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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
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The Path of Love is the way of mystics, poet saints and lovers of God from all traditions. Bhakti Yoga is the path of Love leading to yoga, union with the Divine, right here, right now! Why wait! Jump into the arms of the Beloved! God's names invite you to merge into the infinite expanse of your own true nature. The living flame of Divine love is alight in your heart illuminating your every cell, your every thought, your every action! Attune yourself to the throb of the Infinite that has become mantra. Merge in the name and you merge in the One! Dissolve in the ocean of Love that has become the Divine Mother known by so many names - Ma Kali, Ma Durga, Jagadambe, Tara Ma, Anandamayi Ma - Ma, Ma, Jai Jai Ma! Bhakti Yoga is for everyone! Chant with Love, breathe with Love, live with Love! John the Apostle said, "God is Love." Dissolve in Love and know God. Lawrence wrote, "There's never a time, there's never a place, when you're not in God's loving embrace." To know that directly and to be empowered to live that into the world we do the practices. Meditation is dissolution in the One beyond names and forms, yet radiant with pure, all-embracing Love.
Sofia's Gifts
 
 
The Dhammapada
Buddha's Words Of Wisdom
Eknath Easwaran, trans. pp104-5

One who conquers himself is greater than
another who conquers a thousand times a
a thousand men on the battlefield. Be
victorious over yourself and not over others.
When you attain victory over yourself,
not even the gods can turn it into defeat....

Better to live in virtue and wisdom for one
day than to live a hundred years with an evil
and undisciplined mind. 
Better to live in goodness and wisdom for one
day than to lead an ignorant and undisciplined
life for a hundred years. 
Better to live in strength and wisdom for one day
than to lead a weak and idle life for a hundred years. 
Better to live in freedom and wisdom of one day
than to lead a conditioned life of bondage
for a hundred years.

One day's glimpse of the deathless state is
better than a hundred years of life without it.

Dear Friends,

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.
 
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel for free and "like" the videos you enjoy!  Simply doing this helps to make our offerings more available to others.

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 20th 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, le@anamcara-ny.org, 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

Weekly Meditation Program
Thursday Evenings  7:15-8:30pm Eastern time
Online Anam Cara Meditation Center
For the next several months we will have a virtual meditation group via Zoom.
Everyone is welcome.  This is a recurring meeting for Thursday night meditation starting at 7:15pm New York time.

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Meeting ID: 665 891 390   Password: OmKaliMa

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