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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone, namaste:

We are beginning chapter 5, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the first letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul" (page 76).

"I also received a report of scandalous sex within your community of believers--of a kind that wouldn't even be tolerated within normal society.  And you are so loose and unconcerned about it!  I would think it would break your heart and bring you to your knees in prayer.  I would expect that you would confront these people and help them out."

"This matter of sexual misconduct needs to be brought out into the open because it can seriously harm a community.  I know that most of you are strong in the faith of always doing your highest and best for everyone, but the illusions of life are very strong, and the weaker ones among you may make poor choices about ego and body gratifications.  However, you must not look the other way and hope the problem goes away on its own."

Commentary:  Sexual infidelity, promiscuity, and selfish sexual desires can make it very difficult for a group of people to get along well, even for people who profess a high level of spiritual understanding.  We are spirit souls with earthly bodies and are thus subject to the sexual desires of all normal human beings. There are no easy answers to sexual dilemmas.  Practitioners of Oneness can know that all good desires will be fulfilled in the oneness of God.  Sexual desires that hurt other people are not acceptable. If sexual temptations are too strong, the best thing to do is to physically get out of the temptation as quickly as possible, and then you can regain your calmness and think clearly.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi everyone, namaste:

We are now on paragraphs 7 and 8 of chapter 4 in the first letter to the Orinthians from the book :Gospel of One; Letters of Aul." (page 75)

"I sent Imothy to you earlier.  He is my dear friend and he is true to the oneness of God.  He will inspire you to deepen your relationship with God and refresh your memory about how to stay in the freedom of God.  I realize there are some among you who are so lost in the illusion that they don't listen to anyone, let alone me.  They don't think I will ever confront them, but I'm bold enough to do it.  And, God willing, I'll soon be there for a showdown.  I'm empowered in the oneness of God to love everyone.

I can come to you as a severe disciplinarian who questions you about everything, or as an easy going friend and counselor who will share openly and freely with you.  Your attitude will make the difference.

Commentary: The illusions of life are so strong that people have a hard time living a life in an attitude of oneness and love for everyone. That is why it is good to reinforce each other in holding fast to the straight and narrow path of oneness.   Some teachers of oneness are very bold and strong about reminding people about this  That's a form of love.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi everyone, namaste:

We are now on paragraph 6 of chapter 4 in the first Letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One: Letters of Aul." (page 74)

"I'm not writing this just to scold you and make you feel bad.  I'm writing as a concerned fellow traveler. I love you and want you to have a happy and fulfilling journey.  There are a lot of people all too willing to criticize and judge you, but there aren't a lot of people who are willing to take the time to help you on your journey.  It's because Jesus and the other masters who helped me realize my oneness with God that I became your helper.  I'm not asking you to do anything but take charge of your own lives.  Take responsibility for yourselves and remember your oneness with God."

Commentary:  A spiritual master wants you to stand on your own two feet (so to speak) before God. He wants you to realize your own oneness with God.  He can help you and become your advocate, but ultimately he wants you to be master of yourself and know for certain that you are eternally a free individual within the consciousness of God.  To do this we must take full responsibility for all of our thoughts, words, and actions.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone; namaste:

We are now on paragraph 5 in chapter 4 of the First Letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

Sometimes God does give us a real challenge.  Although we think we are spreading the good news that everyone wants to hear, many don't want to hear it.  We announce a meeting and no one comes.  We talk on a street corner and people pass by us quickly, anxious to avoid us.  We don't get any coverage in the press except for criticism, especially from the religious press.  Sometimes we go without meals.  We get our clothes from the thrift shops.  We can't get appointments to meet people.  We do odd jobs just to get by in some places.  People treat us like outcasts.  However, we return frowns with smiles, criticism with blessings.  We put in good words for our detractors because we know they are part of the oneness also."

Commentary: Going against the mainstream of societal expectations is never easy, but some ideas that were at first laughed at or even scorned, later became accepted.  So even if the oneness of all life is not a mainstream idea at the present, it may well be widely accepted and experienced in the near future.