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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hollo Everyone, namaste:

We are continuing with chapter 14, paragraph 5 in the letter to the Omans from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul." (page 62).

"The important issues of life are not about external trappings, as you know. It is our inner connection with God that really matters--and it is where our true joy is found. Our purpose is to develop our God-connection. If we do that we will be on the right track and be in harmony with all life, which is God, which is love, which is life. Do you see?"

Commentary: This is another little summary about the purpose of life. The external trappings of life will all change, but our God connection is eternal.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hello Everyone; namaste:

We are continuing with chapter 14, paragraphs 3 and 4 in the letter to the Omans from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul." (page 61)

"Or say one person thinks that certain days should be set aside as holy or special, and another person thinks that every day is just as holy as any other day, well, it is a matter of opinion with good reasons for each position. Let people decide for themselves.

The important point is to keep holy days for extra communion with God. As for what you eat, thank God for all your foods, and, if you eat meat, thank the animals that died for you, and all the people who helped get the food to you, and be at peace with other people's choices. We answer to God. Our own God presence is our master throughout all of our experiences. We all have our own God connection, so let's not criticize other peoples dietary choices."

Commentary: We can be non-critical and still educate people with information. A free interchange of ideas, opinions, and information is good. It is important to stay open to new ideas. Fears of ridicule or reprisals shuts down open communication. The idea here is not try to force our opinions on others. Everyone has their own God-connection to go to.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hello Everyone; namaste:

We are continuing with Chapter 14, paragraph 2 in the Letter to the Omans from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

"Let's take the food and diet issues for an example: One person may be convinced that he can eat anything he wants to, while another person with a different background might assume that all of us should be vegetarians. And then another person thinks we should only eat raw food. But since we are all guests at God's table, wouldn't it be terribly rude if we all started criticizing each other for our choice of food. We don't have any business crossing people off the guest list at God's table. If there are lessons to be learned about food and diet, then people will come to them according to their own inner knowing from God. If someone asks for advice about what to eat, that is a different matter."

Commentary: The unspoken issue here is the rights of animals. Mankind has been eating animals for a long time and it seems normal and acceptable to most people. However, the meat producing corporations have been developing factory farms that treat animals in a cruel way, which in turn has lowered the quality of meat. Many people are still attached to eating meat and will not give it up even if animals are treated cruelly. That is their free choice and the consequences will come, so there is no need to judge them. However, there is freedom to talk about the benefits of a vegetarian or a vegan diet. In considering the oneness of all life, it is good to consider what we eat. How we treat animals will come back to us. It's a discussion worth having, just try to listen to what people are saying.