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Bismillah hir-Rahman nir Raheem

     QUR'AN - Sura 113   Al-Falaq
Sura: The Dawn (Daybreak)     
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, Arabic text from the Qur'an
From the mischief of created things, Arabic text from the Qur'an
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads, Arabic text from the Qur'an
From the mischief of those who practise secret arts, Arabic text from the Qur'an
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy. Arabic text from the Qur'an


We can be influenced,
(by the media, our friends and the spirits around us)
We can be pressurised,
(by money, debts and our employment)
But we are NOT  "controlled" by them!
As Spiritual beings we each have personal responsibility!



     QUR’AN - Sura 18 : 60 – 82

Behold, Musa (Moses) said to his attendant, ‘I will not give up until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travel’. But when they reached the Junction, they forgot (about) their Fish which took its course through the sea (straight) as a tunnel. When they had passed on (some distance). Musa (Moses) said to his attendant: ‘Bring us our early meal; truly we have suffered much fatigue at this (stage of) our journey’. He replied: Sawest thou (what happened) when we betook ourselves to the rock? I did indeed forget (about) the Fish: none but Satan made me forget to tell (you) about it: It took its course through the sea in a marvellous way!

Musa (Moses) said: ‘That was what we were seeking after: so they went back on their footsteps, following (the path they had come). So they found one of Our servants, on whom we had bestowed mercy from Ourselves and who We had taught knowledge from Our own presence. Musa (Moses) said to him: ‘May I follow thee, on the footing that thou teach me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?’

(The other) said: ‘Verily thou wilt not be able to have patience with me! And how canst thou have patience about things about which thy understanding is not complete?’ Musa (Moses) said: ‘Thou wilt find me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught’. The other said: ‘If then though follow me, ask me no questions about anything until I myself speak to thee concerning it’.

So they both proceeded: until, when they were in the boat, he scuttled it. Said Musa (Moses): ‘Hast thou scuttled it in order to drown those in it? Truly a strange thing hast thou done!’ He answered: ‘Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?’ Musa (Moses) said: ‘Rebuke me not for forgetting, nor grieve me by raising difficulties in my case’ They then proceeded until, when they met a young man, he slew him. Musa (Moses) said: ‘Hast thou slain an innocent person who has slain none? Truly a foul (unheard-of) thing hast thou done!’ He answered: ‘Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?’ (Musa) said: If ever I ask thee about anything after this, keep me not in thy company: then wouldst thou have received (full) excuse from my side’. Then they proceeded: until, when they came to the inhabitants of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused them hospitality. They found there a wall on the point of falling down, but he set it up straight. (Musa) said: ‘If thou hast wished, surely thou could have exacted some recompense for it!’

He answered: ‘This is the parting between me and thee: now will I tell thee the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience. As for the boat, it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them a certain king who seized every boat by force. As for the youth, his parents were people of faith, and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man). So we desired that their Lord would give them in exchange (a son) better in purity and closer in affection. As for the wall, it belonged to two youths, orphans, in the town: there was beneath it, a buried treasure: their farther had been a righteous man: So thy Lord desired that they should attain their age of full strength and get out their treasure – a mercy (and favour) from they Lord. I did it not of my own accord. Such is the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience’.

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A Persian saying...  'The Walnut Tree'

Other people planted, so we could eat,
    We plant, so others may eat!


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'IF' - by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

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     Oh Great Spirit,
     Earth, Sun, Sea and Sky
     You are inside…
     and, all a-round me!

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"Men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals... a vast variety of them"

A.J. Ayer


HYMNS

Little words of kindness,
     How they cheer the heart;
What a world of gladness
     Will a smile impart!
How a gentle accent
     Calms the troubled soul,
When the waves of passion
     O’er it wildly roll!

Little acts of kindness,
     Nothing do they cost
Yet, when they are wanting,
     Life’s best charm is lost.
Little acts of kindness,
     Richest gems on earth,
Through they seem but trifles,
     Priceless is their worth.

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Open my eyes that I may see
     Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me!
Help me to set the higher self free,
     So shall I serve and worship Thee.

                 Chorus
Silently now I wait for Thee,
     Ready, my God, thy will to see;
Open my eyes; illumine me,
     Spirit Divine.


Open my ears that I may hear
     Voices of truth serene and clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
     Discord and strife will disappear.
                 Silently now etc.

Open my mouth, and let me bear
     Witness unceasing to Thy care;
Open my heart, and teach me to share
     Love, with Thy children everywhere.
                 Silently now etc.

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O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

      Chorus
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!


When through the woods, and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees:
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

      Chorus: Then sings my soul, etc

My Father God, when in my meditation,
I close my eyes and turn my thoughts to Thee:
Then all the host of that vast world around us,
Will lift my soul with breathless energy:

      Chorus: Then sings my soul, etc

When dawns the day the world will come to reason,
And harken to Thy messenger of love:
Then will mankind be ready for Thy promise,
Of life eternal in the realms above:

      Chorus: Then sings my soul, etc

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Courage, brother, do not stumble,
Though thy path be black as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble;
Trust in God, and do the right.

Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely, strong or weary –
Trust in God, and do the right.

Perish policy and cunning!
Perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
Trust in God, and do the right.

Trust no party, sect, or faction;
Trust no leaders in the fight;
But in every word and action,
Trust in God, and do the right.

Simple rule, and safest guiding,
Inward peace and inward might,
Star upon our path abiding –
Trust in God, and do the right.

Some will hate thee, some will love thee,
Some will flatter, some will slight,
Cease from man, and look above thee –
Trust in God, and do the right.

Dr Norman Macleod

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The Vesper
Dear Angel guides may your sweet peace
Remain with us till this life cease
Then bear our souls to that bright shore
Where loved ones meet to part no more.

        Amen.


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The Five Precepts that the Buddha taught:
  • I undertake to abstain from harming living beings.
  • I undertake to abstain from taking the not given.
  • I undertake to abstain from sexual misconduct.
  • I undertake to abstain from false speech.
  • I undertake to abstain from intoxicants that cloud the mind.

    "In this world, Hate never yet dispelled hate.
        Only love dispels hate.
    This is the Law, Ancient and Inexhaustible."
(From the Dharma of the Buddha)


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