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Words that may Sooth Anger and Frustration

May 27, 2020

Taking a look at Words of Connection in Week 10 of Lockdown… One can understand the feelings of anger and frustration experienced by so many of us, so we’re offering readings of reassurance, light and harmony. The first comes from a volume entitled Healing Prayers, Meditations and Sermons in the time of COVID-19, from Leo Baeck College, which describes itself as being: ‘At the heart of progressive Judaism.’ The prayer was chosen by IFCG’s membership secretary David Selo.

The illuminating unity of all things is described in a poem from Rumi, and this is followed by Chapter 22 and 33 from the Tao.

Thank you so very much for your enthusiasm and ideas. Please continue to stay in touch, and stay well, strong and calm at this unusual moment in time.

Very best wishes,

Chair IFCG

Rabbi Herschel Matt

 When fears multiply
And danger threatens;
When sickness comes,
And death confronts us —
It is God’s blessing of shalom
That sustains us and upholds us,
Lightening our burden,
Dispelling our worry,
Restoring our strength,
Renewing our hope —
Reviving us.


The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-shop,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on the essence, concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion,
The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.

(Tao translates as road, path, way… and principle)

From Chapters  22 and 33

If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty…
If you want everything,
give everything up.

The Master, by resting in Tao,
sets an example for everyone.
Because she doesn’t display herself,
people can see her light.
Because she has nothing to prove,
people can trust her words.
Because she doesn’t know who she is,
people recognise themselves in her.
Because she has no goal in mind,
everything she does succeeds.

When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in living Tao
Can you be truly yourself.

… Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

If you realise that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay at the centre
and embrace death with your whole heart
you will endure forever…


From the Baha’i Teachings

If you plant a seed in the ground, a tree will become manifest from that seed. The seed sacrifices itself to the tree that will come from it. The seed is outwardly lost, destroyed; but the same seed which is sacrificed will be absorbed and embodied in the tree, its blossoms, fruit and branches. If the identity of that seed had not been sacrificed to the tree which became manifest from it, no branches, blossoms or fruits would have been forthcoming. – Abdu’l-Baha

He who has reached the state of self-sacrifice has true joy. Abdu’l-Baha