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Selections from “Harmony of All Religions” – Chapter 7: Santmat – The Path of the Masters, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “Harmony of All Religions” – Chapter 7: Santmat – The Path of the Masters, Part 1 of 2

Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj is a renowned Saint who was the fourth Guru in the Sant Mat lineage of great spiritual Masters that include Sant Tulsi Sahib, Baba Devi Sahab, and Maharishi Mehi Paramhans Ji Maharaj. “Harmony of All Religions” (“Sarvadharma Samanvy”), by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, explores the inner Heavenly Light and Sound meditation practice as it is found in the great world religions of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikh, Islam, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the Sant Mat tradition. We will now share with you excerpts from “Chapter 7: Santmat” of the book “Harmony of All Religions.” “Santmat, the Way of Sages, is also referred to as the path of Saints, the teachings of Saints, and as the conviction of Saints and Sages. It is neither a new religion nor a new group of an existing religion. Santmat is not a new philosophical conviction, or even a new interpretation of a religious tradition. Santmat was not founded by any particular Sage or Saint, although it respects all equally. Further, Santmat represents the eternal wisdom and method and is in accordance with the ancient Vedas.” “Santmat is a pure spiritual tradition. The teachings of Santmat integrate devotion to God with inner subtle knowledge and yogic disciplines. It has been spoken about by many of the Saints.” “Santmat proclaims that the teachings of Saints and the essential knowledge expounded by the Vedas are identical. As well, the Sages and great Saints of ancient times taught the same message about the Divine as the Saints of today. These teachings of the Saints are the same as the knowledge found in the Vedas. The present need is to examine these statements closely and to experience the Truth within.” “However, as the Saints tell us, even if we acquire all these physical possessions — status, fame, or wealth — we are still unable to attain true peace, joy and happiness. The peace we seek is not found in the outer material world but only in the inner world of the soul.”
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2020-07-29   273 vizionări
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2020-07-29

Selections from “Harmony of All Religions” – Chapter 7: Santmat – The Path of the Masters, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “Harmony of All Religions” – Chapter 7: Santmat – The Path of the Masters, Part 2 of 2

We will now share with you excerpts from “Chapter 7: Santmat” of the book “Harmony of All Religions.”“By practicing devotion through these four techniques — Manas Japa (recitation of the divine name), Manas Dhyana (focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner divine sounds) — the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, light, and sound which cloak the Supreme Truth — the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine.” “Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.” “The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: Trust and belief in the Divine; commitment to seek the Divine within; devotion and service to a sadguru, spiritual Master; satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and dhyana, diligent meditation practice.” “When viewed on the surface, the teachings of various Saints sometimes seem to contradict one another [or even to contradict the principles of the Upanishads]. But upon deeper analysis, it becomes apparent that there is an unbreakable unity in the spiritual views of all Saints. Saints have appeared in different times and in different places, and Their followers name Their tradition in respect to the particular Saint [for example, Kabir Panth and Dadu Panth]. The apparent differences can be attributed to variations in time, place, language, and labels given to the views, but in reality, they are the same. When sectarianism and the forms of the particular time or place of the teachings of a Saint are removed, the basic principles of Santmat are in unity.” “In the “Bhagavad Gita,” Lord Krishna states: ‘Whatever is Truth always exists and is never non-existent. That which is non-Truth has no existence whatsoever.’” “Maharishi Mehi Paramahans Ji asks his aspirants to perform both kinds of satsang: ‘Each day strive to do both kinds of satsang: inner and outer. Outer satsang is listening to the teachings of great saints and studying the sacred texts. Inner satsang is the practice of one-pointed meditation.’”
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2020-07-30   370 vizionări
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2020-07-30

Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 1 of 2

Hilda Charlton’s early life was spent in the United Kingdom and the United States. As a young adult, Hilda began performing professionally as a classical and sacred dancer. She said that performances such as the “Dance of Angkor Wat” were intended to help awaken the Divine in others. In response to a yearning for her own deeper connection with God, Hilda Charlton traveled to India where she meditated and studied with Masters such as Bhagavan Nityananda and Jagadguru Sathya Sai Baba. “Pioneers of the Soul” is a collection of Hilda Charlton’s lectures delivered in New York City at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Their topics included upcoming changes on our planet, the power of the Divine, tips for spiritual development, and more. We now share with you an excerpt from “Chapter Two – The Real You” in “Pioneers of the Soul.” “‘Hurt not the Earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.’” “That’s what it says in Genesis. The world is better than good. It is only people that are the trouble, so let’s change the world back to what God intended by changing our little bit — ourselves. We are responsible for our little bit. That is your duty in this life; that is why you came down at this very, very special time, as the changes lead into the millennium.” “How can I awaken you deep inside to the fact that within a mere twelve or thirteen years, not one item on the Earth will be the same — not education, not economics, not medicine, nothing will be the same, nothing in the world. I plead with you, let us start the new life expected of us right now — a life of unconditional love and trust.” “Everyone who takes Their teachings seriously — and I repeat this in the name of Count Saint Germaine and Master Hilarion — everyone who takes Their teachings seriously is being watched and helped by them in these hard times. Beloveds, you can’t beat this game down here. You can’t beat it your own way, particularly at this time, because God has written a script and is now having auditions for those who are to play the parts. So start practicing and rehearsing your parts and be adept at God’s way of acting out life.”
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2020-07-31   226 vizionări
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2020-07-31

Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 2 of 2

Nu sunt aici să vă demonstrez că sunt bună sau rea. Sunt aici să vă spun că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni, şi dacă urmaţi instrucţiunile mele, veţi simiţi, veţi vedea, veţi şti că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni ... Veţi simţi că voi sunteţi minunaţi, că îl cunoaşteţi pe Dumnezeu.
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2020-08-01   310 vizionări
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2020-08-01

The End Times – From the Book of Revelation, Holy Bible: Part 1 of 2

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The End Times – From the Book of Revelation, Holy Bible: Part 1 of 2

Meditaţia nu schimbă lumea, vă shimbă pe voi, şi atunci, dacă fiecare se schimbă ei înşişi, lumea ajunge liniştită. Noi facem război pentru că noi nu suntem împăcaţi cu noi înşine, pentru că nu putem să ştim că persoana de lângă noi este Dumnezeu, nu putem realiza că noi suntem Dumnezeu şi nu putem realiza că cel pe care-l ucidem, îl împuşcăm, îl torturăm, este Dumnezeu la fel, şi de
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2020-08-03   416 vizionări
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2020-08-03

The End Times – From the Book of Revelation, Holy Bible: Part 2 of 2

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The End Times – From the Book of Revelation, Holy Bible: Part 2 of 2

Voi ştiţi, natura sufletului nu este că „eu sunt aici şi am un suflet aici”, nu este aşa! Sufletul meu este mai mare decât doar ce este aici. Eu aş putea fi peste tot aici, poate totul sunt eu, dar arată diferit. Nu este ca şi cum, bine: „Dumnezeu este unul şi toţi sunt una cu Dumnezeu”, nu în sensul acesta. Este în sensul că o persoană poate avea un suflet mare care cuprinde mul
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2020-08-04   429 vizionări
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2020-08-04

Selections from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book “Pathway to God” – Meditation and Dedication, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book “Pathway to God” – Meditation and Dedication, Part 1 of 2

Eu sunt doar una, dar cu toţii simţiţi că vă iubesc numai pe voi, iubire destulă, sau am iubire destulă pentru toţi. Este din cauză că noi practicăm calea iubirii, şi noi se întâmplă să ştim cum să avem suficient. La fel cum ştim să economisim bani să devenim mai bogaţi, nu pentru că voi câştigaţi bani mai mulţi, dar nu neapărat, însă economisiţi mai mult.
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2020-08-05   402 vizionări
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Selections from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book “Pathway to God” – Meditation and Dedication, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book “Pathway to God” – Meditation and Dedication, Part 2 of 2

Odată ce sunteţi frumoşi în interior, oamenii vă văd frumoşi şi la exterior, aşa este în mod normal, da! Dar continuaţi cu practica voastră. Viaţa voastră devine din ce în ce mai bună, nu mai trebuie să vă spun. Eu vă spun doar că în cazul că cineva nu vă cunoaşte încă, ei pot verifica cu voi. Viaţa voastră este un exemplu de iubire şi de binecuvântare spirituală, nu mai trebuie să
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2020-08-06   271 vizionări
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2020-08-06

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings," Part 1 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 1 of 2

Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa was also known by the honorific title Je Rinpoche. Along with founding the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa also wrote several books, including “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.” This volume highlights a unified message from all Buddhist teachings as well as explaining how to put them into practice. Now we are going to present selections from Chapter 3 of “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings.” How to Listen to a Teaching in Which Both the Teaching and Its Author Are Great: 1. Contemplating the Benefits of Hearing the Teaching “The ‘Verses about Hearing’ in the ‘Collection of Indicative Verses’ says: ‘Through hearing, phenomena are understood. Through hearing, wrongdoing is overcome. Through hearing, what is meaningless is eliminated. Through hearing, Nirvana is attained.’” “Also, the ‘Garland of Birth Stories’ says: ‘Through hearing, you become faithful And your delight in virtue becomes steadfast; Wisdom arises and delusion will vanish — This is worth buying even with your flesh. Hearing is a lamp that dispels the darkness of delusion. The supreme wealth that cannot be carried off by thieves, A weapon that vanquishes the foe of confusion; IT IS THE BEST OF FRIENDS, REVEALING PERSONAL INSTRUCTIONS, THE TECHNIQUES OF METHOD. It is the friend who does not desert you in times of need, A harmless medicine for the illness of sorrow. The supreme battalion to vanquish the troops of great misdeeds. It is the best fame, glory, and treasure. It is the supreme gift when you meet with noble beings. Among an assemblage, it delights the wise.’” 2. Developing Reverence for the Teaching and the Instructor “‘The Sutra of Ksitigarbha’ says: ‘Listen to the teachings with one-pointed faith and respect. Do not censure or deride the speaker; Honor your instructors — Develop the idea that they are like a Buddha. Thus, as this says, view the instructor as being like a Buddha. Eliminate disrespect; honor him or her with homage and goods by offering a lion throne and the like...’” 3. How You Actually Listen Abandoning the Three Faults of a Vessel “Similarly, even though you are staying in a place where the teachings are being explained, there is no great purpose in your hearing the teachings if you do not pay attention; or, though paying attention, misunderstand what is heard or listen with a bad motivation such as attachment; or, though lacking these faults, do not solidify the words and meanings taken in at the time of hearing but let them fade due to forgetting them and so forth. Therefore, free yourself from all of these faults. The remedies for these three faults are indicated in the sutras in three phases: ‘Listen well, thoroughly, and hold it in mind!’ Moreover, as the ‘Bodhisattva Levels’ sets forth, listen while wanting to understand everything, staying one-pointed, attentive, with your mind focused, and reflecting with complete composure.”
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2020-08-07   336 vizionări
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2020-08-07

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   384 vizionări
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2020-08-08

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   233 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   232 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   304 vizionări
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2020-08-12

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   293 vizionări
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2020-08-13

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   184 vizionări
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2020-08-14

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   434 vizionări
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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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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   288 vizionări
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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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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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