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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

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    Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    “The life of one who bends his desires in one direction only produces an arrow capable of hitting the mark.”  — Aquarian Almanac

    Archery is a practice that symbolizes concentration. There is the archer, the arrow, the bow, and the target to be hit. To reach the mark it is necessary to concentrate the mind, the eye, and the body upon many points at once, while at the same time the string must be let go without disturbing the aim. The draw of the string with the arrow must be even and steady on the line of sight, and when grasp, draw, aim, and line are perfected, the arrow must be loosed smoothly at he moment of full draw, so that by the bow’s recoil it may be carried straight to the mark. So those who truly seek wisdom are archers trying to hit the mark. This is spiritual archery, and it is to this sort that the verse from the Mundaka Upanishad refers.     WQJ    Hit the Mark      The Path  September 1890

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

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    January 28, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    Seek for wisdom with obeisance, by questioning,
    and through service. — SHRI KRISHNA

    The universe is even as a great temple. — CLAUDE de ST.-MARTIN
    CHINESE NEW YEAR

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    January 29, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation
    in principle is always a vice. — THOMAS PAINE

    Concentration is the entire life-tendency to a given end. — H. P. BLAVATSKY

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    January 30, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and
    try another. But above all, try something. — FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

    The pleasure lies in making the effort, not in its fulfilment. Yet ideals must
    work in practice, otherwise they are not potent. — M. K. GANDHI

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    One of my favorite analogies concerning the arrow refers to meditation. In archery one has to draw the arrow backwards, so that it can fly forward. So it is in meditation, we draw our minds backwards, so that they can reach their goal later with more certainty.

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      What a wonderful comment. Yes your analogy works for me too. Meditation is a pulling within, like a withdrawal from manifestation, a putting to bed of the personality so that one might summon the energy to go back into the world with clarity and purpose and perform one’s duty.

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    January 31, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    Vigilant among the heedless, awake among the
    sleepy, the wise one forges ahead. — BUDDHA

    Let your eyes look directly forward, and your
    gaze be straight before you. — PROVERBS

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    February 1, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    Fixing the mind on a place, object or subject is attention. — PATANJALI

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is
    to be master — that’s all.” — LEWIS CARROLL

    SARASWATI PUJA (VACH)
    VASANT PANCHAMI (Hindu, Sikh start of Spring)
    Abolition of Slavery Bill signed (U.S.A.) 1865

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    February 2, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    Never set thy hand to the work till thou hast first prayed the Gods
    to accomplish what thou art going to begin. — PYTHAGORAS

    All is in the will. — Jakob Böehme

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    February 3, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Arrow

    If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. Every arrow that flies
    feels the attraction of the earth. — HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

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