Friday, August 15, 2008

Sri Amma's Birthday Message

Sri Amma’s Message

“Love has many faces. It manifests at different times in different ways.

In your relation with your child, Love manifests as affection. Allow yourself to be affected by your child’s fears, complex insecurities and frustrations. Reach out with understanding.

In spousal relationship, love is passion and respect; being a friend and staying together through rough weather.

For the family, love is providing and giving. It becomes sensitivity and awareness of another’s needs.

At work, love manifests as commitment and passion for excellence.

For a friend, love means right counsel in rough times and playfulness during easy times.

For the nation, love is to create wealth through integrity.

In life, love comes through as courage and acceptance. Tear down the walls of fear and allow every experience to flow over you; just as the waters do over the sands.

Life is complete only when you nurture love in all its forms. All who complain against you are heaven’s reminders asking you to scale greater heights of love”.

- Sri Amma

Dear friend,

On this day of love take a resolve to nurture love in all its aspects. Foster love. Pray for it. Give it. Exercise the heart muscle. Bring love into action. May love permeate your soul.

- Samadarshini

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?