Gracious Spirit

Srimati Carrie will speak on
Sunday, September 23, 2014 at 11:00am

As we prepare to share our blessings at this time of Thanksgiving, we turn to that gracious spirit that dwells within us. We show our appreciation for the beauty and the bounty of the Earth, the life bestowed upon us, and the divine benediction of God. Our soul is awakened to the pure and sacred oneness of all creation. Our prayer of Thanksgiving is offered through our living in the consciousness of love and gratitude.  

– Carrie


From the Gurus and Swamis:  AUM

“The spirit of appreciation is awakened within us as a natural consequence of our spiritual unfoldment and advancement. What is the origin of the spirit of appreciation within us? It has its origin in our soul. From our innermost self arises the spirit of appreciation. Like all other virtues, the quality of appreciation springs forth from the most sacred recesses of our spiritual being. All that is righteous, pure and holy within us has but one source. It is our soul.”

—Swami Premananda, "Blessedness of the Inner Life"


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“By holding a spiritual ideal one enjoys greater sensitivity and awareness because he consciously cares for the most enduring depth of life. Growth and deepening of ideal is unfoldment of self-awareness. Greater self-awareness allows the heart to be free to love with universality, compassion and wisdom. The desire to do good, to be charitable and to contribute to the welfare of all comes only through pure love.”

—Swami Kamalananda, "Frontiers of the Spirit"


Noble Thoughts: "Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda


"Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would gracious be;
And with words that help and heal
Would Thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek
Thy own gracious spirit speak."

—Thomas T. Lynch


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"Every good deed is charity, and it is a good deed to meet your brother with a cheerful countenance and share with others."



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"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them."

—Francis Bacon


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"Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people... Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living."

—Chief Tecumseh