Achariya Ajay Bauer
Speaks on "Take Time To Be Holy"
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 11:00am
This Sunday we will offer together the beautiful hymn “Take Time to Be Holy.” What comes to mind when we contemplate these words? Is it that in the midst of our very busy lives we should always be sure to set aside a little time, perhaps on Sundays, or perhaps even daily, to worship God and practice holiness? To be sure! However, a deeper and more profound interpretation would be: How can we utilize time in our practice of holiness? How can we learn to perceive the changeless in the changing, the timeless eternity in the universe of time and change?
From Gurus and Swamis: AUM
"Why are you so impatient, my heart,
To attain the fulfillment of all your hopes and desires?
Time melts into eternity,
Thought is lost in formless infinity
And I am immersed in selfless immensity
For thou art ever-present in my heart."
—Swami Premananda, “Prayers of Self-Realization”
"Constant mindfulness of the means as well as the goal is patience. The habits of a spiritually inclined person reveal patience; his mind is strengthened and illumined by the enduring power and wisdom of the soul. The patient mind has no need for immediate gratification of the senses."
—Swami Kamalananda, “Reflections on Still Waters”
"Eternity is the timeless time of God. Infinite are the attributes of his being. He is without beginning and without end because he is the transcendental reality of absolute perfection."
—Shyamacharan Lahiri, "Sayings of Shyamacharan Lahiri"
"For me the present is merged in eternity. I may not sacrifice the latter for the present."
—M.K. Gandhi, "Letter to S.K. Datta, April 19, 1934"
"In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of -- moments when we human beings can say "I love you," "I'm proud of you," "I forgive you," "I'm grateful for you." That's what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff."
—Fred Rogers, "The World According to Mister Rogers"
"When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die."
—Joseph Campbell, "Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor"