My Journey from Bondage to Freedom

The essay below is part of Unity Urban Ministerial School – Foundation Course – Week 5 Assignment. Task:  In your paper, document what you learned and how you are applying what you have learned in this class that is applicable to your topic. I found H.E. Cady’s book very supportive, particularly, in a way that […]

Personal Storytelling – HOLOS 1

(Extracts) … During these years of self-discovery, I found healing through art, meditation, and by attending personal development seminars and such. I soon understood that I am not only interested in finding my own answers but I wish to support others in finding theirs, too. As a next step, I embarked on a journey of […]

The Wicked

At the beginning of January we started a journey, the journey of the Season of Epiphany where are being revealed to ourselves. We ask and we are shown who we truly are. As we learn about different aspects of ourselves we are given the opportunity to love and embrace all these parts. As we allow […]

Control vs. Faith in grace

Control vs. faith in grace ” … But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved — … For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is […]

Surrender

What is surrender? In the dictionary, the meaning of surrender is to give up. This meaning can be misleading. We all usually go about life trying to control what should or should not happen to us, what we should or should not feel and often extend it to our loved ones – what they should […]

The season of Epiphany – an invitation

Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, “the appearance; miraculous phenomenon”) is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the ‘shining forth’ or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. The observance had its origins in the eastern Christian churches, and included the birth of Jesus; the visit of the three Magi, or Wise […]

Walk in or without God

Faith Without Works Is Dead “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without […]

Assignment No.I – Conclusion

Conclusion On a practical note I wish to mention that reading St. John is inconclusive because the book Light on St. John did not follow all the chapters of the original text from the Bible all the way through. Beas’s notes on Jesus’ teachings stops with Chapter 17. Chapter 18 – 21 is not worked […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 17

Chapter 17 In this Chapter Jesus talks to God asking Him to take care of his disciples after he is gone. He is praying that God would glorify him aka taking him back to Him and glorify his disciples, too. As Beas explains “only a certain number of souls that are designated to be redeemed […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 16

Chapter 16 In this chapter Jesus continues on explaining what is happening after his departure with the disciples. “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 15

Chapter 15 This chapter continues on from the previous chapter. In this chapter Jesus clearly states what the commandment is, what it is that he asks of his disciples. He also clarifies the meaning of discipleship. He also warns the disciples about the threats they may need to face for they are his followers. But […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 14

Chapter 14 In this chapter Jesus affirms his soon departure and reunification with the Father. He is consoling his disciples and reassuring them that they will not be alone after his death, he talks about his successor and the importance of being attached to the Holy Ghost that he calls the Comforter, and that he, […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 13

Chapter 13 In this chapter Jesus reminds his disciples of the one commandment he has shared with them: to love one another as he loved them. He also shares about his soon departure and his successor who would take care of them. He is talking in particular to those who cannot yet follow him or […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 12

Chapter 12 This chapter talks about Jesus attending the Passover feast. This chapter is also a beautiful collection of Jesus messages about what his mission is by being amongst the Jews; his relationship with the Father; how to attain everlasting life; the fact that he is not here to judge but to be the guiding […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 This chapter is about the resurrection of Lazarus and the decision of the Pharisees that they would capture Jesus and put him to death. As I was reading this chapter I found it very hard to believe that one was made risen from the dead, particularly after having been dead for four days. […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 10

Chapter 10 This chapter is about how a disciple can recognise the true and ‘good’ Shepherd. It describes the Shepherd’s responsibilities in the disciples’ development on the path. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 9

Chapter 9 This chapter is about Jesus’ encounter with the blind man. The parable in this chapter is about seeing clearly in God and being blind in the world. “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. “ Upon reading this […]

Love Is a Fire, Vol.2

REFLECTIONS Love Is a Fire: The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home My intention with reading this book is to gain a deeper understanding of the Sufi tradition, its teachings, some of the Sufi Mystics, and practices in order to support my own development in immersing myself into God. I found that not only the book allows […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 This chapter is about Jesus’s argument with the Jews. All through this chapter Jesus tries to convince the Jews that he is of Abraham and the other prophets but they don’t seem to understand him. As I was reading this chapter, I wondered why he entered into an argument with the Jews at […]

Love Is a Fire, Vol.1

REFLECTIONS Love Is a Fire: The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home My intention with reading this book is to gain a deeper understanding of the Sufi tradition, its teachings, some of the Sufi Mystics, and practices in order to support my own development in immersing myself into God. I found that not only the book allows […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 This Chapter is about Jesus’s visit and preaching at the Feast of the Tabernacles in Galilee. Here he explains the difference between a true teacher, a God-sent mystic and a self-made one who only seeks his own glory. We learn that the true teacher is ‘stamped and sealed’ by God. This Chapter for […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 This chapter explains the meaning of a teacher – who can be a teacher at a point in time – discusses discipleship, and offers thoughts on the deeper meaning of the teachings. At the beginning of the chapter Jesus miraculously feeds about a 5000 people with bread and fish. Then he walks on […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 This chapter is about initiation. In this chapter Jesus explains clearly the basics of the path: his role, his relationship with the Father, what it means to be initiated and what the path actually involves in simple terms. “Rise, take up thy bed and walk” “Afterwards Jesus findeth him in the temple, and […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 This chapter is about the importance of the initiation and meditation practice. The beginning of this Chapter follows upon the discussion of our inherent longing for God started at the previous Chapter. As far as I understand longing is the notion that ensures that our Soul looks for and eventually finds the way […]

Diary of MS, Vol.2

Thoughts on discipleship, service and ministerial studies @ the BoL 3/6/2016, I decided to create a diary for my journey of the ministerial studies. I suppose this can be part of my assignments because these posts are accounts of my personal experiences of various study related material and encounters. Budapest, 8 05 2016 Blind Faith […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 This chapter discusses what initiation and being reborn in Spirit mean. It also reveals the role of the teacher in more detail and what it means to walk the Path. This chapter also reveals the nature of the soul and mentions the two main elements of the Path: Sound and Light. Jesus upon […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 This chapter is about the meaning of miracles and Jesus’s response to the greedy merchants in the temple. Miracles, to me, used to be about deeds that an ordinary human being cannot achieve. According to Beas Mystics or Teachers come into the world with allotted tasks to perform and they may use miracles […]

Assignment No.I – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 To my understanding, the first chapter of Light on St. John by Radha Beas’s as well as John 1:1 – 1:51 from the Bible is an introduction to Jesus’s basic teachings and it provides with some basic information on ‘teacherhood’ as well as an introduction to the Path. First, it discusses Creation and […]

Assignment No.I introduction

Assignment No.I Task: Summary of the book What I learnt form the book How I integrate what I learnt from the book into my ministership Radha Soamin Satsang Beas – Light on Saint John, 1967, and Gospel according to Saint John, the Holy Bible, New Testament, King James version *** This assignment is the summary […]

Diary of MS, Vol.1

Thoughts on discipleship, service and ministerial studies @ the BoL Today, I decided to create a diary for my journey of the ministerial studies. I suppose this can be part of my assignments because these posts are accounts of my personal experiences of various study related material and encounters. Budapest, 3/6/2016 Self-doubt as self-protection This morning […]