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expression of the inexpressible

After silence,  that which comes  nearest to expressing the inexpressible  is music. 
 Aldous Huxley 
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live in joy

Live in Joy, In love,
Even among those who hate.

Live in joy, In health,
Even among the afflicted. Live in joy, In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

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the habit of being grateful

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

do not dwell in the past

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future,  concentrate the mind on  the present moment.
The Buddha

planting the seeds of goodness

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity • Robert A. Heinlein

We may never know how many dreams may have been destroyed by the words of others. How many lives took a different turn because of lack of encouragement? 
What if you could have been a very different person if only someone did not repeat it to you over and over again that you are useless? What if you gave up long time ago because people who loved you told you that you would never make it? What if someone told you that you were too stupid, too ugly, too poor, too young, too old to even make it in a big world? What if that person was someone you loved and trusted? 
What if the chronic seed of insecurity was planted in your heart long time ago and today you still struggle to become a respected human being? 
I know people who had chosen “smaller” lives because their wings were cut off when they were young. Like many others I als…

white lotus meditation

Like a lotus flower  that grows out of the mud  and blossoms  above the muddy water surface,  we can rise above  our defilements  and sufferings of life. 

Imagine that you are a lotus seed buried beneath a muddy lotus pond. There is mud all around you, and you can feel them clearly. Above you, above this muddy pool of dirt, mud and filth, are sunshine and air. You are not disheartened as you begin your journey towards the surface. 
With a determined heart, you begin to wiggle in the earth. You grow roots deep, deep into the mud. Your little stem grows up slowly. Suddenly, "pop" you are out of the mud! Your stem grows higher and higher, taller and taller. You rise up slowly fighting against the muddy water. All of a sudden, you are out of the muddy pond! You reach up towards the warm sun, shining down on you. 
Your lotus bud begins to grow on top of your stem. It expands and grows larger and larger, finally bursting into full bloom. A white lotus flower. You stand beautifully above th…

washed away

Go down to the beach before the tide comes in And write your your worries on the sand Then watch the ocean come in  And wash them away...
Maithri Goonetilleka Yogi

bodies of light

A new book is taking people into another dimension of being. Bodies of Light offers a simple technique that can be learned in a relatively short time. Once mastered, the technique helps you align your energies with the universal source of Light.

From the amazon website:
Are you ready to begin the ultimate journey into the light? Bodies of Light is an adventure into your own energetic field. You are on the road to your very "best life" within the light. Be whatever you desire. Have whatever you desire. Do whatever you desire. For it's all within the light! Unlimited quantities of energy are within your grasp this very moment. Every body can do it--everyone and everyone's body.

You are about to clear your chakras and meridians with a method like tai chi or qi gong. It's like doing acupuncture with self-directed thought every time you do it! Discover how the light can be used to repair strands of your DNA. Learn how to wash away dis-ease from your body wi…

ahamkara mudra

Ahamkara mudra is one of the most powerful mudras for self-assertion and confidence. It helps the practitioner to combat fear and dispel timidity and find his or her center of being.

Ahamkara is a Sanskrit term to describe egoism, self-conceit or the self-consciousness. The word means literally "I-maker."

To form ahamkara mudra bend your index finger slightly. Place your thumb on the middle phalanx of the index finger and exert a slight pressure Keep the middle, ring and small fingers stretched out.

Ahamkara mudra should be formed with both hands during meditation. You should be able to hold it for a few minutes and perform it on regular basis, especially if fear and doubt dominate your daily affairs. This mudra will help you strengthen your will to face difficulties without fear. It will empower you and give you courage on your personal journey. 

By Dominique Allmon

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listen...

Listen to your inner voice… for it is a deep and powerful source of wisdom, beauty and truth, ever flowing through you… Learn to trust it, trust your intuition, and in good time, answers to all you seek to know will come, and the path will open before you. - Caroline Joy Adams


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healing properties of citirine

Citrine is a silicon dioxide (quartz) mineral whose color ranges from light yellow, orange-yellow, amber to rusty brown. Natural citrine rarely occurs in nature. Most commercially sold citrine is a actually heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Sometimes citrine is found together with amethyst. The cluster is then referred as ametrine. Citrine is mined in Brazil, Russia, Myanmar, France, Spain, Great Britain, Madagascar and the USA.
citrine cluster
Citrine forms hexagonal crystals that often occur as clusters of small pyramids on a geode base or as short, stubby terminated crystal that exist alone or in drusy aggregates.

Citrine is a purifying and energizing stone that carries the joyful healing energy of the sun. It is believed that citrine has the power to expand and purify the aura and to align the chakras. It is often used to purify and activate the solar plexus chakra, but it also has the ability to clear and amplify the crown chakra and open pathways to increased creativity …

vajra mudra

Mudras are symbolic hand gestures that are often to heal the mind-body. Since ancient times mudras represent a non-verbal form of communication and spiritual expression. They are used as symbols of divine powers or the deities themselves. 

Mudras were widely used in the Hindu and Buddhist art to express the capacity in which a deity was represented. In its highest form mudras were used to evoke the invisible forces that operated in the mundane sphere. 
But mudras are not only symbols of divine manifestation. They are used by the spiritually inclined people in their practice of meditation and concentration, and are believed to generate forces attributed to a particular aspect of the deity. They allow the practitioner to align and strengthen his own energy flow.
Vajra mudra is a gesture of the fiery thunderbolt. It symbolizes the five elements: air, water, fire, earth, and metal. It is supposed to transform ignorance into wisdom. On the physical plane, vajra mudra is believ…

quote of the day

Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place. 
Kurt Vonnegut


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the master and the thief

One evening, Zen master Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras when a thief entered his house with a sharp sword, demanding "money or life". Without any fear, Shichiri said, "Don't disturb me! Help yourself with the money, it's in that drawer". And then, without paying any attention to the thief,  he resumed his recitation.

The thief was startled by this unexpected reaction, but he proceeded with his business anyway. While he was helping himself to the money, the master stopped and called, "Don't take all of it. Leave some for me to pay my taxes tomorrow". The thief left some money behind and prepared to leave. Just before he left, the master suddenly shouted at him, "You took my money and you didn't even thank me?! That's not polite!". This time, the thief was really shocked at such fearlessness. He thanked the master and ran away. The thief later told his friends that he had never been so fri…

quote of the day

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life  in your own way. 
Christopher Morley

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simple pleasures

The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. - Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), American Author, Teacher and Journalist

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quote of the day

The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and consciousness cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and will cannot evolve involuntarily. The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and doing cannot be the result of things which (simply) happen. - G. I. Gurdjieff




blind men and the elephant

One day the Buddha received his disciples who came to see him with a nagging problem. "Sir, in Savatthi there are many wandering hermits and scholars who indulge in constant dispute and we are confused by what we hear. Some of them say that the world is infinite and eternal, others that it is finite and not eternal. Some say that the soul dies with the body, others that it lives on forever. They all sound very convincing so who is right?"

To answer their questions the Buddha told them an old story: "Once upon a time there was a raja who called to his servant and said, 'Come, good fellow, go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind and show them an elephant. I want to describe the elephant to me the best way they can.' 'Very good, sire,' replied the servant, and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled in a courtyard, 'Here before you is an elephant. The mighty raja wants you to describe…

quote of the day

So many of us today are concerned about the extinction of all the species that the western world is wiping out. But there’s hardly anyone who notices the most extraordinary threat of all: the extinction of our knowledge of what we are. - Peter Kingsley

Illustration For Edgar Allan Poe's Al Aaraaf
by Edmund Dulac

three kings - the wise men from the east

by Jack Zavada
The Three Kings, or Magi, are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew. Few details are given about these men in the Bible, and most of our ideas about them actually come from tradition or speculation. Scripture does not say how many wise men there were, but it is generally assumed three, since they brought three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
 The Magi by Henry Siddons Mowbray, 1915
The Three Kings recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah while he was still a child, and traveled thousands of miles to worship him. They doggedly followed a star which led them to Jesus. By the time they met Jesus, he was in a house and was a child, not an infant, implying they arrived a year or more after his birth. Their gifts symbolize Christ's identity and mission: gold for a king, incense for God, and myrrh, used to anoint the dead. God honored the wise men by warning them in a dream to go home by another route and not to report back to King Herod.
The Three …