“Those who enshrine the Beloved in their hearts have both worlds at their command. Lovers remain completely intoxicated in the ecstasy of their love for the Beloved. They offer their souls to the Beloved while still living, and thus immortalize themselves in this life and in the hereafter.”—Hazrat Sultan Bahu
The Mind That Wanders in Meditation Also May Wander From Life To Life
“Steadfastness means firm, immovable, and strong. Practice means diligent repetition of an action and constant effort. Here we use the word steadfastness with practice because often when practitioners direct their minds to meditation, the mind wanders toward worldly things. The practitioners should repeatedly refocus their mind on meditation whenever the mind strays into worldly thoughts. This state of diligent struggle is known as steadfast practice. Sage Patanjali calls this practice ‘Pratyahara’. Lord Krishna elaborates this subject to the Sage Narada: ‘The mind which is unsteady and fickle and wanders around, should be stopped by the practitioner and repeatedly brought back to focus on God.’ He further states: ‘The mind wanders around struck by the infliction of desires, but a learned person should bring the mind back to the goal of concentration.’
“Many Sants like Sant Kabir, Sant Paltu, Shri Tulsi Das, Maharshi Mehi, and Mira Bai elucidate on this struggle with the mind. In their teachings they all instruct the practitioner to fight the inner combat of the mind diligently and bring their mind constantly back to the object of meditation. In this way, a constant struggle between sensory attractions and the inner contemplation continues in the mind of the practitioner. Whoever succeeds in this struggle becomes victorious and is known as a steadfast practitioner. And those who get defeated wander from life to life.”
”—Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
“The teaching of the Masters aims to release the souls which have been imprisoned for innumerable ages and births, to free them from the shackles of religion and castes, to take them to Everlasting Bliss and to merge them back in their Source, the Supreme Being.”—Huzur Baba Sawan Singh
A recent study by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden confirmed that cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation and energy use alone won’t be enough to curb climate change. Dr. Fredrik Hedenus, the lead scientist of the study, believes that “reducing meat and dairy consumption is key to bringing agricultural climate pollution down to safe levels.” Similarly, Ilmi Granoff from the Overseas Development Institute has urged officials to “[f]orget coal. Forget cars. The fastest way to address climate change would be to dramatically reduce the amount of meat people eat.”
The Swedish researchers estimate that by 2050, beef and lamb production will account for half of all agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions but only a paltry 3 percent of people’s caloric intake. They expect that cheese and other dairy products will cause a quarter of agricultural climate pollution in the next 40 years.
The billions of chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows who are raised for food each year in the U.S. produce a tremendous amount of excrement, releasing methane and other greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere. Methane, which is at least 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, accounts for 9 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions in this country. And the 523 million chickens raised and killed each year in Delaware and Maryland alone generate enough waste to fill the dome of the U.S. Capitol about 50 times in a single year—or almost once a week.
And each cow emits approximately 66 to 79 gallons of methane every single day. There are currently 88 million cattle in the United States. You do the math. Together, these cows reportedly produce more methane than landfills, natural gas leaks and fracking.
Carbon dioxide is another problem. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains … the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Imagine what a difference we could make if we stopped eating animal-based foods entirely…
If you care about the environment and animals, don’t just buy local or organic foods. Be bold! Take it all the way and buy vegan. It’s really the only way to save the planet. Here’s some more food for thought for your Earth Day:
A German study conducted in 2008 concluded that a meat-eater’s diet is responsible for more than seven times the volume of greenhouse-gas emissions that a vegan’s diet is.
A Loma Linda University study shows that vegans have the smallest carbon footprint, generating a 41.7 percent smaller volume of greenhouse gasses than meat-eaters do and a 13.9 percent smaller volume than vegetarians.
The president of the Worldwatch Institute has said that the “world’s supersized appetite for meat” is one of the main reasons why greenhouse-gas emissions are increasing rapidly.
According to researchers from the University of California-Riverside, cooking just one charbroiled burger causes as much pollution as driving an 18-wheeler for 143 miles.
Researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from a standard American diet to vegan meals is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid is.
The United Nations has concluded that a global shift toward vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
“Kale for people who normally don’t like kale: Have seen references to kale chips lately so decided to try some. They are very tasty, very much like spinach (with vegan cheese/nutritional yeast, red bell peppers, cashews, lemon juice, himalayan crystal salt, and chia seeds). They are dehydrated and considered to be a raw food, have high levels of vitamins and micronutrients. A great way to turn kale into a fun food.”—
Time to work on a new satsang mailing, a newsletter/blog about the Path of the Masters that usually gets posted every couple of weeks, always between three and five thousands words. Many of its readers are in India, also North America. Lately I’ve noticed that Ukraine and Germany seem to be generating many page views. Not sure of the cause of this. http://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com
“The Buddha of boundless compassion
looks back so that no one is left behind,
Beckoning with her left hand,
“Come as you are!”
And with her right hand held up high, crying,
“Do not fear, for I shall protect you.”
(Shin Buddhist poem)”—(Shin Buddhist poem)
“The people that composed the Jesus Sutras of China understood the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”, to also include not killing animals: “From the text on the Stone of the Church of the East, we know that the Taoist Christians were vegetarian and nonviolent.” (Martin Palmer, The Jesus Sutras — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity)”—
“There is a military channel, but no peace channel. There is no spirituality channel, but there is a golf channel — several golf channels actually, to cover golf when other golf games are already going on. Cable and satellite tv priorities. “Attention is the most concrete expression of love. What you pay attention to thrives. What you do not pay attention to withers and dies.””—
Do Simran with Love. The True Spirit of Simran Practice is Bhakti:
“If the person repeats the name with love, distress disappears and one lives in happiness.” (Sant Tulsi Das) “The practitioner who does Jap [Simran] sitting in a secluded place with the right method and immense love [Bhakti], becomes the excellent devotee.”
Bhakti: “Such is the peculiar efficacy of the Path of Love and Devotion that if you adopt it, it will transport you to the Reservoir of Ambrosia. In the Source or Fountain, i.e., in Radhasoami Dham [the Eighth Heaven], there is absolutely no trace of maya [illusion]. There it is all love and love alone. It is an immense Reservoir of Love, having no beginning and no end.”
— Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One
Look Within — Bhajan (Mystic Verses) of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar
“The musk is within the deer,
But he searches for it outside in the grass
instead of searching within himself.
He runs back and forth,
Wondering where the fragrance comes from.
The fragrance is nearby,
But he knows it not.
Caught by delusion, he roams about.
So do all people wander in pilgrimages
and outer observances.
If you wish to obtain your own True Home,
Then find it by looking within yourself
and dwell therein.”
“Simran (Punjabi: ਸਿਮਰਨ, Hindi: सिमरन ) is a Punjabi word derived from the Sanskrit word स्मरण (smaraṇa, “the act of remembering or calling to mind, remembrance, reminiscence, recollection of”), thus ‘realization of that which is of the highest aspect and purpose in one’s life’, thus introducing spirituality.” (Wikipedia)
“In Sant Mat the word Simran is used for the spiritual practice of repeating the mantra given by the Satguru during initiation.” (Wikipedia)
Such is God’s Name
that it heals the disease of the world.
Whosoever repeats the Lord’s Name
while engaged in earthly duties,
remains ever in a blissful state of divine communion.
One absorbed in the Lord’s Name, O Tuka,
has truly attained liberation while living.
“This passage from the Acts of Peter provides a great description of meditation practice: “Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes if yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.””—The Other Bible, Willis Barnstone, Harper Collins
“Some assume that the copying of Gnostic texts came to a grinding halt during the 4th century with Orthodoxy assuming control of the monasteries of Egypt. Plus, Codex Tchacos and Nag Hammadi are 4th century parchments. Since this particular fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife dates to the 8th Century or so, that’s good news. Someone in Egypt was still copying Gnostic texts centuries later, a hopeful sign that more Nag Hammadi-like books could turn up one day.”—
Soami Ji’s Encouraging Message to All Devotees of the Spiritual Path
“It does not matter if your bhakti [love and devotion] is imperfect.
Perform bhakti! Radhasoami [the Lord of the Soul]
graciously declares that you should perform bhakti
in whichever way you can. Fear not. He will grant
you the Treasure of Love. You will be a recipient
of the Gift of Love.”
”— Swami Ji Maharaj (Shiv Dayal Singh), Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume II, Agra
“…do not hate anybody, because that force, that hatred, which comes out from you, must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circuit.”—Raja Yoga (via masonictraveler)