50B_ Susan Seattle NEW_YEAR_GREETINGS_-_2011

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR with “LOVE”
From SEATTLE UHBE CENTER

Dear friends of all UHBE Centers,

All members of the Seattle UHBE Center would like to extend our warmest greetings for all our dear friends around the world for the Lunar New Year. May Founder Master Dasira Narada bless you and your loved ones with much happiness, peace, great health and success in your spiritual cultivation and evolutionary journey.

As we begin a new year, this is a good time for us to review the “love” which our Founder Master has taught us and which is the foundation of UHBE. Although we all have heard about the teachings on “love” from Thay Thuan and Co Hai, it is important that we truly understand this “love” which is essential to all UHBE disciples. It is further important that we truly understand this “love” such that we can apply it correctly in our daily lives.

As we enter the new year, this is a good opportunity for us, as disciples of UHBE, to reflect on what we have done to establish, maintain, and strengthen this “love” not only in the last year specifically but also in the past years generally in our lives. During our reflection, it is important to note the following:

1. What has occurred in our past years which affected the “love” we have for our families, friends, and other individuals surrounding us?

2. In regards to these past occurrences, what should we have done (or not done) so that our actions include the “love” which our Founder Master has taught us?

3. What should we do from now on and in the future so that we can share and further strengthen the “love” for all humanity as taught by Founder Master?

First of all, as disciples of UHBE we must have the wisdom to identify our wrongdoings as we cultivate in order to ascend in our evolutionary journey. In order to progress in our spiritual cultivation, we must constantly reflect on what has occurred in our past which affected the “love” we have for our families, friends, and others surrounding us. In doing so, we must be able to identify occurrences where our words or actions were lacking or contradicting the “love” which is so essential for all UHBE disciples. In our reflection, we must remember to focus on our own words and actions. We must not shift the blame to others by thinking what others have done or should have done in those occurrences. In our spiritual cultivation, we can only change our own thinking and doing because only we can control our own thinking and doing. It is beyond our control and we cannot change what another person would think or do. If we wish to progress in our cultivation journey, we must not justify our wrongdoings by the wrongdoings of others. Regardless of what others have said or done, what we have said or done is wrong if it is wrong by itself. As our Founder Master has taught us, it is important to identify our wrongdoing as we cultivate since we cannot change until we know what is wrong.

Secondly, once we identify our wrongdoings as described above, we as disciples of UHBE must have the wisdom to understand what we should have done (or not done) in those same past occurrences so that we can have the “love” which our Founder Master has taught us. In our spiritual cultivation journey, we must focus on what we should say or do such that others will truly feel and receive our “love” as a result. Although we are worldly people who are still under the influence of earthly impermanence, our words and actions must not be based on anger, greed, obsession, or our own self-interests. Instead, our words and actions must be based on compassion, kindness, concern, and the best interests for others and for all humanity. If we do so, we will have the “love” which is so essential to all UHBE disciples and which will establish peace and harmony among all humanity.

Thirdly, once we have determined what we should say or do in our past occurrences as described above, we as disciples of UHBE must have the wisdom to use our past learning experiences as guidelines for what we should say or do in the future such that we will not only possess but also strengthen our “love” for all humanity. In our spiritual cultivation journey, we must remember to apply these “love” guidelines not only within the UHBE Centers but also in the outside world. Although there are 24 hours in a day, we must be conscious of the amount of time we spend at the Center each day. Since many of us spend the majority of our 24-hour day in the outside world, we must remember to apply these “love” guidelines to our daily lives in the outside world as well. Even if we follow these “love” guidelines strenuously at the Center, whatever virtue we have developed at the Center will be reduced and diminished if we do not follow these same guidelines in our normal lives in the outside world. Only by doing so will we be able to develop true “love” for all humanity as taught our Founder Master. Only by doing so will we all as disciples of UHBE progress in our spiritual cultivation and evolutionary journey.

Everyone at the Seattle UHBE Center sends our best wishes and “love” to all our dear friends around the world for the new year, and we look forward to sharing our “love” with all of you when we meet in Seattle!

With loving wishes,

Susan Luong
February 2011

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