While writing this blog I refound what I had written in the posts – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 1 and The Opening, Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching and Epictetus’ Enchiridion
Unbinding hope #27-5
We seek unbounded hope for our future by doing another unique kind act, and by:
5. —helping everyone to find meaning in their lives by helping them to find a personal path to kind acts and thus to unbounded hope. When reading the Unbinding hope statement above I am reminded of the path concept stated in Jesus prayer:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV) Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Mohammed’s Opening prayer has a similar path concept within it:
In the name of Allah, the merciful the compassionate.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds,
The compassionate the merciful,
The master of every judgment.
You alone we seek to please, and you alone we ask for help,
Direct us along the proper paths,
Along those paths that you do favor, Away from those that you dislike, away from those that will lead us astray.
Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching is also laden with concepts for finding and staying on the proper path through life. That is what the title means and that is described in the opening words as indescribable.
The path called Tao that can be described
Can never be the perfect Tao, because
The words cannot be the Tao;
They can only be a description of the Tao.
There was an origin of everything–
Of Heaven, of Earth, of Self, and
Of the words with which we allude to them. And
It must be with this feeble metaphor in words
That I will lead you to what I know of the Tao.
I will speak to you in a special way,
When I want you to search out for yourself
The uncommunicable essence of the Tao, and
I will speak to you in the ordinary way
When I want you to receive the communicable
Effects of the Tao.
The paths I will lead you along,
While we approach the Tao in one way,
May be the same paths I lead you along
When we approach it in another. Yet
This same Tao seems to possess different qualities
When we approach it in different ways.
Both the Tao and the approaches to it
Are parts of the answer to the universal mystery; and
Your moving along the paths with one description of the Tao, and
Along the paths with yet another description of the Tao,
Opens the gates along the ways to your deepest knowing.
In the Stoic philosophy of Epictetus — Enchiridion — The final paragraph 53 concludes with:
Direct me, my self-created spirit-character, to function well within the Universe, of which I am a part. Let my character take me enthusiastically into whatever situations come my way. But what if I do not want to go enthusiastically? Wouldn’t I be compelled by events to go some way, perhaps grudgingly some other way, and then become a victim of external circumstance, and drift into despair? So, I choose to follow the wise ones who themselves are on Nature’s proper paths, and choose to control only that which is within my ability and be content with the rest. Ultimately the Universe and Time will engulf me, but it will not destroy my essence for it is always with me, here in the eternal now.
Each of these independent philosophical religions offer a path they hope will lead to an abundant human life.