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

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

“He who is in search of occult knowledge must fortify himself throughout the whole course of his efforts by the understanding, that after persevering for some time, he may have made suitable progress without becoming conscious of it in the precise way which he had expected. He who does not remember this, is likely to lose heart, and in a little while to abandon his efforts altogether. The mental powers and faculties about to be developed are at first, of the most subtle kind, and their nature differs entirely from the conceptions of them, which may be formed in the student’s mind. He has been accustomed to occupy himself with the physical world alone, and the mental and astral worlds seem to elude his gaze, and baffle his conceptions. It is, therefore, not remarkable if, at first, he fails to realize the new forces, mental and astral, which are developing in his own being. This is why it is dangerous to enter the path leading to occult knowledge without experienced guidance.” “The teacher can see the progress made by the pupil, long before the latter becomes conscious of it for himself. He sees the delicate organs of spiritual vision beginning to form themselves, before the pupil is aware of their existence, and a great part of the duties of the teacher consists in perpetual watchfulness, lest the disciple lose confidence, patience, and perseverance, before he becomes conscious of his own progress. The teacher, as we know, can confer upon the student no powers, which are not already latent within him, and his sole function is to assist in the awakening of slumbering faculties. But he may be a pillar of strength to him who strives to penetrate through darkness into the light.” “There are many who leave the occult path soon after setting foot upon it, because they are not immediately conscious of their own progress. And even when higher experiences begin to dawn upon the seeker, he is apt to regard them as illusions, because he had anticipated them quite differently. He loses courage, either because he regards these first experiences as of no value, or because they appear so insignificant that he has no hope of their leading to any appreciable results within a measurable time. Courage and self-confidence are the two lamps, which must never be allowed to burn themselves out on the pathway to the occult. He who cannot patiently repeat an exercise, which has failed for an apparently unlimited number of times, will never travel far.”
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2020-11-03   413 vizionări
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2020-11-03

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

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

Born in 1861, Dr. Rudolf Steiner was a great Austrian polymath, philosopher and scientist who made influential contributions in the fields of education, science, spirituality and medicine. He is perhaps best known for pioneering the holistic educational methods for the Waldorf schools. An eloquent public speaker and gifted writer, he gave over 6,000 lectures in his lifetime and gained recognition as a literary critic. His writings cover a wide range of subjects, and he published more than 25 books, including “Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age,” “The Way of Initiation,” and “Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: The Philosophy of Freedom.” He developed and taught an esoteric spiritual philosophy called anthroposophy, based on “the science of the spirit.” Today, we will quench our spiritual thirst with a reading from Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s chapter “Enlightenment,” from his book “The Way of Initiation.” “Enlightenment is the result of very simple processes. Here, too, it is a matter of developing certain feelings and thoughts which are dormant within all men, but must be awakened. Only he who carries out these simple processes with complete patience, continuously and strenuously, can be led by them to the reception of inner illumination.” “If a man has once acquired the faculty of seeing with spiritual eyes, he sooner or later, meets with the beings here mentioned, some of them higher, some lower than man himself; beings who never entered into physical existence.” “When he has advanced thus far, the way to a great deal lies open before him; but it is inadvisable to proceed further without an experienced guide. Indeed, for all that has here been described, such experienced guidance is desirable, and he who has the endurance to fulfil the elementary conditions of enlightenment, will assuredly seek and discover his guide. Under all circumstances, it is important to give warning, and he who will not heed it had better leave untrodden all the steps of occult science.” “In our time, the path to occult science is sought after by many. It is sought in various ways, and many dangerous and even objectionable modes are practiced. Therefore, it is that those who know of the truth and dangers concerning these things, have allowed a greater portion of the occult training and the necessary warning to be published.”
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2020-11-02   253 vizionări
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2020-11-02

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

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

The Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar, a Shining World Hero Award Recipient, is an Israeli religious scholar who’s on a mission to spread veganism all across Israel and the world. Strong in his dedication and compassion for all God’s creatures, the Reverend Rabbi Asa Keisar is a frequent lecturer at universities, elementary and high schools, and yeshivot (Jewish educational religious institutions) throughout Israel. His speeches feature statements from the Holy Torah about the incorrectness of consuming animal products, especially in our modern world. The Reverend Rabbi Keisar is also the author of an important Jewish guide, “In Front of the Blind,” or “Velifnei Iver Hashalem.” The book is a collection of excerpts from the Torah, the prophets, the Mishneh Torah, the Talmud, as well as from the Gaonim, Rishonim, and Achronim, which include Jewish spiritual leaders and religious legal scholars from the past and present. Through straightforward holy laws, the selection clearly shows how humans must treat all animals, namely with care and mercy. There is a widespread ancient Jewish text entitled, “Perek Shira” (Chapter of Song), a compilation of praises to God, sung by the Heavens and by His creatures, as the animals, from which the Jewish scholar is sharing some worth-mentioning lines. We will now read from the Reverend Rabbi Keisar’s book, “In Front of the Blind,” the chapter called “The Purpose of Animals.” “The Rooster says: ‘When the Holy One, blessed be He, comes to the righteous in the Garden of Eden, all the trees of the Garden of Eden exude their fragrance, and they rejoice and praise, and then He arouses and praises.’” “The Hen says: ‘He gives bread to all flesh, for His loving kindness endures forever.’” “The Pigeon says before The Holy One, blessed be He: ‘Master of the World, may my sustenance be as bitter as an olive in Your hands, rather than being sweet as honey in the hands of flesh and blood.’” “The Crane says: ‘Give thanks to Hashem with the lyre; play for Him with the ten-stringed harp.’” “The Bird says: ‘A Bird has also found her home and the sparrow a nest for herself where she placed her young; Your altars, Hashem of Hosts – my King and my God.’” “The Swallow says: ‘So that my soul shall sing Your honor and shall not be silent, Hashem my God – I shall forever thank you.’” “The Swift says: ‘My help is from Hashem, Maker of Heaven and Earth.’” “The Petrel says: ‘Light is sown for the righteous, joy for the straight-of-heart.’” “The Bat says: ‘Be comforted, My people, be comforted,’ says your God.”
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2020-10-31   385 vizionări
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2020-10-31

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 5 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 5 din 11

Eu sunt aici azi, cu onoarea permisiunii lui Dumnezeu şi cu harul de a le aduce aminte taţilor şi mamelor noastre, fraţilor şi surorilor, şi fraţilor mai mici şi surorilor mai mici, că noi ar trebui să ne aducem aminte de întreaga fiinţă, şi eu vă arăt cum. E foarte simplu să ne aducem aminte, mai simplu decât să respirăm, mai simplu decât mâncatul.
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2020-10-30   412 vizionări
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2020-10-30

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   323 vizionări
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2020-10-29

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 3 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 3 din 11

Sunt două opţiuni, toate sunt ale voastre. Nu este preceptul meu, este felul de a trăi. Este o alegere care o faceţi să vă prezentaţi pe voi lumii, lui Dumnezeu şi sinelui vostru, când vă uitaţi în oglindă, ce fel de persoană vreţi să vedeţi. Bine? Nu precepte, nu ne trebuie precepte, voi ştiţi ce vreţi să fiţi, în regulă?
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2020-10-28   460 vizionări
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2020-10-28

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 2 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 2 din 11

Vom salva copacii, Vom onora mările, Vom plânge, vom scufunda și vom zbura pe aripile iubirii. Vom vindeca lumea, Vom merge în pace, Vom împărtăși și împărtăși și vom aduce eliberare, Căci suntem îngeri în expresie.
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2020-10-27   440 vizionări
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2020-10-27

Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 1 din 11

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Reuniunea Sufletelor, partea 1 din 11

Învățăturile Maestrei Supreme Ching Hai mi-au fost împărtășite fără obligație, taxă sau condiții. Cu toate acestea, am primit atât de multe. Îi sunt recunoscătoare etern Maestrei Supreme Ching Hai că mi-a împărtășit acest dar prețios al iubirii. În cel mai bun caz, tot ce pot face este să vă invit cu umilință pe toți să experimentați voi înșivă Divinul.
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2020-10-26   687 vizionări
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2020-10-26

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

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

“Radhasoami has assumed human form in this world. As Guru (Supreme Guide and Preceptor), He awakens Jivas (living beings). Those who understand and follow His teachings, are blessed with His company and association. By attending Satsang of Radhasoami, they enjoy true bliss and become contented. They love the Guru as a Chakor (bird enamored of the moon) loves the moon. Without Guru, they have no rest or peace even for a moment. Constantly uneasy lie their souls. When fortunately they get Darshan of Guru, they are supremely exhilarated and feel elated like a tender calf in the company of the mother-cow. The gurumukhs (special devotees) who have developed such an intense love for Guru, are taken in His special protection. They are rendered forgetful of their attachment to the body and of the pleasures of the senses, in a moment. The form of Guru is enshrined in their hearts. Really, they are with Guru all the 24 hours. Those who perform such a devotion, attain the bliss of Nam. They repeat the Holy Name in the manner that a thirst maddened Papiha (Rain-lover bird) cries for Swanti rain. When, by constant repetition of Nam, their Surat (Spirit) is awakened, they hear Shabd internally. They attain Guru’s Shabd (access to Trikuti (Three Prominences)), penetrate the Shabds of Sunn, Sat Lok, Alakh Lok and Agam Lok (Heavenly Realms), and finally secure admittance into Nij Pad (True Abode), the Radhasoami Dham. They get Poora Ghar (final abode of rest) and attain Poori Gati (perfect salvation). Nothing remains to be said now as there is nothing beyond, Radhasoami being the Highest Region.” “The Holy Word Radhasoami comprises five letters of Hindi alphabets, and ten of Persian. It discloses the mystery of Five Holy Shabds or Names, and grants ascension to ten regions.” “Radha is the name of the Dhun (Reverberation) and Soami is the Shabd (Sound). Know that Dhun and Shabd are one and the same, like water and its wave. Make no distinction between the two.” “Radha is the lover and Soami the beloved. Radhasoami sings of the union of Surat and Shabd.” “Radha is the Name of the Adi (Primal) Surat and Soami is the Adi Shabd. Radha and Soami form an inseparable pair, like Surat and Shabd. Know that both Radha and Soami are one-word: Radhasoami. As Surat dallies with Shabd, so does Radha abide in close union with Soami. Know that Radha and Soami are two, namely, Surat and Shabd. But they unite as one in Sat Lok (the fifth Spiritual Region).” “Radhasoami Nam whoever recites, gets across the ocean of life, troubles vanish, bliss abides, and completely gone is all strife. Such is this unfathomable Name that to none its secrets are known; he who comes to know the same is no more on the earth born.”
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2020-10-24   331 vizionări
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2020-10-24

Selections from “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I,” by Soamiji Maharaj (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I,” by Soamiji Maharaj (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Venerated Soamiji Maharaj was born on August 25, 1818 in Agra of India. Soamiji Maharaj knew Sant Tulsi Sahib since a very early age, and studied with Him into adulthood. After Tulsi Sahib’s passing, Soamiji Maharaj meditated alone in a room for 15 years. Later, upon the request of His disciple, the Venerated Hazur Maharaj, He agreed to share the method of inner Heavenly Light and Sound with the general public. When Hazur Majaraj realized during a meditation that “not only is Radhasoami an ever-reverberating (inner Heavenly) Sound but also Soamiji Maharaj is Himself Radhasoami,” the faith became named Radhasoami Satsang. According to Soamiji Maharaj, there are three essentials of Radhasoami Satsang: first, a living Guru; second, Nam, or inner Heavenly Sound, and third Sang, or true Teachings. By satisfying these three principles, one can be liberated from the cycle of life and death. In today’s program, we will present the saintly teachings from Soamiji Maharaj’s book, “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I.” “Radhasoami Nam whoever recites, gets across the ocean of life; troubles vanish, bliss abides, and completely gone’s all strife. Such is this unfathomable Name that to none Its secrets are known, he who comes to know the same is no more on the earth born. By reciting Radhasoami Nam let thy life most fruitful be; this is the true and real Nam keep It innermost within thee. Wondrous is Soami’s grandeur; except Radha, the Spirit Prime, no one can see the splendor, supreme, spiritual, sublime. In form and state not manifest is Radhasoami Nam in that place; there none can reach and rest without His mercy and grace. I pay my obeisance before Radhasoami by whose grace and mercy, innumerable Jivas (living beings) are being awakened. I bow again and again before Sat Guru and before the Lotus Region and Satnam (True Name). He is the beginning of all, but Himself without a beginning. He is Anam (the Highest Deity) since times immemorial. He has come here from His august abode as Sant Incarnate. He has launched a boat in the ocean (of existence) to enable Jivas (living beings) to get across. He mercifully takes us in the boat.” “The secrets of that abode are revealed by perfect Guru. There resounds a wonderful melody of the Bin (harp). Beyond is the Darbar (sphere) of Alakh Purush (the Lord of the sixth Spiritual Region), which can only be perceived by Surat (or spirit entity). Above that is Agam Lok (Heavenly Realm) which is unique. Only Sant Surats (realized souls) enjoy that bliss. From there is visible the eternal terrace of the most marvelous mansion of the Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal. My Surat (soul) is now in an exalted state of ecstasy; it has merged in Anami Purush (Supreme Being).”
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2020-10-23   159 vizionări
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2020-10-23

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

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

We will now continue, as we learn more about the intriguing way Charles Taze Russell studied the Holy Bible, in an excerpt from Volume 1 of his “Studies in the Scriptures” entitled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” Pastor Russell points out how excerpts from the Scriptures, which, as if parts of a puzzle, present us with how the transition that we are going through today, might have been foretold… It is God’s loving glory that is prepared for His children, who are to participate in fulfilling His plan. “Truth-seekers should empty their vessels of the muddy waters of tradition and fill them at the fountain of Truth — God’s Word. And no religious teaching should have weight, except as it guides the Truth-seeker to that fountain.” “Nor should we suppose that prophecy was given merely to satisfy curiosity concerning the future. Its object evidently is to make the consecrated child of God acquainted with his Father’s plans, thus to enlist his interest and sympathy in the same plans, and to enable him to regard both the present and the future from God’s standpoint. When thus interested in the Lord’s work, he may serve with the spirit and with the understanding also; not as a servant merely, but as a child and heir. Revealing to such what shall be, counteracts the influence of what now is. The effect of careful study cannot be otherwise than strengthening to faith and stimulating to holiness.” “It is the privilege only of this class to walk in the pathway that shines more and more — to see not only the present unfoldings of God’s plan, but also things to come. While it is true that the path of each individual believer is a shining one, yet the special application of this statement is to the just (justified) as a class. Patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints of the past and present have walked in its increasing light; and the light will continue to increase beyond the present — ‘unto the perfect day.’ It is one continuous path, and the one continuous and increasing light is the Divine Record, illuminating as it becomes due.” “And since Jesus’ day, yet more light shines, as He foretold it would, saying, ‘I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now: howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth... and He will show you things to come.’”
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2020-10-22   172 vizionări
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2020-10-22

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

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

Charles Taze Russell, also known as Pastor Russell, was an American religious leader, author and lecturer. He was the founder of the Christian denomination of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group that emerged from the Bible Student movement in the United States. The Bible Student movement was based on the teachings and ministry of Mr. Russell. He is noted for his analytical interpretations of the Holy Bible and for dedicating his life and resources to the preaching of the future establishment of a Golden Age on Earth. According to Mr. Russell’s research of the Holy Bible, God’s Kingdom will rule the Earth through Christ. In 1879, Mr. Russell started a Bible journal, now called The Watch Tower, after which he established the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society for the purpose of distributing religious literature. He remained president of the society until he passed away in 1916. Mr. Russell’s books and booklets were widely read, with 16 million copies in 35 languages. In addition, his weekly sermons were published by thousands of newspapers. Among the most well-known works of his is the seven-volume series, “Studies in the Scriptures.” Today, we will read a selection from Volume 1 of Charles Taze Russell’s “Studies in the Scriptures” entitled, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” “The title of this series of Studies — ‘The Divine Plan of the Ages,’ suggests a progression in the Divine arrangement, foreknown to our God and orderly. We believe the teachings of Divine revelation can be seen to be both beautiful and harmonious from this standpoint and from no other. The period in which sin is permitted has been a dark night to humanity, never to be forgotten; but the glorious day of righteousness and Divine favor, to be ushered in by Messiah, who, as the Sun of Righteousness, shall arise and shine fully and clearly into and upon all, bringing healing and blessing, will more than counterbalance the dreadful night of weeping, sighing, pain, sickness and death, in which the groaning creation has been so long.” “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord; for as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
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2020-10-21   266 vizionări
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2020-10-21

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

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

Numerous books have been written that provide insights into the afterlife and the soul’s immortality. One such volume is “Nosso Lar,” or “The Astral City,” by Spirit André Luiz through Spiritist medium Francisco Cândido Xavier. Francisco Cândido Xavier was a well-known Brazilian philanthropist who co-authored more than 400 books. In “The Astral City,” former medical doctor André Luiz speaks from the afterlife of his awakening and healing within a spiritual society near the Earth’s surface. This story describes not only the continuation of life beyond the physical body, but more importantly, how Heaven cares for each and every human soul. The following excerpt from “The Astral City” describes how André Luiz was strengthened spiritually upon his rescue from the Lower Zones. “‘Death of the physical body does not take man instantly to miraculous spheres. Every evolutionary process progresses through graduation. There are countless planes for discarnate Spirits, just as there are many wondrous regions for those still in flesh. All souls, feelings, forms and things are governed by the principles of natural evolution and hierarchy.’” “‘On the day you prayed with all your heart,’ continued Lysias, ‘when you realized that everything in the Universe belongs to our Almighty Father, even your tears were different. As you know, rain can at times be creative, at other times destructive. The Lord doesn’t wait for our prayers to love us. Yet, just as a dirty mirror cannot reflect the light, it is indispensable for us to cleanse ourselves and build a receptive attitude in order to understand His infinite goodness. Thus, it is not the Father who needs our penance, it is we who need it for the inestimable service it renders us.’” “‘Right, but keep in mind that all deserving petitions should contain three basic prerequisites: an active will, persevering work, and merit. In other words, one must first wish, then work towards that wish, and finally be deserving of what he requested.’”
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2020-10-20   365 vizionări
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2020-10-20

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a renowned 19th-century American essayist, philosopher, lecturer, poet, and a leader of the transcendental philosophical movement. His literature influenced many other celebrated writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Emerson is most famous for his essays, through which he expresses ideas of freedom, spirituality, individuality, the great ability of humans to realize almost everything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled widely giving lectures and became well known for his publications “Essays” and “Nature.” Today, we will invigorate our minds and spirits with an excerpt from one of Mr. Emerson’s perceptive essays entitled, “Spiritual Laws.” “The simplicity of the universe is very different from the simplicity of a machine. The simplicity of nature is not that which may easily be read, but is inexhaustible. The last analysis can no wise be made. We judge of a man’s wisdom by his hope, knowing that the perception of the inexhaustibleness of nature is an immortal youth. The wild fertility of nature is felt in comparing our rigid names and reputations with our fluid consciousness.” “A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us, that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary, and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience, we become divine. Belief and love, — a believing love will relieve us of a vast load of care. O my brothers, God exists. There is a soul at the center of nature, and over the will of every man, so that none of us can wrong the universe. It has so infused its strong enchantment into nature, that we prosper when we accept its advice, and when we struggle to wound its creatures, our hands are glued to our sides, or they beat our own breasts. The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Why need you choose so painfully your place, and occupation, and associates, and modes of action, and of entertainment?”
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2020-10-19   232 vizionări
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2020-10-19

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

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

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

Saint Augustine of Hippo was an esteemed late 4th and early 5th century Christian bishop in present-day Algeria. He became Bishop of Hippo, an ancient seaport city, in his early 40s, and remained in the position for the rest of his life. Known as one of the greatest Christian philosophers, St. Augustine was a prolific writer, with about 100 books, 300 letters and 500 sermons still preserved. His work covers subjects including theology, philosophy and sociology and has had a lasting influence on the Christian world. Among his most significant writings are “The City of God,” “De Doctrina Christiana” and “Confessions.” The respected bishop was also a compassionate vegetarian, and drew attention to the lifestyle of those who “not only abstain from flesh and wine, but also from other viands. … which flatter taste.” Today, we will open Saint Augustine’s book “The City of God,” to read a selection of insights on the universal gift of existence, which by itself gives us an awareness, which no living creature would trade for anything else. “And truly the very fact of existing is by some natural spell so pleasant, that even the wretched are, for no other reason, unwilling to perish; and, when they feel that they are wretched, wish not that they themselves be annihilated, but that their misery be so.” “The well-known feeling of such men witnesses to this. For when we see that they fear to die, and will rather live in such misfortune than end it by death, is it not obvious enough how nature shrinks from annihilation?” “And how much human nature loves the knowledge of its existence, and how it shrinks from being deceived, will be sufficiently understood from this fact, that every man prefers to grieve in a sane mind, rather than to be glad in madness. And this grand and wonderful instinct belongs to men alone of all animals; for, though some of them have keener eyesight than ourselves for this world’s light, they cannot attain to that spiritual Light with which our mind is somehow irradiated, so that we can form right judgments of all things. For our power to judge is proportioned to our acceptance of this Light…”
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2020-10-16   225 vizionări
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2020-10-16

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

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

“As I have explained, meditative serenity has the features of non-discursiveness — in other words, when your attention is intentionally set on a single object of meditation, it stays there; clarity — in other words, it is free from laxity; and benefit — in other words, delight and bliss. However, you should not be satisfied with just this. Rather, developing the wisdom that properly determines the meaning of reality, you must cultivate insight. Otherwise, since mere concentration is something Buddhists have in common even with non-Buddhists, its cultivation — as with non-Buddhist paths — will not get rid of the seeds of the afflictions. Hence it will not free you from cyclic existence.” “What kind of meditation leads to liberation? As cited earlier, the very next [verse of the King of Concentrations Sutra] says: If you analytically discern the lack of self in phenomena And if you cultivate that analysis in meditation This will cause the result, attainment of nirvana; There is no peace through any other means.” “This scripture very clearly teaches that only the wisdom of selflessness severs the root of cyclic existence. Therefore, you must have certain knowledge of this. For even non-Buddhist sages have many good qualities — such as concentration and the super knowledges — but, since they do not have the view of selflessness, they cannot escape cyclic existence at all. In this way the Scriptural Collection of the Bodhisattvas, cited earlier, says: One who is satisfied with mere concentration, not understanding the reality explained in the scriptures, might develop an inflated sense of pride, mistaking mere concentration for the path of meditation on the profound meaning. Consequently, such a person will not become free from cyclic existence. It was with this in mind that I said, ‘One who listens to others will be free from aging and death.’” “Generally, among all the Conqueror's scriptures there are some that explicitly teach about reality, and even those that do not explicitly teach it nonetheless indirectly point toward it. The darkness of confusion is not overcome until the knowledge of reality dawns, but it is overcome when that knowledge arises. Therefore, meditative serenity — one-pointedness of mind — does not in itself become pure sublime wisdom, nor does it overcome the darkness of confusion. Hence there is no doubt that you must seek wisdom; you should think, ‘I will seek the wisdom that discerns the meaning of selflessness —reality.’”
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2020-10-15   246 vizionări
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2020-10-15

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

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

Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa was also known by the honorific title Je Rinpoche. Tsongkhapa, whose birth and spiritual connection with the Manjushri Bodhisattva was foretold by the Shakyamuni Buddha, entered monastic life at age seven and was given the ordained name Lobsang Drakpa. Even after attaining the merits of the highest realization and perfect understanding, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa remained a humble enlightened Master. He REFRAINED FROM THE USE OF MIRACLE POWERS and instead shared His insights about pure moral conduct being the basis for successful spiritual training and development. Along with founding the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa also wrote several books, including “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment,” which highlights a unified message from all Buddhist teachings as well as explaining how to put them into practice. Now we are going to present selections from Volume 3 of “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.” “The concentration that you will accomplish here has two special features: vivid intensity — an intense mental clarity — and non-discursive stability, staying one-pointedly on the object of meditation...” “Since the development of this sort of vivid intensity is blocked as long as there is laxity, while one-pointed non-discursiveness is blocked as long as there is excitement, laxity and excitement are the chief obstacles to achieving genuine concentration. So if you do not understand how to identify accurately the subtle and coarse forms of laxity and excitement, or if you do not know how to correctly sustain a concentration which stops these once you have identified them, then it will be impossible for you to develop serenity, not to mention insight. Hence, those who diligently seek concentration should master these techniques...Here, concentration refers to your attention remaining one-pointedly on an object of meditation; in addition, it must stay with the object continuously. Two things are needed for this: a technique in which your attention is not distracted from whatever it had as its original object of meditation, and an accurate awareness of whether you are distracted and whether you are becoming distracted. The former is mindfulness; the latter is vigilance. Vasubandhu's Commentary on the ‘Ornament for the Mahayana Sutras’ states: Mindfulness and vigilance bring about close mental focus because the former prevents your attention from wandering from the object of meditation and the latter clearly recognizes that your attention is wandering. If a lapse in mindfulness leads to forgetting the object of meditation, you will be distracted and will immediately lose the object upon which you are meditating. Therefore, the foundation of cultivating concentration is mindfulness which does not forget the object.” “It is said that you achieve concentration on the basis of mindfulness and that mindfulness is like a rope that actually fastens your attention to the object of meditation continuously, so mindfulness is the main technique to sustain in achieving concentration.”
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2020-10-14   238 vizionări
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Self and Soul: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 2 of 2

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

“This idea of soul gave expression to the spiritual life of man. When he considered the soul’s subtle influences, its strange effect upon him as his better nature, his spiritual life changed accordingly. He tried to live in harmony with the feelings of the soul and with his comprehension of what he thought it was.” “The soul manifests in each of us differently, because of the psychic development of the individual, that is, his ability to react, as stated before, to the spiritual force within him. It is the ego or personality of the individual which must be perfected. As we develop and perfect our ego and inner personality, we eventually come to appreciate, comprehend and realize the soul force within us.” “In conclusion, we may liken the consciousness of man unto a pyramid. The point or apex of the pyramid represents the objective function of consciousness, with its reliance upon the limited five objective senses. What the apex of this pyramid can possibly accommodate is restricted by its limited area. On either side of the apex, we drop off into seemingly nothing, or to that which is beyond the perception of the objective sense faculties. However, as we descend the sides of the pyramid, it becomes more expansive. Finally reaching the base of the pyramid rooted in the earth, upon which it rests, we find that the earth, in contrast to the limited area of the apex, holds infinite manifestations. By this analogy, we mean that if we introvert our consciousness, turn it inward to self, we are going from the apex of the pyramid of consciousness, from the limited, objective faculties and what they reveal to us, to the essence of our being, which is unlimited and acquaints us with the infinite of the universe. The base of the pyramid represents the consciousness of self, the link with soul. It is our attunement with this vast infinite intelligence, which permits inspirations as impressions to come to us, to be interpreted by the brain consciousness as brilliant and revealing ideas. The more we devote ourselves to this base of the pyramid of consciousness — in other words, meditate upon and analyze self — the greater it becomes to us.”
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2020-10-13   187 vizionări
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Self and Soul: From The Sanctuary of Self - Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 1 of 2

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

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