Practice what you preach

Practice what you preach.


175. Practice what you preach: Jewish symbols star-8pix Judaism: 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.” the cross-5pix Christianity: John 10:37 “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.”James 2:12 “So speak ye, and so do,”  

   We are enjoined by the religions of God to practice what we preach and not be of those who talk much, but when it comes down to doing the things they profess, their words, are just hollow and empty, and lack resolve. The shrine10 pix Babi Religion“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, even to Christians, are included in its tenets.” “He (The Bab) Himself is the first to practice the observances He has enjoined upon the faithful. It therefore behoves us who are His supporters to follow His noble example.” 

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 539 and 600) 

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: 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? 

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

Islamic symbol-5pix Islam: 2. “O ye who believe! why say ye that which ye do not?” “Grievously odious is it in the sight of Allah (God) that ye say that which ye do not.” 

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

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: 6. “To him shall the best befall, who, as one that knows, speaks to me Right’s truthful word of Welfare and of Immortality; even the Dominion of Mazda (God) which Good Thought shall increase for him.” 

          (Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 31)

Zoroastrian symbol-5pix Zoroastrianism: “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)

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM:  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) 

Hindu symbol 5-pix Hinduism: 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) 

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: 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.” 

          (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)) 

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix Buddhism: 12. “As he instructs others He should himself act.” 

          (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 3 (tr. J. Richards)) 

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “To you do I call and (you) do I teach, Men who have received the Sign. Certainly have ye held to established truth, Ye have held to the certainty about which I instructed you. I call to my chosen ones so that Ye may not turn your thought away from Me.” “Do not slumber and sleep, and forget not what your Lord commanded you.” “For thou raisest up these souls” “Thou a Lord who art all mercy.” “Thee (O) Life (Haiyi, God) is it meet to praise, to honour, To magnify and to bless.” “Meet is it to praise, honour, magnify and bless The Lord, the great and High Being increased in His brilliancy And was great in His light. Meet is it to praise, honour, magnify and bless Manda-d-Hiia, the life which proceeded from Life, The truth (kusta) that was afore-time, in the Beginning; Who was mightier in His radiance than the worlds 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, (in word and deed) and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins  (practice and adhere to the Your word, in word and action),” “I shall be pure in all my words (thoughts); and life.” “I waiteth on the Life and mine eyes upon Manda-d-Hiia; for they will be my support, my deliverer and saviour from the Place of Darkness to the Place of Light.” “In the name of The Great Life! Hear me, my Father, hear me! Draw me upward (O) Great One.” “For Thou knowest hearts, understandest minds and searchest out consciences.” (Sabeanism, Instruction of Adam and Ginza Rba- chapters 1, 35, 70, 77, 80, 89 and 410)  

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “Thou art faithful to Thy promise,” do what you say you are going to do. 

          (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 209)

The shrine10 pix Babi Religion“These ethics taught by a young man (The Bab) at an age when passions were intense, deeply impressed an audience, religious to the point of fanaticism, above all when the words of the preacher were in perfect harmony with his conduct. By the uprightness of his life the young Siyyid served as an example to those about him.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 158)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH:  “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 pixBaha’i Faith: 29. “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) 

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