By concentration and discipline the mind can remember that its main source is the the cosmic mind of God

The cosmic mind helps the individual mind when the individual mind can establish a channel with the cosmic mind. The cosmic mind is like a glacier and individual minds are like the small streams that flow from the glacier. If by concentration and discipline the mind can remember that its main source is the glacier …

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Christ’s appearances were not hallucinations, but forms assumed by the Lord for his devotees

The evening of the third day after Friday, the day of the crucifixion, and it is the day when Christ made the first of a number of appearances to his disciples. They were not expecting anything of the sort-in fact when Mary Magdalene and others first reported what they had seen, the closest disciples did …

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Yoga makes its own experiments. It investigates consciousness directly

The steps in yoga, says Patajali’s Yoga Sütra, are: Faith, Energy, Memory, Samādhi meditation, Prajñā-knowledge, That rules me out’, replies the sceptic; ‘one cannot believe to order. I don’t accept these things in the first place.’ ‘You are not asked to believe’, replies yoga, ‘it is suggested only that you experiment.’ Yoga makes its own …

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In Christianity and Islam, many early converts were the relatively disadvantaged

In Christianity and Islam, many early converts were the relatively disadvantaged women and slaves who gained much. In Buddhism on the other hand, the early converts were mostly Brahmins, who had everything to lose. The uneducated simply could not understand doctrines like no-self. When it went to other countries, Buddhism first converted the king or …

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In Dante’s Paradiso the Poet is transported to a heavenly realm resembling a vast eagle

In Dante’s Paradiso the Poet is transported to a heavenly realm resembling a vast eagle, in whose eye he sees standing Moses and other prophets. A doubt occurs to him, as it has occurred before in different forms. A man is born on Indus banks, And none is there that speaks of Christ Nor reads …

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St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians warns against degeneration into a human personality cult

St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians warns against degeneration into a human personality cult. Paul hardly ever quotes the words of the human incarnation: he taught the cosmic Christ: The whole universe has been created through him and for him. He exists before everything and all things are held together in him. Through him God …

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What is called evolution really is a process of unfoldment

A law governing life is unfoldment. What is called evolution really is a process of unfoldment. The divine spirit is hidden within every being, every atom, and under the care of the grace of the Lord it is unfolding itself slowly but surely. What Darwin has called the transformation of the species is nothing but …

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The main doctrines of the Upanishads, by a careful Christian student of them

The Hindu Scriptures are called the Veda or, as they are divided into four sections, the Vedas, the word Veda meaning knowledge. Each of these four sections, namely the Rig-Veda, the Tajur-Veda, the Sama- Veda and the Arthava-Veda, consists of Mantras (hymns), Brahmanas (liturgical treatises), Aranyakas (meditations for forest dwellers) and Upanishads (philosophical works). According …

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Our own consciousness is not other than the Christ consciousness

The  words of Christ: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” St. John’s words: “He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen cannot love God whom he hath not seen”. Our goal is Infinite Love. True love itself evokes love. So the great love of God finds its echo …

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Is there any fundamental conflict between the teachings of Yoga and Christianity ?

It must be confessed that the answer to this question depends on the meaning we attach to the term “ Christianity.” Yoga is a practical science leading to the discovery that man’s real self is identical with God. As such, it is the friend and ally of every religious worshipper in the world, for it …

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The Kingdom of Heaven is not in the world of time or space

Reality is two-fold. One aspect of Reality is passing and the other is permanent. That which is passing is called phenomenal and that which is permanent is called Truth. What is permanent? Truth is permanent; consciousness is permanent; blissfulness is permanent. These are the three permanent states or values of man’s life which are called …

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Goodwill towards virtue is a great spiritual quality

Goodwill towards virtue is a great spiritual quality, and it is placed very high because the human mind feels such relief at pulling down something felt to be greater than itself. In the list of doshas in the Chapter of the Self, spite, false speech, and backbiting all have reference to the vice of jealousy …

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Compassion towards suffering

Compassion towards suffering is the second of the four bhavana exercises. Bhavana in Sanskrit has the sense of saturating, steeping, completely infusing, psychologically it means something which permeates the whole mental life. The yogi exercises compassion in his thinking, in his meditation, and in his action which springs from them. He is expected to find …

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In Christianity, we can see the inspiration of service in its full glory

In Christianity, we can see the inspiration of service in its full glory. There is service in Buddhism, there is service in Islam, but there is nothing like the great orders of service that Christianity produced. I had never noticed it but a foreigner from the Far East said to me, “Your hospitals have the …

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