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How I found my spiritual path

When my father asked me to write an article to his blog, lot of thoughts came up to my mind about my spiritual journey.

At that time I was a 12 year-old girl, living along with my family. I had comfort at home, I used to study at a good school and go to extra activities after class such as English and dancing classes. Somehow, even I had been enjoying such a good life, full of comfort, I heard a voice inside my heart that life was not only: being born, growing, studying, working, making some money and aging. I had felt there was another purpose for my existence on this planet, so I had started to study about… let´s say philosophical subjects, including religions. And so it had been for about 5 years, but I couldn´t find out something that really touched my heart.

So, when I first traveled abroad, I was 17, headed to Norway to visit my aunt who has been living there for a couple of decades. I was a teenager and my aunt didn´t want me to sightsee while she was working. So she gave me a book written in English, which title is “My Master” to read during her absence. In one of those days, my aunt invited me out to Alesund in the north of Norway. She told me: “you ought to see some snow, besides this is a nine-hour trip and you´ll love the view”. And then we went by train to that town.

During the trip I couldn´t stop reading the book she gave me, and she said: “Stop reading it for a while. Enjoy the view”. And I said: “Ok. Oh, it´s really beautiful”. – and in the following minute I started to read it again… because the message was really touching my heart, specially due to its simplicity, no money, no trade, no rituals. The only indispensible things are: determination and a willing heart in this path towards the Divine.

My aunt told me she´s been practicing that spiritual path and she´d take me to see an Indian friend, who could give me further explanations about it. We went there and he gave me a booklet containing the essential on the practice which is called Sahaj Marg.

After some days I came back to Brazil, and I wrote a letter to the headquarters in India, they answered me that I should get in contact with a person, who was in the closest center: Colombia. So, as requested as I did, and that person sent my letter to a Brazilian aspirant who has been living in Georgia, USA. And he finally released my letter to a preceptor who gave me the introduction on this spiritual path by distance.

So that was the way I first got in touch with Sahaj Marg and started practicing it.

You might be asking yourself why I am writing how I came to it, and I tell you that´s because although I had a confortable life, I felt something was missing inside. And those things outside couldn´t fulfill this emptiness. And it explains my search. When observing the human race I realize every one has this emptiness inside and tries to fill out with all kind of things… not only material, but emotional as well, and the fulfilling of this emptiness would be the Happiness itself.

But they can never reach Happiness like that. That´s what I figured out, when I was 12 years old. People were always looking forward to having things, but they were never pleased. It seemed there was always something missing. And all the expectations are driven outside for the relatives, for the job, for the kids, for external life in general. But friends, relatives or the things can never be what we expect, because as I, I am what I am, I am not what one expects me to be, so how come can I expect one to be the way I would like him/her to be? I know this is very logical, but sometimes we forget the logical in our lives.

So one thing that really captured my attention is that through meditation you can contact God inside, feel Him and at this moment you feel plenitude. It´s Happiness. And it´s so simple, sitting, closing your eyes, be quiet, and let your ego go, and let Him stay. Peace, relax, calmness are consequences of this spiritual journey, but not the goal.

If you would like to know more about this method, access:

http://www.srcm.org

With love,
Gisele
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Autora: Gisele Camargo Leal – Taubaté-SP – Brasil
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52 ESE Capítulo 01

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Não vim destruir a Lei – Jesus

Fonte:
O Evangelho Segundo o Espiritismo
Allan Kardec
Capítulo I – Não vim destruir a Lei – Jesus
Transcrição literal:

O Cristo

3. Jesus não veio destruir a lei, isto é, a lei de Deus; veio cumpri-la, isto é, desenvolvê-la, dar-lhe o verdadeiro sentido e adaptá-la ao grau de adiantamento dos homens. Por isso é que se nos depara, nessa lei, o principio dos deveres para com Deus e para com o próximo, base da sua doutrina. Quanto às leis de Moisés, propriamente ditas, ele, ao contrário, as modificou profundamente, quer na substancia, quer na forma. Combatendo constantemente o abuso das práticas exteriores e as falsas interpretações, por mais radical reforma não podia fazê-las passar, do que as reduzindo a esta única prescrição: “Amar a Deus acima de todas as coisas e o próximo como a si mesmo”, e acrescentando: aí estão a lei toda e os profetas.

Por estas palavras: “O céu e a Terra não passarão sem que tudo esteja cumprido até o último iota”, quis dizer Jesus ser necessário que a lei de Deus tivesse cumprimento integral, isto é, fosse praticada na Terra inteira, em toda a sua pureza, com todas as suas ampliações e conseqüências. Efetivamente, de que serviria haver sido promulgada aquela lei, se ela devesse constituir privilégio de alguns homens, ou, sequer, de um único povo? Sendo filhos de Deus todos os homens, todos, sem distinção nenhuma, são objeto da mesma solicitude.

4. Mas, o papel de Jesus não foi o de um simples legislador moralista, tendo por exclusiva autoridade a sua palavra. Cabia-lhe dar cumprimento às profecias que lhe anunciaram o advento; a autoridade lhe vinha da natureza excepcional do seu Espírito e da sua missão divina. Ele viera ensinar aos homens que a verdadeira vida não é a que transcorre na Terra e sim a que é vivida no reino dos céus; viera ensinar-lhes o caminho que a esse reino conduz, os meios de eles se reconciliarem com Deus e de pressentirem esses meios na marcha das coisas por vir, para a realização dos destinos humanos. Entretanto, não disse tudo, limitando-se, respeito a muitos pontos, a lançar o gérmen de verdades que, segundo ele próprio o declarou, ainda não podiam ser compreendidas. Falou de tudo, mas em termos mais ou menos implícitos. Para ser apreendido o sentido oculto de algumas palavras suas, mister se fazia que novas idéias e novos conhecimentos lhes trouxessem a chave indispensável, idéias que, porém, não podiam surgir antes que o espírito humano houvesse alcançado um certo grau de madureza. A Ciência tinha de contribuir poderosamente para a eclosão e o desenvolvimento de tais idéias. Importava, pois, dar à Ciência tempo para progredir.
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52 ESE 32 Palavras!

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O Evangelho Segundo o Espiritismo
Palavras utilizadas mais de 100 vezes

01=105 Cristo
02=111 Tempo
03=112 Orgulho
04=121 Corpo
05=127 Moral
06=129 Verdade
07=130 Espiritismo
08=131 Pai
09=133 Fazer
10=133 Prece
11=150 Amor
12=156 Coração
13=183 Palavras
14=185 Alma
15=186 Lei
16=196 Fé
17=222 Mundo
18=236 Mal
19=241 Homens
20=242 Caridade
21=246 Pode
22=247 Aquele
23=247 Porque
24=259 Ser
25=265 Está
26=268 Jesus
27=272 Terra
28=285 Espírito
29=353 Homem
30=354 Vida
31=462 Espíritos
32=716 Deus
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Observação: A apuração das palavras utilizadas no Evangelho Segundo o Espiritismo foi realizada através de software específico desenvolvido pelo Leal. Processamento realizado em 30jan2000.
Nesta listagem são mostradas as palavra que foram utilizadas mais de 100 vezes. São 32 palavras.
Feliz Natal!
Leal
ep-leal@uol.com.br
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