Imagine yourself as a living house.
God comes in to rebuild that house.
At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that these jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.
But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?
The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of, throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.
You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a Palace.
He intends to come and live in it Himself.
When the Denver Post ran an article about Guru Maharaj Ji and the Mission last month, there were a few choice paragraphs devoted to Joe Anctil, DLM Press Secretary. The mention made its way to the offices of KGMH TV, a CBS affiliate in Denver, and several days later Joe got a call. Would he consider hosting a local talk show perhaps once or twice a month? Joe, who before Knowledge hosted his own show in Houston, said he would. Denver viewers can now see Joe every other Saturday at 5:30 on Channel 7. The name of the show is Profiles.
To the Editor of The N.Y. Times:
In 1970 the Secretary General of the United Nations announced that the continued existence of the human race was incumbent upon the unification of all nations under one government.
Unfortunately it's been an easier task to fly a man to the moon than to end wars, never mind uniting everyone. In order to unite people, in order to form a world community, what we need is a common-unity. Philosophies, doctrines and ideas haven't been able to unite people they've just encouraged opposing and different ones.
The only way for people to be united is through experiencing something practically which can tangibly enable people to see a unity between all mankind. Something which is common to every living person is life.
Therefore, the solution is to give people a direct experience of that life which sustains them. In the words of a recent Time Magazine cover story,"The ocean that separates man from self knowledge remains to be charted. Yet charted it must be if man, if mankind is to progress in this world."
Socrates advised, "Know thyself," and today it's still good advice. We know so many other people and so many other things, but possibly if we could experience self we could better understand each other. Only he who can reveal the self can save this world, even if he's only sixteen. Then possibly we could love our neighbors as ourselves.
- Paul DiMauro
A belated announcement came the other day that Divine Light Mission, Inc. has fulfilled the requirements of a monastic order and has been granted the status of a Church by the Internal Revenue Service. This means, on a practical level, that Divine Light Mission will not have to pay taxes for any of the expenses it incurrs in its efforts to carry out Maharaj Ji's Mission. Many premies feel that, while we are now fully a church in the eyes of the IRS and the government, bearing the title is somewhat incidental: "We aren't trying to be a church," said one brother. "God knows there are enough churches in this world, and there is still no peace. It just so happens that somewhere in the deepest foundations of our country's government built in from the very start - there is an article that gives special benefits to people who choose to dedicate their lives to Truth."
An Experiment: Check your adding machine to see if it will divide 1/0. If not, go to a large department store and ask them why they can't make a calculator that will perform such a simple function.
1 / 0 =
The form of worship which consists in contemplating Brahman is superior to ritualistic worship with material offerings.
The reward of all action is to be found in enlightenment.
Those illumined souls who have realized the Truth will instruct you in the knowledge of Brahman, if you will prostrate yourself befor them, question them and serve them as a disciple.
When you have reached enlightenment, ignorance will delude you no longer. In the light of that knowledge, you will see the entire creation within your own Atman and in me.
And though you were the foulest of sinners,
This knowledge alone would carry you
Like a raft, over all your sin.
The blazing fire turns wood to ashes:
The fire of knowledge turns all karmas to ashes.
On earth there is no purifier
As great as this knowledge,
When a man is made perfect in yoga,
He knows its truth within his heart.
- Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita
There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he looked upon,
that object he became, And that object became part of,
him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
"Doctor, doctor, will I die?" "Yes my child, and so will I." - traditional
Holy Company by Mail
Do you live far away from any ashram or center, but still long for a little holy company even if it's just etter, news bulletin or photo of Maharaj Ji sent by a loving premie? If so, Premies At Large can help you. Write: Diane Ramey, Premies At Large correspondent, DLM, P.O. Box 532, Denver Colorado, 80202. Every letter will be answered.
"If a man has a way of life, any way of life will do" - Nietzche
MARYA MANNES (Last Rights) It may be that catastrophe is the midwife of our hope. The purge must be great for the purification that follows. We have birthed monsters in our time (as in others), political, social, economic, human, although the social order should be reversed, because the human mind has created the rest. Yet I must believe in the renewal of hope as I believe in the creation of a new human order: a state of being where compassion transcends competition and the killing of others is the killing of self.
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why
science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature. The alchemist and the magician in the Middle Ages thought, and the addict of comic strips is still encouraged to think, that nature must be mastered by a device which outrages her laws. But in four hundred years since the Scientific Revolution we have learned that we gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws. We cannot even bully nature by any insistence that our work shall be designed to give power over her. We must be content that power is the byproduct of understanding. So the Greeks aid that Orpheus played the lyre with such sympathy that wild beasts were tamed by the hand on the strings. They did not suggest that he got this gift by setting out to be a lion tamer.
- J. Bronowski
from Science and Human Values
There's no way out.
The only way is in.
HOW TO FIND JOY IN THE BIBLE
I suspect that our society's flight from the Bible arises from the fact that its message makes us squirm - especially those parts about God's siding with the poor, the inept and the outcast. Proud, rich nations do not want to hear about camels and needles' eyes, suffering servants or crucified kings, but the Bible is a part of us. It lives in our language, our mental imagery and above all in our conscience, whether we like it or not.
The scholarly sophicates analyze its sources or reduce it to "religious literature," somehow managing to avoid its discomfiting demands. The fundamentalists smugly laud its inerrancy about talking snakes and whales' bellies while they continue to lay up treasures on earth and trample the needy for a pair of shoes.
The Bible is basically a drama and we are all in it. When the author appears onstage after the last scene, he will not ask whether you believed it or whether you analyzed it. He will ask whether you did it.
"Yes I have an ulcer. This is Kaliyuga, buddy, the Iron Age. Anybody without an ulcer's a goddam spy." - from Franny and Zooey by j.d. salinger
The Indispensible Man
Sometime when you're feeling important,
Sometime when your ego's in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
you're the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you feel your going
would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
and see how they humble your soul:
Take a bucket and fill it with water Put your hand in it up to your wrist Then pull it out - and the hole that's remaining is a measure of how you'll be missed. You can splash all you wish when you enter, you may stir up the water galore; but stop, and you'll find that in no time, It looks quite the same as before. - anonymous
"Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name; in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session." - Franz Kafka
… And It Is Divine
Here's something new: And It Is Divine is now being printed completely by premies. Since the last announcement of a larger quarterly format for AHD was released, Guru Maharaj Ji has instructed us to simplify the magazine. It will now be 40 pages and printed on our own presses. The quarterly issues will still be $2.00.
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