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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:25 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aldous Huxley, Eckhart Tolle, , perennial philosophy, perennial spirituality, The Eternal Faith of God,   

    INTRODUCTION: The Changeless Faith of God and ‘perennial spirituality’. 

    Welcome! – all new posts are below welcome message.

    As a long-term project I am looking for the ways in which the central spiritual core of Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers are similar or the same – it is a project in celebrating Oneness beyond the diversity.

    Naturally as a focus I am looking at what for Baha’is is deemed; ‘The Changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future’ (Gl 118/9), and less at what is called ‘progressive revelation’.

    PERENNIAL SPIRITUALITY Here I will use the term perennial spirituality in a special way.  By it I mean that part of the great traditions which remains the same – the central mystical teachings that are unchanged regardless of the age and the Teacher.

    From the perspective of the individual I mean to combine heart and head. The heart is the experience we have via meditation and prayer, and service to others, or other deepening life events that cause us to feel at one with our Maker.  Only in silence can we feel truly united and this is the teaching of mystical teachers from every age and time.

    The head side of perennial spirituality is the intellect, philosophy or theology, but we will confine ourselves to teachings from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Taoist teachers that point to the Oneness beyond any diversity. Some recent writers are particularly helpful as ‘map makers of the territory’.  This is especially true of Bro Wayne Teasdale in his The Mystic Heart, Eckhart Tolle in his three main books and Aldous Huxley in his The Perennial Philosophy.  It was Teasdale who coined the term ‘interspirituality.  These writers I call the map-makers of the inter-spiritual territory – because they illumine the Oneness.  In this model I have one or more teachers from each great tradition who aren’t map-makers but whose purity of heart and mind points, in their teaching to the Oneness behind all traditions.  I sometimes refer to these teachers as gate–keepers or ‘pointers’.  Pointers because they point to the Oneness beyond the tradition in which they are situated.

    Not being a scholar in all the parts such a vast field I have restricted the ‘gate-keepers’ in the various faith traditions to those who are readily accessible and who are teachers who ‘point’ to the Oneness that envelops the diversities – in their writings but more especially in their lives.

    There are many pieces of guidance in Baha’i Writings to support the idea of Oneness.  Here is just one such passage;

    Bahá’u’lláh has not brought into existence a new religion to stand beside the present multiplicity of sectarian organizations. Rather has He recast the whole conception of religion as the principal force impelling the development of consciousness. As the human race in all its diversity is a single species, so the intervention by which God cultivates the qualities of mind and heart latent in that species is a single process. Its heroes and saints are the heroes and saints of all stages in the struggle; its successes, the successes of all stages. This is the standard demonstrated in the life and work of the Master and exemplified today in a Bahá’í community that has become the inheritor of humanity’s entire spiritual legacy, a legacy equally available to all the earth’s peoples. One Common Faith Baha’i World Centre SOURCE

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    Please send in your views and if you know of better appropriate quotations than the ones I’ve used please send them to me – thanks – Roger – onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:12 pm on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: High Prophets, Manifestations, Messsengers   

    The stations of the Manifestations of God – I am He, Himself, and He is I, Myself, except that I am that I am, and He is that He is.” 

    “And since there can be no tie of direct intercourse to bind the one true God with His creation, and no resemblance whatever can exist between the transient and the Eternal, the contingent and the Absolute, He hath ordained that in every age and dispensation a pure and stainless Soul be made manifest in the kingdoms of earth and heaven. Unto this subtle, this mysterious and ethereal Being He hath assigned a twofold nature; the physical, pertaining to the world of matter, and the spiritual, which is born of the substance of God Himself. He hath, moreover, conferred upon Him a double station.

    The first station, which is related to His innermost reality, representeth Him as One Whose voice is the voice of God Himself. To this testifieth the tradition: “Manifold and mysterious is My relationship with God. I am He, Himself, 67 and He is I, Myself, except that I am that I am, and He is that He is.” And in like manner, the words: “Arise, O Muḥammad, for lo, the Lover and the Beloved are joined together and made one in Thee.” He similarly saith: “There is no distinction whatsoever between Thee and Them, except that They are Thy Servants.”

    The second station is the human station, exemplified by the following verses: “I am but a man like you.” “Say, praise be to my Lord! Am I more than a man, an apostle?” These Essences of Detachment, these resplendent Realities are the channels of God’s all-pervasive grace. Led by the light of unfailing guidance, and invested with supreme sovereignty, They are commissioned to use the inspiration of Their words, the effusions of Their infallible grace and the sanctifying breeze of Their Revelation for the cleansing of every longing heart and receptive spirit from the dross and dust of earthly cares and limitations. Then, and only then, will the Trust of God, latent in the reality of man, emerge, as resplendent as the rising Orb of Divine Revelation, from behind the veil of concealment, and implant the ensign of its revealed glory upon the summits of men’s hearts. – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-27.html

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:30 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: commune, communing, Souls of the Manifestations, true mysticism   

    Mysticism as communing with the Souls of the Manifestations – the true mysticism 

    Shoghi Effendi says;

    “We liken God to the Sun, which gives us all our life. So the Spirit of God reaches us through the Souls of the Manifestations. We must learn to commune with Their Souls, and this is what the Martyrs seemed to have done, and what brought them such ecstasy of joy that life became nothing. This is the true mysticism, and the secret, inner meaning of life which humanity has at present, drifted so far from.”

    Page 407 – https://bahai-library.com/shoghieffendi_unfolding_destiny#406

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:43 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , soul mind and spirit, , Star of the West   

    Soul, Mind & Spirit …it (Human Reality) is the same reality which is given different names… 

    it (Human Reality) is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest.

    Because of its attachment to matter and the phenomenal world, when it governs the physical functions of the body, it is called the human soul.

    When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind.

    And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit.

    Star of the West 7.19 (March 1917):190

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:16 am on May 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , and I am his mystery, Gleanings, , mystery, Ramana Maharshi,   

    JUXTAPOSITION

    “There is no greater mystery than this: being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

    Baha’i Teachings
    “Man is My mystery, and I am his mystery.” ”

    -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, XC, p. 177

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:37 am on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baha'i Chant, chanting, Luke Slott   

    LUKE SLOTT: chanting “Create in me a pure heart….” 

    THE SCRIPTURAL TEXT

    “Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!” – Bahá’u’lláh

    (From album entitled – Luke Slott “Create in Me a Pure Heart”)
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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:48 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , spiritual maturity, triumph after great pain, Vicki Woodyard   

    How simple can your and my enlightenment be? 

    How simple can your and my enlightenment be?

    Vicki Woodyard is teaching us how in a very homely simplicity;

    Vicki’s channel is here;
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vicki+woodyard

    Her blog is here;

    http://www.vickiwoodyard.com/

    TAGs/Topics: Vicki Woodyard, enlightenment, spiritual maturity, triumph after great pain,

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:53 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , ,   

    WHAT GOOD IS GRATITUDE by Robert Emmons – Updated Version 

    GRATITUDE TRANSFORMS OUR ‘INNER’ and ‘OUTER’ LIVES

    Susan Gammage has put a very good compilation about gratitude on her site here – http://www.bahaiquotes.com/quotepage.php?Quotes%2FGratitude

    A great part of the world is plunged in sleep, but you have been awakened. Many are blind, but you see!
    (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 170)

    All that has been created is for man who is at the apex of creation and who must be thankful for the divine bestowals, so that through his gratitude he may learn to understand life as a divine benefit.
    (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 134-135)

    from the wider community here is some very interesting work by Robert Emmons, Prof of Psychology at UC Davis in the US;

    WHAT GOOD IS GRATITUDE by Robert Emmons – Updated Version

    From a friend I learned to say, for example in shops, “Thanks for you help.”

    Thanking people who have helped, whether they are employed to do that or not, is one powerful way to enhance your commitment to being grateful, and being grateful is one way to enhance your being!

    Gratitude can help change your outer environment a little but more importantly it enhances the way we read our ‘self’ as well as how we read what we call the ‘world out there’.

    This is now opening up to research inquiry. Here is a short version Prof Emmons;

    1 G allows celebration of the present?
    2 G Blocks toxic emotions (envy, resentment, regret, depression)
    3 G people are more stress-resilient
    4 G strengthens social ties and self-worth

    Fascinating If you want a bit more from Prof Emmons here is a longer version:

    ‘Gratitude Works!: The Science and Practice of Saying Thanks [Robert Emmons]

    Robert Emmons (Professor of Psychology, UC Davis) explains how gratitude can heal, energize, and change human lives, with reference to recent empirical psychological research.’

    TAGS/Topics: gratitude, health, holism holistic, science and spirituality, Robert Emmons, science, What Good Is Gratitude, wholeness

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:08 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Heschel, monks   

    Have you ever met a truly devout spiritual person? These guys did! 

    WARNING – DEEPLY MOVING EXPERIENCE OF TRUE HUMILITY In this 2min video Monks remembering the time that Heschel visited them

    General YouTube search for videos by or about Abraham Joshua Heschel – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Abraham+heschel

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:15 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , ,   

    What Good Is Gratitude? Updated version 

    see here – https://processbahai.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/what-good-is-gratitude-by-robert-emmons-updated-version/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:12 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    What good is gratitude? 

     
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