The third altar is EARTH, where the fuel is time, from which arises food. The fourth altar is MAN, where the fuel is food, from which arises semen (seed). The fifth and last altar is WOMAN, to who the seed is offered as oblation, and from whence arises the foetus.
“Why have you followed the spiritual path for your whole life ?” There are many answers to this question, but a big one is, “It brings me freedom”. Freedom to change negative patterns that have kept me in their clutches, freedom to respond with calmness and kindness even when others are angry or challenging, freedom to enjoy whatever life brings.
Swami Kriyananda says, ” When you see a fault within yourself, don’t despair, but rejoice. It has been there all along, but now that you have seen it, you can start working to change it.” What are some spiritual tools that help us to break free of our Karmic patterns ? Karma is simply energy generated by past thoughts or actions that we have steered in a certain direction.
With conscious awareness and determination, replace a negative pattern with a positive one. Use affirmations repeatedly with deep concentration to change chronic patterns of thinking. Be patient. The deeper the Karma, the longer the time required to change it. Don’t constantly dig up the spiritual seeds you are sowing to see if they have taken root. Let them grow in their own time to become mighty plants.
Bring the problem to God in meditation and prayer. Our sincere efforts and desire to be free draw the grace that brings release. We have to do our little part, and then God steps in and unties the knots of Karma that have kept us bound.
—————– Nayaswami Devi.
Where is the soul in the body ? What is its size and shape ? Where do we look to find it when we talk about the soul and speak of its characteristics ? But is there any way to describe our soul ?
We, as soul, are a light brighter than 16 outer suns, yet it is not a scorching, burning light. It is a light that is soothing and loving. We vibrate with a celestial harmony that cannot be heard with our physical ears.
What can be said to “existence” ? He knows all that you can say in the first place. you can bow down, celebrate. But still your bowing down, celebration, festivity, thankfulness, gratitude —— they are still ways of speaking. You are trying to say something without words, because words are very small and the heart really wants to say something.
Science gives definitions, Religion cannot. You ask, “What is water ?” and it says “H2O” Prayer is subjective. It is not an object that can be analysed. You cannot show your prayer to anybody. When prayer exists, it is not that prayer exists in you ———- on the contrary, YOU EXIST IN PRAYER. You vibrate in that enormous dimension; that plenitude.
Man has lost many capacities, and one of the most important has been the capacity to pray ——- because it is only through prayer that we make a bridge between our tine self and the Infinite and the Absolute.
There is a very meaningful Sufi story : A man was very worried because every night someone would enter his garden and destroy all his plants. He did everything that could be done to protect it. He posted guards along the boundary, bur never was anybody seen entering the garden at night. Yet, every morning, the garden would be trashed. He then went to a Sufi Master, in the hope that the Master would be able to see things he and the guards could not. The Master closed his eyes and said, “Do one thing, fix the alarm on your clock for two o’clock in the night.” “How is this going to help ? My guards are continuously watching and patrolling around the house.” The Master said, “There is no need to argue. Just do what I say. Fix the alarm for two o’clock. Then come the next day and tell me what happened.”
If we look deep within ourselves, we will see that in some way or the other, we are all sleepwalkers. We sow the seeds of our misdeeds in the deep sleep of unconsciousness, and then wonder why our lives are so miserable. When we love another person, we often end up taking things for granted in the name of love.
(2) Health is the greatest gift. Contentment is the greatest wealth. A trusted friend is the best relative, NIBBANA is the greatest bliss. —— Gautama Buddha.
(4) Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails. And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. ——- Oliver Goldsmith.
(6) Who seeks more than he needs, hinders himself from enjoying what he has. Seek what you need and give up what you need not. For in giving up what you don’t need, you’ll learn what you really do need. —– Mivhar Hapeninim.
(8) Those who want much are always much in need. Happy the man whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants. ——-Horace.