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Enlightenment: From The Way of Initiation by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Enlightenment: From The Way of Initiation by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“He who is in search of occult knowledge must fortify himself throughout the whole course of his efforts by the understanding, that after persevering for some time, he may have made suitable progress without becoming conscious of it in the precise way which he had expected. He who does not remember this, is likely to lose heart, and in a little while to abandon his efforts altogether. The mental powers and faculties about to be developed are at first, of the most subtle kind, and their nature differs entirely from the conceptions of them, which may be formed in the student’s mind. He has been accustomed to occupy himself with the physical world alone, and the mental and astral worlds seem to elude his gaze, and baffle his conceptions. It is, therefore, not remarkable if, at first, he fails to realize the new forces, mental and astral, which are developing in his own being. This is why it is dangerous to enter the path leading to occult knowledge without experienced guidance.” “The teacher can see the progress made by the pupil, long before the latter becomes conscious of it for himself. He sees the delicate organs of spiritual vision beginning to form themselves, before the pupil is aware of their existence, and a great part of the duties of the teacher consists in perpetual watchfulness, lest the disciple lose confidence, patience, and perseverance, before he becomes conscious of his own progress. The teacher, as we know, can confer upon the student no powers, which are not already latent within him, and his sole function is to assist in the awakening of slumbering faculties. But he may be a pillar of strength to him who strives to penetrate through darkness into the light.” “There are many who leave the occult path soon after setting foot upon it, because they are not immediately conscious of their own progress. And even when higher experiences begin to dawn upon the seeker, he is apt to regard them as illusions, because he had anticipated them quite differently. He loses courage, either because he regards these first experiences as of no value, or because they appear so insignificant that he has no hope of their leading to any appreciable results within a measurable time. Courage and self-confidence are the two lamps, which must never be allowed to burn themselves out on the pathway to the occult. He who cannot patiently repeat an exercise, which has failed for an apparently unlimited number of times, will never travel far.”
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2020-11-03   417 vizionări
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2020-11-03

Perek Shira - Singing Praises to the Creator: From “In Front of the Blind” by the Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Perek Shira - Singing Praises to the Creator: From “In Front of the Blind” by the Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar (vegan), Part 1 of 2

The Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar, a Shining World Hero Award Recipient, is an Israeli religious scholar who’s on a mission to spread veganism all across Israel and the world. Strong in his dedication and compassion for all God’s creatures, the Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar is a frequent lecturer at 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. The Reverend Rabbi Keisar is also the author of an important Jewish guide, “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” The book is a collection of excerpts from the Torah, the prophets, the Mishneh Torah, the Talmud, as well as from the Gaonim, Rishonim, and Achronim, which include Jewish spiritual leaders and religious legal scholars from the past and present. Through straightforward holy laws, the selection clearly shows how humans must treat all animals, namely with care and mercy. There is a widespread ancient Jewish text entitled, “Perek Shira” (Chapter of Song), a compilation of praises to God, sung by the Heavens and by His creatures, as the animals, from which the Jewish scholar is sharing some worth-mentioning lines. We will now read from the Reverend Rabbi Keisar’s book, “In Front of the Blind,” the chapter called “The Purpose of Animals.” “The Rooster says: ‘When the Holy One, blessed be He, comes to the righteous in the Garden of Eden, all the trees of the Garden of Eden exude their fragrance, and they rejoice and praise, and then He arouses and praises.’” “The Hen says: ‘He gives bread to all flesh, for His loving kindness endures forever.’” “The Pigeon says before The Holy One, blessed be He: ‘Master of the World, may my sustenance be as bitter as an olive in Your hands, rather than being sweet as honey in the hands of flesh and blood.’” “The Crane says: ‘Give thanks to Hashem with the lyre; play for Him with the ten-stringed harp.’” “The Bird says: ‘A Bird has also found her home and the sparrow a nest for herself where she placed her young; Your altars, Hashem of Hosts – my King and my God.’” “The Swallow says: ‘So that my soul shall sing Your honor and shall not be silent, Hashem my God – I shall forever thank you.’” “The Swift says: ‘My help is from Hashem, Maker of Heaven and Earth.’” “The Petrel says: ‘Light is sown for the righteous, joy for the straight-of-heart.’” “The Bat says: ‘Be comforted, My people, be comforted,’ says your God.”
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2020-10-31   389 vizionări
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2020-10-31

Jesus Christ - The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever: Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 2 of 2

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Jesus Christ - The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever: Sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with an excerpt from Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Jesus - Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever,” which represents a homily with the clear intention of bringing the reader to a realization of the everlasting, never-dying service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, with His unchanging and unconditional love, will be our forever-welcoming shore of salvation from the wild, and unpredictable sea of Earthly suffering. “He undertook the office of a Mediator from eternity with delight. He then delighted in the thoughts of saving sinners, and He still delights in it. He never has altered from the disposition to accomplish it. When man actually fell and became a rebel and an enemy, an enemy to His Father and Himself; still it was His delight to do the part of a Mediator for him.” “Fourth, Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, as the end, which He aims at in His office. His supreme end in it, is the glory of God, as particularly, in vindicating the honor of His majesty, justice, and holiness, and the honor of His holy law. For this end did He undertake to stand as a Mediator between God and man, and to suffer for men, namely that the honor of God’s justice, majesty, and law may be vindicated in His sufferings. And He also undertook the office to glorify the free grace of God.” “Fifth, Christ ever acts by the same rules in the execution of His mediatorial office. The rules that Christ acts by, in the execution of His office, are contained in a twofold covenant.” “1. The covenant of redemption, or the eternal covenant that was between the Father and the Son, wherein Christ undertook to stand as Mediator with fallen man, and was appointed thereto of the Father. In that covenant, all things concerning Christ’s execution of His mediatorial office were agreed between Christ and His Father, and established by them.” “2. Another covenant that Christ has regard to, in the execution of His mediatorial office, is that covenant of grace, which God established with man. …Sixth, He is in many respects unchangeable in the acts which He exercises in His office. He is unchangeable in His acceptance of those that believe in Him, and never will reject them.”
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2020-10-10   383 vizionări
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2020-10-10

Selections from “The Astral City” - Chapter 7: Lysias Explains

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Selections from “The Astral City” - Chapter 7: Lysias Explains

Numerous books have been written that provide insights into the afterlife and the soul’s immortality. One such volume is “Nosso Lar,” or “The Astral City,” by Spirit André Luiz through Spiritist medium Francisco Cândido Xavier. Francisco Cândido Xavier was a well-known Brazilian philanthropist who co-authored more than 400 books. In “The Astral City,” former medical doctor André Luiz speaks from the afterlife of his awakening and healing within a spiritual society near the Earth’s surface. This story describes not only the continuation of life beyond the physical body, but more importantly, how Heaven cares for each and every human soul. The following excerpt from “The Astral City” describes how André Luiz was strengthened spiritually upon his rescue from the Lower Zones. “‘Death of the physical body does not take man instantly to miraculous spheres. Every evolutionary process progresses through graduation. There are countless planes for discarnate Spirits, just as there are many wondrous regions for those still in flesh. All souls, feelings, forms and things are governed by the principles of natural evolution and hierarchy.’” “‘On the day you prayed with all your heart,’ continued Lysias, ‘when you realized that everything in the Universe belongs to our Almighty Father, even your tears were different. As you know, rain can at times be creative, at other times destructive. The Lord doesn’t wait for our prayers to love us. Yet, just as a dirty mirror cannot reflect the light, it is indispensable for us to cleanse ourselves and build a receptive attitude in order to understand His infinite goodness. Thus, it is not the Father who needs our penance, it is we who need it for the inestimable service it renders us.’” “‘Right, but keep in mind that all deserving petitions should contain three basic prerequisites: an active will, persevering work, and merit. In other words, one must first wish, then work towards that wish, and finally be deserving of what he requested.’”
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2020-10-20   368 vizionări
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2020-10-20

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 7 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 7 din 11

Nu există un Dumnezeu persoană, totul este Dumnezeu. Noi suntem o parte din întreg, şi totuşi suntem partea care face întregul. Dumnezeu este Creatorul, vedeţi? El/Ea se poate face pe El/Ea în multe, multe lucruri.
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2020-11-10   368 vizionări
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2020-11-10

I-Kuan Tao - The Three Treasures

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I-Kuan Tao - The Three Treasures

I-Kuan Tao means Consistent Way or Persistent Way. I-Kuan Tao is also known as Tian Dao. I-Kuan Tao is a Chinese salvationist religion that emerged from the Xiantiandao, (“Way of Former Heaven”) tradition in the late 19th century, in Shandong, China. I-Kuan Tao is a combination of spiritual ideas based on Confucius Teachings, and a deep respect and belief in the Lao Mu, the Eternal Primordial Mother and Maitreya, the future Buddha. In I-Kuan Tao, the three treasures are: Xuan Kwan (The Mystic Portal or Heavenly Portal), Wu-tzu-Jen-ching (Divine Mantra) and Ho Tong (The Covenant or Symbolic Seal). These three treasures are spiritual practices that are capable of keeping the believers safe and protect them, as well as enable the believers to reach sainthood. We will now share with you, “I-Kuan Tao – The Three Treasures.” “The first Treasure is the Mystic Portal. It is the spiritual nexus of your being. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the portal is the proper doorway.” “It is the door to the soul. When it is closed, the soul cannot be in touch with anyone. Once this doorway has been pointed and opened by an ordained master in the initiation ritual, you can use it in everyday life. In times of danger, it will help you avoid disaster, and keep yourself safe.” “The second Treasure is the Wordless True Sutra. It consists of sounds without words. It resonates with us deep in the heart. It is beyond the ordinary sounds and writings of the material world, for it is a mantra of power. This Treasure should not be said aloud or written down.” “Using the Wordless True Sutra will let you tap into more of your potential than you ever thought possible. If obstacles in life are like the morning fog, then the Wordless True Sutra is like the sun. When the sun comes out, the fog dissipates into nothingness, and you can see everything clearly.” “The third Treasure is the Hand Seal. The central meaning of this Treasure is nurturing love. It is a gesture where the left hand holds the right in a symbolic representation of the tender loving care that you feel when you hold an infant in your arms. The Hand Seal serves as a reminder of the child within us, our original nature beyond good and bad, right and wrong, judgement and criticism. Like the other Treasures, the Hand Seal can shield you from harm. In a crisis, the Hand Seal will help you maintain your safety and reduce your fears, so you can get yourself out of danger. Your fate is literally in your own hands. With the Hand Seal, you are able to not just change your fate, but also create your own destiny.”
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2020-10-07   346 vizionări
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2020-10-07

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 6 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 6 din 11

Nu sunt aici să vă demonstrez că sunt bună sau rea. Sunt aici să vă spun că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni, şi dacă urmaţi instrucţiunile mele, veţi simiţi, veţi vedea, veţi şti că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni ... Veţi simţi că voi sunteţi minunaţi, că îl cunoaşteţi pe Dumnezeu.
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2020-11-09   341 vizionări
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2020-11-09

Selections from “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I,” by Soamiji Maharaj (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I,” by Soamiji Maharaj (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“Radhasoami has assumed human form in this world. As Guru (Supreme Guide and Preceptor), He awakens Jivas (living beings). Those who understand and follow His teachings, are blessed with His company and association. By attending Satsang of Radhasoami, they enjoy true bliss and become contented. They love the Guru as a Chakor (bird enamored of the moon) loves the moon. Without Guru, they have no rest or peace even for a moment. Constantly uneasy lie their souls. When fortunately they get Darshan of Guru, they are supremely exhilarated and feel elated like a tender calf in the company of the mother-cow. The gurumukhs (special devotees) who have developed such an intense love for Guru, are taken in His special protection. They are rendered forgetful of their attachment to the body and of the pleasures of the senses, in a moment. The form of Guru is enshrined in their hearts. Really, they are with Guru all the 24 hours. Those who perform such a devotion, attain the bliss of Nam. They repeat the Holy Name in the manner that a thirst maddened Papiha (Rain-lover bird) cries for Swanti rain. When, by constant repetition of Nam, their Surat (Spirit) is awakened, they hear Shabd internally. They attain Guru’s Shabd (access to Trikuti (Three Prominences)), penetrate the Shabds of Sunn, Sat Lok, Alakh Lok and Agam Lok (Heavenly Realms), and finally secure admittance into Nij Pad (True Abode), the Radhasoami Dham. They get Poora Ghar (final abode of rest) and attain Poori Gati (perfect salvation). Nothing remains to be said now as there is nothing beyond, Radhasoami being the Highest Region.” “The Holy Word Radhasoami comprises five letters of Hindi alphabets, and ten of Persian. It discloses the mystery of Five Holy Shabds or Names, and grants ascension to ten regions.” “Radha is the name of the Dhun (Reverberation) and Soami is the Shabd (Sound). Know that Dhun and Shabd are one and the same, like water and its wave. Make no distinction between the two.” “Radha is the lover and Soami the beloved. Radhasoami sings of the union of Surat and Shabd.” “Radha is the Name of the Adi (Primal) Surat and Soami is the Adi Shabd. Radha and Soami form an inseparable pair, like Surat and Shabd. Know that both Radha and Soami are one-word: Radhasoami. As Surat dallies with Shabd, so does Radha abide in close union with Soami. Know that Radha and Soami are two, namely, Surat and Shabd. But they unite as one in Sat Lok (the fifth Spiritual Region).” “Radhasoami Nam whoever recites, gets across the ocean of life, troubles vanish, bliss abides, and completely gone is all strife. Such is this unfathomable Name that to none its secrets are known; he who comes to know the same is no more on the earth born.”
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2020-10-24   334 vizionări
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2020-10-24

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 4 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 4 din 11

Meditaţia nu schimbă lumea, vă schimbă pe voi, şi atunci dacă fiecare se schimbă, lumea devine mai liniştită ... Îndată ce medităm, nu înseamnă că trebuie să meditaţi, ci trebuie să mergeţi în interior şi eu trebuie să vă arăt cum. Trebuie să vă reconectez cu Sinele vostru adevărat. Aceasta este meditaţia adevărată, nu doar să stai acolo ca o statuie. Trebuie să vă reconectaţi cu Du
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2020-10-29   330 vizionări
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2020-10-29

The Golden Thread of Wisdom That Lights the World, Part 3 of 4 - The Law of Karmic Retribution

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The Golden Thread of Wisdom That Lights the World, Part 3 of 4 - The Law of Karmic Retribution

Welcome to Part Three – The Law of Karmic Retribution. Different religions may refer differently to karmic retribution, or cause and effect, but it is understood as a concept by all. We have heard of the sayings, “What goes around, comes around,” and “Like attracts like.” Positive actions bring favorable effects, while negative yields unfavorable results, also known as karmic retribution. While the principles of Divine Love and Grace are higher, and may be mercifully applied in the physical realms, karmic retribution is a law that cannot be ignored. The Holy Bible clearly teaches the concept of karma in the often-quoted verse, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” The verse continues, “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Even in ancient China thousands of years ago, people understood the wisdom of the enlightened Master Confucius, “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” Buddhism Surangama Sutra: “Ananda, if living beings in the six worlds of existence cease to kill, they will not be subject to the continual round of births and deaths… How then can those who practice great compassion feed on the flesh and blood of living beings?” Sikhism Sri Guru Granth Sahib: “The world eats dead carcasses, living by neglect and greed. Like a goblin, or a beast, they kill and eat the forbidden carcasses of meat. So control your urges, or else you will be seized by the Lord, and thrown into the tortures of hell.” Jainism Bhagavati Aradhana: “To kill any living being amounts to killing oneself. Compassion to others is compassion to one’s own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorns (that cause pain).” Cao Đài-ism The Collection of Divine Messages: “If you kill any living being, you shall be punished; no one knows whether a living being may have been an Immortal or a Buddha reincarnating to Earth. As I have said, all life is Me. To destroy life is to attempt to destroy Me. And it is not easy to destroy Me. Teach that to human beings.” In an effort to halt the factory farms and meat-processing plants that kill billions of animals every year, Supreme Master Ching Hai has been speaking out in urgent messages for some time. She asks that all meat-related businesses cease their operations and switch to a more wholesome living. On February 22, 2020, Supreme Master Ching Hai specifically addressed livestock industry owners as well as the fishing, egg, milk, fur, laboratory testing, cosmetics and leather industries.
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2020-10-02   325 vizionări
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2020-10-02

Love of Existence and Knowledge: From “The City of God” by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Love of Existence and Knowledge: From “The City of God” by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with an excerpt from Saint Augustine’s book, “The City of God.” “The cause, therefore, of the blessedness of the good is adherence to God. And so, the cause of the others’ misery will be found in the contrary, that is, in their not adhering to God.” “Wherefore, if when the question is asked, why are the former blessed, it is rightly answered, because they adhere to God; and when it is asked, why are the latter miserable, it is rightly answered, because they do not adhere to God, then there is no other good for the rational or intellectual creature save God only. Thus, though it is not every creature that can be blessed, yet that creature which has the capacity cannot be blessed of itself, since it is created out of nothing, but only by Him by Whom it has been created. For it is blessed by the possession of that Whose loss makes it miserable. He, then, who is blessed not in another, but in Himself, cannot be miserable, because he cannot lose himself.” “Accordingly, we say that there is no unchangeable good but the one, true, blessed God; that the things which He made are indeed good because from Him, yet mutable because made not out of Him, but out of nothing. Although, therefore, they are not the supreme good, for God is a greater good, yet those mutable things, which can adhere to the immutable good, and so be blessed, are very good; for so completely is He their good, that without Him they cannot but be wretched.” “And since this is so, then in this nature, which has been created so excellent, that though it be mutable itself, it can yet secure its blessedness by adhering to the immutable good, the supreme God: and since it is not satisfied unless it be perfectly blessed, and cannot be thus blessed save in God, in this nature, I say, not to adhere to God, is manifestly a fault. Now, every fault injures the nature, and is consequently contrary to the nature. The creature, therefore, which cleaves to God, differs from those who do not, not by nature, but by fault; and yet, by this very fault, the nature itself is proved to be very noble and admirable.”
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2020-10-17   317 vizionări
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2020-10-17

Love and Desire: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 2 of 2

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Love and Desire: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 2 of 2

Today, we will continue with Frater Ralph M. Lewis’s “The Sanctuary of Self,” and the chapter “Love and Desire,” in Part One of his book entitled, “The Mysteries.” “There are also the intellectual loves, the desires of the mind. The mind, the active intelligence, as we know, can establish ends, can aspire to purposes. These aspirations are mental ideals.” “Each such intellectual ideal, though it satisfies the intellectual love in part, impels the love to create still greater ones which bring increasing intellectual satisfaction. Whereas physical love, if indulged too frequently, may become satiated, intellectual loves ever increase the enjoyment they provide the mind of man. The ideals of the intellectual nature of man are knowledge and accomplishment. The intellect must become married to these ideals if it is to experience normalcy, regardless of what loves and gratifications man may have physically.” “What do the Rosicrucians say of love? From a Rosicrucian viewpoint, a rational approach to love is necessary. They realize, of course, that love is not merely an intellectual experience; but, on the other hand, they also realize that it is essential to understand the causes of love, so as to be able to produce the most lasting effect. First, they say that basically, all love is desire. It is a yearning or an appetite, if you will, for that which brings us pleasure. No one has ever loved that which brings pain, suffering, misfortune, or torment. Consequently, Rosicrucians contend that love is the desire for harmony. However, love of that which would be harmonious only to the physical senses, would leave certain other loves unrequited. The love of the intellect for the realization of its ideals would be neglected. The love of the emotional self would be forgotten, leaving it torn with fears, perhaps. The love of the spiritual self to express its sentiments psychically would also be submerged, if we were to concentrate on a love which brings harmony to the physical senses alone. Only as we experience the harmony of our whole being, all aspects of ourselves, do we experience absolute love, complete satisfaction. This absolute love is found in the health of the body and in its desire to maintain itself. It consists also of the love to exercise the creative powers of the mind and the love to express the spiritual values, such as compassion and self-sacrifice. The unity of these three loves, then, results in that great Rosicrucian ideal, Peace Profound.”
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2020-11-17   301 vizionări
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2020-11-17

Love and Desire: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 1 of 2

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Love and Desire: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 1 of 2

The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, also known as the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is a worldwide cultural, educational, and philosophical organization that is perpetuating the profound and practical teachings of the Rosicrucians. The Rosicrucian library is a source of spiritual wisdom and insight that includes the important writings by the respected imperators of the Order such as Dr. Harvey Spencer Lewis, Ralph M. Lewis, and Christian Bernard. Now, we will read from chapter IV, “Love and Desire,” from Part One - “The Mysteries,” in Frater Ralph M. Lewis’s book, “The Sanctuary of Self.” “Love is perhaps the most perplexing to mankind of all his inner experiences, and yet it is one had by every individual to some extent. Love is not a product of the It, is not an intellectual achievement, but an emotional, psychic one had by the self. Because it is such, love has been idealized by the poets and bards to such an extent that most persons believe that it is something to be left to a chance experience, or to be mysteriously attained without formula or method.” “The physical nature of man is one aspect of his generally accepted triune being. There are factors which are essential to it, such as food, drink, shelter, and sleep. When there is a deficiency of them, there is unbalance. The plenitude or fullness of man’s physical nature is its normal state. This normalcy is accompanied by the sensation of gratification, a kind of pleasure which we know as happiness. When there is a deficiency, a lack of that upon which man’s physical being depends, we become conscious of an irritability or of a disharmony. This disharmony engenders desire.” “Each of our objective or receptor senses has an ideal or a quality which is sought after.” “Each sense has a corresponding quality or beauty which is desired. Anything which will bring pleasure or gratification to a sense is by another name beautiful to it.” “Desire, then, is the urge to find the beautiful or its equivalent. It is the seeking out of that thing or condition which will satisfy that nature which the desire serves.” “Man must realize, however, that the end of life is not merely the satisfaction of the physical desires. To pursue these physical loves alone leaves unsatisfied the desires of the other natures. It keeps man continually in distress.”
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2020-11-16   300 vizionări
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2020-11-16

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 10 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 10 din 11

Eu sunt doar una, dar cu toţii simţiţi că vă iubesc numai pe voi, iubire destulă, sau am iubire destulă pentru toţi. Este din cauză că noi practicăm calea iubirii, şi noi se întâmplă să ştim cum să avem suficient. La fel cum ştim să economisim bani să devenim mai bogaţi, nu pentru că voi câştigaţi bani mai mulţi, dar nu neapărat, însă economisiţi mai mult.
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2020-11-13   292 vizionări
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2020-11-13

God’s Mercy and Truth is in Everything: From The Guide for the Perplexed by Maimonides (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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God’s Mercy and Truth is in Everything: From The Guide for the Perplexed by Maimonides (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Maimonides, also known as HaRambam, or Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, was a notable medieval Jewish philosopher, astronomer, physician, and intellectual figure. Famous works by Maimonides include “Mishne Torah,” a commentary on the Talmud, and “The Guide for the Perplexed,” philosophical discussions regarding theological matters. Today, we will share the Rabbi Moses ben Maimon’s insightful guidance on the spiritual challenges one may face. “The Guide for the Perplexed” is a book of theology that holds logical explanations on a variety of topics. We will now read excerpts from Part 3, Chapters 11 and 12. “All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom.” “If men possessed wisdom, which stands in the same relation to the form of man as the sight to the eye, they would not cause any injury to themselves or to others; for the knowledge of Truth removes hatred and quarrels, and prevents mutual injuries.” “This state of society is promised to us by the prophet in the words: ‘And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb,’ etc.; ‘and the cow and the bear shall feed together,’ etc.; and ‘the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,’ etc. The prophet also points out what will be the cause of this change; for he says that hatred, quarrel, and fighting will come to an end, because men will then have a true knowledge of God. ‘They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.’ Note it.” “For an ignorant man believes that the whole universe only exists for him; as if nothing else required any consideration. If, therefore, anything happens to him contrary to his expectation, he at once concludes that the whole universe is evil. If, however, he would take into consideration the whole universe, form an idea of it, and comprehend what a small portion he is of the Universe, he will find the truth. For it is clear that persons who have fallen into this widespread error as regards the multitude of evils in the world, do not find the evils among the angels, the spheres and stars, the elements, and that which is formed of them, namely, minerals and plants, or in the various species of living beings, but only in some individual instances of mankind.”
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2020-11-25   285 vizionări
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2020-11-25

Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 1 of 2

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Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 1 of 2

Internationally known clairvoyant Edgar Cayce was called “the sleeping prophet” due to the seemingly “deep sleep” he entered before he started a prophecy. He performed some 22,000 readings over four decades, from 1901 to 1944. Of these readings, more than 14,000 were recorded, ranging on topics such as reincarnation, oneness, the Akashic records (a library of all human events), ancient mysteries, universal laws, and the importance of meditation and prayer. Today, we will dive into Edgar Cayce’s profound elaboration on the purpose of our human existence on Earth, as he helps us to understand, or remember, that the Christ consciousness is something tangible and much closer to us than we can imagine – because it is within our own selves. We will also explore the alignment of our Earthly three-dimensional being. “Question: What is the main purpose of this incarnation? Answer: To glorify the Christ-Consciousness on the Earth - in the lives of those with whom ye come in contact, and to live the same thyself. Thus, the needs that this entity, as well as every entity (but this entity in its activities especially), be acquainted with, and walk of it in the way of life as manifest in the Christ.” “To be a channel of blessing to others is that purpose for which each soul has come into conscious activity in a material world. Thus, as you exercise these in relationship to the problems, you become strengthened to meet - physically, mentally, spiritually - those purposes He has given as to thy way of life in this material experience.” “Remember, MIND is the builder. Just as Father, Son, Holy Spirit; body, mind, soul. Then the Master - as the mind - is the way, is the how, that one becomes aware through application, through administration of the hopes, the desires, the faith of the soul itself. For, mind is of body and of soul, and when purified in the Christ-Consciousness it lives on and on as such.” “Remember, then, that all are tried as in the fires of self. For He has not willed that any soul should perish, but has with every temptation, every trial, prepared a way of escape. And they that are His, He will not allow to be tempted beyond that they are able to bear. Each soul, then, should gain this consciousness; that in HIM is the light, Him referring to that One that has been given into the world to become the Savior, the Redeemer of the world.”
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2020-09-14   281 vizionări
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2020-09-14

Stoic Philosophy is Applied in Humility - Excerpts from Epictetus’ Enchiridion, Part 2 of 2

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Stoic Philosophy is Applied in Humility - Excerpts from Epictetus’ Enchiridion, Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with excerpts from Epictetus’ Enchiridion, where the Stoic philosopher guides us through life’s situations with practical wisdom and care for one’s righteousness and inner clarity. “Begin by prescribing to yourself some character and demeanor, such as you may preserve both alone and in company. Be mostly silent, or speak merely what is needful, and in few words. We may, however, enter sparingly into discourse sometimes, when occasion calls for it; but let it not run on any of the common subjects, as gladiators, or horse races, or athletic champions, or food, or drink — the vulgar topics of conversation — and especially not on men, so as either to blame, or praise, or make comparisons. If you are able, then, by your own conversation, bring over that of your company to proper subjects; but if you happen to find yourself among strangers, be silent. Let not your laughter be loud, frequent, or abundant.” “Provide things relating to the body no further than absolute need requires, as food, drink, clothing, house, retinue. But cut off everything that looks toward show and luxury. Before marriage, guard yourself with all your ability from unlawful intercourse with women; yet be not uncharitable or severe to those who are led into this, nor boast frequently that you yourself do otherwise.” “In company, avoid a frequent and excessive mention of your own actions and dangers. For however agreeable it may be to yourself to allude to the risks you have run, it is not equally agreeable to others to hear your adventures. Avoid likewise, an endeavor to excite laughter, for this may readily slide you into vulgarity, and, besides, may be apt to lower you in the esteem of your acquaintance. Approaches to indecent discourse are likewise dangerous. Therefore, when anything of this sort happens, use the first fit opportunity to rebuke him who makes advances that way, or, at least, by silence and blushing and a serious look, show yourself to be displeased by such talk.” “When you do anything from a clear judgment that it ought to be done, never shrink from being seen to do it, even though the world should misunderstand it; for if you are not acting rightly, shun the action itself; if you are, why fear those who wrongly censure you?” “For there is great danger in hastily throwing out what is undigested. And if anyone tells you that you know nothing, and you are not nettled at it, then you may be sure that you have really entered on your work.”
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2020-09-08   278 vizionări
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2020-09-08

Aspects of the Spiritual Life: Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Aspects of the Spiritual Life: Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with Chapter II from the Reverend Thomas Merton’s book, “Thoughts in Solitude,” learning more about the free choice to do good or evil, the importance of keeping and expanding one’s human sensitivity, as well as the nature of wholeness of the spiritual life. “The good man comes from God and returns to Him. He starts with the gift of being and with the capacities God has given him. He reaches the age of reason and begins to make choices. The character of his choices is already to a great extent influenced by what has happened to him in the first years of his life, and by the temperament with which he is born. It will continue to be influenced by the actions of others around him, by the events of the world in which he lives, by the character of his society. Nevertheless, it remains fundamentally free.” “A saint is a perfect man. He is a temple of the Holy Ghost. He reproduces, in his own individual way, something of the balance and perfection and order that we find in the Human character of Jesus, the soul of Jesus, hypostatically united to the Word of God, enjoyed at the same time and without conflict the Clear Vision of God and the most common and simple and intimate of our human emotions — affection, pity and sorrow, happiness, pleasure, or grief; indignation and wonder; weariness, anxiety and fear; consolation and peace.” “If we are without human feelings, we cannot love God in the way in which we are meant to love Him — as men. If we do not respond to human affection, we cannot be loved by God in the way in which He has willed to love us — with the Heart of the Man, Jesus Who is God, the Son of God, and the anointed Christ.” “Nor does the spiritual life exclude thought and feeling. It needs both. It is not just a life concentrated at the ‘high point’ of the soul, a life from which the mind and the imagination and the body are excluded. If it were so, few people could lead it. And again, if that were the spiritual life, it would not be a life at all. If man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. Everything must be elevated and transformed by the action of God, in love and faith.”
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2020-09-05   275 vizionări
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2020-09-05

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment (Yuanjue jing) is a Buddhist scripture most likely composed in China during the start of the eighth century with its origin deemed to be from the Chan and Huayan field of study and practice. It is a very popular and influential sutra within the meditation-oriented Buddhist schools of East Asia like Chinese Chan, Korean Seon and Japanese Zen. A key factor for its popularity is its condensed format that focuses on the most important theoretical issues of the nature of enlightenment. There are twelve chapters and a short convocation in The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment. The convocation section sets out the scene of the sermon and the involvement of key participants. In a deep state of meditative concentration (Samādhi), Buddha and one hundred thousand great Bodhisattvas, with twelve eminent Bodhisattvas acting as spokespersons, engage in dialogue with the Buddha on doctrine, practice and enlightenment. “‘Virtuous man,’ quoth the Buddha, ‘the Supreme King of Dharma hath a great Dharanic Portal, named the Consummate Enlightenment, whence there emanate spontaneously all the sublimate veracious-thusness, Bodhi, Nirvana, and Paramita, whereby He hath heretofore instructed all Bodhisattvas. Whilst all the thus-adventists were still in their primordial causal terra, they all relied on the consummate effulgence upon the purified aspect of enlightenment, whence they were able to eliminate inanity perpetually, so that they were able to attain Buddhahood.’” “‘Virtuous man, when one practices on the thus-adventist’s consummate enlightenment in the primordial terra, one shall comprehend that nascences and demises are nothing but ethereal blossoms, and resultingly, to this practitioner, all transmigrations shall then cease to be; and he shall also perceive that there are neither body nor mind to undergo such nascences and demises — Yet this is not due to any endeavor executed that could make it so, but simply owing to the non-existence of the quintessence. And that which could make such perception and consciousness is akin to the ethereal space as well; that which could comprehend everything being like the ethereal space, yet again, is no more than another ethereal-blossomwise phenomenon. However, one still could not aver that the essence of perception and consciousness is altogether nihil. It is only when both existence and non-existence are entirely dispelled that it could come to be entitled as the state of Congruity with Purified Enlightenment. Wherefore is it so? For both existence and non-existence are of the nature of ethereal space — both of which being always unchangeable; for within the thus-adventist repertory, there is neither nascence nor demise, neither comprehension nor perception; for they are akin to the quintessence of the Dharmic spheres, which is ultimately consummate and immanently pervasive throughout the ten directions. Such a state comes to be termed as the Dharmic Cultivation of the Primordial Terra. Owing to this, the Bodhisattva is able to generate the purified mind in the major vehicle. If the multibeings in the fin de siècle could cultivate themselves in compliance with this, never shall they degenerate into any devious diews.’”
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2020-09-16   273 vizionări
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2020-09-16

A Night of Weeping and a Morning of Joy: From The Divine Plan of the Ages by Charles Taze Russell, Part 1 of 2

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A Night of Weeping and a Morning of Joy: From The Divine Plan of the Ages by Charles Taze Russell, Part 1 of 2

Charles Taze Russell, also known as Pastor Russell, was an American religious leader, author and lecturer. He was the founder of the Christian denomination of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group that emerged from the Bible Student movement in the United States. The Bible Student movement was based on the teachings and ministry of Mr. Russell. 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 will rule the Earth through Christ. In 1879, Mr. Russell started a Bible journal, now called The Watch Tower, after which he established the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society for the purpose of distributing religious literature. He remained president of the society until he passed away in 1916. Mr. Russell’s books and booklets were widely read, with 16 million copies in 35 languages. In addition, his weekly sermons were published by thousands of newspapers. Among the most well-known works of his is the seven-volume series, “Studies in the Scriptures.” Today, we will read a selection from Volume 1 of Charles Taze Russell’s “Studies in the Scriptures” entitled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” “The title of this series of Studies — ‘The Divine Plan of the Ages,’ suggests a progression in the Divine arrangement, foreknown to our God and orderly. We believe the teachings of Divine revelation can be seen to be both beautiful and harmonious from this standpoint and from no other. The period in which sin is permitted has been a dark night to humanity, never to be forgotten; but the glorious day of righteousness and Divine favor, to be ushered in by Messiah, who, as the Sun of Righteousness, shall arise and shine fully and clearly into and upon all, bringing healing and blessing, will more than counterbalance the dreadful night of weeping, sighing, pain, sickness and death, in which the groaning creation has been so long.” “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord; for as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
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2020-10-21   270 vizionări
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2020-10-21
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