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This video from TED-Ed by John Bellaimey is a very good summary of the world’s top five religions.
I am right, no, I am right.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their faith, belief or religion should study all the major religions with an open mind. Naturally, many people believe that there can only be one true way, one right way and that all others are wrong. This thinking is black and white and does not take into account that the rainbow is comprised of many different colors and even black and white have varying shades of gray between them!
Thinking that in order to be right, others must be wrong automatically, is the cause of a lot of misery, wars, fights and needless suffering. It plays out in our bedrooms and our boardrooms.
Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad
This is the story of the Ek Ong Kar Mantra and how it became my much loved and favorite Magic Mantra for connecting, releasing and transforming negativity into positivity and optimism.
First a little history, a couple of love stories and a little culture.
How you get your start in the world is everything.
Do You Live Your Life Like You Are On a Quest?
The essence of the Quest is where you leave your comfort zone, known reality, sense of security, and attachments and step into the unknown to discover your true nature, destiny, unique gifts, qualities, and virtues.
During your journey to discover your true self, you encounter the limiting parts of yourself, weaknesses, limiting beliefs, blocks, self-suppression, unexpressed feelings, insecurities, jealousies, and doubts. In other words, you encounter your dark side. You also discover and encounter any opposition to your visions, goals, and dreams.
– By Kahlil Gibran
And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.”
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
An adult bedtime story…
Once upon a time there was a wise man. This wise man travelled the world exploring new places and learning the mysteries of life. One day without warning, and as if by magic, the wise man forgot who he was. He forgot that there is more to life than power, money, sex and the relentless pursuit of success. He forgot his wisdom. He forgot his teachers. He forgot the examples he had seen. He forgot the lessons he had learned. He forgot where he had come from. This once wise man disowned himself. He left his seat at the table, the table of the gods.
Once we have acquired one virtue, it becomes a part of who we are and we move on to the next virtue.
This is the nature of the Quest!
Sometime in 2000, I made a list of values and virtues that were important to me. These represented qualities that I wanted to focus on working on and enhancing within myself. This is part of my quest to be the best person I can be. By the time I had completed making my list, I had two conflicting thoughts. One was, “Wow, look at how many of these I have already acquired/developed.” The other thought was, “Wow, this is a long list. Am I ever going to be able to do it?”
I was going through my travel photographs and saw this picture of a poster at the Dubai Airport advertising the world’s tallest building, which was under construction at the time. The Burj Dubai is very impressive and I was inspired to write more about the towers of glass.
If we are indeed spiritual beings in a physical body, how much time do we spend focusing on our spirit versus time spent on the physical aspects of our lives?
To be fully-realized, self-actualized means that we have to have alignment between our SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL and PHYSICAL dimensions. Most people are well developed mentally and physically – and are underdeveloped spiritually and emotionally.