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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.


          Vocalism, measure, concentration, determination, and the divine power to speak words; Are you full-lung'd and limber-lipp'd from long trial? from vigorous practice? from physique? Do you move in these broad lands as broad as they? Come duly to the divine power to speak words? For only at last after many years, after chastity, friendship, procreation, prudence, and nakednes ...

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          All consciousness is a kind of attention.  It begins the moment we awake from sleep, though it is partially present in our dreams.  It began in our infancy when we first took notice of forms around us.  At that time, though extremely limited, it was pure and uncomplicated by any self-conscious notions and associations.  These associations were necessary to link up objects ...

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The Sense of Wonder

          The sense of wonder certainly deprives the mind of those penultimate certainties that we had up till then taken for granted - and to that extent wonder is a form of disillusionment, though even that has its positive aspect, since it means being freed from an illusion; and it becomes clear that what we had taken for granted was not ultimately self-evident.  But further than ...

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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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