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From the Secret Doctrine: Cosmogenesis - The Seven Creations, Part 2 of 2

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From the Secret Doctrine: Cosmogenesis - The Seven Creations, Part 2 of 2

The Fourth Creation “The Mukhya or Primary, as it begins the series of four. “The Mukhya is the ‘creation,’ or rather organic evolution, of the vegetable kingdom. In this Secondary Period, the three degrees of the elemental or rudimental kingdoms are evolved in this World, corresponding, inversely in order, to the three Prâkritic Creations, during the Primary Period of Brahma’s activity. As in that Period, in the words of Vishnu Purana, ‘the first creation was that of Mahat or Intellect.... The second was that of the Rudimental Principles (Tanmâtras).... The third was... the creation of the senses (Aindriyaka)’; so in this one, the order of the Elemental Forces stands thus: (1) the nascent Centres of Force, intellectual and physical; (2) the Rudimentary Principles, nerve force, so to say; and (3) nascent Apperception, which is the Mahat of the lower kingdoms, and is especially developed in the third order of Elementals; these are succeeded by the objective kingdom of minerals, in which this ‘apperception’ is entirely latent, to re-develop only in the plants. The Mukhya Creation, then, is the middle point between the three lower and the three higher kingdoms, which represent the seven esoteric kingdoms of Cosmos, and of Earth.” The Fifth Creation “The Tiryaksrotas or Tairyagyonya Creation, that of the ‘(sacred) animals,’ corresponding on Earth only to the animal creation. That which is meant by ‘animals,’ in the Primary Creation, is the germ of awakening consciousness, or of ‘apperception,’ that which is faintly traceable in some sensitive plants on Earth and more distinctly in the protistic Monera. On our Globe, during the First Round, animal ‘creation’ precedes that of man, while the mammalian animals evolve from man in our Fourth Round, on the physical plane.”The Sixth Creation “The Ûrdhvasrotas Creation, or that of Divinities. But these Divinities are simply the Prototypes of the First Race, the Fathers of their ‘mind-born’ progeny with the ‘soft bones.’ ‘Collecting his mind into itself (yoga-willing), Brahma creates the four Orders of Beings, termed Gods, demons, Progenitors, and Men’; Progenitors here meaning the Prototypes and Evolvers of the first Root-Race of men.” The Seventh Creation “The evolution of the Arvâksrotas Beings, ‘which was ... that of man.’”
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2020-12-31   776 Преглед
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2020-12-31

From the Secret Doctrine: Cosmogenesis - The Seven Creations, Part 1 of 2

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From the Secret Doctrine: Cosmogenesis - The Seven Creations, Part 1 of 2

The 19th-century Russian esotericist Helena Petrovna von Hahn, more popularly known as Madame Blavatsky or H.P.B., came from a noble family in Ukraine. As a child, Madame Blavatsky would often have visions and displayed clairvoyance as well as other metaphysical phenomena. Years later, she traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East studying under various teachers and Sufi saints. While in London, United Kingdom, she met one special teacher, an Indian yogi named Master Morya, who later directed her to go to New York in the United States. Once there, she founded the Theosophical Society in 1875 with other like-minded individuals. Madame Blavatsky wrote several important books on Theosophy, including “Isis Unveiled,” “The Secret Doctrine,” “The Key to Theosophy,” and “The Voice of the Silence.” “The Secret Doctrine” explains the origin and evolution of the universe and of humanity through an account of "Root Races" dating back millions of years. Although the writer of “The Secret Doctrine,” Madame Blavatsky often expressed that she was only the compiler of ancient wisdom that was passed on to her. The true authors of the work were her teachers, the Mahatmas, or Great Souls, who were the guardians of the Secret Wisdom of the ages. We will now share with you “From the Secret Doctrine: Cosmogenesis – The Seven Creations.”“The Seven Creations are found in almost every Purana. They are all preceded by what Wilson translates as the ‘Indiscrete Principle,’ Absolute Spirit, independent of any relation with objects of sense. They are: (1) Mahattattva, the Universal Soul, Infinite Intellect, or Divine Mind; (2) Tanmâtras, Bhûta or Bhûtasarga, Elemental Creation the first differentiation of Universal Indiscrete Substance; (3) Indriya or Aindriyaka, Organic Evolution. ‘These three were the Prâkrita Creations, the developments of indiscrete nature, preceded by the Indiscrete Principle’; (4) Mukhya, ‘the Fundamental Creation (of perceptible things) was that of inanimate bodies’; (5) Tairyagyonya or Tiryaksrotas, was that of animals; (6) Ûrdhvasrotas, or that of divinities; (7) Arvâksrotas, was that of man. This is the order given in the exoteric texts. According to esoteric teaching, there are seven Primary, and seven Secondary ‘Creations’; the former being the Forces self-evolving from the one causeless Force; the latter showing the manifested Universe emanating from the already differentiated divine Elements.”
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2020-12-30   773 Преглед
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2020-12-30

God is Love: From Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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God is Love: From Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with the enlightening wisdom of the Reverend Thomas Merton as expressed in his book, “Thoughts in Solitude.” “There is no true spiritual life outside the Love of Christ. We have a spiritual life only because we are loved by Him. The spiritual life consists in receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and His Charity, because the Sacred Heart of Jesus has willed, in His Love, that we should live by His Spirit — the same Spirit Which proceeds from the Word and from the Father, and Who is Jesus’ Love for the Father. If we know how great is the Love of Jesus for us, we will never be afraid to go to Him in all our poverty, all our weakness, all our spiritual wretchedness and infirmity.” “All sin is a punishment for the primal sin of not knowing God. That is to say all sin is a punishment for ingratitude.”“He is Love. Deus Caritas est (God is Love). Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is Love. The Eucharist — the Sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving — is a burning hearth of the knowledge of God, for in the Sacrifice, Jesus, giving thanks to the Father, offers and immolates Himself entirely for His Father’s Glory and to save us from our sins. If we do not ‘know’ Him in His sacrifice, how can it avail for us? ‘The knowledge of God is more than holocausts’ (Hosea 6:6). We do not know Him unless we are grateful, and praise the Father with Him.”“There is no neutrality between gratitude and ingratitude. Those who are not grateful, soon begin to complain of everything. Those who do not love, hate. In the spiritual life, there is no such thing as an indifference to love or hate.” “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His Love, every moment of existence is a Grace, for it brings with it immense Graces from Him. Gratitude therefore, takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the Goodness of God. For the grateful man knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
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2020-12-29   926 Преглед
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2020-12-29

God is Love: From Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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God is Love: From Thoughts in Solitude by the Reverend Thomas Merton (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Reverend Thomas Merton, an important Catholic mystic and spiritual thinker, was born in 1915, to a New Zealand father and an American mother. The many life situations he encountered in his youth led him to explore religion and spirituality and eventually to devote his life to God by becoming a monk, and later a deacon, at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a part of the Order of Trappists, in Kentucky, USA. He also enjoyed living alone in a hermitage in the monastery’s wilderness area. Today, we will explore a selection from the Reverend Thomas Merton’s book, “Thoughts in Solitude,” where we’ll find truths about the essence of self-conquest and the way of obtaining a virtue. “Real self-conquest is the conquest of ourselves not by ourselves but by the Holy Spirit. Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet, before we can surrender ourselves, we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess. More precisely — we have to have enough mastery of ourselves to renounce our own will into the hands of Christ — so that He may conquer what we cannot reach by our own efforts.” “But what if we have no virtue? How can we then experience it? The Grace of God, through Christ Our Lord, produces in us a desire for virtue, which is an anticipated experience of that virtue. He makes us capable of ‘liking’ virtue before we fully possess it. Grace, which is charity, contains in itself all virtues in a hidden and potential manner, like the leaves and the branches of the oak, hidden in the meat of an acorn. To be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree. Habitual grace brings with it all the Christian virtues in their seed.” “Without courage we can never attain to true simplicity. Cowardice keeps us ‘double minded’ — hesitating between the world and God. In this hesitation, there is no true faith — faith remains an opinion. We are never certain, because we never quite give in to the authority of an invisible God. This hesitation is the death of hope. We never let go of those visible supports which, we well know, must one day surely fail us.”
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2020-12-28   862 Преглед
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2020-12-28

Lord Jesus Christ (vegetarian) Our Savior – From the Gospel of Luke (vegetarian) in the Holy Bible: Part 2 of 2

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Lord Jesus Christ (vegetarian) Our Savior – From the Gospel of Luke (vegetarian) in the Holy Bible: Part 2 of 2

We will now continue with the reading from Chapter 7 in the Gospel of Luke of the Holy Bible. In these verses, we will learn about some of the miracles Lord Jesus performed while on His mission to spread the word of God.Jesus and John the Baptist “When the men came to Jesus, they said, ‘John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, “Are You the One Who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”’ At that very time, Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So, He replied to the messengers, ‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.’” “After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the One about Whom it is written: “I will send My Messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.” I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the One Who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.’”Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman “Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - as her great love has shown. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this Who even forgives sins?’ Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”
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2020-12-26   1217 Преглед
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2020-12-26

Lord Jesus Christ (vegetarian) Our Savior – From the Gospel of Luke (vegetarian) in the Holy Bible: Part 1 of 2

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Lord Jesus Christ (vegetarian) Our Savior – From the Gospel of Luke (vegetarian) in the Holy Bible: Part 1 of 2

Jesus Christ: Prophet, Son of God, the Prince of Peace, Savior and friend; He is known by many names. The birth in Bethlehem of this beloved spiritual Master marks the beginning of the Western calendar; so important was His influence on humanity. Lord Jesus taught God’s love and forgiveness to all people with open hearts. He is especially loved and remembered because of His sacrifice to cleanse the sins of His disciples and of the world. Three days after His crucifixion, He arose, as witnessed by some of His disciples. Today, we will open the Gospel of Luke.Love for Enemies “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Judging Others “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” A Tree and Its Fruit “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” The Wise and Foolish Builders “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice, is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
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2020-12-25   1608 Преглед
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2020-12-25

“Calmness and Silence” and Other Selections from “Así Hablaba Quetzalcóatl (Thus Spoke Quetzalcóatl),” Part 2 of 2

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“Calmness and Silence” and Other Selections from “Así Hablaba Quetzalcóatl (Thus Spoke Quetzalcóatl),” Part 2 of 2

“Calmness and Silence ‘Those who search for Silence in calmness will never find it naked. To lay it uncovered you have to search for it among turbulence. Tell me: Of what good is it for a heart to have calmness in solitude? Is it not like the calmness a stagnant lake has in a valley? Yet, how great is a heart when among difficulties and problems it keeps calm and dresses with Silence! It is like the torrent that slides down, serene by the side of the mountain. Some go to places where the most that could bother them would be the chirping of a little bird, or the sound that the wind draws out from the leaves of the trees. And they think: I am tranquil and calm in these places, I have achieved calmness, and Silence is the friend of my heart. But when you get in touch with uproar, your pulses flutter and your hearts get stirred up, and your thoughts collide with violence on your foreheads. And I would ask you: Where have you kept calmness? What dwelling did you prepare for it in your chests that it went away so soon? Know that he who seeks for inner Silence should find it among noises and voices and screams, and taking it should settle with it in your heart, and when you listen to it, you will not hear towards the outside, but towards the inside. And indeed I tell you that not even a hundred storms, nor the explosion of a thousand volcanoes, could ever take you apart from it. To seek them, for inner calmness, do not go to where everything is calm, but to where there is no peace, and be you the peace. That way, in giving it you will find it, and you will have it in the same way that you see how others need you to calm down.’” “An Example in Order to Flourish ‘Men and Women: You will never learn. Do you happen to think you will praise Heaven taking something that He put on Earth for a purpose? Do you really think that by destroying the lives of these beings you flatter Our Creator? These creatures were not put on Earth to be taken and abused for being inferior, just as neither were the animals, nor the birds, nor the least of your brothers among men. If you really need plants to feed yourselves, take only that which you can eat, but do not get carried away by greed, for that unbalances the Earth. If you want to raise an altar to the Eternal, take Nature itself for an altar, and take care of it; because you will make your God rejoice more by leaving each flower and each animal and each brother of yours where they are, rather than by cutting their lives off. Can’t you understand you are taking death and leaving life behind? And may you be the flowers that embellish the temples, for it is true that a humble but filled with love surpasses the greatest palace filled with flowers. Leave then the appearances now, and do not deceive others by putting beautiful fronts outside your hearts.’” “Journey Companions ‘My journey companions here on Earth, Heaven fixed a long time ago. The only thing I am doing now is to reap what He sowed. How many lifetimes have you come to my side? And how many more will you stay with me? Know that Heaven never forsook you. Loneliness sprang from your isolation, but He never stayed apart from you. Do not be deluded by the appearances with which are dressed the things of this world, and know how to distinguish underneath them. Because He can be concealed to the eyes of the flesh, but not to the eyes of the Spirit. And your Master can be very close, without you recognizing him, the same way your path brothers are, and you do not recognize them. There is a saying in wise and faraway lands that goes: When the disciple is prepared, the Master appears. But I ask you: Could it be that the Master never abandoned us, and it was only our ignorance that kept Him concealed?’”
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2020-12-24   992 Преглед
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2020-12-24

“I Have Come” and Other Selections from “Así Hablaba Quetzalcóatl (Thus Spoke Quetzalcóatl),” Part 1 of 2

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“I Have Come” and Other Selections from “Así Hablaba Quetzalcóatl (Thus Spoke Quetzalcóatl),” Part 1 of 2

“Así Hablaba Quetzalcóatl (Thus Spoke Quetzalcóatl)” is a beautiful tale that offers upliftment to all Truth seekers yearning for spiritual understanding. In this book, we follow the travels of the legendary Aztec god Quetzalcóatl, who is the story’s enlightened Master. I Have Come “‘People of Tollan: I have not come to tell you words that become erased and vanish with time like dry leaves in winter. I have come to give you life with my breath, and to enliven you at this time, in which sister nature herself will soon refuse to yield fruit. I have not come to give you norms, nor to ask you to believe in the outside, to ask you to flood with joy temples and squares. I have come to tell you that your temple is in your heart, and that prayer is your work, as well as sincere surrender towards the needs of those who are weaker and who need you. I have not come to promise you great things, nor to fill up your hearts with illusions and your head with fantasies. I have come to tell you that the door of time has opened and said: Let us give entrance to the period in which man takes consciousness of Mankind, and forgets about himself to be in each one of his brothers. Blessed were and are those who open this path and tread upon it with the bareness of humility. They sow the new seed that prepares the School of the World to receive the New Man. I have not come to heal bodies deformed by time and twisted by the pain of existence. I have come to clean the white wings of the soul, and to teach them how to fly. I have come to comfort and give strength, so that the burdens of suffering become light. Peace and Love to all beings.’” Don’t Sleep in Selfishness “In those times, the fields of Tula resembled Paradise, and many were the pilgrims who came to seek Peace in it. Some were seeking for the comfort of their hearts, and for the fluttering of their spirits, because the wind spread through the fields the voice of the Messenger from the Heavens. And others arrived and knelt before Him, waiting for his word as if it were the Morning Star itself. But He got them on their feet, saying: ‘Children of the Moon, don’t get confused. Do not take this body of mine for an altar, because it is not even worthy of raising the smoke of a bonfire. Rather, wake up the altars that sleep in your hearts, and clean them, and prepare them to offer sacrifices. And when all your sacrifices are brought together one by one, true it is that even God the Father Himself will come down, feeling praised. Do not sleep in selfishness, because it is your worst enemy. Overthrow it, and you will transcend as do the birds in the sky. They do not worry about food or drink nor about treasures for tomorrow. There are many who keep their riches as if they could buy death with it. And many are those who waste them as if they could lengthen life with that. I truly tell you that they are nothing but ignorant people who don’t know the Truth.’ And so one of those who were listening asked, ‘What is the Truth in relation to that?’ ‘I truly tell you: He who knows that all he possesses is not his, but rather the possession of Heaven, knows the Truth. Yet he who gives everything he has to those who need it, fulfills it.’”
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2020-12-23   1398 Преглед
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2020-12-23

За Слава Божия: раздел 2 - Из Свещените беседи на Всемирното Бяло братство, част 2 от 2

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За Слава Божия: раздел 2 - Из Свещените беседи на Всемирното Бяло братство, част 2 от 2

„Мъдростта ви, правдата ви, милостта ви - всички тези добродетели в нас трябва да се усилват, и могат да се усилват. Вие имате всичката възможност да усилвате тия добродетели.”
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2020-12-22   716 Преглед
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2020-12-22

За Слава Божия: раздел 2 - Из Свещените беседи на Всемирното Бяло братство, част 1 от 2

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„Бог може да направи всичко сам, но иска да ни застави ние сами да си въздействуваме. Така вие изучавате едно велико изкуство.”
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2020-12-21   791 Преглед
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2020-12-21

Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): The Human Aspiration, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): The Human Aspiration, Part 2 of 2

“We speak of the evolution of Life in Matter, the evolution of Mind in Matter; but evolution is a word which merely states the phenomenon without explaining it. For there seems to be no reason why Life should evolve out of material elements or Mind out of living form, unless we accept the Vedantic solution that Life is already involved in Matter and Mind in Life because in essence Matter is a form of veiled Life, Life a form of veiled Consciousness. And then there seems to be little objection to a farther step in the series and the admission that mental consciousness may itself be only a form and a veil of higher states which are beyond Mind. In that case, the unconquerable impulse of man towards God, Light, Bliss, Freedom, Immortality presents itself in its right place in the chain as simply the imperative impulse by which Nature is seeking to evolve beyond Mind, and appears to be as natural, true and just as the impulse towards Life which she has planted in certain forms of Matter or the impulse towards Mind which she has planted in certain forms of Life.” “The animal is a living laboratory in which Nature has, it is said, worked out man. Man himself may well be a thinking and living laboratory in whom and with whose conscious co-operation she wills to work out the superman, the god. Or shall we not say, rather, to manifest God? For if evolution is the progressive manifestation by Nature of that which slept or worked in her, involved, it is also the overt realization of that which she secretly is. We cannot, then, bid her pause at a given stage of her evolution, nor have we the right to condemn with the religionist as perverse and presumptuous or with the rationalist as a disease or hallucination any intention she may evince or effort she may make to go beyond. If it be true that Spirit is involved in Matter and apparent Nature is secret God, then the manifestation of the divine in himself and the realization of God within and without are the highest and most legitimate aim possible to man upon earth.”
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2020-12-19   749 Преглед
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2020-12-19

Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): The Human Aspiration, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian): The Human Aspiration, Part 1 of 2

India - the home of many great spiritual Masters who have brought wisdom and truth to Earth, inspiring us to seek a higher purpose in life, thus uplifting humanity to a divine state of being. One such great figure is the spiritual Master, yogi, philosopher, poet and politician Sri Aurobindo, who graced our planet from 1872 to 1950. Through the inner knowledge revealed to Him during His spiritual practice, Sri Aurobindo began publishing writings full of wisdom.Today, we present to you Chapter 1 of “Book One – Omnipresent Reality and the Universe” in “The Life Divine.” “She follows to the goal of those that are passing on beyond, she is the first in the eternal succession of the dawns that are coming, — Usha widens, bringing out that which lives, awakening someone who was dead… What is her scope when she harmonizes with the dawns that shone out before and those that now must shine? She desires the ancient mornings and fulfils their light; projecting forwards her illumination she enters into communion with the rest that are to come.” “Threefold are those supreme births of this divine force that is in the world, they are true, they are desirable; he moves there wide-overt within the Infinite and shines pure, luminous and fulfilling… That which is immortal in mortals and possessed of the truth, is a god and established inwardly as an energy working out in our divine powers… Become high-uplifted, O Strength, pierce all veils, manifest in us the things of the Godhead.” “The earliest preoccupation of man in his awakened thoughts and, as it seems, his inevitable and ultimate preoccupation, — for it survives the longest periods of skepticism and returns after every banishment, — is also the highest which his thought can envisage. It manifests itself in the divination of Godhead, the impulse towards perfection, the search after pure Truth and unmixed Bliss, the sense of a secret immortality. The ancient dawns of human knowledge have left us their witness to this constant aspiration; today we see a humanity satiated but not satisfied by victorious analysis of the externalities of Nature preparing to return to its primeval longings. The earliest formula of Wisdom promises to be its last, — God, Light, Freedom, Immortality.”
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2020-12-18   923 Преглед
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2020-12-18

Selections from Writings of Shoghi Effendi (vegetarian): “The Promised Day Is Come,” Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Writings of Shoghi Effendi (vegetarian): “The Promised Day Is Come,” Part 2 of 2

“‘Bestir yourselves, O people,’ is, on the one hand, the ominous warning sounded by Bahá’u’lláh Himself, ‘in anticipation of the days of Divine Justice, for the promised hour is now come.’ ‘Abandon that which ye possess, and seize that which God, Who layeth low the necks of men, hath brought. Know ye of a certainty that if ye turn not back from that which ye have committed, chastisement will overtake you on every side, and ye shall behold things more grievous than that which ye beheld aforetime.’ And again: ‘We have fixed a time for you, O people! If ye fail, at the appointed hour, to turn towards God, He, verily, will lay hold on you.’ And again: ‘God assuredly dominates the lives of them that wronged Us, and is well aware of their doings. He will most certainly lay hold on them for their sins.’ And finally: ‘O ye peoples of the world! Know verily that an unforeseen calamity is following you and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have committed have been blotted from My sight. By My Beauty! All your doings hath My pen graven with open characters upon tablets of golden stone.’ ‘The whole Earth,’ Bahá’u’lláh, on the other hand, forecasting the bright future in store for a world now wrapt in darkness, emphatically asserts, ‘is now in a state of pregnancy. The day is approaching when it will have yielded its noblest fruits, when from it will have sprung forth the loftiest trees, the most enchanting blossoms, the most heavenly blessings.’ ‘The time is approaching when every created thing will have cast its burden. Glorified be God Who hath vouchsafed this grace that encompasses all things, whether seen or unseen!’ ‘These great oppressions,’ He, moreover, foreshadowing humanity’s Golden Age, has written, ‘are preparing it for the advent of the Most Great Justice.’ This Most Great Justice is indeed the Justice upon which the structure of the Most Great Peace can alone, and must eventually, rest, while the Most Great Peace will, in turn, usher in that Most Great, that World Civilization which shall remain forever associated with Him Who beareth the Most Great Name.” “‘We verily,’ He Himself has testified, ‘have not fallen short of Our duty to exhort men, and to deliver that whereunto I was bidden by God, the Almighty, the All-Praised. Had they hearkened unto Me, they would have beheld the earth another earth.’ And again: ‘Is there any excuse left for anyone in this Revelation? No, by God, the Lord of the Mighty Throne! My signs have encompassed the earth, and My power enveloped all mankind, and yet the people are wrapped in a strange sleep!’”
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2020-12-17   624 Преглед
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2020-12-17

Selections from Writings of Shoghi Effendi (vegetarian): “The Promised Day Is Come,” Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Writings of Shoghi Effendi (vegetarian): “The Promised Day Is Come,” Part 1 of 2

To preserve the holy Bahá’í teachings, Lord Bahá’u’lláh established a Covenant, or line of succession, that appointed His Son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the successor Guardian, followed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s grandson, Shoghi Effendi. Lord Bahá’u’lláh also ordained the establishment of a Universal House of Justice. During his lifetime, Shoghi Effendi was the appointed Guardian for the Baháʼí teachings. Today, we present to you an excerpt from “The Promised Day Is Come” by Shoghi Effendi. “A tempest, unprecedented in its violence, unpredictable in its course, catastrophic in its immediate effects, unimaginably glorious in its ultimate consequences, is at present sweeping the face of the earth. Its driving power is remorselessly gaining in range and momentum. Its cleansing force, however much undetected, is increasing with every passing day. Humanity, gripped in the clutches of its devastating power, is smitten by the evidences of its resistless fury. It can neither perceive its origin, nor probe its significance, nor discern its outcome. Bewildered, agonized and helpless, it watches this great and mighty wind of God invading the remotest and fairest regions of the earth, rocking its foundations, deranging its equilibrium, sundering its nations, disrupting the homes of its peoples, wasting its cities, driving into exile its kings, pulling down its bulwarks, uprooting its institutions, dimming its light, and harrowing up the souls of its inhabitants. Bahá’u’lláh’s prophetic pen has proclaimed, ‘The hour is approaching,’ He specifically affirms, ‘when the most great convulsion will have appeared.’ ‘The promised day is come, the day when tormenting trials will have surged above your heads, and beneath your feet, saying: “Taste ye what your hands have wrought!”’ ‘Soon shall the blasts of His chastisement beat upon you, and the dust of hell enshroud you.’ And again: ‘And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake.’ ‘The day is approaching when its [civilization’s] flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: “The Kingdom is God’s, the Almighty, the All-Praised!”’ ‘The day will soon come,’ He, referring to the foolish ones of the earth, has written, ‘whereon they will cry out for help and receive no answer.’ ‘The day is approaching,’ He moreover has prophesied, ‘when the wrathful anger of the Almighty will have taken hold of them. He, verily, is the Omnipotent, the All-Subduing, the Most Powerful. He shall cleanse the earth from the defilement of their corruption, and shall give it for a heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.’”
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2020-12-16   755 Преглед
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2020-12-16

Selections from the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian) – Songs 2-4, 6, 14-15, 51-52, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian) – Songs 2-4, 6, 14-15, 51-52, Part 2 of 2

“When Milarepa was sitting in meditation, a frightened deer dashed by, followed by a ravening hound. By the power of his loving-kindness and compassion (Metta-Karuna), Milarepa made them lie down, one on either side of Him, and then preached to them. Then came the fierce and proud huntsman, Chirawa Gwunbo Dorje, who was enraged by the sight of the Jetsun and shot an arrow at him, but missed. Milarepa sang to him and his heart began to turn to the Dharma. Then the hunter saw that Milarepa was living an austere life and great faith arose in him. He wished then to practise Dharma after talking with his family but the Jetsun warned him that his present meritorious thought might change and He sang: ‘Hearken, hearken, huntsman! Though the thunder crashes, It is but empty sound; Though the rainbow is richly colored, It will soon fade away. The pleasures of this world are like dream-visions; Though one enjoys them, they are the source of sin. Though all we see may seem to be eternal, It will soon fall to pieces and will disappear. Yesterday perhaps one had enough or more, All today is gone and nothing’s left; Last year one was alive, this year one dies. Good food turns into poison, And the beloved companion turns into a foe. Harsh words and complaints requite Goodwill and gratitude. Your sins hurt no one but yourself. Among one hundred heads, you value most your own. In all ten fingers, if one is cut, you feel the pain. Among all things you value, yourself is valued most. The time has come for you to help yourself. Life flees fast. Soon death Will knock upon your door. It is foolish, therefore, one’s devotion to postpone. What else can loving kinsmen do But throw one into Samsara? To strive for happiness hereafter Is more important than to seek it now. The time has come for you to rely upon a Guru, The time has come to practise Dharma.’” “‘If one is really determined to free oneself from the sufferings of Samsara, such as birth, old age, illness, death, and so on, he will have peace of mind all the time and will not need to make any effort. Otherwise, he should bear in mind that the sufferings in a future life could be much more durable and longer-lasting than those in this life, and the burden could also be much heavier. It is, therefore, of paramount importance to take steps to prepare for the next life.’ This was said to some young men from his native country, who asked how they could extricate themselves from worldly affairs. Then, Milarepa said: ‘Please hearken, and I will sing a song for you.’ ‘We sentient beings moving in the world, Float down the flowing stream Of the four sufferings. Compared to this, how much more formidable Are the unceasing future lives in Samsara. Why not, then, prepare a boat for the ‘crossing’? The state of our future lives is far more fearful And deserving of far more concern, Than are the dreadful demons, ghosts and yama, So why not prepare for yourself a guide? Even the dread passions — craving, hatred and blindness Are not so fearful As the state of our (unknown) future, So why not prepare for yourself an antidote? Great is the Kingdom of the Three Realms of Samsara, But greater is the endless road of birth-and-death, So why not prepare for yourself provisions? It will be better if you practise Dharma If you have no assurance in yourselves.’ Milarepa said: ‘A human body, free and opportune, is as precious as a jewel, and to have a chance to practise the Dharma is likewise very rare. Also, to find one serious Buddhist in a hundred is difficult! Considering the difficulties of meeting the right Gurus, and other necessary favourable conditions for practising Buddhism, you should deem yourselves very fortunate that you have now met all these requirements. Do not, therefore, (waste them), but practise the Dharma.’”
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2020-12-15   774 Преглед
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2020-12-15

Selections from the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian) – Songs 2-4, 6, 14-15, 51-52, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from the Holy Text of Tibetan Buddhism: Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian) – Songs 2-4, 6, 14-15, 51-52, Part 1 of 2

One of the renowned Masters of this religion is Jetsun Milarepa, meaning Milarepa the Revered One. A former magician who became a yogi, poet, and hermit, this spiritual hero of Tibet lived from 1052 to 1135, and His story of personal redemption has inspired lives across many generations. Through songs called dohas, Jetsun Milarepa imparted Divine teachings on spiritual devotion and wisdom. Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken about the venerated Milarepa on several occasions, as during this lecture given in 1992 at the Hsihu Ashram in Taiwan, also known as Formosa. “Milarepa, His faith in seeking the Truth was very firm. He was terrified of hell and knew that His karma was unimaginable. So no matter how much His Master scolded Him, He endured it. His faith was from inside. He wasn't taught to do so. No one taught Him to do so and no one forced Him. From the hardships that He underwent, we can see why He was able to attain the Truth.” Today, we present to you an excerpt from the holy text of Tibetan Buddhism titled, “Sixty Songs of Milarepa (vegetarian).” “On His way to Shri Ri to meditate, Milarepa lodged at an inn where a merchant, Dhawa Norbu (the Moon jewel), was also staying with a great retinue. Milarepa begged alms from him, upon which the merchant remarked that it would be better for him to work to support himself. Milarepa pointed out that enjoying pleasures now is the source for more suffering in the future. Then He said: ‘Now listen to my song.’ ‘Castles and crowded cities are the places Where now you love to stay; But remember that they will fall to ruins After you have departed from this Earth! Pride and vain glory are the lure Which now you love to follow; But remember, when you are about to die, They offer you no shelter and no refuge! Kinsmen and relatives are the people now With whom you love to live; But remember that you must leave them all behind, When from this world you pass away! Servants, wealth and children Are things you love to hold; But remember, at the time of your death, Your empty hands can take nothing with you! Vigor and health Are dearest to you now; But remember, at the moment of your death, Your corpse will be bundled up and borne away! Now your organs are clear, Your flesh and blood are strong and vigorous; But remember, at the moment of your death, They will no longer be at your disposal! Sweet and delicious foods are things That now you love to eat; But remember, at the moment of your death, Your mouth will let the spittle flow! When of all this I think, I cannot help but seek the Buddha’s Teachings! The enjoyments and the pleasures of this world, For me, have no attraction. I, Milarepa, sing of the Eight Reminders, At the Guest House in Garakhache of Tsang. With these clear words I give this helpful warning; I urge you to observe and practise them!’”
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2020-12-14   847 Преглед
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2020-12-14

Distributing God’s Wisdom: From the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Distributing God’s Wisdom: From the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

We now continue with chapters 40 to 48 in “The Book of the Secrets of Enoch,” depicting Enoch being sent by God back to Earth, in order to distribute his knowledge-rich handwritings through his children, teaching them of the immeasurable greatness of the one and only Father. “The Lord with His hands having created man, in the likeness of His own face, the Lord made Him small and great. Whoever reviles the Ruler’s face, and abhors the Lord’s face, has despised the Lord’s face, and he who vents anger on any man without injury, the Lord’s great anger will cut him down, he who spits on the face of man reproachfully, will be cut down at the Lord’s great judgment. Blessed is the man who does not direct his heart with malice against any man, and helps the injured and condemned, and raises the broken down, and shall do charity to the needy, because on the day of the great judgment, every weight, every measure and every makeweight (will be) as in the market, that is to say (they are) hung on scales and stand in the market, (and every one) shall learn his own measure, and according to his measure shall take his reward.”“The Lord has placed the foundations in the unknown, and has spread forth Heavens visible (physical) and invisible (spiritual); He fixed the Earth on the waters, and created countless creatures, and who has counted the water and the foundation of the unfixed, or the dust of the earth, or the sand of the sea, or the drops of the rain, or the morning dew, or the wind’s breathings? Who has filled earth and sea, and the indissoluble winter? I cut the stars out of fire, and decorated Heaven, and put it in their midst.”“From the invisible (spiritual) He made all things visible (physical), Himself being invisible (spiritual). Thus I make known to you, my children, and distribute the books to your children, into all your generations, and amongst the nations who shall have the sense to fear God, let them receive them, and may they come to love them more than any food or Earthly sweets, and read them and apply themselves to them. And those who understand not the Lord, who fear not God, who accept not, but reject, who do not receive the (books), a terrible judgment awaits these. Blessed is the man who shall bear their yoke and shall drag them along, for he shall be released on the day of the Great Judgment.”
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2020-12-12   987 Преглед
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2020-12-12

Distributing God’s Wisdom: From the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Distributing God’s Wisdom: From the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, also known as the Second Book of Enoch, or Old Bulgarian Enoch, is an ancient religious text, which describes the intensity of the Antediluvian (pre-Flood) time period. Enoch was a venerated patriarch and great-grandfather of Noah. After his son, Methuselah, was born, Enoch began to “walk with God” – that is, he began to seek, to know, to serve, and to pray to God, and he continued this for the next 300 years! Throughout his life, he visited Heaven in his visions and dreams. At the age of 365, Enoch disappeared, “because God took him away” straight to Heaven, for he was pleasing to God. The Book of Enoch contains unique material on why the Great Flood was morally necessary, why some angels fell from Heaven, and prophetic revelations of the thousand-year reign of the Messiah. But the main message is one of hope, that God will be the guiding Light for those who are righteous. Today, as we go through chapters 31 to 39 from “The Book of the Secrets of Enoch,” we will read about God appointing Enoch to go down to Earth and share his handwritten books on everything he has witnessed and learned while on his journey in Heaven. “And now, Enoch, all that I have told you, all that you have understood, all that you have seen of Heavenly things, all that you have seen on Earth, and all that I have written in books by my great wisdom, all these things I have devised and created from the uppermost foundation to the lower and to the end, and there is no counsellor nor inheritor to my creations. I am self-eternal, not made with hands, and without change.” “They have rejected my commandments and my yoke, worthless seed has come up, not fearing God, and they would not bow down to me, but have begun to bow down to vain gods, and denied my unity, and have laden the whole Earth with untruths, offences, abominable lustfulness, namely one with another, and all manner of other unclean wickedness, which are disgusting to relate. And therefore, I will bring down a deluge upon the Earth and will destroy all men, and the whole Earth will crumble together into great darkness.”
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2020-12-11   1032 Преглед
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2020-12-11

Selection from The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra: Chapter 15 – On the Parable of the Moon, Part 2 of 2

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Selection from The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra: Chapter 15 – On the Parable of the Moon, Part 2 of 2

We will continue with Chapter 15 of The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra – On the Parable of the Moon, where Buddha will further reveal to us more enlightening tales featuring the moon, stars and sun. “‘It is the same with the Tathagata. In order to guide us, He gives beings restrictions. So one should try to act in accordance with those restrictions and not contrary to them. For those people of the five deadly sins, for those slandering Wonderful Dharma, for the icchantika, and for those who may do such deeds in days to come, He manifests such. All this is for the days after the Buddha’s death, for the bhiksus to know that these are important points in the sutras, these are the heavy and light aspects of the precepts, these, the passages of the Abhidharma which are weighty and not weighty. This is to enable them to be like the doctor’s son.’” “‘Also, next, O good man! Beings take delight, for example, in seeing the bright moon. That is why we call the moon “that which is pleasing to see”. If beings possess greed, malevolence and ignorance, there can be no pleasure in such seeing. The same with the Tathagata. The Tathagata’s nature is pure, good, clean and undefiled. This is what is most pleasing to behold. Beings who are in harmony with Dharma will not shun such seeing; those with evil minds are not pleased by such seeing. Hence we say that the Tathagata is like the bright moon.’” “‘Also, next, O good man! For example, when the sun rises, all the mist disperses. The situation is the same regarding this Great Nirvana Sutra. If one should once give ear to it, all ill and the karma of avichi hell will die out. Nobody can fathom what obtains in this Great Nirvana, which expounds the hidden store of the nature of the Tathagata. For this reason, good men and women entertain the thought that the Tathagata is eternal, that he does not change, that Dharma does not cease to be, and that the Sangha Treasure does not die out. Hence, we should employ means, make effort, and learn this sutra. Such a person, in the course of time, will attain unsurpassed enlightenment. That is why this sutra is said to contain innumerable virtues, and is also called one that knows no end of enlightenment. Because of this endlessness, we can say Mahaparinirvana. The light of Good shines as in the sun’s days. As it is boundless, we say Great Nirvana.’”
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2020-12-10   1034 Преглед
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2020-12-10

Selection from The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra: Chapter 15 – On the Parable of the Moon, Part 1 of 2

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Selection from The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra: Chapter 15 – On the Parable of the Moon, Part 1 of 2

The Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra (大般涅槃經) or Nirvana Sutra is a Tathagatagarbha sutra of Mahayana Buddhism. It is considered as a major Mahayana sutra. The actual date of the original sutra is not known, however it is said that its early texts may have been written before or during the second century CE. “The Buddha said to Kasyapa: ‘As an example: there is a man here who, as he sees that the moon is not yet out, says that the moon has departed, and entertains the thought that the moon has sunk down. But this moon, by its nature, does not sink down. When it appears on the other side of the world, the people of the other side say that the moon is out. Why? Since Mount Sumeru obstructs (vision), the moon cannot reveal itself. The moon is always out. It has, by nature, no coming out or sinking down. The same is the case with the Tathagata, the Alms-deserving, the All-Enlightened One. He manifests himself in the 3,000 great-thousand worlds; or He gives the semblance of having parents in Jambudvipa or of entering Nirvana in Jambudvipa. The Tathagata, by nature, does not enter Nirvana. But all beings say that He truly enters Parinirvana. The case is analogous to the sinking of the moon. O good man! The Tathagata, by nature, does not possess the nature of birth and death. To succor beings, He manifests (His) birth and death.’” “‘O good man! The same is the case with the Tathagata. In Jambudvipa, He manifests birth and enters Nirvana. His first coming out (appearance in the world) is the first of the month. Everybody says that this boy is first born. He strides seven paces. This is like the moon on the second day. Or He shows himself studying. This is like the moon on the third day. He displays renunciation. This is like the moon of the eighth day. He emits the all-wonderful light of Wisdom and subdues an innumerable number of beings and the army of mara. This may be likened to the full moon of the 15th day. Or He manifests the 32 signs of perfection and the 80 minor marks of excellence. He thus adorns Himself and manifests Nirvana. He is like the eclipse of the moon. Thus, what beings see is not the same. Some see a half-moon, others a full moon, and still others an eclipse. But this moon, by its nature, knows of no waxing or eclipsing. It is always the full moon. The body of the Tathagata is like this. For this reason, we say eternal and unchanging.’”
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2020-12-09   1019 Преглед
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2020-12-09
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