The New World prayer
The new world prayer was given by Maitreya in July 1988 is really an affirmation with an invocative effect, and will be a powerful tool in the recognition by us that man and God are one, that there is no separation. By affirming that I am the creator of the universe I can come into consciousness (eventually) that I am God, the true reality.
I am the creator of the universe.
I am the father and mother of the universe.
Everything came from me.
Everything shall return to me.
Mind, spirit and body are my temples
For the Self to realize in them
My supreme Being and Becoming
The Lord Maitreya
"Before the throne of God, the angel, with all the other angels, stood and cried: 'Lord of my life, grant me the strength to tread the path of revelation; to cross the sea of dark illusion, and face the lighted way of earth.' God said: 'Go forth and far away.'
"Before the gate which opens on the lighted way to peace, the angel stood alone and said: 'Lord of my life, the way of revelation is the way of manifested life; the path of dark illusion leads to the light which scatters every shadow. I seek to tread the lighted way which lead back to thy Presence. As yet that way is dark. What shall I do?' God said, 'Draw near and enter into thine own light, and in that light, see Light.'
"Before the gateway of each newborn day, which holds within its sealed hours ordered responsibility, each morn I stand. I cry aloud: 'Lord of my life, how can I do the duty of this day and seek detachment? Meet every need and yet free myself from ties and bonds?' God said: 'The sun draws near and vivifies the earth. Naught can it take from out the earth. Live likewise. Give and ask naught!'"
Alice A Bailey
Sharing indeed, is divine. It underlies all progress for man. By its means, my brothers and sisters, you can come into correct relationship with God; and this, My friends, underlies your lives. When you share, you recognise God in your brother. This is a simple truth, simple, but until now difficult for man to grasp. The time has come to evidence this truth.
The Great Invocation
Let light stream forth into the minds of men,
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men,
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Alice A Bailey
The force was in the cloth
According to Benjamin Creme Turin Shroud is the true authentic burial cloth of Jesus. He has been saying it for several years despite claims by scientists who were saying that it is a medieval forgery following carbon dating.
A Scientist in Turin claimed on 10-04-98 that he identified the Jesus's blood group as AB after tests on the Turin Shroud. Pierluigi Baima Ballone, Professor of Forensic Medicine said the blood tests were revealed in his book. The Shroud: The Proof (Sindone: La Prova) was to be published the following week.
The Photographic negatives of the cloth in 1898 revealed the image of a man bearing the marks of crucifixion. Carbon dating tests carried out in 1988 showed that the cloth was dated from 13th or 14th centuries.
The Pope has described it as "an object worthy of veneration" but has stopped short of declaring it genuine. The shroud goes on show until June 14th 1998 in Turin Cathedral. It is a length of yellowing ancient linen measuring just over 14ft by 4ft and made of fine tightly woven herringbone twill. It bears scorch marks of several fires, notably one at Chambery in southern France in 1532.
The "Shroud of Jesus" first recorded as the property of the family of Goffredo de Charny, a Crusader knight, from whom it passed to Savoy family and subsequently the Italian royal dynasty in 1578. It was kept in the Guarini Chapel of Turin Cathedral for 300 years in a silver casket dating from 1694.
It was in 1898 in the age of Victorian science, that "proof" appeared: a lawyer from Asti, Secondo Pia, who was an early amateur photographer, was allowed to photograph the sacred cloth for that years Universal Exhibition. Pia was staggered to find that when he developed the picture, the negatives revealed the image of a man 5ft 10in tall, with marks of crucifixion on his hands and feet, a wound in his side, and bruises and cuts on his face and body.
Fire once again nearly destroyed it exactly a year ago. The
fire broke out just before midnight on April 11th 1997, as a two
year restoration of the Guarini Chapel was nearing completion. A
state dinner was in full swing next door in honour of Kofi Anan,
The UN General secretary. There were food warmers, generators,
spotlights and heaters amid the tangle of scaffolding and
Whatever caused the fire, it spread rapidly from the Palace to the Cathedral, and the chapel was engulfed in flames. A fireman called Mario Trematore earned national fame by unhesitatingly running through the flames and smashing the bulletproof glass protecting the silver casket with a pickaxe.
"The force was in the cloth" he said afterwards - a remarkable statement from a man who according to friends, is matter of fact. "God gave me strength to save the holy shroud." The casket and its precious contents emerged from the smoke and flames in front of 3000 weeping spectators, including Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini the present Archbishop and its official custodian.
Pier Luigi Ballone, a professor of forensic medicine and Nello Balosino, a professor of computer science, say they have detected the faint impression of on the cloth of a Roman coin they say bear the letters TIB and CAI for Tiberius Caesar, and LIS: L for year 1 for 10 and S for six - the 16th year of Tiberiuss reign or AD29 by modern reckoning, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea.
Professor Balossino has compared the coin with Palestinian coinage of the same period in the British Museum, and points out that it was common Hebrew practice to place coins on or near the eyes after death.
According to Maria Grazia Siliato an archaeologist who published a book on the shroud last year, there is barely detectable Greco-Latin writing round the face reading "Jesus, the Nazarene".
Don Guiseppe Ghiberti, deputy head of the Turin Commission for the Display of the Shroud says the shroud not only shows the likeness of the man who was wrapped in it, it also shows marks of blood on the forearms and around the waist, with evidence of 50 blows.
He deduces that there were two flagellators one on the right and one on the left with orders to hit the man on all parts of the body except near the heart. The cuts and scratches on the forehead and nape make one think of the crown of thorns on Jesuss head. There is also evidence of bruising on the shoulders from carrying the crossbar.
(Adapted from The Times, UK)
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