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Rebuilding the Foundation of Sustainability Through Compassion: An Interview with Dr. Sailesh Krishna Rao (vegan), Part 1 of 3

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Rebuilding the Foundation of Sustainability Through Compassion: An Interview with Dr. Sailesh Krishna Rao (vegan), Part 1 of 3

Dr. Sailesh Krishna Rao graduated in 1986 from Stanford University, USA, receiving a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Though extremely successful in his professional career, he was inspired to make a significant change after watching former Vice President Al Gore’s presentation about global warming in December 2005. Dr. Rao then founded the non-profit organization, Climate Healers in 2007. “The goal was to reverse climate change, and then when you study the problem you realize that it’s a very spiritual problem because the foundation of sustainability is really compassion for all life, and so is the foundation for all religion, it’s compassion for all life, and the foundation for our ethics is compassion for all life. So it turns out that going to a sustainable world is really going back to our ethical roots and our religious roots and taking them seriously. So the compassion for all life is the core of it all.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-10   297 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-10

From “Spiritual Gems” – Spiritual Letters from Hazur Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji (vegetarian) to Disciples and Seekers, Part 2 of 2

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From “Spiritual Gems” – Spiritual Letters from Hazur Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji (vegetarian) to Disciples and Seekers, Part 2 of 2

We now continue with letter 115, a message of spiritual advice and encouragement from the Great Master in reply to a devoted disciple. This letter was published in the treasured collection titled “Spiritual Gems.” “No article of this world, nor friends nor relations go with us; even our body does not accompany us after death. Then why worry about those who will not accompany us?” “The [inner Heavenly] Sound Current and the Master are within you. You need no other company. …The greater the solitude, the better. There is no better luck than solitude.” “Try to lift the veil within and try to taste the spiritual joy, compared to which all the worldly designs and inventions are insignificant and valueless. He who has torn the veil within and brought the mind under control, has conquered all the world and the whole world is under his order.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-09   510 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-09

From “Spiritual Gems” – Spiritual Letters from Hazur Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji (vegetarian) to Disciples and Seekers, Part 1 of 2

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From “Spiritual Gems” – Spiritual Letters from Hazur Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji (vegetarian) to Disciples and Seekers, Part 1 of 2

Baba Sawan Singh Ji was an Indian Saint and enlightened Master. Baba Sawan Singh Ji spiritually awakened many people through imparting the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga. Today, He is still loved and venerated as “The Great Master.” Today, we are honored to read you excerpts from the letters of the Great Master who shared some of His priceless spiritual guidance on meditation, that is, on how one’s soul can overcome the temporal world and ascend to a higher spiritual realms. “To give up worldly pleasures, to control the senses and bring the attention in one center by controlling the wild runs of the mind while still alive and kicking, is not an easy task. But what is it that with love and faith man cannot accomplish? You strengthen your will power and go ahead. Success is sure. Remember that once the seed of Nam has been planted, it must become a tree and bear fruit.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-08   554 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-08

Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 - “Laws” and “Freedom”

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 - “Laws” and “Freedom”

“What shall I say of these save that they too stand in the sunlight, but with their backs to the sun? They see only their shadows, and their shadows are their laws. And what is the sun to them but a caster of shadows? And what is it to acknowledge the laws but to stoop down and trace their shadows upon the earth? But you who walk facing the sun, what images drawn on the earth can hold you? You who travel with the wind, what weather-vane shall direct your course? What man’s law shall bind you if you break your yoke but upon no man’s prison door? What laws shall you fear if you dance but stumble against no man’s iron chains? And who is he that shall bring you to judgment if you tear off your garment yet leave it in no man’s path?” “You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-07   218 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-07

Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 1 of 2 - “Crime and Punishment”

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 1 of 2 - “Crime and Punishment”

Born in 1883, Kahlil Gibran was an enlightened Lebanese philosopher, author, poet, artist and mystic, who immigrated to the United States when He was young. Published in 1923, “The Prophet” became Kahlil Gibran’s most famous work. Today, we would like to share with you the following excerpt from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. “And of the man in you would I now speak. For it is he and not your god-self nor the [small self] in the mist, that knows crime and the punishment of crime. ‘Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world. But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.’”
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2020-01-06   233 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-06

From The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ: The Salvation of the World – The Birth of Yeshua, Part 2 of 2

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From The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ: The Salvation of the World – The Birth of Yeshua, Part 2 of 2

We now continue reading from the Essene Humane Gospel about the holy birth and early years of Lord Jesus Christ. “And Joseph and Mary went into Bethlehem, the city of David. And Mary, heavy with child, brought forth her firstborn child in a cave, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger within the cave, for there was no room to be found for them in the town. And behold, the cave was filled with bright light as of the Sun, and it reflected the glory of many holy angels. And there proved to be in the cave also, an ox, and a horse, and an ass, and a sheep, and beneath the manger was a cat with her little ones, and there were doves also overhead, and each had its mate after its kind, the male with the female. Thus it came to pass that [Lord] Yeshua (Jesus) was BORN IN THE MIDST OF THE ANIMALS WHICH, through the redemption of man from ignorance and sin, HE CAME TO REDEEM FROM THEIR SUFFERINGS, by the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God, all those whosoever liveth according to the Holy Law.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-04   254 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-04

From The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ: The Salvation of the World – The Birth of Yeshua, Part 1 of 2

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From The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ: The Salvation of the World – The Birth of Yeshua, Part 1 of 2

Faithful viewers, the Essene Humane Gospel is a reminder of the Godly virtues that we should live by if we are to walk the path of the Truth. God’s Arms are always opened for the sincere Truth-seekers. Today we’ll read selections from the beginning of this Gospel, in which we learn about the preparation of the coming of the great Essene Prophet John the Baptist and of the Worshipped Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ. “…Gabriel spoke further unto her, ‘O Mary, therefore also is that holy, which shall be born of thee, even Christ, the child of God, and His name on earth shall be called Yeshua, for it is He that shall save the people from bondage to sin, even all those repenting and obeying His Holy Laws. Therefore, O Mary, YE SHALL EAT NO ANIMAL FLESH, NOR DRINK STRONG DRINK, for the Holy Child shall be consecrated unto the All-Eternal from its mother’s womb, and NEITHER ANIMAL FLESH NOR STRONG DRINK SHALL HE EAT OR DRINK IN ANY FORM, nor shall ever a razor touch His head.’”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-03   322 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-03

Selections from The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian), Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian), Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

“What is needed is a Guru, a Savior, who will awaken us to Bhakti (devotion) and to perceptions of Truth. Any advanced sincere seeker may be fortunate in having the Godlike company of some one of such personages, who may kindly stand to him as his Spiritual Preceptor, Sat-Guru, the Savior.” “Aparokshajnana, the real comprehension. In this state the son of man begins to repent and, turning back from the gross material creation, creeps toward his Divinity, the Eternal Substance, God. When the developments of ignorance are stopped, man gradually comprehends the true character of this creation of darkness, maya, as a mere play of ideas of the Supreme Nature on His own Self, the only Real Substance. This true comprehension is called Aparokshajnana.” “When man thus entering into the spiritual world becomes a Son of God, he comprehends the universal Light – the Holy Ghost – as a perfect whole, and his Self as nothing but a mere idea resting on a fragment of the Aum Light.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-02   344 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-02

Selections from The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian), Chapter 1, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian), Chapter 1, Part 1 of 2

India – home to many great spiritual Masters. One such great personage is Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. Paramahansa Yogananda described Sri Yukteswar as “softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake.” Today we are going to present to you “The Holy Science,” requested by Saint Babaji and written by Swami Sri Yukteswar, revealing the basic unity of Supreme Truth behind all names and forms, especially between the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. “How God is comprehended. As man is the likeness of God, directing his attention inward he can comprehend within him the said Force and Feeling, the sole properties of his Self – the Force Almighty as his will, Vasana, with enjoyment, Bhoga; and the Feeling Omniscient as his Consciousness, Chetana, that enjoys, Bhokta.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-01   470 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-01-01

Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 6

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Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 6

We continue the parable today to find out what happens when the prodigal son returns to his father's house…. “World-Honored One, at that time the impoverished son drifted from one kind of employment to another until he came by chance to his father’s house. When the impoverished son saw how great was his father’s power and authority, he was filled with fear and awe and regretted he had ever come to such a place. Having thought in this way, he raced from the spot. At that time the rich old man, spied his son and recognized him immediately. Thereupon he dispatched a bystander to go after the son as quickly as possible and bring him back. The impoverished son, alarmed and fearful, cried out in an angry voice, ‘Why am I being seized?’ The father, observing this from a distance, spoke to the messenger, saying, ‘I have no need of this man. Don’t force him to come here.’ Why did he do that? He knew very well that this was his son, but as a form of expedient means he refrained from saying to anyone, ‘this is my son.’”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-31   697 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-31

Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 6

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Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 6

Buddha or Gautama Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni Buddha, was a great extraordinary spiritual Master from ancient India. He then shared the merits of His practice by providing a method for other sentient beings to be freed from the cycle of death and rebirth. One of these cherished records of the Buddha’s teachings is The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, also known as the Lotus Sutra. Today, we would like to present Chapter 4 - Belief and Understanding of this sutra. “At that time, when the men of lifelong wisdom Subhuti, Mahakatyayana, Mahakashyapa, and Mahamaudgalyayana heard from the Buddha a Dharma (true teaching) that they had never known before, and heard the World-Honored One prophesy that Sariputra would attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi (the highest perfection), their minds were moved as seldom before and they danced for joy. ‘Suddenly we have been able to hear a Dharma (true teaching) that is rarely encountered, something we never expected up to now, and we look upon ourselves as profoundly fortunate.’”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-30   548 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-30

The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar's Genesis, Part 2 of 2

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The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar's Genesis, Part 2 of 2

Today we continue with the Sefer HaZohar’s chapter entitled “Rabbi Simeon’s Reflections on the Supreme and Its Union with Human Souls.” “Within them are hidden all the great spiritual mysteries and realities that to humanity as at present must remain objects of faith rather than of reason and intellectual perception. Only by the enlightened soul can they become known in its gradual ascension through them on its way to the great and transcendent Being termed The Etermal, The Everlasting One. But this cannot be effected only as it becomes receptive of and imbued with the light and splendor of the Sefirot Binah (Doctrine Intelligence) by which it is brought into union with the Divine and enters into the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-28   416 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-28

The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar's Genesis, Part 1 of 2

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The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar's Genesis, Part 1 of 2

Kabbalah is the ancient mystical school of thought of Judaism. Literally meaning “the received,” Kabbalah is also an esoteric method believed to have been revealed to elect saints and preserved by a certain few since the time of the Garden of Eden. Kabbalah aims to explain the relationship between God – the unchanging and eternal Ein Sof (The Infinite), and God’s creation – the mortal and finite universe. One of the most foundational of the Kabbalistic texts is the Sefer HaZohar, a Kabbalistic commentary on the Torah, which means the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Said Rabbi Hiya: “Adam was seen on different occasions by the patriarchs, to whom he confessed and acknowledged his sin and showed them the place where he had enjoyed the Divine light and glory from on high and also where his descendants, the righteous, and those who obeyed the Good Law, through their good deeds now live the Diviner life in the Garden of the Celestial Eden. Then they praised the Lord and said, ‘How excellent is Thy loving kindness, oh God, as a result of which the children of men put their trust in the shadow of Thy Wing.’”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-27   379 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-27

Where Does the Inner Peace Come From? Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 November 11, 1989, Brazil

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Where Does the Inner Peace Come From? Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 November 11, 1989, Brazil

And initiation means... another easier way to say, is to open the radio channel for you. You have the radio; you don’t know yet how to open, So I show you how to open. And every day, you open whenever you want and receive the message, listen to the song, the instruction of God. That so-called voice of God-or voice silence, or the Sound of God is our own Buddha Nature, our own vibration, our own wisdom, our own God Nature. If we have found it, then we’ll be wise, happy, peaceful. “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” It’s the same, like what the Bible says. Yes. First, we are enlightened and have peace within ourselves, then the world will become Heaven. There is no other way.
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-26   415 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-26

From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 2 of 2

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From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 2 of 2

Mencius said: “According to the feelings that come from nature, people will act with goodness. This is what I mean in saying that human nature is good. If someone does evil, it is not the fault of their natural endowment. The feeling of compassion belongs to all men; as does that of shame; and that of reverence and respect; and that of right and wrong. The feeling of compassion implies the principle of benevolence; that of shame implies the principle of righteousness; that of reverence and respect implies the principle of courtesy; and that of right and wrong implies the principle of wisdom. Benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, and wisdom are not infused into us from without. We are certainly furnished with them, but we don’t often think of them. Hence it is said, ‘Seek and you will find them. Neglect and you will lose them.’ … It is said in the Book of Poetry, ‘Heaven gave birth to mankind, and gave each thing its specific laws. People follow the permanent principles and love this admirable virtue.’”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-25   347 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-25

From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 1 of 2

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From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 1 of 2

Considered as the basis of Chinese culture, Confucius’ teachings appealed to many Chinese philosophers after His passing. The most famous Confucian thinker was Mencius, who was regarded as the true transmitter of Confucius’ teachings and was influential in the development of Confucianism, which is still practiced to this day. We now present excerpts from the enlightened wisdom of Confucius, through the teachings of Mencius, known as “The Works of Mencius” or “Mengzi.” “The philosopher Gaozi said, ‘Human nature is like whirling water. Open a passage for it to the east, and it will flow to the east; open a passage for it to the west, and it will flow to the west. Human nature is indifferent to good and evil, just as the water is indifferent to the east and west.’ Mencius replied, ‘Water indeed will flow indifferently to the east or west, but will it flow indifferently up or down? …Now by striking water and causing it to leap up, you may make it go over your head, and, by damming and leading it you may force it up a hill; but are such movements according to the nature of water? It is the force applied which causes them. When men are made to do what is not good, their nature is forced to change in this way.’”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-24   386 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-24

Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems Published in “On Quantitative Meter”

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Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems Published in “On Quantitative Meter”

India – the home of many great spiritual Masters, one such great figure is the spiritual master, yogi, philosopher, poet and politician Sri Aurobindo, who graced our planet from 1872 to 1950. Sri Aurobindo’s time in political career was dedicated to achieving India’s independence. However, after inner reflection, Sri Aurobindo retired from politics and service to his country. His aspirations turned instead toward the liberation of all humanity. Through the inner knowledge revealed to him during his spiritual practice, Sri Aurobindo began publishing writings full of wisdom. Today, we present to you selected poems from “On Quantitative Meter” is in Part Seven of “Collected Poems,” written by Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry between 1927 and 1947. “O Spirit immortal, Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle. Ascend, single and deathless: Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness, Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little, Leaving the cry and the struggle, Into the Silence for ever.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-23   321 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-23

From Rumi's Fihi Ma Fihi: Discourse 11 - More Selections

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From Rumi's Fihi Ma Fihi: Discourse 11 - More Selections

Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi Rūmī, known simply as Mawlana in Persian and around the world as Rumi, was a poetic genius, a theologian, and an enlightened Master who graced our planet eight centuries ago. The deep and diverse influence of His legacy still remains and continues to awaken the hearts of many beyond all cultures and boundaries. Rumi was heir to the rich literary and cultural heritage of Persia, or ancient Iran, and composed His great mystical poems in the Persian language. "Whoever labors for the glory of God, though both their eyes are sealed, their labor is not lost. Even an atom’s weight of good is not lost. Though all within is dark and veiled, and they do not see how far they have progressed, still in the end they will know. ‘This world is the seed plot of the world to come.’ Whatever they sow here, they will reap in the next world."
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-21   458 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-21

A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 3 of 3

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A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 3 of 3

Next, Mr. Gaurav Jain discusses the vegan lifestyle and its interrelationship with meditation. "Meditation is relaxing. Relaxing and entering into your own souls. Definitely, you get deep into the meditation when you have compassion. My vegan lifestyle definitely helps me to meditate well. When I have none of these things made from the animal origin, definitely my health is good. I have no health problems for the last 10 years, even not any small problem. Forget about the big problems. So when you have no health problem, you can definitely go deep into the meditation. So, anyone who is watching this – try veganism, and then try meditation. Meditation is part of the spiritual life. As I earlier said, spirituality without compassion has no meaning. Spirituality and veganism, they are just two parts of a single coin."
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-20   254 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-20

A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 2 of 3

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A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 2 of 3

After serving as a volunteer with the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in India for about 10 years, Mr. Jain saw a need for more protection of birds. Therefore, he started a non-profit organization called Sansthanam Abhay Daanam Charitable Bird Hospital, with the mission to provide medication, food, shelter and care to injured or ill birds and other animals, especially those without caregivers. The Jain teachings of nonviolence run through every aspect of the hospital’s operation. “We have decided: to save one living being, we should not kill another living being, whether or not we are killing another living [being] directly or indirectly. We have made this principle. We do not euthanize the birds. Also we do not give them any meat or dairy products. There are a lot of alternatives we have discovered. We also chant the Namokar Mantra 24 hours.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-19   237 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-19
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