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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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Whittier College is a private liberal arts college in Southern California.
I know it well because our son graduated from this wonderful place.
Its theatre, the Shannon Center, hosts an annual Hawaiian music
series to which people come from all over the country.
over the series' success. Yes, it brings in top Hawaiian names, but
more than that, it's because one experiences true Aloha at these
events. True Aloha is a spiritual experience. It embodies
kindness, love, acceptance and a quiet joy in life.
David Palmer runs the Shannon Theatre and is a subscriber to this Web site.
After I ran last week's subject of Kindness, he shared with me the following.
Not only does it dovetail with the Kindness site, but David has beautifully
drawn correlations between the Hawaiian religion and the Quaker
religion, the latter society having founded Whittier College.
I never would have thought of putting the two beliefs side by side.
Yet they enhance each other, as spiritual things do.
- FROM DAVID PALMER, Production Coordinator and Theatre Manager of Whittier College, CA -
Many people have inquired why Hawaiian music is being presented at a small college
just outside of Los Angeles, in a community more noted as the childhood home of
a former U.S. President. Following a brief but intense period of research,
connection became fascinatingly clear:
Whittier College was founded by the Quakers in the 1880’s.
The primary tenets of their belief system encouraged the
concepts of community, cooperation, support of individual
endeavors and their expression, and a profound sense of humility.
The meaning of Aloha, as expressed by "Aunty" Pilahi Paki and shared by
“Uncle” Moe Keale embodied a similar sense of human values:
(Hawaiian beliefs are in blue; correlating Quaker beliefs are in black).
v A stands for AKAIIA’I; Hawaiian meaning kindness, to be expressed with a feeling of tenderness.
Among them, Friends value life as sacred. Because we recognize that there is that
of God in everyone, Friends try to avoid violence. We have found that when we hurt
others, we also harm ourselves and deny that of God in us. With God's guidance, we
try, instead, to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts and differences and to help others
through service, the promotion of social and economic justice, kindness in daily living,
and the support of each other's search for that of God within.
v L stands for LOKAHI; Hawaiian meaning unity, to be expressed with a feeling of harmony.
In our corporate search for truth, Friends use the worshipful Quaker process
of decision making, a process for finding unity in all decisions that affect our
communities. For Friends, unity is not usually unanimity, which is agreement
without dissent. Unity is more often agreement that acknowledges dissent,
staying together despite differences, and moving forward with guidance
from our common values.
v O stands for ‘OLU’OLU; Hawaiian meaning agreeable,
to be expressed with a feeling of pleasantness.
Coupled with :
v H stands for HA’AHA’A; Hawaiian meaning humility, to be expressed with a feeling of modesty.
To be more receptive to revelation, Friends practice simplicity and integrity.
For Friends, simplicity is putting God first in one's life. Simplicity requires clear
priorities and often inspires plainness and lack of clutter. Simplicity persuades one
to affirm, not to flatter or overplay words or emotions, and to avoid extravagance
and paraphernalia. Simplicity requires integrity, which is honesty in all dealings
telling the truth on all occasions, and consistent adherence to one's values.
Simplicity and integrity have much in common: just as simplicity avoids cluttering
one's environment, integrity avoids complicating one's relationships.
v A stands for AHONUI; Hawaiian meaning patience, to be applied with perseverance.
That we do not always attain the ideal does not mean we will not continue to strive for it.
Hawaiian quotes taken from LifeInTheseIslands.com
Quaker information gleaned from Quaker.org and Quakerinfo.com
...and now, the Last Word :
"Aloha" to Aunty Pilahi was the essence of all that there is.
There are a number of definitions but some say it is the “alo”…face to face, in the presence of…and the “ha,"
the breath of life, or the divine spirit. “In presence of
the divine spirit." Aloha is not just a greeting,
it is a way of life. It connects us to each other
and everything that exists.
Courtesy of :
Random Bonus Quote:
I take for my sureties: The power of God to guide me,
the might of God to uphold me,
the wisdom of God to teach me,
the eye of God to watch over me,
the ear of God to hear me,
the word of God to give me speech,
the hand of God to protect me,
the way of God to go before me,
the shield of God to protect me.