Yoga Methods In Christian Mysticism

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In the christian tradition the spiritual life has been classically divided into three stages, called by the saints and mystics the stage of purgation, the stage of illumination and the stage of union. When one reads the writings of the Christian mystics it is clear what they mean by these three stages. The first concerns…

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Life Without Limits

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What is the life without limits? It is the realisation through our tranquil and harmonised mind that our true Self transcends all limitations. It is not affected by what happens to our body or by the influences that colour our mind as we respond to the various challenges that meet us in life. Body and…

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Realising the Truth at the Centre of Life

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This is the latest book by the Warden of Shanti Sadan. The non-dual teachings offer a means to inner peace, freedom from fear and lasting fulfilment, through Self-knowledge. The path involves learning, absorbing and ultimately awakening to the direct experience that our true Self is not different, in essence, from the reality underlying the universe.…

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The Illumined Understanding

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The Illumined Understanding is one of three books by this author. The others are Awakening to Self-Knowledge and Living Beyond Fear. Our highest potential is to find lasting inner freedom, fearlessness and fulfilment through Self-knowledge. This is to realise that our individuality has its source in an ultimate selfhood that has no limitations, and that our ‘I’ is, in…

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From The Divine Sports of Krishna

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Note: The three extracts below are from the Divine Sports of Krishna. Yashoda was Krishna’s adoptive mother in the village where he grew up. Mohan, Shyam and Gopal are among the names by which his devotees know him. Shesh is a traditional image of divinity, associated with great jewels. Says Yashoda: People lecture me, But…

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From Direct Experience of Reality: Verses 8 to 12

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Devoted trust (bhakti) in the words of the holy scriptures and the teacher is called faith (shraddha); one pointedness of the mind on the one real goal of life is called concentration (samadhana). [8] Commentary: The scriptures are above logic, though their truth can be established by right reasoning. Unless a pupil has faith in…

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The Crest Jewel of Wisdom verses 18-20

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From The Crest Jewel of Wisdom [18] The wise speak of four items of discipline. Only if these are present can a person become permanently established in reality, otherwise not. [19] The first qualification is discrimination of the permanent from the impermanent, then an attitude of detachment towards the enjoyment of all rewards in this…

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From the Ashtavakra Gita

From the Ashtavakra Gita Chapter Ten 1. Give up the chief enemy, desire for pleasure and for worldly prosperity, both being fraught with evil, as well as enslavement to dharma (good deeds) from which they spring. Note: The three objects of the worldly-minded are kāma (pleasure), artha (prosperity) and dharma (good deeds); but release from…

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On the Affirmations Underlying Yoga

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The spiritual affirmations which underlie this Yoga are tremendous and startling. If they awaken immediate antagonism in you, or shock you, this Yoga is very probably not for you at present. But if they arouse a feeling of awe, or even of curiosity, prepare to make the spiritual experiments which will prove their truth to…

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What Meditation Is

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To meditate means, in the preliminary and lower stages, to apply thought-force consciously; to produce harmony, both within and without; to obtain control over the mind and the emotions; and to open up the faculty of intuition or buddhi. Our individual minds, conditioned by our bodies, are but small fractions of the divine or cosmic…

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