for the Mercy of God is always near to those who do good. 

It is He who sendeth the winds like heralds of glad tidings going before His Mercy.  When they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, He drives them to a land that is dead, makes rain to descend thereon, and produces every kind of harvest therewith:  . . . 

From the land that is clean and good, by the will of its Cherisher, springs up produce, rich after its kind:  but from the land that is bad springs up nothing but that which is niggardly. . . 

From The Sacred Pipe, by Black Elk 
"White Buffalo Woman Brings the Sacred Pipe" 

Holding the pipe up with its stem to the heavens she said, "With this sacred pipe you will walk upon the Earth; for the Earth is your Mother and Grandmother, and She is sacred.  Every step that is taken upon Her should be as a prayer.  The bowl of this pipe is of red stone;  it is the Earth.  Carved in the stone and facing the center is a buffalo calf who represents all the four-leggeds who live upon your Mother.  The stem of the pipe is wood, and this represents all that grows on the Earth.  And these twelve feathers which hand here where the stem fits into the bowl are from the Eagle, and they represent the eagle and all the wingeds of the air.  All these peoples, and all the things of the Universe, are joined to you who smoke this pipe, you pray for and with everything.. . . . .Every dawn comes as a holy event, and every day is holy, for the light comes from your Father Wakan-Tanka; and you must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred, and should be treated as such." 

From Meditations of Hildegard of Bingen p.107 

With nature's help, humankind can set into creation 
all that is necessary and life-sustaining. 

God's majesty is glorified 
in the manifestation of every manner of nature's fruitfulness. 

This is possible, 
possible through the right and holy utilization of the earth, 
the earth in which humankind has its source. 

The sum total of heaven and earth, 
everything in nature, is thus won to use and purpose. 
It becomes a temple and altar for the service of God. 


There is no greater scripture than Nature, for Nature is Life itself. 
Nature in it different aspects is the materialization of that light which is called the divine Spirit. 

When I open my eyes to the outer world, I see myself as a drop in the sea;  but when I close my eyes and look within, I see the whole universe as a bubble raised in the ocean of my heart. 

Earth --- tell me your moral principle. 
----"I lay myself before those who pass over me, 
        and to those who come unto me, to them I open my heart." 

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