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Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 6

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Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 6

We continue the parable today to find out what happens when the prodigal son returns to his father's house…. “World-Honored One, at that time the impoverished son drifted from one kind of employment to another until he came by chance to his father’s house. When the impoverished son saw how great was his father’s power and authority, he was filled with fear and awe and regretted he had ever come to such a place. Having thought in this way, he raced from the spot. At that time the rich old man, spied his son and recognized him immediately. Thereupon he dispatched a bystander to go after the son as quickly as possible and bring him back. The impoverished son, alarmed and fearful, cried out in an angry voice, ‘Why am I being seized?’ The father, observing this from a distance, spoke to the messenger, saying, ‘I have no need of this man. Don’t force him to come here.’ Why did he do that? He knew very well that this was his son, but as a form of expedient means he refrained from saying to anyone, ‘this is my son.’”
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2019-12-31   581 vizionări
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2019-12-31

Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 6

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Buddhism’s Sacred Scripture: The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, Chapter 4, Part 1 of 6

Buddha or Gautama Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni Buddha, was a great extraordinary spiritual Master from ancient India. He then shared the merits of His practice by providing a method for other sentient beings to be freed from the cycle of death and rebirth. One of these cherished records of the Buddha’s teachings is The Sutra of the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma, also known as the Lotus Sutra. Today, we would like to present Chapter 4 - Belief and Understanding of this sutra. “At that time, when the men of lifelong wisdom Subhuti, Mahakatyayana, Mahakashyapa, and Mahamaudgalyayana heard from the Buddha a Dharma (true teaching) that they had never known before, and heard the World-Honored One prophesy that Sariputra would attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi (the highest perfection), their minds were moved as seldom before and they danced for joy. ‘Suddenly we have been able to hear a Dharma (true teaching) that is rarely encountered, something we never expected up to now, and we look upon ourselves as profoundly fortunate.’”
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2019-12-30   434 vizionări
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2019-12-30

The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar’s Genesis, Part 2 of 2

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The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar’s Genesis, Part 2 of 2

Today we continue with the Sefer HaZohar’s chapter entitled “Rabbi Simeon’s Reflections on the Supreme and Its Union with Human Souls.” “Within them are hidden all the great spiritual mysteries and realities that to humanity as at present must remain objects of faith rather than of reason and intellectual perception. Only by the enlightened soul can they become known in its gradual ascension through them on its way to the great and transcendent Being termed The Etermal, The Everlasting One. But this cannot be effected only as it becomes receptive of and imbued with the light and splendor of the Sefirot Binah (Doctrine Intelligence) by which it is brought into union with the Divine and enters into the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.”
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2019-12-28   365 vizionări
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2019-12-28

The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar’s Genesis, Part 1 of 2

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The Divine Compassion – Selection from the Kabbalistic Zohar’s Genesis, Part 1 of 2

Kabbalah is the ancient mystical school of thought of Judaism. Literally meaning “the received,” Kabbalah is also an esoteric method believed to have been revealed to elect saints and preserved by a certain few since the time of the Garden of Eden. Kabbalah aims to explain the relationship between God – the unchanging and eternal Ein Sof (The Infinite), and God’s creation – the mortal and finite universe. One of the most foundational of the Kabbalistic texts is the Sefer HaZohar, a Kabbalistic commentary on the Torah, which means the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Said Rabbi Hiya: “Adam was seen on different occasions by the patriarchs, to whom he confessed and acknowledged his sin and showed them the place where he had enjoyed the Divine light and glory from on high and also where his descendants, the righteous, and those who obeyed the Good Law, through their good deeds now live the Diviner life in the Garden of the Celestial Eden. Then they praised the Lord and said, ‘How excellent is Thy loving kindness, oh God, as a result of which the children of men put their trust in the shadow of Thy Wing.’”
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2019-12-27   307 vizionări
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2019-12-27

De unde vine pacea lăuntrică? Întrebări și răspunsuri partea 3 din 3

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De unde vine pacea lăuntrică? Întrebări și răspunsuri partea 3 din 3

Când Maestra transmite așa numita Quan Yin, Maestra nu vorbește nimic și nu face nimic și nu vă spune vouă să faceți nimic. Este datorită puterii tăcute, a metodei nescrise. De aceea, se numește ”metodă”, dar este o metodă foarte invizibilă, nescrisă, nu folosește limbajul. Dacă sunteți în contact cu această Lumină (Divină) sau cu Sunetul (Divin) al lui Dumnezeu din interior, prin orice mijloc, atunci sunteți în Metoda Quan Yin, atunci aveți același succes ca și practicienii Metodei Quan Yin.
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2019-12-26   381 vizionări
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2019-12-26

From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 2 of 2

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From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 2 of 2

Mencius said: “According to the feelings that come from nature, people will act with goodness. This is what I mean in saying that human nature is good. If someone does evil, it is not the fault of their natural endowment. The feeling of compassion belongs to all men; as does that of shame; and that of reverence and respect; and that of right and wrong. The feeling of compassion implies the principle of benevolence; that of shame implies the principle of righteousness; that of reverence and respect implies the principle of courtesy; and that of right and wrong implies the principle of wisdom. Benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, and wisdom are not infused into us from without. We are certainly furnished with them, but we don’t often think of them. Hence it is said, ‘Seek and you will find them. Neglect and you will lose them.’ … It is said in the Book of Poetry, ‘Heaven gave birth to mankind, and gave each thing its specific laws. People follow the permanent principles and love this admirable virtue.’”
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2019-12-25   300 vizionări
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2019-12-25

From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 1 of 2

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From the Sacred Works of Mencius: Gaozi I - Part 1 of 2

Considered as the basis of Chinese culture, Confucius’ teachings appealed to many Chinese philosophers after His passing. The most famous Confucian thinker was Mencius, who was regarded as the true transmitter of Confucius’ teachings and was influential in the development of Confucianism, which is still practiced to this day. We now present excerpts from the enlightened wisdom of Confucius, through the teachings of Mencius, known as “The Works of Mencius” or “Mengzi.” “The philosopher Gaozi said, ‘Human nature is like whirling water. Open a passage for it to the east, and it will flow to the east; open a passage for it to the west, and it will flow to the west. Human nature is indifferent to good and evil, just as the water is indifferent to the east and west.’ Mencius replied, ‘Water indeed will flow indifferently to the east or west, but will it flow indifferently up or down? …Now by striking water and causing it to leap up, you may make it go over your head, and, by damming and leading it you may force it up a hill; but are such movements according to the nature of water? It is the force applied which causes them. When men are made to do what is not good, their nature is forced to change in this way.’”
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2019-12-24   324 vizionări
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2019-12-24

Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems Published in "On Quantitative Meter"

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Selections from Collected Poems by Sri Aurobindo: Poems Published in "On Quantitative Meter"

India – the home of many great spiritual Masters, one such great figure is the spiritual master, yogi, philosopher, poet and politician Sri Aurobindo, who graced our planet from 1872 to 1950. Sri Aurobindo’s time in political career was dedicated to achieving India’s independence. However, after inner reflection, Sri Aurobindo retired from politics and service to his country. His aspirations turned instead toward the liberation of all humanity. Through the inner knowledge revealed to him during his spiritual practice, Sri Aurobindo began publishing writings full of wisdom. Today, we present to you selected poems from “On Quantitative Meter” is in Part Seven of “Collected Poems,” written by Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry between 1927 and 1947. “O Spirit immortal, Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle. Ascend, single and deathless: Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness, Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little, Leaving the cry and the struggle, Into the Silence for ever.”
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2019-12-23   269 vizionări
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2019-12-23

From Rumi's Fihi Ma Fihi: Discourse 11 - More Selections

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From Rumi's Fihi Ma Fihi: Discourse 11 - More Selections

Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi Rūmī, known simply as Mawlana in Persian and around the world as Rumi, was a poetic genius, a theologian, and an enlightened Master who graced our planet eight centuries ago. The deep and diverse influence of His legacy still remains and continues to awaken the hearts of many beyond all cultures and boundaries. Rumi was heir to the rich literary and cultural heritage of Persia, or ancient Iran, and composed His great mystical poems in the Persian language. "Whoever labors for the glory of God, though both their eyes are sealed, their labor is not lost. Even an atom’s weight of good is not lost. Though all within is dark and veiled, and they do not see how far they have progressed, still in the end they will know. ‘This world is the seed plot of the world to come.’ Whatever they sow here, they will reap in the next world."
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2019-12-21   388 vizionări
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2019-12-21

A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 3 of 3

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A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 3 of 3

Next, Mr. Gaurav Jain discusses the vegan lifestyle and its interrelationship with meditation. "Meditation is relaxing. Relaxing and entering into your own souls. Definitely, you get deep into the meditation when you have compassion. My vegan lifestyle definitely helps me to meditate well. When I have none of these things made from the animal origin, definitely my health is good. I have no health problems for the last 10 years, even not any small problem. Forget about the big problems. So when you have no health problem, you can definitely go deep into the meditation. So, anyone who is watching this – try veganism, and then try meditation. Meditation is part of the spiritual life. As I earlier said, spirituality without compassion has no meaning. Spirituality and veganism, they are just two parts of a single coin."
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2019-12-20   205 vizionări
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2019-12-20

A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 2 of 3

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A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 2 of 3

After serving as a volunteer with the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in India for about 10 years, Mr. Jain saw a need for more protection of birds. Therefore, he started a non-profit organization called Sansthanam Abhay Daanam Charitable Bird Hospital, with the mission to provide medication, food, shelter and care to injured or ill birds and other animals, especially those without caregivers. The Jain teachings of nonviolence run through every aspect of the hospital’s operation. “We have decided: to save one living being, we should not kill another living being, whether or not we are killing another living [being] directly or indirectly. We have made this principle. We do not euthanize the birds. Also we do not give them any meat or dairy products. There are a lot of alternatives we have discovered. We also chant the Namokar Mantra 24 hours.”
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2019-12-19   207 vizionări
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2019-12-19

A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 1 of 3

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A Modern Practitioner of the Ethical Teachings of Jainism: An Interview with Mr. Gaurav Jain, Part 1 of 3

Mr. Gaurav Jain was born into a Jain family that strictly kept a vegetarian diet. Later, as he became more aware of the cruelty involved in the animal livestock industry, Mr. Gaurav Jain fully abandoned milk and proudly become a vegan. First, Mr. Gaurav shares what he has learned from the saints and sages of the Jain tradition. "I feel really proud that I have taken birth in such a religion. The teachings of the Lord Mahavira, who was the 24th Tirthankara (enlightened Master) of Jainism in the recent time. So, His teaching was ‘live and let live.’ You live your own life, and let the others live their own lives. You do not give pain and sufferings for your own living, livelihood, to the other living beings. So, this is ahimsa. The non-violence is the primal, the most important principle under the Jainism. And other things are beyond, like ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), These are some other principles under the Jainism, like we should speak always truth."
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2019-12-18   305 vizionări
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2019-12-18

Song of Realization by Tsongkhapa, Part 2 of 2

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Song of Realization by Tsongkhapa, Part 2 of 2

The teachings of Tibetan Buddhism focus on an awareness of death and the ephemeral nature of life, leading to diligence in meditation and spiritual practice. We now continue with excerpts from “Song of Realization,” an autobiography by the Venerated Master Tsongkhapa describing His own spiritual studies and practice. “With a firm, intense, and enduring faith in Manjusri, Best at banishing the darkness from the disciple’s mind, I prayed that all the teachings might dawn as training, And I applied myself to all the requisite conditions. Thinking this over, how well my destiny was fulfilled! Thank you so much, O Holy Wisdom Treasure! Working in that way, I found a special certainty In the stages of the path of enlightenment, The tradition descended from Nagarjuna and Asanga, And the Transcendent Wisdom, best book on the profound, Dawned as a practical training. …In order to extend enormously my own virtue, And to show the entrance without error in a way appropriate To the many fortunate persons of clear discernment, I wrote this record of my education. By the mass of virtues thus attained, May all beings, through this same procedure, Maintain the unexcelled discipline of the Buddha, And enter the path that pleases all the Victors!”
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2019-12-17   197 vizionări
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2019-12-17

Song of Realization by Tsongkhapa, Part 1 of 2

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Song of Realization by Tsongkhapa, Part 1 of 2

The venerated enlightened Master Tsongkhapa was a religious philosopher and the founder of the Gelug School, meaning the Virtuous Order. Master Tsongkhapa studied the scriptures very thoroughly. After a long period of diligent learning, He wrote many famous works and was determined to revive the original goals and disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism. Strictly emphasizing a pure moral conduct for His disciples, Master Tsongkhapa stated that monks should refrain from killing life and drinking wine. Today we would like to share with you excerpts from "Song of Realization," an autobiography by the Venerated Master Tsongkhapa describing His own spiritual studies and practice. "When one's efforts still are slight, It is said to be best to congratulate others' virtues. In order to gather the momentous stores (of merit and wisdom). And one feels an even greater joy, especially, When free of claims to one's own past virtues, Thinking ‘increase past virtues ever more,’ In order to live up to the impact of the Victor's teaching, Also seeing many other dire necessities - It is excellent, O my mind, When you feel such joy!"
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2019-12-16   469 vizionări
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2019-12-16

From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (October - December), Part 2 of 2

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From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (October - December), Part 2 of 2

NOVEMBER. “Learning clears the mind, and ignorance cobwebs it. Whoso takes good advice is secure from falling; but whoso rejects it, falls into the pit of his own conceit.” DECEMBER. “Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more; Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind.” “The most precious gift received by man on Earth is desire for wisdom. …Do not let accidents disturb, or outward objects engross your thoughts; but keep your mind quiet and disengaged, to be ready to learn something good.”
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2019-12-14   243 vizionări
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2019-12-14

From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (October - December), Part 1 of 2

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From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (October - December), Part 1 of 2

Theosophy, meaning “Divine wisdom,” refers to an experiential knowledge that comes through spiritual, not intellectual, means. The Theosophical Society strived to study this wisdom underlying all the religions and promoted the universal brotherhood of humanity. “Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms” was written by Madame Blavatsky and published in late 1889. With selections from famous scriptures and books to introduce the months, an Oriental precept or axiom is given for each day of the year. OCTOBER. "The consciousness of good, which neither gold, Nor sordid fame, nor hope of heavenly bliss, Can purchase; but a life of resolute good, Unalterable will, quenchless desire Of universal happiness; the heart That beats with it in unison; the brain Whose ever-wakeful wisdom toils to change Reason’s rich stores for its eternal weal."
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2019-12-13   166 vizionări
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2019-12-13

Love of Eternal Summer: Exploring the Spiritual Treasures in Shakespeare’s Works, Part 2 of 2

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Love of Eternal Summer: Exploring the Spiritual Treasures in Shakespeare’s Works, Part 2 of 2

In today's program, we'll continue to explore the spiritual wisdom in Shakespeare's timeless masterpieces. By drawing on the pastoral, Shakespeare reminds city-dwelling audiences of the richly edifying realizations that are born out of being in the great outdoors. "And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything." Shakespeare also applied his unparalleled linguistic talent to enshrine timeless values such as cherishing life, acting with high moral principle, reflecting inwardly, showing clemency, and never losing hope. In his history and tragedy plays, Shakespeare wrote about wars not only to illustrate the ramifications of killing karma, but also to propagate his ideal for a peaceful world.
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2019-12-12   271 vizionări
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2019-12-12

Love of Eternal Summer: Exploring the Spiritual Treasures in Shakespeare’s Works, Part 1 of 2

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Love of Eternal Summer: Exploring the Spiritual Treasures in Shakespeare’s Works, Part 1 of 2

Known as Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare was one of the world’s greatest poets, playwrights, actors, and directors in the Renaissance era. Shakespeare’s lines have the magical effect of enlightening our minds to the truth that we know in our hearts. His beautiful and imaginative expressions give us insights into human life and its ephemeral nature. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. …Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” More crucially, he shows us how with love, wisdom,, and humility, these obstacles can be prevailed over.
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2019-12-11   396 vizionări
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2019-12-11

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections VIII to XV, Part 2 of 2

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Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections VIII to XV, Part 2 of 2

All praise be to Thee, O my God! Thou behold my helplessness and poverty, and bear witness unto my woes and trials. How long wilt Thou abandon me among Thy servants? Suffer me to ascend into Thy presence. The power of Thy might bears me witness! …I beseech Thee, O Thou Who art my Companion in my lowliness, to rain down upon Thy loved ones from the clouds of Thy mercy that which will cause them to be satisfied with Thy pleasure, and will enable them to turn unto Thee and to be detached from all else except Thee. …From everlasting Thou hast been clothed with transcendent greatness and power, with unspeakable majesty and glory. There is no God beside Thee, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving.
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2019-12-10   358 vizionări
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2019-12-10

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections VIII to XV, Part 1 of 2

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Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections VIII to XV, Part 1 of 2

The Bahá’i Faith rests on three core principles: unity of God, unity of religion, and unity of humankind. Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh. "Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! I know not what the water is with which Thou hast created me, or what the fire Thou hast kindled within me, or the clay by which Thou hast kneaded me. The restlessness of every sea hath been stilled, but not the restlessness of this Ocean which moves at the bidding of the winds of Thy will. The flame of every fire hath been extinguished except the Flame which the hands of Thine omnipotence have kindled, and whose radiance Thou hast, by the power of Thy name, shed abroad before all that are in Thy heaven and all that are on Thy earth. As the tribulations deepen, it waxes hotter and hotter. Behold, then, O my God, how Thy Light hath been compassed with the onrushing winds of Thy decree, how the tempests that blow and beat upon it from every side have added to its brightness and increased its splendor. For all this let Thee be praised."
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2019-12-09   247 vizionări
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2019-12-09
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