The Holy Qur'an in verse 22:67 provides immense food for thought, especially relevant in our time of rampant sectarianism and increasing animosity between people who ally themselves to different religious traditions. The verse indicates that all religions are from God, which means there must be a Divine Wisdom and Blessing in the diversity faith and…Read more All religions are from Allah.
Just as they were feeling so cheerful a great mountain came into view, blocking their way. Reining in the horse, the Tang Priest said, “Disciples, see how high that mountain is. You must be very careful.”“Don’t worry,” said Monkey with a grin, “don’t worry. I promise you nothing will go wrong.”“Don’t say that,” Sanzang replied.…Read more Journey to the West, on Cultivating the Heart
In the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, usually December 21, heralds both the time of deepest darkness and the beginning of the return to light. It is a liminal day offering a transformation from darkness to light.
In the mid-latitudes in the ten days after the winter solstice the hours of sunlight increase by only a few seconds up to a minute or so. The world slows down allowing a time to relish the quiet of long nights and the inspiration of winter dreams.
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