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Words of Wisdom

Absorb yourself in a broad range of enlightening topics, interviews and scriptures from major religions and spiritual groups around the globe. Teachings from the world’s many spiritual traditions are presented, including Bishnoism, Buddhism, Cao Đài, Christianity, Confucianism, Essenes, Greek philosophy, Hinduism, Hòa Hảo Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Manichaeism, Mohism, Rosicrucianism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Sufism, Taoism, Theosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, Toltec beliefs, Universal White Brotherhood, Native Spirituality and Zoroastrianism. This program also offers Supreme Master Ching Hai’s precious spiritual wisdom shared during Her international lecture tours over the past 30 years addressing truth seekers on the meaning of life, inner peace and other meaningful themes.

The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of Quetzalcoatl - Chapters 13-16, Part 1 of 2

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The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of Quetzalcoatl - Chapters 13-16, Part 1 of 2

The Venerated enlightened Master Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl was born in the 10th century. Known as both a powerful king and a holy Saint who was in communion with the Divine. Many loved Him and followed Him to become His disciples. We now present the heart-and eye-opening teachings of the Venerated Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, excerpted from Chapters 13 to 15 of the Gospel of the Toltecs. "Do not deceive yourselves. The dead ones do not die; they wake up. We who live here are not really living; we are dreaming. To die is to become a god, a sun, a moon, a star, the wind, the sea, the land. Understand this: The dead ones wake up from this life’s dream. Be they wise men, nobles, or slaves, they all go to the Land of Mystery."
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-20   19 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-20

From Sikhism's Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Selection from Pages 69-72, Part 2 of 2

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From Sikhism's Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Selection from Pages 69-72, Part 2 of 2

You may possess empires, vast estates, authority over others, and the enjoyment of myriads of pleasures; you may have delightful and beautiful gardens, and issue unquestioned commands; you may have enjoyments and entertainments of all sorts and kinds, and continue to enjoy exciting pleasures – and yet, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall be reincarnated as a snake. You may possess vast riches, maintain virtuous conduct, have a spotless reputation and observe religious customs; you may have the loving affections of mother, father, children, siblings and friends; you may have armies well-equipped with weapons, and all may salute you with respect; but still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, then you shall be taken and consigned to hell! You may have a body free of disease and deformity, and have no worries or grief at all; you may be unmindful of death, and night and day revel in pleasures; you may take everything as your own, and have no fear in your mind at all; but still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall fall under the power of the Messenger of Death.
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-19   42 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-19

From Sikhism's Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Selection from Pages 69-72, Part 1 of 2

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From Sikhism's Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Selection from Pages 69-72, Part 1 of 2

The peaceful and loving path of Sikhism has appealed to many devotees around the world. We present today an excerpt of the magnanimous teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji from the Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, pages 69-72. "Those who take the Truth as their food and the Truth as their clothing, have their home in the True One. They constantly praise the True One, and in the True Word of the Shabad (inner Heavenly Sound) they have their dwelling. They recognize the Lord, the Supreme Soul in all, and through the Guru’s Teachings they dwell in the home of their own inner self." "The True Guru teaches the Word of the Shabad; without the True One, there is no other at all. Those who are linked by the True One are linked to Truth."
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-18   51 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-18

The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, Part 4 of 4

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The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, Part 4 of 4

“Ananda, the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata has cultivated countless Bodhisattva practices, employed countless skillful means, and made countless far-reaching vows.” “In order to help the patient recover, you should uphold the Eight precepts for seven days and seven nights, make offerings of food, drinks, and other necessities to monks and nuns in accordance with your means, you should pay homage and make offerings to the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata from day to night and recite this sutra forty-nine times. …Furthermore, you should release forty-nine species of animals. The patient may then escape danger and will not be under the sway of evil demons, nor subject to untimely death.” “Those of you who wish to repay the benevolence and the virtues of the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, should always benefit and bring joy to all sentient beings in this way.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-16   150 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-16

The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, Part 3 of 4

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The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, Part 3 of 4

“At that time, the World Honored One entered a Samadhi called ‘Eliminating All the Suffering and Afflictions of Sentient Beings.’ Having entered that Samadhi, a brilliant Light shone forth from His usnisa (fleshy crown) as He uttered a great Dharani (mantra).” “As soon as the Medicine Buddha, in His radiance, had uttered this mantra, the entire earth shook and shone brilliant lights, curing the disease and eradicating the suffering of sentient beings, enabling them to enjoy peace and happiness. Manjusri, if people come across any man or woman suffering from illness, they should sincerely and frequently help that person bathe, cleanse, and rinse, then recite this mantra one hundred and eight times over his food, medicine, or water that is free from insects. Once the sick person has taken the food or drink, the illness and suffering will be eradicated.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-15   175 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-15

From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 2 of 2

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From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 2 of 2

Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the law is Life, whereas the scripture is dead. I tell you truly, Moses received not his laws from God in writhing, but through the living Word. The Law is living Word of living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life is the Law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but seek it chiefly in yourselves. For I tell you truly, all living things are nearer to God than the scripture which is without life. God so made life and all living things that they might by the everlasting Word teach the laws of the true God to man.
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-14   106 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-14

From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 1 of 2

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From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 1 of 2

The Essenes were often found in communities where meditation or prayer was an important part of daily life that was dedicated to God. With respect for all forms of life, the Essenes’ diet was purely vegetarian. Today we present the ancient wisdom of the Essenes with an excerpt from the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One. “Master, heal us, that we too may be made strong, and need abide no longer in our misery.” And Jesus answered, “Your Mother is in you, and you in Her. …when you come to know Her and Her Kingdom; if you receive your Mother’s angels and if you do Her laws. I tell you truly, he who does these things shall never see disease.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-13   173 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-13

Selected Spiritual Poems by Victor Hugo, Part 2 of 2

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Selected Spiritual Poems by Victor Hugo, Part 2 of 2

We now present “Song of Love” from the book The Songs of Twilight by Victor Hugo. “If there be a velvet grassy expanse By dewdrops pearly dressed, Where through all seasons Flowers by bees care, Where one may gather, Roses, honeysuckle, lily white, I gladly would make of it a site For thy foot to rest. If there be a loving heart Where Honor rules the breast, Loyal and true in every part, That changes never molest, Eager to run its noble race, Intend to do some work of grace, I gladly would make of it a place For thy brow to rest. And if there be of love a dream Which shows, – A something sweet and blessed, – A dream that mingles, I gladly of it would make the goal Where thy mind should rest.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-12   71 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-12

Selected Spiritual Poems by Victor Hugo, Part 1 of 2

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Selected Spiritual Poems by Victor Hugo, Part 1 of 2

Internationally, Victor Hugo is best known for his popular novels like “Notre-Dame de Paris” (“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”) and “Les Misérables,” which have also inspired famous movies and musicals. But especially in his native France, Victor Hugo is also regarded as one of the greatest poets. Above all, Hugo's words have the power to move the common person's soul. Today we would like to share with you spiritual poems by Victor Hugo. "When my mind, on the ocean of poetry hurled, Floats on in repose round this wonderful world, Oft the sacred fire from heaven - Mysterious sun, that gives light to the soul – Strikes mine with its ray."
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-11   43 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-11

Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 4 of 4 – Islam

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Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 4 of 4 – Islam

Today, we invite you to kindly join us in the following sacred prayers for peace from lslam. Saum (Fasting) A prayer by Hazrat Inayat Khan. “Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God. …Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our lives, Until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace. Amen.” To conclude our program, let’s listen to a meaningful insight from Supreme Master Ching Hai regarding the best prayer to truly bring about peace for ourselves and in our world. “The secret of response to prayers lies in the way we walk our lives. We must walk the way of love if we want to see love. We must walk the way of Heaven if we want to experience Heaven.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-09   76 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-09

Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 3 of 4 – Buddhism

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Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 3 of 4 – Buddhism

For millennia, Buddhism has been a beacon of peace. The Noble Eightfold Path, taught by the Worshipped Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, helps humans bring happiness not only to themselves but also to other beings, thus creating peace for all. A Buddhist affirmation in the True Pure Land Buddhist tradition. “…I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker than myself. I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that on what I do now my happiness and misery depends. May every link in Lord Buddha’s golden chain of love become bright and strong and may we all attain perfect peace.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-08   162 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-08

Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay “Idealism,” Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay “Idealism,” Part 2 of 2

The advantage of the ideal theory over the popular faith, is this, that it presents the world in precisely that view which is most desirable to the mind. It is, in fact, the view which Reason, both speculative and practical, that is, philosophy and virtue, take. For, seen in the light of thought, the world always is phenomenal; and virtue subordinates it to the mind. Idealism sees the world in God. It beholds the whole circle of persons and things, of actions and events, of country and religion, not as painfully accumulated, atom after atom, act after act, in an aged creeping Past, but as one vast picture, which God paints on the instant eternity, for the contemplation of the soul.
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-07   69 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-07

Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay “Idealism,” Part 1 of 2

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Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay “Idealism,” Part 1 of 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a renowned 19th-century American essayist, philosopher, lecturer, poet, and a leader of the transcendental philosophical movement. Emerson is most famous for his essays, through which he expresses ideas of freedom, spirituality, individuality, the great ability of humans to realize almost everything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Today we read a chapter from "Nature" titled "Idealism," about how ideal the connection between spirit and nature, between soul and matter, could be. In our spiritual awakening, we are to realize the ultimate oneness and purpose of all things that we've known in experience.
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-06   108 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-06

From Hinduism's Holy Vedas: Hymns of the Sama Veda - Selection from Part One, Part 2 of 2

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From Hinduism's Holy Vedas: Hymns of the Sama Veda - Selection from Part One, Part 2 of 2

The black drop sank in Ansumati’s bosom, advancing with ten thousand round about it. Indra with might longed for it as it panted. Flying in terror from the snort of Vritra (negative force represented by a serpent), all deities who were thy friends forsook Thee. So, Indra, with the Maruts (storm deities) be Thy friendship: in all these (spiritual) battles Thou shalt be the victor. The old hath waked the young Moon from his slumber who runs his circling course with many round him. Behold the God’s high wisdom in its greatness: he who died yesterday, today is living. Then, at Thy birth, Thou wast the foeman, Indra, of those the seven who ne’er had met a rival. The hidden pair, Heaven and the Earth, Thou foundest, and to the mighty worlds Thou gavest pleasure.
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-05   117 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-05

From Hinduism's Holy Vedas: Hymns of the Sama Veda - Selection from Part One, Part 1 of 2

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From Hinduism's Holy Vedas: Hymns of the Sama Veda - Selection from Part One, Part 1 of 2

Hinduism is believed to be one of the oldest living religions on Earth. One of the most cherished values of Hinduism is “ahimsa,” or non-violence. An example of this is how ahimsa is honored through a vegetarian diet, which shows compassion to all beings. Today we present Hindu hymns from the Sama Veda praising Indra, the king of the highest Heaven. “The well Thou clavest, settest free the fountains, and gavest rest to floods that were obstructed. Thou, Indra, laying the great mountain open, slaying the Ddnava, didst loose the torrents. When we have pressed the juice we laud Thee, Indra, most valorous.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-04   72 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-04

Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems from Ahana and Other Poems, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems from Ahana and Other Poems, Part 2 of 2

But the third Angel came and touched my eyes; I saw the mornings of the future rise, I heard the voices of an age unborn That comes behind us and our pallid morn, And from the heart of an approaching light One said to man, “Know thyself infinite, Who shalt do mightier miracles than these, Infinite, moving mid infinities.” Then from our hills the ancient answer pealed, “For Thou, O Splendor, art myself concealed, And the grey cell contains me not, the star I outmeasure and am older than the elements are. Whether on earth or far beyond the sun, I, stumbling, clouded, am the Eternal One.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-02   111 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-02

Veg Philosophy: A Rational Quest for Peaceful Existence

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Veg Philosophy: A Rational Quest for Peaceful Existence

Today, in celebrating November 1, World Vegan Day, we invite you to hear what the great philosophers and ethicists have to say about the life choices concerning food, animal rights, and the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. "To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-live. At the same time, the man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own." "That a man was not born a carnivorous animal but born to live on the fruits and herbs that the earth grows…. The basis of my vegetarianism is not physical, but moral."
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-01   90 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-01

Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems from Ahana and Other Poems, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems from Ahana and Other Poems, Part 1 of 2

India – the home of many great spiritual Masters who have brought wisdom and truth to Earth, inspiring us to seek higher purposes in life, thus uplifting humanity to a divine state of living. One such great being is the spiritual master, yogi, philosopher, poet and politician Sri Aurobindo, who graced our planet from 1872 to 1950. “Collected Poems” is the Volume 2 of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, which includes all short and narrative poems in English that Sri Aurobindo published during his lifetime. “It beheld the stars Born from a thought and knew how being prepares. Then I remembered how I woke from sleep And made the skies, built earth, formed Ocean deep.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-31   46 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-31

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 2 of 2

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Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 2 of 2

Baha’u’llah was the enlightened Prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Baha’i Faith rests on three core principles: unity of God, until of religion, and unity of humankind. Prayers and meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: I implore Thee, O Thou Maker of the heavens and Lord of all names, by Thy most effulgent Self and Thy most exalted and all-glorious Remembrance, to send down upon Thy loved ones that which will draw them nearer unto Thee, and enable them to hearken unto Thine utterances. Tear asunder with the hand of Thy transcendent power, O my Lord, the veil of vain imaginings, that they who are wholly devoted to Thee may see Thee seated on the throne of Thy majesty, and the eyes of such as adore Thy unity may rejoice at the splendors of the glory of Thy face.
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-30   105 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-30

Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 – “On Houses,” “On Clothes” and “On Buying and Selling”

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 – “On Houses,” “On Clothes” and “On Buying and Selling”

"Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast." "And though of magnificence and splendor, your house shall not hold your secret nor shelter your longing. For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night." "Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain." "It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied. Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger."
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-29   130 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-10-29
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