Do good deeds

Do good deeds and live a loving, righteous, virtuous life.


45. Do good deeds and live a loving, righteous, virtuous life, not because the laws of religion tell you to, but because you love God and you want to do these things out of your love for God and that which is His: We should want to do good things out of our love for God and out of love for the beings He created. This is what He wants for us, this is what His writings tell us. Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Numbers: 32:24 “Do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.” 1 Samuel: 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath The LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of The LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Proverbs: 21:3 “To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to The LORD than sacrifice.” Proverbs: 16:3 “Commit thy works unto The LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Deuteronomy: 6:16 “Ye shall not tempt The LORD your God, as ye tempted Him in Massah.” 6:17 “Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of The LORD your God, and His testimonies, and His statutes, which He hath commanded thee.” 6:18 “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of The LORD: that it may be well with thee.” Deuteronomy: 23:23 “That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform;” The Talmud, Shabbat 31a. “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: 1 John: 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John: 2:6 “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he (Jesus) walked, (doing the works and acts that Jesus did in this life).” Ephesians: 6:6 “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” We are not to do things for each other because it is what we want men to see of us, but because we love God and we love following His ways. 1 Corinthians: 9:14 “Even so hath The Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” James: 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” Titus: 3:1 “Be ready to every good work,” 3:2 “speak evil of no man, be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” 3:8 “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Galatians: 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” John: 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth  on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” 14:23 “Jesus – said, – If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” James: 2:14 “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.” 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James: 2:12 “So speak ye, and so do.”

Islamic symbol-10 pix 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.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2)

Islamic symbol-5pix 23. “His Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. Say: ‘No reward do I ask of you for this except the love”’

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 42)

Islamic symbol-5pix 119. “O ye who believe! fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   9)

Islamic symbol-5pix 44. “Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (to practice it) yourselves?” “Grievously odious is it in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not.”

           (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2 and 61)

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: “By the deeds of conscience, O Mazda (God) one becomes similar to You.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 611)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix “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 p. 305 and 306)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix Denkard. Zoroaster, “Expend the wealth of this world for the sake of God.”

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix Denkard. Zoroaster, “Be it known that the religious man never becomes polluted by (observance of) the laws of virtue, for he performs every act of righteousness enjoined in the religion because it is righteous and avoids sinful acts because they are sinful.”

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: “Sacrifice not for rewardment made, Offered in rightful wise, when he who vows Sayeth, with heart devout, ‘This I should do!’ Is Soothfast rite.”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 17)

Hindu symbol 5-pix “Find full reward Of doing right in right! Let right deeds (out of the love of God) be Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 2)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 11. “Let him never, for the sake of subsistence, follow the ways of the world; let him live the pure, straightforward, honest life.” In all trustworthiness.

(Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 4)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 2.36 “When one is firmly established in speaking truth, the fruits of action become subservient to him.” 2.37 “All jewels approach him who is confirmed in honesty.”

(Hindu, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 256. “All things (have their nature) determined by speech; speech is their root, and from speech they proceed; but he who is dishonest with respect to speech, is dishonest in everything.”

           (Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 4)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: “We constantly seek to realize our Mind-essence with wisdom; that we refrain from all evil; that we do all kinds of good acts with no attachment to the fruit of such action;” (Buddha, sixth patriarch)

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “In the practice of all good deeds, disciples should never indulge in indolence.” (idleness, being lazy) (Buddha, Diamond Sutra)

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix 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 3 (tr. J. Richards))

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “Then the Lord Buddha continued: ‘Nevertheless, if a good disciple, man or woman, studies this Scripture and thoughtfully observes even a verse of it, his merit will be very great. What words can express the merit of a disciple who, living with restraint and kindness, diligently studies and observes it! Such a disciple is attaining powers commensurate with the supreme and most wonderful Dharma. Wherever there is the hermitage of such a good disciple, it is the treasure-house of this sacred Scripture; it is a shrine of the Lord Buddha; and over it will hover uncounted Bodhisattvas of highest reverence and honor.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra)

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “For my heart hath testified to The First Life (Haiyi, Qadmaiyi/God).” “Behold me, who have sought purification before Thee! Look on me, (my deeds), 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,” “I shall be pure in all my words (thoughts); and life.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 1, 77 and 410)

Mandaean symbol1 “Victorious are the words of truth which issue from Thy mouth, and victorious are all Thy deeds. And Life is victorious!” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 76)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “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, p. 92)

The shrine10 pix “You who are His (Gods) spiritual children must by your deeds exemplify His virtues, and witness to His glory.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 92)

The shrine10 pix “Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you. It behooveth you all to be one indivisible people.”

(The Bab: Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 127

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “The highest righteousness of all is for blessed souls to take hold of the hands of the helpless and deliver them out of their ignorance and abasement and poverty, and with pure motives, and only for the sake of God, to arise and energetically devote themselves to the service of the masses, forgetting their own worldly advantage and working only to serve the general good.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 103)

the greatest name 8 pix“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, Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

the greatest name 8 pix“O SON OF SPIRIT! Know thou of a truth: He that biddeth men be just and himself committeth iniquity is not of Me, even though he bear My name.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

the greatest name 8 pix“When we speak let our speech be an outward evidence of the inner light, for we must speak the truth, otherwise we shall not act wisely.”

           (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 103)

the greatest name 8 pix“O SON OF BEING! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.”

           (Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)