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No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
- Mohandas Gandhi

No flower's scent goes against the wind not sandalwood, jasmine, tagara. But the scent of the good does go against the wind. The person of integrity wafts a scent in every direction.
- Dhammapada, 4, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

As he beheld the light of God he felt protected, and was delivered from the throes of doubt.
- Rumi

As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyre'ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus the King of the Jews." Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross." So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'" And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
- Matthew 27:32-44

Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow! Grow!"
- The Talmud

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If a man's kindred cleave to him with unfailing love, His fortunes will never fail to flourish.
- Tirukkural 53:522

At the time for initiative he takes no initiative. Young, strong, but lethargic, the resolves of his heart exhausted, the lazy, lethargic one loses the path to discernment.
- Dhammapada 280, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The basic purpose of human existence is acquisition of knowledge of God; there is no relationship more true than this spiritual affiliation. All other types of relationships are but derivative and dependent upon that spiritual connection, and in themselves nothing to boast of.
- Lahiji: "Mafatih"

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners, and the rest, sinners who believe themselves righteous.
- Blaise Pascal

Not unavailing will be our grief, if it send us back to serve and bless the living.
- Union Prayer Book

Amazing Shell Beaches Around the World

Seashells, which are usually the dead empty shells of marine mollusks, often wash up on the shores but there are certain beaches that routinely have an unusually large accumulation of seashells washed up on them. Most beaches in the world are primarily composed of rock particles such as sand, grit, gravel, pebbles, etc, but in rare cases the beach is composed entirely of seashells, both broken and whole valves.
Here are 4 such unusual shell beaches in the world.

Shell Beach, Western Australia

Shell Beach is located 45 kilometers south-east of Denham in the Shark Bay region of Western Australia. Stretching for over 120 kilometers, this beautiful snow-white beach is made up of millions of tiny shells and they go up to 10 meters deep!
The seawater in the L`Haridon Bight has a high salinity due to both the geomorphology and local climate of the area. This high salinity has allowed the cockle to proliferate unchecked, since its natural predators have not adapted well to this environment. When the cockle die of natural deaths then are washed ashore, and this has been going on for thousands of years completely covering the entire beach.
The shells also forms the sea floor, stretching for hundreds of yards from the shoreline. On the upper parts of the beach, away from the water line, many of the shells have become cemented together, in some areas leading to the formation of large, solid conglomerations.

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