The below are the words of Peace Pilgrim. If you dont know about her, I strongly recommend you to read about her. Thanks to my English Teacher in Class 11, I came to know about her and read the book. Ever since, I have deep admiration and love for her. Just 2 days ago, I received the delivery of this book again, thants to the love and generosity of Friends of Peace Pilgrim. Excited to share her wonderful words. [Words in italics are mine]
If only we could hold onto and internalize the below understanding of God and realize him in our everyday lives, we then dont need rituals and religions !
Q: How can I feel close to God?
A: God is Love, and whenever you reach out in loving kindness, you are expressing God. God is
Truth, and whenever you seek truth, you are seeking God. God is Beauty, and whenever you touch the
beauty of a flower or a sunset, you are touching God. God is the Intelligence that creates all and sustains all and binds all together and gives life to all. Yes, God is the Essence of all. So you are within God and God is within you—you could not be where God is not. Permeating all is the law of God—physical law and spiritual law. Disobey it and you feel unhappiness—you feel separated from God. Obey it and you feel harmony—you feel close to God.
If only we could give thought to the design of our lives, i.e what we do, what we consume, how we spend time etc, then we would be catering to ourselves in a holistic manner
Q: What are the good things, and how do I fill my life with them?
A: Good things are of benefit to you and to others. You may get some inspiration from the outside, but
in the final analysis you must know from the inside what good things you want to fill your life with. Then you can make a schedule of what you think the good life should be like, and live according to that schedule. It may include something beneficial to the body—like walking to exercise. Or something to the intellect—like meaningful reading. And something uplifting for the emotions—like good music. But most important of all, it needs to include service to others if it is to be spiritually beneficial to you.
If only we knew our true selves, there would be nothing to be ever afraid of !
Q: What overcomes fear?
A: I would say that religious attitudes overcome fear. If you have a loving attitude toward your fellow
human beings, you will not fear them. “Perfect love casteth out fear.” An obedient attitude toward God
will bring you into constant awareness of God’s presence, and then fear is gone. When you know that
you are only wearing the body, which can be destroyed—that you are the reality which activates
the body and cannot be destroyed—how can you be afraid?