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Welcome to the second part of Living In and As Love, Peace and Bliss—Unity of Faiths.
Thank you for being here to connect our hearts and souls, our energies, as we ascend to new heights of conscious awareness and bliss! As we explore ways to constantly live in and as the Love, Peace and Bliss we are! Ways we can help our children do the same.
As we continue to explore and experience our inherent Love, Peace and Bliss we started in Part 1, we will also be exploring the spiritual unity of all humankind.
In the song “Imagine," John Lennon sings,
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.”
Dividing land into countries creates a separateness. Dividing spirituality into religions creates separateness. John Lennon imagines a world without separateness—a world where we all live as one.
A world where there is one religion—LOVE—and many ways to practice that religion.
- is a beacon that lights the path to Love.
- sings the praises of God.
- speaks of Truth.
Let's explore the common principles embraced by the different religions of the world and how that can lead us to experience the BLISS we are.
As we explore the unity within the many faiths our goal is to assist in helping you to:
1. Teach your children that peace, equality and oneness are taught by all religions.
2. Enrich your children’s hearts with a deeper love for their own faith and at the same time embrace respect for other faiths.
3. Highlight the broad features of each religion and the fundamental values and principles common to all religions.
We will be exploring the spiritual unity of all humankind and not fostering the religious aspects of any one specific religion.
Kahil 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.”
This program/article is for parents AND children.
There are guided visualizations, storytelling and sharings where you and your children can tangibly experience the love at the core of each person.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, caretaker, educator, expectant parent, or simply someone who wants to live a conscious and productive life with rewarding relationships, this program/article will help you and your children embody and radiate unity, faith, love, peace and bliss, like rays of life-sustaining sunshine.
In this moment, picture and feel your heart lovingly embracing your children. Invite your beautiful children, family members, spiritual teachers and guides to be with us energetically.
A great being once said, “Whenever God’s love is discussed, whenever God’s love is experienced, all the great beings, all the saints, all the gods and goddesses, all the yogis and renunciants, and all the beings who adore God come and participate in the gathering.”
Breathe deeply and be here with your full attention. Feel the blessings of all these great beings embracing you. Their blessings, along with the practices and energetic attunements we’re sharing, are having a profound and transformative effect on your mind, body and spirit.
They’ve been proven over time to rekindle and sustain your natural feelings of love, peace and bliss.
Love, Peace and the ultimate, Bliss, are your natural state of being.
You truly can live in love, peace and bliss in each moment—completely untouched by the changes of age, activities and world circumstances.
You truly can Create and Live In and as A Loving Soul, with a Peaceful Mind and a Blissful Heart.
If you are unable to devote your undivided attention at this time, please listen again when you can gift yourself with total awareness. Stay with us now, but do tune in again. Tune in when you can let the vibrations of the program penetrate deep into your being without the interference of other activities. Give your self the opportunity to truly experience the tangible vibrations of love, peace and bliss that you are.
In this precious moment, if it’s safe for you to do so, I invite you to bring one or both of your hands to your heart. You may also close your eyes if it’s safe to do so.
With one or both of your hands at your heart and your eyes closed, focus your full attention at your heart.
Breathe deeply right into the center of your heart chakra, the center of your chest. Feel the energy of your breath softening your heart—bringing light into your heart.
Feel the pulsations of your heart as it sends currents of life force and love throughout your body.
Feel the peacefulness of your body as it absorbs these currents of life force and love.
Within this peacefulness, sense the vibrations of bliss that may be starting to appear.
Breathe deeply. If you find yourself worrying or thinking about all the things you think you should be doing or have to do or the current circumstances of life, focus your mind on your breath. Breathe deeply until every pore of your beautiful being is reminded that simply being here, being present in this moment, is your top priority. This is love. This is peace. This is bliss.
Breathe deeply right into your heart.
Feel the peaceful pulsations, loving vibrations, and blissful buoyancy of your heart.
Feel the peacefulness of your body.
Feel the peacefulness of your mind as your body relaxes.
Breathe in and be at peace in your mind as you exhale.
Breathe in and be at peace in your body as you exhale.
Breathe in and feel the love in your heart as you exhale.
Breathe in and feel the blissful ecstasy of your soul as you exhale.
Breathe in and be at peace with your children and family as you exhale.
Breathe in and feel the love you have for your children and family as you exhale.
Breathe in and be at peace with all your friends, feel the love for all your friends as you exhale.
Breathe in and be at peace with everything in your life as you exhale.
Just being present in the moment is love. Just being is love. You are love.
Just being present in the moment is peace. Just being is peace. There is peace in just being. You are peace.
Just being present in the moment is bliss. Just being is bliss. Bliss is just being. You are bliss.
When you practice connecting with your love, peace and bliss in the quiet moments like this you are building a bridge to these natural feelings—a rainbow bridge that you can cross over to when your now moment is the daily activities you need to do in order to live and be present for your children and family. When your now moment presents an unexpected challenge.
Breathe deeply until every pore of your beautiful being feels the love, peace and bliss you are.
Now, on a long, slow inhale fill your entire being with the radiant love you are. Feel as if your entire being is glowing. Hold it for a moment and feel this radiant energy pulsating in every cell of your beautiful body. When you’re ready, exhale, sending your love, peace and bliss to everyone listening.
Inhale again and on the exhale send your love, peace and bliss to everyone and everything on this beautiful planet we’re floating through space on.
How you are feeling in this moment? Can you feel the love, peace and bliss you created.
You can recreate these at any time. Simply become very aware of what they feel like right now and then recall them whenever you want. With practice, you’ll be able to feel the love, peace and bliss you are on demand.
Have FAITH that you truly can live in love, peace and bliss 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.”
During last week’s program we explored Faith, Love and Peace.
Someone once said, “Fear ends where faith begins. Faith allows things to happen. It is the power that comes from a fearless heart. And when a fearless heart believes, miracles happen. When we let go of fear, only then can we gracefully move from
what was into the miracle of what can be.”
Where there is faith, there is love.
The Divine Amma said, “Love can accomplish anything. There is no problem that love cannot solve. It can cure diseases, heal wounded hearts and transform minds. Through love one can overcome all obstacles. Love can help us renounce all physical, mental and intellectual tensions, thereby bringing peace and happiness. Love is the ambrosia that adds beauty and charm to life."
And Gurumayi Chidvilasananda says, “The flame of love is not different from you; it is you. It isn’t that love is there and you are here. You and love are one and the same.
Love is self-born. You don’t have to wait for someone to give you love. For the gift of love to grow, you pour love into love. To keep love growing, to keep love burning high, you add love to love. No other ingredient, no other substance is required.
In this human birth, you can make a daring attempt to attain perfect joy, perfect love. The scriptures and the great beings say with great authority and great conviction, ‘It is possible’. Yes. You can experience perfect joy, perfect love, in this very human body.
When we follow the teachings of the great masters on how to love, we can experience perfect joy, perfect love, in this very human body.”
Where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
You can make peace with your self by:
- Performing actions based on Truth.
- Understanding the Truth—your own Divine Nature.
- Being desireless.
- Performing activities with a spirit of detachment and surrender (not beingattached to the outcome).
- Cultivating tranquility.
- Keeping your mind and emotions in a state of equanimity—not being ruffled through the changing tides of joy and sorrow.
- Mastering and holding your senses in balance.
- Enjoying the stillness you can experience through silent sitting or meditation.
Remember, you can be at peace by keeping your mind and emotions steady; mastering and holding your senses in balance; letting go of desires; performing daily activities with a spirit of detachment and surrender; and being in stillness.
Where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace!
Satya Sai Baba said, “The peace of the world depends on . . . the individual. The character of each individual member determines the peace and prosperity of the family. The character of each family is the basic factor that decides the happiness and joy of the village or the community, and the nation’s progress is based on the strength and happiness of the communities that are its components. So, for the welfare of the country and of the entire world—the spirit of service, vital enthusiasm, constructive imagination, pure motivation, and unselfish alertness are all urgently needed.”
Amma poetically says the same thing, “One drop of water cannot be called a river; a river is formed by many drops running together. It is the joining of these countless drops that creates the flow. Together we are a power, an undefeatable power. When we work together, hand in hand, with love, it is not just one life force but the life energy of the collective that flows in harmony, unimpeded. From that constant stream of unity, we will see the birth of peace.”
One of my favorite Hindu prayers says, “Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu—may all beings in all the worlds experience peace and prosperity.”
All religions, all faiths, have prayers of peace.
Peace is a central core of all faiths. Let’s look at how faiths and traditions around the world embrace peace. You may like to invite your children to listen along with you.
The Buddhist “Metta Prayer” or Prayer of Loving Kindness says,
“May I be in peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light that is my true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.”
A Native African Prayer for Peace says,
“Almighty God, the Great thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot:
The Roaring thunder that splits mighty trees;
The all-seeing Lord on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock here on earth.
You are the one who does not hesitate to repond to our call.
You are the cornerstone of peace.”
Here are some condensed versions of the world’s peace prayers.
In one of my favorite songs, John Lennon imagines a world where all people, all faiths live in peace—a world where we all live as one.
“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too.
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace.
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.”
Satya Sai Baba said, “Where there is peace, there is God.”
And another great Indian master Baba Muktananda said: “All philosophies and scriptures say the same thing: "God dwells in this human body.
Do not consider your body a mere lump of flesh made of seven components. It is a noble instrument. In it are situated all holy places, gods, mantras, and the source of all extraordinary powers in this world…. God dwells in the body. He is present as fully in you as in the highest Heavens.
Why are you exhausting yourself looking for Him in different places instead of in your own heart? You should live your normal life, but accord Him the chief place among your daily activities. Whatever may be your religion or philosophy, do not make yourself a foolish, weak, and trivial creature. Do not head toward decline and disaster by regarding this body as godless.
Do not commit spiritual suicide by belittling yourself through defective understanding.
God is everywhere, there's no doubt about that, but you have to have the right eye to see Him. Look at the air. It blows everywhere, but you can't see it. You can only feel it when it touches you…. God too can be seen.
Sit quietly for a while and meditate on the Self. You'll be able to see Him. In what form would you like to see God? He has taken the form of bread in this piece of bread-don't try to see Him as a stone in bread. In fruit you should see God as fruit, in a tree you should see God as a tree, and in yourself you should see Him as yourself. Who says that God cannot be seen? Don't try to see Him as different from the way He has manifested Himself--see Him as He is! Try to see Him as He is.
Honor your Self. Worship your Self. Meditate on your Self. God dwells within you as you. Try to see Him as He is.”
One of the ways I remind myself to see God as He is in each moment is the various car license plates I've had: the letters of which are I C G O D N U on one and G O D S N U in the other. Remember the practice from several weeks ago where every time we see another person we say, “That is the Face of God".
I know from experience that saying that literally gives me the experience that I am truly looking at God and let’s my mind know that I will not tolerate any judgments it tries to make about peoples’ looks or anything else about them.
Baba’s Disciple Gurumayi says: “To have the vision of God, you must believe that God dwells within you as you, that the Divine Presence is seated in your heart. This must become your conviction. Then, when He reveals Himself to you in the form of love, you will be able to honor the experience.
Once you experience God in the cave of your own heart, you begin to perceive His energy dancing through every cell of your body, permeating your life. And you wonder in amazement, ‘How could such glory have remained hidden from me for so long? It is for this reason we meditate.”
Swami Sivananda says, “Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end.”
When I first started meditating I thought my to do list was long enough and adding one more thing to it was out of the question. Out of Faith in what I was hearing about the benefits of meditation though, I started. I decided to give it 5 minutes a day and set an alarm clock. I put pillows under my stiff knees so I could sit cross-legged on the floor. After a week I noticed feeling much better, so I set the alarm for 10 minutes. I felt even better with more energy and clarity and decided I could work in another 5 minutes. Then I decided I could find time to do 15 minutes on awaking and 15 minutes before going to bed.
As I felt better and better, I increased to 30 minutes twice a day and then 1 hour once a day. Eventually I turned off the alarm clock. After years of meditating and yoga, I could comfortably sit cross-legged without pillows under my knees. Sometimes the hour would turn into an hour and half, which felt like only 10 minutes had passed by.
Time disappears when we move into the love and peace of God, our own Divine Self. Now there are days where meditation lasts over 3 hours, without me even trying to meditate or meditate for a certain length of time. These waves of pure peace, blissful vibrations, and oneness with God saturate my entire being in ecstasy. And this experience gets more profound with each passing day. As does my love for everything and everyone.
Amma says, “We need love for God in order to progress spiritually on the path. Love for God is not just love towards a person, an image or an idol. It is the beginning. Real love for God is loving each and every aspect of creation, seeing the Divinity in everyone and everything.”
Abraham Maslow said, “The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
All the faiths, all the religions, share the Dalai Lama’s wisdom regarding kindness to one another.
Sharing your conscious awareness of the unity of all faiths with your children enriches their hearts with a deeper love for their own faith and, at the same time, instills respect for other faiths. Your children do not need to know the details of different religions, but you can explain the broad features and fundamental values common to all religions, like kindness as expressed in The Golden Rule.
FAITHS AROUND THE WORLD TEACH THEIR FOLLOWERS TO BE KIND:
The great scientist and humanitarian Albert Einstein said, “True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”
We'll continue immersing ourselves in the Unity of Faiths as this Blog/Article continues at Living In and As Peace, Love and Bliss, Part 2, Unity of Faiths, "Continued".
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