God, Sex, Christopher West, How far can you go?

We have forgotten who we are!

Christian (you!) recognise your DIGNITY! The moral life is about recognising our greatness; recognising WHO WE REALLY ARE as men and women, waking up from that amnesia … we’re all hungry for love and the moral life is about not settling for counterfeit love! where do we go to feed that hunger? The culture has a fast food menu, the culture says, come bring your hunger here and we’ll give you  all this greasy fast food, immediate pleasure, immediate gratification, fine, but what happens when we eat that fast food? it clogs our arteries, we get sick. The truth of the Church is confirmed in the wounds of the culture that rejects it (ouch ouch ouch!!).

What are the wounds?

What is at stake is the truth of love, our humanity, the core of the Gospel, the call to love in the image and likeness of God: LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU

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My mind is my temple: Mouli Ganguly by Lisa Antao

TV actress Mouli Ganguly doesn’t believe in branding God with different names

Meditation offers practical help for all faiths, lifestyles

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/article/Meditation-offers-practical-help-for-all-faiths-3004293.php

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – How to “Resist Not Evil”

“Do we understand what Christ said: “Resist not Evil” ? Passivity? Moral superiority?

The moment someone is branded as evil the natural reaction is revenge. So despite Jesus’s teachings we feel we have the right to exact punishment.

‘Resist not evil’ if carried out in real life would lead to a society of forgiveness! If we went around forgiving everybody;

  1. evil people would completely take over, dominating us
  2. they might forgive us in return and stop being evil
To demonstrate that option 2 is not insane, Jesus lived out his own teaching. But we continue to live by the very law he preached against “an eye for an eye”.
The missing element, as always, is CONSCIOUSNESS. You cannot live by “Resist not evil” without being in a higher state of consciousness.
Fortunately, to the extent that you rise toward God-consciousness, evil withdraws, leaving you invulnerable. Evil is everything when  you are susceptible to it; it is nothing when you aren’t. In Buddhism and in the lives of Christian saints, we find abundant evidence that awareness can grow in the direction of God-consciousness.
  1. meditation – sit every day and find the silence inside yourself
  2. contemplation – the mind plays a large part in how you react to evil
  3. revelation – to see through the mask of evil, search for the light that is the essence of everything
  4. prayer – ask to see what lies behind evil. Emotions are insubstantial, convincing for only a moment. Ask to be reminded that illusion is not real. 
  5. Grace – grace replaces evil with love. 
  6. Love – every enemy is a symbol of your own loveless state. The absence of love gets filled by evil. By returning to a space of love, you rob evil of a place to live. Love is more powerful than evil because it alone is real.
  7. Faith – faith is required when you are in a state of suffering. 
  8. Salvation – When you step outside of your own suffering, you are saved. Jesus calls this place the Kingdom of God, or the soul. The label is less important than finding experience. Step by step, each person must locate an inner state that is free from images of pain; in that state lies redemption.
  9. Unity – all the previous steps serve one purpose, to blur the line between good and evil. Good and evil are self-created. The new thing you must create is the absence of duality. No more dark vs light, safe vs unsafe, God vs Satan. As these boundaries fade, nothing remains but one reality, a boundless state known as God. “

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – I am the Light

Is Jesus really all about enlightenment?

Jesus says “I am the light”. Mystically light is what you see when you wake up to your soul.

Making others enlightened was his purpose.

Suffering isn’t a matter of breaking the law, renouncing money, or leaving the world. It’s a matter of seeing these obstacles as pure illusion.

The essentials of a spiritual life as taught by Jesus

  1. Meditation – going within to contact the silent mind; the light exists inside everyone
  2. Contemplation – reflecting on the truth; think about any object outside yourself or any event outside yourself. If you reflect upon it deeply enough, you will discover that everything is made of light. The inner and outer world are both reflections. Everything solid is a shadow, only the light is real.
  3. Revelation – receiving spiritual insight; the light reveals itself when you see with the yes of the soul
  4. Prayer – asking for higher guidance; prayer is about finding the truth
  5. Grace – taking God into one’s heart; the light can also be described as pure love.
  6. Love – participating in divine love
  7. Faith – Believing in a higher reality; when you stop believing in the illusion of the material world and see everything for what it really is – light – you have faith. The reason all things are given to someone with faith is very simple: The light can shape itself into anything at will. Physical obstacles can;t stop the free flow of light.
  8. Salvation – realising that you have a place in higher reality; you are redeemed when you move into the light. You’ve escaped your false self and arrived at your true self.
  9. Unity – becoming one with God; once you realise you are the light, nothing stands between you and God.
Glimpses of beauty and love are glimpses of light. Perception creates reality. The trick, in fact, is to take Jesus literally. “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Light”. Yet the light is your own consciousness, here and now, in the messy present tense. 

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong teaching about karma at the New Kadampa Tradition Fall Festival at Kadampa Meditation Center New York

 

 

A Course in Weight Loss, Marianne Williamson