One-way living

October 13, 2011

… time past was time past. You just couldn’t get hold of the things you had done and turn them right again. Such power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens.

If you knew that past was out of reach, maybe you could forgive.

– excerpt from The Stand, a novel by Stephen King

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Prayer against violence

September 22, 2011

Benevolent Lord! Please listen to our pleas for the ending of violent strife.

First of all, from the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful and grateful
for your three gifts which belong inherently to all living things as their just rights, namely:

The Universal Dignity of Life;
The Harmony that Makes Existence Possible; and
The Blessing to Choose One’s Own Path in Life.
May all living beings proceed along your path of loving concern,
living in peace and serenity as they learn more about the Dao.

We earnestly pray that you put forth your wondrous powers
to do away with violence, to avert catastrophe and affirm
blessedness in place of doom.

Let the abusers of power put down their whip of cruelty;
Let plunderers of resources put down their whip of invasion;
Let the militaristic strongmen put down their whip of war;
Let the monopolizers of profit put down their whip of greed;
Let the indulgers in luxury put down their whip of excess;
Let the destroyers of ecosystems put down their whip of ruthlessness.
From the bottom of our hearts we pray, that from You we may receive
confidence, wisdom and power, so we may take firm strides out of this morass.

Please give us power of self-awareness, to keep us from selfishness;
Please give us power of contentment, to keep us from greed;
Please give us power of sincerity, to keep us from falseness;
Please give us power of empathy, to keep us from arrogance;
Please give us power of wisdom, to keep us from suspicion;
Please give us power to cherish blessings, to keep us from wastefulness;
Please give us power of clear vision, to keep us from delusion.

Our deepest wish is that you grant us power of tolerant forgiveness,
to keep us from jealousy and hatred.

Let us wipe out our cruel, violent sins from the root.

– excerpt of “Prayer Against Violence in the Time of Heavenly Amnesty” as posted on The T’ienti Teachings.