Meaning of image worship
“An image is not of itself, nor is it for itself. It rather springs from the thing whose reflection it is and belongs to it with all its being. It owes nothing to a thing other than that whose image it is; nothing else is at its origin. An image takes its being immediately from that of which it is the image and has one sole being with it, and it is that same being” ……………... Meister Eckhart, 13th century, Dominican Theologian and mystic
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The wisdom of Khalil Gibran and Paul Goodman is shared on the topic of "Silence, Solitude and Self-Knowledge". Please listen and reflect on the dee[ wisdom of these two great stalwarts.
TRANSCRIPTION OF “SILENCE-SOLITUDE-SELF KNOWLEDGE”
Greetings from Spark.
In today's audio podcast. I will be talking about “Silence Solitude and Self-knowledge”. This is in the category of mystical messages. There are a number of contemporary mystics who lived among us in the 19th and 20th century. And I would like to take their wisdom in dealing with this particular subject.
Two and a half millennia after Lau Tzu, and the century before Le Guin and Barry, Khalil Gibran who lived between 1883 and 1931 and was the great philosopher, poet, of the highest order and most timeless in his outpouring of wisdom, and he addressed the relationship between silence, solitude, and self-knowledge in a portion of his 1923 Classic “Prophet”.
Here is what he says:
Here is some food for thought:
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. And when you can no longer well in the solitude of your heart. You will live your lips and sou“l is a diversion, and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its swing, but cannot fly. There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The Silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves. And they would escape. And there are those who talk without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth, which they themselves do not understand and there those who have truth within them but they will not tell it in words, the bosom of such of these., the Spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.”
20th century novelist, poet and playwright and psychotherapist, Paul Goodman, talks about silence, which is worth considering in this context.
Not speaking, and speaking are both human ways of being in the world. And there are kinds and grades of each. There is a dumb silence of slumber, or apathy. The sober silence that goes with the solemn animal face. The fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul Whence emerges new thoughts. The alive silence of alert perception. Ready to say …...This. This. The musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity. The Silence of listening to another speak. Catching the drift, and helping him to be clear, The noisy silence of resentment and self-recrimination loud and soft vocal speech. But sullen to say baffled silence. The Silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.
What a beautiful way of summarizing the different aspects of silence. This gives you enough thought to reflect. Thank you for listening and we'll see you in the next episode.
In this podcast, we continue to seek the deeper meaning in the dialogue between Nicodemus and Jesus in the Gospel of John, Chapter 3. While the first part of the episode covered verses 1 to 8 the second episode will delve into the deeper meaning conveyed by Christ to Nicodemus on the necessity of being born again through the spirit. Please listen and get spiritually benefitted.
In this audio podcast, an introduction is given to the progressive evolution of human consciousness from the stage of Hunter-gatherers to the present information age. The six tages, defined by Jean Gebser, will be taken up in a number of future episodes. Please listen and share.
In today's audio podcast in the category of mystical messages. I would like to read poetry is spiritual poetry, from St. John of the Cross. The title of this poem is “Dark Night of the Soul”. Please listen and share
In continuation of the audio podcast in the category “Sophia of Christ”, we will examine the second sign in chapter 3 of the Gospel John, which covers the conversation between Jesus with Nicodemus in two episodes. The First episode covers verses I to 8
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Today, we will talk the wisdom of a great Sufi master of the 13th century. Saadi of Shiraz. Two events and his responses to these experiences from his life demonstrates the deep wisdom of tthis Sufi master. Please listen, reflect and share.
Using the wisdom of Mandukya Upanishad, the four stages of human consciousness is studied. We also compare the similarities between Buddhism and Vedanta and the concept of Sunyata and Turiya. Please listen, reflect and share.
The spiritual significance of the miracles as signs for inner transformation is dealt with in John's Gospel. The symbols in the first sign, namely; the wedding at Cana, is discussed to provide a spiritual dimension for our own inner transformation. Please listen, reflect and share.
This 4-minute audio shares certain fundamental aspects of "Pure Awareness", which is the True Self. This audio gives the basic explanation of what is conscious experience both at the basic and elevated level as well as findings from scientific research on the role of the brain. The fundamental character of Pure Awareness is that it is beyond the prompting of perceptions and the constructs of the conditioned mind.
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Opening with two quotes one from Sufi Master and contemporary spiritual leader, the indissoluble link between what we call heaven and earth is brought out. The first quote is from Ibn al-'Arabi, was an Arab Andalusian Muslim scholar, mystic, poet, and philosopher, whose works have grown to be very influential beyond the Muslim world. His cosmological teachings became the dominant worldview in many parts of the Islamic world and the second quote is from Pope Francis. Please listen, reflect deeply and share.
In this short 3 minute podcast I provided a glimpse into what we assume to be true self awareness is only a conditioned and constantly modified entity. Plutarch's allegory of the 'Ship of Theseus' is brought out as a clear example. Please listen, enjoy and share.
This is a podcast in the series "Mystical Messages". In this podcast the poetry of Islamic mystic, Khawaja Abdulla Ansari (1006 – 1088), is read out and how this deep insight is reflected in the scientific study of paranormal observation as well as in the writings of 20th century economist E. F. Schumacher. The message is a constant elevation of our consciousness in this earthly life so that we ultimately move away from this duality and merge into the Divine.
A fairly detail analysis is done on the roles of Mary and Joseph in the Gospel narratives. The various books and their chronological importance and the community to which they wrote are also brought out The mythological mapping of Joseph, the patriarch, and Joseph as father of Jesus is provided to deconstruct the historical dimension of the New testament writters.
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We begin this podcast by tracing the origin of inquiry into the nature of consciousness from the Vedic period , Greek philosophy, Latin etymology and our current definition of consciousness through dedicated research. The impenetrable nature of consciousness and the various disciplines that are involved in the research into this field is brought out. Please listen and get emowered throgh this resource.
The character of Nathaniel appears only in the Gospel of John. This is also true of the character of the 'Beloved Disciple'. What is the etaphorical and spiritual significance of this character. Please listen and get enlightened.
"The sun is our second symbol of rebirth … When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die; that is the insight rendered in term of the solar mystery, the solar light." ………. Joseph Campbell, Mythological scholar in his book “Thou art That”
The gospel of John is very unique and has many deviations from the other three synoptic gospels. The glaring differences are pointed outin this podcast and will set the tone for further study of the 'Signs' or miracles from a deeply spiritual perspective.
I will be doing a series of podcasts in this series which will aid you to have better grasp of what consciousness is and how it is the most vital energy of our lives.
We will cover the following sections:
The history of the evolution of human consciousness - Hunter-Gatherer period (40,000 BCE - 10,000 BCE)
The history of the evolution of human consciousness - Agrarian period (10,000 BCE - 1300 CE)
The history of the evolution of human consciousness - Modern age (1300CE - 1700 CE)
The history of the evolution of human consciousness - Post Modern age (1700CE - )
Understanding of Consciousness - A spiritual perspective
Consciousness Studies - Cognitive and Neuroscience
Consciousness Studies - Modern discoveries
Understanding Consciousness - A revelation
Hope this series of podcasts will aid you in discovering your higher self.
A brief explanation of what I propose to speak on the the coming podcasts on the broad subject of 'Sophia of Christ'. Thhis will cover the spiritual meaning behind the miracles of Christ as detailed in Gospel of John. The wisdom sayings in the Gospel of John and the deep conversation between Christ and Mary Magdalen in the Gospel of Mary. Gospel of Thomas and Gospel of Mary are both apocryphal text but with great impact on imbibing Christ wisdom.
This is a poem on the Vedic mythology of "Samudhra Manthan". It illustrates the constant struggle between evil and good in this cosmos. Even the minor deities are not an exeption to this experience.
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