The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passing sweet.
- Annie Dillard
When I ask God for guidance, I am not looking for an easy answer or for a way out of having to make my own decisions. Rather, I am asking God to guide the decisions I make so that they will bring about what is best for me and for everyone concerned.
So, I seek God in silence, and God answers. In silence, I become aware of my oneness with God and with God's radiant light - a light of understanding which shines so brightly that its warm glow infuses me with confidence and serenity.
Enfolded in God's light, I can literally feel the darkness of doubt or confusion being gently swept away. In its place is a peace like none I have ever before experienced.
God's radiant light bathes me in a warm glow of confidence and serenity.
(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry)
A hundred people might come to your house and even treat you with affection, but you do not address them as Pappa or Daddy. Have your mind fixed on One; do not now and then allow clouds of doubt, like "Is He great?" "Is He God?" to dim your faith. Be bold. Acknowledge the glory that you have witnessed; proclaim the joy that you have experienced; confess to the Grace that you have earned. When people ask you whether you too are going to Puttaparthi, for example, and whether you too are doing bhajana, say "Yes" proudly, for there is no shame in walking on the right path!
A house is a house is a house - until love comes through the door, that is. And love intuitively goes around sprinkling that special brand of angel dust that transforms a house into a very special home for very special people: your family.
Money, of course, can build a charming house, but only love can furnish it with a feeling of home.
Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to tuck a little love note inside.
Money can provide a television set, but love controls it and cares enough to say no and take the guff that comes with it.
Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs (even to teenagers!).
Obligation can cook a meal, but love embellishes the table with a potted ivy trailing around slender candles.
Duty writes many letters, but love tucks a joke or a picture or a fresh stick of gum inside.
Compulsion keeps a sparkling house. But love and prayer stand a better chance of producing a happy family.
Duty gets offended quickly if it isn't appreciated. But love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it.
Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often love will add a little chocolate.
Within your heart is an unending stream of compassion and mercy.
Do not let the pain of another's weakness touch you.
You are to wipe the tears of the one that has already weakened and succumbed to his fears.
If you fear the weakness of another, you shall create your very own.
The weakened one does not wish to lean on you... He waits for you to show him your strength... And once you are able to show him the strengths you lean on, he shall return to the strengths that he had abandoned easily and unnecessarily...
Within the one that roars with fears is a silent sob to be rescued and nurtured...
The heart can forgive anything... Your mind must desire nothing other than holding on to its peace... then the work of the heart becomes easy and forgiveness comes naturally...
You can make peace with any troubled mind... You have to be determined to keep the peace within you... and not let the trouble become a part of your mind.
To resolve a battle of fear, you have to pick up the armor of love and carry the ammunition of truth.
You cannot "try" to be peaceful... You either are... or are not!
You are to hold the cup of mercy in your hands, without holding any grudge toward anyone... Your deeds of goodness shall keep you at peace and it shall heal those that have inflicted upon themselves and on others... You are to smile and offer the love of God that you receive from within your own heart... and you are to be grateful at each moment, for you remembered to lean on the strength of the heart and paved for others the road that they had lost for a moment, the way to their heart.
There are no "ifs".......... no "buts".............. You have to be strong willed........... You have to be ready to deliver the peace from within your heart to the coming moment.
If you are seeking a perfect life you shall never find it.......... You have to seek the inner strength to experience the perfection of your own inner spirit.
It is not fear that finds you........... it is you that turns away from peace to seek it.
You cannot think of ways to be peaceful......... you can think of ways not to fear........ When you think of ways not to fear fear itself, then you are at peace.
The moment you shall find some truth to your fear, you shall lose your complete peace.
There are no lessons learnt from fear other than fearing more ........
Peace does not come and go......... What comes and goes is the faith you have in your own self!
The one that has found the secret road to his heart shall always be at peace.
(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan, March 5th, 2012)
Removal of immorality is the only way to immortality. If you get rid of evil qualities like attachment, hatred and envy, you will realize immortality. These bad traits make you remote from God. When you get rid of them, God becomes close to you.
Hence, gradually, you have to give up the animal qualities and develop godly qualities such as truth, righteousness, justice and morality. By a process of self-inquiry, you can get rid of your animal qualities like anger. How long are you going to remain in the same round of birth and death without realizing the goal of human existence? All pujas, rituals and penances are performed for this realization. Do not waste it. Utilize every available moment for a worthwhile purpose.
The awakening of consciousness is not unlike the crossing of a frontier -
one step and you are in another country.
- Adrienne Rich
A plan becomes a reality only after the first action step is taken. If I doubt my own ability to carry through with a desire, I might hesitate or never even begin to pursue it.
So each time I begin a project, I picture myself mentally taking one step at a time to complete it. As I take the first step, I remind myself that all is in divine order. Then I take another step, this time with a greater feeling of security. As I continue forward with each progressive step, I gain momentum and my trust builds to new heights.
I know that God is in charge, so with each step, I am moving forward in faith. I can meet any challenge and accomplish whatever needs to be done by me.
Yes, it is true : I am stepping forward in faith and bringing my plans into reality!
(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry)
The one who is loyal to truth The one who is kind to all The one who smiles... always To make Me smile... The one who never asks Me For anything... The one who is content always The one who knows My love for him The one who seeks Only My grace as his wealth That one is My best friend... And even I Wish not to end that friendship ever...
(Extract from : Sai Darshan II written by Seema M Dewan)
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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