Shanti chant as “The Peace which passeth understanding”

The meaning of shanti

Shanti, Santhi or Shanthi (from Sanskrit शान्तिः śāntiḥ; √ शम śam: ‘be calm’) means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.

The poet T. S. Eliot, in his poem The Waste Land (where he spelled it Shantih) translated it as “The Peace which passeth understanding”

William Blake – “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty !”

I assert, for myself, that I do not behold the outward creation, and that to me it is hindrance and not action. “What !” it will be questioned, “when the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea !” Oh ! no, no ! I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty !” I question not my corporeal eye any more than I would question a window concerning a sight. I look through it, and not with it.

A Vision of the Last Judgment.

“‘I AM’ is God’s Christian name.'”

Rupert Spira in his video ‘The Self in You is God’s Self.” says “‘I AM’ is God’s Christian name.'”. I thought this funny, delightful – but I hope he meant ‘forename’ and not Christian name otherwise why would he want to invalidate all other traditions? The video is here;

SPIRITUAL QUOTES like sherbet sweets that suddenly release their fizzy deliciousness!

SPIRITUAL QUOTES like sherbet sweets that suddenly release their fizzy deliciousness!

I like short quotations, one-liners, because, if you are ready for them, they explode in your consciousness like the best haiku – or a sherbet sweet that suddenly releases its fizzy deliciousness. They provide an ‘aha’ insight, a minimal increment in enlightenment.

EXAMPLES of INTER-SPIRITUAL ‘POINTERS’ mainly one-liners

AWARENESS: “Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel (1959 p. 41)

STILLNESS & movement – “Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” Lao Tse

GOD: “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” Empedocles

CONCEPTS: “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” Heschel

KINDNESS: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama

PURITY – kindness, radiance – “Possess a pure kindly & radiant heart…” – Baha’u’llah

LOVE – “God Is Love.” (I John 4:8)

REASON – “The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

INSIGHT/SATORI: A lightning flash:/ between the forest trees I have seen water. Shiki Masaoka

VOID Don’t contemplate as mere activity/Be void contemplating void p221 365 Tao D Ming-Dao

WORLD CITIZEN – Socrates – “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

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Baha’u’llah and Doubting Thomas

A statement by Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith, always reminds me of ‘doubting Thomas’;

Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.
Next to this testimony is His Revelation.
For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the
words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. – Gleanings LII / pp 104/107

“But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”” – (John 20:24–25 NRSV)

How important are you?

A juxtaposition of two extracts from spiritual teachings.

Tolle in Chapter 7 of A New Earth says;

…….the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in transcendence of the world. Just as you would not be conscious of space if there were no objects in space, the world is needed for the Unmanifested to be realized.

You may have heard the Buddhist saying: “If there were no illusion, there would be no enlightenment.” It is through the world and ultimately through you that the Unmanifested knows itself.

You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!

We find a similar passage in Baha’i Writings;

Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding, the breeze that stirreth at the break of day, the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men, the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll. With the utmost unity, and in a spirit of perfect fellowship, exert yourselves, that ye may be enabled to achieve that which beseemeth this Day of God. (from Gleanings)

…there was no one left to speak out for me. – Martin Niemöller

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • Martin Niemöller

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ – attributed to Edmund Burke
(but see here – http://tartarus.org/martin/essays/burkequote.html)