Our Trials

Our Trials

The Beloved Warriors of the Most High must become adept swimmers in the whole of the ocean. Their tests are great; their lives and journeys an open book. All wit- ness their purification, and their trials by fire.

We are shown the tremendous difficulties the Masters, Saints and Prophets of each Sacred path have had to endure, as they were becoming great leaders of their people. We are then shown their life purpose, and their experiences with the Most High. Mostly we tend to forget their enormous difficulties and trials, or to minimize them, as we become blinded by their Light. Yet, their rites of passage are not a footnote to their success, but an integral part of what made these Lovers of Truth change from the ordinary people they were, into the Divine Beings they became—

Siddhartha, the Buddha, went into the world
and experienced the suffering of the common people,
as he wandered for a time alone.

Abraham was tried by fire—tested
with the willing sacrifice of his son, Isaac

Sarah, whose name was first Yiscah, Seer, and then Sarai, One
Who Commands, was Priestess to the Goddess,
yet according to her destiny she became a wife to Abraham,
as the world she knew disappeared.

Moses struggled with who and what he was:
leaving his high rank as Pharaoh’s son,
he experienced the lowest place in his world.

Jesus had to sacrifice his own life for his Calling.

The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mother Teresa,
and many other Saints and Prophets, 
yielded their place of comfort, 
became stripped to their foundations, 
before attaining their zeniths.

For the darkness exists and the Light exists,
and all must pass through trials of darkness
on their way to the Light.

And though they be great or small, our difficulties
become the foundation upon which all must climb,
in order to attain Union, with the Most Supreme.

 
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Passion and the Inner Flame

Passion and the Inner Flame
 
There is passion. Passion raises the Inner Flame.
 
The Inner Flame is raised into Being at a moment’s notice: It raises and flourishes through our desires, be they physical, intellectual, or Spiritual. And what is the Source of the Holy Flame? It springs from the Divine Essence of Life, and illuminates the whole Universe, and all of our lives.
 
As the Divine One is infinite Mercy and Compassion, so the Flame is placed within in our hearts and hands, and can be turned toward the positive or the negative. For example, it is this Flame that rushes forth and rises to fuel our anger, and when it is so turned, our passion flares, and we move with unkind words and actions. And it is the same Flame that can be turned to fuel our pursuit of knowledge, and when it is so turned, we become melted and merged, lost with-in our quest for Truth. The Inner Flame also rises when we are in the midst of Beauty, warming our hearts with joy.
 
Yet as we look Sincerely within, we know with no doubt, that the most beneficent use of the Inner Flame, is when we, seeking Union, open ourselves to Its Presence, and quietly follow, as it rises and raises our whole Being, into the warmest, Light-filled glow, of the Bliss of Love. Then, only then, do we feel complete. Only then can we understand the True purpose of our time on Earth.
 
 
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The Hunger That Cannot Be Pushed Aside

The Hunger That Cannot Be Pushed Aside
 
There is a deep, Inner longing constantly dancing with-in each Soul. This longing urges each one to rise, ever upwards, beyond their current abilities. It exists as an under-current, operating ceaselessly in all that we do. This longing has been called, “the hunger that cannot be pushed aside, the thirst which cannot be quenched.” 
 
It is this longing which causes each one to stretch to attain their utmost possibilities, glimmering and shimmering in the mists, upon the horizon of one’s life. It causes one to seek to become the greatest of musicians, and another to seek to become the best farmer, or the best parent they can be. Yet where do these longings come from? 
 
The desire for each one to reach their zenith comes directly from the Inner One, the All-in-All, the Loving One. This is the Voice of the All Knowing, who Guides all Souls to create the dance of their life time—with-in Beauty and Love. This Inner Essence of Life is identical to the Desire residing with-in each seed: Planted deeply in the ground, the Spark of Life awakens and leads each seed to cast off it’s shell—and struggle ever upward, around or through all obstacles it encounters. And, though it has never seen the Light, yet each seed is drawn ever upwards, for no other purpose than it may one day emerge from darkness—and become its absolute, Beauty-filled fullness.

Seen underneath this Wisdom-Light, one may understand, that the whole of humanity, and the whole of the universe, is moving and breathing together, upon the Great Ocean of Life—rising and falling with-in the unseen currents; Ever striving to satisfy, and to bring to life, the highest desires of the Eternal One.
 
 
 
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The Soul’s Long  Journey Of Desire

The Soul’s Long Journey Of Desire

What is the ending of the Soul’s long Journey of Desire? Holy Communion with The Most High!

Traveling with all concentration and speed, each Soul reaps the rewards and the fruits that await it:

Amidst a kaleidoscope of tastes, colors, and worldly glitter, developing Souls encounter many forms of passionate desires. Some of these lead to experiences of great Beauty, and yet others lead toward disillusionment and evil. At the end of all such ego-filled PathWays, in the midst of a bitter harvest, finally and thoroughly each comes to know—that their choices have led them to a dark end.

Yet, after all Path-Ways

for a Soul’s growth

have been desired, their fruits tasted,

nothing remains except

a deep Inner longing–

To Become—

Only Love.

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A Prayer

May all who are hungry find food.

All who are without shelter find shelter  (on all levels)

All who are suffering find Solace  (may someone come to help them)

All who are without Love, Be Loved.

amen and amen

 

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The Grand Mandala Lives

The Grand Mandala Lives

In the Inner-most Sanctum of the Universe, the The Grand Mandala Lives.

It has been said that those who align with their holy path during their lifetime are blessed. Each of these sacred religious and spiritual ways have been likened to one of the many luminous, light-filled rays, that surround and create the Divine Universal Mandala of Holy Light, emanating from the Eternal One.

The energetic rhythms of millions of Souls rejoice as they journey amongst their chosen Ray. And, through their Songs of Life, each Soul carries and maintains a portion of the Wisdom and Truth, that has been Divinely placed, within that particular Holy Stream.

These Divine Rays of Love-Light are established through the Great Work of the Messengers of the Most High. Each of the Messengers, Prophets and Saints, throughout the eras, are sent not only to create, but to maintain these living streams, filling them with the currents of Compassion and Love that will permeate, and weave the seen and unseen Realms, and allow the manifestation all things.

And the Grand and Eternal Wheel of Life, in the center of the Highest Realm, has mysteriously, and All-Ways brought into being — the never beginning, never ending, Glory-Full Reality of the Universe.

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The Path of Great Sorrow

The Path of Great Sorrow

This is a path of those who have been deliberately or unjustly condemned. It is the path of those who are victims of oppression, of scapegoating, and find they have no way to go forward, other than to endure, and to hope—that their times will change.

And, yet on this Path of Great Patience, through endurance and faith one may finally bloom in a way that would have been impossible, were ones days and nights Light-filled: For flowers do not bloom before the frost has ‘set’ the stage for Spring, and Hearts do not fully open with-out first tasting the salty tears of great pain. It is for this reason that the greatest gifts humanity has ever received, through music, poetry, saints, and other wondrous things, have most frequently come through those, who have been somehow enabled by Grace, to first bear, and then to survive—the longest, coldest, and darkest of winters.

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Enlightenment, Living In A Bubble ?

Enlightenment, Living In A Bubble?

There is a clear lake. It is absolutely clear, with no touch of a ripple. The air is be-calmed. The sky, pure blue. Yet, all know that underneath the surface of the lake, a whole world lies in constant motion. And one is also aware that the outer world is filled with not a single space of stillness. According to the placement in time and in space, the karmic, inner and the outer flows of movement surrounding the clear lake will soon change it’s surface from the gentle stillness into small or great waves. Rain and wind, snow and hail, pollution and purity — all will come and will go.

The question arises: “Is it not possible to capture, to hold onto moments of perfect, peace-full stillness? To somehow move forward through our lives with them: to live within them, walking within them, into each ‘next’ moment—no matter how hard the storms rage?”

Here lies the view of the immature Zenist: To walk with-in a space and time of Nirvana, in a state of perfect peace, smiling and contented, as if in an insulated, protective bubble of purity, moving through all time. In this most incomplete picture, there are of course still the two, and ofttimes there are the many: the one who is living in a ‘bubble’ of peacefulness, walking or aiming to walk immersed in Nirvana, and the rest of the Whole Being, who remain as sleep-walkers in a shadow-filled reality.

What about the ONE breath, and Harmony for the All? Thus the followers of Quan Yin’s Oath of Dedication to remain on Earth—purifying the whole Being with their Love-filled breaths, until the last being attains enlightenment, instead of attaining their personal enlightenment and abandoning the ship. And thus the ancient Teaching becomes perfectly clear: 
“I am  a bubble, make me the sea.”*
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Paramahansa Yogananda, Cosmic Chants
 
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RUMI – WHATEVER HAPPENS

WHATEVER HAPPENS
to the world around
show me your purpose
show me your source

even if the world
is Godless and chaos
show me your anchor
show me your love

if there is hunger
if there is famine
show me your harvest
show me your resource

if life is bitter
everywhere snakes everywhere poison
show me your garden
show me your meadow

if the sun and the moon fall
if darkness rules the world
show me your light
show me your flame

if i have no mouth
or tongue to utter
words of your secrets
show me your fountain

i’ll keep silence
how can i express
your life when mine
still is untold

“RUMI, Fountain of Fire”, ghazal number 2144,
translated 21 December 1991 by Nader Khalili,
Burning Gate Press, Los Angeles, 1994.

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THE INFINITE DREAM

THE INFINITE DREAM

The dream that one has lived for, has placed all hope upon, is most difficult to sacrifice. This is true for the Mother and Father who have to face having a child who is incomplete–according to the understanding of the world–and it is true for those who must yield their child’s life, or the life of a Beloved, unto death. It is also true for those who have strived to attain a particular station in life, and find that for one reason or another they are unable to complete their aim.

And what is it that could possibly make someone yield their dream, and accept its loss? We might instead ask the question, “Who is the author of all dreams?” For, if we look deeply enough we will see, that behind the longing for one’s station, behind the longing for a child’s birth, and behind a loved ones death–there is nothing–but the Most Supreme–in whom we live and breathe and have our Being, and from whence our Soul has come–

All of our hopes,
and all of our dreams,

the Love, the pain —
and the shame,

Serve to bring the Whole Being
unto its fullness:

The beginning and the ending
of the Universe exists

with-in the One dream
of the Only Being —

The Infinite Source of Love.

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THE TAJ MAHAL — has been described as, “A Dream in Marble.”

A brief history:

Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan, was grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. She died in childbirth, with his 14th child by her. Although he had three wives, he loved her best. He began building the Taj Mahal, as her tomb to honor her in 1631. It took 22 years to complete. Everyone who was working on it was instructed that each breath all day long was to be focused on prayers and love songs. And if you ever get to see it, the very air is vibrating with Beauty.

Shah Jahan’s Mother was Hindu, and his Grandfather was the famous Emperor Akbar, who, though Muslim, allowed all religions to exist in freedom in his territories. Shah Jahan did not follow the liberal religious policy instituted by his grandfather. In 1632 he ordered all Hindu temples recently erected or in the process of erection to be torn down. Christian churches at Agra and Lahore were also demolished. In the same year the Portuguese settlement at Hooghly near Calcutta was also attacked. The Portuguese were accused of piracy and of kidnaping Mogul subjects, infecting them with Christian doctrines, and shipping them as slaves to Europe. The settlement was reduced, and several thousand Christians were killed.

Although the Taj Mahal was his dream, he never walked inside it — In 1658 he was deposed and imprisoned for the rest of his life, in a building next door to the Taj, where he could look out his window and see it, but could never go in it. He died only feet away from his dream. It was his own son, Aurangzeb, who imprisoned him.

And yet as we can see, though his dream was lost to himself, it was realized hundreds of years beyond his life, and millions of people continue to bask in the Love that his dream brought to life.

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The Miracle of Chanukah!

THE MIRACLE OF C H A N U K A H!

The story of Chanukah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Judea, but allowed the people under his control to continue observing their own religious traditions Many Jews assimilated there and became a part of the Hellenistic culture.

More than a century later, a successor to Alexander, names Antiochus IV began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest over their Temple, and he prohibited the practice of the Jewish religion, killing anyone who did so, and desecrated their Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs on the holy altar.

Two groups opposed Antiochus: one was led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee, and a second religious group known as the Chasidim: not related to the modern Chasidic movement, they were forerunners of the Pharisees . These joined forces and their revolution was successful and the Temple was rededicated.

According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the rededication there was very little ritually pure oil left for the menorah, the candelabrum, in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, and it took 8 days to get the oil needed to replenish their supply. Yet miraculously, the small amount of oil burned for the entire eight days. Thus an eight day annual festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. It should be mentioned that the holiday of Chanukah commemorates the miracle of the oil, and not their military victory: Jewish people do not glorify war.

The menorah is lit one candle each night to commemorate this miracle. Potato Latkes are served with sour cream and apple sauce, and other fried foods are enjoyed remembering the miracle of the oil, and presents are exchanged. It is a happy holiday indeed!