“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Beginning a new blog is a little intimidating. What can I say in my first post that can set the tone for what is to come? “Pursue harmony” or “seek unity” say it all. It’s what I’ve come to understand as the guiding principle of spiritual heavyweights like: Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, the Bhagavad Gita, Buddha, Albert Einstein, and many more.
My background is in Christianity, but I’m researching the wealth and wisdom of material in other traditions.
This won’t be a blog about religion. I’ve got a blog that focuses on religious things at this link. Here I will cover a range of topics that focus on the importance of developing unity and harmony within yourself, first and foremost. For unless you have discovered who you are and your connection to the external world, you may not be as effective in your efforts to bring harmony to the environments in which you live, work, and play.
One of my goals is to find the many ways in which the spiritual traditions of the world are closer in their teachings than I was ever led to believe by my own tradition. It’s time for that to change.
I will be learning as I go here, and I hope the information I come up with is helpful to you, too. If you find anything of special interest that you think is worthy of sharing, please send it through Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media link. And don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss any information. (I will not share your email address with anyone.) And I invite you to add any information you have learned.
Here’s a little tidbit to start with – Namaste is a customary greeting when individuals meet or bid each other farewell. In Hinduism it means “I bow to the divine in you.” Another version of that is “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.”
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.
In English, it suggests something as simple as “peace.” But I like the recognition of the divine in you in the Indian version.