Happy religions

mandala_1_198463japan_temple_snowMost religious teachings can be interpreted as preaching optimism or pessimism. How should we see the world and ourselves? Is optimism the right or the wrong approach to life, according to the teachings of religion?

I compiled a list of positive thoughts from many different religions in the world. All of them seem to defend an optimistic view of the world. The list is by no means complete nor exclusive but just an illustration to show us that happiness is also supported by most faiths and is made with the utmost respect to all religions.

open_bible_192551Most religions in the world speak of a better future ahead and, as such, are optimistic:

  • “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit,” the Bible, Proverbs 15:13.
  • “The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart,” the Talmud.
  • “You must learn to endure fleeting things; they come and go!” Bhagavad-gita 2:14
  • “When a man says I cannot, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished,” the Quran.
  • native_american_indian_1899“Every new day is another chance to change your life” Native American Proverb
  • “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me,” the Bible, Philippians 4:13.
  • “Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss,” Black Elk, Native American chief.
  • “Be optimistic and good shall be found,” Prophet Muhammad.
  • “One can become whatever one wants to be (if one constantly contemplates the object of desire with faith,)” Bhagavad-gita.
  • temple_bull_temple_nandi“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13.
  • “The past we inherit, the future we create,” the Talmud.
  • “When we contemplate the duration of the universe, we see it limited to the present moment, which is nothing more but the point which separates two infinities of time. The past and the future are as meaningless as if they did not exist. Is anyone more misguided than the man who barters an eternal future for a moment which passes quicker than the blink of an eye?” Ibn Hazm Al Andalousi, Al Akhlaq wa’l Siyar.
  • mosque_religion_faith“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs, 17:22.
  • “Do not be led by others, awaken your own mind, amass your own experience and decide for yourself your own path,” the Atharva Veda.
  • “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,” James 1:2
  • “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared,” Buddha 23.
  • “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy,” Psalm 47:1.
  • “The foods that promote longevity, virtue, strength, health, happiness and joy are juicy, smooth, substantial and agreeable to the stomach,” Bhagavad Gita.
  • temple_monks_buddhist“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance,” James 1:2-3.
  • “He is able who thinks he is able,” Kabbalist and Chasidic master known as the Tzemech Tzedek.
  • “One should perform karma with nonchalance without expecting the benefits because sooner or  later one shall definitely get the fruits,” the Rig Veda.
  • “There is no pity for a man who moans about living in one town and does not move to another.” The Talmud
  • prayer_202218“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9.
  • “Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is,” Bhagavad Gita.
  • “Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always),” Thessalonians 5:16.”
  • “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken,” Proverbs 15:13.
  • “Happiness is not the absence of problems from one’s life, but the capability to deal with those problems & enjoy the blessings one has,” Yasir Oadhi.
  • “Good expectations are a feature of belief, and nothing can be achieved without belief and hope,” Prophet Muhammad.
  • “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again,” Buddha.

stained_glass_window_in_church_190721buddha_buddhism_religionAnd so on.

Enjoy life, J.