G R A T I T U D E ( Part 2 ) THANK YOU!
” It’s not happiness that brings us Gratitude, it is
Gratutude that brings us happiness.” Buddha
” There is no path to happiness, happiness is a path “
” The heart of the grateful man is like the clouds of heaven which drops upon the earth, fruits, herbage and flowers; but the heart of the ungrateful is like a desert of sand which swalloweth with greediness the showers that fall, and burieth them in its bosom, and produceth nothing.” MHK 33:4
THE VIBRATIONS OF THE HEART OF GRATITUDE
VEN. Chung Ohun Lee, PHD.
Won Buddhism of Manhattan, NY.
Much Grattitude for you in this life, thank you!
T H A N K Y O U !
Moorish Science Temple of America; Circle Seven ” Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, and Confucius ” Four Schools of Thought”
Holy Instructions From the Prophet Drew Ali
” Gratitude “
1. As the branches of a tree return their sap to the root, from whence it arose; as a river poureth its streams to the sea, whence the spring was supplied; so the heart of a grateful man delighteth in returning a benefit received.
2. He acknowledgeth his obligation with cheerfulness, he looketh on his benefactor with love and esteem.
3. And if to return it be not in his power, he nourisheth the memory of it in his breast with kindness; he forgetteth it not all the days of his life.
4. The heart of the grateful man is like the clouds of heaven which drops upon the earth, fruits, herbage and flowers; but the heart of the ungrateful is like a desert of sand which swalloweth with greediness the showers that fall, and burieth them in its bosom, and produceth nothing.
5. Envy not thy benefactor, neither strive to conceal the benefit he hath conferred; for though to oblige is better than to be obliged, though the act of generosity commandeth admiration, yet the humility toucheth the heart, and is amiable on the sight both of Allah and man.
6. But receive not a favor from the hand of the proud; to the selfish and avaricious have no obligation; the vanity of pride shall expose thee to shame; the greediness of avarice shall never be satisfied.
GRATITUDE TO ALLAH
MHK: 35:3; To the one who is supreme, most wise and beneficent, and to Him alone, belong worship, adoration, thanks giving and praise.
MHK35:18-22, GRATITUDE TO ALLAH
20. But thee, He hath embued thee with reason, to maintain thy dominion; he hath fitted thee with language, to improve thy society; and exalted thy mind with the powers of meditation, to contemplate and adore His inimitable perfections.
22. O praise His goodness with songs of thanksgiving, and meditate in silence on the wonders of His love; let thy heart overflow with** gratitude and acknowledgment, let the language of thy lips speak praise and adoration, let the actions of thy life show thy love to His law.
15:28 And when thy Lord said to the angels: I am going to create a mortal of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape.
15:29 So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down making obeisance to him.
21. And in the laws He hath ordained as the rule of life, so kindly hath He united thy duty to thy nature that obedience to His precepts is happiness to thyself.
Chapter 12 How to Obtain Eternal Happiness
Excerpt: Jesus tells a Parable
MHK:12: 13-22; SCANTY WAY;
“A certain man possessed a field; the soil was hard and poor.
14. By constant toil he scarcely could provide enough of food to keep his family from want.
15. One day a miner who could see beneath the soil, in passing on his way, saw this poor man and his unfruitful field.
16. He called the weary toiler and he said: ‘My brother, know you not that just below the surface of your barren field rich treasures lie concealed?
17. You plough and sow and reap in a ** scanty way, and day by day you tread upon a mine of gold and precious stones.
18. This wealth lies not upon the surface of the ground; but if you will dig away the rocky soil, and delve down deep into the earth, you need no longer till the soil for naught.’
19. The man believed. ‘The miner surely knows,’ ‘And I will find the treasures hidden in my field.’
20. And then he dug away the rocky soil, and deep down in the earth he found a mine of gold.”
21. And Jesus said: “The sons of men are toiling hard on desert plains, and burning sands and rocky soils, are doing what there fathers did, not dreaming they can do aught else.
BEHOLD A MASTER COMES
22.** Behold a master comes, and tells them of a hidden wealth; that underneath the rocky soil of carnal things are treasures that no man can count.
23. **That in the heart the richest gems abound; that he who wills may open the door and find them all.”
[**And if to return it be not in his power, he nourisheth the memory of it in his breast with kindness; he forgetteth it not all the days of his life.]
We express Gratitude in the Funeral Rites for each individual Sheik Mufti’s life’s contributions, to the all of life. So many Thank you! On the Day of Retribution! May our lives be worthy in the sight of our Creator!
MHK:5: v.3. Death is no enemy of man; it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas.
GRATITUDE | ABRAHAM’S PRAYER
Sometimes an Angel comes to help when you really do not know which way to go!
HQM:14:37(a); AN ANGEL POINTS TO THE WELL
14:37 Our Lord, I have settled a part of my offspring in a valley unproductive of fruit near Thy Sacred House, our Lord, that they may keep up prayer; so make the hearts of some people yearn towards them, and provide them with fruits; haply they may be grateful.
We begin with belief, ” the Miner surely knows.”
MHK:7:27-31; SALVATION LADDER, -BELIEF, FAITH, FRUITION.
25. Lamaas asked: “Pray, what is faith?”
26. And Jesus said: “Faith is the surety of the omnipotence of Allah and man; the certainty that man will reach the deific life.
27. Salvation is a ladder reaching from the heart of man to heart of Allah.
28. It has three steps; Belief is first, and this is what man thinks, perhaps, is truth.
29. And faith is next, and this is what man knows is truth.
30. Fruition is the last, and this is man himself, the truth.
31. Belief is lost in faith; and in fruition is lost; and man is saved when he has reached deific life; when he and Allah are one.”
MHK:4:15-16; BLOCK OF WOOD, TEACHER FOOTPRINTS CLEARLY CUT
15. The man who stands upon the corners of the paths and points the way, but does not go, is just a pointer; and a block of wood can do the same.
16. The teacher treads the way; on every span of ground he leaves his footprints, clearly cut, which all can see and be assured that he, their master went that way.
MHK:19:28; I AM THE MESSAGE THAT I BRING
Before the eyes of men this flesh in which I come to you was changed with speed of light from human flesh. And so I am the message that I bring to you.
29. To you I come, the first of all the race to be transmuted to the image of Allah.
30. What I have done, all men will do; and what I am, all men shall be.”
Get in touch with yourSelves!
MHK:3:8; LOWER SELF-HIGHER SELF
The lower self is an illusion and will pass away; the higher self is Allah in man, and will not pass away.
MHK:3:14: WHAT TO STUDY- YOURSELVES
14. If you would ask me what to study, I would say, yourselves; and when you well have studied them; and then would ask me what to study next, I would reply, yourselves.
42:51 And it is not vouchsafed to a mortal that Allah should speak to him, except by revelation or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger and revealing by His permission what He pleases. Surely He is High, Wise. 42:52 And thus did We …
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gratitude – a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; “he was overwhelmed with gratitude for their help”
feeling – the experiencing of affective and emotional states; “she had a feeling of euphoria”; “he had terrible feelings of guilt”; “I disliked him and the feeling was mutual”
appreciativeness, gratefulness, thankfulness – warm friendly feelings of gratitude
n. pl. en·vies
a. A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another. See Usage Note at jealous.
b. The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors.
2. Obsolete Malevolence.
tr.v. en·vied, en·vy·ing, en·vies
1. To feel envy toward (another person).
2. To regard (something) with envy.
( jealous (ˈdʒɛləs)
1. suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival: a jealous lover.
2. (often: postpositive and foll by of) resentful (of) or vindictive (towards), esp through envy: a child jealous of his brother.
3. (often: postpositive and foll by of) possessive and watchful in the maintenance or protection (of): jealous of one’s reputation.
4. characterized by or resulting from jealousy
5. (Bible) obsolete or biblical demanding exclusive loyalty: a jealous God.
6. an obsolete word for zealous )
ben•e•fac•tor (ˈbɛn əˌfæk tər, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-)
1. a person who confers a benefit.
2. a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin]
v.i. strove or strived, striv•en (ˈstrɪv ən) or strived, striv•ing.
1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard.
2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. to rival; vie.
1. to keep from discovery; hide
2. to keep secret
[C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide]
1. something that improves or promotes
2. advantage or sake: this is for your benefit.
3. (Social Welfare)
a. an allowance paid by the government as for sickness, unemployment, etc, to which a person is entitled under social security or the national insurance scheme
b. any similar allowance in various other countries
4. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (sometimes plural) a payment or series of payments made by an institution, such as an insurance company or trade union, to a person who is ill, unemployed, etc
5. a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
v. con·ferred, con·fer·ring, con·fers
1. To bestow (an honor, for example): conferred a medal on the hero.
2. To invest with (a characteristic, for example): a carefully worded statement that conferred an aura of credibility.
1. (tr; often passive) to bind or constrain (someone to do something) by legal, moral, or physical means
2. (tr; usually passive) to make indebted or grateful (to someone) by doing a favour or service: we are obliged to you for dinner.
3. to do a service or favour to (someone): she obliged the guest with a song.
[C13: from Old French obliger, from Latin obligāre, from ob- to, towards + ligāre to bind]
to feel obligated to dogratefulexpressions used when one wants to indicate that one is very grateful for somethingexpressions used to tell someone in a polite but firm way that one wants them to do somethingused as a polite convention for opening or closing a letter; literally, indebted
1. The process of doing or performing something: the act of thinking.
a. Something done or performed; a deed: a charitable act.
b. Law Something done that has legal significance: a criminal act.
3. A statute or other law formally adopted by a legislative body: an act of Congress.
4. A formal written record of proceedings or transactions.
n, pl -ties
1. willingness and liberality in giving away one’s money, time, etc; magnanimity
2. freedom from pettiness in character and mind
3. a generous act
4. abundance; plenty
1. (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
2. to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
3. (tr) to have knowledge or use of: he commands the language.
4. (tr) to receive as due or because of merit: his nature commands respect.
5. to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
6. an order; mandate
7. the act of commanding
8. the power or right to command
9. the exercise of the power to command
10. ability or knowledge; control: a command of French.
1. A feeling of strong approval or delight with regard to someone or something: the students’ admiration for their teacher. See Synonyms at regard.
2. The state of being viewed with such approval or delight: an actor held in admiration by her peers.
3. The object of such approval and delight: a movie that was the admiration of many critics.
4. Archaic The action of wondering; marveling.
Lack of vanity or self-importance:
humbleness, lowliness, meekness, modesty.
amiable – disposed to pleaseamiable – disposed to please; “an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin”- Hal Hinson
good-natured – having an easygoing and cheerful disposition; “too good-natured to resent a little criticism”; “the good-natured policeman on our block”; “the sounds of good-natured play”
2. amiable – diffusing warmth and friendlinessamiable – diffusing warmth and friendliness; “an affable smile”; “an amiable gathering”; “cordial relations”; “a cordial greeting”; “a genial host”
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