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by Nicholas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: The Urantia Book
Replies: 63
Views: 652

Re: The Urantia Book

It's worth noting that the Urantia Book originated through an unnamed man in a similar trance-like sleeping state as Cayce's readings. Yep! Course in Miracles, Seth stuff, Alice Bailey's books and many other channelled works have the common thread of providing "answers" clear & precise, to many que...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Tara the Liberator
Replies: 2
Views: 12779

Re: Tara the Liberator

Bodhisattva Atisha knew and was guided at times by Tara. Here are his verses in praise of Tara: PRAISE OF ARYA-TARA By Atisa Homage to the Venerable Arya-Tara! 1 Gods and asuras with their crowns bow down to Your lotus feet; Liberator from all problems, [Mother] Tara - homage to You! 2 On those Avic...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Bodhi Sea
Replies: 4
Views: 25484

Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

The powerful Master Hsu Yun who inspired Master Hua, writes a poem on bodhisattva motivation: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/101_132/vbs111/111_3.htm The communist Chinese tried to kill him by beating him to death, several times. They finally gave up. This happened when Master Yun was over 100 years...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Tara the Liberator
Replies: 2
Views: 12779

Re: Tara the Liberator

11 'Tell me, great Sage, of that by which they may be freed from samsara! '- Thus addressed, that Lord of the World, illustrious Avalokita, 12 Spoke these melodious words unto the ever-watchful Vajrapani:- 'Listen, High Lord of the Guhyakas! By the power of the vow 13 'Of Amitibha, the Protector, w...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Native Spirituality
Replies: 9
Views: 29907

Re: Native Spirituality

Girard give a concise outline of the contents of the Popol Vuh : The Popol Vuh forms a complete treatise of theogony, cosmogony, and astronomy. It gives us theology: the birth and formation of the gods, of men, of species and things; that is, the birth and formation of the words with which they are ...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: Master Hua on Cultivation
Replies: 22
Views: 45874

Re: Master Hua on Cultivation

Master comments on some lines of Lao Tzu: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/148/vbs148p012e.pdf He begins like so: The reason why we study the Buddhadharma is so that we can cultivate the Way, the Tao. The reason we cultivate the Tao is to accomplish Buddhahood. You absolutely have to cultivate...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Native Spirituality
Replies: 9
Views: 29907

Re: Native Spirituality

So if anyone, or you, Nicholas, have any links or information on Quetzalcoatl ... or books or texts of such, I would greatly appreciate it, as I am always the River. Thank you. Word search the two Popol Vuh texts I just added, there are several mentions of Q. The Glossary in the Girard book says: G...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Native Spirituality
Replies: 9
Views: 29907

Re: Native Spirituality

This is a recent translation with notes & comments on the actual Popol Vuh text:

http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Chr ... polVuh.pdf

Other translations in several languages are available now.
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Native Spirituality
Replies: 9
Views: 29907

Re: Native Spirituality

The ancient Quiché land & people have their Popol Vuh . This is only part of an oral tradition that was only written down several hundred years ago. Here is a study of their esoteric view of life, based on this sacred book: https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/popolvuh/esotericism_of_the_popol_vuh.p...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Vajra Bodhi Sea
Replies: 4
Views: 25484

Re: Vajra Bodhi Sea

Master was only a teenager when this happened: As told by the Venerable Master: The First Ordeal: Dogs Several people want to know what it feels like observing filial piety by the grave. Today I will roughly describe it. On the first day of mourning, I encountered a big challenge. What was it? In th...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 96
Views: 250673

Re: Theosophy

Based on an early (1870s?) letter from a Master, published in 1888 as "Some Words on Daily Life": https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/ub/v13n03p145_some-words-on-daily-life.htm#n1 Bumping up this classic short piece; which begins: It is divine philosophy alone, the spiritual and psychic blending o...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 96
Views: 250673

Re: Theosophy

As for human nature in general, it is the same now as it was a million of years ago: Prejudice based upon selfishness; a general unwillingness to give up an established order of things for new modes of life and thought — and occult study requires all that and much more —; pride and stubborn resista...
by Nicholas
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Dare to Do
Replies: 56
Views: 21044

Re: Dare to Do

Goodness gracious, DNS is Doing a lot of Daring videos in this late November.

Well, back to my reading...
by Nicholas
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: Master Hua on Cultivation
Replies: 22
Views: 45874

Re: Master Hua on Cultivation

Memories from an early Western disciple who became, and still is, a Bhikshu: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/500/vbs500p024.pdf An excerpt: He listened to my story [of a nightmare in Hell] for a moment and then took the conversation in a different direction. He told me to listen carefully. He...
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: The most important part of the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: The most important part of the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.

You could save DNS some bandwidth if you displayed much smaller excerpts & images. As long as a link is there, that is the better way to study large texts.
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 78
Views: 161644

Re: In Praise of Virtue

231. Let a man guard himself against irritability in bodily action; let him be controlled in deed. Abandoning bodily misconduct, let him practice good conduct in deed. 232. Let a man guard himself against irritability in speech; let him be controlled in speech. Abandoning verbal misconduct, let him...
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Shurangama Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: Shurangama Sutra

Sutra: They can succeed in their destructiveness through your mind, which is the host of the five skandhas. If the host becomes confused, the guests will be able to do as they please. Commentary: They can succeed in their destructiveness through your mind, which is the host of the five skandhas. Ba...
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: Master Hua on Cultivation
Replies: 22
Views: 45874

Re: Master Hua on Cultivation

Shurangama Sutra: It is also possible to feel satisfied after a small accomplishment, like the Unlearned Bhikshu who reached the Fourth Dhyana and claimed that he had realized sagehood. Commentary: It is also possible to feel satisfied after a small accomplishment. In cultivation, even if you do no...
by Nicholas
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Shurangama Sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: Shurangama Sutra

A later 2009 one volume edition of this sutra has a long Foreword. Here is how the section on the demonic states part at the end of the sutra begins: [my emphasis in bold ] Fifty Demonic States of Mind In this final section of the Sutra, the Buddha once again speaks without a request for teaching, a...
by Nicholas
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 96
Views: 250673

Re: Theosophy

Often sources of influence & inspiration for spiritual folk are simplified and personalized. But obvious evil or good are not always as clear as appear to us. Subtle deception from sources combined with a casual, even sloppy attitude on the part of the aspirant can lead to disaster or at minimum, fo...