Spiritual joy sublime – via Sabadell flashmob!

Do our leaders of today even know that this world exists – pray that someone has the genius to teach them.  If only all advertising were like this!

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum.

Deine Zauber binden wieder,
Was der Mode Schwert geteilt;*
Bettler werden Fürstenbrüder,*
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Chor
Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt!
Brüder—überm Sternenzelt
Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen.

*Reworked by Schiller in the 1803
edition of his works to the more familiar:

Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,

To Joy

Joy, thou beauteous godly lighting,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire drunken we are ent’ring
Heavenly, thy holy home!

Thy enchantments bind together,
What did custom’s sword divide,*
Beggars are a prince’s brother,*
Where thy gentle wings abide.

Chorus
Be embrac’d, ye millions yonder!
Take this kiss throughout the world!
Brothers—o’er the stars unfurl’d
Must reside a loving father.

*Reworked by Schiller in the 1803
edition of his works to the more familiar:

What did custom stern divide;
Every man becomes a brother,

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A Guru is s/he who has the capacity to deliver man from the sea of becoming

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CAROL LOVELIGHT: Carol says “Photos of my own Beloved Guru, Sri Anandamayi Ma, with the beautiful Bengali devotional song “Daayal Guru Go”, sung by Himanshu Goswami (from the album “Ore Mon Pagla” – Bengali Folk Songs). “A Guru is he who has the capacity to deliver man from the sea of becoming (bhava sagara)” ~ Anandamayi Ma”

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Exquisite Hindu chant

 

 

Photos of Sri Anandamayi Ma and Arunachala, Holy Mountain of Shiva, with the poem “The Tree of Knowledge of Brahman Part One” written by the 8th century mystic Adi Shankara, performed by Shivoham (sung by Aparna Panshikar and sarod by Bhargar Mistry), from the album “Shankara”.

“The Self is an ocean without a shore….”

“The Self is an ocean without a shore….”

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“The Self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no beginning or end, in this world and the next.” – Ibn Arabi (1165 – 1240)

Our true Self is an infinite Ocean. The clue is in the capital ‘S’. Ibn Arabi like all mystic teachers is pointing to the infinite Whole, the Formless, out of which we, and all things emanate. 

Our lower self, our ego gets in the way – until we surrender to the reality of the Whole by quieting our fears & attachments and pierce illusion that we are self-subsisting.

Enjoy three breaths of conscious breathing – as taught by this Zen Master HERE

 

The need to de-mystify the mystical

Thanks to Lee for reminding us that in the One Garden journey we have been trying over the last few years to de-mystify the mystical.

Lee sent the following quotation;

“The most unfortunate thing about the concept of mysticism is that the word itself has become mystified and relegated to a “misty” and distant realm that implies it is only available to a very few. For me, the word simply means experiential knowledge of spiritual things, as opposed to book knowledge, secondhand knowledge, seminary or church knowledge.” – Father Richard Rohr

 

 

Stuck? – let go that guilt tripping

 

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“If the inner mind is not deluded, then outer deeds will not be wrong.” attributed as a Tibetan Buddhist Teaching. (Desmond Biddulph 1001 Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom No. 770)

Self care is necessary if our ‘light is to shine through’ as old hymns used to tell us. It is also a prerequisite if we are to be there for others effectively.

We should bring our self to account each day as the Baha’i teachings teach – but beware becoming frozen through diffuse & unwarranted guilt.

Guilt can be a hiding place, a layer of ego, a dimension of the false self.

Why let go our false self?  Because we are part of the context or environment that shapes other people’s lives. We can’t be a good lover of others if we are inwardly choking on self – the energy, chi, life-force is stuck. We need to forgive ourselves and free up the stuck life-force so that we can serve others more deeply.

Unwarranted guilt is just another form of ego – the delusion is that we are an entity that is self-subsisting.  Only Ultimate Reality – God if you prefer – is Self-subsisting.  ‘We interbeing are,” as the beloved Thich Nhat Hanh says and we do not have the right to hide our light under a bushel – or anywhere else!

PRACTICE:

I = Awareness – coming home, back to Now is to ‘rest as Awareness’

OH JOY: – from the Coen Brothers ‘The Ladykillers’ this great gospel version;

TAGS: guilt, letting go, false self, let your light shine, interspiritual, interfaith as interspiritual living,

 

 

The benefits of Meditation in relation to anxiety

A post by Dr Mercola includes a section on ‘The Benefits of Meditation’ in relation to anxiety. you can find it HERE

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is another option that can help you combat anxiety in the long-term. One style of meditation is mindfulness—a directed-attention, waking state practice in which you keep bringing your attention back to the now. It’s a practice of single-tasking, originally developed for monks, who remain focused on the present moment in all activities. Besides improving your focus and boosting your mental cognition, mindfulness training helps relieve feelings of stress and anxiety.

If you think about it, nothing is uncertain in the NOW. You know exactly where you are and what you’re doing right this very moment, so by focusing on your direct experience in the present, uncertainty-driven anxiety can be reduced. With practice, you’ll likely lower your “intolerance of uncertainty” score.

It’s now becoming more well-known that meditation actually changes your brain.16 The increased calm and quiet you feel is not an imaginary effect. Neuroscientist Sara Lazar has used brain scans to look at the meditating brain, which shows that long-term meditators have an increased amount of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions. They also have more gray matter in the frontal cortex, an area associated with memory and executive decision making.

After just eight weeks, people who took part in a mindfulness meditation study, meditating 40 minutes per day, were able to shrink their amygdala—the part of your brain that governs your fight or flight response, and plays a significant role in anxiety, fear, and general stress. A smaller amygdala correlates to reduced stress and anxiety.