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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

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    Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

    “The total prostration of one’s being is an essential posture
    preparatory for true meditation..”   — Aquarian Almanac

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    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 25, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect. — AVERROËS


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 26, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      If we meditate we shall lift ourselves above the dark environment
      of the brain. — GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL

      We dance round in a ring and suppose,
      But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
      — ROBERT FROST.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 27, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      I am a perfect slave to my MASTERS and if They order
      me I have but to obey. — D. K. MAVALANKAR

      Magic does not so much make wonders as carefully serve
      Nature which makes them. — PICO della MIRANDOLA


    • Pavel Axentiev
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      Pavel Axentiev

      MENTAL POSTURE
      ==============

      Buddhism:
      ———
      Right View, Right Thinking, … (from the Eightfold Path)

      Yoga:
      —–
      Asana (j/k)

      Christianity:
      ————-
      Metanoia = Gr. change of mind, opinion. The original term for repentance.


      • Gerry Kiffe
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        Gerry Kiffe

        All of these are good and helpful. Just to add a thought about metanoia. We were taught that the idea was much richer than change of mind or opinion. Metanoia meant to think something through to its essentials. To follow a line of thought through to its logical conclusion, in other words to make a break through in perspective. The mental posture necessary for this was an open-minded, receptive attitude. It is a fierce questioning and testing regime. It is an unwillingness to settle for cheap answers or explanations and a deep love of the truth. It is really a wonderful idea, metanoia.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 28, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      Hearken to the Word of the Guru whose counsel within thy
      spirit shall shine like precious gems. — GURU NANAK

      We are not forced to take wings to find Him, but have only to seek
      solitude and to look within ourselves. — TERESA of AVILA


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 29, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      The power that the disciple shall covet is that which shall make him
      appear as nothing in the eyes of men. — LIGHT ON THE PATH

      Silence thy thoughts and fix thy whole attention on
      thy Master. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


    • Pavel Axentiev
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      Pavel Axentiev

      Perhaps, the main mental posture that one should have is the focus on Truth. That is, as I understand it, one should not accept anything on belief and try to find ways to verify, confirm everything. That also includes the ability of seeing that certain things are unknown (at least, at this point) and of accepting that.

      I neither accept nor reject
      – WALT WHITMAN


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 30, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      Duty persistently folllowed is the highest Yoga. — W. Q. JUDGE

      He is a man who is the ruler over his body. — M. K. GANDHI


    • Pavel Axentiev
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      Pavel Axentiev

      Right View: Everything is Sacred. Everyone’s Will is to be respected.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      March 31, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Posture

      Where love is not there is no true worship; nothing is sacred
      to us unless we love. — CLAUDE HOUGHTON

      By the nature of God I understand a Substance infinite, independent,
      all-knowing, all-powerful, and by which I myself and every other thing that exists
      were created. — RENÉ DESCARTES


    • Pavel Axentiev
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      Pavel Axentiev

      “Everyone’s Will is to be respected.” This includes children and animals, and, to some extent, even plants and “non-sentient” objects – i.e., respecting the Harmony of nature (in the Japanese culture, this concept is known as wabi-sabi).


      • Ramprakash ML
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        Ramprakash ML

        True. The Unity of Self comes strongly in SD study and makes powerful impression on the mind.

        The three fundamental propositions on which hinges the whole of Theosophy when constantly dwelt upon gives that unitary vision.

        Precosmic Ideation, says the first fundamental, is the source of all consciousness and guiding intelligence in the vast scheme cosmic evolution; and pre-cosmic root Substance in its various degrees of differentiations provide the basis (upadhi) for the Precosmic Ideation (Purusha) to inhere and exhibit or manifest various degrees of consciousness and power; and self-consciousness through a certain complexity of differentiated substance.

        What is not conscious, where indeed is there no consciousness ? All, all is living, vibrating life, consciousness, Spirit. I am in all and all are in me.

        Purusha the Spirit and Substance or Prakriti being two aspects of One, there is nothing else but ONE, subject – object being one continuum I see and feel one with the all.

        SD study is not merely intellectual but has a powerful Heart element in it which vibrates in unison with the Voice of the Silence. The two cannot be separated.

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