TOPIC: Going Beyond the Form in Worship - (August, l994) Cherag Regina Coeli McKnight
Pir Vilayat Khan at 1992 Leaders' retreat
"It has become more fashionable these days to meditate than to pray, but meditation reduces to stress-reduction when it is not connected to one's worship. "PVK tells of his experience of meditating with a group focusing on their auras. He opened his eyes to find that the meditators were no more luminous than before. "What am I doing here," he asked himself. Later that day, at the worship service, singing and praising and lighting candles, he saw in that same group the "light was tremendous."
So--important that we not think of UW as just a ceremony. We are participating in something whereby we are being transformed, lifted from our humanness into our spiritual dimension. It is import. for us to discover our nostalgia for the sacred. Through worship, the heart literally is opened to the Divine Presence. The Cherag presides not as a personality but as a representative of God on earth.
Invocation: "Toward the one....."
be aware of a surrendering of identity--as light of moon/star is overawed
by the rising sun. "United with all"-Taj's image of many rivers merging
into the ocean. Open to that living stream of blessing. "If
you invoke these beings, this blessing, and this radiance, and come empty
to be filled, you can receive this blessing. One needs only to truly
want to. Feel the opening of all barriers between Heaven and Earth,
between ourselves and the Buddhas and the Christ beings and the Illuminated
Souls whose presence is always here. By invoking them and opening
to them, we feel their blessings in our being more strongly and we then
become a channel for this blessing to the world.
CREATING THE TEMPLE OF LIGHT
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
I am the same to all beings, and my love is ever the same; but those who worship me with devotion, they are in me and I am in them. Give me thy mind and give me thy heart; give me thy offereings and thy adoration; and thus with they soul in harmony, and making me thy goal supreme, thou shall in truth come to me.
Upanishads: (Svetasvatara, part 4 and Mundaka part 3)
Of what use is the Rig Veda (the scripture) to one who does not know the Spirit from whom the Rig Veda comes and in whom all things abide? For only those who have found him have found peace.
He is immesurable in his light and beyond all thought, and yet he shines smaller than the smallest. Far, far away is he, and yet he is very near, resting in the inmost chamber of the heart. . .This invisible Atman can be seen by the mind wherein the five senses are resting. All mind is woven with the senses; but in a pure mind shines the light of the Self.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
The sun is bright by day, the moon
shines by night,
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
With Truth moving my heart, with
Best Thought inspiring
FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION
You who dwell in the house of dawn,
in the house made
FROM THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
He led me back to the entrance of
the Temple, and I found
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
Light upon Light: Allah guides
to His light whom he will.....
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
For know you not that you are the temple of God, and the the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? You are the temple of the living god; and are built upon the foundations of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone; in whom each several building, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.
Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and all hypocrisies and envies and all evil speakings, come unto God, as unto a living stone, that ye also, as living stones, may be built up into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God.
FROM THE WRITINGS OF HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
1782 God's message does not
come only in words. What comes in words is small compared with the
radiance the message brings to all things and all beings. It comes
in the form of a sacrament, as bread and wine; and bread and wine symbolize
life and love.
Song: Hazrat Inayat Khan's
FROM THE FEMININE SPIRIT
Be not lax in celebrating. Be not lazy in the festive service of God. Be ablaze with enthusiasm. Let us be an alive, burning offering before the altar of God!
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