Sayings of the Unitarian Universalists

(Out of the Stars)

Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come,

Stardust and sunlight, mingling through time and through space.

Out of the stars have we come, up from time Out of the stars have we come.

Time out of time before time in the vastness of space, earth spun to orbit the sun,

Earth with the thunder of mountains newborn, the boiling of seas.

Earth warmed by sun, lit by sunlight: this is our home; Out of the stars have we come.

Mystery hidden in mystery, back through all time; Mystery rising from rocks in the storm and the sea.

Out of the stars, rising from the rocks and the sea, Kindled by sunlight on earth, arose life.

Ponder this thing in your heart; ponder with awe:

Out of the sea to the land, out of the shallows came ferns.

Out of the sea to the land, up from darkness and light, Rising to walk and to fly, out of the sea trembled life.

Ponder this thing in your heart, life up from sea: Eyes to behold, throats to sing, mates to love.

Life from the sea, warmed by sun, washed by rain, Life from within, giving birth rose to love.

This is the wonder of time; this is the marvel of space; Out of the stars swung the earth; life upon earth rose to love.

This is the marvel of man, rising to see and to know; Out of your heart, cry wonder: sing that we live. Selections from:

Robert T. Weston, "Out of the Stars." Unitarian- Universalist Hymnbook Commission, Hymns for the celebration of life. Boston, Beacon Press, 1964 , no. 345.

Consider the sun when it is completely hidden behind the clouds. Though the earth is still illumined with its light, yet the measure of light which it receiveth is considerably reduced. Not until the clouds have dispersed, can the sun shine again in the plenitude of its glory. Neither the presence of the cloud nor its absence can, in any way, affect the inherent splendor of the sun. The soul of man is the sun by which his body is illumined, and from which it draweth its sustenance, and should be so regarded.

Consider, moreover, how the fruit, ere it is formed, lieth potentially within the tree. Were the tree to be cut into pieces, no sign nor any part of the fruit, however small, could be detected. When it appeareth, however, it manifesteth itself, as thou has observed, in its wondrous beauty and glorious perfection. Certain fruits, indeed, attain their fullest development only after being severed from the tree.

Selections From:

Shoghi Effendi, trans. Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah. Wilmette, Baha'i Pub. Trust, 1952. p. 155.

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