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50 Spiritual Classics

Tipo: Lista pré-estabelecida criada por PlaidStallion

Descrição: Books listed in 50 Spiritual Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon

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24,357 membros, 333 críticas
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PlaidStallion (28): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Instead of striving for great spiritual heights, gain peace and power from the acceptance of life as it is.

Too much knowledge had held him back, too many sacred verses, too many ritual rules, too much denial, too much doing and striving. He had been full of arrogance—always the smartest, always the most industrious, always a step ahead of everybody, always wise and spiritual, always the priest or sage. Into this priesthood, into this high-mindedness, into this spirituality, his ego had crept.

Most people, Kamala, are like fallen leaves that blow and whirl about in the air, then dip and fall to earth. But others, only a few, are like stars, which move on a fixed course where no wind reaches them; they have their law and their course within them.
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4,471 membros, 30 críticas
3.91 estrelas (3.91 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (7): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: If a person’s religion succeeds in making them more whole and providing inspiration, then it works.

Were one to characterize the life of religion in the broadest and most general terms possible, one might say that it exists of the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves hereto.

The potentialities of development in human souls are unfathomable. So many who seemed irretrievably hardened have in point of fact been softened, converted, regenerated, in ways that amazed the subjects even more than they surprised the spectators.
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18,621 membros, 141 críticas
3.93 estrelas (3.93 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (1): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Religious faith can bring peace and order to a troubled mind.

I came to Carthage where a whole frying-pan of wicked loves sputtered all around me. I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and with a deep-seated want. I hated myself for wanting too little... I hated safety and a path without snares, because I had a hunger within—for that food of the inner man, yourself, my God. Yet that hunger did not make me feel hungry. I was without appetite for incorruptible food, not because I was sated with it, but with less hunger in proportion to my emptiness. And so my soul was sick.
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11,997 membros, 146 críticas
4.1 estrelas (4.1 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (24): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: Take a broader view of your life and recognize that you are a spiritual being having a human experience.

You are not enclosed within your bodies, nor confined to houses or
          fields.
That which is you dwells above the mountain and roves with
          the wind.
It is not a thing that crawls into the sun for warmth or digs holes into
          darkness for safety,
But a thing free, a spirit that envelops the earth and moves in
          the ether.
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6,839 membros, 66 críticas
4.09 estrelas (4.09 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (10): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: We can only know what is good when we contrast it with what is not.

My dear Wormwood,
I noted with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties... In the meantime we must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the Enemy’s camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour.
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5,482 membros, 109 críticas
4.08 estrelas (4.08 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (12): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Attain real peace by moving beyond the ego’s fears and wants and living a life of the spirit.

He is without ambition and he has no desire for fame; to become anything of a public figure would be deeply distasteful to him; and so it may be that he is satisfied to lead his chosen life and be no more than just himself. He is too modest to set himself up as an example to others; but it may be he thinks that a few uncertain souls, drawn to him like moths to a candle, will be brought in time to share his own glowing belief that ultimate satisfaction can only be found in the life of the spirit.
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3,889 membros, 41 críticas
3.76 estrelas (3.76 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (6): The Doors of Perception: OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Escape the habits of normal perception and see things as if for the first time.

To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and the inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by the Mind at large—this is an experience of inestimable value for everyone.
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1,475 membros, 15 críticas
4.03 estrelas (4.03 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (35): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Approach everything in life in a spirit of friendship.

Fashioned from the earth, we are souls in clay form. We need to remain in rhythm with our inner clay voice and longing. Yet this voice no longer audible in the modern world. We are not even aware of our loss, consequently, the pain of our spiritual exile is more intense in being largely unintelligible.

Your body knows you very intimately; it is aware of your whole spirit and soul life. Far sooner than your mind, your body knows how privileged it is to be here.
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689 membros, 12 críticas
4.23 estrelas (4.23 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (21): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: The best life is one that is in accord with the unseen universal order, or Tao.

To consider the origin as pure and that which emerges as coarse; to view accumulation as inadequate; to live by oneself in peace and with spiritual clarity, this is what in ancient times was known as the way of the Tao.

Do not be subject to labels; do not be full of schemes; do not assume you are in charge of affairs; do not be subject to knowledge. Comprehend the infinite, and roam in the traceless.
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423 membros, 2 críticas
4.37 estrelas (4.37 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (15): Enchiridion: THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Appreciate the world as it is, not how you would like it to be.

Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.

Remember that thou art an actor in a play, of such a kind as the teacher [author] may choose; if short, of a short one; if long, of a long one: if he wishes you to act the part of a poor man, see that you act the part naturally; if the part of a lame man, of a magistrate, of a private person [do the same]. For this is your duty, to act well the part that is given to you; but to select the part, belongs to another.

Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinion about the things.
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16,754 membros, 249 críticas
3.81 estrelas (3.81 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (13): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCETPTION: A purely rational approach to life leads to madness. Peace requires us to look for the unseen quality or truth behind appearances.

What I would like to do is use the time that is coming now to talk about some things that have come to mind. We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone. Now that we do have some time, and know it, I would like to use the time to talk in some depth about things that seem important.
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11,916 membros, 112 críticas
3.47 estrelas (3.47 estrelas)

Listas: Eddie2000

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10,147 membros, 175 críticas
3.61 estrelas (3.61 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (17): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: The purpose of life is not simply to survive, but to seek perfection in yourself.

He spoke of very simple things—that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.

Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.
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8,100 membros, 108 críticas
4.26 estrelas (4.26 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (11): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Go beyond color and creed to see the basic unity of humankind.

Awareness came surging up in me—how deeply the religion of Islam had reached down into the mud to lift me up, to save me from being what I inevitably would have been: a dead criminal in a grave, or, if still alive, a flint-hard, bitter, thirty-seven-year-old convict in some penitentiary, or insane asylum.

Mankind’s history has proved from one era to another that the true criterion of leadership is spiritual. Men are attracted by spirit. By power, men are forced. Love is engendered by spirit. By power anxieties are created.
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3,346 membros, 26 críticas
3.72 estrelas (3.72 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (3): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Physics and spirituality are two sides of the same coin.

We shall see how the two foundations of twentieth-century physics—quantum theory and relativity theory—both force us to see the world very much in the way a Hindu, Buddhist or Taoist sees it, and how this similarity strengthens when we look at the recent attempts to combine these two theories in order to describe the phenomena of the submicroscopic world... Here the parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism are most striking, and we shall often encounter statements where it is almost impossible to say whether they have been made by physicists or by Eastern mystics.
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3,215 membros, 38 críticas
3.96 estrelas (3.96 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (4): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Consider the whole of life as one, the seen and the unseen, spirit and matter.

It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one spirit.

And now when I look about me upon my people in despair, I feel like crying and I wish and wish my vision could have been given to a man more worthy. I wonder why it came to me, a pitiful old man who can do nothing. Men and women and children I have cured of sickness with the power the vision gave me; but my nation I could not help. If a man or woman or child dies, it does not matter long, for the nation lives on. It was the nation that was dying, and the vision was for the nation; but I have done nothing with it.
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3,141 membros, 38 críticas
3.96 estrelas (3.96 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (5): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: Life is not a series of events but a series of revelations about truth.

What I want to achieve—what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years—is self-realization, to see God face to face, to attain Moksha. I live and move and have my being in pursuit of this goal. All that I do by way of speaking and writing, and all my ventures in the political field, are directed to this same end. But as I have all along believed that what is possible for one is possible for all, my experiments have not been conducted in the closet, but in the open.

The seeker after truth should be humbler than dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.
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2,997 membros, 19 críticas
4.16 estrelas (4.16 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (8): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Modern life must be enriched by an awareness of dreams, an appreciation of myth, and a sense of mystery.

We are very far from having finished completely with the Middle Ages, classical antiquity, and primitivity, as our modern psyches pretend... But it is precisely the loss of connection with the past, our uprootedness, which has given rise to the “discontents” of civilization.

Unfortunately, the mythic side of man is given short shrift nowadays, He can no longer create fables. As a result, a great deal escapes him; for it is important and salutary to speak also of incomprehensible things.

The more the critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes; but the more of the unconscious, and the more of myth we are capable of making conscious, the more of life we integrate.
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2,441 membros, 29 críticas
3.92 estrelas (3.92 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (14): (Divine relationship and life purpose) God’s thoughts may be more accessible than you think.

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2,294 membros, 51 críticas
4.05 estrelas (4.05 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (34): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: You become a different person when you are fully aware of your thoughts and actions in each moment.

Don’t drink your tea like someone who gulps down a cup of coffee during a workbreak. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing towards the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
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1,940 membros, 41 críticas
3.81 estrelas (3.81 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (32): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: Lose your self-importance and adopt a strategy of unreasonable happiness.

Soc, I’ve been battling illusions my whole life, preoccupied with every petty personal problem. I’ve dedicated my life to self-improvement without grasping the one problem that sent me seeking in the first place. While trying to make everything in the world work out for me, I kept getting sucked back into my own mind, always preoccupied with me, me, me.
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1,872 membros, 20 críticas
3.7 estrelas (3.7 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (18): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Respect the world by taking responsibility for your own life.

“We’re not talking about the same thing,” he said. “For you the world is weird because if you’re not bored with it you’re at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
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1,524 membros, 10 críticas
3.97 estrelas (3.97 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (26): DIVINE RELATIONSHIP AND LIFE PURPOSE: Don’t allow your vanities to sabotage your life purpose.

Success—for the glory of God or for your own, for the peace of mankind or for your own? Upon the answer to this question depend the result of your actions.

Be grateful as your deeds become less and less associated with your name, as your feet ever more lightly tread the earth.

So, once again, you chose for yourself—and opened the door to chaos. The chaos you become whenever God’s hand does not rest upon your head.
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1,493 membros, 16 críticas
4.14 estrelas (4.14 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (31): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: Lose your self-importance and adopt a strategy of unreasonable happiness.

Soc, I’ve been battling illusions my whole life, preoccupied with every petty personal problem. I’ve dedicated my life to self-improvement without grasping the one problem that sent me seeking in the first place. While trying to make everything in the world work out for me, I kept getting sucked back into my own mind, always preoccupied with me, me, me.
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1,464 membros, 18 críticas
4.19 estrelas (4.19 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (20): PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: We grow by shining a light on the mind’s dark places.

If we feel distress, embarrassment, or anger, we think we’ve really blown it. Yet feeling emotional upheaval is not a spiritual faux pas; it is the place where the warrior learns compassion. It’s where we learn to stop struggling with ourselves. It’s only when we can dwell in these places that scare us that equanimity becomes unshakable.

We are ... very much like a blind person who finds a jewel buried in a heap of garbage. Right here in what we’d like to throw away, in whale we find repulsive and frightening, we discover the warmth and clarity of bodhichitta.
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1,418 membros, 22 críticas
4.07 estrelas (4.07 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (22): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Are you genuinely seeking greater truth in life, or merely playing the game of recognition and success?

I had an apartment in Cambridge that was filled with antiques and I gave very charming dinner parties. I had a Mercedes-Benz and a Triumph 500 cc motorcycle and a Cessna 172 airplane and an MG sports car and a sailboat and a bicycle. I vacationed in the Caribbean where I did scuba-diving. I was living the way a successful bachelor professor is supposed to live in the American world of ‘he who makes it,’ I wasn’t a genuine scholar, but I had gone through the whole academic trip. I had gotten my Ph.D; I was writing books... But what all this boils down to is that I was really a very good game player.
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1,318 membros, 14 críticas
4.27 estrelas (4.27 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (27): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Set aside time on your life to honor God and all that has been created.

Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else. Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on the seventh day we try to dominate the self.

The Sabbath, thus, is more than an armistice, more than an interlude it is a profound conscious harmony of man and the world, a sympathy for all things and a participation in the spirit that unites what is below and what is above.
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1,317 membros, 22 críticas
3.76 estrelas (3.76 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (19): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Extreme gratitude enables you to see the world afresh.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
St. Francis of Assisi


What gave him his extraordinary personal power was this: that from the Pope to the beggar, from the sultan of Syria in his pavilion to the ragged robbers crawling out of the wood, there was never a man who looked into those brown burning eyes without being certain that Francis Bernadone was really interested in him; in his own inner individual life from the cradle to the grave... Now for this particular moral and religious idea there is no external expression except courtesy.
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1,274 membros, 8 críticas
3.72 estrelas (3.72 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (30): DIVINE RELATIONSHIP AND LIFE PURPOSE: Self-fulfillment is only achieved though greater knowledge of God.

“All the troubles of the world, especially spiritual troubles such as impatience, hopelessness, and despair, derive from the failure to see the grandeur of God clearly.”

Abraham Isaac Kook

“The purpose of the soul entering this body is to display her powers and actions in this world, for she needs an instrument. By descending to this world, she increases the flow of her power to guide the human being through the world. Thereby she perfects herself above and below, attaining a higher state by being fulfilled in all dimensions. If she is not fulfilled above and below, she is not complete.”

Moses de Leon
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1,149 membros, 12 críticas
3.58 estrelas (3.58 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (9): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: Intense spiritual experience can change the life of even the most unlikely person.

And so it was twenty years and more from the time this creature had her first feelings and revelations, ere she did any writing. Afterwards, when it pleased Our Lord, He commanded her and charged her that she should get written her feelings and revelations and the form of her living, that His goodness be known to all the world.
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766 membros, 10 críticas
3.85 estrelas (3.85 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (25): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Most people sleepwalk through life. Reject convention and become your own person.

From my point of view, he can be called a remarkable man who stands out from those around him by the resourcefulness of his mind, and who knows how to be restrained in the manifestations which proceed from his nature, at the same time conducting himself justly and tolerantly towards the weaknesses of others.
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578 membros, 4 críticas
4.2 estrelas (4.2 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (29): OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Become a real revolutionary by learning how to think beyond the confines of culture.

Rain on dry land is an extraordinary thing, is it not? It washes the leaves clean, the earth is refreshed. And I think we all ought to wash our minds completely clean, as the trees are washed by the rain, because they are so heavily laden with the dust of many centuries, the dust of what we call knowledge, experience. If you and I would cleanse the mind every day, free it of yesterday’s reminiscences, each one of us would then have a fresh mind, a mind capable of dealing with the many problems of existence.
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543 membros, 9 críticas
4.16 estrelas (4.16 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (33): DIVINE RELATIONSHIP AND LIFE PURPOSE: Physical death is merely an event in the movement of a soul from one domain to another.

People associate death as losing our life force, when actually the opposite is true. We forfeit our body in death, but our eternal life energy unites with the force of a divine oversoul. Death is not darkness, but light.

I am not a religious person, but I found the place where we go after death to be one of order and direction, and I have come to appreciate that there is a grand design to life and afterlife.
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350 membros, 10 críticas
4 estrelas (4 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (2): HUMANITY’S SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION: The experience of “cosmic consciousness,” or enlightenment, is part of human evolution.

While its true nature has been (and necessarily so) entirely apprehended, the fact of cosmic consciousness has long been recognized both in the Eastern and Western worlds, and the great majority of civilized men and women in all countries today bow down before teachers who possessed the cosmic sense... all uninspired teachers derive the lessons which they transmit directly or indirectly from the few who have been illumined.
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192 membros, 5 críticas
4.26 estrelas (4.26 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (16): GREAT SPIRITUAL LIVES: An evocation of the beauty of the Islamic faith and its role in humanity’s spiritual evolution.

There are many more beautiful landscapes in the world, but none, I think, that can shape man’s spirit in so sovereign a way... The desert is bare and clean and knows no compromise. It sweeps out of the heart of man all the lovely fantasies that could be used as a masquerade for wishful thinking, and thus makes him free to surrender himself to an Absolute that has no image: the farthest of all that is far and yet the nearest of all that is near.
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133 membros, 2 críticas
3.79 estrelas (3.79 estrelas)

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PlaidStallion (23): DIVINE RELATIONSHIP AND LIFE PURPOSE: We exist to learn the higher truths about our relationship to God.

Any one who will look into the matter will see that happiness is necessarily linked with the knowledge of God. Each faculty of ours delights in that for which it was created: lust delights in accomplishing desire, anger in taking vengeance, the eye in seeing beautiful objects, and the ear in hearing harmonious sounds. The highest function of the soul of man is the perception of truth; in this accordingly it finds its special delight.

Man was not created in jest or at random, but marvelously made and for some great end. Although he is not form everlasting, yet he lives for ever; and though his body is mean and earthly, yet his spirit is lofty and divine.
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6,290 membros, 103 críticas
3.93 estrelas (3.93 estrelas)
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5,853 membros, 113 críticas
3.17 estrelas (3.17 estrelas)
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5,775 membros, 106 críticas
3.78 estrelas (3.78 estrelas)
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3,801 membros, 46 críticas
4.2 estrelas (4.2 estrelas)
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2,475 membros, 44 críticas
4.11 estrelas (4.11 estrelas)
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2,362 membros, 22 críticas
3.96 estrelas (3.96 estrelas)
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2,354 membros, 23 críticas
4.02 estrelas (4.02 estrelas)
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2,020 membros, 19 críticas
3.6 estrelas (3.6 estrelas)
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1,050 membros, 13 críticas
4 estrelas (4 estrelas)
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995 membros, 8 críticas
4.22 estrelas (4.22 estrelas)
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950 membros, 8 críticas
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3.85 estrelas (3.85 estrelas)
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