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

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

Each creature is only a modification of the other; the likeness in them is more than the difference, and their radical law is one and the same. So intimate is this Unity, that, it is easily seen. For, it pervades Thought also. The eye, - the mind, and these are incomparably the richest informations of the power and order that lie at the heart of things. That spirit creates; one and not compound, it does not act upon us from without, that is, in space and time, but spiritually, or through ourselves: therefore, that spirit, that is, the Supreme Being.
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2019-06-08   3276 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-06-08

Selected Poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, Part 1 of 2

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Selected Poems from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, Part 1 of 2

The first Nobel Prize winner for Literature from Asia, Rabindranath Tagore, is renowned for introducing new prose and verse forms, plus the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, instead of adopting the usual traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. “Gitanjali” (Song Offerings) contains Tagore’s English prose translations of religious poems from several of his Bengali verse collections, which resulted in him winning the Nobel Prize in 1913. “Ah, my master. …I shall ever try to keep all untruths out from my thoughts, knowing that thou art that truth which has kindled the light of reason in my mind. I shall ever try to drive all evils away from my heart and keep my love in flower, knowing that thou hast thy seat in the inmost shrine of my heart.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-29   229 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-29

Selections from The Astral City - Chapter 3: Collective Prayer

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Selections from The Astral City - Chapter 3: Collective Prayer

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. “I felt a profound sense of veneration and awe as I gazed at the soft light streaming through my window. I realized that on Earth I had never looked up at the Sun and raised my thoughts to the One, Who in His infinite mercy, had given it to us to shine on our journey. I was like a blind man who, after living so long in darkness, was blessed with the ability to see the splendor of nature. The first collective prayer I had attended at the Astral City had worked a radical change in me. An unexpected peace filled my soul for the first time in many years of suffering, and my heart, so long empty, was once again filled with hope.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-03-11   418 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-03-11

Excerpts from Baba Sawan Singh Ji's Letters, Part 2 of 2

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Excerpts from Baba Sawan Singh Ji's Letters, Part 2 of 2

Spiritual progress primarily depends on the training of the mind. The withdrawal of the s It (Sant Mat) is a liberal system and does not stifle opinion or insist on blind belief. Masters in the flesh are rare. They are superior beings and have fully developed their latent powers. A Guru gives salvation only when alive. The sound current and the Master are within you. Animal food, even if a single particle is eaten, is detrimental to spiritual progress. The master showered his grace when he initiated you. Now your duty is to practice concentration and go up. Then love will come automatically.cattered attention into the eye center requires patience, perseverance, and faith.
Words of Wisdom
2018-10-27   1998 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-10-27

Teachings of Chuang Tzu: Chapter 13, The Heaven's Tao, Part 1 of 4

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Teachings of Chuang Tzu: Chapter 13, The Heaven's Tao, Part 1 of 4

The great enlightened Master Chuang Tzu lived from approximately 369 to 286 BC. He is considered one of the greatest literary and philosophical figures of China. His philosophy is contained in the book bearing his name, Chuang Tzu. His teachings were true to "wu-wei," the Taoist doctrine meaning to refrain from action contrary to nature. Today, we present to you an excerpt from Chapter 13, “Heavenly Tao” from the teachings of Chuang Tzu. "The Way (Tao) of Nature is to continue moving without stopping to accumulate anything, thus all living things flourish…. One who understands clearly the Way of Nature, the Way of Sages, and is perfectly familiar with the virtue of emperors and kings, acts and lets things act spontaneously from themselves. Even when in the dark, they would invariably remain calm."
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-04   399 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-12-04

How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

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How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

An eloquent public speaker and gifted writer, he gave over 6,000 lectures in his lifetime and gained recognition as a literary critic. 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: A Philosophy of Freedom.” “If we do not develop within ourselves this deeply-rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find enough strength to evolve to something higher. The Initiate has only acquired the power of lifting his intellect to the heights of knowledge by guiding his heart into the depths of veneration and devotion. The heights of the Spirit can only be reached by passing through the portals of humility. Man can certainly have the right to gaze upon the Reality, but he must first earn this right. You can only acquire right knowledge when you are ready to esteem it. There are laws in the spiritual life, as in the physical life.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-14   373 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-14

Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar’s True Vegan World Revolution, Part 1 of 3

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Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar’s True Vegan World Revolution, Part 1 of 3

The respected Asa Keisar is an Israeli religious scholar who’s on a mission of spreading veganism all across Israel and the world. His speeches feature statements from the Holy Torah about the incorrectness of consuming animal products, especially in our modern world. Another example of his duly gained recognition is a sincere letter he received from the President of Israel, His Excellency Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin, who called Asa Keisar’s work “nothing less than a true revolution.” Through this interview, we’ll learn more about Asa Keisar’s noble efforts as he clarifies how the most essential holy Jewish texts have always been pointing to the right way of treating our animal co-inhabitants, namely with compassion and respect. “I make the connection between the Judaism and veganism. I wrote a book about this subject. The name of the book in Hebrew is ‘Velifnei Iver Hashalem,’ ‘In Front of the Blind.’ ‘The blind,’ the meaning is the people, something like the blind – we don’t know what’s happening to the animals, about what the Torah says, about the tza’ar ba’alei chayim (suffering of living creatures) and all of these subjects. This is a passage from the Bible.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-28   623 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-28

Excerpts from The Diamond Sutra: Chapters 1-11, Part 1 of 2

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Excerpts from The Diamond Sutra: Chapters 1-11, Part 1 of 2

The Diamond Sutra is also known as “Chin-Kang-Ching” or in Sanskrit “Vajracchedika-sutra” (“Diamond Cutter Sutra”). It is one of the most important historical scriptures in the Buddhist faith. This suta presents a collection of question-answer dialogs between the Buddha and His assembly of monks. Written with a spiritual goal, the Diamond Sutra is meant to alleviate suffering through the achievement of Wisdom. “‘Subhuti, as you have said, the Tathagata is skillfully mindful of the Bodhisattvas, and skillful in entrusting to the Bodhisattvas. If you now listen closely, I shall explain for you in what good sons and good daughters launching the Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi mind should thus abide, and how thus they should regulate their thoughts.’ ‘Subhuti, if a Bodhisattva has the view of a self, the view of a person, the view of beings, or the view of a soul; then he is not a Budhisattva.’ ‘Subhuti, the blessed virtue of a Bodhisattva not dwelling in the appearances of charity is also, again, thus: it cannot be calculated. Subhuti, Bodhisattvas should only thus in this teaching dwell.’”
Words of Wisdom
2020-03-27   339 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-03-27

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.
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-15   2401 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-15

Tuning in to the Higher Frequency of Spiritual Wisdom: An Interview with Mr. James Bean (vegan), Part 4 of 5

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Tuning in to the Higher Frequency of Spiritual Wisdom: An Interview with Mr. James Bean (vegan), Part 4 of 5

In today’s program, Mr. James Bean talks about his lifelong mission and his vision for the future. “Vaganism, of course, has become an essential element, an essential message in recent years. So, as I’ve said to some people before, we’re advocating that everyone go vegan, and that’s our job for the rest of our life, I think. It’s with us, the issue of climate change and how veganism can help mitigate that. We’re just going to be trying to talk as many people into going vegan as we can. And that’s never going to change, no matter, 10 years from now. I mean, it’s just a permanent thing. A permanent, lifelong mission, I think not just me, but many people have these days. It’s a lifelong commitment to try to encourage people to go vegan in any way we can figure out, some angle, whether it’s these texts of Christianity. So that constant message of encouraging people to go vegan, whether it’s for health reasons, like (Dr.) Michael Greger is doing, for spiritual reasons, ethical reasons, or all of the above, or to save the Earth, to save the world, save the future, make the world a more peaceful place. So many good reasons to go vegan. It’s a win, win, win, win. That’s a lifelong mission.
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-13   259 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-13

Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 1 of 2 - Chapter 2 and Chapters 4 to 8

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Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 1 of 2 - Chapter 2 and Chapters 4 to 8

“The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters” is thought to be the first Buddhist sutra from India to be translated into Chinese. During the first century AD, His Majesty Emperor Ming of China one night dreamt of a “Golden Being” with light surrounding His body who flew into the palace. The next morning, His Mejesty Emperor Ming summoned all his ministers and high officials to find out who this “Golden Being” might be. One of his ministers told the emperor about a great spiritual Master named Buddha whose teachings originated in India. Realizing that this must be the “Golden Being” in his dream, the emperor asked that a delegation go to the region where the Buddha had lived. He instructed them to request Buddhist scriptures that could help enlighten the Chinese people. The delegates traveled to India, where they were able to obtain Sanskrit sutras. They also invited the Venerated Kasyapa Matanga and Dharmaraksha, whom they met during the trip, to return with them and assist in translation. We will now share with you some excerpts from “The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters,” as revealed by the Buddha. “Chapter 4: Concurrent Definitions of Good and Evil ‘The Buddha said, “Multibeings could perform Virtues in ten ways, and so could they perpetrate Vices in ten ways. What are these Ten Vices? There are three in the Body, four in the Mouth, and three in the Mind. The three Physical Vices are Killing, Stealing and Copulation. The four Oral Vices are Alienating Speeches, Scurrilous Words, Untruthful Language, and Meaningless Chatters. The three Mental Vices are Jealousy, Resentment, and Ignorance. These Ten Vices are against the Sacred Way, and so they are also called the Ten Vile Deeds. If these Vices are terminated, that will result in the Ten Virtues.”’”
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-30   214 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-30

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.
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-04   3027 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-07-04

How Suffering Can Lead Us to Happiness: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 # 333 Sydney, Australia – March 16, 1993

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How Suffering Can Lead Us to Happiness: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3 # 333 Sydney, Australia – March 16, 1993

“As You said, enlightenment will cause us to ignore everything such as wealth, illness or a higher position in society. …but how about illness? We suffer every minute.” We just do not feel so much suffering the way we did before enlightenment, that’s all. We will tend to our body as much as we can. We give it as much comfort as it needed, and we give the medical care and all that. Should we have to suffer from illnesses, our patience, our enduring power, increases, and therefore the illness doesn’t bother us much. I do not say we ignore it completely; it doesn’t bother us that much. And even after enlightenment, many of our illnesses just disappear; it is not miracles. It is because our super-power Self awakens and regulates some of the misconstructing part in our body and destroys it. So, many people found themselves with no more cancer, and even though they were already put on the operating table, and anesthetic needles were already admitted to them, then the doctors found to their amazement that there was no more cancer there, so they were pushed outside again. So we don’t ignore the illness; illness seems to ignore enlightened people.
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-27   430 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-27

Selections from The World’s Advance Thought – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Selections from The World’s Advance Thought – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We now share with you selections from the periodical – The World’s Advance Thought. “Of the three great evils in the world, flesh-eating, liquor-drinking and tabacco-using, the eating of flesh is the only one directly based upon cruelty and murder (the greatest crimes in the calendar); it is the only one of the three, above mentioned, that makes an inferno of the happy lives of innocent animals; that starves countless numbers of them in winter’s freezing weather; and brutally inflicts nameless tortures and torments upon them in transporting them to the slaughterhouses by sea and land in summer’s stifling heat. Now we wish to speak of the agonizing, torturing results to those, who disregarding these unspeakable happenings, eat the murdered flesh of these creatures, done most brutally to their death with all this long agony and fear upon them.” “There can be no excuse in this enlightened age for the flesh-eating habit to continue. The Truth that ‘sets free’ is now everywhere known, and it is the only thing that must be put in practice to wipe out forever the error that destroys – else the fearful price must be paid. If you have no regard for the harmony and happiness of lesser forms of life, there is no power in the Universe that has any regard for the harmony and happiness of your life. ‘As ye give, ye receive.’ And the hades, O Humanity, you have made of the lives of animals (equally the handiwork of God with your own) is returned to you with its increases, in diseases, disasters, war and their wholesale horrors, terrors and destruction.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-18   274 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-18

From Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 3, Part 7 of 8

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From Buddhism's Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 3, Part 7 of 8

If you and the others are capable of believing and accepting my words, then all of you are certain to attain the Buddha way. This vehicle is subtle, wonderful, foremost in purity; throughout all worlds it stands unsurpassed. “I tell you, Sariputra, you and the others are all my children, and I am a father to you. For repeated kalpas you have burned in the flames of manifold sufferings, but I will save you all and cause you to escape from the threefold world.” This Lotus Sutra is preached for those with profound wisdom.
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-10   2366 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-05-10

How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 3

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How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 3

Born in 1861, Dr Rudolf Steiner was a great Austrian polymath, a philosopher and scientist who made influential contributions in the fields of education, science, spirituality, and medicine. Today we’ll read a passage from Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s book “The Way of Initiation,” in which he shares his deep inner realizations on how we are all capable of discovering the inner knowledge and treasures of the Spirit. “In the first place, he who strives earnestly after the higher knowledge need not be afraid of any difficulty or obstacle in his search for an Initiate who shall be able to lead him into the profounder secrets of the world. For it is a strict law with all Initiates to withhold from no man the knowledge that is due him. But there is an equally strict law which insists that no one shall receive any occult knowledge until he is worthy and well prepared.”
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-13   396 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-02-13

The Ultimate Fortune of Meeting a Perfect Living Master: Interview with Ishwar Puri Ji, Part 1 of 4

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The Ultimate Fortune of Meeting a Perfect Living Master: Interview with Ishwar Puri Ji, Part 1 of 4

The teachings of Great Master are not a religion at all. It’s good for every religion of the world. It’s a way to discover your own Self. And every religion wants us to discover the Truth about our own Self. Therefore, you cannot call the Path of the Masters or Sant Mat, taught by Great Master Hazur Maharaj Baba Sawan Singh, a religion. He Himself said it is not a religion, and His followers included members of every religion of the world, including those who did not believe in religion. Even atheists were followers of Great Master.
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-13   2303 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-13

Tao Te Ching – The Enlightened Way of Lao Tzu, Part 1 of 2

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Tao Te Ching – The Enlightened Way of Lao Tzu, Part 1 of 2

Lao Tzu said that, “this kind of person will constantly retain the excellence of his nature all the time. He became the child again; free from all flaws, from all stains. This is a man, a woman, who has attained the Tao.” Yes, who has been enlightened. So with this essay, Lao Tzu wanted to tell His disciples how to act, how to behave, how to distinguish a person who has attained the Tao. He will look like this; very strong, very powerful, very wise, yet very simple, very humble, very ordinary. You don’t boast about it, because the man, after he attains enlightenment, for him, it’s simple like breathing. It’s very simple and natural to them anyway.
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-18   1913 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-03-18

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.
Words of Wisdom
2018-04-26   1948 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-04-26

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

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

“Ananda, the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata has cultivated countless Bodhisattva practices, employed countless skillful means, and made countless far-reaching vows.” “In order to help the patient recover, you should uphold the Eight precepts for seven days and seven nights, make offerings of food, drinks, and other necessities to monks and nuns in accordance with your means, you should pay homage and make offerings to the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata from day to night and recite this sutra forty-nine times. …Furthermore, you should release forty-nine species of animals. The patient may then escape danger and will not be under the sway of evil demons, nor subject to untimely death.” “Those of you who wish to repay the benevolence and the virtues of the World Honored Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata, should always benefit and bring joy to all sentient beings in this way.”
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-16   345 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-11-16
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