The White House
Dear President Ford,
Your call to share Thanksgiving with the elderly and the poor is a call that we can hear…
Now an incredible thing has happened in our lives. It is a change of consciousness, a change of heart. It is a breakthrough that lets us finally see what America is and the promise that it holds. The vision of the early Pilgrims that this nation could be a torch of light and hope to the world--that this nation might live as one people, in liberty, and enlightenment--we now fully see ourselves…
You will be glad to know that there are thousands responding to your call. On Thanksgiving day, we will visit hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, orphanages, and the homes of poor people. We will share our food together and our love and joy to be alive…
THE WHITE HOUSE
December 11, 1974
Dear Mr. Davis:
I want to thank you for your warm and thoughtful letter. I was pleased to learn of your efforts to share this Thanksgiving Day with those less fortunate.
As you suggest, America is still very much a land of promise and hope. The past several years have been very difficuones, but hopefully we have resolved some of the worst divisions. Now we must begin to renew the spirit of freedom and concern for one another that has always been the true strength of our nation. The decision of your group to turn outward toward others in love and cooperation clearly reflects this renewal of spirit.
I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing. My hope is that we may all become more understanding and more willing to work together constructively for those ideals that are our heritage.
With best regards.
Gerald R. Ford
November 28, 1974
Day of Thanks was the first experience of WWA social service for many of the two thousand premies who participated in it across the country and, as usual, the practical experience pushed aside many conceptions. One brother explained: "In the past when I heard about 'social service' I thought of the patronizing way people often invite 'unfortunates' over for Christmas dinner and then pat themselves on the back and forget about them for the rest of the year. So I was a little reluctant to become involved in WWA. Since Day of Thanks was a national program of Guru Maharaj Ji, I decided to go along to the hospital our community was visiting. I had an incredible experience. Love was dragged out of my heart that I never knew was there … I saw that helping, really reaching out, is actually a very humbling experience. I felt something like St. Francis must have when he stopped on the road to help a leper who could not walk, and the leper turned into Jesus Christ in his arms. WWA is not social service, it's manifesting Guru Maharaj Ji's love in this world."
Candlelight flickered on his face as he spoke. He was a Western wise man, a professor of philosophy at MIT who, while on sabbaticals and sojourns from collegiate Boston, wandered the world in search of God. "Twenty years ago I spent several months in a Zen monastery. The monks sat in zazen, or formal meditation, all night. I tried to follow their example until one night when one of the oldest monks approached me at two a.m. in the meditation hall and beckoned me to follow him to the inner chambers. There I was surprised to see all the oldest monks sitting around a table laughing like little girls as they ate small bits of flat bread with bean curd and tea."
Bean curd, otherwise known as tofu or soya cheese, is made from curded soy milk. It is almost pure protein and can be purchased at large supermarkets or organic food stores. You can also make your own tofu.
TAHU GORENG (INDONESIAN SOYA CAKES WITH SAUCE.) Start to finish: 1 hour Serves: 6-8
6 cups tofu cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups soybean sprouts
1 cup cabbage - shredded
1 cup mushrooms - sliced
1/4 cup green onions - chopped
1 /4 cup celery leaves - finely chopped
Fry tofu cubes until golden brown. At the same time, saute bean sprouts, cabbage and mushrooms in a frying pan until just tender. Arrange tofu on heated platter. Top with cooked vegetables. Garnish with green onions and celery leaves. Serve with Tahu Goreng Sauce.
TAHU GORENG SAUCE
1/2 cup tamari soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic - ground or chopped
1 tablespoon peanut butter
salt to taste
Saute garlic in oil. Add peanut butter, honey, pepper and soy sauce. Stir in water gradually. Cook until thickened. Serve in separate bowl or pour over the fried soy cakes.
NATIONAL NEWS …
I hear that double riveting is actually four times stronger than single riveting. Along this line, it is the WE in Guru Maharaj Ji's new slogan, WE CAN DO IT, that makes all the difference. All the way from ALBION, MICH., where the only two premies in town report active membership is 100% … to DENVER, proudly announcing the opening of its 26th ashram, Divine Light Movement is happening. … In NORTH BEND, ORE., when radio and cable TV brought no new aspirants, the premies decided to take a new tack to clean up the community and organized Lord Camelot's Domestic Service. … In RALEIGH, N.C. there is "More love than money" but if things are going anything like in WEST VIRGINIA where one premie farm had five dollars to last the month and gave three dollars to Maharaj Ji, I'm sure they do just fine.… While Linda Grass of CARBONDALE, ILL. bound and determined to show that this is not necessarily the Knowledge you can't get in college is writing her Master's thesis on the value of Knowledge in the field of Mental Health, the premies of San Antonio at THE CITY OF LOVE AND LIGHT are just plain experiencing it, awaiting the arrival of 30 brand new ashram applicants to begin a 3 - 6 month meditation/satsang/service intensive ashram orientation program. Mahatma Jagdeo will soon be on the road. His first stop is down south, ATLANTA, GA. … In CORTLAND, NY premies are taking full advantage of some really great cookin' to share satsang at their monthly community potluck suppers. In fact, some premies have become so enthusiastic about the possibilities of satsang over dinner that in MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. they have just opened a new restaurant - Prashad Kitchens. … After a very successful and unifying "Day of Thanks", the DETROIT, LANSING and KALAMAZOO, MICH. (yes, there are premies in Kalamazoo.) communities have joined in a state-wide project to visit the brothers incarcerated in Ionia State Prison, but in FLAGSTAFF, AZ. the major opinion seems to be that laughter is the best method of rehabilitation, nd Buffy Black has already begun causing giggles and smiles throughout the city by driving to WWA programs already fully costumed as Shultz's cartoon dog "Snoopy" … Even in THE BIG APPLE, New York City, the D train still roars out to satsang at the Brooklyn ashram carrying those infamous "8 to 8-½ out of 10" serious aspirants … But for some, life isn't all "Bliss in Beirut". … In COOTOOCOOK and BETHLEHEM N.H. both premie centers are completely snowed in. "Remember, in this game, one and one don't make two, they make eleven."
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