Encouragement for the Journey 5 / 6/ 2016

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Encouragement for the Journey 5 / 6/ 2016

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

From time to time, I hear a word I have not heard before. This experience occurred a few weeks ago, when I heard the word: Bhakti…. Upon hearing this, I was curious of its meaning, I was told in its broadest sense it means ‘spirituality.’ Later to Google I go and discovered the following:

Bhakti is a Sanskrit word: which literally means “attachment, participation, devotion to, fondness for, homage, faith or love, worship, piety to (as a religious principle or means of salvation)”

The description offered to me of spirituality being an embracing term fits well. We often forget that each person has Bhakti. In our Kids N All today, we hear again of that well-known story of Daniel. Who had a strong Bhakti and how his presence made a difference for good in the lives of those around him.

A pause for a moment and dream, what would our communities and nation be like, if we saw each other with and through the eyes of bhakti….?

Now that is an interesting and delightful proposition ……

I leave you with this description of spirituality from Brother David Steindl-Rast:

Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being. Someone will say, ‘I come alive when I listen to music,’ or ‘I come alive when I garden,’ or ‘I come alive when I play golf.’ Wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual. And then we can say, ‘I know at least how one is spiritual in that area.’ To be vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that is never accomplished, but it remains the goal.” 

Meanwhile peace in our bhakti moments