God In Every Moment

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God in Every Moment

Once a group of very religious men and women from every religion got together. A young child watched them as they spoke to each other. These people were all talking about very important subjects and they were discussing the nature of the Universe. One of the religious leaders honestly expressed himself, "I am CHRISTIAN; There is only one way to God , and that is the way I preach." Then another lady spoke honestly, "I am HINDU and I know of a God that is much older and wiser than your God!" Then another man said, "I am SIKH and none of you know what you are talking about. Here is what God is..." Yet another said, "I am JEWISH and God is Universal. What all of YOU don't understand is this..." "No no!" said another, "I am a MUSLIM, this is all wrong, God is this..."

All the beautiful, knowledgeable, learned scholars and leaders of the different religions discussed these deep matters, "Shmanashmamaman" "Blah, blah, blah, blah" "Nugga, pugga, dubba.." "Pitaka, smaka, taka.." "Bup upub bubupoo" .. The child who was watching and listening to all this nonsense finally spoke up, "What are you all talking about?!" ...... For a moment everyone became very quiet.... "You're all talking from your heads, but God is in our hearts!"

Everyone seemed to understand what the child meant. The adults thought they knew a lot, but they forgot that God is here... right now.. at this moment! Now, instead of talking, the people closed their eyes and breathed a deep sigh of relief.

The sound of everyone relaxing and breathing deeply filled the air. They began smiling at each other! They understood that we are all children - we are all children of the One God who lives inside everyone and everything in the universe. Some of us children have different religions, just as we have different houses and different families. We have different ways of talking about God, but we will all have a lot more fun if we play nice with each other and see God in each other's eyes.

Everyone began feeling better. They began laughing and hugging each other. "Hahah, I just feel so happy now!" "I'm having so much fun! We're just a big family!" "Ah, I hear the voice of God everywhere!" "From the beginning of time, we have always been One!" "I am just so humbled to feel God's greatness!" The heavens are like the parents of us all, and they want us to have fun playing with each other. So let's respect each other's ways of thinking. Let's always remember that we all come from God, and we all go to God.

It was a celebration. The child had innocently spoken the Truth, "God lives in each moment, God is full of freshness!" We always chant the Naam and keep our hearts innocent.

The Guru says,

"Sach Parmesar Nit Nava - The True Lord is always fresh and new,
         Gur Kirpa Te Nit Chava  -  By Guru's grace, I always chant the Naam."
                                                                                                  (Ang 1183)

Originally published on Sep 20th 2010

Guest Storytellers:  Sarbjot Kaur Khalsa
Age ranges:  1 - 6, 7 - 12, 13 - 17, 18 and over