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If there are obstacles, not 'the infinite

If you can count, not the stars

If you tremble or shake, and not 'a mountain

If increases or decreases, is not 'an ocean

If it passes over the bridges, not 'a river

If you can 'grasp, and not' the rainbow

Here are the parables of the six external perceptions

Milarepa



The Environmental Crisis: The Sacredness of All Life

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The environmental crisis is symbolic of our lack of connection to the natural world and of the centuries-old split between spirituality and materiality.  Too often spirituality has been interpreted as being otherwordly and disconnected from daily life, or religious doctrine has been used as rationale for exploiting the biological systems of the planet with little regard for consequences.  Many traditional religions have sought to trascend nature and so have neglected the physical world.  For example, the Hindus see the physical world as "maya" - illusion, while some Cristians see it as the devil's arena for tempting Humanity.

The Ageless Wisdom takes the view that we are both spiritual and material beings and we must honor all dimensions of ourselves.  To do this we need to maintain awareness of the third principle - the Soul - which is the bridging consciousness between Spirit and matter in balance.  As the Soul, we would not become so detached from the world as to ignore humanity's need for help, nor would we become so overidentified with material reality as to forget our true spiritual identity.

 The environmental crisis provides an opportunity to redefine the balance between Spirit and matter with a new ethic based on the sacredness of all life.  We are beginning to see that everything we do affects everything else.  We can no longer attempt to solve a problem in an isolated way!...

C. McLaughlin & G. Davidson

 

ESOTERICISM

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The basic approach for all who endeavour to grasp esotericism, or to teach esoteric students, is to lay the emphasis upon the world of energies and to recognise that behind all happenings in the world of phenomena (physical,emotional and mental) exists the world of energies; these are of the greatest diversity and complexity, but all of them move and work under the Law of Cause and Effect...

The first task of the esotericist is to comprehend the nature of the energies which are seeking to condition him, and which work out intoexpression on the physical plane through the medium of his equipment, or the vehicle of manifestation. The esoteric student has, therefore, to grasp that:

1. He is an aggregation of forces, inherited and conditioned by what he has been, plus a great antagonistic force which is not a principle, and which we call the physical body.

2.He is sensitive to and should be increasingly aware of certain energies, at present unknown and of no use to him; of these he must eventually become aware, if he is to move deeper into the world of hidden forces. They may be energies which, for him, would be evil were he to work with them, and these must be distinguished and discarded; there are others which he must learn to use, for they would provebeneficialand would increase his knowledge, and should therefore be regarded as good. Bear in mind, however, that energies per se are neither bad nor good. 

The Great White Lodge, our spiritual Hierarchy, and the Black Lodge employ the same universal energies, but with different motives and objectives; both groups are groups of trained esotericists.    A.A.Bailey - The Tibetan Master D.K.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 July 2009 09:23 )
 

The imaginary "I"

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There is an enormous difference between the way things appear and the way they are in reality.  The fact that we cannot prove that objects exist when we analyse them shows that they do not exist in and of themselves.  If things did have an intrinsic existence, then they would not be mutually dependent on each other.  Asserting that the existence of objects dependes on the consciousness of the subject that names them is tantamount to saying that they only exist insofar as they are labeled. 

You can try this out for yourself.  Observe what you call "I."  The context in which it appears is that of the body and mind. And yet if you analyze these two supports of the "I," you cannot find any "I" there.  All that is left after analysis is the simple "I" that exists by dint of our imagination and conceptualization.

H.H. The Dalai Lama

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 08:37 )
 

Meditation music - Zen garden

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Love

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A treatise could be written on the subject (love), and yet leave it unexhausted. Much light comes if we can ponder deeply on the three expressions of Love: Love in the Personality, Love in the Ego, and Love in the Monad.  Love in the Personality gradually develops through the stages of love of self, pure and simple and entirely selfish, tolove of family and friends, to love of men and women, until it arrives at the stage of love of humanity or group love consciousness, which is the predominant characteristic of the Ego ( the Soul ).

A Master of Compassion loves, suffers with, and remains with His kind and with His kin.  Love in the Ego gradually develops from love of humanity into universal love - a love that express not only love of humanity, but also love of deva evolutions in their totality ( angels for the Indians ), and for all forms of divine manifestation.  Love in the Personality is love in the three worlds (mental-emotional-physical).  Love in the Ego is love in the solar system, and all that it contains; whilst love in the Monad demostrates a measure of cosmic love, and embraces much that is outside the solar system altogether.

A.A.Bailey - Master D.K.

 


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