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The Thought-Factor in Achievement

          All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man's; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and t ...

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Infinitude and Incompletion

          Much sorrow of man comes from his efforts, in imperfect understanding of his own nature, to crowd his universal life into his personal experience, to grasp and realize with the functions of the finite the suggestions of the infinite.  He is thus led to make too much of the joys and sorrows and circumstances of the person.  Conscious of universal instincts, his mistake lies ...

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Lift Thy Head Oh Lanoo

    "Lift thy head, oh Lanoo; dost thou see one, or countless lights above thee, burning in the dark midnight sky?"     "I sense one Flame, oh Gurudeva, I see countless undetached sparks shining in it."     "Thou sayest well. And now look around and into thyself. That light which burns inside thee, dost thou feel it different in anywise from the light that shines in thy Brother-men?"     "It is in no way di ...

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The Self-Governed Sage

“A man is said to be confirmed in spiritual knowledge when he forsaketh every desire which entereth into his heart, and of himself is happy and content in the Self through the Self.  His mind is undisturbed in adversity; he is happy and contented in prosperity, and he is a stranger to anxiety, fear and anger.  Such a man is called a Muni.  When in every condition he receives each event, whether favorable or ...

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Marriage of True Minds

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove; Oh no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken. It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass c ...

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Passing the Torch

At the present time one of the most urgent needs is for a simplification of Theosophical teachings. Theosophy is simple enough; it is the fault of its exponents if it is made complicated, abstruse or vague. Yet inquiring people are always complaining that it is too difficult a subject for them, and that their education has not been deep enough to enable them to understand it. This is greatly the fault of th ...

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Compensations and Calamity

And yet the compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time. A fever, a mutilation, a cruel disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends, seems at the moment unpaid loss, and unpayable. But the sure years reveal the deep remedial force that underlies all facts. The death of a dear friend, wife, brother, lover, which seemed nothing but privation, som ...

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Tapas

Well considered, the distinctive mark Of consummate tapas comes to this: The steady, unbroken current of awareness That this bewildering, variegated crowd Of world-appearances is all Self-made, Concealing and revealing bu the Self.   True tapas which establishes One in the Self-supreme is but The concentrated bliss of pure awareness Silently experienced as Shiva.   Birds in the air and fish in wat ...

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Meditation Upon AUM

O Satyakama, AUM is the Supreme Brahman and the conditioned Brahman. By meditating upon It the wise man may attain either the one or the other. If he meditates upon one letter (matra) alone and is enlightened thereby, then after death he will quickly be reborn on this earth. The Rik verses lead him to the world of men, and by practicing austerity, chastity and faith, he will enjoy greatness. If he meditates ...

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A Great Circle

"Close your eyes, and from your own consciousness of perception try and think outward to the extremest limits in every direction. You will find that equal lines or rays of perception extend out evenly in all directions, so that the utmost effort of perception will terminate in the vault of a sphere. The limitation of this sphere will, of necessity, be a great Circle, and the direct rays of thought in any an ...

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