Impermanence

Do not be concerned with forms and images. Forms and images, as are all things of this world, are
illusions and subject to impermanence. The only thing that remains is the truth.

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The Mercy of God

Turn not aside Your mercies from me, Maran; and take not Your kindness from me. Stretch out to me, my Lord, at all times, Your right hand, and be to me a guide till the end according to Your will.” — Ode 13:3,4

We beg of our God to continue displaying mercy toward us, as His children, who are unable to do anything on our own. We must accept correction from the Father of Greatness, who disciplines us in His love and compassion. For this correction, we are most grateful.
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Acceptable in Our Service

As the eyes of a son upon his father, so are my eyes, Maran, at all times towards You. Because my pleasure is with You.” — Ode 13:1,2

Unlike the world, the believer’s eyes are always upon the Father of Greatness. His or her daily prayer is one of thanksgiving for all the many blessings received, yesterday, today and for those of tomorrow. The believer’s life is one of gratitude — always thanking the Father for life and the opportunity to serve Him and to make the Call known in the world.

If there are any areas within our lives where we can make improvements, we ask the Father to send us increased light through the Divine Mother and the Living Spirit, and we ask to be made acceptable in our service. However, we must be willing to be corrected, as a loving father corrects his children when they err.

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Abandoning Attachments

Abandon all attachments.” — Teaching of Mir Izgadda 5:8

Throughout the history of the Religion of Light, there have been many common themes within our Faith. One of those is the admonishment to “abandon all attachments.” The various Divine Messengers have made this teaching a priority in their earthly ministry. It has been taught by Buddhas, angels, and other celestial beings alike.

The prospects of being free from attachments can not be overstated. There are so many blessing awaiting those of us who are able to leave unhealthy worldly interests aside, walking away from such things in our lives and fully dedicating ourselves to the service of the Lord.

Pray for yourself and for others. Keep the brethren in your prayers daily so that all those whom you know can continue working on removing attachments, so that one day, the Ship Master welcome you and your brothers and sisters upon the Barque of Salvation.

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The Ship Master

The Ship Master will look to see if you have any attachments to the world you are leaving behind. If you still have attachments to anything, you will not be able to board that Ship and will be forced to wait until another time.” — Teaching of Mir Izgadda 5:7

Not abandoning attachments, even in this lifetime, can be very dangerous. No one in their right mind would wish to be left behind by the Ship Master, the Living Spirit.

Mir Izgadda offers us hope, however, in his teaching, as he always does on any given subject. If we abandon our attachments in this world, we can set foot on the Divine Barque that is for the salvation of our very souls.

Let us be in the habit of praying for those who have are struggling with attachments – whether it be our brethren or people whom we know in the world. Help them to understand the fact that attachments lead to suffering, and that the practice of the Twelve Virtues can lead one to perfection in the life to come.

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