From Gabriel Avruj
All days are special, since we can contemplate and appreciate the wonder that we are and that we have around us. They are also special as an opportunity to get involved in that in which we believe we can share our gifts and to choose who we want to be. But today, specifically, is a special day for various spiritual cultures.
For the Jewish tradition, today is the Day of Atonement. After 10 days of withdrawing and introspection that started on Rosh Hashanah (when we symbolically celebrate the anniversary of the world's birth) until today, when we ask for forgiveness for our actions, which, consciously or unconsciously, hurt others, or hurt ourselves. In doing this mea cupla, we can be re inscribed in the Book of Life for another year.
In this sense, I ask for forgiveness to all of whom might have felt hurt by decisions I might have taken during the last year. For the responsibility to which I am bound as a leader of Humanity's Team Argentina, for not being compassionate enough with the other members of the community, for not being grateful enough with my family, my friends and fellow wanderers in this path, for not listening to them carefully enough, for the mental violence that I may have generated and for countless reasons that each of you may have for not perceiving this year as complete with regards to myself, I ask you for forgiveness.
I also ask myself for forgiveness, for being too judgemental, intolerant and way too demanding, and for not having found the way of expressing the best version of myself with love. I always tried to do the best I could, based on the elements that I thought I had on a given moment.
For Hindus, today is Vijayadasami, the day of victory of good over evil, and the culmination of the Dassara festival.. For ten days, we whorship Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Three aspects of the community that reflect action, will and discernment, which are found in all that exists, and within ourselves, since we are all One. Today, it is time to acknowledge ourselves as light, and to know that everything that happens is perfect for our evolution.
Today it's time to leave the past behind in a clean, transparent and sincere manner, being grateful for every obstacle, understanding them as blessings and as tools for transformation. Today it's time fo choosing once again who I want to be, for my own sake, for the sake of those who surround me and those whom I touch. May I see the light within me and in everything, so that I can be a lighthouse and help others awaken to Oneness consciousness as well.
It is my wish that we are, today and always, the peace and the love that we want to have and in which we want to live, and in so doing, inspiring ourselves and others to reinstall heaven on earth.
Country Coordinator, Argentina