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Aquarius
Posted 1/5/2014 6:22 AM (#24663 - in reply to #24660)
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The poet W.H. Auden, when asked why he was migrating from the United Kingdom to the United States, said: ‘I love my family, but I don’t want to live with them!’ Now, there is honesty for you and if we were all equally truthful with ourselves, many would express the same feelings. Let us not jump to conclusions though and assume that these people are hypocrites. Maybe they are the wise ones, especially if they are consciously and patiently putting up with the lessons their difficult relationships are teaching them. With sufficient awareness, ever more of us will be able to grasp the opportunities that are now on offer to help us resolve all of the Karmic ties that still exist within our families.
 
Auden’s comment puts the finger straight onto humankind’s Achilles heel and sorest spot. He undoubtedly knew that Karma in families is the worst or best stage – depending from which angle one views the situation – on which the great drama of life is constantly and relentlessly unfolding  in all its glory and squalor, as the case may be. With its personality clashes, differences of opinion, power struggles and abuse of power present day family life holds its own when compared with the great Greek tragedies of the past. The main trouble with all of us is that – for a very long time blissfully unaware of this is what are doing – we are busily and happily creating Karma, good, bad and indifferent, some of the very best and some of the worst. Unfortunately, this is what far too many in our world are doing to this day.
 
From ‘Saturn And The Lords Of Karma’
 
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Posted 1/5/2014 8:12 AM (#24664 - in reply to #23562)
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Hello Aqua and all;
Au contraire dearest Aqua! I think he was disingenuous in that statement. It is most likely that he wanted to remain with Christopher Isherwood.

Just a crumb for thought..........

Peace and Love,
Marty and LuckyLee

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Posted 1/6/2014 7:19 AM (#24665 - in reply to #24664)
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Thank you for sharing this snippet with us. Would it have made any difference if he had told the truth and that in those days? If he was in love with another man, that - in my view - wouldn't have had to stop him from loving his family, yet not wanting to live with them. With love - Aquarius 
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Posted 1/7/2014 6:51 AM (#24667 - in reply to #24665)
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Spiritually, not much progress is possible for any human soul on the Earth plane until it reawakens to its true nature, becomes aware of the purpose of its earthly existence and rediscovers that all life, not only that of the Earth, is ruled by Cosmic laws. For as long as a soul fails to understand these things its sojourns into physicality often appear as unnecessarily and pointlessly cruel, dark and threatening, as if it had been placed in a cold and nasty world – and all for what? In that state the pain of life’s sorrows, limitations and hardships hits the soul hard and it suffers intensely. This is accentuated by sneaking feelings that an impersonal and unloving providence permits all these ‘bad’ things and inflicts them upon all and sundry without purpose, rhyme or reason.

A certain amount of relief comes straight away when the soul finds out about the Universal law of Karma and that because of this law a justice of a very special kind is at work in every life, a Divine justice that is so perfect and fair that human consciousness finds it very hard to grasp. But now that our race is at last moving onto higher levels of consciousness to many there now comes a renewed understanding of spiritual background of life. Alas, for a long as any knowledge remains merely of the head, it can do us no good whatever. But as some of it slowly sinks into the deeper levels of our consciousness, we begin to realise the necessity for living the truth we have found by applying it to real life situations.

From Karma In Families

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Posted 1/7/2014 8:47 AM (#24669 - in reply to #24665)
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Dear Aqwaah:

     The only difference it should make is deep within the heart of a lover and the soul of a poet.

 

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Posted 1/8/2014 6:12 AM (#24670 - in reply to #24669)
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I couldn't agree more, dear Marty.
 
With love for you in my heart,
Aqua
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Posted 1/8/2014 7:07 AM (#24671 - in reply to #24670)
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True friendships last beyond this earthly existence. We take them with us wherever we go; we bring them with us, should another incarnation become necessary. They will then be part of our support system, so there is every reason to nurture our human relationships and look after them, right here and now. Whenever the need for it arises, it is to our advantage to aim to transform even the most difficult and traumatic ones into connections of friendship and love. True love is an eternal bond between two souls, who will always recognise each other, wherever and whenever they may meet again.

From Are Marriages Made In Heaven?

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Posted 1/13/2014 6:29 AM (#24672 - in reply to #24671)
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There is every reason why you should look forward to this New Year with hope and confidence. Rest assured that everything will work out perfectly in the end. Do not be disturbed unduly by what is presently still happening in your world. Know that all these things are necessary educational tools for the unfoldment of our Father/Mother’s grand design for the human race and its planet. Each event is vital for the completion of the lessons that have not yet been sufficiently grasped by your world.

Instead of worrying and getting upset, look up and get in touch with the power of the Highest that is waiting to come fully alive within each one of you. It alone can bring you and your world the peace and harmony so many of you are by now so deeply yearning for. Trust that eventually a united world will emerge and that there will then only be one government for all of you. Gradually, all of you will become ever more aware of the fact that it is impossible for anyone to live only unto themselves and that the same is also true for countries.

Do your best to establish the spirit of siblinghood and goodwill on the Earth by conducting your own life this way. Deep in your hearts and souls know that in principle there is nothing to fear from those who to this day insist on putting themselves outside of that which is good, right and true. In due course, in God’s time rather than you own, the inner eyes of all perpetrators against the Cosmic laws will be opened too. They will then realise the error of their ways and start to mend them, just the same as you once did. In the end, everything that is no longer of use and desirable on the Earth plane will be absorbed into the first principle of life, to be uplifted and transmuted into blessing and healing energies for all.

From ‘A Message Of Hope From The Lords Of Karma’

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Posted 1/16/2014 6:41 AM (#24676 - in reply to #24672)
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Changing The World
Do not try to change the world.
You will fail.
Try to love the world.
And lo, the world is changed,
Changed forever.

Sri Chinmoy

If we try to change our world
Without first changing ourselves, we are sure to fail.
But when we come to terms with its true purpose
And perceive it in a new light, we learn to love it and
For us, quite magically, the world changes forever.

As our inner eyes open, we begin to recognise
The good in all people and situations.
Our heart and soul then fills with compassion and love
For those who, trapped in the darkness of
Their ignorance and greed, still insist on creating suffering,
Maybe for millions, and therefore negative Karma for themselves.
We no longer sit in judgement over anyone
And that helps us to create ever more positive Karma
For ourselves and our world.

Aquarius

From ‘Healers And Healing’

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Aquarius
Posted 1/18/2014 6:52 AM (#24678 - in reply to #23562)
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The Greatest Glory

Life is a gift, so make it count and never give up on what you believe in. Be brave and make mistakes, because they teach us more than our successes. Instead of feeling bad about them, it is better by far to appreciate our blunders for helping us to become better people and to acknowledge that our successes in life could only grow from what we learnt from our slip-ups.

The greatest glory is not in never falling,
But in rising again, each time we fall.
Confucius 551-479 BC

Therefore, only look down on someone when you are giving them a helping hand to get up.

From ‘Words Of Wisdom, Hope & Encouragement’

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Aquarius
Posted 1/22/2014 7:27 AM (#24680 - in reply to #24678)
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Eating disorders have become so rampant in our world that I have wanted to hold down some of my insights into this phenomenon for quite some time. Obesity is presently the highest on the ratings list of eating disorders in the Western World. My immediate reaction to anyone passing me by who ‘has a bit of weight’ on them, has always been the small still voice within nudging me and saying: ‘Ah, Venus!’ You can verify the truth of this for yourself quite easily. Next time you encounter somebody who fits my description, look into their faces as discreetly as you can and if possible, acknowledge them with a smile. If they respond and return it to you, you will notice that most of them have the most wonderful smile you will ever find anywhere.

This creates an opportunity for noticing how bonny the faces of these people usually are. Besides, my experience has shown that those whose physical bodies are – shall we say? – well rounded, almost invariably also have a more rounded personality than other folks. They are on the whole much easier to get along with than some of their less ample contemporaries. This tells me that in such a body there probably dwells a well rounded, though troubled, soul who is far more likely to live and let live than others, as well as being willing to allow you to be just who and what you are.

What is visible here is the gracious and beneficial influence the planet Venus has on humankind and also one of its negative qualities. Like all things on the Earth plane the energies of this planet have an upside and a downside. Venus is a hedonistic planet, whose influence – especially when affected by hard aspects – can show up tendencies to excessive indulgence and an over-fondness of the good things in life. Taurus and Libra are ruled by Venus and those born into both signs experience at least traces of this influence.

To study this in more detail with the help of astrology, we shall take a closer look at the birthchart of a lady who is severely affected by obesity. Her name is Angela and she has very kindly given me her permission to tell you about some details of her personal life and her birthchart. If that sounds interesting to you, please follow the link below.

From The Spiritual Perspective Of Eating Disorders

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Posted 1/25/2014 8:24 AM (#24686 - in reply to #23562)
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Hello Aqua et al:
Well, I made the fatal mistake of dusting my telly. At that time, I thought I might turn it on to see if it still worked. It is quite old. Unfortunately, it did work. After tuning through Duct Dynasty-a show about sheet metal installers who hate homosexuals; Boarders-a show about kooky characters that landladies have to put up with; Serial Killers Are People Too-a show that shows the sensitive side of homicidal maniacs; and Honey Poo Poo-I won't tell you what this one is about but it is sponsored by Snuggies.............I came across a show called Biggest Loser, a show about obese people doing everything that is wrong and dangerous in an attempt to lose weight while various forms of "encouragement" (the most effective of which is browbeating and name calling) are applied.
I turned the telly off and it now has a good 2mm of dust on it again. RIP, my dear old friend.

Peace and Rest,
Marty and LuckyLee (she and I enjoyed Sir David Attenborough's film about the Birds of Paradise.....but I think she had a vastly different perspective than I did)
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Aquarius
Posted 1/28/2014 7:21 AM (#24689 - in reply to #24686)
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Dear Marty - I have a TV set, slimline modern set, not that many years old, complete with video recorder, same age. Both haven't been switched on for around two years or so. I have thought of donating the whole set to charity, but then you never know, it might come handy again sometime. I just can't be bothered with TV, never had much time for it.

With love - Aquarius.

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Posted 1/28/2014 7:21 AM (#24690 - in reply to #24689)
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This Time Round

All of us are blessed with individuality.
We are different from each other,
Because that is how God wants us to be.
And that is why perceptions and opinions often differ
And we can’t see eye to eye with others.
But, when angry words are spoken and tempers start to fly,
Let’s calm ourselves and make an effort to step into the other one’s shoes,
So we can see their point of view and reconcile our differences,
The way the Universe wants us to do.

Only through getting along with others, through every kind of strife,
Can we hope to be friends, when – at the latest –
At the end of our present lifetime our ways have to part.
We have been placed in this life so our horizons should broaden
And our spirit and soul grow in wisdom and understanding.
So that gradually we can get ever more from
The span of time that has been allotted to us,
This time round.

Anon.
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From ‘Astrology As A Lifehelp In Relationship Healing’

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Aquarius
Posted 1/30/2014 7:13 AM (#24695 - in reply to #24690)
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The Things That Really Matter

I grew up in the fifties and had very practical parents. My mother, God love her and rest her soul, washed aluminium foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before anyone had invented a name for this kind of thing. My father matched this by being happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good and their dreams were focused. Their best friends lived close by. I can see them now, father with pipe in mouth, pushing his manual lawn mower and mother, pinny round her middle, dishcloth and duster in her hands. Ah yes, people fixed things in those days. Everything was mended, curtain rods, the radio, screen doors, the oven door, and the hems of dresses. Things were kept inst4ead of thrown away.

It was a way of life that sometimes drove me crazy. All that re-fixing, and renewing. For once in my life I wanted to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away means knowing that there will always be more. But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there just can’t be any more.

At times what we care about most gets worn out and goes from us, some of them never to return. So while we have people, animals and things in our lives that we treasure, it’s best to love and care for them to the best of our ability, and to try and fix things when they’re broken and to heal that which is sick.

This is as true for old garments, appliances and houses, as it is for aging parents and grandparents, partners and other loved ones. We keep them because they deserve to be kept and because we are worthy of having them around. And because love is the law of life and the greatest power in the whole of Creation that nothing will ever be able to destroy, it is possible to keep some of these things forever. First in line are beloved parents and partners, then siblings and other relatives, and also friends who have moved on into the world of light. Not much needs to change in any of these relationships. Don’t take my word for it. Just find a quiet space, calm the outer mind and listen deep into your heart. You may hear the following message:

‘Life is eternal and the human spirit is immortal. In truth, there is no death and life consists of absolute and unbroken continuity. On the inner level all is one, and you always have been as much part of me as I am of you. Nothing needs to change between you and me, just because I have gone through the great transformation before you. If we both so wish, our relationship can remain the same it always was, and between you and me life can continue to be everything it has meant to us.

‘My departure from the physical plane was no accident. It was meant to happen exactly when it did. For your sake – not mine – make an effort to accept this, the way I have done. And don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you that because I am out of your sight, I should also be out of your mind. That can only happen, if that is what you want. And if you still yearn for me, the death of my physical body is going to present us with many opportunities for coming closer to each other than it was ever possible before, when we both still dwelled in physicality.’

The rest of this message you can find in
Death – Where Is Thy Sting?

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Astrology As A Lifehelp In Relationship Healing’

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Posted 1/31/2014 6:56 AM (#24702 - in reply to #23562)
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<div align="justify"><font size="3"><span style="font-family: times new roman">Did you know that we all view everything that is in our earthly existence somewhat differently from everybody else? There are as many variations as there are souls, including those on the other side of the veil of consciousness that to this day separates our two worlds. This is because every human soul is an individual spark of the Divine and no two of us are exactly alike. No two people have exactly the same Karma, i.e. having gone through the same experiences, or have reached the same evolutionary level. Each one of the twelve Sun signs of the zodiac also reflects a different attitude towards life and all it contains.</span><br /><span style="font-family: times new roman" /></font></div><font size="3"><span style="font-family: times new roman"> <br /> </span></font><div style="text-align: center"><font size="3"><span style="font-family: times new roman">From <u>‘<a target="_blank" href="http://www.raysofwisdom.com/index.cfm?articleID=702">Varying Perceptions Of Life – Why?</a>’</u><br /> <br /> * * *<br /> </span></font></div>

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Posted 1/31/2014 6:59 AM (#24703 - in reply to #24695)
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Did you know that we all view everything that is in our earthly existence somewhat differently from everybody else? There are as many variations as there are souls, including those on the other side of the veil of consciousness that to this day separates our two worlds. This is because every human soul is an individual spark of the Divine and no two of us are exactly alike. No two people have exactly the same Karma, i.e. having gone through the same experiences, or have reached the same evolutionary level. Each one of the twelve Sun signs of the zodiac also reflects a different attitude towards life and all it contains.

From Varying Perceptions Of Life – Why?

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Posted 2/4/2014 7:33 AM (#24731 - in reply to #24703)
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Peace Be With You
 
May Divine peace fill your whole being, within and without, today and forever.
 
May you be content with yourself and love and accept yourself just the way you are.
 
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
 
May you always be aware of the infinite possibilities that are born of trust in the goodness of life to provide for all your needs and those of others.
 
May you use the gifts the Universe has bestowed upon you to make our world into a better and more beautiful place for all who share it.
 
May you give the full measure of the love that is the most natural part of your being to everything that comes your way.
 
And allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love that is waiting to be taken possession of by each one of us.
 
Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius
 
From General Words & Prayers Of Comfort & Healing’
 
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Posted 2/7/2014 7:45 AM (#24744 - in reply to #24731)
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The Guest House
Human beings are like guest houses
With daily new arrivals.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness sometimes
Comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if a crowd of sorrows arrives,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honourably.

They may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent as a teacher from beyond.

Jelaluddin Rumi,
Translation by Coleman Barks

Everything Happens For A Reason

‘Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, similar to locked rooms and books that have been written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would at present be unable to live them. The main point is to live everything. Live your questions, too. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live into the answer on some distant day.’ Rainer Maria Rilke

From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life

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Posted 2/11/2014 7:22 AM (#24768 - in reply to #24744)
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‘When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, offering solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.’
 
From Henri J.M. Nouwen
‘The Road to Daybreak – A Spiritual Journey’
 
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Posted 2/12/2014 7:28 AM (#24775 - in reply to #24768)
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A Bird’s Eye View

To enable you to see our world from this perspective, please click on the link below:

http://pixtale.net/2013/12/how-our-world-would-look-if-you-were-a-bird/

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Posted 2/14/2014 7:21 AM (#24784 - in reply to #24775)
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Happy Valentine’s Day

True friends are always there for us.
They want nothing from us, except that we are ourselves.
We feel safe with them,
Because we can reveal the depths of our heart to them,
In goodness and badness alike.

True friends are like the shade of a great tree in the noonday heat.
Like a home port with our country’s flag flying,
That we have reached at the end of a long journey.
They are impregnable citadels of refuge
In the strife of existence.

When they reach out for our hand,
Their understanding touches our heart and our soul heals.
It restores our faith in the goodness of all life,
And the presence of the Divine qualities of kindness and compassion
Keeps our faith in human nature alive
And reassures us that it is indeed a good Universe we live in.

True friends are the antidote to despair, the elixir of hope,
And a tonic against depression that makes it easy
To give them our friendship in return,
Unstintingly and without reluctance.

Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words & Prayers For Healing Friendships’

Here is a Valentine’s Day greeting, especially for you.
Click on the link below:

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcardm.asp?code=4683097613788&ob=1&cont=1

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Posted 2/17/2014 7:33 AM (#24798 - in reply to #24784)
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The love and wisdom of the Great Father/Mother of all life, in whom all is one, orchestrates and conducts the wondrous symphony of life by constantly guiding and protecting all Its creatures. On the Earth plane this expresses itself through the wisdom of our planet and that for all its inhabitants. This is where the instinctive and intuitive behaviour of all living things, plants and animals alike, including us, has its origin. As a result no living thing in the whole of Creation is ever without Divine guidance and protection.
 
God’s wisdom is stored in its feminine aspect, the Goddess. She is the mother of all species and the living and breathing force behind phenomena like the clever formation flying of birds during migration. She is the source of the instinctive knowledge of the animal kingdom to protect one’s young against all threats, if need be at the expense of one’s own life. She is in charge of our own body clocks as well as that of all other members of the animal kingdom. She tells Her creatures when to mate and when to abstain from it, for example when not enough food is going to be available for the raising of young. She instructs hibernating animals when and where to begin theirs and when it is safe to come out of it again – and so on and so forth.
 
From The Porcupine Fable
 
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Posted 2/20/2014 6:49 AM (#24824 - in reply to #24798)
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Every experience that comes our way is a test to establish which level of spiritual maturity our soul has reached. The way we react to the people and events in our lives reveals this more than anything else. This lifetime is an extra special one for everybody because it presents all of us with many opportunities for finding some true enlightenment through being initiated into the higher and highest mysteries of life. Having a much better idea of God’s nature and our own, we can see for ourselves that this is highly unlikely to consist of what the Buddhists call Nirvana.

Each one of us contains God’s energies and they are of a dynamic and expansive nature. They are ceaselessly creating, bringing new worlds into being and destroying old ones that have outlived their usefulness. What in the Buddha’s time would still have been understood as a state of total and utter bliss, to us and our world, to God-like creative beings, as in truth we all are, surely would be more like Hell than Heaven on Earth.

To my mind, human souls find their greatest enlightenment when they become aware that all life – including their own – is subject to Universal laws. Of particular relevance here are those of evolution and of Karma. From the moment we become aware of these laws, the Universe places the tool for our own redemption and that of our world into everybody’s own hands. It stands to reason that if we endeavour to give only of the good and the best we are capable of, nothing but the more of the same can in due course return to us.

From ‘Where Is The Kingdom Of God?’

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Posted 2/21/2014 2:15 PM (#24831 - in reply to #24824)
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‘I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right.’ Albert Einstein


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