Published: 17 September 2021 | Written by Swami Ritavan Bharati
The AHYMSIN Full Moon Illuminations Newsletter this month recognizes the pains and sufferings of recent events as we reflect upon current and on-going global issues with a spiritual salve of healing through the teachings of the Tradition.
Gurudev Swami Rama explains how we must all understand the source of our instincts, urges, emotions, and desires to lead a free, happy, and joyous life. A simple practice I follow each day is to read the ‘Quote of the day’ from the Perpetual Calendar of Swami Rama’s teachings.
Recently, one of the quotes was:
“Be confident and self-reliant and say to yourself, I will do it, I can do it, I have to do it”
yet, the next day seemed to make this more practical for me:
“Increase your capacity slowly and gradually and learn to be patient with yourself.”
The ambrosia of decades of teachings by Gurudev and Swami Veda were a blessing for us. To live life harmoniously is to be free from the internal and external conflicts that fear creates are truly the illumination we need on our path of sadhana. When there is peace in the heart there is peace in the home. Through skillful and selfless living, let your inner-most virtue come forward from that infinite source to purify our personality. Let prayer, meditation, and contemplation be the healing salve for the mind. Let the mind reflect its most natural state of quietude, contentment, and joy.
You are invited to participate and respond. Begin with listening to the guided peace meditation by Swami Veda to gain freedom from the wrinkles of mind and conflicts of heart. With this sattvic mind, read the newsletter articles and contemplate a deeper meaning in your life and relationships. Over the coming days, make time to listen to the full lectures [Swami Veda’s lectures from the seminar on “Peaceful Planet, Heart, and Mind” – Sacred Activism and Meditation as Renunciation] making notes in your journal. Resolve to listen to the meditation twice each week over the next month to experience the depth of peace you may reach.