Living In and As Love, Peace and Bliss, Part 2, Unity of Faiths "Continued"

 

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This is a Continuation! 

 

Please see the previous Blog: Living In and As Love,

Peace and Bliss, Part 2, for the first part  . . .

 

 

May these words help you and your children embody and radiate love, like rays of

life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters of

daily living with clarity, confidence and ease.

 

 

As we continue exploring and experiencing the Unity of Faiths, this quote from Lebanon born philosopher Kahlil Gibran encapsulates Unity with such poetic love, “I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

 

And Mother Teresa says, “Open your hearts to the love God instills . . . God loves you tenderly.  What He gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared.”

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.”  

                                                                  

Attaining or reclaiming this great gift of our immortality is not a part time job nor is it for the faint hearted.

 

In Chapter VII:3 of the Indian Scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, it says, “Among thousands of men, perhaps one strives for spiritual attainment; and, among the blessed true seekers that assiduously try to reach Me, perhaps one perceives Me as I am.”

 

Paramahansa Yogananda tells us why this is so and how we can overcome this great obstacle.

 

“The precious state of God-realization is very difficult to attain, because in the average man the searchlights of his five senses are turned toward the perception of material objects and not inward toward God.

 

Many sincere devotees of the Lord do not force themselves to seek Him with ever-increasing intensity in meditation, nor are they persistent in their search for Him. That is why they have only meager or fleeting inspirations and do not realize Him continuously. But a persevering devotee, in spite of much bad karma and the temptations of cosmic delusion, will certainly reach God in the end.

 

The great saints say, a present-day devotee, who will continuously pray for God-communion for three days and nights, or even for twenty-four hours, will realize his Goal.

 

When your desire for Him is as urgent as the drowning man's desire for breath, as strong as the miser's yearning to get back all the money he lost, and as deep as the love of the lover who is ready to die for the sake of the beloved—when you have that degree of desire in your heart for God alone, you will find Him without fail. It is the urgency of the heart, the depth of the love for God in the heart, and the continuity of your search for Him that will bring Him.

 

No one can give you God; He can only be had by individual seeking. It is possible for you to have Him now. But will you make the effort? Shankara says, ‘The child is busy with play. The youth is busy with sex. And the aged is busy with worries. How few think of the Lord.’ Do not forsake Him; rather forsake your desires, for they are blind alleys.

 

Look upon this life as the cosmic movie of God; and do not identity yourself with the part you play. Otherwise, when tragedies are being enacted and when diseases and troubles try to break you, you will lose your balance of calmness. You must so strengthen your mind and soul that in the face of all crucifixions you will be able to say, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ Be so deeply immersed in the thought of God that troubles of life will not upset you.”

 

Barbara Johnson says, “Every day do your best.  God will do the rest. Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow.  Anticipate the future and its changes with joy.  There is a seed of God's love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.”



Norman Vincent Peale asks us to, “Frequently remind yourself that God is with you, that He will never fail you, that you can count upon him.  Say these words, ‘God is with me, helping me.’"

 

God is with us, helping us, no matter who we are, what we’ve done or not done, and no matter what faith we practice.

 

Sai Baba said, “The world is a single tree; the different countries are its branches. Its root is God. Human beings are the flowers. Happiness is the fruit, and the bliss of Self-realization is the sweet juice therein.   How then can anyone justify anger or jealousy toward another? All are fed by the same sap; all share the same sun; all are divine.”

 

And all faiths, all religions, are divine. We can teach our children that all faiths acknowledge the importance of prayer (like the peace prayers we shared in Part 1); the need for worship; the cultivation of love for all beings; the preaching of love, compassion, equality, and equal-mindedness toward all (like the Golden Rule we read from each religion in Part 1); the need for a code of conduct; respect for sacred ideals; the virtue of forbearance; and the principle of the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.

 

We can teach our children the names all faiths use to represent God.

 

There are over 100 names of God used around the world. Here are some of them.



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Kahlil Gibran said, “I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

 

Meister Eckhart said, “Above all else, know this: Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones.  For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive.”

 

It seems to me that for every step, every effort, I make to meditate and connect with my inner being, with God, and to see God in and as everyone and everything, God takes 9 steps towards me.

 

Hundreds of years ago, St. Theresa said, “The Lord will either calm your storm . . . or allow it to rage while He calms you. God is even kinder than you think.”

 

God is even kinder than we think. God reunites us with the bliss we are!

 

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “ . . . love is not the ultimate; bliss is the ultimate.”

 

Henry Miller said, “It’s good to be just plain happy,
 it’s a little better to know that you’re happy; but to understand that you’re happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness,
that is bliss.”


 

Sathya Sai Baba said, “Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE; Where there is LOVE; there is PEACE; Where there is PEACE; there is GOD; Where there is GOD; there is BLISS.”

 

What is this bliss that God reunites us with?

 

Bliss is beyond happiness. Bliss is beyond pleasure. Happiness and pleasure are temporary feelings generated by getting something the mind seeks. They are attached to something. Bliss is felt inwardly and needs no outer source. It’s not attached to anything.

 

In this divine moment, know and feel with unshakeable faith that you are a Divine God or Goddess full of peace, love and bliss.

 

Bliss is truly beyond happiness. Bliss is truly beyond pleasure.

 

Each of us has experienced happiness and pleasure during our lives. We understand happiness and pleasure. We know that happiness and pleasure are obtained through the five senses, mind and intellect and we know how to find them.

 

On the other hand, most of us have not experienced Bliss. Many are not even aware that there’s anything to experience beyond their five senses, mind and intellect. As such, most people find it difficult to understand what Bliss is. Bliss cannot be expressed in words.

 

It’s like trying to tell a person, blind since birth, what the experience of seeing all the beautiful colors and shapes of objects is like or that the world is visible at all. Like seeing, bliss has to be experienced.

 

Just like a young child cannot understand the meaning of astrology or trigonometry no matter how hard one tries to explain it, it is also difficult to explain the meaning of Bliss. Bliss cannot be expressed in words. Bliss has to be experienced.

 

Here are a few of the signs and feelings that author and mythologist Joseph Campbell says you experience when you find and follow your bliss...

  • You feel at one with the world, as if everything is in its rightful place and interconnected.
  • You feel totally alive, as if your body is resonating at a slightly higher frequency.
  • Your eyes light up and you feel like you could spend hours talking about the subjects you love.
  • You see things with more clarity or gain a deeper understanding of something than ever before.
  • You feel totally at home within your skin and so comfortable within yourself that the ideas of who you are disappear.
  • Time ceases to exist when you are following your bliss.
  • You feel surrounded by kindred spirits when you find other people who are passionate about the same things.
  • You have deep, insightful discussions with people you have known only a few minutes.
  • You experience leaps of insight and the profound understanding of concepts and ideas that go beyond words.
  • You find yourself creating at an extraordinary level far beyond your normal abilities.
  • Worlds of ideas and knowledge that you never knew existed, open up to you.
  • The world becomes a place where synchronicities start to make sense and form a subtle path pointing you to the things you need to discover.
  • You find yourself (many times unknowingly) amassing a collection of resources built around your bliss.
  • You feel like a light deep inside of you has been turned on.
  • Days you follow your bliss start to feel a bit like Christmas morning, making you want to jump out of bed and see what the day holds.
  • You feel the touch of unseen hands guiding you. You feel in the depth of your being that: where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace; where there is peace, there is God; and where there is God, there is bliss.

 

The Poet Saint Tukaram Maharaj said, “A vast multitude of Bliss is stored within one, Waves of Bliss arise in the river of Bliss, Blissful is the nature of Bliss.”

 

Bliss is our basic nature, the very core of our embodied soul and the universe. As such, we all have an inherent tendency to return to our basic nature--to experience Bliss and on attaining it, trying to sustain it.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda says, that no matter what we do in life “ . . . the ultimate end—which all other ends merely subserve—is the avoidance of pain and want, and the attainment of permanent Bliss.”

 

He goes on to say, “Love gives joy. We love love because it gives us such intoxicating happiness.” But “ . . . love is not the ultimate; the ultimate is bliss. God is Sat-Chit-Ananda, ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.

We, as souls, are individualized Sat-Chit-Ananda. ‘From Bliss we have come, in Bliss  we live and have our being, and in that sacred Bliss we will one day melt again.’ ”

 

We are bliss. Ever-new bliss. Ever-existing. Ever-conscious. We are what we seek. We always have been and always will be. We simply do not experience bliss as an ongoing reality because our minds are focused on other things. Our attention changes from one thing to another faster than scenes shift on a sitcom.

 

Joseph Campbell tells us, “When you follow your bliss . . . doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door
for anyone else.”

 

As those doors open and you walk a path of bliss, you’ll find your bliss ever increasing. Just like you can have more and more faith and feel more and more joy, more and more love, more and more peace, you can experience more and more bliss. You can feel every cell of your body vibrating in every moment as if in a perpetual orgasm.

 

As a conscious parent, reconnecting with, experiencing, and following your bliss has immeasurable benefits for your children. Your children are sponges. They are learning from you directly and by osmosis. If you are following your bliss, they will naturally follow their bliss. You will be the role model of bliss they need to stay in touch with, magnify, fully embody and share their bliss.

 

In our next Blog/Article, we’ll walk through a very practical, in depth, step by step process that you, regardless of your faith or current circumstances in life, can use to discover, access, use and fully embody your Sat-Chit-Ananda: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.

 

This step by step guide will be your own personal recipe for creating and living a blissful life in each moment—with your children and family, through your work or service in the world, through your relationships.

 

St. Augustine said, “People travel to wonder at: the heights of mountains,
the huge waves of the sea,
the long courses of rivers,
the vast compass of the ocean,
the circular motion of the stars; and
yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”

 

Don’t pass by your self. In this coming week, seek to discover the Bliss you are, the Source of the Bliss you are.

 

This week, I invite you to constantly, with intention, ask yourself, “Who Am I?”

 

Ask yourself, “Why am I here?”

 

Seek and you will find.

 

Wonder at the unique being you are and discover the depths of your being.

 

Have you ever thought about seeking out when your soul was created—or why your soul was created?

 

Have you ever sought to discover how your eternal soul evolved into the beautiful being you are today?

 

Those answers are within you and only within you. You do not need any cruise ship, island paradise, relationship, happy hour, luscious dessert or movie to discover them.

 

You don’t need any wine, beer, joint, cigarette, or anything else to discover the love, peace and bliss you are.

 

You simply need Faith and God. You simply need to Honor your Self. Worship your Self. Meditate on your Self. God does dwell within you as bliss, as you.

 

Ask, sit quietly often, and listen. Listen and feel. Let God take you on the greatest adventure of discovery ever—the birth of your own soul.

 

Sri Guru Granth Sahib said, “The mind obtains bliss and eternal peace, meeting with the Deep and Profound Lord.”

 

Guru Nanak said, “Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary (favorable) for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.”

 

Bliss arises from our connection to God, which we can experience when we are at Peace, which flows from acknowledging ourselves and living as Love, which arises from our Faith, which also can be linked to God.

 

The East Indian scriptures state that when someone truly seeks God, God leads them to a Master, who leads them to the awareness that they are the God they seek. They are the Peace they seek. They are the Love they Seek.

 

Remember, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

 

Faith makes everything possible. With faith you can move whatever mountains or limited impressions are temporarily covering your blissfulness—whether those limitations are as small as rolling hills or as immense as the peaks of the Himalayas.

 

Nothing shall be impossible to you. Nothing shall be impossible to you. The words of great beings like Christ are Truth. Nothing shall be impossible to you with Faith.

 

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, “the philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension. Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.”

 

If your life is a struggle, a tension, perhaps it’s time to go inside and ask your inner self, your God, what changes you need to make to live in bliss. When you are living in bliss your children will be learning how to live in bliss!

 

If you have any questions or sharings about being a conscious parent, please contact me at timothy@healthykidshappyfamilies.com

 

In our next Blog/Article we will show how each person can create their own unique recipe of bliss. Bliss they can live in, breathe in, eat in, play in, work in, rest in and sleep in. May you experience the bliss you are in each moment.

 

Sathya Sai Baba said, “Where there is FAITH, there is LOVE; Where there is LOVE; there is PEACE; Where there is PEACE; there is GOD; Where there is GOD; there is BLISS.”

 

 

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