“Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual development consists in the exhibition of a human personality motivated by love, activated by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted worship of the perfection ideals of divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.”
Sacred Steps Introduction:
Questions and feelings of uncertainly around dying and “what happens next” are natural when facing death. The comfort and peace found in a spiritual practice is why the sacred realm has been part of death and dying throughout history. Individuals who have devoted a significant portion of their lives to a consciousness practice clearly possess an inexplicable equanimity when faced with challenges. Perhaps you are looking for such comfort right now. If so, we have created a free gift for anyone interested in deepening their experience with the sacred realm.
GoGracefully™ knows that most of you have experience with some form of spiritual practice. If so, we encourage you to examine the relation of your tradition to living and dying. Do you experience assurance, comfort, and peace in your practice? Have you gone deep enough to really know? If not, are you willing to explore a practice that will offer you more of what you seek? If you have never looked into the sacred dimension what is stopping you? Fear is a master intellectual fraud that can paralyze both living and dying gracefully. Perhaps it is time to face what you fear most — especially if it is death.
If you have an interest in discovering the value of faith in your end-of-life planning, we encourage you to explore these inspirational world teachings. Conscious experience which transcends the mundane is the doorway to both living and dying gracefully. What follows is a very small sample of traditions from around the world. We invite you to open a door and see what awaits you!
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." John 17:20-23
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
“Every soul shall taste death and you will be paid in full only on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is kept away from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have triumphed. The present world is only an illusory pleasure” - Quran 3:185
"Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life as compared with the hereafter." - Quran 9:38
"Wealth and children are but adornment of worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for one's hope." - Quran 18:46
"He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; And there is none comparable unto Him." - Quran 112:1-4
"He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me, never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him." - Bhagavad Gita 6:30
"It is better to follow your own life purpose poorly, than to do another’s perfectly. You are safe from harm when you follow your own unique path." - Bhagavad Gita 3:35
"I am the original fragrance of the earth. I am the taste in water. I am the heat in fire and the sound in space. I am the light of the sun and moon and the life of all that lives." Bhagavad Gita 7:8
"Not by the Vedas, or an austere life, or gifts to the poor, or ritual offerings can I be seen as thou hast seen me. Only by love can men see me, and know me, and come unto me." - Bhagavad Gita 11:53-54
"The noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.
The noble truth of the origin of suffering: it is this craving which leads to re-becoming, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there; that is, craving for sensual pleasures, craving for becoming, craving for disbecoming.
The noble truth of the cessation of suffering: it is the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving, the giving up and relinquishing of it, freedom from it, non-reliance on it.
The noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering: it is this noble eightfold path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration."
- Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
"Hear oh Israel, YHWH is our Lord, YHWH is One." - Deuteronomy 6:4
"Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am YHWH." - Leviticus 19:18
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
"Answer evil with goodness; do not fill your mind with anger. Your body shall not suffer from any disease and you shall obtain everything." ||78|| Guru Granth Sahib p. 1381
"I serve my True Guru, and meditate on Him all day and night. Renouncing selfishness and conceit, I seek His Sanctuary, and speak sweet words to Him. Through countless lifetimes and incarnations, I was separated from Him. O Lord, you are my Friend and Companion—please unite me with Yourself. Those who are separated from the Lord do not dwell in peace, O sister. Without their Husband Lord, they find no comfort. I have searched and seen all realms. My own evil actions have kept me separate from Him; why should I accuse anyone else? Bestow Your Mercy, God, and save me! No one else can bestow Your Mercy. Without You, Lord, we roll around in the dust. Unto whom should we utter our cries of distress? This is Nanak’s prayer: 'May my eyes behold the Lord, the Angelic Being.'" || 1 || Guru Granth Sahib p.136
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