Spirituality2018-07-08T20:31:35+00:00

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Order and Connection, A Quote from Vine Deloria Jr.

“…From observing the world around them, they could see orderly processes that marked the way organic life behaved.  From the obvious motions of the sun and moon to the effects of periodic winds, rains, and snows, the regularity of nature suggested some greater power that guaranteed enough stability to be reliable and within which lives [...]

War, Peace, Reconciliation, by Glenda Taylor

This article, War, Peace, Reconciliation, is by Glenda Taylor, who notes:  "I wrote this in 1989, but amazingly, as I read it in the year 2018, it is as current today as ever it was then!" Last month in our home town, a young man hanged him­self. In another small town a few weeks later, [...]

Honoring Our Foremothers: Mirabai

(Unfortunately, I cannot now find my source for the following, but will gratefully credit it when I do!  Perhaps I wrote it using a number of different references.  I’ve had this version for a long time.  GT) Mirabai was born around 1498 in a village about 300 miles southwest of Delhi, India. She lived during [...]

Transformation: Quotations

  “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”   Joseph Campbell   “If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to [...]

Spiritual Diversity: Quotations

From The World's Religions, by Huston Smith: “Muslims point out that Muhammad incorporated into his charter for Medina the principle of religious toleration that these verses announce. They regard that document as the first charter of freedom of conscience in human history and the authoritative model for those of every subsequent Muslim state. It decreed [...]

Andrew Harvey on “Chanting Om”

"Lama Govinda tells us in his Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism" “the sound values of om and their symbolic interpretation (in the Upanishads) are described in the following manner:  O is a combination of “A” and “U”, the whole syllable…consists of three elements… A-U-M.  Since om is the expression of the highest faculty of consciousness, these [...]

Quotation from Andrew Harvey, contemporary mystic, scholar, poet, spiritual activist, on “Paradox”

“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey…Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all [...]

“Who Can Tell…” a Poem by Sufi Mystic Allama Iqbal

Who can tell what miracles Love has in store for us If only we have the courage To become one with It? Everything we think we know now Is only the beginning Of another knowing that itself has no end. And everything we now can accomplish Will seem derisory to us When the powers of our [...]

From “A Sense of the Cosmos: Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Truth”

“…Every day, in almost all its branches, the revelations of modern science offer evidence that the universe, reality itself, is alive—alive beyond all imagining.  All those who love science must know this truth in their bones, whatever may be the view officially sanctioned in the corridors of our universities and institutions of research.  In any [...]

Excerpts from “The Invisibles” by David Abram in Parabola, Vol. 31. No. 1

“…A feel for the mysterious and the unseen is thus entirely proper to our experience of the material surroundings.  Invisibility is not, first and foremost, an attribute of some supernatural domain beyond the sensuous, but is integral to our encounter with material nature itself.  While there exist around us many shapely and richly colored things [...]

Desire and Will According to the Upanishads

Excerpts From The Upanishads, ancient accounts of mystical revelations from the Vedas, Hindu’s oldest  holy scriptures “Narada once came to Sanatkumara and asked to be taught.  To Sanatkumara’s question, “What have you already studied?” Narada replied that he had studied all the branches of learning–art, science, music, and philosophy, as well as the sacred scriptures.  [...]

Intentions and Expectations: Quotations from the Christian Gospels

Words of Jesus as remembered by John “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto the Father.  And Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the [...]

Intention and Expectation: Quotations

“In caring for others and serving heaven, there is nothing like using restraint.  Restraint begins with giving up one’s own ideas.  This depends on Virtue gathered in the past.  If there is a good store of Virtue, then nothing is impossible.  If nothing is impossible, then there are no limits....”  Lao Tzu, 600 BC, translated [...]

Individualism: Quotations

“Normal comes from normaliter, meaning in a straight line, directly.    The 16th and 17th century meaning of ‘normal’ was rectangular, perpendicular, standing at a right angle.    The word in our usage today, however, connotes average, usual, regular, not deviant.    Thus it has to do with statistical certainty, and with ideal standards.    As Hillman says, “in [...]

Darsan

Hindu Concept of “Taking Darsan,” by Daniel J. Boorstin, in The Creators “Taking darsan means seeing, being seen, in the truest sense of the word. “What sanctifies the worshiper is no act of conversion, no change of spirit, but the simple act of seeing, the Hindi word darsan. A Hindu goes to a temple not to [...]