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Selection from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book ”Pathway to God:” Chapters 8 - 9, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s Book ”Pathway to God:” Chapters 8 - 9, Part 2 of 2

Our prayer is a heart-search. It is a reminder to ourselves that we are helpless without His support. No effort is complete without prayer, without a definite recognition that the best human endeavor is of no effect if it has not God’s blessings behind it. These are moments when one reviews one’s immediate past, confesses one’s weaknesses, asks for forgiveness and strength to be and to do better. I believe that prayer is the very soul and essence of religion and therefore prayer must be the very core of the life of man… Begin, therefore, your day with prayer and make it so soulful that it may remain with you until evening. Close the day with prayer so that you may have a peaceful night free from dreams and nightmares.
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2019-10-12   301 vizionări
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2019-10-12

From The Cloud upon the Sanctuary by Karl von Eckartshausen – Selection from Letter I, Part 3 of 3

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From The Cloud upon the Sanctuary by Karl von Eckartshausen – Selection from Letter I, Part 3 of 3

Today we’ll read the concluding part of Letter Ⅰ from Karl von Eckartshausen book “The Cloud upon the Sanctuary.” The author reveals how one could lift the veil before the Divine Sanctuary, or our innermost treasured Self. “With, however, its unfoldment, the curtain is all at once raised, the impenetrable veil is torn away, the cloud before the Sanctuary lifts, a new world suddenly exists for us, scales fall from the eyes, and we are at once transported from the phenomenal world to the regions of Truth. God alone is substance, absolute Truth; He alone is He who is, and we are what He has made us. For Him, all exists in Unity, for us, all exists in multiplicity. The great and true work of building the Temple consists solely in destroying the miserable Adamic hut and in erecting a Divine temple; this means, in other words, to develop in us the interior sensorium, or the organ to receive God. After this process, the metaphysical and incorruptible principle rules over the terrestrial, and man begins to live, not any longer in the principle of self-love, but in the Spirit and in the Truth, of which he is the Temple.”
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2020-03-14   301 vizionări
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2020-03-14

From Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 13: The Real Truth

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From Jainism's Holy Sutrakritanga Sutra: Book I – Lecture 13: The Real Truth

One of the oldest religions in the world is Jainism, traditionally known as Jain Dharma. Originating from ancient India, this philosophy centers around concepts such as right perception, right knowledge, and right conduct in the attainment of moksha, or realization of the soul’s true nature. The concept of ahimsa, or nonviolence, is of equally great importance. Thus, with compassion for all life, practitioners of Jainism follow a pure vegetarian or vegan diet. Lord Mahavira, who is considered to be the last Tirthankara, was born around the 5-6th century BC, as a prince of the ancient kingdom of Vaishali. He later forsook His royal status to pursue the spiritual path. After attaining kevala jnana, or all-knowing intuitive vision, He spent the rest of His life giving discourses on spiritual truths, which form the present-day tenets of Jainism. Supreme Master Ching Hai has previously spoken about Lord Mahavira, as during this lecture in Taiwan, also known as Formosa, on June 23, 2019. “I don’t know if anyone in the history of mankind could have done or could be doing or will be doing such an asceticism, such a sacrifice like the Lord Mahavira. That’s why I wanted to read it to you.” We present to you today excerpts from Book I – Lecture 13 from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Thirteenth Lecture The Real Truth “I shall now expound, in accordance with truth, the various qualities of men; I shall explain the virtue and peace of the good, the vices and the unrest of the wicked. Having learned the law from men who exert themselves day and night, from the Tathagatas (Great Buddhas), they neglect the conduct in which they had been instructed, and speak rudely to their teacher. Those who explain the pure doctrine according to their individual opinion, falsify it in repeating (it after their teachers); those who speak untruth from pride of knowledge, are not capable of many virtues.” “The wise leave off these kinds of pride, the pious do not cultivate them; the great Sages are above all such things as Gôtra, and they ascend to the place where there is no Gôtra at all (namely to Môksha). A monk who looks upon his body as on a corpse and fully understands the law, will on entering a village or a town distinguish between what may be accepted and what may not, and will not be greedy of food or drink.”
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2020-06-11   298 vizionări
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2020-06-11

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

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

We now continue with an excerpt from Jiddu Krishnamurti’s precious guidance in “The Book of Life,” a collection of the highly respected thinker’s spiritual insights for every day. “...It seems to me that learning is astonishingly difficult, as is listening also. We never actually listen to anything because our mind is not free; our ears are stuffed up with those things that we already know, so listening becomes extraordinarily difficult. I think — or rather, it is a fact — that if one can listen to something with all of one’s being, with vigor, with vitality, then the very act of listening is a liberative factor, but unfortunately you never do listen, as you have never learned about it. After all, you only learn when you give your whole being to something.” “To learn, the mind must be quiet ‘To discover anything new you must start on your own; you must start on a journey completely denuded, especially of knowledge, because it is very easy, through knowledge and belief, to have experiences; but those experiences are merely the products of self-projection and therefore utterly unreal, false. If you are to discover for yourself what is the new, it is no good carrying the burden of the old, especially knowledge — the knowledge of another, however great. You use knowledge as a means of self-projection, security, and you want to be quite sure that you have the same experiences as the Buddha or the Christ or X. But a man who is protecting himself constantly through knowledge is obviously not a truth-seeker... For the discovery of truth there is no path... When you want to find something new, when you are experimenting with anything, your mind has to be very quiet, has it not?’” “Learning implies the love of understanding and the love of doing a thing for itself. Learning is possible only when there is no coercion of any kind.” “Learning is never accumulative. You cannot store up learning and then from that storehouse act. You learn as you are going along. Therefore, there is never a moment of retrogression or deterioration or decline.”
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2020-07-14   297 vizionări
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2020-07-14

Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “Pioneers of the Soul” by Hilda Charlton (vegetarian): Chapter 2 – The Real You, Part 2 of 2

Nu sunt aici să vă demonstrez că sunt bună sau rea. Sunt aici să vă spun că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni, şi dacă urmaţi instrucţiunile mele, veţi simiţi, veţi vedea, veţi şti că voi sunteţi minunaţi, voi sunteţi buni ... Veţi simţi că voi sunteţi minunaţi, că îl cunoaşteţi pe Dumnezeu.
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2020-08-01   295 vizionări
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2020-08-01

Selection from Theaetetus by Plato: Socrates on the Nature of Knowledge, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from Theaetetus by Plato: Socrates on the Nature of Knowledge, Part 2 of 2

The Venerated Socrates was born in Athens, Greece circa 470 BC. Many people consider him to be the father of Western philosophy. Now, we present a selection of Socrates' dialogue with the young scientist Theaetetus. "I am about to speak of a high argument, in which all things are said to be relative; you cannot rightly call anything by any name, such as great or small, heavy or light, for the great will be small and the heavy light - there is no single thing or quality, but out of motion, and change, and mixture all things are becoming relatively to one another, which "becoming" is by us incorrectly called being, but is really becoming, for nothing ever is, but all things are becoming."
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2019-11-23   293 vizionări
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2019-11-23

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

3. How You Actually Listen Relying on the Six Ideas “Think of the instructor as a doctor. For example, when you are stricken by a severe illness such as a wind or bile disorder, you seek a skilled doctor. Upon consulting your doctor, you are greatly delighted and listen to whatever your doctor says, revering him or her respectfully. Likewise, seek in this way a teacher who imparts the teachings. Once you have found your teacher, venerate your teacher with respect and do what he or she says. While doing this consider it a privilege, not a burden. Think of the instructor's explications as medicine. Just as a sick person has a high regard for the medicine prescribed by a doctor, so too, you should view the instructions and explications that the instructor gives as very important, taking great pains to hold them in high esteem, and not squandering them by lapses such as forgetting them. Think of earnest practice as the way to cure your disease. Likewise, earnestly engage in practice after you have seen that you cannot vanquish such afflictions as attachment without putting into practice the instructions given by the instructor. Think of the Tathagatas as excellent beings. Develop respect by remembering the one who set forth the teaching, the Bhagavan [Buddha]. Wish that the teaching will endure for a long time. Think, ‘How wonderful if, in dependence upon studying such teachings, the Conqueror's teachings would remain in the world for a long time!’ Furthermore, when you explain or hear the teachings, if your mind and the teachings remain separate, then whatever is explained will be inconsequential. Hence, listen in such a way that you determine how these teachings apply to your mind. In brief, develop the spirit of enlightenment, thinking: For the sake of all living beings, I will attain Buddhahood. In order to attain this, I must train in its causes; for this, I must know those causes. For this, it is evident that I must hear the teachings. Therefore, I will listen to the teachings. Remember the benefits of hearing. Eliminate the faults of a vessel, and so forth, and listen with great delight.” How to Explain a Teaching in Which Both the Teaching and Its Author Are Great Contemplating the Benefits of Explaining the Teaching “It is very beneficial to impart the teachings without concern for worldly things — profit, honor, fame, and the like.” Developing Reverence for the Teacher [Shakyamuni Buddha] and the Teaching “When the Bhagavan [Buddha] set forth the Mother of Conquerors [the Prajhaparamita], He performed such acts of respect as arranging the throne himself. Likewise, since the teachings are respected even by Buddhas, when you explain the teachings, be very respectful of the teachings and the Teacher [Shakyamuni Buddha] as well, remembering His good qualities and kindness.”
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2020-08-08   293 vizionări
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2020-08-08

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 2 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 2 of 2

We will share with you what the Mayans believe about "parallel worlds" and the real meaning of "najt" (space-time). "Unlike the Western world's more linear vision, the Mayan perception of time is intertwined with space and frequency. We are outside the limitations of space-time; frequency is our channel to transcendence, to exceeding such limits. When we are able to perceive the essence, we touch God. Najt is where we reside. More precisely, it is where most people are trapped, in what we call reality. It is also what leads us to what we call the past or future, both of which are abstractions. The past does not exist. It existed. Now it's only a memory. The future does not exist either; it's what will be. There is only this instant, this very moment, the eternal present." "We have potential access to thousands of other dimensions, while even more fall outside our perception. The Grandfathers call these unreal dimensions 'unconfigured space.' The 'Popol Vuh' speaks of parallel dimensions as paradise and calls them Paxil and Kayala. In Paxil our perceptions are different. Our senses sharpen, and we are surrounded by a tranquil, harmonious, peaceful energy. It's like going back to the matrix, the origin. The most exquisite fruit and the most incredible stones can be found in Paxil, but most importantly, we are accepted unconditionally there - we are truly loved!"
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2020-05-26   292 vizionări
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2020-05-26

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

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

Today, we will continue with Frater Ralph M. Lewis’s “The Sanctuary of Self,” and the chapter “Love and Desire,” in Part One of his book entitled, “The Mysteries.” “There are also the intellectual loves, the desires of the mind. The mind, the active intelligence, as we know, can establish ends, can aspire to purposes. These aspirations are mental ideals.” “Each such intellectual ideal, though it satisfies the intellectual love in part, impels the love to create still greater ones which bring increasing intellectual satisfaction. Whereas physical love, if indulged too frequently, may become satiated, intellectual loves ever increase the enjoyment they provide the mind of man. The ideals of the intellectual nature of man are knowledge and accomplishment. The intellect must become married to these ideals if it is to experience normalcy, regardless of what loves and gratifications man may have physically.” “What do the Rosicrucians say of love? From a Rosicrucian viewpoint, a rational approach to love is necessary. They realize, of course, that love is not merely an intellectual experience; but, on the other hand, they also realize that it is essential to understand the causes of love, so as to be able to produce the most lasting effect. First, they say that basically, all love is desire. It is a yearning or an appetite, if you will, for that which brings us pleasure. No one has ever loved that which brings pain, suffering, misfortune, or torment. Consequently, Rosicrucians contend that love is the desire for harmony. However, love of that which would be harmonious only to the physical senses, would leave certain other loves unrequited. The love of the intellect for the realization of its ideals would be neglected. The love of the emotional self would be forgotten, leaving it torn with fears, perhaps. The love of the spiritual self to express its sentiments psychically would also be submerged, if we were to concentrate on a love which brings harmony to the physical senses alone. Only as we experience the harmony of our whole being, all aspects of ourselves, do we experience absolute love, complete satisfaction. This absolute love is found in the health of the body and in its desire to maintain itself. It consists also of the love to exercise the creative powers of the mind and the love to express the spiritual values, such as compassion and self-sacrifice. The unity of these three loves, then, results in that great Rosicrucian ideal, Peace Profound.”
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2020-11-17   291 vizionări
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2020-11-17

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 10 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 10 din 11

Eu sunt doar una, dar cu toţii simţiţi că vă iubesc numai pe voi, iubire destulă, sau am iubire destulă pentru toţi. Este din cauză că noi practicăm calea iubirii, şi noi se întâmplă să ştim cum să avem suficient. La fel cum ştim să economisim bani să devenim mai bogaţi, nu pentru că voi câştigaţi bani mai mulţi, dar nu neapărat, însă economisiţi mai mult.
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2020-11-13   290 vizionări
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2020-11-13

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

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

The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, also known as the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is a worldwide cultural, educational, and philosophical organization that is perpetuating the profound and practical teachings of the Rosicrucians. The Rosicrucian library is a source of spiritual wisdom and insight that includes the important writings by the respected imperators of the Order such as Dr. Harvey Spencer Lewis, Ralph M. Lewis, and Christian Bernard. Now, we will read from chapter IV, “Love and Desire,” from Part One - “The Mysteries,” in Frater Ralph M. Lewis’s book, “The Sanctuary of Self.” “Love is perhaps the most perplexing to mankind of all his inner experiences, and yet it is one had by every individual to some extent. Love is not a product of the It, is not an intellectual achievement, but an emotional, psychic one had by the self. Because it is such, love has been idealized by the poets and bards to such an extent that most persons believe that it is something to be left to a chance experience, or to be mysteriously attained without formula or method.” “The physical nature of man is one aspect of his generally accepted triune being. There are factors which are essential to it, such as food, drink, shelter, and sleep. When there is a deficiency of them, there is unbalance. The plenitude or fullness of man’s physical nature is its normal state. This normalcy is accompanied by the sensation of gratification, a kind of pleasure which we know as happiness. When there is a deficiency, a lack of that upon which man’s physical being depends, we become conscious of an irritability or of a disharmony. This disharmony engenders desire.” “Each of our objective or receptor senses has an ideal or a quality which is sought after.” “Each sense has a corresponding quality or beauty which is desired. Anything which will bring pleasure or gratification to a sense is by another name beautiful to it.” “Desire, then, is the urge to find the beautiful or its equivalent. It is the seeking out of that thing or condition which will satisfy that nature which the desire serves.” “Man must realize, however, that the end of life is not merely the satisfaction of the physical desires. To pursue these physical loves alone leaves unsatisfied the desires of the other natures. It keeps man continually in distress.”
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2020-11-16   290 vizionări
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2020-11-16

From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (June - September), Part 1 of 2

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From Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms (June - September), Part 1 of 2

“Gems from the East: A Birthday Book of Precepts and Axioms” was written by Madame Blavatsky and published in late 1889. With selections from famous scriptures and books to introduce the months, and Oriental precept or axiom is given for each day of the year. Spirituality is not what we understand by the words “virtue” and “goodness.” It is the power of perceiving formless, spiritual essences. The discovery and right use of the true essence of Being – this is the whole secret of life. “The mind, enlightened, casts its grief away!” – It is not to be known by knowledge! man knows it not by wisdom! learning vast Halts short of it! Only by soul itself is soul perceived – when the soul wills it so! There shines no light save its own light to show Itself unto itself!”
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2019-10-21   289 vizionări
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2019-10-21

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

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

Black Elk was born in 1863 as a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, whose people lived in today's Wyoming in the western United States. Starting at age nine, Black Elk, was led by inner visions to protect both the indigenous lands and his people. His ultimate symbolic mission was to bring back the Tree of Life so that it bloomed, thus restoring his own nation and leading the Lakota people to walk the Red Road, the road of good. Black Elk was revered by his fellow tribes’ people as a holy man who could also heal injury and sickness through the grace of God, or the Great Spirit. In 1930, Black Elk agreed to be interviewed by John Neihardt, an American writer and poet. Mr. Neihardt later published the book “Black Elk Speaks,” a vivid and moving account of Lakota life and spiritual traditions. “It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit.” “‘Your Grandfathers all over the world are having a council, and they have called you here to teach you.’ His voice was very kind, but I shook all over with fear now, for I knew that these were not old men, but the Powers of the World. And the first was the Power of the West; the second, of the North; the third, of the East; the fourth, of the South; the fifth, of the Sky; the sixth, of the Earth.” “‘Younger brother,’ he said, ‘with the powers of the four quarters you shall walk, a relative. Behold, the living center of a nation I shall give you, and with it many you shall save.’” “‘It shall stand in the center of the nation’s circle,’ said the Grandfather, ‘a cane to walk with and a people’s heart; and by your powers you shall make it blossom.’” “‘From where the giant lives (the North) to where you always face (the South) the Red Road goes, the road of good,’ the Grandfather said, ‘and on it shall your nation walk.’”
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2020-07-15   289 vizionări
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2020-07-15

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

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

“The Spirited Monthly Newspaper – The World's Advance Thought” was a monthly periodical founded by Lucy A. Mallory in 1886. The paper’s motto was “Love is the way, the truth, and the life.” Mrs. Lucy Mallory contributed her own spiritual writings as well as the inspired contributions of others. Through this uplifting publication, Lucy Mallory highlighted themes that emphasized the “inner light” of the human being. She also advocated vegetarianism for its loving kindness to other beings. She once said, “Vegetarianism is becoming worldwide. We are not speaking of forced vegetarianism – that doesn't count. We are speaking of vegetarians who have adopted the humane diet because of a sense of justice to animals.” And also, “The animal is not soulless; it has the seeds of all human principles. Through the lower forms of life these seeds are dormant. Every human principle is there, but unborn, save the vital, the astral and the instrumental.” We now share with you selections from the periodical – “The World’s Advance Thought.” “Soul Communion is the unabridged Fountain of Wisdom, and those who enter this Sanctuary of Life will be blest with that which unfolds the Immortal Consciousness, where death is unknown. If the peoples of all the nations would unite in observing Soul Communion, Universal Peace would be established in the being of all and in the World Consciousness.” “Everything is moving Godward. We get according to our capacity to receive. The Spirit of Love leads directly to Heaven.” “The observance of Kindness to Animals is the greatest movement for the progress of the whole world. Everything, animate, and that which we call ‘inanimate,’ has life-force. This is why we are attracted to some things and persons and not to others.” “Spirit communication is a Fount of Golden Suggestions. To the aspiring and thoughtful they are a treasury of infinite possibilities and value. God is the Unselfish, Altruistic, Wise and Loving, Constructive Principle in Humanity; the devil is the ignorant, selfish, hateful, vicious, destructive lack of principle in Humanity.”
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2020-07-10   288 vizionări
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2020-07-10

From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on the Mystical Life, Part 2 of 3

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From the Rosicrucian Order’s The Sanctuary of Self: on the Mystical Life, Part 2 of 3

“Have you ever stopped to realize what the real value or worth of tradition is? We should look upon traditions as signs of encouragement; We should take from tradition the best that it has to offer, and build upon it.” “In our considerations of the mystical life we must begin with man, simply because there is nothing more intimate, nothing to which you are more closely related, nothing that you can feel so strongly or analyze so carefully, as yourself.” “In each thing which has existence there is instilled its function, and, while it has that particular type of existence in its process of development, that function is natural to it and is not ungodly. So, when we approach the mystical life and begin with man, we look upon all things as Divine, because they emanate from the same source, and no being is ungodly unless we are in a position to point out that he has directed his will in opposition to what he knows is best and proper.”
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2020-03-18   287 vizionări
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2020-03-18

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

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

One of the oldest religions in the world is Jainism, traditionally known as Jain Dharma. Originating from ancient India, this philosophy centers around concepts such as right perception, right knowledge, and right conduct in the attainment of moksha, or realization of the soul’s true nature. The concept of ahimsa, or nonviolence, is of equally great importance. Thus, with compassion for all life, practitioners of Jainism follow a pure vegetarian or vegan diet. Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken about Lord Mahavira, as during this lecture in Taiwan, also known as Formosa, on June 23, 2019. “I don’t know if anyone in the history of mankind could have done or could be doing or will be doing such an asceticism, such a sacrifice like the Lord Mahavira.” We present to you today, excerpts from Book II – Lecture 1, from Jainism’s Sutrakritanga Sutra. Second Book First Lecture The Lotus “O long-lived (Gambusvamin)! I (Sudharman) have heard the following Discourse from the Venerable (Mahavira). We now come to the Lecture called ‘the Lotus.’” “The Venerable Ascetic Mahavira addressed the crowd of Nirgrantha monks and nuns, and spoke thus: Ah, you long-lived Sramanas! I shall tell, declare, explain, expound, and demonstrate it with its meaning, reasons, and arguments. Thus, I say: O long-lived Sramanas, meaning the world, I spoke of the lotus-pool. Meaning karma, I spoke of the water. Meaning pleasures and amusements, I spoke of the mud. Meaning people in general, I spoke of those many white lotuses, the best of Nymphaeas. Meaning the king, I spoke of the one big white lotus, the best of Nymphaeas. Meaning heretical teachers, I spoke of those four men. Meaning the Law, I spoke of the monk. Meaning the church, I spoke of the bank. Meaning the preaching of the Law, I spoke of (the monk's) voice. Meaning Nirvana, I spoke of (the lotus') flying up. Meaning these things, O long-lived Sramanas, I told this (simile). ‘Upwards from the soles of the feet, downwards from the tips of the hair on the head, within the skin's surface is (what is called) Soul, or what is the same, the Atman. The whole soul lives; when this (body) is dead, it does not live. It lasts as long as the body lasts, it does not outlast the destruction (of the body). With it (namely the body) ends life.” “Those who believe that there is and exists no soul, speak the truth. Those who say that the soul is different from the body, are wrong.”
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2020-08-19   287 vizionări
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2020-08-19

Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Theosophy’s Sacred Teachings: “The Voice of the Silence – The Seven Portals," Segment I, Part 1 of 2

The 19th-century Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born into a noble family in Ukraine. As a child, young Helena displayed a gift for clairvoyance as well as an interest in metaphysical phenomena. Years later, she traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and India, studying with various teachers and Sufi saints. Following the guidance of an Indian yogi named Mahatma Morya, Madame Blavatsky co-founded the Theosophical Society. Madame Blavatsky wrote several important books on Theosophy, including “Isis Unveiled,” “The Secret Doctrine,” “The Key to Theosophy,” and “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Voice of the Silence” contains excerpts from a sacred Tibetan Buddhist text called “The Book of the Golden Precepts” that Madame Blavatsky discovered while in India and translated herself. Today on Words of Wisdom, we invite you to listen to excerpts of “The Seven Portals” from Madame Blavatsky’s “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Pâramitâ heights are crossed by a still steeper path. Thou hast to fight thy way through portals seven, seven strongholds held by cruel crafty Powers — passions incarnate. Be of good cheer, Disciple; bear in mind the golden rule. Once thou hast passed the gate Srotâpatti, ‘he who the stream hath entered’; once thy foot hath pressed the bed of the Nirvânic stream in this or any future life, thou hast but seven other births before thee, O thou of adamantine Will. Look on. What sees thou before thine eye, O aspirant to god-like Wisdom?” “Thou sees well, Lanoo. These Portals lead the aspirant across the waters on ‘to the other shore’. Each Portal hath a golden key that opens its gate; and these keys are: 1. Dâna, the key of charity and love immortal. 2. Shîla, the key of Harmony in word and act, the key that counterbalances the cause and the effect, and leaves no further room for Karmic action. 3. Kshânti, mercy sweet, that nothing can ruffle. 4. Virâg', indifference to pleasure and to pain, illusion conquered, truth alone perceived. 5. Vîrya, the dauntless energy that fights its way to the supernal Truth, out of the mire of lies terrestrial. 6. Dhyâna, whose golden gate once opened leads the Naljor (Saint) toward the realm of Sat (True Reality) eternal and its ceaseless contemplation. 7. Prajñâ, the key to which makes of a man a god, creating him a Bodhisattva, son of the Dhyânis. Such to the Portals are the golden keys. Before thou can approach the last, O weaver of thy freedom, thou hast to master these Pâramitâs of perfection — the virtues transcendental six and ten in number — along the weary Path.”
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2020-08-12   284 vizionări
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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 - “Laws” and "Freedom"

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Poetic Essays from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2 of 2 - “Laws” and "Freedom"

“What shall I say of these save that they too stand in the sunlight, but with their backs to the sun? They see only their shadows, and their shadows are their laws. And what is the sun to them but a caster of shadows? And what is it to acknowledge the laws but to stoop down and trace their shadows upon the earth? But you who walk facing the sun, what images drawn on the earth can hold you? You who travel with the wind, what weather-vane shall direct your course? What man’s law shall bind you if you break your yoke but upon no man’s prison door? What laws shall you fear if you dance but stumble against no man’s iron chains? And who is he that shall bring you to judgment if you tear off your garment yet leave it in no man’s path?” “You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.”
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2020-01-07   283 vizionări
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2020-01-07

Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

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Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell: The Divine Plan of the Ages - Selection from Chapter 5, Part 1 of 2

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 would rule the Earth through Christ. Among the most well-known of his works is the seven-volume series, “Studies in the Scriptures.” Today, we will read an excerpt from Volume 1 of Charles Taze Russell’s “Studies in the Scriptures” titled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” “Paul declares that this mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations now made manifest to His saints, is ‘CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.’ This is the great mystery of God which has been hidden from all previous ages, and is still hidden from all except a special class - the saints, or consecrated believers. But what is meant by ‘Christ in you?’ We have learned that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, and thus we recognize Him to be the Christ - the Anointed - for the word Christ signifies anointed.” “And, dearly beloved, many blows and much polishing must we endure - much transforming must we undergo, and much conforming to His example, under the direction of the great Master-builder; and in order to have the ability and ideality of the Builder displayed in us, we will need to see that we have no cross-grained will of our own to oppose or thwart the accomplishment of His will in us; we must be very childlike and humble – ‘clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.’ Let us humble ourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt us in due time, as He has exalted our Head and Forerunner.”
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2020-06-03   282 vizionări
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Expressions of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Abu Al- ‘Ala’ Al-Ma’arri (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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

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