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From Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 3, Part 1 of 8

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From Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 3, Part 1 of 8

WHEN I HEARD THE SOUND OF THIS DHARMA (true teaching), I gained what I had never had before. My mind was filled with great joy, I was released from all bonds of the net of doubt. From past times I have received the Buddha's teachings and have not been denied the Great Vehicle. The Buddha's sound is very rarely heard, but it can free living beings from distress. Already I have put an end to outflows (earthly desires), and hearing this, am freed from care and distress. I lived in the mountain valleys or under the forest trees, sometimes sitting, sometimes walking around, and constantly I thought of this matter-how severely I taxed myself!
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2019-03-01   1040 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-01

The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 3 of 3

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The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 3 of 3

Life on Earth is only a passing stage, where the permanent factor is the Self. The body is a changing factor. So you are not the body, you are the consciousness, the Self Supreme, the true existence, bliss and happiness. In fact the whole process of evolution, even if you don’t attempt it, it’s only tending towards the Self-realization, which is the ultimate end of all this manifestation. So therefore, this human birth is given to us, and we have the greatest opportunity to understand the Self, and also get into that Self. And for that, there are so many practical ways of living.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-28   784 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-28

The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 2 of 3

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The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 2 of 3

Krishna is an avatara in our religion. Avatara means incarnation of God. I here what it meant is the Supreme Self. Self is the entire universe, the Self of man, the Self of all conscious beings, consciousness. That is Self. Only projections of this Self. In addition to the inner Heavenly Sound, Hindu philosophy also talks about the inner Heavenly Light as another manifestation of God, or the Supreme Self. This body is subject to change and perish, so we have to go after the consciousness, not the body. It transcends the body. It is everywhere.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-27   808 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-27

The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 1 of 3

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The Timeless Way of Life - Interview with Hindu Scholar Ramanathan Brahmanandam, Part 1 of 3

Hinduism speaks of only one God or existence, and therefore, it is not contradicting any other religions. So, Hinduism is so tolerant and it accommodates all views, and yet maintains that the Truth is the only existence, without a second. That is Hinduism. However, there is one aspect that is not possessed by material science: the sacred testimony. The sages go far beyond your physical observation and inference. So the sacred testimony is a very very important foundation of Hindu philosophy, and it can be understood by you if you also personally follow and experience your own Self.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-26   808 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-26

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 5 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

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The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 5 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

What is God? God is the Truth, the Omnipotence of the universe, the infinitely miraculous Wisdom, the boundless and immeasurable Love. The human realm is the easiest one for a human being to become a Buddha. During initiation, at the first second, you will understand why only human beings can practice to become Buddha. “Immediate Enlightenment.” And you will understand what you never understood before. Why then does our world keep having more and more people? They were from other worlds, from hell, from plants, from stones, from animals; they became human beings. Or from other planets, who had merits, so they could come here to be human beings.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-23   2093 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-23

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

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The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

The Quan Yin Method which you asked me to tell you is to let people know their Buddha Nature. It will wake-up the Buddha inside you to manage your life, therefore your life becomes good and smooth. You don't use your worldly mind to work anymore. And I also told you that the Dharma (true teaching) which I know, is very peaceful but very noble. It can save human from life after life of misfortune and misery. It can also save five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten of your generations so they can be elevated. It can make the world brighter each day.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-22   1996 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-22

From Sufism’s Sacred Fihi ma Fihi: Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 10, Part 1 of 2

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From Sufism’s Sacred Fihi ma Fihi: Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 10, Part 1 of 2

We must pass beyond the good and bad qualities that are present temporarily in everyone, and must enter into the other’s very essence. These qualities people observe in one another are not their original qualities. How some people say, “How do saints and lovers of God find love in the eternal world beyond form, space and time? How can they gain strength and help? How are they affected by things without body or shape?” All these belong to that formless world. Moment by moment they receive benefits from these abstractions and are affected by them.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-18   832 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-18

Some Small Secrets to Share: Selection from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Book ”Secrets to Effortless Spiritual Practice,” Part 2 of 2

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Some Small Secrets to Share: Selection from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Book ”Secrets to Effortless Spiritual Practice,” Part 2 of 2

Always Keep Pure and Positive. We have to be very careful how we live our lives because everything we think generates something. Every time you think negatively about someone, is that comfortable for you? No. Already it's no good. But it's very easy to keep ourselves in control. Just look straight inside, recite the Holy Names and pray every time that the Master will help you and will help give you loving thoughts right away or replace the bad ones with loving ones.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-16   835 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-16

From the Holy Bible: The First Epistle of Saint Peter, Part 2 of 2

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From the Holy Bible: The First Epistle of Saint Peter, Part 2 of 2

"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed."
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-14   772 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-14

From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 3, ”Hot and Cold”, Part 2 of 2

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From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 3, ”Hot and Cold”, Part 2 of 2

THIRD LESSON: ‘Knowing the connection of the world, carelessness is not for his benefit.’ ‘Look at the exterior world from analogy with thy own self; [then] thou wilt neither kill nor destroy living beings;’ ‘The gifted man, following the law, sees well his true interest.’ FOURTH LESSON: Faithful according to the commandment of the Tîrthakaras (founder of the Jain religion), wise, and understanding the world according to the commandment-such a man is without danger from anywhere. Therefore, a wise man should avoid wrath, pride, deceit, greed, love (attachment), hate, delusion, conception, birth, death, hell, animal existence, and pain.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-12   798 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-12

From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 3, ”Hot and Cold”, Part 1 of 2

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From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 3, ”Hot and Cold”, Part 1 of 2

The condition of living beings arises from karma. Examining karma (retribution) and the root of karma, namely killing, examining it and adopting its contrary, he is not seen by both ends. Knowing this, a wise man who knows the world and has cast off the idea of the world, should prudently conquer the obstructions to righteousness. Thus I say. And the hero should conquer wrath and pride. Look at the great hell as the place for greed. Therefore the hero abstaining from killing, Should destroy sorrow, going the road of easiness. Here now the hero, knowing the bondage, knowing sorrow, should restrain himself. Having risen to birth among men, He should not take the life of living beings.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-11   780 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-11

From The Gospel of the Toltecs - Excerpts from Chapter 11: The Teachings, Part 2 of 2

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From The Gospel of the Toltecs - Excerpts from Chapter 11: The Teachings, Part 2 of 2

“And the true father, the roots and beginning of humans’ lineage, is good of heart; he receives things, is compassionate, and cares for everything. He raises and educates the children; he teaches and admonishes them; he gives them examples to live by; he places before them a great mirror drilled on both faces. He is a thick, smokeless torch. And here comes the mature one, a full being with a firm heart like a rock, a wise face. He is owner of his face and heart. Skillful and understanding, a good text composer, he is a Toltec of the black and red inks; he is intelligent. God is in his heart and with his heart he knows things; he talks with his own heart.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-09   785 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-09

From The Gospel of the Toltecs - Excerpts from Chapter 11: The Teachings, Part 1 of 2

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From The Gospel of the Toltecs - Excerpts from Chapter 11: The Teachings, Part 1 of 2

Quetzalcoatl was born in the 10th century in what is now the town of Tepoztlán, Mexico. As legendary ruler of the Toltecs, He is also known by the names of Ce Acatl, Naxcitl, and Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl. When He was young, Quetzalcoatl underwent seven years of meditation and spiritual training to become a priest. Known as both a powerful king and a holy Saint who was in communion with the Divine. Today we share excerpts from the Gospel of the Toltecs that portray Quetzalcoatl’s teachings during His stay in Cholula, in present-day central Mexico.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-08   801 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-08

From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – The Song of “How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering,” Part 2 of 2

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From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – The Song of “How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering,” Part 2 of 2

“How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering”: He who knows his own nature And the immanent Truth, is every joyful. He who wrongly acts Is ever sad. He who rests in the state of nature And is ever spontaneously pure, is ever joyful. He who surrenders to impulses and environment Being subject to hatred and cravings, is ever sad. He who realizes that all things are the Dharmakaya (one of the three bodies of the Buddha, composed of the Buddha’s teachings), Freed from all fears, hopes, and doubts, Is ever joyful. He who is impatient, talkative, and rash, Being overpowered by worldly desires, Is ever sad.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-07   816 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-07

From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – The Song of “How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering,” Part 1 of 2

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From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – The Song of “How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering,” Part 1 of 2

Milarepa sang: ”To avoid fear and regret at the time of dying, To escape the fatal chasm of Samsara, One should conquer the enemy-desire. Remember always transiency and death, And ever meditate in solitude…” Let us be inspired by Tibetan Buddhism’s wisdom. The teachings of Tibetan Buddhism put a focus on the awareness of death and the ephemeral nature of life, leading to diligence in meditation and spiritual practice. “You should not cling to the formality of virtuous deeds. But try to subdue your wandering thoughts about going to the town. And concentrate on your meditation; otherwise you can never free yourself from the Three Realms of Samsara. Take heed of these things.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-06   804 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-06

Selection from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book ‘Pathway to God’: Chapters 4 - 6, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book ‘Pathway to God’: Chapters 4 - 6, Part 2 of 2

Chapter Five continued LOVE(AHIMSA). The Law of Love, call it attraction, affinity, cohesion if you like, governs the world. A mission that becomes him, it is that of Ahimsa (nonviolence). Chapter Six SELF-RESTRAINT. Restraint Should be voluntary. One should eat not in order to please the palate but just to keep the body going. The conquest of lust is the highest endeavour of man or woman’s existence. All power comes from the observation and sublimation of the vitality that is responsible for the creation of life. Restraint vs. Suppression.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-05   843 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-05
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