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Selection from the Sangha of Bhikkhu Buddhist Association's Book of Truth, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from the Sangha of Bhikkhu Buddhist Association's Book of Truth, Part 1 of 2

In the 1950s, a religion suddenly appeared in South Âu Lḁc that has its origin in Buddhism. The external form of this religion is similar to the Hinayana discipline - practitioner don a yellow robe and carry an alms bowl. They only eat once a day at noon in order to save time for studying and spiritual practice. This ascetic discipline attracted the interest of many people who came for initiation. Gradually, it developed into today’s Aulacese (Vietnamese) Sangha of Bhikkhu Buddhist Association. The founder of this religion is a young monk whose dharma name is Minh Đăng Quang. He was born as Nguyễn Thành Dḁt in 1923 in Vῑnh Long, South Âu Lḁc (Vietnam). At 15, he became a renunciate to seek the Truth.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-31   1561 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-31

Selection from the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Chapter 2, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Chapter 2, Part 2 of 2

Today we would like to share with you the wisdom of Tsongkhapa - having relied upon an excellent protector, solidify your certainty about the way that all the scriptures are causal factors for one person to become a Buddha. There are those who conclude that any classic text should be considered only an explanatory teaching, therefore lacking the key points for practice. They hold that there are separate personal instructions that teach the core meanings that are the heart of practice. They then imagine that there are two separate forms. Know that this attitude precludes the development of great respect for the stainless sutras and tantras as well as the flawless treatises that comment on their intent.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-29   1547 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-29

Selection from the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Chapter 2, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Chapter 2, Part 1 of 2

We would like to share with you the wisdom of Tsongkhapa. The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment is superior to other systems. Showing the greatness of the teaching in order to engender respect for the instructions. The greatness of the teaching is indicated by four qualities, it elicits in the student: 1. Knowing that all of the teachings are free of contradiction. 2. Coming to understand that all of the scriptures are instructions for practice. 3. Easily finding the Conqueror’s intent. 4. Automatically refraining from great wrongdoing. Here to know that all the teachings are free of contradiction means to understand that they are the path by which one person becomes a Buddha. The path of the perfections is like the center post for the path that leads to Buddhahood. Hence, it is unsuitable to cast it aside.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-28   1467 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-28

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 4 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

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The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 4 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

Must one ask for protection when one is busy meditating? Do we have free will or is everything predestined? Will Tai Chi help me reach a higher level of consciousness as a moving meditation? How does spiritual well-being or mental well-being relate or improve people’s health who have permanent illnesses? Can a person see God directly in meditation? I believe I have bad karma. How do I get rid of it? As an atheist, what are the benefits of Quan Yin to me? Who or what is Quan Yin? How do drugs affect one’s spiritual growth?
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-27   2133 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-27

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

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The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

God is all merciful and compassionate. How do You explain earthquakes, tidal waves, etc.? Your views on reincarnation, worship of ancestors, its benefits, the law of karma, cause and effect, and what do You say is the common thread that could unite all religions? How do we rid ourselves of our ego? Is there such a thing as evil spirits? How can I be and lead a spiritual life coming from a very formal religious Islamic background? How do I know what God expects of me, so as for me to practice and master those requirements? Can Master please explain to me who or what is the source of Her inspiration?
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-26   1732 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-26

The Mercy of God, Part 2 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

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The Mercy of God, Part 2 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

Death should be celebrated, not mourned because that is our final liberation. We will know everything. We will be into everything. We will be everywhere in a fraction of a second. We will have everything that we wish for come true immediately. But in order to prepare for a higher reward than just this, we should learn the art of mastery of our own destiny, of our own future, create our own Heaven, prepare our own future. Because we are the master. We are the children of the Ocean of Love, of God. We have dignity; we should walk like a God, we should act like a God, we should think like a God.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-25   1523 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-25

From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: The Rejected Stone, Read by Virtuous Hristo Madzharov, Part 2 of 2

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From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: The Rejected Stone, Read by Virtuous Hristo Madzharov, Part 2 of 2

The Lord says, “This Divine net will be cast to the end of the world; some will be taken out of the sea on the shore, while others will be cast again into the sea.” We should take a more serious attitude to all problems and consider what kind of people we should be. Everything, every thought, every angel has their role in the cosmos. This way the wheel along which runs the progress of humanity is in motion. They must do the will of God. A store represents what is changeless, constant and permanent. Philosophers will vanish, but the principles of nature will remain invariable.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-22   1484 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-22

The Tradition and Current Practices of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis: An Interview with Dr. Hugh McCague, Part 1 of 2

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The Tradition and Current Practices of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis: An Interview with Dr. Hugh McCague, Part 1 of 2

The symbol of the Rosicrucians is that of a rosy cross, where the cross represents the human body, while the rose represents the individual’s unfolding consciousness. For the Rosicrucians who is referred to a Rose Croix was an enlightened Master, a enlightened being. There are various teachings of the Rosicrucian Order that are private in their nature; however they can be mentioned to people they seem ready and prepared for, and many of these things are known through other spiritual traditions, but the person has to be ready for them to appreciate them.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-14   1405 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-14

Selection from Jainisms Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I Lecture 2: Conquest of the World, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Jainisms Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I Lecture 2: Conquest of the World, Part 2 of 2

We explore the spiritual teaching of Jainism. “Observing the pain of mundane existence, one should not act with violence. This is called the true knowledge and renunciation.” “Then, after a time, he falls in sickness: those with whom he lives together, first grumble at him, and he afterwards grumbles at them. But they cannot help thee or protect thee, nor canst thou help them or protect them. Thus a fool, doing cruel acts, comes ignorantly to grief. Wisely reject hope and desire, and extracting that thorn (i.e. pleasure) thou shouldst act rightly.”“The farsighted one who knows the world, knows its inferior part (hell), its upper part (heaven), its side-long part (the state of brute beasts).”
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-13   1558 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-13

Selection from Jainisms Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I Lecture 2: Conquest of the World, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from Jainisms Holy Akaranga Sutra: Book I Lecture 2: Conquest of the World, Part 1 of 2

One of the oldest religions in the world is Jainism, or traditionally known as Jain Dharma. Originating from ancient India, this philosophy centers around concepts such as right perception, right knowledge and right conduct in the attainment of moksha, or realization of the soul’s true nature. The concept of ahimsa, or non-violence, is of equally great importance. Thus, with compassion for all life, practitioners of Jainism follow a pure vegetarian or vegan diet. Jains follow the ancient wisdom of the 24 Tirthankaras, or prophets, whose teachings comprise the Agam sutras, the religion’s holy scriptures.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-12   1486 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-12

From Judaism's Holy Tanakh: Excerpts from Book of Isaiah, Part 2 of 2

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From Judaism's Holy Tanakh: Excerpts from Book of Isaiah, Part 2 of 2

We have a strong city; walls and bulwarks doth He appoint for salvation. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation that keepeth faithfulness may enter in. The mind stayed on Thee Thou keepest in perfect peace; because it trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for the Lord is God, an everlasting Rock. For He hath brought down them that dwell on high, the lofty city, laying it low, laying it low even to the ground, bringing it even to the dust. The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-11   1349 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-11

From Judaism's Holy Tanakh: Excerpts from Book of Isaiah, Part 1 of 2

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From Judaism's Holy Tanakh: Excerpts from Book of Isaiah, Part 1 of 2

And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a twig shall grow forth out of his roots. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears; But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the land; and he shall smite the land with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-10   1343 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-10

Exploring Sri Aurobindo's Divine Teachings: An Interview with Mr. Ramesh Bijlani, Part 2 of 2

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Exploring Sri Aurobindo's Divine Teachings: An Interview with Mr. Ramesh Bijlani, Part 2 of 2

Sri Aurobindo, yogi, philosopher and poet, was born on August 15, 1872. In Puducherry he founded a community of spiritual seekers, which took shape as the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1926. There he devoted himself for the rest of his life to the development of his “integral” yoga. In that year he entrusted the work of guiding the seekers to his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa, who was called “the Mother” in the ashram. The ashram eventually attracted seekers from many countries throughout the world. Mr. Ramesh Bijlani is a member of Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch Trust, engaging in giving inspirational talks and writing on spiritual subjects.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-08   1439 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-08
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