spiritual

August 30th, 2015|

“Whatever degree of illumination you attain cannot be taken away from you. You’ll know it’s true illumination if it changes your character for the better. 

Plotinus described this well when he explained how rare moments of illumination become unforgettable and completely transform the conduct of the person.

Illumination is the light of the soul shining outward through the body and transmuting every particle of the material nature with the power of beauty, virtue, and wisdom.” 

– Manly P. Hall: Sacred Magic of the Qabbalah

August 30th, 2015|

“Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.”

– Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist

August 30th, 2015|

“The light that shines above the heavens and above this world , the light that shines in the highest world, beyond which there are no others – that is the light that shines in the hearts of men.”

The Upanishads

August 29th, 2015|

“The Gnostics held that the essential nature of the human is divine. They look upon men and women as gods and goddesses who have forgotten who they are. It’s from this predicament that the Gnostic aspires to be freed by Gnosis.” 

– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

August 28th, 2015|

11 Simple Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita:

When a confused Arjuna turned to his charioteer, Lord Krishna, for advice at the Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna stated some rational philosophical concepts that are relevant even today. Bhagavad Gita is an epic scripture that has the answers to all our problems. It was considered a spiritual dictionary by Mahatma Gandhi and was a book of inspiration for many leaders of the Independence movement. Take a look at some of these life lessons you can use from the Gita to bring your life back on the right track.

1. Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.

So get over it. Whatever you’re sulking about, forget it. The job interview that didn’t go well, or the relationship that didn’t work was bound to happen and it happened. Everything happens for a reason. There is a reason you’re going through a bad phase and there is a reason you might be basking in glory – it’s a cycle and you need to quietly accept it. You need not worry about the future, nor should you pay attention to the past. You only have control over the present, so live it to the fullest.

2. You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.

‘Karm karo, phal ki chinta mat karo’ is the wisest message the Bhagwad Gita gives us. Today, we are working only for money, a better house, a car, and for a secure future. We are so goal-driven, that we do everything only on thinking about the results. For instance, we all work extra hours during our appraisal time, thinking that our bosses will rate us highly on our performance evaluation. This is something we need to avoid. Only because, if expectations are not met, pain is inevitable. Therefore, keep working and don’t expect anything in return.

3. Change is the law of the universe. You can be a millionaire, or a pauper in an instant.

How true! Nothing is permanent in our lives. The earth keeps revolving, it does not stay stable; the day ends and the night follows; after humid summers follow relieving monsoons. This reinforces the fact that impermanence is the law of the universe. Therefore being proud of your wealth is a sign of immaturity, because it can vanish into thin air in a minute. Accepting change makes you coherent enough to face any tough situations in your life.

4. The soul is neither born, and nor does it die

We can achieve nothing if fear is instilled within us. Fear kills ambition, dreams and even the slight chances of progress. A fearless soul has nothing to worry about, because it knows it cannot be caged, and nor can it be stopped. Thus, the fear of death is absurd, as our souls don’t die. Fear and worry are two enemies, that are deterrents to our well-being. We must strive to eradicate them from our minds completely.

5. You came empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.

We get so attached to material things that we often forget that we won’t be taking them with us to the grave. We came stark naked into this world, and we will go without taking anything to our graves. Not even our phones! Attachment to material things is something we need to pay attention to, because we don’t possess things – things start possessing us.

6. Lust, anger and greed are the three gates to self-destructive hell.

Kama, krodh and lobh have done us no good. Unreasonable craving for sex will turn you into a pervert, anger will drive people away from you and greed will never let you be satisfied.

7. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

You are what you think you are. Your thoughts make and define you. If you think you’re a happy person, you become happy. If you let sad thoughts take over your mind, you tend to become a sad person. If you feel that you will nail a presentation in a meeting, then chances are that you will. However, if you’re not prepared and feel nervous then you might make a blunder.

8. When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

We consider meditation boring. Who can sit still with their eyes closed and without vile thoughts? But we truly need to take out a few minutes from our busy schedules and sit in dhyana to attain inner peace. Whether it’s a quiet corner of our cosy home, or just a secluded spit in office, closing your eyes and sitting in peace will give you immense peace of mind.

9. There is neither this world, nor the world beyond.  nor happiness for the one who doubts.

Doubts create misunderstandings. They confuse you and fog your mind with unclear thoughts. They also bring indecisiveness and make you a coward. For instance, if you’re in a relationship and if you have doubts about your partner’s loyalty and love then you will never be able to take your relationship further. Love has no doubts. If it does, then it’s not love.

10. We’re kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

‘Dream big’ is the message here. If you’re dreaming about buying a house, you can’t keep it on hold by dreaming about a motorcycle. Although small goals are important, forgetting your ultimate goal will only stunt your growth. Don’t settle for less, strive hard to achieve the bigger goals.

11. A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind; or draw himself down, in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy.

You’re your own best friend. If you have a problem, only you will have a solution to it, and not your friend. To find answers to your questions, you will have to look within. Seeking suggestions from ten different people who you call ‘friends’ is not going to help because they have ten solutions to one problem, whereas your solution is the ultimate answer.

Believe in yourself.

The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics)

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August 28th, 2015|

“If you see two in one,
I only see one in two.” 

Rumi: The Book of Love

August 28th, 2015|

“Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere.”

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi: Be as You Are

August 25th, 2015|

“Sorcery has been called Magic: but Magic is Wisdom, and there is no wisdom in Sorcery.”

The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus

August 25th, 2015|

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

Teachings of the Buddha

August 25th, 2015|

“The first friend of man, the immortal Prometheus who disobeyed the edict of Zeus by bringing fire (knowledge) and immortality to man, so for man he suffered until the coming of Hercules released him from his ages of torment. 

The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power. 

Thus the power to THINK is the true savior of humanity and the true gauge of the individual’s evolutionary status.” 

– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

August 24th, 2015|

“Self-observation is very difficult. 

The more you try, the more clearly you will see this.”

– G.I. Gurdjieff: In Search of Being: The Fourth Way to Consciousness

August 24th, 2015|

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” 

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

August 23rd, 2015|

“As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” 

 Carl G. Jung: The Undiscovered Self, Jung on Alchemy

August 22nd, 2015|

“Who does not understand should either learn, or be silent.”

― John Dee: The Hieroglyphic Monad

Sigil: Sigillum Dei Aemeth

August 22nd, 2015|

“Labyrinths were symbolic of the involvement and illusions of the lower world through which wanders the soul of man in its search for truth. 

In the labyrinth dwells the lower animal man with the head of a bull (the Minotaur or Serapis), who seeks to destroy the soul entangled in the maze of worldly ignorance. 

In this relation, Serapis (the Minotaur) becomes the Tryer or Adversary who tests the souls of those seeking union with the Immortals.”

– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

August 22nd, 2015|

“All Religions and all Sciences connect themselves with one single science, always hidden from the common herd, and transmitted from age to age, from initiate to initiate, beneath the veil of fables and symbols. It preserves for a world yet to come the secrets of a world that has passed away. The Gymnosophists contemplated it on the banks of the Ganges; Zoroaster and Hermes preserved it in the East; Moses transmitted it to the Hebrews; Orpheus revealed its mysteries to Greece; Pythagoras and Plato almost guessed it. It was called the Priestly or Royal Science, because it raised the initiated to the ranks of Kings and Pontiffs; it is portrayed in the Bible by the mysterious personage Melchisedec, the peaceful king and eternal priest, who has neither father nor mother nor genealogy. He stands by himself like Truth.”

~ Eliphas Levi: The Paradoxes Of The Highest Science: In Which The Most Advanced Truths Of Occultism Are For The First Time Revealed

August 22nd, 2015|

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”

— Thích Nhất Hạnh: How to Love

August 22nd, 2015|

“Confine yourself to the present.”

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

August 22nd, 2015|

“The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.”

– Albert Einstein: The World As I See It 

August 22nd, 2015|

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. 

…We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. 

…In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. 

It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

~ Edward L. Bernays: Propaganda