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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   273 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   272 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   268 vizionări
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2020-10-21

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

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

Born in Kentucky, USA in 1877, Edgar’s psychic abilities first appeared as a child. His sole desire was to help others, and at the age of 12, an angelic figure appeared before him assuring him that his prayers had been answered. His psychic aptitude grew over time and he began to prophesize on a wide range of subjects. We will now continue our exploration of Edgar Cayce’s fascinating inner discoveries, as written in his “Christ Consciousness.” A soul’s purpose on Earth is to know the Christ within itself, and to become one with that awareness, and with God’s will. “For, truly does the soul live on and become the more and more aware, of that which is done in an unselfish manner, so that it may become more and more aware of abiding and living and being in Christ Consciousness. And hence the greater soul development that may be for any soul, is to be less and less of self, less and less with MATERIAL desire, but more and more in accord with the Christ, the Holy One, the Life, the Manifestation of all those things that have been said to be so impractical as related to materiality; yet they are the REAL, the TRUE things in the experiences of every soul.” “Just being kind and gentle, just being patient and giving in the experiences with those one contacts day by day, brings that joy, that pleasure, that understanding, that can ONLY come with walking with Him. And He is very near unto thee; He is in thine own heart, thine own life, day by day.” “While He, thy Master, thy Friend, thy Brother, stands ever ready to aid – ye cannot bear the cross alone. Hence, He has given, ‘Believe in me and ye may ask that ye WILL.’ If thy will then is one with His, there may come into thine experiences the ability to forgive those who have PURPOSELY wronged thee.” “At such times, then, look deep into the life of the man Jesus and see how He dealt with the problems of the day. As He gave, in the interpretation of His purpose on the Earth, He recognized the needs of each soul as to its purpose on the Earth also. For, all men (and He was a man) have fallen short of the glory of God. Only in Him, through Him, by Him may one attain to that true sonship, that true fellowship, that true relationship to the Creative Forces or God.”
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2020-09-15   261 vizionări
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2020-09-15

The Kingdom of God, Guru and God are One: Selections from Dadu Dayal (vegetarian): The Compassionate Mystic, Part 2 of 2

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The Kingdom of God, Guru and God are One: Selections from Dadu Dayal (vegetarian): The Compassionate Mystic, Part 2 of 2

GOING WITHIN. “Inner worship alone is the true worship. It is the only effective means of seeing God face to face. Blemishes are washed away only through the inner bath. All outer means are futile. By rendering service within your heart, You see the One who is indestructible and boundless, With no limit on either this end or that, says Dadu. After entering within, let one, O Dadu, bolt the doors of the house. Let one, O Dadu, serve the Lord at the door of eternity. To Him alone is service rendered and homage paid by devotees. Before Him alone they wave lamps in adoration. The ceremony of showing lighted lamps Is to be performed within. Within is worship to be done; Within is service to the Master. It is rare that someone understands. One finds the Lord within the body By playing the unstruck inner veena. By going through the region of the void, The Lord is seen with ease. Search for the Beloved close to the place From where the Sound emerges And you shall find Him, says Dadu. There is solitude there, and there is luster of light. Turn back within yourself, O wise one, And search inside, says Dadu. Give up the habit of going out. He is close to you, O foolish one. One who, turning the attention inward, Brings it within the self, And fixes it on the radiant form of the Master, Is indeed wise, O Dadu. Fix your attention within; Sing always the inner Music with the soul. This mind then dances with ecstasy And enjoys the rhythmic beat. One sings within the self And the rhythmic Music is played. The mind dances with love And there stands the merciful Lord, says Dadu. The body is the pond, and God is the water; The essential discipline is practiced within. Then the impurities and blemishes of the mind Are easily washed away, O Dadu. Treating God’s Name as water, bathe in it, Conquering the senses forever. The body, mind and self are purified thereby, And the five powerful passions are destroyed. God is within the self; He is close to the worshipper But leaving Him aside, people devote themselves to outer places of worship, laments Dadu. This is the mosque, this is the temple: So has the Master shown. Service and salutation are performed within. Why should you go outside? asks Dadu. I found the true home, O friend, within the house itself. Entering the state of blissful meditation, dwell within: Thus has the Master discovered and taught. For the sake of that Home, I wandered everywhere, But the Lord has revealed Himself within my own self. The doors of the palace have been thrown open, And the everlasting abode has been shown. All fears, doubts and delusions have disappeared, And the mind is absorbed in the truth. That state of bliss has it entered, Where the self, transcending the body, ascends. The One that is immovable and unchangeable, The same One have I seen in all. My mind is absorbed in that alone; Other than that there is none. That Home have I found That is the beginning, as well as the end. Now my mind goes not elsewhere. Dadu has been dyed in the color of the One, And therein has he merged.” NECESSITY OF A LIVING MASTER Guru and God are One. “The true Saint is wholly merged in God. God can be realised only through Him, and He can be found through God’s grace. A true devotee, fully immersed in divine love, is one and the same as God, like salt dissolved in water. And eternal dweller of the ocean of divine bliss, a living manifestation of God’s Name, the Saint comes to the world only on a mission of mercy to save others. Where there is God, there is the Saint; Where there is the Saint, there is God. The two are together, O Dadu. Interpenetrating each other, they rest in perfect communion.”
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2020-10-06   259 vizionări
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2020-10-06

Enlightenment: From The Way of Initiation by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Enlightenment: From The Way of Initiation by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Born in 1861, Dr. Rudolf Steiner was a great Austrian polymath, philosopher and scientist who made influential contributions in the fields of education, science, spirituality and medicine. He is perhaps best known for pioneering the holistic educational methods for the Waldorf schools. An eloquent public speaker and gifted writer, he gave over 6,000 lectures in his lifetime and gained recognition as a literary critic. His writings cover a wide range of subjects, and he published more than 25 books, including “Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age,” “The Way of Initiation,” and “Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: The Philosophy of Freedom.” He developed and taught an esoteric spiritual philosophy called anthroposophy, based on “the science of the spirit.” Today, we will quench our spiritual thirst with a reading from Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s chapter “Enlightenment,” from his book “The Way of Initiation.” “Enlightenment is the result of very simple processes. Here, too, it is a matter of developing certain feelings and thoughts which are dormant within all men, but must be awakened. Only he who carries out these simple processes with complete patience, continuously and strenuously, can be led by them to the reception of inner illumination.” “If a man has once acquired the faculty of seeing with spiritual eyes, he sooner or later, meets with the beings here mentioned, some of them higher, some lower than man himself; beings who never entered into physical existence.” “When he has advanced thus far, the way to a great deal lies open before him; but it is inadvisable to proceed further without an experienced guide. Indeed, for all that has here been described, such experienced guidance is desirable, and he who has the endurance to fulfil the elementary conditions of enlightenment, will assuredly seek and discover his guide. Under all circumstances, it is important to give warning, and he who will not heed it had better leave untrodden all the steps of occult science.” “In our time, the path to occult science is sought after by many. It is sought in various ways, and many dangerous and even objectionable modes are practiced. Therefore, it is that those who know of the truth and dangers concerning these things, have allowed a greater portion of the occult training and the necessary warning to be published.”
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2020-11-02   254 vizionări
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2020-11-02

Selections from "The Pathway of Life" by Leo Tolstoy (vegetarian): Volume 1, God, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from "The Pathway of Life" by Leo Tolstoy (vegetarian): Volume 1, God, Part 2 of 2

“Some say of God that He dwells in heaven. It is also said that He dwells in man. Both statements are true: He is in heaven, that is, in the limitless universe, and He is also in the soul of man.” “The more a man fulfills the will of God, the better he knows Him. If a man fails altogether to fulfill the will of God, he does not know Him at all, though he might affirm that he knew Him or pray to Him. Even as you must come closer to a thing in order to know it, so you may know God only if you draw nigh unto Him. And to draw nigh unto God it is possible only by good works. And the more a man accustoms himself to live a good life, the more closely he will know God. And the better he knows God, the better he will love his fellowmen. One thing leads to the other. …that we must fulfill the God given law in our own life, and that our life becomes better to the extent that we fulfill His law.” “My spiritual ‘I’ is no kinsman to my body, therefore it is in my body not of its own volition, but in accordance with some higher will. This higher will is what we understand as God and call God. God is neither to be worshipped, nor praised. One can only be silent about Him and serve Him. As long as a man sings and shouts and repeats in the presence of others: ‘Lord, Lord,’ know that he has not found God. He who has found Him maintains silence.”
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2020-09-29   253 vizionări
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2020-09-29

On Serenity and Insight: Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume 3,” Part 2 of 2

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On Serenity and Insight: Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume 3,” Part 2 of 2

“As I have explained, meditative serenity has the features of non-discursiveness — in other words, when your attention is intentionally set on a single object of meditation, it stays there; clarity — in other words, it is free from laxity; and benefit — in other words, delight and bliss. However, you should not be satisfied with just this. Rather, developing the wisdom that properly determines the meaning of reality, you must cultivate insight. Otherwise, since mere concentration is something Buddhists have in common even with non-Buddhists, its cultivation — as with non-Buddhist paths — will not get rid of the seeds of the afflictions. Hence it will not free you from cyclic existence.” “What kind of meditation leads to liberation? As cited earlier, the very next [verse of the King of Concentrations Sutra] says: If you analytically discern the lack of self in phenomena And if you cultivate that analysis in meditation This will cause the result, attainment of nirvana; There is no peace through any other means.” “This scripture very clearly teaches that only the wisdom of selflessness severs the root of cyclic existence. Therefore, you must have certain knowledge of this. For even non-Buddhist sages have many good qualities — such as concentration and the super knowledges — but, since they do not have the view of selflessness, they cannot escape cyclic existence at all. In this way the Scriptural Collection of the Bodhisattvas, cited earlier, says: One who is satisfied with mere concentration, not understanding the reality explained in the scriptures, might develop an inflated sense of pride, mistaking mere concentration for the path of meditation on the profound meaning. Consequently, such a person will not become free from cyclic existence. It was with this in mind that I said, ‘One who listens to others will be free from aging and death.’” “Generally, among all the Conqueror's scriptures there are some that explicitly teach about reality, and even those that do not explicitly teach it nonetheless indirectly point toward it. The darkness of confusion is not overcome until the knowledge of reality dawns, but it is overcome when that knowledge arises. Therefore, meditative serenity — one-pointedness of mind — does not in itself become pure sublime wisdom, nor does it overcome the darkness of confusion. Hence there is no doubt that you must seek wisdom; you should think, ‘I will seek the wisdom that discerns the meaning of selflessness —reality.’”
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2020-10-15   250 vizionări
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2020-10-15

Selections from "The Pathway of Life" by Leo Tolstoy (vegetarian): Volume 1, God, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from "The Pathway of Life" by Leo Tolstoy (vegetarian): Volume 1, God, Part 1 of 2

“Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” This insightful saying by Leo Tolstoy is a valuable reminder for all of us to reflect inward. The renowned 19th-century Russian author suggested that we ask ourselves what God really wants us to do. As Leo Tolstoy said, “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” Supreme Master Ching Hai once spoke of Tolstoy in a group meditation with our Association members in July, 1997 in Los Angeles, USA. “Because Tolstoy was a practitioner. That’s why when you read his stories, most stories are about spiritual things, about God, and very happy and very positive. It’s very good to read him, to read his books. You try. If you haven’t, you try. You can read more. Such things are very good for you.” We would like to share an insightful excerpt from Volume 1 of “The Pathway of Life,” a collection of Tolstoy’s philosophies on religion, life, death and more. “Besides all that is corporeal within us, and in the entire universe, we know something incorporeal which gives life to our body and is connected with it. This incorporeal something, connected with our body, we call our soul. The same incorporeal something, but not connected with anything, and giving life to everything that lives, we call God.” “To know God is possible only within oneself. Until you find God within yourself, you will nowhere find him. There is no God for him who cannot find Him within himself.” “It is not you who live; what you call yourself, is dead. That which animates you is God. Do not think that you can earn merit with God by works; all works are as nothing before God. It is needful not to earn merit before God, but to be God.” “It is well to fear God, but it is better to love Him. But best of all it is to resurrect Him within. Man must love, but one can truly love only that in which there is no evil. And there is only one Being in whom there is no evil: namely God. If God did not love Himself in you, you could never love yourself, God or your neighbor.”
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2020-09-28   245 vizionări
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2020-09-28

On Serenity and Insight: Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume 3,” Part 1 of 2

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On Serenity and Insight: Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume 3,” Part 1 of 2

Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa was also known by the honorific title Je Rinpoche. Tsongkhapa, whose birth and spiritual connection with the Manjushri Bodhisattva was foretold by the Shakyamuni Buddha, entered monastic life at age seven and was given the ordained name Lobsang Drakpa. Even after attaining the merits of the highest realization and perfect understanding, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa remained a humble enlightened Master. He REFRAINED FROM THE USE OF MIRACLE POWERS and instead shared His insights about pure moral conduct being the basis for successful spiritual training and development. Along with founding the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa also wrote several books, including “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment,” which highlights a unified message from all Buddhist teachings as well as explaining how to put them into practice. Now we are going to present selections from Volume 3 of “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.” “The concentration that you will accomplish here has two special features: vivid intensity — an intense mental clarity — and non-discursive stability, staying one-pointedly on the object of meditation...” “Since the development of this sort of vivid intensity is blocked as long as there is laxity, while one-pointed non-discursiveness is blocked as long as there is excitement, laxity and excitement are the chief obstacles to achieving genuine concentration. So if you do not understand how to identify accurately the subtle and coarse forms of laxity and excitement, or if you do not know how to correctly sustain a concentration which stops these once you have identified them, then it will be impossible for you to develop serenity, not to mention insight. Hence, those who diligently seek concentration should master these techniques...Here, concentration refers to your attention remaining one-pointedly on an object of meditation; in addition, it must stay with the object continuously. Two things are needed for this: a technique in which your attention is not distracted from whatever it had as its original object of meditation, and an accurate awareness of whether you are distracted and whether you are becoming distracted. The former is mindfulness; the latter is vigilance. Vasubandhu's Commentary on the ‘Ornament for the Mahayana Sutras’ states: Mindfulness and vigilance bring about close mental focus because the former prevents your attention from wandering from the object of meditation and the latter clearly recognizes that your attention is wandering. If a lapse in mindfulness leads to forgetting the object of meditation, you will be distracted and will immediately lose the object upon which you are meditating. Therefore, the foundation of cultivating concentration is mindfulness which does not forget the object.” “It is said that you achieve concentration on the basis of mindfulness and that mindfulness is like a rope that actually fastens your attention to the object of meditation continuously, so mindfulness is the main technique to sustain in achieving concentration.”
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2020-10-14   242 vizionări
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2020-10-14

Spiritual Laws – Selection from an Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian)

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Spiritual Laws – Selection from an Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a renowned 19th-century American essayist, philosopher, lecturer, poet, and a leader of the transcendental philosophical movement. His literature influenced many other celebrated writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Emerson is most famous for his essays, through which he expresses ideas of freedom, spirituality, individuality, the great ability of humans to realize almost everything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled widely giving lectures and became well known for his publications “Essays” and “Nature.” Today, we will invigorate our minds and spirits with an excerpt from one of Mr. Emerson’s perceptive essays entitled, “Spiritual Laws.” “The simplicity of the universe is very different from the simplicity of a machine. The simplicity of nature is not that which may easily be read, but is inexhaustible. The last analysis can no wise be made. We judge of a man’s wisdom by his hope, knowing that the perception of the inexhaustibleness of nature is an immortal youth. The wild fertility of nature is felt in comparing our rigid names and reputations with our fluid consciousness.” “A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us, that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary, and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience, we become divine. Belief and love, — a believing love will relieve us of a vast load of care. O my brothers, God exists. There is a soul at the center of nature, and over the will of every man, so that none of us can wrong the universe. It has so infused its strong enchantment into nature, that we prosper when we accept its advice, and when we struggle to wound its creatures, our hands are glued to our sides, or they beat our own breasts. The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Why need you choose so painfully your place, and occupation, and associates, and modes of action, and of entertainment?”
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2020-10-19   238 vizionări
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2020-10-19

Excerpts from “A Conversation Among Five Travelers Concerning Life’s True Happiness” by Hryhorii Skovoroda (vegetarian)

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Excerpts from “A Conversation Among Five Travelers Concerning Life’s True Happiness” by Hryhorii Skovoroda (vegetarian)

Hryhorii Skovoroda, was an 18th century philosopher, poet, and composer of religious music. A number of his songs can be found in his writings, and several of them have been adapted to Ukrainian folk music. Skovoroda’s work contributed to the culture of both Russia and Ukraine. He is considered to be one of the key philosophical figures during the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern time. His work also revealed a deep belief in Godliness and a life of spiritual rather than material value. Skovoroda’s writings are in Socratic dialog form and are genuinely imaginative, witty, dramatic, and always have a theme that highlights happiness and appreciation of life. He has been called a “Socrates” both as a moralist and one whose work is intended to stimulate thought and self-introspection. We now share with you excerpts from his writings on “A Conversation Among Five Travelers Concerning Life’s True Happiness.” Wisdom: “Wisdom is like the sharp and far-seeing eye of the eagle, and virtue is like manly arms joined to the nimble legs of a deer. This divine union is vividly depicted in the following fable.” “‘That is not the end of the matter,’ said the blind man, ‘you are a light and precious burden to me: I shall carry you, my treasure, on my back. Let your clear eyes be the eternal masters of my body and a head to all my members. Put an end to the torment of this primordial darkness that hounds me inhumanly along the empty path of the body’s distractions. I am your steed; mount upon my shoulders and guide me, dearest brother and master.’ ‘I shall mount up willingly, my brother, in order to show the truth of the word of God written by the author of Proverbs: ‘Brother helped by brother is like a firm and tall city, strong like a well-founded kingdom.’” Nature and Happiness: “Nature, our most merciful Mother and the Father of all our pleasures, has opened the path to happiness to all creatures that breathe without exception. But the trouble is that we do not try to find out precisely where happiness lies. We grab and clutch what merely presents an attractive appearance as though it were a firm foundation. Lack of counsel is the source of our unhappiness. It makes us prisoners, representing the bitter as sweet and the sweet as bitter.”
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2020-10-08   233 vizionări
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2020-10-08

Love of Existence and Knowledge: From “The City of God” by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Love of Existence and Knowledge: From “The City of God” by Saint Augustine of Hippo (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Saint Augustine of Hippo was an esteemed late 4th and early 5th century Christian bishop in present-day Algeria. He became Bishop of Hippo, an ancient seaport city, in his early 40s, and remained in the position for the rest of his life. Known as one of the greatest Christian philosophers, St. Augustine was a prolific writer, with about 100 books, 300 letters and 500 sermons still preserved. His work covers subjects including theology, philosophy and sociology and has had a lasting influence on the Christian world. Among his most significant writings are “The City of God,” “De Doctrina Christiana” and “Confessions.” The respected bishop was also a compassionate vegetarian, and drew attention to the lifestyle of those who “not only abstain from flesh and wine, but also from other viands. … which flatter taste.” Today, we will open Saint Augustine’s book “The City of God,” to read a selection of insights on the universal gift of existence, which by itself gives us an awareness, which no living creature would trade for anything else. “And truly the very fact of existing is by some natural spell so pleasant, that even the wretched are, for no other reason, unwilling to perish; and, when they feel that they are wretched, wish not that they themselves be annihilated, but that their misery be so.” “The well-known feeling of such men witnesses to this. For when we see that they fear to die, and will rather live in such misfortune than end it by death, is it not obvious enough how nature shrinks from annihilation?” “And how much human nature loves the knowledge of its existence, and how it shrinks from being deceived, will be sufficiently understood from this fact, that every man prefers to grieve in a sane mind, rather than to be glad in madness. And this grand and wonderful instinct belongs to men alone of all animals; for, though some of them have keener eyesight than ourselves for this world’s light, they cannot attain to that spiritual Light with which our mind is somehow irradiated, so that we can form right judgments of all things. For our power to judge is proportioned to our acceptance of this Light…”
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2020-10-16   228 vizionări
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2020-10-16

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

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Self and Soul: 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. These teachings, as passed down and added to over the centuries, from ancient Egypt to Europe and now all over the world, pertain to the mysteries of the universe, nature, and humans themselves. Today, we will read from chapter III, “Self and Soul,” from Part One entitled, “The Mysteries,” in Frater Ralph M. Lewis’s book, “The Sanctuary of Self.” A detailed and comprehensive explanation is offered in this chapter, on the nature of consciousness and human’s awareness. “It is commonly said that we feel self, but such is a verisimilitude (the appearance of truth). The fact is that the sensations of self are not like those we derive from the touch of an object. To self, there are no sensations of hot, cold, hard, or soft, nor are there sensations of pain or pleasure. You realize that you are you, quite aside from such experiences. This consciousness of self, then, is a consciousness of our consciousness.” “The consciousness has thresholds. By thresholds, we mean the points at which certain effects or sensations begin to occur in the brain. The thresholds for the impulses of sound and sight, for example, are considerably lower than those of the vague impressions of self. Consequently, it is comparatively easy to lose a realization of self, if the grosser impulses of the sense organs dominate the consciousness of the brain. In other words, if the consciousness is exposed to a bombardment of sounds and an excitation of visual impressions, we know from our own experience that we lose momentarily, a realization of self in these physical perceptions of the objective consciousness. Only when the thresholds of the receptor senses are partially blocked or suppressed, do we become fully aware of those more subtle impressions, which reach the higher thresholds of the brain consciousness, and which we experience as self.” “The activities of self, the realities of our inner being, are more complex in this sense than are those particulars of the material or everyday world which we experience. If, for analogy, the Cosmic order or God, whichever you please, is the synthesis of everything, then that God obviously is complex — infinite in substance and in variety. If we become conscious of the complex, or the greater evolvements or manifestations of His nature, the closer is our intimacy with Him, the more of Him we experience.”
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2020-10-12   224 vizionări
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2020-10-12

True Monk: Selections from Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra, Book II, Lecture 1 – The Lotus, Part 2 of 2

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True Monk: Selections from Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra, Book II, Lecture 1 – The Lotus, Part 2 of 2

“A monk who does not act, nor kill, who is free from wrath, pride, deceit, and greed, who is calm and happy, should not entertain the following wish: May I, after my departure from this world, by dint of my intellect, knowledge, memory, learning, or of the performance of austerities, religious duties, chastity, or of this habit to eat no more than is necessary to sustain life, become a god at whose command are all objects of pleasure, or a perfected saint who is exempt from pain and misery. (Through his austerities) he may obtain his object, or he may not obtain it. A monk should not be infatuated with sounds, colors, smells, tastes, and feelings of touch; he should abstain from wrath, pride, deceit, and greed, from love, hate, quarrel, calumny, reviling of others, aversion to control and delight in sensual things, deceit and untruth, and the sin of wrong belief. In this way a monk ceases to acquire gross karma, controls himself, and abstains from sins. He does not kill movable or immovable beings, nor has them killed by another person, nor does he consent to another’s killing them. In this way a monk ceases to acquire gross karma, controls himself, and abstains from sins. He does not acquire sentient or senseless objects of pleasure, nor has them acquired by another person, nor does he consent to another’s acquiring them.” “A monk who knows the proper measure in all things travelling in one direction or other, should teach, explain, and praise the Law (spiritual precepts), preach it unto those who exert themselves well, and to those who do not, to all who come to listen. He should preach to them indifference for the peace of mind, cessation of passion, Nirvana, purity, simplicity, humility, freedom from bonds. He should preach the Law which prohibits to kill any living being, after having well considered it. When a monk preaches the Law (spiritual precepts), he should preach it not for the sake of food, drink, clothes, resting-place, or lodging, nor for any objects of pleasure; but he should preach the Law indefatigably, for no other motive than the annihilation of karma. Those heroes of faith who are instructed in the Law (spiritual precepts), by such a monk and exert themselves well, are possessed of all virtues, abstain from all sins, cease from all passions, conduct themselves well in every way, and reach final beatitude.”
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2020-11-21   219 vizionări
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2020-11-21

Selections of Mystic Verses of Tulsi Sahib (vegetarian), Saint of Hathras, Part 2 of 2

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Selections of Mystic Verses of Tulsi Sahib (vegetarian), Saint of Hathras, Part 2 of 2

“Rare is the human form even for gods, thus declare all sages from the housetops. Declare all sages from the housetops: Even gods will not obtain the human form. For such a heaven do the foolish aspire, whence gods get thrown into hell when earned merit ends. Lured into the performance of pious deeds, people have still to wander from species to species. He who has perceived the Essence within his body and mind Looks down with contempt, O Tulsi, on the pleasures of paradise. Rare, indeed, is the human form even for the gods, thus declare all sages from the housetops.” “Listen to me Palak Ram, my esteemed friend. They verily fall into the dungeon of hell Who slaughter living beings and eat their flesh; Who kills a goat, suffers the consequences. They do this to seek the pleasure of the palate. And cause life from the living to be extinguished. For the sake of sensual gratification they buy sin. And get their abode in the fires of hell. Never will they get release from this bondage, Be they hermits, recluses, householders or others. None will escape the tortures of hell. Whoever has eaten flesh and fish in this life Is bound in captivity by the butcher, Kal (the negative power). Nothing good will come out of such conduct. Take this as evidence from the writings of Saints. Nanak and Kabir have given the same message, Dadu and Dariya have sung the same song.” “Look at the folly of man, for which he suffers much pain: He kills a living being, he deprives it of its right to live. He cuts a goat and offers it to appease the goddess. The ignorant fool knows not the wages of his sin. Others’ offspring he kills and feels no compassion. How shall he be well, suffering anguish life after life? He eats the flesh of beasts, he puts them to an untimely death; Such a man will take on the form of a ghost, life after life. Tulsi declares from the housetops: Kill not the living; Within all resides the beloved Lord — listen, O men and women!” “The mental make-up of man emanates from his karmas. He remains involved in performing actions good and bad. According to the nature of the actions he performs, He is put into the bondage of various species. In accordance with the trade that a merchant practices, He carries loss and profit, pain and pleasure along with him. He who conducts his trade under the sway of desires Drifts with the currents of the ocean of eighty-four; He moves from species to species according to his actions. This snare is manifestly spread in the entire creation. He is born, he dies, and again he takes a new frame; As he sows, so does he reap the fruit of his actions. In the cycle of eighty-four, he remains in slumber; And in the human form, only a rare one awakens. Through a Master’s teachings he realizes God, Just as collyrium (healing herb) placed in his eyes restores his vision. Without a Master’s teachings to guide them, even gods, men and sages do not get release; When Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh get not deliverance, what can we say about ordinary creatures?” “Oh think thou deeply and deliberate; Without the guidance of a Master The way cannot ever be found. He will dye thee in satsang’s color. Take thy soul to regions celestial. And reveal the firmament within. If thou desirest to revel In realms spiritual within thine own self, None will help thee except the Saints. In a short moment wilt thou depart, And thy body be reduced to dust. Thy Master alone, O Tulsi, will show The entrance back to thy Home.” “Man continues to stumble in ignorance and thus goes on suffering from the shaft of pain. He is bereft of the company of the holy; who but the Saint can put him on the Path? If he were to meet the benevolent Satguru, the primordial mystery would be unraveled. Indeed, O Tulsi, the Master would wipe off the stores of karma and drive the Angel of Death away.”
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2020-09-24   218 vizionări
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2020-09-24

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

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

“‘Virtuous man, the multifarious phantasmal transformations of all the multibeings are generated from the wondrous mind of their thus-adventistic consummate enlightenment. It can be compared to the ethereal blossoms, which come into being, as it were, out of the space; and when the phantasmal blossoms vanish, the essence of the space would not go into deterioration along with the blossoms. Thus, the phantasmal minds of multibeings are to terminate along with the phantasmata; yet when all phantasmata die away, the enlightened mind would still remain impregnable. Nevertheless, when this enlightenment is maintained as an opposition to phantasm, such enlightenment would still be reduced to a sort of phantasm. If one professes that there is enlightenment, it would only evince that one has not yet been entirely detached from phantasm. On the other hand, if someone pronounces that there is no enlightenment, he would be entangled in the same phantasmal state as the former person. Consequently, only when all phantasmata have come to expiration, could it be deemed as the state of impregnability.’” “‘Virtuous man, all Bodhisattvas and latter-age multibeings must perforce depart from the phantasmal transformations, and all spurious delusive phenomena. If one is able to persist steadfastly in one’s intent for renunciation, in the meantime it behooves one to be aware that such an intent is also phantasmal; hence it should also be renounced.’” “‘Virtuous man, true awareness of the phantasmata shall enable one to depart from them forthwith; hence no other dexterous means need to be implemented for it. And on one’s departure from phantasmata, straightway would one become enlightened; hence, no gradual approaches would ever be in need, either. If only all Bodhisattvas and latter-age multibeings could cultivate in compliance with this means, they would be able to detach themselves from all phantasmata perpetually.’ At that juncture, the World-Venerated One, wishing to reiterate this import, divulged this Gatha: ‘Samantabhadra, it behooves thee to comprehend That ever since time immemorial, The phantasmal inanity of all the multibeings Has been constituted out of their consummate enlightenment, Which is akin to that of all the thus-adventists. This could be likened to the ethereal blossoms, Which rely on the space for manifesting their appearances. However, when the ethereal blossoms vanish, The ethereal space still remains unmoved as ever. All phantasmata arise from perceptions, And when these phantasmata expire The perceptivity is to stay as consummate as ever, For the perceptive mind is perpetually unchangeable. If only all the Bodhisattvas and latter-age multibeings Could constantly be detached from all phantasmata, And when all phantasms are renounced, It would be like igniting fire in a block of wood: When the wood is incinerated, the fire would also expire. As enlightenment per se is beyond graduality, So would it be the same with dexterous means.’”
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2020-09-17   217 vizionări
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2020-09-17

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

Today, we will continue our reading of the Reverend Rabbi Keisar’s book “In Front of the Blind,” an excerpt from chapter “The Purpose of Animals.” “The Whale says: ‘Give thanks to Hashem (God) for He is good, His kindness endures forever.’ The Fish say: ‘The voice of Hashem is upon the waters, The God of glory thunders; Hashem is upon a multitude of waters.’” “The Sheep and Goats say: ‘Who is like You among the mighty ones, Hashem, who is like You, adorned in holiness, awesome in praise, worker of wonders!’” “The Cattle say: ‘Rejoice unto God, our strength, applaud the God of Jacob!’ The Swine say: ‘Hashem is good to the upright and the straight of heart.’” “The Camel says: ‘Hashem roars from upon high and sounds His voice from His holy Abode, and roars His agony about His Temple.’” “The Horse says: ‘Behold, as the eyes of the servants to their master’s hand, as the eyes of a maid to her mistress’s hand, so are our eyes to Hashem our God until He will favor us.’” “The Donkey says: ‘To You, Hashem, is the greatness and the might and the triumph and the glory for everything in Heaven and Earth is Yours; To You, Hashem, is the monarchy and the sovereignty over every leader.’” “In the book of Kings 2 it tells how the army of Sennacherib surrounded Jerusalem in the days of King Hezekiah. 180,000 of Sennacherib’s soldiers died when they came to fight against the nation of Israel and that which caused their death was the song of animals. As it is said, Rabbi Yitzchak Nafcha says: ‘He revealed ears for them and they hear the songs from the mouths of the creatures and they died.’” “Radak: ‘This refers to Isaiah’s prophecy ‘And a wolf shall live with a lamb,’ and that is discussed there.’” “‘And a wolf shall live with a lamb, and a leopard shall lie with a kid; and a calf and a lion cub and a fatling [shall lie] together, and a small child shall lead them. And a cow and a bear shall graze together, their children shall lie; and a lion, like cattle, shall eat straw. And an infant shall play over the hole of an old snake and over the eyeball of an adder, a weaned child shall stretch forth his hand. They shall neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mount, for the land shall be full of knowledge of the Lord as water covers the seabed.’”
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2020-11-07   215 vizionări
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2020-11-07

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

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The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

The Apocrypha is a group of ancient books with uncertain authorship whose contents overlap parts of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles. The term “apocrypha” means “secret,” “hidden,” or “non-canonical.” Indeed, these books have been considered sacred, with a more advanced teaching than would normally be made available to the general public. Today, apocryphal books remain part of the Holy Bible in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, while other Christian traditions still value them for religious study. One of the Apocrypha books is The Wisdom of Solomon, in which wisdom is personified – such is the emphasis placed on that virtue. Today, we will explore an enthralling selection from the Apocrypha book, “The Wisdom of Solomon,” in regards to the true virtues of life, being the real means of approaching it, as wisdom is elaborated on as treasured goal for us to achieve. Wisdom is referred to as “she,” and is being described as an ultimate richness of life. “Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek her. She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them. Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his doors. To think therefore upon her, is perfection of wisdom: and whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care.” “For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them in every thought. For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love; and love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; and incorruption maketh us near unto God: therefore, the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom.” “I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither I compared unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her.” “God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is He that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.”
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2020-09-21   212 vizionări
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2020-09-21

Selections from “The World’s Advance Thought” – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): The New Dispensation, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “The World’s Advance Thought” – a Periodical by Lucy A. Mallory (vegetarian): The New Dispensation, 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. She served as writer, editor and publisher of the paper, which had an international readership that included renowned Russian author and vegetarian, Leo Tolstoy. 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. We now share with you selections from the periodical – “The World’s Advance Thought.” “The thought planted in your mind is a seed, and it will grow there and bear fruit of the same kind as the seed you planted. Good thought seeds bear fruit that give good. ‘As ye sow, so shall ye reap.’ Constructive planting is reaping its harvest. Destructive sowing is reaping its harvest. The present-day man has come to his limit. Now comes a Superior Being who will bring the whole world into Divine Union. The Mighty Power of Love shall work its Wonders, and Peace - Divine Peace - shall reign! Spiritualism has rooted now, and will soon begin to bear Spiritual Fruit. The public memory is now going to be long on Good, and short on bad.” “The human soul’s demand for truth being eternally continuous, and the supply being eternally inexhaustible, it is impossible to formulate abiding religious systems of perfection. While a religious system, as a moral influence, may be above the spiritual thought of the mass of its faithful followers, the spiritual thought of individuals will ever be above the most advanced religious system. Creeds, in their highest forms and purest conditions, cannot from the very nature of things dispense and conserve the highest spiritual truth; they express past conceptions, and must, therefore, ever be behind the most advanced spiritual thought.” “The Light that lights every one that comes into the world, and all intelligences above and below, as well as in the degree of the individual, is spiritual consciousness. The season has its degree, as has the planet, and the object of the experiences, each and all, is to expand and extend the consciousness.”
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2020-11-05   209 vizionări
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2020-11-05
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