“Life and death, preservation and ruin, success and failure, poverty and riches, honor and disgrace, blame and praise, hunger, thirst, cold and heat—these are changes which take place in the order of things and are the workings of fate. Like day and night they alternate before us, and we know that we are unable to determine their origin. Consequently they are not worth causing a disturbance to our peace. They cannot enter the sanctum of the spirit. Let harmony and delight prevail, and do not lose your contentment. Unceasingly, through day and night, let there be a springtime with all things. In this way you welcome and make a present-time within your own mind. This is called being talented in full measure.” Taoism (a tradition in Japan from ancient times). Chung-tzu.
“It is not always physical bravery that counts. One must have the courage to face life as it is, to go through sorrows and always sacrifice oneself for the sake of others.” African Traditional Religions. Kipsigis Saying, Kenya
“Do you think that you shall enter the Garden without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried, ‘When will come the help of God?’ Ah! Verily the help of God is always near!” Islam. Qur’an 2.214
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Christianity. Romans 8.35-39
“Holy is the death of heroic men who lay down their lives in an approved cause…[surely those working in the nuclear reactors meet this criteria…] And in the hereafter they suffer not. Such reward they shall obtain if on the Sole Lord they meditate, whose service drives away all fears. They utter not aloud their suffering, they bear all in their minds—the Lord Himself knows all.” Sikhism. Adi Granth, Wadhans, Alahaniyan Dirges, M.1, pp. 579f
“All men are responsible for one another.” [Let us be generous in our prayers as in our financial support for those suffering in the world right now.] Judaism. Talmud, Sanhedrin 27b
“The believer who participates in Human life, exposing himself to its torments and suffering, is worth more than the one who distances himself from its suffering.” Islam. Hadith of Ibn Majah
“The great unborn Self is undecaying, immortal, undying, fearless, infinite.” Hinduism. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.25
“Nothing can ever destroy the Buddha nature. The nature of self is nothing but the undisclosed storehouse of the Tathagata. Such a storehouse can never be broken, put to fire, or plundered. Though it is not possible to destroy or see it, one can know it when one attains the unsurpassed enlightenment” Buddhism. Mahaparinivana Sutra 220
Let us, tormented in spirit in the face of life’s mysterious tragedies, hearken now to the inner voices within that speak to us of a transcendent peace and beauty that can and does sustain us through life and death, reminding us of the precious nature of each moment in space and time that we are privileged to share with all the rest of the vast Beingness of Life, which is ongoing, eternal, profoundly mysterious, and struck through and through with Love. Glenda Taylor March 2011.