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)

Nondual being

‘Realizing nonduality is your transformation from ‘what is this’ to isness.’

Perhaps that is better put as

‘The experience of nonduality is your (temporary) transformation from ‘who am I & what is this’ to isness.’

Wisdom’s call

PROVERBS verses 8 & 9

WISDOM’S CALL
VERSE 8

1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”

INVITATIONS OF WISDOM and FOLLY
VERSE 9

1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has set up[f] its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
from the highest point of the city,
4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
5 “Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom[g] your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
13 Folly is an unruly woman;
she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way,
16 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+8-9

TAGS: wisdom, proverbs, feminine spirit, sophiology

Angels aren’t fairies!

Angels aren’t fairies – at least for the Baha’is;

`. . . angels are blessed beings who have severed all ties with this nether world, have been released from the chains of self and the desires of the flesh, and anchored their hearts to the heavenly realms of the Lord. These are of the Kingdom, heavenly; these are of God, spiritual; these are revealers of God’s abounding grace; these are dawning-points of His spiritual bestowals.’ (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 81)