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From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: On the Resurrection and the Father, Part 1 of 2

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From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: On the Resurrection and the Father, Part 1 of 2

The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of early Christian and Gnostic manuscripts, also called codices, discovered in 1945 near the Upper Egyptian town called Nag Hammadi. The general dating of the books varies from the 2nd to the 4th century. The collection includes 13 ancient books containing over 50 spiritual texts. The discovery and translation of these scriptures helped scholars to re-evaluate early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism, a Christian movement originating in the first and second century that emphasized “gnosis.” “Gnosis” means the direct knowing or acquaintance of the Divine through esoteric experience. We will now read an excerpt from the Nag Hammadi’s Treatise on the Resurrection, which is also referred to as “The Letter to Rheginos.” “Then, indeed, as the Apostle said, ‘We suffered with Him, and we arose with Him, and we went to Heaven with Him.’ Now if we are manifest in this world wearing Him, we are that One’s beams, and we are embraced by Him until our setting, that is to say, our death in this life. We are drawn to Heaven by Him, like beams by the sun, not being restrained by anything. This is the spiritual resurrection which swallows up the psychic in the same way as the fleshly.” “What, then, is the resurrection? It is always the disclosure of those who have risen. For if you remember reading in the Gospel that Elijah appeared and Moses with him, do not think the resurrection is an illusion. It is no illusion, but it is truth! Indeed, it is more fitting to say the world is an illusion, rather than the resurrection, which has come into being through our Lord the Savior, Jesus Christ.” “But the resurrection does not have this aforesaid character, for it is the truth which stands firm. It is the revelation of what is, and the transformation of things, and a transition into newness. For imperishability descends upon the perishable; the light flows down upon the darkness, swallowing it up; and the Pleroma (spiritual universe) fills up the deficiency. These are the symbols and the images of the resurrection. He it is who makes the good.”
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2020-07-06   277 vizionări
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2020-07-06

From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: On the Resurrection and the Father, Part 2 of 2

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From the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: On the Resurrection and the Father, Part 2 of 2

Today, we continue with a selection from the Nag Hammadi’s Treatise on the Resurrection, also known as “The Letter to Rheginos,” as well as a passage from The Tripartite Tractate. “He existed before anything other than Himself came into being. The Father is a single One, like a number, for He is the first One and the One Who is only Himself. Yet He is not like a solitary individual. Otherwise, how could He be a father? For whenever there is a ‘father,’ the name ‘son’ follows. But the single One, Who alone is the Father, is like a root, with tree, branches and fruit. It is said of Him that He is a Father in the proper sense, since He is inimitable and immutable. Because of this, He is single in the proper sense, and is a God, because no one is a god for Him nor is anyone a father to Him. For He is unbegotten, and there is no other who begot Him, nor another who created Him.” “In the proper sense, He alone - the good, the unbegotten Father, and the complete perfect One - is the one filled with all His offspring, and with every virtue, and with everything of value. And He has more, that is, lack of any malice, in order that it may be discovered that whoever has anything is indebted to Him, because He gives it, being Himself unreachable and unwearied by that which He gives, since He is wealthy in the gifts which He bestows, and at rest in the favors which He grants.” “He is of such a kind and form and great magnitude that no one else has been with Him from the beginning; nor is there a place in which He is, or from which He has come forth, or into which He will go; nor is there a primordial form, which He uses as a model as He works; nor is there any difficulty which accompanies Him in what He does; nor is there any material which is at His disposal, from which creates what He creates; nor any substance within Him from which He begets what He begets; nor a co-worker with Him, working with Him on the things at which He works. To say anything of this sort is ignorant. Rather, (one should speak of Him) as good, faultless, perfect, complete, being Himself the Totality.”
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2020-07-07   452 vizionări
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2020-07-07

Selections from The Mother’s “Prayers and Meditations” - Be Instruments of the Divine, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from The Mother’s “Prayers and Meditations” - Be Instruments of the Divine, Part 1 of 2

In today’s program, we will get to know a saint who, as she stated, belonged “to no nation, no civilization, no society, no race, but to the Divine.” We will learn through her writings how to be good instruments of the Divine. Mirra Alfassa, who became known as The Mother, or SriMa, was born in 1878 in Paris, France. Based on her inner experience and guidance by a Saint she later recognized as Sri Aurobindo, she travelled to India in 1914, where she met him for the first time. The Mother also developed an extensive series of spiritual writings. These highlight a goal of ultimate union with the Divine, along with becoming master of ourselves and our destiny. Shining through all of her work is the Mother’s love and devotion to God. Though she left her body in 1973, the 17 volumes of collected works of the Mother forever serve as a shining guidance and inspiration for spiritual seekers. The following passages come from the Mother’s first spiritual diary volume, “Prayers and Meditations.” “Last night I had the experience of the effectivity of confident surrender to Thy guidance; when it is needful that something should be known, one knows it, and the more passive the mind to Thy illumination, the clearer and the more adequate is its expression. I listened to Thee as Thou spoke in me, and I would have liked to write down what Thou said so that the formula in all its precision might not be lost,—for now I should not be able to repeat what was said.” “It is Thou who art the doer in each thing and each being, and he who is near enough to Thee to see Thee in all actions without exception, will know how to transform each act into a benediction. To abide always in Thee is the one thing that matters, always and ever more and more in Thee, beyond illusions and the deceptions of the senses, not drawing back from action, refusing it, rejecting it — a struggle useless and pernicious — but living Thee alone in the act whatever it may be, ever and always Thee; then the illusion is dispelled, the falsehoods of the senses vanish, the bond of consequences is broken, all is transformed into a manifestation of the glory of Thy Eternal Presence. So let it be. Amen.”
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2020-07-08   351 vizionări
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2020-07-08

Selections from The Mother’s “Prayers and Meditations” - Be Instruments of the Divine, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from The Mother’s “Prayers and Meditations” - Be Instruments of the Divine, Part 2 of 2

“See how very little all outer circumstances matter. Why strive and strain so to realize thy own conception of Truth? Be suppler, more trusting. The only duty is not to let oneself be troubled by anything. To torment oneself about doing the right thing causes as much harm as a bad will. Only in a calm as of deep waters can be found the possibility of True Service.” “O Lord, Master of our life, let us soar very high above all care for our material preservation. Nothing is more humiliating and depressing than these thoughts so constantly turned towards the preservation of the body, these preoccupations with health, the means of subsistence, the framework of life.… How very insignificant is all this, a thin smoke that a simple breath can disperse or a single thought turned towards Thee dispel like a vain mirage!” “In this calm concentration which comes before day-break, more than at any other moment, my thought rises to Thee, O Lord of our being, in an ardent prayer. Grant that this day which is about to dawn may bring to the earth and to men a little more of pure light and true peace; may Thy manifestation be more complete and Thy sweet law more widely recognized; may something higher, nobler, more true be revealed to mankind; may a vaster and deeper love spread abroad so that all painful wounds may be healed; and may this first sunbeam dawning upon the earth be the herald of joy and harmony, a symbol of the glorious splendor hidden in the essence of life. O Divine Master, grant that today may bring to us a completer consecration to Thy Will, a more integral gift of ourselves to Thy work, a more total forgetfulness of self, a greater illumination, a purer love. Grant that in a communion growing ever deeper, more constant and entire, we may be united always more and more closely to Thee and become Thy servitors worthy of Thee. Remove from us all egoism, root out all petty vanity, greed and obscurity. May we be all ablaze with Thy divine Love; make us Thy torches in the world...”
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2020-07-09   215 vizionări
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2020-07-09

Selections from "The World’s Advance Thought" – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): Evolution of Life, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from "The World’s Advance Thought" – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): Evolution of Life, Part 1 of 2

“The Spirited Monthly Newspaper – The World's Advance Thought” was a monthly periodical founded by Lucy A. Mallory in 1886. The paper’s motto was “Love is the way, the truth, and the life.” Mrs. Lucy Mallory contributed her own spiritual writings as well as the inspired contributions of others. Through this uplifting publication, Lucy Mallory highlighted themes that emphasized the “inner light” of the human being. She also advocated vegetarianism for its loving kindness to other beings. She once said, “Vegetarianism is becoming worldwide. We are not speaking of forced vegetarianism – that doesn't count. We are speaking of vegetarians who have adopted the humane diet because of a sense of justice to animals.” And also, “The animal is not soulless; it has the seeds of all human principles. Through the lower forms of life these seeds are dormant. Every human principle is there, but unborn, save the vital, the astral and the instrumental.” We now share with you selections from the periodical – “The World’s Advance Thought.” “Soul Communion is the unabridged Fountain of Wisdom, and those who enter this Sanctuary of Life will be blest with that which unfolds the Immortal Consciousness, where death is unknown. If the peoples of all the nations would unite in observing Soul Communion, Universal Peace would be established in the being of all and in the World Consciousness.” “Everything is moving Godward. We get according to our capacity to receive. The Spirit of Love leads directly to Heaven.” “The observance of Kindness to Animals is the greatest movement for the progress of the whole world. Everything, animate, and that which we call ‘inanimate,’ has life-force. This is why we are attracted to some things and persons and not to others.” “Spirit communication is a Fount of Golden Suggestions. To the aspiring and thoughtful they are a treasury of infinite possibilities and value. God is the Unselfish, Altruistic, Wise and Loving, Constructive Principle in Humanity; the devil is the ignorant, selfish, hateful, vicious, destructive lack of principle in Humanity.”
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2020-07-10   309 vizionări
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2020-07-10

Selections from "The World’s Advance Thought" – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): On Love, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from "The World’s Advance Thought" – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): On Love, Part 2 of 2

“Love is all sufficient to itself. Love makes perfect. When Love has become conscious in us, then is life joyous in all its expressions. Keep the mind filled with kind, loving thoughts and you will never be burdened. The Angels of the Lord will bless you! The difference between an Angel and a devil, is that the Angel makes a Heaven out of a hades, and the devil makes a hades out of a Heaven.” “Love knows. Love satisfies. Love yourself: Love is a Reformer. Love is the Creator. Love overcomes death. Love prevents old age. Love transforms all enmity. Love makes things intelligent. Love is the Door to Happiness. Love has a Universal Language. Love is Spiritual Understanding. Love never fails in any purpose. Love purifies everything it touches. Love is clairvoyant and clairaudient. Love things, and they will be beautiful. Love transforms all discords to Harmony. Love is a sure wrinkle eradicator (no charges). Love dissolves the veil between this world and the Spirit World.” “God now materializes to human comprehension. This is the Day of Judgment when the world begins to pay. When the killing ceases, contagious diseases will cease. God is the Triune-Light-in-One: the Light of Love, the Light of Intelligence, and the Light of Day. The opposite, or God's Shadow, is the triune-darkness-in-one: the darkness of hatred, the darkness of ignorance, and the darkness of night. Virtue grows and thrives in the first, and criminality in the last. Where Love rules, God rules; where hatred rules, the Shadow reigns. Where Wisdom is; God is there; where ignorance prevails, the Shadow is on top.” “There is a Glorious Time coming soon. The Lord is over all, and all disorder must now come into Heavenly Order! Keep a cheerful heart, and be quiet, and Heaven will be in control!”
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2020-07-11   419 vizionări
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2020-07-11

True Listening and Learning – from The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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True Listening and Learning – from The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Jiddu Krishnamurti was an internationally renowned spiritual figure, born in 1895 in southern India, who, to this present day, is still considered one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not proclaim any religion, sect, or country, and always pointed out that we are first humans and do not need to identify with nationality, race or religious beliefs. From 1929 until his death in 1986, Jiddu Krishnamurti traveled throughout the world talking to large audiences, individuals, scientists, religious figures, writers, philosophers, educators, as well as giving radio and television interviews. Krishnamurti’s only concern was to set humanity “absolutely, unconditionally free.” His vision was for humans to have a more profound understanding of themselves and of the art of living, so as to bring about a new and peaceful generation. A compassionate vegetarian, the beloved Krishnamurti was also a founder of schools in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. They are based on a holistic, global outlook, with a concern for humanity and the environment and their interconnected relationship. The schools were established to be places where the existential concerns of life could be explored freely and responsibly. In addition, Jiddu Krishnamurti was an author of numerous books. Among them are “The Awakening of Intelligence,” “The Urgency of Change,” “Freedom from the Known,” and “The Flight of the Eagle.” Today, we will have a glimpse of some of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s insights from his book, “The Book of Life.” “Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? Then you hear everything, don’t you? You hear the far-off noises as well as those that are nearer and those that are very close by, the immediate sounds — which means really that you are listening to everything. Your mind is not confined to one narrow little channel. If you can listen in this way, listen with ease, without strain, you will find an extraordinary change taking place within you, a change which comes without your volition, without your asking; and in that change there is great beauty and depth of insight.”
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2020-07-13   345 vizionări
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2020-07-13

True Listening and Learning – from The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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True Listening and Learning – from The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We now continue with an excerpt from Jiddu Krishnamurti’s precious guidance in “The Book of Life,” a collection of the highly respected thinker’s spiritual insights for every day. “...It seems to me that learning is astonishingly difficult, as is listening also. We never actually listen to anything because our mind is not free; our ears are stuffed up with those things that we already know, so listening becomes extraordinarily difficult. I think — or rather, it is a fact — that if one can listen to something with all of one’s being, with vigor, with vitality, then the very act of listening is a liberative factor, but unfortunately you never do listen, as you have never learned about it. After all, you only learn when you give your whole being to something.” “To learn, the mind must be quiet ‘To discover anything new you must start on your own; you must start on a journey completely denuded, especially of knowledge, because it is very easy, through knowledge and belief, to have experiences; but those experiences are merely the products of self-projection and therefore utterly unreal, false. If you are to discover for yourself what is the new, it is no good carrying the burden of the old, especially knowledge — the knowledge of another, however great. You use knowledge as a means of self-projection, security, and you want to be quite sure that you have the same experiences as the Buddha or the Christ or X. But a man who is protecting himself constantly through knowledge is obviously not a truth-seeker... For the discovery of truth there is no path... When you want to find something new, when you are experimenting with anything, your mind has to be very quiet, has it not?’” “Learning implies the love of understanding and the love of doing a thing for itself. Learning is possible only when there is no coercion of any kind.” “Learning is never accumulative. You cannot store up learning and then from that storehouse act. You learn as you are going along. Therefore, there is never a moment of retrogression or deterioration or decline.”
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2020-07-14   306 vizionări
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2020-07-14

On the Good Red Road: Selections from “Black Elk Speaks,” Part 1 of 2

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On the Good Red Road: Selections from “Black Elk Speaks,” Part 1 of 2

Black Elk was born in 1863 as a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, whose people lived in today's Wyoming in the western United States. Starting at age nine, Black Elk, was led by inner visions to protect both the indigenous lands and his people. His ultimate symbolic mission was to bring back the Tree of Life so that it bloomed, thus restoring his own nation and leading the Lakota people to walk the Red Road, the road of good. Black Elk was revered by his fellow tribes’ people as a holy man who could also heal injury and sickness through the grace of God, or the Great Spirit. In 1930, Black Elk agreed to be interviewed by John Neihardt, an American writer and poet. Mr. Neihardt later published the book “Black Elk Speaks,” a vivid and moving account of Lakota life and spiritual traditions. “It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit.” “‘Your Grandfathers all over the world are having a council, and they have called you here to teach you.’ His voice was very kind, but I shook all over with fear now, for I knew that these were not old men, but the Powers of the World. And the first was the Power of the West; the second, of the North; the third, of the East; the fourth, of the South; the fifth, of the Sky; the sixth, of the Earth.” “‘Younger brother,’ he said, ‘with the powers of the four quarters you shall walk, a relative. Behold, the living center of a nation I shall give you, and with it many you shall save.’” “‘It shall stand in the center of the nation’s circle,’ said the Grandfather, ‘a cane to walk with and a people’s heart; and by your powers you shall make it blossom.’” “‘From where the giant lives (the North) to where you always face (the South) the Red Road goes, the road of good,’ the Grandfather said, ‘and on it shall your nation walk.’”
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2020-07-15   304 vizionări
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2020-07-15

On the Good Red Road: Selections from “Black Elk Speaks,” Part 2 of 2

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On the Good Red Road: Selections from “Black Elk Speaks,” Part 2 of 2

“Now the fifth Grandfather spoke, the oldest of them all, the Spirit of the Sky. ‘My boy,’ he said, ‘I have sent for you and you have come. My power you shall see!’ He stretched his arms and turned into a spotted eagle hovering. ‘Behold,’ he said, ‘all the wings of the air shall come to you, and they and the winds and the stars shall be like relatives. You shall go across the Earth with my power.’” “Now I knew the sixth Grandfather was about to speak, he who was the Spirit of the Earth, and I saw that he was very old, but more as men are old.” “I stared at him, for it seemed I knew him somehow; and as I stared, he slowly changed, for he was growing backwards into youth, and when he had become a boy, I knew that he was myself with all the years that would be mine at last. When he was old again, he said: ‘My boy, have courage, for my power shall be yours, and you shall need it, for your nation on the Earth will have great troubles. Come.’” “You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken, the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The East gave peace and light, the South gave warmth, the West gave rain, and the North with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the Earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars.” “The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” Throughout history, from culture to culture, there's a common thread in every spiritual belief. It is the understanding that we can only fulfill our higher purpose on Earth by letting go of the ego and being united with the God, or the Great Spirit.
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2020-07-16   220 vizionări
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2020-07-16

Selection from Signs of Agni Yoga: Heart – by Spiritual Messengers Nicholas and Helena Roerich (vegetarians), Part 1 of 2

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Selection from Signs of Agni Yoga: Heart – by Spiritual Messengers Nicholas and Helena Roerich (vegetarians), Part 1 of 2

The esteemed mystical and philosophical writers Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena Roerich are two of the most influential spiritual thought leaders from Russia. They are recognized for founding a doctrine called Agni Yoga, also known as Living Ethics. Believed to be a synthesis of all yogas (spiritual disciplines), Agni Yoga focuses on the daily practice of Love, Beauty, and noble Action. And to the Roerichs, He was the inspiration behind all of their noble ideals for the world. Morya revealed messages of higher wisdom to Nicholas and Helena Roerich, which they recorded on paper and later gathered into a series of texts. We will now read a selection from one of Roerich’s series of volumes “Signs of Agni Yoga,” entitled “Heart.” “After our daily labors, let us gather in conversation about the heart. It will lead us through the earthly domains to the Subtle World and thereby bring us closer to the realm of Fire. “To see with the eyes of the heart; to hear the roar of the world with the ears of the heart; to peer into the future with the understanding of the heart; to remember past accumulations through the heart – that is how the aspirant must boldly advance on the path of ascent.” “The heart is a ss, but not a hall of idols. So, while We have nothing against the construction of a temple, fetishism or bazaars are unacceptable to Us. Likewise, when We talk about building a temple in the form of a heart, We do not have in mind a heart-shaped building; We are indicating the temple’s inner significance. A true temple cannot exist unless there is awareness of the infinite chain; similarly, the heart is in contact with all the sensations of the Cosmos.” “There is neither a day nor an hour when the world is free of danger! To discern the dangers, not two eyes are necessary but three, as shown on the Banner of the Lords. One should understand that the temple of the heart gives rise to an urgent sensation. It was no accident that the heart was marked with the sign of the cross. Indeed, the sign of the cross is an eternal companion of the temple of the heart.”
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2020-07-17   340 vizionări
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2020-07-17

Selection from Signs of Agni Yoga: Heart – by Spiritual Messengers Nicholas and Helena Roerich (vegetarians), Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Signs of Agni Yoga: Heart – by Spiritual Messengers Nicholas and Helena Roerich (vegetarians), Part 2 of 2

“The heart may be the focus, but it is the least egocentric of all. Not egoism dwells in the heart, but a feeling that embraces all humanity. Only reasoning shrouds the heart in a web of egocentricity. Kind-heartedness is measured not so much by good actions, which may arise from so many different causes, but by one’s inner kindliness, which kindles the light that shines in the darkness. In this sense, the heart is truly a transnational organ. If for us light is a symbol of the aura, its parent will be the heart. How necessary it is that one learns to feel the heart not as one’s own, but as something that belongs to the entire world. Only through this feeling can a person begin to liberate himself from egoism, while preserving the individual nature of his accumulations.” “Our Hand will not get tired of extending the saving thread to the heart. Who can justly say that We were late in offering help? But We can cite many occasions when Our Messenger was frozen by people’s heartlessness. It is so hard to bring into action the potential of the heart. One must manifest a flight over the abyss, as if soaring from the last shore into the Infinite. How sacred is the courage of selflessness, which opens up the heart!” “Can you picture what a humanity with healthy bodies and uncultured hearts would be like? It is difficult even to imagine such a feast of darkness. All the illnesses and infirmities in the world are unable to restrain the rampant madness of the heart. Truly, so long as the heart remains unenlightened, illnesses and infirmities will not be eliminated; were that not the case, the frenzy of the heart coupled with powerful bodies would horrify the worlds.” “Through even the slightest purification of the human heart one can derive a cascade of Blessings. Nowadays, it is all right to act, if cautiously, but only in cases where the heart has not decayed. You should not get depressed about it, but you need to know that the darkness has intensified and many hearts are putrefying. The significance of the heart is an old truth, but this truth has never been so needed as now.”
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2020-07-18   431 vizionări
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2020-07-18

Expressions of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Expressions of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri (vegan), Part 1 of 2

Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri is considered as one of the greatest classical Arab poets. Born near Aleppo, Syria in 973, Al-Ma’arri, also a writer and philosopher, came from a notable family of the famous ancient tribal confederation called Tanūkh. There, he was highly respected as a scholar as he continued his dedication to writing, collaborated with others and attracted many local students, despite his ascetic and secluded way of life. Al-Ma’arri is remembered for his ideals for social justice, equality between people, and freedom of thought and expression. He saw life mostly as a burden to the soul, an experience for which one needs to learn reason in order to distinguish the truth from the false. He believed in God, but not in human-established religions, as he understood them. His collections of poetry include “The Tinder Spark” (“Saqt Az-Zand”) and “Unnecessary Necessity” (“Luzūm Mā Lam Yalzam”). Al-Ma’arri is thought to have influenced Dante Alighieri’s famous poem “Divine Comedy,” as well as the Persian philosopher and poet Omar Khayyam, and many medieval writers of the West. Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri was a compassionate vegan, describing his decision of saving and respecting the lives of the gentle animals in a poem called “I No Longer Steal from Nature.” “The body, which gives you during life a form, Is but your vase: be not deceived, my soul! Cheap is the bowl for storing honey in, But precious for the contents of the bowl.” “You are diseased in understanding and religion. Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth. Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up, And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals, Or the white milk of mothers who intended its pure draught for their young, not noble ladies. And do not grieve the unsuspecting birds by taking eggs; for injustice is the worst of crimes. And spare the honey which the bees get industriously from the flowers of fragrant plants; For they did not store it that it might belong to others, Nor did they gather it for bounty and gifts. I washed my hands of all this; and wish that I Perceived my way before my hair went gray!” “But some hope a divine leader with prophetic voice Will rise amid the gazing silent ranks. An idle thought! There’s none to lead but reason, To point the morning and the evening ways.”
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2020-07-20   358 vizionări
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2020-07-20

Expressions of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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Expressions of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri (vegan), Part 2 of 2

“I think our world is not a place of rest, But where a man may take his little ease, Until the landlord whom he never sees Gives that apartment to another guest.” “Birth I chose not, nor old age, nor to live: What the past grudged me shall the present give? Here must I stay, by fates’ two hands constrained, And not leave until my leaving is ordained. You who would guide me out of dark illusion, Yo
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2020-07-21   329 vizionări
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2020-07-21

Excerpts from The Flower Ornament Scripture, Book 9 – Awakening by Light, Part 1 of 2

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Excerpts from The Flower Ornament Scripture, Book 9 – Awakening by Light, Part 1 of 2

The Avatamsaka Sutra or Flower Garland Sutra or Flower Adornment Sutra or Flower Ornament Scripture or Huáyán Jīng is one of the most sacred Buddhist books. It was written in stages, starting from about 500 years after the passing on of the Buddha. This Sutra is a compilation of a number of originally independent scriptures that were combined probably in Central Asia during the late third or the fourth century. In total, there are thirty-nine books in this single volume. This Sutra is seen as the doorway into the Realm of Reality, in which enlightened beings witness reality once their vision is free of egocentric addictions. A cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another is described in the Sutra manifesting the vision that The World Honored One first obtained under the tree of enlightenment. In today’s show, we will share excerpts from book nine of The Flower Ornament Scripture entitled Awakening by Light, which is an expanding vision unfolding within the light from Buddha's feet. “THEN THE BUDDHA, from beneath the wheel-marks on his feet, emitted a hundred billion light beams, illuminating this billion-world universe, with its four hundred billion continents, a hundred billion oceans, a hundred billion surrounding mountain ranges, a hundred billion enlightening beings being born, a hundred billion enlightening beings leaving home, a hundred billion Buddhas realizing true enlightenment, a hundred billion Buddhas teaching, a hundred billion Buddhas passing away,” “As in this place, the Buddha, the World Honored One, was seen sitting on a lotus bank lion throne, surrounded by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands, so also sat the hundred billion Buddhas in a hundred billion continents. In each case, because of the spiritual force of the Buddhas, in each of the ten directions was a great enlightening being, each with a company of as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands, who came to the Buddha.” “Then the light beams passed a million worlds and illuminated a billion worlds in each of the ten directions. In all of those worlds were a hundred billion continents called Jambudvipa, and so on, including a hundred billion Heavens of the ultimate of form - everything in all those realms was clearly revealed. In each of the Jambudvipa continents the Buddha was seen sitting on a lotus bank lion throne surrounded by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands; and in each one, due to the spiritual force of the Buddha, a great enlightening being from each of the ten directions, each accompanied by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands, came to the Buddha; those great enlightening beings were called Manjushri, etc., the lands they came from were called Golden, etc., and the Buddhas they served were called Immutable Knowledge, etc.”
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2020-07-22   363 vizionări
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2020-07-22

Excerpts from The Flower Ornament Scripture, Book 9 – Awakening by Light, Part 2 of 2

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Excerpts from The Flower Ornament Scripture, Book 9 – Awakening by Light, Part 2 of 2

In today’s show, we will share excerpts from book nine of The Flower Ornament Scripture entitled Awakening by Light, which is an expanding vision unfolding within the light from Buddha's feet. “Then the light beams passed ten billion worlds and illumined in all ten directions a hundred billion worlds, a trillion worlds, a hundred trillion worlds, a quadrillion worlds, a hundred quadrillion worlds, a quintillion worlds, a hundred quintillion worlds; in this way countless, unquantifiable, boundless, incomparable, uncountable, unaccountable, unthinkable, immeasurable, unspeakable numbers of worlds, to the utmost extent of the realm of space of the cosmos, in all ten directions, were likewise illumined. In all of those worlds were a hundred billion continents called Jambudvipa, and so on, including a hundred billion Heavens of the ultimate of form - everything in all those realms was clearly revealed. In each of the Jambudvipa continents the Buddha was seen sitting on a lotus bank lion throne surrounded by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands; and in each one, due to the spiritual force of the Buddha, a great enlightening being from each of the ten directions, each accompanied by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands, came to the Buddha; those great enlightening beings were called Manjushri, etc. , the lands they came from were called Golden, etc., and the Buddhas they served were called Immutable Knowledge, etc. Then the Manjushris in all those places, each in the presence of the Buddha in that place, all simultaneously spoke out, saying these verses: In one instant observing measureless eons Without going, coming, or dwelling, Thus comprehending the events of past, present, and future, Buddhas transcend expedients and fulfill ten powers. With incomparable good repute in all quarters, Forever out of trouble, always rejoicing, They go to all lands To explain such a teaching for all. For the benefit of beings, they supported the enlightened, Attaining a comparable result, according to their will; Readily acknowledging all truths, They reveal spiritual powers everywhere. From their first offerings to the enlightened their minds were flexible and patient; They entered deep meditative concentration and observed the nature of things. Exhorting all beings to aspire to enlightenment, Through this they speedily attained the unexcelled reward. Who seeks truth everywhere with undivided mind To cultivate virtues to full maturity, Eliminating all duality of being and nonbeing: Such people truly see the Buddha. Going to all lands in all directions, Expounding the sublime teaching for the welfare of the many, Abiding in reality without any wavering: Such people's virtues are the same as Buddha.”
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2020-07-23   349 vizionări
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2020-07-23

The Loving Testament of Saint John of Rila (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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The Loving Testament of Saint John of Rila (vegan), Part 1 of 2

Saint John of Rila, also known as Saint Ivan Rilski, was the first Bulgarian hermit, who was revered as a saint while still living. Today he is honored as the patron saint of the Bulgarians, and is regarded as one of the most important holy figures in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Born around the year 876, in Shrino, Saint John of Rila, became a priest at the age of 25. He accepted the path of monkhood and secluded himself in isolated areas. It is said that Saint John of Rila performed many miracles in order to help the people. This extraordinary power brought him a lot of fame and numerous followers. Saint John of Rila also had disciples, to whom he lovingly bequeathed a Testament (Zavet) of wisdom. The Testament was a message of moral and spiritual guidance for his successors and the Bulgarian people. Today, we have the chance to contemplate on the first part of the Testament of Saint John of Rila. “First of all, I bequeath to you the obligation to preserve the holy faith immaculate and unaffected by any false teaching, just as we received it from the holy Fathers, without ‘being led away with diverse and strange teachings.’ Hold fast and keep the traditions you have heard and seen from me. Do not deviate either to the right, or to the left, but walk along the royal road. Keep yourselves carefully away from worldly fascinations and always remember why you have come out of the world, and why you have despised it and worldly things.” “Now again, keep yourselves away from the avaricious snake, ‘for the love of money is the root of all evil,’ according to the apostle, who calls it a second idolatry. Because for the hermit wealth consists not in silver and gold, but in perfect poverty, in the denial of his personal will, and in lofty humbleness. I am not telling you this as my commandments, but [I am] recalling for you the commandments of Christ. For He told His holy disciples and through them everybody who had renounced the world: ‘Take no gold, nor silver, nor a bag, nor copper in your belts’ and so on.” “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” “As the grace of the Holy Spirit brought you together, so must you endeavor to live with one heart and one mind and one spirit, directing your eyes only towards the eternal reward, which God has prepared for those who have loved Him.”
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2020-07-24   254 vizionări
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The Loving Testament of Saint John of Rila (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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The Loving Testament of Saint John of Rila (vegan), Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with the second part of the profound insights passed down through the Testament (Zavet) of Saint John of Rila, as a caring legacy for his followers, written shortly before his death. His message is one of unity, kept by the peace of God, in Whom one finds the source of all wisdom and enlightenment. “The spirit-speaking Prophet David glorified it saying: ‘See now what is so good and so pleasant as for brethren to dwell together in unity!’” “But also our good Master Lord God Jesus Christ, does He not say to us Himself, by His immaculate lips: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them’?” “That is why, children, as the Holy Spirit through the mouth of the Prophet glorifies the communal life, do you not neglect it either, but on the contrary, confirm it and be like ‘one body in the Lord,’ which has different members. Some of them form, however, the head which governs, others the feet which toil and bear, so that there is formed from all a single spiritual body in the Lord, created with a single mind and logical spirit, and directed by spiritual reasoning, in no wise having divisions. When such a dwelling and life in God is arranged, then He Himself will be in the midst of you, governing you invisibly.” “Do not seek the first place and authority, but remember those who have said: ‘If one would be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all.’” “For He prays to God the Father for His holy disciples to be united, that is, of one mind — they themselves and everybody who believes in Him through them, and says as follows: ‘Holy Father, keep them in Thy name that they may be one, as we are.’” “For He said to His disciples, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.’ For such is this peace of Christ, children, that again He speaks, saying, ‘Not as the world gives, do I give to you.’ But this peace of Christ surpasses every mind. This is the peace, about which the Prophet talks: ‘And His peace has no bounds.’” “Living together for the Lord’s sake and bearing the burdens of one another, do not neglect those who live in solitude and ‘wandering over deserts and in mountains, and in dens, and in caves of the earth, of whom the world was not worthy,’ but supply them as much as you can, in order to hold them as your petitioners before God, for the prayer of the pious may achieve much.”
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2020-07-25   344 vizionări
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2020-07-25

Obedience and Righteousness before the Lord: Selection from the Holy Tanakh’s Book of Samuel, Part 1 of 2

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Obedience and Righteousness before the Lord: Selection from the Holy Tanakh’s Book of Samuel, Part 1 of 2

Judaism’s history begins around 2000 BCE with the Covenant between God (Elohim) and Abraham. Over a thousand years later, as the Jewish faithful Believe, God's (Elohim’s) laws and commandments were revealed to Prophet Moses on Mount Sinai, forming the Torah, which is the first part of the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, and the ancient writings of the Talmud, embody the beliefs and practices of Judaism. Present in every aspect of the religion is a single, omniscient, and compassionate God (Elohim). The Holy Tanakh’s Book of Samuel is the third book in the Neviim (Prophets), and the second section of the Holy Tanakh. Filled with succinct messages through the depicted stories, the Book of Samuel is dedicated to giving the right directions for those who seek their way to God. Today, we will read excerpts from Chapters 15, 16 and 18 from the Book of Samuel in the Holy Tanakh. The chosen stories in these chapters enlighten us on the importance of obeying God’s commandments, as a key to a life of righteousness and goodness. “And Samuel said to Saul, ‘The Lord sent me to anoint you to be king over His people, over Israel…’ The word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, ‘I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me, and he has not fulfilled My words.’” “‘Has the Lord (as much) desire in burnt offerings and peace-offerings, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than an offering; to hearken (is better) than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Since you rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you from being a king.’ “And Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned, for I transgressed the Lord’s command, and your words, for I feared the people, and I hearkened to their voice. And now, forgive now my sin, and return with me, and I shall prostrate myself to the Lord.’” “And Samuel said to Saul, ‘I shall not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being a king over Israel.’” “And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Look not upon his appearance, or the height of his stature, for I have rejected him, for it is not as man sees, (what is visible) to the eyes, while the Lord sees into the heart.’”
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2020-07-27   230 vizionări
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2020-07-27

Obedience and Righteousness before the Lord: Selection from the Holy Tanakh’s Book of Samuel, Part 2 of 2

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Obedience and Righteousness before the Lord: Selection from the Holy Tanakh’s Book of Samuel, Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with the selection of Chapters 18 and 24 from the Book of Samuel in the Holy Tanakh. The story told here, which includes King Saul and the future king of Israel King David, is a story of how when blessed with God’s presence, the soul is always protected in the strength of benevolence and virtues. “And David went out; wherever Saul would send him, he would succeed; accordingly, Saul appointed him over the soldiers, and he was pleasing in the eyes of all the people, and also in the eyes of Saul’s servants.” “And Saul feared David, for the Lord was with him, while He had turned away from Saul. And Saul removed him from (being) with him, and made him for himself a captain over a thousand, and he went out and came in before the people. And David was successful in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. And Saul saw that he was very successful, and he feared him.” “And Saul said to David, ‘Behold, my elder daughter, Merab. I shall give her to you as a wife. But, be a warrior for me, and wage the wars of the Lord.’” “And David said to Saul, ‘Why should you listen to the words of a man, saying, “Behold, David seeks your harm”?’ Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and (one) said to kill you, but (my soul) had pity on you, and I said, ‘I shall not stretch forth my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ And Father, see! Also, see the skirt of your coat in my hand, for in that I severed the skirt of your coat and I did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned against you, but you are stalking my soul to take it.” “May the Lord judge between me and you, and may the Lord avenge me of you, but my hand shall not be upon you. As says the proverb of the ancient one; ‘From the wicked comes forth wickedness,’ and my hand shall not be upon you.” “And he said to David, ‘You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me with goodness, while I have repaid you with evil. And you have shown today how you have dealt well with me, how the Lord delivered me into your hand, and you did not kill me. For when a man finds his enemy, does he send him away safely? And may the Lord repay you with goodness for what you have done to me on this day.”
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2020-07-28   177 vizionări
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2020-07-28
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