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Definitions: paradise/parrdiss/• noun 1 (in some religions) heaven as the place where the good live after death. 2 the Garden of Eden. 3 an ideal or idyllic place or state. ORIGIN Old French paradis, from Greek paradeisos ‘royal park’. heaven noun 1 a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God or the gods and of the good after death, often depicted as being above the sky. Heaven a: the dwelling place of the Deity and the blessed dead b: a spiritual state of everlasting communion with God.
In paradise there is [no such thing as] fear;
Thou art not there, nor shrinks one from old age.
Hunger and thirst, these two transcending,
Sorrow, surpassing, a man makes merry in paradise.- Katha Upanishad
 Janna (Paradise, Heaven) is called by eight names in the Qur’an:
Jannatu al-Khuld, Darul as-Salam, Darul al-Qarar, Jannatu al-`Adn, Jannatu al-Ma`wa, Jannatu an-Na`im, `Illiyin, and Jannatu al-Firdaus. Janna is the Arabic word for ”garden.” 1 They have been translated into English as: paradise, a garden on high, a home that will last, garden of eternity, garden of everlasting bliss, gardens of delight, home of peace, home of the righteous, etc.
 18:107: As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their entertainment, the Gardens of Paradise.
 47:15: Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. Source: Religious Tolerance
 The most miserable man in the world of those meant for Paradise will be dipped once in Paradise. Then he will be asked, “Son of Adam, did you ever face any misery? Did you ever experience any hardship?” So he will say, “No, by God, O Lord! I never faced any misery, and I never experienced any hardship. Source: Islam Guide
Patience defined: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
Hinduism My dear Lord, one who earnestly waits for You to bestow Your causeless mercy upon him, all the while patiently suffering the reactions of his past misdeeds and offering You respectful obeisances with his heart, words and body, is surely eligible for liberation, for it has become his rightful claim. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.14.8
Peace & Harmony Definition of Peace
1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom (a breach of the peace) 2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3: harmony in personal relations 4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity 5—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
Definition of Harmony a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole agreement of opinions
Christianity: From the New Testament: Luke 10:1-6
1. After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
2. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
3. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
4. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
5. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!’
6. And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
New Revised Standard Version, Bible Study Tools www.crosswalk.com
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 New Revised Standard Version, Bible Study Tools www.crosswalk.com Source
Wicca Harmony: One can perceive rhythms in the patters of the sun, moon and seasons. It makes sense to learn those rhythms and to live in harmony with them. This can balance out our lives and help us identify one’s personal sense of harmony. Church and School of Wicca
Jainism  According to the Jain thinkers, equanimity of body, mind and soul should be a directive principle of religious life. The equanimity of mind is non-attachment (Aparigraha), equanimity of body is non-violence (Ahimsa) and the equanimity of thought is non-absolutism (Anekanta). These are three pillars of Jainism and the observance of these results in peace and harmony in the life of individual and the society.Source: Duli Chand Jain, THE RELEVANCE OF THE TEACHINGS OF LORD MAHAVIRA IN THE MODERN AGE
 True peace and harmony in society and in the individual are possible only if we can restrain our passions and desires. So Mahavira tells us to reduce our longing for the things of the world, for material possessions and for sexual activities. We can never have real peace of spirit so long as we are constantly seeking more and more possessions and pleasures. Source: Paul Marett, Mahavira’s Teachings
Gaining an awareness of God does not produce harmony. Gods presence is the harmony. Joel S. Goldsmith, The Infinite Way
“They must give themselves to Wakan’ Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear.”
–Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA
There are two wills available for us: self will and God’s will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with
ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self
will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love, forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God’s will?
Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life. I want You to direct my thinking. You are the Grandfather. You know what I need even before I do. Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today. Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it.
Source: Elder’s Meditation of the Day
Definition of penance
1. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin.
2. An act of self-mortification or devotion performed voluntarily to show
sorrow for a sin or other wrongdoing.
ārādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kiḿ
narādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim
antar bahir yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim
nāntar bahir yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim
“If one is worshiping Lord Hari, what is the use of performing extraneous penances? And if one is not worshiping Lord Hari, no such penances will save one. If one can understand that Lord Hari is all-pervading, within and without, what is the need of performing penances? And if one is not able to understand that Hari is all-pervading, all his penances are useless.” Nārada Pañcarātra
Practice defined: repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency
Buddhism “People who do not know how to practice the way therefore want to get rid of afflictions. Afflictions are originally void and null; you are trying to use the way to seek the way beyond.” Pao-chih
Religious Science (Science of Mind) The hand of eternal progress is brushing the cobwebs from the corridors of time and is again revealing to the human race the mysteries of being. As there is “nothing new under the sun,” the searchlight of Truth is bringing to light only what has been known to the few in all generations. The time has now come when the few must become the many. The whole world, from the least to the greatest, must know the Truth, so that man may understand the great laws that govern his life. He must learn to control his own destiny, to heal his own body and bring happiness to his own soul. Ignorance must vanish and understanding must be ushered in. Man is no longer to be governed by anything outside himself. Creeds, doctrines, churches, institutions, organizations, governments are all being changed to give place to the realization of the individual. There is a power in and through all that is working this great transformation. All that will not measure up to the standard must fall by its own weight; all that is in line with the Truth must still prosper. The time is at hand; we are in the greatest age of all history; we are in the age of the unifying of all people and all things into the “Ever Present One.” (Source – Ernest Holmes in Creative Mind Tapping the Power Within”)
Prayer defined: the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
|1. address to God: a spoken or unspoken address to God, a deity, or a saint. It may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody’s well-being.|
|2. addressing of God: the act or practice of making spoken or unspoken addresses to God, a deity, or a saint|
3. something wished for: something that is wanted or hoped for very much religious service: a religious service at which prayers are said [13th century. Via Old Frenchpreiere< Latin precarius “obtained by entreaty” < precari pray > [13th century. Via Old French preier< Latinprecari “entreat” [plead desperately: to beg somebody for something, often repeatedly] < prec- “prayer”] verb religion speak to God: to speak to God, a deity, or a saint, e.g. in order to give thanks, express regret, or ask for help 2. transitive and intransitive verb hope strongly: to hope strongly for something 3. transitive and intransitive verb address earnest request to somebody: to ask somebody for something, especially earnestly or with passion] [[13th century. Via Old Frenchtraitier “bargain with, negotiate” < Latin tractare “handle” [[ Old English handlian (verb),handle (noun) <hand]] < trahere“pull”]
The greatest prayer is patience.
Buddhist prayer is a practice to awaken our inherent inner capacities of strength, compassion and wisdom rather than to petition external forces based on fear, idolizing, and worldly and/or heavenly gain. Buddhist prayer is aform of meditation; it is a practice of inner reconditioning. Buddhist prayer replaces the negative with the virtuous and points us to the blessings of Life.
Two Buddhist Prayers:
Prayer for Freedom From Suffering
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending each other.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful
the children, the aged, the unprotected-
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
This is a favorite prayer:
“May I become food and drink in the aeons of famine for those poverty-stricken suffers.
May I be a doctor, medicine and nurse for all sick beings in the world until everyone is cured.
May I become never-ending wish-fulfilling treasures materialising in front of each of them as all the enjoyments they need.
May I be a guide for those who do not have a guide, a leader for those who journey, a boat for those who want to cross over, and all sorts of ships, bridges, beautiful parks for those who desire them, and light for those who need light.
And may I become beds for those who need a rest, and a servant to all who need servants.
May I also become the basic conditions for all sentient beings, such as earth or even the sky, which is indestructible.
May I always be the living conditions for all sentient beings until all sentient beings are enlightened.” Shantideva
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Bible Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version
Judaism Silence is praise to You, O God in Zion, and to You a vow is paid. You, Who hearken to prayer, to You all flesh shall come. (Tehillim/Psalms
Chapter 65:1-2, Judaica Press version)
Religious Science (Science of Mind) All Good is eternally available and ready to flow into human experience. We activate this flow by means of prayer. Through affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, we increase our consciousness of Good eternally flowing to us. Source – Foundational Class workbook [short form], 1993 revision, #4 of 10 Core Concepts, ReligiousScience.org website publication (Source – Foundational Class workbook [short form], 1993 revision, #4 of 10 Core Concepts, ReligiousScience.org
Christianity 5 “And whenever you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward!
6 “But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.” [b]
7 “When you are praying, don’t say meaningless things ”[c] like the gentiles do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.”
8 ”Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6 Holy Bible:International Standard Version
directed to God. Source: St. John of the Cross website publication)
Islam  Establish prayer, from the declining of the sun till the darkness of the night, and the morning recitation; surely the morning recitation is witnessed
(A Manual of Hadith by Maulana Muhammad Ali, Chap. IX,17:78)
Christianity Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mathew 26:41
The season of spring, so delightful, has come.
Those who are imbued with love for You, O Lord, chant Your Name with joy.
Whom else should I worship? At whose feet should I bow?
I am the slave of Your slaves, O my Sovereign Lord King.
O Life of the Universe, there is no other way to meet You.
You have only One Form, and yet You have countless forms.
Which one should I worship? Before which one should I burn incense?
Your limits cannot be found. How can anyone find them?
I am the slave of Your slaves, O my Sovereign Lord King.
The cycles of years and the places of pilgrimage are Yours, O Lord.
Your Name is True, O Transcendent Lord God.
Your State cannot be known, O Eternal, Unchanging Lord God.
Although You are unknown, still we chant Your Name.
What can poor Nanak say?
All people praise the One Lord.
Nanak places his head on the feet of such people.
I am a sacrifice to Your Names, as many as there are, O Lord. Shri Guru
Granth Sahib: First Mehl, Basant
Predestination defined: the action of God in foreordaining from eternity whatever comes to pass.
 How could writ of Eternity be obliterated, When the writ is by His Will. – Guru I, Sri Rag
 As God has written in your account So you get. – Guru I, Sri Rag
 Nanak, what can one get, If it is not ordained? – Guru III, Sorath Rag
 What has been written in your fate, None can change; Brother, as the Creator ordains, so it happens. – Guru III, SorathRag
 One may try one’s utmost, Yet without His decree nothing can be obtained – Guru I, Tilang Rag Source
Christianity Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6, New Revised Standard Version)
Pride defined: a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct. 2. Saying you are going to do something, then do it and show it to others & getting an acknowledgment. [Pre-12th century. <proud]
Every person is bound to those qualities which he possesses. The wise man thinks himself superior to all men on account of his knowledge. The rich man prides himself for his wealth and hapless they remain thus fixed in their sickness. Only spiritual education can help them to free themselves.
Shaykh Sidi Hamza el Qadiri el Boutchichi