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Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

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Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

In today’s program, we are going to explore the meaning of the Mayan signs governing each day of the Mayan months. Don Carlos Barrios wrote the following about the significance of the 13 months in the Cholq’ij calendar: The 13 numbers are conceptualized similar to a pyramid. From numbers 1 to 7 we are climbing with much effort. At the number 8 we are in a position where perfect harmony is possible and on the top of the pyramid, and 9 to 13 is directed downhill, creating more ease with the energies, as they are no longer so forceful in developing us. This varies slightly between men and women: for men, 8 is considered to be the top of the pyramid as they are considered to typically be more balanced physically and have to struggle more to reach the spiritual levels than women, where 9 is the top of the pyramid, where they are typically thought to be slightly less stable in the physical realms but have an easier time accessing the spiritual. “Our Grandfathers warn that this ancient tradition is not to be treated as a curiosity, not to be indulged in as a form of entertainment, and not to be used selfishly. Instead, it should guide our growth on all levels - physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. Mayan life and spirituality are built on understanding and using the following signs, which governed the Classic Mayan world and have been preserved by our traditional Elders. On August 17, 1992, the planet entered a new cycle, one of comprehension, wisdom, and harmony. This new cycle is a time of great change in the world’s social and economic structure. For this reason, the doors of Mayan wisdom are being opened to humankind. Now that the period of darkness has ended, the Elders have resolved to publish the Mayan signs as an instrumental way of understanding our true purpose. The hope is that everyone will orient their life based on their sign and follow Saq B’e (the White Road). Respect for historical accuracy is one of the strictest and most important rules: not a single word is ever added to or removed from our texts or oral tradition. This book (The Book of Destiny) is a commitment to reality - that is, to our Grandfathers’ vision. Although as human beings we have many limitations, we can find a way to overcome them in the depth and transcendence to be found in these signs. The task of using the signs in one’s personal life, however, requires a real desire to conform to a new way of life that balances technology and harmony with nature.”
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2020-08-31   906 vizionări
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2020-08-31

Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 3 of 3

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Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 3 of 3

(Master, I have a silly question.) (Buddhism originated from India. But not many Indian people believe in Buddhism. There are so many religions in India. Why can’t they be unified?) That’s why we are showing all religions on our TV for everyone to have an understanding of them. (There are so many religions in the world. The primary teaching of all religions is always love and peace.) And they are not in peace. (Why are there so many religions?) Yes. (And they have conflicts with each other.) India is truly a religiously developed country. (Yes.) Many Masters come and go. Even Shakyamuni Buddha was also there. Jesus Christ also studied for some time in India. (Yes.) Anyways, India is there to safeguard the ambience of religions. Therefore, many enlightened Masters came. For instance, after the Sikh Master left, there was Sikhism. There was no Sikhism in the first place. (Yes.) When Krishna was there, then people became Krishna’s followers and believers. It has always been like this. That’s why there are so many religions. Why are there so many? Because many Masters come and go. Probably after I leave, there’ll be a Chinghai-ism! (Master, may I ask You one thing? Why do I shed tears every time I hear the chanting of Quan Yin Bodhisattva’s name? What’s the reason for that?) Shedding tears means you’re touched. (Shedding tears means that I was touched?) Sometimes, if our hearts are simple and pure, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Saints, and enlightened Masters bless the world all the time. They bless everybody. They have no discrimination and will not say, “You’re bad. I don’t bless you. I’ll bless you if you’re good.” No. It’s just that if we’re good, our hearts will be simpler. Then it’s easier to receive Their blessing power. Similarly, if your heart is pure, you can accept the blessing power of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and that’s why your soul sheds tears. It’s not your mind. Your mind cannot understand. It’s your soul. (Oh!) Your soul was touched. Your soul was cleansed and became a little bit cleaner. That’s why you shed tears, because your soul was touched. And the most important thing is that we have to make decisions with our own wisdom. (Yes.) Not by worshipping some places, or to rely on some Masters telling us what to do. We have to develop ourselves. That is the safest and most secure way.
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2020-08-29   681 vizionări
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2020-08-29

Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 2 of 3

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Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 2 of 3

“I could only do it with the blessing of God. I could only do it because I had the chance. Many people also wanted to do it, but they didn’t have the chance. I'm doing some different job from inside. I’m taking care of Heaven’s job. I don't mind much about the world. If you take care of heavenly work well, then the world will also change. If I take good care of it inside, the world will also be affected. The priority is inside, working with Heaven. Then the world will also be OK. (But do You feel that the world will come to an end somehow?) No. (No? You don’t believe it.) Not yet. We'll be OK. Not yet. This world would end one day. Within the Three Worlds, nothing is eternal. From the highest one, which we call Brahma God, to the Second World, to the Asura World, and our world. These four worlds are not eternal. But while we are here, we can protect it. And we can persuade people in the world that if they do good deeds and get along with each other in a kind and peaceful way, the world would last longer and be more beautiful and peaceful. It all depends on what we do.” “While we are still here, we try to bring more happiness to the world and less suffering. Then they will have time to practice spiritually. If they practice, they will go to a better place when they leave the world. Whether the world ends or not, we just make sure that we do not come to an end. (First practice well.) Yes. Cultivate yourself, manage your family, govern the country, and pacify the world. Anyways… Politicians also need to practice spiritually, otherwise, we may not be able to make a clear decision. That’s why our world is so chaotic, because many politicians do not practice well. (Yes.) They did not cultivate themselves. They are not even vegetarians. Gobbling down meat and alcohol day and night. Our body and mind cannot bear it. And when the body is not healthy and the mind is not clear, we cannot do anything well. That’s how it is. That’s why ancient sages advised us to cultivate ourselves before we can govern the country. Just like the way our vice president is cultivating herself. In the Buddhist sutras, it is said that if someone comes from a noble family with fame and fortune and practices spiritually, they must be Bodhisattvas incarnate. They are not ordinary people.”
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2020-08-28   750 vizionări
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2020-08-28

Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 1 of 3

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Supreme Master Ching Hai (vegan) Meets the Former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien (vegetarian), and Distinguished Guests, Part 1 of 3

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the New Land Ashram in Taiwan, also known as Formosa, our Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai met with the former Vice President of Taiwan (Formosa), Her Excellency Lu Hsiu-Lien and guests. “War is the most painful thing to humankind, the most… (I think it’s the most stupid thing.) That’s right. The most foolish action. Whatever happens, we all can talk and communicate with each other. (That’s right.) Why use guns? Many people would die because of guns. And then the economy of that country would collapse. Many companies from abroad would be scared. They wouldn’t set up business there, or they would withdraw the business. Therefore, war is bad for everybody. It’s the worst for a country. It’s even worse for the citizens. Children, girls, and all innocent people would be killed. (Yes.) There’s nothing good about it.” “Yes. I grew up in a war. So I feel unpleasant when I talk about it. (You’d feel their pain.) It’s very painful. I feel other people’s pain. People suffer too much in war. They can’t work. They can’t till their lands, either. And children can’t go to school or grow up well. (Yes.) It’s harmful to everybody, especially children. Women are also very helpless. They are greatly harmed by war. And it causes a lot of casualties.” “Whatever we want to achieve, it also depends on our own merits. We depend not only on abilities or vision, but also on merits. It also depends on the merits of those around us, those who support us and the country. (Yes.) Yeah. That’s why we can only do our utmost. Whatever we do, we just do our best. (Yes.) (OK.) And then it’ll depend on the destiny of the country.” “I teach them more profound things. If they meditated, they would be able to accept it more. (The mind is pacified.) Yes, more meditation is beneficial to the country, and to the world. Just talking is not very useful. It’s only good for the mind. Meditation reaches our original true Master, who comes out to help the world. It’s our original Self, our Buddha Nature. Spoken words are only for the mind.” “Our TV program encompasses everything, including Catholicism, Taoism, including Catholicism, Taoism, and Buddhism, so that religions can understand each other and stop competing, praising their own religion and criticizing other religions. If we really spend time to research, the teachings of all religions are similar. (Master is very open-minded.) So, we provide information for people to understand and to reduce fighting.”
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2020-08-27   1006 vizionări
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2020-08-27

Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 2 of 2

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Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 2 of 2

Let us now continue with the reading of Omar Khayyam’s fascinating and thought-provoking poetry, from the collection “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” It is important for one to know about the twofold meanings of Khayyam’s poetry, as he invites the reader to make the connection between the inner and the outer. By using earthy figurative expressions, he beautifully paints the more subtle perceptions of the soul. “I think the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer’d, once did live, And drink; and Ah! the cold Lip I kiss’d How many Kisses might it take - and give!” “And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press End in what All begins and ends in — Yes; Think then you are TODAY what YESTERDAY You were — TO-MORROW you shall not be less.” “While the Rose blows along the River Brink, With old Khayyam the Ruby Vintage drink And when the Angel with his darker Draught Draws up to Thee — take that and do not shrink.” “When you and I behind the Veil are past O, but the long, long while the World shall last, Which of our Coming and Departure heeds As the Sea’s self should heed a pebble-cast.” “Would you that Spangle of Existence spend About THE SECRET — quick about it, Friend! A Hair perhaps divides the False and True — And upon what, prithee, may life depend?” “Whose secret Presence, through Creation’s veins Running Quicksilver-like eludes your pains; Taking all shapes from Mah to Mahi; and They change and perish all — but He remains.” “But if in vain, down on the stubborn floor Of Earth, and up to Heav’n’s unopening Door You gaze TODAY, while You are You — how then TOMORROW when You shall be You no more?” “Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit Of This and That endeavour and dispute; Better be merry with the fruitful grape Than sadden after none, or bitter fruit.” “The Grape that can with Logic absolute The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute: The subtle Alchemist that [can] in a Trice Life’s leaden Metal into Gold transmute:” “But leave the Wise to wrangle, and with me The Quarrel of the Universe let be: And, in some corner of the Hubbub coucht, Make Game of that which makes as much of Thee.” “I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must, Scared by some After-reckoning ta’en on trust, Or lured with Hope of some Diviner Drink, To fill the Cup — when crumbled into Dust!” “Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the Road, Which to discover we must travel too.” “The Revelations of Devout and Learn’d Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn’d, Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep They told their fellows, and to Sleep return’d.” “I sent my Soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that After-life to spell: And by and by my Soul return’d to me, And answer’d ‘I Myself am Heav’n and Hell’:” “YESTERDAY This Day’s Madness did prepare; TO-MORROW’S Silence, Triumph, or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.” “Ah Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire To grasp the sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits – and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!”
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2020-08-26   330 vizionări
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2020-08-26

Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 1 of 2

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Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 1 of 2

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and a poet. Omar Khayyam was born in 1048, in Nishabur, present-day Iran, where he received his education, which he later continued when he moved to Samarkand, in today’s Uzbekistan. A famous invention of his is the Jalali calendar, which became a base for other later calendars, and is considered to be more accurate than the Gregorian one. Yet, the most familiar of Omar Khayyam’s milestones in the West rests upon his collection of more than a thousand poems. In the 19th century, the verses were found and translated for the first time into English by the English poet and writer Edward FitzGerald, who named the edition, “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” “rubaiyat” meaning “quatrains.” The first edition of the poetry was published in 1859, in London. The rhymed verses reveal a poet who was in deep contemplation in search of the truth, about the nature of reality, the universe, and the depth of the human spirit. Today, we will have a glimpse of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, where the author’s symbolic expressions make the ineffable and abstract inner life revelations easier to comprehend. The most common metaphor used in this poetry collection is “wine,” which represents the vintage of divine “intoxication,” a state of pure bliss of the soul, while in meditation on the Most High. “Iram indeed is gone with all its Rose, And Jamshyd’s Sev’n-ring’d Cup where no-one knows;” “But still the Vine her ancient Ruby yields, And still a Garden by the Water blows.” “Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse — and Thou Beside me singing in the wilderness — And Wilderness is Paradise enow.” “‘How sweet is mortal Sovranty!’ – think some: Others – ‘How blest the Paradise to come!’ Ah, take the Cash and let the Credit go Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!” “Were it not Folly, Spider-like to spin The Thread of present Life away to win What? For ourselves who know not if we shall Breathe out the very Breath we now breathe in!” “Why, all the Saints and Sages who discuss’d Of the Two Worlds so learnedly, are thrust Like foolish Prophets forth; their Words to Scorn Are scatter’d, and their mouths are stopt with Dust.” “There was a Door to which I found no Key: There was a Veil past which I could not see: Some little talk awhile of ME and THEE There seem’d - and then no more of THEE and ME.” “Then of the THEE IN ME who works behind The Veil, I lifted up my hands to find A Lamp amid the Darkness and I heard As from Without – ‘THE ME WITHIN THEE BLIND!’”
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2020-08-25   315 vizionări
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2020-08-25

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 3

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Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 3

The ancient Mayan civilization, known to be one of the most technologically advanced of its time, originated in Central America and southern Mexico several thousand years ago. The Mayan people were highly developed in many fields, such as a hieroglyphic writing system, mathematics, sculpture, and medicine. In “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012,” author Don Carlos Barrios provides us with an account of Mayan tradition that was passed to him by his respected Mayan spiritual mentors. The book covers different aspects of Mayan life and spirituality, including the Mayan cosmo-vision, the Cholq'ij calendar and prophecies of the Mayan people. According to the author, the Maya have 20 different types of calendars. One is the fixed Ab’. “This calendar consists of 360 days plus another five known as the Wayeb, a time for introspection, meditation, and resolutions. During these five days known as the Wayeb, people would shut themselves in their home. They would fast and drink only a beverage made of maize and dedicate their whole time to go back and recapitulate their life. ... This is a very important practice to stay well and in complete harmony with ourselves and with the world that surrounds us.” “Another widely used calendar in the Mayan culture is the Cholq’ij. Mayan Elder Don Pascual explains. The Cholq’ij is mathematically perfect; changes never have been and never will be made to it. Its precision is the result of centuries of observation and study by great Mayan astronomers, astrologers, mathematicians, and wise men. It is the perfect instrument for understanding our purpose in the marvel that is life. It is the best gift our Grandfathers could have left us. -- Don Pascual, Mayan Mam sage.” “Our primary mission is to keep a record of time and count the cycles because they contain the history of the world. Every cycle or fold in the infinite spiral of the great Kan [macrospiral] is an eternal return that results in similar events in the following cycle. This is what makes it possible for us to know our destiny: just as we know the path that the Sun and Grandmother Moon trace as they come and go day after day, so do we as humans come and go. This is the way in which we know how to cast a fortune and predict events.”
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2020-08-24   450 vizionări
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2020-08-24

Pardon for the Greatest Sinners – Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 2 of 2

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Pardon for the Greatest Sinners – Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 2 of 2

“God may now pardon the greatest sinners without any prejudice to the honor of His holiness. Christ having satisfied for sin, God can now love the sinner, and give no countenance at all to sin, however great a sinner he may have been. God may, through Christ, pardon the greatest sinner without any prejudice to the honor of His majesty. The honor of the Divine majesty indeed requires satisfaction; but the sufferings of Christ fully repair the injury. Let the contempt be ever so great, yet if so honorable a person as Christ undertakes to be a Mediator for the offender, and suffers so much for him, it fully repairs the injury done to the Majesty of Heaven and Earth. The sufferings of Christ fully satisfy justice. The justice of God, as the Supreme Governor and Judge of the world, requires the punishment of sin. The Supreme Judge must judge the world according to a rule of justice. God does not show mercy as a judge, but as a sovereign; therefore, His exercise of mercy as a sovereign, and His justice as a judge, must be made consistent one with another; and this is done by the sufferings of Christ, in which sin is punished fully, and justice answered.” “3. Christ will not refuse to save the greatest sinners, who in a right manner come to God for mercy; for this is His work. It is His business to be a Savior of sinners; it is the work upon which He came into the world; and therefore, He will not object to it. He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance, Matthew Chapter 9, Verse 13.” “4. Herein does the glory of grace by the redemption of Christ much consist, in its sufficiency for the pardon of the greatest sinners. The whole contrivance of the way of salvation is for this end, to glorify the free grace of God. God had it on His heart from all eternity to glorify this attribute; and therefore, it is, that the device of saving sinners by Christ was conceived. The greatness of Divine grace appears very much in this, that God by Christ saves the greatest offenders. The greater the guilt of any sinner is, the more glorious and wonderful is the grace manifested in his pardon: Romans Chapter 5, Verse 20, ‘Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.’” “5. Pardon is as much offered and promised to the greatest sinners as any, if they will come aright to God for mercy. The invitations of the gospel are always in universal terms.”
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2020-08-22   254 vizionări
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2020-08-22

Pardon for the Greatest Sinners – Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 1 of 2

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Pardon for the Greatest Sinners – Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 1 of 2

Jonathan Edwards was an acknowledged American philosophical theologian, born in 1703, into the family of notable Congregational ministers, in Connecticut. Jonathan Edwards wrote sermons and theological treatises that emphasized on the absolute sovereignty, as well as the beauty and holiness of God. The theologian contemplated on the divine virtues as an imitation of the loveliness and benevolence of the Creator. We will now reflect on an excerpt from a sermon by Jonathan Edwards entitled, “Pardon for the Greatest Sinners,” that invokes awakening of the soul to the reality of God’s sovereignty and divine law, as well as infinite mercy, which is a protective wing from all our iniquities. “And God allows such a plea as this: for He is moved to mercy towards us by nothing in us but the miserableness of our case. He does not pity sinners because they are worthy, but because they need His pity.” “They must come to God for mercy in and through Jesus Christ alone. All their hope of mercy must be from the consideration of what He is, what He hath done, and what He hath suffered; and that there is no other name given under Heaven, among men, whereby we can be saved, but that of Christ; that He is the Son of God, and the Savior of the world; that His blood cleanses from all sin, and that He is so worthy, that all sinners who are in Him may well be pardoned and accepted.” “But they that come in a right manner have all their hope through Christ, or from the consideration of His redemption, and the sufficiency of it. — If a person thus comes to God for mercy, the greatness of their sins will be no impediment to pardon. Let their sins be ever so many, and great, and aggravated, it will not make God in the least degree more backward to pardon them.” “The mercy of God is as sufficient for the pardon of the greatest sins, as for the least; and that because His mercy is infinite. That which is infinite, is as much above what is great, as it is above what is small. Thus, God being infinitely great, He is as much above kings as He is above beggars; He is as much above the highest angel, as He is above the meanest worm. One finite measure does not come any nearer to the extent of what is infinite than another. — So, the mercy of God being infinite, it must be as sufficient for the pardon of all sin, as of one. If one of the least sins be not beyond the mercy of God, so neither are the greatest, or ten thousand of them.”
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2020-08-21   187 vizionări
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2020-08-21

The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 2 of 2

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The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 2 of 2

We present to you today, excerpts from Book II – Lecture 1, from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Second Book First Lecture The Lotus “Thus, some shameless men becoming monks propagate a Law of their own. And others believe it, put their faith in it, adopt it, (saying:) ‘Well, you speak the truth, O Brahmana, (or) O Sramana! We shall present you with food, drink, spices, with a robe, a bowl, or a broom.’ Some have been induced to honor them, some have made (their proselytes) to honor them. Before (entering an order) they were determined to become Sramanas, houseless, poor monks who would have neither sons nor cattle, to eat only what should be given them by others, and to commit no sins. After having entered their order, they do not cease (from sins), they themselves commit sins, they cause others to commit sins, and they assent to another's committing sins. Thus they are given to pleasures, amusements, and sensual lust; they are greedy, fettered, passionate, covetous, the slaves of love and hate; therefore, they cannot free themselves (from the Circle of Births), nor free anybody else from it, nor free any other of the four kinds of living beings from it.” “Thus, I have treated of the first man (as one who believes that) soul and body are one and the same thing. Now I shall treat of the second man (as one who believes that) everything consists of the five elements.” “Now I shall treat of the third man (who believes that) the Self is the cause of everything. Here in the East, teach this religion well. ‘Here all things have the Self for their cause and their object, they are produced by the Self, they are manifested by the Self, they are intimately connected with the Self, they are bound up in the Self.” “These worthless men entertain such opinions, and believe in them till they cannot return, (down to) amusements. I have treated of the fourth man who believes that Fate is the cause of everything. These four men, differing in intellect, will, character, opinions, taste, undertakings, and plans, have left their former occupations, but have not entered the noble path. They cannot return (to worldly life) nor get beyond it; they stick (as it were) in pleasures and amusements.”
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2020-08-20   311 vizionări
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2020-08-20

The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 1 of 2

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The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 1 of 2

One of the oldest religions in the world is Jainism, 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 nonviolence, is of equally great importance. Thus, with compassion for all life, practitioners of Jainism follow a pure vegetarian or vegan diet. Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken about Lord Mahavira, as during this lecture in Taiwan, also known as Formosa, on June 23, 2019. “I don’t know if anyone in the history of mankind could have done or could be doing or will be doing such an asceticism, such a sacrifice like the Lord Mahavira.” We present to you today, excerpts from Book II – Lecture 1, from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Second Book First Lecture The Lotus “O long-lived (Gambusvamin)! I (Sudharman) have heard the following Discourse from the Venerable (Mahavira). We now come to the Lecture called ‘the Lotus.’” “The Venerable Ascetic Mahavira addressed the crowd of Nirgrantha monks and nuns, and spoke thus: Ah, you long-lived Sramanas! I shall tell, declare, explain, expound, and demonstrate it with its meaning, reasons, and arguments. Thus, I say: O long-lived Sramanas, meaning the world, I spoke of the lotus-pool. Meaning karma, I spoke of the water. Meaning pleasures and amusements, I spoke of the mud. Meaning people in general, I spoke of those many white lotuses, the best of Nymphaeas. Meaning the king, I spoke of the one big white lotus, the best of Nymphaeas. Meaning heretical teachers, I spoke of those four men. Meaning the Law, I spoke of the monk. Meaning the church, I spoke of the bank. Meaning the preaching of the Law, I spoke of (the monk's) voice. Meaning Nirvana, I spoke of (the lotus') flying up. Meaning these things, O long-lived Sramanas, I told this (simile). ‘Upwards from the soles of the feet, downwards from the tips of the hair on the head, within the skin's surface is (what is called) Soul, or what is the same, the Atman. The whole soul lives; when this (body) is dead, it does not live. It lasts as long as the body lasts, it does not outlast the destruction (of the body). With it (namely the body) ends life.” “Those who believe that there is and exists no soul, speak the truth. Those who say that the soul is different from the body, are wrong.”
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2020-08-19   291 vizionări
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2020-08-19

Probation on the Path of Discipleship – by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Probation on the Path of Discipleship – by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with a reading from Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s book “The Way of Initiation,” with excerpts from chapters “The Path of Discipleship” and “Probation.” Here the Austrian philosopher gives the steps needed for the occult student to fulfil a greater spiritual cultivation. “There are, according to esoteric teachers, three steps by which the goal may be attained: 1. Probation. This develops the spiritual senses. 2. Enlightenment. This kindles the spiritual light. 3. Initiation. This establishes intercourse with the higher spiritual beings. The following teachings proceed from a secret tradition, but precise information concerning its nature and its name cannot be given at present. They refer to the three steps which, in the school of this tradition, lead to a certain degree of initiation. But here we shall find only so much of this tradition as may be openly declared. These teachings are extracted from a much deeper and more secret doctrine. In the occult schools themselves a definite course of instruction is followed, and in addition to this there are certain practices which enable the souls of men to attain a conscious intercourse with the spiritual world.” “The beginning of this cultivation is made by directing the attention of the soul to certain events in the world that surrounds us. Such events are the germinating, expanding, and flourishing of life in its myriad forms on the one hand, and, on the other, the fading, decaying, and passing out of life from all things so far as perceptible to the ordinary senses. Wherever we turn our eyes we can observe these things happening simultaneously, and everywhere they naturally evoke in men thoughts and feelings. But under ordinary circumstances a man fails to grasp the importance of these sensations. He hurries on too quickly from impression to impression.” “Yet it must not be thought that we can make much progress if we blunt our senses to the world. For, one must first contemplate these objects as keenly and precisely as possible, and then give up to the sensations that result, and the thoughts that arise within the soul. What is most important is, that one should direct the attention, with perfect inner balance, upon both of these phenomena. If one obtains the necessary quiet and surrenders himself to that which arises in the soul, he will, in due time, experience many wonderful thoughts and feelings, unknown to him before.”
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2020-08-18   265 vizionări
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2020-08-18

Probation on the Path of Discipleship – by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Probation on the Path of Discipleship – by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Born in 1861, Dr. Rudolf Steiner was a great Austrian polymath, philosopher and scientist who made influential contributions in the fields of education, science, spirituality and medicine. He is perhaps best known for pioneering the holistic educational methods for the Waldorf schools. 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: The Philosophy of Freedom.” He developed and taught an esoteric spiritual philosophy called anthroposophy, based on “the science of the spirit.” Today, we will read a passage from the chapter “Path of Discipleship,” in Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s book, “The Way of Initiation.” “This calm contemplation must become a necessity to the student. He is plunged completely into a world of thought, and must develop an earnest desire for calm thinking. He must learn to love the in-pouring of the spirit. Then he will learn to regard this thought-world and its thought-forms as more real than the every-day things which surround him, and he begins to deal with thoughts as with things existing in space.” “He begins to hear voices through the silence. Formerly his ear was the only organ of hearing; now he can listen with his soul. An inner language and an inner voice are revealed to him. It is a moment of supremest ecstasy to the student when this experience first comes to him. An inner light floods the whole external world for him, and he is ‘born anew.’ Through his being passes a current from a divine world, bringing with it divine bliss.” “Those who, by means of meditation, rise to that which unites man with spirit, are bringing to life within them the eternal element which is not limited by birth nor death. Only those who have had no experience for themselves can doubt the existence of this eternal element. Thus, meditation becomes the way by which man also attains to the recognition and contemplation of his eternal, indestructible, essential being. And only through meditation can one attain to such a view of life. Gnosis and Theosophy tell of the eternal nature of this essential being, and of its reincarnation. The question is often asked: ‘Why does a man know nothing of those experiences which lie beyond the borders of birth and death?’ Not thus should we ask, but rather: ‘How may we attain to such knowledge?’ The entrance to the Path is opened by right meditation. This alone can revive the memory of events that lie beyond the borders of birth and death.”
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2020-08-17   240 vizionări
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2020-08-17

From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 3, Part 2 of 2

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From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 3, Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with the timeless insights by Marcus Aurelius in Book 3, from his book entitled, “Meditations.” The Stoic philosopher emphasizes on the preservation of the spirit as substantial, in order to live in accordance with our innate divinity. “The mind of one set straight and purified: no pus, no dirt, no scabs. And not a life cut short by death, like an actor who stops before the play is done, the plot wound up. Neither servility nor arrogance. Neither cringing nor disdain. Neither excuses nor evasions.” “Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small — small as the corner of the Earth in which we live it. Small as even the greatest renown, passed from mouth to mouth by short-lived stick figures, ignorant alike of themselves and those long dead.” “If you do the job in a principled way, with diligence, energy and patience, if you keep yourself free of distractions, and keep the spirit inside you undamaged, as if you might have to give it back at any moment — If you can embrace this without fear or expectation — can find fulfillment in what you’re doing now, as Nature intended, and in superhuman truthfulness (every word, every utterance) — then your life will be happy. No one can prevent that.” “If all the rest is common coin, then what is unique to the good man? To welcome with affection what is sent by fate. Not to stain or disturb the spirit within him with a mess of false beliefs. Instead, to preserve it faithfully, by calmly obeying God — saying nothing untrue, doing nothing unjust. And if the others don’t acknowledge it — this life lived with simplicity, humility, cheerfulness — he doesn’t resent them for it, and isn’t deterred from following the road where it leads: to the end of life. An end to be approached in purity, in serenity, in acceptance, in peaceful unity with what must be.”
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2020-08-15   400 vizionări
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From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 3, Part 1 of 2

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From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: Book 3, Part 1 of 2

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor of the 2nd century, also known as the last of the Five Good Emperors, after Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius. During his 19 years of leadership, Aurelius gained a reputation as a philosopher king. Founding his beliefs on the teachings of Stoicism, the Roman emperor was also diligent in finding his own way of self-improvement. Stoicism is an ancient Hellenistic philosophy that teaches one to accept and surrender to what life brings, without seeking pleasure or having fear of pain, and to treat others in a fair and respectful manner. Marcus Aurelius wrote personal notes and ideas on Stoic philosophy and spirituality as a source of guidance for himself. These notes, originally written in medieval Greek, formed a collection entitled “Meditations.” Today, we will read from Book 3 in Marcus Aurelius’ book entitled, “Meditations.” “Not just that every day more of our life is used up and less and less of it is left, but this too: if we live longer, can we be sure our mind will still be up to understanding the world — to the contemplation that aims at divine and human knowledge? If our mind starts to wander, we’ll still go on breathing, go on eating, imagining things, feeling urges and so on. But getting the most out of ourselves, calculating where our duty lies, analyzing what we hear and see, deciding whether it’s time to call it quits — all the things you need a healthy mind for… all those are gone. So we need to hurry. Not just because we move daily closer to death but also because our understanding — our grasp of the world — may be gone before we get there. “He does only what is his to do, and considers constantly what the world has in store for him — doing his best, and trusting that all is for the best. For we carry our fate with us — and it carries us. He keeps in mind that all rational things are related, and that to care for all human beings is part of being human. Which doesn’t mean we have to share their opinions. We should listen only to those whose lives conform to nature.
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2020-08-14   173 vizionări
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2020-08-14

Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 2 of 2

Today on Words of Wisdom, we invite you to continue with us in Part 2 of “The Seven Portals” from Madame Blavatsky’s “The Voice of the Silence.” THE SEVEN PORTALS “Armed with the key of Charity, of love and tender mercy, thou art secure before the gate of Dâna, the gate that stands at the entrance of the path. The road that leads therethrough is straight and smooth and green. It is like a sunny glade in the dark forest depths, a spot on earth mirrored from Amitabha [Buddha]’s paradise. And to the second gate the way is verdant too. But it is steep and winds up hill; yes, to its rocky top. Grey mists will over-hang its rough and stony height, and all be dark beyond. Be of sure foot, O candidate. In Kshânti’s (Mercy’s) essence bathe thy Soul; for now thou dost approach the portal of that name, the gate of fortitude and patience. Close not thine eyes, nor lose thy sight of Dorje; mâra’s arrows ever smite the man who has not reached Virâga (detachment). Beware of trembling. Beneath the breath of fear the key of Kshânti (Mercy) rusty grows: the rusty key refuses to unlock. The more thou do advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leads on, is lighted by one fire — the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale — and that alone can guide. But once that thou hast passed the gate of Kshânti (Mercy), the third step is taken. Thy body is thy servant. Now, for the fourth prepare, the Portal of temptations which do ensnare the inner man. O fearless Aspirant, look deep within the well of thine own heart, and answer. Know thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows? If thou dost not — then art thou lost. For, on Path fourth, the lightest breeze of passion or desire will stir the steady light upon the pure white walls of Soul. Be of good cheer, O daring pilgrim ‘to the other shore.’ Heed not the whisperings of mâra’s hosts; wave off the tempters, those ill-natured sprites, the jealous lhamayin (evil spirits) in endless space. Hold firm! Thou near now the middle portal, the gate of Woe, with its ten thousand snares. Have mastery over thy thoughts, O striver for perfection, if thou would cross its threshold. Have mastery over thy Soul, O seeker after truths undying, if thou would reach the goal. Thy Soul-gaze center on the One Pure (inner Heavenly) Light, the Light that is free from affection, and use thy golden Key.”
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2020-08-13   280 vizionări
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Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 1 of 2

The 19th-century Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born into a noble family in Ukraine. As a child, young Helena displayed a gift for clairvoyance as well as an interest in metaphysical phenomena. Years later, she traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and India, studying with various teachers and Sufi saints. Following the guidance of an Indian yogi named Mahatma Morya, Madame Blavatsky co-founded the Theosophical Society. Madame Blavatsky wrote several important books on Theosophy, including “Isis Unveiled,” “The Secret Doctrine,” “The Key to Theosophy,” and “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Voice of the Silence” contains excerpts from a sacred Tibetan Buddhist text called “The Book of the Golden Precepts” that Madame Blavatsky discovered while in India and translated herself. Today on Words of Wisdom, we invite you to listen to excerpts of “The Seven Portals” from Madame Blavatsky’s “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Pâramitâ heights are crossed by a still steeper path. Thou hast to fight thy way through portals seven, seven strongholds held by cruel crafty Powers — passions incarnate. Be of good cheer, Disciple; bear in mind the golden rule. Once thou hast passed the gate Srotâpatti, ‘he who the stream hath entered’; once thy foot hath pressed the bed of the Nirvânic stream in this or any future life, thou hast but seven other births before thee, O thou of adamantine Will. Look on. What sees thou before thine eye, O aspirant to god-like Wisdom?” “Thou sees well, Lanoo. These Portals lead the aspirant across the waters on ‘to the other shore’. Each Portal hath a golden key that opens its gate; and these keys are: 1. Dâna, the key of charity and love immortal. 2. Shîla, the key of Harmony in word and act, the key that counterbalances the cause and the effect, and leaves no further room for Karmic action. 3. Kshânti, mercy sweet, that nothing can ruffle. 4. Virâg', indifference to pleasure and to pain, illusion conquered, truth alone perceived. 5. Vîrya, the dauntless energy that fights its way to the supernal Truth, out of the mire of lies terrestrial. 6. Dhyâna, whose golden gate once opened leads the Naljor (Saint) toward the realm of Sat (True Reality) eternal and its ceaseless contemplation. 7. Prajñâ, the key to which makes of a man a god, creating him a Bodhisattva, son of the Dhyânis. Such to the Portals are the golden keys. Before thou can approach the last, O weaver of thy freedom, thou hast to master these Pâramitâs of perfection — the virtues transcendental six and ten in number — along the weary Path.”
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2020-08-12   290 vizionări
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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Menog-i Khrad: Chapters 47- 63, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Menog-i Khrad: Chapters 47- 63, Part 2 of 2

CHAPTER 57 “‘the heaven which is in the place of good thoughts, the place of good words, the place of good deeds, and the perfect supreme heaven of all gloriousness, the path of the spirits and worldly existences, and the Chinwad bridge are produced and allotted through the power of wisdom.’ ‘and Ohrmazd's creatures' thoroughly understanding the nature of heaven and hades, the compassion of Ohrmazd the archangels, and other angels as regards their own creatures, and the devastation and destructiveness of Ahriman and the demons as regards the creatures of Ohrmazd it is possible to comprehend through the more complete power of wisdom. And the good religion of the Mazda-worshippers, the sayings and teaching of the spirits, and the demons' demolishing the worldly body and making it imperceptible by the sight of men are apprehended more fully by means of the most perfect means of wisdom.’ ‘And as to every man whose participation in wisdom is much, his share of Heaven is then much more. Even as to Vishtasp, Zoroaster, Gayomard, and those others whose share of Heaven was much greater on account of much wisdom coming unto them. And as to Yim, Faridoon, Kay Us, and those other rulers who obtained splendor and mightiness from the sacred beings just as the participation of Vishtasp and other rulers in the religion occurred - and their not attaining to the religion, and also as to the times when they have become ungrateful unto their own lord, it was on account of the little coming of wisdom unto them.’” CHAPTER 60 “‘Because it is said, that whoever joins with the good brings good with him, and whoever joins with the bad brings evil just like the wind which, when it comes upon stench, is stench, and when it comes upon perfume,is perfume, it is, therefore, notorious, that he whose business is with the good receives good, and he whose business is with the bad receives evil; but, even then, both are to be considered as an experiment.’” CHAPTER 63 “To be grateful in the world, and to wish happiness for everyone. This is greater and better than every good work, and no commotion whatever is necessary for its performance.”
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2020-08-11   204 vizionări
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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Menog-i Khrad: Chapters 47- 63, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Menog-i Khrad: Chapters 47- 63, Part 1 of 2

Zoroaster was a prophet who lived in ancient Iran around 1800 BC. The teachings that emerged from His visions of God have become known as Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrian theology’s main tenets include the existence of one God and the personal happiness or reward that is the natural outcome of using one’s free will to formulate good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Respecting all life, Zoroaster was Himself a pure vegetarian and forbade all animal sacrifice. His universal philosophy is believed to have influenced Greek thought and major revealed religions of the world. Today, we invite you to listen to excerpts of chapters 47-63 from “Menog-i Khrad” (The Spirit of Wisdom), one of the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism. CHAPTER 47 “It is wisdom which is better than the wealth of every kind which is in the world. It is destiny that is predominant over everyone and everything. CHAPTER 49 “Because, as to the creatures and creations of every kind, that the creator Ohrmazd created for the worldly existence, which are procreative and also which are developable, for every single body there is its own single guardian spirit of a like nature. And the motion of the sun and moon is the special illumination of the world, and the maturing of procreations and growths of all kinds. And the correct keeping of the day, month, and year, summer and winter, spring and autumn, and other calculations and accounts of all kinds which men ought to obtain, perceive, and understand, are more fully defined by means of the setting of the sun and moon.” CHAPTER 52 “For the existence of renunciation of sin, the special thing is this, that one commits no sin voluntarily; and if, through folly, or weakness and ignorance, a sin occurs, he is then in renunciation of sin before the high-priests and the good. And after that, when he does not commit it, then that sin which is committed by him becomes swept from his body; just as the wind which is hasty and mighty, when it comes swift and strong, sweeps so over the plain that it carries away every single blade of grass and anything which is broken in that place.” CHAPTER 57 “The knowledge and sagacity of the worldly existence, the learning and teaching in every profession, and all advancement of temporal beings are through wisdom. The souls of the righteous, in escaping from hades and coming to heaven and the supreme heaven arrive much better by means of the power and protection of wisdom. And it is possible to seek the good living, good repute, and every happiness of people in the worldly existence, through the power of wisdom.”
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2020-08-10   215 vizionări
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Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings," Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings," Part 2 of 2

3. How You Actually Listen Relying on the Six Ideas “Think of the instructor as a doctor. For example, when you are stricken by a severe illness such as a wind or bile disorder, you seek a skilled doctor. Upon consulting your doctor, you are greatly delighted and listen to whatever your doctor says, revering him or her respectfully. Likewise, seek in this way a teacher who imparts the teachings. Once you have found your teacher, venerate your teacher with respect and do what he or she says. While doing this consider it a privilege, not a burden. Think of the instructor's explications as medicine. Just as a sick person has a high regard for the medicine prescribed by a doctor, so too, you should view the instructions and explications that the instructor gives as very important, taking great pains to hold them in high esteem, and not squandering them by lapses such as forgetting them. Think of earnest practice as the way to cure your disease. Likewise, earnestly engage in practice after you have seen that you cannot vanquish such afflictions as attachment without putting into practice the instructions given by the instructor. Think of the Tathagatas as excellent beings. Develop respect by remembering the one who set forth the teaching, the Bhagavan [Buddha]. Wish that the teaching will endure for a long time. Think, ‘How wonderful if, in dependence upon studying such teachings, the Conqueror's teachings would remain in the world for a long time!’ Furthermore, when you explain or hear the teachings, if your mind and the teachings remain separate, then whatever is explained will be inconsequential. Hence, listen in such a way that you determine how these teachings apply to your mind. In brief, develop the spirit of enlightenment, thinking: For the sake of all living beings, I will attain Buddhahood. In order to attain this, I must train in its causes; for this, I must know those causes. For this, it is evident that I must hear the teachings. Therefore, I will listen to the teachings. Remember the benefits of hearing. Eliminate the faults of a vessel, and so forth, and listen with great delight.” How to Explain a Teaching in Which Both the Teaching and Its Author Are Great Contemplating the Benefits of Explaining the Teaching “It is very beneficial to impart the teachings without concern for worldly things — profit, honor, fame, and the like.” Developing Reverence for the Teacher [Shakyamuni Buddha] and the Teaching “When the Bhagavan [Buddha] set forth the Mother of Conquerors [the Prajhaparamita], He performed such acts of respect as arranging the throne himself. Likewise, since the teachings are respected even by Buddhas, when you explain the teachings, be very respectful of the teachings and the Teacher [Shakyamuni Buddha] as well, remembering His good qualities and kindness.”
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2020-08-08   302 vizionări
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