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Medititation 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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Pranava

Having taken as a bow the great weapon of the Secret Teaching, One should fix in it the arrow sharpened by constant Meditation. Drawing it with a mind filled with That (Brahman) Penetrate, O bright youth, that Immutable Mark.   The pranava (AUM) is the bow; the arrow is the self; Brahman is said to be the mark. With heedfulness It is to be penetrated; Become one with It as the arrow in the mark.   ...

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The Luster of Wisdom

Learn from these facets of Nature; though trampled on by all, be firm in your adversity like the earth itself ; from these mountains which hold their mineral and other resources for the welfare of the world, learn that you must live for others and not for yourself; like the wind, you must be able to pass through unhindered; all pervasive, touching everything; yet itself untouched; the sky is verily the shin ...

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The Chambered Nautilus

This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,    Sails the unshadowed main,—    The venturous bark that flings On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,    And coral reefs lie bare, Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.   Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;    Wrecked is the ship of pearl!    And every chambered cell, Where its dim ...

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The Infinite and the Finite

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 function 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 in expecting the experiences of the ...

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Comforts of Life

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.   With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a  more simple and meager life than the poor.  The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindu, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in in ...

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The Memory of the Spirit

It is only when I turn to the literature of vision and intuition, to the sacred books and to half sacred tradition, to the poets and seers, that I find a grandiose conception of nature in which every spiritual experience is provided for. I have not entered the paradises they entered but what little I know finds its place in the universe of their vision. Whether they are Syrian, Greek, Egyptian or Hindu, the ...

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The Lake of Beauty

Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store. All that you have within you, all that your heart desires, all that your Nature so specifically fits you for — that or the counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you. It will surely come to you. Yet equally surely not one moment before its appointed time will it come. ...

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Fiery Brooding

The meditation they urged on us has been explained as the 'inexpressible yearnings of the inner man to go out into the infinite.' But that Infinite we would enter is living.  It is the ultimate being of us. Meditation is a fiery brooding on that majestical Self.  We imagine ourselves into Its vastness.  We conceive ourselves as mirroring Its infinitudes,  as moving in all things, as living in all beings, in ...

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