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 on: Today at 05:15 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
The Origin of the Zodiac: (Astrology)

The zodiac (Greek: ζoδιακός, zōdiakos) is the term used to describe the circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centred upon the ecliptic - the path of the sun. The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek ζoδιακoς κύκλος (zōdiakos kuklos), meaning "circle of animals".

From the earliest of times, the zodiac has been universally used to predict or reflect characteristics of personality, whether from the Chinese, Mesopotamian, Indus Valley, Egyptian or any other culture, echoing the ancient philosophy 'As above - so below'... what we today call astrology.

Astrology, in its broadest sense, is the search for purpose in the heavens.

We know from ancient records that the Greeks inherited their knowledge of the heavens primarily from the Mesopotamians, who in turn inherited their knowledge from the Sumerians. But is there any evidence of the heavenly constellations in art or culture from before this time. Remarkably, it has been proposed that the images at Lascaux and other nearby Palaeolithic sites show exactly that...


 on: Today at 05:43 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
Has anyone any shoulder/arm pain who might have been with us in our group meditation? Kjos, this was the first time I noticed my hands being warmer than normal. I think there was a lot of energy going around... I mentioned this elsewhere but there was something special about our group practice. I wasn't able to tap into it completely but it was "tangible." I felt the space was open to potent "inner" experience. I know I was being carried away by it for sure.
Increased sincerity and many blessings for us all.

 on: Today at 01:52 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
Good Morning all,

My meditation on Saturday night did not last as long as I  hoped. Only about 15 minutes. I very restless and got extremely hot!? The few times I was able to completely "Tune In" I felt a pulsating in the center of my forehead. not unpleasant, just very intense. 

I like to do this again. It was comforting(?) to know we were doing this as a group.

Have a great day.

Perhaps you could read some inspirational readings if you have difficulty sitting long periods. Also it has helped me greatly in my meditation to have some basic techniques like Amma’s IAM or Yogananda’s
Hong Sau and energization techniques-to help the body calm down.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 07:04 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Kjos
Good Morning all,

My meditation on Saturday night did not last as long as I had hoped. Only about 15 minutes. I very restless and got extremely hot!? The few times I was able to completely "Tune In" I felt a pulsating in the center of my forehead. not unpleasant, just very intense. 

I like to do this again. It was comforting(?) to know we were doing this as a group.

Have a great day.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 04:57 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
Good morning,

I was referring to the group meditation from Saturday night. Thank you for your generosity.

Have a beautiful day.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 04:44 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
Dear Steve,

I was able to meditate around 10PM central tonight.

Out of curiosity, how long were you meditating yesterday? I ask because I think I felt you and was encouraged by you to keep going. Maybe it's just Eric being in his own head, but I thought you were there longer than some.

Kjo's how was your meditation?

With love.

yes I was meditating till about 10:05 central on Sunday nite if that is what you are referring to. The best time for me is usually Sunday nite at 9 eastern which is 8 central. I was wrapping it up when you started but often after meditation I get contemplative and occupy my thoughts on relationships with friends. Because my thoughts are somewhat settled during meditation I often pick up the thought waves of others and find it interesting when I have received messages from them during meditation. I do not give too much significance to the phenomena because desire is still a great influence in thought. However I do find it important for me to ask this question quite frequently... that is from hence do thoughts originate and how much is thought transference a part of every day experiences.

I know for sure that I have communicated by thought transference but find myself still a novice at the practice. I have a book I believe you will enjoy reading now Eric. It is called Initiation by Elizabeth Haich often you can get such books on Internet sites used and they can be very cheap but if you don’t have it by time I am done reading it I intend to send it to you. I do not read too much anymore but-not like I did when I was younger and took more interest in the experiences of others-because I was yet a novice at having experiences I admired in others. Since I have been reading it I often think of you and your experiences while I am reading it which may be why you felt that way last nite. Language and reading-while not as important as experience-is still an important communication skill and helps us express our ideas and personal experience coherently. I was told that Paramahansa Yogananda was able to just put his hands on a book an know its contents. I suppose in some ways we may be able to understand people, books and animals to some degree by touching them or putting our minds on their thoughts. Lately I have had more of such experiences in understanding the thoughts and motivations of those around me. I have also noticed that close friends have this ability often more pronounced then myself. I have known people personally who were very gifted at reading the thoughts and actions of others to come to a determination as to what their actions and mine should be with others who enter my life and their own.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 02:24 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
The left hemisphere of the brain is trying to put a story together about our life.  The left hemisphere will do anything to keep a belief - sticking to it no matter what.    There was a woman in a hospital in New York.  She kept saying that she was at her home in Maine.  The psychiatrist asked her, "If you are in your home in Maine, then why are there elevators in the building that she is in now?"  The patient explained to the doctor, "You wouldn't believe what it cost to have those elevators installed in my house".   So you see we have a spin-doctor who is trying to keep the story together of  'who I am '.   We believe our own press releases.

It is very difficult to hold onto the after-effects of meditation. We can be a 'God of Peace', and turn into a 'Devil of Provocation'.   Our meditations are of little value, of little use, if we don't hold onto the after-effects of meditation.  But even if you are not meditating there are times when this Supreme Consciousness comes over us. We are watching a beautiful sunset, walking or just sitting quietly in nature, and the peace seems to come over us. 

But who is the real "Being" ?
Consciousness is.  We are pure Divine Consciousness.   
Scientists are now telling us that the 'Substratum of our Being' is consciousness. 
The mind can only deal with thoughts and concepts.  We are far beyond qualities of thought.

Thanks to Brother Ishtananda

It is not always easy to see our own spin- doctor weaving narratives, but we can often get a grip on the
consciousness of others around us and see clearly how they have been listening to their own personal views and spin-doctor. We get a gestalt or conscious awareness of where others around us are coming from in their tactics and operations. We begin to see the mental grooves in the records they have created. With this behavior functioning as in auto pilot mode we begin to understand how our own patterns of thought and level of consciousness holds us to present spiritual evolvement. Thus the need for pure consciousness beyond our present paradigms of thought and action.... which inspires spiritual practice and meditation to see beyond our personal ego as a Master can see our present awareness. We begin to understand how we weave our own tales and our own personal spin on things.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 12:47 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
But Louix took the cake. I saw him after reading a poster in Los Angeles. We were in a big auditorium and we were told we could get darshan from him by walking up one by one. He never said a word only what could be described as a little smirk on his face. Suddenly one person would start laughing while walking off stage. Then some of them were unable to leave the stage because they were laughing so hard they fell on the floor in stitches. Finally the whole large stage was covered with people on their backs laughing. By this time the whole audience was also laughing. But Louix never cracked a smile. The irony of it was to watch a man solemnly giving his blessings to each one coming up to him while all around him no contained themselves but laughed continuously till the end.

🙏  p.s. Gods joy can manifest inwardly and outwardly, in many positions and any places!...merci

 on: Aug 19, 2019 12:13 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
Never forgot this guy and some of the wonderful experiences I have had in life! This guy made everyone laugh without saying a word!

Like this but he never laughed!


It is a gift to make others laugh and be happy! Brother Turyananda from SRF had that ability and so did Brother Bhaktananda. You could be very serious and Turyananda would be dead panned and say something that could make you laugh so hard your whole mood would change. Brother Bhaktananda could be giving a serious lecture and suddenly digress into what seemed like a non sequitur about how to get out of a shower without leaving water on the floor.

 on: Aug 19, 2019 07:44 am 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
Even the Yogi's aim is liberation, God-immersion, which is a life not focused on karma or reincarnation but of progress towards perfection- not by 'self-improvement' but by 'self-realization', which requires a wider-field of vision- understanding a truer essence renouncing once established identifications derived from Ego. Kriya-yoga is the alchemy of 'total transformation.'

If someone asked me why I do not say plainly what happens in the hereafter, whether we come back to earth or whether we go on somewhere else, I would answer, 'What you consider yourself to be I do not consider you to be; what you are in your view, you are not in mine. If I speak according to my view it will confuse you just now; you must develop to that plane where I see you. The way in which you consider yourself is an elementary way; now it is a reality to you, but there will come a time when you will realize it was nothing but imagination.' How can I give my opinion to someone to whom it is incomprehensible? Therefore the way of the Sufi is silence.

Sufism is not against reincarnation nor against any particular doctrine. Why should it be, since it is a religion which has come to reconcile religions? It is not the idea of a Sufi to oppose any doctrine. I have never spoken against this doctrine of reincarnation, as I do not see the wrong of it; but neither do I see the right of it. When the purpose is the realization of the unity of life, of the unity of God, then the idea of reincarnation, which is based upon the false ego, is not fruitful. Sufism wants to teach man what he is; as soon as man has solved that question he need no longer ask, 'What will my actions do for me?' It is the question of what one is that Sufism wants to solve. At the same time what is apparent is different from what is hidden. Is a man who is born in a palace being rewarded, or is the man who is perhaps starving in the street being punished?

What has Christ brought? Salvation. What has Muhammad brought? Najat, salvation. What have the Avatars of the Hindus brought? Mukti, salvation. One always finds the same thing, salvation. That is why it is preferable to keep away from the doctrine of reincarnation and to hold before our vision the ideal of unity, the ideal in which we are united and in which lies the fulfillment of life.

Can we then, one may ask, reach salvation in this life? Evolution is different for every soul, but man can generally reach salvation if he sincerely and earnestly wishes it and pursues it. Not only is God all-powerful, but man has a part of this power too. Salvation is in the hand of God, but also in the hand of man. In the wish of man there is the wish of God; the courage of man is the courage of God, and in the confidence of man there is the confidence of God. When we say, as it is written in the Bible, 'Thy Will be done', and at the same time we realize that our wish and our will are not apart from the divine Will, then our will will be done too. But if we do not wish for salvation just now, we will not reach it; for it is necessary as it is said in the Bible to knock at the door; then the answer comes. There is nothing in the world that is unattainable for man, who is made the Khalif, the ruler, of the kingdom of God; there is nothing that is impossible. No doubt there are things which are difficult, and yet there is no difficulty which cannot be overcome. If man only had the courage, he would reach that source where his origin is.

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