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The Truth Stands!

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The Truth Stands!

Truth Belongs To No Creed

On their way home from grandma’s funeral service one snowy January evening, nine year old Samson asked his parents whether grandma was really in heaven as the priest had stated during the church service. “I believe so,” responded his father. “But how do you know? My friend Hafiz said that we enter a place between heaven and hell when we die and are questioned by angels there to determine if we are good enough to make it to heaven.” To this his mother responded, “You should understand that people have different beliefs and it does not mean they are wrong because their beliefs are different from ours. We have our truth and Hafiz’s family have theirs.”

Until a certain point in the history of mankind, the notion that the earth was flat was incontestable. Experts disseminated this view and others with any interest on the subject went along with the flat earth theory without  much examination of their own. Why exert any effort in thinking for themselves, after all the experts must know what they are talking about.

We now know the earth is spherical but what else do we consider as fact today which in years hence we would discover to be only opinion. How much of what we legislate as right will we later discover to be wrong? In the face of ignorance, amidst all confusion, despite man’s arrogant assertions, the truth stands! It stands oblivious to man’s opinion, dispassionate and inviolable.

Regarding eternal subjects such as the great questions of life (who am I, why am I here, what happens after death) which are of paramount importance to every human being, it is not uncommon to hear the phrase “You have your Truth, I have mine.” This is said as if Truth were subjective, as if it takes into consideration the whims and feelings of we little human beings. The answers to these great questions of life can be found but only by the individual who seeks humbly and earnestly, not the one who thinks he already knows it. Adopting the beliefs of family, friends,religious representatives and forfeiting the right to objectively examine these beliefs for Truth is no progress.

Truth belongs to no creed or religion. There can only be one Truth and it stands unconcerned yet ever watchful; it is unconcerned as to whether or not mankind discovers it but is also ever watchful and reveals its light to those who humbly and earnestly seek for it in purity.

 

“It is incredible how naively the great majority of people cling tenaciously to their ignorance on such questions as whence they come, what they are, and whither they go!”

~In the Light of Truth, The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin

What Next?

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What Next?

Service is Joy

“What next?” These words escaped from Sandra Wilson on her drive back from the University of Wisconsin. Suddenly overcome by sadness and heaviness of heart, she parked on the side of the road to regain her composure.

Her last child, Nathan, is now off to college and although she had been preparing for this day for months, it only now became a reality. “What next?” Since her divorce a decade earlier, all she did revolved around her three children. She loved them and was happy at their progress into adulthood but she also felt an overwhelming feeling of abandonment, a loneliness that ate her up. As she watched the cars zoom by with tears dripping slowly down her face, she entertained the thought of joining her beloved mother in the afterlife. “What next, what do I have to look forward to?” It was not that long ago she graduated from college with great hopes of a future with a loving family and a fulfilling career. All that is behind her now. How quickly the years go by, she mused.

Suddenly, her day dreaming was interrupted by an old green Isuzu pick-up truck which barely made it off the road and was parked just ahead of her. Something was obviously wrong so she wiped away her tears and proceeded to find out if the stranded gentleman needed any help. His truck had run out of gas and he was extremely grateful to Ms. Wilson for her help in driving him to a gas station to procure gas and bringing him back to his vehicle.

Her service to the stranger erased her previous anxiety of living alone without her children. She had found the answer to her question, “What next?” Daily, every single human being is given the opportunity to find true joy through service. This simple realization was helpful to Ms. Wilson because it was the absence of joy which she feared with Nathan’s departure and she now knows that joy is ever-present through genuine service.

Every charm of life passes, only love remains because it is the very essence of life. Where love is absent there is no life, just mere existence. Where love is present, however, there is also service and thus joy.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” 

~Rabindranath Tagore

Consequence is no Coincidence

TrainHeading home on the train after a long day at work, Emeka relaxes to the tunes on his music playlist. His eyes were slightly closed as his head swayed gently back and forth to the sounds from his headphones. As the train slowly came to a stop at the next station Anthony, who stood between Emeka and the exit doors, swiftly grabbed Emeka’s headphones and ran as fast as he could into the night.

Emeka quickly overcame his shock and pursued the thief. He had just purchased the expensive Beats by Dre Studio Wireless headphones last month after three months of saving towards it. He ran after Anthony with all his strength but could not catch up to him.

Two months later, Emeka spotted a young man on the street wearing what looked like his stolen headphones. Upon closer inspection, the young man had the same blue sneakers as the man who stole his headphones.  Emeka and his friend ran up to the unsuspecting stranger and took the headphones back but not before knocking him to the ground.

An elderly woman cleaning her windows witnessed the event and quickly called the police. She told them everything she saw describing Anthony as the unfortunate victim of two thugs who beat him up and stole his headphones.

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“We regard it as just when good is rewarded with good and evil is punished but expect the relationship between cause and effect to be discernible to us. Where the connection is lacking, an occurrence appears to be unjust.”* Only the man who is privy to the threads of karma linked to Emeka and Anthony can judge rightly. Keep in mind that these threads often date back decades, scores, perhaps even incarnations.

As stated by Dr. Richard Steinpach in his book How Can God Allow Such Things? “In all events, our inability to see the connection between cause and effect merely proves the inadequacy of our ability to judge and not the absence of justice.” This does not support abandoning a struggling neighbor to his earned fate but that help be offered without presumption for we are ignorant of the preceding events which brought forth the effects.

*Dr. Richard Steinpach

The King and His Four Wives

Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

He also loved his second wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.

The King’s first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!

One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I will be all alone.”

Thus, he asked the fourth wife, “I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I am dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No way!”, replied the fourth wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.

The sad King then asked the third wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No!”, replied the third wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I am going to remarry!” His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the second wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you have always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“I am sorry, I cannot help you out this time!”, replied the second wife. “At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.” Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.

Then a voice called out: “I will go with you. I will follow you no matter where you go.” The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”

In truth, we too have four wives in our lives:

The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it is temporary and will be left behind

The third wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.

The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

And the first wife is the Spirit – often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now for the state of the spirit is all that really matters. All else is secondary.

Author- Unknown

A Farmer’s Insight

vietnamese-farmer-watering-crop-16131551Why Leave Heaven for Earth?

In a small village, a young farmer was lost in thought as he watered his crops. He could not understand why children were born into this world if Heaven was immensely more beautiful.

“Leaving Heaven for Earth, why this retrogression,” he quietly asked .

The next day, as he planted corn seeds, a picture suddenly arose within him.

He paused … and then voiced a question, “could a man’s descent to Earth be likened to that of a corn seed into the soil?”

A corn seed has within it the potential to feed thousands but this potential cannot be realized until the seed journeys down beneath the soil. It needs this transition in order to develop all its innate qualities after which it rises as a plant bearing rich fruits and adding value to its environment.

Perhaps man too is an unconscious seed with bountiful potential prior to his descent to Earth and needs the experiences acquired while on Earth in order to develop his innate qualities. After which he rises from the Earth as a fully conscious human spirit able to actively participate in the joyful activities of Heaven.

“It must be so,” said the young farmer. He smiled at the simplicity of it all and was thankful for his new insight.

Is there Life after Death?

Birth and Death

In the belly of a pregnant woman were twin brothers, Mark and Matthew, in conversation.

baby in belly

Mark: Do you believe in life after birth?

Matthew: Certainly, perhaps we will run on our two feet and eat with our mouths

Mark: Run on our two feet, are you crazy? Eat with our mouths? The umbilical cord feeds us.

Matthew: There has to be something out there, I feel it. I just cannot explain it.

Mark: This is foolishness, childbirth ends all life.

Matthew: What about mother? There has to be a mother out there who will take care of us after birth. That proves there is life after birth.

Mark: Mother? What mother, do you see any mother? It is just you and I here.

Matthew: She is all around us, we live through her. Where do you think the umbilical cord comes from? When we are silent we sometimes hear her singing or feel her stroking our world.

Mark: You make a good point Mark, but I cannot be sure. No one has come back after birth to verify that there is a mother out there or life after birth.

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The question “Do you believe in life after birth” seems silly but is it any different from asking if there is life after death? We currently dwell in the womb of the earth and will one day transition to a different plane depending on our level of spiritual maturity.

The answers to the great questions of life need not remain a mystery, they sometimes lie in the midst of everyday experiences.

Author- Unknown