Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Rama’s Day
April 18 and 19
Rama is the seventh Avatar of Vishnu, the Vedic sun God who is reborn each morning and sustains the order of the cosmos. As does Apollo, the Greek sun God, Vishnu rises from the sea where he sleeps during Brahma’s night. As an Avatar, Rama descends to earth and assumes a visible form. Rama or Rama-Chandra is a “Moon Rama” or “Gentle Rama” in contrast to some of the more war-oriented Rama. In India, it is believed that the Avatars walk about the Earth and work for the good of humanity by defeating forces of evil and helping the good.
Today’s Affirmation for March 12th
I pray for spirit to revive my heart, to spark it with a relish for service. I hope that my desire to be a flame of love will spark other stalled souls to come alive, aflame with love themselves.
Today’s Thought for March 12th
A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task is the hope of the world.
From a Church in Sussex, England (1730)
Today’s Meditation for March 12th
In Hindu mythology the monkey king Hanuman shows outstanding devotion to Rama, an incarnation of the deity Vishnu. To prove his loyalty Hanuman opens his chest to reveal Rama and his wife Sita enthroned in his heart. During meditation examine your heart to find what is enthroned there. Dedicate your heart to the positive force of love.
Hanuman acts on his devotion by rescuing Sita from kidnappers. Consider what actions you can take to put your love into practice in the world.