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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   1356 Преглед
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2021-06-27

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

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

We are honored to continue our interview with Antonia, a Costa Rican-Lebanese and family relative of Saint Charbel Makhlouf, as she shares more stories of the Saint. "He (Saint Charbel Makhlouf) is known as a thaumaturge, a wonderworker. But perhaps the greatest wonder is that He works miracles and wonders for Christians, yes, but He is highly revered by Muslims, who come to His grave a lot to give thanks for the miracles they have received, and also by atheist people who have received miracles. I suppose they have been converted afterwards, but it is like that. So, perhaps the greatest wonder is this message of unity, of unity with nature, of respect for animals, of respect for creation. And Saint Charbel always marveled, always since He was a child, and has always amazed others. He has always led them to respect and has always led them to believe, to seek. When you enter the churches where there is an image of Saint Charbel, He is in this position, and lots of colored ribbons hang from His arms. They are the testimonies that people leave of the miracles received. And this is repeated in all the churches around the world. This humble, most humble monk, from one of the most humble convents in Lebanon, now has a chapel in St. Patrick’s (Cathedral) in New York. And He has chapels all over the world. The influence He leaves for Lebanon and for the world, particularly Lebanon, is a message of unity, of unity in God. There is only one source of Good, there is only one source of Love. God is Love. Lebanon has a great Christian history, and it has a great Muslim history, and it has a large part of Muslim inhabitants and a large part of Christian inhabitants. And Saint Charbel treats them all the same. He makes no differentiation, and that is, to me, the message for Lebanon: God does not make any differentiations. I do not make differentiations, you cannot make differentiations, because there are none. That’s it. And I believe that this message for Lebanon is also a message for the world."
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2021-07-11   934 Преглед
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2021-07-11

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   2358 Преглед
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2021-01-24

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Miraculous Apparitions of The Blessed Saint Mary (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Miraculous Apparitions of The Blessed Saint Mary (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Marian visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe were miraculous events involving a series of apparitions of the Blessed Saint Mary in 1531. Her revered image on Saint Juan Diego’s cloak can be seen on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico. According to Catholic tradition, the Blessed Saint Mary appeared four times to Saint Juan Diego…
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2022-02-13   929 Преглед
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2022-02-13

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   1820 Преглед
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2021-06-20

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   1053 Преглед
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2022-01-16

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   1436 Преглед
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2020-09-30

Venerated Master Ngô Minh Chiêu (vegan): Founder of Cao Đài-ism, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Master Ngô Minh Chiêu (vegan): Founder of Cao Đài-ism, Part 1 of 2

Cao Đài-ism was founded in Âu Lạc (Vietnam) more than 95 years ago and has quickly grown to become the third-largest religion in the country. The term “Cao Đài” literally means “Supreme Palace,” referring to the place where God reigns over the Universe, and was also the name which God used to impart Hiers Divine instructions in the creation of Cao Đài. Cao Đài followers believe that God chose the venerated Master Ngô Minh Chiêu and directly transmitted the teachings and method of spiritual practice to Him until He attained the ultimate self-realization and founded Cao Đài-ism. Master Ngô Minh Chiêu was born in 1878 in Bình Tây village, Chợ Lớn province, Âu Lạc (Vietnam). Being very filial, Master Ngô Minh Chiêu took loving care of His parents. In 1920, Master Ngô Minh Chiêu was appointed as the district chief of Phú Quốc. During a session in February 1921, God, assuming the name “Supreme Being Cao Đài,” told Master Ngô Minh Chiêu to become vegetarian (vegan) in order to receive Hiers teaching. He painted a picture of what He saw, and the Divine Eye became the symbol of God in all Cao Đài’s holy temples. His Master then transmitted an esoteric method of spiritual practice and told Him to keep it a secret until He attained complete enlightenment. Master Ngô Minh Chiêu led a remarkably simple and modest life. Performing His duties as a judge, Master Ngô Minh Chiêu worked tirelessly, investigating and gathering evidence to ensure that citizens were judged fairly. Upholding honesty and righteousness, Master Ngô Minh Chiêu strictly adhered to the principle “never stealing even one-tenth of a penny if it’s not ours.” He also taught His disciples, “Do good deeds often but discreetly, and don’t expect anything in return.” In 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai mentioned the Cao Đài religion. “(Followers, teachers…the teachers must be life-long vegetarians. The Cao Đài religion followed and preached the messages from God, so the Cao Đài religion is God’s religion.) And I knew that the Master of Cao Đài in the past was an enlightened Master. Therefore, anything He taught was correct, just like Buddha or Jesus, I put it all on TV. I told them to find religions that are similar, have similar teachings, so that those religions won’t fight anymore, won’t misunderstand each other anymore, won’t despise each other anymore; and they must respect and help each other. That was the objective.”
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2022-02-06   791 Преглед
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2022-02-06

Venerated Mahavatar Babaji (vegetarian): Immortal Saint’s Eternal Love, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Mahavatar Babaji (vegetarian): Immortal Saint’s Eternal Love, Part 1 of 2

“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.” “My nature is Love; for it is Love alone that can change this world.” – Mahavatar Babaji (vegetarian) Mahavatar Babaji refers to the great Spiritual Being frequently appearing physically on this Earth, in various forms, for several hundreds of years. In 1946, Paramahansa Yogananda first revealed the existence of the Mahavatar Babaji to the world at large. He can manifest a body for as long as is necessary to perform the required spiritual assistance, either to those who yearn for His Divine intercession or to those in dire need. Many of Babaji’s appearances, for instance, have been in the form of famous Heavenly personalities. Mahavatar Babaji is in fact the leader of a team of similar Beings, all residing on the astral level, sometimes materializing together as a formidable Group. Several of these encounters are memorably recounted in “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Mahavatar Babaji is a Spiritual Being who can intercede when required in order to lessen or completely nullify the karma of an individual, or even a group of souls, in accordance with His Divine mandate of assisting in the spiritual ascension of humanity. Paramahansa Yogananda describes His ever-watchful presence throughout His life, patiently monitoring Him through a mundane existence, before awakening Him to the truth of His real spiritual self. Speaking of His eternal Love for His disciple, Mahavatar Babaji said this of leading Him back home: “Though You lost sight of me, never did I lose sight of You…. Through gloom, storm, upheaval, and light, I followed You, like a mother bird guarding her young.” In 1991, Supreme Master Ching Hai also mentioned this wonderful story of how Lahiri Mahasaya received initiation into Kriya Yoga meditation from Mahavatar Babaji.
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2021-12-24   1025 Преглед
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2021-12-24

Venerated Mahavatar Babaji (vegetarian): Immortal Saint’s Eternal Love, Part 2 of 2

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Venerated Mahavatar Babaji (vegetarian): Immortal Saint’s Eternal Love, Part 2 of 2

In 1989, during a lecture in Hsihu, Taiwan, also known as Formosa, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of Mahavatar Babaji’s spiritual vibration. “Yogananda’s Grandmaster wanted to visit Yogananda’s Master. But because the Master was too excited, when He returned, He couldn’t find the Grandmaster, Babaji. Babaji hid in the sunlight. His vibrations were very subtle. Yogananda’s Master was too excited, so the inner vision was obstructed. He did that to Himself. Understand? Babaji was in the sunlight, and you couldn’t see Him. He was masked by the sunlight.” Paramahansa Yogananda’s own encounter with Babaji upon the eve of His sacred mission in the West is touchingly described within its pages. At the time, Sri Yogananda was sincerely praying to God for blessing and assurance on His journey ahead. Then, Mahavatar Babaji appeared at His door in the form of a young man. Babaji explained: “Kriya Yoga, the scientific technique of God-realization, will ultimately spread in all lands, and aid in harmonizing the nations through man’s personal, transcendental perception of the Infinite Father.” In 2005, while speaking with one of our Association members, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared important information about Mahavatar Babaji. “Babaji was one of the disciples of one of my Councils. (Oh!) There are 50 Councils, remember I told you? (Yes.) The 16th Council was here, was on earth before. No, no, I mean on a planet earth, some other earth, not this planet. And He was one of His chief disciples. And He attained 120-degree enlightenment instead of 100. Like Fifth Level, He got 120 when He left the planet. And He now resides in the Astral region. So, He can materialize any time into the physical body, any time, and He can stay as long as He wants, because He is in charge of taking care of the Astral and the physical region right now. He is the chief. So, He can appear and disappear, of course. His whole group is in the Astral! He can live in both worlds because He’s in the special mission.”
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2021-12-26   1022 Преглед
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2021-12-26

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

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

In Sri Yukteswar’s younger days, His health was rather frail. One day, while recovering from an illness, His Guru, Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, commented that his wellness was a matter of will, explaining: “Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravitation. The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.” Sri Yukteswar taught that a vegetarian diet is beneficial to spiritual growth and mental and physical well-being, improving the mind, intellect, will, temperament, and overall disposition. A variety of grains, fruits, roots, juices, and pure water are generally the best natural food, congenial to the human digestive system and assimilation. During His last days with His Guru, Yogananda’s longing for His Master’s enduring love was finally assuaged when Sri Yukteswar said: “During my married life I often yearned for a son, to train in the yogic path. But when You came into my life, I was content; in You I have found My son. Yogananda, I love you always.” During a lecture in 2012, Supreme Master Ching Hai recounted this touching encounter between Sri Yukteswar and His beloved disciple. “His teacher, His Master Sri Yukteswar scolded Him, made Him feel, almost like belittling Him all the time. Yes. But He lost no respect or love for His Master. One day He even asked Him whether He really loved Him, asked the Master. So the Master said yes. Then He was happy. And then after He died, after the Master died, He appeared to Yogananda as a live person, from the astral world, He crossed the border, came back to see His beloved disciple and He hugged Him and all that.” “So now, the Master said… The first time ever, He said sorry to His disciple. He said, ‘I’m sorry, Yogananda. When I was alive, I was too strict with You and I scolded You all the time. Are You still angry with Me, or are You…?’ Something like that, ‘You forgive me?’ And Yogananda was so crying and happy and said, ‘Oh Master, I wish You could come back and scold Me again, again, and again all the time.’ Because He was gone already. Even if He wanted Him to scold, He could not anymore.”
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2021-09-19   1032 Преглед
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2021-09-19

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   1682 Преглед
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2021-03-21

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

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

At the end of 150 days, the ark rested upon the mountains of present-day Turkey. It is believed that the ark landed either on Mount Ararat or Mount Judi. The Holy Quran cites that Noah then prayed to Allah: “O my Lord! enable me to disembark with Your Blessings, for You are the Best of all to enable us to disembark.” According to the Book of Genesis, God told Noah, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. While the Earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” God made a rainbow as a promise that Hes would never destroy the Earth by flood again. In 1990, Supreme Master Ching Hai mentioned Noah’s family after the flood. "In the Bible there is a story about different languages, some of you know. After Noah's flood, Noah's family grew into many different families and grew into different big nations, but they were very harmonious, because they spoke the same language. And because God has promised that Hes wouldn't destroy the Earth again, and blessed them, Noah's family, due to Hiers love for Noah, the most beloved, faithful, pleased disciples. Now you understand why one person enlightened and favored by God, five, six, seven generations are liberated." In 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained how we can only find true protection in the God within each of us. "So, I do hope that in any of the emergency situations, we can all act like Noah here, and that God will always be our comforter and refuge; because nothing else is really that safe for us. As I told you already, maybe the water rises from the sea, we may think the mountain is safer, but who knows? If the water rises too high, the mountain gives in also, yes? and erodes. Too much raining, the mountain will also run away, damaged, ruined. Or, too much water and all the Earth becomes a different shape and broken, or earthquake, everything; and who knows, fire will come out from the Earth; some hidden volcanoes might be opened. Anything can happen. You never can say that mountains are safer than the sea, or the land is safer than the sea. If you have to die in whatever way, you have to, right? Except you take refuge in the spiritual power, in the God within you, nothing else is really safe."
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2022-01-23   746 Преглед
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2022-01-23

Lord Mahavira: The Enlightened Prince of Peace

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Lord Mahavira: The Enlightened Prince of Peace

According to Jains, the 24th and the most recent Tirthankara is Lord Mahavira, also known as Bhagwan Mahavira. Despite being a prince, His compassionate towards the animals and people around Him only continued to grow. In 557 BC, wile meditating Lord Mahavira attained the Kevala Jnana, or omniscience, the perfect-soul-state. He became a Jina, one who is victorious over attachment. Lord Mahavira selflessly dedicated the rest of His life to disseminating the truths about the path to perfection. He highlighted that our main purpose in life is to attain salvation. In His lifetime, He had over 400,000 devotees.
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2019-04-17   6744 Преглед
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2019-04-17

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   1798 Преглед
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2020-08-16

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   1380 Преглед
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2021-01-31

Saint Clare of Assisi (vegetarian): Devoted Italian Visionary and Co-Founder of the Poor Clares, Part 1 of 2

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Saint Clare of Assisi (vegetarian): Devoted Italian Visionary and Co-Founder of the Poor Clares, Part 1 of 2

“Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the Divine substance! And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation!” – Saint Clare of Assisi Together with the devoted companion Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Clare founded a religious monastic order with over 12,000 followers committed to serving the sick and poor. Very much influenced by her mother’s devotion to God, Saint Clare had a special relationship with Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of 18, Saint Clare was extremely moved when she heard the young Saint Francis of Assisi preaching during Lenten of 1212 in the church of San Giorgio. Saint Francis became Saint Clare’s lifelong friend and spiritual guide. After much singing and praying, Saint Clare exchanged her rich clothing for a simple habit and veil. As a symbol of her commitment, her beautiful long hair was cut short by Saint Francis. Other women joined them, and they became known as the “Poor Ladies of San Damiano,” living a simple life of austerity and seclusion from the world. They wore no shoes, abstained from consuming meat, and lived in a humble house, keeping silent all the time. In 1215, Saint Clare became the abbess of San Damiano, spending her days praying and doing manual work. She learned the “Office of the Passion” by heart, a prayer composed by Saint Francis in order to increase her love for Christ. Under her guidance, the community became the sanctuary of saints. On two occasions, Saint Clare was credited to saving Assisi from invaders. One famous incident is called the “Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi.” During turbulence in 1240, the convent of San Damiano stood between an army and the city of Assisi. Saint Clare took the Holy Eucharist and held it high in the air. Legend has it that those invaders were momentarily blinded by a bright light which frightened them, and they fled. In 1241, a similar situation occurred when other troops tried to attack. Many miracles happened during Saint Clare’s lifetime, such as the sick being cured by her blessing. Sometimes an aura of rainbow could be seen surrounding her.
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2021-08-08   869 Преглед
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2021-08-08

Venerated Enlightened Sufi Master Mansur Al-Hallaj (vegetarian): Love’s Prophet, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Enlightened Sufi Master Mansur Al-Hallaj (vegetarian): Love’s Prophet, Part 1 of 2

Today, we celebrate the extraordinary life of the venerated enlightened Sufi Master, al-Hallaj, a brilliant shining star illuminating the Divine nature within all human beings and all of creation. Even to this day, He remains an inspiration to many souls longing for reunification with God.During a lecture in 2019, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of al-Hallaj’s immense sacrifice to help the world: “Some Saint even voluntarily, I read it somewhere before, I forgot His name, voluntarily let people sever His arms, His legs, and even His tongue. And He told the person who executed Him like that, who punished Him like that, that please let the tongue be the last, so that He could praise the Lord, He could utter some blessing, before the tongue be cut off. He did this voluntarily. He did that because He understood at that time, that His blood, His sacrifice would help His disciples, His followers, and the world at large in His time. So, He asked to be punished thus, even though He did nothing wrong. So, we, I mean mortal people, would never be able to accept such a situation and pain without hatred, without revenge, in thought even; at least if not action, then the thought. But none! The Saints are like that.”Al-Hallaj was born in the southwest Iranian province of Fars in 858 AD. In His adolescence, around 874 to 894, Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, was in its formative stages. Drawn to this emerging movement, al-Hallaj met His first teacher, Sahl al-Tustari, who lived an ascetic and solitary life immersed in Divine contemplation. Though al-Hallaj only stayed with Sahl for two years, the influence of Sahl’s teachings stayed with Him throughout His life and formed the foundation of His spiritual understanding and practice. Al-Hallaj’s teachings reflected the belief that the image of God in man (nasut) could be awakened and fulfilled by being in communion with that Divine nature (lahut) from where it came. To Him, the highest state of consciousness was not the trance state of mystical union with God, but the permanent wakeful union with God. A person in this state retains all their faculties and freewill, but are perfected by Divine Grace so that the individual becomes a representative of God’s will.
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2022-04-17   655 Преглед
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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   1749 Преглед
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2021-02-07

Venerated Guru Padmasambhava (vegetarian): Tantric Master and Lotus-Born Divine Incarnate, Part 1 of 2

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Venerated Guru Padmasambhava (vegetarian): Tantric Master and Lotus-Born Divine Incarnate, Part 1 of 2

Venerated Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche (the Precious One), was an 8th-century tantric Master. Hailed as the second Buddha in the Himalayas, He established the Nyingma School of Buddhism, the first major school in Tibet. A fully enlightened Being who descended as the “Lotus One,” Guru Padmasambhava was not born and does not die. Wanting to do more to benefit all beings, the immaculately groomed and learned Prince decided to leave the palace. He was banished to a place called Cool Grove, a charnel ground where bodies are left to decompose above the ground. Known as the eight charnel grounds and deemed to be sacred, these burial grounds are extremely efficacious for spiritual advancement and also account for Guru Padmasambhava’s eight emanations, or manifestations. In the charnel grounds, Guru Padmasambhava was able to live freely in bliss, carrying out His yogic practices uninterrupted. He sustained and dressed His physical body with the food offerings and cloth from the deceased bodies. In 1994, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained how Guru Padmasambhava provided sustenance to His physical body during that time. “According to a lot of stories, the first Master of Tibetan Buddhism is Padmasambhava. It means ‘born from the lotus.’ He is supposed to live always in the cemetery before He came to Tibet. And he is supposed to always transform the food in the cemetery – you know, anything – He’d transform it and then eat it. And there are many other stories, if you read the book of Madame Alexandra David-Néel. They can make bread out of air and things like that. Actually, this is nothing mystical or unbelievable because everything is made from the universal Substance. It's very… it could be scientific, it is believable. Some of the old Masters, they know something called ‘Alchemy,’ yes, yes, they can transform things.” Magnetizing the eight classes of spirits, He unified them towards the path of bodhicitta, a state of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom. Guru Padmasambhava realized the people needed a spiritual teacher, and that He was to set an example and guide them. While visiting the Vajra Seat, the “diamond seat” under the bodhi tree where Buddha Shakyamuni had attained enlightenment, Guru Padmasambhava openly demonstrated His magical power. He transformed Himself into hundreds of monks, and at other times into hundreds of yogis, performing spiritual practices at the shrine.
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