This message was sent to me today. I didn't agree, so I wrote a rebuttal which is included below. Please feel free to add your own commentary.
"Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. "
Ever since The Secret became such a huge success, I noticed that all kinds of "salesmen" are appearing trying to capitalize on the theme of manifestation, each with their own set of "secrets" guaranteed to make your life fabulous and more prosperous. They cunningly market their books and workshops to the consumer and laugh all the way to the bank. These are the "spiritual salesmen"
O Divine Consciousness and Sustainer of Life,
We thank thee for the opportunity to exist in this Time and Space, to learn and grow from both joy and sorrow, to experience the depth of our own Infinity.
May we honor and serve all humanity by seeing with our eyes the Beauty, Sacredness, and Divinity inherent in all beings.
Through our mouths may we speak words of Kindness, Encouragement, and Wisdom.
Through our hearts may we resonate with Love, Compassion and Forgiveness - not only for others but also for ourselves
March 10, 2008
Dear Johannes [aka Sevara],
Congratulations - we are delighted to announce you have been accepted as one of our Love Ambassadors. [Name omitted for privacy] recently nominated you for this designation. Your willingness to live your life dedicated to the vision of love is a potent model for so many. By your words, deeds and actions, you are having a profound impact on all those you contact. We are grateful and happy to extend this recognition to you.
Love arises when the concept of duality dissolves. The generally accepted interpretation of love is that it requires two people. But love is a state of being that is an embodiment of all that a human can aspire to be, and because it is a state of being, in the truest sense of the word, it does not require a separate focal point. This is the love of an awakened one, a Buddha, where love is not dependent on a separate person or object; he simply IS love. A Buddha is not separate from from the rest of existence; he IS the entire universe.
The future of commerce is increasing headed towards a global economy, where companies deal with manufacturers, suppliers of raw material, and cheap labour from foreign countries that offer a discount in costs and expense compared to those found domestically. While this has some benefits, it also has many drawbacks.
You state "We must retain our identity of a culture and religion...it is that richness that brings us together and enhances the world."
As many of you know I was in India for the last month. Now that I have returned, I find myself quite drained emotionally and spiritually, as I process all the sights and sounds that I took in. It was exciting to visit the land where the wisdom of thousands of years of history has been spread over the world through holy books, gurus, great tales, poetry, art, and music. It is the land where yoga and ayurveda were born. It is a land of mystical beauty, temples, and myths. It is a land of contrasts, contradictions and paradoxes.
I arrived in Delhi last night and everything has been going smoothly. It is a little dirty here with garbage spotting the streets. It is also rather noisy. But Delhi is just a starting point for a greater journey - a journey into the mysteries of India! Tomorrow I plan to go to Agra (where the Taj Mahal is) and then on to Varanasi (temples and the famous Ganges river are there) by train. On Sunday I want to fly to Bombay (Mumbai). Here in Delhi the weather is actually quite nice and I'm wearing my sandals!
2008 is here. It is a new year and a time when many people wish to shed the negative habits and aspects of their past and move forward free of their old baggage. We are heading towards - in fact, we are in - crucial times. There are senseless wars being waged abroad, while citizens at home are not being taken care of. The assassination of Bhutto has thrown a whole country into division and turmoil. Religious conflicts are destroying hope. And politicians and presidents seem to serve the corporations and not the people.