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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

    “The elephant is a symbol for wisdom — the vehicle, in some sense,
    of innate knowledge of the inner balance of things.. ” — Aquarian Almanac

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    • ModeratorTN
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      May 27, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      My earth and My heaven contain Me not, but the heart
      of My faithful servant containeth Me. — QUR’AN

      Devotion is the sovereign yoga and is easy to practise. It is easy to practise
      if it takes hold of our heart, but hard going if it does not. — M. K. GANDHI


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      May 29, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      Surely human affairs would be far happier if the power in men to be
      silent were the same as that to speak. — BENEDICT SPINOZA


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      May 30, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      My heart has become capable of every form. — IBN AL-‘ARABI

      The point in the heart grows luminous.
      — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      May 31, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      We walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down
      till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
      Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races,
      ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.
      — WALT WHITMAN


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      June 1, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      His mind was a thanksgiving to the power that made him, it
      was blessedness and love. — WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

      What we need is that interior tenderness shall be elevated into seership, that
      what in most is only yearning or blind love shall see clearly its way and hope.
      — GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL


    • Gerry Kiffe
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      Gerry Kiffe

      When we say an elephant never forgets is this referring to right mindfulness? What if we never forgot that we are immortal souls? Never forgot that in our deepest nature we are at one with all the lives. What if we never forgot that? What would it be like to live an entire life without losing track of this idea?


      • Laura
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        Laura

        In this passage from the Bhagavad Gita Krishna speaks:
        “A man is said to be confirmed in spiritual knowledge when he forsaketh every desire which entereth into his heart, and of himself is happy and content in the Self through the Self. (55) His mind is undisturbed in adversity; he is happy and contented in prosperity, and he is a stranger to anxiety, fear, and anger. Such a man is called a Muni.4 (56) When in every condition he receives each event, whether favorable or unfavorable,with an equal mind which neither likes nor dislikes, his wisdom is established, and, having met good or evil, neither rejoiceth at the one nor is cast down by the other. (57) He is confirmed in spiritual knowledge, when, like the tortoise, he can draw in all his senses and restrain them from their wonted purposes. (58) The hungry man loseth sight of every other object but the gratification of his appetite, and when he is become acquainted with the Supreme, he loseth all taste for objects of whatever kind. (59) The tumultuous senses and organs hurry away by force the heart even of the wise man who striveth after perfection. (60) Let a man, restraining all these, remain in devotion at rest in me, his true self; for he who hath his senses and organs in control possesses spiritual knowledge. “(61)

        Upon awakening we would think of duty and service not of what we want or do not want. At the end of day we would be undisturbed having accepted all Karma.

        A few such people would change the world.


        • Gerry Kiffe
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          Gerry Kiffe

          Laura, you have picked out one of my favorite sections of the Gita to share. I am grateful for that. I suppose it is a favorite for many students since it is the description of the Self-Governed Sage. One can only imagine the state of mind of a being that is invulnerable to cares of the world. I believe it is important to try and exercise our imagination in that direction. It seems to build steps to move in that direction.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      June 2, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Elephant

      By hearkening to the Name impassable streams are forded. — GURU NANAK

      Reverence for Nature contains the mystery
      of the divine. — COUNT CAGLIOSTRO

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