El sol se elevó con una sombra antinatural roja-anaranjada en el cielo brumoso de las primeras horas del día. Aunque los bosques y los pueblos en llamas estaban a cientos de kilómetros de Ananda Village, el viento estaba trayendo el humo en nuestra dirección. La calidad del aire era nada saludable y las temperaturas eran elevadas, pero aún así llegaron. Estaban construyendo un templo de luz. (Pulse aquí para ver el enlace en inglés).

Photo by KentWilliamsPhotography.com

Devotos de todas las comunidades de Ananda en Estados Unidos habían venido para una Semana de Servicio especial (Seva Week, pulse aquí para ver el enlace en inglés), para ayudar a erigir el nuevo templo. Algunos eran carpinteros calificados; otros estaban simplemente felices y dispuestos a hacer lo que pudiesen. Algunos eran jóvenes; otros más viejos. Algunos eran personas que hemos conocido durante años; otros eran nuevos en Ananda. Algunos vinieron solos, mientras que otros vinieron en grupos. Incluso había equipos de padres e hijos. Muchos usaban máscaras protectoras para filtrar el humo en el aire, pero el calor y la niebla no importaban. Estaban construyendo un templo de luz.

Mientras hablábamos con ellos durante el recreo de la mañana, sentí profundamente lo importante que es este templo—no solo para aquellos que son parte de Ananda, sino para todo el planeta. Tal vez no podemos apagar los incendios forestales, o revertir el cambio climático, o llevar dharma al gobierno y la política, pero esto es lo que podemos hacer: Podemos construir un templo de luz.

Nuestro gurú, Paramhansa Yogananda, dijo “No trates de alejar la oscuridad pegándole con un palo. Enciende la luz, y la oscuridad desaparecerá como si nunca hubiese estado.” En otras palabras, la oscuridad que hay hoy en el mundo no puede destruirse con un ataque frontal. Nuestra arma más efectiva en esta lucha es atraer conscientemente la luz divina a nuestras vidas. Esta luz misma es el único poder que puede disipar la oscuridad.

Cada pensamiento, palabra, sentimiento y acción que tenemos sintonizado con Dios ilumina una pequeña parte del mundo, y disminuye la oscuridad. Cada acto de amabilidad, compasión, o abnegación visto o no visto, ayuda a fortalecer esta luz. Cuando elevamos nuestra consciencia colectivamente y ayudamos a los demás a hacer lo mismo, también fortalecemos ese poder. Entonces, nosotros también estamos construyendo un templo de luz.

Construye este templo en tu lugar de trabajo, tu hogar, tu familia, tu sala de meditación, y más importante, en tu propio corazón. Aunque haya desafíos delante de ti, sigue adelante con determinación hasta que la base de tu templo sea sólida. Con tu fuerza interior, erige las vigas y paredes para darle forma. Levanta un techo elevado con tus aspiraciones eternas. Decora el altar con guirnaldas de devoción amorosa. Finalmente, invita a todos a entrar y recibir la luz radiante de tu templo interior.

La palabra “gurú” deriva de las palabras raíz que significan “que disipa la oscuridad.” Entonces, construyamos junto a Dios y el Gurú un templo de luz que se extienda por todo el mundo.

Tu amiga en Dios,

Nayaswami Devi

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  1. I just happen see the comments above about preesing on to awareness of the need of work on CONCIOUSNESS. Which is good and true as far as it goes BUT it is not enough! More of those of high place have fallen then I like to thing of.. That is a Terrible thing !!! As David remarked so long ago …»My how the Mighty have fallen» .Then he went on to do so ! ATTUNEMENT to THAT ONE from which we came. Is safe alone ! NO matter what you call THAT ! So the wise have repeated TAT TWAM ASI (THOU ART THAT). Every tragety in this World OR Others can be traced to the first step AWAY from THAT ONE.!!! If we Fall GET ON UP………..In this is the whole of many a book and most talk!…………..I t Has Always Been Thus !!!…….. I AM ,and will aways be , YOURS in GODS LOVE, James

  2. Thanks so much for everything you all do !!! I do have a few problems….I have alway wondered Why most instructions like….. borders for things like the comment section….and where it asks for email address and such can hardly be seen. ALSO I have problem downloading that wonderful video of seva day chanting. I right ciick ……on the video it self….and then select «save as» in the list. The icon I get takes me to YOUTUBE which will not help me at all. Even then the download gets stuck on buffering and thats it. I get good down load s of the TWO audio on YOUR PAGE and view the video There but onlly so. Thanks again ,in Gods Lone .James

  3. Dear Devi,
    Thanks so much for your powerful words… I had wanted to be there for the seva week, but have to work at my profession. Nonetheless, I am very much there in spirit, and the beautifully constructed video helped that happen, so kudos to Kent and anyone else who put it together! I was deeply moved. With smoke and fires everywhere in California–including my home in Sacramento–a seeming metaphor for the state of the world–this reminder of a higher Truth was very much needed and greatly appreciated. Indeed, I do my utmost to build that temple of light inside my heart, and shine it on everyone I encounter in my daily life.
    love and blessings,
    Supriya

  4. Deviji I love these words. By inspiring us to build a temple in our own hearts its a call to transcend all our challenges and work towards this goal. Thank you for your words.

  5. This is very good…master also said thoughts are things..with determination,prayer day & night with meditation,Gods grace..we can strive
    to & finally keep only right,good,uplifting things(thoughts),in our minds..thereby making our hearts & minds..temples of light,for all time.

  6. YES PROBABLY THIS IS THE ONLY PATH THAT MIGHT BECOME THIS CURRENT GENERATIONS’ BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION AS WE HAND OVER TO THE NEXT – TO DISPELL DARKNESS AND LET THE LIGHT OF «SPIRITUALITY THRU’ UNITY» IN. ENOUGH OF RELIGIOUS WARS AND DIVIDES AS NO ONE BEING, HAS THE ANSWER TO WHICH IS SUPREME AND WHAT IS THE ABSOLUTE WAY………

    AND AT TIMES EVEN I TEND TO WONDER THE BIGGER PERSPECTIVE THAT EACH ARE PRECISELY PUT HERE TO SIMPLY WALK HIS/HER PATH AND PURPOSE! AND BTW THIS HAS BEEN THE LOUD MESSAGE AND RELENTLESS WORK OF MY GURU TOO, SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR FOR A BETTER HUMANE SOCIETY DEVOID OF VIOLENCE, SUFFERING AND HATRED AND DISEASE!

    BUT THE CHALLENGE TO RAISE THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF PEOPLE TO GO BEYOND THE FOUR LEVELS OF MASLOW’S, SEEKING FOR THE HIGHER THINGS IS AND HAS BEEN THE EFFORT OF ALL SPIRITUAL MASTERS I GUESS…..FOR THERE IN LIES THE SOLUTION TO MOST OF THE MANMADE PROBLEMS AND WARS OF THIS CENTURY.

    TO LOOK BEYOND AND FROM A HIGHER PLANE OF EXISTENCE AND TO RALLY AS MANY TO REALLY SEE THIS HIGHER TEMPLE OF LIGHT! FOR , THAT IS THE ONLY TRUE TREASURE OF YOUR THIS LIFETIME. THE LOVE U SPREAD, THE GOOD DEEDS THAT U DID AND HOW U BETTERED THE PLANET OR THE LIVES OF YOUR CO-HABITERS

  7. Thank you Deviji! Your words, and reminders touched me deeply and tears flowed. I send you and all the devotees there much Light!

  8. Thank you for these enlightening messages. I hope to someday visit the temple.

    Peace be with you,
    KayLynn

  9. This is so beautifully inspiring. I can’t wait to see the Temple and all our friends very soon at Spiritual Renewal Week. With deep love and gratitude – thank you. Vivekadevi

  10. Dear Jyotish and Devi, I WILL DO SO . –James Pickens , New York , Though what I can do be just tear drips in the OCEAN of this task….. I will do so.

  11. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji,

    Thank you for this wonderful blog and the beautiful video. Many hands making a miracle.
    Master’s blessings towards the end was very nice to see 🙂
    Thank you for the Inspiring words and the guidance

    Joy,
    Prem

  12. Dear Deviji,
    Thank you for these inspiring words, Master’s words along a similar line come to mind as well, as he said, make your heart a hermitage, and your robe, the love of God. Through you and Jyotishji we feel ourselves as a part of this wonderful light as well.
    Jai Guru.

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