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Yezidism: A Rich Spiritual Tradition and Its People, Part 2 of 2

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Yezidism: A Rich Spiritual Tradition and Its People, Part 2 of 2

The spiritual life of the Yezidis has been preserved primarily by oral tradition. Therefore, it is a living religion of the spirit which only recently has been recorded into texts. But there are guardians of the sacred textual tradition of Yezidism, and they are called the Qewwals, literally meaning “professionals of the world.” The Qewwals are the interpreters of the sacred textual tradition of Yezidism, touring the communities living some way away from Lalish in Iraq, which is the most sacred place to the Yezidis. In the presence of an image of the Peacock symbolizing the venerated deity Tawusi Melek, the Qewwals preach sermons and sing hymns while playing the holy instruments of Yezidism: the def (tambourine) and shibab (flute).
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-20   1652 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-20

From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – “Milarepa and the Pigeon,” Part 1 of 2

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From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – “Milarepa and the Pigeon,” Part 1 of 2

One of the renowned Masters of this religion is Milarepa. This most famous hero of Tibet lived from 1052 to 1135 and His story of personal redemption has continued to be an inspiration to many generations. Through songs called dohas, Milarepa imparted Divine teachings on spiritual devotion and wisdom. Today, we present to you an excerpt from the holy text of Tibetan Buddhism titled, “The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa,” Milarepa and the Pigeon. The nature of Mind is the (inner Heavenly) Light and the Void. By realizing the awareness of Light-Void, I merge myself in the original state of Non-effort. To good and bad experiences am I indifferent. With a mind of Non-effort, I feel happiness and joy.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-21   1466 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-21

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   1464 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-26

Yezidism: A Rich Spiritual Tradition and Its People, Part 1 of 2

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Yezidism: A Rich Spiritual Tradition and Its People, Part 1 of 2

The Yezidi people are a unique ethno-religious group possessing an ancient and richly elaborate religious tradition. In fact, they believe that all the world’s religions originated from the same primeval faith. Some Yezidis maintain that "Yezidi" translates as "Followers of the true path." It is also very close to the Persian or Zoroastrian word Yazdan, meaning “God,” and Yazata, meaning “divine” or “angelic being.” The Yezidis believe their ancestors were the first people to be created in the Garden of Eden, a large area in present-day Lalish in Iraq.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-19   1367 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-19

Analects of Venerated Buddhist Master Guang Qin, Part 2 of 2

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Analects of Venerated Buddhist Master Guang Qin, Part 2 of 2

Today we are able to see through and become monks, the “seeing through” is important. What exactly do we see through? We see through “the seven affections and five desires.” We do not desire the “appearance, sound, smell, taste, feeling and thought” within the basic necessities of life, and we see through all affections - affections from our parents, affections from our spouse, we have to put them all down! When we are practicing diligently, we have to put down our body and mind completely. Otherwise even if we appear to be sitting there quietly and solemnly, actually we are having all kinds of illusionary thoughts, and it’s difficult to keep focused on the right state of mind.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-17   1338 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-17

Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 2 of 4, March 3, 1992 , Singapore

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Create a Permanent Heaven for Yourself and Later Generations , Part 2 of 4, March 3, 1992 , Singapore

If everyone lives according to what the Bible states, and everyone sees God within, sees the (inner Heavenly) Light of God, the Kingdom of God, hears the (inner Heavenly) Sound, the Word of God or the Buddha Nature, then the world, our world, becomes paradise. Because this (inner Heavenly) Light, this (inner Heavenly) Sound, makes us become Saints, makes us become Buddhas. And the worlds where Buddhas live are Nirvana (the highest paradise); the worlds where the Saints live are Heavens, Kingdom of God.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-27   1133 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-27

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

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

When the Buddha was alive, He had many disciples, and even His disciples could work miracles. And Jesus promised His disciples that whatever He did, they could do the same. Therefore, we owe it to mankind to practice the way Christ did, the way Buddha did. And because I owe it to mankind to attain what I have attained today, I have to share it with you. I am happy to share it with you. Whoever likes to share it, I’m happy to devote my time, my attention, my energy, even my health, my finances to you, without any request in return, except that you work for it for the benefit of yourself and for the world that we live in.
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2019-08-29   1123 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-29

From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – “Milarepa and the Pigeon,” Part 2 of 2

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From the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – “Milarepa and the Pigeon,” Part 2 of 2

I bow down at the feet of Marpa Lho Draug. Oh, Father Guru! Pray grant me Your grace-wave and accomplishment. You, eight beauties of the Deva-realm, Have offered me white rice, the wondrous fruit of Dhyana (a state of deep meditation). Eating it my body is strengthened, and my mind enlivened. As a token of my gratitude, I sing this song of Dharma (True Teaching) to you. Now, lift up your ears, and listen to me carefully. Even though one reaches the highest Heaven of the white Devas, It has no permanent value and meaning! Lovable and touching are those flowers of youth in Heaven. But however pleasant it may seem to be, In the end comes separation. Although the bliss in Heaven seems to be very great, It is merely a deceitful mirage, a bewildering hallucination; In fact, it is the very cause of the return to suffering! Thinking of the miseries of the Six Realms in Samsara (migration and transmigration), I cannot help but have a feeling of disgust and aversion – A feeling of anguish and distressed emotion! Should you intend to practice the teaching of Buddha, You must take refuge in the Three Precious Ones and pray to them. Sentient beings in the Six Realms You should consider as your parents. Give to the poor, and offer to the Guru! For the benefit of all, dedicate your merits.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-22   1001 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-22

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   990 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-28

Cosmic Consciousness – from the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self, Part 2 of 2

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Cosmic Consciousness – from the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self, Part 2 of 2

The Sufis recognize substance or matter as an actuality. It is the outer or physical, material world. It is an attribute of the great unity. It is not as some schools of mysticism and of philosophy affirm, an illusion—a product merely of man’s receptor senses. It is and includes actual substances. Things are as they seem to be. All matter is a negative aspect of this one great unity. The positive aspect or attribute is invisible. It is a higher world, a world which man experiences within himself, the world of soul or spiritual inclination. We, mankind, so the Sufis claim, are an objectification of God, the material form of God, His consciousness clothed in substance.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-24   850 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-24

Cosmic Consciousness – from the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self, Part 1 of 2

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Cosmic Consciousness – from the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self, Part 1 of 2

The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, also known as the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is a worldwide cultural, educational, and philosophical organization that is perpetuating the profound and practical teachings of the Rosicrucians. All being, all reality, no matter what its nature or kind, its form or experience, comprises one unity. God is unknowable in His pure, absolute essence. No human consciousness can embrace God. His manifestations, however, can be known and thus to a degree men can also comprehend God.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-23   800 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-23

From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Lessons on Liberation and Righteousness, Part 1 of 2

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From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Lessons on Liberation and Righteousness, Part 1 of 2

Thoroughly knowing karma, the Venerated One avoids sin. The Sage, perceiving the double karma, proclaims the incomparable activity, He, the knowing one; knowing the current of worldliness, the current of sinfulness, and the impulse. Practicing the sinless abstinence from killing, He did no acts, neither Himself nor with the assistance of others; He to whom women were known as the causes of all sinful acts, He saw the true state of the world. He did not use what had expressly been prepared for Him; He well saw that bondage comes through action. Whatever is sinful, the Venerated One left that undone: He consumed clean food.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-02   714 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-02

Selection from The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo: Chapter XIII - Dawn and the Truth, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo: Chapter XIII - Dawn and the Truth, Part 1 of 2

This higher consciousness is what Sri Aurobindo strived to establish in his life, and then strived to help others around him to realize as well. “The Secret of the Veda” is well received by many as one of the greatest spiritual books. It is a collection of Sri Aurobindo’s various writings on the Rig Veda, its mystic symbolism, with translations of selected hymns. Sri Aurobindo offered an in-depth interpretation of the ancient Vedas made possible through his spiritual practices where he discovered the vivid allegorical descriptions in the Vedas. The hidden meaning of the Veda and its relevance to the Truth seekers seeking for self-realization and enlightenment is ultimately being revealed.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-30   593 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-30

Selection from The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo: Chapter XIII - Dawn and the Truth, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo: Chapter XIII - Dawn and the Truth, Part 2 of 2

The Dawn is the inner dawn which brings to man all the varied fullnesses of his widest being, force, consciousness, joy; it is radiant with its illuminations, it is accompanied by all possible powers and energies, it gives man the full force of vitality so that he can enjoy the infinite delight of that vaster existence. The luminous figure of the Dawn liberates us from the material, ritual, ignorant misunderstanding of the Veda which would lead us stumbling from pitfall to pitfall in a very night of chaos and obscurity; it opens to us the closed door and admits to the heart of the Vedic knowledge.
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-31   591 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-08-31

“The Three Hermits” – A Spiritual Short Story by Tolstoy, Part 2 of 2

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“The Three Hermits” – A Spiritual Short Story by Tolstoy, Part 2 of 2

We welcome you to enjoy this interesting selection from Tolstoy's Short Story – The Three Hermits (continued). The three hermits running upon the water, all gleaming white, their grey beards shining, and quickly approaching the ship. All three as with one voice, began to say: "We have forgotten your teaching, servant of God. Teach us again." The Bishop crossed himself, and leaning over the ship's side, said: "Your own prayer will reach the Lord, men of God. It is not for me to teach you. Pray for us sinners." Then the Bishop bowed low before the old men; and they turned and went back across the sea. And a light shone until daybreak on the spot where they were lost to sight.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-28   553 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-28

From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Lessons on Liberation and Righteousness, Part 2 of 2

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From Jainism’s Holy Akaranga Sutra: Lessons on Liberation and Righteousness, Part 2 of 2

The Venerated One was able to abstain from indulgence of the flesh,Sometimes in the cold season the Venerated One was meditating in the shade. In summer He exposes himself to the heat, He sits squatting in the sun. though never attacked by diseases. Having wisdom, Mahavira committed no sin Himself, nor did He induce others to do so, nor did He consent to the sins of others. He should give up all motions except his own in the thrice-threefold way. He should not lie on sprouts of grass, but inspecting the bare ground he should lie on it. He lives, forsooth, in accordance with wisdom and restraint, and walks free from desire, and with conquered sensuality. He for whom there is no bondage whatever in this world.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-03   534 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-03

“The Three Hermits” – A Spiritual Short Story by Tolstoy, Part 1 of 2

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“The Three Hermits” – A Spiritual Short Story by Tolstoy, Part 1 of 2

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction who wrote the acclaimed novels. He won widespread praise for his exceptional understanding of human nature. His works and ideas about peace and fulfilment of God’s will, greatly influenced 20 th-century leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Three Hermits” is a short story written by Leo Tolstoy in 1885. A very interesting and funny legend about a Bishop who spends an entire day teaching three hermits how to say the “Lord’s Prayer,” only to discover that the three hermits have in fact gained....
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-27   526 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-27

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.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-07   476 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-07

Selection from The Mystics of Islam: Chapter 1 - The Path, Part 1 of 4

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Selection from The Mystics of Islam: Chapter 1 - The Path, Part 1 of 4

The Sufi who sets out to seek God calls himself a ‘traveler’ (salik); he advances by slow ‘stages’ (maqamat) along a ‘path’ (tariqat) to the goal of union with Reality (fana fi ’I-Haqq). The first place in every list of ‘stages’ is occupied by repentance (tawbat). This is the Muslim term for ‘conversion,’ and marks the beginning of a new life. Any Muhammadan director of souls would tell his pupils that to think humbly and remorsefully of one’s sins is a sovereign remedy against spiritual pride, but he himself might very well believe that real repentance consists in forgetting everything except God.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-04   454 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-04

Global Spiritual Movement towards a Vegan Era of Peace and Collaboration: Interview with Rabbi David Rosen, Part 1 of 3

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Global Spiritual Movement towards a Vegan Era of Peace and Collaboration: Interview with Rabbi David Rosen, Part 1 of 3

The Honorable Rabbi David Rosen is one of the most esteemed and dedicated contributors to the advancement of interfaith understanding and peace. For his efforts promoting peaceful interreligious relations, Rabbi Rosen was knighted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and made a Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Rabbi Rosen is a compassionate vegan himself, urging people worldwide to embrace the life-changing diet for our planet’s future as well as our spiritual wellness.
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-05   424 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-09-05
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