Monthly Archive: June 2005

FWD:Story of True Love

Please forward this story to those individuals who you ever loved or
now loving. And those people who loved you. Please share it with all
humans who do believe in LOVE.

True Love

It was a hectic morning, about 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in
his 80’s, arrived to see me. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had
an appointment at 9:00 am.  I had him take a seat, knowing it
would be over an hour before I would to able to see him. I saw him
looking at his watch and felt bit bad about it. If I was not busy with
another appointment, I would have spent time with him.

While I was checking what he had written (he required me to read his
article before sending it to the newspaper), we began to engage in
conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this
morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he
needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired about her health. He told me that she had been there
for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease (a brain
disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily
activities).

As we talked, and I finished reading his story, I asked if she would be
worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he
was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even
though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand
and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is
neither physical nor intellectual. True love is an acceptance of all
that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

(Courtesy: “My Experiences” by Dr.Udaylal Pai, Journalist http://www.udaypai.net/meditation4.htm)

Innocent Love

It happened sometime back. One day Adhrika, my 3 year old daughter took
a sheet of costly decorative wrapping paper roll I bought to wrap a
gift for my friend’s wedding. I found she was busy decorating a
cardboard box with it.

On seeing this, I was angry as the roll costs money and I was in
financial difficulty. I scolded the child for wasting money on such
trifle things. The child sulked and hid the box under her toy table.

However, next day morning, Adhrika brought the box to me and said,
“This is for you, Appa (Daddy).” I was embarrassed by my previous
overreaction.

But I became very angry again when I found that the box was empty. I
yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present,
there’s supposed to be something inside it?” (I was so unconscious that
I could not think that little Adhrika cannot buy anything for me on her
own.)

The little girl looked up at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh,
Appa it’s not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Appa.” I
was crushed. I bent down on my knees. I put my arms around my little
girl and begged her forgiveness.

I have kept that gold box in my memory. Whenever I was discouraged, I
would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who
had put it there. There is nothing in this universe as precious as pure
love. Nobody has ever, never, will love me like this.

In a very real sense, each of us is parents who have been given a gold
container filled with unconditional love and kisses by innocent people.
Ask yourself, did you experience it?

(Courtesy: “My Experiences” by Dr.Udaylal Pai, Journalist http://www.udaypai.net/meditation4.htm)

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You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.
– Ernie Banks
 
Happiness equals reality minus expectations
– Tom Magliozzi
 
I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but
all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
– Anonymous

Never forget that you have the ability to make things happen. It is a truly amazing and powerful ability that too often you take for granted. You use it quite effectively every day to make the little things happen. Keep in mind that the same ability you use to make little things happen can also make big things happen. Because when you look very closely, the big things are made up of lots of little things.

The fact is that you have the ability, right now in this moment, to take positive action, no matter how ambitious the goal, no matter how daunting the challenge. You can make things happen the way you want them to happen.

There’s no need in waiting for fortune to smile on you. You already have what you need because you already have the ability to make things happen. Whatever must be overcome, you can overcome. Whatever can be achieved, you can achieve. Really decide to do it, and you’re halfway there. Take the first step, and you’re three quarters of the way there. Persist for as long as necessary, and you’ve made it happen.

Make full use of your ability to make things happen. Focus and direct that ability to make your world a better place for yourself and all the other people in it.

– Ralph Marston

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Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done.
– Bhai Sahib

Geoffrey Chaucer!
Geoffrey Chaucer

What medieval figure are you?
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“God” is an ambiguous word in our language because it appears to refer
to something that is known. But the transcendent is unknowable and
unknown. God is transcendent, finally, of anything like the name “God.”
God is beyond names and forms….The mystery of life is beyond all
human conception. Everything we know is within the terminology of the
concepts of being and not being, many and single, true and untrue. We
always think in terms of opposites. But God, the ultimate, is beyond
the pairs of opposites, that is all there is to it.
– Joseph Campbell, “The Power of Myth”

The purpose of prayer… is not to influence God to grant you special
favors, but rather to remind yourself that you are always connected to
God. As Soren Kierkegaard, the famed Danish theologian, once put it,
“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” The change
that happens in prayer is the removal of all doubt by your faith.
– Wayne Dyer, “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem”

Be willing to be wrong about your limits so you can be right about your possibilities.
– Alan Cohen

Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain
of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and
the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love
each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole
resting in God.
– Dostoevsky

I’ve learned that the most important thing in life is learning and growing.
I’ve learned that God loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done.
I’ve learned that love means sometimes saying you’re sorry.
I’ve learned that it is possible to find a balance between being human and being divine, since we are both.
I’ve learned that as long as we are in these bodies, there will be things to learn and obstacles to overcome.
I’ve learned that even when we look, feel and act imperfectly, we are still perfect.
I’ve learned that even when things look horrible, there is still a perfect Divine Plan.
I’ve learned that it is possible to be eternally youthful. The secret is to find and follow what excites you.
I’ve learned that life can be simple, but it is rarely easy.
I’ve learned that there will always be parts of ourselves we haven’t explored yet.
I’ve learned that it’s okay to want it all, as long as we’re not emotionally attached to the outcome.
I’ve learned that the one with the most JOYS wins.
I’ve learned that quality is more important than quantity.
I’ve learned that the secret to healing is to fully feel and express yourself while at the same time being detached.
I’ve learned that a paradox involves two different ways of looking at the same thing.
I’ve learned that the winding paths up the mountain are more difficult, but also more interesting.
I’ve learned that when you get to the top of the mountain, there is always another higher mountain in the distance.
I’ve learned that Creation happens when you are quiet, centered, calm, confident and expectant.
I’ve learned that the ego makes a great servant and a lousy master.
I’ve learned that life is like calculus – the concepts and principles are simple, but you must master the basics first.
I’ve learned that you’re never too old to take baby steps.
I’ve learned that everything in life is a gift.
I’ve learned that the more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will have.
I’ve learned that letting go is easy; it’s hanging on that’s hard.
I’ve learned that self-judgment is the costliest of all activities.
I’ve learned that worry is the most useless thing in the universe.
I’ve learned that forgiving others is something you do for yourself, not others.
I’ve learned that the journey is more important than the destination.
I’ve learned that what we see around us is a reflection of what is within us.
I’ve learned that love happens naturally and spontaneously.
I’ve learned that giving and receiving are the same.
I’ve learned that the best teacher is he who makes himself unnecessary.
I’ve learned that we teach what we need to learn.
I’ve learned that we are that which we seek.
– Akaysha

We created the dream state in which we live.  Only we can wake our
self from it.  Setting a clear intention to wake up is the
beginning of waking up.
– Carson’s Commentary

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes
within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their
oneness with the universe and all it’s powers, and when they realize
that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that
this center is really EVERYWHERE, it is WITHIN EACH OF US.
– Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Chief

We are sent situations where we’re being asked to be bigger than we had
been yesterday; more compassionate than we were yesterday; more noble
than we were yesterday; more serene than we were yesterday; more
forgiving than we were yesterday and more loving than we were yesterday.
– Marianne Williamson

Boy, don’t I know that one!  Let me tell you about it…

Yesterday, I got a forward from my religious teacher, Sri Virendra
Qazi.  I have been talking to Virendra for perhaps 6 months, and
he has scheduled a trip to the US to meet with me – he lives in New
Delhi, India.

The forwarded message regarded a contact to him from a lady who has a
nationally-syndicated radio talk show on spirituality, and it has
featured the likes of Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, among many
others you may have heard of.  Rather than agreeing to do such an
interview, Sri Virendra told her to contact me, and that I would speak
for him.

I feel humbled, honored, and scared to death — I have yet to absorb
Sri Virendra’s teachings, although my spirit has a close affinity to
them.  But he wants me to speak for him, and directed me to
introduce myself to her.  Not being one to back down from a
challenge, I have done so.  I await a response.

Hugs,
Moss

For each of you, there is only one truth: your truth. It is
contradictory to the very concept of spiritual devotion to subscribe to
a school of thought forced upon you by the might of the masses, when
such concepts violate what you know to be your own inner truth.
– Rasha, “The Teachings of Oneness”

“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
– Channing Pollock

Are you aware of your inner critic? We all have this voice that tells
us we are bad, stupid, clumsy, cowardly…. Although its intent is to
help us succeed, the harsh self talk of our critic just serves to drain
our energy and lower our morale and immune system.

To defuse the inner critic, we need to recognize when the critic is
speaking. We need to know that this voice does not necessarily speak
for who we really are. This is an old pattern that may no longer be
serving us. We want to open to the possibility that the words are not
likely true. We can ask ourselves, “Are these words helpful?”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement.”
– Donald A. Laird

“Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine
whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on
about your business.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

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What is the nature of this new world we are exploring together? 
It is totally unlike anything you have ever experienced before. 
It exists within you, a magnificent world, unseen by the five senses,
but felt by those psychic faculties attuned to it.  It is a world
of authentic self-command.  You see, everyone knows there is
something missing from his life, but does not know what it is. 
What is missing is Oneness.  We do not lack Oneness.  We ARE
Oneness.  The damage is done by lack of realization.  This is
why humanity is like a group of frantic people who think they must run
on the riverbank alongside the boat, instead of riding in it.  You
are learning to ride.
– Vernon Howard

We believe we are traveling the wrong road because we are staring at
our feet.  We must raise our vision in order to see our Home.
– Carson’s Commentary

Denying our hurts doesn’t take us home. Pretending to be angels when we
feel liked abused kids does not contribute to our awakening. But
neither does holding onto the wound. When the wound is addressed with
love, it heals. That healing can be instantaneous or it can take a
lifetime, depending on the degree of our surrender to love. But
victimization does stop and healing does happen. The drama of suffering
does come to an end. Awakening is not a wrenching process, but a gentle
giving up of blame and shame. A gentle letting go of projection.

– Paul Ferrini, “The Silence of the Heart”

The work toward enlightenment often entails a painful and not very
pretty arousal of the worst of which we’re capable, made plain to both
ourselves and others, in order that we might consciously choose to
release our personal darkness.

– Marianne Williamson, “A Year of Daily Wisdom”

A Course in Miracles says that it is ‘not our job to seek for love, but
seek for all the barriers we hold against its coming.’ Thinking that
there is some special person out there who is going to save us is a
barrier to love.
– Marianne Williamson, A Year of Daily Wisdom

Being totally free from blame and taking complete responsibility for
life requires a great deal of discipline. It is a discipline of
self-love rather than self-contempt. When we love ourselves, we refuse
to allow others to manage our emotions from afar. Forgiveness is our
means to that end. When we choose this option, it eventually becomes an
automatic reaction toward those who treat us contemptuously, and then,
of course, forgiveness is no longer required. Forgiveness is an act of
self-love, rather than some altruistic saintly behavior. It gives un
control over our inner life and thoughts. Knowing that nothing is
random, and that all of life is purposeful, even people who seem so
destructively different from us, allows us to accept those “accidents”
and those “scoundrels” as events with some meaning for us. I can assure
you that once you no longer need the lessons in your life that
unpleasant events offer you, you will no longer have these events. If
forgiveness is something you need to practice, you will continue to
attract opportunities to practice it. If your reaction  is anger
and hatred and defiance, then “those kinds of people” and “weird
unlucky breaks” will continue to be in your life. I rarely run into
these things in my life anymore. I look for the good in everyone, and I
take responsibility for all that comes my way and I mean all of it!
Consequently, I see what I believe, over and over again. You too are
seeing what you believe, and if you are blaming and full of hate, that
is what you believe, and, of course, that what you see as well.

– Wayne Dyer, “You’ll See It When You Believe It”

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Your idea of who you are is not inadequate, it is totally erroneous,
because it is based on the concept that you are an independent
entity.  Consciously One with All, all thought of inadequacy
dissipates.

– Carson’s Commentary

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When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.  We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to.

Carlos Castaneda

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Admiration — our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.

Ambrose Bierce

Don’t you love children?

— A  kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead.   

“How do you know that the cat was dead?” she asked her pupil.  

“Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,” answered the child innocently.

You did WHAT?!?” the teacher exclaimed in surprise.

“You know,”explained the boy, “I  leaned over and went ‘Pssst!’ and it didn’t move.”    

— A small boy is sent to bed by his father.  

Five minutes later…..”Da-ad….”

“What?”

“I’m thirsty. Can you  bring drink of water?”

“No, You had your chance. Lights out.”   

Five minutes later: “Da-aaaad…..”

“WHAT?”

“I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??”

I told you NO! If you  ask  again, I’ll have to spank you!!”

Five minutes later……”Daaaa-aaaad….”

“WHAT!”  

“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?”

— An  exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him:   

“How do you expect to get into Heaven?”  

The boy thought it over and said, “Well, I’ll run in and out and in and
out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s
sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'”   

— One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was
tucking her son into bed.  She was about to turn off the light
when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with
me tonight?”  

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.  “I can’t  dear,” she said. “I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.”

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice:

“The  big sissy.”   

— It was time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children’s
sermon.  All the children were invited to come forward.  One
little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat
down, the pastor leaned over and said, “That is a very pretty 
dress. Is it your Easter Dress?”

The little girl replied, directly into the pastor’s clip-on microphone, “Yes, and my Mom says it’s a  bitch to iron.”

— When I  was six months pregnant with my third child, my three
year old came into the room.  I was just getting ready to get
into  the shower. She said, “Mommy, you are getting fat!”

I  replied, “Yes, honey, remember Mommy has a baby growing in her tummy.”   

“I know,” she replied, but what’s growing in your butt?”     

— A little boy was doing his math homework.  

He said to himself, “Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven.  Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine….”

His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, “What are you doing?”

The little boy answered, “I’m doing my math homework, Mom.”

“And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?” the mother asked.

“Yes,” he answered.   

Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, “What are you teaching my son in math?”

The teacher replied,  “Right  now, we are learning addition.”

The mother asked, “And are you teaching them to say two plus two, that son of a bitch is four?”  

After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered,  “What I taught  them was,
two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four.”  

— One day a first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken
Little to her class.  She came to the part of the story where
Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, “…. and so Chicken
Little went up to the farmer and said, “The sky is falling, the sky is
falling!”

The teacher paused then asked the class, “And what do you think that farmer said?”

One little girl raised her  hand and said, “I think he said: ‘Holy Shit! A talking chicken!'”  

The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.   

— A  certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.”

Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown.”

The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?”

She replied, “I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.”

— A  little girl asked her mother, “Can I go outside and play with the  boys?”

Her mother replied, “No, you can’t play with the boys, they’re too rough.”

The little girl thought about it for a few moments and asked, “If I can find a smooth one, can I play with him?”  

— A little girl goes to the barber shop with her father.  She
stands next to the barber chair, while her dad gets his hair cut,
eating a snack cake.

The barber says to her, “Sweetheart, you’re gonna get hair on your Twinkie.”

She says, “Yes, I know, and I’m  gonna get boobs too.”