Soul Light



Right now in our world, many people have learned how to live in harmony with their neighbors, despite having many differences between them.  These differences between people includes different tastes in music, food, clothes, and other lifestyle choices.  It also includes differences in nationality or ethnic origin (coming from a different country or cultural group), as well as differing appearence and skin color, language, and even religion.

 But not all people are choosing to respect others and live peacefully with them.  These people feel that the world would be a better place if everyone were the same.  That is if everyone lived their lives just the same, had all the same goals, and shared all the same beliefs.   Such persons  may feel afraid of people who are different from them.  Or they may feel very angry about differences.  And, they may think it is okay to be unkind to someone who is different.

But right now, human beings face many challenges that we must work together to solve.  These are challenges like climate change, chronic hunger, and  poverty all of which can lead to even greater environmental destruction

We must not let the differences betweenus keep us from working together for common goals, like preserving wild life, restoring natural habitats to good health, and sensibly managing our natural resources.   In fact it will take ALL of our creativity and all of our unique perspectives working together to solve these issues. So it would serve us, and our planet, well if we could learn to practice tolerance and respect, cooperation and  creativity.

And besides... most people find that once you get to know people better, really get to know them better,  you discover that  you have much in common than you ever imagined. 

For example, even though Earth's people have different religions  and  differing ideas about how to live life and to be a good person, consider this: 

In all religions, in different lands, in different times,
there are certain ideas that have been thought of again and again.
These are basic Truths, known to the spirit, to the light within the self.
But they are said with different words
in different lands.




 One of these Truths is:


Do unto others
as you would have them
 do unto you.


It has also been said  in these ways:


No one of you is a believer
until he desires for his brother that which he desires
 for himself.




That nature alone is good
which refrains from doing
unto another whatsoever
is not good for itself.




Do for others what you want them to do for you, this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.




This is the sum of duty;
do naught unto others
that would cause you pain
if done to you.




Hurt not others
with that
 which you yourself
would find hurtful





What is hurtful to yourself
do not do to your fellow man,
For this is the whole of the Torah
and the remainder is but commentary,
Go learn it.




 Do you suppose they have this saying on other planets? If they do, how do you suppose they say it there? 



 Perhaps one day we'll visit other worlds, or be visited by them, and find out!

 But in the meantime...  In this time of challenges, we need every person
 to let shine their inner light of wisdom and inspiration.

 As it has been said over the centuries:  


"Oh Lord,
Let my spirit glow so brightly,
that darkness will disappear"

(Islamic Child's Prayer, Pakistan)


 make my life
 a little light within the world
to glow,
a little flame to burn bright
wherever I may go."

(Christian Child's Prayer, England)



"As long as I am in the world,
 I am the light of the world."

(From the Christian Bible, Jesus of Nazareth)



And also... 


"Ye are the light of the world.

 A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
  Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men.


 Remember to let your own light shine each day.  
And better still, each day also celebrate the light
 within your friends, family, and neighbors. 
Say thank you when they help you and when they are thoughtful. 
Bring attention to their good ideas and good deeds.

Ask them for help, and give help in return.

Get to know them better and enjoy their unique customs and perspective.

And above all, remember to treat others the way you would like to be treated.



Soul Links:

 Resources for learning more about each religious others traditions and beliefs. 

Bible Stories

    The Christian Bible, for children. Part of the online parallel Bible project at


The Life Of Buddha

    Adapted for children, and divided into chapters representing various parts of the Buddha's life, including his growing up years.

The Torah -- (children's version)

    You will notice that the Torah has much in common with the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. If fact, they contain most of the same stories!

    On this site you can also learn about the Jewish Aleph-Bet (alphabet), see maps and pictures of Israel, and learn about Jewish holidays and heroes . Many Jewish heroes are also well known to Christians, but sometimes by slightly different names. For example, do you know who "Moshe" is in the Bible? Moses!

The Q'uran

    An online version of the Qur'an (or Koran) -- the principal text or holy book of Islam. One side of the page features an English language translation, while the other side of the page shows the original text in Arabic. Not adapted for children. Recommended for teens or for reading with a favorite grown-up.

    To see Islamic artwork, check out Mosques Around The World -- A virtual tour of mosques and Islamic holy sites and relics.


The Ramayana

    A super short summary for kids.  Includes a video sample of the play itself.  See also the Bhagavadgita and the Rig Veda.




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