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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.

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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Universal Responsibility

There are no national or man-made boundaries in religion.  Religion can and should be used by anyone who finds it beneficial.  One might, for example, employ some of the efficacious Buddhist meditative techniques without becoming a Buddhist.  What is important is for each seeker to choose the way most suitable for himself. Religion is, at best, a tool to help us control our minds. The aim is to transform th ...

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All Beings as Myself

"Sit evenly, erect, at ease, with palms folded on the lap, with eyes fixed on the nose, cleanse your lungs by taking a deep breath, holding it in and then discharging it, raise in your heart the OM sounding like the tolling of a bell, and in the lotus of your heart, contemplate My form as encircled by light. The path of knowledge is for those who are weary of life; those who still have desires should pursue ...

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Fragrances

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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