|Volume 4 - Issue 07 JULY 2006||
LET'S SPEAK WITH HIM...
By Mrs. Poppy Hillcoat
My loving thoughts and prayers to our beloved Sai for keeping us all safe and well at all times. I’d like to start with a prayer:
Beloved Baba, we are filled with gratitude and joy for all the help and blessings you bestow upon us at all times. You tell us that whoever has the enthusiasm, the steadfastness, and the determination to reach their goal will certainly succeed.
All We Need Is Faith
We should cultivate faith in ultimate success; never to despair, falter or doubt in any way. If we do that, then we know that with His Divine intervention and our faith, everything will turn out well.
Beloved Baba, we know that You are with us every moment of our lives; loving us, guiding us, supporting us and encouraging us to have faith in You and faith in ourselves. And to understand that whatever happens in our lives is for our own spiritual growth. Sweet Lord, we love You and put our trust in You. Sai Ram.
Actually, this is the prayer that Swami gave to the students and He has told us that if we have the steadfastness, the enthusiasm, and the determination to reach our goal, we shall surely succeed.
Now what is our goal? As young people, our goal would be to pass our exams and do well. As we get older, our goals change; and certainly my goal as a mature person is to merge with the Lord. And He says all we need is faith. But, there’s a ‘but’. We have to understand that whatever happens in our lives is for our own spiritual growth. I like that.
It’s amazing how God works in our lives. On a Saturday night some time ago, a minister was working late at the church office getting ready for the next day. He decided he’d call his wife and let her know that he will be home soon. It was about 10 o’ clock. The phone rang and rang but his wife didn’t answer. The minister let the phone ring for quite some time. He thought it was really odd that she didn’t answer the phone. But he decided he would finish his work and he would give her a call again. The next time he called, she answered straight away and he asked her why she hadn’t answered the first time? But she said the phone hadn’t rung at all!
The following Monday, the minister was back in his office again at the church and he received a call. It was the same phone that he had used on that Saturday night. The man that he had spoken with wanted to know why he called him on Saturday night. The minister couldn’t understand what the man was speaking about. But the man said: “The phone rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” Then the minister remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing the man and said that he had been trying to call his wife.
The man said: “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to take my own life Saturday night. But before I did, I prayed. I said: ‘God if you are there, and if you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ And at that point, my phone rang and rang. And when I looked at the caller ID, it said 'Almighty God'.”
So he was scared and afraid to answer the phone. The reason why the man’s caller ID showed 'Almighty God' was because the church that the minister works at is 'Almighty God, Pebenaco'.
Prayer for Peace
The following prayer is for world peace. It was written by two American people - Sai Mela and George Jackson - they were at a workshop in the mountains in California.
Let there be Peace on earth; and let it begin with me.
Peace can only begin with each one individually. We can find peace - if we can find peace within - then those around us will also experience peace. Visualize a pebble been thrown into a pond; and see how the ripples grow and grow. That is how we can affect others; with our presence, be it peaceful or otherwise.
At that time I owned a little blue sports car. I was very fond of this little blue sports car; and it’s really not good to have attachments like that. I spent a lovely morning with these dear people and it was a joy to be with them in the warm water, helping their bodies to relax. I was with them only for an hour.
On the way home, I did a little shopping and as I was driving up the mountain, I was discussing the events of the morning with the Lord. It was raining lightly. And all of a sudden, the car went into a slide - there must have been some oil on the road. And due to my inexperience, I had the foot on the brake, my hands on the steering wheel and I prayed to Swami:
“Swami, please don’t leave me now.” And over the side of the mountain I went. The car must have been going to go into a roll but instead it crashed into a tree and straightened out and stopped a little while a little further down at a very precarious angle - must have been about sixty degrees.
When the car hit the tree, I must have hit my head and I was unconscious for a little while. After a little while a man called out to me; he must have seen me going on the side. And he said: “Lady are you okay?” And I shook myself. I said: “Swami, am I okay? Yes, I am okay.”
Fortunately I had my seat belt on. I undid the seat belt; turned off the ignition, opened the door; and it just flew open because of the angle that the car was on. And I crawled out of the car and up the side of the mountain.
The man started to come down to give me a hand, and he slipped. And again I prayed to Swami: “Please Swami, don’t let anything happen to him.” And we both reached the roadside very safely. At that time, now I am going back about 12 years or so, the man had a two way radio in his truck and he called the office and the office called Arthur. And the girl said to Arthur: “Your wife’s gone over a cliff.” It was amazing that he didn’t have a heart attack.
But he didn’t and he came and picked me up. The car was a complete write-off. The only safe place was where I was sitting. Because when the car hit the tree, it just fell right in to the driver’s side of the street. So it was really quite an amazing experience. We went home. I rested for a little while, and then I got up and prepared dinner for our guest. So really Swami was with me all the way.
Heart Prints, Not Finger Prints
Whatever our hands touch, we leave our finger prints - we leave them on door knobs, on furniture, on glass; anything - wherever we go, we leave our identity. But how about heart prints? Do we leave our heart prints wherever we go?
Oh God, wherever I go today, help me to leave heart prints. Heart prints of compassion, of understanding and love. Heart prints of kindness and genuine concern. May my heart touch a lonely neighbor, or a run-away daughter, or an anxious mother, or perhaps an aged grandfather. Lord, send me out today to leave heart prints and if someone should say: ‘I felt your touch’, may that one sense Your love touching them through me.
Usually we go to church, temples, or mosques to pray. However, God can’t be confined to four walls. We can pray wherever we are. God is within us, and all around us. We are like fish in a bowl and God is the water. We cannot limit God; but we do limit ourselves. So when we pray, God is right there with us, listening to every word.
I can tell you a little story of when we were home and we have been doing a lot of traveling. We’d been invited to go to Indonesia . When we were planning our travels, Arthur said: “I don’t think we will go to Indonesia. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling, and we have spent a lot of money. We’ll just go to India to see Swami.” And I said: “That’s fine”, I didn’t have a problem in that at all.
When we arrived in India, Swami took us in for an interview and when we went to the private interview room, the first thing He said to us was: “Don’t worry about your traveling expenses; there will always be enough.” So we’d take Him on His word on that one.
When we speak to God, it’s preferable to speak to Him as our very best friend. Pray to Him in pictures; visualize the scenario that you are praying about. See yourself helping a friend or how you can do selfless service into the community.
The Test Of Faith
What Can We Do?
Start the day with prayer, and end the day with prayer. Pray in between whenever possible. You can ask the Lord for anything at anytime, in any manner. The mental peace that you acquire from this is beyond words. Can you be happy when the people around you are suffering or in distress? Pray for all - your parents; don’t forget your grandparents, brothers and sisters, relatives, friends and enemies; and above all pray for the world at large.
Jesus said: “Love ye one another as I love thee.” He also said: “Love your enemies.” Once I thought that was impossible. But that’s not so. We can and we must.
Today every human being should ask the question: “What can I do to preserve the beauty and the wonder of our world? And eliminate the anger and hatred and the inequality that causes that hatred and anger in that part of the world which I touched?”
We are in troubled times; and it is only through prayer and loving thoughts with compassion in our hearts, that we can help those in need. Love and prayer is the answer, not revenge and hate.
Remember, God is in everything. God wants nothing from us except our love. We can speak with Him as our very best friend, confidante, teacher and healer. God does not want us to suffer. He loves us, He tells us: “Be happy!” A smile, a touch, a decision to forgive, willingness to share, and the choice to live as One - these are the short steps to the Golden Age.
On a tablet in the grounds of Brindavan campus, are the words: “Man was born to learn not to be born again.” Please let this be our goal in life, which has been given to us by none other than God.
Thank you. Sairam.
- Heart2Heart Team
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