Little Things Matter, Hummingbird Magic –

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I just love Hummingbirds. Their dazzling wings and swift movements remind me of gloriously clad angels. And like angels they appeal to the spiritual side of my nature. I can’t cease to wonder at the beauty of nature and all it has to offer. Who can doubt there’s a divine plan for ourselves and all creatures, when watching a tiny humming bird. They are so tiny, so exquisite that we are simply mesmerized by them. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth’s creatures before we lose them forever. Yes, even the tiny hummingbirds we can lose if we destroy their habitat. We’ve been homo sapiens for a long time. Now it’s time to become homo conscious.

Our love and admiration for the Earth and her beauty has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries, separation and discrimination. We have all suffered, for too long, centuries of individualism and competition that have brought about tremendous destruction and alienation for other creatures and the Earth itself. We need to re-establish true communication–true communion–with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another as children of the same mother.

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Flower The Symbol Of The Soul – Inspirational

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There is one school of thought that we already are just a state of consciousness, just with part of that state in material form. If our bodies are aspects of consciousness, just dense ones, then we are better understood as being half-beings, made up of manifest (material) and unmanifest (non-material) consciousness. Here in this excerpt from Blossoming Of The Rose, we read how the flower is a symbol of Spirit. 

    


“The flower has been regarded and used as a symbol of the Soul, of the spiritual Self, of Divinity in both the East and West. China adopted the image of the ‘Golden Flower’, while India and Tibet adopted the lotus, which has its roots in the earth, its stem in the water and its petals in the air, where they open under the rays of the sun. In Persia and Europe, the rose has been extensively used. Examples are to be found in the ‘Roman de la Rose’ of the Troubadours, the mystical rose exquisitely described by Dante in the ‘Paradisio’ and the rose at the centre of the cross that forms the symbol of some religious orders. Usually it has been the already open flower that has served as a symbol of the Spirit, and, although this is a static representation, its visualisation can be very stimulating and evocative. But even more effective in stimulating psychospiritual processes is the dynamic visualisation of a flower, that is, of its transition and development from the closed bud to the fully open bloom.

Such a dynamic symbol, conveying the idea of development, corresponds to a profound reality, to a fundamental law of life that governs the functions of the human mind as well as the processes of nature. Our spiritual being, the Self, which is the essential and most real part of us, is concealed, confined and ‘enveloped’ first by the physical body with its sense impressions, then by the multiplicity of the emotions and the different drives (fears, desires, attractions and repulsions) and finally by the restless activity of the mind. The liberation of the consciousness from the entanglements is an indispensable prelude to the revelation of the spiritual Centre. The agency for achieving it – and this applies in nature as much as in the realm of the mind – is the wonderful and mysterious action of the intrinsic value of ‘livingness’, both biological and psychological, that works with irresistible pressure from within.”

– Roberto Assgioli, MD, ‘Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings’

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Love Poems – Jalad ad-Din Rumi video

Creating  videos is hard work but thoroughly enjoyable. I made this one today. It is hot off the press or should I say off the computer. I do hope you spend a few mins. (Two actually,) watching this you tube.  Made with all my love, joy and  much happiness for the gift of inspiration from those enchanting words of  Rumi.

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The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. Globally, his fans are legion.

“He’s this compelling figure in all cultures,” says Brad Gooch, who is writing a biography of Rumi to follow his critically acclaimed books on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor. “The map of Rumi’s life covers 2,500 miles,” says Gooch, who has traveled from Rumi’s birthplace in Vakhsh, a small village in what is now Tajikistan, to Samarkand in Uzbekistan, to Iran and to Syria, where Rumi studied at Damascus and Aleppo in his twenties. His final stop was Konya, in Turkey, where Rumi spent the last 50 years of his life. Today Rumi’s tomb draws reverent followers and heads of state each year for a whirling dervish ceremony on 17 December, the anniversary of his death.

The transformative moment in Rumi’s life came in 1244, when he met a wandering mystic known as Shams of Tabriz. “Rumi was 37, a traditional Muslim preacher and scholar, as his father and grandfather had been,” says Gooch. “The two of them have this electric friendship for three years – lover and beloved [or] disciple and sheikh, it’s never clear.” Rumi became a mystic. After three years Shams disappeared – “possibly murdered by a jealous son of Rumi, possibly teaching Rumi an important lesson in separation.”  Rumi coped by writing poetry. “Most of the poetry we have comes from age 37 to 67. He wrote 3,000 [love songs] to Shams, the prophet Muhammad and God. He wrote 2,000 rubayat, four-line quatrains. He wrote in couplets a six-volume spiritual epic, The Masnavi.”

During these years, Rumi incorporated poetry, music and dance into religious practice. “Rumi would whirl while he was meditating and while composing poetry, which he dictated,” said Gooch. “That was codified after his death into elegant meditative dance.” Or, as Rumi wrote, in Ghazal 2,351: “I used to recite prayers. Now I recite rhymes and poems and songs.” Centuries after his death, Rumi’s work is recited, chanted, set to music and used as inspiration for novels, poems, music, films, YouTube videos and tweets (Gooch tweets his translations @RumiSecrets). Why does Rumi’s work endure?

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“He’s a poet of joy and of love,” says Gooch. “His work comes out of dealing with the separation from Shams and from love and the source of creation, and out of facing death. Rumi’s message cuts through and communicates. I saw a bumper sticker once, with a line from Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

“Rumi is a very mysterious and provocative poet and figure for our time, as we grapple with understanding the Sufi tradition [and] understanding the nature of ecstasy and devotion and the power of poetry,” says the poet Anne Waldman, co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she is a professor of poetics. “And the homoerotic tradition as well, consummated or not. He is in a long tradition of ecstatic seers from Sappho to Walt Whitman.”

~courtesy of Culture BBC

Paths – Inspirational

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Rhododendron in my garden

 

In the mid–path of my life, I woke to find myself in a dark wood,’ writes Dante, in The Divine Comedy, beginning a quest that will lead to transformation and redemption. A journey through the dark of the woods is a motif common to fairy tales: young heroes set off through the perilous forest in order to reach their destiny, or they find themselves abandoned there, cast off and left for dead. The path is long and treacherous, prowled by wolves, ghosts, and wizards, but helpers also appear along the way, good fairies and animal guides, often cloaked in unlikely disguises. The hero’s task is to tell friend from foe, and to keep walking steadily onward.

 


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“The life of every man is a way to himself, an attempt at a way, the suggestion of a path. No man has ever been utterly himself, yet every man strives to be so, the dull, the intelligent, each one as best he can. Each man at the end of his days carries around with him vestiges of his birth – the slime and egg-shells of the primeval world. There are many who never become human; they remain frogs, lizards, ants. Many men are human beings above and fish below. Yet each one represents an attempt on the part of nature to create a human being. We enjoy a common origin in our mothers; we all come from the same pit. But each individual, who is himself an experimental throw from the depths, strives towards his own goal. We can understand each other; but each person is able to interpret himself to himself alone.”

– Hermann Hesse, ‘Demian’

 

 

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An Essential Commitment – Rumi

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The great Masters from on high, Socrates, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and others of the indigenous Peoples, have pointed out to us through their missions, that which must be  sacrified, emptied out, given up, before a new quality of being can appear. A cup already full, cannot accept a new material.. Ultimately, our life teaches us our part – often most painfully. Our immediate labour is to ready the ground in ourselves so that the seeds of truth, spoken by teacher, spouse, friend or stranger, may find fertile soil in which we can grow.

Real understanding cannot be handed over from teacher to student like a sackful of rice. True understanding is the child of knowledge and being. The teacher’s greatest gift, it is said, is to be a living embodiment of the great mystery and beauty of existence.

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The Spiritual Guide by Jalalu’L-Din Rumi

Translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

The Prophet said to ‘Ali, “O ‘Ali, thou art the Lion of God, thou art a valiant knight, but do not rely upon they courage: come into the shadow of the Palm-tree of hope. Come into the shadow (protection) of the Sage whom none can waylay. His shadow on the earth is like Mt. Qaf, his spirit is like the Simurgh that soars aloft. Though I should sing his praises until the Resurrection, do not look for any end to them. The Divine Sun has veiled Himself to man: apprehend this mystery, and God knows best what is the truth.

O ‘Ali, above all works of devotion in the Way is the shadow of Gods’ servant. When others seek to save themselves by religious works, Go thou, take refuge in the shadow of the Sage against the enemy within thee.”  Having been accepted by the Pir, give thyself up to him: submit, like Moses to the authority of Khizr. Whatever they Khizr may do, bear it patiently, lest he say, “Begone, here we part.”

Though He scuttle the boat, be dumb! Though he kill a child, do not tear thy hair! God hath described his hand as His own, for He saith, “The Hand of God is over their hands.” This “Hand of God” slays his disciple, then brings him to life-everlasting…

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From Rumi: Poet and Mystic, translated by R.A. Nicholson (London: Allen and Unwin Ltd. 1950.)

Siddhis and the Powers of Consciousness – Sri Yogananda

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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Sri Yogananda and his  masterful Master,  were both powerful  Indian Saints of the early 20th Century. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Autobiography of a Yogi, and still turn to it time and time again. What inspiration it has been for many people through the decades….  Today, I have posted part of an article by Tom Kenyon on Siddhis and the Powers of consciousness. 

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Many yogis/yoginis, saints and mystics have reported that they could often see their disciples in distant locations when it was called for. In one account, the yogi Neem Karoli Baba suddenly asked for large amounts of food to be brought to him. Those present report that he consumed a mind-boggling amount of food before going into samadhi (yogic meditation). When the yogi came out of meditation, his disciples asked him what had happened. He reported that he had suddenly seen one of his disciples dying in the desert. The last desire of the dying man was to eat. Baba said that the student had reached a level of attainment where there was no further need to reincarnate. But with the desire for food on his mind, he would have been brought back into the wheel of birth and death merely through the power of this one unfulfilled desire! Baba had taken upon himself the task of fulfilling the man’s last wish for food, and using his yogic powers, he transmuted the desire.
When psychic information is received auditorially, the person is called clairaudient. Such persons have subtle impressions of hearing sounds and/or voices. The inner realms of consciousness are filled with sounds and music that are incredibly beautiful. It has been suggested by some that many of the great composers actually heard the music of these realms and that this music of the spheres greatly influenced their compositions.

Some individuals feel things at a very subtle level and these persons are called clairsentients. There is often a fine line between a clairsentient and an empath. Empaths have highly developed sensitivities and often feel other people’s feelings, especially those around them. Clairsentients may also be empathic, but in addition, they receive psychic impressions in the form of subtle feelings, which are often physical.

Clairgnosis is one of the more fascinating siddhis. When you have a hunch about something, but have no idea how you might know such a thing, this is clairgnosis. (That is, if your hunch turns out to be true. If it turns out to be false, we call that delusion.) Some have suggested that clairgnosis is an attribute of pure consciousness which is omniscient and omnipresent. As one rises higher up the ladder of consciousness, one’s own personal awareness takes on some of these qualities and episodes of clairgnosis increase.

The lesser siddhis also include such things as healing abilities and limited powers of prophecy. This class of yogic powers also includes the ability for awareness to become very small or very large, in other words, not confined by the limitations of the body.

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The greater siddhis include such things as levitation (in which the body floats or hovers in air). Again this siddhia is not confined to Indian yogis or yoginis as some believe. There are well-documented sightings of St. Francis of Assisi, for one, hovering in the air. St. Francis exhibited other siddhis as well. In fact, his physical remains have spiritual powers even after his death. While visiting his shrine in Assisi, I was transported into the spiritual realms through the emanations from his crypt! I heard a sound like wind blowing through Aspen trees whenever I stood near his body, and when I returned to my hotel room my skin was red, as if I had a mild sunburn.

By the way, if you are ever at Assisi, here’s a little tip. As you enter the main entrance into the Basilica where St. Francis’s remains are kept, turn to your left. Off to both sides there will be stairs that lead down to the crypt, and it is certainly worth visiting. The problem is that there are usually throngs of people milling about, and it is difficult to find a quiet space. If you proceed further, though, on the main floor, past the stairs, you will see a large altar in the distance. It is the only altar in this part of the church. On the floor, in front of the altar, there is a geometric figure. It sits directly above St. Francis’s tomb, and the emanations from this area are very strong. No one seems to know about it, so you can stand directly on the spot and receive the emanations in relative peace.

The greater siddhis also include such remarkable abilities such as teleportation (like the Abbott I mentioned earlier) and bi-location (being in two places at once). There are other abilities that fall under this category, but they are too numerous to list here.


Siddhis or yogic powers are attained as a natural consequence of spiritual development. There is, however, a very real dilemma with the siddhis. If not tempered with wisdom, the premature attainment of yogic powers can lead to karmic entanglements.

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A short anecdote about a well-known yogi may help to make this clear.

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He is quite an extraordinary being, and many years ago, I had the wonderful experience of studying with him during a weeklong retreat. According to a close disciple of his, whom I came to know, the yogi had gone to India for a spiritual retreat in his early twenties, having attained some of the siddhis. He was resting against a tree listening to the beautiful music of a master musician who was caught up in the fervor of bhakti (Divine Love), and due to the intensity of devotion within the music, our yogi was transported into a deep state of samadhi and experienced great ecstasies and bliss.

The concert abruptly ended when it started to rain and the musician rushed indoors. Using his siddhic powers, the yogi caused the rain to stop, and the musician returned to his kirtans (sacred singing). Very quickly our yogi was transported back into samadhi, but his bliss was rudely ended by an old man kicking him in the side. The man was also a yogi, and in a furor he continued to kick the younger yogi, yelling obscenities at him.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “Don’t you realize this area has been suffering from a drought? And you, you stopped the rains for your own selfish desires.” The ancient yogi raised his staff in the air and pointed it at his younger peer. “Mark my words, if you don’t stop this, you will pay a great karmic debt. You will spend a thousand lifetimes as a sea creature!” The old yogi then kicked some dust in the direction of the young man and left before he could respond.

Immediately the younger yogi went into meditation and through his siddhic powers returned the rains. He fervently prayed to God to take away his siddhis, and miraculously they left him. But over the years they slowly returned to a much wiser and less flamboyant man.

Generally speaking, the siddhis are looked upon, by most people, as being more magical and exotic than practical. Part of this is due, no doubt, to a pervasive misunderstanding about their place among other human abilities, such as the ability to reason and to make language, both of which we take for granted.

The siddhis are inherent human abilities, but they only show up when consciousness has reached a certain level of development. When this level has been attained, the siddhis or yogic powers, spontaneously appear. They are like fruits on a tree.

Although one may have an apple tree in one’s yard, only when it has reached a certain level of maturity and development is it capable of manifesting the fruits of its nature. This is also true of the powers of consciousness. We all possess them, in potential, but not all of us will demonstrate them in actuality.

As one looks at the various internal alchemies of the world, they all have their own version of the siddhis and views on how to attain them. Traditionally, this knowledge has been kept secret, and only those admitted to these esoteric schools or spiritual lineages have been given access to the technology of self-evolution.

Personally, I believe that knowledge of the siddhis is a human birthright, and this technology for the acceleration of self-evolution should be made as widely available as possible.

Excerpt from:http://tomkenyon.com/siddhis

 

The Spiritual World and The Natural World – Children Of Light

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“There is a spiritual world, and also a natural world. The spiritual
world is where spirits and angels dwell; the natural world is where
men dwell. Natural things represent spiritual things. They correspond.
What is natural cannot possibly come forth except from a cause prior
to itself. It’s cause is from what is spiritual. There is nothing natural which does not thence derive its cause, still less as causes
of causes, or beginnings. They receive their forms according to the use in the place where they are. All natural things represent the
spiritual things to which they correspond. All things in the world present some idea of the Lord’s kingdom, consequently of things
celestial and spiritual.

God is love itself and wisdom itself. The affections of His love and
the perceptions of His wisdom are infinite. All things that appear on
earth are correspondences of divine love and wisdom. This is the
origin of birds, beasts, forest trees, fruit trees, crops and harvest,
herbs and grasses. God is not extended, and yet He is present
throughout all extension, this throughout the universe from its firsts
to its lasts. He being this omnipresent, there are correspondences of
the affections of His love and wisdom in the whole natural world. In
the spiritual world, there are like correspondences with those who are
receiving affections and perceptions from God.

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In the spiritual world such things are created by God from moment to
moment in accordance with the affections of the angels. In the natural
world they were created in like manner in the beginning. But it was
provided that they should be renewed unceasingly by the propagation of
one from another, and creation be this continued. In the spiritual
world creation is from moment to moment, and in the natural continued
by propagation, because the atmospheres and earths of one are
spiritual, and the atmosphere and earths of the other are natural.
Natural things were created to clothe spiritual things as skin clothes
the bodies of men and animals, as outer and inner barks clothe the
trunks and branches of trees, the several membranes clothe the brain,
tunics the nerves, and the inner coats their fibres, and so on.

The created universe is a connected work, from love by wisdom. All
things in the world were created after the image of things that are in
heaven, because natural things come forth from spiritual things as
effects from their causes. Universal nature is a theatre
representative of the Lord’s kingdom.”

– Emmanuel Swedenborg,   “The Source Of Life”

About Emmanuel Swedenborg

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish philosopher and scientist who, at 56, had a spiritual awakening and wrote numerous books on his theological views and related topics. He advocated a version of Christianity where works count as much as faith, with the trinity existing in Jesus, instead of three separate entities. Swedenborg derived inspiration from dreams and visions, and claimed to be able to visit heaven and hell at will. His works were widely read after his death and highly regarded by poets, writers and mystics such as Blake, Baudelaire, Strindberg, Balzac, Yeats, Jung, and William James.

“All I Want Is God Consciousness, says George H.” – Children Of Light

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gurur brahma, gurur vishnu, gurur deva mahaeshwara gurur sakshat, parabrahma, tasmai shri gurave namah. I offer homeage to my guru, the prayer said, who is as great as the creator Brahma, the maintainer Vishnu, the destroyer Shiva, and who is the very energy of God.

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Years after the death of George Harrison, I suddenly became interested in what made the man tick. I was never a Beatle fan, nor anyone’s fan. Pop music had it’s place in my life, but not in a big way. Pop concerts and the “groupie” thing did not appeal to me. I saw it as something utterly stupid, a waste of time, when life offered so much more to be  hooked on. The seeds of my interest in George Harrison only began when I heard several of his chants on youtubes. I was not listening to the “Beatle” George Harrison,  but the spiritual George.  Prior to YouTube, I had not known much about his spiritual music.

His impressive renditions of Hindu bhajans and chants really made me want to know more about him. Thus, I bought several books on his spiritual life  to read and find out more. Here are several quotes from the  book, “Here Comes The Sun” by Joshua M. Greene. This was the book  that touched my heart and took me on a journey into George’s inner life.

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“Nobody was committed to that type of music in the pop world. There was a real need for that exposure. So rather than sitting and waiting for somebody else, I decided to do it myself.”

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“My Sweet Lord” featured George’s friend and organist Billy Preston. Scoring a Sanskrit mantra to Preston’s gospel rhythms proved to be a musical inspiration, Hindu revivalism, the pop equivalent of interfaith prayer.

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“One of the things about people who are famous, Dorn said, especially  from  the sixties and seventies, is that they tended to be, in my view, unbearable to be around. George didn’t have that extreme star thing. He didn’t have any of those silly trappings that a lot of people put on when they become, you know, so publicly spiritual that you want to push them down a flight of stairs. He wasn’t wrapped up in himself. We had this conversation how you have to follow your heart, and your instincts, and at the same time serve people through the projects you’re involved with. In that sense, he was unique in the circles I  went with in those years. I didn’t catch any false humility. “

page: 220 – All things Must Pass

Part of George’s charm is that he always feels so inadequate to repay the world for what the world has given him.  Simple acts of kindness have become an art with him.

He would pay people’s hospital bills and do other random acts of kindness – not so that people would think well of him but simply because he believed kindness should be done in the world. O.kay,  he was on a spiritual search, but he was a good human being.  Our mum always taught us to be careful about judging good or bad. Her criterion was, “Does this harm anyone?” If so, then it was wrong, and George lived by that.”

-Louise, George’s sister.

excerpted from Here Comes the Sun. page. 221 ~ Joshua M. Greene

Hey has anyone noticed Harrison = Harri-son = Son of Hari (Krisna)

Goerge’s last interview… A Must See.

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