रविवार, 12 दिसंबर 2010
It is the last way for human existence
The third step, Intention, sets the way we deal with ourselves, enlisting the universe to be with us in our journey of self-discovery. It consists of a determination to act in a certain way. Through it, we make commitments to pursue our goals, knowing that a goal without a commitment is just a wish. We thereby allow spirit to be our companion in the process and also allow a field of propensity to exist as an opportunity for fulfillment. There is nothing magical about spirituality: it is there already, merely awaiting our becoming aware of it. When we set our intention to gain this awareness, we find that everything is right there to help us. Things just begin to happen in our favor, people appear in our lives saying and doing the right things, opportunities come, and the universe just works with the pattern we set. Of course, if we set our intention to materialism instead of spirituality, or to suffering and depravity instead of happiness and fulfillment, those things will tend to manifest in turn. We have to set our intentions carefully, for intention allows the power of the universe to facilitate events through collapse of the wave form of possibilities into specific particle forms of actuality, as quantum theory shows us. We note the vast number of ways people around the world treat and pray for health, including using talismans and icons, rituals, pleading with God, lighting candles, making promises and sacrifices, imaging the good health as already taking place, and on and on. Manifestations seem to take place no matter what specific methods are used and for good reason: it is the intention behind the method that opens the field of propensity to make it easier for such a thing to take place. This means that our outward thoughts are not necessarily the prime movers, but rather the thoughts behind the thoughts, the real intentions of our inner selves. These are the ones we have to watch carefully. We can mouth nice platitudes, but It is the deep-seated essence of our real thoughts that sets our intentions for us. Superficial, goody-goody thoughts have little effect. Meditation through the Self, our spiritual center, is the best place to set our intentions. The fourth step, LOVE, is how we treat everyone and everything in the world around us, including ourselves. This is not the romantic or gushy type of love that is so emotion-based that it can easily turn to hatred. A sign of this type of love is that it requires a duality, a "me" loving a "you." It is mainly a product of thoughts (physical attraction and intimate relations are always said to originate in the mind), has a specific object of its affections, and generally involves some form of possession. It is thus unable to cross the barrier to the overall aspect of what real love is: oneness with God and with everything in creation, an unchanging state of appreciation, gratitude, and support in a blissful state of total joy. Therefore, real love is a quality of the divine, an all- inclusive power. The letters of our definition are in capitals, for they stand for another acronym: Level Of Veritable Enlightenment. The word "veritable" means real or genuine, so in LOVE, we behave as if we were enlightened already. Basically, in human terms, this LOVE consists of treating everything and everything, including ourselves, with constant kindness, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, caring, appreciation, honesty, generosity, patience, tolerance, peacefulness, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, and all the other high-level attributes of the Consciousness that we can think of from the perspective of our spiritual Self. It is a steady, dependable, caring type of good will that is always present, accepting, encouraging, and seeking the best for everyone. As we said, it means seeing God in everything and everyone, and acting accordingly. And it means enjoying the peace and love of God and radiating this joy to others. Now, if these lists seem too long, let us reduce them to just three: kindness, appreciation, and forgiveness. Kindness consists of enjoying and completely accepting others, treating them with warmth and compassion; thinking positively of them and passing these thoughts to them; encouraging and assisting them; being gentle and pleasant with them; rejoicing with them or consoling them as may befit the changes that life brings; constantly seeing their God-natures.