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Sheikh Ibn Arabi (vegetarian): Great Mystical Genius of the Arabs

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Sheikh Ibn Arabi (vegetarian): Great Mystical Genius of the Arabs

Renowned as “Sheikh ul Akbar,” meaning “the Greatest Master,” in the Muslim world, Hazrat Sheikh Mohye-ed-din Ibn ul-Arabi was an influential Andalusian Sufi mystic, philosopher, poet, and spiritual teacher. Born on July 28, 1165, in Murcia, Spain, Ibn Arabi provided a far-reaching understanding of Islam and spiritual Masters worldwide through his teachings and writings. Ibn Arabi wrote over 350 works on spirituality, as well as some fine poetry in the Arabic language. Sheikh Ibn Arabi became a fully-fledged Sufi when he was 20. During a house party of an important Sevillian leader, Sheikh Ibn Arabi left early to wander the outskirts of the city. He found a cemetery and meditated there for four days, after which he was immensely blessed with the knowledge of several disciplines. He then spent 14 months in retreat under the guidance of his master, Shaikh Yousuf bin Yuklaf al-Kumi. During this period, Ibn Arabi received secret revelations from the Divine. During his stay in Tunis, he entered the “Earth of Reality,” a spiritual realm in which the real adoration of God takes place. Upon his return to Seville, his writing career began with the “Mashahid al-asrar,” or “Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries.” After studying the Islamic sciences with several teachers in Andalus and North Africa, Sheikh Ibn Arabi went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1200. During his three-year stay there, he began writing the monumental “al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya,” or “The Meccan Illuminations,” a 37-volume project containing a complete clarification of the Qur’an and the Way of Islam. Sheikh Ibn Arabi explained the perfect being through the philosophical metaphor of the mirror. He compared an object being reflected in mirrors to the relationship between God and Hiers creations. Humans are mere reflections of God; therefore, there is no separation between the two. The person who understands and walks on this path of oneness pursues self-consciousness and self-realization. Sheikh Ibn Arabi maintained that by knowing the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him), one knows God. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) was the best proof of God, a perfect Being exemplifying morality, and a role model for human beings to emulate.
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2020-12-13   1678 Преглед
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2020-12-13

His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 1 of 4

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His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 1 of 4

Marpa the Translator, or Marpa Lotsawa in Tibetan, is one of the most renowned Saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. A great Master and scholar, Marpa Lotsawa was a founding father of the kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a disciple of the great Indian Buddhist yogi, mystic, and Master, Mahasiddha Sri Naropa. Marpa Lotsawa brought many Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings from India to Tibet and translated them into Tibetan. Born Tarma Wangchuk in Lhodrak Chukhyer, southern Tibet, to wealthy landowners and farmers, Master Marpa was the youngest of four children. He was a very energetic child. To obtain the Dharma, He had to make long and dangerous trips to India against the wishes of His parents and relatives. Therefore, Naropa immediately welcomed Marpa to assume the role of His future lineage holder. Marpa was given abhisekas.
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2020-01-12   1659 Преглед
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2020-01-12

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

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

Around when Marpa Lotsawa was in his 50s, He departed on a third and final voyage to India. Marpa received the final teachings and instructions which were the innermost essence in Pullahari Monastery. Marpa completed a further three years of training and Naropa formally declared Marpa to be His Dharma successor. Upon His return to Tibet, He gave Milarepa every initiation that He had received. Marpa worked very hard to establish the Kagyu lineage in Tibet. He spent many years translating Buddhist scriptures and established a Buddhist Monastery in Zanskar. He gave teachings and transmissions of the complete Buddhadharma to many students in Tibet, including Milarepa. Not only did Marpa translate Sanskrit to Tibetan, but He brought Buddhism to Tibet. Marpa studied, practiced, and translated for over 40 years to make His experiences available to others. Marpa Lotsawa passed away in 1097 at the age of 84. Master Marpa’s incredible selflessness, devotion, and wisdom continue to elevate Buddhists and Truth seekers.
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2020-02-02   1658 Преглед
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2020-02-02

The Venerated Master Nguyễn Thành Nam: Founder of Coconut Buddhism, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

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The Venerated Master Nguyễn Thành Nam: Founder of Coconut Buddhism, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

Master Nguyễn Thành Nam was born in 1909 in Bến Tre City to a well-to-do household. In 1945, with His family’s permission, He renounced world life. In 1950, Master Nguyễn Thành Nam went to Phước Thạnh Commune and constructed the Eight-Trigrams Tower that was about 14 meters (46feet) high. Every night, Master Nguyễn Thành Nam sat and meditated at the top of the tower. He lived on fruits and drank coconut juice. In 1964, He went to Cồn Phụng Island in Bến Tre Province and built the Âu Lạc Buddha Temple where Coconut Buddhism first began. He always advised people to be vegetarian, do good deeds, and pray for world peace.
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2019-12-20   1653 Преглед
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2019-12-20

Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba (vegetarian): The All-Knowing Miracle Saint of North India, Part 1 of 2

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Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba (vegetarian): The All-Knowing Miracle Saint of North India, Part 1 of 2

Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba, known throughout North India as the “Miracle Baba,” was a unique and astonishing mystic who lived in Nanital, in the Himalayas. He was born around 1900 in the village of Akbarpur in Uttar Pradesh, into an affluent Brahmin family. Named Lakshmi Narayan Sharma, He was unmoved by worldly attachments even as a child. He married at the age of 11 but left for Gujarat soon after to advance His spiritual quest. Becoming a wandering sadhu (monk), He led an ascetic life and traveled to many parts of India in His youth. Some 10 years after the Baba had left His house, His father received word from people that they had seen a sadhu that very much resembled his son. Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba’s father finally caught up with Him in the village of Neeb Karori in Uttar Pradesh, and under His father’s orders, He finally returned home. From then on, Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba, or the Maharaj-ji, as He was popularly called, played out His role as a Saint and as a householder with two sons and a daughter, and proved to be adept at both. For the Maharaj-ji, nothing had changed; He was always Himself – authoritative, all-knowing, playful, and perfectly in His element in any situation. Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba was also a Master of bhakti yoga and lived mostly “half here and half there,” His attention incessantly alternating between the physical and the spiritual world. He possessed amazing spiritual powers which He sometimes demonstrated to great effect. In his book “Living with the Himalayan Masters,” Sri Swami Rama recounted several encounters he had with Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba. One day, declaring Himself to be hungry, the playful Baba suddenly snatched and ate a handful of arsenic powder from His pharmacist-devotee who had dropped by for a visit. Then the Baba washed it down with a glass of water. The pharmacist was shocked, thinking the poison would certainly end the Baba’s life, but Maharaj Ji Neem Karoli Baba was not in the least affected…
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2021-03-14   1652 Преглед
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2021-03-14

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

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

Babaji has appeared on Earth in many different forms and incarnations. He can form a physical body anytime He needs, without undergoing the normal process of being born into the world through a woman as a baby. The book “Babaji Neti Neti,” written by Sita Rami, records these descriptions of Haidakhan Babaji: “His eyes are dark and sparkling, laughing, full of bliss, endless in their depth; seeming to contain or reflect the cosmos. … His face is full, like the sun. His beauty is beyond this world. … His body is broad, sometimes quite large in stature. At times, He seems to carry the earth in His belly. …” “Delivering a grim message, Haidakhan Babaji prophesied that the world would encounter extensive physical destruction and death. He said that humanity is critically entering dangerous times and that the means to humankind’s deliverance is to worship God and repeat God’s holy name – especially, ‘Om Namah Shivaya (I take refuge in God).’ This very act will help create a society which is humane, loving and God-centered. Babaji also highlighted the importance of establishing ashrams around the world as a means of spiritual nourishment.” “In 1970, a man from Haidakhan by the name of Chandramani had a dream in which he was visited by his long-deceased father, who had been a devotee of Haidakhan Babaji. His father told him that Babaji had reappeared and that he should go and look for him in a certain cave. Chandramani went to the cave and found a venerable old man with a long white beard sitting there. The old man told him to go home and come back in three days. Chandramani went home but returned immediately. When he came back, to his amazement, instead of the old man he found a young yogi of angelic beauty. The young saint acknowledged that He was Haidakhan Babaji. This “new” Babaji who seemed to be 20 to 22 years old later stated in the local court that His age was 130 years. The court acknowledged that He was the same Haidakhan Babaji who had appeared half a century earlier in the same region, just as Shri Mahendra Baba Ji had foretold.”
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2020-12-06   1559 Преглед
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2020-12-06

Venerated Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian): Holy Science and Self-Realization, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (vegetarian): Holy Science and Self-Realization, Part 1 of 2

Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri was born Priya Nath Karar on May 10, 1855, in Serampore, West Bengal, India. His father was a wealthy landowner. Sri Yukteswar was fairly young when He inherited and shouldered the burden of managing His family’s land holdings upon His father’s passing. It was through a friendship with a local maharaj that Sri Yukteswar met His own Guru, Lahiri Mahasaya, a disciple of Immortal Saint, Mahavatar Babaji. Sri Yukteswar was a frequent guest of Guru Lahiri Mahasaya in Benares, spending long hours in His company. Due to His absolute zeal and devotion to His Guru, His unrelenting practice of discipline (tapas) and self-study (svadhyaya), and His observance of a vegetarian diet, Sri Yukteswar made rapid spiritual progress. Kriya Yoga is the yogic science by which human evolution can be quickened. The ancient Yogic text “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” describes Kriya Yoga in the second chapter. Kriya Yoga, the origin of God-communion taught by Lord Jesus Christ and Lord Sri Krishna, frees the mind from sensory obstacles for meditation purposes. Mahavatar Babaji is known for manifesting a majestic palace to initiate Lahiri Mahasaya into Kriya Yoga. The three Kriya Lineage Masters to spread this ancient spiritual science are Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahansa Yogananda. Babaji avowed, “The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this 19th century is a revival of the same science that Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna, and that was later known to Patanjali and Christ, and to St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.” At the behest of Babaji and with the blessings of Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar Giri busied Himself with research and began writing. Having foreseen that the upcoming century was to be an expedient series of both inner and outer evolutions of change, He knew the timing was ripe for the book. In 1894, He published “The Holy Science,” a guiding light on the pathway to spiritual revelations.
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2021-09-12   1488 Преглед
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2021-09-12

His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 2 of 4

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His Holiness Marpa Lotsawa (vegetarian): Remarkable Tibetan Buddhist Master, Part 2 of 4

While following Mahasiddha Sri Naropa, Marpa Lotsawa received permission to study with Naropa’s disciple, the great Mahasiddha Maitripa, who became Marpa’s second main Guru. At the Radiant Flower Monastery on Blazing Fire Mountain, Marpa received two important traditions from Maitripa. The first is the Vajrayana practice of singing spontaneous songs of experience and realization, known as dohas. The teachings of Mahamudra is the second tradition that Marpa received from Maitripa. Afterwards, Marpa travelled home to Lhotrak, where He was greeted by the locals with respect. Meanwhile, He continued to work to support His family as well as His growing followers. After his son Tarma Dode was born, Marpa Lotsawa went to India a second time, and for the next six years, He continued to study with Masters Naropa and Maitripa. As He was preparing to leave, Naropa instructed Him to return to India for a third time to complete His training.
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2020-01-19   1473 Преглед
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2020-01-19

The Venerated Master Rumi (vegetarian): Poetic Lover of the Divine

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The Venerated Master Rumi (vegetarian): Poetic Lover of the Divine

A venerated enlightened Master, humanist, poet, and theologian, Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi Rūmī, known simply as Mawlana in Persian and around the world as Rumi, embodies universal love and understanding that is unfettered by the bounds of tradition. Master Rumi’s early spiritual education was under the tutelage of His father Bahauddin, a professor of religious sciences. When the great scholar Sufi Burhaneddin al-Tirmithi arrived in Konya, Rumi studied under him for nine years. His training was based on the foundations of Sufism: divine love, worship, and consciousness of God with humility, austerity and abstinence, piety, and tolerance. Rumi learned that to serve others is to serve God. At the age of 37, Master Rumi met Shams al-Din of Tabriz, an enlightened Sufi mystic and Master Dervish who significantly influenced Rumi’s view and path in life. With Shams’ guidance, Rumi was able to awaken His deeper metaphysical nature. Master Rumi soon started His insightfully marvelous work, the Masnavi (Mathnawi), consisting of 26,000 verses of divine poetry. Master Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dancing as a path for reaching God. He believed music could help devotees to focus their whole being on the Divine, and to do this so intensely that the soul was resurrected. It was from these inspirational experiences that the practice of Whirling Dervishes developed. Master Rumi taught that “Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians should be viewed with the same eye.” In the last few years of Master Rumi’s sojourn on Earth, He compiled His six-volume epic work Masnavi, as well as the Persian prose work called “Fihi Ma Fihi,” meaning “It is What It Is.” These timeless works continue to provide precious wisdom and guidance to readers worldwide. Master Rumi’s poetry expresses the secret of existence: God is absolute Love, and we must become that same Love in order to recognize God, to know God, and to get closer to God. With deep gratitude for His compassionate, uplifting teachings, we conclude today’s program with a beautiful reminder from Master Rumi: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”
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2020-09-30   1458 Преглед
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2020-09-30

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

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

While Dazu Huike continued to give discourses everywhere, Sengcan followed His Master’s instructions and left the city. He headed south, hiding in the Wan Gong Mountains of Shuzhou. Afterwards, Dazu Huike returned to the city of Ye. Many of those who had affinity with Him came to take refuge in His teachings and became His disciples. A number of the rich and affluent in the city were very jealous and fearful of the Venerated Patriarh. Dazu Huike had to change His course of action to maintain His safety. He disguised Himself and acted like a madman, travelling to wherever the people gathered in order to expound the Dharma. Occasionally, He would even stay overnight in butcher shops to try to persuade the people to stop killing, and every now and then He would spend the night in the wild. At the age of 107, the Venerated Dazu Huike selflessly passed away to Nirvana. His immense sacrifice and steadfast conviction in spreading the Dharma continues to inspire and touch the hearts of truth seekers to this day.
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2019-11-17   1411 Преглед
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2019-11-17

Saint Bernadette Soubirous: The Humble Shepherdess of Lourdes, Part 1 of 2

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous: The Humble Shepherdess of Lourdes, Part 1 of 2

Marie Bernarde Soubirous, a humble peasant girl, was known to all as Bernadette. Her life story has transformed Lourdes from a small market town in the Hautes-Pyrénées department into one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in the world. Young Bernadette was a compassionate sister and daughter, but because of the family’s situation and her own health, she did not have the opportunity to get an education. When she was 12 years old, she was sent to live with another family, working as a shepherdess. Saint Bernadette’s devotion to God was a life-long passion she truly treasured. In a small shelter where she and her flock took refuge in storms, Bernadette took her humble two-penny rosary, a gift from her mother, and prayed. She also arranged stones to form a rustic altar at the foot of an old chestnut tree. She placed on top a picture of the Blessed Virgin and, kneeling before it, she would recite a decade of the Rosary. Her soft voice permeated through the silence of the little valley in which she spent the day, accompanied by the whispering of the trees, the songs of bees and birds, and the thin bleating of her lambs. …“I thought I was wrong. I rubbed my eyes… I looked again and I still saw the same Lady.” The Lady slipped rosary beads through Her fingers, but She was not moving Her lips. She was surrounded by light. “I saw a Lady dressed in white: She was wearing a white, long dress, also with a white veil, a blue belt, and a yellow rose on each foot.” When the girls returned, they saw Bernadette through the bushes “still on her knees, looking towards the niche.” Supreme Master Ching Hai recounted the story: “Bernadette was poor, but her love was great. She was not very smart: she could not read a word, she could not even recite the scriptures in the Bible, and people laughed at her. Even the children could recite them; she still could not after she’d grown up. But one day, she went to collect wood in a cave and she suddenly heard beautiful music, she suddenly heard the sound of the wind even though there was no wind. How could she hear it? She thought it was her imagination, but then she heard music again, beautiful music. Then she saw Mary, Saint Mary. She did not know that it was Saint Mary because She had passed away a long time ago; who would know what She looked like? But She looked like the pictures from the olden times; Bernadette found that out later. After seeing Mary, She changed completely. Her sickness was cured.”
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2021-01-31   1408 Преглед
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2021-01-31

Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 2 of 4

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Saint Charbel Makhlouf (vegan): Miraculous Lebanese Healing Saint, Part 2 of 4

Known as the “Miracle Monk of Lebanon” by Lebanese Christians, Saint Charbel Makhlouf was a 19th-century monk who lived in Lebanon. We are privileged to have one of His relatives, Antonia, with us to share some stories of Saint Charbel Makhlouf. Antonia is of Costa Rican-Lebanese heritage, and her family has a deep relationship with the Saint. "Since He was a child, He loved the countryside, He loved nature, He respected it, and He saw God reflected in all of nature. This perhaps explains the later, special relationship that Saint Charbel had with animals. Many of His miracles concern animals. One of the greatest miracles was when the locusts attacked and destroyed the fields, the crops. The locusts would attack any crops except those that Saint Charbel had blessed. Then, the farmers sought Him out to bless their fields, and those fields were never touched by the locusts. Another time, a snake came out, a poisonous snake. So, Saint Charbel stopped everything He was doing and went to the serpent and said: 'Please, get out of here, take that path.' The snake heard Him and heeded Him, and he left. It was a constant in His life that animals obeyed Him. Since He was a child, he herded, shepherded flocks, and when He went to pray, He would say to His sheep, 'Please, stay still because I am going to pray.' And the sheep were totally still." The hermitage of Saints Peter and Paul is a quiet refuge at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet). It was here that Saint Charbel completely devoted His life to God. He slept on a mattress of straw and used a log for a pillow. He ate once a day, a meal consisting of vegetables or herbs. For 23 years, He prayed, fasted, and adored God.Saint Charbel was extremely devoted to the Eucharist. In 1898, He passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 70, while reciting the prayer, “Father of Truth, behold Your Son, a sacrifice pleasing to You, accepting the offering of Him who died for me.” It was reported that His body remained intact for more than 40 years after His departure from the physical world.
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2021-06-27   1368 Преглед
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Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): Integral Yoga for Divine Awakening, Part 1 of 2

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Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): Integral Yoga for Divine Awakening, Part 1 of 2

Sri Aurobindo was a 20th-century enlightened Master, poet, and writer. He founded Integral Yoga, a spiritual system that conceptualizes “all life is Yoga.” In His “Letters on Yoga,” Sri Aurobindo wrote about the practice: “[It] does not proceed through any set mental teaching or prescribed forms of meditation, mantras or others, but by aspiration, by a self-concentration inwards or upwards, by self-opening to an Influence, to the Divine Power above us and its workings, to the Divine Presence in the heart and by the rejection of all that is foreign to these things. It is only by faith, aspiration and surrender that this self-opening can come.” Sri Aurobindo presented all living creatures in the world as manifestations of God in different stages of evolution. Therefore, to progress spiritually, one must realize God while living in the world. According to Sri Aurobindo, one’s task is not only to realize God consciousness, but to exhibit it and to transform one’s entire life in God consciousness. We must experience God and express God in daily life. Therefore, in Integral Yoga, all facets of life are incorporated into one’s spiritual practice and in the realization of the Inner Master. In a lecture on March 21, 1989, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of Sri Aurobindo’s enlightenment. “In the past, there was a great enlightened Master in India. When He was imprisoned, He just meditated. He continued with His spiritual practice and didn’t feel any lack of freedom. That’s because when we have a good meditation method, our spirits can go out during meditation. At night, we can leave our body sleeping in bed while our spirit visits Buddha’s Land or Heaven, so we don’t feel any lack of freedom. This Master’s name was Aurobindo. When the government released Him, He became an Enlightened Master immediately afterwards. And, of course, He had many disciples. He is very famous, internationally famous, not just in India. So sometimes, even when we are in such a situation, we can still turn the bad things into good ones.”
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2020-09-13   1340 Преглед
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2020-09-13

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

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

“That man, he was respected by the whole country – kings, officials, prime ministers, rich and poor people. And many of the monks, Buddha’s monk-disciples, were in awe of him. So when he pretended, he was sick... He may have manifested being sick. Maybe he was sick. Because he saved so many people, of course he got sick. And they came and asked him, ‘Why are you sick?’ For example, ‘If you are so great, why are you sick?’ He said, ‘I’m sick. It’s just like that. We get sick if we get this body and if we live in this world. But if all sentient beings are not sick, then my sickness will be gone. If they are not sick, then I’m not sick.’”“He was incredible. He was a great Bodhisattva. Many people were delivered because of him, liberated because of him. He was great. He had great, great eloquence, great power. Sometimes the Bodhisattvas are not born to be monks. But to be a layperson, so that… It’s doing a different job. Sometimes they’re born as prime ministers, kings, merchants, virgin boy, virgin girl, or any.” As we learn in the Vimalakirti Sutra, it is Prince Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Supreme Wisdom, who accepts Buddha’s request and makes His way to see Vimalakirti. Vimalakirti challenges the group of transcendent Bodhisattvas to give an example of non-duality. They each give an answer, but all of their examples are still dualistic, using a dichotomy or polarity to describe how one can enter non-duality. Finally, Manjushri asks Vimalakirti for an answer, but Vimalakirti remains silent, saying nothing at all. Manjushri applauds the wise lay disciple, saying, “This is indeed the entrance into the non-duality of the Bodhisattvas. Here, there is no use for syllables, sounds, and ideas.” Indeed, the ultimate Teaching is wordless, in silence. Through the legendary “Vimalakirti Thunderous Silence,” 5,000 Bodhisattvas entered the Dharma of non-duality and attained eternal liberation. Considered a “jewel of Mahayana sutras,” the Vimalakirti Sutra records Vimalakirti’s teachings as he addresses very advanced Arhats and Bodhisattvas from his sick bed. He clarifies the meaning of non-duality and many important themes in Mahayana Buddhism.
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2020-08-23   1278 Преглед
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2020-08-23

The Venerated Master Nguyễn Thành Nam: Founder of Coconut Buddhism, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

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The Venerated Master Nguyễn Thành Nam: Founder of Coconut Buddhism, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

After becoming a renunciate in 1945, Master Nguyễn Thành Nam was always diligent in His meditation. He said: “You need to meditate every day to open your wisdom quickly. Practicing as such, you will gradually progress, and will also have the opportunity to meet an enlightened Master who will guide you.” With deep respect for the peaceful way of living, Master Nguyễn Thành Nam insisted that people be vegan, lead a virtuous life, and love one another. Master Nguyễn Thành Nam predicted that a Buddha will come to Earth to save the world and its citizens. Master Nguyễn Thành Nam also made the prediction that the world would enter a Golden Age after a Buddha is born in the country of Âu Lạc. Based on His disciples’ words, before leaving this world, Master Nguyễn Thành Nam again instructed all His devotees to be vegan in order to avoid destruction. He left them with these words: “…You should practice spiritually without any delay Otherwise, when the end comes, do not complain why Heaven hears not your prayer. It is because you do not believe to practice Or you practice spiritually, but do not keep the vegan diet.”
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2019-12-23   1204 Преглед
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2019-12-23

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

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

We had the honor of visiting the Sanctuary of the Stripping and learning more about Saint Francis from Brother Carlos, the vice parish priest of Santa Maria Maggiore. So, we want our shrine, with the grace of God and the help of Saint Francis, to become a door, to help us move on in a new way. Because we also need today’s stripped, freed people, as long as you can clothe yourself with Christ. It is a stripping. Undress yourself. It is an opportunity to bring the poor into the heart, the last ones, the sick, the wife, the daughters, the husband, and sometimes, you will find God.
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2019-10-20   1131 Преглед
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2019-10-20

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

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

As we recall from Part 1, Saint Roch dedicated his life to walking the way of Lord Jesus Christ and traveled to plague-stricken cities to treat those afflicted with the devastating disease. Alas, he himself became infected with the plague and quietly retreated to the forest. At the sight of Saint Roch’s sickened body lying on the ground as he serenely awaited his death, God made a water stream miraculously surge from the ground, allowing Saint Roch to keep hydrated and clean. God, in all Hiers great benevolence, sent Saint Roch a guardian angel in the form of a dog. Saint Roch was said to have lived surrounded by angels while patiently spending the last five years of his life in prison. The humble pilgrim prayed and surrendered his final days to God. Saint Roch asked God to please relieve anyone from any contagious disease if asked in his name. As soon as he passed on from his Earthly existence, the angels sang sweet melodies and the prison cell shone with celestial light.
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2020-04-26   1094 Преглед
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2020-04-26

Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): Integral Yoga for Divine Awakening, Part 2 of 2

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Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): Integral Yoga for Divine Awakening, Part 2 of 2

In the early years of His time in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo reread the Vedas in its original Sanskrit text, discovering its true meaning: “…I found, first, that the mantras of the Veda illuminated, with a clear and exact light psychological experiences of my own, for which I had found no sufficient explanation either in European psychology or in the teachings of Yoga or of Vedanta.” Together with a group of disciples, Sri Aurobindo established an ashram in 1926 that still welcomes visitors today. It was envisioned as a vibrant place for the progression of humanity into a global community where even daily tasks were dedicated to the spiritual pursuit of oneness with the Divine. Since the founding of this spiritual community, the vegetarian diet was embraced as the optimal way of eating for wellness that benefits the physical and transcends to the metaphysical. Sri Aurobindo explained that cruelty-free plant-based foods bring peace and clarity, supporting the awakening of one’s spiritual consciousness while also refining and stabilizing one’s overall personality. Thus, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram serves only vegetarian foods. As Sri Aurobindo explained: “Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” Sri Aurobindo taught that there are higher levels of consciousness above intelligence. He emphasized that humanity has come to a stage where a new level of consciousness is awakening, and we must assist that awakening. This will lead to a new type of humanity which will live in a Divine consciousness of oneness. Beyond the human mind, there will be a suprahuman, supramental consciousness. In “Sri Aurobindo on Himself,” the Master wrote: “The one aim of [my] Yoga is an inner self-development by which each one who follows it can in time discover the One Self in all and evolve a higher consciousness than the mental, a spiritual and supramental consciousness which will transform and divinize human nature.” Sri Aurobindo also explained that we are experiencing the current planetary crisis because the human mind cannot solve the problems. Only by rising above the mind into higher intuition and a supramental consciousness can we experience oneness with the world and resolve all the issues.
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2020-09-20   1084 Преглед
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2020-09-20

Noah (vegetarian): Venerated Antediluvian Patriarch and Messenger of God, Part 1 of 2

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Noah (vegetarian): Venerated Antediluvian Patriarch and Messenger of God, Part 1 of 2

“Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.’” – Genesis, Holy Bible Noah was chosen by God to be the father of a new humankind at a time when the world became so wicked that it led to the Great Flood. Heeding Divine instructions, He built a giant ark that would protect Him, His family, and representatives from all species of animal-people during the disaster. During His time, Noah was the only man who loved God and worshipped Hirm. In the Book of Genesis, it was stated that Noah was “righteous and blameless in His generations and walked with God.” During a 1992 lecture in Japan, Supreme Master Ching Hai expounded on the world’s situation during Noah’s time. “In the Bible, it describes clearly that because of the world's backward situation, people were depending entirely on material things and lacking morals, so God created the flood to clean up the Earth.” When people started noticing Noah building the ark, they were curious and gathered around Him. Noah explained God’s commands and urged them to pray to God. In 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai mentioned Noah’s story through Master Rumi’s poetry. “When the flood happened, Noah had already built an ark, and put a pair of animal-people, each, in His ark already, and all His family members, and belongings, and necessities, and supplies for a while already in the ark. And He came in, but His son did not come in and did not want to. who wouldn't get in the ark in the time of emergency like that, and still rebelled against a good intention. Maybe he hates his father, but by doing this, he goes not against only his father, but he goes against his life, right? The flood is there, so the son also feels like, it hurts his pride, his ego, that his father is even right, because all this time he has never believed in his father.” As the Book of Genesis explains: “For forty days the flood kept coming on the Earth, and as the waters increased, they lifted the ark high above the Earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the Earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. Every living thing on the face of the Earth was wiped out; people and animals… were wiped from the Earth. Only Noah was left, and those with Him in the ark. The waters flooded the Earth for a hundred and fifty days.”
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2022-01-16   1080 Преглед
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2022-01-16

His Excellency Ben Ammi Ben-Israel (vegan): Leading the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

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His Excellency Ben Ammi Ben-Israel (vegan): Leading the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

His Excellency Ben Ammi Ben-Israel was the beloved founder and anointed spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. After having a divine vision in the 1960s, he led a group of African American Hebrew Israelites on a pilgrimage, eventually settling in Israel, “the Promised Land.” In Dimona, Israel, he established the now-thriving Kingdom of God (or Yah) spiritual community. Driven by inner revelations and guided by biblical scripture, he immersed his followers in the compassionate ways of God. Throughout his lifetime, His Excellency Ben Ammi Ben-Israel lectured extensively and authored many books discussing different topics, from biblical prophecy to a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing non-violence and veganism as fundamental to a successful spiritual life. In February 1966, His Excellency Ben Ammi experienced a miraculous vision that would set in motion the beginning of a new life – physically and spiritually – for himself and fellow African Hebrew Israelites. One evening, as I lay there on my bed, and the Angel Gabriel came [and said]: “Bring the Word of God,” that it was time to start the journey back to the Promised Land and to establish the long-awaited Kingdom of God. And the year of the exodus would be 1967. In 1967, the first group of 350 African Hebrew Israelites left the United States and initially resettled in Liberia. His Excellency Ben Ammi and his followers endured two years in the harsh and challenging environment there, undergoing many trials and tests of faith. It was viewed as a cleansing period for the group. During this time, community members planned to have a ritual slaughter of a goat as per secular tradition. His Excellency Ben Ammi stopped the cruel practice from taking place, explaining that this was not the kind of sacrifice that God wanted, but rather it was their devotion. He implored them to be repentant in their hearts and expel their old unclean habits. In 1969, His Excellency Ben Ammi and his followers began to settle in Israel. The group founded the now-famed African Hebrew settlement at the city of Dimona, in the Negev Desert in central Israel. At Dimona, Israel, His Excellency Ben Ammi established the Kingdom of God, or Yah, settlement. The settlement is self-sufficient and run in accordance with the spiritual principles inspired by Genesis.
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2020-10-11   1062 Преглед
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2020-10-11
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