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#3076 - Thursday, February 14, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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All you need is already within you, only you must approach yourself with reverence and love.
Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous errors....
All I plead with you is this: Make love of your self perfect.
(contributed by Alice Chestnut)
Orva Schrock 4-28-2002:
Things have been moving and changing so fast for me over the past couple of years I can hardly catalog or remember them all. I fought against God for some years. I studied what others had said about Him and I studied the ideas of those who declared He doesn't exist. When my back was finally to the wall, when life had no more promises for me than more and greater misery, when I saw where decades of my best thinking had gotten me, then I came to see it was a very one-sided fight. I was fighting myself and my toxic-shamed personality. I was fighting my own dark and perverse ego while the whole time God just stood by with hand extended, "Are you ready to come home, son?"
Consciousness itself is the true ground of our being. The apparent world is a diminished vision or perception of the true Reality. Our ordinary awareness is limited by the narrow range of what can be known through the senses. We see, we hear, feel, touch, taste and thereby weave a world of present perceptions and strung together memories. These perceptions and memories are further diminished and distorted by that inner knot of tension known as the ego. We imagine that somehow this feeling of being an awake individual being allows us true perception of reality. But this so-called waking consciousness of the small everyday self is just a slight disturbance on the surface of the pond...
Over the years I've loved Vedanta, somehow it always called to me even in my darkest periods. I was raised on hellfire and brimstone, pretty sure my doom was eternally sealed. Then here comes the glory of Vedanta, the world's oldest spiritual tradition, telling me not only am "I" not a damned sinner destined for hell but instead I am God in disguise playing out a dream in maya.....it all just is as it is and I accept it, love it, thank God for it. And now it's time "I" be quiet.....hmmm..who am I?
Orva Schrock is the author of Grandpa's Notebooks: The Evolution of an Amish Soul
May each and every one of us
bask in the Love
of at least one human being who loves us
May the Eternal Lover hold you
both in Ecstasy's arms,
May this day be an open door
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