Too Much Hate in the World
It is the Christmas season and it is a time where we celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. He was a man who taught a message that was basically one of Love and Compassion. I am not one to harp on scripture nor am I a Bible thumper by any stretch of the imagination. This post will have some scripture quotes from many sources. I like to quote His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness
I find truth in many faiths for it is my personal belief that wherever Love, Kindness and Compassion are exhibited and taught, God is there.
So here are some quotes on Love, Kindness and Compassion from various Faiths this Christmas Season.
Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 14:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Matthew 15:32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
1 Peter 3:8-12 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Buddhism is also a path of Loving Kindness and Compassion.
“All the peace and happiness of the whole globe,
the peace and happiness of societies,
the peace and happiness of family,
the peace and happiness in the individual persons’ life,
and the peace and happiness of even the animals and so forth,
all depends on having loving kindness toward each other.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
A praise of compassion by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
“Live with compassion
Work with compassion
Die with compassion
Meditate with compassion
Enjoy with compassion
When problems come,
Experience them with compassion.”
Love in Hinduism is sacrament. It preaches that one gives up selfishness in love, not expecting anything in return.
It also believes “God is love”. A sacred text named Kanda Guru Kavasa quotes, ” Oh holy Great flame, Grant me with love.. You said the spreading love is Para Brahma, For the thing which is everywhere is only Love, And Love is the only thing which is like a soul within us, Love is Kumara, Love is Kanda” Simply means Love is God.
My closing thoughts: We live in a multicultural world. We live in a world where people are different from “us.” They look different, the pray different, worship different, they speak differently…we can focus on so many things that separate us yet forget our common humanity that unites us. The world gives us many opportunities to hate one another. Even in my country we live in a world where people divide one another based on politics and the old worn out Liberal vs Conservative separation. On social media where people often have some semblance of anonymity so we judge and name call and show hate towards those with whom we disagree.
Love takes work. Sometimes it can feel like very hard work. It takes looking within ourselves and having both the mindfulness and the willingness to see those dark places within us where we still hold hatred and prejudices in our hearts. Now I don’t mean to sound preachy or holier than thou, for I too am on this path and there is much work to do within me. This message is for myself and not just those who find themselves on this page.
So in this Holiday season where we speak of Peace and good will toward mankind. Let us not make them hallow words but let us make Loving one another and healing our hearts the goal of our life and the path we walk each day.