“Remember, what does not change is real. What changes is only appearance.”
Supplementary Text WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Pages from John Greven’s book, “Oneness, the destination that you never left.” – SEE http://infiniteaffinity.com/onenesstext.php
We should earnestly seek and thoroughly investigate realities, recognizing that the purpose of the religion of God is the education of humanity and the unity and fellowship of mankind. Furthermore we will establish the point that the foundations of the religions of God are one foundation. This foundation is not multiple for it is reality itself. Reality does not admit of multiplicity although each of the divine religions is separable into two divisions. One concerns the world of morality and the ethical training of human nature. It is directed to the advancement of the world of humanity in general; it reveals and inculcates the knowledge of God and makes possible the discovery of the verities of life. This is ideal and spiritual teaching, the essential quality of divine religion and not subject to change or transformation. It is the one foundation of all the religions of God. Therefore the religions are essentially one and the same.
The second classification or division comprises social laws and regulations applicable to human conduct. This is not the essential spiritual quality of religion. It is subject to change and transformation according to the exigencies and requirements of time and place. …………………
Time changes conditions, and laws change to suit conditions. We must remember that these changing laws are not the essentials; they are the accidentals of religion. The essential ordinances established by a Manifestation of God are spiritual; they concern moralities, the ethical development of man and faith in God. They are ideal and necessarily permanent; expressions of the one foundation and not amenable to change or transformation. Therefore the fundamental basis of the revealed religion of God is immutable, unchanging throughout the centuries, not subject to the varying conditions of the human world. Source HERE http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-17.html
“This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-63.html
We take long trips
We puzzle over the meaning of a painting or a book,
when what we’re wanting to see and understand
in this world, we are that.
From: ‘Open Secrets: versions of Rumi’ by John Moyne and Coleman Barks. – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1570625298/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1LME1VMDQPLPB
A juxtaposition of two extracts from spiritual teachings.
Tolle in Chapter 7 of A New Earth says;
…….the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in transcendence of the world. Just as you would not be conscious of space if there were no objects in space, the world is needed for the Unmanifested to be realized.
You may have heard the Buddhist saying: “If there were no illusion, there would be no enlightenment.” It is through the world and ultimately through you that the Unmanifested knows itself.
You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!
We find a similar passage in Baha’i Writings;
Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding, the breeze that stirreth at the break of day, the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men, the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll. With the utmost unity, and in a spirit of perfect fellowship, exert yourselves, that ye may be enabled to achieve that which beseemeth this Day of God. (from Gleanings)
In our One Garden groups – interfaith as interspirituality – we present our ‘purpose and ‘practice’
in its simplest form as –
Our One Garden a) PURPOSE =Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully
Today I received The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira. His teaching it seems is very similar;
There are three essential steps in the spiritual path: the first is to notice that one is not a body or a mind, but rather the Awareness in which these appear, and with which they are known; the second is to explore the nature of Awareness and discover that it doesn’t share the destiny or the limits of the body and mind – that is, to discover its eternal, infinite nature; and the third is to live a life that is consistent with this understanding.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path. -Proverbs 3:5-6
Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your purpose. – Aristotle
The Mission of My Life
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about. John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890)
“Our lives begin to end
the day we become silent
about things that matter.”
The purpose of art is the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
Glenn Gould, pianist
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche
‘It is not up to you to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” – Pirkei Avot
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Viktor Frankl
“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha
“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill
“Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.” ~ Victor Frankl
“Make your life a mission – not an intermission” ~ Unknown
“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach