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On Friday, June 19th 2015, I had the opportunity to be in the presence of Amma Karunamayi for a few hours. The event consisted of prayers for global peace and healing, a short discourse, a personal blessing, and much more that cannot be put into words 🙂 Here are some notes that I ‘recorded’ during a break in the event that must have inspired the topic of “Vision and Values”. I present them to you, unedited… and invite you to add your thoughts in the comments… – Kumud

We are blinded by the external – the outer is only a very small fractional projection of what lies within us… So much of our vision, our energy is focused on what lies without, that we cannot seem to create and find time to turn our gaze inwards on what lies within. The key to developing inner vision is in our daily routine, our self-discipline, our self-regulatory behavior…

Our vision should be towards Dharma – which incorporates all our values which lead us to become messengers of peace and goodness towards all – it is when we have this vision towards all that we truly go beyond faith and trust – to divine experience. Once we have actually seen the Sun with our own eyes, we don’t need to rely on trust or faith to describe what we have felt and seen. Personal experience of all That is divine becomes the standard with which we can communicate the same to those around us…

When we have felt the energy of the divine in every hair, every pore of our bodies, we become walking embodiments and messengers of love and peace. Our vision goes from being something esoteric and intangible to That which is a manifestation of Dharma, of our values…

Our lives are bigger than that which exists in our immediate physical vicinity – we need to expand our vision to all that which lies beyond our small sphere of influence so that our actions may represent the truth of the loving, giving and caring beings that we truly are.

Cultivating a love for silence, for stillness, for meditation, is what creates higher awareness and leads us to ask – what is our vision? What are our values? Do our vision and values match up with our words, our thoughts, our actions, and what our hands and feet are doing on an everyday basis? What are our vision and values spreading and sharing in the world within and the world around us?

We may close our eyes and our ears but once we have come face to face with the needs of others, our hearts will never be able to say that we did not know…

What we believe, what we trust, what we have faith in, and above all, what we have experienced through our awareness will guide and inspire us, and hold our hands, like the omniscient mother or father that leads their child from the ordinary and mundane to the extraordinary and divine. If we are to be and become, may we all become channels of that higher awareness that resides within us in unconditional love. May that vision lead us, like the light of a thousand suns, of which the stars in the darkest of nights shine on us like diamonds in the sky!

Namaste.

Kumud

Join us in #SpiritChat on twitter, Sunday June 21st at 9amET/1pmUTC where we will discuss the ideas of Spiritual Vision and Values. Come and share with us, and celebrate… the Summer/Fall Solstice, International Yoga Day, and Fathers’ Day (North America)!!