Dear AA Raphael and The Angel of Truth:
Thank You for filling me with the unlimited energy of Divine Love and Light! And So It Is. Namaste.
The Angel of Truth affirms: “I hold only that which is honest and true close to my heart.”
Each of us has our own “truth”, gained from our own experiences and beliefs, and from the people around us. However, our views might not always be an accurate reflection of reality, so we sometimes need to re-assess them, so that we can avoid self-deception.
The Angel of Truth teaches us that, while you need to respect others views, you must face the “mirror of truth” by yourself. Listen to your feelings and conscience at all times. Open your mind to objective reality by sitting quietly for a few minutes, focusing on your breath and also on the sights and sounds around you. Ask the Angel to give you some sort of sign when you are close to the truth about the matter at hand.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
The qualities of the spiritual teacher
The qualifications of a suitable teacher can be found in texts from the vinaya all the way up to the Vajrayana. Since here we are discussing Mahayana teachings in general, we will consider the ten qualifications of the teacher as presented in Maitreya’s Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras:
1. A disciplined mind (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in ethical discipline).
2. A calmed mind (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in meditation and concentration).
3. A mind that is thoroughly calmed (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in wisdom, particularly the wisdom of no-self [Skt: anatman; Tib: dag-med]).
4. Knowledge exceeding that of the student in whatever subject is being taught.
5. Energy and enthusiasm for teaching the student.
6. Vast learning in order to have the resources from which to draw examples and citations.
7. Realization of emptiness—if possible, a genuine realization of emptiness, but at least a strong commitment to the practice of emptiness on the basis of deep admiration for the teachings on it.
8. Eloquence and skill in presenting the Dharma so that the teaching is effective.
9. Deep compassion and concern for the well-being of the student to whom the teaching is given (perhaps the most important quality of all).
10. The resilience to maintain enthusiasm for and commitment to the student, not becoming discouraged no matter how many times the teaching has to be repeated.
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My boyfriend and I set out this weekend to see His Holiness the Dali Lama in Long Beach. We were disappointed to have spent all day Saturday waiting, only to find his plane was delayed and we were to listen to a head Monk speaker instead. However, I did run into the infamous Jackie Pride there!!! It was amazing and surreal to have met her! She is so genuine and real in person and such a magical, fairy person. I instantly was connected to her. She has warm, inviting and friendly energy and I hope she felt the same way about me. My back spasms were in full attack by the time the lecture got underway so we only stayed briefly and then, off to the concession stands to purchase books and what-nots and then, back to the hotel room. We decided to go to Goofy’s Kitchen for dinner, since we were staying in Downtown Disneyland. It was yummy, All-American food but, our picture didn’t turn out so well. That kinda bummed me out. Then, we were hopeful to see the Dali Lama on Sunday morning and drove back to Long Beach only to find, alas, he was ill and would not be attending. I wonder if Bin Laden had something to do with His Holiness’ not traveling? Hmmm, at any rate, he did not travel and would not end up giving the initiation this weekend, as planned. Bummer. So, we decided to go to Disneyland instead. We rode Space Mountain and Pirates, did some shopping and site-seeing, ate lunch and then headed back to the Bay! I wanted to meet up with my Life Coach but she was in session all day. That HAS to happen next time I’m down there. It was a great trip and one I plan on taking again in August; next time with the little one in tow. I’m excited about this part of my life and it’s significant that the Dali Lama brought me here and I think I’ll be meeting him someday in the future. As Incubus’ new album is entitled: If Not Now, When? So, Your Holiness, Mr. Dali Lama, I believe we have a date pending for an initiation sometime in the near future, sir!!!! Namaste, bountiful blessings and peace, goodwill to all….May your heart of compassion radiate toward Mother Earth and all its inhabitants every second of every moment of everyday. Wishing you love beyond measure and dreams coming true!