Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Bloor St., Toronto
Recently, I was handed one of those leaflets from Scarboro Missions "Sacred Green Teachings" highlighting different faiths' sayings. Here they are:
Bahai: "Know that every created thing is a sign of the revelation of God."
Buddhism: "Cut down the forest of desire, not the forest of trees."
Confucianism: "Does Heaven say anything? The four seasons pursue their courses, and all things are continually being produced. Does Heaven say anything?"
Christianity: "Let the field be joyful and all that therein, then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice."
Hinduism: "I am the fragrance of the Earth, the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives."
Indigenous Spirituality: "Give thanks daily for the great love of the Creator, the magnificence of Mother Earth, the life Force of love in all beings, humans, plant life, animals, water beings, and flyers, sun, moon, and ancestors."
Islam: "And Allah has sent down rain from the sky and given life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness. Indeed, in that is a sign for people who hear."
Judaism: "When God created the first human beings, God led them around all the trees of the garden of Eden and said, 'See My works, how lovely they are, how fine they are. Take care not to corrupt and destroy My world.'"
Jainism: "He who looks on the creatures of the Earth, big and small, as his own self, comprehends this immense world."
Paganism: "We recognize and protect our connection to life-giving elements of air, earth, fire, and water. Everything is sacred and we honour our relationship with all the Mother provides, living in unity with the web of life."
Shintoism: "Return the thing given to the human as a gift of nature to the original place."
Sikhee: "You, Yourself created the universe, and you are pleased... You, Yourself the bumblebee, flower, fruit, and the tree. You, Yourself the water, desert, ocean, and the pond. You, Yourself are the big fish, tortoise, and the Cause of Causes."
Taoism: "In harmony with the Tao. The sky is clear and spacious. The earth is solid and full. All creatures flourish together."
Unitarianism: "We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
Zoroastrianism: "Who created the water and the plants? Who yoked the swiftness of the wind and the motions of the cloud? For I beheld Ahura Mazda as the primeval source of creation."
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!