...And God created many souls. And each soul sent its mind and body into the universe to learn of God's creation. And the minds and the bodies traveled far, and the souls learned much. But over time, some minds forgot their souls. They lost their way, for the universe was impure and held much distraction.... Continue Reading →
I loved coffee. I was what we call in Melbourne a ‘coffee snob’. I began drinking coffee in my teens. I started on instant coffee: first Nescafe and then Moccona. Once I turned eighteen, my taste developed and I began drinking percolated coffee. A ritual of passage as it were. For many years I drank... Continue Reading →
The stronger the legs become the farther they walk the path. The stronger the thoughts become the closer they come to God.
Purpose is essential to life as it gives meaning and direction to the thoughts of the mind and the actions of the body. The purpose of the mind and the body is to learn and grow stronger. The mind and the body strengthen themselves by acting virtuously. To learn, to strengthen, and to seek virtue,... Continue Reading →
Purpose is the reason for living. It gives meaning to life and directs the thoughts and actions of the mind and the body. Without purpose, the mind and the body lose vitality. They flounder and lose their way. The purpose of the mind and the body is to learn. To learn is to understand more... Continue Reading →
Children are born knowing the straight path. They are born knowing truth, justice and love.
Dr Marin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech embodied the hopes and dreams of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA during the 1960s. It is one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century. In the final paragraph from this excerpt of his speech, Dr Martin Luther King Jr quotes Isaiah... Continue Reading →
I began studying Mahatma Gandhi’s life after seeing the 1982 film 'Gandhi', directed by Richard Attenborough. Gandhi had a keen sense of right and wrong, an understanding of virtue and vice. His determination to improve the lives of his fellow Indians, resist prejudice and oppression, which first began in South Africa under Apartheid and then... Continue Reading →
As I continued studying religion and philosophy, I discovered this passage written by the Confucian philosopher Mencius (371-289 c. BCE). Humanity is the peaceful abode of men and righteousness is his straight path. What a pity for those who leave the peaceful abode and do not live there, and abandon the straight path and do... Continue Reading →
After reading the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Quran, I began studying other religions and philosophies to better understand how to walk the straight path. Reading the Buddha's, The Dhammapada, I found the following passage. Arise! Watch. Walk on the right path. He who follows the right path has joy in this world... Continue Reading →
The Quran contains numerous references to the straight path. The following passage was of particular interest: Such is the path of your Lord: a straight path. We have made plain Our revelations to thinking men. They shall dwell in peace with their Lord. He will give them His protection as recompense for what they do.... Continue Reading →
One of the first references I found to the straight path was in this passage from Isaiah in The Old Testament. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be... Continue Reading →
After reading the Old Testament, I then read the New Testament and came across Isaiah’s prophecy again in the Gospel according to Mark: As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness:, Prepare the way... Continue Reading →