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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   324 vizionări
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2020-10-29

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

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

In today’s show, we will share excerpts from book nine of The Flower Ornament Scripture entitled Awakening by Light, which is an expanding vision unfolding within the light from Buddha's feet. “Then the light beams passed ten billion worlds and illumined in all ten directions a hundred billion worlds, a trillion worlds, a hundred trillion worlds, a quadrillion worlds, a hundred quadrillion worlds, a quintillion worlds, a hundred quintillion worlds; in this way countless, unquantifiable, boundless, incomparable, uncountable, unaccountable, unthinkable, immeasurable, unspeakable numbers of worlds, to the utmost extent of the realm of space of the cosmos, in all ten directions, were likewise illumined. In all of those worlds were a hundred billion continents called Jambudvipa, and so on, including a hundred billion Heavens of the ultimate of form - everything in all those realms was clearly revealed. In each of the Jambudvipa continents the Buddha was seen sitting on a lotus bank lion throne surrounded by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands; and in each one, due to the spiritual force of the Buddha, a great enlightening being from each of the ten directions, each accompanied by as many enlightening beings as atoms in ten Buddha-lands, came to the Buddha; those great enlightening beings were called Manjushri, etc. , the lands they came from were called Golden, etc., and the Buddhas they served were called Immutable Knowledge, etc. Then the Manjushris in all those places, each in the presence of the Buddha in that place, all simultaneously spoke out, saying these verses: In one instant observing measureless eons Without going, coming, or dwelling, Thus comprehending the events of past, present, and future, Buddhas transcend expedients and fulfill ten powers. With incomparable good repute in all quarters, Forever out of trouble, always rejoicing, They go to all lands To explain such a teaching for all. For the benefit of beings, they supported the enlightened, Attaining a comparable result, according to their will; Readily acknowledging all truths, They reveal spiritual powers everywhere. From their first offerings to the enlightened their minds were flexible and patient; They entered deep meditative concentration and observed the nature of things. Exhorting all beings to aspire to enlightenment, Through this they speedily attained the unexcelled reward. Who seeks truth everywhere with undivided mind To cultivate virtues to full maturity, Eliminating all duality of being and nonbeing: Such people truly see the Buddha. Going to all lands in all directions, Expounding the sublime teaching for the welfare of the many, Abiding in reality without any wavering: Such people's virtues are the same as Buddha.”
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2020-07-23   323 vizionări
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2020-07-23

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   323 vizionări
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2020-10-02

Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 1 of 2 - “Crime and Punishment”

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 1 of 2 - “Crime and Punishment”

Born in 1883, Kahlil Gibran was an enlightened Lebanese philosopher, author, poet, artist and mystic, who immigrated to the United States when He was young. Published in 1923, “The Prophet” became Kahlil Gibran’s most famous work. Today, we would like to share with you the following excerpt from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. “And of the man in you would I now speak. For it is he and not your god-self nor the [small self] in the mist, that knows crime and the punishment of crime. ‘Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world. But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.’”
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2020-01-06   319 vizionări
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2020-01-06

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

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

Today we’ll continue learning more about the different stages of the mystical life, as they were in the past and in our modern world. In the chapter titled “The Mystical Life” from his book “The Sanctuary of Self,” Frater Ralph M. Lewis elaborates on the importance of interconnectedness and balance across all levels of existence in one’s mystical life – from the material to the spiritual. “Traditional mysticism may be reduced to these fundamental principles: the soul is the spiritual self of man; the soul is part of a universal soul, a soul which permeates the entire universe. That soul is God. The material world and the physical body are the negative side of this positive, absolute soul, or God, which permeates the universe – a sort of imperfection, a falling off from the goodness; and when the soul is embodied in a physical form or body, man as a unity of both soul and body is not perfect. The body, the material, must be brought into harmony with the soul, the immaterial. Man will be confined to a body, in various lives, as long as he permits the temptations, the desires and appetites to dominate his nature. He must struggle to overcome them, to suppress them, to give himself over entirely to those spiritual urges within his own nature.”
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2020-03-19   318 vizionări
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2020-03-19

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

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

The esteemed mystical and philosophical writers Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena Roerich are two of the most influential spiritual thought leaders from Russia. They are recognized for founding a doctrine called Agni Yoga, also known as Living Ethics. Believed to be a synthesis of all yogas (spiritual disciplines), Agni Yoga focuses on the daily practice of Love, Beauty, and noble Action. And to the Roerichs, He was the inspiration behind all of their noble ideals for the world. Morya revealed messages of higher wisdom to Nicholas and Helena Roerich, which they recorded on paper and later gathered into a series of texts. We will now read a selection from one of Roerich’s series of volumes “Signs of Agni Yoga,” entitled “Heart.” “After our daily labors, let us gather in conversation about the heart. It will lead us through the earthly domains to the Subtle World and thereby bring us closer to the realm of Fire. “To see with the eyes of the heart; to hear the roar of the world with the ears of the heart; to peer into the future with the understanding of the heart; to remember past accumulations through the heart – that is how the aspirant must boldly advance on the path of ascent.” “The heart is a ss, but not a hall of idols. So, while We have nothing against the construction of a temple, fetishism or bazaars are unacceptable to Us. Likewise, when We talk about building a temple in the form of a heart, We do not have in mind a heart-shaped building; We are indicating the temple’s inner significance. A true temple cannot exist unless there is awareness of the infinite chain; similarly, the heart is in contact with all the sensations of the Cosmos.” “There is neither a day nor an hour when the world is free of danger! To discern the dangers, not two eyes are necessary but three, as shown on the Banner of the Lords. One should understand that the temple of the heart gives rise to an urgent sensation. It was no accident that the heart was marked with the sign of the cross. Indeed, the sign of the cross is an eternal companion of the temple of the heart.”
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2020-07-17   318 vizionări
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2020-07-17

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings," Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings," Part 1 of 2

Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa was also known by the honorific title Je Rinpoche. 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.” This volume 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 Chapter 3 of “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings.” How to Listen to a Teaching in Which Both the Teaching and Its Author Are Great: 1. Contemplating the Benefits of Hearing the Teaching “The ‘Verses about Hearing’ in the ‘Collection of Indicative Verses’ says: ‘Through hearing, phenomena are understood. Through hearing, wrongdoing is overcome. Through hearing, what is meaningless is eliminated. Through hearing, Nirvana is attained.’” “Also, the ‘Garland of Birth Stories’ says: ‘Through hearing, you become faithful And your delight in virtue becomes steadfast; Wisdom arises and delusion will vanish — This is worth buying even with your flesh. Hearing is a lamp that dispels the darkness of delusion. The supreme wealth that cannot be carried off by thieves, A weapon that vanquishes the foe of confusion; IT IS THE BEST OF FRIENDS, REVEALING PERSONAL INSTRUCTIONS, THE TECHNIQUES OF METHOD. It is the friend who does not desert you in times of need, A harmless medicine for the illness of sorrow. The supreme battalion to vanquish the troops of great misdeeds. It is the best fame, glory, and treasure. It is the supreme gift when you meet with noble beings. Among an assemblage, it delights the wise.’” 2. Developing Reverence for the Teaching and the Instructor “‘The Sutra of Ksitigarbha’ says: ‘Listen to the teachings with one-pointed faith and respect. Do not censure or deride the speaker; Honor your instructors — Develop the idea that they are like a Buddha. Thus, as this says, view the instructor as being like a Buddha. Eliminate disrespect; honor him or her with homage and goods by offering a lion throne and the like...’” 3. How You Actually Listen Abandoning the Three Faults of a Vessel “Similarly, even though you are staying in a place where the teachings are being explained, there is no great purpose in your hearing the teachings if you do not pay attention; or, though paying attention, misunderstand what is heard or listen with a bad motivation such as attachment; or, though lacking these faults, do not solidify the words and meanings taken in at the time of hearing but let them fade due to forgetting them and so forth. Therefore, free yourself from all of these faults. The remedies for these three faults are indicated in the sutras in three phases: ‘Listen well, thoroughly, and hold it in mind!’ Moreover, as the ‘Bodhisattva Levels’ sets forth, listen while wanting to understand everything, staying one-pointed, attentive, with your mind focused, and reflecting with complete composure.”
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2020-08-07   315 vizionări
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2020-08-07

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 1 of 2 (OLD WOW 757)

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Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh: Sections I to VII, Part 1 of 2 (OLD WOW 757)

Baha’u’llah was the enlightened Prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith. He and His teachings are believed to be prophesied in Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and other religions. Prayers and meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Every man of insight confesses Thy sovereignty and Thy dominion, and every discerning eye perceives the greatness of Thy majesty and the compelling power of Thy might. The winds of tests are powerless to hold back them that enjoy near access to Thee from setting their faces towards the horizon of Thy glory, and the tempests of trials must fail to draw away and hinder such as are wholly devoted to Thy will from approaching Thy court. Methinks, the lamp of Thy love is burning in their hearts, and the light of Thy tenderness is lit within their breasts.
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2019-10-24   314 vizionări
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2019-10-24

The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of Quetzalcoatl - Chapters 13-16, Part 2 of 2

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The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of Quetzalcoatl - Chapters 13-16, Part 2 of 2

Today we continue with Chapter 15 titled “The Embassy” up to Chapter 16 titled “I Greet You” from the Gospel of the Toltecs, featuring the Venerated Quetzalcoatl’s timeless wisdom. “The time has come to an end. I have chosen to march forward. Friends, do not stop me, do not increase my pain. I am going to the House of Mystery, to the precious Scale. I am going to the edge of the Divine water where the green jade is.” “Did You fulfill the ancient promises? Did the signals that we were waiting for turn to flesh in You, so that we might have You as a Prince and as a God? I greet You, oh Penitent! Now Ometeotl (Supreme Being) has called You and it is time for farewell and weeping. Do not allow Your people to remain behind! Wherever You go, guide us on Your good path.”
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2019-11-21   313 vizionări
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2019-11-21

Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Mayan Cosmo-vision: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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

Fiţi o torţă aprinsă pentru Dumnezeu, partea 5 din 5

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Fiţi o torţă aprinsă pentru Dumnezeu, partea 5 din 5

Era de Aur este timpul, ca odată sau demult de tot, sau cu mult timp în urmă, când noi am experimentat a fi una cu Dumnezeu, şi tot ce ne doream era îndeplinit imediat. Noi putem experimenta Era de Aur chiar acum, dacă avem această legătură cu Dumnezeu. Fiecare zi este Era de Aur, pentru practicienii Quan Yin.
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2020-06-26   312 vizionări
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2020-06-26

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

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

In today’s program, we will get to know a saint who, as she stated, belonged “to no nation, no civilization, no society, no race, but to the Divine.” We will learn through her writings how to be good instruments of the Divine. Mirra Alfassa, who became known as The Mother, or SriMa, was born in 1878 in Paris, France. Based on her inner experience and guidance by a Saint she later recognized as Sri Aurobindo, she travelled to India in 1914, where she met him for the first time. The Mother also developed an extensive series of spiritual writings. These highlight a goal of ultimate union with the Divine, along with becoming master of ourselves and our destiny. Shining through all of her work is the Mother’s love and devotion to God. Though she left her body in 1973, the 17 volumes of collected works of the Mother forever serve as a shining guidance and inspiration for spiritual seekers. The following passages come from the Mother’s first spiritual diary volume, “Prayers and Meditations.” “Last night I had the experience of the effectivity of confident surrender to Thy guidance; when it is needful that something should be known, one knows it, and the more passive the mind to Thy illumination, the clearer and the more adequate is its expression. I listened to Thee as Thou spoke in me, and I would have liked to write down what Thou said so that the formula in all its precision might not be lost,—for now I should not be able to repeat what was said.” “It is Thou who art the doer in each thing and each being, and he who is near enough to Thee to see Thee in all actions without exception, will know how to transform each act into a benediction. To abide always in Thee is the one thing that matters, always and ever more and more in Thee, beyond illusions and the deceptions of the senses, not drawing back from action, refusing it, rejecting it — a struggle useless and pernicious — but living Thee alone in the act whatever it may be, ever and always Thee; then the illusion is dispelled, the falsehoods of the senses vanish, the bond of consequences is broken, all is transformed into a manifestation of the glory of Thy Eternal Presence. So let it be. Amen.”
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2020-07-08   311 vizionări
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2020-07-08

From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 1 of 2

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From the White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Part 1 of 2

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Great Sioux Nation. This, coupled with his sacred duty as spiritual leader for the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, inspired him to work for a profound change in the world toward peace and increased recognition of the Indigenous peoples' beautiful way of life. Among his many harmonizing efforts are the establishment in 1996 of the annual World Peace and Prayer Day on June 21, and his important book "White Buffalo Teaching." Chief Arvol Looking Horse's book "White Buffalo Teaching" shares ancient Indigenous wisdom, prophecies and warnings about this crucial time on our planet, a time that requires our clear and unwavering choice for a positive world change. Let us now read an excerpt from the eye-opening insights by the honorable Chief Arvol Looking Horse. "OUR RELATIVES, THE ANIMAL NATIONS, REFLECT OUR OWN WELL-BEING. The buffalo, wolf, salmon, bear, caribou, eagle, whale, dolphin and many other sacred relatives in this fragile ecosystem are all in danger and are suffering. We, the Indigenous Nations, see what our brother Animal Nations are going through, since we are all connected, we are all One. WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM, HAPPENS TO US!" "EACH OF US IS PUT HERE IN THIS TIME AND THIS PLACE TO PERSONALLY DECIDE THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND."
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2020-05-15   310 vizionări
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2020-05-15

Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 1 of 2

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Verses of the Universe: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Spiritual Vintage, Part 1 of 2

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and a poet. Omar Khayyam was born in 1048, in Nishabur, present-day Iran, where he received his education, which he later continued when he moved to Samarkand, in today’s Uzbekistan. A famous invention of his is the Jalali calendar, which became a base for other later calendars, and is considered to be more accurate than the Gregorian one. Yet, the most familiar of Omar Khayyam’s milestones in the West rests upon his collection of more than a thousand poems. In the 19th century, the verses were found and translated for the first time into English by the English poet and writer Edward FitzGerald, who named the edition, “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” “rubaiyat” meaning “quatrains.” The first edition of the poetry was published in 1859, in London. The rhymed verses reveal a poet who was in deep contemplation in search of the truth, about the nature of reality, the universe, and the depth of the human spirit. Today, we will have a glimpse of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, where the author’s symbolic expressions make the ineffable and abstract inner life revelations easier to comprehend. The most common metaphor used in this poetry collection is “wine,” which represents the vintage of divine “intoxication,” a state of pure bliss of the soul, while in meditation on the Most High. “Iram indeed is gone with all its Rose, And Jamshyd’s Sev’n-ring’d Cup where no-one knows;” “But still the Vine her ancient Ruby yields, And still a Garden by the Water blows.” “Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse — and Thou Beside me singing in the wilderness — And Wilderness is Paradise enow.” “‘How sweet is mortal Sovranty!’ – think some: Others – ‘How blest the Paradise to come!’ Ah, take the Cash and let the Credit go Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!” “Were it not Folly, Spider-like to spin The Thread of present Life away to win What? For ourselves who know not if we shall Breathe out the very Breath we now breathe in!” “Why, all the Saints and Sages who discuss’d Of the Two Worlds so learnedly, are thrust Like foolish Prophets forth; their Words to Scorn Are scatter’d, and their mouths are stopt with Dust.” “There was a Door to which I found no Key: There was a Veil past which I could not see: Some little talk awhile of ME and THEE There seem’d - and then no more of THEE and ME.” “Then of the THEE IN ME who works behind The Veil, I lifted up my hands to find A Lamp amid the Darkness and I heard As from Without – ‘THE ME WITHIN THEE BLIND!’”
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2020-08-25   310 vizionări
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2020-08-25

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   310 vizionări
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2020-10-17

From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: In Contact with God, Part 1 of 2

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From the Sacred Text of the Universal White Brotherhood: In Contact with God, Part 1 of 2

The spiritual lineage of the Universal White Brotherhood was founded by Mater Beinsa Douno, also known as Peter Konstantinov Deunov, of Bulgaria, in 1897. The Universal White Brotherhood believes that God is in everything: in the stones, the plants, the water, the air, the animals, and the light. If breathing is necessary for people, then the thought of God is a thousand times more necessary. The more people remember God and keep Him in their minds, the nobler they are. In all actualities in life — both in joy and sorrow — we should remember God. The great importance of prayer. One’s thinking cannot be developed without praying.
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2019-09-20   309 vizionări
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2019-09-20

The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 2 of 2

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The Lotus - Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book II, Lecture 1, Part 2 of 2

We present to you today, excerpts from Book II – Lecture 1, from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Second Book First Lecture The Lotus “Thus, some shameless men becoming monks propagate a Law of their own. And others believe it, put their faith in it, adopt it, (saying:) ‘Well, you speak the truth, O Brahmana, (or) O Sramana! We shall present you with food, drink, spices, with a robe, a bowl, or a broom.’ Some have been induced to honor them, some have made (their proselytes) to honor them. Before (entering an order) they were determined to become Sramanas, houseless, poor monks who would have neither sons nor cattle, to eat only what should be given them by others, and to commit no sins. After having entered their order, they do not cease (from sins), they themselves commit sins, they cause others to commit sins, and they assent to another's committing sins. Thus they are given to pleasures, amusements, and sensual lust; they are greedy, fettered, passionate, covetous, the slaves of love and hate; therefore, they cannot free themselves (from the Circle of Births), nor free anybody else from it, nor free any other of the four kinds of living beings from it.” “Thus, I have treated of the first man (as one who believes that) soul and body are one and the same thing. Now I shall treat of the second man (as one who believes that) everything consists of the five elements.” “Now I shall treat of the third man (who believes that) the Self is the cause of everything. Here in the East, teach this religion well. ‘Here all things have the Self for their cause and their object, they are produced by the Self, they are manifested by the Self, they are intimately connected with the Self, they are bound up in the Self.” “These worthless men entertain such opinions, and believe in them till they cannot return, (down to) amusements. I have treated of the fourth man who believes that Fate is the cause of everything. These four men, differing in intellect, will, character, opinions, taste, undertakings, and plans, have left their former occupations, but have not entered the noble path. They cannot return (to worldly life) nor get beyond it; they stick (as it were) in pleasures and amusements.”
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2020-08-20   308 vizionări
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Veg Philosophy: A Rational Quest for Peaceful Existence

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Veg Philosophy: A Rational Quest for Peaceful Existence

Today, in celebrating November 1, World Vegan Day, we invite you to hear what the great philosophers and ethicists have to say about the life choices concerning food, animal rights, and the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. "To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-live. At the same time, the man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give to every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own." "That a man was not born a carnivorous animal but born to live on the fruits and herbs that the earth grows…. The basis of my vegetarianism is not physical, but moral."
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2019-11-01   307 vizionări
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Thoughts on Zen by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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

The Reverend Thomas Merton, an important Catholic mystic and spiritual thinker, was born in 1915 to a New Zealand father and an American mother. During his monastic life, Thomas Merton developed his writing talent by translating religious texts and writing biographies. He also started penning poetry, as well as books and articles on topics ranging from spirituality to social justice and peace. Today we’ll read a selection from Thomas Merton’s book “Thoughts on the East” presenting his views on the essence of Zen. “The Zen insight, as Bodhidharma indicates, consists in direct grasp of ‘mind’ or one’s ‘original face.’ And this direct grasp implies rejection of all conceptual media or methods, so that one arrives at mind by ‘having no mind’: in fact, by ‘being’ mind instead of ‘having’ it. Zen enlightenment is an insight into being in all its existential reality and actualization. It is a fully alert and superconscious act of being which transcends time and space. Such is the attainment of the ‘Buddha mind,’ or ‘Buddhahood.’”
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Selections from The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan (vegetarian) - Gayan (Song)

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Selections from The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan (vegetarian) - Gayan (Song)

Born in India in 1882, Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan had a brilliant talent for singing and music that was recognized since he was a child and earned him a professorship before he turned 20. After destiny led him to a brief but happy period with his Sufi teacher, the young Hazrat Inayat Khan was entrusted to spread the wisdom of Sufism in the West. The book “The Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan” is derived mainly from his own personal notebooks and overflow with poetic and sage inspirational messages. “If one only explores him, there is a lot in man. If you will go forward to find Us, We will come forward to receive you. Give Us all you have, and We shall give you all We possess. In man We have designed Our image; in woman We have finished it. In man We have shown Our nature benign; in woman We have expressed Our art divine. God is the answer to every question. Make God a reality, and God will make you the truth.”
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