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Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I, Seventh Lecture - Liberation, Lessons 1 - 4, Part 2 of 2

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Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I, Seventh Lecture - Liberation, Lessons 1 - 4, Part 2 of 2

Excerpts from Book I - Lecture 7 from Jainism’s Akaranga Sutra: A householder, without betraying his intention, may approach a mendicant and give unto him or prepare pleasant lodgings and accommodate the mendicant. A mendicant should well observe and know it that the householder injures living beings to give, he may order the householder not to show such over-attentiveness. Thus I say. Those who are awakened, should not wish for pleasure, nor do harm, nor desire any forbidden things. A person who is without desires and does no harm unto any living beings in the whole world, is called by me ‘unfettered’. One free from passions understands perfectly the bright one, knowing birth in the upper and nether regions.
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2019-07-13   2053 Views
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2019-07-13

The Only Criminal is Ignorance: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 May 28, 1999, Prague, Czech Republic

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The Only Criminal is Ignorance: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 May 28, 1999, Prague, Czech Republic

The purpose of life is to know God. Ignorance is the only thing to be blamed for all these bad things that happen to us. Ignorance, not knowing God, that’s the only criminal in this world and any other world. Because if we are enlightened, if we know God, we will be so happy, so blissful that we could never do anything wrong, or very less likely to do things wrong because we are enlightened, we are wise, we know what’s right and what’s wrong. So the best thing I can offer you is enlightenment, more than gold, more than diamonds, more than anything that is so-called best in this world.
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2019-06-29   2911 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-06-29

Selection from Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Book I & II, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Book I & II, Part 2 of 2

The pain-bearing obstructions are- ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life. Restraint (Yama), binding observance (Niyama), posture (Asana), regulation of breath (Pranayama), abstraction and sense-withdrawal (Pratya hara), concentration (Dharana), contemplation (Dhyana) and perfect meditative absorption (Samadhi) are the eight limbs of yoga. Of these, non-violence (Ahimsa), non-stealing (Asteya), continence (Brahmacharya) and non-possessiveness (Aparigraha) are the five forms of restraint (Yamas). These, unbroken by time, place, purpose, and caste, are (universal) great vows. Pratyahara, abstraction or dissociation, is the disjoining of the sense-organs from their respective objects, assuming, as it were, the nature of the mind itself. Thence comes supreme control of the senses.
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2019-05-15   2261 Views
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2019-05-15

Selection from Baba Sawan Singh Scripture: Discourses on Sant Mat (as delivered in Satsang), Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Baba Sawan Singh Scripture: Discourses on Sant Mat (as delivered in Satsang), Chapter 1, Part 2 of 2

The first step that leads us towards our Home is detachment from the world. The transitory carnal enjoyments must be gradually discarded, for so long as they persist, the soul finds it impossible to attach itself to Nam (The Word of God). Spiritual wealth may be accumulated in two ways. First: by toiling hard at meditation; second: by a complete and unconditional surrender to the Master. The first is the easier way. The second method is however, hard to practice, though it is much more efficacious. The mind is a great hurdle in the way; it does not permit you to annihilate your ego.
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2018-07-28   1520 Views
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2018-07-28

From the Nag Hammadi Holy Scriptures: Selection from the Gospel of Truth, Part 1 of 2

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From the Nag Hammadi Holy Scriptures: Selection from the Gospel of Truth, Part 1 of 2

So that whoever has acquaintance is from Above: and if called, hears, replies, and turns to the One who is calling; and goes to Him. And he knows how that One is called. Having acquaintance, that person does the will of the One who has called; wishes to please Him; and gains repose. One’s name becomes one’s own. Those who gain acquaintance in this way know from where they have come and to where they will go; they know in the manner of man who, after having been intoxicated, has recovered from his intoxication, having returned into Himself.
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2019-05-16   2109 Views
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2019-05-16

We are Here to Bless the World, Part 2 of 2: Questions and Answers, May 13, 1999

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We are Here to Bless the World, Part 2 of 2: Questions and Answers, May 13, 1999

And the higher we step into the higher mansions of God, the more elevated we feel, the more wisdom will be reawakened within ourselves, the more power we will have. The more love will stream forth from God through our beings to bless the world, and bless everyone, every being that comes in contact with us, or anyone that is in our vicinity.
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2018-04-26   1827 Views
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2018-04-26

Selection from the Book of Lieh Tzu: Chapter 1 - Heaven’s Gift, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from the Book of Lieh Tzu: Chapter 1 - Heaven’s Gift, Part 2 of 2

In infancy his energies are concentrated and his inclinations at one- the ultimate of harmony. Other things do not harm him, nothing can add to the virtue in him. “Dying is the virtue in us going to its destination.” The traveler who forgets to go back is a man who mistakes his home. If one man mistakes his home, the whole world disapproves; but when everyone under the sky mistakes his home, no one is wise enough to disapprove. Only the sage knows whom to side with, whom to reject.
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2019-05-25   3027 Views
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2019-05-25

Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 1 of 4 March 3, 1992 , Singapore

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Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 1 of 4 March 3, 1992 , Singapore

We should generate always goodness, in thoughts, in deeds, and in speech in order to derive the goodness that we have sown. And the more we step into goodness, the nearer to goodness, the more we are merged into this Heavenly quality, the more we are near to Heaven. I think we can take the opportunity of our civilized communication system to broadcast what we know, to each other, in order to profit each other, in order to elevate our Earth’s mental consciousness into a higher level of understanding, in order to make our Earth into a Heaven. We have no need to immigrate into another planet or to Nirvana (the highest paradise) if we make our world become a paradise.
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2019-08-26   1416 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-26

The Five Virtues of Confucianism, Part 2 of 5, Feb 02, 2019

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The Five Virtues of Confucianism, Part 2 of 5, Feb 02, 2019

So a person who is vegan, practices spiritually and meditates is definitely a peaceful citizen. All governments should encourage their citizens to be vegan, Right? You see, it’s only one word – benevolence, and Confucius has taught us so much. Of course benevolence should include love for animals. To love those who are weaker is to be benevolent, isn’t it? You not only love those who are the same as you. If a country is already peaceful, then the neighboring country could learn from its example and have a good relationship with it. Then they would not make war against each others.
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2019-03-27   1657 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-27

Now Is the Trend for Peace

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Now Is the Trend for Peace

Time is different now. We should always be good, peaceful together. We’re more civilized now and it’s the 21st century already. Fighting is I think of a period of Stone Age or Ice Age. We are in a new age now, Golden Age. Any country fighting, anybody killing, anybody in war, it feels to me like a very backward kind of action. In the old time, people lived in caves and went hunting for food or killing each other for food. But now we should not do similar things like that anymore.
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2017-10-08   1615 Views
Words of Wisdom
2017-10-08

Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Book “Nature”: Essays “Discipline” and “Spirit,” Part 1 of 2

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Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Book “Nature”: Essays “Discipline” and “Spirit,” Part 1 of 2

In view of the significance of nature, we arrive at once at a new fact, that nature is a discipline. This use of the world includes the preceding uses, as parts of itself. Space, time, society, labor, climate, food, locomotion, the animals, the mechanical forces, give us sincerest lessons, day by day, whose meaning is unlimited. They educate both the Understanding and the Reason. Every property of matter is a school for the understanding, - its solidity or resistance, its inertia, its extension, its figure, its divisibility.
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2019-06-07   2757 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-06-07

Global Spiritual Movement towards a Vegan Era of Peace and Collaboration: Interview with Rabbi David Rosen, Part 3 of 3

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Global Spiritual Movement towards a Vegan Era of Peace and Collaboration: Interview with Rabbi David Rosen, Part 3 of 3

As our interview continues, Rabbi David Rosen speaks about how he approaches the Jewish community to encourage its members to rethink their diet. And then if they can understand, especially with regards to the animals specifically, but also with regards to environmental issues and the consequences of this, it’s possible to influence people to see this as wrong. And everybody can do something. And one doesn’t have to depend upon politicians to be able to make decisions. Everyone can contribute to making their environment a better place, above all, through serving others, especially the vulnerable and the needy; orphans, widows, homeless, people who need attention.
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2019-09-07   405 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-07

Leading All to Be Vegan Will Bring Immense Merits part 1 (1/2)

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Leading All to Be Vegan Will Bring Immense Merits part 1 (1/2)

If any leader is vegetarian, they should be open about it and encourage everyone to be vegetarian, too. This way they will earn immense merit, and they can also protect this earth so that their own relatives, friends, and children can continue to live on this planet in a clean atmosphere. We don’t leave the Earth populated and full of toxic air for our children.
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2017-10-03   1625 Views
Words of Wisdom
2017-10-03

The Baha’i Faith’s ”Gems of Divine Mysteries”: Paragraphs 25-33

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The Baha’i Faith’s ”Gems of Divine Mysteries”: Paragraphs 25-33

The essence of the divine mysteries in the journeys of ascent set forth for those who long to draw nigh unto God, the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving – blessed be the righteous that drink from these crystal streams! HE IS THE EXALTED, THE MOST HIGH! Veiled as they remain within their own selves, the generality of the people have failed to perceive the sweet accents of holiness, inhale the fragrance of mercy, or seek guidance, as bidden by God, from those who are the custodians of the Scriptures. He proclaims, and His word, verily, is the truth: “Ask ye, therefore, of them that have custody of the Scriptures, if ye know it not.” Nay rather, they have turned aside from them and followed instead the Sámirí of their own idle fancies.
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2019-07-04   2905 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-04

Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 3 of 4, March 3, 1992 , Singapore

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Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 3 of 4, March 3, 1992 , Singapore

We could make it into a golden age again, by living the way of a Christian, living the way of a Buddhist, the way of a true Hindu, etc. Take care of our moral responsibilities, help our neighbors as much as we can, sacrifice some of our wealth, our palate’s desires, in order to help in developing the world and help other needy brothers and sisters. In this way, we contribute our effort to build a better nation for the future generation to come. It is not a loss. It will be to the benefit of our children and grandchildren, and nephews and our brothers’ and sisters’ children.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-28   934 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-28

Selection from “The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life” by Brother Lawrence, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from “The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life” by Brother Lawrence, Part 2 of 2

I believe you have taken such effectual measures, that you will not be surprised. I commend you for it, it is the one thing necessary: we must, nevertheless, always work at it, because not to advance, in the spiritual life, is to go back. But those who have the gale of the HOLY SPIRIT go forward even in sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms, let us awake the LORD, who reposes in it, and He will quickly calm the sea.
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-22   2479 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-22

Selection from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence,” Fragment II - The Two Paths, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence,” Fragment II - The Two Paths, Part 2 of 2

Be humble, if thou would attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou have mastered. Be like the Ocean which receives all streams and rivers. The Ocean’s might calm remains unmoved; it feels them not. Restrain by thy Divine thy lower Self. Restrain by the Eternal the Divine. Aye, great is he, who is the slayer of desire. Still greater he, in whom the Self Divine has slain the very knowledge of desire. Guard thou the Lower lest it soil the Higher. The way to final freedom is within thy “Self.” That way begins and ends outside of Self. Unpraised by men and humble is the mother of all Rivers, in Tirthika’s (Brahman ascetics) proud sight; empty the human form though filled with Amrita’s (immortality) sweet waters, in the sight of fools. In addition, the birth-place of the sacred rivers is the sacred land, and he who Wisdom has, is honored by all men.
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-06   2320 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-06

Selection from Spiritual Gems: Baba Sawan Singh Ji’s Letters, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from Spiritual Gems: Baba Sawan Singh Ji’s Letters, Part 1 of 2

Gur Mat(Sant Mat) is above all religions. The ritualistic part of all religions is blind and misleading; no matter what the religion might be – whether our own or of other people. As to the good and bad things or the sin and the virtue, both becoming meaningless, that may be. When you leave the British Territory and pass into the land of the Pathans, who can ask you to account for your deeds? While you are here in the region of Kal, you have to account for all that you do. Once you cross over to the region of Dayal (Merciful), who can touch you? This applies only when you have actually crossed the boundary of Kal.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-01   1786 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-01

Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: ”The Coming of the Ship” and ”On Giving,” Part 1 of 2

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: ”The Coming of the Ship” and ”On Giving,” Part 1 of 2

Born in 1883, Kahlil Gibran was an enlightened Lebanese philosopher, author, poet, and artist, who immigrated to the United States when he was young. As a writer, he inspired a transformation in Arabic literature with his simple and direct style, as well as the highly relatable themes he chose. But some of his best-known works were in English and won the popularity of a wider American audience. Kahlil Gibran’s most famous work is “The Prophet,” a book of 26 poetic essays that he began while still a youth in Lebanon and published in 1923.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-05   1712 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-05

From Sufism’s Sacred Fihi ma Fihi: Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 11, Part 1 of 2

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From Sufism’s Sacred Fihi ma Fihi: Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 11, Part 1 of 2

“I am God.” Some people think this is a great pretension, but “I am God” is in fact a great humility. Those who say, instead, “I am a servant of God” believe that two exist, themselves and God. But those who say, “I am God” have become nothing and have cast themselves to the winds. They say, “I am God” meaning, “I am not, God is all. There is no existence but God. I have lost all separation. I am nothing.” In this the humility is greater.
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-08   2439 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-08
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