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Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (1894-1974).

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Sat: "Truth." Kirpal Singh was a Satguru: A title given only to an enlightened saint, or Sant with qualities not found in other types of guru. The terms Sant and Satguru first came into existence from the ideology of Kabir in the 15th century.

"If you wish to love God truly in the most practical way, it is to love our fellow beings and feel for others in the same way as we feel for our dear ones. Instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves, suffer in the sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others. Endure all that comes, cheerfully accepting as His Will, and do not hurt or harm any of His beings."   - Kirpal Singh

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"During my last foreign tour I was asked on television in the United States, "How can peace be cemented?" I told them, "Peace can be cemented only when men rise above 'isms.' 

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I was most fortunate to see Master in Philadelphia forty-five years ago. In 1972, I was invited by friends to the Warwick Hotel to see a guru from India touring the west. I suppose I was a seeker, but I wasn't much interested in gurus or even religion for that matter, just a bored college student looking for answers. So I went.

The ballroom was crowded with his devotees. I could not even make out the words he spoke, but at one point I thought he was looking at me, a gaze so piercing I had to turn away. I didn't understand any of it. What was a master anyway? All I saw was a man with a beard wearing a turban. When the strange affair ended we left the Warwick and I thought little of it. I never saw him again.

Somehow he noticed me in that crowd: Soon after I received a sudden bolt of terrific power from within! I was never the same. I knew there was God and God knows who I am. He knows who you are too.

Master left his body two years later in 1974. Even after all these years there is still much I don't know about him. We are privileged to have his images, writings and recordings preserved on internet sites devoted to this enlightened Sant, or Satguru.    (See post: "The Orient Express").

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"The Master’s strong and protective arms and His loving vigilant eyes are always on His fold. He is for their progress. When outer difficulties seem hard, His inner grace increases." (Spiritual Elixir, 102)

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God Power, Christ Power, Master Power. 

A talk given by Sant Kirpal Singh, Christmas, 1963.

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ho was Jesus Christ? He was God's Son, the incarnation of God. What is the difference between Jesus and the Christ? Christ existed long before Jesus. Jesus was the man born, who perfectly manifested the Christ in Himself, the Divine Nature. Thus Christ in Jesus, the spiritual human, existed long before His earthly birth.

God-Power appears from time to time at the human pole to guide the child-humanity back to God. The question is: Who can give us the way back to God? No son of man can do it. God alone gives us contact with Him. He has no equal; no brother, no father, no mother; and that God resides in every heart. Do you follow now, how great He was? He was this God-Power manifest at the human pole, but he always differentiated between the son of man and the Father in Him. Other Masters, Guru Nanak and Kabir, expounded this same Truth in their own languages

Because we are not aware of the teachings of other Masters, we may think perhaps the words of Jesus are the only truth. However, Truth is One. Truth is clothed in Light, the music of all harmonies. Masters in the past referred to it. The Sikh Scriptures contain the same assertion: "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."  They said the Word was personified in human form and guided the embodied soul giving it contact with God. I have respect for all human poles at which that Christ-Power dwells from time to time.

Do you comprehend ? God-Power, Christ-Power or Guru-Power is the same, and manifests Itself at the human pole to meet the demands of His children: those who feel hungry for Him, those who feel thirsty for Him. There is food for the hungry and water for the thirsty; demand and supply is the law of nature, and where fire burns, oxygen comes to help. When man has hunger for God in his heart, God manifests Himself at some human pole to guide the child-humanity. "No man knows the Father except through the Son and he to whom the Son reveals Him."

Jesus said: "Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom cometh not with observation but is within you." By observation is meant the outgoing faculties. God is Spirit and we must pray to God in Spirit alone. God does not reside in temples made by man, but in the God-made temple of man. Jesus said: "Because I live, ye shall live also." He was not referring to the outer son of man but to the inner, which gives Light and the Way back to God through Love. Jesus clearly said that no man knows the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son reveals Him. That Son, the Light of God exists forever.

Son-ship continues. The sum of all that I have to convey to you is that Christ lived as the Man-body of Jesus, at whose pole He appeared, and that He resides in every heart. Yet He cannot be realized by mere feelings, emotions, drawing inferences, or intellectual wrestling to arrive at a conclusion. It is a matter of seeing God, Who He Is. Christ said, "I am the Light of the World." Can you see this Light? He went on to say, "The Light of the body is the eye: If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light."

There were few such Personalities in the past, and even now there are few but the world is not without Them. All humanity are the children of these Masters. This same God-Power has been working ever since the world began, and continues for those who are hungry and seek the Truth. God, Who resides in every heart, makes arrangements to bring that person to wherever they can be duly contacted with the true Self.

The true definition of a Master given by all Masters, is One Who can make audible for you the music of the spheres and remove the veil of darkness you see when you close your eyes to reveal the Light of God. Such a person is called a Master.

We have regard for that perpetual Christ-Power which existed before his birth and continues after it. Son-ship is perpetual. That power lies in every heart and is revealed when a human pole at which the Power is manifest, meets us and gives us a contact with God. When we meet them, Masters are competent to raise our souls from the bondage of the mind and the outgoing faculties, and give us contact within. Such human poles which give us that Christ-Power come from time to time. We are then, fortunate to be gathered here on this blessed Christmas.

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The Masters do not destroy any religion or introduce new ones. When They come, They come for the whole world. They consider all humans alike and want us to unravel this mystery of the Man-body. Great is man. He lives in this body in which God controls him; and within the microcosm of it, exists the macrocosm. We know so much about the outer subjects but, for want of practical people, we know little or nothing about ourselves. This is the great boon, the blessing we have in the form of the Man-body. A Golden Opportunity.

I have had the great pleasure to present for your consideration this Christmas Night, truths which I have come to know through experience and by study of comparative religion.

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“The Trip.”

I knew who was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then.                                                                                                       - Alice in Wonderland 

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e Here Now.

Steve Jobs said he was greatly affected by this book, published in 1971 by Ram Dass. The author's real name was Richard Alpert, PhD. It's the story of Alpert's transformation from straight-laced Harvard psychology professor to a man on a quest for consciousness. What he found resulted in this book, a sort of how-to for the turned-on generation: Western Psychedelic Zen.

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At Harvard, Alpert met another clinical psychologist, Timothy Leary, PhD (1920-1996). The two headed up the Harvard Psychedelic Project in the early 1960's following Leary's profound experience taking the psilocybin mushroom while vacationing in Mexico. He returned to Boston breathless, saying he just learned more in a few hours than all his years as a psychologist! A pure, pharmaceutical synthetic was ordered from Sandoz Laboratories for the research project. For the time being, the university permitted the clinical program. 

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Psilocybin was administered to a broad class of subjects, including divinity students, clergymen, artists, writers, intellectuals even inmates at Concord State Prison. Data was carefully collected and analyzed, what the subjects reported experiencing during their "trip." But there was really no vocabulary at the time to articulate this new frontier of inner science. The experiments were an astonishing breakthrough in consciousness. But then a mishap occurred. Undergraduates requested to participate: A breach of clinical protocol.

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The relatively gentle effects of psilocybin were no match for the shattering discovery of LSD, also known as acid. d-lysergic acid diethylamide- 25 is the most powerful chemical known to man: Colorless, odorless, tasteless, so potent it is measured in micro-grams. It is derived from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Albert Hofmann, a chemist at Sandoz Laboratories, Switzerland, discovered the LSD molecule by accident in 1943. He called it, "my problem child." It gained widespread interest, but not all of it was positive. 

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"High Priest," published in 1968 was Leary's first book, followed by "The Politics of Ecstasy." LSD is not a drug in the usual sense, it doesn't "drug" you. In many subjects it mimics the sought for ecstatic religious experience; the beatific vision described by mystics. In 1963, when  the two men were fired from their posts at Harvard, the scandalous doctors continued their exciting research at Millbrook, in upstate NY. A steady pilgrimage of seekers, even celebrities came to this place to find themselves. What happened here is an amazing story in itself.   

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                                                 The Hitchcock estate in New York was generously provided.
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From the Greek ψυχή (psyche, soul, mind) and δηλείν (delein, to manifest). Hence, soul-manifesting. Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963) wrote "The Doors of Perception," his personal account of taking mescaline. (The title was adopted by the rock group "The Doors"). Huxley suggested his own coinage phanerothyme (phaneroein, "visible" plus thymos, "soul"). Thus visible soul. While tripping, Huxley was driven around Hollywood where he lived. (far right): Surveying Los Angeles from atop a hill.

The Mystery of Death and Rebirth. 

Dr. Leary discovered that the trip, a duration of anywhere from eight to twelve hours, was identical to that described as the three bardos in the "Tibetan Book of the Dead." He authored his own version of the ancient text based on the psychedelic experience, along with Alpert and Ralph Metzner, PhD., a third part of this trio. Image result for timothy leary books

These chemicals can facilitate a spiritual or mystical experience, one which is indistinguishable from similar descriptions found in the sacred scriptures of the great religions and the ancient mystery schools. LSD is clinically valuable by alleviating the fear and anxiety of dying, by providing insight towards the inevitable transition awaiting the terminally ill. The experience can give peace of mind to the patient by realizing that life is a continuum. There is nothing to fear, energy never dies it only changes form.  

Entheogens.

("Generating the divine within"). An entheogen is a psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context that may be synthesized or obtained from natural sources. It facilitates an experience aimed at spiritual development. It is now the preferred term to denote the use of psychedelic drugs in a spiritual, mystical context- and to make the distinction from mere recreational use as party drugs. Psychedelic drugs are non-addictive, and there is no evidence to support long term harm on mental health. 
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In 1968, possession of LSD was made illegal in the United States. Pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, LSD is a Schedule I drug. This means it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, process, or distribute without a license from the DEA. A Schedule I substance meets the following three criteria: a). It is deemed to have a high potential for abuse; b). It has no legitimate medical use in treatment; c). There is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision. Not a single one of these criteria matches LSD, or even cannabis- also a Schedule I drug. But alcohol, far more toxic and destructive can be purchased at the corner store. Advocating the use of LSD, and the unfortunate incident at Harvard gained Leary sudden and unexpected notoriety, along with hatred.

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Through the Looking Glass. 

There is an unseen inner universe, a macrocosm within us. These inner realms are seldom experienced because the outer senses are riveted to the world of matter, a fake prop set of conditioning and belief systems imposed on us since birth. We are never informed of any other existence. The self-preserving ego isolates us from God. Apart from awakening, or becoming aware of our True Self, life is wasted on purely temporal pursuits: Survival, procreation, pleasure and the production and advancement of the hive. We are not encouraged to explore who we really are, but instead to play it safe, believe what you're told and don't ask questions. Consciousness expanding drugs, particularly cannabis, threaten the status quo.
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The Planes of Existence. During a psychedelic experience, the process is reversed in a round-trip. The subject becomes a time traveler, returning to the beginning. Exploring the cellular DNA and molecular vine, the astral planes of the imagination, past the the causal levels to the Light at the Center of Being, or atman: What we really are. Somewhat the same objective as yoga and meditation, but like an expressway psychedelics quickly bypass these disciplines transporting you to a front row seat watching creation happen- which is always now.                                                        
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Synthesia occurs when we "hear" colors and "see" sounds. What appears to us as a chaotic world of separation is actually the melding of a determined order of events. Whatever happens is the way it happens. Whether or not you are involved it will happen anyway. The controlling ego keeps us dancing like a marionette. If you let go and step out for a bit, you will see the universe as it really is: A precise mechanism. This includes your life. No amount of anxiety makes any difference as to what is going to happen. No coincidences, no accidents, that's just how it looks from our limited vantage point.
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 "We're the generation your parents warned you about!" - Grace Slick, Woodstock.

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"Turn on, tune in, drop out."     

Timothy Leary rapidly became the celebrated guru of a younger generation: An unprecedented revolution of mostly white, middle-class youth protesting war and government. He was a pariah to the establishment class which declared war on the psychologist. G. Gordon Liddy, prosecutor at the time for Duchess County, NY, was hiding in the bushes spying on the Millbrook estate. He led a Keystone-cop raid on the mansion hoping to find "evidence." Nothing of any culpability was found. Liddy went on to gain notoriety as Richard Nixon's henchman in the Watergate scandal. Timothy Leary was now considered public enemy number one. But he was never without a smile.Image result for Timothy Leary at Millbrook

A single roach found in the ashtray of his car on the American side of the Mexican border sent Leary to prison for a twenty-year sentence! He escaped and fled the country, finding asylum in the safety of Switzerland as a political prisoner in exile. When he reentered the U.S., the fugitive was stopped at customs, arrested and returned to prison. In this black hole of isolation, he received a space- age transmission called "Starseed." Undeterred, Timothy Leary was just getting started.
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“The entire universe is gently, rhythmically, joyously vibrating. Cosmic intercourse. This is a message of hope and interstellar love, irrepressible optimism. Yes, it is true that repressive pessimists now control planetary politics, but this is a larval phase.”
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Leary Sues the Government. Marijuana tax law abolished.

Leary v. United States395 U.S. 6 (1969), is a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marijuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marijuana Tax Act unconstitutional. Thus, Leary's conviction was overturned. Congress responded shortly thereafter by replacing the Marijuana Tax Act with the newly written Controlled Substances Act while continuing the prohibition of certain drugs in the United States.

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The daughter of popular television personality, Art Linkletter, jumped to her death while tripping, thinking she could fly. Looking for someone to blame, he held Dr. Leary personally responsible and went about publicly condemning him in a vendetta until the day he died. Confusion happens because time and space are non-existent outside of our own world. A safe, initial experience should involve the accompaniment of a trusted guide: Someone familiar with the effects of the chemical as the subject can be vulnerable entering new corridors of  the mind.
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Years later, the two arch-rivals Liddy and Leary became friends, and went on a joint speaking tour together in 1982.


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Alan Watts (1915-1973), was ordained as an Episcopal priest at the age of thirty in 1945, then resigned the ministry five years later in 1950. Along with the group of other early explorers of consciousness, Watts went through a transformation, rejecting established ideas about God, religion and dogma. He turned to Zen and esoteric Christianity. Like his friend and colleague, author Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts was among this group experimenting with psychedelics. He gained wide popularity among Western intellectuals as a lecturer and writer, but was considered an outsider to academia.  (See post: Philosophy by Watts.)

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The Dawn of the Atomic Age.

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It's hardly a coincidence that at the same time physicists were working on the secret bomb project aptly named "Trinity," LSD was discovered by a Swiss chemist. The awsome power of the atom was unleashed internally and externally at the same moment in history: It could be used to create or destroy. A renaissance of interest in psychedelics is currently happening. People are rediscovering the original ideas of these brave pioneers from decades ago, with a new perspective. The chemicals themselves are merely tools, but there's a catch- you still come down, kicked out of paradise until the next time- no more "enlightened" than the next person. There is no destination, it's only a sightseeing trip. A postcard from home.

On Dying.

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Ram Dass is "Still Here," the title of the book he was  working on when he suffered a stroke. We are human beings, with mortal bodies and eternal souls. Both Ram Dass and Aldous Huxley have written on the subject of dying. What actually happens? Why do we fear this fundamental event of transition? You don't really "go" anywhere. The Tibetan Book of the Dead" was a description of what to expect: Three separate stages, called bardos. Entheogens give a preview beyond the veil, a dress rehearsal of the dying experience: Watching a loved one shed this body and be reborn  afresh and new. That loved one is you.

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Time to rest now. Once larger than life, Timothy Leary is surrounded by family and friends during his last moments dying of cancer in 1996. Arrangements were made for his cremated remains to be placed on board a NASA rocket and  scattered in outer space.

 

 

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Philosophy by Watts.

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                          Alan Wilson Watts (1915–1973).
A British philosopher and former Anglican priest, Watts is mostly known for his popular interpretation of Zen for the Western audience. The author of numerous books, Watts was an insightful, humorous lecturer of the 1960's era, braking barriers, always fresh and controversial.
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“The Pulpit Juke Box.”

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Unlimited Touch - Searching To Find The One

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D-Train - Keep On

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Charles Mingus - Moanin'

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Yes - It Can Happen - Remastered [Lyrics in description]

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Tom's Diner [Long Version] DNA feat. Suzanne Vega (1990)

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“Bodhisattva Vow.”

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Bodhisattva Vow.

As I develop the awakening mind
I praise the Buddha as they shine
I bow before you as I travel my path
To join your ranks, I make my full time task.

For the sake of all beings I seek
The enlightened mind I know I'll reap
Respect to Shantideva and all the others
Who brought the dharma for sisters and brothers.

I give thanks for this world as a place to learn
And for this human body I know I've earned
And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings
Without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing.

There's nothing here that's not been said before
But I put it down now so I'll be sure
To solidify my own views and I'll be glad if it helps
Anyone else out too.

If others disrespect me or give me flack
I'll stop and think before I react
Knowing they're going through insecure stages
I'll take the opportunity to exercise patience.

I'll see it as a chance to help the other person
Nip it in the bud before it can worsen
A change for me to be strong and sure
As I think on the Buddhas who have come before.

As I praise and respect the good they've done
Knowing only love can conquer in every situation
We need other people in order to create
The circumstances for the learning we're here to generate.

Situations that bring up our deepest fears
So we can work to release them until they're cleared
Therefore, it only makes sense
To thank our enemies despite their intent.

The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength
A strength from within to go the length
Seeing others are as important as myself
I strive for a happiness of mental wealth.

With the interconnection we share as one
Every action we take affects everyone
So in deciding for what a situation calls
There is a path for the good for all.

I try to make every action for the highest good
With the altruistic wish to achieve Buddha-hood
So I pledge here before everyone who's listening
To try to make my action for the good of all beings.

For the rest of my lifetimes and even beyond
I vow to do my best to do no harm
And in times of doubt I can think on the dharma
And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara.

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“Who is God?”

Selections from Pulpit Bible Study.

Called by so many names, yet there is only One All-Being. Written from right to left, notice the opening line of Genesis contains at the center Aleph/ Tav: The first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In Greek it's Image result for alpha omega. Jesus said, "I am the Alpha and Omega:" The beginning and the end.

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od is because He does. His Plan is already and not yet- always moving forward, refining and upgrading to better things, leaving the old behind. Sentimental God is not. His thoughts are far ahead of us, we cannot comprehend. His works are new each day, His goodness coming in surprising ways with things unexpected. He is not detached at all, but broods over the Creation with the temperament of an Artist.

"When will you make an end?" asked the Pontiff. "When I'm finished!" 

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"The Agony and the Ecstasy," by Irving Stone is the story of Michelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel: The enormous fresco of the Bible, a masterpiece. He was reluctant to take the commission, saying he wasn't a painter but a sculptor. He lay on his back on scaffolding painting into wet plaster before it set. The work was backbreaking and grueling, with a few apprentices to help. Unsatisfied with the initial results, he kept scraping out what he saw as mediocre. Beginning over again, laboring and driven towards perfection- like the Creator Himself.

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Give me a Name.

From a burning bush the All-Being spoke to Moses, flustered by the daunting task given him. Ex. 3:1-16. Moses answered, "Who am I that should go to Pharaoh and lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt? They will say, the God of our fathers? What is his name?"

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  This is my Name forever, a memorial unto all generations. Go and tell them...

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"Know and understand that I am he; before me there was no God, neither shall there be after   me."   - Isaiah 43:10.

No gender has God. Because I AM is a verb, it is motion- positive, or "male." God is the Light of Intelligence- Eternal Mind: He is Self-Existent and never ceases to Be. He needs nothing, the entire universe is His House. He is the Source of all things manifest. Being unseen and without manifest, the only way to know about Him was through signs and symbols. His desire is to make Himself known to man, created in His Image. The disclosure of the All-Being happened gradually, through dispensations and chosen vessels. Seeing the suffering of mankind, in due time He sent a reproduction of His Person. 

 

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The Bible is a book basically about one thing: Jesus Christ. Otherwise there is no story to tell, no need for the prophets. In Bible times copies of the scriptures were rare and cherished. The law and prophets were studied by learned rabbis and read orally in synagogues. Following the Babylonian captivity, expectations grew of the coming of a messiah, a great deliverer. The prophets, particularly Isaiah, contained such veiled predictions. But the wait seemed very long, and many are still waiting.

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Delivered from what exactly? Not from gentile oppression as was expected by the Jews, but from ourselves. To undo the damage from our mistakes. The word "sin" literally means you missed the target. Off-center. No bull's eye.

 

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Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis.   "...male and female created he them."

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"The man has become as one of us, he knows duality." Why does God allow evil? Without polarity nothing can be created; a thing must have its opposite to define it. God separated light from darkness, but once man discovered the difference the genie could not be put back in the bottle. We are given a choice: Right from wrong. It only makes sense that if God dwells in each of us, we are both witness and judge of ourselves. Our works follow us and we must learn from our mistakes in the here and now.

 

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Sign Memorials.

A cause to remember God's covenants with man. These are specifically named as perpetual ordinances. Memorials are eternal and always reappear in the Book of Revelation. The Rainbow is a covenant sign made with Noah after the Flood. (Gen. 9:13-17. Rev. 4:3). When we see one we always stop and take notice. It is truly a marvel.Image result for involution and evolution

Arkhitekton n. (Greek) ἀρχιτέκτων. The word "architect" comes from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων  "builder." The God of the universe is thought of as an architect, the Chief Builder. The design of the Tabernacle was given to Moses with exact specifications, as if from the Mind of an Engineer. The plan for the Jewish temple and later Gothic cathedrals were designed after this same order from the original archetype. Beginning in Exodus 25:8, we find the elaborate pattern for the tabernacle, "according to all that I show thee."

The Tables of the Law.

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The unchanging, eternal statutes written by God in solid rock. cf. Ex. 32:16. Rev. 11:18,19. The public display of the stone tables has become a contentious issue by thinking they represent sectarian religion. These laws were given for a good reason, they are imperative for any civil and well ordered society. We have all witnessed the tragic results of man's obstinate disregard for these ten simple rules of life.

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Only the priests knew what they all were, an unfair advantage over the people- bondage imposed by the ecclesiastical class. So Christ consolidated all the laws into just two, which covered everything:  

The Shema. Hear, Oh Israel! The Lord thy God is One Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul and all thy strength. - Deuteronomy 6:4,5. "This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like unto the first: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two hang the law and the prophets." - Mt. 22:37-40.

Prayer.

Have you ever wondered, is there anybody out there who cares and understands?  Indeed there is.

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"God, help me." Sometimes that's all it takes. Not lofty words. The Lord prayed, "Our father." We are not separated from God, you are talking to your Higher Self; the heart is the true temple. He listens to our prayers, knows when we hurt and what we need. St. Paul referred to "inner groaning," and he called God "Abba" or daddy. God understands all about us, after all He created you and I and the care of our soul is His responsibility. There is nothing you can do to win God's favor. He is Sovereign. Give thanks for everything, especially when you don't understand why things happen. Gratitude is important, even before the answer comes. It seldom comes the way we expect. Father knows best.

Who is Israel?

Israel (#3478 in Strong's Concordance*)  He will rule as God. Right towards God. This was the name Jacob was given marking his transformation at Peniel, "where he saw God face to face."  Genesis 32:27-30. (*There is no racial or ethnic connotation in the original meaning). Christ said a true Israelite  Is-real.  John 1:47.

Abram, a devout Hebrew of Chaldea, was contacted and told to take his wife Sarai, all his household and depart from Babylonia. To disrupt his life, drop everything and travel west. Because Abram never objected, complained or questioned the order, his faith is considered a type of righteousness; the standard set by his obedience. Sarai was barren, but in their old age, they had a son, Isaac. Isaac had a son Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons, and because his name was changed to Israel, these were the heads of the twelve tribes. The eleventh was Joseph, the one his father loved most, provoking jealousy among his brothers.

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Joseph is symbolized by wheat. As a child, Joseph had a dream of eleven sheaths of wheat bowing before one: His brothers making obeisance to him. He went looking for them and found them tending sheep, telling them of his vision. They wanted to kill him, but the boy was thrown into a pit instead and left for dead, separated from his brethren. They told their father, Jacob, he was killed, showing him the coat of many colors smeared with animal blood. cf. Gen. 37:1-34. But Joseph was picked up by travelers and sold into slavery in Egypt. There he was tested and tempted, but no fault was found in this extraordinary young man with his exemplary attitude.

His prophetic boyhood dream came true many years later when Joseph rose to the powerful position of governor and deputy over wheat storage. When Canaan was swept by famine, Jacob sent his eleven sons to Egypt to purchase grain. They met with Joseph, unaware of who he was. But Joseph knew exactly who they were, and chose grace and forgiveness over revenge by providing grain without price for his starving family. cf. Gen. 45:3,4.

 

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"It is I, Joseph!" Notice the emotions in the picture above: Joy, fear and remorse. Believing Joseph was dead and gone, he reveals his identity to his eleven brothers, the same ones who betrayed him as a child. With astonishing similarities, the beneficent and generous Joseph is the one Old Testament character most like Christ: Is-real.

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So where did God come from? 

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 The one question that doesn't compute.

Just know that God is and we are here.

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“Inner Universe.”

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 It's all in the Numbers.

"As within, so without." The universe is mathematical formulas, geometric shapes and numeric symbols: The work of a Superior Mastermind. Out of naught came ought, God thought.

0.  Nihil.

1.   Unity.

2.  Duality.

3.  Trinity.

4.  Quaternity.

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Heptad. (Greek) from heptas. Groups of seven abound; seven days in a week, seven colors in the visible spectrum, seven notes in the music scale, seven chakras, seven continents, seven wonders of the world, seven days of creation: Seven is the Sabbath Day, the number of completion.

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Sacred Geometry.

"Irrational"  numbers are infinite and transcendental.  Image result for the golden rule

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Pi is the Greek symbol used to represent a constant: The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point!

 

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Phi Ratio. "The divine proportion." Greek mathematicians first studied what we now call the golden ratio because of its frequent appearance in geometry. The phi ratio has held a special fascination for at least 2,400 years.

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The Fibonacci Sequence: A series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... The next number, or the sum is found by adding up the two numbers before it. The phi ratio is the quotient you get by dividing a number of the Fibonacci sequence by its previous one, = 1.6180...

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In geometry, golden rectangle is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio. The Golden Rectangle, according to the phi ratio, is used in architecture since the ancient Greeks. The golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is φ, the golden ratio: That is it gets wider (or further from its origin) by a factor of φ for every quarter turn it makes. A pattern seen occurring throughout the universe, from the shape of galaxies and hurricanes to a shell picked up on the beach.

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The Mandelbrot Set.

set of complex numbers which remains bounded in absolute value; a field first investigated by the French mathematicians Pierre Fatou and Gaston Julia at the beginning of the 20th century. This fractal was first defined and drawn in 1978 by Robert W. Brooks and Peter Matelski as part of a study of Kleinian groups. On 1 March 1980, at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New YorkBenoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010), first saw a visualization of the set. Mandelbrot set images may be created by testing the complex numbers for each sample point c, into infinity.

Zoom sequence of the Mandelbrot set. 

The Mandelbrot set has become popular outside mathematics both for its aesthetic appeal and as an example of a complex structure arising from the application of simple rules. It is one of the best-known examples of mathematical visualization. Treating the real and imaginary parts of  as image coordinates on the complex plane, pixels may then be colored.

Could our universe be fractal?

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Benoit Mandelbrot studied the parameter space of quadratic polynomials in an article that appeared in 1980. The mathematical study of the Mandelbrot set really began with work by the mathematicians Adrien Douady and John H. Hubbard, who established many of its fundamental properties and named the set in honor of Mandelbrot.

The mathematicians Heinz-Otto Peitgen and Peter Richter became well known for promoting the set with photographs. The cover article of the August 1985 Scientific American introduced a wide audience to the algorithm for computing the Mandelbrot set with an image. The Mandelbrot set became prominent in the mid-1980's as a computer graphics demo, when personal computers became powerful enough to plot and display the set in high resolution. There are many programs used to generate the Mandelbrot set and other fractals, some of which are described in fractal-generating software. These programs use a variety of algorithms to determine the color of individual pixels and achieve efficient computation.

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“Sunset Boulevard.”

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The world is a theater, and here we develop our act. Remove the ego, costume and makeup, what is there? We must be more than  just that! The great studio of life  offers us many roles, but we can never seem to catch that one big satisfying break. We are always discontent, looking for better parts to play.

But time passes mercilessly as fresh faces appear on the silver screen and the old performers are forgotten. Stardom comes at a cruel price, it's never for keeps. It leaves wistful memories of fifteen minutes of applause, and maybe some  tokens of award. The limelight changes to twilight like yesterday's tabloid news. If luck be a lady, then fame is a fleeting mistress.

The pathos is captured in Billy Wilder's masterpiece, the 1950 film-noir, "Sunset Boulevard." The famous director, Cecil B. DeMille wasn't really waiting for any close-up, it was only the twisted delusion of a fading actress rotting away staring in the mirror. False hopes from her kept man, William Holden who narrates the movie, leave him shot dead. Face down in the swimming pool of the grotesque mansion in Hollywood: City of Light, city of night.

       "...Never saw a woman so alone."  LA Woman, by Jim Morrison

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The universe is theater, drama. Each of us has a role to play in that history. There are no extras in this production, everyone counts for screen credit. Everything simply happens the way it happens, and cannot happen otherwise. We are both participants and audience at the same time: Watching ourselves, it's confusing, no time to think- unable to stop doing whatever it is we do.

The Cameraman sees the doing and the one doing the doing, but is never under the impression that he is the doer. From this place it's already been arranged, you are a determined being in an ever-unfolding story happening moment to moment. The fact is, you really have no choice but to be here! There's only one thing you can do: Give up.

By surrendering attachment we find it's not really our movie at all. No worries about bad breaks in this business. No upstaging or craving for applause. No walk of fame on Hollywood Boulevard. We are individual characters, designed personalities, different facets of God. What more is there? Gloria Swanson's powerful performance made the point, the glitz and flash is only an illusion, a decaying romantic fantasy.

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“The Orient Express.”

To my brother and spiritual teacher, Scott (1948-2017).

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Related imagectober, 1972. I was nineteen and studying painting in Philadelphia. Eastern mysticism had come from the oriental to the occidental world, and was beginning to attract wide attention among my generation of baby-boomers, born after the end of WWII. We were called "Children of the Bomb." The art college scene was a fertile place for seekers, and like many others I was searching too. Something was missing from my life, my art was mediocre and I wasn't satisfied.

I had no interest in Zen or Hinduism. I was raised in Quakerism and my father was Jewish. On a bright autumn morning I was invited by my older brother and a close friend of his to see a famous guru from India making his third and final tour of the west:  Sant Kirpal Singh was appearing at the Warwick Hotel in downtown Philly.Related imageThat morning I was given a book to read: "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass. The gathering was called a satsang. As we entered the ballroom the atmosphere was electric, crowded with hundreds of his devoted followers. We were able to find three seats. Holding my new book, I thought to myself What is a master anyway?  I had absolutely no idea.

He was already seated onstage. There was a microphone too, but I couldn't make out the words he spoke. I didn’t get any of it. Why all the fuss? He was just an old man with a beard wearing a turban. The strange affair was uneventful, except at one point I thought he was staring at me. When it was over we left the hotel pushing our way through the mob. I thought nothing of it. Gurus and their groupies! Not for me.    

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The book by Ram Dass was a gift, I couldn't lay it down. The following afternoon I finished my classes and walked to Penn Center Terminal to catch the train home. Speeding along, I was quietly reading- when I was suddenly jolted with terrific power!  Waves of  light and energy flooded every atom of my being, along with a genuine happiness I never knew existed. I was incredibly glad just to be alive! In an instant my entire attitude about life shifted away from myself to the family of God. I felt great compassion for all beings. I wanted to shake everyone's hand!

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Was this happening to everyone or just me? I looked at the other passengers sitting in the coach, calmly reading the newspaper, chatting, staring out the window at leaves changing color- all seemingly unaffected by the sudden bolt of Power. So where had it come from?  It came from within!  Like a lightning strike, it was the Master.

My thoughts were suddenly interrupted. Bryn Mawr! Shouted the conductor. I jumped up from my seat, gathered my books and raced down the aisle barely getting off in time. In a daze, I watched as the train departed, disappearing into the distance leaving me behind. This was my stop. I was here now.

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What just happened? I wasn't quite sure. Was this enlightenment? Not even close! The long journey to consciousness had only just begun. I had been shown a little bit of what that’s like,  just a crumb from the master’s table. Oh, what a crumb that was!  For seven days I enjoyed total peace, thoughtful insight and delightful euphoria, during which time I did not sleep at all, but was never tired.

When the bliss subsided I returned to whoever I was before the event, just a bored college student with a weird story nobody was interested in hearing. I knew I had experienced something very powerful, it was burned forever into my mind! But what was I supposed to do with it? My older brother, the one who had taken me to the Warwick that day was waiting in the wings. He had known about this for years and began explaining it to me. The first thing he taught me was this: We are dreaming! Everything, our lives, is created out of thought, our own thoughts. Just like when we sleep at night: We wake up we realize it was all just a vivid dream.

This brief lifetime is only one of many thought forms we inhabit over cosmic time. There is a plan, and it is ultimately about each soul finding its way home. Each experience is only another train stop, lessons to be learned, some of it very difficult. We suffer because we think our pain is real. But when it passes we are always still here. That's because we are conscious spirit, without form, eternal, infinite and indestructible. No matter how bad, nothing can ever change or harm us permanently!

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Everything we say, think or do has an effect on the universe, like dropping a pebble into a pond. These actions and reactions accumulate, forming the pattern which becomes our life story. Over much time these must play out, and by the time they do we have no recollection of the words, thoughts or actions which initially set them in motion. Once this is understood, we begin to live consciously with more awareness, in harmony with the rest of the universe. Learning to treat others with respect and reacting less out of  attachment and selfishness. If I hurt you I hurt me, we are all evolving together as a single being.

"The Masters are not the monopoly of anyone, they come for everyone, not for one group of humanity or another. They give a knowledge which is beyond the senses, which is an ocean of intoxication – a mighty effulgence of bliss. This bliss is within each human being, but has been suppressed by the mind and the senses, and is therefore not enjoyed."  - Sant Kirpal Singh

 

 

 

“Castaway.”

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Harry Houdini performed a particular escape trick that went terribly awry. Confined inside a steamer trunk with heavy padlocks, he was lowered through a hole in the ice of the Chicago River. He was supposed to free himself from the chest and then use the chain to find his way back up to the hole. But suddenly the chain snapped, and the chest fell to the river bottom. Without much difficulty, Houdini freed himself from the trunk, but the chain guiding him back was now gone. The chest had drifted downstream and the ice hole was nowhere to be found! Each time he made it to the surface he was met only with solid ice. Tiny air pockets gave him a chance to catch little breaths of air, but still he could find no exit anywhere. He had gone way off course, off script. Panic set in. Getting out of the locked chest was fairly easy, but now the stunt had turned horribly wrong. As everyone watched and waited above, the water was very cold and time was running out.

This true story perfectly illustrates the great escape all seekers must make to be free. Spiritual awakening is the easy part, you wake up as from a dream. The journey begins, only now you must find your way back, back to the place where you originally entered this 3rd dimension of time-space-matter. We went off-course, "into a far country." The broken chain reminds me of the "silver cord," the soul's tether spoken of by seers. Houdini did eventually find his way, but according to him, he heard the sound of his mother's voice calling to him from the spirit world. He immediately found the exact location of the hole in the ice and escaped barely alive.

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The Prophet Jonah. Jesus said this was the only true sign ever given! (Matthew 12:39-40). On its face, we easily take this prophecy to mean his entombment, since Jonah spent three days in the belly of the great fish. But beyond this obvious meaning, why did he say it is the only sign given? Given to whom? Concerning what? When the Lord spoke, it was heard on multiple levels of understanding. Here is an esoteric mystery for disciples only: It speaks of the innermost cave of the heart, the deepest recesses of the soul where our cries of suffering are heard by God, and we are safely guided through the rent in the veil: So small and narrow, like Houdini, the seeker cannot possibly find it alone.

So why did Jonah end up a castaway?   

With practice and cunning, we skillfully learn ways to easily defy handcuffs or a padlocked trunk. We become hardened escape artists, overly confident in our clever diversions, forgetful, ungrateful, unsympathetic to others. Rebellious. Then something goes terribly wrong, our performance collapses before our audience. The mask comes off and we hit bottom. Life becomes a shipwreck. This is the sign of Jonah: It is here in the belly of the whale he was actually closest to God!

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord out of the fish's belly: "Out of hell I cried, and the Lord heard my voice.  For thou hast cast me into the deep. I am cast out of thy sight, yet will I look again toward his holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to my soul. Seaweed was wrapped around my head. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord, and my prayer reached thee in thine holy temple. Thou has brought my life up from corruption." And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited up Jonah upon dry land.  

Psalm 69. David says, "Save me God,  for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink deep in the mire, where there is no standing, I am in deep water where the floods overflow me... let me not sink, let not the deep swallow me up... I am in trouble, I looked for someone to take pity,  for comforters, but there was no one. My prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me."

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