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On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Venerated Socrates was born in Athens, Greece circa 470 BC. Many people consider him to be the father of Western philosophy. Others think of Him as an insightful teacher and an enlightened Master. We will now read a selected part from Plato's well-known work “Symposium.” The text depicts a gathering of notable men during a banquet, where they exchange philosophical thoughts. In one of the dialogues, Socrates recollects his conversation with the seer and priestess Diotima about the idea and nature of love. In this dialogue with Diotima, where Love is referred to as a “great spirit,” we find the origin of the concept of Platonic love. “For God mingles not with man; but through Love all the communion and converse of God with man, whether awake or asleep, is carried on. The wisdom which understands this is spiritual. Now these spirits or intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.” “The truth of the matter is this: No god is a philosopher or seeker after wisdom, for he is wise already; nor does any man who is wise seek after wisdom. Neither do the ignorant seek after Wisdom. For herein is the evil of ignorance, that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want.”
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2020-05-20   512 vizionări
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2020-05-20

On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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On Love: from Socrates’ Dialogue with Diotima of Mantinea in “Symposium” by Plato (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

The following lines are from Plato's work "Symposium," where Socrates recalls some of Diotima's accounts of Love. "Not even in the life, of the same individual there is succession and not absolute unity. Which is true not only of the body, but also of the soul, whose habits, tempers, opinions, desires, pleasures, pains, fears, never remain the same in anyone of us, but are always coming and going; and equally true of knowledge, and what is still more surprising to us mortals, not only do the sciences in general spring up and decay, so that in respect of them we are never the same; but each of them individually experiences a like change. For what is implied in the word ‘recollection,’ but the departure of knowledge, which is ever being forgotten, and is renewed and preserved by recollection, and appears to be the same although in reality new, according to that law of succession by which all mortal things are preserved, not absolutely the same, but by substitution, the old worn-out mortality leaving another new and similar existence behind unlike the divine, which is always the same and not another? " "But souls which are pregnant - for there certainly are men who are more creative in their souls than in their bodies, conceive that which is proper for the soul to conceive or contain. And what are these conceptions? - wisdom and virtue in general. And such creators are poets and all artists who are deserving of the name inventor. But the greatest and fairest sort of wisdom by far is that which is concerned with the ordering of states and families, and which is called temperance and justice."
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2020-05-21   473 vizionări
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2020-05-21

Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

The respected Asa Keisar is an Israeli religious scholar who’s on a mission of spreading veganism all across Israel and the world. Asa Keisar is a frequent lecture in universities, elementary and high schools, and yeshivot (Jewish educational religious institutions) throughout Israel. His speeches feature statements from the Holy Torah about the incorrectness of consuming animal products, especially in our modern world. Mr. Keisar is also the author of an important Jewish guide, “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” Through straightforward holy laws, the selection clearly shows how humans must treat all animals, namely with care and mercy. “One must also have mercy upon animals because it is forbidden to cause undue pain or anguish to an animal. The attribute of mercy is the sign of the children of Abraham, the seed of Israel. As it is written, ‘He will give you mercy, be merciful and multiply you.’” “Rabbi Joseph Albo: ‘The consumption of flesh from living creatures gives birth to spiritual corpulence, murkiness and inflexibility of the soul...’” “Metzudat David: ‘The righteous person pays attention even to the needs of their animal to fulfill its craving - because God greatly values mercy.’”
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2020-05-22   511 vizionări
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2020-05-22

Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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Holy Laws on Protecting the Animals - Selection from “In Front of the Blind" by Jewish Scholar Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 2 of 2

Today, we’ll learn more from Mr. Keisar’s book “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” “Rabbi Avraham Saba: ‘Based on the complete and whole view, kindness of God who is good to all of His creations; a person should realize that the purpose of the milk from an animal mother’s breast is to nourish her baby and not for the individual to do as they please.’” “Maimonides states, ‘There is no distinction between anguish experienced by a human and anguish experienced by animals; this is because the love and yearning of a mother for its offspring is not dependent upon intelligence, rather it is the inherent nature found in most creatures as it is found in man.’” “Harav Yitzchak Habanstreit: ‘One should know, aside for the fact that it is inappropriate for man to eat meat with regard to tradition, ethics, religion and wisdom; it is also unnatural because man is unfit to eat meat as is proven by the analysis of a person’s organs.’” “But this is not the case with the natural tendency towards vegetables and fruit of the tree and the like. These produce strong natural feelings and call to us in a loving way: ‘Wondrous to behold and good to eat.’ A great desire awakens in their midst to taste the fruits and eat their fresh as they were created. Is this not enough proof that these are the natural foods for a person?”
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2020-05-23   545 vizionări
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2020-05-23

Mayan Cosmo-vision: 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 2

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Mayan Cosmo-vision: 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 2

In today's program, we are going to share with you some thoughts on Mayan cosmo-vision and life-purpose. These topics are discussed in the book titled "The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012" by Mayan Ajq'ij (spiritual guide) Don Carlos Barrios. "At this stage, science will not be able to save us unless we reach a comprehensive awareness. We must return to the Natural Order. We must strive to live a simple, harmonious life that is ecologically conscientious. The wonder of creation is found in the little things. We need to live in harmony and expand our sensibilities. It's very simple: life is about finding the answers inside, awakening the knowledge and powers that lie dormant, controlling our desires, using the strength of our minds for spiritual growth, and projecting ourselves onto the Supreme. The day we start believing this will be the day life smiles upon us." "The Mayan cosmo-vision is an attitude, and approach to life; it is the way in which we learn to live with our perceptions of reality. Everything is integral; nothing is isolated from the sequence of life. Every action is connected to, and forms part of, the cosmic forces, the manifestation of nature and telluric energy. This convergence arises out of a state of universal consciousness. Existence is a continuum, and our insertion into reality is a mystery. It is the power of the Creator and Maker. ‘We are just one thread in this wonder we call existence. We inhabit a reality shaped and modeled after the cosmos, and we vibrate in tune with the movement of the stars. We must always remember that reality is from the eyes inward and illusion is from the eyes outward.’"
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2020-05-25   313 vizionări
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2020-05-25

Mayan Cosmo-vision: 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 2

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Mayan Cosmo-vision: 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 2

We will share with you what the Mayans believe about "parallel worlds" and the real meaning of "najt" (space-time). "Unlike the Western world's more linear vision, the Mayan perception of time is intertwined with space and frequency. We are outside the limitations of space-time; frequency is our channel to transcendence, to exceeding such limits. When we are able to perceive the essence, we touch God. Najt is where we reside. More precisely, it is where most people are trapped, in what we call reality. It is also what leads us to what we call the past or future, both of which are abstractions. The past does not exist. It existed. Now it's only a memory. The future does not exist either; it's what will be. There is only this instant, this very moment, the eternal present." "We have potential access to thousands of other dimensions, while even more fall outside our perception. The Grandfathers call these unreal dimensions 'unconfigured space.' The 'Popol Vuh' speaks of parallel dimensions as paradise and calls them Paxil and Kayala. In Paxil our perceptions are different. Our senses sharpen, and we are surrounded by a tranquil, harmonious, peaceful energy. It's like going back to the matrix, the origin. The most exquisite fruit and the most incredible stones can be found in Paxil, but most importantly, we are accepted unconditionally there - we are truly loved!"
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2020-05-26   292 vizionări
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2020-05-26

The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 1 of 2

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The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 1 of 2

Saint Augustine of Hippo was an esteemed late 4th and early 5th century Christian bishop in present-day Algeria. Known as one of the greatest Christian philosophers, St. Augustine was a prolific writer, with about 100 books, 300 letters and 500 sermons still preserved. Among his most significant writings are “The City of God,” “De Doctrina Christiana” and “Confessions.” The respected bishop was also a compassionate vegetarian, and drew attention to the lifestyle of those who “not only abstain from flesh and wine, but also from other viands. …which flatter taste.” Today, we’ll read excerpts from Saint Augustine of Hippo’s book “The City of God.” “We need a Mediator Who, being united to us here below by the mortality of His body, should at the same time be able to afford us truly Divine help in cleansing and liberating us by means of the immortal righteousness of His Spirit, whereby He remained Heavenly even while here upon earth. Far be it from the in contaminable God to fear pollution from the man He assumed, or from the men among whom He lived in the form of a man. For, though His incarnation showed us nothing else, these two wholesome facts were enough, that true Divinity cannot be polluted by flesh, and that demons are not to be considered better than ourselves because they have not flesh. This, then, as Scripture says, is the ‘Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,’ of whose Divinity, whereby He is equal to the Father, and humanity, whereby He has become like us.”
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2020-05-27   204 vizionări
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2020-05-27

The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 2 of 2

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The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian): The True Mediator - Selection from Book IX and X, Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with reading passages from Saint Augustine of Hippo’s substantial work “The City of God.” He explains about devoting oneself to God, and more about the significant role of the true Mediator, Who, through His sacrifices, purifies and renews human nature. “It was truly said that man is cleansed only by a Principle. That true and benignant Redeemer brought low by His humility, manifesting Himself to mortals by the mortality which He assumed, and which the malignant and deceitful mediators are proud of wanting, promising, as the boon of immortals, a deceptive assistance to wretched men. Thus, the good and true Mediator showed that it is sin which is evil, and not the substance or nature of flesh; for this, together with the human soul, could without sin be both assumed and retained, and laid down in death, and changed to something better by resurrection.” “The Principle is neither the flesh nor the human soul in Christ but the Word by which all things were made. The flesh, therefore, does not by its own virtue purify, but by virtue of the Word by which it was assumed, when ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’” “The Principle, therefore, having assumed a human soul and flesh, cleanses the soul and flesh of believers. Therefore, when the Jews asked Him who He was, He answered that He was the Principle.” “This is the mediation whereby a hand is stretched to the lapsed and fallen; this is the seed ‘ordained by angels,’ by whose ministry the law also given enjoining the worship of one God, and promising that this Mediator should come.”
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2020-05-28   254 vizionări
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2020-05-28

Thoughts on Taoism by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Thoughts on Taoism by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Reverend Thomas Merton, an important Catholic mystic and spiritual thinker, was born in 1915 to a New Zealand father and an American mother. The many life situations he encountered in his youth led him to explore religion and spirituality and eventually devote his life to God by becoming a monk, and later a deacon, at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a part of the Order of Trappists, in Kentucky, USA. During his monastic life, Thomas Merton developed his writing talent by translating religious texts and writing biographies. He also started penning poetry, as well as books and articles on topics ranging from spirituality to social justice and peace. Believing in the equality of all religions, Thomas Merton became deeply interested in Eastern traditions such as Taoism Zen Buddhism in the last years of his life. Today we’ll read a selection from Thomas Merton’s book “Thoughts on the East” presenting his views on the essence of Taoism. “The way of Tao is to begin with the simple good with which one is endowed by the very fact of existence. Instead of self-conscious cultivation of this good (which vanishes when we look at it and becomes intangible when we try to grasp it), we grow quietly in the humility of a simple, ordinary life, and this way is analogous (at least psychologically) to the Christian ‘life of faith.’” If one is in harmony with Tao — the cosmic Tao, ‘Great Tao’ — the answer will make itself clear when the time comes to act, for then one will act not according to the human and self-conscious mode of deliberation, but according to the divine and spontaneous mode of wu wei, which is the mode of action of Tao itself, and is therefore the source of all good…” “The true character of wu wei is not mere inactivity but perfect action — because it is act without activity. In other words, it is action not carried out independently of Heaven and earth and in conflict with the dynamism of the whole, but in perfect harmony with the whole. It is not mere passivity, but it is action that seems both effortless and spontaneous because performed ‘rightly,’ in perfect accordance with our nature and with our place in the scheme of things.”
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2020-05-29   338 vizionări
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2020-05-29

Thoughts on Taoism by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Thoughts on Taoism by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We now continue with excerpts from Thomas Merton’s chapter on Taoism from his book “Thoughts on the East.” “My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it. My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness: and this, in the minds of most people, is the worst possible course. I will hold to the saying that: ‘Perfect joy is to be without joy. Perfect praise is to be without praise.’” “Contentment and well-being at once become possible the moment you cease to act with them in view, and if you practice non-doing (wu wei), you will have both happiness and well-being. ‘Here is how I sum it up: Heaven does nothing: Its non-doing is Its serenity. Earth does nothing: Its non-doing is Its rest. From the union of these two non-doings All actions proceed, All things are made. How vast, how invisible This coming-to-be!’” “All things come from nowhere! How vast, how invisible - No way to explain it! All beings in their perfection Are born of non-doing. Hence it is said: ‘Heaven and earth do nothing Yet there is nothing they do not do.’” “Where is the man who can attain To this non-doing?” Where is Tao? “Tao is Great in all things, Complete in all, Universal in all, Whole in all. These three aspects Are distinct, but the Reality is One. Therefore come with me To the palace of Nowhere Where all the many things are One: There at last we might speak Of what has no limitation and no end. Come with me to the land of Non-Doing: What shall we there say — that Tao Is simplicity, stillness, Indifference, purity, Harmony and ease? All these names leave me indifferent For their distinctions have disappeared. My will is aimless there. If it is nowhere, how should I be aware of it? If it goes and returns, I know not Where it has been resting. If it wanders Here then there, I know not where it will end. The mind remains undetermined in the great Void. Here the highest knowledge Is unbounded. That which gives things Their thusness cannot be delimited by things. So when we speak of limits we remain confined To limited things. The limit of the unlimited is called ‘fullness.’ The limitlessness of the limited is called ‘emptiness.’ Tao is the source of both. But it is itself Neither fullness nor emptiness. Tao produces both renewal and decay, But is neither renewal or decay. It causes being and non-being But is neither being nor non-being. Tao assembles and it destroys, But it is neither the Totality nor the Void.”
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2020-05-30   262 vizionări
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2020-05-30

Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns – "Shivananda Lahari," Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns – "Shivananda Lahari," Part 1 of 2

Born in 8th Century India, Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya showed an early interest in spiritual life. By age eight, He had read and understood all of the Vedic scriptures. After receiving permission to leave home in pursuit of spiritual attainment, He met and received instruction from Guru Govinda Bhagavatpada. Shankaracharya went on to write commentaries on the ancient doctrine, “Advaita Vedanta” as well as the “Bhagavad Gita” and the ten principal Upanishads. He became known as the founder of the Smartha tradition, which brought together several branches of the Hindu faith and highlights the oneness of the inner Self (Atman) with the Supreme God (Nirguna Brahman). Shankaracharya also composed 72 hymns of praise and reverence for the Divine, dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. “Shivananda Lahari,” or “Waves of the Bliss of Shiva,” is one of the devotional hymns composed by Adi Shankaracharya. “Oh Lord Shambu, who grants us happiness, Let these waves of ecstasy of Lord Shiva, Flowing from the holy history of yours, Calming the dusts of sin forever, Rushing from the canals of wisdom, Falling into the whirlpool of life, Dousing the fires of sorrow, Living in my heart as senses, Be always victorious. I pray with all my heart, Him who is known by the three Vedas, Him who is pleasant to the mind, Him who is first among everything, Him who has all seeing three eyes, Him who carries the weight of matted lock, With eminence great, Him who wears the moving snake as necklace, Him who holds the jumping deer in his hand, Him who is greatest among devas, Him who shines with glitter, Him who has mercy on me, Him who is the Lord of all beings, Him who is the only support to holy wisdom, Him who is always with my Goddess, And Him who is a great entertainer.”
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2020-06-01   222 vizionări
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2020-06-01

Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns – "Shivananda Lahari," Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns – "Shivananda Lahari," Part 2 of 2

“So take it under your control, And show mercy on this innocent one. Perform of I your worship, And you appear before me soon, And you become granter all pleasures to me, Oh Lord, who is everywhere. But if you grant the position of creator, Or the position of Lord Vishnu instead, As a reward for my worship, Then I would have to become a bird and fly in the sky, Or become an animal and dig deep in the earth, To see you again my Lord. How can I bear this sorrow of not seeing you, Oh Lord Sankara, who is everywhere. When would I live on Mount Kailash, Along with your attendants, In the stone studded golden mansion of yours, Oh God, who is the giver of happiness With hands raised and clasped, In deference to you, Oh Lord, who is everywhere, Oh Lord, who is with Goddess, Oh God, who is the master, Oh God, who is above all, Oh God, who is good, And chant with pleasure. ‘Oh God, save me,’ And spend the time, As if the creator’s kalpa is a second. When will I see thine holy pair of feet, Oh king of the mountains, And be able to hold it, carry it on the head, eyes and chest, Embrace it, smell the scent of lotus flowers from it, And attain rapturous ecstasy, Which even Brahma and others do not get.” “I offer devotions to thine lotus-like feet, I meditate on thee who is the greatest, I seek thy refuge, Oh my Lord, And by my words I beg from you, Oh Vibhu, To bless me with the merciful divine sight, Which is always sought by the Gods. Oh teacher of the universe, Teach me the way of happy living.” “Oh God, who wears the young crescent, Oh God of all beings, Oh God, who is the Lord of us all, And Oh God, who is teacher of all the Three Worlds, If only I had all these, I would have ability to serve you in a better way.”
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2020-06-02   345 vizionări
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2020-06-02

Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

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Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

He is noted for his analytical interpretations of the Holy Bible and for dedicating his life and resources to the preaching of the future establishment of a Golden Age on Earth. According to Mr. Russell’s research of the Holy Bible, God’s Kingdom would rule the Earth through Christ. Among the most well-known of his works is the seven-volume series, “Studies in the Scriptures.” Today, we will read an excerpt from Volume 1 of Charles Taze Russell’s “Studies in the Scriptures” titled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” “Paul declares that this mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations now made manifest to His saints, is ‘CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.’ This is the great mystery of God which has been hidden from all previous ages, and is still hidden from all except a special class - the saints, or consecrated believers. But what is meant by ‘Christ in you?’ We have learned that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, and thus we recognize Him to be the Christ - the Anointed - for the word Christ signifies anointed.” “And, dearly beloved, many blows and much polishing must we endure - much transforming must we undergo, and much conforming to His example, under the direction of the great Master-builder; and in order to have the ability and ideality of the Builder displayed in us, we will need to see that we have no cross-grained will of our own to oppose or thwart the accomplishment of His will in us; we must be very childlike and humble – ‘clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.’ Let us humble ourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt us in due time, as He has exalted our Head and Forerunner.”
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2020-06-03   282 vizionări
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2020-06-03

Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 2 of 2

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Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 2 of 2

We now continue with the fascinating analysis of the Holy Bible by Charles Taze Russell, selected from Volume 1 of his “Studies in the Scriptures” titled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” “This was truly a mystery never before thought of - that God intends to raise up not only a deliverer, but a deliverer composed of many members. This is the ‘high calling’ to which the consecrated believers of the Gospel age are privileged to attain. Jesus did not attempt to unfold it to the disciples while natural men, but waited until they were anointed - begotten to the new Nature. From Paul’s explanation, we know that none but ‘new creatures’ can now appreciate or understand this high calling. He says: ‘We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom [plan], which God ordained before the world unto our glory; which none of the princes [chief ones] of this world knew; ... as it is written, ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him;’ but God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.’” “But God’s plan will not always be shrouded in mystery: the dawn of the Millennial Day brings the fuller light of God to men, and ‘the knowledge of the Lord shall fill the whole earth.’ The Sun of Righteousness, which shall arise with healing in His wings, dispelling the darkness of ignorance, is the Christ in Millennial Glory - not the Head alone, but also the members of His body; for it is written: If we suffer with Him, we shall also be glorified together. ‘When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory;’ and ‘Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.’” “Then the ‘mystery’ will have ended; for the world will have come to see that it was the Spirit of God in Christ, and the Spirit of Christ in us - God manifested in the flesh - which they had hitherto misunderstood.”
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2020-06-04   279 vizionări
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2020-06-04

The Reappearance of the Christ by Alice Bailey: Selection from “Christ’s Unique Occasion,” Part 1 of 2

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The Reappearance of the Christ by Alice Bailey: Selection from “Christ’s Unique Occasion,” Part 1 of 2

Alice Bailey was an extraordinary British American esoteric author of the 20th century. She was one of the first to use the term New Age, referring to a better future for the world that fulfills the Divine plan of love and light. Born in 1880, Alice Bailey in her youth was a devoted Christian who later developed an extensive knowledge and practice of Theosophy. In 1922, Alice Bailey and her husband Foster Bailey founded the Lucis Trust and the Arcane School to offer the teachings and meditation guidance to the public. The nonprofit Lucis Trust is still active today and continues to publish Alice Bailey’s works, including as free e-books, for people to study in this special period of our planet. We will now read an excerpt from Alice Bailey’s prophetic book “The Reappearance of the Christ,” about the unique factors that will mark the way the Christ will carry out His work during His next re-emergence on Earth. “First of all, He will come to a world which is essentially one world. His reappearance and His consequent work cannot be confined to one small locality or domain unheard of by the great majority, as was the case when He was here before. The radio, the press and the dissemination of news will make His coming different to that of any previous Messenger; the swift modes of transportation will make Him available to countless millions, and by boat, rail and plane they can reach Him: THROUGH TELEVISION, HIS FACE CAN BE MADE FAMILIAR TO ALL, and verily ‘every eye shall see Him.’” “It is a fallacy to believe, as some do, that the main trend of Christ’s work will be through the medium of the churches or the world religions. He necessarily will work through them when conditions permit and there is a living nucleus of true spirituality within them, or when their invocative appeal is potent enough to reach Him. He will use all possible channels whereby the consciousness of man may be enlarged and right orientation be brought about. It is, however, truer to say that it is as World Teacher that He will consistently work, and that the churches are but one of the teaching avenues He will employ. All that enlightens the minds of men, all that tends to bring about right human relations, all modes of acquiring real knowledge, all methods of transmuting knowledge into wisdom and understanding, all that expands the consciousness of humanity and of all subhuman states of awareness and sensitivity, all that dispels glamour and illusion and that disrupts crystallization and disturbs static conditions will come under the realistic activities of the Hierarchy which He supervises. He will be limited by the quality and the caliber of the invocative appeal of humanity and that, in its turn, is conditioned by the attained point in evolution.”
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2020-06-05   356 vizionări
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2020-06-05

The Reappearance of the Christ by Alice Bailey: Selection from “Christ’s Unique Occasion,” Part 2 of 2

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The Reappearance of the Christ by Alice Bailey: Selection from “Christ’s Unique Occasion,” Part 2 of 2

“He may be a Christian or a Hindu by faith, a Buddhist or of no particular faith at all; He will not come as the restorer of any of the ancient religions, including Christianity, but He will come to restore man’s faith in the Father’s love, in the fact of the livingness of the Christ and in the close, subjective and unbreakable relationship of all men everywhere. The facilities of the entire world of contact and relation will be at His disposal; that will be part of the uniqueness of His opportunity and — for this He too must prepare.” “All these spiritual forces and many others, both within and without the world religions and the philosophical and humanitarian groups, are working at this time under direction, are closely related and their activities most intimately synchronized. They are all working together (even if this is not physically apparent) because in the human family there are those at every stage of responsiveness. The forces of regeneration, of reconstruction, of restoration and of resurrection are making their presence felt in all the many groups which are seeking to aid and lift humanity, to rebuild the world, to restore stability and the sense of security and thus(consciously or unconsciously) prepare the way for the coming of the Christ.” “The Buddha is the symbol of enlightenment and there is everywhere today a unique emphasis upon light. Countless millions down the ages have recognized the Buddha as the Light Bearer from on high. His Four Noble Truths exposed the causes of human trouble and pointed to the cure. He taught: Cease to identify yourselves with material things or with your desires; gain a proper sense of value; cease regarding possessions and earthly existence as of major importance; follow the Noble Eightfold Path which is the Path of right relations — right relations to God, and right relations to your fellowmen — and thus be happy.” “It is on the foundation of this teaching that Christ will raise the superstructure of the brotherhood of man, for right human relations are an expression of the love of God; they will constitute man’s major and next demonstration of divinity. Today, in the midst of this devastated, chaotic and unhappy world, mankind has a fresh opportunity to reject selfish materialistic living and to begin to tread the Lighted Way. The moment that humanity shows its willingness to do this, then the Christ will come, and there is every evidence at this time that men are learning this lesson and making their first faltering steps along that Lighted Way of right relationships.”
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2020-06-06   247 vizionări
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2020-06-06

Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 1 of 3

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Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 1 of 3

The Reverend Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy is a Catholic priest residing in Hong Kong, who is well known for his numerous environmentally conscious undertakings through various groups and organizations. The Reverend is a compassionate vegan, believing that the peaceful plant-based diet has a major role in protecting the planet’s ecosystem and environment. He is the founder and chairman of the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness and the Hong Kong Catholic Vegetarian Association, organizations that aspire to bring about the essential peace among all of God’s creations, while the power to do so is still in our hands. Let us now meet the Reverend Father Anthony Chang and learn more about his interesting journey of faith and his pure impressions of the priesthood. “The idea of becoming a priest emerged when I got in touch with the priests. Observing them very much devoted to their work, I felt it was very good. At the same time, they were focused on God, their faith and Jesus Christ, and I also loved that. During that period, I had a deeper understanding of Christ, as He said that He had come to serve, and not to be served. He was willing to care about people and serve people, which fascinated me. So, I decided to become a priest and to work in this way.” “When I was a child, I already knew that God is everywhere; I liked to look at the sky and the sea. Looking at the sky and the sea, I felt God’s presence within. That was the way how I felt God; He is really everywhere. This awareness is still with me after I became a priest.” “If you pay attention to the vitality of the nature and the relationship among the animals, they reveal God’s love and that can be learnt from the animals. You can learn a lot in this way, both in mental, spiritual and knowledge aspects.” “‘If you want to heal quickly, you have to quit eating any meat.’ I quit eating any meat quickly and completely, as it was painful, and I finally understood why I had to do this. I read books and knew it was the best way to eat: quit eating all meat and be a vegan.”
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2020-06-08   579 vizionări
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2020-06-08

Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 2 of 3

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Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 2 of 3

“Previously, I used to have flu once or twice every year, but it stopped after I turned vegan. This change makes me stronger and because of becoming vegan, I have noticed the merits and goodness of animals, which are a lot. The vegan diet inspired me to review relevant materials in the Bible, and to appreciate the animals, thus broadening my consciousness.” “The Holy Bible It is very clearly stated in Genesis 01:29, He [God] said eat only fruits of the trees and other plants; there was no mention of eating meat. Even a lion should also be vegetarian. The other paragraph is in the Book of Nevi’im (Prophets), which said that in the Kingdom of God, lions and lambs sleep together, and the child shall have no fear to put his hand into the snake’s hole. That means peace is everywhere.” “The Pope’s Encyclical stated that nature is like a mother hugging us. He further said that nature is also like a sister to us. This is another perspective. This sister is about the cooperation and coordination with each other. But from the perspective of a mother, it is the nourishment from nature. Nature’s embrace is love. So, there are two types of feelings towards nature. However, this is very important, as it means we should give up our domination. That means we have to discard all the ideas about dominating and exploiting nature.” “Now I am preparing to write ‘God’s Lifelong Blessing and Love.’ It will talk about love. One of the new discoveries in recent decades is a hormone called oxytocin, also translated as ‘labor induction medicine.’ But further research found that its function is not as simple as inducing labor; it improves the contact between people, the contact between couples. That means good contact will develop mutual trust, thus, feeling the support of each other, and generate the feeling of love, etc. These come from this hormone.” “There is another new book called “Undo It!”, and the authors are a doctor and researcher. They say that it is not necessary to take medicine for any recovery. They mention four things; one of them is love, and then stress relief, exercise, and a healthy diet. They incline to having a vegan diet. These four things are good for many diseases. If you embrace all four of them, you can recover without taking medicine. Of course, it depends on how serious your condition is and how long you’ve had the illness. They have done a lot of research and their research has been proved to be scientific.”
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2020-06-09   339 vizionări
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2020-06-09

Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 3 of 3

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Unity in Diversity through the Vegan Diet: Interview with Father Anthony Chang Sang Loy (vegan), Part 3 of 3

“Now, we want to have a combination of the body, the mind and the soul. The body is the physical body; the mind is our emotions or mentality; the soul is the spirit. They are not separated. The spirit in humans and animals, and even in other substances are existing, evolving, and developing together. Should we wish to revert and recover, all these have to work together. The trend of veganism is ex
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2020-06-10   274 vizionări
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2020-06-10

From Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 13: The Real Truth

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From Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 13: The Real Truth

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. Lord Mahavira, who is considered to be the last Tirthankara, was born around the 5-6th century BC, as a prince of the ancient kingdom of Vaishali. He later forsook His royal status to pursue the spiritual path. After attaining kevala jnana, or all-knowing intuitive vision, He spent the rest of His life giving discourses on spiritual truths, which form the present-day tenets of Jainism. Supreme Master Ching Hai has previously 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. That’s why I wanted to read it to you.” We present to you today excerpts from Book I – Lecture 13 from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Thirteenth Lecture The Real Truth “I shall now expound, in accordance with truth, the various qualities of men; I shall explain the virtue and peace of the good, the vices and the unrest of the wicked. Having learned the law from men who exert themselves day and night, from the Tathagatas (Great Buddhas), they neglect the conduct in which they had been instructed, and speak rudely to their teacher. Those who explain the pure doctrine according to their individual opinion, falsify it in repeating (it after their teachers); those who speak untruth from pride of knowledge, are not capable of many virtues.” “The wise leave off these kinds of pride, the pious do not cultivate them; the great Sages are above all such things as Gôtra, and they ascend to the place where there is no Gôtra at all (namely to Môksha). A monk who looks upon his body as on a corpse and fully understands the law, will on entering a village or a town distinguish between what may be accepted and what may not, and will not be greedy of food or drink.”
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