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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

We are all made in the image of God

We are all made in the image of God


"All life is one. The Gurbani* says, 'Who is not your child? Everyone is your very own. We have all been created from one Light.' We are all made in the image of God ..... everyone one of us, male, female, black, white, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist.... we are all made in the image of God.... If we keep the remembrance of God, the simran* that we have been given as an anchor, then it will happen by itself [we will be seeing God in others and living a life of love]. We will be able to tell whether we are doing that by how much love is proceeding from us.....The most important thing in terms of outer context for satsangis* to do is to be lovable. The more lovable we are, the easier we make it for other people to love us. We benefit them as well as have a good time. It's always nicer to be around people who love us than people who don't."

-- Russell Perkins, who once was a representative of Kirpal Singh, from a satsang talk in Sebastopol, California


"Gurbani": The Sikh scriptures, also known as Adi Granth or Guru Granth

"Simran": a term for remembrance, identical to the Sufi word zikhr, referring to the mantra or repetition of a name of God as a spiritual technique for remembering God. Simran is the technique of verbally (jappa) or mentally (manas jappa) repeating God's name as a spiritual practice, not only during meditation, but at any place and any time, day or night, whenever we have (or create) the opportunity, in order to be centered on God. Simran is a way to re-center, to refocus again and again, to "practice the presence of God."

"Satsangis": disciples, initiates, devotees, followers of a living Master, those who attend his or her spiritual gatherings (satsangs)