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Surrender to God

September 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Bhavani Ashtakam
http://www.shankaracharya.org/bhavani_ashtakam.php
In this context, Bhavani means GOD.

Read it in above link multiple times.
See is there any response from your inside.

Listen…focus on sub titles….do you feel something?

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How to Pray like a Monk?

April 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Voluntary Poverty

February 3, 2016 Leave a comment

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” – Matthew 19:24

Leviticus 19:10
‘Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 23:22
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'”

1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,

Matthew 19:21
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

1 John 3:17
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

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“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
– Francis of Assisi

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
– Francis of Assisi

“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
he courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
– Francis of Assisi

Reference: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/149151.Francis_of_Assisi

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The Poor Clares, officially the Order of Saint Clare, (Latin: Ordo sanctae Clarae) – originally referred to as the Order of Poor Ladies, and later the Clarisses, the Minoresses, the Franciscan Clarist Order, and the Second Order of St. Francis – are members of a contemplative Order of nuns in the Catholic Church.
Poor Clares – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_Clares

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Worker_Movement

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Corporal works of mercy
To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To harbor the harborless (Presently interpreted as Shelter the Homeless).[7]
To visit the sick.
To ransom the captive (Presently interpreted as Visit the Imprisoned).[8]
To bury the dead.

Seven spiritual works
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish sinners.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To forgive offences willingly.
To comfort the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead

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Why good people and bad people existed on this earth?

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Mt 13:24-43
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

This is the reason good people and bad people existed on this earth. God is patient with all of us and giving opportunity to change. Weeds can’t become Wheat. But humans can change themselves to good/better/best humans to please the God.

Sower, Seeds and Soil

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

God given oppertunities to all of us, the way he sowed seeds in all places.
All oppertunities are same like seeds of the same batch.
The problem is with soil. That is me.
We need to keep our heart open and clean to accept God’s word and grow in the path he showed.

Build your house on Rock

March 7, 2011 2 comments

What I understood from yesterday’s sermon?

Reference
St. Matthew 7:21-27
http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew7.htm

We are going to learn two things from this passage.
1. Just telling Lord’s name is not enough. We need to do what he asked us to do.
2. We need to strengthen our foundation

I was very impressed by second point.

How many times we show our house foundation to friends? Always we show the house. Everybody appreciates by it looks. Two houses constructed on sand and rock looks same. But we come to know their stability/strength only when storm comes.

We always have catastrophes in our lives.
What will happen when catastrophe strikes us?

1. Loss of friend/relative
2. Loss of job
3. Loss of relationships
4. Disease
5. Accidents

We have two opportunities to escape from this situation
1. Strengthen our foundation by doing what Jesus asked us to do. (Prevention)
2. Keep praying to recover and protect from further damage

What will happen, if we are not doing anything?
Our foundation weakens and we will collapse soon.

Why grief strikes us?
1. Many times it is our sin or mistake
2. Few times it is effect of Satan

When we keep praying, our sins will be forgiven.
When we keep praying, Satan won’t dare to touch us.

Many saints struggled without sin.
Those who suffer without sin, they will become saints.

Never forget the eight beatitudes of Jesus. (St. Matthew 5:3-10)
http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew5.htm

A good sailor never gives up his compass under any circumstances.

Jesus told that he is the light and path to our lives.
It is better to stick to him and his word to cross this ocean (life).

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Categories: Spirituality

Blissful Life

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Blissful Life