Is Religion Important

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In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which Dalai Lama and myself were participating at recess I maliciously, and also with interest, asked him: “Your holiness, what is the best religion?”

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which surprised me because I knew of the malice contained in my question. He answered: “The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. It is the one that makes you a better person.” I thought he would say: “The Tibetan Buddhism” or “The oriental religions, much older than Chritianity” Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes ….

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To get out of my embarassment with such a wise answer, I asked: “What is it that makes me better?” He responded: “ Whatever makes you more compassionate, more sensible, more detached, more loving, more humanitarian, more responsible, more ethical.” “The religion that will do that for you is the best religion”

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I was silent for a moment, marvelling and even today thinking of his wise and irrefutable response: “I am not interested, my friend, about your religión or if you are religious or not. “What really is important to me is your behaviour in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world.” “Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts.”

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“The law of action and reaction is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. If I act with eviI, I will get evil.” “What our grandparents told us is the pure truth. You will always have what you desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of options.”  

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Finally he said: “Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words . Take care of your Words because they will become Actions . Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits . Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character . Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny , and your Destiny will be your Life … and … “There is no religion higher than the Truth.”

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God is Life. Believe in Life is Believe in God

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Live A Life That Matters

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Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

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There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

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The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

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It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

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Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

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Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

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So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

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What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

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What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

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What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

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What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what

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Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

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While you meet something beautiful, the first thing you should do is to share it with your friends anywhere. So that these beautiful things will be able to spread out literally around the world.

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Man derives all the joy and peace that he needs from within himself and not from sources outside himself. So the best spiritual discipline is: strengthen the inward vision.

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Are you Happy ?

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Does your spouse make you happy, truly happy? On a certain occasion, during an elegant welcoming reception for the new Director of Marketing of an important London company, some of the wives of the other directors, who wanted to get acquainted with the new spouse, asked her with some hesitation:

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The husband, who at the moment was not at her side, but was sufficiently near to hear the question, paid attention to the conversation, sitting up slightly, feeling secure, even filling his chest lightly in pride, knowing that his spouse would answer affirmatively, since she had always been there for him during their marriage. Nevertheless, to both his and the others’ surprise, she replied simply “No, no he doesn’t make me happy...”

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The room became uncomfortably silent, as if everyone were listening to the spouse’s response. The husband was petrified. He couldn’t believe what his wife was saying, especially at such an important occasion for him. To the amazement of her husband and of everyone, she simply placed enigmatically on her head an elegant black silk scarf and continued: “No, he doesn’t make me happy. The fact that I am happy or not doesn’t depend on him but on me….

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I am the only person upon which my happiness depends. I make the choice to be happy in each situation and in each moment of my life. If my happiness were to depend on other people, on other things or circumstances on the face of this earth, I would be in serious trouble! Everything that exists in this life changes continually: humans, wealth, my body, the climate, pleasures, etc. I could enumerate an infinite list….

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“Over my life I have learned a couple of things: I decide to be happy and the rest is a matter of ‘experiences or circumstances;’ like helping, and understanding, accepting, listening, consoling; and with my spouse, I have lived and practiced this many times…. Happiness will always be found in forgiveness and in loving yourself and others. It’s not the responsibility of my spouse to make me happy. He also has his ‘experiences or circumstances.’ I love him and he loves me, often inspite of his circumstances and of mine.”

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He changes, I change, the environment changes, everything changes; Having forgiveness and true love, and observing these changes, that can be, big or little, but always happen, we must face them with the love that exists in each one of us. If the two of us love and forgive each other, the changes will only be ‘experiences or circumstances’ that enrich us and give us strength. Otherwise we would only be ‘living together’….

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For some, divorce is the only solution; (…in reality it is the easiest…) To truly love, is difficult, It is to forgive unconditionally, to live, To take the ‘experiences or circumstances’ as they are, Facing them together  and being happy with conviction.

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There are those who say: ‘I cannot be happy because I am sick, because I have no money, Because it’s too cold,  because they insulted me, Because someone stopped loving me, Because someone didn’t appreciate me!’

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BEING HAPPY is an attitude about life and each one of us must decide ! BEING HAPPY, depends on you ! But what you don’t know is that you can be happy even though you are sick, whether it is too hot, whether you have money or not, Whether someone has insulted you, Or someone didn’t love you, or hasn’t valued you.

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Lunch with God A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

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When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

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His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

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As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..

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When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God.“ But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

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Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"     He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God.“ However, before his son responded, he added,  "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!     Have lunch with God.......bring chips.

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Have a nice day!

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