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Faithful even in adversity!

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“The flower that follows the sun
does so even in cloudy days.”

~ Robert Leighton

 

 

 

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and Osho spoke…existence is full of song!

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“I have never been a serious person…
I am not serious at all because existence is not serious.
It is so playful, so full of song
and so full of music and so full of subtle laughter. …
It is pure joy, sheer dance, out of overflowing energy.”

Osho

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Random thoughts #3….while at the stream!

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Down at the stream-side it is serene almost ethereal! But for occasional chirping and fluttering in the overhead foliage, the quietude is palpable!
During flood tides like now, the small stream glides so smoothly that it appears stagnant! You can ‘see’ its rhythmic movement as floating twigs dance downstream to the silent music of unseen hands and feel the gentle breeze bringing good tidings from Neptune, the sea Maid, also waltz in synchrony with the same music—nature’s music!
Go with the flow; everything seems to be doing so; more like the order here, and so, unconsciously I turn to the down-stream direction…. just then, the soul expanded and time stood still!
When kind came back to kind, the intellect picked up the threads of thought where it left off: “Go with the flow; flow with the tide!”…… but; the fishes, diving in every direction, balancing like aqua choppers and frolicking as if to taunt the tide! In every direction, apparently at their choice and pace; not minding the flow, not going with the flow!
So it is true:
“Only dead fishes go with the flow!”

But, what happens when the tide ebbs; when the stream empties swiftly into the bowels of the sea and becomes a meandering rivulet barely ankle deep? The fishes; no diving, no delicate balancing, no frolicking fins! All gone with the ebb tide only to come back with the tide changes!
So it is also true after all:
“Both dead and living fishes go with the flow!”
Truth O, Truth! How you confound the Seeker!

Womanhood Quotes #3

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“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”
― Tasha Tudor

 

 

 

 

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Mind what you sow!

 WE SOW (and reap) EVERYDAY!

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Sowing good seed may be difficult in a World,
With so much anger and hate!
With so much wickedness and vengeance!
With so much falsehood and darkness!

But look within your being, your soul!
You will find Happiness and Love!
You will find Benevolence and Forgivingness!
You will find Truth and Light!

Which seed to sow is your choice to make!
But remember the Law strict and unavoidable!
“Whatsoever a man Soweth,
That shall he Reap”

INNER PEACE AWARD came to town!

INNER PEACE AWARD came to town!

Early this week, the WordPress blogosphere, particularly the spirituality/philosophy axis, was awash with Inner Peace Award.
Summer’s blog started the avalanche, and within hours, many blogs were either offered or, already hoisting the Peace banner. It felt good! How I wish peace and good will could be spread among mankind with such love and generosity!
The award’s magic lies primarily in its wording: INNER PEACE! Who doesn’t wish himself or herself inner peace? “Go in peace”, “Peace be upon you”, “Peace, I leave with you”, are some of the unforgettable heralds given to mankind by Masters and Light Messengers over the ages!
A second catch is that the award is easy to accept: offer it freely to all your followers, nominate a few if you so wish and leave an inspiring word on peace. You don’t have to dust up your bio data and string out a long list of nominees who in any case, either already have the award or, are too busy to even acknowledge your nomination.
Purplerays benefited from the largese through nominations and open followership offers. See why I said it felt good?
In the spirit of the award, I offer it to all my followers and readers of this post. Where would Purplerays be without you?………….in the wilderness! I owe you all much more than I can ever repay! In addition, I want to specially thank these friends who nominated Purplerays:
1. Summer of http://summer4soul.com The searching one, who challenges you to “dare to be,” to say yes, or no, only out of inner conviction rather than bowing to herd mentality; but, to pursue your dreams with friendliness and love! She believes that “We all are born with a pure heart. That ‘pure inside’ of you, will always be a part of you no matter what…….”

2. Tatiana of http://poeticparadoxoflife.wordpress.com Easygoing but deep! She talks wisdom, love, success and happiness; one moment it is the usual everyday gist, the next moment, it is a sober spiritual reflection. That’s the paradox of life that Tatiana draws your attention to! Good, inspiring mind laced with a simple life principle….”love yourself and love ALL people”.

3. Soumyav of http://soumyav.wordpress.com The Lady of Words! She writes short, simple poems; but in their simplicity lie greatness and transcendent beauty. She breathes life into words and they become living pictures. You become part of the pictures and absorbed into a journey in non-physical space and time! Thank goodness, she always brings you back before signing off! .

Thank you, great friends, for wishing me inner peace! May you also reap bountiful peace and love!

….and now my word on Peace, which is a favorite quote from the Sage himself:
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” – Gautama Buddha

The Fall of Man, Hereditary Sin and the Intellect!

The Fall of Man, Hereditary Sin and the Intellect!

We have repeatedly emphasized that the intellect is not by nature a negative faculty! It is neither bad nor, is its cultivation or training sinful. On the contrary, the intellect is the highest of all that belongs to the earthly. Its fine ethereal dimension enables it receive spiritual urges for earthly application and manifestation while its gross material (earthly) dimension allows it to gather earthly experiences and transmit them to the spirit and the Universe for real experiencing and growth. The intellect is therefore the Facilitator of life on earth; no other faculty is endowed with such capacity.

However, the intellect could be likened to fire! If tended and stoked with care, fire is a good servant, helper and companion; but if not applied properly or allowed out control it becomes a hazard and raging disaster.

The natural and proper hand to tend and stoke the intellect is the spirit; but, if unwittingly left on its own and the wind, as human beings have done over the ages, the result is bound to be chaotic.

Today, we are going to trace the origin and development of the chaos while in the next post, we shall look at modern day examples of the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the intellect:

Like most fire disasters, the causes are usually small and seemingly harmless; a spark or smouldering hearth followed by a flicker and flames. So is it with the intellect!

When the human spirits first arrived on earth, they were saddled with bodies that were in their primal stage of development and with a consciousness not much different from today’s infants. One could say, with some measure of justification, that human beings on earth were glorified noble animals.

Gradually, they learnt how to walk erect, talk, shield themselves from the elements, collect and store food and so on! As the body evolved, the ego consciousness improved.

With time, they became conscious of the enormous potentials and capacity of the intellect; they realized that they were equipped with an intellect with which to think their way through life on earth and followed up by devoting more and more time to cultivating and sharpening the faculty. Generations later, the intellect became their standard bearer and alter ego!

The immediate fallout from this was that they stifled their intuitive capacity and gradually estranged themselves from the spirit and spiritual life.

On the other hand, the intellect grew in leaps and bounds and being a product of the earthly brain, it limited human perception to earthly time and space. Their attention and passions were primarily earthly and earth bound. They craved to taste of ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ and as they tasted, they ‘realized’ they were naked; in short, they became vain and self-indulgent.

Another fall out was that their lopsided activity exerted undue pressure on the frontal brain which is the seat of the intellect and the body responded by nourishing the frontal brain more than the back brain. This later resulted in the disproportionate enlargement of the frontal brain compared to the back brain. Hence the designations large and small brains respectively.

This distortion was caused by humanity’s over-cultivation and subordination to the intellect. The spirit was relegated to the background and the intellect, once an amiable cub metamorphosed into a roaring wolf.

The intellect that was a gift, a blessing, became a curse, a sin. It became the Anti-spirit, the Serpent, the Original Sin which brought about the Fall of Man! The ‘Fall’ was the reciprocal effect of voluntarily disregarding the natural Order in Creation which is the same as disobeying the Will of God!

Fast forward to about 200,000 years from the present age and you have ‘new kids on the block’: Homo sapiens, the forebears of the modern man/woman. They come with refined gaits, straight limbs, rudimentary social and community life and large brains, ie large, overwhelming frontal brains and small, inert back brains. They received the enhanced frontal brains and crippled back brains from their immediate progenitors and also bequeathed same to their offspring who in turn handed down the distortion to their successors, on and on from one generation to the other.

This is the Hereditary Sin often misunderstood by many! The sin of the offspring inheriting physically distorted and handicapped brains from parents together with the propensity for only earthly passions and cravings! A purely PHYSICAL, gross material inheritance!

There is no such thing as Spiritual Heredity! Absolutely none! No spiritual DNA to pass on to your children! Spiritually we are self-contained and only bonded by karmic missions and ties or, the commonality of our Origin. Moreover, spiritually, the child could indeed be an older and more mature soul than the parents who actually receive help through the radiations of the child’s soul.

If human beings were left to their designs, they would have been spiritually lost and beyond redemption! But through the Unfathomable Love of the Almighty, we are constantly reminded and offered life belts to pull back, reflect on the real Purpose of Life and redirect our steps towards salvation, freedom and ‘oneness’ with the Light. These reminders come by way of events that have pushed us to our wits’ end, intuitive promptings and spiritual knowledge mediated to us by sages, prophets, called ones, messengers and Envoys of the Light.

In this we regard, we give thanks to the Almighty for the selfless, benevolent work of Truth bringers like Krishna, Lao-tse, Zoroaster, Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus, the Son of God and Abd-ru-shin.

…and where do we go from here?

We should strive for freedom from the clutches of base propensities which are the symptoms of the over-dominating and enslaving intellect. In other words, we should strive for spiritual freedom; for inner freedom!

HE WHO IS NOT FREE WITHIN IS A SLAVE; EVEN IF HE IS A KING ON EARTH!

 

 

 

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