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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

FANTASY DINNER GUESTS

FANTASY DINNER GUESTS
September 20, 2005

While eating recently, I remembered the "fantasy dinner guest game." I thought about people I would invite to a special dinner because I admire them and what they achieved during their lives.

There's Jesus Christ. (Did you know that Christ/Cristos is a title meaning "anointed one"?) My favorite teachings of Jesus are in "The Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5, 6, 7). I also take very much to heart Matthew 25: 34-36, 40: ". . . , Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. . . . Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Gideon Bible)

I would invite Peace Pilgrim, who changed her name, left her belongings behind, and set out with nothing but the clothes on her back, a comb, and paper and pencil to walk the country for peace during the Korean War. Peace Pilgrim is a major role model for me. Her teachings have been published by an organization called "Friends of Peace Pilgrim." Some of my favorites are: (1) "When you become a channel through which God works, there are no more limitations, because God does the work through you. You are merely the instrument, and what God can do is unlimited." (2) "No one is truly free who is still attached to material things, or to places, or to people." (3) "People have had to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material things seem unimportant."

Another of my role models is Mother Teresa. What educated person isn't aware of the contributions Mother Teresa made in this world? So much love and compassion and actions on behalf of the suffering. Interesting thing happened at the time Princess Diana was killed in a car accident. When the world was focusing on Princess Diana, the name "Mother Teresa" came into my mind numerous times. I discovered what that meant when a week or two later, Mother Teresa quietly made her transition. It was only then that it was brought to my attention by the media that Princess Diana and Mother Teresa had actually spent time together and consulted on various projects. Questioning Divine Spirit, I learned there was a strong spiritual connection between the two.

What an honor and privilege to have the presence of Mahatma Gandhi at dinner! What this one man achieved is proof that nonviolence can achieve goals--despite those who know no other way and insist in engaging in violent activities.

And to actually be in the presence of Paramahansa Yogananda in this life (as I've been in another life), would be a special blessing. During the 1980s, I picked up a hardback book at a garage/rummage sale that did not have a paper cover: Autobiography of a Yogi. When I opened it up, my eyes met the eyes of Paramahansa Yogananda, and I exclaimed to myself, "I know this man!" Since that time, I've been privileged to meet and/or hear speak people who studied under Yogananda or his guru, and I recognized them as "old friends/acquaintances," too. Yogananda's teachings have been published around the world and Autobiography of a Yogi is considered a classic in the category of spiritual books. Yogananda said: "It is not easy to be spiritual, but it is very easy if you will only follow a few rules. Begin by simplifying your life. Then, remain somewhat apart from others. If you want to find God, don't mix too much socially. Seclusion is the price of greatness." In my opinion, a certain degree of spiritualization leads to this lifestyle automatically--without conscious effort. I've always considered games like card games a waste of time, so it was sweet to have that validated by Yogananda: "Never kill time. It is too valuable to waste on useless things. I never learned to play cards or checkers or any such thing because I saw they are just a means of killing time. Life is too precious to squander."

I realize that historians (and others) are on record describing Jimmy Carter as an ineffective (etc.) president, but many (including myself) admire him as a person and what he has achieved since his presidency. I'd invite Jimmy and Roslyn Carter (because they are very much a team).

Add Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, his wife. Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech enthralls me every time I hear portions of it, and I have the words in document form on disk. What a man possessed with a vision whose service to humanity will never be forgotten!

Now aren't I selfish? No friends, no family. Just these incredible people and me, myself, and I. I probably forgot some (maybe Molly Ivins, a liberal columnist of Texas; Wynton Marsalis (have a crush on him); Oprah Winfrey; Mark Twain; Anwar Sadat; Nelson Mandela; Jesse Jackson).

Fantasizing, I Am Angel-Light. I Am That I Am.

Angel-Light Love
Healing/Wellbeing Facilitator
(Spirit-Mind-Body-Environment)
http://angel-light-love-healing.blogspot.com