"The body can be seen as a sacred instrument in rethinking one's entire relationship with the world." — The Aquarian Almanac

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February 27, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Dama-Bodily Mastery

” By means of the regulation of the breath, the obscuration of the mind resulting from the influence of the body is removed.”

– Patanjali

” The silences there are: the first of speech,

The second of desire, the third of thought.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

February 28, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama -Bodily Mastery

“Watchful of speech, well restrained in mind, let a man do no wrong with the body. Let him purify three avenues of action and then find the Path shown by the Sages.“

— Buddha

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

— Michel de Montaigne

What does it mean to belong to oneself? What does Montaigne mean?

February 29, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama-Bodily Mastery

“A craftsman, if he means to do good work, must first sharpen his tools.”

— Confucius

“In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: “I am rising to a man’s work.”

— Marcus Aurelius

If it is true that we are not our bodies and that they are vehicles for the spirit then we should see that as gifts from the gods.

March 1, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama- Bodily Mastery

“Control is the mastery over the eyes and the other outward powers.”

— Shankaracharya

“The whole human body is a vast sounding board, in which each cell bears a long record of impressions connected with its parent organ, and each cell has a memory and a consciousness of its kind.”

— H.P. Blavatsky

March 2, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama-Bodily Mastery

“Man has the power of self-control, and no external influences can control him if he exercises this power.”

—Paracelsus

“If the entire great Self dwells in man, the body in all its parts must symbolize the greater world about.”

—W. Q. Judge

March 3, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama-Bodily Mastery

“Shun ignorance and likewise shun illusion. Avert thy face from world deceptions; mistrust thy senses; they are false .”

— The Voice of the Silence

” If in any one thing control is difficult, begin with the purpose of control in mind, and stop at the first intimation that control is being lost.”

— Robert Crosbie

March 4, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: Dama- Bodily Mastery

“Abstinence is bringing of the senses under control through the knowledge that “all is Brahman”. The abstinence should constantly be practiced.”

— Tejo Bindu Upanishad

“I vowed that I would dedicate my powers

To thee and thine — have I not kept the vow?”

— Percy Bysshe Shelley