Sunday, February 14, 2010

Article for Starbulletin

   Today, many of SNI Hawaii members devoted themselves to cleaning at Jisso Center where the 49th International Spiritual Training Seminar will be held soon. Thanks to their deeds of love, now we are ready for the seminar.

   By the way, I contributed an article on St. Valentine Day for Starbulletin, local newspaper in Hawaii. Here is the article:

Extend Your Blessings on St. Valentine's Day
Tetsuya Abe
Acting Chief, Seicho-No-Ie Hawaii Missionary Area

   Nowadays, in the western world, many flowers, cards and boxes of candy are given on St. Valentine's Day. Although customs are a little different in Asia, both in the East and West, it is a day that "love" is manifested in some way.

   The reason we want to manifest "love" in various ways is that "love" truly exists within ourselves. If we don't have "love," we should not have a desire to present it. Because we have "love" within and have a strong desire to express it, we try to find an opportunity to do that.

   My suggestion for Valentine's Day is for you to radiate your loving thoughts to everyone and everything. The founder of Seicho-No-Ie, Masaharu Taniguchi, wrote that "our souls grow by absorbing loving thoughts sent by others, our own bright thoughts, and words of Truth." "If everyone were to bless those around them as well as those in other countries of the world in this way, there would no longer be recurring wars or conflicts."

   Because words have the motive power to bring about what's in our mind, if we conceive and speak positive and loving words daily and send them to others, those words are sure to be of help for individual well-being and world peace.

   I hope you have a happy St. Valentine day filled with loving and beautiful words.


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