Way of life

Way of life.

 

249. Way of life: The way is not just the teachings come down from God to educate mankind. The Way is a way of life, teachings and laws that need to be lived by if we want them to make a difference in our lives, and not just an archaic set of rules that are good only for those who just need something to believe in, in order to live in this harsh world. The way is a way of life that, as I said, needs to be lived; laws and teachings that will not only provide a useful framework to teach man ways to interact with one another, but following these teachings and incorporating them into our lives causes spiritual growth in our souls and development of our civilization in this physical world. Also, living by these teachings leads our true spiritual self to enlightenment and peace of mind knowing that there is something else; A Someone, we can rely on and go to for help when the need arises, Someone Who is looking out for us, and not just an empty vacuum that leaves us going nowhere when we die, with our consciousness just withering away into nothingness, or worse yet, our consciousness going on with nothing to look forward to but more empty, meaningless, nothingness laid out for us for an unimaginably dull existence for all time; not a scenario one would look forward to. Fortunately there is something more for us to look forward to and this is also a teaching that is expressed in the other religions of God as well. There is a way, that if we live by these rules, we will have comfort and joy throughout eternity with only more delectation for us to look forward to in the future. JUDAISM: Jeremiah 21:8 “Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” Proverbs 7:2 “Keep my commandments, and live.” Proverbs 7:3 “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” Proverbs 10:17 “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.” Proverbs 15:10 “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” Proverbs 15:24 “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.” Deuteronomy 11:26 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;” 11:27 “A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:” 11:28 “And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:32 “Observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day, (and live.)” Proverbs 7:2 CHRISTIANITY: John 14:5 “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Acts 18:25 “This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord.” James 1:23 “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:” 1:24 “For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Letter 30. “Remember that there are clear modes, honest means, bright ways, rational procedures, sensible manners, pious methods of faithfully carrying out His orders and obeying His commands and there are innumerable gains and unlimited advantages in that way of life.” “Wise people adopt those ways and follow them but only fools refuse to accept His advice. Whoever turns away from Allah actually turns away from the realities of life and dictates of wisdom and, therefore, he wanders in the wilderness of ignorance.” “The Almighty Allah will take away His Blessings from him and will send His Wrath upon him.” “For the sake of yourself be afraid of self-aggrandizement, self-glorification and selfishness. The Merciful Allah has shown you the correct way of leading an honest and a virtuous life and has clearly pointed to you the place where life and its activities are going to end.”

(Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh)

71. “He that obeys Allah and His Messenger has already attained the highest Achievement.” 9. “And those who believe and work righteous deeds, them shall We admit to the company of the Righteous.” 3. “We showed him the Way: whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will).”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 29, 33 and 76)

43. “And they shall thenceforth in their doings walk after the way of holiness.” 13. “Even that way of Good Thought, O Ahura, of which thou didst speak to me, whereon, a way well made by Right, the Daena of the future benefactors shall pass to the reward that was prepared for the wise, of which thou art determinant, O Mazda.” 30. “Go forward with praises, go forward the way of the good Mazdean law and of all those who walk in her ways.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Vendidad 4, Yasna 34 and Avesta Fragments)

17. “These are the classes and states in life which give attention to the rulers, and fulfill the (laws) of religion; yea, they are the guides and companions of that religious man.” 5. “they who for my sake render him obedience shall all attain unto Welfare and Immortality by the actions of the Good Spirit” – (He) Mazda Ahura.” 43. “And they shall thenceforth in their doings walk after the way of holiness, after the word of holiness, after the ordinance of holiness.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 19, 45 and Vendidad 4)

This is the way, this is the immortal, this is union, and this is bliss.” “Find full reward Of doing right in right! Let right deeds be Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.” 9. “For that man who obeys the law prescribed in the revealed texts and in the sacred tradition, gains fame in this (world) and after death unsurpassable bliss.”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 2 and Laws of Manu chapter 2 and Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad)

“The Soul’s light shineth pure in every place; And they who, by such eye of wisdom, see How Matter, and what deals with it, divide; And how the Spirit and the flesh have strife, Those wise ones go the way which leads to Life!”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 13)

20. “This indeed is the Way – there is no other – for the purification of one’s vision. Follow this way. It leads to Mara’s confusion.” “Following this Path you will put an end to suffering. I have taught you the Way after realising the removal of the arrow myself.” “Making the effort is your affair. The Buddhas have pointed out the Way. Those who are on the way and practicing meditation will be freed from Mara’s bonds.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))

14. “Abstention from all evil, Cultivation of the wholesome, Purification of the heart; This is the Message of the Buddhas.” 13. “Lead a life of righteousness, and not a life of wrong-doing.” 20 “This is the only way; None other is there for purity of vision. Enter upon this path.” “He who follows righteousness lives happily in this world and the next.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 and 3 (tr. J. Richards))

1. “Even if the thoughtless can recite many of the scriptures, if they do not act accordingly, they are not living the holy life, but are like a cow-herd counting the cows of others.” “Even if the faithful can recite only a few of the scriptures, if they act accordingly, having given up passion, hate, and folly, being possessed of true knowledge and serenity of mind, craving nothing in this world or the next, they are living (in the way of the) holy life.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))

“To behold the Great One in the House of Perfection. As They called them and they answered not, When they call, who will answer them? Because it was given to them but they took not, Who will give to them when they ask? They hated the Way of Life and its Abode But loved the abode of the wicked. And lo! in the abode of the wicked Will they be held captive.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 90)

“Thou hast shown us that which the eye of man hath not seen, and caused us to hear that which human ear has not heard. Thou hast freed us from death and united us with life, released us from darkness and united us with light, led us out of evil and joined us to good. Thou hast shown us the Way of Life and hast guided our feet into ways of truth and faith so that Life cometh and expelleth darkness and goodness cometh and casteth out evil. (Like) the mingling of wine with water, so may Thy truth, thy righteousness and thy faith be added to those who love Thy name of Truth, And Life be praised.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 45)

“Let all be set free from the multiple identities that were born of passion and desire, and in the oneness of their love for God find a new way of life.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 76)

“Stand ye staunch and strong in the Covenant and, following the precepts of God and the holy Law, suckle your children from their infancy with the milk of a universal education, and rear them so that from their earliest days, within their inmost heart, their very nature, a way of life will be firmly established that will conform to the divine Teachings in all things.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 125)

“Jesus, then, founded the sacred Law on a basis of moral character and complete spirituality, and for those who believed in Him He delineated a special way of life which constitutes the highest type of action on earth.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 82)