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TOPIC: Unity In Diversity - by Regina Coeli McKnight  
From the Hindu Scriptures;  
The Bhagavad Gita II 12-16 

If the light of a thousand suns suddenly arose in the sky, that splendor might be compared to the radiance of the Supreme Spirit. 
       And Arjuna saw in that radiance the whole universe in its variety, standing in a vast unity in the body of the God of gods. 
       Trembling with awe and wonder, Arjuna bowed his head, and joining his hands in adoration he thus spoke to his God. 
       "I see in thee all the gods, O my God;  and the infinity of the beings of thy creation.  I see god Brahma on his throne of lotus, and all the seers and serpents of light.  All around I behold thy Infinity;  the power of thy innumerable arms, the visions from thy innumerable eyes, the words from thy innumerable mouths, and the fire of life in thy innumerable bodies.  Nowhere I see a beginning or middle or end of thee, O God of all, Form Infinite!" 

From the Buddhist Scriptures;  
The Gospel of Buddha, LV 

All things are made of one essence, yet things are different according to the forms which they assume under different impressions.  As they form themselves so they act, and as they act so they are. 

It is as if a potter made different vessels out of the same clay.  Some of these pots are to contain sugar, others rice, others curds and milk;  others still are vessels of impurity.   There is no diversity in the clay used; the diversity of the pots is only due to the moulding hands of the potter who shapes them for the various uses that circumstances may require. 

And as all things originate from one essence, so they are developing according to one law and they are destined to one aim which is Nirvana.  Nirvana comes to thee when thou understandest thoroughly, and when thou livest according to the understanding, that all things are of one essence and there is but one law.  Hence, there is but one Nirvana as there is but one truth, not two or three. 

From the Zoroastrian Scriptures:  
The Divine Songs of Zarathustra II,XXII  

He who, in the first beginning, thus thought:  "Let 
    the glorious heavens be clothed in light," 
He, by His supreme Understanding, created the 
    principles of Truth and Right, 
Enabling mortals thereby to maintain the Good Mind; 
O Wise Lord, O ever-the-same Ahura, by Thy Holy 
    Spirit make these realms to flourish! 

And so may we be like those making the world progress 
    towards perfection; 
May the Lord and His Angels help us and guide our 
    efforts through Truth. 

From the Jewish Scriptures:  
Genesis Chapter 9 

And God spoke unto Noah and to his sons with him, saying, "As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you;  and with every living creature that is with you, the fowl, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark...This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature for perpetual generations.  I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow is seen in the cloud...I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth" 

From the Christian Scriptures:  
John 14  

The words of Jesus: 

"In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?...... 

"Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me;  because I live, you will live also.  In that day you will know that I am in the Father, and you in Me, and I in you." 

From the Scriptures of Islam:  
From the Koran Sherif  

40:78  We have sent forth other prophets before you;  of some you have already heard, of others we have told you nothing.  Yet none of these could work a miracle except by Allah's leave. 

Say:  We believe in Allah and what is revealed to us;  in that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael, to Isaac and Jacob and the tribes; and in that which Allah gave Moses and Jesus and the prophets.  We discriminate against none of them.  To Him We have surrendered ourselves." 

From the Native American tradition  
Brooke Medicine Eagle 

The bridge into a new time must be a bridge of light: 
all colors, all races, All Our Relations must be included in that bridge 
for the rainbow to form and to arch across the chasm. 

From the Gayan, Vadan and Nirtan  
of Hazrat Inayat Khan 

The knowledge of plurality begins live; but in the consciousness of unity is life's culmination 

The aim of the mystic is to keep near to the idea of unity, and to find out where we unite. 

Seek God in all souls, good or bad, wise and foolish, attractive and unattractive; in the depths of each there is God 
The knowledge of God is beyond man's reason; the secret of God is hidden in the knowledge of unity. 

Reading:  The Message, by Hazrat Inayat Khan 

     "What is the Message of God.  Where does it come from?  How is it received by the souls who deliver it?"  These questions often arise in inquiring minds.  The answer is that the Message is like the rain, and the rain falls where it is needed and when it is needed.  But does the rain come from above?  It seems to come from above, but it rises from below first, as the vapors, which arise from the sea first, turn into clouds.  So every aspect of knowledge gained by all beings rises upwards as vapor, forming into clouds as ideas and again falling from above as rain. 

     Ther are so many names for the seas and rivers and streams, but they all contain water.  And ther are various names of religions but they all contain the truth, spoken in different forms, and in different ways.  There is a lightning, there is a thunder when the rain falls, and there are wars and disasters before the Message comes.  Storms are very often warnings of what follows, and so are different kinds of battles and revolutions warnings before the coming to the time of peace. 

     Often a person says, "If it is the same water, then I have no need of receiving a new Message, I already hold a certain faith and belief.  Is it not the same?"  Certainly it is the same.  And yet it is not quite the same.  The water of last week, which has been in the jug compared with the fresh water is different, and yet it is water.  One does not reject the water of last week by drinking the fresh water, for it is water all the same. 

     Every element turns into its own element, and comes again afresh.  When the fire is extinguished, it has become absorbed in its own element.  It has gone and joined the heat.  So with water and earth.  So with air.  Every element goes back to its own element in the end and comes again afresh.  Such is the law of the Divine Message.  Numberless religions have been taught.  Various prophets and masters have come to waken humanity, and those of them we know are only a few which we could count on our fingers.  But where are other religions gone?  What about all the other teachers?  It would be like asking, "Where is all the water that fell?  Where has the rain gone?"  It has gone nowhere, it has gone to its own source, only to come afresh again with new life, with new magnetism, with new strength and vigor.  And yet it is the same water of life, the drinking of which gives souls immortality. 

     Many intellectual people with their many ideas differ from one another in their opinions and in their way of looking a things, in their speculations.  But do the prophets differ from one another?  They cannot differ.  The reason is that it is the various minds which differ, not the souls.  The one who lives in his mind is consciuos of mind.  The one who lives in his soul is conscious of the soul. 

     What does the word "spiritual" mean?  It means "soul-conscious" or spirit-conscious".  There is a line of a song.  "Night has a thousand eyes, the day has but one".  When a person lives in his mind, he is living through the darkness of night.  The moment one rises above one's mind and wakens in the light of the soul, one becomes spiritual.  If a thousand spiritual people will speak, they will say the same thing, perhaps in different words, but with one meaning, for they have one sight, the same sight.  It is therefore that spiritual realization is called the truth.  There are many facts, but there is one truth.  Facts can be put into words, but not the truth.  For God is truth, the real self of man is truth.  Truth is unlimited and incomparable.  Therefore, truth alone knows, enjoys and realizes its own existence.

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