"The eightfold series of interrelated stages of spiritual awakening leads to the fullness of freedom." — The Aquarian Almanac

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April 30, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“While keeping my physical frame I lost sight of my real self. Gazing at muddy water, I lost sight of the clear abyss.”

– Chuang-Tzu

“The main cause of pain lies in our perpetually seeking the permanent in the impermanent.”

– H.P. Blavatsky

“The main cause of pain lies in our perpetually seeking the permanent in the impermanent.”

Is this a form of clinging and attachment?

Sure it is.  When we try to make something permanent that is inherently changing we are clinging.

May 1, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“A man who studies himself properly and knows whence he comes and who he is will give profound attention to the eternal.“

— Paracelsus

Right thought.

May 2, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“The right-seeing man sees himself amidst a world filled with Divine Spirit and finds nothing to desire or dislike in the existence.”

— Valmiki

“As the sun dispels the darkness, so the Bodhisattva immersed in contemplating thought dispels the darkness of craving.”

— Prajna Paramita Sutra

Right Intention

May 3, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“If desire be extinguished,

Suffering has no foothold.”

— Lotus Sutra

“The practice of Benevolence, Tenderness and Complacency brings about cheerfulness of the mind, which tends to strength and steadiness.”

— W.Q. Judge

Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood

May 4, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“To practice compassion

Is not to abandon the toils of existence.

He who is mighty in the practice of both

Passes beyond samsara and nirvana.“

— Dohakosa

“The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.“

— T.H. Huxley

May 5, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

” Forsaking all mental inventions,

Dwell in the pure state of shunyata.”

— The VIIth Dalai Lama

“He who regards life ethically sees the universal, and he who lives ethically expresses the universal in his life, he makes himself the universal man.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

May 6, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Eightfold Awakening

“The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.”

— Sigmund Freud

“To live in perfect goodness is to realize one’s life in the infinite. This is the most comprehensive view of life which we can have by our inherent power of the moral vision of the wholeness of life.”

— Rabindranath Tagore

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Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on May 6, 2016 at 2:50pm

The whole scheme here reads like a program of self-regeneration, a moral makeover, a revolution in consciousness.