Loving Arms Mission: Spirituality
In the Loving Arms Mission we believe that beyond care for the body and mind, we are also responsible for caring for a child’s spirit. The foundation of this spiritual care for our children lies in providing them with a loving family and home. The truest and deepest spiritual message we can offer is in actions that show love and care.
The Loving Arms Mission was created as a direct result of the Lord’s New Commandment: This is My commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15: 12-13). This simple message of love is behind the decision to create the Loving Arms Mission and is the foundation upon which we attempt to frame and build our organization.
It is this same simple message that we teach to our children: God loves all people. So too we should strive to love all people. To “lay down our life” means to turn away from selfish ways which harm others, self and relationships. God will then fill us up with His love for others as well as with the joy and peace that inherently exists within love.
We also teach our kids to value the good qualities and traditions found in their Nepali culture of origin. One such tradition is Bhai Tika in which brothers and sisters show one another love with gifts and by adorning one another with the multicolored tika (colored dot on the forehead). Some traditions, like animal sacrifice, we explain as an old way of trying to please God, but which is not needed. In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most beautiful and penetrating spiritual texts ever written, one reads that there is but one God, He does not require sacrifices, except that of a life well led; and that God’s form is best understood not as an unknowable spirit, but in the human form.
For us, there is just one God whose major message, the promotion of inner and social wellbeing, by means of the renunciation of selfishness and the development of love can be seen in almost all traditions and religions. We best serve and love God by serving and loving others, for He is in the least of us all, and we are all equally least.