July 1-6: East-denotes Mother and Father. Having been supported by Mother and Father in one’s early formation, it is beneficial to perform all duties for them worthy of one’s heritage, and to distribute gifts on their behalf. Let us meditate on bringing all benefit to our parents.
July 7-13: South-denotes teachers. Making sure one has grasped what the teacher has taught, serving them in all necessary ways, and by always rising to greet them and being attentive to their needs. Let us meditate on bringing all benefit to our teachers.
July 14-20: West-denotes wife, husband, children. Honor each other by being faithful, not using disparaging words or actions, giving authority and adornment to each other. Provide children with security and direction that benefits their lives. Let us meditate on being beneficial wives, husbands and examples to our children.
July 21-27: North-denotes friends and companions. Let us offer gifts, kindly words, look after our friends and companions welfare, treat them like oneself, and always keep one’s word. Let us meditate on bringing benefit to all our friends and companions.
July 28-Aug 3: Nadir and Zenith-denotes workpeople, helpers and ascetics. Let us arrange work according to their strength and capacity, supply foods and wages, look after them when ill and let them be released from their work when necessary. For ascetics let us use kindness in deeds, speech and thought. Let us meditate on those who offer their labor to us and hold all protection and benefit for practicing ascetics.
Extracted from Sagalaka Sutta, Honoring the Directions and their meaning by the Buddha. May all beings be well, May all beings be happy, May all beings be peaceful.
June 2-8: How did the rose ever open its heart and give this world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of the light against its Being. Otherwise, we all remain too frightened. (Hafiz). Let us meditate on feeling the Light against our Being.
June 9-15: Beautiful you rise in heaven’s horizon, O Eternal, living Creator! When you have risen in the eastern horizon, you fill every land with your beauty…you yourself are lifetimes, one lives by you. All eyes are on your beauty until you set, all labor ceases when you rest in the West. (Hymn to Aten, 1550 B.C. Egypt) Let us meditate on becoming like the Sun.
June 16-22: The Divine Source shaped you and made our shapes beautiful. (Holy Qur’an). Let us meditate on the Beauty of our Being.
June 23-30: If we had a wonderful sense of the Divine, it is because we live amid such awesome magnificence. If we have refinement of emotion and sensitivity, it is because of the delicacy, the fragrance, and the indescribable beauty of song and music and rhythmic movement on the world about us. Beauty feeds our imagination. If we have powers of imagination, these are activated by the magic display of color and sound, of form and movements, such as we observe in the clouds of the sky, the trees and bushes and flowers, the waters and the wind, the singing birds, and the movement of the great blue whale through the sea…(Thomas Berry). Let us meditate on the Divine display of Beauty all around us.
“If now, alas! It is cold winter, with short days and long night, bold simmer speedily walks in to set us free from distress in a short time: that is plainly seen from this New Year; the hazelnut tree offers us fair blooms, the season’s public token–Ya, Vale, Vale, Millies–All who in the New Spring–si dixerononstatis est–Wishing to be joyful for love’s sake.” (Hardewijck, A Flemish Beguine, Poems in Stanzas-Vale Millies). Let us begin this New Year and meditate on being joyful for love’s sake.
“I have spoken these things to you that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have love you. Greater love has no one than this: that they lay down their life for a friend. You are my friends if you do what I have commanded you. No longer do I call you students, for the student does not know what the teacher does. But I have called you my friends, for everything that I heard from the spirit, I have made known to you.” (Gospel of the Beloved Companion-Mary Magdalene, p. 67) Let us meditate on the joy of friendship expanding in oneself and throughout the universe.
“Ah, Divine Spirit, how Nature is subtle in many ways, in demanding in the form of goodness and in the guise of her necessity what is not hers to have…And this Divine Knowledge and that hiding of mine impeded me in the way of the homeland by covering me with matter in which I had to take on humility in order to attain what is mine. Thus in this case, I lost what was mine, because it was not ever mine.” (Marguerite Porete-Mirror of Simple Souls, p. 220) Let us meditate in gratefulness on the transient condition of our lives and all living things.
“I spoke: Holy One, blessed are the eyes that shall forever gaze upon this surging love and grasp this wonder. I can never describe it. The Mountain spoke: They eyes that are to see me thus must be graced by these seven things, otherwise, they can never experience it. These are: 1) Slow to borrow, 2) Quick to pay back, 3) To hold back nothing for yourself, 4)To be kind in the face of hatred, 5) To be loving in the face of cruelty, 6) To be pure as to guilt, and 7) Ready for all one might receive.” (Mechtild de Magdeburg-The Flowering Light of the Godhead, p. 86) Let us meditate on these 7 ideas and the surging love that rise up in all reality.
May Pure Wine bring you infinite blessings for this New Year.
A symbol is not an artificially constructed sign; if flowers in the soul spontaneously to announce something that cannot be expressed otherwise; it is the unique expression of the thing symbolized as of a reality that thus becomes transparent to the soul, but which in itself transcends all expression (Avicenna). Let us meditate on symbolizing beautiful images in our imagination that offers peace and healing to oneself and all beings.
Ordinary people hate solitude, but a Master makes use of it, embracing her/his aloneness, realizing she/he is one with the whole universe. (Tao Te Ching). Let us meditate on being One with the whole universe.
Keenness of observation is a phenomenon of itself. The person whose sight is not steady cannot observe fully, and in the same way, the mind that is not steady does not have the capacity of observing fully. Therefore the self-mastered person develops full control over body and mind, thereby having balance in all things. (Hazrat Inayat Khan). Let us meditate on calming the body and mind so our observation increases toward relaxed expansion of consciousness.
To know the Tao, meditate and still the mind. Knowledge comes with perseverance…When enlightenment arrives don’t talk too much about it; just live it in your own way. (Tao Te Ching, translated by Loy Ching Yuen). Let us meditate on using our own light and returning to the source of light by letting go of discursive reasoning so that the full mind can develop.
May you be the refuge of your friends, as the ocean is the refuge of the rivers, the sun of the planets, the pious of the truth, fertile soil of the seeds, and Parjannya of created beings. (Parajannya means Protector). (Drona Parva, Mahabharata, Bk. VII). Let us meditate on being a refuge, an ocean, a sun, the pious, the fertile soil, and the protector of all created beings.
May you be a traveller and realize the Divine Source manifested in all things, in all places, in all states and can therefore never be reached. Then…Jerusalem and Medina show an ascended point of view–either perfect holiness or infinite journeying. (Sufi Writings of Abu Yazid al-Bistami, Ocean without a Shore). Let us meditate on perfect holiness or infinite journeying.
Just as there are rails on which the train travels, in the same way tracks are traced in our lives, along which the wheels of our actions roll either smoothly or chaotically, according to our will power. While traveling along the track of life, one gradually discovers, that there are two basic guiding rails in our lives: the unknown ‘Karma’ or destiny, and the known ‘Dharma,’ or duty. (Hazrat Inayat Khan, Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism Vo. XI). Let us meditate on our sacred Dharma for this life.
In a real sense all life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. (Martin Luther King. Notes from Birmingham Jail).Let us meditate on all beings being everything they ought to be.
Oct. 28-Nov. 3rd:
What difference is there between the human body and the body of a tree? In truth, there is none: the consciousness which animates them is identically the same. (The Mother-Mirra Alfassa). Let us meditate on that consciousness which animates all life.
“The Prophet said, “There are some who see me by the same light in which I am seeing them. Our natures are one. Without reference to any strands of lineage, without reference to texts or traditions, we drink the life-water together.” (Rumi) Let us meditate on drinking the “life-water together.”
“I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying, who empty the self and have only clear being there.”(Rumi) Let us meditate on being as clear as a diamond shining in the sun.
“This being human is a guest house, every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be greatful for whoever, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. (Rumi). Let us meditate on calmness and develop the welcoming spirit for all experiences to arrive as blessings..
“There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes.” (Rumi) Let us meditate on the deep silence that is only heard from within our hearts and let that silence connect us to the collective heart of humanity.
July 29-Aug. 4:
“When you are with everyone but me, you’re with no one. When you are with one one but me, you’re with everyone. Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone. When you become that many, you’re nothing. Empty. (Rumi) Let us meditate on being everyone.