One formless God – Oceans Of Bliss

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Baba said many times, I am you and you are Me.. You are the waves, and I am the ocean. Know this and be free. Be divine… Here is an offering of quotations from many faiths and religions , enjoy.

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“What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.” – Sri Aurobindo

“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.” ~ Sri.  Yogananda

“God is whole and constant. In himself he is motionless, yet he is
self-moving… He is hidden yet obvious everywhere. His being is known
through thought alone, yet we see his form before our eyes. He is
bodiless yet embodied in everything. There is nothing which he is
not… He is the unity of all things… He is the Whole which contains
everything. He is One, not two. He is all, not many. The All is not
many separate things, but the Oneness that subsumes the parts. The All
and the One are identical. You think that things are many when you
view them as separate, but when you see they all hang on the One and
flow from the One you will realise they are united – linked together
and connected by a chain of Being from the highest to the lowest, all
subject to the will of God”  ~ the Hermetica

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“The journey to God begins with the awakening to the concept that the
phenomenal world is a veil which conceals the Divine. We begin the
Quest by removing the veil, only to become aware that the veil and the
Divine are one and the same thing. The veil is the theophany itself:
the manifestation of the Divine through Its Names and Qualities. When
we see the veil, we are seeing nothing but the Divine.”  ~ Laleh Bakhtiar (Sufi Mystic)

“The Ancient of Ancients, the Unknown of the Unknown, has a form, yet
also has not any form. It has a form through which is the universe is
maintained. It also has not any form, as It cannot be comprehended.” ~  the Zohar, (key Kabbalistic text)


“Exalted in songs has been Brahman. In him are God and the world and
the soul, and he is the imperishable supporter of all. When the seers
of Brahman see him in all creation, they find peace in Brahman and are
free from all sorrow.” – the Upanishads

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“Hear, O Israel:

The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all thine heart,

And with all thy soul,

And with all thy might.”  ~ the Shema (Jewish Sacred Prayer)

“Except God no substance can be granted or conceived. .. Everything, I
say, is in God, and all things which are made, are made by the laws of
the infinite nature of God, and necessarily follows from the necessity
of his essence.”  ~ Spinoza

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“We are in all things,

And all things are within us,

We are all relatives.”  ~- Lakota Sioux Saying

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“Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a
living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible
living entity containing all other living entities, which by their
nature are all related.” ~  Plato

“There is a Spirit which is mind and life, light and truth and vast
spaces. He contains all works and desires and all perfumes and all
tastes. He enfolds the whole universe, and in silence is loving to
all. This is the Spirit that is in my heart, smaller than a grain of
rice, or a grain of barley, or a grain of mustard-seed, or a grin of
canary-seed, or the kernel of a grain of canary-seed. This is the
Spirit that is in my heart, greater than the earth, greater than the
sky, greater than the heaven itself, greater than all these worlds.
This is the Spirit that is in my heart, this is Brahman.”  ~ Kena Upanishad

“He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is,
immortal in the field of immortality – he sees the truth. And when a
man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he
hurts not himself by hurting others: then he goes indeed to the
highest Path.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

To God There Is No Zero – Ocean Of Bliss

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I was continuing to shrink, to become…what? The infinitesimal?…So close – the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet – like the closing of a gigantic circle. I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. The universe, worlds beyond number, God’s silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment, I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of man’s own limited dimension. I had presumed upon nature. The existence begins and ends in man’s conception, not nature’s. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears melted away. And in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes,  smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero., I still exist!

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~ Scott Carey, The Incredible Shrinking Man.

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In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

~ William Blake

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source: Arcs – Parabola – Fall 2012 with thanks.

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Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. You can see the moon which orbits the earth on a perfect path, a path which can be calculated by scientists for centuries ahead.

What about your own path? Here, you are the scientist for your own life and you alone can plot the path that will take you into the future. You are plotting that path, day by day, with every thought and every act. All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.

~ Sai Ram

Namaste♥ ॐ♥Pranam♥ ॐ♥Namaskar”

 


Light As Consciousness – Children Of Light

“I am all that you think, all that you say, everything hangs on me, like pearls on a thread. I am the earth set, and the fires heat. I am appearance, and disappearance. I am the tricksters hoax. I am the radiance of all that shines, i am time grown old. All beings fall into the night, and all beings are brought back in to daylight. I have already defeated all these warriors. He who thinks he can kill, and he who thinks he can be killed, are both mistaken. No weapon can pierce the life that informs you. No fire can burn it, no water can drown it, no wind can dry it. Have no fear, and rise up, because I love you…..”

— Sri Krishna speaking to Arjuna –

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 Chapter 5 part 3. Bhagvad Gita

25. Holy men reach the Nirvana of Brahman: their sins are no more, their doubts are gone, their soul is in harmony, their joy is in the good off all.

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The Light as Consciousness

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The light, which is equated with the Supreme and is suppose to be the
consciousness of life, is described in the Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7.

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth. Beyond us
all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our hearts.

Due to our outward-turning senses, tendencies, and attachments to the fruits of action, we are unable to turn our eyes inward, at least, until compelled by external circumstances. But we must be able to do so somehow, if the lower self is to become one with the Ultimate Being.

Using an illustration from the Mundaka Upanishad Swami Vivekananda says:

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“Two birds of golden plumage sat on the same tree. The one above, serene, majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one below restless and eating the fruits of the tree, now sweet, then bitter. Once he ate an exceptional bitter fruit, then he paused and looked up at the majestic bird above: but he soon forgot about the other bird and went on eating the fruits of the tree as before.

Again he ate a bitter fruit, and this time he hopped up a few boughs nearer to the bird at the top. This happened many times, each time the “hop up” brought him nearer to the bird at the top. This happened until the lower bird came to the place of the upper bird at the top, and lost himself.”

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He found all at once that there never had been two birds, but that he was all the time that upper bird, serene, majestic and immersed in his own glory…

But this union with the Divine is not as easy as it appears in words. The journey is filled with obstacles, darkness and ignorance, misleading visions and egotism. Therefore, in the Katha Upanishad, Yama, the God of Death, tells the young boy Nachiketa, who seeks to know what lies beyond death, that the spiritual path is for the “lionhearted” and not the sheep.

Whether it be the blindingly luminous vision of Christ that Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) saw on his way to Demascus or Arjuna’s vision of Lord Krishna in the Cosmic Form on the battle field of Kurukshetra, the experience of the transcendental Reality has often been associated with brilliance, splendor and light.

Fascinating and awesome as such visions might be the experience of light ought not be to the final goal. If that were so, the Bhagavad Gita would have ended with the Eleventh Teaching. But it does not.

According to Krishna Himself, the Supreme state in that which the sun does not illumine, nor the moon, nor the fire, for it is the Light of Pure Consciousness. These words are analogous to those found in the Svetasvatara 6.14 and Katha Upanishad. 5.15.

excerpted from Parobola Mag. ‘Light’ – May 2001

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Dear Readers,

Hindu Mystics either see Maya as something to be transcended or as the Veil through which God manifests him/herself. As we gaze at a beautiful landscape or stunning landscape, God is ‘boded forth’, as Johannes Scotus put it. Another way of looking at Maya, not as a prison barring us from God but a prism through which we experience God.

God Is the Light – Inspirational Quotations

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God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The parable of His Light
is as if there were a Niche,
and within it a Lamp;
the Lamp enclosed in Glass:
The Glass as it were a brilliant star:
Lit from a blessed Tree,
an olive neither of the East nor of the West,
Whose oil is well-nigh luminous,
though fire scarce touched it.
Light upon Light!
God guides whom He will to His Light:
God sets forth parables for men, and God knows all things.

quote / poem no. 4295: Koran, Islam. Source: Qur’an 24.35

Photo taken this evening as the sun was setting..

Life Is A Pilgrimage – Sathya Sai Baba Quotations

Namaste♥ ॐ♥Pranam♥ ॐ♥Namaskar”

Life is a pilgrimage, where man drags his feet along the rough and thorny road. With the name of God on his lips, he will have no thirst; with the form of God in his heart, he will feel no exhaustion. The company of the holy will inspire him to travel in hope and faith. The assurance that God is within call, that he is ever near, nor is he long in coming, will lend strength to his limbs and courage to his eye.

Remember that with every step, you are nearing God; and God too, takes ten steps toward you when you take one step towards him. There is no stopping place in this pilgrimage; it is one continuous journey, through day and night, through valley and desert; through tears and smiles; through death and birth; through tomb and womb.

When the road ends and the goal is gained, the pilgrim finds that he has traveled only from himself to himself, that the way was long and lonesome, but the God that led him unto it was all the while in him, around him, with him, and beside him! He Himself was always Divine. His yearning to merge in God was but the sea calling to the Ocean! Man loves, because he is Love! He craves for melody and harmony, because He is melody and harmony. He seeks joy, for he is joy. He thirsts for God, for he is composed of God, and he cannot exist without him.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. V111. pp 38-39


 

Today being the first anniversary of the passing of Sathya Sai Baba, I would just like to share with you my last darshan experience. 

 

Toward the end of a visit during 2010, I was seated across and at some distance from a lady I knew only by sight. Yet, for some reason, she turned round to me and looked me straight in the eye in a sort of loving way.  After darshan, she stopped to speak to me, saying, “Are you leaving?” – I said “yes.” She said, “Oh so soon! Come back for the birthday, there’s always good energy here at the birthday time.” I smiled and walked away. I had never visited for a birthday. I don’t like big crowds…

Of course, the birthday of 2010 was to be His last. I didn’t give it much thought at the time. While sitting in my living room on the 24th November, 2010  engrossed in something or another, I suddenly felt a sweet sensation that can only be described as “very close darshan.” The feeling was so intense, that I had to go lay down for twenty minutes of so… 

It was to be my last darshan and far, far, away from Prashanthi Nilayam.

The Divine Play – Sri Yogananda

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“The entire universe is God’s cosmic motion picture, and individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind’s deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one’s current role, rather than with the movie’s director, or God.” – Sri Yogananda

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Photograph taken this Christmas 2013 – of an old Yew Tree growing in the churchyard of Ulcombe Village, Kent, UK. The tree is to be over 2,000 years old…

Goddess Or Demon? “Lilith” – Myths and Legends

 

 

 

The Lilith teaching is actually used to divide the relationship between man and woman and destroy the institute of marriage which God intended for all creation. The Lord did not create two separate beings in the book of Genesis but one. Adam existed as a dual being until  God caused him to sleep and divided Him into another separate creation, creating Eve in Genesis 2. Man is neither complete by himself nor is woman, but the two come together to create the original creation. The story of Lilith is intriguing, but also dark. Lilith, the first wife of Adam, spoke the truth when she said, “I am equal to Adam in every way.”  She suffers a dreadful fate from a  wrathful God and vengeful men. She will be forever known as the demoness, the dark one. The seducer of men and young boys.

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The Story Of Lilith

From Ancient Israel: Myths and Legends by Angelo S. Rappoport

Queen of the demons is Lilith, long-haired and winged. She is supposed to have been the first wife of Adam. She had been one of the wives of Sammael, but of a wild, heroic and passionate nature she left her spouse and joined Adam. From their union issued the demons or Shedim, who rode about in the world as wicked spirits, persecute and plague men, and bring upon them illness, disease, and other sufferings.

Lilith, like Adam, had been created from the dust (Adamah) of the earth. But as soon as she had joined Adam they began to quarrel, each refusing to be subservient and Submissive to the other. “I am your lord and master,” spoke Adam, “and it is your duty to obey me.” But Lilith replied: “We are both equal, for we are both issued from dust (Adamah), and I will not be submissive to you.” And thus they quarrelled and none would give in. And when Lilith saw this she spoke the Ineffable Name of the Creator and soared up into the air. Thereupon Adam stood in prayer before the Creator and thus he spake: ” O Lord of the Universe, the woman Thou hast given me has fled from me.”

And the Holy One, blessed be His name, sent at once three angels whose names were Senoi, Sansenoi, and Sammangelof, to fetch and bring Lilith back to Adam. He ordered them to tell her to return, and if  she refused to obey then a hundred of her offspring would die daily. The three afore-mentioned angels followed Lilith, and they found her in the midst of the sea, on the mighty waves (which were once to drown the Egyptians).

They communicated to her the command of the Eternal, but she refused to return. And the angels spake to this rebel, this she-demon: “We will drown thee in the sea.” But she made answer: “Know ye not that I have been created for the purpose of weakening and punishing little children, infants and babes. I have power over them from the day they are born until they are eight days old if they are boys, and until the twentieth day if they are girls.” And when the three angels heard her speech they wished to drown her by force, but she begged them to let her live, and they gave in. She swore to them in the name of the living God that whenever she came and saw the names or images or faces of these three angels, Senoi, Sansenoi, and Sammangelof, upon an amulet or cameo in the room where there was an infant, she would not touch it. But because she did not return to Adam, every day a hundred of her own children or spirits and demons die.

The legend of Lilith and the message of the three angels is found in several sources of Rabbinical lore in some of which it is quoted from the Alphabetum Siracidis.

The book known as the Sefer Rasiel describes the formula to be written upon amulets or cameos and to be placed in the rooms where there are new-born babes. It refers to Lilith as the first Eve, and conjurers her in the name of the three angels and the angel of the sea to whom she had sworn not to harm the babes in whose rooms she found written on paper the names of the three angels.

Lilith is thus a female night demon, and is also known under the name of Meyalleleth or the howling one.

The she-demon Makhlath (the dancer) and her daughter Agrath4 are two female demons who live in strife with Lilith. Lilith is accompanied by four hundred and eighty hosts of evil spirits and destroying angels, and she is constantly howling. Makhlath is accompanied by four hundred and seventy-eight hosts of evil spirits. She and her daughter Agrath, from the Zend word Agra = beating, are in constant enmity with Lilith.

Constant war is waged between them, and they meet on the day of atonement. Whilst they are thus engaged in quarrel and strife, the prayers of Israel ascend to Heaven, whilst the accusers are absent, being otherwise engaged.

Agrath commands hosts of evil spirits and demons, and rides in a big chariot. Her power is pararnount on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for on these days Agrath, the daughter of Makhlath, roves about in the air accompanied by eighteen myriads of evil spirits.


1. Niddah, 16b; Erubin, 100b.

2. Alphabetum Siracidis (Sepher Ben Sira), edit. Steinschneider, 1858. See on Lilith. Gaster, in Monatsschrift fuer Gesch. u. Wissenschaft d. Judent., Vol. XXIX (1880), pp. 553-555.

3. Elia Levita, Tishbi s.v. Lilith.

4. Pesachim, 112b; Numbers Rabba, 12.

5. Yalkut Chadash, s.v. Keshaphim, No. 56.

6. Pesachim, 112b.

Source:  Lilith  from Ancient Israel: Myths and Legends by Angelo S. Rappoport