“Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
We must be lovers of light no matter from what lamp it appears. We must be lovers of the rose no matter in what garden it blooms. We must be seekers of truth no matter from what source it comes.
Attachment to one lamp can prevent us from appreciating the light when it shines in another. Attachment to one form or practice of religion can deprive us from understanding the truth of all religions.
We must abandon prejudice and outdated traditions if we are to succeed in finding the truth. There is a difference between dogma, superstitions, prejudice . . . and the truth. If we understand this, we will be able to see that the Divine Light of Truth shone in all Manifestations of God. The truth came from Krishna, Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh.
In seeking the truth, we must free ourselves of all our opinions and preconceived ideas. We must give up our prejudices and trivial notions. An open receptive mind is needed. If your cup is full of self . . . there is no room in it for the water of life.
The fact that we think we are right and everyone else is wrong is the greatest obstacle in the path of unity. And unity is necessary if we are to reach the truth.
This month’s affirmation is very powerful because it is about your personal relationship with God. Ask yourself, are you listening to what God is saying to you? What messages have you received?
Prayer is “our conversation with God.” God does not need our prayers, the progress of our souls depends on prayer, because prayer is the food of the soul. When we pray we are taking in spiritual nourishment and increasing our capacity to enjoy spiritual gifts. Just like the quote, without praying, I feel like a human who can be easily defeated.
This is the time to be honest with yourself! No one else needs to know, you can keep the answer between you and God if you like. But you must face the honest facts. That voice inside is trying to tell you something, if not already.
Is it telling you to work harder at something? Maybe it is telling you to slow down. The voice may be telling you to start “being selfish” or maybe to put someone else first for a change. No matter . . . take heed!
The steps below were suggested to a believer as a method of finding a solution to problems using prayer.
Step 1: Pray and meditate about it. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.
Step 2: Arrive at a decision and hold it. This decision is usually born during contemplation. It may seem almost impossible of accomplishing, but if it seems to be the answer to a prayer or a way of solving the problem . . . then immediately take the next step.
Step 3: Have determination to carry the decision through. Many fail here! The process of the decision, budding into determination, is blighted and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination is born, immediately take the next step.
Step 4: Have faith and confidence that the power will flow through you. The right way will appear, the right door will open, the right thought, the right message, the right principle, or the right book will be given to you. Have confidence, and the right thing will come to your need. Then as you rise from prayer, take at once the fifth step.
Step 5: Act as though it has all been answered. Then act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being, until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine power to flow through you.
Many pray but do not remain for the last half of the first step. Some who meditate arrive at a decision, but fail to hold it (step 2). Few have the determination to carry the decision through (step 3), still fewer have the confidence that the right thing will come to their need (step 4).
But how many remember to act as though it had all been answered (step 5)? How true are these words, “Greater than the prayer is the spirit in which it is uttered.” “And greater than the way it is uttered is the spirit in which it is carried out.”
WHAT is God saying that you are not listening to?
God speaks to us always. We have to let go and let God . . . tell us what “The Plan” is for our lives. Often we make choices, giving ourselves credit for our mistakes and successes. God is in charge and speaks to us through many resources.
Who is talking? It may be a child, spouse, friend, or co-worker. It may be a minister, teacher, doctor, mechanic, or stranger. They are the messengers.
God is the Creator who uses them to bring you the truth! You may not like the answers received . . . but when God speaks . . . LISTEN! God speaks with wisdom and love!