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Saint Francis of Assisi (vegetarian) : Paving a Path of Love, Part 1 of 4 (INT)

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Saint Francis of Assisi (vegetarian) : Paving a Path of Love, Part 1 of 4 (INT)

The venerated Saint Francis of Assisi is greatly admired for His love of peace and for all of God’s creations, a true champion of the Earth. His dedication and faith towards God was expressed through His reverence for all living creatures as brothers and sisters. As the Patron Saint of animals and ecology, He delivered sermons to animals and showed compassion for the unwell and underprivileged. The life of Saint Francis is celebrated on October 4th each year. On this special day, Catholic and Anglican churches traditionally hold a ceremony to bless the animals.
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2019-09-29   2519 Преглед
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2019-09-29

Honoring the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Sikh Master

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Honoring the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Sikh Master

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born Gobind Rai on December 22, 1666 to the ninth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur, and his wife Gurji at Patna in India. And so, on November 22, 1675, the ninth Guru Teg Bahadur passed away a martyr, and his son Gobind Rai became the tenth Guru of the Nanak lineage.In 1684, he composed “Var Sri Bhagauti Ji Ki,” also known as “Chindi Di Vaar,” or “The Ballad of Chandi.” This beautifully versed piece of writing evokes the Hindu epic “Markandeya Purana.” In 1699, large numbers of the Sikh community had congregated in Anandpur for the annual festival of Vaisakhi. Gobind Rai also announced that on this day, he himself had also been reborn, and from now on he was to be known as Guru Gobind Singh.In 1708, the beloved Sri Guru Gobind Singh left his Earthly body. In his final moments, he asked for the sacred book that had now been completed, calling this collection of sacred texts the Guru Granth Sahib. He then declared that this holy book alone would be his successor, saying, “He who so acknowledges it will obtain his reward. The Guru will rescue him. Know this as the truth.” During a 2010 teleconference in the United States, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained further about the Sikh Masters’ lineage, and why Guru Gobind Singh had it end with the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib. “Very fresh, very new still and still full of blessing power. And also Master Gobind Singh, he’s the direct descendant from all the Masters, and the disciples are his direct disciples.” “So, even without any successor, if they just every day study the Granth Sahib and remember all the Masters’ teachings, still fresh with blessing, then it’s okay.”
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2018-01-05   2501 Преглед
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2018-01-05

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

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The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi, also known as Kuthumi or K. H., is one of the great Masters of Ancient Wisdom. Incarnating again and again, the compassionate Savior’s mission is to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. In His last incarnation as Master Koot Hoomi, He was instrumental in the founding of the Theosophical Society. Alongside Lord Jesus Christ, the Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi now serves as World Teacher in the spiritual Hierarchy for this planet. Master Koot Hoomi is one of the Seven Lords of Rays in the Hierarchy closest to humanity. He is the Lord of the Second Ray of Divine Illumination. His predominant quality is wisdom, and His specific sphere of influence is culture, particularly in religion, art, and education.Some of the core concepts of Master Koot Hoomi’s teachings are recorded in “The Teachings of Master Koot Hoomi.” For instance, “OM” is the origin of all sounds. Also, whenever a man attains the level of a Master, it is itself a celebration of Truth. Although Truth is steadfast and does not vary, its manifestations are diverse, since each soul is different. The Path of Synthesis is an acceptance of Truth in all its diversified forms. Furthermore, Master Koot Hoomi taught that there are Solar and Lunar Dynasties. Solar rays, specific individual souls that directly reach the Earth, as well as self-realized beings, belong to the Solar Dynasty. Lunar beings, people who possess knowledge of the fivefold world of five elements, and lunar rays that reach the Earth via the Moon, form the Lunar Dynasty. Master Koot Hoomi emphasized the importance of strictly adhering to the teachings and wisdom of a true Master without deviation in order to do work that brings lasting merit. Furthermore, until humanity realizes how crucial it is to protect and preserve all the life forms around him, such as other fellow humans, animals, plants, minerals, and other valued resources of the Earth, humanity cannot be regarded as erudite or illumined. Master Koot Hoomi expounded that one should be selfless like Nature. By being selfless, one can break the chains of bondage and be free. Moreover, the key to happiness is service. Service, seeing oneself in others, is the doorway to immortality.
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2021-01-24   2369 Преглед
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2021-01-24

Swami Vivekananda – Service to Humanity is Service to God, Part 2 of 2

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Swami Vivekananda – Service to Humanity is Service to God, Part 2 of 2

During His meditation, Swami Vivekananda concluded that only with the renewal and restoration of the people’s highest spiritual consciousness could India rise again. He reminded them: “Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming.” “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
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2019-08-18   2330 Преглед
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2019-08-18

His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 3 of 4

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His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 3 of 4

One of Marpa Lotsawa’s principle disciples was Milarepa, who became one of the most well-known and beloved of the Tibetan saints. Before becoming Marpa’s disciple, Milarepa had committed many negative actions. He knew that He needed to practice Dharma in order to atone for His past sins and attain Buddhahood. So, Milarepa was sent to Drowolung in southern Tibet to train with Marpa Lotsawa. The night before Milarepa got to Marpa’s house, both Marpa and His wife Dagmema had dreams that foretold of Milarepa’s arrival. “For several years, He seemingly made sure Milarepa went through many difficult tests. Later, His Master explained to Him, ‘I did that to clean You up. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have done all that.’” Finally, Master Marpa gave Milarepa initiation and the secret oral instructions of the teachings.
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2020-01-26   2316 Преглед
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2020-01-26

Param Guru Shri Mahendra Baba Ji (vegetarian): Prophesying Haidakhan Babaji’s Return, Part 1 of 2

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Param Guru Shri Mahendra Baba Ji (vegetarian): Prophesying Haidakhan Babaji’s Return, Part 1 of 2

Shri Mahendra Maharaj, popularly known as Shri Mahendra Baba, was a Siddha yogi, an ascetic with supernatural powers. He travelled across the Indian subcontinent professing the coming of Shri Haidakhan Babaji, who was acknowledged as one of the manifestations of Shiva Mahavatar Babaji, the famous Immortal Saint who revived Kriya Yoga. Shri Mahendra Baba Ji had two subsequent visions. On his fifth birthday, Babaji appeared and proffered candy to the boy. When he was about 14 years old, the great Master manifested before him again and spent six days and nights transmitting yogic knowledge to the teenager. It was a life-changing experience that left an indelible imprint on Shri Mahendra Baba Ji. Fulfilling Shri Mahendra Baba Ji’s prediction, Babaji appeared as an 18- or 20-year-old youth in the Kumaon foothills opposite a village called Haidakhan in 1970, in a remote cave known to be sacred for thousands of years. The villagers there saw Him in different forms, appearing sometimes as an old man with a long white beard, or as a handsome youth with no beard, or as a young man with a long beard. He had no known parentage or established source of learning, yet He knew the scriptures intimately. He could go without food for long periods, yet He had unbounded energy. Once, He meditated continuously for 45 days at the top of Mount Kailash without steering from His seat. In August 2019, Supreme Master Ching Hai also spoke of the great, compassionate Master Babaji: “All the Saints, since time immemorial, whether or not They incarnate on the planet in the human body or are invisible, or They live forever, for example, like Babaji in the Himalayas, whether or not They live forever in the physical body or in the invisible manifestation, They’re always thinking of us and wanting to help us. That’s the only thing They do: helping all sentient beings. It’s just that sentient beings cannot always perceive it or receive it fully because of obstruction of karma, ignorance or all kinds of false conception or thinking.”
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2020-11-29   2290 Преглед
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2020-11-29

Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 3 of 3

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Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 3 of 3

During His spiritual mission, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj went on three world tours. The first was held in 1955. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji spent months in the United States and Europe instructing Western truth seekers on the path of Sant Mat, the Way of the Masters. In 1957, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji was unanimously elected President of the World Fellowship of Religions. He communicated and interacted actively with numerous religious leaders and spiritual teachers, including Yogi Bhajan, Sri Swami Sivananda, Sri Anandamayi Ma, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and many others. He began His second world tour during turbulent times in 1963 to share the message of understanding, peace, and tolerance. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji met with political as well as spiritual leaders, including His Holiness Pope Saint Paul VI and His All Holiness Athenagoras I, the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj led the World Fellowship of Religions for 14 years and presided over four World Conferences. For His spiritual and humanitarian work, He became the first non-Christian to be awarded the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta) in 1962. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji conducted His third and final world tour from 1972 to 1973. In 1974, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji organized the World Conference on the Unity of Man, which had some 2,000 delegates and 50,000 other attendees. Two months later, at the Kumba Mela festival, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji gathered together sadhus and holy men for a Conference of National Unity, organized to cultivate religious unity, cooperation, and the elevation of the economic status of the less fortunate in India. Also that year, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji became the first spiritual leader to address the Indian Parliament. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj worked tirelessly for the liberation of all sentient beings. In the course of His spiritual mission, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaji initiated more than 100,000 devotees.
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2020-06-28   2215 Преглед
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2020-06-28

The Venerated Dazu Huike (vegan): Zen Dharma Lineage Protector, Part 1 of 3

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The Venerated Dazu Huike (vegan): Zen Dharma Lineage Protector, Part 1 of 3

The Venerated Dazu Huike, the Second Chinese Patriarch of Buddhism, was born in the city of Hulao. He became a monk at the age of 30, received the name Shenguang, meaning “God’s Light.” Let’s continue our story about Master Huike and His encounter with Bodhidharma. While Dazu Huike was teaching under name of Shenguang, He noticed that Bodhidharma sometimes nodded His head, and sometimes shook His head. Shenguang asked, “Have I said anything wrong?” “Although it is well said, what use is it?” It was December of 528 AD, and there was heavy snowfall on Mount Song. Seeking the Dharma, Shenguang trekked through the wind and snow with no regard to the freezing weather. Shenguang dared not disturb His meditation and stood amidst the heavy snow for the whole night. …Shenguang immediately used His knife to cut off His left arm, to show His determination to seek the Truth. Patriarch Bodhidharma was touched by Shenguang’s determination and accepted Him as a disciple.
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2019-11-01   2205 Преглед
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2019-11-01

Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 1 of 3

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Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 1 of 3

Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj was an enlightened Master of Surat Shabd Yoga, the yoga of inner Light and Sound Current, a path leading directly to God. Like His name, meaning “Lion of Mercy or Compassion,” the venerated Master was regally mighty and immensely humble, devoting His every moment to uniting humanity with God. Born in a Punjab village in Rawalpindi district, in 1894, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj began His devotional journey at an early age. Even as a child, the spiritually gifted Sant Kirpal Singh Ji was drawn to solitude and contemplation. During His meditations, a four-year old Sant Kirpal Singh Ji would encounter “visions of inner Light and many wondrous scenes of one inner stage or another.” A year later, He became vegetarian. He explained to His father: “Is not meat dead flesh, and would you have me make a burial ground of my body?” At the age of 12 or 13, inspired by Sri Ramanuja after reading the famous Saint’s biography, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji vowed that if He should ever gain any spiritual wealth, He would give and give unreservedly, and that He would not mind going to hell for the multitudes to get salvation. From childhood to the time that He met His Guru, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj was preoccupied with two things: His wish for union with God and a burning desire to understand the enigma of life. So, He delved repeatedly into questions like, “What is life?” and, “Who am I?” Sant Kirpal Singh Ji believed that the soul could not know peace until the mystery of life is solved. When Sant Kirpal Singh Ji was in His twenties, His father had severe stroke. Under Sant Kirpal Singh Ji’s faithful and attentive care, His father recovered. This pleased His father exceedingly, so he said: “Kirpal, ask for anything you want.” When Sant Kirpal Singh Ji said that His sole wish was to attain communion with God, His father answered, “If a father’s blessing has any effect, you shall certainly meet God.” After that, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj began having inner visions of His future Master, Baba Sawan Singh Ji. “He would speak to me and lead me into the higher planes.”
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2020-06-14   1975 Преглед
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2020-06-14

Venerated Guru Padmasambhava (vegetarian): Tantric Master and Lotus-Born Divine Incarnate, Part 2 of 2

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Venerated Guru Padmasambhava (vegetarian): Tantric Master and Lotus-Born Divine Incarnate, Part 2 of 2

In Bodhgaya, while exhibiting some of the exceptional signs of His realization, the Guru was challenged by an old lady to show proof of His teacher and lineage. When He answered that He had no teacher and there wasn’t a need for one, He was ridiculed. After this incident, for the sake of showing latter generations the indispensability of having a Master, the all-knowing, fully enlightened Padmasambhava pretended to be a spiritual aspirant, seeking out India’s accomplished Masters to gain the full and complete teachings of Secret Mantra. Padmasambhava learned from various great Masters. From Prabhahasti, while ordained under the name of Shakya Senge, He studied the scriptures of Yoga Tantra, instantaneously comprehending the teachings as they were revealed. His spiritual search took Him next to the nun Kungamo and was given the secret name of Loden Choksé, meaning “Super Knowledge Holder.” Here is some food for thought from the teachings of the Venerated Guru Padmasambhava: “If you want to know your past life, look at your present condition. If you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”During His time on Earth, Guru Padmasambhava has had many adventures requiring Him to perform miraculous feats. Records from various biographies state that on four or more occasions, Guru Padmasambhava survived attempts to burn Him at the stake. Despite the huge bonfire that was lit, Guru Padmasambhava stood amidst the flames and transformed them into water. Soon, a lake formed around Him. He sat in the center of this wondrous lake upon a beautiful lotus flower. The king could not believe his eyes and fell to the ground, prostrating before Guru Padmasambhava, earnestly requesting His teachings. Mandarava and the nuns were released, and Guru Padmasambhava brought the entire Oddiyana kingdom to embrace the Buddhadharma. By the same means in another manifestation, He was again captured to be burnt by the violent King Ashoka, who Guru Padmasambhava then converted into the most peaceful Buddhist king of his time. Today, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world go to the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet to visit Guru Padmasambhava’s many sacred practice sites and caves where He meditated. Some still hold Guru Padmasambhava’s foot, hand, and body imprints. His sacred terma teachings, concealed in secret locations and unveiled at opportune moments, continue to be revealed to the benefit of unborn generations, even to this day.
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2021-10-17   1955 Преглед
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2021-10-17

Abdu'l-Bahá (vegetarian) & Unity in the Bahá'í Faith

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Abdu'l-Bahá (vegetarian) & Unity in the Bahá'í Faith

Abdu'l-Bahá was the eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh. Along with Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb, Abdu’l-Bahá, who staunchly persevered and worked towards the realization of His father’s mission, was canonized as the last of the three “central authoritative figures” of the Baha’i faith. Today, Abdu’l-Bahá’s discourses and writings continue to serve as a source of Bahá'í sacred literature. Abdu’l-Bahá was born with the name Abbás in Tehran in 1844 on the night the Báb declared His mission. For embracing the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Abdu’l-Bahá was detained from 1868 to 1908. Forty years of detainment did not change Him nor erode His ideals. A being of nobility with an abiding love for people of all creeds and status, Abdu’l-Bahá selflessly devoted His life to the service of others, particularly the deprived, the underprivileged, and the homeless. He was 64 when He was freed. Without a formal education, social status, nor power, and unfamiliar with modern ways, He amazingly proceeded to promote the Bahá'í teachings to the West by journeying to Europe and North America. Abdu’l-Bahá set the Western world alight wherever He went. His speeches in the United States of America attracted huge audiences and received widespread media coverage. He articulated His father’s world-embracing vision. He emphasized the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion, and the Oneness of Humanity. He spoke about the commonalities of Faith across all religions and that the world’s ills can be addressed from a spiritual standpoint. God repeatedly delivers His message to humanity in all the great Faiths, stating that one should transcend the self and become selfless. Abdu’l-Bahá advocated ending racial inequality and violence of all kinds and supported the complete liberation of women. He stood for world peace through global governance and insisted that unless religion becomes the cause of love and unity among all people, humankind may face extinction. The unity of humanity can be realized when we ignore the selfish promptings of our lower nature and substitute it with the selfless promptings of our higher nature.
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2021-05-30   1918 Преглед
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2021-05-30

Venerated Enlightened Master Patanjali (vegetarian) and the Yoga Sutras

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Venerated Enlightened Master Patanjali (vegetarian) and the Yoga Sutras

Maharishi Patanjali was a venerated Indian Sage who lived sometime around the 2nd century BC. He compiled the Yoga Sutras, widely considered the foremost text on yoga, which offers a system for attaining self-realization. “pat” denoting falling from Heaven, and “anjali” indicating prayer. The great Sage is said to be swayambhu, or self-manifested, a highly evolved spiritual Being who incarnated into a human form to help humanity. Patanjali is professed to be an incarnation of Lord Shesha, the thousand-headed serpent ruler who represents omnipresence and doubles as the guardian of Earth’s hidden treasures. Lord Shesha would also be able to master the art of yoga and dance and spread it widely across the land. Students from all over India came to hear Maharishi Patanjali’s teachings. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras detail 196 long-standing practices of yoga and spirituality. Patanjali is also depicted as a respected Teacher of Samkhya philosophy. Today, the venerated Master Patanjali is aptly known as the “Father of Modern Yoga.”
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2020-03-29   1883 Преглед
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2020-03-29

Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 2 of 3

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Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (vegetarian): Attaining Union with God, Part 2 of 3

In 1924, at the Ashram on the banks of the Beas River, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji met Baba Sawan Singh Ji. Immediately, He knew that He had finally met His beloved Master, the One that had constantly appeared to Him in radiant form during His meditations. Hazur Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji gave Sant Kirpal Singh Ji the sacred initiation into the spiritual discipline of Surat Shabd Yoga. At last, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji received the answers to His burning questions about the mysteries of life. He said: “God came into expression from the wordless state as Light and Sound: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’” Henceforth, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji devoted Himself entirely to His Master and reaching the summits of spirituality. As directed by Baba Sawan Singh Ji, He made sure to meditate six hours daily, on top of His worldly duties as a husband, father, and government employee. He was a true disciple, and if people asked Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj had a disciple who made great spiritual progress, the Master would cite Sant Kirpal Singh Ji. In the 1930s, with His Master’s guidance, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji began transcribing the “Philosophy of the Masters,” a treatise on the science of spirituality originally written in Punjabi. On October 12, 1947, Baba Sawan Singh Ji conferred the task of Naam initiation (transmission of the inner Light and Sound current) to Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, entrusting Him with the sacred work of continuing His Master’s spiritual mission after He passed from the Earthly realm. The following year in April, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji’s compassionate Master, Baba Sawan Singh Ji, ended His sojourn on Earth. He shared His last moments with Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, transferring His Master Power to His Disciple through His eyes. “Hazur steadily kept gazing for three or four minutes into my eyes, and my eyes, in silent wonderment, experienced an indescribable delight which infused a beverage-like intoxication down to the remotest cores of my entire body – such as was never before experienced in my whole life.”
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2020-06-19   1881 Преглед
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2020-06-19

Saint Roch: Pilgrim of God, Protector of the Sick, Part 1 of 2

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Saint Roch: Pilgrim of God, Protector of the Sick, Part 1 of 2

Mainly invoked for protection against the plague and other contagious diseases, Saint Roch is also a patron saint of dogs and dog trainers, wrongly accused people, bachelors, surgeons, pilgrims, skin diseases, knee problems, the Faculty of Pharmacy in Montpellier, and more. In this 2-part series, we look at the inspiring life story and legends surrounding Saint Roch to better understand why such powers were attributed to him. The plague pandemic peaked in Europe right around the time of his birth from 1348 to 1350, claiming the lives of around 50% of the population. He wanted to become a doctor and help those from whom everyone else fled. He told Lord Jesus Christ that he would treat them, but that they would be healed by God’s Grace. Free of worldly attachments, Saint Roch then left France on a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy, where he wanted to pray for sins at the tombs of the Apostles Saint Paul and Saint Peter. His exemplary faith in God and devotion to his brothers and sisters led him forward.
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2020-04-19   1861 Преглед
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2020-04-19

Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 1 of 4

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Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 1 of 4

Known as the 'Miracle Monk of Lebanon' by Lebanese Christians, Saint Charbel Makhlouf was born on May 8, 1828, as the fifth child of Antoun Zaarour Makhlouf and Brigitta Chidiac. The devout Maronite Catholic family lived in the Lebanese mountain village of Bekaa Kafra. As a youth, Saint Charbel Makhlouf was drawn to the exemplary lives of the saints and hermits. However, in 1851, at 23 years of age, Saint Charbel Makhlouf left home unannounced to join the Lebanese Maronite Order at the Monastery of Our Lady in Mayfouq. There, He received the habit of a monk and joined the religious Order in 1853. Now a monk, He took the name Charbel. Young Saint Charbel Makhlouf then went to the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Kfifan, amidst the Batroun District of Lebanon, to study theology. He proved to be an excellent student, and after six years of study, He was ordained a priest on July 23, 1859. For the next 16 years, He lived a life of austere asceticism in the Saint Maron monastery. The young priest received hundreds of hungry refugees who sought shelter in the monastery. He gave them every aid possible as well as praying and fasting. Word soon spread about His deep devotion and piety. Today, we are very honored to invite Antonia to share some stories of Saint Charbel Makhlouf. "The Maronite Order is very much based on an image of God who is a very loving Father, who loves us very much, who wants us to be happy, but who we must seek. And we must look for Him (God) within ourselves. Saint Isaac said that our heart is like a metal mirror that must be continuously polished in order to reflect the Light of God. Saint Charbel and everyone in the Maronite Order with their very ascetic lifestyle, try to polish that mirror so that it can reflect God. In the Maronite Order, or in any other Catholic order, asceticism is not sought in itself for its own sake, but as a way of being, of purifying oneself to be able to love God and to be able to love one’s neighbor."
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2021-06-20   1827 Преглед
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2021-06-20

Venerated Prophet Mani (vegan): The Messenger of Light, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Prophet Mani (vegan): The Messenger of Light, Part 1 of 2

Since ancient times, numerous Masters have graced our precious planet with their divine presence and have helped to uplift humanity’s spirit and level of consciousness. These Master courageously share their wisdom with the world through their holy teachings and continue to touch the lives of countless beings through their kindness and compassion. One such venerated Master was Prophet Mani, the founder of Manichaeism. Prophet Mani, known as the Messenger of Light, was a Persian Saint and preacher who founded the Manichaean religion in the third century AD. His teachings were primarily a culmination of Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Prophet Mani was revered for revealing heavenly knowledge, modeling righteous behavior, practicing compassionate philanthropy, and having psychic abilities such as supernatural healing powers, clairvoyance, and levitation. The venerated Prophet Mani was born around 216 AD in Babylon, Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq. Prophet Mani heeded this call, and at the age of 25 years, He began preaching the Truth. His teachings would be called Manichaeism, and focused on dualistic cosmology. The Saint believed that God had created an immaculate world of light and spirit. Prophet Mani called himself an Apostle of Lord Jesus Christ who was here to teach the true message of Christianity. Prophet Mani was indeed a Messenger of Light, dedicated and determined to help liberate humanity.
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2020-05-24   1818 Преглед
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2020-05-24

Vimalakirti (vegan): The Wise & Eloquent Bodhisattva, Part 1 of 2

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Vimalakirti (vegan): The Wise & Eloquent Bodhisattva, Part 1 of 2

Bodhisattva Vimalakirti was a renowned lay disciple and wealthy patron of Shakyamuni Buddha. He is also the legendary figure of “The Teaching of Vimalakirti,” a scripture that is included among the classic Mahayana sutras. His story, as well as the teachings recorded in the Vimalakirti Sutra, are important and highly respected in Buddhist history. The name Vimalakirti means “pure reputation.” Everything Vimalakirti did was in accordance with Buddha’s teachings and to spread Dharma to people at all levels, leading them to liberation and enlightenment. In his lively and magical ways, he taught people to the see through the traps of religion and seek the ultimate Truth in spiritual practice. He would show up in taverns to teach the drinkers about mindfulness, and went to brothels to educate people about abstaining from sensual indulgence. For several incarnations, Vimalakirti had dedicated himself to serve the previous Buddhas. He learned the Dharma from the Buddhas face-to-face, receiving the full penetration of their Teachings, and attained enlightenment. He had the power of a Great Bodhisattva and was gifted with superb eloquence. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of sentient beings to help present them with spiritual teachings. Supreme Master Ching Hai has mentioned Vimalakirti and the Vimalakirti Sutra several times, including during a 1994 lecture in Thailand. “One of his foremost disciples was Vimalakirti, and he was a lay, rich person. He had never left home, never shaved his head, never became a monk. But all the monks of the Buddha were afraid of him because he was very, very highly awakened, almost near to the Buddha – Buddhahood. So, whenever the monks or anyone visited Vimalakirti, they were very respectful and very, very aware of his spiritual power.” Vimalakirti benefitted sentient beings by setting himself as an example and encouraging others to follow his practices. His ample merit brought him inexhaustible prosperity. He practiced the perfection of concentration, and rested his mind one-pointedly in the union of Shamata, which translates to the “tranquility of the mind,” and Vipassana, meaning “to see things as they really are.” He tamed beings who were restless or easily troubled by dullness and agitation. He ascertained emptiness with his wisdom and guided many beings with his insights on the selflessness of persons and of phenomena.
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2020-08-16   1807 Преглед
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2020-08-16

Saint Bernadette Soubirous: The Humble Shepherdess of Lourdes, Part 2 of 2

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous: The Humble Shepherdess of Lourdes, Part 2 of 2

During a lecture in 1988, Supreme Master Ching Hai recounted the story of Saint Bernadette. “Her younger brother who always stole her bread asked her, ‘What did you see just now?’ Bernadette did not want to tell him at first, but her younger brother kept asking, so she said, ‘Okay! I will tell you, but you can’t tell anyone else.’ So she told both of them, ‘I saw a beautiful woman just now. and glorious. She was beautiful and glorious.’ But neither of them believed her. They told their mother after coming home. That’s when the trouble started. It was fine if they did not believe her themselves, but they said all kinds of things to others, so it caused trouble. Her mother beat Bernadette and said, ‘You are imagining things and you are possessed. You cannot go there anymore.’” On February 25, 1858, the ninth appearance, 300 people were present. The Lady told Bernadette, “Go drink at the fountain and wash yourself there,” and “Eat the grass which is there.” Bernadette obeyed and dug in the ground until water started to flow out. The water was dirty, but as soon as she drank it, it became clear and flowed towards the crowd. It is now known as the miraculous water from Lourdes. As told by the Lady, Sister Marie Bernarde did not find happiness in this world. She continued to be humble, obedient, and kind, but suffered from her fragile health. She referred to herself as the “stupid one” and felt unworthy of the marvelous graces she had received. For 13 years, she suffered without complaint, offering her prayers for the conversion of the world, as she was instructed by the Lady. Bernadette described Our Lady as being young and beautiful, “So lovely that, when you have seen Her once, you will willingly die to see Her again.” “The place, Lourdes, became very famous later on – even the son of the emperor went there to drink the water and his illness was cured. That’s why it became famous. After that, the misunderstanding about Bernadette dissipated, but it had caused many problems for her as well as for her family.” Today, Lourdes is well known around the world, and Saint Bernadette continues to be admired and respected as a loving Saint. And so concludes the story of the little shepherdess of Lourdes, the simple and sincere soul that one day heard the Sound and saw the Light of God!
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2021-02-07   1753 Преглед
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2021-02-07

Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 3 of 4

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Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 3 of 4

Today, we are so honored to have Antonia, one of Saint Charbel Makhlouf’s family relatives, rejoin us and share more stories of the Saint. "Saint Charbel, or Mar Charbel, did not leave any writings, and very little is known about Him because He was an extremely private person. He never spoke. It is well known that when He was sent to attend a sick person, or to give extreme unction, or for the anointing of the sick, or they sent Him to some mass, the habit of the Maronites has a hood – He always went with the hood in this position. And when they asked Him how He had done, He famously answered: 'I went that way and I came this way.' Nothing more. His vow of silence was a very important vow for Him. He did not talk. A constant in His life was the miracle of light around Him. In fact, when He dies, the peasants begin to see a tremendous light on His grave. So the Father, the abbot of the convent, decides to take care of that, and that is how it is discovered that there is this constant light on Father Charbel’s tomb. And that is when the first opening of His grave is made, and it is found that His body is intact. Then, it will be reopened several times. The tomb is reopened every several years to verify that Father Charbel, Father Charbel’s body is intact, and that He also sweats, and that He is completely soft. And you constantly see this light. So it’s like two big constants: from these events and from His healings. He (Saint Charbel) is famous; many of His healings became famous during His lifetime: recoveries from physical conditions, but also healings from mental and spiritual conditions, and this continued after His death. After His death, when these prodigies continued, many people began to go to the Convent, to venerate Him, to ask for things from the Saint. Well, the Saint must have His clothes changed. They have to change His clothes because the Saint sweats, His body sweats, so, many of His sweaty clothes are currently on display. In many moments, that sweat has been bloody, and there are many things that are stained with that bloody liquid that exuded from His body. Many of these garments were cut by the monks and handed over as relics. Also, logically, there has been skepticism."
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2021-07-04   1704 Преглед
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2021-07-04

Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba (vegetarian): The All-Knowing Miracle Saint of North India, Part 2 of 2

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Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba (vegetarian): The All-Knowing Miracle Saint of North India, Part 2 of 2

Since love is at the heart of everything, the be-all and end-all of creation, Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba’s doctrine was simple: “Love everyone, serve everyone, remember God, and tell the truth.” He followed this up by repeatedly saying “Sub Ek,” which means “All is One,” and continued with: “If you cannot love each other, you cannot achieve your goal,” for “the whole universe is our home and all residing in it belong to our family.” Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba was a highly accomplished spiritual adept who possessed unusual spiritual powers. With the touch of a finger, the Baba was able to induce samadhi in His followers. He was also able to be in different places at the same time. Many such stories abound. In His lifetime, Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba performed many miracles, but the following incident made Him famous as the sadhu from the village Neeb Karori. The young sadhu was then forcibly removed from the train near the village of Neeb Karori. Thereafter, the train remained broken down, unable to go anywhere, and all attempts at repairs failed. They requested that He board the train. Immediately after He boarded the train, it restarted with no further disruptions for the rest of the journey. This was the story of how the young sadhu came to acquire His now famous name of Neem Karoli Baba. Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba spent most of His life in the service of others. People always looked to Him in their hour of need, and He always responded in a timely manner. In the Neem Karoli Baba ashrams, prasada, or vegetarian foods offered during worship that exclude the prohibited items such as garlic, onion, roots, etc., are served. Under Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba’s instructions, prasada was served generously and in large amounts throughout the day to everyone without discrimination. His disciples speak of His unconditional love for everyone and the connection formed with the Saint that went beyond this Earthly plane. Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba’s teachings were simple and He always reminded His disciples, “I do nothing. It is God who does it.”
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2021-03-21   1703 Преглед
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2021-03-21
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