Unity is POWER

In these most trying times, it is of the utmost importance to come together. Not this politicized infighting that is going on in a concerted effort to tear us apart. And believe me there is a faction that would purposefully have us doing just that. It needs to end.

The time is now. To show the rest of the planet that we as a nation can put our differences aside and become, “One nation under God (or whatever deity/path/ect. you may follow)”. We’ve done it before and we are capable of doing it again.

Unity is POWER, as the headline reads. There has been enough hatred over the last several years to last us all a lifetime. All in the name of greed and power mongering. While we are forced to stand a literal 6 feet apart, it is time to proverbially join hands and chant in one voice that, “We will overcome”. Overcome the hatred, division and derision being delivered by those who are supposed to be setting the example. They of course are not doing anything close to that.

It is time to stop playing the blame game and start attacking the true enemy. The virus itself. This virus doesn’t attack red, blue, democrat, republican, black, white, straight, gay or any other faction with regards for what they practice or who they love. It’s a scourge with zero regard for life whatsoever.

With that said, where do we go from here? That is one of the oddest questions during these confusing times. We literally go nowhere. We stay in place and do as those that know better advise us to do. We #StayHome, #StaySafe, #CoverUp, #WashYourHands and stay #SixFeetApart unless you’re #Essential. But we can virtually go anywhere and everywhere. The key word there is VIRTUALLY.

We have the internet and streaming services to help us stay in touch and support each other. We can send virtual hugs, love and prayers. We can check in and up on those who may need our help. We can text, message, video call and SUPPORT one another. That is what should be happening. That is the only way we are going to defeat the aforementioned scourge.

We will get passed this fellow BodhiSoldiers. We will defeat this common enemy and we will be better for it. Stay safe and pass this message on. Either by sharing this or reaching out in your own way and helping those that need it most. And if you need help, reach out. We are all in this TOGETHER. Remember, “Unity is POWER”.

Namaste’ & om shanti ~ Karma Sherab

Recitations and Prayers ~ Karma Sherab

Buddhist prayer flags

During these trying times, I feel it is of the utmost importance to remember our faith. It becomes far easier to forgo our daily tasks and rituals as we hunker down and complacency sets in. Here’s how I start my day…

My recitations…

The 8 fold path

Right understanding

Right thought

Right speech

Right action

Right livelihood

Right effort

Right mindfulness

Right concentration

The 4 noble truths

Life is suffering

There is a cause for that suffering

The cessation of suffering is attainable

There is a path to that cessation

Refuge vows

I take refuge in the Buddha

I take refuge in the Dharma

I take refuge in the Sangha

Bodhisattva vow (delivered by the Dalai Lama)

“For as long as space endures

and as long as living beings remain

until then may I too abide to

dispel the misery of the world”

Pay homage

Namo Shakyamuni buddha

Namo Shakyamuni buddha

Namo Shakyamuni buddha

Asking for Blessings

Lord Buddha please grant your blessings…

This is how I begin my day and I believe it is so important during the current battles being waged that we adhere to our faith and keep our eyes on the prize. That all sentient being be relieved from suffering. Of course this is not just limited to Buddhism. It is important to maintain your faith regardless of your path.

As my adopted father once said to me, “Though our paths may be different, the end result is all the same”. ~ Spotted Turtle, Grandfather of the Abenaki Nation.