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True Love

True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding that grows bright Gazing on many truths; 't is like thy light, Imagination! which from earth and sky, And from the depths of human fantasy, As from a thousand prisms and mirrors, fills The universe with glorious beams, and kills Error, the worm, with many a sun-like arrow Of its reverberating lightni ...

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The Allegorical Umbrella

In the Upanishads we read the invocation: “Reveal, O Pushan, that face of the true sun which is now hidden by a golden lid.” This has reference to the belief of all genuine occultists, from the earliest times to the present day, that there is a “true sun,” and that the sun we see is a secondary one; or, to put it in plainer language, that there is an influence or power in the sun which may be used if obtain ...

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Gandhi’s Talisman

I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.  Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore  him to a control over his own life and destiny?  In other words, will it lead to swara ...

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The Priceless Prize

Thou canst not buy true goodness in the market: Nor canst thou win it unto thee by distant pilgrimage: It dwelleth not in rich men's storehouses, Nor yet with hermits in the forest depths:   No gold can purchase it: It is not to be found in darksome mines below, Nor in the wide blue sky above:   One price alone can bring it unto thee, The giving of thy life:   If for the sake of this great pr ...

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Hints and Guesses

Men's curiosity searches past and future And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend The point of intersection of the timeless With time, is an occupation for the saint-- No occupation either, but something given And taken, in a lifetime's death in love, Ardour and selflessness and self-surrender. For most of us, there is only the unattended Moment, the moment in and out of time, The distraction fit, los ...

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Soaring Upwards

                There are two rungs of service That a person can come to know. The first is called Qatnut,   'the lesser service'. In this state you may know That there are many heavens encircling you, That the earth on which you stand is But a tiny point, And that all the world is nothing Before the Endless God — But even knowing all these things, You yourself cannot ...

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The Soul’s Pilot

Of that place beyond the heavens none of our earthly poets has yet sung, and none shall sing worthily.  But this is the manner of it, for assuredly we must be bold to speak what is true, above all when our discourse is upon truth.  It is there that true being dwells, without colour or shape, that cannot be touched, reason alone, the soul's pilot, can behold it, and all true knowledge is knowledge thereof.  ...

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Magnanimity

Magnanimity and contentment are very near allied; like brothers and sisters, they spring from the same parents but are of several features. Fortitude and Patience are kindred to this incomparable virtue. Moralists distinguish Magnanimity and Modesty by making the one the desire of greater, the other of less and inferior honours.  But in my apprehension there is more in Magnanimity.  It includes all that bel ...

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The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for ...

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Dwelling in Space

Just get rid Of that small mind That is called 'self', And there is nothing in the universe That can harm or hinder you.   How delightful it is To make all space Our dwelling -place! Our hearts and minds Are perfectly at ease. — Sengtsan ...

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