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Jewels in the Lotus: insights, inspirations, and illuminations from the rich heritage of the world’s wisdom traditions, which is the common inheritance of the family of man.


All life is LIVED: now this comes home to me. But who, then , lives it? Things that patiently Stand there, like some unfingered melody Sleeping within a harp as day is going? Is it the winds across the water blowing, Is it the branches beckoning each to each, Is it the flowers weaving fragrances, The ageing alleys stretching endlessly? Is it the warm beasts moving to and fro, The birds in alien flight that ...

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Theosophy in Daily Life

How shall we apply Theosophy in daily life?  First, to think what we are in reality, on arising; to endeavour to realize what this small segment of our great existence may mean in the long series of such existences: to resolve to live throughout the day from the highest of our realizations: to see in each event and circumstance a reproduction in small or in great of that which has been: and to deal with eac ...

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Right Proportion

Let man consider who he is and what he should and must become... Man needs more than common intelligence to know who he is; only he who studies him properly and knows whence he comes and who he is will also give profound attention to the eternal... Everything that man accomplishes or does, that he teaches or want to learn , must have its right proportion; it must follow its own line and remain within its ci ...

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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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Common be your prayer; Common be your goal; Common be your purpose; Common be your deliberation. Common be your wishes, Your hearts in concord, Your intentions in concord, Perfect be the union amongst you. —  Rig Veda   ...

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Let Thy Soul Lend It’s Ear

Thou canst not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself. Let thy soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the lotus bares it heart to drink the morning sun. Let not the fierce Sun dry one tear of pain before thyself hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye. But let each burning tear drop on thy heart and there remain; nor ever brush it off, until the pain that caused it is removed. ...

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Practical Brotherhood

It is he alone who has the love of humanity at heart, who is capable of grasping thoroughly the idea of a regenerating practical Brotherhood who is entitled to the possession of our secrets.  He alone, such a man — will never misuse his powers, as there will be no fear that he should turn them to selfish ends.  A man who places not the good of mankind above his own good is not worthy of becoming our chela — ...

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We have need of patience with ourselves and with others; with those below, and those above us, and with our own equals; with those who love us and those who love us not; for the greatest things and for the least; against sudden inroads of trouble, and under our daily burdens; disappointments as to the weather, or the breaking of the heart; in the weariness of the body, or the wearing of the soul; in our own ...

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Nothing Can Be Lost

If a man feels that what, without any fault of his own, he suffers in this life can only be the result of some of his former acts, he will bear his sufferings with more resignation, like a debtor who is paying off an old debt. And if he knows besides that in this life he may actually lay by moral capital for the future, he has a motive for goodness, which is not more selfish than it ought to be. The belief ...

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The Cooling of the Earth

The Tathagata is greatly to be honoured And profound in wisdom; For long has he kept secret this message, Not endeavouring hastily to declare it. The wise, if they hear it, Are able to accept and discern; The ignorant doubt and turn away, Losing it perpetually. Therefore, Kasyapa, According to their powers I preach to them With varied reasonings To bring them to right views. Know, Kasyapa! It is like a grea ...

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