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Happy Diwali (festival of lights)

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Today, I join our friends all over the world who are celebrating the Hindu Festival, Diwali; also known as Deepavali and the Festival of Lights! I may not fully understand the history, traditions and rituals behind the Festival, all the same, I cannot but share in the loving thoughts and joyful sentiments surrounding a Festival dedicated to light and signifying “the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.[“
Happy Diwali, my dear friends! May the Festival remind us all of the ETERNAL LIGHT and Its WILL!
This year, October 23 comes down with so much “feel good” for me: this Festival, the New Moon Eclipse and my Birth Day; all in one day! So much to be grateful for!
Abundant love, peace and joy are what I wish everyone who has crossed my earthly path so far; irrespective of whether we have met physically or, not. I pray that I do not fail (again) the Hand of Fate that has guided our paths to the “crossings”!

Vintage Malala!

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“I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.”

“I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.”

“I don’t want to be thought of as the “girl who was shot by the Taliban” but the “girl who fought for education.” This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”
Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7064545.Malala_Yousafzai

Contemplation for the month of September…..Behold the Rays of Purity!

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In a little while the Path of Purity will reach the earth plane
A Path descending from the Temple of Pearls
Under the protection of Irmingard, The Pure Lily
Love bequeaths Purity to earthly womanhood…..
White, Cool September Rays suffused with Blessing(s)…..
May the Pure Rays find you prepared my sister spirits…..
May the Rays galvanize you for the battle of spiritual liberation…..
Hence He establishes His Kingdom and you lead us into the Golden Gates…..”

***Inspired by the experiencing of the Work, “The Grail Message” (In The Light of Truth) by ABD-RU-SHIN

Speaking for the voiceless #2….Lady Daphne and those who care!

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Daphne Sheldrick has dedicated her life to raising orphaned elephants. Once they are old enough, they are taken to protected areas and integrated with other orphan groups. When Daphne visits, the elephants gather around her for a hug.

Her book: http://herbi.es/1tnhfXZ

Her foundation: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Contemplation for the month of July…..the great purification!

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“Soon the ring will close. Things are piling up ever more, rising like a rampart which will soon collapse and crash down upon mankind, who go on living unsuspectingly in spiritual apathy. Finally, at the time of fulfillment, they will naturally no longer have the free choice!
They must now just reap what they sowed at that time, and also later on their wrong ways.

– The Grail Message “In The Light of Truth” by Abd-ru-shin

Happy New Month of July!

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I can’t believe it’s already you, July.
Half the year has now passed me by.
A moment ago it was New Year’s Day
With fresh resolutions to pave my way.
– Gregory Huyette

Welcome to the month of freedom and liberty! July has one of the longest lists of Independence Day anniversaries; more than twenty days of the month are Independence celebration days for various countries including good old Uncle Sam (USA)! It’s as if a special July energy triggers the ‘freedom hormones’ in humans urging them to break both individual and collective fetters! July resonates with the number 7! It is the 7th month of the year, one of the 7 months with thirty-one days! In two of our previous posts we enthused about 7 as the number of wisdom, Divinity, royalty, etc. and of course, Purple! The number is so intimately interwoven with the human spirituality and fate that there is hardly any religion, culture, mythology, or, esoteric endeavor which does not have a special place for 7! Indeed, 7 is universally acclaimed as magical by numerologists! For instance, an excerpt from a Facebook post by Jude Teme Adonne an enlightened mind who though not a numerologist/occultist is very conversant with the spiritual symbolism of numbers, shows the phenomenal recurrence of 7 in virtually every aspect of life and existence in Creation: “…Vibration of 7= The Will is being anchored and brought into being by the numbers 3 and 4 which combination gives birth to 7. Remember that 4= Nature and 3= Light which now resonates as the Lightening effect of the Eternal Laws of Nature borne with the Wings or Pinions of The WILL of GOD”…… Therefore, wherever 7 manifests the Will of God is present. The symbol of 7 is the 7-pointed star with 7 Tops, 7 Worlds, 7 candlesticks, 7 floors, 7 Gems in the Crown of Primordial, 7 niches, 7 days, 7 Chakras, 7 colors of the Rainbow, The 7 sounds and Notes , 7 Days, 7 Nights, 7 Wonders,, 7 Notes – A B C D E F G, 7 Seas , 7 Continents, 7 Sins, 7th Sign, 7 SEALED SCROLLS, 7 Angels , 7 Trumpets, 7 Metals of Alchemy, 7 Dwarfs , 7th inning stretch, 7th heaven, 7 Brides for Brothers , July – Independence Month, Andrew Jackson – 7th President,”

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The ‘magic’ of July is amplified by its birth flower, Larkspur particularly, the iconic ‘Larkspur 7 dwarfs’! Native to the North Temperature Zone, Larkspur is a genus of ranunculaceous delphinium plants with bright flowers combining shades of white, pink and purple colors! The plant is said to vibrate female energy and possess mystical powers! It is believed to be capable of helping to ward off ghosts and poisonous creatures! It has been known to be used in healing wounds and spells related to protecting and caring for soldiers, the nobles and others in authority! …and July babies! Like the various hues of rubies their birthstone, sometimes lively, adorable and happy-go-lucky, at other times, moody, almost pessimistic but, largely trustworthy! Happy Birthday on your various birth days! Happy New Month to everyone! May we all find the strength for spiritual freedom and ascent!

Spiritually Transmitted Diseases!

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A few days ago I ‘stumbled’ on an article titled “10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases” posted by Mariana Caplan Ph.D. MFT, on ASHTAR Command Community forum!
Mariana Caplan is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, the author of several books and contributor/resource person in numerous workshops, lectures and journals in the fields of psychology and spirituality! Her training and experience have no doubt nurtured an abundantly fertile mind and her opinion is truly worthy of respect!
The said article is true to type, and in my humble view, vintage Caplan! She starts by describing the field of human spirituality as a jungle like the rat race in our day to day lives! Just like the struggle to sustain our livelihoods is plagued by greed and avarice, so is our spirituality and spiritual endeavors ravaged by what she calls “the pervasive illnesses of ego and self-deception that are in all of us”! She concludes that these spiritual sicknesses are as deadly as sexually transmitted diseases to the physical body! In her words:
“As I have come to know hundreds of spiritual teachers and thousands of spiritual practitioners through my work and travels, I have been struck by the way in which our spiritual views, perspectives and experiences become similarly “infected” by “conceptual contaminants” — comprising a confused and immature relationship to complex spiritual principles can seem as invisible and insidious as a sexually transmitted disease.”

Any attempt to summarize the article will hardly do justice to the wealth of information it contains, I rather encourage the readers of this piece to get a full dose at: http://www.ashtarcommandcrew.net/forum/topics/10-spiritually-transmitted-diseases
The 10 categories of spiritual diseases identified by Dr. Caplan are as follows:
1. Fast-Food Spirituality
2. Faux Spirituality
3. Confused Motivations
4. Identifying with Spiritual Experiences
5. The Spiritualized Ego
6. Mass Production of Spiritual Teachers
7. Spiritual Pride
8. Group Mind
9. The Chosen-People Complex
10.The Deadly Virus: “I Have Arrived”
If you are like me, you are probably wondering why the 10th is “deadly virus”! That indeed, is the best way to designate a pernicious propensity that not only grips virtually all religions, spiritual endeavors and philosophical/esoteric movements but also gradually leads believers and practitioners to stagnation! In spirituality parlance stagnation is retrogression and certain path to spiritual death! That is how deadly the disease is! Caplan’s words are very succinct:
“This disease is so potent that it has the capacity to be terminal and deadly to our spiritual evolution. This is the belief that “I have arrived” at the final goal of the spiritual path. Our spiritual progress ends at the point where this belief becomes crystallized in our psyche, for the moment we begin to believe that we have reached the end of the path, further growth ceases.”
….and there is much more to the article! See for yourself, it sure will be worth your while!

When all seems lost!

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*When all seems lost,
when the world appears to fall apart,
then search within yourself for that quiet inner voice that only leads upward.
Follow the direction of that gentle, yet firm and unrelenting inner voice, to the summit of The Holy Mountain where you will find your God.*
~~ Sari Putta

Between “born again” and reincarnation!

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To be born again is to be spiritually awakened and signifies a change in inner consciousness ie it is an inner spiritual experience, not something to be acquired through following doctrines of man made belief systems. Being “born again” refers to the spirit being re-born to the light.
Reincarnation on the other end refers to re-embodiment or rebirth of the soul in another earthly body.