Stages of Life

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1. StagesStages ofof LifeLife 2. Origins In every birth, blessed is wonder. In all creation, blessed is the beginning. In every child, blessed is life. Jewish Blessing 3.…
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  • 1. StagesStages ofof LifeLife
  • 2. Origins In every birth, blessed is wonder. In all creation, blessed is the beginning. In every child, blessed is life. Jewish Blessing
  • 3. Origins Giving birth, nourishing, acting without expectations, this is the supreme virtue. Taoism. Tao Te Ching
  • 4. Birth Allow the little children to come to Me and do not hinder them. For of such is the kingdom of God. Christianity. Mark 10: 13-14
  • 5. Birth Baby knows all manner of wise words, though few on earth can understand their meaning. Rabindranath Tagore
  • 6. Youth Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
  • 7. Youth May these children live long, meet the Dharma, benefit others, and live a fulfilling life. Buddhist Prayer
  • 8. Marriage When two people understand each other their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids. Confucianism. I Ching
  • 9. Marriage Man and woman are God’s master-pieces. Their love is supreme, transcendent, shining forever. Rev. Sun Myung Moon
  • 10. Mature in Love All of the days of your life may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty. Native American Religions Apache Blessing
  • 11. Sweet the glances we exchange. Enshrine me in your heart and let one spirit dwell within us. Hinduism. Atharva Veda 7.36 Mature in Love
  • 12. Farewells We are on a market trip to earth: Whether we fill our baskets or not, once the time is up, we go home. African Traditional Igbo Song
  • 13. Farewells It is inevitable that humans should be reborn as beings that resemble God. How does that happen? Through death. Reverend Sun Myung Moon
  • 14. Passing The dust returns to the earth as it was, the spirit returns to God who gave it. Judaism. Ecclesiastes 12.7
  • 15. Passing Perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and mortal nature must put on immortality. Christianity. 1 Corinthians 15:53
  • 16. Ascension Freed from the body, she becomes one with the immortal spirit, Brahman, Light eternal. Hinduism, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.7
  • 17. Ascension Just as the womb takes in and gives forth again, so the grave takes in and will give forth again. Judaism. Talmud, Berakot 15b
  • 18. Ascension Discarding the physical body enables us all to participate in the infinite realm of God’s love. Rev. Sun Myung Moon
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