ABRAHAM LINCOLN, “He was working for God” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda and Monastics

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Abraham Lincoln was an accomplished actor on this stage of life.  He was not afraid to play his difficult role.  He was working for God and for what he believed to be right: the equality of man.  That is why he is remembered and loved today.  If you strive to serve God, you have served everyone.  Seek to please Him, not man…

Abraham Lincoln expressed the highest ideal of government when he said it should be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  He was a deeply spiritual man.  Even so, he had to suffer because of the ignorance of a few.  Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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            Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, from an early SRF magazine

See also~

GEORGE WASHINGTON: “An inspiration to all nations” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda 

Tribute to Abraham Lincoln – Dr. Lewis

And so in conclusion, I want to just say a word about Lincoln, his birthday, was yesterday [February 12]…Lincoln realized, the underlying noumena, the one eternal cause of God–His Great Light.  He realized that when he said that, “all men are created equal.”  He realized that when he freed the slaves.  He knew that this worldly existence was not the reality, and that there was no idea of separateness in nationality, race, or creed.  He realized that, and that’s why he was so great.  He had the Vision of the One Eternal Light of God, from which all things have come…

And so, Lincoln was a man of realization.  He saw the one underlying God.  That’s why he did what he did.  That’s why his life was as it was.

from “Waking From the Cosmic Sleep”

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from “Is Peace Possible in the World Today” – Bro. Anandamoy

Look at the Civil War in America for example.  Historians ascribe that war to the dispute over slavery, and to deep political and economic tensions between the industrial North and the agricultural South.  But Abraham Lincoln, who was a very spiritual man with profound understanding, discerned the true cause.  This is what he said:

“Insomuch as we know that by divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the need of our national reformation as a whole people?”

And there you have the key.  It is not only karma, it is not only punishment.  That only gives a very limited picture, and not the truth at all…There again it is a reference to the divine plan for the evolution of man…it’s not just a punishment, it is a means in the hands of divine law to make us realize, to make us ask, ‘Where have I done wrong? Where do I have to change?”  And that is the divine plan…that finally we come to understand, “I am the cause. I have to change, and I can change and gradually go beyond all these limitations…

Abraham Lincoln goes on saying…

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.  We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers and wealth and power as no other nation has grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.  And we have imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the need of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

That’s exactly it.  Lincoln had very deep spiritual understanding…

See also ~ STORIES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN in the following talks:

Perfecting Human Relationships ~Bro. Bhaktananda – “The example of Abraham Lincoln” and “Blessed are the peacemakers…”

Right Attitude Toward Criticism ~ Sw. Smarananandaji

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