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« on: Oct 23, 2017 07:11 am »

Thereís only so much we can do. On the one hand, itís important to keep yourself somewhat aware of whatís going on around you and around the world while on the other, it can be dampening to ones energies. I think most of us want to feel happy and loving and discussing politics gets nasty quick. While itís not something I think we need to run away from I question if itís just distracting or effecting meditations/spiritual practices?

In this day and age The amount of deception used by our politicians and news outlets is so evident, how do you know whatís really going on anyways?
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 23, 2017 12:54 pm »

Thereís only so much we can do. On the one hand, itís important to keep yourself somewhat aware of whatís going on around you and around the world while on the other, it can be dampening to ones energies. I think most of us want to feel happy and loving and discussing politics gets nasty quick. While itís not something I think we need to run away from I question if itís just distracting or effecting meditations/spiritual practices?

Yes. I often ponder this myself. What i have come to appreciate is your apparent tolerance of my political views. Sometimes it is good to get away from it otherwise the mind is constantly in a state of agitation over ideological differences with others. This is a type of internal need to make the world into our own image when in fact we have enough on our plates just improving ourselves. Spirituality and peace transcends ideological and political differences and i believe that many of us have limited our spiritual progress in the false notion that we can really change the world before we have sufficiently changed ourselves. It is something that has concerned me about my own spiritual progress and outlook.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 25, 2018 09:32 am »

Thank you for your sincere response my friend.
I was thinking on this a lot today and decided to share it... I hope you find it well.

This morning I was a bit perturbed from reading the headlines in today's news. The political climate, the corporate authority behind our media outlets and the outright battle between elites and their pawns has stirred an anxiousness in me that brought about much pain and sadness. I am a bit derailed from it all. I was sad to see an official calling for chaos and harassment, sad to see innocent minds manipulated by propaganda for someone else's agenda and I was sad to read that we may cast out our own brothers and sisters in hatred drawn from what is the illusion of having a loftier morality than another. In reality it is misdirection, it is fear and it is anger. How often must our hearts be played for someone else's gain where a king will pit its people against one another? We think in the end we're making a difference for the better and those asking us to act with malice say God is on your side- is it not apparent this discord is only creating even more suffering? It is a tragedy.

I found myself praying for answers... I wish to be centered more in Gods Love... I found that if we focus on divine qualities such as compassion and forgiveness if we believe Love is for all people then we may alleviate suffering, however small or great. Speculating my role in an overpowering political and corporate society and the role of the many innocent hearts who tirelessly play someone else's game- I was reminded of a quote from Mother Teresa

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

In my opinion, it isn't necessary to take to battle over politics to see change. If we can invest that same energy in Loving the people in our every day lives, the rippling effect may be so great- we may finally find peace.

After praying for more Love, I was reminded through out the day to pray for world peace- to enjoy peoples unique expression... I was reminded of Service- Many great teachers, their entire life had become a service to Love... And all we need to do is practice it with each other and not get swept by the manufacturing magic that hopes to take this simple act away from us. I believe my prayers have been shown a way... And the guidance today came from reflecting on Mother Teresa's very heart felt words...

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What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ĎHow many good things have you done in your life?í rather he will ask, ĎHow much love did you put into what you did?

God doesnít require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Itís not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

If you canít feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.


-Mother Teresa



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« Reply #3 on: Jun 29, 2018 05:02 pm »

Words and thoughts to ponder on deeply....
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 30, 2018 02:59 pm »

There are times that people are brought in to help. For instance the American Revolution and the Civil War.
To what extent we have a destiny in shaping the history and social climate of our times is a matter of conjecture. However there are figures like Gandhi who played a key role in changing the destiny of their country and mankind. If it were not for common people who also were there at the time to resist the imperial policy of the British Gandhi would not have been able to achieve the independence of India. In the same way I see this as a time that we must be concerned for Mother Earth and what we do for and to her so future generations will have a place to live. Mother Teresa spoke of love. There is also a practical element of love. It is in how we take care of and show a concern for others and our planet. We may eventually see patterns taking place frim one lifetime to another. Although we have personal lessons to learn.. we are still called upon to make differences in our nations karma and the evolvememt of the human race as well.

As in the example of Abraham Lincoln; although he needed to be active in his sadhana instead of an ascetic in the Himalayas again....he still fulfilled a great mission to humanity and its spiritual evolvement by ending slavery for mankind and entering a new phase of spiritual and social development for the human race.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 01, 2018 03:13 pm »

As Amma-a true Master- has mentioned herself: Ďmore dangerous then any war is the damage that is being done to Mother Earthí It is quite evident that personal will and ego ignorance is presently being substituted for stewardship and humility regarding our spiritual duty to this planet. Amma has specifically mentioned a couple of major catastrophies that would happen involving nature between 2020 and 2025.
It is not without consequence that we can continue on the present path of ignorance. Amma has said; "We should not leave mother earth with scars but with flowers in her hair."
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