Awareness - by Siddhaswarupananda
"Awareness" refers to that inseparable, essential, inherent attribute of yours, the self, which enables you to perceive thoughts, feelings, the world, etc., and indeed your own existence (self awareness = awareness that "I am").
The material body is a vehicle which you are temporarily in and temporarily using.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
We can have His Spirit by keeping that covenant. First, we promise to take His name upon us. That means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want. As long as we love the things of the world first, there will be no peace in us. Holding an ideal for a family or a nation of comfort through material goods will, at last, divide them. The ideal of doing for each other what the Lord would have us do, which follows naturally from taking His name upon us, can take us to a spiritual level which is a touch of heaven on earth.
It is a fact that no matter how much sense gratification a person gets, he will never be satisfied.
When Marilyn Monroe "died", when the life force left the material body, the body was no longer attractive. All that was left was a lump of unattractive matter that was thrown in the dirt.
Unfortunately, a person who is materialistic, greedy, and self-worshiping wants to take the place of God. He sees himself as the center of the universe.
Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. We need to unite by recognizing our common desire and need for a harmonious society - a society in which we and our children and families and friends and communities can all live our lives in peace and harmony. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need such social harmony.