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  1. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. To understand the prayer, I think it is important to understand first the context of "heaven". As Jesus further describes below in Luke, heaven is not some far off land... Luke 17: 20-21 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[d] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Heaven is found within (or thru you), so Our Father is always "with us". A "name" is a knowing, and such a knowing is very hallowed. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This line is reminder that the kingdom of heaven is not some far away land, but here in the present moment. Or, as other traditions describe nirvana and samsara are ultimately the same. And if we are one with God's will, we realize that and the kingdom "comes"... For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (‭Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭17‬ KJV) Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, A few words of consideration on what we need for our "daily bread" or sustenance... Matthew 4:1-4 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. And... John 5:53-58 53Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Here are a couple of verses which I think might help with putting the line in context... Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ KJV) As the above says, God does not tempt anyone to wrongdoing. But, if one thinks of the translation of temptation more like "trials"... There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭13‬ KJV) It takes on a different feel and meaning. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen
  2. Hey there, hi there, ho there!

    Welcome Jainarayan to LU
  3. Avatamsaka Sutra

    From the Avatamsaka Sutra... Great bodhisattvas have no attachment to Buddha and do not develop attachments; they have no attachment to the teachings and do not develop attachments; they have no attachment to lands and do not develop attachments; they have no attachments to sentient beings and do not develop attachments. They do not see that there are sentient beings, yet they carry on educational activity, civilizing and teaching ways of liberation; they do not give up the practices of bodhisattvas with great compassion and great commitment. Seeing buddhas and hearing their teachings, they act accordingly; trusting the buddhas they plant roots of goodness, ceaselessly honoring and serving them. They are able to shake infinite worlds in the ten directions by spiritual powers; their minds are broad, being equal to the cosmos. They know various explanations of truth, they know how many sentient beings there are, they know the differences among sentient beings, they know the birth of suffering, they know the extinction of suffering; while knowing all acts are like reflected images, they carry out the deeds of bodhisattvas. They sever the root of all subjection to birth. They carry out practices of bodhisattvas for the sole purpose of saving sentient beings and yet do not practice anything. Conforming to the essential nature of all buddhas, they develop a mind like an immense mountain. They know all falsehood and delusion, and enter the door of omniscience. Their knowledge and wisdom are broad and vast and unshakable, due to the attainment of true enlightenment. This is the insight of practical knowledge of equally saving all sentient beings in the ocean of birth and death.
  4. Hello all :) good to be here!

    Hi Jessica, Most of us hang out in chat. Hope to talk to you soon. Tom
  5. Hello

    Welcome dwai
  6. Welcome mrpasserby! Hope to see you in chat sometime!
  7. Me and My Journey

    Welcome to LU Shanbmugam!
  8. New Chat Link

    P.S. Thank you Shady for the suggestion.
  9. Hi Everyone, We found an alternative for Chat and we are still looking at trying to integrate it with LU but until then the room is open and the following is the link to sign in for now. This version of chat, has a phone app, desktop client or you can use the web interface. See you in chat
  10. Why the need for a transition period? I guess that also means we are one or two generations early?
  11. That is great riju. Thank you very much for sharing what you have already. Much I didn't know..
  12. It reminds me of the path less traveled and in spirituality that path is the one inward.
  13. To me the gate has the same meaning as path. Narrow is the path and difficult is the way that leads to non duality and there are few who find it.
  14. Not rocket science.

    Thank you running. I didn't know any of that. Very interesting.