Of all the western saints, St. Francis was perhaps the greatest example of ahimsa or non-violence.
“Nature was made not just for us, but for itself and its own happiness, and is the very smile of God.”
Ninety youths from age six to twenty-two were living at the orphanage. Our children found their niche by unstintingly giving of themselves to the Mexican children and sharing in their daily lives.
Wherever Master saw the slightest hope, he encouraged people in the paths of righteousness. He never judged them.
Small yearnings are openings in the reservoir of your inner peace, permitting healing waters to be wasted in the desert soil of materialism.
By affirming that you are a child of the light, and by intense effort in meditation, you will go deeper and deeper into your consciousness until suddenly you expose the gold that is your true self.
Seeing other people, plants, animals, everything as interconnected produces a life very different from one based upon the separation and conflict of the materialist.
As the ocean becomes the waves, so does Spirit become matter. Spirit and matter are the same as the ocean and the waves.
Swamiji taught me, in ways that I’ll never forget, how to creatively work with people’s strengths, to support the highest potential in others and to respect everyone’s right to learn in their own way.
To see the unspoken love and joy shining from the eyes of old friends of Swamiji’s was like getting a glimpse into a realm of eternal friendship.