Be a benefit to all mankind.
Be a benefit to all of mankind; religion is not a religion if it does not benefit the people who adhere to it and the people around it: “Religion should be the Cause of Love and Affection.” “Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality, and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone. Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion. All the holy prophets were as doctors to the soul; they gave prescriptions for the healing of mankind; thus any remedy that causes disease does not come from the great and supreme Physician,” but is more like a product of man’s invention and not really part of God‘s Holy Word!
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 130)
We humans were actually put here, on this planet, to help make a difference in the world around us, and to help make life just a little better for those people living here in this world with us. We were not put here to just think about ourselves and only think about what we can get out of this earthly life. Be a benefit to others, the religions of God tell us, and be a benefit to the world around you. If your thoughts and actions are only centered on yourselves, of what real benefit are you really, to the world around you or to humanity in general? Ask yourself, just why are you here living on this little planet with us, and just what are you doing to help make this world a little bit better of a place for your existence on this planet? Are you here, just putting in your time, marking your hours spent here, just biding your time and not really actually doing anything of real value or consequence for humanity or are you really accomplishing something for the betterment of the world and mankind. Are you just punching that invisible time clock inside your head and just putting in your time in this earthly existence, from distraction to distraction, oblivious to the rest of the needs of humanity and the problems arising in the world around you or are you doing something to become a positive influence to humanity, and become a real, positive influence and benefit to the world around us.
Be a benefit to your fellow human brothers and sisters living here in this world around us. God has been telling us this for thousands of years, trying to get us to understand the meanings of His words and incorporate them into our lives. BAHA’I FAITH: “The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 156) CHRISTIANITY: James: 2:14 For, “what doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?“ 2:15 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,” 2:16 “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (King James Bible)
We humans, were actually put here to help one another, and help make this world a little bit better of a place for all of God‘s children, His religions tell us: CHRISTIANITY: 1 Peter: 5:14 “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.” 4:8 “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 4:9 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Corinthians: 13:2 “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” 13:3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” 13:4 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,” 13:5 “Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” 13:6 “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;” 13:7 “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 16:14 “Let all your things be done with charity.” Help Your fellow human brothers and sisters and help make this world a better place for your being here in it! 1 John: 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he (Jesus) walked.” Ephesians: 6:6 “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” James: 2:12 “So speak ye, and so do.” 1 Philemon 1:14 “I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.” Luke 6:27 “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,”
JUDAISM: Deuteronomy: 15:7 “If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which The LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother;” 15:8 “But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.” 15:11 “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” 10:17 “For The LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward;” 10:18 “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.” 10:19 “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt,” 14:28 “and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that The LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.” Hosea: 6:6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Deuteronomy: 6:18 “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of The LORD: (and help those around you), that it may be well with thee.” And, Deuteronomy: 23:23 “That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform;” Numbers: 32:24 “do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth,” practice what you preach. 2 Maccabees: 2:27 “seeketh the benefit of others:” 1 Maccabees: 11:33 “We are determined to do good to the people.” Psalms 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good;” to all men.
ISLAM: 177. “It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces toward East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah (God) and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.” 83. “And, worship none but Allah (God); treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practice regular charity.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2) Than, Letter 31. “Advise people to do good and to live virtuously because you are fit to give such advice. Let your words and deeds teach the world lessons of how to abstain from wickedness and vicious deeds.” 44. “Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (to practice it) yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?” 54. “We have explained in detail in this Qur’án, for the benefit of mankind,” 33. “To (benefit) everyone,” Letter 53. “Do not give up those practices and do not break those rules which good Muslims have evolved or introduced before you, which have created unity and amity among the various sections of the society and which have benefited the masses.” Letter 31. “The best knowledge is that which benefits the listener. The knowledge which does not benefit anybody is useless, not valuable and not worth learning and remembering.”
(Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh and The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 4 and 18)
ZOROASTRIANISM: “Thou art entreated (for charity) by the whole of the living world, and she is ever standing at thy door in the person of thy brethren in the faith beggars are ever standing at the door of the stranger, amongst those who beg for bread.” So, “to give to the poor is a pious deed,” ‘”He who relieves the poor makes Ahura (God) king.” “Thine, O Mazda! is the Kingdom.’ And he assigns a nourisher and protector to the poor, saying: Yim drigubyo dadat vastarem; that is, as a friend to Spitama.” I urge upon you to protect your poor.” (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Vendidad and Yasna 19 and 34) “Virtue is not a matter of thoughts and words. It must find expression in acts. This is the lesson that Maghavan (Zarathushtra) taught.” “Conduct is a language that seldom lies. One’s faith is bound to be reflected in his conduct. If one’s conduct is to be right, he should have right faith. A man is as good as his faith.” “It is the practice of religion and not its mere profession that can save a man. How is it that those who prescribe the rules of purity do not themselves practice them?” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 155, 186, 305 and 306)
“He will be SAOSHYANT (the Beneficent One), because he will benefit the whole bodily world;” “All this do we achieve; all this do we order; all these prayers do we utter, for the benefit of…..mortals;” (mankind) 50. “Blind are all those who, on this earth, do not follow the religion (and) do not benefit the living.”
(The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1 and Avesta – Vendidad and The Zend-Avesta, Avesta Fragments)
HINDUISM: 226. “Let him (man), without tiring, always offer sacrifices and perform works of charity with faith; for offerings and charitable works made with faith and with lawfully-earned money, (procure) endless rewards.” “Good KUVERA teach thee kindness, hungry and the poor to feed, quell thy passions, free thy heart from sin and greed.” Always strive for wisdom; be opened hand and governed appetites; with piety and love with humbleness, uprightness, heed to injure naught which lives, truthfulness, slowness unto wrath, a mind that lightly letteth go what others prize; with equanimity and charity, which spieth no man’s faults; and tenderness towards all that suffer; a contented heart, fluttered by no desires; a bearing mild, modest, and grave, with patience, fortitude, and purity; An unrevengeful spirit, never given to rate itself too high;- such be the signs, of him whose feet are set on that fair path which leads to heavenly birth!” So, “Find full reward Of doing right in right! Let right deeds be Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.”
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 2, 16 and Laws of Manu chapter 4)
117. “Through a desire of benefiting mankind, this whole most excellent secret of the sacred law,” (was revealed) “May dear delightful benefits attend us. Thus, to bring help to men, Bestow upon us strength and…..Preserve us evermore.”
(Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 12 andVedas, Rig Veda – Book 7)
BUDDHISM: “Speak the truth, don’t get angry, and always give, even if only a little, when you are asked. By these three principles you can come into the company of the Devas. Those sages who do harm to no-one, and who are always physically restrained, go to the everlasting abode, reaching, which they will face no more suffering. Inflowing thoughts come to an end in those who are ever alert of mind, training themselves night and day, and ever intent on nirvana.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards) chapter 17) “In the practice of all good deeds, disciples should never indulge in indolence. They should, therefore, be indefatigably zealous and never let even the thought of indolence arise in their minds; but steadily and persistently out of deep compassion endeavor to benefit all beings.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) 1. “Even if he is fond of quoting appropriate texts, the thoughtless man who does not put them into practice himself is like cowherd counting other people’s cows, not a partner in the Holy Life.” 12. “As he instructs others He should himself act. Himself fully controlled, He should control others. Difficult indeed is to control oneself.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))
SABEANISM: “Be careful; make enquiry, display kindness, show compassion,” perform works of righteousness. “The names of righteous and believing people Will be established in the Place of Light.” “For my heart hath testified to The First Life (Haiyi/God).” “Behold me, who have sought purification before Thee! Look on me, I am Thy servant and Thy child. Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to Thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins,” and live a holy life not just in words, but in actions. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 77 and 410) (Sabeanism, Seth son of Adam and Ginza Rba- chapters 74, 77 and 123)
“O Life (Haiyi/God), and my Lord Manda-d-Hiia (Savior God), Thou deliverest me savest me and guardest me. O high King of Light!” “Who is filled with compassion for these souls. Praised be Thou, my lord, Manda-d-Hiia,” “I prepared a path for the good ones and made a gateway for the world. A gateway for the world I made.” “May the gate of sin be barred to them and the gate of light be open for them.” “To them the gate of sin is closed and for them the gate of life is open. May our request, our prayer and our humble submission rise before the supreme Life which is above all works.” “The Life (Haiyi/God) will count you in His reckoning And the good will set you up in their midst. To the place to which the good go they will guide you And in the place in which they stand they will set you up.” “the great Place of Light the Everlasting Abode.”
(Sabeanism, The Ginza Rba- 18, 34, 35, 67, 70, 176 and The way of Salvation, Adam)
BABISM: “I am bidden by Him (God, Allah, etc…) to instill into men’s hearts the ennobling principles of charity and love, and to refrain from all unnecessary violence. My aim and that of my companions is, and ever will be, to serve our sovereign loyally and to be the well-wishers of all of his people.” “Broadly regarded, Bábísm may be defined as a creed of charity and almost of common humanity, brotherly love, kindness to children, courtesy combined with dignity, sociability, hospitality, freedom from bigotry, friendliness, are included in its tenets. That every Bábí recognizes or observes these precepts would be a foolish assertion; but let a prophet, if his gospel be in question, be Judged by his own preaching.” “You who are His spiritual children must by your deeds exemplify His virtues, and witness to His glory.” “The days when idle worship was deemed sufficient are ended. The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him. ‘The good word riseth up unto Him, and the righteous deed will cause it to be exalted before Him.” “Purge your hearts of worldly desires, and let angelic virtues be your adorning. Strive that by your deeds you may bear witness to the truth of these words of God.”
The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 92, 553 and 600)
So than, “Bábísm may be defined as a creed of charity, and almost of common humanity. Brotherly love, kindness to children, courtesy combined with dignity, sociability, hospitality, freedom from bigotry (and) friendliness.” “Indeed on no account should ye sadden any person;” “Be ye not a cause of grief unto Us,” unto anyone!
The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 600 and Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 135)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Charity is pleasing and praiseworthy in the sight of God and is regarded as a prince among goodly deeds.” “Well is it with that learned man whose head is adorned with the crown of justice, and whose body glorieth in the ornament of honesty. The Pen of Admonition exhorteth the friends and enjoineth on them charity, pity, wisdom, and gentleness.” “If priests of religion really adored the God of love and served the Divine Light, they would teach their people to keep the chief Commandment, ‘To be in love and charity with all men.”
“The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life.” “O SON OF MY HANDMAID! Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are pure and holy, for words are the property of all alike, whereas such deeds as these belong only to Our loved ones. Strive then with heart and soul to distinguish yourselves by your deeds. In this wise We counsel you in this holy and resplendent tablet.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 147 A Traveller’s Narrative, p. 45 and Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 71, 156 and The Persian Hidden Words)
“The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife. The religion of God and His divine law are the most potent instruments and the surest of all means for the dawning of the light of unity amongst men. The progress of the world, the development of nations, the tranquility of peoples, and the peace of all who dwell on earth are among the principles and ordinances of God. Religion bestoweth upon man the most precious of all gifts, offereth the cup of prosperity, imparteth eternal life, and showereth imperishable benefits upon mankind.”
“Concern yourselves with the things that benefit mankind, and not with your corrupt and selfish desires. O ye followers of this Wronged One! Ye are the shepherds of mankind; liberate ye your flocks from the wolves of evil passions and desires, and adorn them with the ornament of the fear of God.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 29)