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Reflections on Passover

Today is the last day of Passover, a very sacred day within the Jewish Faith. It is healing and nurturing to your body, mind and spirit to observe the sacred occasions within your chosen faith.

To me Passover is a multi dimensional experience. It looks back at the amazing deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. The protection given to them during the terrible plagues, especially the last one, where the Death Angel came to slay every first-born male both human and animal in the land of Egypt. Only the homes with the blood of the Passover lamb on the door post were spared.

Such an incredible and miraculous deliverance was given to Israel that day, it is remembered and celebrated for all time.

The Greatest Teacher of all time, Y’Shua from Nazareth celebrated his last Passover with his disciples in an upper room borrowed for the occasion. This Passover meal is remembered by Christians as their Communion or last supper celebration followed by Easter, where they celebrate the resurrection of Y’shua also called Jesus in English. I prefer to call him Y’Shua (Yeshua) which was his given name and if correctly translated would read Joshua in English. The point is Passover took on new meanings for YeShua’s followers at that point in time. It also has meaning for us now, in our time.

What does all this mean to me now? How may it be beneficial to others within their own chosen faith? To me I see it as an incredible reminder of G’D’s love and faithfulness to those who choose to follow the Divine path of loving kindness and compassion for others.

We are all slaves to sinful (non beneficial) desires, cravings, lust, greed and so on. When we look to G’D the Divine source of all things, for deliverance from this slavery we are rescued from our bondage by Divine love and grace.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.…Romans 3:23-24

and simply put in John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  Jesus Christ
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When we can see that we are all enslaved by our cravings we can begin to also see as the Buddha says here that, “He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.”
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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” Buddha
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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha
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It is love and compassion, which was taught by Jesus, Buddha and other practitioners of compassion like Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, far to many to list here. They help bring into our hearts the keys to set us free!

Passover is about deliverance from that which enslaves you! It is about freedom! All of us from every Nation, every faith, every man, woman and child longs for freedom, for peace and for happiness. To me Passover is about reaching the Promised land, where we can all be free and joyful beings!

In the compassionate words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

I would like to invite you to begin to consider what is holding you back from having peace, freedom and happiness in your life? What do you need to let go of, or change, to find peace within this present moment in your life?

May your Passover bring deliverance, freedom and peace to your life! May your journey be blessed with the light of truth, the warmth of love, the comfort of kindness, and the joy of freedom!

Namaste.

Keridwan

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