“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God”
In my puny, inadequate, hypocritical way, I have joined with those who made that decision. You dont need to be an alcoholic or a drug addict to appreciate the wisdom of the 12 steps. The steps provide a good model for facing any problem that makes ones life unmanageable. Surrender and transformation: these ofent come in handy.
The great challenge of surrender
Surrender is a battlefield. Dont let anybody tell you different.
I take the third step every day. I need to take the third step every day. Every day. Every day.
”Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine.”
This old hymn has been on my mind today.
Meher Baba said “Everything in the Gita is expressed in these few lines by a Western Mystic.”
Nothing is real but god. Nothing matters but love for god.
To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing, in the world of forms, truth, love, purity and beauty—this is the sole game which has intrinsic and absolute worth.
For the rich, I am the richest; For the poor, I am the poorest; For the literate, I am the most literate; For the illiterate, I am the most illiterate. Thus I am one of you, one with you And one in you, and we are all one. To have my real darshan is to find me. The way to find me is to find your abode in me. And the only one and sure way to find your abode in me Is to love me.
Say this to yourself: I was meant to be happy and to make others happy and I will be happy.
Most specially also, we repent for every action That has brought ruin to others; For every word and deed that has given others pain; And for every wish that pain should befall others. In your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, O God
Being fully aware of your absolute independence and your absolute indifference, I implore you, O all-merciful God! to accept my prayer..
This New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies.
This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.