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Friday, September 30, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone; namaste:

We are now on paragraph 5 of chapter 6 in the first letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

"The body is a miracle of God.  It has great power to rejuvenate itself.  Every cell of your body has a job to do.  It's remarkable how it all works together.  Treat your body and the bodies of others with dignity and respect.  And remember your faithful body elemental who serves you so diligently.  Act like your body is the body of God, which in truth it is."

Commentary: The human body was created by exceptionally superb thought and design power.  Who among us could create a live, working body? And yet people are willing to kill other human bodies for various reasons.  Why do we not give full respect for these human bodies? The body grows and maintains itself in a wonderful way.  How does it do it? The power of God is within every body.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone, namaste:

We are now on paragraph 4 in chapter 6 of the First Letter to the Orinthians in the book, "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

"Remember also that just because something is technically legal doesn't mean that it is spiritually all right.  We can't just go around doing what we think we can get by with.  We don't want to be whimsical.  You know that old saying about first eating to live and then living to eat? These  bodies may only be temporary, but that is no excuse for mistreating them by indulging in too much food and sex.  Honor your body as the temple of God. as I have reminded you before."

Commentary:  Yes, there are many things that are legal, but still harmful to yourself or others, physically and spiritually speaking.  There is no law against drinking 10 bottles of Mountain Dew in one afternoon. There is no law against smoking 20 packs of cigarettes in a day.  There is no law against not exercising every day. There is no law against watching tv all the time. There is no law against being grumpy all the time. It is up to each one of us to take good care of ourselves as far as possible.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gospel of oneness

Hello everyone;

We are now on paragraphs 2 and 3 in chapter 6 on the First Letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One; Letters of Aul."

"These court cases are an awful blot on your community. Wouldn't it be better to forgive one another and start with a clean slate. If you seek revenge then it will bring you more hurt and infamy.

Don't you see that you are falling back into the illusions of life. Those people who don't care about the God of all life will not be joining your community. Neither will those people who use and abuse each other and the earth and animal life. Many of you know from experience what I am talking about because you used to be on that list. But you finally made the effort to clean yourselves up and get a fresh start and once again remember that you are one with God."

Commentary: The urge to get revenge and even the score is a strong impulse in many people and societies. But if we give in to the urge to get revenge, then we join in with all the people who don't take the advice of Jesus to heart.. Forgive one another is one of his main messages. How nice it is to forgive and take that burden off of ourselves.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone; namaste:

We are now starting chapter 6, paragraph 1 in the  first Letter to the Orinthians from the book "Gospel of One, Letters of Aul.."

"And what is this I hear about taking each other to court?  Does it really make any sense to take these matters before a public court where they may know next to nothing about the oneness of life?  The day is coming when you will have the wisdom that exceeds Solomon's, so why not practice on these smaller cases.  Take responsibility for working problems out between yourselves without resorting to entrusting judgment to people who know little about the true God of life.  I'm writing this as bluntly as I can to help you see the absurdity of what you are doing.  The level headed ones among you who can make fair decisions need to speak up and take an active role."

Commentary: Even people who seem to be on a high spiritual path can get caught up in legal tangles. We've seen this in a number of spiritual movements.  There may be disputes about copyrights, or property rights, or personal abuse, employment abuse or deception.  Some spiritual movements have people working for little or no pay at all and it isn't clear if they are volunteers or not. Sometimes there is sexual abuse or harassment, even by the leaders. People need to deal with these issues as soon as possible to keep them from getting out of hand.  And they can do it if they bring out the inherent wisdom of the soul.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gospel of One; Letters of Aul

Hi Everyone, namaste:

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

"Previously I wrote to you about not getting involved with the sexually promiscuous.  I didn't mean that you should avoid outsiders completely.  You'd have to retreat to a remote part of the country to do that.  However, my point is that when some of your own community members are promiscuous, or cheat people, or get drunk or stoned, you shouldn't ignore their behavior.  You just can't go along with it, fearing confrontation.  We can't try to regulate the whole society, but within our community we want to have people who really understand the life of oneness.  We want people who will live the golden rule.  We want people who are mutually helping each other.  Sometimes we need to clean house and find out where everyone stands."

Commentary: Even when a group of people are organized around high spiritual principles and guidelines, there will eventually be people with ulterior motives who come around to take part in the activities. This is a difficult situation because we can't see ulterior motives until later on.  Also, some people have the ulterior motive of seeking power, so they get into leadership positions, and then they start calling the shots, so to speak, and the whole original purpose of the group is undermined. That's why it's good to have open and honest communications between members of the group.