Category Archives: Meditations

A Season for the Spirit

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At Brookwood, I’ve discovered a few elements we do year after year that simply work: We always have an elaborate instrumental that allows our praise band to flex their musical muscles. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering Faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of Charity. As I laid my head to rest one night after yet another exhausting, discouraging day, I finally asked the questions we all may be secretly tempted to ask when our circumstances don’t improve and our problems keep piling up: “Do You see me, Lord?

St. John of the Cross & the Bhagavad-Gita (Church and the

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Chandi is read widely by the Hindus on sacred days and Navaratri (Durga Puja) days. Thomas de Vaux had not made many steps beyond the entrance of the royal pavilion, when he was aware of what the far more acute ear of the English monarch, no mean proficient in the art of minstrelsy, had instantly discovered, that the musical strains, namely, which had reached their ears, were produced by the pipes, shalms, and kettle-drums of the Saracens; and, at the bottom of an avenue of tents, which formed a broad access to the pavilion of Richard, he could see a crowd of idle soldiers assembled around the spot from which the music was heard, almost in the centre of the camp; and he saw, with great surprise, mingled amid the helmets of various forms worn by the Crusaders of different nations, white turbans and long pikes, announcing the presence of armed Saracens, and the huge deformed heads of several camels or dromedaries overlooking the multitude by aid of their long disproportioned necks.

Egyptian Yoga II: The Supreme Wisdom of Enlightenment

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My children refuse to look at the Truth, they refuse to see My Ways and, rather, take on the ways of sin. In the first place, if we wished to deceive our people, we would be very foolish to give them the full wording of the Commandment in the Douay Version of the Bible, where they could detect the deliberate distortion! Samyama or concentration, meditation and Samadhi are one and the same, that gives a knowledge of supersensual objects. Your Precious Blood reminds us of the New alliance between God and men.

Your Daily Walk

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In his reform of the Roman Mass Luther placed the Sanctus after the Institution Narrative to serve as a solemn act of worship of the Real Presence just brought about by the latter. The Ramayana was written by the sage Valmiki, and the Mahabharata by Vyasa. Thus Christ taught the Apostles a vocal prayer called the Our Father. But the modern denominational ritual involves making show and pomp of ones humility! Backed by a veritable orchestra of supporting musicians and vocalists, more than 40 of them listed in the liner notes, Find Us Ready features guest appearances by Cyprian Consiglio on vocals and John Pennington on drums.

Reaching Forward

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The next element is prayer (oratio) or your personal response to the text: asking for graces, offering praise or thanksgiving, seeking healing or forgiveness. It is essential to take sufficient time to really visualize the purpose in each period. From such men such actions must naturally and necessarily proceed. Whatever were the prejudices of De Vaux against the nation of his new acquaintance, and though we undertake not to deny that some of these were excited by its proverbial poverty, he had too much nobleness of disposition to enjoy the mortification of a brave individual, thus compelled to make known wants which his pride would gladly have concealed. ``Shame to the soldier of the Cross,'' he said, ``who thinks of worldly splendour, or of luxurious accommodation, when pressing forward to the conquest of the Holy City.

The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti

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My soul was filled with pain and longing; in my soul, I felt great hatred for sin, and even the smallest infidelity on my part seemed to me like a huge mountain for which I must expiate by mortification and penance. The followers have two perpendicular yellowish lines made by Gopichandana earth drawn from the root of the hair to the commencement of each eyebrow and there meeting in a curve. And when Alciphron, think on Tropaiophorus; and when you consider Xenophon, think on Crito or Severus. 22 And when you look into yourself, Edition: current; Page: [129] think on any one of the Cesars.

The Almost Daily Emos: Mostly Reverent E Mails from Mother

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As one who is shortly to die, despise Edition: current; Page: [34] this fleshly part, this putrifying blood, and bones, and the net-work texture of nerves, veins, arteries. I shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Popular piety should not be impervious to the peculiar character of Holy Saturday. His foot is just about to step on the proverbial banana peel. Thus 2 we should employ the mind, in all parts of life: when things occur, which, at first, seem worthy of high estimation: we should strip them naked, and view their meanness; and cast aside these pompous descriptions of them, by which they seem so glorious.

Praying the Psalms

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Nowadays, young Sannyasins without qualification are found in abundance. The “joy of the Lord” begins when we hand over the last key. By this time they reached the place of the camp, where the Knight of the Leopard had assumed his abode. On their arrival at Gethsemane, first a suitable prayer is made, then a hymn is said, and then the passage of the Gospel is read where the Lord was taken. EVEN THOUGH YOU DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER PHYSICALLY.

As I Journey on: Meditations for Those Facing Death

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But surrender does not mean weakness or powerlessness – instead it means meeting life where it is, without trying to change or manipulate it; accepting the moment as is. Freed from sin, freed from passion, you will become a Jivanmukta or liberated sage. Vain repetition relies mechanically upon the mere number of prayers or formulas uttered. It was Mary that led the servants to Jesus. You can download a FREE Kindle Reader here for almost any device: PC, Tablet, Apple products and smart phones.

SO SWIFT, Vol. I

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Blessed art thou, for the beauty of the divine Countenance hath enraptured thy heart, and the light of inner wisdom hath filled it full, and within it shineth the brightness of the Kingdom. The fourth is the performance of rituals and pilgrimages to holy places. Yajnopavita or the sacred thread is worn by the Brahmins, Kshatriyas and the Vaisyas. They are few who raise their voice and speak to My People so that they reconsider and do not join the ranks of sin; they are few who cry out with vehemence against the homicide of abortion.