A blessing for the New Year

KathaIn reading and studying the Upanishads, I have especially enjoyed the verses that precede each body of text.

Coming from the Judeo-Christian perspective that I was raised in, it is fascinating to me how much in common there is between these major religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity).

Yes, there are significant differences, but there’s more alignment than fundamentalists on any side would care to admit.

Here is the opening to the Katha Upanishad which is known as a favorite across time.

May the Lord of Love protect us. May the Lord of Love nourish us. May the Lord of Love strengthen us. May we realize the Lord of Love. May we live with love for all; may we live in peace with all.

OM shanti shanti shanti

In Hindu tradition, the word ‘Lord’ is used as much as it is in the Christian tradition. If the semantics of that bother you, simply replace the word ‘Law’ for ‘Lord’ (“May the Law of Love,…” etc.)

As we bid 2017 adieu, I can think of no more important seeds to plant in the New Year than seeds of love and peace.

May we indeed live with love for all and in peace with all.

And so it is.

(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path

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