This is a new section with some favorite people's thoughts on love, peace, enlightenment, freedom, and all those good things.
I imagine one of the most difficult tasks of all the truly great spiritual teachers has been dispelling the ingrained apathy of mankind. These great Masters, so imbued with the creative essence of the Divine, and filled with inspiration and the mystic force of Love, are Characters with a capital "C." Most humans, extraordinary in potential yet ordinary in expression, fumble through life and everyday routines with dulled senses, caring little for the true reason for our existence.
We read stories that illustrate how these great Teachers are vibrant, enthusiastic and intense; passionate in the extreme, strong in resolve and Will. We only have to imagine the great Master Jesus as he pushed over the powerful moneylenders' tables in the Temple. What courage! What strength! What character! We think of the courage of the Gandhis, the Vivekanandas, the Mother Theresas and the Martin Luther Kings that changed our world. I was fortunate to know and study with the great Master, Dr. George King, who was so vital, so intense and demanding, that he often appeared to me as ten giants working together in his relentless Cause of global transformation. Click here for an article about Dr. King.
What is Their secret? What can we learn from them? Can we be like them? I think that Marianne Williamson gave us one reason - "our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
Do we wish to walk around like robots, dulled to the tragedy of the world? Are we like the character in a recent film who lost his son and beat his fists on the hospital floor saying "God, give me back my son, I will do anything, anything, anything, if I can have my son back." Will we wait too late, as he did, for this heartfelt plea? Will we use our prayers as a last resort? We will live a dull life, wrapped in apathy, listening like mindless sheep to those who would ultimately lead us to our doom? I believe it is enthusiasm that will overcome the disease, apathy. Enthusiasm, faith and works - tempered by Love - can bring our highest ideals into living reality.
Let us express our enthusiasm for life, and put our faith into living reality through our loving works for others. Let our souls sing through prayer, and our Love will go to the far ends of the world - and know that, despite appearances, nothing can stop this!
Those who practise concentration evolve quickly. They can do any work with scientific accuracy and great efficiency. What others do in six hours can be done by one who has concentration within half an hour. What others can read in six hours, can be read by one who does concentration within half an hour. Concentration purifies and calms the surging emotions, strengthens the current of thought and clarifies the ideas. Concentration helps a man in his material progress also. He will turn out a very good amount of work in his office or business house. What was cloudy and hazy before becomes clear and definite. What was difficult before becomes easy now and what was complex, bewildering and confusing before comes easily within the mental grasp. You can achieve anything through concentration. Nothing is impossible for a man who practises regular concentration. It is very difficult to practise concentration when one is hungry and when one is suffering from an acute disease. He who practises concentration will possess very good health and very clear mental vision.
If you read with concentration the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana or the eleventh skandha of Bhagavatam several times, you will get new ideas each time. Through concentration you will get penetrative insight. Subtle, esoteric meanings will flash out in the field of mental consciousness. You will understand inner depths of philosophical significance. When you concentrate on any object do not wrestle with the mind. Avoid tension anywhere in the body or mind. Think gently of the object in a continuous manner. Do not allow the mind to wander away.
Serve - Love - Give - Meditate - Purify - Realise (Goal of life is God-Realisation - Swami Sivananda)
"In olden times when there was a war, it was a human-to-human confrontation. The victor in battle would directly see the blood and suffering of the defeated enemy.
Nowadays, it is much more terrifying because a man in an office can push a button and kill millions of people and never see the human tragedy he has created.
We stand at a Spiritual crossroads. If we stop and think and go inward into the silence we will realize one sure thing. That we need to have our heart spiritually transformed by LOVE to see and encounter the Truth of SELF and of reality.
When the tyrants in their many forms are gone and the Wars have been waged, it is always US the People who remain. Rather than always pointing the finger at some one else's short comings/shouting angrily in expressing our own personal inner turmoil , blaming everyone and everything we must NOW look within and see the darkness of our own hearts and souls. Until we can confront and embrace the darkness that is inside, we will continue to project and 'elect' leaders who 'play out' our inner conflicts.
When we stop listening we give in to Fear and lose our own power of reason.
We will not find that which we all seek - Freedom - Love - Truth -- while we allow OTHERS to do our thinking for us and allow the emotional confusion of others to run riot in our own hearts.
LOVE is the ONLY way. LOVE, Yes, LOVE!... In the final analysis it is the ultimate mystery and secret to our survival for our species on this planet.
Whether it makes you feel uncomfortable or not, it is what I believe with all my heart. Misguided politicians with their self-appraising arrogance, self-centered motives and private agendas; vain and corrupt leaders with outmodedconcepts have tried and failed us ALL. We know what we need to do. Why do we needothers to do it for us. Allowing them to dictate to us.
RULE OF THUMB, for Spiritual workers: 'Where LOVE is absent. please, BEWARE!!!' And I don't mean the Love that, just loving your spouse or pet or car. I mean 'selfless LOVE. TRUE LOVE, Expansive LOVE; LOVE of 'inclusion', not of separatism.. Another RULE OF THUMB: 'Question ALL separative ideas, thoughts and doctrines.
Worship TRUE LOVE above ALL others things. The LOVE that is beyond, wealth, power, corruption and manipulation. The LOVE that is beyond all understanding, conscious reason and pure linear thinking. Be' Light' givers. Exude and radiate PURE LOVE. Be a LOVER of Unity and Oneness, in every thought, word, feeling and action. Everything outside of this, should be approached with great caution.
Meditation and certain Spiritual and Yoga disciplines such as Raja Yoga, Kabalah, Reiki etc can make us much more focused and powerful beings on many levels. Physically, Mentally, Astrally (where most of the real work is being done) Psychologically, Intellectually etc etc.
True Meditation is not a passive state. If practiced diligently, seriously and correctly many such techniques can 'enable' us to be more pro-active. True LOVE is not a passive 'energy', it is very active, the greatest of the Spiritual powers to understand and work with.
To begin to see the world around us in a broader, more interconnected and 'clearer' way is a positive sign of Spiritual progress. Never give up being true to your Spiritual goal and listen always to the promptings of the higher self.
As I and others have said before, war is an expression of lower consciousness. You cannot kill, murder and be a Spiritual Person. If we think that we can have both, 'THINK AGAIN' . What ever way you boil it up or down, this is still another great lie. We must ALL make choices . We cannot have it both ways. If we lie to ourselves surely that is a sad and great deception.
KARMA! There's that word again and we can't get away from it, however we wiggle and squirm. It is a Cosmic Law and we CANNOT be forgiven our sins. This is another lie by orthodoxy to get people to support the church even when we mess up. The Master Jesus will never shut you out if you ask for His Forgiveness in TRUE humility, but we all STILL have to pay the Karmic Bill, none the less, IN THE END, at some point. Don't be fooled. Karma is like Cosmic gravity. What goes up, comes down. What goes around, comes around.
How can we can wage WAR simply because we don't like 'other' people, suspect their motives and who we 'think' may at some point harm us. What kind of sick paranoia is that. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Before we look for the 'chip' on someone else's shoulder, we should examine the 'plank' that may be on our own. USE common sense, discernment, detachment and logic.
May all your Karmas be GOOD and Joyous and positive ones. Be Spiritually ACTIVE. We are being watched by higher forces and intelligences other than just the FBI and CIA.
Be TRUE to yourself. Your Higher Self and conscience watches and remembers ALL. IT IS ALL BEING RECORDED for the 'FUTURE'. What we are todayis the sum total of what have 'ever' been throughout ALL previous Lives. Why don't we create our Future TODAY by sharing and giving and LOVING each other. The Universe will do the rest for us. IT is as easy as that!
May LOVE and COMPASSION be your guiding light, your Rule of Thumb, your Politics, your Religion, your creed. Be filled with Love and compassion and please de-program, de-bug.
Today is the beginning of Tomorrow. We can make the future whatever we want.
I have already made my choice. What about you?
I choose to LOVE.
Love is not an emotional, personal feeling as normally perceived, but something detached, impersonal, for the greater good, glorious and a higher vibration. Love is not so much a feeling but action. And Love in action is service. A wonderful example of this is sending prayers and absent healing to others. It can be done by everybody - no matter who, what or where.
Right now with war and the aftermath, prayers and absent healing is very much needed. If only people truly understood the power of prayer. If only the politicians knew that peace - the end of war, in this case - is actually brought about by the ordinary people, by their sincere prayers. No amount of aggressive tactics, political power, endless talks, peace protests and marches compare to the power of prayer. Prayers bring peace. They radiate spiritual energy, which is the great harmonizer of the universe, the system. The more people pray, the more spiritual energy is released. The world suffers not from an energy crises, but from a spiritual energy crises.
Man has not yet learnt the all-pervasiveness of the Law of Karma - and how true Love, which is Love in action and service - changes it for the better. Love - and so prayers and sending absent healing - not only balances the person's own individual karma (that of the sender and receiver), but has the added effect of balancing the world's karma too.
We should strive to demonstrate our true Love by giving service, by sending prayers and healing at every opportunity. Then we will have created more peace in ourselves, more peace in the other, and more peace in our world.
Love Poems Unlimited
Essay on Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The world rolls; the circumstances vary every hour. The angels that inhabit this temple of the body appear at the windows, and the gnomes and vices also. By all the virtues they are united. If there be virtue, all the vices are known as such; they confess and flee. Their once flaming regard is sobered by time in either breast, and, losing in violence what it gains in extent, it becomes a thorough good understanding. They resign each other, without complaint, to the good offices which man and woman are severally appointed to discharge in time, and exchange the passion which once could not lose sight of its object, for a cheerful, disengaged furtherance, whether present or absent, of each other's designs. At last they discover that all which at first drew them together,ó those once sacred features, that magical play of charms, ó was deciduous, had a prospective end, like the scaffolding by which the house was built; and the purification of the intellect and the heart, from year to year, is the real marriage, foreseen and prepared from the first, and wholly above their consciousness. Looking at these aims with which two persons, a man and a woman, so variously and correlatively gifted, are shut up in one house to spend in the nuptial society forty or fifty years, I do not wonder at the emphasis with which the heart prophesies this crisis from early infancy, at the profuse beauty with which the instincts deck the nuptial bower, and nature, and intellect, and art emulate each other in the gifts and the melody they bring to the epithalamium.
Thus are we put in training for a love which knows not sex, nor person, nor partiality, but which seeks virtue and wisdom everywhere, to the end of increasing virtue and wisdom. We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state. But we are often made to feel that our affections are but tents of a night. Though slowly and with pain, the objects of the affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man, and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health the mind is presently seen again, ó its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character and blend with God, to attain their own perfection. But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractive as these relations must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on for ever
It is fantastic how people are responding to the needs of the soul and promptings of the higher self and spirit, at last - of wisdom, of peace, of truth. The soul is aching for self-expression in a world that seems to keep us disconnected from the soul and each other. The veils of lies and ignorance are being lifted from our physical eyes by the awakening of the spirit, by the relentless gaze of light (Sivas eye) upon the human heart a true transformation is upon us; a spiritual revolution that crosses the boundaries of religion, creed, seperateness.
Thought/reason/intellect ... it is NOW a time for love and peace in the purest and truest sense. Truth/harmony - and the Soul knows this and is calling to us to awaken and maybe now we are ready for real change, and a Spiritual reality that will take us into a wonderful future ... .a time for True Love. The TRUE love that the Master, Dr. George King talked about, as a voice crying in the wilderness. The LOVE that the Master Jesus demonstrated to the ultimate degree, LOVE that the great Masters throughout history have been trying to show us for so many, many years ... it is NOW more than at any other time in the world's history for us to come together, to gather the children unto me, the Divine God seed within, the Father, Siva calling his children homeward. All life is interconnected and every level of human consciousness accessible to the pure in heart. The awareness of the SOUL in mind, in matter ... every thought, feeling, action can and does affect everything else. Rock, stone, plant, heart, mind and soul - and UNIVERSE. That is why dynamic and positive PRAYER, healing and meditation are so important today. It is a 24 hours a day job, 7 days a week job to serve, and to save ourselves. We are going to change the world despite ourselves. Through our positive spiritual action we can create a heaven on earth, and in our dreams, a place where ALL are included . NONE are excluded.Sharing = Survival. Love to ALL beings, Love to all Souls . Love and Peace to all children of the Planet as we embrace the father mother God in all our actions of Loving, Compassion, Healing, Kindness, Offering ... generosity of Spirit, in every waking and sleeping moment of 'selfless giving' and Service to all. Service to the Universe, to the God within. I Bow to the Divinity within you , that understands the significance of what is happening in the world. We are Sacred beings and we must somehow endure the present Karmic conditions, whatever it takes...to rise above and work through this wonderful transformation shed the skins of old Karmic patterns and move into a future full of Truth, Beauty, Light, Love and Peace. This is the time of the great transformation of the Heart Center. Where all is embraced and transmuted in the fire of true Love, we may or may not be able to make it on our 'own' but we WILL make it TOGETHER. What we need now more than anything else...is each other. Love and Peace to all Beings.
LOVE AND PEACE
It's funny that we talk about falling in love as though it was a downward process, when true love does the exact opposite: it raises the mind upwards towards the soul. You don't have to be "in love" or experience "love at first sight", you can love all life all the time - not just human life, but animals, plants, inanimate objects, the entire cosmos. Love is a universal energy just waiting to be used. It is above and beyond sentimentality of any kind, let alone possessiveness. It is sacrifice, honesty and effort as well as kindness, gentleness and caring. It is a hard taskmaster and a forgiving friend. But, above all, it is the key to world peace.
Leo Tolstoy led us to believe with his great classic "War and Peace" that peace is absence of war, and that war is a natural state. We cannot blame Tolstoy, who described the human condition brilliantly, with his panoramic study of early 19th Century Russian Society. He was a storyteller who understood deeply the human condition and from his keen perception extrapolated a theory of historical determinism. Avid readers of "War and Peace" as I am (three times no less, I must confess) will see that the novel lays out a theory of history that states that there is a minimum of free choice. That war follows peace just as surely as night follows day.
In this modern age, we see little to disprove Tolstoy's awesome theories. If we look at our world in one way we see apparently inevitable results. We constantly hear about warfare, starvation, loss and tragedy and if we don't watch ourselves we allow fear to enter into our consciousness. Once fear is there, we are well on the way to proving Tolstoy's theory of life, with all its inevitability and limitation.
All it takes though is a trip to the ocean with our three-year old to know he's wrong on this. We can walk in the countryside when the dew is still sparkling on the grass and know there's nothing inevitable about life. We catch our hearts opening up, and our bodies overreacting with a feeling of tingly joy, when a charming elderly lady offers us a gentle, knowing smile, for no reason, other than love.
All it takes is to open a magazine or book, dedicated to spiritual truth and see the possibilities, reminding us never to be limited. Never to underestimate our divine potential. Never to fear our greatness or capacity to love. Never to hold a lesser picture of ourselves or our world than that offered to us by the Wise Ones. Jesus, the Lord Buddha, Gandhi, and others, graced our world at different times in our history, have offered us a path away from the endless cycle or war and limitation.
In our dim and distant path, we, the human race, may chosen the apparent delights of freewill and the right to act and be exactly as we wish. However, the goal, the Holy Grail of all thinking people is not freewill - but freedom. Freewill allows us to indulge our fleeting passions; freedom leads us on the higher path to unlock life's mystic secrets. Freedom from war, pain, limitation and fear is our birthright. Freedom to unlock the divine secrets of our higher nature, and to soar through the skies of our own becoming.
This freedom can be achieved through aligning our freewill - our right to choose - with the great Laws of God. The Divine Laws that teach us that the way to break through the endless, limiting cycles is to realize Oneness. It is then and only then that we will act with our God-nature and so rise above the apparently inevitable cycles we have - through past lives - created.
At the moment, Peace is on everyone's mind because there is continual talk of its opposite - war. If we change the way we perceive life - as a spiritual journey in which we unfold our Divine potential, not as a battle for survival, then peace must eventually dawn. First it must dawn in the hearts and minds of each of us, and then it must, by the Divine Law of Action and Reaction - Karma - exist upon our Earth.
We can then prove forever that war does not have to follow peace, as night follows day. Instead, conflict can be turned to spiritual action and peace, inward reflection. Both of these opposites will then meet in the fires of that great mystic force - LOVE.
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