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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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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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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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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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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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