True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge; it is an awaking of consciousness which goes through successive stages. ~ Egyptian Proverb
Envy is the art of counting another’s blessings rather than your own
Never underestimate the power of envy and jealousy to destroy what your soul has sown
Jealous and envy has to do with how you see yourself
There is no jealousy or envy in the spectrum of the ubiquitous rainbow of life, else
Each one exists to reflect and expand the others as beautiful
Jealousy erodes the soul
Sucking poison into the self painted black hole
Recognize you are imminently whole
No thief has stole.
Observe Self in each
Multitudes of frames and angles
The Gita is the sixth book of the Mahabharata, one of India’s most famous epic poems. It’s unclear exactly when the Gita was composed—estimates vary widely, but a number of scholars suggest it was completed around 200 CE and then inserted into the larger work; many see it as the first fully realized yogic scripture. Curious though it may seem that such an ancient text from a foreign culture has been so enthusiastically received by Westerners, the Gita, like all truly great works of literature, can be read on many levels: metaphysical, moral, spiritual, and practical; hence its appeal.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, the Gita recounts a dialogue between Arjuna, one of five Pandava princes, and the Hindu deity Krishna, who in this epic serves as Arjuna’s charioteer. Arjuna and his brothers have been exiled from the kingdom of Kurukshetra for 13 years and cut off from their rightful heritage by another faction of the family; the Gita takes up their struggle to reclaim the throne, which requires that Arjuna wage war against his own kinsmen, bringing his considerable military skills to bear.
The story begins on the dusty plains of Kurukshetra, where Arjuna, a famed archer, is poised to fight. But he hesitates. He sees arrayed against him friends, teachers, and kin, and believes that to fight—and likely kill—these men would be to commit a grievous sin and could bring nothing good even if he were to win the kingdom back. Krishna chides him for his cowardice—Arjuna is from the warrior caste after all, and warriors are meant to fight—but then goes on to present a spiritual rationale for battling his enemies, one that encompasses a discussion of the karma, jnana and bhakti yogas, as well as the nature of divinity, humankind’s ultimate destiny, and the purpose of mortal life.
There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab province of India. The 2001 census recorded 336,000 Sikhs in the UK.
Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak and is based on his teachings, and those of the 9 Sikh gurus who followed him.
The most important thing in Sikhism is the internal religious state of the individual.
~Sikhism is a monotheistic religion
~Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good actions rather than merely carrying out rituals
~Sikhs believe that the way to lead a good life is to:
~keep God in heart and mind at all times
~live honestly and work hard
~treat everyone equally
~be generous to the less fortunate
~The Sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara
~The Sikh scripture is the Guru Granth Sahib, a book that Sikhs consider a living Guru
~The tenth Sikh Guru decreed that after his death the spiritual guide of the Sikhs would be the teachings contained in that book, so the Guru Granth Sahib now has the status of a Guru, and Sikhs show it the respect they would give to a human Guru.
There have been hundreds of stories, fables, and tales—such as the tale of the minotaur—about labyrinths through the centuries. But the first signs of this complicated, circular maze were found in Minoan palaces, usually accompanying female goddesses. The word ‘labyrinth’ is said to come from the ancient pre-Greek word ‘labrys,’ which means ‘double-edged ax.’ This was considered a symbol of royal power during those times.
History also shows that labyrinths were used to trap bad or evil spirits or as a path used in rituals or dances. It was also used as a symbol of the long and difficult path one must take to commune with God (from the one entrance signifying birth and the center signifying God).
In modern times, many people still use labyrinths in meditation. They walk around the circles to achieve a contemplative state as part of their path to enlightenment. The Labyrinth is also perceived as a sign of wholeness, achieved through the circular and meandering journey around it. Some people see it as the journey one must take within himself to discover his own center or the deep knowledge encoded within him and his DNA. This circular maze also reveals patterns of sacred geometry, which allows the physical world to interconnect with the cosmic order and higher realms of being.
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