god lives within us

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Nor will they say, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘Look over there!’ For behold, the kingdom of God and heaven is within you and around you.”1 [The Kingdom of God, which is within you and around you, is a parallel dimension that occupies the same physical space in which we live. To enter the Kingdom of God within and around us, is to be dramatically translated to the spiritual dimension of consciousness and sight, in union with Christ and God, but walking on earth by the light of God. The world passes away from our sight when the Kingdom is entered.”
— Luke 17:20-21
Spirituality

Dear sisters and brothers, dear seekers of the ultimate Truth, I wish to give a talk on spirituality. As we all know, spirituality is a vast subject, and here, in an hour, I can never do justice to it. But let me at least make a beginning.

In spirituality we come to learn of two significant terms: ‘meditation’ and 'dedicated service.’ All of us here are fully aware of these two terms. Some of you may use the terms 'knowledge’ and 'work.’ Knowledge is the result of meditation. When we dive deep within, we see, we feel and we grow into the highest Knowledge. Work, when it is done in a divine spirit and for a divine purpose, is dedicated service. The combination of meditation and dedicated service makes a man perfect.

In this world, many are of the opinion that spirituality cannot offer a balanced life, but I wish to say that they are badly mistaken. It is spirituality alone that can offer us a real life, a balanced life, a practical life. Who is practical? He who knows the truth and who knows how to apply the truth in his daily life. A spiritual person is he who tries to know the truth today, to discover the truth tomorrow and to apply the truth the following day in all his multifarious activities. A spiritual person is someone who goes to the very root of the Truth, for he knows that if there is no root there cannot be any tree. And the root of the Truth is love. A spiritual person meditates not for his own sake alone; he meditates for all and sundry. He meditates for his dear ones, and he meditates for every human being on earth. His is a life of love and dedication.

Each individual has his own way of reaching the ultimate Truth. One may find it easier to reach the Truth through dedicated service, by loving God in each human being, by seeing and feeling the divinity in humanity. Another may want to dive deep within and first reach the Source, and then work on the earth-plane. Both are doing the right thing. But the person who does not aspire and does not want to aspire in any way — who is useless in society — is either a fool or a dead soul.

Each seeker should feel that it is his bounden duty to realise the Highest. But each seeker must know that God-realisation, the realisation of the ultimate Truth, need not and cannot be the sole monopoly of any one individual. Everyone is destined to reach the Highest. But there is a way that leads a seeker to his destination quite fast, and that is the way of the heart. If we empty the heart and welcome the eternal Guest, our eternal Beloved, He comes in and fulfils His own transcendental Reality in our day-to-day existence. The other way, the way of the mind, is lengthier and more difficult. But if we can silence the mind, then Peace, Light, Bliss and Power in infinite measure can enter into us also.

We are all seekers. In our inner life, our spiritual life, we have already travelled millions of miles. Although we may at times fall victims to our animal qualities and indulge in quarrelling, fighting and other negative and destructive actions, still we no longer cherish or appreciate the animal in us. We know that what we actually want from our lives is Peace, Light and Bliss. The animal in us has played its role, and now the human in us is playing its role. We are cherishing the hope that today’s human qualities will be transcended and transformed into divine Reality. When we meditate, we feel that this is no longer a hope, but a certainty. When we meditate deeply, profoundly, in the very depths of our heart, we feel that there is no such thing as impossibility. As we have transcended the animal kingdom, so also must we transcend our human weaknesses, imperfections, limitations and bondage.

In the Western world, meditation is not as common as prayer, but I wish to say that prayer and meditation are like two most intimate brothers. If we pray soulfully, we can get what meditation offers us. When we pray, we feel that something from within, from our very depths, from the inmost recesses of our heart, is climbing high, higher, highest. And we feel that somebody is there to listen to our prayer, or somebody is there to receive us at the pinnacle of our aspiration’s height. When we meditate soulfully, devotedly, in pindrop silence, we feel that a divine Guest is descending into our heart to guide us, to illumine us, to perfect us and to fulfil His own transcendental Reality within us. We feel that the Infinite is entering into the finite for their mutual fulfilment.

In this world there is a need for peace. This peace comes only from within, and we can bring it to the fore only through meditation. If we can meditate soulfully for ten minutes every day, we will energise our entire being with Peace. Peace houses light, bliss, fulfilment and satisfaction. We can have Peace not by possessing the world or leading the world, but by becoming a lover of the world.

Now when we become a lover of the world, we may commit a most deplorable mistake: we may expect something from the world in return for our love. We are ready to accept the limitations and imperfections of the world as our very own. But if in spite of our best efforts, our best intentions, our deepest love and compassion for the world, the world does not listen to us or does not offer us enough gratitude, at that time we make an inner demand on the world. At the beginning of our service, we demand everything from the world in return for our offering, our life of sacrifice. If we give something, we expect the same amount in return, if not more. Then there comes a time when we give as much as we have, we give to the utmost of our capacity, and we expect in return only an infinitesimal measure of what we have given. But even if we expect just an infinitesimal quantity of appreciation from the world, I wish to say that we are bound to be unhappy; we are bound to be wanting in peace. Let us give to the world unconditionally what we have and what we are: Love. The message of love we get only from our daily prayer and meditation. We know that love means oneness, inseparable oneness. And in oneness there is no expectation, no demand.

There are two ways to love. One way is to go first to the human love and then reach upward to the ultimate Love, the divine Love. The other way is to reach the divine Love first and then enter into and transform the human love. The divine Love always inspires us, guides us and moulds us into something immortal, which we can offer to humanity. The human love frustrates us, disappoints us, and finally constrains us to try to enter into the kingdom of divine Love.

We have to love life and also love truth. Truth and life can never be separated. When we try to separate truth and life we cannot make any progress. In our human love, frustration may loom large. But in the divine life, love is constantly building us and shaping us into the very image of God.

We have spoken about peace and love. If someone asks us to speak about peace, we will be able to speak most eloquently. But speech does not help us to establish the kingdom of peace on earth. It is our silent prayer and soulful meditation that can give us the peace of mind which our little world, our own personal world, badly needs, just as the entire outer world needs it. To begin at the beginning with ourselves is the only way we can eventually bring peace to the world. If I do not have peace myself, how can I offer peace to others? Impossible!

We have a body, which we regard as the only reality. When we satisfy the need of the body for earthly food, for nourishment, we feel that we have fulfilled our task. But in our inner life also we have someone to feed every day, and that is our soul, the divine being within us, the conscious representative of God on earth. Although we feed our body every day, somehow we fail to feed this divine child within us. Since we never do the first thing first, we remain unsatisfied here on earth. First we must go deep within, and then — from within — we must go without. The inner life must constantly embrace, guide and inspire the outer life. The outer life is eventually liberated by the inner life, which already has liberation in fullest measure.

The inner life and the outer life can and must run abreast. The inner life will constantly receive messages from above, messages of Infinity, Eternity and Immortality. Infinity, Eternity and Immortality are not vague terms. When one becomes an advanced seeker, he sees and feels infinite Peace, Light and Bliss within himself. One need not be a God-realised soul to have this experience. All of us have Peace, Light and Bliss in infinite measure in the very depths of our aspiring spiritual heart.

But right now the door of our heart is locked by ignorance. We have to open the door and dive deep within to go beyond ignorance to where our own Peace, Light and Truth reside.

We are God’s children, His chosen instruments. God abides within us as a constant Dream, and we live in God as His only reality. He lives in us as a Dream that will ultimately be transformed into reality; and we live in Him as a reality that will grow into His ever-ascending, ever-blossoming Dream. We are all seekers, and we are all in a boat. Our journey can never come to an end, for God, the eternal Pilot, is our Pilot, and we are in His Boat. He is the Boatman, He Himself is the Boat and He is the Golden Shore of the Beyond.

- Sri Chinmoy, Fifty Freedom-Boats to one Golden Shore, part 2

Do you believe in God & the devil?

Do you believe in God & the devil? I personally don’t really believe in them & id like to know your thoughts on them if you don’t mind sharing, thanks!
lifel3ssness

I believe God and the Devil live within us, I don’t believe in an anthropomorphic being in the sky that is “above” everyone else. We are all eachother, therefore we are ONE with God as god/goddess in essence. I see that the universe lives within all of us. The Devil is nothing more but an aspect of Kundalini, the transformation of the spirit. Lucifier is the subconscious mind. Baphomet and I are buddies. Everything that is occult is secretly just talk about the other dimensions of consciousness and different states of mind.

God is not one being but an omnipresent force inside of all creatures. We are all co-creators of our experiences that project our thoughts through symbols, meaning, and belief into the orchestration of our daily reality. There is no over there, there is only *in here* because the other side is us.  We live through a beautiful intricate universal design that is being orchestrated through the various fabrics of time through the dimensions of consciousness. The only way out is through. How far does the rabbit hole go? It’s infinite. As we are eternal beings of endless experience co-creating our reality ever second of existence. we are nothing and yet we are everything, we are void but also expansion. 

To believe that the god and the devil or anything for that matter is separate from our personal consciousness is to separate yourself from your innate self, The divine creator and connection to your holy guardian angel. The aspect that lives within you through the sacred archetypal forms of consciousness and myth. All is symbol. All is myth. Are you ready to dismantle the old grid of dualism and awaken to the truth that lives forever within you? its time to let go of our past and instead start creating our dreams into reality. 

We are all having conversations with God everyday, are you observing and listening to the flow? It’s all God as the divine creator within projects out into the world around us. 
love <3

May God bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live from deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with just enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and all our neighbors who are poor.

—  A Franciscan Benediction
Things to remember in hard times

1) God might lead you to difficult circumstances because he has a breakthrough for you. Maybe he wants to show you that he simply is enough. Maybe he wants to redirect your plans with his. He has a purpose behind everything. 

2) There is so much rationality is not worrying and leaving it with the Lord. He has it sorted. Like seriously. It can’t change the past and it won’t change the future, it just causes unrest now

3) Hard times are only part of the journey, not the destination. It gets better. Beauty from ashes remember.

4) Remember what he promised; I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. 

5) God will use it for his glory and add it to your testimony. It could later be an unexpected blessing in disguise.

It is a beautiful reality that God not only loves us but also shares our pain and joy. He is a God who lives within us.

A Letter of Encouragement

My dear brothers and sisters,

I write to you in an attempt to encourage, uplift, and bring a sense of oneness to today.  Whatever you are going through today, I pray that you understand the magnificence of the cross, the glory of the empty tomb and the majesty of the now inhabited throne.  I don’t say those things in anyway to overshadow the struggles you might be dealing with, I say it to bring about clarity in your search for a higher purpose.

These three things show us one amazing and most beautiful truth, that we are loved with a spotless love.  That heaven came down so that earth might be restored, that loved was reborn so that hate could die, grace was given so that wrath might be quenched.  The cross is the tool that took obedience to an unknown level, the tomb is the result of that obedience and a sign of hope, and the throne is the completion of Christ’s grace.

So, if you have a burdened heart, look at the cross, for so did Christ.  If you have a question as to what is next, look at the empty tomb and know that Jesus has left so that we might continue.  If you are in need of hope, look at the throne, for seated upon it is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the One who took away the sins of the world, He is there, with all the love that only an eternal God can have.

Yet, there is a fourth thing to know, look at your heart.  For that is not empty, no, it is filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit, letting you know that you are not alone in this fight.  We have a God who lives with us, always seeking to grow within us, sharing in our pain, love, joy and happiness.  He is a God who knows your deepest sins, yet He still calls you His own.  Don’t for a moment, ever think that you are facing the day by yourself, for Christ is alert and ready, He tells you gently “Let us face this day with courage, let us walk upon the waters and know that I have you.” so walk, beloved, walk and know that He has you.

4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. 5 Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? 6 But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” 7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. (James 4:4-10)

*Sorry, I had to delete the previous post to edit. This version is not NASB :) I’m using my Bible app with these attached here and it’s either ASV or NET. Thank you and sorry again for noticing late.

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen.

—  Glennon Melton / Love Note to the World

anonymous asked:

Hi :-) do you believe in God? And what did you thinking about Hinduism?

I think Hinduism is beautiful, it is most definitely a very inspiring culture to learn from and a very mystical religion. It is by far one of the most accurate depicts of religions we have that connects directly to the Universal Order of existence. They believe in rebirth and reincarnation, that god is immanent and transcendent, both the divine Creator and Unmanifest Reality. They believe in eternity of the soul and endless life beyond death. They know life is created around karma and dharma that is spend through centuries of lifetimes where we go through a process of rebirth of the soul. Plus their food is amazing! Sorry that’s the pregnant woman coming out…haha

I don’t believe in an anthropomorphic God i believe that divinity lives inside each and every single one of us.  I believe myself to be a Pantheist, one who believes the god and goddess live within us and inside of Nature, inside of every living creature of this earth. We are all divine beings. There is a intricate divine order that lives within the Universe, everything happens for a reason and purpose. We are energy and numbers of divine creation. This order is what is fueled by timelines of experience and memories, some of those memories are hidden from us but they are there all the same. Life is an endless eternal journey of spirit that is conducted around experience. Reality is a paradox. We are nothing but memories as we are each subjective scribes co-creating our reality together as one through the projection of our own consciousness. The universe is one with us because we each contain eternally  our own personal universe within us that is connected through the collective consciousness of the divine. We are one.

Namaste <3
Ash


The HOLY EMO TRINITY. p2

If Fall out boy, Panic! At the disco, and My chemical romance are the emo trinity, that means that FOB is emo Jesus because they died but rose again and MCR is the emo Holy Spirit because you don’t see the anymore but live within us and P!ATD is God because they’ve always been there and never gone away.