Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Solid Hold

A Solid Hold
Faith is not giving up on yourself......... It is giving yourself the respect to be itself without any fear....... To be that you have to hold the Hand of God without any hesitation......  At every step.........
Faith itself means witnessing one’s own love going up and down for God........ It is the road in which you shall pass certain tests with flying colors........ then again, to face some tests you shall hide into the arms of fear........... At times, you shall be convinced that nothing can shake you from your love for the Divine.......... then again, will be the times when you shall doubt if the effort is worth the gain.......... You are bound to take a step ahead.......... and then take two behind.......... You are bound to take a leap at times, and then when pride shall speak, you shall suddenly fall into the pit of ego........... But then, the higher thoughts shall make you climb out of the dark hole of attachment.......... The voice of God that is within your heart shall lift you with gentleness and bring you back onto the road of faith.......... Each time you shall lose your peace, you shall know its value even more......... Each time you shall weaken and lose your faith, you shall rise above your pettiness and emerge stronger in your love for truth......... There is no perfect road of faith.......... Faith is climbing and falling........ receiving and failing......... freeing and binding.......... knowing and forgetting........ understanding and doubting......... answering and questioning your answer.......... believing and forsaking......... Faith is the game in which the sincere Self holds the hand of the deceitful self and slowly takes it to a victory.................

(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan, October 25th, 2012)


"The Holy Spirit fulfills me."

Does there seem to be something missing in my life? Perhaps there is some void that I have tried to fill, but the more I have tried, the bigger that empty feeling became. What I may be thirsting for is the Holy Spirit, which will fill any emptiness that I am experiencing.

Jesus told of a "living water" that satisfies every thirst. This living water is available to all; it is the Holy Spirit.

The cup that I hold to be filled is formed from my understanding of myself as a spiritual being - one who is receptive and open to the activity of God. I am not concerned about the size of my cup or the degree of my thirst, for I am drawing from a wellspring that never runs dry.

"Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.
The water that I will give will become in them
a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."
- John 4:14

(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Divine Thought - 16

90/10 Secret

The 90/10 secret is incredible! Very few know and apply this secret. The result? Millions of people are suffering undeserved stress, trials, problems, and heartache. They never seem to be a success in life. Bad days follow bad days. Terrible things seem to be constantly happening. Theirs is constant stress, lack of joy, and broken relationships. Worry consumes time, anger breaks friendships, and life seems dreary and is not enjoyed to the fullest.. Friends are lost. Life is a bore and often seems cruel. Does this describe you? If so, do not be discouraged. You can be different!. Understand and apply the 90/10 secret. It will change your life! What is this secret? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. 

What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane may be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. 

The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%! How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction.

Don't let people fool you, YOU can control how you react! 

Let's use an example. 

You're eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. 

You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the coffee cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup to close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. 

Back downstairs you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone. 

After a 15 minute delay and throwing $60 (traffic fine) away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs to the building without saying good-bye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. 

Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to going home. When you arrive home you find a small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter. 
Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. 

Why did you have a bad day? 

A) Did the coffee cause it? 
B) Did your daughter cause it? 
C) Did the Policeman cause it? 
D) Did you cause it? 

The answer is D. You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. 

Here is what could have and should have happened. Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say "It's OK honey, you just need to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase. You come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You and your spouse kiss before you both go to work. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good of day you are having. 

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different. Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% is determined by your reaction. 

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 secret. 

If someone says something negative about you, do not be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You do not have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out, etc. 

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you loose your temper? Pound the steering wheel? (A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off!) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the blue car ruin your drive. Remember the 90-10 principle, and do not worry about it! 

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep or get irritated? It will work out. Use your "worrying" energy and time into finding another job. The plane is late. It is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, to get to know the other passengers, etc. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse. 

You now know the 90-10 secret. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results!!!

- Author Unknown -

Feet Of Light

I bathe my Father's aged, worn, peeling
Nile brown feet
feet that once proudly trod the noble earth
from his island of Manhattan
around the world as a WWII vet and back
these feet are raw with life
patting them dry, gently filing the
gnarled nails
even simple tasks like this so hard
for him to do now
and tender touches few and far between

He seems to enjoy the gentle foot
massage with sweet oils
my thoughts soak in rich memories of
Dad's wise words and honest living
His imperfections, too, a monument,
a testament to one determined
to stay the course, to not quit, despite
emotional, economic and ethnic obstacles
anointing his feet with more oil,
I reflect on the early pain between us
how the balm of Love and Forgiveness
which soothes and softens
all calloused, hardened feelings
blessed us with healing

Clasping my Father's feet in my hands
I bow to his Lotus feet
he was my first glimpse of God and
Unconditional Love

(Written by Sonya Tomlinson-Warren,
108 Bhakti Kisses - The Ecstatic Poetry of a Modern Gopi)


Man must be the master of his behavior; he should not be led away, by the impulse of the moment; he must be conscious always of what is good for him. He should so carry on his daily tasks, that he does not make others suffer or suffer himself. That is the sign of intelligent living. You should not give away to fit of anger or grief or elation or despair.

(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God,  sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)


O Lord, take my love, and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee;
O Lord, take my hands, and let them work incessantly for Thee;
O Lord, take my soul, and let it be merged in One with Thee;
O Lord, take my mind and thoughts, and let them be in tune with Thee;
O Lord, take my everything, and let me be an instrument to work for Thee.

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