Hello again Dear Readers. This will be my last post for a while, as I will be traveling out of Denmark for most of the summer holidays.
This post, then, is dedicated to the idea and truth of Love, because in the end, there is simply nothing more important than this. For me, this past year has been such a roller-coaster ride of emotions combined with a whole lotta inner work (an understatement to say the least). I could even say that it has been possibly the most difficult year of all, in some ways. Am I wiser for having gone through it? I don’t know how to answer this. I guess I could simply say that certain things have crystalized for me, as far as what matters the most in my life, and why any of us are actually here. I know there are no accidents, and that taking responsibility for one’s own life and circumstances is critically important.
That doesn’t mean that life becomes easier for doing so; in fact it seems the opposite. But. I can only take responsibility for my own thoughts, words, and actions, and not for anyone else’s. If another person becomes angry or upset with me, that is ultimately not my responsibility, even though at times it feels like they want it to be mine.
The other huge part of being a loving human being, of course, is learning to truly love oneself. For some of us, this is actually one of the most difficult lessons to learn. I honestly don’t have much good advice about how to do it: I only know that somehow, it is extremely important to DO it. And unconditionally.The world will not improve, nor humanity become a greater version of itself, without people in it who can truly love and honor THEMSELVES as well as all others.
I watched part of a quite interesting talk by an artist named Jerry Wennstrom last evening. His art is so beautiful and evocative, and his words about art and its place in his life, and in life generally, touched me deeply. He said,
“It’s our attachment that destroys more in our life than our willingness to let it go. There’s the sacrifice. Somehow, it’s letting the gods know you mean business. The willingness to let it go is putting it into God’s hands. Or giving it over to the Mystery who knows better than we do, how to carry our life. How do we do that? It’s the things we love the most, that we hold back the most.” Here’s the link for those who wish to watch this on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LVVnxThwKLU#t=1775s
More words about love come from a recent blog post from one of my favorite blogs, Oracles and Healers. Here’s the quote:
Love starts with self, with living so that loving self is as natural as breathing. Only then can you give and receive love. Love is contagious, unlimited, omnipresent. It is what changes bleakness of spirit into fullness of spirit, illness into health, lack into prosperity. It is the absence of love that breeds all the woes of your world, and it is filling the void with love that will cure the woes. This is not asking you to love what brings misery and deprivation and harm! It is asking you to simply feel love so you can send forth that energy—it will seek its way to the void. http://oraclesandhealers.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/matthew-ward-july-4-2013/#more-3606
At its core, Love is a verb. All the pretty words in the world are paltry in comparison to the actual ACT of love, which can change a human being, and hence the world, in an instant.
My gift to you all this evening, dear Readers, is the following prayer.
The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness.
The word “Gayatri” itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.
Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat
On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us.
Here is a beautiful version of this mantra, or chanted prayer, by Deva Premal. I hope you enjoy it, and may you all be blessed with love in every form, the light of Divine Grace, and all the beautiful gifts of this lovely season. Namaste and love, Leigh
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- Gayatri Mantra (dharmajyotish.wordpress.com)
- Gayatri Mantra (janijayavardan.wordpress.com)
- Gayatri Mantra for the Unemployed (prophet666.com)