With Thanksgiving around the corner, most of us are turning our attention to spending time with our families and friends. At The Oracle Institute, we are grateful that our "family" of volunteers and supporters is growing. Indeed, it is quite exciting these days to be part of Oracle, as our new headquarters along the New River in Independence, Virginia — the Peace Pentagon — is now taking shape. You can view the construction progress here. And you can be part of the adventure by making a tax-deductable donation to our construction fund!
We also have expanded our family of books, by adding the Initiate trilogy composed by Oberto "Falco" Airaudi, founder and spiritual guide for The Federation of Damanhur in Italy. The premier book in the series — Dying to Learn: First Book of the Initiate — is now available through our online bookstore and Amazon. The book is a dystopian odyssey, narrated by an Avatar named Oro-Cristshna, who has come to Earth after a great cataclysm to guide humanity. Falco ís implicit message is that we may not survive this critical juncture of our evolutionary history unless we tackle the many challenges facing us. For those people on your Christmas list who will appreciate (or need) a dose of spiritual awakening, Dying to Learn will make an excellent gift.
My very first blog – Familial Love: How Big is Your Family? – focused on Jesus' s directive to take care of the needy, often called "The Judgment of Nations" (Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46). Coupled with an even stronger directive to "love thy enemy" (Gospel of Matthew 5:44), Jesus made clear how hard it is to reach heaven (a/k/a enlightenment). In fact, what Jesus was commanding us to do is to form a family so big, so vast, and so inclusive that EVERYONE is included. At Oracle, we call this the "Eleventh Commandment."
We hope that you will enjoy this issue of the Omnibus, which contains information on how intentional communities are formed, how they nurture their members, and how they provide a supportive environment in which to seek enlightenment.
"Where Is God?"
Attributed to Jalaluddin Rumi
(1207 – 1273)
I tried to find Him on the Christian cross,
but He was not there.
I went to the Temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him.
I searched on the mountains and in the valleys,
but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him.
I went to the Kaba in Mecca,
but He was not there either
I questioned the scholars and philosophers,
but He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into my heart, and it was there that I saw Him.
He was nowhere else to be found.
Who was Rumi?
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى), and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders.
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