Archive for September, 2012

The Soul Finds the Path

My words to meditate on today:

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”

– Paolo Coelho

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“Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry, a fleet of ships is the fairest thing on the face of the black earth, but I say
It’s what one loves.”

– Sappho

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pic from Walking In Stillness

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Every Song the Earth has Sung

My words to meditate upon for this day:

“I have come into this world to see this: 
the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height 
of their arc of anger 
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound 
and it is His – the Christ’s, our 
Beloved’s. 
  
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as 
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way 
to even a greater being of soul, 
a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play 
with Him. 

I have come into this world to hear this: 
every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine’s womb and began spinning from 
His wish, 

every song by wing and fin and hoof, 
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child, 
every song of stream and rock, 
  
every song of tool and lyre and flute, 
every song of gold and emerald 
and fire, 

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity 
to know itself as 
God: 
for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching – 
only imbibing the glorious Sun 
will complete us. 
  
I have come into this world to experience this: 
men so true to love 
they would rather die before speaking 
an unkind word, 
men so true their lives are His covenant – 
the promise of 
hope. 

I have come into this world to see this: 
the sword drop from men’s hands 
even at the height of their arc of rage 
because we have finally realized 
there is just one flesh 
 we can wound.”

– Hafiz

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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When the Sky becomes your Clothes

My words to meditate upon for the day:

“Naked love is pure love. Naked love is undecorated love, uncultivated love. Naked love is innocent love, the love of a small child who knows nothing of calculation, cunningness, cleverness. So become that purity of nakedness.
And one has to go to truth naked, utterly naked. All the clothes, all the prejudices, all the doctrines have to be dropped. All that clamours around you has to be dropped; that is the meaning of digambar. The literal meaning is ’sky-clad’. A nude person has only the sky as his clothes; when the
sky becomes your clothes, then you are close to god.
I am not talking about dropping your clothes; I am talking about dropping your mind, because that is your real clothing. And once the mind is gone, the heart is pure. In that purity is all.”

– Osho

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Man is the facade of a temple

My words to meditate upon today:

“Then from those profound slumbers we awake in a dawn, not knowing who we are, being nobody, newly born, ready for anything, the brain emptied of that past which was life until then. And perhaps it is more wonderful still when our landing at the waking-point is abrupt and the thoughts of our sleep, hidden by a cloak of oblivion, have no time to return to us gradually, before sleep ceases. Then, from the black storm through which we seem to have passed (but we do not even say we), we emerge prostrate, without a thought, a we that is void of content.”

– Marcel Proust

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“A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. What we commonly call man, the eating, drinking, planting, counting man, does not, as we know him, represent himself, but misrepresents himself. Him we do not respect, but the soul, whose organ he is, would he let it appear though his action, would make our knees bend. When it breaths through his intellect, it is genius, when it breaths through his will, it is virtue; when it flows through his affection, it is love”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Throwing water at the dried out earth of our soul

One of the biggest mistakes we can make in our lives is how we go about creating pleasure.  The easiest way of obtaining pleasure is in the external world (food, stimulants, intoxicants, activities, relationships).  It is SO easy, sometimes, that we end up forgoing the ONLY thing that will actually provided us with real, and lasting, pleasure.

Pleasure should be a way of life, not a bunch of surface applications that never even get close to the source.  It’s like throwing a cup of water on dried out, parched earth … sure it gets it wet momentarily, but in just a few moments that water will evaporate and the land … will still be barren.  Yet we convince ourselves that EACH and every one of those proverbial “cups of water” will be what really brings us pleasure and happiness in life. Essentially our existence just becomes a life of perpetually throwing water at the dried out earth of our soul.

What we must do is figure out how to find pleasure from the things in life that are REAL.  We have to dig DOWN into that earth of our soul, and find where the wellspring lies.  We have to cultivate that wellspring so that it can heal ALL of the land, instead of just one little spot.  This doesn’t happen when we are throwing water at ourselves … in fact, you could say that every instance we are going for surface pleasures as a source of happiness in life?  We are preventing ourselves from doing the work that really needs to be done.

It’s more difficult to dig and cultivate than to simply throw a glass of water … but that is where TRUE happiness and pleasure comes from in life.  Cut through that self-imposed  veil of illusion and see things for what they really are … topical solutions will never bring you lasting happiness.  True pleasure only comes from the Source that fills you up and has you perpetually overflowing with Love … so that you become a constantly flowing River.

Then, once that River is flowing freely within you, all of those exterior pleasures can truly be enjoyed from a place of inner health and wellness … instead of being the next thing you’re looking to for salvation from the underlying, perpetual unhappiness that life as a starving soul is.

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This post came about after meditating on my prior post, “Automaton of Duty“.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Celebrate your life!

Celebrate your life!.

A beautiful post to meditate on.

Automaton of Duty

 

My words to meditate upon today:

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“Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.”

– Søren Kierkegaard

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“What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure – as a mere automaton of duty?” 

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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pic from the movie “Hugo“, by Martin Scorsese.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach