ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Death and Immortality in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 day, 15 hours ago
July 20, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Death and Immortality
Man is like a ram’s horn;
The only sound he makes is
That which is blown through him.
Were there no one blowing into the horn,
There would be no sound at all.
— MAGGID DEVARAW LE-YA’AQOV
July 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
Help me to win, if win I may, but — and this especially, O Great Spirit — if it be not ordained that I may win, make me at least a good loser.
— Oglala Dakota Chant
Will creates intelligently; Desire blindly and unconsciously.
— Aquarian Axiom
38- Then from the heart that Power shall rise into the sixth, the middle region, the place between thine eyes, when it becomes the breath of the ONE-SOUL, the voice which filleth all, thy Master’s voice.
A very mystical sloka – referring apparently to the the sixth chakra, the Ajna or to the third eye or eye of Shiva, called the eye of Dangma i…[Read more]
July 18 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
The universe is even as a great temple, the stars are its lights, the earth is its altar, all corporeal beings are its fiery sacrificers, and man, the priest of the Eternal, offers the sacrifices. — CLAUDE de SAINT-MARTIN
Secrecy is the power of meditation and the key
to i…[Read more]
On breaking the silver thread:
“From the First-Born ( primitive, or the first man) the Thread between the Silent Watcher and his Shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change (re-incarnation) (a)”. …. the “Watcher” and his “Shadows”-the latter numbering as many as there are re-incarnations for the monad-are one. The Watcher, or the d…[Read more]
July 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire — the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.
— THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE
True knowledge consists in a right sense of dis…[Read more]
Is the ‘death of the soul’ something that concerns/affects the only the individual? Might it be something that could take place in a group, an organisation, a religion, a nation, or even a Race? Are there wider implications for this doctrine that we don’t normally consider?
July 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
When, O Lord of the Word, the Wise established
Name-giving, the first principle of language,
Their inmost excellence, pristine and pure,
Hidden deep within, was brought to light through love.
— RIG VEDA
July 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Will
Thou canst at a moment’s notice retire into thyself.
For nowhere can a man find a retreat more full of peace
or more free from care than his own soul.
Hold fast to that which has neither substance
nor existence. — LIGHT ON THE PATH
‘’but the Raj Yogi, without using either of these methods, has a way of rousing the Kundalini, The means the Raj Yogi employs belong to the mysteries of initiation’’ (T. Subba Row – Notes on Hatha Yoga – Theosophist 1886 v8 December p.138).
Perhaps what Subba Row was referring to can be glimpsed in the following by Bhavani Shankar:
The Doct…[Read more]
See your prayer as arousing the letters
Through which heaven and earth
And all living things were created.
The letters are the life of all.
— DARKHEY ZEDEQ
The Spiritual Will cannot act so long as there is any selfishness
in the action or the desire for its results. — ROBERT CROSBIE
Foster all the good that was gleaned in the harvest,
In the days that are past when the growing time was o’er;
High resolve let us make in the new awakened glory.
— Druid Hymn to the Sun
I came, I saw, I conquered. — JULIUS CAESAR
In stanza 37, There is mention of the ‘’death of the soul’’ doctrine (see stanza 14, breaking the silver thread)
This passage also has some echoes from a Tantric Kundalini practice description from the Jnaneshvari (Verses 192 -318). The Jnaneshvari is a commentary on the Gita, this passage is from Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation.
See also TH…[Read more]
ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 week, 2 days ago
July 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
Know that Self alone, the One without a Second,
On which are strung Heaven and Earth,
Inner space, Mind, Vital Energy, all the organs.
Leave off other words, for this is the Bridge to Immortality.
— MUNDAKA UPANISHAD
ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 week, 3 days ago
July 11 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
The path is very narrow.
All the while my mind sways hither and thither.
Each stage I climb, the sentinels keep watch.
The way is infested with robbers.
37- Let not thy “Heaven-born,” merged in the sea of Mâyâ, break from the Universal Parent (SOUL), but let the fiery power retire into the inmost chamber, the chamber of the Heart (23) and the abode of the World’s Mother (24).
(23). The inner chamber of the Heart, called in Sanskrit Brahmapura. The “fiery power” is Kundalinî.
(24). The “Power” an…[Read more]
ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 week, 4 days ago
July 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
Mankind will not be reasoned out of the feelings
of humanity. — SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE
All we have willed or hoped or dreamed of good shall exist;
Not its semblance, but itself; no beauty, nor good, nor power
Whose voice has gone forth, but each survives for the melodist
When e…[Read more]
ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 week, 5 days ago
July 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
The soul is the Perceiver; is assuredly vision itself pure and simple;
unmodified; and looks directly upon ideas. — PATANJALI
At every dawn I have a new employment. — JALALUDDIN RUMI
32- That which is uncreate abides in thee, Disciple, as it abides in that Hall. If thou would’st reach it and blend the two, thou must divest thyself of thy dark garments of illusion. Stifle the voice of flesh, allow no image of the senses to get between its light and thine that thus the twain may blend in one. And having learnt thine own Ajñâna (…[Read more]
ModeratorTN replied to the topic Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant in the forum Art of Living Study Group 1 week, 6 days ago
July 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spectator and Participant
The vesture comes, the vesture goes, it works and meets experience; the vesture withers and dies, but I remain, set firm like a mighty mountain.
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
— WIL…[Read more]
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