Silent Earth, Holy Earth.

The World Peace monument in a pond next to a s...
The World Peace monument in a pond next to a statue of the Buddha on a lotus in Swayambhunath temple site, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 24, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s hope and pray that men and women around the world will experience good spiritual events with their family, friends, all people, as well as personally. Perhaps humanity will receive the greatest present of all time – lasting world peace and brotherhood between all races, nations, creeds, and backgrounds.

Maybe a sufficient number of people have asked the Creator for some types of supernatural, universal interventions that make a marked difference in the way life on Earth evolves moving into 2014. A sufficient number of men and women around the world have joined their power of positive thoughts around peace and joy to the world, resulting in enough power to bring these ideals into reality.

Considering the ideals brought to light by the man called Jesus – whose birth the world’s people celebrate every year at this time – these days are the perfect time for people to focus on his message of loving God and loving one another “as I have loved you”. One wonders how many around the world are having thoughts now of a world with much more love expressed and lived on Earth, resulting in voluntary laying down of guns and bombs – the end of wars and intentional harming of other human beings.

One wonders how many people on Earth have the idea that matters having to do with spirituality – such as advocating for peaceful resolution of differences, proclamation of the notion that the golden rule is truly what it is all about, that doing no harm is the highest principle for humanity, and forgiveness and reconciliation are the best possible option to prevent added negative actions from being taken – are either signs of weakness or strength.

What is the possibility that the phrase “violence begets violence” is absolute truth, and that awareness of this truth will become universal – leading to spiritual wisdom becoming inserted into discussions concerning war and peace on Earth? Moving forward will there be more dialogue of a higher spiritual nature becoming inserted into the back and forth talks between men and women from all regions and nations?

And who can predict the percentage of people around the world who come to an understanding and a knowing of what has become termed “Christ consciousness”, “Buddha-mind”, and “enlightenment”? And what will any debate consist of – moving forward – regarding the highest possible human wisdom? Will the various major world spiritual traditions end any differences of opinion and wake up to the fact that, in essence, there is no difference – that all paths of genuine devotion lead to Creator/God?

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It is interesting to consider the parallels between Jesus and Buddha regarding material possessions and wealth. Jesus expressed anger – or perhaps righteous indignation is a better term – in the scene where he overturned the tables of the “money changers”, forcefully conveying the bankers’ error of “turning my house into a den of thieves”.

Buddha was born into wealth and luxury, yet turned away from his fortune to seek knowledge and enlightenment, coming to realize that selfish desires such as pleasure and lust, luxury, and other cravings of human beings leads to suffering and unhappiness.

There have been theories proposed about the so-called “lost years of Jesus” that point to his travels East for study and instruction with yogis and mystics of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Gnostic texts found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945 contain passages where Jesus may have spoken of reincarnation, a central part of the belief systems of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual texts. Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness mirrors the intense, lengthy periods of meditation and seeking in remote caves, guided by gurus and teachers, of yogis of the East.

Native Americans have practiced youth-to-manhood “vision quests” for centuries, where the men and women aspirants spend four days or longer without food or water on mountaintops – alone with nature – guided by a respected spiritual leader or medicine person, in search of spiritual knowledge and enlightenment.

Francis of Assisi was born into a wealthy merchant family and walked away like Buddha to search for spiritual truth. Many point out the present Pope Francis, Time Magazine’s 2013 person of the year, speaking on the world’s economic situation in a manner similar to Francis of Assisi.

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So, spirituality seemed like the most proper subject for Christmas Eve. Because I hold that all traditions are each facets of the diamond of spiritual truth, the following documentary is about Khyentse Rinpoche, the principal teacher of the Dalai Lama. Its title is “The Spirit of Tibet”and includes a very interesting biographical study of Khyentse Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama is quick to say that his teacher was very helpful in his spiritual practice – the film shows that he taught others all the way to the end of his life.

Khyentse Rinpoche spent fifteen years in meditative and spiritual exercise, an intense time where the aspirant forgoes comfort, luxury, or wealth in the search for enlightenment. Perhaps it would not be a stretch to compare long periods of meditation by Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, and others to the 27 years in prison spent by Nelson Mandela. There seems to exist a commonality where the person becomes actively engaged to self-conquer or control one’s thoughts and mind.

Khyentse Rinpoche spent the morning hours from 4 am to 9 am in meditation and prayer – a practice the Dalai Lama has inserted into his daily routine. One could relate meditation to prayer, as both are periods of silence and contemplation. So, quiet time is common to every tradition on Earth. Wisdom received through meditation and prayer burns away ignorance and self-centered emotions, resulting in more positive thoughts and actions of compassion and concern for the end of suffering – the happiness – of others.

In the film the Dalai Lama speaks about the Buddha‘s instruction to students to consider him a teacher, and that he was pointing out each person’s innate ability to train their mind positively. This may be seen as related to Jesus’ pointing out that “greater things than these shall you do”, illustrating his role as teacher similar to Buddha. Native American medicine people are sure to point out that any healings come from the Creator, the Great Spirit, and that healing power comes from God through the medicine person like a “hollow bone” – from the Creator/God to the patient.

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Whether you consider yourself an adherent of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Judaism or one of the folk religions – may you experience a Silent Earth, Holy Earth.

 

 

 

 

Prayer For All People, All Life, And All Things.

Posted August 11, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

“Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is viscious… prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft… As soon as the man is one with God, he will not beg.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

earthblog2Prayer is communication with God, the Creator. Some people never pray, some pray once a week during church services, some pray when faced with particularly difficult life situations, when in the foxhole during warfare as an example. Still other people have come to a point where every step is as a prayer. Where life, all life, can be thought of as sacred.

Every person deserves to be, and must be, respected regarding his or her personal relationship with God, the Creator. One person should never tell another that their spiritual status is right or wrong. Spirituality is something that is every person’s business and nobody else’s. Each person will find their own way in the realms of spirituality; others may communicate, but not judge others for, what they have observed in those realms.

It is the sole responsibility of every person to discern spiritual writings and either accept or reject what they have to offer. Perhaps one will feel in their gut, what some term intuition, that the ideas and thoughts conveyed in particular writings resonate. Intuition is a very interesting subject which fascinates us when we realize that it was built in to us as human beings. When we think about the human experience we become overwhelmed that such an amazing scenario, life and reality, came to exist in the first place.

There are times when we sit and allow our minds to imagine what is occurring on the rest of the Earth. All of the information we receive throughout our lives from travels, personal experiences, books, films, news reports, websites, blogs, communications through many forms and types, all add to the intensity and vividness of our imagining of the situations in the world now.

“Great Spirit we pray for all people, all life, and all things on this Mother Earth. We pray for the two-legged, the four-legged, the winged, those that live in the water, the crawling things, the green things, the rocks, the air, the waters and all things. We pray for those who live in areas where war and suffering are occurring; that leaders will emerge to bring an end to fighting and a lasting peace. We pray for those living in areas where there are weather events which have left people in difficult situations. We pray for people who are in situations where the absence of love, forgiveness and compassion has led to harmful words, anger, physical and emotional violence, pain, and suffering. Please bring better days to all these Great Spirit. We humbly thank you for the food that Mother Earth freely provides us and ask that all may be given their sustenance. We thank you for humanity’s coming together as one with friendship, brotherhood, mutual respect and good intentions for all people no matter their status. We thank you that this feeling of unity and oneness is being felt by more and more people all across this beautiful Earth. We thank you for this growing awareness and the increased feelings of unconditional love and forgiveness.”

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