Planting and Growing A Garden of Light

Planting and Growing A Garden of Light

It is the sum total of all of Humanity’s actions and thoughts that brings into being, whatsoever light or darkness there is. Thus the maximum Harmony and Beauty that the Earth Plane receives depends on each one of us. 

We are not expected to individually create the peace on Earth. Rather each of us is continuously asked and offered the possibility of keeping our own garden filled with Harmony, and daily watered with Love and Beauty.

Everyone has a garden under their care and responsibility. Some have large gardens, and others are small. The size of one’s garden represents each one’s capacity and limitations.

Our personal garden consists of  every step that we take, and every thought that we make from the moment we open our eyes until we open them again the next morning.  And, just as we appreciate walking by a beautiful garden, and recognize those that have been left unattended or are filled with weeds and trash,  we mostly fail to notice our responsibility – to fill our ‘garden’ with  light through diligently working to bring Love-Light to each one we meet throughout our days.

If we  find our days filled with darkness and gloom, we can begin each day with a promise to plant seeds of happiness, by offering our smiles, warm words, and acts of caring, to those we find in our garden each day.

If stubborn weeds have grown, prayer and apologies cleanse and refresh the ground of our consciousness — and the hearts of our family and friends. In this way even the most overgrown and neglected gardens become places where children and adults like to visit and take rest, and one by one the world will be graced with beauty.

 

 

Photo: A Summer Garden, Emi Miller

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Native American Wisdom

Native American Wisdom

“When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.” – Lakota

“A brave man dies but once, a coward many times.” – Iowa

“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.” – Hopi

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” – Navajo

“Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.” Maricopa

“Our first teacher is our own heart.” – Cheyenne

“He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.” Seneca

“If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.” – Cheyenne

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” – Dakota

photo: Slow Bull, a Dakota Sioux Medicine Man, 1907 by Edward S. Curtis

The Only Source

THE ONLY SOURCE
Human Beings live and move and breathe with-in the Ever-Present.
 
There is no way that anyone can be separated from the One Source of Life —
 
Through our eyes,
our noses and mouths,
 
through our ears—
and the pores of our skin,
 
all that enters ‘us’ emerges again—
returns to the One Life— the All-in-All:
 
The plants, the animals, our friends and our food,
the sunlight and the air,
have the same Life-Essence flowing through them
as flows through our own being.
 
For we are all a part of one Living-Breathing heritage—
Birthed and nourished, growing and aging,
 
and then returning to the Earth, and the Ethers:
Physical to physical; Spirit to Spirit.
 
And all of these states exist simultaneously, with-in
the One-Love-Light-One-Life-Source, of the Universe.
 
 
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One Creator, One Breath

One Creator, One Breath

Even though we may desire, or claim ownership of portions of Earth, absolute ownership, and a clear title, always remain in the Hands of the Most High.


Today not only portions of the Earth, but water, plants, animals, and even tiny cells may be bought and sold, patented and privately owned. Yet, there is one thing that belongs to all beings equally: One thing that everyone freely takes, and freely gives to others—our breath—

Our breath we cannot live without, 
breath we take, breath we give—

freely received, freely returned 
all day, and all night long
all Being, all life breathes.

And all who draw breath 
never think of keeping it

hold no thought of hoarding it,

feel no Inner urge to grab 
another’s share—

but simply enjoy the Gift.

For we all know without a doubt 
that the air we breathe belongs,

as the whole Earth in truth belongs— 
not to us

but the Source of All, the All-in-All, 
Who eternally creates this Earth
 
and the Universe,
and all who draw breath therein.

 

 
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Given to All Paths, All Ways

Given to All Paths All Ways

Throughout all epochs all spheres,
looking with the eyes of now
at the ending of our current era

those who can See and Hear,
and understand,

will not fail to bow down
to the Creator of All

as we peer into the Mirror of the Ages,
and grasp the enormity of the One Divine Message,

that forever has been given to each nation,
throughout all lands and times.

Before advancement of communication
a Message yet arrived, through Messengers
that looked like their people,

in the language of each society,
with images familiar to all.

It is a simple Message, of Love and of Truth
that all were asked to follow—

Love one another.
Do unto others as you would have
Others do unto you.

Do Justice.
Respect and care for the Earth.

And daily give thanks, to the Creator of All.

One Message that echoes in all hearts;
One code of honor, given to all.

May the Divine Message of Love and Harmony
lead our Spirits and hearts to unite in peace.

And may we awaken and follow this Call,
from the Creator of All.

 

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Rising Up-On Our Highest Ideals

Rising Up-On Our Highest Ideals
How and why do we fall down? We fall down when we fall beneath our Ideals. 

Life is about being the best we can be. Each person has their own Ideals, and knowingly or not they try to achieve them each moment of each day of their lives.  
Whenever we fall beneath these Ideals, we suffer. Sometimes our fall is very little, and we hardly take notice. Yet at other times the pain we experience can be so very great, we wonder if we are ever going to rise again—if we will find the Inner strength to attempt a new mount. 

When a child falls down, be that a physical or an ego fall, they look to their caregivers to help them find the courage to get up, to move on to the next thing, to smile again. Yet when adults fall down, where is the Compassionate One to help them? A question may arise, “Have I been left alone, to look toward an empty sky, hoping or praying for comfort from the Most High—in vain?”

As a child finds the arms of their beloveds 

to comfort them, 

the Most High manifests for adults 
within the eyes, and open Hearts, 
of those right in their midst;

Or leads them to find someone to turn to
for solace, forgiveness, 
or a reason to continue. 

Thus the Dearest One draws near 
helping us to find 
and climb 
 
onto the rock 
of our Highest Ideals.

 

 

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Awakening

Awakening
 
A Prayer
 
Help us and Guide us to undo
the harm we have caused the Earth, and Her Beings,
throughout our thoughtless, careless youth.
 
There is a vast difference in the viewpoint and actions of those who believe that the Most High is Ever Present in their daily lives, and those to whom the Divine remains a distant concept, existing somewhere far beyond this life, if He or She exists at all.
 
The constant realization of the Creator of All as a Living Presence throughout our days, encouraged the ancient peoples to hold in reverence the whole of the Earth, and to carefully examine each word, thought and action.
 
In this Blessing Way of Remembrance, throughout their days and nights, ancient ones consciously experienced in wonderment, the inexpressible beauty, exquisite tenderness, and awesome power of Nature.
 
Comparing this profound level of Being, with that of our modern society, we can easily see the reason behind the thoughtless acts of destruction and harm, so casually inflicted on a daily basis to the Natural World:
 
The vibrations of our ancestors’ Beings moved in peaceful attunement with the world of Nature.
 
Seeking harmony with the Sacred, Hallowed Earth, they consciously breathed the sweetness of rain-freshened air,
and gratefully drank Her living waters, while frequently pausing to pray to live, as a respectful guest.
 
 
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When Our Large Head Takes A Back Seat

When Our Large Head Takes A Back Seat

When we ‘stand our ground’, we most often do so with our large, intellectual head firmly fixed upon our shoulders.

We have all seen such large heads: Some of them are so grandiose, that they cannot even fit inside a big room! When next you see such a big head, take a look at the rest of the body. You will notice a certain posture that matches the big head. The reason for this posture is – that it takes quite a lot of bravado and energy to support all of the weight at the top! And, even though we may not like to admit it, we can feel–and we have known–moments when our own head is expanding–being fed and grown by the rising heat of our egos–that speaks in a loud and clear voice: “I know I am the best (in this room, place, moment.)”

Yet we all know more tender, Heart-full moments, in which we have surrendered our truth, and have chosen to follow a sweeter thought encouraging us to strive to bring forth harmony with our companions.

This choice to yield does not mean that we are to lose our Ideals, on the contrary, it only means relinquishing the ground that one has been claiming to be—THE ONLY possibility—for any certain moment and time.

And this thought of harmony places our own swelling head in the back seat, while our heart makes the journey—toward the front ground of the other. Looking in this Way, we can easily come to see, that under-standing is a choice—first thought, then willed, and then chosen—each moment—by a listening, Compassionate Heart, dedicated to peace.

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When the Heart Becomes Open In Prayer

When the Heart Becomes Open In Prayer

All prayers which are heart-filled, emerge and arrive on wings of Light, into the Holy Realms, and the Ears of the Most High.


During unobstructed Prayer-Union,
with-in the Supreme dimension of Love and Light,

Divine Blessings are showered 
upon the pure of heart.

Yet the moment one’s mind, 
responding from a limited perspective 
and filled with worldly knowledge,

begins to analyze the gift…

the translucent, shimmering state 
of Holiness disappears—

retracts behind the vibrational curtain 
of the physical reality,

that forever separates this Earthly Realm, 
from the Eternal Garden
of Beauty, Truth, and Love.
 
 
 
 
Photo: M Banner, Hands in prayer, Reform Voices of Torah

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Mahasamadhi Paramahansa Yogananda, March 5th

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
 
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
 
“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
Born: January 5, 1893, Gorakhpur, India, Died: March 7, 1952, Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
His Beloved Master, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri sent him to the United States to bring Kriya Yoga to the west. He has two main Self Realization Centers in the U.S., one in Encinitas, Ca., and one in Los Angelos, and many other centers throughout the US and the world. 
MAHASAMADHI — Leaving the body as a Realized Being, and entering into the Divine Realm
 
March 7th is Paramahansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi. When he was in Encinitas, Ca. at his beautiful Self Realization Fellowship, he gently let his disciples know that he would soon leave his body. They were so sad! And so Yogananda wrote this poem for them. 
 
When I Take the Vow Of Silence
By Paramahansa Yogananda

When I take the vow of silence
To remain enlocked with my Beloved
In the arms of His everywhereness
I shall be busy listening to His symphony
Of creation’s bliss songs, and beholding hidden
Wondrous visions.
Yet I shall not be oblivious of you all.
I shall mutely watch you
Walking o’er me in the fresh grass-blades
And seeing me in my living leafy presences.
I shall behold you with mothering tenderness
Through every crimson blossom
That wears a blush of love to bring you delight.
I shall caress you with the enfolding breeze
To relieve you worries and fears;
And enwrap you in sun warmth
When the chill of delusive loneliness strays into your heart.
When you gaze at the ocean
You will be looking right at me.
United with my Beloved on the altar of the horizon,
Sky-canopied with silver rays o’er the azure wavy hazy
sanctuary.
I shall not speak except through your reason,
Nor scold except through your conscience.
I shall persuade only through your love
And your heart’s longing to see the Beloved only.
I shall tempt you-but with the sole temptation
To enjoy the Beloved’s love alone.
Forget me if you will, but not my Beloved!
Remembering Him you cannot forget me.
 
 
 
photo: The Garden at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, Ca. If you ever get to Encinitas, Ca, you will be very blessed to visit the Self Realization Fellowship. It is a Garden of Paradise right here on Earth. And if you stay for one of the Services, the chanting will elevate your heart and Spirit. The Center in Los Angelos is also very lovely.  Yogananda is beloved throughout the world. If you want to begin to know him, you can read his Autobiography of a Yogi. There are many other of his writings on presence and Divine Love on his website below. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, CA — Web Source
 
Website:   https://yogananda.org
Article:  http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/remembering-paramahansa-yogananda/