Achariya Ajay Jeffrey Bauer
Speaks on "Let Thy Light Shine"
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:00am
Each one of us is uniquely endowed with the ability to bring God’s light into manifestation. We each have our own unique gifts, affinities and proclivities through which we must let the pure light of God shine upon all of creation untarnished by the littleness of ego. This is our sacred duty, privilege and joy. As Jesus of Christ Consciousness implored of us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
From the Gurus and Swamis: AUM
"The essence of the rose is concealed, nurtured in secret. Nevertheless, the blossom, once unfolded, offers it's fragrance as freely as breath into the sunlight, rain and wind. The essence of man, his soul of God-light, God-life, and God-love, is also concealed and grows in silence. It must be cultivated so that its fragrance, the divine virtues of wisdom, self-mastery, peace and joy, may breathe freely through his thoughts, actions, and feelings in all surroundings."
—Swami Kamalananda, “Reflections on Still Waters”
"Bringing an abstract ideal or quality into concrete evidence for the good of all is self-manifestation. It is the actualization of a noble ideal into a positive benefit. It is performing good deeds with the godly qualities of the soul. Nobleness of conduct is verified by self-manifestation. In the fulfillment of self-manifestation the attributes of God are made beneficent to humanity and to all other creations of God."
—Swami Premananda, “One Hundred and One Noble Qualities”
"The sunbeams of Thy love shine with equal ardor on all members of Thy cosmic family – the prophet, the hero, the moth, and me.
"It is man's own fault that he has become opaque through dullness. Teach us to wipe away the mists of error from our mirror of right understanding.
"The arms of our spiritual resistance are weak. O Lord, switch Thy power into our limbs that we may cleanse away the dark vapors, which have settled on our transparency and prevented the free entry of Thy light. May we be bright unmarred mirrors, reflecting Thee."
—Swami Paramhansa Yogananda, “Whispers from Eternity”
Noble Thoughts: ("Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda)
"O friend, understand: the body is like the ocean,
rich with hidden treasures.
Open your inmost chamber and light its lamp."
—Mirabai, in "Essential Mystics" by Andrew Harvey
"The creative spontaneous soul sends forth its promptings of desire and aspiration in us. These promptings are our true fate, which it is our business to fulfil."
—D.H. Lawrence, "Phoenix II"
"Honor the highest thing in the Universe; it is the power on which all things depend; it is the light by which all of life is guided. Honor the highest within yourself; for it too is the power on which all things depend, and the light by which all life is guided.
"Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig."
—Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations"