Speaks on "God Be With You"
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11:00am
Our philosophy is Advaita Vedanta, absolute Oneness. We believe that God is the One reality from whom we and the entire universe are projected. “I am God, naught else but God,” asserts an ancient and most sublime Vedic prayer. Why, then, do we so often refer to God as if he is other than ourselves? We call God our friend, our companion, our guide, our Father, our Mother … Why? This is a fair and good question and will be elaborated upon this Sunday. Until then, God be with you!
From Gurus and Swamis: AUM
“God's love is your union.
The One you love is God – at the heart of each loving relationship.
Your sweetness, compassion, and happiness,
The radiant transformation of two-into-one draws you to Him.
The soul's first desire is to illumine life with love, revealing God alone.
May God's presence in your love grow until you are One."
—Swami Kamalananda, "Reflections on Still Waters"
"Thou hast awakened the voice of eternity within me.
Who art thou?
This little heart of mine, imbued with thy immensity, proclaims,
"Thou and I are one."
Every cell of my body, joining the chorus, sings within me, "I am immortal."
All that was finite, all that was limited in me, is gone, forever gone.
Whoever thou art, thou art my friend, my comrade, my self.”
—Swami Premananda, "The Magnetic Power of Love"
"Dear God I know Thou art love, because my mother and my father love me. Thou art my Heavenly Father and my Heavenly Mother.
My friends love me, for Thou art present in their hearts. Thou art my best friend. Thou art my divine teacher. Even as Thou lovest me, teach me to love Thee."
—Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, “Whispers from Eternity”
Noble Thoughts: "Let Noble Thoughts come to us from every side." —Rig Veda
"When he [God] admits you to his presence ask from him nothing other than himself.
When he has chosen you for a friend, you have seen all that there is to see.
There's no duality in the world of love; what's all this talk of 'you' and 'me'?
How can you fill a cup that's full already?"
—Hakim Sanai, "The Walled Garden of Truth"
"We cannot escape the dangers which abound in life without the actual and continual help of God. Let us, then, pray to Him for it continually. How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him but in thinking of Him often? And how can we often think of Him unless by a holy habit of thought which we should form?"
—Brother Lawrence, "His Conversations and Letters on the Practice of the Presence of God"
"I have come to thee to take thy touch before I begin my day,
Let thy eyes rest upon my eyes for awhile.
Let me take to my work the assurance of thy comradeship, my friend.
Fill my mind with thy music to last through the desert of noise!
Let thy Love's sunshine kiss the peaks of my thoughts and linger in my life's valley where the harvest ripens."
—Rabindranath Tagore, "Crossing"