Category: Spiritual Living

Liberation – are you preparing?

From: Deep Spring Center

Thought from Aaron:

I am not stating here that there is no such thing as final liberation; of course there is, and that is also possible in this lifetime. But if you decide now, ‘I am going to find final liberation. Like the Buddha I’m going to go sit under that tree tonight and I won’t get up until I’m an arahant,’ well, you’ll see how many hours of mosquitoes and dew and so forth you can tolerate joyfully and with an open heart before you finally head indoors. Remember, the Buddha had a great preparation for that night. You are here preparing.

Non-Violent Intervention from VegInspiration

From VegInspiration by Dr. Will Tuttle
www.worldpeacediet.com – our daily VegInspiration For The Day

baby pigsVegInspiration – Non-Violent Intervention
The bystander offers an example of nonviolence and speaks on behalf of the victims who have no voice (and, on a subtler level, on behalf of the perpetrators who are also victimized by their own actions).

Perpetrators may condemn bystanders for judging them and making them feel bad or guilty, but the bystanders are merely acting as the perpetrators’ conscience, asking them to please become more aware and stop their violence, for everyone’s sake.

cow enjoying the meadow

Who Says Your Voice Doesn’t Matter? It has! Walmart announces sweeping animal welfare policy

Because you signed petitions, some of you even walked the protest line, a few exposed the cruelty where it happens and those who lent their recognized names. Because of the loud voices who consistently pressured Walmart, letting them know that animals must be treated with respect. Your voice, yes, your voice has brought about a huge change in animal policy which will reverberate throughout commercial farm animal production.

Thank You for your voices in helping those who are not able to speak for themselves. Friday, May 22, 2015 by email from Mercy for Animals …

 

Because of supporters like you, we are celebrating a historic day for the protection of farmed animals in America!
I am excited to announce that earlier today, Walmart—the nation’s largest food retailer—announced its commitment to improving farmed animal welfare across its entire supply chain with one of the most comprehensive animal welfare policies of its kind.
Citing the “five freedoms”—a set of ethical imperatives for farmed animal welfare—the mega retailer has announced its commitment to ending many of the cruelest forms of institutionalized animal abuse in its entire supply chain. This includes an end to the intensive confinement of pregnant pigs in gestation crates, baby calves in veal crates, and egg-laying hens in battery cages. Walmart announced it also wants its suppliers to end the needless mutilations of animals without painkillers, such as castration, tail docking, and dehorning.
This important, precedent-setting announcement follows the release of six undercover investigations by MFA exposing extreme animal abuse at Walmart pork suppliers. With your help and that of thousands of other supporters, our campaign against the retail giant has included more than 150 protests at Walmart stores across the country, full-page newspaper ads, mobile billboards circling the Walmart headquarters in Arkansas, 640,000 petition signatures on Change.org, and A-list celebrity support from Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, Sia, Pamela Anderson, Emily Deschanel, and more.
Thank you for being a part of this enormous effort. We could not have achieved this major victory without you.
The announcement that Walmart is committed to doing away with many of the cruelest factory farming practices in its supply chain, including the intensive confinement of pigs and other animals, signals an important new era for animals. It has never been clearer that the days are numbered for many of the factory farming industry’s cruelest practices.

With your support, we will continue to push for meaningful changes for farmed animals.

Sincerely,

Nathan Runkle
President

Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu

The Way of Ahimsa | Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji

About 25 years ago I met this man from India having no idea that it would influence all that I do in this lifetime. The practice of Ahimsa is a mainstay in my daily life. Leading to this website where some of the postings will include his teachings. As his biography unfolds it is an amazing life, as a young man with Ghandi, offering a prayer at the US House of Representatives and the first Jain monk in over 2,000 years to leave India.

Those many years of spending moments in time with him have led me to build an archival site – GurudevChitrabhanu.org – where people can listen to audios, watch videos and read teachings. He does not ask for followers, he asks that we all question anyone who demands that we follow, it is with this deep respect that this website has been built. Enjoy the following article….

Dear Friends,

Today our meditation is on Ahimsa. Meditation is to experience peace. Peace is possible only in the presence of Ahimsa. So, Ahimsa is the need of our journey. What is Ahimsa? Ahimsa is feeling reverence for all life.

A for awareness

“A” stands for awareness. We need to see our own Self in the mirror of consciousness. And seeing ourselves, we draw our own portrait of what we want to become and of what we really are. If we go lovingly closer to our Self and experience our Self, we will be able to experience peace with others as with our Self. We will experience our true Self. “I am sentient energy; I am the one who is animating everything. So, why do I not animate my Self and those who come in touch with me?” Then we peacefully portray our own picture in harmony with the universe. We experience that “I am animating the body, I am animating the senses, and I am animating whatsoever I touch.”

This is the journey to self-realization. Though we often resist this, this journey has to start with ourselves. But the light of self-realization can be dazzling as even daylight to a person who has been sleeping for a long time in the dark. One has to train one’s eyes to be ready to take the light of such realization, and we do that with meditation and increased awareness.

As we become aware of our loving sentient energy, we go deeper and deeper to experience that “I am here to know my “I”-ness.” When it dawns, we realize our oneness with all life. This is Ahimsa.

H for harmony

Then “H” comes for harmony. “I will be a harmonious presence on this earth and will cause no harm.” This is respect for all life. That can happen with Reverence for Life. Vibrations of violence beget violence. If we focus on violence, then violence will be our habit. But if every day we think, “I am going to experience the presence of peace,” we start feeling peace. Gradually we engulf our-selves with peaceful vibrations. If we live in this way, this will become our shield. This will become our support. This will also become our protector from outside violence.

Vibrations of violence or vibrations of peace do not come from outside; they come from inside. In the beginning, there will be some kind of conflict, but respect your life. Say, “I am not going to create any violence to myself.” And if any negative thought of hate, anger, resentment comes, say: “No, I don’t want it. I am peace.” Tell those violent thoughts, “Get out.” Take them out just as we tell children, “Please, don’t make noise; I want to sleep.” In the same way, we tell our mind what to do. Sometimes it is easy to tell others, but it is much more difficult to tell our own self.

Violence percolates from negativities. Each individual has to take charge of oneself and create harmony in oneself. Unless we create peace inside, we won’t be able to create peace outside. To tell others we use words but to tell ourselves, we have to have the experience of peace. It is easy to say words, but it is a challenge to tune into the feeling. To connect within, we meditate and experience peaceful presence of Reverence for Life. This way, the practice of harmony gradually permeates every cell of being.

I for Integration

Then the “I” in Ahimsa is for integration. Integrate every thing: body, mind and soul. Let us bring equanimity, equality and consideration to all races, all religions, all ethnic groups, and all life. Take out the division from your mind. Take out: “She is a Christian. He is a Jew. She is Chinese. He is Indian.” These are all walls of conditions. These walls are not outside; they are built inside our mind. These walls are separating us from others and the presence of our own life.

Integrate! Be integration! We need a heart which integrates all, a heart which understands that all want to live, all want to have peace, all want to eat; there is no difference among all of us. Love does not have time to waste on hate. Love knows how to forgive. Love knows how to forget. Love knows how to move on. This way we are working on integrations and slowly we feel integrated.

First, start with the mind, then with the words, then with the deeds. We integrate the way we think, speak and act. When we say, “Thank you,” the thanks is first in our thinking, then it comes in our words, and then in our action. If a person is receptive, he does not wear “gloves,” then the feelings touch him or her. But for vibrations to be sincere, they must be harmonious, integrated and whole: integration of thoughts, expressions and deeds.

N for nobility

Nobility reminds us of our magnanimous quality of the soul. It generates the feeling of generosity and compassion of all living beings. Nobility is a generous virtue of thought, word and action. It knows how to forgive. Forgiveness is liberation – liberation from hate, revenge and animosity – which comes from conditioning. By forgiving we liberate our soul from the negativity. Nobility also knows that not to forgive is a commitment to sorrow and suffering.

Nobility is the nature of the spirit. It is never mean, it does not discriminate, it does not come from birth or wealth, post or position. It emanates from compassionate heart of amity. Its feeling of love flows towards all – small or big. It has no walls of prejudice of group, race or religion.

S for service

The “S” in Ahimsa stands for service. Serve somebody. Let your life be a service. Through service we become alive. Have you thought how many people and things serve us? We breathe air; we drink water; we eat vegetables; we wear clothes; always we are receiving the services of other living beings. And in exchange, what are we giving? We exploit people, animals and the earth. Day by day, the earth is losing its beauty, its energy. If we don’t respect the earth, we will not respect life anywhere.

We need to serve and make service a part of our living. We need to live and help to let live. Some people ask, “Where can I go to serve?” I say, “Serve wherever you are. There is no need to go anywhere.” You can do service in many ways. Ask, “Today, how can I serve other living beings?” In this way, we contribute. One more person serving is a blessing to the earth.

A for abstinence

The last “A” of Ahimsa stands for abstinence. Abstinence from those things which pollute our vibrations Abstinence from products which cause pain and suffering. Abstinence from liquor which confuses our thinking. Abstinence from foods which do not give health. Unhealthy foods may taste good but they hurt our body, thinking and life. Our cells are created from the foods we eat, and according to the foods we eat, our vibrations are created. It influences our thinking, our reasoning, our sensing. To promote vibrations of peace and harmony, therefore, we need to abstain from harmful products and the foods which come from violence and suffering. The senses are a gateway to all kinds of vibrations.

So, my friends, as we meditate, we realize that “I am a living presence in this body. I am sentient, conscious energy. I am love. I am Peace. I am compassion. I am animating body. I am these senses, these brain cells, and all my existence, as I feel myself. I am Ahimsa.”

This is the way we can live with Reverence for Life and Be A Blessing To This World.

Namo Arihantanam
Love and Blessings,
Chitrabhanu

cow enjoying the meadow

What does ‘no harm to all beings’ mean

beautiful cow faceIt’s confusing when people speak, in a religious form, the words ‘no harm to all’ but don’t include the animals, particularly the ones they eat.

As we become more spiritually in tune the words ‘no harm to all beings’ begins to take on a subtle energy to our dinner plates. We begin to feel the violence and torture the animals we eat go through before they come to our plates. This violence and torture permeates our more sensitive energies and begins to teach us that plant based eating has added benefits beyond health. Read more