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Sunday, January 9th, 2011
6:46 pm
new moderator?
hello all. As you can see, I'm not really doing much with this community. And never really have. And probably never will.

If someone would like to take the reigns, let me know, and we can talk about transferring the community to you. If no one has any interest in it, I'm wondering if I should delete it? doesn't seem like a lot of posting happens.

thoughts? I open the floor...
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
11:17 pm
Sunday's service at Lake Shrine
Hello Fellow Devotees!

This past Sunday, Brother Balananda did such a nice service at Lake Shrine. The topic was "Meditation: The Divine Science." His talk focused around 4 keys to deepening our meditations. I really enjoyed the talk and wanted to share the "pearls":

1) We need to remember that life is very short and will be gone before we know it. We do not know how much time we have left; and therefore, we cannot fall victim to the "manana effect". Meaning, if we wait to make the effort tomorrow (or after the kids grow up, or after the mortgage is paid off, etc, etc) then it will never happen. Daya Mata once spoke about this and said that if you knew you were about to die, you would have such a strong yearning for God and would seek Him above all else.

2) Practice "mini-meditations" throughout the day. Just take 2-3 minutes to tune in. Practice a few Hong-Sau's or a few Kriyas...it doesn't take long...but it helps to keep our vibration higher all day. He said, just imagine if you were about to get into an argument with a spouse and you "pressed pause" for 3 minutes. During that 3 minutes you deeply practiced 6 kriyas. You could come back to your spouse with 6 lifetimes more understanding, 6 lifetimes more forgiveness, 6 lifetimes more peace/joy/calmness/etc.

3) We must convince ourselves that what we are seeking is within ourselves, and not in the world. If we truly believed that the key to everything we are seeking lies within us, we would be running to our meditation chair everyday. We would view the techniques as a red carpet straight up to heaven. Yet we haven't truly convinced ourselves. It's important to continually remind ourselves, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God..."

4) We must cultivate and practice devotion for God. We do this by following the 5 parts of meditation. 1) prayer, 2) chanting, 3) techniques, 4) sitting in the stillness (not even devotional thoughts here), and 5) devotion. When we get to step 5...it's okay if we don't *feel* love for God. We practice anyway by demanding that God come to us. Talk to Him and continue to demand that he come. Once He arrives...and we feel that peace or joy or love...we will naturally have devotion. Its hard to love something you don't know...but once we feel Him come to us, it's very easy to then say "I love you, I love you, I love you God."

I hope these wonderful thoughts inspire each of you throughout the week!

Jai Guru,
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
1:30 pm
Intimacy? Or "In-to-me-I-see?"
Just a little tid-bit. "The Love Guru" features Self-Realization Fellowship: Lake Shrine Temple as the exterior of Guru Pitka's Ashram. Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU also has a cameo in it. It's a small part, but it's pretty memorable, and she looks so stoked to be there! She also mentioned throughout the movie - in fact, they use her name as a kind of running gag (in a good way). Cracked me up every time! And Stephen Colbert makes an awesome, cracked-out hockey commentator.

cross-posted to satsanga & srflj

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
5:17 pm
I really like the idea of a Guru-disciple relationship. However, in the age of the householder-religious, I worry about the practicality of such an arrangement. I would love to have a spiritual guide. Well, perhaps I should say that I would love the support and comfort of having someone keeping me spiritually accountable, and helping me learn deeper truths. However, in the process of writing a meditation/ invocation, I realized that I *do* have a guru. Everyone who comes in to my life can teach me something! I love that idea: learning from everyone. So, while I still would love to have one "enlightened" being to "guide me on my path", I will still relish the opportunity to look for the divine spark in everyone around me!

I feel very peaceful today :)
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
1:24 pm
Growing up as I did, deep in a very uncompromising church that taught that there is only one right way to believe, I still find it hard to divorce myself from the philosophy that people with faith are "better off" than those without. I know such an idea is steeped in dualism, and egoism, and is ultimately divisive. Rather, I would believe that promoting Love, Unity, and Peace should be my ultimate goal, regardless of belief.

There is no doubt in my mind that all people are equally created with the ability to seek and to love God (or whatever one feels is the Highest Goal), but isn't it better to seek after something above mankind than to seek after ephemeral, transitory goals based in materialism? It's a dilemma for me... Everyone is on a journey, and, whether or not they seek God, they are still seeking for what they percieve as "higher" or "better" than where they are now. But isn't it still "better" to seek to overcome the ego-consciousness instead of to serve the ego-consciousness?

I need help... How can I meet God if I cannot see His equality in all creation?
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
5:42 pm

I'm so happy to find this community! Most of the other yoga communities I've found deal mostly with the physical asana practice. They were good for me at the time, but over this past year I've become more and more enamoured with spiritual life and a personal journey to union with God, or Cosmic Consciousness. More and more, I've been aching to seek God, to realize Him, and to reconcile the Faith of my youth that has been bruised.

It's very hard for me to overcome bad thinking-habits, and sometimes perplexing to try to apply spiritual principles to daily choices, but steadily through meditation I've been finding peace. The most telling detail for me is how much more beautiful everything is becoming! I feel like a child again; or, more like one that I ever have before.

I must admit, it's very hard for me to take solace in the journey itself without striving for results all the time.

I think for the first post, I'll try to find a good quote from one of Paramahansaji's books (which are swiftly becoming favorites of mine...) I'll take one from a book I just finished reading, "The Yoga of Jesus": "'I like your teachings. But are you a Christian?' The questioner was talking for the first time with Paramahansaji. The Guru replied: 'Didn't Christ tell us: 'Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven'? In the Bible, the term heathen means an idolater: one whose attention is centered not on the Lord but on the attractions of the world. A materialist may still go to church on Sundays and still be a heathen. He who keeps ever alight the lamp of remembrance of the Heavenly Father and who obeys the precepts of Jesus is a Christian.' He added, 'It is for you to decide whether or not you think I am a Christian.'"
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
2:01 pm
The Eternal One
There are many “individuals” in the so-called New Age movement. Or should I say, there are many in the so-called New Age movement who seem to have the desire to push their own individuality.

How can you have oneness while continually pushing your individuality?

There are those who believe that one has their own truth and another has theirs. How can this be true? How can truth contradict itself from one individual to another? My friends, it cannot.

Truth is One. All are One. God is the eternal universal Oneness. And so it is!

Cross posted in aetherius_path
Friday, November 10th, 2006
8:19 pm
The Fifth Line
“The fifth line, undivided, shows its subject perfectly sincere, and linking (others) to him in closest union. There will no be error.” – I Ching

It is through heartfelt sincerity that all barriers are broken down. All things, even the rocks themselves, respond to true sincerity born of unconditional Love. There is but One Energy which courses incessantly throughout the vast matrix of creation, and from that energy, all virtue is born.

Let the heart be sincere. Let the Love, which is ever effulgent, ever existent, flow from the heart of one to penetrate the minds and hearts of all, like the great Oracle, who speaks and thinks and Loves, penetrates timelessness.

Cross posted in aetherius_path
Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7:36 pm
Karma Yoga
There are many who think that spiritual endeavor is akin to happiness. This is very often not the case. Spiritual endeavor, true spiritual endeavor, that is, requires sacrifice. One often sacrifices one's own happiness and certainly comfort for the benefit of others. There are many example of this. Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, Martin Luther King and others gave up personal happiness and comfort for others' benefit.

Cross posted in aetherius_path
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
8:27 pm
You have the power to hurt yourself or to benefit yourself . . . . If you do not choose to be happy no one can make you happy. Do not blame God for that! And if you choose to be happy, no one can make you unhappy. . . . It is we who make of life what it is. -- Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF Lessons

Current Mood: thoughtful
Sunday, January 1st, 2006
12:56 pm
9:31 am
New Year's Message
"By the command of the Indestructible Being, minutes, hours, days and nights, stand apart. By the command of the Immortal Brahman, months, years, seasons and solstices stand apart. He who knows this Indestructible Being is a liberated sage or Jivanmukta.

"Time rolls on. New becomes old and old becomes new again. Today is the most auspicious New Year's day. God has given you another chance this year to enable you to strive for your salvation. Today man is. Tomorrow he is not. Therefore avail yourself of this golden opportunity, struggle hard and reach the goal of life. Make the best use of every moment of this New Year. Unfold all latent faculties.

"Here is a chance to begin life anew, to grow and evolve and become a superhuman or a great dynamic Yogi.

"On this glorious New Year's day make a strong resolve to wipe away all the old worldly Vasanas or tendencies and bad impressions and to control the senses and the mind.

"Know the value of time. Time is most precious. Utilise every second profitably. Live every moment of your life for the realisation of your ideal and goal. Do not procrastinate. That "tomorrow" will never come. Now or never. Abandon idle gossiping. Kill egoism, laziness and inertia. Forget the past. A glorious and brilliant future is awaiting you.

"Equal vision is the touchstone of knowledge. Unselfishness is the touchstone of virtue. Brahmacharya is the touchstone of ethics. Oneness is the touchstone of Self-realisation. Humility is the touchstone of devotion. Therefore, be unselfish, humble and pure. Develop equal vision. Be in tune with the Infinite.

"Satyam (truth) is the seed. Ahimsa is the root. Meditation is the shower. Santi (peace) is the flower. Moksha (salvation) is the fruit. Therefore, speak the truth, practise Ahimsa and meditation. Cultivate Santi. You will attain the final emancipation or freedom from the trammels of births and deaths, and enjoy Eternal bliss.

"Be thou a spiritual warrior of Truth. Put on the armour of discrimination. Wear the shield of dispassion. Hold the flag of Dharma. Sing the song of Soham or Sivoham. March boldly with the band of Pranava-Om Om Om. Blow the conch of courage. Kill the enemies of doubt, ignorance, passion and egoism and enter the illimitable kingdom of blissful Brahman. Possess the imperishable wealth of Atma. Taste the divine immortal essence. Drink the nectar of Immortality.

"May this bright New Year's day and all the succeeding days of this year and all the future years also bring you all success, peace, prosperity and happiness. May you all tread the path of Truth and righteousness! May you enjoy the eternal bliss of the Absolute, leading a divine life, singing Lord's name, sharing what you have with others, serving the poor and the sick with Atma Bhava and melting the mind in silent meditation in the Supreme Self."

Swami Sivananda

Happy New Year All.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
8:10 pm
The Healing Power of Mount Tallac

It would seem that the tendonitis that plagued my left knee for many years was definitely healed by the second day on the top of Mount Tallac.

On every hike to the top of any mountain or on any run that I’ve attempted in at least the past decade, the tendonitis would act up. Luis even mentioned, while we were hiking down Tallac on the first day, that I might want to try cortisone treatments. As a last resort, I was almost considering that, as every step down that mountain was a constant ache.

At the last minute, I decided to stay another day at Tahoe, not wanting to leave the place at all, and hike to the top of Tallac a second day, on my own this time, to invoke the energies in the mountain through the repeated practice of The Twelve Blessings. Brian asked me how the knee was, and I was sure that by the second day it would have been far worse than the first.

I was wrong.

There was not the slightest hint of any pain in the knee on the climb up and the trek back down. Not wanting to jump to conclusions, since I haven’t hiked or run since, not until yesterday that is, I didn’t say much about it, but I was suspicious.

Yesterday, I hiked to the top of Mount Baldy in San Bernardino and back down in my usual “record” time, again, without the slightest hint of any discomfort whatsoever in the left knee, something that was completely unheard of for me in this type of activity for many years.

It would seem that the knee is completely healed. And if so, healed no doubt by the energy in Mount Tallac, energy put in that mountain by Jesus through the brilliant channel of that exalted Master of Yoga, George King, making Mount Tallac forever Holy.

There is not the slightest shadow of doubt that the 19 charged mountains throughout the world, 18 of which George King acted as a channel for the glorious, healing, uplifting Spiritual Energies coming from Higher Sources, are indeed Holy and powerful places, the energy of which can be contacted, invoked and sent to the ends of the Earth by those who Pilgrims who go there and pray with pure and unselfish heart.
Friday, September 30th, 2005
3:34 pm
Something beautiful I found...
Where is the Difference?

The name is HIM,
The form is HIM,
The thought is HIM,
The word is HIM,
The act is Him; Then where is the difference?
There is only ONE...infinite ONE!
The inspiration is Him,
The frustration is Him,
The lover is Him,
The beloved is Him,
Then where is the difference?
There is only LOVE... endless LOVE!
The experience is Him,
The experienced is Him,
The manifestation is Him,
The manifested is Him,
The seeker is Him,
The sought is Him,
Where is the difference?
Its HIM...only Him, thru & thru... only completeness!


(x-posted in santana_dharma)

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
2:48 pm
Why can't we all love one another?
Jesus: A Christ of East and West- excerpt from Man's Eternal Quest- Paramahansa Yogananda (this was written in 1938 and another bit in 1945)

"Jesus Christ is a liaison between East and West. That great master stands before my eyes, telling Orient and Occident: 'Come together! My body was born in the East; my spirit and message traveled to the West.' In Christ's birth as an Asiatic and his acceptance by Western peoples as their guru, is a divine implication that East and West should unite by exchanging their finest distinctive features. It is part of the drama of God that the West was meant to have material power, and the East spiritual power, so that amity might come through an interchange of their characteristic qualities. The spiritual freedom of the East overrides material suffering. The West needs that kind of spiritual freedom; God's Western children, being more fortunate physically and materially, need to develop spiritually and to receive the spiritual illumination of the East. And the East needs Western material development; God's Eastern children should welcome the help of the West, that they may industrialize Asia, and thus enable her to develop and use her resources to the fullest advantage.
The American way of living progressively, plus the spirituality of India--you cannot beat that combination. India is the melting pot of religions; America, the melting pot of nations. America became great because of her love of liberty and because she welcomed all nations to her shores--she absorbed the best of all nations. No other country was founded on and has grown on such wonderful ideals; the freedom and exceptional way of life that have been created in America by these ideals must never be lost.
Many in the West believe that Easterners are materially poor because they are spiritually wealthy. This is not true. And many Easterners believe that Westerners are spiritually poor because they are materially rich. This is not the case either. The truth is that we human beings become too one-sided; we need to seek a balance by drawing the best from one another.

Jesus is a divine colossus standing between Orient and Occident, telling East and West to exchange their better qualities. Can you see him there? I see him. He urges the West to spiritualize itself and the East to industrialize itself--the East to accept Western missionaries of science and industry and the West to accept the Eastern missionaries of the Spirit. To the West he says: 'Love you Eastern brothers. I came from the Orient.' To the East he pleads: 'Love your Western brothers; they have received and loved me, an Oriental.' Isn't that a beautiful thought? It would make a magnificent picture.

Christ is not the property of either East of West--an East-West bond is manifested in his life. He belongs to both and to all the world. His universality is what makes him so wonderful. Jesus took the body of an Oriental so that in being accepted as guru by the Occidental he would thereby symbolically draw East and West together. Those in the West who have adopted Christ as their own should remember that he was an Oriental. Love and sympathy for Jesus should be expanded into love and sympathy for all Orientals, and for all the world.
God does not prefer Orientals or Occidentals. He loves those who manifest His spiritual qualities. Why, then, was it ordained by God that Christ, a great savior of mankind, came out of the East? God wanted to come with the downtrodden, to show the transcendence of the Spirit over matter. We should not conclude that it is necessary to be poor to be Christlike; if Jesus had come in a prosperous country, it would be equally foolish to reason that Christ Consciousness can be attained through material things, or that God favours the materially rich. A balance between spirituality and material development is necessary.
The ideals of Christ are the ideals of the scriptures of India. The precepts of Jesus are analogous to the highest Vedic teachings, which were in existence long before the advent of Jesus. This does not take away from the greatness of Christ; it shows the eternal nature of truth, and that Jesus incarnated on earth to give the world a new expression of Sanatan Dharma (eternal religion, the eternal principles of righteousness). In the Book of Genesis we find an exact parallel of the other Hindu concept of genesis of our universe. The Ten Commandments of Moses, many of the Biblical legends and figures and rituals, the miracles performed by Christ, the very basics of Christian doctrine, all have concomitance with the earlier Vedic literature of India. The Teachings of Christ in the New Testament and of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita have an exact correspondence.

The parallelisms of Christ's teachings with Yoga-Vedanta doctrines strongly support of the records know to exist in India, which state that Jesus lived and studied there during fifteen of the unaccounted for years of his life--no mention is made of him in the New Testament from his twelfth to thirtieth year. Jesus journeyed to India to return the visit of the three "wise men from the east" who came to pay homage to him at his birth. They were guided to the Christ Child by the divine light of a star--not a physical luminary, but the star of the omniscient spiritual eye. This 'third eye' can be seen within the forehead, between the eyebrows, by the deeply meditating devotee. The spiritual eye is a metaphysical telescope through which one can see to infinity in all directions simultaneously beholding with omnipresent spherical vision whatever is happening in any point in creation. The spiritual eye has been mention in the teachings of India, and Jesus referred to it too: ' The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.' (Matthew 6:22). Brought thus to the stable in Bethlehem by the guiding light of the spiritual eye, the Wise Men recognized and honored the infant Christ or the great soul and divine incarnation that he was. During the unknown period of his life Jesus repaid their visit.

Even in the name and title of Jesus we find Sanskrit words with a corresponding sound and meaning. The words Jesus and Isa (pronounced 'Isha') are substantially the same. Is, Isa, and Iswara all refer to the Lord, or Supreme Being. 'Jesus derives from the Greek form of the name Joshua or Jeshua, a contraction of Jehoshua, 'help of Jehovah' or 'Savior'
The title of 'Christ' is also found in India--it was perhaps given to Jesus there in the word 'Krishna', which sometimes is purposely spelled 'Christna' to show the correlation. There are many derivations given tot he word 'Krishna', the most common of which is 'dark', referring to the hue of Krishna's complexion. (He is often shown as dark blue to connote divinity. Blue is also the color of the Christ Consciousness when epitomized in the spiritual eye as a circle of dark blue light surrounding the star mentioned earlier .) According to Sridatta Sarma, of the various other meanings given to the word 'Krishna', several are found in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. He states that according to one of these derivations, 'Krishna means the universal Spirit. Krsi denotes a generic term, while na conveys the idea of the self, thus bringing forth the meaning of "Omniscient Spirit"' In this we find a parallel in the Christ Consciousness as the Intelligence of God omnipresent in creation. It is of interest that a colloquial Bengali rendering of 'Krishna' is 'Krista' (cf. Greek Christos and Spanish Chisto). 'Christ' and 'Krishna' are titles signifying divinity, meaning that these two avatars were one with God. While residing in physical form their consciousness expressed the one ness with the Christ Consciousness (Sanskrit: Kutastha Chaitanya), the Intelligence of God omnipresent in creation. This consciousness is also called the 'only begotten son of God' because it is the sole perfect reflection in creation of the Uncreated Infinite.

To understand what Christ Consciousness means, consider the contrast between your consciousness nad that of a little ant. The ant's awareness is limited by the minuscule size of his body; your consciousness resides throughout your relatively capacious form. If anyone touches any part of your body you are aware of it. Creation is the body of God, and His consciousness omnipresent therein in called Christ Consciousness. He is aware of whatever we do within His universal form, just as we are conscious of our little selves. Through oneness with that Christ Consciousness Jesus was able to know without being told, that Lazarus was dead.
The wonders of God's creation cannot be discovered by a cow; it is the unique potential of human beings to attain the omniscience of oneness with Christ Consciousness. I ask those who do not believe in God: 'Whence came the intelligence in man and the universe, if it is not produced in some divine "Factory" hidden behind the ether?' Such mysteries prompted Einstein to say that space looks very suspicious. Space is concealing God; His Intelligence is hidden there, for out of the 'nothingness' of space comes everything.
Being one with this Intelligence, which guides ever atom in creations, Jesus could materialize his form anywhere he wished. And he can still do so, just as he used to appear every night to St. Francis of Assisi. Jesus was conscious not only of his microcosmic physical form, but also of all creation as his macrocosmic body; he could truthfully say: 'I and my Father are one' (John 10:30). He experienced his presence in all atoms, even as does his Father. Jesus alluded to the omnipresent Christ Consciousness when he said, ' Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without [the sight of] your Father' (Matthew 10:29).
Christ came at a critical time in history, when the world was sorely in need of spiritual hope and regeneration (In the Bhagavad Gita the Lord says: 'O Bharata (Arjuna)! whenever virtue (dharma) declines and vice (adharma) predominates, I incarnate as an Avatar. In visible form I appear from age to age to protect the virtuous and to destroy evildoing in order to reestablish righteousness'- IV: 7-8) . His message was not intended to foster multifarious sects, east claiming him as their own. His was a universal message of unity, one of the grandest ever given. He reminded mankind that it is written in the scriptures, ' Ye all are gods' (John 10:34); and St. John voiced the inspiration and spirit of Christ's teaching when he said, 'But as many as received him [the Christ Consciousness manifested in Jesus and all creation], to them he gave power to become the sons of God' (John 1:12) Was there ever a greater message? Jesus assured the downtrodden, the white and the dark man, the Oriental and the Occidental, that they are all children of God; whoever is pure in heart, no matter what his race or color, can receive the Lord.
The charcoal and the diamond receive the same rays of the sun, but the diamond reflects their radiance. So, both in the Orient and the Occident, those who have diamond mentalities shall reflect God and be called sons of God, and those who keep themselves dark with evil qualities shall not be able to reflect His light.

All mankind should open its heart of Jesus' great message. '[God] hath made of one blood all nations of men' (John 1:12). That is the Christ inspiration I love so much. I want to make that message a living reality, to give it a practical application. Color prejudice is the most foolish of all man's displays of ignorance. Color is only skin deep. God gave darker skin pigment to races that originally lived under climatic conditions requiring greater protection from the sun, a purely practical measure; therefore white, yellow, red, or black skin is nothing to be particularly proud of. After all, the soul wears a bodily overcoat of one color in one lifetime and other hues in other incarnations. So the color of one's complexion is a very superficial thing. To have any color prejudice is to discriminate against God, who is sitting in the hearts of all red, white, yellow, olive, and black peoples of the world. Besides, it is well to remember that whoever hates any race will surely reincarnate in that bodily form; thus does the karmic law force man to overcome his soul-stifling prejudices. Train your heart to feel the brotherhood of man--that is most important.
Although Jesus' teachings were preordained to establish their strongest foundation in the West, he chose an incarnation in an Oriental body, and in the Jewish race, which has had a long history of persecution, because he wanted to demonstrate the folly ofjudging others according to distinctions of race and color. True Christianity must be lived; racial divisions must be banished. Prejudices and lack of real brotherhood are causes of war and disunion among God's Children. We must work at eradicating all incitements to war; in hate and prejudice lie bombs nad misery. Jesus warned: '...for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.' (Matthew 26:52) It is not the sword, but the practice of Christ principles that shall ultimately free the world. In the highest sense, God alone protects you. You can best help this world by ideal living, as taught by Christ adn all spiritually enlightened ones. Above all else, love God; don't you see the whole answer is in His hands? When He will push aside the screen of mystery, you will see the answer to all that was theretofore obscure and unfathomable.

Some Westerners consider Hindus heathens; they don't know that many Hindus consider Westerners heathens also--ignorance if fifty-fifty everywhere. I am sometimes asked if I believe in Jesus. I reply: 'Why such a question? We in India revere Jesus and his teachings, perhaps more than you do.'
In order to love Christ you must live what he taught, you must follow the example of his life. Jesus said: '...whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.' (Matthew 5:39). India has practiced this teaching more than any other nation. Many who call themselves Christians do not even apply it; they say that it is a beautiful philosophy, but if you were to slap them they would return twelve slaps, a kick and maybe a bullet! Anyone who retaliates is not a true Christian, or lover of Christ, for that is not the spirit of the all-forgiving Jesus.

Every time you see the symbol of the Cross it should remind you of what it stands for--that you must bear your crosses with right attitude, even as Jesus did. When you mean well and still you are misunderstood or mistreated, instead of being angry you should say as Christ did: 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.' Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because if you angrily strike back you misrepresent your own divine soul nature--you are no better than your offender. But if you manifest spiritual strength you are blessed and the power of your righteous behavior will also help the other person to overcome his misunderstanding.

Those eternal principles of truth and righteousness taught by Jesus we take very seriously in India--we take them literally, without rationalizing them to suit our purposes. Jesus said : And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.' That spirit of renunciation for God is all pervasive in India. Especially in olden days it was the ideal of every man to give at least one part of his lifetime to God alone.........The message of Christ is one of compassion and forgiveness, renunciation (in spirit if one cannot of it in actuality), morality, brotherly love and unity and equality, and supreme love for God. Remember Jesus' admonition: 'And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?' ( Luke 6:46). The authenticity of the life of Christ had been questioned by many agnostics. Some have propounded the theory that Jesus was a legendary, his life a mere fictitious drama. I know that Christ was real, for I have seen him many times. Jesus was not fair complexioned as most of you in the West. He had dark skin. And his eyes were not pale blue, as many artist paint them; they were dark. Nor was his hair blond; it also was dark.....

Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost, the Great Comforter (John 14:16,26; 15:26)...Through practice of the Self Realization techniques of meditation, the faithful student is able to realize the fulfillment of that promise. Worshiping Jesus is not truly meaningful until one can expand his consciousness to receive within himself the Christ consciousness. That is the second coming of Christ. Unless you do your part, a thousand Christs come on earth would not be able to save you. You have to work for your own salvation. Then Christ can help you.

The First two lines of Rudyard Kipling's poem became famous: 'East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet...' But just because I eat curry and you eat apple pie, why should there be division between us? Division is imaginary lines drawn by small minds. It is the result of superiority complexes, and it is the cause of wars and pernicious troubles. We must destroy division. Look to the example of the great Christ who came in the East and stands as a lofty ideal before East and West, telling them, 'Here am I in the midst of you; learn from one another, balance your spirituality and material development.' There he stands--a Christ of East and West--linking the two hemispheres with his message of unity. Can you not see him?"

(x-posted in srf_lj and interspiritual)

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
11:23 am
Something very beautiful that a friend shared with me...
Beautiful! :) May we always remember this:

From: ‘Yogi Sri Krishnaprem’ by Dilip Kumar Roy

“You say you find it hard to go on. That is a good sign. This path is the hardest in the world and as long as we find it easy we may be sure we are not getting very far but just free-wheeling easily along a level road. Oh yes, we may be happy and peaceful for a time but that happiness or peace is illusory; anything can disturb it and we achieve nothing. His peace is something quite different, something that has its being in the very heart of tremendous winds. Winds which would shatter us to atoms. It is only when the strain begins to tell on us, when the breath comes short, that we can know we are really climbing. Till then, all that we have done at most is to go over rapidly the ground we covered in a previous life. This life begins when the strain comes on – scarcely before. There is no attainment of Him until the egg-shell of self is broken. Why then should we complain when the breaking-strain begins to come on? With pain we are born both physically and spiritually, but it is the inner life we seek and not the self-enwrapped bliss of uterine existence.

Fill yourself with Krishna, occupy your thoughts with Him, and let all your actions be for Him. Surely you will find Him……………………..

…..Why worry over what your fellows around you say or do? Each of us has his or her own egg-shell cracked. Some are cracked in one way, some in another, but all are broken in the end…….

…………..See Krishna, think of Krishna, act for Krishna and, if you believe me, you will find Krishna with the uttermost certainty though the world should crack and open up beneath your feet. This is the truth. All else but Him is nothing, absolutely nothing”.

For Krishna...substitute any name of God (or an Avatar) you like. :)

(x-posted in _art_of_dying, hindus, interspiritual, earthreflections, and srflj)

Current Mood: touched
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
1:41 pm
The Great Law
It is an amazing thing about Karma, once the debt is paid and the lesson fully learned, the suffering stops.

The Lord in infinite compassion manifests as this very exact law and works perfectly without compassion, the great paradox, so that countless trillions of life streams throughout the Galactic System may gain essential experience, so that great Suns may gain experience, so that Solar Systems may gain experience.

Karma purifies the lower aspects and invigorates the higher aspects. And in the end, there is only great joy.
Monday, May 9th, 2005
7:14 pm
New Community
Hey all. So I know I'm kind of new here, but when I found this community, I had basically checked up on places that had "Paramahansa Yogananda" as their interests, and the community srflj popped up along with this one. It's very new, and so far there are only three of us, so I'm trying to spread the word. Check it out! We'd love to have you.

Once again, that's srflj.


Current Mood: happy
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
10:02 am
I'm in a poetry mood so for all of you:

Quest For God

O'ver hill and dale and mountain range,
In temple, church, and mosque,
In Vedas, Bible, Al Koran
I had searched for Thee in vain.
Like a child in the wildest forest lost
I have cried and cried alone,
"Where art Thou gone, my God, my love?
The echo answered, "gone."

And days and nights and years then passed
A fire was in the brain,
I knew not when day changed in night
The heart seemed rent in twain.
I laid me down on Ganges's shore,
Exposed to sun and rain;
With burning tears I laid the dust
And wailed with waters' roar.

I called on all the holy names
Of every clime and creed.
"Show me the way, in mercy, ye
Great ones who have reached the goal."

Years then passed in bitter cry,
Each moment seemed an age,
Till one day midst my cries and groans
Some one seemed calling me.

A gentle soft and soothing voice
That said 'my son' 'my son',
That seemed to thrill in unison
With all the chords of my soul.

I stood on my feet and tried to find
The place the voice came from;
I searched and searched and turned to see
Round me, before, behind,
Again, again it seemed to speak
The voice divine to me.
In rapture all my soul was hushed,
Entranced, enthralled in bliss.

A flash illumined all my soul;
The heart of my heart opened wide.
O joy, O bliss, what do I find!
My love, my love you are here
And you are here, my love, my all!

And I was searching thee -
From all eternity you were there
Enthroned in majesty!
From that day forth, wherever I roam,
I feel Him standing by
O'ver hill and dale, high mount and vale,
Far far away and high.

The moon's soft light, the stars so bright,
The glorious orb of day,
He shines in them; His beauty - might -
Reflected lights are they.
The majestic morn, the melting eve,
The boundless billowing sea,
In nature's beauty, songs of birds,
I see through them - it is He.

When dire calamity seizes me,
The heart seems weak and faint,
All nature seems to crush me down,
With laws that never bend.
Meseems I hear Thee whispering sweet
My love, "I am near", "I am near".
My heart gets strong. With thee, my love,
A thousand deaths no fear.
Thou speakest in the mother's lay
Thou shuts the babies eye,
When innocent children laugh and play,
I see Thee standing by.

When holy friendship shakes the hand,
He stands between them too;
He pours the nectar in mother's kiss
And the baby's sweet "mama".
Thou wert my God with prophets old,
All creeds do come from Thee,
The Vedas, Bible, and Koran bold
Sing Thee in Harmony.

"Thou art," Thou art" the Soul of souls
In the rushing stream of life.
"Om tat sat om." Thou art my God,
My love, I am thine, I am thine.

- Swami Vivekananda

Current Mood: awake
Friday, May 6th, 2005
10:36 pm
Time for my irregularly regular update/check in as moderator.

Just wanted to say that I'm pleased to have so many people involved in this community now, and hope it is found valuable to some of you.

If any of you have any questions or suggestions please let me know.
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