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To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 4 of 12, May 22, 1993

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To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 4 of 12, May 22, 1993

But I do not agree that there is nothing good in the society, or there is much more negative than positive. But most probably we are more attracted to something that is very “upheaval” or very tragic, very drastic, so the newspapers would like to report these things to us. This is all right, but then in the long term, it will affect our attitude and our spirit and our outlook on life. Because the brain-computer continues to pick up information, regardless if good or bad, and there's much more bad information than good, therefore, our spirit is very tired, very degraded, very discouraged, very frustrated, very weak. That's why sometimes, if somebody, some person, is truly good, truly pure, comes to us and wants to help us, we sometimes have doubt and suspicion.
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2022-05-26   404 Views
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2022-05-26

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 3 of 12, May 22, 1993

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To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 3 of 12, May 22, 1993

In the whole universe, everything must be in balance if it is to survive, if it is to prosper in the highest sense, in the highest level. So, in order to live our life in this world and understand Heaven at the same time, we should try to balance our life so that the spiritual part of our Self will be blossoming, and also the worldly part of us will be more developed.Good afternoon. I am very happy to meet you today, the supposed-to-be one of the most intelligent races of people in Asia or in the world. Is the translation OK? Yes. If the translation is OK, you’re supposed to smile, but I didn’t see anybody smile.So long. You translate from English better or from Chinese? (Would it be easier in Chinese… She is asking the translator: Would it be better in English? Would it be better for you to translate from English to Japanese? Of course, English please.) Your English is better? (Yes.) OK, then it’s fine. (Thank You.) Some people told me that they have a test the Japanese IQ is very high. Is that true? No? If what I speak today you understand immediately, then that means your IQ is very high, because what I speak is not concerning mundane business or economic affair or political business, but it's concerning the matter of the world beyond our intellect. If we want to be successful in this world, it doesn't matter in which aspect, we need IQ, and also, we need training, and also, we need ambition. Now, if we want to understand something about the world beyond this world, we need all these things plus something more. And that something more we already have within ourselves: that is our wisdom. If we do not try to remember our wisdom, try to develop it, try to recognize it, then our life is a little bit empty, feeling kind of not fulfilled, not completely balanced. Is this so long? I spoke only three sentences. It looks like 30 sentences. I thought that Japanese people spoke very little. Because most of the time you work, you don’t have time to speak. So, let’s go back to our theme. Now, if we look around in this world, we see everything is created in a kind of balanced manner. Therefore, there is day, and there is night; there are women, there are men, etc. Also, when we work very hard every day, we need, sometimes, to go out in the nature and relax and do something different than what we do every day. I was making a joke. You’re not offended, huh? I was trying to bring some laughter into the Japanese audience, but I don’t think I succeeded. Do the Japanese people laugh a lot? Yeah, they do, huh? Yeah? They do? Because what I read in the newspaper is that you’re working, working, working and don’t do anything else. Is that true?But I met some Japanese next to my house, where I live. They are very nice, and very, very happy, always smiling, so I don’t think this is very true. Maybe because that family, they’re balanced. When we want to find happiness in our life, we should live a balanced life. Many of us live a life of too much materialism and we have forgotten the real spirit, the real Self, inside us. That's why we have tried very hard but our world has not been very progressive. Maybe we have progressed in some aspect and then we regressed in some aspect. That is because we have forgotten the more important part in our life: that is our spirit, our wisdom.In the whole universe, everything must be in balance if it is to survive, if it is to prosper in the highest sense, in the highest level. In our world we are much more preoccupied with the material aspect. That's why we cannot understand Heaven. In Heaven, people are too much preoccupied with the spiritual aspect, therefore they cannot understand man. So, in order to live our life in this world and understand Heaven at the same time, we should try to balance our life so that the spiritual part of our Self will be blossoming, and also the worldly part of us will be more developed.Therefore, while living in this world we still can understand and contact with Heaven, because in Heaven there are higher teachings for us that we can make use of in order to help mankind to develop in a more civilized manner, in all aspects. You see, our brain is just like a computer, a first class-computer, and according to what information we give to the brain, it will come out. So now, what we pick up in this world are not always the best information and not always the highest quality of information. Therefore we have to go to a higher dimension in order to pick up better information, better quality of information, to give it to our brain, and then in turn the brain will give it out to the society or to our daily life activity.
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2022-05-25   751 Views
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2022-05-25

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 2 of 12, May 22, 1993

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To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 2 of 12, May 22, 1993

(Master possesses the omnipresent almighty power. However, Master is unwilling to reveal Her power. Instead of dwelling on our outer appearance, She always talks about discovering our inner wisdom, compassion and universal love, developing our transcendental power within, and pursuing liberation from the cycle of transmigration.) “(As humans, we tend to believe in someone or something that has been accepted by the public, often without thinking. Conversely, we tend to doubt someone or something that has not been widely recognized. It is like when Lord Jesus was alive, the masses did not believe in Him. Some even slandered and persecuted Him. Yet, two thousand years later, His believers continue to grow. If Jesus Christ were to come again today, how would we recognize Him? I believe that we must first get in touch with the Christ power within. We would then be able to recognize a great Master like Jesus Christ. Secondly, in Japan and China, there are many who follow the practice of reciting the mantra ‘Namo Horen Kekyo,’ or ‘Namo Lotus Sutra.’ But how many of these practitioners have experienced the kind of experiences recorded in the sutra? For example, the sutra states: “The sounds of inner Buddhist chanting and inner ocean waves are superior to the inner Heavenly Sounds of this world.” Those kinds of inner Heavenly Sounds are not of this world, but are beyond this world. At the same time, those inner sounds are also within each of us. They are our wisdom. They are our power of compassion. It is because of that kind of great power that we can liberate ourselves from the cycle of birth and death. Based on my own experience, I can attest that you can hear these kinds of inner Heavenly Sounds 24 hours a day, if you practice with Master. We follow Master to practice spiritually and prove the scriptures with spiritual practice. We follow Master to practice spiritually to prove the scriptures, instead of being a bystander, reading or chanting the scriptures. Thirdly, Master possesses the omnipresent almighty power. This has been unanimously recognized by hundreds of thousands of Master’s disciples all over the world, through their personal experiences. However, Master is unwilling to reveal Her power. Instead of dwelling on our outer appearance, She always talks about discovering our inner wisdom, compassion and universal love, developing our transcendental power within, and pursuing liberation from the cycle of transmigration.I think, only by merging the power of compassion, universal love and the transcendental power mentioned before, One can be called a perfect Being – a Buddha. Next, I am going to tell a short story. A long time ago, on a desolate farm in the mountains, there was a farmer. One day, he found a stone in the field. It was as big as his fist and looked like glass. He’d heard that diamonds are hidden in stones, a diamond ore. He thought there could not be diamonds buried beneath the soil. It would be useless and heavy to bring it home. People might laugh at him if he took it home. So, he just dumped it by the roadside. Next day, a neighbor picked up the stone and took it to the city to be assessed by a jeweler. The jeweler said, ‘It’s just a glass. Throw it away.’ But he refused to give up and consulted another jeweler. The jeweler said, ‘This is a priceless diamond.’ He consulted a third jeweler and got the same answer. He was overjoyed and became a very wealthy man overnight. You can imagine the farmer’s frustration upon hearing the news.After following Master to practice spiritually, I feel that I have found the real value of my life. I am extremely fortunate. Since we have already found it, we wish to introduce our Supreme Master Ching Hai to sentient beings who have an affinity. This is why we invite you to come to attend Master’s lecture today. I hope you won’t follow the example of the farmer by having preconceived ideas. He didn’t understand, nor did he seek advice. So, he just easily gave away a rare gem.I hope you won’t hold on to your preconceived ideas and refuse to seek advice even if you don’t understand, and then throw away a rare gem so easily. You have nothing to lose by exploring and observing more. People who suffer misfortunes and losses are those who stubbornly hold on to their preconceived ideas.Missing the chance to follow a living Buddha to practice spiritually, will make you more regretful than that farmer, for many lifetimes.A wise statement by a scientist goes, ‘What obstructs us from knowing the world is known knowledge, rather than unknown knowledge.’ OK. That’s all I have to say. Thank you.)” (Thank you. Those who would like to present flowers to Master, please go on stage. Next, the disciples will offer flowers to Master. As time is very precious, we would now like to have Master begin Her lecture. Now, please listen to Master’s lecture with a respectful heart.) It’s my turn already? So soon, it’s my turn already? Are you translating English or Chinese? Which one is easier to translate? English or Chinese? (Perhaps English.) English is easier? OK. (Chinese is easier.) (Chinese.) How many Chinese are here? Raise your hands to show me. Oh! A lot. OK. But we have translation for Japanese. Do you all understand Japanese? Yes? That’s wonderful. Japanese understand English better than Chinese? Yes. Yes? (Yes, please.) Yes, they can. You see. Because of so many Chinese here, they have required that I speak Chinese. But I thought the Japanese understand English better, so maybe I speak English. And the Chinese have to listen to English and Japanese. If I am in China, I will speak Chinese.I feel already very sorry that I cannot speak Japanese to the Japanese people, because like this we can have more direct understanding. I have tried, I’ve tried to learn Japanese, I have tried. In America, I bought cassettes and tapes and video and books in Japanese. They’re expensive, and they have promised me I can speak Japanese in three and half weeks. Three and half months already, I couldn't speak anything! So maybe three and half years later, I can. So, you Chinese, please understand.
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2022-05-24   740 Views
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2022-05-24

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 1 of 12, May 22, 1993

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To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 1 of 12, May 22, 1993

(Let me relate one of my own experiences to demonstrate how our Master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, has the incredible power of omnipresence.) “(Hallo, everyone. How are you? I’m so glad that you can join us today for this very special event. While many people think that we’ll surely become malnourished if we eat only plant-based food, scientific research shows otherwise. Pork has a protein content of 16%, whereas soy is 26% protein – far more nutrient-dense than pork. Therefore, more and more vegans are finding out that it is not a big leap to shift from a meat diet to a vegan diet. It’s only a matter of habit. In the sample booklets you received today, there are more details about the benefits of a vegan diet, such as how it improves our health. Since our time is limited today, perhaps I shouldn’t dwell on this too much. So, I’ll limit our discussion on the benefits of a plant-based diet to just a brief summary. Thank you. Thank you, everybody.)” “(Let me now share with you three reasons why practicing with Supreme Master Ching Hai is absolutely the right path. The first has to do with Her power. Let me relate one of my own experiences to demonstrate how our Master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, has the incredible power of omnipresence. It’s like this. One day last May, a day before Master’s birthday, I witnessed something very peculiar. It happened in the hut where Master once stayed, here in Japan. You see, in Master’s room, there were two pairs of decorative items hanging like this. They were made of (vegan) satin. Two pairs - one on each side of the room. Suddenly, I saw that the pair on the right were like two chrysanthemum blossoms blooming upside down. It was just like this chrysanthemum flower here. Very, very beautiful. Two blossoms, blooming like that. Since they were made of (vegan) satin, which is a very soft material, it was impossible for them to open up like that. At the time, Master was in Taiwan (Formosa). Yet, this incident happened far away in the mountain where She once stayed.This is not something that can be explained by science. It’s a supranatural phenomenon. It is even more incredible than the UFO phenomenon that everyone is talking about these days. And yet, it was something that I witnessed with my own eyes.It was just like this. It was an absolute impossibility. Just like this. They were very beautiful, fully blommed, very beautiful. Later, about an hour later, they resumed their original form. That was one of the incidents I experienced first-hand.There was another incident involving the sound of Buddhist chanting coming down from the sky. It was in the mountain where Master once stayed, even though Master was not there at the time. It was a kind of Buddhist chanting descending from above.Nowadays, people tend to think that we are very advanced in science. We can now go to the moon. We can visit the moon like the lady Chang’er. I’m referring to the ancient Chinese fairytale of Chang’er, who flew to the moon. Now, we can go even further than Chang’er. We can ride in submarines and descend ten thousand meters under the sea, just like the Monkey King Wukong in the Chinese mythology ‘Journey to the West.’ He was able to travel the depths of the ocean. But can any scientist today explain such an unbelievable phenomenon? There was another incident. It happened on Master’s birthday once. That day, some fellow initiates in Singapore were celebrating Master’s birthday. There was a picture of Master on the wall. A photograph of Master was hanging on the wall. A fellow initiate was taking pictures, and he took a picture of Master’s photograph. When he developed the film, he found that in the picture he took, Master was wearing a shimmering golden hat.At the time, Master was in Taiwan (Formosa), not Singapore. So, this was an incredible incident. We were awe-struck by Master’s power as exhibited by these miracles. Yet, Master did not know about them at all. For example, if I didn’t mention them today, Master Herself would not know. This means Master has already attained the state of Tathāgata, or ‘one who is beyond all coming and going’ which is a state of ‘no-self’, and ‘doing without doing’. Master has the same power as Quan Yin Bodhisattva, who had an infinite number of “transformation bodies” and great power to liberate the sentient beings of this world from their sufferings.As you may well know, during a life-threatening crisis, the human consciousness becomes intensely focused and powerful. Thus, when hundreds of people pray at the same time for Master’s help during an emergency, unless that person has great power, he or she would either collapse or fall seriously ill. So, you can imagine what tremendous power Master must have to respond to tens of thousands of people praying to Her at the same time in a crisis.When Quan Yin Bodhisattva was alive, She taught the people of Her time to call upon Her for help whenever they were in distress, by reciting the title ‘Namo Quan Yin Bodhisattva.’ She did so out of Her boundless compassion, but She passed away thousands of years ago. It’s like when we’re sick, we have to go to the hospital and get treated by a competent doctor. We cannot seek the help of a doctor who has passed away, no matter how famous he was.)”
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2022-05-23   1072 Views
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2022-05-23

Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Book “Sad Dar”: Chapters 25-62, Part 2 of 2

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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Book “Sad Dar”: Chapters 25-62, Part 2 of 2

“The thirty-fourth subject is this, that it is greatly necessary to refrain from slaughter of animals and the cattle species. Because it says in revelation that, for everyone who slaughters many animals and cattle, every fiber of the hair of a goat becomes, in that other world, like a sharp sword, and adheres in the soul of that person.” “The sixtieth subject is this, that we are keeping the good and pure religion of the Mazda-worshippers with us, so that escape from hell may be possible for our souls. And we are completely united in hope, and through investigation we fully understand that, when we are steadfast in the good religion, we arrive in Heaven. And we know that arrival in Heaven occurs through virtuous actions, and through them we are saved; so that we think of good, speak of good, and do good. And no doing of good is better than that which offers itself when a difficult duty comes before one of the good religions as his soul wishes to depart.”“The sixty-first subject is this, that it is requisite to abstain strictly from speaking falsehood; so that, every time that mankind indulges in the speaking of falsehood with fondness, it is not proper to do so; and falsehood is the chief of all sins.” “In revelation it says that there is no hereafter for the speakers of falsehood, and in the midst of mankind they are contemptible. If such a man be powerful, and there be no avoiding him in the vicinity of mankind, they do not have any respect for him, and he is clearly an evil liar. Although he possesses much wealth, it will all depart from his hands, and finally, begging of mankind occurs to him, and his progeny also becomes scanty.”“It is requisite to occasion the resurrection owing to truth; and, as to every place where truth is not taken up, the glory in that place has found a way out, and as to every household where much of this resides, it is on account of truth, and Ahriman (the evil spirit) does not find a way into that place. It is said in revelation that one truthful man is better than a whole world speaking falsehood; and Gavah of Isfahan – when he kept his stand upon the truth, and was speaking words with truth until the time when Dahak (Zahhak), who possessed the whole realm, and the whole of the demons and mankind have been afraid of him, through the truth of the words spoken – was bold with them in every speech, and became victorious over them by reason of the true words that he was speaking.”
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2022-05-21   115 Views
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-21

Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Book “Sad Dar”: Chapters 25-62, Part 1 of 2

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Selections from Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Book “Sad Dar”: Chapters 25-62, Part 1 of 2

Zoroaster, also known as Zarathustra, was a holy prophet who lived in ancient Iran. Within the Zoroastrian teachings, humans have free will, which can be used to choose the way of good or evil. To achieve true inner fulfillment, one must choose to formulate good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. Zoroaster was a pure vegetarian and in respect for all life, He forbade animal sacrifice. He also prophesied an ultimate Savior of the world who would come at a future time to restore a Heavenly existence on Earth. “Sad Dar,” which means “Hundred Doors,” is a Persian book that offers 100 chapters of guidelines within Zoroastrian teachings. “Because, in our religion, they call this a breach of promise, and in revelation it decrees, as to anyone who commits a breach of promise, that the way to Heaven becomes closed for him, and that person himself goes discomforted out of this world, so that a warning becomes quite manifest unto him.”“The twenty-seventh subject is this, that is, if any affair comes forward, that they should thoroughly understand whether it be a good work, or a sin. In that manner it becomes better that they make an evasion on the spot, until a time when they make it known with accuracy that that affair is a sin or a reward. If they perform any affair without knowing this, although it be a good work, it becomes a sin for them. For it is declared in revelation, that, except that which they inquire of the high-priests, no affair whatever is proper to perform.”“The twenty-ninth subject is this, that, when they provide any munificence or liberality, it is necessary that they provide it for the worthy; and one is to consider thus: ‘Is this person, to whom I am giving this thing, worthy or not?’ Therefore it is necessary to make an effort, so that they may not give to the unworthy. For in revelation, as regards that person who provides any munificence for the unworthy, they call it a vain work and a gift without advantage; and day by day it is the punishment and torment of that person.”“The thirty-first subject is this, that, every time they eat bread, it is necessary to withhold three morsels from their own bodies, and to give them to a dog. And it is not desirable to beat a dog. For, of the poor no one whatever is poorer than a dog, and it is necessary to give a tethered animal bread, because the good work is great.”
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2022-05-20   110 Views
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2022-05-20

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   257 Views
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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   230 Views
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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   246 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   311 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   281 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   370 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   246 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   366 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   203 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   227 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   317 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   294 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   114 Views
Words of Wisdom
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   227 Views
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-02
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