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

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

We will now share with you excerpts from “Chapter 7: Santmat” of the book “Harmony of All Religions.”“By practicing devotion through these four techniques — Manas Japa (recitation of the divine name), Manas Dhyana (focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner divine sounds) — the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, light, and sound which cloak the Supreme Truth — the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine.” “Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.” “The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: Trust and belief in the Divine; commitment to seek the Divine within; devotion and service to a sadguru, spiritual Master; satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and dhyana, diligent meditation practice.” “When viewed on the surface, the teachings of various Saints sometimes seem to contradict one another [or even to contradict the principles of the Upanishads]. But upon deeper analysis, it becomes apparent that there is an unbreakable unity in the spiritual views of all Saints. Saints have appeared in different times and in different places, and Their followers name Their tradition in respect to the particular Saint [for example, Kabir Panth and Dadu Panth]. The apparent differences can be attributed to variations in time, place, language, and labels given to the views, but in reality, they are the same. When sectarianism and the forms of the particular time or place of the teachings of a Saint are removed, the basic principles of Santmat are in unity.” “In the “Bhagavad Gita,” Lord Krishna states: ‘Whatever is Truth always exists and is never non-existent. That which is non-Truth has no existence whatsoever.’” “Maharishi Mehi Paramahans Ji asks his aspirants to perform both kinds of satsang: ‘Each day strive to do both kinds of satsang: inner and outer. Outer satsang is listening to the teachings of great saints and studying the sacred texts. Inner satsang is the practice of one-pointed meditation.’”
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2020-07-30   355 vizionări
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2020-07-30

From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on the Mystical Life, Part 1 of 3

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From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on the Mystical Life, Part 1 of 3

The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, also known as the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is a worldwide cultural, educational, and philosophical organization that is perpetuating 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 explore the process that could lead us to the mystical life according to the Rosicrucian Order, in Chapter 1 of the book “The Sanctuary of Self” by the late Rosicrucian leader Ralph M. Lewis. Chapter I THE MYSTICAL LIFE. “The mystical life provides the reason why we live. The mystical life determines the cause of our individual lives and the use to which we should put our bodies and our animal vitality and magnetism. The mystical life, like the physical life, requires certain preparation. If we must study the rules of diet, if we must study hygiene, if we must know the rudiments of good health to be healthy and physically normal, certainly we should give some thought and consideration to the mystical side of our existence as well.”
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2020-03-17   352 vizionări
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2020-03-17

The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life - Selection of Brother Lawrence’s Letters, Part 1 of 2

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The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life - Selection of Brother Lawrence’s Letters, Part 1 of 2

After experiencing the horrors of war and returning to civilian life, he claimed to have had an inner experience with which began his spiritual journey. He decided to devote his life to God, and at the age of 26, entered the Discalced Carmelite Priory in Paris, where he took his religious name, Lawrence of the Resurrection. Brother Lawrence gradually became known for his profound spiritual wisdom, peaceful demeanor, and close connection with God. Some of the conversations and letters by Brother Lawrence became the basis of a book, “The Practice of the Presence of God,” which was compiled by the notable cleric Abbe Joseph de Beaufort after his passing.
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2019-09-13   351 vizionări
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2019-09-13

Selections from Revelations of the Unseen by Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī: Discourses 1-6, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Revelations of the Unseen by Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī: Discourses 1-6, Part 2 of 2

“Your extinction to self-will through the action of Allah is indicated by your never formulating any personal goal, your lack of selfish interest, and the fact that you no longer feel any want or craving, for besides the will of Allah you wish for nothing else. Instead, the action of Allah is at work in you, so that while you are experiencing Allah’s will and action your limbs become relaxed, your mind becomes calm and your feelings widen, your face begins to glow and your inner being thrives. In contact with their Creator, you feel no need of things. The hand of Power will turn you every way about, and the tongue of Eternity will summon you. The Lord of all religions will teach you, and clothe you in beams of His own light and special raiment, and install you among those possessed of ancient knowledge.” “‘Now you will be admitted to the company of those whose hearts have been shattered, their human will-power broken and their natural appetites eliminated, and who have then been re-endowed - but with a Will Sublime [Rabbaniyya: ‘pertaining to the Lord’]. Allah (Exalted is He) has said: ‘I am with those who are brokenhearted on My account.’ So Allah (Exalted is He) will not be with you until you totally disown your desire and your will. When these are broken, and you contain nothing stable or useful, Allah will create you afresh and install in you a new power of will for you to exercise. If any element of self creeps into this newly created will, however, the Lord (Exalted is He) will smash it again. You will always be left broken-hearted, because He will repeat this process until the book of destiny ends with reunion. This is the meaning of: ‘I am with those who are broken-hearted on My account.’”
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2020-07-04   351 vizionări
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2020-07-04

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 2 of 2

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Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 2 of 2

Baha’u’llah was the enlightened Prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Baha’i Faith rests on three core principles: unity of God, until of religion, and unity of humankind. Prayers and meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: I implore Thee, O Thou Maker of the heavens and Lord of all names, by Thy most effulgent Self and Thy most exalted and all-glorious Remembrance, to send down upon Thy loved ones that which will draw them nearer unto Thee, and enable them to hearken unto Thine utterances. Tear asunder with the hand of Thy transcendent power, O my Lord, the veil of vain imaginings, that they who are wholly devoted to Thee may see Thee seated on the throne of Thy majesty, and the eyes of such as adore Thy unity may rejoice at the splendors of the glory of Thy face.
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2019-10-30   350 vizionări
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2019-10-30

Selection from The Mystics of Islam: Chapter 1 - The Path, Part 2 of 4

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Selection from The Mystics of Islam: Chapter 1 - The Path, Part 2 of 4

My readers will expect me to describe in a general way the characteristic theories and practices for which the ‘Path’ is a convenient designation. These may be treated under the following heads: Poverty, Mortification, Trust in God, and Recollection. Whereas poverty is negative in nature, involving detachment from all that is worldly and unreal, the three remaining terms denote the positive counterpart of that process, namely, the ethical discipline by which the soul is brought into harmonious relations with Reality. The Sufi ideal of poverty goes far beyond this. True poverty is not merely lack of wealth, but lack of desire for wealth: the empty heart as well as the empty hand.
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2019-09-11   349 vizionări
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2019-09-11

From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 2 of 2

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From the Essene Gospel of Peace: Selection from Book One, Part 2 of 2

Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the law is Life, whereas the scripture is dead. I tell you truly, Moses received not his laws from God in writhing, but through the living Word. The Law is living Word of living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life is the Law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but seek it chiefly in yourselves. For I tell you truly, all living things are nearer to God than the scripture which is without life. God so made life and all living things that they might by the everlasting Word teach the laws of the true God to man.
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2019-11-14   349 vizionări
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2019-11-14

Selected Mystical Works of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1 of 2

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Selected Mystical Works of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1 of 2

‘Tis from Our rapture that the clouds of realms above are raining down; ’ Tis from Our anthem that the mysteries of faith are raining down. Perchance thou may become pure spirit; attain, without taking a single step, the loftiest stations of mystic ascent; and explore, without leaving thine outward habitation, the furthermost reaches of the worlds of inner significance. Thereupon would thou, with a divine rapture, experience true spiritual attraction, lay down thy life in the path of the Friend, and sacrifice thy soul in the wilderness of His love. This indeed is the meaning of stillness in flight and flight in stillness, of fluidity in solidity and solidity in fluidity.
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2019-09-18   348 vizionări
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2019-09-18

From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on Mastership, Perfection, and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2

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From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on Mastership, Perfection, and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2

Chapter XXII SPIRITUALITY “A state of spirituality denotes conduct indicative of man’s spiritual nature. To live a spiritual life, then, is to be governed by aspirations, urges, and inclinations originating in the Divine self, and as expressed by the dictates of conscience. It is also the use of these higher powers and faculties of which man is aware. There are, therefore, certain noble virtues which are characterized as being spiritually endowed. Such virtues, if not practiced by all men, are at least known to them. A few of these are truth, justice, modesty, and mercy. These, of course, can be applied to daily life, its labors and its habits. If we accept the viewpoint that the noble virtues are the quintessence of spirituality – as well as that observance of such commandments as the various sacred works and the different religions expound – then a man who is discerned as displaying them is spiritual.”
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2019-11-26   348 vizionări
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2019-11-26

From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: Peace Be with You, Part 1 of 2

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From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: Peace Be with You, Part 1 of 2

The spiritual lineage of the Universal White Brotherhood was founded by Master Beinsa Douno, also known as Peter Konstantinov Deunov, of Bulgaria, in 1897. Master Beinsa Douno taught that the qualities of humility, obedience, honesty, goodness, intelligence and nobility are foremost in spiritual practice. He explained that one should walk the path of Love, Wisdom, and Truth. The Universal White Brotherhood believes that God is in everything: in the stones, the plants, the water, the air, the animals, and the light. Master Beinsa Douno practiced and preached a vegetarian diet. Today, we present to you the sacred teachings of the Universal White Brotherhood from one of Master Beinsa Douno’s lectures titled, “Peace Be with You.” We will understand more about how we can make “music” out of the difficulties in life by tuning the soul to a higher Divine order. “In human nature there are, we said, four temperaments – choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine and nervous – these are four states within man. They correspond to the human soul, mind, heart and life. There are four main strings which we should know how to tighten and relax. …through the Spirit of the Conductor Who will raise His baton, we will create the most pleasant Music in our life.”
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2020-01-31   348 vizionări
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2020-01-31

Fiţi o torţă aprinsă pentru Dumnezeu, partea 2 din 5

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Fiţi o torţă aprinsă pentru Dumnezeu, partea 2 din 5

Dacă vrem să vedem tot Raiul sau chiar Dumnezeirea, sau nişte locaşuri cereşti, trebuie să ne înălţăm la locul lor, şi noi o facem prin gând, un gând profund, profund, profund. Vă voi arăta cum să vă adunaţi puterea gândului ca să puteţi ieşi din această „poartă” de aici, şi să intraţi în altă dimensiune la dorinţă, oricând. Voi practicaţi şi o puteţi face oricând, oriunde.
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2020-06-23   348 vizionări
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2020-06-23

Tuning in to the Higher Frequency of Spiritual Wisdom: An Interview with Mr. James Bean (vegan), Part 4 of 5

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Tuning in to the Higher Frequency of Spiritual Wisdom: An Interview with Mr. James Bean (vegan), Part 4 of 5

In today’s program, Mr. James Bean talks about his lifelong mission and his vision for the future. “Veganism, of course, has become an essential element, an essential message in recent years. So, as I’ve said to some people before, we’re advocating that everyone go vegan, and that’s our job for the rest of our life, I think. It’s with us, the issue of climate change and how veganism can help mitigate that. We’re just going to be trying to talk as many people into going vegan as we can. And that’s never going to change, no matter, 10 years from now. I mean, it’s just a permanent thing. A permanent, lifelong mission, I think not just me, but many people have these days. It’s a lifelong commitment to try to encourage people to go vegan in any way we can figure out, some angle, whether it’s these texts of Christianity. So that constant message of encouraging people to go vegan, whether it’s for health reasons, like (Dr.) Michael Greger is doing, for spiritual reasons, ethical reasons, or all of the above, or to save the Earth, to save the world, save the future, make the world a more peaceful place. So many good reasons to go vegan. It’s a win, win, win, win. That’s a lifelong mission.
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2020-04-13   347 vizionări
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2020-04-13

Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 2 of 4 – Hinduism

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Collection of Peace Prayers, Part 2 of 4 – Hinduism

A Hindu prayer for peace can be performed by simply chanting the Sanskrit word for peace three times: “Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” Please enjoy the following selection of moving prayers of peace from the Hindu tradition. Prayer from the Atharva Veda. Supreme Lord, let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere. Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests. Let the cosmic powers be peaceful. Let the Brahman, the true essence and source of life, be peaceful. Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere.
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2019-10-01   346 vizionări
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2019-10-01

From the Essenes Gospel of Peace: Excerpts from Book One – Purification in God’s Love, Part 2 of 2 (old WOW 863)

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From the Essenes Gospel of Peace: Excerpts from Book One – Purification in God’s Love, Part 2 of 2 (old WOW 863)

The Essenes were often found in communities where meditation or prayer was an important part of daily life that was dedicated to God. With respect for all forms of life, the Essenes’ diet was purely vegetarian. Today we continue with enlightening excerpts from the Essene Gospel of Peace, as we learn more about the important connection between our physical and spiritual states. “When you can gaze on the brightness of the noonday Sun with unflinching eyes, you can then look upon the blinding Light of your Heavenly Father, which is a thousand times brighter than the brightness of a thousand Suns. But how should you look upon the blinding Light of your Heavenly Father, when you cannot even bear the shining of the blazing Sun? Believe me, the Sun is as the flame of a candle beside the Sun of Truth of the Heavenly Father. Have but faith, therefore, and hope, and love. I tell you truly, you shall not want your reward. If you believe in my words, you believe in Him who sent me, who is the Lord of all, and with whom all things are possible.”
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2020-02-12   346 vizionări
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2020-02-12

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

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

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

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   344 vizionări
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2020-10-07

The Creation of Nurturers on Earth: Exploring Mayan Spirituality in the Sacred Book “Popol Vuh,” Part 1 of 2

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The Creation of Nurturers on Earth: Exploring Mayan Spirituality in the Sacred Book “Popol Vuh,” Part 1 of 2

The ancient Mayan civilization, known to be one of the most technologically advanced of its time, inhabited regions of Central America and southern Mexico several thousand years ago. It is with great awe that we invite you to explore some of the most important and profound insights our ancestors wanted to communicate to us through "Popol Vuh," one of the most important Mayan holy books. "Popol Vuh," or "Council Book," was written by a group of Mayan writers between 1554-1558. It encompasses the story of physical creation, and the history of Mayan people who once lived on the land called Quiché, in the highlands of Guatemala. “The Gods created this world so that it could be nurtured and appreciated. So, humans, according to the Great Plan, have the honored role of caring guardians rather than so-called owners. In the first attempt of such a great plan, animals were created but the results were not successful. However, the attempt shows us the ideal attributes that the Divine Creators wanted us to have: communication and guidance from our Heavenly Home.”
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2020-03-25   342 vizionări
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2020-03-25

Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 1 of 2 - Chapter 2 and Chapters 4 to 8

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Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 1 of 2 - Chapter 2 and Chapters 4 to 8

“The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters” is thought to be the first Buddhist sutra from India to be translated into Chinese. During the first century AD, His Majesty Emperor Ming of China one night dreamt of a “Golden Being” with light surrounding His body who flew into the palace. The next morning, His Mejesty Emperor Ming summoned all his ministers and high officials to find out who this “Golden Being” might be. One of his ministers told the emperor about a great spiritual Master named Buddha whose teachings originated in India. Realizing that this must be the “Golden Being” in his dream, the emperor asked that a delegation go to the region where the Buddha had lived. He instructed them to request Buddhist scriptures that could help enlighten the Chinese people. The delegates traveled to India, where they were able to obtain Sanskrit sutras. They also invited the Venerated Kasyapa Matanga and Dharmaraksha, whom they met during the trip, to return with them and assist in translation. We will now share with you some excerpts from “The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters,” as revealed by the Buddha. “Chapter 4: Concurrent Definitions of Good and Evil ‘The Buddha said, “Multibeings could perform Virtues in ten ways, and so could they perpetrate Vices in ten ways. What are these Ten Vices? There are three in the Body, four in the Mouth, and three in the Mind. The three Physical Vices are Killing, Stealing and Copulation. The four Oral Vices are Alienating Speeches, Scurrilous Words, Untruthful Language, and Meaningless Chatters. The three Mental Vices are Jealousy, Resentment, and Ignorance. These Ten Vices are against the Sacred Way, and so they are also called the Ten Vile Deeds. If these Vices are terminated, that will result in the Ten Virtues.”’”
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2020-04-30   342 vizionări
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2020-04-30

Walking the Great Way – A Discussion on Cao Đài Teachings with Dr. Bùi Đắc Hùm and Dr. Bùi Đặng Cẩm Hồng, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

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Walking the Great Way – A Discussion on Cao Đài Teachings with Dr. Bùi Đắc Hùm and Dr. Bùi Đặng Cẩm Hồng, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

Over 80 years ago, a new religion was founded with the name Cao Đài in the country of Âu Lạc (Vietnam) and has quickly grown to become the third largest religion in this country. Cao Đài recognizes that the ultimate goal of all true religions is the same; to teach humankind to live peacefully and compassionately with all sentient beings, and to realize our divine origin. The term Cao Đài literally means “Supreme Palace,” referring to the place where God reigns over the universe, and was also the name God used to impart Hiers divine instructions in the creation of Cao Đài. And we believe that God started from the Emptiness. From the Emptiness, the Tao appeared. The Tao is the Almighty, which then created Yin Light and Yang Light. The action between Yin Light and Yang Light created a “Big Bang.” From the Big Bang, the planets in the universe came into being, and then the world was created with beings such as the stones, flora, fauna, animals, and humanity.
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2019-10-18   341 vizionări
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2019-10-18

Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 2 of 2 - Chapters 9 to 12

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Excerpts from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, Part 2 of 2 - Chapters 9 to 12

“The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters” is one of the most widely read of the Buddha’s scriptures. This short but important scripture provides an entire range of the Buddha’s teachings, from the very basic to the most profound. We will now share with you some excerpts from “The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters” as revealed by the Buddha. “The Buddha said, ‘If a person loves the Truthful-Way and yet he tries to pursue it merely by extensive erudition, it would be hard for him to convene with the Truthful-Way. If man sustains his Mind and observes the Way, the Way shall grow immensely vast to him.’” “The Buddha said,’ When you see someone practicing Donation, and though you merely assist him by encouraging and feeling joyful for him, the Merits you are to acquire a cornucopia.’” “The Buddha said, ‘You could offer food to a hundred vicious people, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to a virtuous man. You could offer food to one thousand virtuous people, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to one person who observes the Five Precepts decreed by the Buddha. You could offer food to ten thousand observers of Five Precepts, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to one Srota-apanna Saint. You could offer food to one million Srota-apanna Saints, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to one Sakradagamin Saint. You could offer food to ten million Sakradagamin Saints, but it would be much better meritwise to make the offer to one Anagamin Saint. You could offer food to one hundred million Anagamin Saints, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to one Arhat. You could offer food to one billion Arhats, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to one Pratyeka-buddha. You could offer food to ten billion Pratyeka-buddhas, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to any one Buddha of the Three Tempora. You could offer food to one hundred billion Buddhas of the Three Tempora, but it would be much better merit-wise to make the offering to a practitioner in the state of Non-deliberation, Non-adherence, and Non-attestation.’”
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2020-05-01   341 vizionări
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2020-05-01
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