“A leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, offered to me in devotion, I will accept as the loving gift of a dedicated heart.”
These loving words were spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna in Chapter 9 of the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Bible if you like). It was written centuries before the Christian Bible, and at a time of higher spiritual attunement to God. The sentiments are clear: if a person is sincerely seeking God, determinedly trying to be a better person each day, meditating regularly and deeply, this person need not offer gifts of material wealth to God. Rather, seekers are encouraged to offer up everything they think, do, say, eat, drink, see, touch and so on, even and especially the smallest thing, so that we realise that it is God Himself that is behind everything.
I rise in the morning (like many of us I’m sure) a little bleary-eyed, staggering flat-footed along the hallway from the bedroom to the kitchen. I blink and scrunch up my eyes against the harsh morning light pouring in through the blinds, and then I catch a glimpse of it ….. Continue reading →
Don’t you just hate those times when you’re in a low mood and none of your usual strategies works (see my previous posts on distraction, gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation)! At times like these, I just allow myself to feel the emotions fully, knowing from experience that for me this low mood will pass tomorrow.
How many of us hear the call home? How many of us stop and listen, to hear if God is speaking to us in the silence, in the peace, in our growing intuition? Take a few moments now to read my beautiful poem, The Siren’s Call, which was published on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry blog. Click on the image below to read the poem (you can also watch and listen to the video version)! I hope you find your own “quiet beacon through the fog“. Blessings, Anita. ❤
Have you ever thought about light energy and how it is the basis of everything on Earth? All the great Masters knew this. Jesus was often quoted in the Gospels as saying: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6: 22-23), referring to the practice of focusing on the spiritual eye in the forehead during meditation. Similarly, in the Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells spiritual seeker Arjuna: “Out of compassion for them, I, who dwell within their hearts, destroy the darkness born of ignorance, with the luminous lamp of knowledge.”(Chapter 10: verse 11).
In ancient times, the importance of the sun to all aspects of life was reflected in its deification in the form of the sun god Ra. As Ra shares his universal light with us this summer, let’s follow his example and share our individualized light —our gifts, love, time, and so on — with others.
Summer is the perfect time to do this because it’s a time of plenty when the natural world offers infinite bounty: there are fruits ripening, vegetables ready to be harvested, warm sunshine raising our spirits. As we delight in this bounty, let’s remember the words of Christ and Krishna above, who showed us how to lead a better, kinder, and more spiritual life to bring us closer to God.
We can all do this by giving of ourselves to help others. We each possess a vast amount of inherent Divine light that can be readily augmented by tapping into our inner silence. As we do this, we strengthen our link with its Source. For me, this happens best when I connect with God during meditation. Once we rediscover this light through the process of awakening, we can then share it with others. Amazing!
Read the rest of the article here as featured on Best Self Magazine. Have a wonderful summer – and remember – share your light with others! It will benefit both them and you. Much love, Anita.🌞