Tag: spirituality

Why Meditate?

As you progress in meditation, gradually you experience an ever-increasing inner peace and joy that comes from the soul. In the most exalted states, your soul realizes its complete oneness with God. This is the goal of meditation — ecstatic, superconscious, blissful divine communion, which is called samadhi. To inspire you, below is an excerpt…

Muslim Woman Disarms Anti-Islam Protester with a Hug

What do you do when a protester stands outside your place of worship preaching words of hatred and intolerance? If you attend the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, you give them a hug and free breakfast. The mosque was prepared for angry protesters and signs after a Facebook campaign tried to organize picketing at dozens of…

The Story of Mohan

Adapted from Martine Quantric-Seguy’s “Au Bord du Gange” – Seuil, Paris, 1998 (Translated by Pierre Pradervand & edited by Ronald Radford) A man called Mohan who was a spiritual seeker had approached different masters.  None had satisfied him until he met a disciple of Shankara, the great Vedanta teacher.  Mohan finally settled down with this…

The Power of Divine Love

Divine Love is the highest power of the universe. It is here within us often hidden in the deepest recesses of our heart and in the universal energy matrix. It is the energy that provided the first impulse to all Life and that opens the heart to receive abundance in all its forms.  Why is…

That we may walk in your beauty

You whose voice is heard in the breeze, Thou whose breath gives life to the world, we need your strength and your wisdom. Grant that we may walk in your beauty, That our eyes never tire of contemplating the golds and purples of sunset. Help us read messages you have hidden in the leaves and…

The Iman and the Little Frog

Pierre Pradervand At the time, I was on a spiritual path which I followed for 40 years, one of the rare forms of Christian nondualism. The founder of this movement, a remarkable American metaphysician of the 19th century, claimed that it represented the highest revelation of truth to-date – an affirmation with a heavy burden…

We are all loved by god

* Harikant. (Hari is a name of god, kant means beloved… beloved of god. The full name means beloved of god. And everyone is beloved of god. We are here because god loved us. Just our existence is enough proof that this cosmos needed us. We are not accidental, we are essential. It is not…

Why Wait?

The question of freedom of choice is one of the oldest philosophical problems on this planet. In this poem, Sandy Wilder, founder of the EducareUnlearning Institute in Grafton, IL, offers a really original answer. PP What if there was an infinite Divine Plan that you could never fully understand for your life and all life,…

Sikhs Set Up Free Bakery Near War Zone to Feed Fleeing Syrians

Sikhs are taking one of their traditions of religious hospitality to one of the most inhospitable places on Earth — five miles from the Syrian border in refugee camps for people fleeing that country’s civil war. The UK group, Langar Aid, an organization that provides food and water to people in need, has set up a…

This Life is Joy

“The Infinite is the source of joy!” (Chandogya Upanishad 7.23) There is a mighty rushing river of deep Joy at the center of all life. Oh yes, there is also a roller-coaster ride of pleasure and pain at the surface of human experience. Yet transcending this is a Joy that is the very effervescence of…

The price of a miracle

Excerpted  and translated  from the book Mes Racines Sont Dans le Ciel by Father Pierre Ceyrac, Presse de la Renaissance, Paris, 2004 “I bless all the children on this planet who are facing health challenges in the assurance that the infinite Life, which is in all of us, forever envelopes them with Its active and unceasing…

I am love – a meditation or prayer on identity

It has been my privilege to travel widely through the five continents of the world in the course of a very active existence. I have met people from all walks of life, from prostitutes to presidents, saints and sinners. I have witnessed incredible poverty, amazing acts of daily heroism (especially from women). I have studied…

A poem on hope, Abbé Pierre

I will continue to believe, even if everyone loses hope. I will continue to love, even if others distill hatred. I will continue to build, even if others destroy. I will continue to talk peace even in the midst of a war. I will continue to spread light, even in the midst of darkness. I…

A blessing for migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean

One can never insist enough on the fact that blessing is one of the main tools we have at our disposal for healing the world. Wherever we are, whatever the situation, we can bless. Some people complain that they do not know what to do to heal the world. Well, if we just open our…

The man who moved a mountain

“True love lived always includes your neighbor. It can never be selfish or exclusive.”    Evan Mehlenbacher He was among India’s poorest of poor. He decided, if those in power would not help his people, he would. This is a man who believed in the Do-It-Yourself spirit! Without pausing for a thought, he went ahead and did…

Prayer – The Other

Lord, When I’m hungry, when I’m starving, lead me to someone who needs food. When I am thirsty, send me someone who needs water. When I am cold, send me someone I can give warmth to. When I am hurt, give me someone to console. When my cross becomes heavy, give me the cross of…

Grateful – The World in a Bright Light

By Guest Blogger Madisyn Taylor, best-selling author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational Website DailyOM – dailyom.com  A recognized leader in self-help and New Thought spirituality, she has more than 15 years’ experience in personal development and alternative-healing methodologies. Every day is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we…

Reverence for All Life

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Here is an excerpt from My Life and Thought in which the Nobel Peace Prize winner ponders the spiritual practice of reverence. “The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that…

Saved from Tuareg rebels by blessing

It is truly a joy for me to give this testimony of an adventure that might well have ended very badly had it not been for the power of blessing. I am an anesthetist physician, and in 2007 I get a call from a surgeon colleague in Toulouse on behalf of an association, “Les Enfants…

What constitutes proof?

In a workshop I was privileged to run this summer in the superb setting of a chalet in the Swiss Alps, a woman participant, an MD, shared with us a rare experience with blessing which probably saved her life. She has shared her story in the testimonies section of this website. Some years ago, she…

Blessing concerning child labor in the world

“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon According to the ILO (International Labour Office) « today, throughout the world, around 215 million children…

Blessing is for everywhere, all the time

At a recent workshop on meditation given by a former Buddhist monk in the magical setting of a chalet in the Swiss Alps where I run workshops every summer, I was asked how I blessed people in the public transport system, in the street and other public spaces. I am most grateful for this question…

An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent

“We bless Mother Earth in its infinite abundance and stunning beauty, the wealth of its fauna and flora, the infinite subtlety of its growth and survival mechanisms and its mission of supporting the human race.We bless it in its ability to protect itself against the chemical and physical abuses of which it is a victim.…

The collapse of so-called certainties

Probably no other period in human history has experienced such a rapid and generalized collapse of convictions and beliefs as ours, and in practically all areas: from medicine to religion, from the sciences to spirituality, from nationalism to dietary prescriptions… you name it. In practically all sectors, everything is constantly put into question. This is…

Excerpts from The ‘Eye of the I’

Chapter Ten (The Nature of God), by David R. Hawkins, MD, Ph.D., 2001 Veritas Publishing, www.veritaspublishing.com -God is everywhere present, including the here and now. God is not elsewhere, such as only in a distant heaven, nor in the future so as to be available only when one gets to heaven. The presence of God is…

How to Raise your Spiritual Life

All the great spiritual teachers want us to look at this life as the universal self coming into the world to experience the human self. You are all of the cosmic dance. Intention is the starting point of any spiritual path. Intention includes will and purpose, aspiration and highest vision. If you set your intention…

Blessing by Providing Better healthcare – aboard a ship!

“Every human being has the right to look human. To be treated as human. To have a place at the table of the human race,” states Dr. Gary Parker, Chief Medical Officer of Africa Mercy. “And when you have been deprived that seat, and it’s offered to you again . . . to be able…

A growing sense of oneness

In a world that sometimes seems to be coming apart when viewed from a purely outside, material viewpoint, one of the most comforting and hopeful signs in the growing sense of oneness that is experienced by millions and probably tens of millions if not more. This is accompanied by the appearance of more and more…

Blessing for a sick child

I bless (name of the child) in her/his divine completeness hidden behind the veil of appearances. I bless her/him in her/his innate perfection which, as the child of God, only awaits to be revealed. I bless her/him in the perfect work of all her/his organs which always tend towards functioning harmoniously. I bless the doctors…

Are trials really blessings in disguise?

A few years ago, I went through a tsunami that swept absolutely everything from under my feet. Here I was, a respected trainer and writer, in a marriage seen by many as a model, in apparent perfect health (I had never used my health insurance since I contracted it decades ago) and with a very…

The Essence of Spirituality: Service of Others from Drops of Nectar

by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati. Chidananda Saraswati (called Pujya Swamiji or Pujya Muniji by disciples), is the President and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, one of India’s largest spiritual institutions. He is also the founder and spiritual head of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh, PA http://www.parmarth.com/ps_swamiji.php Spirituality is the…

Why Love is the best ‘revenge’

“We are choosing love, not for an outcome but for the actual creation of a different reality, where cynicism cannot overshadow the real connection of Love. The norm is fear and separation, but Love is the greater reality. I don’t have to judge those who fear, I can feel compassion for them. There are wounded…

Art, Beauty and Healing

“Indeed, the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive. Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty.”  John O’Donahue For thirty years, Lily Yeh was a professor of painting and art history at Philadelphia’s…

Integrity

Because integrity is such an essential element of the spiritual quest – after all it is one of the many dimension of truth – I felt like sharing my reflections on the theme of being true to oneself – which is the essence of integrity as I understand it. Integrity is a quality of being.…

The Hardest Lesson – Elisabeth Kúbler-Ross

(published April 14, 2003) Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was  a world renowned medical doctor, psychiatrist and thanatologist who spent her whole life working with the dying, children, and AIDS patients; she is also credited with bringing the hospice movement to the U.S.)   This is apparently the last text she published before her death in 2004. The…