I and My Father are One

Achariya Fritz Kramer
Speaks on "I and My Father are One"
Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:00am

This Sunday we will meet in our Temple to honor, contemplate and celebrate fatherhood. When we offer the Eternal Truths each week, we say, "I and my Father are One." May our meditation on this statement bring us closer to that truth, closer to our fathers, both earthly and divine. And, as the day falls on a particularly auspicious place on the calendar this year, the Summer Solstice, let us join together to bask in the light of "Our Father which art in Heaven."

—Achariya Fritz

From the Gurus and Swamis:  AUM

"Father" is a symbol of pure idealism: Spirit, the transcendental God, as the source, the Primal Progenitor, of all cosmic creation. From Him all things have come into manifestation, and in His own cosmic omnipotence they find their perfection: a Father. Under His guiding omniscience, all things move in their appointed course: a Father. 

—Swami Yogananda Paramhansa

"The Eternal Father, God, Swami Parambrahma, is the only Real Substance, Sat, and is all in all in the universe."

—Swami Sri Yukteswar

"God is one. That which is infinite must be one. To admit the existence of any phenomenon outside God is to limit his infinity."

—Swami Premananda

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

"In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu, you are that."

—Chandogya Upanishad

"Within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object are one."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Best of Ralph Waldo Emerson"

"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in
       thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may
       believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that
       they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and      
       them in me, that they may be made perfect in one."

—John 17:21-23