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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
         Nourishing meditators since 2001
May 21, 2020 Satsang - Kirtans, chanting and meditation with Lawrence.  For more information about Lawrence Edwards' books and audio programs please click HERE.
Sofia's Gifts
 
Radical Love
Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition
Omid Safi, ed. & trans.


How Can I?

My gracious
flirtacious
beloved

Don't ask me
if I ever think of you

How can I
remember you
When there is no
forgetting you.

Sa'di
p.169

Don't Be Meek In This Love

Don't be meek in this love

Be kind to people,
receive the wisdom of the Prophet

but don't be meek in this love

For God is bold
and likes those
who are bold in adoration...

This path is for the bold
the intoxicated
the love crazed

With God
being love-crazed
intoxicated
and bold
works

Kharaqani
p. 106

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, retreats, courses, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.

The new Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Meeting 665 891 390. Password: OmKaliMa.

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.  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!

Kali yuga, this present dark age, 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 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 satya yuga it was fine to wrap oneself in practices, merge into unity consciousness and swaha the rest of the world!  Not now!  Out of the caves, out of monasteries, off our cushions, we have to take dharma, the truth 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.

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 the lives of even murderers.  We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters.  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.



We're looking forward to our annual Autumn retreat at the Garrison Institute if it is possible at that time to safely hold it.  I hope you can join us for this joyous meditation retreat and delight in the fall foliage on the majestic Hudson River!

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, 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
Online Anam Cara Meditation Center
For the next several weeks 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.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09

Meeting ID: 665 891 390  Password: OmKaliMa

Download Chants & Mantras and the Heart Sutra HERE.
If you have any questions please email info@anamcara-ny.org.
 
Meditation Resources:
  • Free written and guided meditation recordings from Anam Cara Meditation.  Click here.
  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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