Visualisations

Many different forms of visualisations with devotion and surrender are practised as part of contemplative and meditative systems base in various faiths. A Christian may visualise the suffering of Christ on Stations of the Cross; s/he may visualise His compassionate visage; or the Pieta figure; or the mental image of a saint. This may be accompanied with the contemplations...

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With the purpose & objectives to:

1. Advise all organs of the United Nations, and states and political entities, on questions of morality and ethics relating to sovereignty, human rights , human relationships, equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity, relationships among religions and ethics, environment and such other matters of interest to humanity;     2. Plan for education for...

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Bearing in mind the definition that:

Peace is a state of consciousness and mind that is free of internal conflict (s) within an individual as well as collectively within, and consequently among, groups of individuals known as families, nations, religions or ethnic units and such other terms,   And that; Education for ethical conduct and peace in a planet-wide system will consist...

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Be It Further Proposed That:

The methods adopted by various religions for proselytizing should be examined by an impartial, international, inter-religious commission, which would find and suggest ways in which the religions may propagate themselves without causing hurt and violence; without force, fraud, economic or political coercion, and yet preserves each religion’s freedom of speech and...

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Be It Proposed that:

The methodology so far adopted in teaching the role of religion and spirituality in history be thoroughly examined by a scholarly body of those well versed in religion. Thereafter, that the teaching concerning the role of religion in history be based on the premise that, more often than not, and at the level of the common people and spiritual teachers rather than at the...

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Components of Education

IN ALL systems of education there are three components, each emphasised and developed to varying degrees in different systems: Personality Development Helping the trainee develop a personal philosophy of and goal for life. Training for positive and harmonious emotions. Gaining Knowledge Giving/receiving information in the areas of sciences and humanities, although...

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Definitions

PEACE is not to be defined merely as an absence of war, or a period between two wars. So what exactly is peace? Peace, like love, is experiential. We know experientially when we are in love. So do we know when we are at peace. Both love and peace are indefinable but, for that sake of convenience, let us propose that: Peace is a state of consciousness: mind that is free of...

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Mind: The Locus of War and Peace

IT IS WELL recognised in the United Nations and elsewhere that it is in the minds of human beings that wars originate and only in minds that they can be prevented. At the time the United Nations was founded, humanity was just emerging from World War II. Naturally, prevention of war and not defining terms such as “peace” or “mind” was the primary concern for...

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Silence as Common Prayer

In inter-religious gatherings it has been a common practice for the guides of difficult faiths to lead a prayer, each according to his/her tradition. The true unity of prayer, however, occurs in silence. Even though it is customary to take a minute or two of silence to mark special events, the true meditative and contemplative silence of the mind is rare. Only mind at...

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Breathing

The meditative practice most commonly shared by various religions is that of prayer with breath. This takes many simple or progressively complex forms. Let each breath become a prayer – this is an exhortation to all devotees. The awareness of breath flow is the primary alphabet of meditation. It is part of the practice of mindfulness (satipatthana in Buddhism,...

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Identification

Yo yach-chraddhah sa eva sah Whatever one dwells upon that verily does s/he become:                                                                             (Bhagavadgita 17.3) When one visualizes one’s chosen form of divinity, together with the appropriate Name, mantra or prayer, and it becomes a constant baseline thought and a...

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Ambulatory Prayer

Prayer while walking is one of the common practices among the followers of many religions. A Christian, Buddhist or a Hindu monk keeps turning the beads of his rosary or mala while walking. It is an inspiring sight to see the Turkish lay people walking the streets of German cities while practicing their tasbeeh. In a recent meeting with a delegation of the World Council...

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Body Posture

Training oneself to assume a certain position for prayer, contemplation and self-conquest is a common method in all religions. The sequence of various body positions in the course of namaz or salat1 is an example of the same. In Christianity, to pray while sitting on a hard bench, kneeling, or standing, one becomes so absorbed in prayer and meditation that anybody...

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Riddles

Mutually contradictory or ‘impossible’ statements are used by numerous meditative traditions as passages for contemplation. The purpose is to take the mind beyond common logic, and bring opposite concepts to  a unification in transcendence. One may be required to unravel the riddle till a spiritual breakthrough and transformation of consciousness has occurred. This...

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Contemplation

The Vedantic manana,  means contemplating the meaning of a metaphysical phrase or a word from the scriptures till the meaning becomes a reality to oneself. In the Christian tradition one may choose, or be given by the spiritual director, a particular passage from the Holy Scripture, whether a line from a Psalm, or a saying of Jesus, to read, to ponder upon, to apply to...

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Contemplation and Meditation

Here are some of the many practices of contemplation and meditation that are common to the major religions. They can be listed here only briefly. The detailed practices may take decades to bear fruit, or they may fructify instantly, depending on the practitioner’s level of internal...

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Mutual Accommodation

Those seeking a way to find mutual accommodation among religions need to study in depth both the vedic vishwa-rupa  philosophy as well as the anekanta  doctrine and make it a part of personal realization. The schools of theology and comparative religion need to bring these principles into greater focus and make them the central point to teaching unity in diversity. This...

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Cultural Streams

The role of religious teachers has not been limited to matters of pure spirituality. They have often established guidance for behaviour of society in matters like environmental protection. In many lands sacred groves, preserved because of a religious belief system, constitute the only remaining forests. These are well protected, not because of a commercial attitude of...

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Streams of Common Inspiration

Religion is experienced internally and is expressed and shared externally to influence social functions at many different levels simultaneously. It is so because it derives its impulse from many different areas and states of the human mind that do not often operate cohesively. Yet in the background there remains a trans-mental divine and spiritual source from which it...

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Similar Streams of Worship In Religions

The following is a view of religion as an instrument of harmony hat is known, but which has not been examined as a universal cohesive stream running through all ages and areas of world history. By looking at the successes of religion in establishing peace in the past, we can prepare a plan for the future. Many forms of dialogue and conference are designed at...

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Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam

Spiritual aspirants are invited to Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam A School in the Meditation Tradition of the Great Yogis of the Himalayas Gateway to the Inner Self, the source of Consciousness & Bliss Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Rishikesh, India Spiritual Guide – Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati Disciple of Swami Rama of...

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Two Paths In Yoga

There are many misunderstandings about yoga. There are many paths in yoga and different yogis choose different paths. Here we shall speak only of two paths to clear up some misunderstandings.  There is a common perception that all yogis are glowing with health and youthfulness. Sometimes we hear questions like: If he is a yogi why does he wear eye glasses? We shall...

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Swami Veda Answers Meditation Question

Question: I recently read your thought provoking and heart touching book “meditation the art and science”. I am a novice in the path of spirituality and meditation. I want to know one thing which I missed in the book is experiences, visions, miracles in meditation . What are the inner experiences while meditating I want to know it earnestly from you. I...

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She

One of her names is All. With capital “A”. She has a sonorous body. All sounds are Her body. She is all the notes of music. In a single twang of Her musical instrument, there is an entire symphony. May you hear the symphony in a twang. Light I Her body. Sound is Her body. Words are Her limbs. When she becomes the day, she illuminates. When she becomes the night, she...

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On Personal Silence

A silent one apologizes for his lack of courtesy: You greet him and he answers with a nod, but apologies. Though he finds it restful to be as silent as possible, this doesn’t mean that he will not do his duties. If communication is necessary he’ll be at your services. Living in the world, he finds that since he leaves all of us to just withdraw into a cave, he has to...

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Waves of Beauty

Rivers of liquefied gems1 pooling into oceans of the same multihued mists rising creating what-coloured clouds. What are the colours of their lightning?   Each raindrop a quintessence of a million gems nourishing what-coloured crops that wear what-coloured lustrous rains to grow gem-grains? Who are the beings nourished on the bread from such corn?   Oh, let,...

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Beloved Infinite

Let me be a target of your compassionate eyes, infinite, my beloved infinite, or let my target be you and let me be an arrow sped form the blow of your cosmic sound called “Om”. Let me ride the friendly breezes of your breaths on my way, and as an arrow becomes one with its target, so may I be one with you, oh my life, my higher life—infinite, my beloved...

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You, Your Own She

One pre-dawn1   when you have spread your gem-studded sky-mat in space within the heart, stretching to infiity, in white Light robes, HER visage the trye face of Sattva2 pure as silver, camphore and crystal.   May SHE draw your gaze to HERself, tie your eyes to HER beatitude’s spells SHE whose...

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Song Flowers

May the celestial lady Who sings songs all night And her songs congeal to become Flower by the morning Sing a specially sweet song for you tonight.   May the celestial lady Who gather the rainbows After they have shone awhile, and knits flowers from them find a specially iridescent rainbow to knit a flower for you today.   May the celestial lady Who whiffs about...

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Both

It is said: pursurer of pleasure has no liberation; seeker of liberation must renounce pleasure. "Why present me with such conflict of choices? Is there not a way I could have both, as two, you say, are one? - My Mother then granted me both: now my liberation is my only...

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