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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

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      Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

    “Countless lives are mirrored in the river and echoed
    down its never-ending currents..”  — Aquarian Almanac

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    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 26, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

      Man must needs understand the language of forms. — PLATO

      Every sound ends in music. The edge of every surface is tinged
      with prismatic rays. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 27, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The River

      Man can only know himself taken up, accepted in God, insofar as God is to him
      not a strange being, his relation to whom is merely outward, but insofar as he
      knows that in God his own being as spirit, as freedom, as subjectivity, is affirmed.
      — G. W. F. Hegel

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by ModeratorTN.

    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 28, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The River

      Love is a spirit all compact of fire,
      Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.
      — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world’s torrent. — GOETHE


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 29, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

      When they are freed from the dominion of self, they clap a hand;
      When they transcend their own imperfection, they make a dance.
      — JALALUDDIN RUMI

      Spiritual bonds link age with age, link all of humanity in the
      struggle for Ultimate Good. — MAURICE MAETERLINCK


    • Grace Cunningham
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      Grace Cunningham

      I see a link between our last three themes. Training the Mind requires us to become aware of our thoughts and feelings in the attempt to direct the mind in positive and constructive directions. The more the mind entertains universal themes and altruistic concerns the vestures become more purified or perhaps rarified by attracting and refining elementals (invisible life forces). This is the self-magnetizing part as was mentioned in previous discussions. The more one persists in this practice the more even and steady one becomes in ones mental and emotional life. We gain more control over our lives, we develop the power to concentrate and the mental objects of our choosing. This steadiness or persistence could be thought of as a continuity, a river if you will. As we direct our though ‘heavensward’ we electrify the vestures which sustain a current of energy. Like a river.


      • Gerry Kiffe
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        Gerry Kiffe

        Love the connections. You did a nice job of stringing these three themes together. I think if we try hard enough we can find important connections between any two ideas in the philosophy.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 30, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The River

      Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose —
      a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. — MARY SHELLEY

      Begin to establish the link of love everywhere, and then
      watch the miracles happen. — VINOBA BHAVE


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      August 31, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

      Time is like a river. As soon as a thing is seen it is carried away and another
      takes its place, and then that other is carried away also.
      — MARCUS AURELIUS

      So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded
      for him on the other side. — JOHN BUNYAN


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      September 1, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The River

      The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called time, rolling, rushing on,
      swift, silent…on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like
      apparitions which are, and then are not. — THOMAS CARLYLE

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