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Re: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson,(typos corrected)

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  • suchana27
    Hi Arpan, I gladly welcome Jefferson´s insights! I even wonder why this Western seer does not appear more frequently in our school books! Gratefully, Suchana
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 31, 2005
      Hi Arpan,

      I gladly welcome Jefferson´s insights! I even wonder why this Western
      seer does not appear more frequently in our school books!

      Gratefully,
      Suchana


      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      >
      > Sorry, I had a few typos. in this last post on Jefferson. Here is
      the
      > corrected version.
      > Arpan
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
      > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Inspiration from `Light and Liberty, Reflections on the Pursuit of
      > > Happiness'
      > >
      > > Lately I have been browsing through the book,'Light and Liberty:
      The
      > > Reflections of the Pursuit of Happiness,'which is a compilation of
      > > writings of Thomas Jefferson edited and organized by Nripal (Eric
      > > Petersen).
      > >
      > > Having known Nripal for a very long time, I am aware of just some
      of
      > > the incredible effort and dedication it took him to get this
      wonderful
      > > book written and published. Therefore I wish to share some of the
      deep
      > > inspiration that I and others have derived not only from
      Jefferson's
      > > own words, but from Nripal's selection and arrangement of these
      > > writings into various themes which all seem to lead us back to
      our own
      > > spiritual roots.
      > >
      > > I hope to contribute some of these writings regularly here on this
      > > site as an inspiration not only to the spiritual aspects of our
      lives
      > > but also to the wisdom and inner knowledge within us and upon
      which
      > > this country was originally founded.
      > >
      > > I will start this entry with a short excerpt from Nripal's
      Preface of
      > > the book explaining briefly just who Thomas Jefferson was:
      > >
      > > "Thomas Jefferson was the foremost voice of the great patriots who
      > > consolidated the victory of the American Revolution, the leader
      > > most trusted to articulate our national ideals, particularly in
      times
      > > of trial and transition. His Declaration of American Independence
      in
      > > 1776, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786) and First
      > > Inaugural Address in 1800, can confidently be placed among the
      > > world's most powerful and admired inspirational essays. Under
      > > Jefferson's steady hand, the hopeful promise of the Revolution was
      > > transformed into the permanent reality of a continental republic
      based
      > > on Enlightenment principles. The creation, stabilization and
      > > preservation of the United States of America was so central to his
      > > existence that he once called the American government the idol of
      his
      > > soul.
      > >
      > > …When Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, his political legacy
      included a
      > > huge quantity of official papers which he wrote during the time he
      > > held six elected and three appointive public offices (Virginia
      stated
      > > representative, delegate to the Continental Congress, Virginia
      > > Governor, U.S. Representative, Minister to France, Secretary of
      State,
      > > Vice President and President of the United States and Father of
      the
      > > University of Virginia).
      > > Among them are public addresses, official communications, reports,
      > > statutes, pamphlets, observations, replies, travel journals,
      > > biographical sketches, and a multitude of other writings vast and
      > > varied in character…
      > >
      > > Jefferson had unbounded love of America, and through his words the
      > > heart of our country speaks. America, the hallowed ark of human
      hope
      > > and happiness. America, the depository of the scared fire of
      freedom
      > > and self-government. America, the land of steady character, love
      of
      > > liberty, and obedience to law. America, where the equal rights of
      man
      > > and the happiness of every individual are acknowledged to be the
      only
      > > legitimate objects of government. America, the great experiment
      which
      > > was to prove that man is capable of living in society, governing
      > > itself by laws of self-imposed, and securing to its members the
      > > enjoyment of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In poetic
      > > prose, Thomas Jefferson gives perpetual life to what he called the
      > > holy spirit of 1776."
      > >
      > > In the First Chapter which is called `Faith', here are but a few
      > > paragraphs from the fount of inspiration and vision of Thomas
      > > Jefferson's wisdom:
      > > "I have ever thought religion a concern purely between our God
      and our
      > > consciences, for which we were accountable to Him, and not to the
      > > priests. I never told my own religion, nor scrutinized that of
      > > another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change
      > > another's creed. I have ever judged of the religion of others by
      their
      > > lives, for it is in our lives and not from our words, that our
      > > religion must be read. By the same test the world must judge me…
      > >
      > > Adore God; reverence and cherish your parents; love your neighbor
      as
      > > yourself, and your country more than life. Be just; be true;
      murmur
      > > not at the ways of Providence--and the life into which you have
      > > entered will be one of eternal and ineffable bliss."
      > >
      > > I hope you enjoyed this inspiration as much as I did and I hope
      that I
      > > can offer more inspiration on a regular basis from the source,
      `Light
      > > and Liberty'.
      > > All gratitude to Nripal Eric Petersen for all his work and
      inspiration
      > > in getting this book to come about.
      > >
      > > Gratefully,
      > > Arpan
      > >
      >
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