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The Divine Light of the Most Holy One: Selections from the Kabbalistic Zohar, Part 2 of 2

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The Divine Light of the Most Holy One: Selections from the Kabbalistic Zohar, Part 2 of 2

The Zohar introduces the concept of Divine configurations, and in the Book of Concealed Mystery (another volume of the Zohar), the various facial features of Macroprosopus are explained, along with the representation of the Divine qualities. “In the hollow of the skull is the aerial membrane of the supreme hidden Wisdom, which is nowhere disclosed; and it is not found, and it is not opened. And that membrane enshrouds the brain of the hidden Wisdom, and therefore, is that Wisdom covered. And that brain, which is itself the hidden Wisdom, is silent and remains tranquil in its place.”“This is the tradition. From the skull of His head hang down a thousand thousand myriads; seven thousand and five hundred curling hairs, white and pure. And in single curls are four hundred and ten locks of hair, according unto the number of the word, Holy. But these hairs, all and singular, radiate into four hundred and ten worlds. But these worlds alone are hidden and concealed, and no man knows them, save Himself.”“The forehead of His skull is the acceptation of acceptations, like as it is written, Exodus 28:38 ‘And it shall be upon His forehead always for acceptation.’ And that forehead is called Will-power, because it is the ruler of the whole head and of the skull, which is covered by four hundred and twenty worlds. And when it is uncovered, the prayers of the Israelites ascend.”“Rabbi Schimeon spoke unto Rabbi Eleazar, his son, and said: Blessed be thou, O my son! by the Ancient of Days; for thou has found in that time in which thou has need – the acceptation of His forehead. But when this forehead is uncovered, inclination and acceptation are found in perfect form, and all wrath is quieted and subdued before Him. From that forehead shine forth four hundred habitations of judgments, when it is uncovered during that period of acceptation, all things are at peace before it.”“This is the tradition: This forehead has been extended into two hundred and seventy thousand lights of the luminaries of the superior Eden. This is the tradition: There exists an Eden which shines in Eden. The superior Eden, which is not uncovered, and is hidden in concealment, and is not distributed into the paths, like as it has been said. But no man has known the superior Eden, nor its paths, except Macroprosopus Himself.”
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2022-05-19   141 Преглед
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2022-05-19

The Divine Light of the Most Holy One: Selections from the Kabbalistic Zohar, Part 1 of 2

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The Divine Light of the Most Holy One: Selections from the Kabbalistic Zohar, Part 1 of 2

Kabbalah is the ancient mystical school of thought of Judaism. Literally meaning “the received,” Kabbalah is also an esoteric method believed to have been revealed to elect saints and preserved by a certain few since the time of the Garden of Eden. Kabbalah aims to explain the relationship between God – the unchanging and eternal Ein Sof (The Infinite), and God’s creation – the mortal and finite universe. Kabbalists developed their own sacred texts, especially during the Middle Ages. These texts, however, still remained within the Jewish tradition, as they often worked with scriptures from the Hebrew Bible to demonstrate the extraordinary teachings of Kabbalah. One of the most foundational of the Kabbalistic texts is the Sefer HaZohar, a Kabbalistic commentary on the Torah, which means the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Today, we will be presenting selections from the Great Holy Assembly, a volume of the Zohar where Rabbi Schimeon led a group of holy sages through a discussion on Creation, as well as the Divine Light and Wisdom as symbolized by the facial features of Macroprosopus. Macroprosopus is an aspect of Divine emanation in the Kabbalah, representing Divine will and the source of Divine compassion. “Therefore, the Arcanum of Arcana is what men can neither know nor comprehend, nor can they apply their rules of science to it. It is said that before the Ancient of the Ancient Ones, the Concealed One of the Concealed Ones, instituted the formations of the King and the diadems of the diadems; beginning and end existed not.”“Upon the throne of flaming light is He seated, so that He may direct its (flashes). Into forty thousand superior worlds, the brightness of the skull of His head is extended, and from the light of this brightness, the just shall receive four hundred worlds in the world to come.” “And from that skull distills a dew upon Him which is external, and fills His head daily. And from that dew which flows down from His head, that (namely) which is external, the dead are raised up in the world to come. Concerning which it is written, Song of Songs 5:2 ‘My head is filled with dew.’ And it is written, Isaiah 26:19 ‘The dew of the lights is Thy dew.’ Of the lights – that is, from the brightness of the Ancient One. And by that dew are nourished the holy supernal ones. And this is that manna which is prepared for the just in the world to come.”
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2022-05-18   193 Преглед
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2022-05-18

The Ego and the Dualities: Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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The Ego and the Dualities: Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“Equally, an enlargement of our mental consciousness out of the experience of the egoistic dualities into an unregulated unity with some form of total consciousness, might easily bring about a confusion and incapacity for the active life of humanity in the established order of the world’s relativities.”“Such a disorder and incapacity may be accepted personally and are accepted by many great souls as a temporary passage or as the price to be paid for the entry into a wider existence. But the right goal of human progress must be always an effective and synthetic reinterpretation by which the law of that wider existence may be represented in a new order of truths and in a more just and powerful working of the faculties on the life material of the universe.” “So also, for the mental consciousness, God moves round the personal ego and all His works and ways are brought to the judgment of our egoistic sensations, emotions and conceptions and are there given values and interpretations which, though a perversion and inversion of the truth of things, are yet useful and practically sufficient in a certain development of human life and progress.”“‘Truth is the path and not the falsehood.’ The truth is not that God moves round the ego as the center of existence and can be judged by the ego and its view of the dualities, but that the Divine is itself the center and that the experience of the individual only finds its own true truth when it is known in the terms of the universal and the transcendent.”“That new life and power of the human integer must necessarily repose on a realization of the great verities which translate into our mode of conceiving things – the nature of the Divine existence. It must proceed through a renunciation by the ego, of its false standpoint and false certainties, through its entry into a right relation and harmony with the totalities of which it forms a part and with the transcendences from which it is a descent, and through its perfect self-opening to a truth and a law that exceed its own conventions, – a truth that shall be its fulfilment and a law that shall be its deliverance. Its goal must be the abolition of those values which are the creations of the egoistic view of things; its crown must be the transcendence of limitation, ignorance, death, suffering and evil.”
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2022-05-17   189 Преглед
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2022-05-17

The Ego and the Dualities: Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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The Ego and the Dualities: Selections from “The Life Divine” by Sri Aurobindo (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

India is the home of many great spiritual Masters who have brought wisdom and truth to Earth, Their lives and compassionate teachings inspire us to seek a higher purposes in life, thus uplifting humanity to a more 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. Originally written by Sri Aurobindo between 1914 and 1919, “The Life Divine” describes the spiritual journey that unfolds as a person sincerely seeks the highest Truth. Such a journey leads to the soul’s awakening and the direct experience of Divinity. Today, we present to you excerpts from Chapter 7 “The Ego and the Dualities” from the book, “The Life Divine.” “This is the fall of man typified in the poetic parable of the Hebrew Genesis. That fall is his deviation from the full and pure acceptance of God and himself, or rather of God in himself, into a dividing consciousness which brings with it all the train of the dualities, life and death, good and evil, joy and pain, completeness and want, the fruit of a divided being. This is the fruit which Adam and Eve, Purusha and Prakriti, the soul tempted by Nature, have eaten. The redemption comes by the recovery of the universal in the individual and of the spiritual term in the physical consciousness. Then alone the soul in Nature can be allowed to partake of the fruit of the tree of life and be as the Divine and live forever.”“At first, however, we must strive to relate the individual again to the harmony of the totality. There it is necessary for us — otherwise there is no issue from the problem — to realize that the terms in which our present consciousness renders the values of the universe, though practically justified for the purposes of human experience and progress, are not the sole terms in which it is possible to render them and may not be the complete, the right, the ultimate formulas. Just as there may be sense-organs or formations of sense-capacity which see the physical world differently and it may well be better, because more completely, than our sense-organs and sense-capacity, so there may be other mental and supramental envisagings of the universe which surpass our own.”
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2022-05-16   277 Преглед
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2022-05-16

From “The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ”: Lord Jesus Wards Off Temptations, Part 2 of 2

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From “The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ”: Lord Jesus Wards Off Temptations, Part 2 of 2

“And Jesus looked at Satan, the father of every lie and false god of every evil and lust, and said: ‘Again I say unto you, ignorant one, ye know scripture well, even as ye have written much and corrupted the sacred truths. But hide not behind thy twisted interpretation of holy things, for thou are in darkness and see not the inner Heavenly Light, as holy men see and know. Because of thy deviation, the Holy Law flees from thee, for what is holy and pure has no fellowship with evil and sin. For there is no light in darkness and no truth in a lie, and ye have taught the lie as truth and said unto thy angels, thou alone are God, and there is no one else, but Holy Wisdom spoke unto you and said, You lie, Satanail, for the Eternal All is above the Rest. For thou know it is written, “Thou shall worship the Eternal All and Him alone shall thou serve in all purity of heart.” For ye know well, ye have the authority over this world for a time, but the age comes when all things shall enter into the Rest, and thy power and authority shall cease, yea, even as every evil work shall cease and be no more.’”“And one day, certain ones of the Pharisees questioned Jesus, and said unto Him, ‘How says thou that God will condemn the world?’ And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The Eternal One so loves the righteous seed in the world, and the only begotten Son came into the world, that whosoever believes in Him may not perish, but inherit everlasting life. God, therefore, sent not the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him may be saved from bondage to death and sin. For I tell ye, truly, they who believe in Him sent, are not condemned; but they that believe not, condemn themselves, because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten of God.’” “‘For all they who do evil hate the Light, for the Light is good, neither come they to the Light, lest their evil deeds be exposed and condemned by the Holy Law. But they who work righteousness, come to the Light, for they are drawn to it out of love for all that is pure and holy, that their deeds may be made manifest and be approved by God. Thus, will they shine forth with the Light and conquer the evil with the good.’”
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2022-05-14   263 Преглед
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2022-05-14

From “The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ”: Lord Jesus Wards Off Temptations, Part 1 of 2

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From “The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ”: Lord Jesus Wards Off Temptations, Part 1 of 2

The Essenes were an ancient spiritual group with origins in Judaism. Lord Jesus Christ, also known as Lord Yeshua, was born into the Essene Brotherhood, and the Essenes wrote detailed accounts about the Beloved Master’s life and teachings. One of these texts whose fragments have fortunately been preserved is called, The Essene Humane Gospel of Christ. Today, we will present selections that detail how the Lord Jesus warded off Satan’s temptations when He encountered him whilst on retreat in the desert. “But Jesus answered the tempter and said: ‘Yea, but it is also written, Humans shall not live by bread alone, but by every law that proceeds out of the mouth of the True God, even The Eternal All.’” “And Jesus, with voice raised, said unto the devil, ‘Get thee behind me Satan, for it is also written, Be not led away by the mere beauty of a woman, for all flesh is as grass and the flower of the field; the grass withers and the flower fades away, but the Law of the Eternal One endures forever. For I tell you what you already know of me, that I come to heal the spiritual ills of man, for he that is truly born of God, keeps the seed within, for he knows the good from the evil and the light from the darkness. I restore all things to their original root, that all things may know that the True God is above the evil of the world, for by thy ignorance, humankind suffers much and the entire creation sighs and cries and awaits freedom from bondage, yea, even from the slavery of sin that ye have imprisoned them.’” “And once again, Jesus said unto Satan: ‘It is also written, Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God nor put His Holy Law to the test. For ye well know the All Power of the Father and yea, the Holiness of His Laws, but because ye imagined the impossible dream, ye so set up a kingdom over the Most High, and ye fooled many angels and most of mankind. Thus, ye also realize, thy time is limited; for thy evil and wrongdoing shall bring unto ye, thy seed, but also my seed unto God. Do what ye must do, Satan, and do quickly, for thy judgment is at hand, and ye shall no way escape thy punishment which thou hast prepared for thyself and all those who love your lie.’”
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2022-05-13   344 Преглед
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2022-05-13

Selections from “Songs of Kabir (vegetarian)”: Songs 77 – 100, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from “Songs of Kabir (vegetarian)”: Songs 77 – 100, Part 2 of 2

Song 90 “To whom shall I go to learn about my Beloved? Kabir says: ‘As you never may find the forest if you ignore the tree, so He may never be found in abstractions.’”Song 92 “The woman who is parted from her lover spins at the spinning wheel. The city of the body arises in its beauty; and within it the palace of the mind has been built. The wheel of love revolves in the sky, and the seat is made of the jewels of knowledge: What subtle threads the woman weaves, and makes them fine with love and reverence! Kabir says: ‘I am weaving the garland of day and night. When my Lover comes and touches me with His feet, I shall offer Him my tears.’” Song 93 “Beneath the great umbrella of my King, millions of suns and moons and stars are shining! He is the Mind within my mind: He is the Eye within mine eye. Ah, could my mind and eyes be one! Could my love but reach to my Lover! Could but the fiery heat of my heart be cooled! Kabir says: ‘When you unite love with the Lover, then you have love's perfection.’”Song 96 “O friend, dear heart of mine, think well! If you love indeed, then why do you sleep? If you have found Him, then give yourself utterly, and take Him to you. Why do you lose Him again and again? If the deep sleep of rest has come to your eyes, why waste your time making the bed and arranging the pillows? Kabir says: ‘I tell you the ways of love! Even though the head itself must be given, why should you weep over it?’”Song 99 “Oh Narad! I know that my Lover cannot be far: When my Lover wakes, I wake; when He sleeps, I sleep. He is destroyed at the root who gives pain to my Beloved. Where they sing His praise, there I live; When He moves, I walk before Him: my heart yearns for my Beloved. The infinite pilgrimage lies at His feet, a million devotees are seated there. Kabir says: ‘The Lover Himself reveals the glory of true love.’”
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2022-05-12   229 Преглед
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2022-05-12

Selections from “Songs of Kabir (vegetarian)”: Songs 77 – 100, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from “Songs of Kabir (vegetarian)”: Songs 77 – 100, Part 1 of 2

Kabir was a great Indian poet who was fully devoted to the Creator. He was a Saint who not only endeavored to live the Truth, He wrote about it through His divine gift of verse. Kabir’s writings highlight a synthesis between both Muslim and Hindu thought. He described himself as being, “at once the child of Allah and of Ram.” Let us hear the story as told by Supreme Master Ching Hai during an international gathering in France in 2008. “So after Kabir died, Muslim and Hindu fought with each other who will take the body to where. So then, after discussing for a long time, the body was still laying in the coffin waiting. Until next morning when they decided both to come there to debate about who will take the coffin home, the Master’s body. Then they open the coffin, they see nothing in there. He only saw one rose, in the coffin. The body’s gone, just one rose. The symbol of love, unification. Love is only one. There is no Muslim, there is no Hindu. The Master wanted to leave the message like that.” Today, we would like to introduce you to the wisdom from “The Songs of Kabir.” The selections from Songs 77 to 88 reveal the importance of seeking and practicing with a perfect living Master, and the genuine path to God realization. “O my heart! Let us go to that country where dwells the Beloved, the ravisher of my heart! There Love is filling her pitcher from the well, yet she has no rope wherewith to draw water; There the clouds do not cover the sky, yet the rain falls down in gentle showers: O bodiless one! Do not sit on your doorstep; go forth and bathe yourself in that rain! There it is ever moonlight and never dark; and who speaks of one sun only? That land is illuminated with the rays of a million suns.” “This day is dear to me above all other days, for today, the Beloved Lord is a guest in my house; My chamber and my courtyard are beautiful with His presence. My longings sing His Name, and they are become lost in His great beauty: I wash His feet, and I look upon His Face; and I lay before Him as an offering, my body, my mind, and all that I have.”
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2022-05-11   349 Преглед
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2022-05-11

Everyone Should Learn Virtue: From the Teachings of Musonius Rufus (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Everyone Should Learn Virtue: From the Teachings of Musonius Rufus (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

Let us continue with the discourse entitled, “Should daughters receive the same education as sons?” where even children are encouraged to learn the importance of virtue from a young age. “Gluttony, drunkenness, and other related vices, which are vices of excess and bring disgrace upon those guilty of them, show that self-control is most necessary for every human being, male and female alike; for the only way of escape from wantonness is through self-control; there is no other. Perhaps someone may say that courage is a virtue appropriate to men only. That is not so. For a woman too, must have courage and be wholly free of cowardice, so that she will neither be swayed by hardships nor by fear. No more, it is necessary for women to be able to repel attack, unless indeed they are willing to appear more cowardly than hens and other female birds which defend their young from creatures much larger than themselves. If, therefore, something of this courage is lacking in other women, it is due to lack of use and practice, rather than because they were not endowed with it.”“Hence, I hold it reasonable that the things which have reference to virtue ought to be taught to male and female alike; and furthermore, that straight from infancy they ought to be taught that this is right and that is wrong, and that it is the same for both alike; that this is helpful, that is harmful, that one must do this, one must not do that. From this training, understanding is developed in those who learn, boys and girls alike, with no difference. Then they must be inspired with a feeling of shame toward all that is base. When these two qualities have been created within them, man and woman are of necessity self-controlled. And most of all, the child who is trained properly, whether boy or girl, must be accustomed to endure hardship, not to fear death, not to be disheartened in the face of any misfortune; they must in short be accustomed to every situation which calls for courage.”“If you ask me what doctrine produces such an education, I shall reply, that as without philosophy, no man would be properly educated, so no woman would be. I only urge that they should acquire from philosophy goodness in conduct and nobility of character.”
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2022-05-10   178 Преглед
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2022-05-10

Everyone Should Learn Virtue: From the Teachings of Musonius Rufus (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Everyone Should Learn Virtue: From the Teachings of Musonius Rufus (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Gaius Musonius Rufus was one of the great Stoic philosophers of the Roman Empire. Epictetus, another great Stoic philosopher, was his most notable student, whose principles were deeply influenced by his mentor. Although the works of Gaius Musonius Rufus are mentioned in the writings of Epictetus, most have been lost through time. However, his philosophical teachings, in the form of aphoristic sayings and discourses, were preserved by his students. Today, it is a delight to present the discourses entitled, “That women too should study philosophy” and “Should daughters receive the same education as sons?” where the wise philosopher encourages everyone to study the practice of virtue. “Women as well as men, he said, have received from the Gods the gift of reason, which we use in our dealings with one another and by which we judge whether a thing is good or bad, right or wrong.”“Moreover, not men alone, but women too, have a natural inclination toward virtue and the capacity for acquiring it, and it is the nature of women no less than men to be pleased by good and just acts and to reject the opposite of these.” “But above all, a woman must be modest and self-controlled; she must not be a slave to desire, not be contentious, not lavish in expense, nor extravagant in dress. Such are the works of a virtuous woman, and to them I would add yet these: to control her temper, not to be overcome by grief, and to be superior to uncontrolled emotion of every kind.” “Now as for courage, certainly it is to be expected that the educated woman will be more courageous than the uneducated, and one who has studied philosophy than one who has not; and she will not therefore submit to anything shameful because of fear of death or unwillingness to face hardship, and she will not be intimidated by anyone because he is of noble birth, or powerful, or wealthy, no, not even if he be the tyrant of her city.”“And yet, that there is not one set of virtues for a man and another for a woman is easy to perceive. In the first place, a man must have understanding and so must a woman, or what pray would be the use of a foolish man or woman? Then it is essential for one no less than the other to live justly.”
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2022-05-09   207 Преглед
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2022-05-09

Excerpt from the Essay “Prudence” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Excerpt from the Essay “Prudence” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“We eat of the bread which grows in the field. We live by the air which blows around us and we are poisoned by the air that is too cold or too hot, too dry or too wet. Time, which shows so vacant, indivisible and divine in its coming, is slit and peddled into trifles and tatters.” “On the other hand, nature punishes any neglect of prudence. If you think the senses final, obey their law. If you believe in the soul, do not clutch at sensual sweetness before it is ripe on the slow tree of cause and effect. It is vinegar to the eyes to deal with men of loose and imperfect perception.” “The men we call greatest are least in this kingdom. There is a certain fatal dislocation in our relation to nature, distorting all our modes of living and making every law our enemy, which seems at last to have aroused all the wit and virtue in the world to ponder the question of Reform. We must call the highest prudence to counsel, and ask why health and beauty and genius should now be the exception rather than the rule of human nature? We do not know the properties of plants and animals and the laws of nature, through our sympathy with the same; but this remains the dream of poets.” “Genius should be the child of genius, and every child should be inspired; but now it is not to be predicted of any child, and nowhere is it pure. We call partial half lights, by courtesy, genius; talent which converts itself to money; talent which glitters to-day that it may dine and sleep well to-morrow; and society is officered by men of parts, as they are properly called, and not by divine men. These use their gifts to refine luxury, not to abolish it. Genius is always ascetic; and piety, and love. Appetite shows to the finer souls as a disease, and they find beauty in rites and bounds that resist it.”
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2022-05-05   305 Преглед
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2022-05-05

Excerpt from the Essay “Prudence” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Excerpt from the Essay “Prudence” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a renowned 19th-century American essayist, philosopher, lecturer, poet, and a leader of the transcendental philosophical movement. Emerson is most famous for his essays, through which he expresses ideas of freedom, spirituality, individuality, the great ability of humans to have profound realizations and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled widely giving lectures, and became well known for his publications “Essays” and “Nature.” Today, we will read a selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays, First Series, Essay 7, entitled “Prudence,” in which the philosopher talks about prudence as the good quality of rationality. “Prudence is the virtue of the senses. It is the science of appearances. It is the outmost action of the inward life. It is God taking thought for nature. It moves matter after the laws of matter. It is content to seek health of body by complying with physical conditions, and health of mind by the laws of the intellect.” “Once in a long time, a man traverses the whole scale, and sees and enjoys the symbol solidly, then also has a clear eye for its beauty, and lastly, whilst he pitches his tent on this sacred volcanic isle of nature, does not offer to build houses and barns thereon reverencing the splendor of the God which he sees bursting through each chink and cranny.” “The true prudence limits this sensualism by admitting the knowledge of an internal and real world. This recognition once made, -- the order of the world and the distribution of affairs and times being studied with the co-perception of their subordinate place, will reward any degree of attention.” “Prudence does not go behind nature and ask whence it is? It takes the laws of the world whereby man's being is conditioned, as they are, and keeps these laws that it may enjoy their proper good. It respects space and time, climate, want, sleep, the law of polarity growth and death.”
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2022-05-04   284 Преглед
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2022-05-04

Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns “Shivananda Lahari,” Slokas 48 – 84, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns “Shivananda Lahari,” Slokas 48 – 84, Part 2 of 2

Sloka 65 “Nothing impossible is there to attain, For him who sings about your holy feet, Oh consort of Bhavani, For the god of death runs away, Afraid of the kick from the Lord’s feet, The lights shining in those jeweled tiaras, Of all the devas, shows the offering of the camphor light, And the pretty bride called liberation, Folds him in tight embrace, As soon as she sees him.” Sloka 68 “Oh, store house of mercy, Oh, Lord of all beings, Please be kind enough to look after, The cow of my devotion to You, Which constantly yields the ambrosia of happiness, Which lives in the stable of Your feet, And which is the result of great and good deeds.” Sloka 70 “In public and in secret, And with independent intellect, You are suitable to be worshipped. Oh Lord, who is the pinnacle of graciousness, And oh my Lord, who can grant countless blessings, So more than the impermanent world, You, the Lord with the moon, Are always in my heart.”Sloka 72 “Having located with the magic of meditation, Having thrown light and destroyed darkness, Using the chanting of the name of the Lord, If anyone can bring to the top, Your lotus feet with serpentine ornaments, Which is worshipped by devas by the great sacrifice, Of repetition of your great story, They attain the meaning of life.” Sloka 73 “Oh good mind of mine, Do the chanting of the names, Of the lotus feet of the God of the universe, In search of which even Lord Vishnu, Who has Lakshmi and Goddess Earth as consorts, Took the form of a wild boar, And which is the fertile land, In which the panacea giving salvation from life grows. What else great can you attain in this world?” Sloka 77 “My mind to get fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord, Resembles the sweetheart separated from her lover, And always remembers, has sweet dreams, Recollects of early meetings and sings about it, And in similar fashion chants the names of Lord Shiva, In a trance and gets worried.” Sloka 83 “There is no doubt that worship of mortal gods Subject to birth and death will never give even little happiness, Worship of the birthless Lord with Amba, who has a deathless body, Leads to supreme pleasure and those who do are blessed.” Sloka 84 “Oh, Lord Shiva who rules all the world, And who is the friend of all the world, Oh Lord who is the ocean of bliss, Oh store house of mercy, To serve You besides Your consort Gowri (Parvati), I am presenting You the maid of my intellect, Who has all good qualities, With a request to You. To live in the house of my mind.”
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2022-05-03   108 Преглед
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2022-05-03

Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns “Shivananda Lahari,” Slokas 48 – 84, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya’s Hymns “Shivananda Lahari,” Slokas 48 – 84, Part 1 of 2

Born in 8th Century India, Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya showed an early interest in spiritual life. By age eight, He had read and understood all of the Vedic scriptures. After receiving permission to leave home in pursuit of spiritual attainment, He met and received instruction from Guru Govinda Bhagavatpada. Shankaracharya went on to write commentaries on the ancient doctrine, “Advaita Vedanta” as well as the “Bhagavad Gita” and the ten principal Upanishads. He became known as the founder of the Smartha tradition, which brought together several branches of the Hindu faith and highlights the oneness of the inner Self (Atman) with the Supreme God (Nirguna Brahman). At the age of 32, Jagatguru Shankaracharya was said to have completed His mission on Earth as He achieved videha mukti, or freedom from embodiment. “Shivananda Lahari,” or “Waves of the Bliss of Shiva,” is one of the devotional hymns composed by Adi Shankaracharya. We will now share with you excerpts from “Shivananda Lahari.”“I serve and worship that Lord, Who has the blue sky as the plume, Who has thousands of eyes, Like Adisesha who is the lord of snakes, Who teaches Pranava (cosmic sound) to those who bow, With blessings and wishes, Who is sung about like the peacock, Which sings ‘Ke’ – ‘Ki,’ Who dances with joy, On seeing cloud colored Goddess Parvati, Who likes to play in the garden of Vedantha, And who has a blue neck like the peacock.”“Oh Lord of all beings, Oh Consort of Goddess Gowri (Parvati), Oh all-pervading One, Just like the swan desires the cluster of lotus flowers, Just like the Chataka bird intensely longs for the blue dark cloud, Just like the Chakravaka bird longs for sun, the Lord of lotus flowers, And just like the Chakora bird longs for the moon every day, My mind longs for thine pair of lotus like feet, Which can be searched only by path of knowledge, And which bestows the bliss of emancipation.” “Oh Lord, the mother called devotion, Bathes with tears of joy and feels enthralled, Dresses her using the clean and pure mind, Feeds and fills up the belly she with the nectar of your stories, Found in words at the tip of the conch like vessel, Protects her body with Rudraksha (stonefruit) and ash as amulets, And takes care of the devotee child, Placed in the cradle of Your memory.”
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2022-05-02   219 Преглед
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2022-05-02

The Emanation of the Savior – Selections from the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library, Part 2 of 2

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The Emanation of the Savior – Selections from the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library, Part 2 of 2

“The one who appeared was an assault for the two orders. Just as the beings of thought had been given the name ‘little one,’ so they have a faint notion that they have the exalted one, He exists before them, and they have sown within them an attitude of amazement at the exalted one who will become manifest. Therefore, they welcomed His revelation and they worshipped Him. They became convinced witnesses to [Him].”“He generated manifest images of the living visages, pleasing among things which are good, existing among the things which exist, resembling them in beauty, but unequal to them in truth, since they are not from an agreement with Him, between the one who brought them forth and the one who revealed himself to Him. But in wisdom and knowledge He acts, mingling the Logos with Him(self) entirely. Therefore, those which came forth from Him are great, just as that which is truly great.”“The one who appeared was a countenance of the Father and of the harmony. He was a garment (composed) of every grace, and food which is for those whom the Logos brought forth while praying and giving glory and honor. This is the one whom He glorified and honored while looking to those to whom He prayed, so that He might perfect them through the images which He had brought forth.” “The thought of the Logos, who had returned to His stability and ruled over those who had come into being because of Him, was called ‘Aeon’ and ‘Place’ of all those whom He had brought forth in accord with the ordinance, and it is also called ‘Synagogue of Salvation,’ because he healed him (self) from the dispersal, which is the multifarious thought, and returned to the single thought. Similarly, it is called ‘Storehouse,’ because of the rest which he obtained, giving (it) to himself alone. And it is also called ‘Bride,’ because of the joy of the one who gave himself to Him in the hope of fruit from the union, and who appeared to him. It is also called ‘Kingdom,’ because of the stability which he received, while he rejoices at the domination over those who fought him. And it is called ‘the Joy of the Lord,’ because of the gladness in which he clothed himself. With Him is the Light, giving him recompense for the good things which are in him, and (with Him is) the thought of freedom.”
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2022-04-30   258 Преглед
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2022-04-30

The Emanation of the Savior – Selections from the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library, Part 1 of 2

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The Emanation of the Savior – Selections from the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library, Part 1 of 2

The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of early Christian and Gnostic manuscripts, also called codices, that were discovered in 1945, near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi. The writings in these ancient books date back nearly 2,000 years. Gnostics believe that a Divine spark exists within each person, through which a direct experience of God can be achieved. Now, we invite you to join us for excerpts of “The Emanation of the Savior” from The Tripartite Tractate in The Nag Hammadi Library. “The Logos which moved had the hope and the expectation of him who is exalted. As for those of the shadow, He separated himself from them in every way, since they fight against Him and are not at all humble before Him. He was content with the beings of the thought. And as for the one who is set up in this way and who is within the exalted boundary, remembering the one who is defective, the Logos brought him forth in an invisible way, among those who came into being according to the thought, according to the one who was with them, until the light shone upon him from above as a life giver, the one who was begotten by the thought of brotherly love of the pre-existent Pleromas (the totality of Divine powers).” “They gathered together, asking the Father with beneficent intent that there be aid from above, from the Father, for His glory, since the defective one could not become perfect in any other way, unless it was the will of the Pleroma of the Father, which He had drawn to himself, revealed, and given to the defective one.” “The one in whom the Father is and the one in whom the Totalities are [was] created before the one who lacked sight. He instructed Him about those who searched for their sight, by means of the shining of that perfect light. He first perfected Him in ineffable joy. He perfected him for himself as a perfect one and he also gave him what is appropriate to each individual. For this is the determination of the first joy. And [He] sowed in Him in an invisible way a word which is destined to be knowledge. And He gave him power to separate and cast out from Himself those who are disobedient to Him.”
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2022-04-29   322 Преглед
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2022-04-29

The Transmigration of Souls: From “On Nature” by Empedocles (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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The Transmigration of Souls: From “On Nature” by Empedocles (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“The world-wide battle of the eternal Two Well in the mass of human limbs is shown: While into one do they through Love unite, And mortal members take the body’s form, And life does flower at the prime; and whiles, Again dissevered by the Hates perverse, They wander far and wide and up and down The surf-swept beaches and dreary shores of life.” “And all through Wrath are split to shapes diverse; And each through Love draws near and yearns for each. For from these elements has budded all That was or is or evermore shall be – All trees, and men and women, beasts and birds, And fishes nourished in deep waters, aye, The long-lived Gods, in honors excellent. For these are all, and, as they course along Through one another, they take new faces all, By varied mingling and enduring change.”“In turn they conquer as the cycles roll, And wane the one to other still, and wax The one to other in turn by olden Fate; For these are all, and, as they course along Through one another, they become both men And multitudinous tribes of hairy beasts; While in fair order through Love united all, While torn asunder by the hate of Strife, Till they, when grown into the One and All Once more, once more go under and succumb.” “Yet much unmixed among the mixed remained, As much as Hate still held in scales, aloft. For not all blameless did Hate yield and stand Out afar on the circle’s utmost bounds; But partway yet within he stayed, partway Was he already from the members gone. And ever the more skulked away and fled, Then ever the more, and nearer, inward pressed The gentle minded, the Divine Desire Of blameless Lovingness. Hence grew swiftly Those mortal things, formerly long accustomed to be Immortal, and the formerly pure and sheer Were mixed, exchanging highways of new life. And from their mingling hence are poured abroad The multitudinous tribes of mortal things, Knit in all forms and wonderful to see.”
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2022-04-28   284 Преглед
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2022-04-28

The Transmigration of Souls: From “On Nature” by Empedocles (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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The Transmigration of Souls: From “On Nature” by Empedocles (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

Empedocles was born in 494 BC in the Ancient Greek City of Acragas, situated in Sicily. He is considered one of the most important early Greek philosophers, along with Pythagoras and Heracleitus. Greatly influenced by the teachings of Pythagoras and Orpheus, he believed in the transmigration of souls and the equality of all beings. With eternal souls endlessly being born into new bodies, he was of the view that eating animal-people flesh amounted to cannibalism and compared this to parents unknowingly killing their children and children unknowingly killing their parents. Today, we are pleased to present selections from his poetic works “On Nature,” which were translated into English by William Ellery Leonard in the book “The Fragments of Empedocles.” “But turn their madness, Gods! to the Word. And drain through holy lips the well-spring clear! And many-wooed, O white-armed Maiden-Muse, Thee I approach: O drive and send to me Meek Piety's well-reined chariot of song, So far as lawful is for men to hear, Whose lives are but a day.” “Nor, having sight, Trust sight no more than hearing will bear out. Trust echoing ear but after having tasted the Word; Note by all ways each thing as 'tis revealed.” “More will I tell thee too: there is no birth Of all things mortal, nor end in ruinous death; But mingling only and interchange of mixed There is, and birth is but its name with men.” “Behold her now with mind, and sit not there With eyes astonished, for ‘tis she inborn Remains established in the limbs of men. Through her they cherish thoughts of love, through her Perfect the works of concord, calling her By name Delight or Aphrodite clear. She speeds revolving in the elements, But this no mortal man has ever learned – Hear thou the undelusive course of proof: Behold those elements own equal strength And equal origin; each rules its task; And unto each its primal mode; and each Prevailing conquers with revolving time.”
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2022-04-27   331 Преглед
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2022-04-27

Sadguru – the Incarnation of Kindliness and Love: Mystic Hymns from the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Sadguru – the Incarnation of Kindliness and Love: Mystic Hymns from the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

“Burning constantly in the fire of anger, I care two hoots for anger, Even I don’t heed the words of my parents and well-wishers, Lying in the abyss of greed, I variously act; It has made me sinful and I am not at all inspired to do virtuous deeds, O Sadguru! The magnanimous, now listen to me, Being blind, I bore many hardships, so now brighten my vision; Saints unanimously declare that no one is so bountiful as You are; Grant me the right vision to dispel my darkness, And hear my endless tales of sinful deeds, Under the spell of which I don’t seek Your shelter steadfastly, Even not in dreams do I strut out from the fort of attachments, Consequently, I suffer immeasurably and for me there is no way out; O my bountiful Guru!” “Being omniscient, you know all about the happenings of different places, Knowing all my sins, you kindly root them out; O destroyer of sins! Sympathize and destroy all my sins; The burden of sins is over my head and I find it difficult to balance, Now I am dying under its weight without Your aid; I am helpless without You, Listen to me, O Sadguru! Kick the burden of vices over my head, My mind has become dirty, being full of sins and faults; Considering me deficient, O my Lord! Kindly sympathize; Dropping Your bliss, You make me all pure, Bestowing grace, make me true as love is, Love is another name for Satnam (True Name); Join me with its excellence.” “With Your compassionate heart, Drop blessings from above, Taking me immediately out of the traps of the messenger of death, You keep up your promises; Dragging me out of the dark well, Bring me to light, Giving the strength of Your comforting words, You make me sit by Your side, Adopting thus, get me delivered from the network of the messenger of death; Being extremely aggrieved, I wail before You, None except You, is there to listen to my wail; O bountiful Sadguru! You are the only one to destroy the messenger of death, Every day I repeat Your name, O Lord! Being pleased, You give me the domain of Your lotus-feet.”
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2022-04-26   291 Преглед
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2022-04-26
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