Om Namah Shivaya!
As you all know, AYUDH NY has been a bit inactive recently, and we are sincerely hoping to be more dedicated towards putting Amma's teachings into practice.
One of our main difficulties has been meeting each other for events since many of us do not live close to one another. Nevertheless, we hope to do something to serve our Earth and to protect it for the future.
Starting Sunday, March 20th, all AYUDH NY members are humbly requested to devote one hour every Sunday morning--from 10 AM to 11 AM--to chant for world peace. We will all be chanting the following Sanskrit verse:
Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
which translates as: May all the beings in all the worlds become happy. (Read more about the significance of this prayer.
All AYUDH members are requested to chant this verse for a total of 108 times, and to pray for the Earth and for all those who have been suffering--especially for those who have been affected by the recent natural disasters.
After chanting this prayer 108 times, all members are also requested to pray for the strength and guidance to be able to serve Mother nature more through our group.
Please respond to this at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know whether or not you will be able to take part in this weekly event.
In Amma's service,
As Amma once said:
"Man is dependent on Nature for his very existence. Nature is an indispensable part of life on earth. Without Nature no creature, not man or anything else, can live. Therefore, it is one of our foremost duties to lovingly care for all living things. You may feel that destroying a tree or a plant is a lesser wrong than killing a human being. This concept is wrong. Plants and trees also have emotions and can feel fear. When somebody approaches a tree or plant with an ax or a hacking knife, the plant is afraid; it trembles with fear. You need to have a subtle ear to hear its cries, a subtle eye to see its helplessness, and you need a subtle mind to feel its fear. You do not see its suffering, but you can feel it if you have a compassionate heart. In order to these the suffering of a plant, your mind's eye must be open. Unfortunately, you do not see subtle things with your external eyes. Because of this, you destroy a helpless tree or plant. What a pity it is that destruction has become the slogan of modern man. Nobody sincerely wishes for the good of another person. People have become very self-centered and selfish. They want to destroy each other. They want to destroy everything. The thought of destruction comes when greed and selfishness overpower man. Love and compassion are a uniting force. They alone can create a sense of oneness and cooperation."