Tranquility

  • Hindu – Bhagavad Gita
He who is able to resist the rush of desire and anger
even here before he gives up his body
He is a yogin, He is the happy man
He who finds his happiness within, his joy within and likewise his light only within,
that yogin becomes divine and attains to beatitude of God.
  • Buddhist – Tao Teh Ching
There is a primal essence that is all-inclusive and undifferentiated
and which existed before there was any appearance of heaven and earth.
How tranquil and empty it is! How self-sufficing and changeless! How omnipresent and infinite!
Yet this tranquil emptiness becomes the mother of all. Who knows its name?
I can only characterise it and call it Tao.
‘Though it is quite inadequate. I will even call it the great, but how boundless is its greatness!
It stretches away into the far distances only to return again.
  • Zoroastrian
When the light of the Sun waxes brighter, when the brightness of the Sun waxes warmer,
Then do the heavenly forces arise. They pour their glory upon the earth, made by Ahura,
for the increase of the world of ASHA, for the increase of the creatures of ASHA,
for the increase of the immortal shining swift-steeded Sun.
And when the Sun riseth, then the Earth, made by the Ahuras, becomes clean
The running waters become pure, the waters of the wells become pure,
the waters of the sea become pure, the standing waters become pure
All the holy creatures, the creatures of the Good Spirit, become pure.
  • Jewish – Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
  • Christian – Mark 4/37
And there arose a great storm of wind,
and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And [Jesus] was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow,
and [the disciples] awoke him and said to him, Master, care you not that we perish?
And he arose and rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, Peace. Be still.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm, and he said unto them,
Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?
  • Islamic – Sura 20/130
Be patient with what they say.
Celebrate constantly the praises of thy Lord,
before the rising of the sun, and before its setting.
Yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night,
and at the sides of the day,
that thou may have spiritual joy.
  • Sufi – Gayan
Thou pourest wine into my empty cup wherever we meet, on hills and dales,
on the tops of the high mountains, in the thick forests and in the barren deserts,
on the shores of the roaring sea and on the banks of the gentle river;
and there arises in my heart the unearthly passion and the heavenly joy.

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