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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 City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 1 of 2

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The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 1 of 2

Saint Augustine of Hippo was an esteemed late 4th and early 5th century Christian bishop in present-day Algeria. Known as one of the greatest Christian philosophers, St. Augustine was a prolific writer, with about 100 books, 300 letters and 500 sermons still preserved. Among his most significant writings are “The City of God,” “De Doctrina Christiana” and “Confessions.” The respected bishop was also a compassionate vegetarian, and drew attention to the lifestyle of those who “not only abstain from flesh and wine, but also from other viands. …which flatter taste.” Today, we’ll read excerpts from Saint Augustine of Hippo’s book “The City of God.” “We need a Mediator Who, being united to us here below by the mortality of His body, should at the same time be able to afford us truly Divine help in cleansing and liberating us by means of the immortal righteousness of His Spirit, whereby He remained Heavenly even while here upon earth. Far be it from the in contaminable God to fear pollution from the man He assumed, or from the men among whom He lived in the form of a man. For, though His incarnation showed us nothing else, these two wholesome facts were enough, that true Divinity cannot be polluted by flesh, and that demons are not to be considered better than ourselves because they have not flesh. This, then, as Scripture says, is the ‘Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,’ of whose Divinity, whereby He is equal to the Father, and humanity, whereby He has become like us.”
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2020-05-27   31 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-27

Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We will share with you what the Mayans believe about "parallel worlds" and the real meaning of "najt" (space-time). "Unlike the Western world's more linear vision, the Mayan perception of time is intertwined with space and frequency. We are outside the limitations of space-time; frequency is our channel to transcendence, to exceeding such limits. When we are able to perceive the essence, we touch God. Najt is where we reside. More precisely, it is where most people are trapped, in what we call reality. It is also what leads us to what we call the past or future, both of which are abstractions. The past does not exist. It existed. Now it's only a memory. The future does not exist either; it's what will be. There is only this instant, this very moment, the eternal present." "We have potential access to thousands of other dimensions, while even more fall outside our perception. The Grandfathers call these unreal dimensions 'unconfigured space.' The 'Popol Vuh' speaks of parallel dimensions as paradise and calls them Paxil and Kayala. In Paxil our perceptions are different. Our senses sharpen, and we are surrounded by a tranquil, harmonious, peaceful energy. It's like going back to the matrix, the origin. The most exquisite fruit and the most incredible stones can be found in Paxil, but most importantly, we are accepted unconditionally there - we are truly loved!"
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-26   95 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-26

Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

In today's program, we are going to share with you some thoughts on Mayan cosmo-vision and life-purpose. These topics are discussed in the book titled "The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012" by Mayan Ajq'ij (spiritual guide) Don Carlos Barrios. "At this stage, science will not be able to save us unless we reach a comprehensive awareness. We must return to the Natural Order. We must strive to live a simple, harmonious life that is ecologically conscientious. The wonder of creation is found in the little things. We need to live in harmony and expand our sensibilities. It's very simple: life is about finding the answers inside, awakening the knowledge and powers that lie dormant, controlling our desires, using the strength of our minds for spiritual growth, and projecting ourselves onto the Supreme. The day we start believing this will be the day life smiles upon us." "The Mayan cosmo-vision is an attitude, and approach to life; it is the way in which we learn to live with our perceptions of reality. Everything is integral; nothing is isolated from the sequence of life. Every action is connected to, and forms part of, the cosmic forces, the manifestation of nature and telluric energy. This convergence arises out of a state of universal consciousness. Existence is a continuum, and our insertion into reality is a mystery. It is the power of the Creator and Maker. ‘We are just one thread in this wonder we call existence. We inhabit a reality shaped and modeled after the cosmos, and we vibrate in tune with the movement of the stars. We must always remember that reality is from the eyes inward and illusion is from the eyes outward.’"
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2020-05-25   150 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-25

Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

Today, we’ll learn more from Mr. Keisar’s book “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” “Rabbi Avraham Saba: ‘Based on the complete and whole view, kindness of God who is good to all of His creations; a person should realize that the purpose of the milk from an animal mother’s breast is to nourish her baby and not for the individual to do as they please.’” “Maimonides states, ‘There is no distinction between anguish experienced by a human and anguish experienced by animals; this is because the love and yearning of a mother for its offspring is not dependent upon intelligence, rather it is the inherent nature found in most creatures as it is found in man.’” “Harav Yitzchak Habanstreit: ‘One should know, aside for the fact that it is inappropriate for man to eat meat with regard to tradition, ethics, religion and wisdom; it is also unnatural because man is unfit to eat meat as is proven by the analysis of a person’s organs.’” “But this is not the case with the natural tendency towards vegetables and fruit of the tree and the like. These produce strong natural feelings and call to us in a loving way: ‘Wondrous to behold and good to eat.’ A great desire awakens in their midst to taste the fruits and eat their fresh as they were created. Is this not enough proof that these are the natural foods for a person?”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-23   120 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-23

Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

The respected Asa Keisar is an Israeli religious scholar who’s on a mission of spreading veganism all across Israel and the world. Asa Keisar is a frequent lecture in universities, elementary and high schools, and yeshivot (Jewish educational religious institutions) throughout Israel. His speeches feature statements from the Holy Torah about the incorrectness of consuming animal products, especially in our modern world. Mr. Keisar is also the author of an important Jewish guide, “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” Through straightforward holy laws, the selection clearly shows how humans must treat all animals, namely with care and mercy. “One must also have mercy upon animals because it is forbidden to cause undue pain or anguish to an animal. The attribute of mercy is the sign of the children of Abraham, the seed of Israel. As it is written, ‘He will give you mercy, be merciful and multiply you.’” “Rabbi Joseph Albo: ‘The consumption of flesh from living creatures gives birth to spiritual corpulence, murkiness and inflexibility of the soul...’” “Metzudat David: ‘The righteous person pays attention even to the needs of their animal to fulfill its craving - because God greatly values mercy.’”
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2020-05-22   147 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-22

On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

The following lines are from Plato's work "Symposium," where Socrates recalls some of Diotima's accounts of Love. "Not even in the life, of the same individual there is succession and not absolute unity. Which is true not only of the body, but also of the soul, whose habits, tempers, opinions, desires, pleasures, pains, fears, never remain the same in anyone of us, but are always coming and going; and equally true of knowledge, and what is still more surprising to us mortals, not only do the sciences in general spring up and decay, so that in respect of them we are never the same; but each of them individually experiences a like change. For what is implied in the word ‘recollection,’ but the departure of knowledge, which is ever being forgotten, and is renewed and preserved by recollection, and appears to be the same although in reality new, according to that law of succession by which all mortal things are preserved, not absolutely the same, but by substitution, the old worn-out mortality leaving another new and similar existence behind unlike the divine, which is always the same and not another? " "But souls which are pregnant - for there certainly are men who are more creative in their souls than in their bodies, conceive that which is proper for the soul to conceive or contain. And what are these conceptions? - wisdom and virtue in general. And such creators are poets and all artists who are deserving of the name inventor. But the greatest and fairest sort of wisdom by far is that which is concerned with the ordering of states and families, and which is called temperance and justice."
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-21   154 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-21

On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Venerated Socrates was born in Athens, Greece circa 470 BC. Many people consider him to be the father of Western philosophy. Others think of Him as an insightful teacher and an enlightened Master. We will now read a selected part from Plato's well-known work “Symposium.” The text depicts a gathering of notable men during a banquet, where they exchange philosophical thoughts. In one of the dialogues, Socrates recollects his conversation with the seer and priestess Diotima about the idea and nature of love. In this dialogue with Diotima, where Love is referred to as a “great spirit,” we find the origin of the concept of Platonic love. “For God mingles not with man; but through Love all the communion and converse of God with man, whether awake or asleep, is carried on. The wisdom which understands this is spiritual. Now these spirits or intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.” “The truth of the matter is this: No god is a philosopher or seeker after wisdom, for he is wise already; nor does any man who is wise seek after wisdom. Neither do the ignorant seek after Wisdom. For herein is the evil of ignorance, that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-20   197 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-20

Selections from the Writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2 – Words of Advice

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Selections from the Writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2 – Words of Advice

Today, we present to you an excerpt from the writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, “Words of Advice.” “Listen well, my dear disciples who are gathered here, For all those whose hearts have not been spoiled, consider this: The chances of finding a human existence are one in a hundred. Now that you have found one, if you fail to practice the sublime Dharma, How could you possibly expect to find such an opportunity again? This is why it is crucial that you take advantage of your situation. Conceiving of your body as a servant or a thing to ferry you about, Do not allow it to rest in idleness for even a single moment; Use it well, spurring on your entire body, speech and mind to virtue. You might spend your whole life pursuing only food and clothing, With great effort and without regard for suffering or harmful deeds, But when you die you cannot take even a single thing with you – consider this well. The clothing and alms needed to keep you alive are all you need. You might dine on the finest meal of delicious meat and alcohol, But it all turns into something impure the very next morning, And there is nothing more to it all than that. So be content with life-sustaining provisions and simple clothes, And be a loser when it comes to food, clothing and conversation. If you do not reflect on death and impermanence, There will be no way to practice Dharma purely, Practice will remain an aspiration, one that is constantly postponed, And you may feel regret the day that death comes, but by then it will be too late!”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-19   153 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-19

Selections from the Writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2 – The Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Beings

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Selections from the Writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2 – The Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Beings

Tibetan Buddhism is a religion with a rich cultural heritage that emerged from a wide range of spiritual practices. Born in Tibet in 1913, Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche left home as a young teen, traveling on foot to study and practice with several highly respected spiritual Masters of the time. As a strict vegetarian himself, Chatral Rinpoche also rescued millions of fish that had been destined for slaughter by purchasing them and then releasing them into a protected area of the Indian Ocean. During his life and since his passing at age 102, Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is considered among the most highly realized Tibetan Buddhist Masters. Today, we present to you an excerpt from the writings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, “The Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Beings.” “And countless learned and accomplished masters of India and Tibet Have emphasized the value and importance of benefitting beings. The reasoning behind this is as follows: in this world, Nothing is as dear to someone as his or her own life, So there is no greater crime than taking life away, And no conditioned virtue bring greater merit Than the act of saving beings and restoring their lives. Lamas, officials, monks, nuns, men and women, In all the places over which you have control, Exert every influence and do all within your power To release animals and restore their lives, While encouraging others to do the same.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-18   241 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-18

From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 2 of 2

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From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 2 of 2

Today, we continue with reading a selection from Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s book “White Buffalo Teachings.” He emphasizes more on the importance and urgency of a global healing, so that we can secure a brighter future for the generations yet to come. “Our Instructions from Wakan Tankan (the Great Spirit, the Great Mystery) tell us to promote global healing, to teach peace and harmony to the many Nations of Mother Earth and to begin both a Great Healing and a Great Forgiving. We must teach all Peoples that Mother Earth is not a resource, but the very Source of Life itself. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us. So our generation has been put here to save all future generations. That’s why we hold this World Peace & Prayer Day each year since 1996 (June 21), because two years before that the White Buffalo Calf was born among us as a Sign both of Warning and of Deliverance. In a Prophecy, we were told we would be the key people to re-educate our relatives, teaching the medicines of balance and harmony that our Mother Earth needs to survive. That’s why I say that we are at a Crossroads, each of us and all of us – a Crossroads predicted in our Prophecies.” “White Buffalo Calf Woman’s spirit has announced her message of support in this time of great danger, and she continues to announce the message in the birth of each White Buffalo – each one of them a Sign, each one a fulfillment of ancient Prophecy as well as a new Prophecy for our times.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-16   209 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-16

From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 1 of 2

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From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 1 of 2

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Great Sioux Nation. This, coupled with his sacred duty as spiritual leader for the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, inspired him to work for a profound change in the world toward peace and increased recognition of the Indigenous peoples' beautiful way of life. Among his many harmonizing efforts are the establishment in 1996 of the annual World Peace and Prayer Day on June 21, and his important book "White Buffalo Teaching." Chief Arvol Looking Horse's book "White Buffalo Teaching" shares ancient Indigenous wisdom, prophecies and warnings about this crucial time on our planet, a time that requires our clear and unwavering choice for a positive world change. Let us now read an excerpt from the eye-opening insights by the honorable Chief Arvol Looking Horse. "OUR RELATIVES, THE ANIMAL NATIONS, REFLECT OUR OWN WELL-BEING. The buffalo, wolf, salmon, bear, caribou, eagle, whale, dolphin and many other sacred relatives in this fragile ecosystem are all in danger and are suffering. We, the Indigenous Nations, see what our brother Animal Nations are going through, since we are all connected, we are all One. WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM, HAPPENS TO US!" "EACH OF US IS PUT HERE IN THIS TIME AND THIS PLACE TO PERSONALLY DECIDE THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND."
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-15   219 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-15

Selections from Saints Alive by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter One – The Garden of Master Jesus, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Saints Alive by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter One – The Garden of Master Jesus, Part 2 of 2

“Jesus appeared outside a bus one day when I was grumbling about the heat of the Orient and the dirt and the dust on the bus. Flying along outside the window was my Jesus, and what He said is for all of us. He said, ‘No, no, not Crucifixion for you. A life more abundant I come to bring.’ He spoke of many things that were abundant. He means everything - your physical world abundant, your emotional world cleaned up, your mental world clear. Everything abundant. Not Crucifixion for us! He did that job and left. He said it very clearly that day. He said, ‘When I say abundant, I mean all planes.’ And so He does, if you know how to believe and call and trust.” “A Hindu girl says that no matter what a person does to her or who judges her or says mean things to her or how many mistakes she makes, there is One ever near, forgiving. ‘Forgiving, loving, compassionate,’ she says, ‘Jesus is always near.’ I just know that He forgives and He’s there to help, putting out His hand. He’s just so compassionate. I feel like He’s always watching over all of us to guide us and to help us and that with Jesus you can never go wrong because He’ll never forsake you.’”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-14   231 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-14

Selections from Saints Alive by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter One – The Garden of Master Jesus, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Saints Alive by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter One – The Garden of Master Jesus, Part 1 of 2

Hilda Charlton was an extraordinary being. She taught classes for more than 23 years in New York City, giving practical lessons to thousands of seekers, about living a life of truth, courage and love. Hilda’s teachings stressed the importance of self-mastery, giving and forgiving, unconditional love, and remembrance of God. Hilda Charlton’s book “Saints Alive” is a collection of extraordinary classes she gave at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. She spoke with love, wisdom and humor of the Saints and holy people who were a living part of her life. The book also includes practical lessons on how to live a life of truth, courage, and love. We now share with you an excerpt from Chapter One - The Garden of Master Jesus from “Saints Alive.” “The Planetary Beings and all of those teachers I mentioned, all work in harmony for the One God. Only down here do we separate into little groups and call ourselves names and make separations. And if there’s any separation in any of your hearts tonight, put there by some stupidity, let’s wipe it out tonight and go away free souls that can look at the sky and know that we are free in the Infinite Absolute God Almighty, that we’re not bound by anything or anyone.”
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2020-05-13   265 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-13

From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 2, Part 2 of 2

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From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 2, Part 2 of 2

Today, we continue with “Book 2” from Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations.” While emphasizing the ephemeral nature of all things, the wise emperor highlights the importance of focusing on one’s power within, and respecting the Divine reality of the present. “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. If the gods exist, then to abandon human beings is not frightening; the gods would never subject you to harm.” “And how man grasps God, with what part of himself he does so, and how that part is conditioned when he does. Nothing is more pathetic than people who run around in circles, ‘delving into the things that lie beneath’ and conducting investigations into the souls of the people around them, never realizing that all you have to do is to be attentive to the power inside you and worship it sincerely.” “To worship it is to keep it from being muddied with turmoil and becoming aimless and dissatisfied with nature - divine and human. What is divine deserves our respect because it is good; what is human deserves our affection because it is like us. And our pity too, sometimes, for its inability to tell good from bad - as terrible a blindness as the kind that can’t tell white from black.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-12   445 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-12

From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 2, Part 1 of 2

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From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 2, Part 1 of 2

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor of the 2nd century, also known as the last of the Five Good Emperors, after Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius. During his 19 years of leadership, Aurelius gained a reputation as a philosopher king. Founding his beliefs on the teachings of Stoicism, the Roman emperor was also diligent in finding his own way of self-improvement. Marcus Aurelius wrote personal notes and ideas on Stoic philosophy and spirituality as a source of guidance for himself. These notes, originally written in medieval Greek, formed a collection titled “Meditations.” We’ll now explore “Book 2” from Marcus Aurelius’ compilation “Meditations.” Unwavering are the wise notes given by the philosopher, reminding us during our limited time on Earth to live a more simplified life. “At some point you have to recognize what world it is that you belong to; what power rules it and from what source you spring; that there is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself it will be gone and will never return.”
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2020-05-11   190 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-11

The Path of Discipleship by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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The Path of Discipleship by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We now continue with Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s engaging and detailed elaboration on the path of discipleship. The admired philosopher delivers caring advice on how one can get in touch with one’s higher Self in order to live a more enlightened life of true inner freedom and completeness. “Outward circumstances can only alter the course of his outward life; they can never awaken the spiritual inner man. The student must himself give birth to the new and higher man within him. The higher man becomes the ‘inner Ruler,’ who directs the circumstances of the outer man with sure guidance. As long as the latter has the upper hand, this inner man is enslaved, and cannot therefore develop his powers. If another than myself has the power to make me angry, I am not master of myself, or, to put it better, I have not yet found ‘the Ruler within me.’ I must develop the power within, of letting the impressions of the outer world approach me only in the way in which I myself choose; then only do I really become an occult student. And only by earnestly striving after this power can a student reach the goal.”
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2020-05-09   315 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-09

The Path of Discipleship by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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The Path of Discipleship by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Born in 1861, Dr. Rudolf Steiner was a great Austrian polymath, philosopher and scientist who made influential contributions in the fields of education, science, spirituality and medicine. His writings cover a wide range of subjects, and he published more than 25 books, including "Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age," "The Way of Initiation," and "Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: The Philosophy of Freedom." He developed and taught an esoteric spiritual philosophy called anthroposophy, based on "the science of the spirit." Today, we will explore selected parts from Dr. Rudolf Steiner's book "The Way of Initiation." The author reveals how by balancing our inner and outer life, one can continue a safer and more promising path in attaining higher knowledge. Further in the chapter "The Path of Discipleship," the importance of taking enough time in tranquility to contemplate on the essence of life's experiences is emphasized. "He does not learn in order that he may accumulate wisdom as his own treasure, but in order that he may put his learning at the service of the world." "Provide for yourself moments of inward calm, and in these moments learn to distinguish between the real and the unreal." "Our aim, in moments of retirement, must be to contemplate and judge our own experiences and actions, as though it were not ourselves but some other person to whom they applied."
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2020-05-08   271 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-08

From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: Excerpts from The Gospel of Truth, Part 2 of 2

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From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: Excerpts from The Gospel of Truth, Part 2 of 2

Today, we continue reading from the excerpts of the Gospel of Truth, part of the Nag Hammadi Library. The scripture inspires us with the indescribable security, love and sense of belonging that one’s soul experiences being in a perfect union with one’s Creator, and resting in the Truth. “‘He [Christ] is good. He knows His plantings, because it is He who planted them in His Paradise. Now His Paradise is His place of rest.’ This is the perfection in the thought of the Father, and these are the words of His meditation. Each one of His words is the work of His one will in the revelation of His Word. While they were still depths of His thought, the Word, which was first to come forth, revealed them, along with a mind that speaks the one Word in silent grace. He was called ‘thought,’ since they were in it before being revealed. It came about, then, that He was first to come forth, at the time when the will of Him who willed desired it. And the Will is what the Father rests in, and is pleased with. Nothing happens without Him, nor does anything happen without the will of the Father, but His will is unsearchable.”
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2020-05-07   150 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-07

From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: Excerpts from The Gospel of Truth, Part 1 of 2

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From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: Excerpts from The Gospel of Truth, Part 1 of 2

We'll now explore a selection from the Gospel of Truth, a gnostic scripture, part of the Nag Hammadi Library. The author of the book is unknown, whereas it is suggested that it was written by a disciple of the Valentinian Gnostic movement, or even by Valentinus himself. Valentinus was a prominent Egyptian theologian from Early Christianity who founded the Gnostic movement Valentinianism in the 2nd century. Here, as we begin to understand the great love of Lord Jesus Christ as He watches over God's children, we can also start to see that trusting in God's will is necessary to be in complete union with Christ. “Say, then, from the heart, that you are the perfect day, and in you dwells the Light that does not fail. Speak of the truth with those who search for it, and (of) knowledge to those who have committed sin in their error. Make firm the foot of those who have stumbled, and stretch out your hands to those who are ill. Feed those who are hungry, and give repose to those who are weary, and raise up those who wish to rise, awaken those who sleep. For you are the understanding that is drawn forth. If strength acts thus, it becomes even stronger. Be concerned with yourselves; do not concerned with other things which you have rejected from yourselves.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-06   144 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-06

Selections from The Astral City - Chapter 4: The Spirit Doctor

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Selections from The Astral City - Chapter 4: The Spirit Doctor

Spiritism emerged in the mid-19th century through the findings and philosophy of French educator Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, also known as Allan Kardec. Spiritism followers explore the nature, origin and destiny of souls, often through afterlife communication, conveyed via a medium. Numerous books have been written that provide insights into the afterlife and the soul’s immortality. One such volume is “Nosso Lar,” or “The Astral City,” by Spirit André Luiz through Spiritist medium Francisco Cândido Xavier. Francisco Cândido Xavier was a well-known Brazilian philanthropist who co-authored more than 400 books. In “The Astral City,” former medical doctor André Luiz speaks from the afterlife of his awakening and healing within a spiritual society near the Earth’s surface. This story describes not only the continuation of life beyond the physical body, but more importantly how Heaven cares for each and every human soul. The following excerpt from “The Astral City” describes how André Luiz was strengthened spiritually upon his rescue from the Lower Zones.
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-05   540 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-05-05
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