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Wisdom of the Rosicrucians

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The Rosicrucians are an esoteric sect, who throughout history, have been cloaked in mystery.  A lineage of wisdom that potentially dates back to the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, Rosicrucians draw from all pools of ancient wisdom.  Many famous philosophers, writers and scientists have been in contact with them and they are said to influenced the Masonic Lodge in Britain.

Here is an ‘echo of the ideal of wisdom that animates the world’:

‘By contemplating the Divine Self within, one broadens ones own consciousness to the extent where one finally senses and finally realises that the real part of oneself is but a part of all of the real expression in the universe, and that one is not separated from the rest of humanity and is not an individual, but an inseparable segment of the universal self or whole.’ H. Spencer Lewis

‘Though we may not be able to control what happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.’ Benjamin Franklin

‘How ignorant is he who knows all but not himself?’ Validovar

‘True knowledge is based on true tolerance, from this true tolerance comes absolute comprehension, and true comprehension brings peace, which enelightens and purifies.’ Nicolas Roerich

‘So many Gods, so many creeds,
so many paths that wind and wind,
when just the art of being kind
is all this sad world needs.’
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Taken from this interesting little documentary on Rosicrusianism:

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Freedom from fear – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelled, felt or thought,expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Messages from His Holiness the Dalai Lama – 4th March 2015

I am travelling around India at the moment and had the luck and great pleasure of spending time at the Long Life Offering today for H.H. The Dalai Lama in Mcleod Ganj, the home of the Tibetan community and government in exile. Pictures and messages from the Dalai Lama are found everywhere here and I thought I’d share a few that I read whilst having a coffee and reflecting on the wonderful ceremony.

The peaceful and compassionate attitude that the Dalai Lama embodies gives us all hope for a brighter tomorrow.  If he can forgive the Chinese government for their atrocities in Tibet, then forgiveness must be an option for all of us (at all times). 

For more on my travels in India, have a look at the ‘The Jalebi Express’.

Free Tibet!

“If you think that you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them humanity cannot survive.”

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.”

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

“I think that true religion is the kind heart.”

Today the Dalai Lama finished the ceremony with these words:

In short, may all the vast prayers of aspiration
The lord Avalokiteshvara made for the land of Tibet
In the presence of the Buddhas and their bodhisattva heirs,
Swiftly come to positive fruition here and now!

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‘O Traveller! Listen!’ – Swami Sivananda

 

Swami Sivananda

All quotes here taken from the book ‘Voice of the Himalayas’ by Swami Sivananda, a true yogi, who was consumed for much of his life by ‘vairagya’, desirelessness born of love for the eternal.  His path was Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service.

LOVE AND KINDNESS GOES WITHOUT SAYING.

‘Make others happy and joyful, your own happiness will, multiply one thousand fold.’

‘Awaken thy heart.  O Man!  Happiness is here and now.  Become a friend of humanity.  Become a radiant yogi.  Strive.  Endeavour.’

‘Life is a play, play well thy part in the drama.’

‘You can elevate others only if you can elevate yourself.  A prisoner cannot liberate other prisoners.’

‘Absolute is free.  Know this and be free, free, free,,,,,,,,!’

‘Man needs sympathy, kindness and brotherhood.’

‘The mind will grow calmer and calmer, you will be able to see your defects.’

‘Think correctly.  Decide carefully.  Work diligently.’

‘Life a war between opposing forces, they are to be pacified in a high expansive consciousness.  They dissolve inner truth that melt into the bosom of the Reality with a paternal embrace.’

‘Senses given to be utilized consciously and deliberately for the attainment of something altogether above and beyond the farthest reaches of the senses.’

‘Thought is a shadow of truth, the shadow gives an idea of substance.  Illusion has to be pierced by illusion itself.’

‘The world is a product of your mind which is a product of ignorance.  You cannot expect lasting bliss here.  Look within and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul.’

‘We live in our emotions, in the lower mind, no idea of intuition.’

‘Drive this body car intelligently.  Relax perfectly.  Breathe rythmically.  Meditate regularly.  You will enjoy happiness, health and long life.’

‘Disharmony of word, thought and deed is the cause for all troubles, miseries and quarrels in this world.’

‘Do not bother about spiritual experience, go ahead with sadhana (service), knowledge dawns of its own accord.’

‘Do not tell anybody of your spiritual experience that you gain.’

‘Of what use is a sensuous life/ momentary enjoyment.  Seek the bliss eternal in your Atman (soul).’

‘Sensual pleasure is never complete or full.’

‘Crave for a thing, you’ll get it.  Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.’

‘True selflessness is a constant meditation on reality, an intense and continuous affirmation of indivisible existence.’

‘The only way to progress is ethical perfection and selfless service, not to connect with the limited pleasures of asceticism.’

‘The Divine Life – a life in the centre, limitless, bliss and brilliance of the heart of Infinity.’

‘Tread the path of truth.  Meditate, hear the voice of silence.  Enter the silence.’

‘Comrade!  March fearlessly.  Be patient.  Success is sure!’

‘Come!  Learn the lesson in Yoga practice.  Meditate.  Tear the veil. Go.  Dwell in peace!’

BE GOOD, DO GOOD, SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURIFY, MEDITATE, REALISE…….

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“Earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Amalfi Coast - Above Positano, June '14

The Amalfi Coast – Above Positano, June ’14

I’ve been reading a little Ralph recently and here are some snapshots of wisdom:

 

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

 

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

 

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

 

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

 

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

 

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

 

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

 

Always do what you are afraid to do.

 

A man is what he thinks about all day long.

 

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

 

Earth laughs in flowers.

 

A great man is always willing to be little.

 

All mankind loves a lover.

 

Trust men and they will be true to you, treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

 

Common sense is genius dressed in its work clothes.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Some Thoughts on Yoga and Yoga Asana


Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

Teach what is in you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other. (T. Krishnamacharya)

Before you’ve practised, the theory is useless. After you’ve practised, the theory is obvious.

Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving and the object will follow you by itself. (Swami Sivananda)

The difference between yoga and bodybuilders is that bodybuilders have a body of a bull and the heart of gazelle – and yogis the heart of a bull and the body of a gazelle. (Sri Kartakeya)

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. (Swami Chidananda)

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds:
Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. (Patanjali)

The pose begins when you want to leave it.

Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. (Yoga Sutras)

In the lamp of the heart; put the oil of dispassion, insert the wick of devotion, and kindle the light of knowledge, by constant meditation; The darkness of ignorance will be dispelled and you will be fully illumined. (Swami Sivananda)

Do your practice, the rest is coming. (Patthabi Jois)

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Brahma – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘I believe in eternity’

 

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain thinks he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanquished gods to me appear;
and one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Bramhin sings.

The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.

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There is one mind common to all individuals.

We know that the ancestor of action is thought…..The rich mind lies in the sun and sleeps, and is Nature.  To think is to act….Action and inaction are alike to the true.

Every soul must know the whole lesson itself…..what it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know…..

Nothing is secure but life, transition, the emerging spirit.

Live ever in a new day.  Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.

Everything good is on the highway.

Speech, like writing, is a regrettable necessity. 

R.W.E.

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An Almost Infinite Library of Inspiring Words and Images via friends at Spirit Science and Metaphysics

Today, I sit here, my head immersed in cyber space via this wonderful little plastic portal of mine (which I bought in Manila for peanuts) just beside the midday kitchen window, festooned in colourful flowers, a rampant aloe plant, its tentacles reaching for the sky, and perfect spirals drawn in wet crayon by the ever lovely Jane.  Above are amulets collected from climes further East of here (or its that the far West?), a mobile made up of coloured welsh glass, fairy lights and the silver/ slate grey light that brings life to these verdant green hills.

So, I sit here, legally high on coffee (some stimulation for the biological mass that has long been part of mystical reflection or just plain old pondering), listening to Touareg’s chant and clap under deep Saharan skies, near a watermelon and the patterns of wax in last nights candle, whole almonds and a small wooden Buddha (from a market in Thailand).  A photography of a wise (is there any other) Bull Elephant stares back at me from the wall, a carved white dove and an ancient looking painting of Shiva and Parvati, nursing an orange Ganesha as a tiger sleeps by their fire, a human skull balances on a copper urn, they drink milk from a clay bowl, deep in a cave.

……this is ground control, this is a not too distant cymbal chiming, this is fresh air passing through, this is woolly slippers on cork floor, this is the prism, the wonder and the joy of being, in a cottage…………..AH!  The crunch of an apple (sometime)…..

I sit here in a form of cosmic union, effortlessly unspeakable and rapt in fascination, viewing the below images and quotes from friends over on a Facebook page named ‘Spirit Science and Metaphysics’ and feeling grateful for the bounty of this vision and the immutable beauty to be found there within.

I step outside to breath in a deeper nature, smelling damp earth and the musk of heather, our hawthorn tree is flowering and in it my sight diffuses to witness gods dancing and laughing in the patterns of its weathered bark, and at sunset, the way the potato plants sway in no breeze draws me deeper into a crystallised state of a rapt twilight wonder, fixed on the fluidity of natural perfection, all moves in unison and the universal dance goes on and on.  On eternal bliss, I teeter, that which incarnates wherever the whistle may blow and that tickles me pink.

I see our cat lying below a wooden bench, stretched out like superman, seemingly oblivious to the busy bees that flit about the courgette flowers.  I feel these thick rock walls and know that they are breathing too.

So here we have it, the modestly epic consequence of caffeine and keyboards….

The internet is so many things, a channel to titilate the mind, a window to more enlightened states of being, a web of connectivity that transcends all boundaries, the saviour of the human race from destructive tenedencies?  How we wield this tool is all important, it has awesome powers.  With the right application/ intention it could create a profound sense of oneness which will spread as we discern our own truth, that which abounds and unifies within all the passwords and profusion of information.  All these tangible ‘access codes’ to the ‘mysterious’ doorway of self discovery.  So real, so immediate, so simple yet ever evolving and illusive.

I now immerse myself in these digital streams, this river of driftwood seeking, like a rock, my mind falls into a pool of almost infinite knowledge (PLOP!), my intuition whisks me where I must be going.  Quite a trip through the wormholes of cyber space, deeper and beyond!  Its all richness layered with greater richness, dissolving as a sugar cube in a cup of freshly brewed chai.

The secrets have been laid bare, the instruction manuals are all there to be used and abused; in black and white, green and red, image and word, all old and all new, westernised and easternised, they just need translating into our living, breathing, thinking form.  The mind, ours free to re-wire and tamper with, wipe clean and leave it that way.  How wonderful!  What a gift!  What a glorious conundrum.

I ask myself, “am I being mindful when operating this little plastic gadget?”  The internet can draw me into a space which is the polar opposite of a meditative state, if I can in some way align the two, I have a fruitful internet session and incredible things begin to mingle and meld on the screen.  This is exactly what is happening now.

Gloriously conscious in this state, vibrant for a time in the richness of being, free to contemplate an end to knowing as a white butterfly passes.

I have surely expressed enough.  From my window to yours, I wish all things love, peace, happiness and a deeper sense of something else stirring their soup.

A humble wish, that you enjoy (in-joy!) the below as much as I did when reading through them.

Namaste fellow turtles and wanderersX

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body – George Carlin

Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein

“Matter is energy (light), whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” – Albert Einstein

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali

Gandhi was once asked: “What do you think of Western civilization?” “I think it would be a good idea,” he replied.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Live Love Meditate Realise

XXXXXXXXThe TurtleXXXXXXXXXX

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Do you want to be the creator or the victim? – An evening with Ram Dass

“Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

“If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”

Worth a watch just for the crochet story alone…….

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

“Be here now.”

Ram Dass

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‘A reflection of us all’ – John Lennon

John Lennon

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try to express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

John Lennon

Quote taken from the collection – A Turtle Awake – Inspirational Wisdom of Great Love

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