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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

     
  • 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? 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:47 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "Man is my Mystery.", a positive self, , John Greer, our hidden nature, our true 'Personality.'   

    John Greer on our hidden nature, Baha'u'llah's teaching "Man is my Mystery." & our true 'Personality.' 

    “Just as an eyeball cannot see itself, you can’t see or conceptually know your true nature. You can only BE it.” – John Greer

    from his wonderful book – ‘Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings’

    It reminded me of where Baha’u’llah says in speaking of the nature of man;

    “All these names and attributes are applicable to him. Even as He hath said: “Man is My mystery, and I am his mystery.” …….. ……….Again He saith: “And also in your own selves: will ye not, then, behold the signs of God?” And yet again He revealeth: “And be ye not like those who forget God, and whom He hath therefore caused to forget their own selves.” ……..: “He hath known God who hath known himself.” “- Gleanings XC

    For me this means that our True Self, and enduring personality, is the unique admixture of names, attributes and characteristics of God that we have so far managed to reflect in the mirror of our being.

    This ‘true personality’ means that there is a positive self ‘as well as’ an ego that can disappear like a drop into an Ocean.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:28 pm on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boundaries, Growth, , maturation, no boundary, spiritual maturation   

    KEN WILBER: “Growth fundamentally means an enlarging and expanding of one’s horizons, a growth of one’s boundaries 

    “Growth fundamentally means an enlarging and expanding of one’s horizons, a growth of one’s boundaries, outwardly in perspective and inwardly in depth… ” – Ken Wilber, in ‘No Boundary’

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:10 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breakthrough, get it, i = Awareness, nowness, pain, rest as awareness, suffering   

    So many don't get it – through great pain Caroline has 

    http://nicaskew.com/collection/the-fields-of-kindness/?utm_source=1+AUGUST+2016&utm_campaign=1+AUG+2016&utm_medium=email

    This short film has been given birth by the great film-maker Nic Askew

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 3:49 am on July 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baha'u''lah, being, Messengers of God, , peace, Perfect Mirror, The Hidden Words, unity   

    How many times does Baha’u’llah use the the term ‘being’ in the Hidden Words? 

    I think it is about 22 times, but the really important use is ‘O Son of Being’.

    To address humans in this way emphasise three levels of reality.

    LEVEL !: Ultimate Being is God. God is Ultimate being – another name is Mystery.

    Mystery is the primary fact of life & our primary relationship.

    Unity & peace can only come as we stand with others in the face of Mystery, a stance that admits, as Socrates/Plato did that the chief thing we know is that we don’t know.

    Unity & Peace can never come via words and names and theology. Ask any true mystic.

    LEVEL 2: The sons & daughters of God have the challenge to reflect in their being, their selves, Godlike qualities.

    Between Level 1 & 2 there is;

    LEVEL 3: Since finite humans cannot embrace the Infinite we can most surely develop our reflecting of the names & attributes of God through turning to the Perfect Mirror, the Messenger of God.

    Our aspiration is to mirror the Perfect Mirror.

    3 levels cf 2 is the difference between Baha’i understanding and that of (some) Sufis & Gnostics.

     
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