Did you know…
… that today is Presidential TV Address Day? In 1947, President Truman gave the first televised presidential address from the White House. In it, he asked the American people to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursday in order to save grains to give to the starving people of Europe. Celebrate today by giving up something to help someone else.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
— Harry S. Truman
It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know
Smile at 3 people today
Forgive someone who has wronged you
Write a complimentary note for someone
Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
Share something interesting you’ve learnt today
Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
Say good morning/afternoon/evening to a stranger
Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a sales person
Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room!
Given by Meher Baba -November, 1962
Eruch said, “Baba has given us 21 points, some not even as long as a line. They are not for the lovers of Baba, but for general use.” (Given at the East-west Gathering, 1962)
He read them out and Baba elaborated on some of them:
1 God is absolutely independent. The only way to approach Him is through love, constant repetition of His Name, and invocation of His Mercy.
2 Mercy is God’s nature (swabhav).
3 Bliss is God’s original state (assal halat).
4 Power is God’s existence (astitva).
5 Knowledge is God’s duty (kartavya).
6 The infinite state of God gets lost in the infinite jumble of infinite contradictions.
7 To know God in His infinite contradictions is to become conscious of His consciousness of His unconsciousness.
8 To achieve the God-state, do absolutely nothing while doing everything.
9 To find God you must find yourself lost to yourself.
10 To be infinitely conscious, you must consciously lose consciousness of yourself.
11 Space is the gulf between Imagination and Reality. Evolution of consciousness fills this gulf.
12 Time is the interval between your very-first imagination and your very-last imagination.
13 Where imagination ends God is and Godhood begins.
14 Imagination is an eternal mimicry of Reality effecting the shadow-play of Illusion.
15 God is not anything comprehensible. He is Reality – Consciousness – Absolute Consciousness – Infinite Consciousness.
16 Realization of God is absolute Consciousness minus consciousness of Imagination. Godhood is Absolute Consciousness plus consciousness of Imagination being imagination.
17 To be ever present with God, never be absent from Him.
18 Do not desire union with God; but long for union till you go beyond longing for union, and long only for the will and pleasure of Beloved God.
19 “Mind may die. Maya may die. Body dies and dies. But hope and thirst never die. Thus has said the slave Kabir.”
20 Complete forgetfulness of self is to even forget that you have forgotten.
21 Complete remembrance of God, honesty in action, making no one unhappy, being the cause of happiness in others, and no submission to low, selfish, lustful desires, while living a normal worldly life – can lead one to the path of Realization. But complete obedience to the God-Man brings one directly to God.
The Awakener online Volume 9 Number 1-2 p 59-60
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