Speaks on "Prepare Ye The Way"
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 11:00am
The path to God has been tread by the mystics, rishis and saints of all times and all lands. These great souls have divinely inspired humanity with the highest ideals.
The prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament foretold of the voice in the wilderness that would prepare the way for the Lord.
The news from the angel Gabriel of the birth of this holy one is revealed to us in the Bible and the Qu’ran.
It is said that John the Baptist emerged from the wilderness as a messenger, fulfilling this prophecy. When Jesus came to be baptized, John recognized the divine consciousness of Christ.
Let us, too, prepare the way and make straight the path toward realizing the Divine in us and in all beings.
From the Gurus and Swamis: AUM
"The path of life is secured only when it is built on the attributes of God. I know I can follow thy path because thou hast given me thy light in my soul."
—Swami Premananda, “The Inner Path to God”
"Through every experience and condition God offers us light. The teachings and practices of religions are merely suggestions to our soul – to heed the light on its path, to remember its source and destiny in light.
"The greatest teachers of life have been the mystics. The nature of their mystical knowledge has compelled them to emphasize the eternal more than the historical. They have stressed the Reality to be known rather than themselves as its personal agents, and they have humbly served humanity with the encouraging promise of their experience of truth. They have not placed strict proclamations or doctrines before us but have guided us to the path of enlightenment within ourselves."
—Swami Kamalananda, “Reflections on Still Waters”
Noble Thoughts: ("Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda)
"A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
—Isaiah 40, Old Testament
"In the same way I saw an ancient path, an ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times? Just this noble eightfold path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration...I followed that path."
—Buddha, “Nagara Sutta”