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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    “The pathway of Keshara, the Sky-Walker, is the rainbow bridge that lifts the
    hearts of men and women and leads their souls homeward. ”  — Aquarian Almanac

    “Symbols of divine truth were not invented for the amusement of the ignorant; they are the alpha and omega of philosophic thought.”                – H.P. Blavatsky

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 12, 2018 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    By constant meditation is kindled the flame of Knowledge, which completely
    burns up the fuel of ignorance. — SHANKARACHARYA


    • Olga
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      Olga

      Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel —Socrates


      • Gerry Kiffe
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        Gerry Kiffe

        What does that tell us about the mind?


        • Olga
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          Olga

          The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting. —Plutarch


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 13, 2018 Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    Sounds and colours are all spiritual numerals; as the seven prismatic rays
    proceed from the one spot in heaven, so the seven powers of nature, each of them a
    number, are the seven radiations of the Unity, the central, spiritual SUN.
    — H. P. BLAVATSKY


    • Olga
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      Olga

      The Zohar: 249. “Come and behold. In the flame that rises, there are two lights. One is the white light (khivra), which shines, and one is the light that connects to it: black (uchma) or blue (tichla). That white light, it is on the top, and rises by straight (mishor). And beneath it is that light blue or black, which is the throne (karsaya) for that white one.”
      “263. And this is the secret of the sacrifice (carbana), for the smoke rises (tanana salik), awakens it, that blue light lights up, and when it lights up, it unites with white light, and the candle burns in unity one.”


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 14, 2018 Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    Human nature is such that man must either soar or sink. — M. K. GANDHI


  • Olga
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    Olga

    Khechara खेचर or “sky-walker” or “goer.” “He who moves” (chara) “in heaven” (khe). One of the powers (Siddhi) of the Yogī is the possibility to “fly”, or to move in space at will, in his astral form (T.G.).


    • Ramprakash ML
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      Ramprakash ML

      I think Kechara, the sky-walker, is a metaphor, though also literally it is one of the siddhis, going over any part of the globe–not so much in Astral body as in Mayavi-rupa–‘treads the winds above the waves…”

      It seems to be the height of “spiritual perfection” in which the Yogi has become All, his mind-soul having become freed from all trammels of Maya and merged in Spirit, the self of All. He can go into any of the seven planes of Being, know the truths therein and do whatever is required to be done, and yet remain free from attachment thereto. He can go into any of the Kama Loka states–hells, so called– and yet remain wholly free from contamination, buoyed up by his own purity.

      On earth, in whatever body and in whatever circumstances, he does his whole duty absolutely free from effects of his actions, because his will has become Spiritual Will.

      In the Bhagavata Purana somewhere it is stated that his sojourn on earth is like the Sun which traverses high above in space unaffected, though its reflection seems to be going through pools of water on earth, clean and foul.


    • Jon Fergus
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      Jon Fergus

      For those interested.

      HPB says that the khecara is “explained in the 6th Adhyāya of that king of mystic works the Jñāneśvari”

      You can find the beautiful, poetic and deeply philosophical explanation starting around verse 295 of the 6th Adhyaya. Here’s a translation (links to source material below):

      Arjuna, when the Shakti loses her power, the body becomes bereft of form and becomes invisible to the world. But then the body looks like a banana tree which, shedding its outer skin stands bare in its core or like the sky which has put forth limbs. When the body assumes this form, the yogi is called the sky-rover. When he attains to his state, his body works wonders in the world. When he walks leaving a trail behind him, then the eight miraculous powers wait upon him at every step. But of what avail are these powers to us? O Arjuna, the elements of earth, water and fire get dissolved in the body. the earth is dissolved by water, water by fire, and the wind dissolves the fire in the heart. Then the wind alone remains, but in the form of the body; and that too becomes absorbed in the sky of the Brahmarandhra. She retains her shakti form until she becomes one with Brahman.

      Now she is not known as Kundalini, but takes on the name ‘aerial’ (maruta). Then leaving the jalandhara bandha and breaking open the end of the sushumna nadi she enters the cidakasha of Brahmarandhra. Placing her foot on the back of Omkara, she then crosses the second stage of speech known as pashyanti. Then she pierces the half crescent mantra of Om and enters the cidakasha, as the river enters the sea. Making herself steady in the Brahmarandhra with the conviction that ‘I am Brahman’ she opens her arms and embraces the Brahman there.

      Then with the destruction of the veil of the five great elements results the union of Shiva and Shakti. And she along with the cidakasha becomes merged in the bliss of Brahman, just as the sea water being transformed into clouds (by the process of evaporation) and the clouds pouring down into the rivers, ultimately rejoin the sea, in the same way the embodied self, by means of the human body, enters the abode of Brahman and becomes united with it.

      At this stage all doubt or discussion whether there is duality or unity comes to an end. When a person experiences this state in which the cidakasha becomes merged in akasha, he becomes one with it. This state cannot possibly be expressed in words so that it can be explained in conversation.

      Here’s an English translation: http://bvbpune.org/index.php/dnyaneshwari (Adhyaya 6: http://bvbpune.org/images/dnyaneshawri-pdf/chapter-6.pdf)

      And here’s a rough transliteration of the original (to help pick out some of the Sanskrit terms students might recognize):

      https://web.archive.org/web/20070107140433/http://www.stanford.edu/~adeo/dnya.html

      Adhyaya 6: https://web.archive.org/web/20070108061701/http://www.stanford.edu/~adeo/dny-6.txt


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 15, 2018 Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    The Magus marries earth to heaven.
    — PICO della MIRANDOLA


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 16, 2018 Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    Walk thou only in the right way, which is called the way of light, as that
    of the world is properly the way of darkness. — JAKOB BÖEHME


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 17, 2018 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    The great empire of experience contains its visible and invisible kingdoms and
    realization in one kingdom is related to realization in another.
    — CLAUDE HOUGHTON


  • ModeratorTN
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    ModeratorTN

    May 18, 2018 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Rainbow

    The soul is the Perceiver; is assuredly vision itself pure and simple;
    unmodified; and looks directly upon ideas. — PATANJALI

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