Monday, January 21, 2013

An apt quote for MLK Day


WORSHIP THE POOR, THE DOWN-TRODDEN AND THE OPPRESSED. THESE ARE YOUR GODS. THESE ARE YOUR FIRST GODS. 

LOVE ALL. YOU WILL REAP THE BENEFIT OF MORE THAN A MILLION YAJNAS OR SACRIFICES, AUSTERITIES AND VRATAS. REGARD YOUR NEIGHBOR'S HAPPINESS AS YOUR OWN HAPPINESS, AND REGARD YOUR NEIGHBOR'S PAIN AS YOUR OWN PAIN. 

MAN IS ONE. GOD IS ONE. LOVE IS ONE. LAW IS ONE. REALIZATION IS ONE. WE ARE ALL FRUITS OF ONE TREE AND THE LEAVES OF ONE BRANCH. THERE IS NO STRANGER, NO ALIEN IN THIS WORLD. EVERYONE IS GOD IN THE PROCESS OF EVOLUTION.  

IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH EVERYTHING THAT LIVES. LIVE AT PEACE WITH FRIEND AND FOE. 

ALL MEN ARE LIMBS OF ONE BODY. ALL CREATION IS THE FAMILY OF GOD. LOVE ALL GOD'S CREATION. LOVE EVEN THE LEAF; LOVE THE ANIMALS; LOVE THE BIRDS; LOVE THE PLANTS; LOVE EVERYTHING. THIS IS THE WAY TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE MYSTERY UNDERLYING THEM ALL. 

I FOLLOW THE RELIGION OF LOVE. I AM A TRUE CHRISTIAN, A TRUE MUSSALMAN, A TRUE HINDU, A TRUE BUDDHIST, A TRUE SIKH AND A TRUE PARSI.  
                                                                               
                                                                                             ----SWAMI SIVANANDA