Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. We do this through free weekly programs now on Zoom, our website, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.
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The Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Meeting 665 891 390. password: OmKaliMa. The program begins at 7:15pm NY time.
Given the state of turmoil in the world, it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation into the world. This is Dharma in action, living a dedicated life of practice and seva in the world. The practices protect and envelop us in Dharma Shakti, the power of Dharma. Adhering to dharma, the ego mind becomes a selfless servant of All, the One that has become the many. Meditation culminates in knowing directly that you are the One and the many, nothing left out. Tat twam asi! Thou Art That!
Kali yuga, the name of this present dark age in Eastern traditions, is the last in a cycle of four ages. Across the ages the cow, symbolizing dharma, has been weakened. She stood strong on all four legs in the first age, satya yuga, the high point of truth and dharma in the world. With each successive age she has lost a leg, symbolizing the decline of truth and dharma. In this dark age, when the beloved cow of dharma is literally on her last leg, we are her legs, we have to stand for dharma, walk dharma into the world, be dharma warriors actively walking love, compassion, wisdom and service into the world. In the past it was fine to wrap oneself in practices, merge into unity Consciousness and let go of the rest of the world! Not now! Out of the caves, out of monasteries, off our cushions, we have to take dharma, the truth, the love, the wisdom, the compassion, and the practices, fearlessly into all environments. We may cry a river of tears for all the pain and suffering in the world and we stand as a pillar of fire, the fire of love and compassion, illuminating the way forward, the way of dharma in action.
Be the light that illumines all around you! You are the living Presence of the Divine! Be true to your true nature!
When I was offering meditation programs in prisons for years I saw the power of grace, Shakti Kundalini, inherent in the mantras and practices, transform even the lives of murderers. We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters and into under-served communities. The economic and political systems we've evolved are the epitome of kali yuga - profits above all, empty, afflicted individuals voraciously consuming the environment and people with no end to their hunger for power and possessions. May our practices empower us to be agents of wakefulness, love and compassion as we work to transform our economic and political systems. Meditation is key to our inner and outer transformation. Through meditation we directly experience our innate fullness, free of want or need. In meditation we directly experience our unity with all - the illusion of "other" is seen through. There is only One, the Divine, known by so many different names, but always the One. Tat Twam Asi! Thou Art That!
As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. Because of your generous gifts we are in our 19th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs. It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community. Please contact me, email@example.com, if you have anything you would like to share with me.
With love and respect for all,
Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation