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Blessing as a Form of Service

Blessing as a Form of Service

In one of the most powerful passages on oneness in world spiritual literature, the prophet Isaiah describes service as the ultimate path to enlightenment and the source of real health (the words whole, holy and healthy stem from the same root):  “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of…

90-Year-Old Czech Grandma Turns Small Village Into Her Art Gallery

Grandma's art gallery

By Hand-Painting Flowers On Its Houses “Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars …. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.”  MBE Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková, a resident of Louka, a village in the Czech Republic and a former agricultural worker, picked up the hobby from other local women who had been doing…

The loveliest dress

The loveliest dress

A story about compassion to share with children! She was the poorest little girl in the entire world. She owned nothing, not even a rag doll, not even pictures. She only had one single dress and when her mother washed it, she had to remain in bed while in dried. One evening, the mother was…

God’s Love and the Fruit Salad

God's Love and the Fruit Salad

Excerpts from Julian of Norwich One morning early, while making my fruit salad, the sentence “All is well, all is well, all is very, very well” continued playing through my mind.  I was suddenly reminded of a very beautiful booklet I read years ago, ENFOLDED IN LOVE – daily readings with Julian of Norwich. Despite…

We think we know so much …

We think we know so much …

We know how to reach the stars, but we don’t know how to respect the heavens and even less so the immensity of the cosmos. We know how to talk about love, but we have such difficulty loving while respecting the other and one’s self. We know how to bake bread, but we have trouble…

Commentary by Sri Aurobindo on the Bhagavad Gita

Commentary by Sri Aurobindo

Translation of a text which has been and continues to be one of my greatest sources of inspiration. PP To perform all acts without the personal egoism of the doer is the first sign of the divine worker. The second sign is the absence of desire since, where there is no personal egoism of the…

An unexpected friend at our Awakin Circle

An unexpected friend

Posted by Neeti S W on Jul 10, 2017 We thought we would post this today, Global Oneness Day 2017, to illustrate how compassion for and acceptance of others can have a healing impact and remind ourselves that we are all ONE. Awakin gatherings started when three friends got together in 1996 to sit in…

The world’s seven wonders

The world’s seven wonders

A professor told a group of students, “Make me a list of what you consider are the seven wonders of our current world.” Some thought of Everest, Venice, Mecca, the Versailles castle, the Kremlin, Easter Island, skyscrapers, the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Arctic ice, the Amazon forest, space exploration. Despite a few disagreements, most students…

Aminata

Aminata

a story shared in the June 2016 newsletter of the Lotti Latrous Foundation, by Mrs. Latrous I was sitting with our head doctor N’Da next to my office following a long and hard day. Suddenly I saw a creature coming towards us across the courtyard. I realized after a few seconds that it was a…

Blessing for Global Oneness Day – October 24 2017

October 24 Global Oneness Day 2017

Composed  by Pierre Pradervand for Humanity’s Team We bless You, Infinite Love, for the clearest sense of oneness which is realizing that absolutely all is infinite Life and its infinite manifestation. We bless You in that the unfolding of all existence is Your Infinite Life making itself known in myriads of disguises, as me, as…

The Lighthouse

Le Phare_Lighthouse

    When the lighthouse beams its light, it does not measure the intensity if the storm, nor judge it. Before shining its light, it does not say to itself: “I need to understand where my light goes and why.” All the lighthouse knows is that it was built to pierce the darkness and resist…

Making a Difference in Senegal

Amy Yee

Summary of an article by Amy Yee, Correspondent, CS Monitor, July 20, 2017 Two dozen men and women sit in a circle at a training center an hour’s drive from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. They are Muslim teachers, religious leaders, and community heads from Ghana and Nigeria who are participating in a workshop offered…

The Vision that Grounded my Life

Love is who you are

by Pierre Pradervand Many years ago, I was attending in Ouhigouya (Burkina-Faso in the Sahel) the board meeting of the largest grass roots peasant-farmer movement in Africa, of which I was a founding member. The last day of the meeting I contracted dysentery and as at the time I was following a path of pure…

The Purpose of Life

Paramahansa Yogananda or Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 –1952) was an Indian yogi and teacher who introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga . Excerpted from his writings on The Purpose of Life. Giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire…

I Am

As long as you believe that the God you seek is hidden up there in the sky, As long as you believe that your salvation is to be found in religions, sects, gurus or others, As long as you believe that you are too small to forgive yourself and that and only God can do…

An Unspoken Sermon

Author Unknown His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally is wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church.…

For Young people: Adapted from a Graduation Message

By Debra Corry Brandt JUNE 9, 2016 TCM Dear Graduate, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared” (Exodus 23:20). Those are the words of promise that the Bible says were spoken by God when He gave the Ten Commandments and…

Islam and Women – Progress in Afghanistan

Thanks to Jamila Afghani and the organization she created, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). 6,000 imams in Afghanistan have taken gender-sensitivity training Click here for the full story of this amazing, courageous woman: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2017/0105/Thanks-to-this-Afghan-woman-6-000-imams-have-taken-gender-sensitivity-training It is Friday noon in Kabul, Afghanistan, and men dressed in traditional clothes hurry to mosques to pray in…

Freedom by Grace

Excerpt from the Infinite Way Letter of August 1955 By Joel Goldsmith Freedom is not a condition of government—freedom is a condition of the Soul. Men in chains have been free; men have been free under slavery and oppression. Men have prospered in periods of depression and panic; men have survived war and flood and…

Excerpt from Falling into Grace by Adyashanti (2013)

“In essence, grace is anything that helps us truly open – our minds, our bodies, our emotions, our hearts. Sometimes grace is soft and beautiful. It appears as insight. It comes as a sudden understanding, or maybe just the blossoming of our hearts, the breaking open of our emotional bodies in a deeper way, so…

Clean Water for All – a story from Nepal

Clean Water for All

Sita Shrestha, 19, took part in a two-day training on leadership organized by the UN Women-supported women’s group SAATHI, in Nepal, following which she helped construct a tap and organize villagers to turn a natural water source into a public space they could share. Sustainable Development Goal 6 seeks to ensure universal and equitable access…

Duality is an illusion, only oneness exists

Everything you see, feel, touch, hear or think comes from and manifests in pure Consciousness. Time and space emerge from pure consciousness. Your body and that of millions of other human beings, as well as trees, animals, rivers originate from and appear in this pure consciousness. When you understand that all that exists is the…

Gratitude of the wealthy child

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country wanting to show him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his…

Could we be thinking about consciousness all wrong?

In the scientific community, the lack of scientific understanding about the nature of consciousness and from where it emerges is commonly referred to as the ‘hard’ problem. The standard view of science is that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of the body—meaning it arises as a result of the anatomy, complexity, and wiring of the brain.…

Friendship

by Alireza Nurbakhsh The Sufis refer to God as the Friend (dūst). This is based on the Koranic verse yuhibbuhum wa yuhibbuhunah (God loves them and they love Him, 5:45), which is interpreted by the Sufis as meaning that it is God’s love for us that gives rise to our love for Him. Fakhruddin Iraqi,…

Trees are Sanctuaries

by Herman Hesse Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all…

Install LOVE on the HUMAN Computer

Program your spiritual life for a new year! Customer: I really need some help. After much consideration, I’ve decided to install LOVE. Can you guide me through the process? Tech Support: Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready to install it…

Prayer for peace and tolerance

If you believe that a smile is stronger than a weapon If you believe in the power of a helping hand If you believe that what unites people is more important than what divides If you believe that being different is an asset and not a danger If you look at the other with a…

Compassionate Belgian Town Housing the Mentally Ill Since 15th Century

Good News Network  –  http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org The town of Geel has been a sanctuary with a tradition of hospitality toward anyone with mental illness since the 1400s – and such ground-breaking integration was the key to healing success. Resident families volunteer their homes to people affected by mental disabilities by signing agreements with health authorities to…

Look to This Day – Ancient Sanskrit poem

“On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.”  Pierre Pradervand, The Gentle Art of Blessing Look to this day for…

A Practical guide to spiritual enlightenment

Adyashanti From The way of Liberation Open Gate SanghaSan Jose, California Practice Absolute Sincerity To have genuine sincerity is absolutely necessary in the spiritual life. Sincerity encompasses the qualities of honesty, genuineness, and integrity. To be sincere does not mean to be perfect. In fact, the very effort to be perfect is itself insincere, because…

Lakota Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you…

The Radical Power of Humility

Excerpted from an article by Nipun Mehta, July 7, 2015: http://www.dailygood.org/search.php?op=auth&name=Nipun%20Mehta I recently met a 97 year old Sufi saint named Dada Vaswani. He has a great many followers around the world, is highly respected by monks and nuns from various traditions, and radiates a profound sense of peace. I was deeply grateful to meet…

The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoole* An old man going a lone highway, Came, at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen tide The old man crossed in the twilight dim, The sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned when safe on…

Blessing and the Spiritual Path

Recently Les Voies de Soi asked Pierre to talk about his spiritual path. In this just released informal video conversation Pierre shares with us the role the practice of blessing has had in his life: ”demolishing” the ego, fostering unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness, eliminating all judgement, and creating a yearning for simplicity in all…

The Atheism of Material Power

Excerpt from – Awakening Mystical Consciousness,  Chapter 1  By Joel S. Goldsmith The life of God is my life and yours; the soul of God is my soul and yours; the Spirit of God is my spirit and yours; the very selfhood of God is my selfhood and your selfhood, and that means we are…