Sanctuary of Connections

Krotona Institute’s Sanctuary of Connections provides a quiet place where those of diverse or no faith can walk the links connecting each tradition. With an occasional pause for reflection, a feeling of unity may arise in the heart. The boulders along the way are nodes in the network of religious or teaching traditions. Each has a representative symbol, and the quotations embody core values of each tradition. The order or size of each stone or icon has no intended relevance.

Traditions and Symbols Represented

As you walk through the garden, you will pass by a symbol for each of the following traditions

Theosophy

O hidden life, vibrant in every atom; O hidden light, shining in every creature; O hidden love, embracing all in oneness. May all who feel themselves as one with thee Know they are therefore one with every other. – Annie Besant

The Lioness

Touching the forehead of the lioness, Speaking the name of one who suffers, Forming the connection to nature, Embrace healing powers.

Taoism

The Tao that can be expressed is not the Eternal Tao. . . . Nevertheless, something there is, formless yet complete. In the beginning it existed. Its name is not known, but it is called Tao. It is the Mystery of Mysteries. – Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching

Buddhism

OM MANI PADME HUM

These six syllables mean that you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. – Dalai Lama

Krishnamurti

I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.

Hinduism

In the beginning was the only Lord of the Universe. His Word OM Was with him. This Word was his second. – Tandya Maha Brahmana

Judaism

Be still and know that I am God. – Psalms 46:10

Islam

Whichever way you turn, There is the face of God. – Quran

Sufism

Whether you love the One Or another human being, If you love enough, In the end you will come into the Presence of Love itself. – Rumi

Christianity

Beloved, let us love one another; For love is of God, And he who loves is born of God And knows God. He who does not love Does not know God; For God is love. There is no fear in love, for Perfect love casts out fear. – I John 4.7-18

Baha’i

The utterance of God is a lamp Whose light are these words: You are the fruits of one tree And the leaves of one branch. Deal with one another with the utmost Love and harmony, With friendliness and fellowship. – Baha’i: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

Zoroastrianism

He who sows the ground with care and diligence acquires a greater stock of religious merit than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers. – Zoroaster

Jainism

Friendship to all living forms, Delight in the qualities of the virtuous ones, Unlimited compassion for all suffering beings, Equanimity towards all who wish me harm, May my soul have these dispositions now and forever. – Jain Prayer

Sikhism

The One God pervades all And seeing Him, I am wholly in bloom. – Adi Granth

Confucianism

Try your best to treat others as you would wish To be treated yourself, and you will find that this Is the shortest way to goodness. – Mencius

Indigenous

Treat the earth well, It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children. – Indian Proverb