Intrigued by Umman C’s post on ashura and seeing some references to this day elsewhere, equally intriguing, I decided to look into it a bit.
All is not clear to me yet. There seem to be many traditions mixed up together, Noah, Moses, a Jewish fast adopted by Muhammad, and others.
I like thinking about Noah – he must have been quite courageous. One of the traditions says this ashura day is from when he sent out a dove and there wasn’t much left to eat in the ark, so he threw together what there was and made this pudding.
I looked at various recipes and decided to try it myself.
I soaked ½ cup whole grain wheat, ¼ cup rice, ¼ cup small white beans, and ¼ cup chick peas (garbanzo beans), each one separately, overnight. I also soaked a few whole almonds. Then I put the wheat and rice to cook, keeping covered with water, adding a pinch of salt. I cooked the beans, each kind separately and when they were soft, let them cool a bit and then popped off their skins. That was a bit time-consuming.
The recipes called for orange peel but I don’t have any, so, thinking that this is going to be sweet anyway, I put in some orange marmalade which contains orange peel, maybe 2 teaspoonsful. I added a bit of whole cinnamon. It seemed to me that Noah would not have had sugar so I used honey, about 2 tablespoonsful. I put the beans in with the rest, by now, it has been simmering for about 2 hours. I added 3 dried apricots, cut up, and 3 dates, some raisins. I popped the skins off the almonds. We had a little bit for dessert at lunch but it seemed to need a bit more cooking for the chick peas – all in all, it cooked gently for about 3 hours. My husband thought the almonds should be cooked, so I put them in with the rest for the last ½ hour.
We found it good and nourishing.
It’s not easy to be a prophet, to receive a message from God and then have to tell everyone else. They laughed (probably till they cried) at Noah, they killed Jesus, they tried to kill Muhammad. We have the blessing of a prophet alive today. Are we listening to him? The message is found in « The Revelation of Arès ».
When I first read « The Revelation of Arès » where it says to pray this prayer three times a day and once at night, I thought, how boring ! I don’t want to repeat the same words over and over every day. Isn’t that ritualistic? Superstitious? But the Word of The Creator says to do so, and so I tried it. Incredibly, I could feel something happening within me, as if a molecule of my self was changing each time. It is similar to The Lord’s Prayer but the differences are important or He wouldn’t have given it. It is less passive, showing us more of our responsibility.
« Father of the universe
You are the only Saint
Let your Sanctity prevail over us
So that we may do Your Will
So that we may get our food
So that we can forgive and be forgiven
So that we may resist temptation and and bring down the devil
So that we may be ruled by
Your Power and
Your Light. »
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The person to whom God spoke, Michel Potay, writes a blog. This is his latest entry, giving this prayer and what he feels when he says it :
The prayer “Father of the Universe” inscribed on ceramic tiles on a wall of the chapel in Arès.
Challenge from MY360MI
« …a final thoughts entry on this past year. It can be about what ever you want it to be…think back to the hardships you have had this year…how have they helped make who you are right now and the person that will enter 2008? »
One thing that struck me strongly when I read “The Revelation of ArÃ¨s” is the fact that God is waiting â waiting for us to change this world, patiently waiting, ever hoping that we will decide to choose the way He had in mind when He created us. My arms dropped. How can He have that much confidence in us? Look at the state of the world. And at the same time, most us think we are good. We think we are doing what we can. We are holding on, kind of hoping that God will soon say “game over” so that there will be less suffering and we will be in heaven sooner rather than later. Well, no, we have a lot of work to do. It is up to us to recreate heaven on earth, to cultivate the garden of Eden.
I had a little inkling of what it might be like this past week. We shared a house with one person we scarcely knew and two others we didn’t know at all, but all of us are what “The Revelation of ArÃ¨s” calls “penitents”. This means people that have decided to change themselves, seeking Good within and encouraging others to do likewise. It does not mean we’re there yet. We have faults, we are influenced by our culture, our upbringing, and yet we are making the effort.
We communicated, we shared the tasks, we took each other into consideration. I shared with them what I have found to be a valuable tool, the practice of reiki.
By the end of our week together, it was difficult to leave them, such strong bonds of love had been created. As I imagined the world in that state, it felt as though my heart would burst â will it be possible for the feeble creatures we are to sustain such an amount of love?
I will be away for about a week. Here is where I’ll be:
This is my entry about it last year:
There is a new entry in the blog of the man to whom God spoke. It explains the event and the book it inspired:
Most of us do not realize the significance of God speaking directly to a man.
Here is one of my recent watercolours. I’m pretty happy with this one. It is from a photo I took at ArÃ¨s and reminds me of a passage in The Revelation of ArÃ¨s which I will include below. It is a reminder not to forget the most important, our Source.
1. I leave another parable to you :
A shipwright on his scaffold
built a fine ship
in accordance with the teacher’s instruction.
2. The ship was perfect
ready to slide down on the slips,
but the shipwright noticed that the ground was parched around them wherever his eyes could see
3. He thought, ” How will I float my ship
when the time comes for me to board it ? “
He recalled disregarding the (true) Teacher’s ultimate advice ;
he prayed to the King, ” (As you) see, Lord, my ship is in readiness, fit to join your Fleet,
but I took so great care in building it,
I took so great pride in it,
that I forgot that I was the master of wood,
but not the master of the Water in which it could float , and my ship will
soon be drying up in the sun.”
4. The King gave heed to his humbleness,
acceded to his repentance,
made the heavens’ clouds burst and a Flood fall from them,
which formed a Sea
in Which the ship floated.
The day when the shipwright had to make way under sail
he was able to join the King’s Fleet.
5. Let no one disregard the Water
without Which the very best built ark
cannot come into Life,
is no more useful than the scaffold
that permitted (the shipwright) to raise it patiently, and then along with
the scaffold it sinks into the ground
where it and its sail rot away.