Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I can already sense that May will truly be a magical month!
I was at the Agape International Spiritual Center this morning at 7 a.m. and on my way there I could feel a change within me already happening. The service was incredible as usual - Rev. Michael Beckwith's theme was - "Total Recall" meaning, recollecting (or as he said Re-Collecting & Remembering) WHO you really are and WHY are you here?
Throughout all of my many years of personal development and spiritual growth and practice, these are common questions asked no matter what religion, philosophy or seminar I have researched.
Simply put - "What is your Purpose?"
I believe most people are searching for the answer to this very question, whether they have "consciously" have asked themselves this or not.
I believe there is Greatness in each of us and that when we witness the Greatness in others or when we meet those who have discovered their Purpose - then we are reminded of our own Purpose (or to seek it).
Today at Agape, I had the honor and the privilege of attending a profound lecture / meditation lead by a Tibetan Monk named Khen Rinpoche. Just being in the room with him, I felt his powerful spirit of Love, Peace and Compassion which were the Virtues of his teachings.
He said the goal we should keep in mind while meditating is that we want to "reach enlightenment to help ALL sentient beings" (animals too) The Tibetan Monks meditate 6 hours a day, dedicating their meditation and their virtues of Peace, Love and Compassion to others. (Like we do in Yoga when we dedicate the fruits of our practice)
Khen Rinpoche lead us all through a mediation called "Tong Lin" (I'm writing it the way it's pronounced, I don't know if that's the correct spelling). The purpose of this meditation was to increase our Compassion and Love towards our mothers. (Mind you, this wasn't presented to us as a Mother's day prayer) It's simply a powerful and yet difficult meditation that the Tibetan Monks practice. Why mothers? Because as Khen Rinpoche shared with us, it's the ultimate example of Unconditional Love. And if we can truly practice that level of Unconditional Love toward our families, friends, strangers and even enemies then we are on the path to enlightenment and in healing the world.
I can go on and on with all that I learned in just the short 2 and half hours my wife and I were with him, but I will save that for the next class I teach you when I return to NY ; )
But I will leave you with this... He described one's "Virtues" as a cup of water. "Your cup of water left alone will eventually evaporate. But if you pour your cup of water into the ocean, it will last as long as the ocean exists..."
So don't let your cup of Love and Compassion evaporate. Pour it into the world. For the more you give, the more you will receive. Or as one of my other mentors said - "Give what you came here to get"