A quick reference for each of the verses that we have used in our own writings.
From the English Standard Version of the Old Testament (read as a “Jewish” source rather than as part of the Christian Bible)
Genesis 1:26-27 then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So god created man in his own image, in the image of God her created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:2a The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Genesis 2:5-7 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet spring up-for the LORD GOD had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the while face of the ground – then the LORD GOD formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostril the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2.7 [T]hen the LORD GOD formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostril the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:17 [B]ut of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
Genesis 2:21-22 So the LORD GOD caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD GOD had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:16-17 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you’ in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life.”
Genesis 4:15a Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.
Genesis 6:12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
Genesis 9:25-26 he [Noah] said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.”
Genesis 12:3bI will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Genesis 18:20b The the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,”
Genesis 18:32b Then he [Abraham] said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He [God] answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
Genesis 19:8b Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
Genesis 20:6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of you heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.”
Genesis 37: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.
Genesis 37:20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.
Genesis 37:26b Then Judah said to his brother, “What profit is it if we kill out brother and conceal his blood?”
Genesis 39:9 “He [Potipher] is not greater in this than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Genesis 40:9b-11 So the chief cup bearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
Genesis 40:16b-17 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also has a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”
Genesis 41:25b-27 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven good years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine.…”
From the English Standard Version of the New Testament
Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
Matthew 2:15b and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Matthew 2:16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or younger, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.
Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Matthew 3:15b But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” The he consented.
Matthew 3:17b and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
Matthew 5:19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:21-22 You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable to judgement.’ But say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 13:12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Matthew 13:14-15 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “”You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hear and turn, and I would heal them.’
Matthew 15:8 This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me
Matthew 15:11 It is not what goes in the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.
Matthew 15:18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Matthew 16:26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Matthew 22:37-39 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
In an effort to better understand the less familiar verses of the Quran we have elected to use here to different translations. We have both the Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Goodword translation and the Dr. Muhammed Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali noble Quran translation. Mostly the verses cited by Christina will be from the former, while Skye will be citing the latter.
Al-Fatihah 6-7 Guide us to the straight path: the path of those You have blessed; not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.
Al-Baqara* 2-4 This is the scripture wherof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off evil. Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter. These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.
Al-Baqarah* 6-7 As for those who are bent on denying the truth, it makes no difference to them whether you warn them or not, they will not believe. God has sealed their hearts and their ears, and over their eyes there is a covering. They will have a terrible punishment.
Al-Baqarah 14-15 When they meet those who believe, they say, ‘We believe.’ But when they are alone with their evil leaders, they say ‘We are really with you; we were only mocking. God will requite them for their mockery, and draw them on, for a while, to wander blindly in their insolence.
Al-Baqara 53-54 And when We gave unto Moses the Scripture and the criterion (of right and wrong), that ye might be led aright. And when Moses said unto his people: O my people! Ye have wronged yourselves by your choosing of the calf (for worship) so turn in penitence to your Creator, and kill (the guilty) yourselves. That will be best for you with your Creator and He will relent toward you. Lo! He is the Relenting, the Merciful.
Al-Baqara 62 Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans – whoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right – surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
Al-Baqarah 112 Indeed, those who submit themselves to God and act righteously shall be rewarded by their Lord: that shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Al-Baqarah 115b The East and the West belong to God. Whichever way you turn, there is the Face of God. God is all pervading and all knowing.
Al-Baqarah 120 Neither the Christians nor the Jews will be pleased with you until you follow their ways. Say, God’s guidance is the only true guidance.’ If you followed their desires after the knowledge which has come to you, you would not have any patron or supporter against God.
Al-Baqarah 132b and Abraham enjoined his sons to do the same, as did Jacob, ‘My sons, God has chosen this religion for you; so do not let death overtake you, except when you are in a state of submission.’
Al-Baqarah 143 Thus We have made you a middle nation, so that you may act as witnesses for mankind, and the Messenger may be a witness for you.*
Al-Baqara 143 Thus We have made you a middle nation, so that you may act as witnesses against mankind, and the Messenger may be a witness against you.*
*differences in text discussed here
Al-Baqara 226 Those who forswear their wives must wait four months; then, if they change their mind, lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Al-Baqara 228 Women who are divorced shall wait, keeping themselves apart, three [monthly] courses. And it is not lawful for them that they should conceal that which Allah hath created in their wombs if they are believers in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands would do better to take them back in that case if they desire a reconciliation. And they [women] have rights similar to those [of men] over them in kindness, and men are a degree above them. Allah is Mighty, Wise.
Al-Baqara 231 When ye have divorced women, and they have reached their term, then retain them in kindness or release them in kindness. Retain them not to their hurt so that ye transgress (the limits). He who doeth that hath wronged his soul. Make not the revelations of Allah a laughing-stock (by your behaviour), but remember Allah’s grace upon you and that which He hath revealed unto you of the Scripture and of wisdom, whereby He doth exhort you. Observe your duty to Allah and know that Allah is Aware of all things.
Al-Baqara 233 The duty of feeding and clothing nursing mothers in a seemly manner is upon the father of the child. No-one should be charged beyond his capacity. A mother should not be made to suffer because of her child, nor should he to whom the child is born (be made to suffer) because of his child.
Al-Baqarah 240 If any of you die and leave widows, make a bequest for them of a years’ maintenance without causing them to leave their homes; but if they leave of their own accord, you will not be blamed for what they may reasonably choose to do with themselves. God is almighty and wise.
Al-Baqarah 263-264 A kind word and forgiveness is better than a charitable deed followed by hurtful words: God is self-sufficient and forbearing. Believers, do not cancel out your charitable deeds with reminders and hurtful words, like one who spends his wealth only to be seen by people, and not believing in God and the Last Day. Such men are like a rock covered with earth: a shower falls upon it and leaves it hard and bare. They will gain nothing from their works. God does not guide those who deny the truth.
Al-Baqarah 284a All that the heavens and the earth contain belongs to God, whether you disclose what is in your minds or keep it hidden. God will bring you to account for it. He will forgive whom He will and punish whom He pleases: He has power over all things.
*Different translations of the Quran had this chapter spelled differently. We have chosen to retain the different spellings to help mark the differences between Skye’s version (Al-Baqara) and Christina’s (Al-Baqarah).
The 18 Puranas
Purana 1.1.1 According to the scriptures, Brahmaji was born on the lotus that had arisen from the navel of eternal ommipresent Lord Narayan Vishnu. During the period of deluge (Pralaya) all the creations was destroyed and the creatures that had gone into Maharloka (the fourth of the upper worlds according to the Puranas), take birth again on the earth as per their deeds. God who keeps an account of the innumerable deeds of those inumerable creatures and arrange for their incarnations is called Brahma.
Purana 1.1.6 Brahmaji is also shown as holding Vedas is one of his hands why? It is natural to be curious about it. Vedas are undoubtedly the most ancient scriptures in the word. Even the great deluge (Pralaya) could not destroy Vedas for almighty Brahma himself had taken incarnation to save Vedas during deluge. Hence Vedas have no beginning and no end. Besides Vedas also remind Brahmaji of the previous Kalpa (the grand period that includes all the four Yugas). Vedas also teach us that everything is destructible, only the truth can not be destroyed. Hence in the carnation of destructible body, never forget the indestructible, eternal, almighty Paramatma because every other thing in the world is bound to be destroyed one day.
Literally, Saraswati means SARAH – Knowledge, STHANAMYASYAH ASTITI. Thus, Saraswati is the goddess who rules all kinds of knowledge without worshipping her no one can be a learned person. Hence followers of other religious also worship Saraswati, though the name and appearance may differ slightly.
Noted sage Bhartrihari writes that without literature and music, a man is not more than an animal. Hence the book and veena in the hands of Saraswati teach that if the humans wish to do away with their bruteness, knowledge of literature and music is must for them. Hence, Goddess Saraswati is shown with a book and Veena the symbols of literature and music respectively.
Worship of Lord Vishnu is extremely essential for those who wish to receive the supreme salvation. A common rule of worship is that the worshipper must essentially have the virtues of the worshipped. Hence, Lord Vishnu gives his virtues through physical appearance.
The second virtue (resting on the Sheshanaga) must be considered as the sub-virtue of the peaceful appearance. Scriptures describe Sheshanaga as Kala also. Sheshanaga is supposed to be a highly poisonous snake. But Lord Vishnu is resting on him without fear or worries. It teaches us not to lose patience even while facing the kala itself; instead one must strive to ride on it, only then can one remain in peaceful appearance. If the fear overpowers you, it may shatter your peace. The worshippers who want salvation are being indicated to be peaceful in every circumstances.