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
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
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
I know people who had chosen “smaller” lives because their wings were
cut off when they were young. Like many others I als…
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…
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.
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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.
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
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 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 …
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
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
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you
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.
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.
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…
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
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
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…
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
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 …