"To recover the lost potential of the soul, one must rethink what is real." — The Aquarian Almanac

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November 21, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

” If the imagination, falling back from its goal, be enmeshed even a little in external things, it continues to descend through negligent loss of recollection.”

– Shankaracharya

” May I never again forget my immortal nature.”

– Shukla Yajur Veda Samhita

Seeing oneself and others as an immortal souls requires diligence. 

We have always been immortal souls but we confuse the mask of the personality and personal desires for the soul.  So maybe assuming the stance of the immortal soul is really just a remembering.

November 22, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

” Free yourself from the past, let go of the future, be free from the present and cross to the other shore.”

— Buddha

” Memory is merely a name to express that power which man unconsciously exerts, and shares with many of the inferior animals — to look with inner sight into the astral light and there behold the images of past sensations and incidents.”

— H.P. Blavatsky

What role does memory and forgetfulness play in establishing mindfulness, the theme we had a couple of weeks ago?

November 23, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

” The true art of memory is the art of attention.”

— Samuel Johnson

” You will wake, and remember, and understand.”

— Robert Browning

” I shall remember while the light lives yet,

And in the night-time I shall not forget.”

— Charles Swinburne

November 24, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

” We feel and know that we are eternal.”

— Benedict Spinoza

” Though inland far we be,

Our souls have sight of that immortal sea

Which brought us hither.”

— William Wordsworth

November 25, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

“Now sunken in the mirk of sense,

Not wholly doth the soul forget,

Still grasps the whole, lets go the part.”

— Boethius

“If the mind is alert, it cannot become forgetful. The recumbent mind cannot save itself from the disease of forgetfulness. Negligence, forgetfulness, is death itself.”

— Vinoba Bhave

Thanksgiving is a form of remembering.  To be grateful often means remembering the sacrifices of others on our behalf.   Thanksgiving I suppose should be something we do everyday and not just once a year.

Yes this is a beautiful sentiment and of those we owe the deepest debt of gratitude are the Teachers who keep the teachings alive and communicate it in myriad ways to reach down and through our clouded minds.

November 26, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

” Oh, Lord that lends life,

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”

— William Shakespeare

” The which is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.”

— Thomas Fuller

November 20, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Memory and Forgetfulness

“When a man directly sees this effulgent Self, the Lord of the past, present and future, he no longer wishes to hide himself from It.” — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

“Power to see all former births belongs only to those eternally released from the bonds of Self.”

— Lafcadio Hearn